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Posted in: Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai See in context

Why did you cry? I read one version of another/same Hagakure book in English. There seemed to be alot of tales about the ritual of cutting ones stomach (hara-kiri). And part of it involved sending a formal letter to your best friend to do the honor of cutting off one's head after the first ritual was completed. And then the friend wrote back that he would accept the honor....Is this type of thing what made you cry?

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Posted in: Paris Hilton leaves for U.S. after being denied entry into Japan See in context

Its because she's young, blond, attractive (nice body too), and RICHER THAN all posters combined!

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Posted in: Paris Hilton leaves for U.S. after being denied entry into Japan See in context

In a sense, its no big loss either way. Other than the monstrous distance of the travel. Think she ever imagined she might have trouble getting in?

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Posted in: Paris Hilton leaves for U.S. after being denied entry into Japan See in context

"I just wanted to meet Hello Kitty and the talking robots, show up for an event in Roppongi, and go shopping in Ginza. And I was also hoping to get in on a Sumo event, if there was a seat available. What's the big deal?"

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Posted in: TV, movie producers sucking up to talent agencies See in context

"the gratingly cartoonish SMAP pitchman Katori Shingo",...that description sums it up best. they are all gratingly cartoonish, in my opinion.

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Posted in: Paris Hilton leaves for U.S. after being denied entry into Japan See in context

Paul McCartney, Paris Hilton, Whytney Houston. No one is above the law. This is one of those cases where your thankful for lawful abiding citizens. And IronBeard, needed only to add "WA HA HA, HE, HE, HE, HE, choke uh, uh, uh, WA HA HA HA HA ...refrain and repeat.

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Posted in: 3 firemen arrested for alleged gang rape of woman See in context

I'm not excusing or condoning rape as a means out of the recession, but who in their right mind would go to a man's apt, 1, and actually go into the door, seeing 3 men in some cramped 1-2-3 dk. Give me a breeeeeeaaaaaaaaaak!

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Posted in: Ahmadinejad says future is Iran's See in context

I met some beautiful Iranian women, actually one out of three was beautiful at Shibuya the other day. I asked here about Iran's future. She said, "I wish the USA would attack my country." Why? I asked somewhat surprised. "Because then we could get rid of these old xxx keeping democracy stifled in our country. We want freedom!" hmmmmm, in my opinion.

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Posted in: Man held for cutting woman's pants with scissors on train See in context

fondofi, of course there were. But haven't you noticed how everything is "none-of-my-business", and "that's you're problem, and you're problem alone" syndrome here? in my opinion.

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Posted in: 67-year-old woman killed by train after trying to cross tracks See in context

And then when you get there, you have to wait as the people file through the narrow gates to get out of the station. And they have these wierd, criss-cross areas, whether inside the train station or outside in the streets, where if you don't look in at least 3-directions, someone will side-swipe you with their bags, their walking, their riding against traffic on bicycle or what have you. The rule of thumb here, is WATCH OUT WHEREVER AND WHENEVER YOU LEAVE YOUR DOORSTEP! and I'm not kidding, in my opinion.

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Posted in: 67-year-old woman killed by train after trying to cross tracks See in context

Have to agree with disillusioned and roppongi. The crossings here are especially of Andy of Mayberry style. In my case, the local offshoot to the Yamanote line is a "one-man" driver system. Sometimes the gates will come down on time, and sometimes they'll come down a minute or two early. When they come down, for a train coming one way, it stays down while the train going in the opposite direction pulls in. There is enough time to put the rails up, allow the B-passengers to cross the tracks and get on their train, but no, the gates stay down, and we wait with anxiety over missing our train due to the slow reaction of the gates. To NOT miss that train (the next one will be coming in 5-7 minutes, but we HAVE to ride THIS train if at all possible, because we are already running 5-7 minutes late!) Its the Nishi-Nihon syndrom. That's life in the big city of Tokyo. 95% of the people are either running late, or about to be running late. And the nature of where they are going or what they are doing takes second priority to arriving there on time. And in my opinion, was a mitigating factor in the women's mind. So the railways are accountable, but so are the people, and there lack of flexibility concerning "getting there on time".

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Posted in: Man held for cutting woman's pants with scissors on train See in context

Concerning high school stabbing Sarge writes at 11:06 AM JST - 20th September Hey, the guy was probably just lost his job or his wife or both, give him a break, lol. I hope the cops catch this guy ASAP. REad the above. The exact same sentence. This loon is out of his cotton pickin mind, or he's taking us all for fools! in my opinion. Any comment...besides the loons?

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Posted in: Man held for cutting woman's pants with scissors on train See in context

"Hey, the guy probably just lost his job and/or his wife, give him a break, lol." Sarge you say the EXACT SAME THING about the teenager stabbed as this one. Are you for real?

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Posted in: High school girl slashed in neck by man in Chofu See in context

Give him a break? Geez Sarge, what if that was your daughter? You'd be beyond livid. Nothing like a little distance from the live situation to allow for composure, huh?

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Posted in: 420 kgs of rice stolen from Toyama farm See in context

Who ate my Post Toasties?! This is not an unusual happening. I remember reading about it almost once a year at harvest time, no?

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Posted in: Smoking scenes on the decline in movies See in context

I remember when I first came to Japan, one of the most often one-lines I heard tried on me in English was "May I smoke?" How times have incrementally changed.....

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Posted in: Smoking scenes on the decline in movies See in context

Smoking scenes on decline is a clear reflection of people's increased awareness of the detriment of smoking as clearly determined by the Surgeon General at least 30-40 years ago. presto45, it happens to all of us, and like you at some of the most surprising times. Here's a proposed formual for getting around the problem if your lucky (strikes/pun). Open up with a comment about the subject like, Smoking scenes on the decline in movies is a good thing because in my opinion....Interject your real opinion following it. Return to the subject once more and then finish with the knock-out blow conclusion, relavant or not.

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Posted in: UPS starts faster ocean freight service from Japan to U.S. See in context

Way to go UPS, I hope I can use your service and it won't cost an arm and a leg, and will get their on time!

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Posted in: Smoking scenes on the decline in movies See in context

Nothing but improved news and blue skies can result from this decline....unless your an addict who thinks cigarettes are the life of the party.

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Posted in: Chinese hold anti-Japan protests over boat dispute See in context

So what are we gonna do Gunnlane? Be aware and forewarned....and then what? Punt? The Earth will survive for how long? 100 years? pray tell another 1000, more? Who can say. So can we just try and take care of today without reaping consequences of tomorrow? I doubt it. What do you think tkoind2 and Smith san? Is this just another provocation or is it going to play out like Gunnlane is saying? Can China become self-sufficient and bully the world around or is there another way. In Japan, people are desparate with stress, because theres no jobs for young people, and we all know the rest. Japanese don't protest openly about it, but I hear these type of conversations daily on the trains, especially on the weekends, when I go out of main Tokyo area. Is Japan going to survive?

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Posted in: SMAP kicks off international tour See in context

I totally agree with Coolcali's opinion concerning this SMAP I.T. related subject (and others). Thanks for the sentiment. I couldn't have said it better myself.

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Posted in: Kanagawa's new anti-smoking ordinance a bane on businesses See in context

no hard evidence anywhere that PROVES second hand smoke causes cancer or any other health risk..Yes there are studies with conclusions but no facts. What is next.. Second hand farts???? Flipdnip no "hard evidence" ANYWHERE? In 2010? You can't bulls--t us anymore. Non-smokers know from reports, first hand facts, 2nd hand smoke, that smoking is a slow and painful, addictive death wish. Get real!

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Posted in: Why is politics, which could and should be a noble profession, conducted so badly? See in context

I'll agree it is also done not well sometimes in other countries, but JPN has a particularly funny, lame, poorly handled system, in my opinion.

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Posted in: SMAP kicks off international tour See in context

"To say KimuTaku can't dance?"...Again, he's Korean. I think that's what gets me/others. The most talented one in the group ain't Japanese. That's fine with me if you come right out and SAY IT LIKE IT IS. But that never happens here, and it adds to ambivolent feelings....In MY Opinion.

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Posted in: SMAP kicks off international tour See in context

IN MY OPINION, they lack something, and their lifespan has been too long. But some youngsters like it. And that's not a bad thing.

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Posted in: Seattle cartoonist goes into hiding on FBI advice See in context

And people said John Lennon was crazy. Well his "give peace a chance", and "Imagine" songs were classics, and much needed in those times as now and forever.

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Posted in: Kanagawa's new anti-smoking ordinance a bane on businesses See in context

Let's get a real survey on this. What percentage of J men and J women smoke? I know one thing. They sure sell ALOT at convenient stores and supermarkets.

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Posted in: SMAP kicks off international tour See in context

Hello everyone. SMAP has been around EVERYWHERE for the last 12 years or more?! If you look at the most recent poster, they look like the most unattractive zombies ever could be assembled, IN MY OPINION. Of course, everyone knows that Taku Kimura is Korean. The four others, Kusanagi the stripper, Nagai, the TV talento announcer, the sometimes blond, sometimes not blond guy, and the other I fail to know at all. I've never heard them sing so I can't make a judgment. But the name of the group put me off right away. And that was 12 or more years ago. Its quite amazing they kick off an IT without any International hits. Are they really musicians or just a band like the Monkees back in the 60's-70's who had great song writers working for them?

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Posted in: Kanagawa's new anti-smoking ordinance a bane on businesses See in context

They should do as they do at a coffee shop in Shinbashi. Smokers ONLY. Right at the corner near the train station. At first I thought it funny, but now I think its the only way. That or those glass enclosed corners. As for Riquez's comments, any smokey air, first or second hand repeated ad infinitum (smokers usually hang on with other smokers), starts to irritate the people who like air just as it is, as good as it can be in these times. We're quite literally fighting for our healthy, robust as can be lives, thank you. And smoke just zaps the life out of our lungs, like kryptonite. For those who are addicted to it (and nobody who smokes is NOT addicted, they just don't admit it)...you can tell a smoker by the way they hold their smoking fingers, sometimes wiping their lips like they're smoking position etc. Anyways, tkoind2 and smithinjapan can say it much better than me, so I'll stop here. Come ON TOKYO! Guess we need someone other than Blinkey to get this issue solved.

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Posted in: Kanagawa's new anti-smoking ordinance a bane on businesses See in context

Please TOKYO come into the real world concerning smoking in public. Its literally killing me and others like me who inhale the others 2nd hand smoke at sport outings nonetheless! What's with this? For example, in the Shiodome underground area, there is an announcement in English, "Smoking is not allowed in this area. Please refrain from smoking". Why only there? Why not this type of announcement Everywhere. Like they have for the escalators in the trains stations. Kochira wa Escalator desu. Bing Bong." Or for the revolving doors "Okosama no gochui kudasai". Seems like every busy location has some announcement. Just increase the Smoking ones! They're already made, implement, the sooner the better!

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