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Posted in: Do you think the latest recalls involving Toyota will discredit the Japanese manufacturing industry as a whole? See in context

Maybe it's only that peoples perception of Japanese products has been that of infallibility (is that even a word?), is actually starting to catch up. I think in reality, as all business (Japanese or non) start to expand, they need to cut corners here or there to save money, opting for cheaper material or cheaper labour usually. I think what we're seeing is not a "Japan only" event, if they should be considered so unique, but rather the consequence of businesses getting too big. It's harder to maintain a balance in quality, when you need to make 1 million items. That been said, Ford cars, and GM cars had there heyday as well. Unfortunately for Toyota, maybe there's will be short lived?

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Posted in: GOP's Brown wins Massachusetts Senate race in blow to Obama See in context

American politics have been broken for a long long time, why complain? You can't fix it, just enough the ride to oblivion, which ever coffin you prefer, Democrat or Republican. soon the Chinese will be tolling the bell. R.I.P misguided capitalist giant... it was fun.

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Posted in: Meisa the muse See in context

LMAO @ LoveUSA,

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Posted in: Meisa the muse See in context

sexy smile, I like. Why is this pick of the day? Do we not have any female readers, do they not deserve a nice picture once and a while. And what about your small but devout gay following? Don't be so exclusive...

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Posted in: Miniskirt Police to open their own theater in Tokyo See in context

they could arrest me anytime, maybe just not my heart, kinda need that to live doncha know. Hell, they could beat me like the LAPD and I wouldn't mind, these girls get my first sexy approval of 2010!

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Posted in: Glamorous mama-to-be Anna Tsuchiya hopes for 'carnivore,' not 'herbivore' See in context

This isn't really headline news,

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Posted in: Limbaugh's Haiti comments 'really stupid,' says White House See in context

Rush Limbaugh is a fascist pig, he hates anything non-American, whatever that means, since America encompasses a wide spectrum of cultures and ways of thinking. This type of thinking should of died in the 50's... The only reason he's still on the air is because he says controversial crap, and then basks in media attention. Stop paying attention to this slime ball

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Posted in: NPO seeks to teach Japan virtues of 'waste not, want not' See in context

Go guys, before I came to Japan I cleaned up all my uneaten dry goods, and non-perishables and gave it all to the food bank. It was a pretty heavy load, and I hope someone likes canned mushrooms as much as I do. I do kinda hate this notion of "wasteful Westerner" put on me by my co-workers. Like most posters here, it's too easy to point fault at another country's faults, but not your own. People get too proud somtimes. Alot of my coworkers feel they have the moral high-ground when it comes to "mottainai" thinking, despite the fact that they rarely recycle, chuck food out, and probably never seen a bicycle up close. I'm glad the newer generation is able to get beyond their own cultural mindset of "Nippon Ichi", and acknowledge that people need help reach out to others. Breaking the mold takes a lot of effort here, but it's often for the better. Everyone should support these guys.

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Posted in: Life is a rollercoaster See in context

This picture reminds me of a metaphor for life... umm, life is a box of chocolates, crazy highs, chocolatey lows, creamy middles.

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Posted in: JAL could file for bankruptcy on Jan 19 See in context

Couldn't these guys have reached a deal with Delta, or American Airlines? Are they sinking now, because the government didn't do enough, and they are too stubborn to let a foreign company meddle in the affairs of Japan's national airways? Please don't tell me xenophobia has doomed this company, because that would be a terrible excuse for all of the hundred of employees, and dedicated customers that supported JAL...

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Posted in: Riot drill See in context

I don't think they have these "exhibitions" where I'm from, how about other countries? Is this a tatemae reminder to the people that "yes, our police are in control, and will protect you should, I don't know, perhaps some koreans riot in downtown Tokyo"? Probably not, maybe they're afraid of the homeless shanty towns popping up in Tokyo?

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Posted in: Lucky man See in context

one day, I'll don my football gear, and join the crowds. Sure, three lucky winners, and a bunch of unlucky suckers that just got made into jam!

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Posted in: Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors to ask IOC to accept joint bid See in context

northlondon History should not be the deciding factor for the Olympics. The Olympics need to be free of political, historical, racial, gender, class, and ideological agendas, in order to promote peace.

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Posted in: Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors to ask IOC to accept joint bid See in context

YGHome As a symbolic gesture, it's nice, but too politically motivated for the Olympics. Hiroshima AND Nagasaki trying to host the Olympics would sidetrack the games. The Olympics already represent peace, goodwill and sportsmanship. Why do Nagasaki and Hiroshima need to promote something that is already represented by the games. It's redundant! If both cities are allowed to host for that reason, it opens up the games to other cities to do the same as well. Why not then have them in Pearl Harbor, or Auchwitz, or Nanjing. War struck those places as well. Could not one of those places make the same claims as Hiroshima and Nagasaki? If the ONE of the cities were to be given the games, it should be based on how wll they can host the games, not based on the city's history!

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Posted in: Police sergeant arrested for urinating from JR platform See in context

What a loser, just get a diaper... stupid geriatric Japanese police service, what next, chasing people with walkers?

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Posted in: Atom smasher ramps up collisions before year-end See in context

I think it's pretty evident that God came from the internet, look him up you'll find him there!

On second note, hurrah for science, hopfully putting another nail in to the coffin of the abomination that is "intelligent design" nice try though...

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Posted in: Kristin Kreuk See in context

Wow, I wish all Canadians were that hot (before surgery)

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Posted in: Pachinko man See in context

That is such a scary image of Obama, it almost seems like a Halloween mask. I think the woman is trying hard not to notice such a spectacle.

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Posted in: What do you think President Barack Obama's first priority should be? See in context

I think Obama despite his best efforts is the new captain of a sinking ship, it's previous captain drove it on to the iceberg of recession. Too many countries own American assets, and if the foreign countries start going down, they're gonna sell it off, creating an even larger hole for Americans to crawl out of. Tis a bad year to be an American. $9.7 trillion in national debt in 2008? Good luck!

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Posted in: How would you evaluate George W Bush's presidency? See in context

+1 point for Bush, he ousted Saddam Hussain from Iraq -1 point for Bush, he never caught Osama bin Laden, nor has he effectively (that being the key word here) their terrorist network. -1 point for Bush, Instead he has made us aware of terrorism, and created large amounts of propaganda showing how he could stop something that was more complex than brute military force could solve. He then continued to throw large amounts of dollars to have that same military act on his (maybe Halliburton's?) whim? -1 point for Bush. He established prisoner camps at Guantanamo Bay, which torture prisoners, and lowered Americans to the very level of the terrorists they were trying to catch.

1 point for Bush. He has racked up astronomical military costs in Iraq, which not only did not contain WMD, but were not related to the 9/11 attacks. Meanwhile Afghanistan remained a secondary military venture, even though it is a training ground for al Qeada insurgents.

As America's head of state, I think one can assert that at least 1/3 of the blame can be placed on this man. Lets not forget his ability to institute some of the crappiest Justices of the Supreme Court in a long while. I will give Bush his credit, he finished his dad's business, but that's about all he did, besides bumble through his speeches to the public. Sorry, dubya and sarge, regardless of your opinion, the majority of the people in America and the world are wanting to forget this abysmal period in history (with the exception of those that made pockets of cash during his rule). Glad to see the back of him, and don't let the door hit ya on the way out Bush!

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Posted in: How would you evaluate George W Bush's presidency? See in context

haha, Sarge that's facetious reasoning. I could make the same claim that some special talisman kept the terrorists at bay. I believe there were other factors involved in keeping terrorists "at bay". And even if Bush's war on terror miraculously managed to keep terrorist from American shores, it proved detrimental to the American people, and the full repercussions are only starting to be felt now.

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