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Posted in: Yakuza tone down events, step up relief efforts in quake-stricken areas See in context

“Before its Kobe headquarters was built, it had arranged for boring to be undertaken, which succeeded in tapping an underground water source,” says the aforementioned gang watcher. “They took the initiative in making this water available to people in the neighborhood, along with food supplies.”

Everything comes with a price, whether the Yakuza collect on it or not. If the person taking much needed water was recognized as a business owner, I'm sure it would be carefully recorded for possible future exploitation. They're only doing their jobs diligently.

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Posted in: Foreign box office sales plunge after Japan quake See in context

We're planning to watch a movie during the upcoming Spring break holidays. Life in the rest of Japan doesn't stop because eastern Japan has.

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Posted in: Germany set to abandon nuclear power for good See in context

I call an about-face by the German government on forsaking nuclear power within a year.

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Posted in: Former model Esie is equal parts pixie and operatic howler See in context

“If I can’t go over in Japan, then it’s not a problem! I’m not AKB after all.”

That statement won me over. Whether she has the talent and luck to succeed, time will tell. But her attitude is awesome!

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Posted in: Saitama Super Arena overflows with volunteers See in context

Here's a story of shame: a teacher at my school tried to scuttle my announcement that I was collecting supplies for a relief effort put on by ALTs because he thought that Japanese should take care of their own people and didn't need any help from foreigners.. WHAT?

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Posted in: Missing U.S. teacher's body located in Ishinomaki See in context

If an earthquake strikes, get ready for a possible tsunami. Hopefully we will all remember this lesson if we were caught in a situation like that.

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Posted in: New York Times to start charging for website See in context

New York Times has some good in-depth coverage and interesting articles by guest writers, but I could easily replace them with free online articles from the traditional magazines (like TIME) or with new media websites (like HuffPo). Is this an attempt at emulating the Apple business model? Unfortunately, they are a content producer and that category plays by very different rules. Nevertheless, I will miss their America-centric, liberal view on things.

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Posted in: Sake brewer loses all to tsunami, vows to rebuild See in context

It's unfortunate that the Japanese economy is at a low point right now, because what is sorely needed are emergency loans for deserving people and companies that need to get back on their feet. These kinds of people are the ones who will rebuild the shattered regional economies of Tohoku.

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Posted in: Two men steal quake donation money from Fukuoka 'gyudon' restaurant See in context

May a tsunami laced with radioactive particles wash over their carcasses after the earth opens up and swallows them.

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Posted in: Dalai Lama says he'll give up political role See in context

Anytime a controversy connected with China comes up, paid commenters based in China usually come crawling out of the woodwork and start spouting propaganda. They're like roaches.

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Posted in: China's growing sway felt in Niseko ski town See in context

Great foresight shirokuma2011! Take Whistler for example: it's a bustling place on the weekends when the crowds come in, but it's a freaking ghost town any other time (even though there are luxury domiciles in and around the place). The situation is exacerbated by the fact that it's hard to reach from the nearest population center (Vancouver) and this makes everything expensive.

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Posted in: Pizza and Pizza Chefs in Japan See in context

I went to Pizza Hut and they didn't make it like they do in Canada. I can enjoy a margarita made by a Italy-licensed chef too, but I expect consistency within the brand, know what I mean? They didn't even have pineapples to make Hawaiian pizzas. At Pizza Hut! Travesty!

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Posted in: True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki See in context

Ninjitsu is really a "combative martial art"? What do they do during tournaments, throwing star capture the flag? Ceiling drop obstacle courses?

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Posted in: The TV viewer's guide to sumo bout fixing See in context

Beware of tarring all wrestlers with the same brush. These unnamed sources could be using the scandal try to hurt an innocent person's reputation.

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Posted in: JAL amends international baggage rule See in context

LostinNagoya: They might be inflexible on some things, but they compare favorably to the American lines flying the same route. Maybe ANA could give them a run on their money for customer service though..

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Posted in: Ko Shibasaki celebrates Hollywood debut as Keanu Reeves’ lover in '47 Ronin' See in context

Reeves, who will have a samurai hairstyle for his role, praised Shibasaki’s talent and physical beauty, calling her “mysterious and beautiful.”

"Ohh those inscrutable orientals!"

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Posted in: Mystery solved in death of legendary Japanese dog Hachiko See in context

"This denial brought to you by the Japanese Yakitori Chimpira Association."

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy falls to death from Tokyo apartment building See in context

Seems odd that he would do from the 5th floor if he lived on the 8th. Would make more sense to jump from the 8th.

People that are stressed to the point of suicide don't usually make rational decisions, like which floor to jump from. He probably felt the pressures intensifying as he walked down the steps or descended in an elevator until he couldn't handle it anymore and made a fateful decision to jump.

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Posted in: Aquos 3D TV See in context

My current medium sized TV costs less than the glasses required to view this 3D one.

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Posted in: Oscars go young and hip, with predictable results See in context

Lipstick on a pig.

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Posted in: Assassin maintains he can't remember shooting RFK See in context

His lawyer is an attention whoar.

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Posted in: For many Japanese, laid-back overseas vacations a one-way ticket to nowhere See in context

Let's sum up this article: -Marijuana is BAD. -Travelling outside of Japan is SCARY.

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Posted in: Gadhafi forces, foreign mercenaries strike back at revolt near Tripoli See in context

How difficult is it to send a Predator drone over Libya and fly a Hellfire into Gadhafi's palace?

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Posted in: Wisconsin Assembly passes bill taking away union rights See in context

If you wanna see what happens to the working class without unions, go to China. Of course company owners and managers wanna abolish unions, it means more profit for them. It has nothing to do with the economy.

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Posted in: Remains of missing Kanazawa housewife found buried on beach See in context

Sad story.

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Posted in: Costco reshapes wholesale industry See in context

They're opening a Costco in Kobe (nishiku) about 5 minutes from my apartment in the fall, except I'm going back to Canada before then ARGGGG!!!

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Posted in: Japan slowly learning to embrace organ donation See in context

Use the teachings of Zen Buddhism to back the cause. Your body is just a container for the immortal soul--why not recycle when you're done with it?

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Posted in: Starbucks customer, told to stop hitting on girls, assaults worker See in context

Headline should have read "Starbucks employee hits on girls, coworkers"

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Posted in: Bieber on the cover? Are you MAD? Yes, yes we are! See in context

It would be awesome to be on the cover of MAD magazine! I'm sure he likes it too, if he knows about it. Do kids these days know about MAD?

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