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Posted in: Drainspotting: Japanese Manhole Covers See in context

Japan’s visual history is one of unparalleled beauty and design

Yes, up until the 17th Centaury. Since then it is square and ugly and utilitarian. There is no beauty in modern Japan, just as there is no soul. Visit Europe and adjust your reference.

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Posted in: Principal fails in cover-up after student's rib fractured by teacher See in context

They should be charged with assault and sacked immediately. The parents should sue the principle and teacher personally. Make them suffer.

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Posted in: Head of ward office in Okinawa town sets man on fire in parking lot See in context

And his name is Madoman? He is a madman.............

FAIL

I think much of this barbaric behaviour is inspired by violence on >television.

Duh, when was the last time you saw someone doused with gasoline and set on fire, on TV? FAIL

People get strange ideas and then, really, do they expect to get away >with it?

Do you really think he cared about getting away with it?

What a barbaric country. On the other hand, this is human nature, the >desire to harm others and not care about consequences.

Really? So the 99% of people who live in peace are to be judged by the 1% who want to kill or wage war............ FAIL

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Posted in: Four youths arrested for beating student unconscious See in context

And nobody noticed this going on for an hour....................sad.

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Posted in: Argentina blocks British supply ship in Falklands dispute See in context

Journalism impartial........... now that is a good one. The day news is more fact than opinion will be a shocker.....

The Brits will just have to go kick some Argentinean butt again.

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Posted in: Woman held over fatal abuse of 5-year-old stepdaughter See in context

Death penalty.

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Posted in: Obama heads to high-risk, uncertain climate talks See in context

Putting his personal prestige on the line, President Barack Obama dashes to Copenhagen

Guess the teleprompter said go to Copenhagen.......... pity he does not have enough character to admit, that the whole summit is based on fake data.......but I guess he is not as dumb as Blair, who admitted that the science was faked, but that they should do the summit anyway.

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Posted in: Seven dogs bite five students in Mie school grounds See in context

Where were the teachers? Baseball bats on hand, that should be 7 dead dogs and one or two teachers with and adrenalin rushes. With pack dogs you take out the leader and the rest will run.

The owner off the dogs should be jailed. The dogs should be put down.

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Posted in: Obama's failing: Too much head, too little gut See in context

diggerdog at 09:31 AM JST - 25th November

hey even if he does fail, he will still be a god when put along side >BUSH !!! so who cares

You should care! Your country is now in more debt that a generation can pay off. And Obama want to add to the debt! The US dollar is loosing its lustre and your buying power is being depleted. But don't worry about it, I am you can find some other fool country to buy your debt.

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Posted in: Obama's failing: Too much head, too little gut See in context

cracaphat at 09:31 AM JST - 25th November

Its bad enough reading the scare mongering posts of the ill-informed >right wingers,but now having to read a RANDOM,pointless,moan of a so >called journalist, clearly shows the idea is to promote rabble rousing >arguments

Funny how the "enlightened" liberals cannot stand an opposing opinion. Since when is discussion "scaremongering?" Rabble? You do have a high opinion of yourself don't you.

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Posted in: More than 1,000 cheer Palin in Michigan for book tour See in context

SushiSake3 at 04:17 PM JST - 19th November

Sarah Palin is to serious politics what Mickey Mouse is to period dramas.

Yes. We need idiots that spend trillion on stimulus packages that don't work. We need politicians to introduce health bills that will cost further trillions, when the cupboard is bare. Honestly, nothing Palin could do could be any worse than the "geniuses" in power now.

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Posted in: More than 1,000 cheer Palin in Michigan for book tour See in context

GW at 02:15 PM JST - 19th November

sorry have to agree with those who dont like Palin, she is just not >anywhere near smart enough to get into politics at any level let alone >thinking she actually is capable of going straight to the top.

She shud stick to organizing car pools with other hockey moms & similar, >nothing at all wrong with that nice everyday living stuff, but to take >the leap to presidential level just insnt using yr noodle correctly

May I suggest you read the book. You might learn how to spell.........

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Posted in: More than 1,000 cheer Palin in Michigan for book tour See in context

smithinjapan at 01:01 PM JST - 19th November

I have no doubt that a great number of people who are not at all even >remotely as close to being dumb as Palin will still be curious what she >wrote. This is not to say they want to know her ideas, just see what all >the fuss is about. So not ALL the people who buy it will be in the single >digit IQs, just the people who believe what she says.

Rather the fool that knows he's a fool than the fool that thinks he's wise.

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Posted in: More Tokyo train stations start using lights to stem suicides See in context

Fit bull bars to the trains.................

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Posted in: Engage and criticize: Obama's split media strategy See in context

At least, for the time being there is freedom of expression in the US. Obama would have it the other way. Australian journalism is pretty good IMHO.

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Posted in: 8-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck outside home in Yokohama See in context

hoserfella at 11:27 AM JST - 6th October Right on, Timberlandic. You drive accordingly to the conditions. You >dont fly past a mess of people and cars at 50km/hr+ in a 3 ton truck >just because thats the posted speed. Common sense would have saved the >kid.

You have no idea of the speed the truck was travelling at. What distance is required to stop such a truck from 40km/hr or 30Km/hr. More than most would expect.

It is sad that the boy died, sad for his family and friends and sad for the truck driver. His livelihood may now be in question & he will have to live with what has happened . But without more information asserting blame to one party or the other is just irrelevant. I have seen as many speeding trucks as I have stupid actions by pedestrians. They are both unfortunately too common in Japan.

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Posted in: High school boy in hospital after being hit in head by shot put See in context

Classes in Japanese schools are typically of 40 or so student. When was the last time anyone here tried to manage 40 student? Sure the teachers are responsible for what happens when they are on duty, but there has to be some consideration for the stupidly huge class sizes they are forced to teach.

Re class size. I am referring to my knowledge of class sizes at two schools, one in Akatsutsumi and the other in Machida.

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Posted in: Toyota launches redesigned Land Cruiser Prado See in context

Like it or not, the VAST MAJORITY of Japan IS paved, your tiny little >country town with apparent dirt roads requiring 4WD is a small >exception. Also, the VAST MAJORITY of these types of 4x4 SUV's ARE in >deed street queens that will never see the dirt. You are kidding >yourself if you think otherwise. Look at the sales and where they are >sold. Also, this particular model is not sold in the US, that was my >point.

Rubbish. People don't typically buy 4WD's here unless they are needed. Most of Japan is mountainous, about 20% is urban sprawl. I have a Prado and it is clean as new. But I haul a Supermoto bike to the track every weekend on it, in summer. Go off-road camping about 10 time a year. Haul a Canadian canoe on it and spend time on the beautiful lakes out near Fuji and up in Fukishima. In winter I drive to the snow fields with the family. In the fall I go photo touring off-road to get to places you never would. I know other people with 4WD’s and all are active with their vehicles.

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Posted in: Republican jokes about buying license to hunt Obama See in context

knackerz at 09:58 AM JST - 28th August

This one man has spend more money in six months of his presidency than >all the sum total of all the presidents that came before him. One guy >out-spent all of them together... in six months. >

This is facinating, can I have a link to the source of this info please.

9 Trillion is the current estimate. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090825/pl_nm/us_obama_budget

But I am sure he will manage to spend more before he is finished. China owns almost 25% of US debt, but they are souring on buying more. If public health cover is adopted add that to the above figure........

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Posted in: Republican jokes about buying license to hunt Obama See in context

Taka313 at 09:29 AM JST - 28th August

Typical republican.

Taka

All made from the same mould, huh. Nice to see democrats are so progressive in their thinking.........

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Posted in: 11-year-old girl slashed by man on bike in Osaka See in context

How the hell do you slash a t-shirt sleeve without touching the skin >underneath? Better go talk to the girls again.

It is quite easy. I brushed past a sharp edge on a road barrier, while walking, and it sliced through my jeans, without cutting or in fact touching my skin.

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Posted in: No filibuster, but Sotomayor battle still looms See in context

yabits at 10:45 PM JST - 28th May I happen to find people of color to be very beautiful. Especially when >added to the group with white folks like myself. (Does that make me a >racist?)

It does is you hire some one based on the color of their skin or their race! It is so funny that people who purport to stand for equal rights are so quick to discriminate. Talk about dual standards!! I have no knowledge of the makeup of the Supreme Court, but I would hope it is made up of the best people for the job and I would hope none of them consider themselves better qualified JUST BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN or if they look beautiful.........

Code words, my God, but it amazes me how people will bend things so they are comfortable.

narrow-minded, angry and fearful white males

Hey got any other pet hates?

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Posted in: No filibuster, but Sotomayor battle still looms See in context

adaydream at 12:39 PM JST - 28th May Psssst... I'd vote for him again. < :-)

Please read my post. Did you mistakenly vote for "Change?" Many did, I somehow doubt you are one of them.

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Posted in: No filibuster, but Sotomayor battle still looms See in context

She is a racist. She believes in policy from the bench, which is unconstitutional. She is also part of the "Dumbing of America", as proven in here ruling in the New Haven firefighter's reverse discrimination case.

I am repeatedly amazed at the hatred most Democrats hold for those that voice an opinion different to theirs. Rest assured those that mistakenly voted for “Change” and now see what they have done, will not make the same mistake twice.

And for the

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Posted in: Motorcyclist campaigns to keep his family’s killer behind bars See in context

What is unChristian about wanting to keep a serial arsonist in prison? How many innocent people should burn for his pleasure before the bleeding hearts understand that some people are just messed beyond repair.

Someone should introduce him to his own ways.

I feel sad Alberto did not at least try to save his family before saving his own skin. I was not there and it is hard to judge, but I would at least have risked my own skin for my families. Also, why do people continue to not install smoke detectors? I mean they are like JPY5000. It should be law. It is in Australia. Come on people, take steps to protect yourselves and your families.

Jav

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

He did what he felt was best. That said I am glad to see him go. Out with the old school and in with a liar............

Jav

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Posted in: GOP convention opens amid talk of Palin's unmarried daughter being pregnant See in context

Small things occupy the minds of small people. Parents cannot control their children 100% of the time and teenagers will make mistakes. What is important is that families come together to support each other. Those like Obama that may try to score some political points from this are just weak. Wish he would give as much though to some original "change" policies.

Jav

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Posted in: McCain picks Alaska Gov Sarah Palin for running mate See in context

Damax6 at 12:09 AM JST - 1st September

i see all the crap here, in november it will be all finished, OBAMA will >be the President, the old geezer will whimper away, the moose-eater will >go back doing just that.

The old geezer, is tried and proven. The "change, change, err, um, ah oh," fella will loose. America is not ready to give the presidency to someone with so little experience, and virtually no policies to mention other than "not what they want." I hope there is a black President one day, but one with integrity. Obama is a fake.

Jav

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Posted in: Japan struggling to fight shortage of skilled engineers See in context

It is easy to blame others for anything that is not to our liking. And how does the Japanese tax payer pay for someone’s training and skills? If I am not correct, correct me, but most people pay for their own education. Skills are accrued while gainfully employed or on training programs. Very few if any, training programs, involve tax payers, other than as companies, and said companies are having work performed.

The solution to any engineer shortage is to make engineering jobs more attractive to potential employees, and also improve access to engineering courses. Mentoring as mentioned in the article is also a good idea.

Jav

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Posted in: Yakuza 'misunderstood' by foreign media See in context

Yakuza are criminals. Unlike Robin Hood they peddle drugs, steal cars/bikes, traffic people & extort money from businesses and people.

I don't personally care what they give away or when, tolerating them as part of a society is just wrong. How many people have died from the drugs they peddle or at their hands………………….

Jav

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