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Posted in: The dumbing down of Japanese students See in context

Some people mentioned using romaji instead of kanji for Japan. Hehe, not gonna happen. Japanese is a beautiful language the way it is with the combination of Kanji, hiragana, and katakana. It's fun to read if you are dedicated enough to learn it. For Japanese, it's natural. For westerners, only the hardcore, strong, and patient, can manage to put in the time necessary to master kanji.

Personally, as someone who has studied the Japanese language formally in university and has lived in Japan for years, I can assure you that such a plan will never work and should never be considered. There are too many words that have the same pronunciation to ever have any roman alphabet replace them effectively. I'm sure those of you who can read kanji will agree that kanji can actually help you read faster.

Kanji is not the problem. Heck, even countries that use the alphabet, there are still quite a few cases of illiteracy. So what should they do, spell words like they sound? Wow, that wood maik mee laff!!!

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Posted in: Some wives wish their husbands would hurry up and drop dead. See in context

@womanforwomen -

Thanks for the feedback. I agree, the respective roles of the parents are supposed to compliment each other. Without the father's attention, children lose out. Mothers are usually pretty good about being there for the kids.

My biggest worry is being hated by my own kids. Wife is bad enough.

Hmmm, what's the solution?...

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Posted in: Croc attack See in context

Hey, Crocs are comfortable. I wear a pair at the office. It's nice to take off your shoes and slip into something really comfortable. Makes the long hours at the office almost bearable.

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Posted in: Some wives wish their husbands would hurry up and drop dead. See in context

Curious how women's opinions would change if husbands spent more time helping to raise the children... Any comments ladies?

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Posted in: The Toyota story set to run and run See in context

Man, the remaining American automakers couldn't have asked for a bigger break than this. Talk about timing, maybe there's still hope for Detroit.

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Posted in: Final run See in context

Japanese cry whether they win or lose.... For all I know, this picture could have been taken after she won the gold...

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Posted in: What do you think about the custom in Japan of women giving chocolates to their male co-workers on Valentine’s Day as a form of “obligation,” and then receive chocolates back from the men on White Day See in context

I think the reason why some girls dislike it is because perhaps they got burned one too many times in the past and now they're kind of jaded by the whole custom.

For other girls, I think they like having an excuse to give someone they like at work something nice using the facade of "giri choco".

Although I personally enjoy receiving chocolates at work, in the name of fairness, it shouldn't be a rule. Just for close friends or persons of interest.

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Posted in: Would you be willing to pay for access to newspapers' online content? See in context

No...

I remember back in the late 90's when I used to enjoy watching free CNN online video reports until they started charging for it. Then I switched to watching MSNBC for my US news and have been doing so for more than a decade.

Like most people have mentioned, content should be payed for by advertising just like TV. I'm assuming that the Internet will just replace TV, but the way we enjoy it won't change all that much.

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Posted in: Triumph girl Reiko Aoyama shows off sweet lingerie See in context

Beautiful model...! I know how he feels; notice how he's trying to hide his woody....

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Posted in: Good riddance to 2009 See in context

Luckily for me, 2009 was a "stable" year professionally. As opposed to some folks I know who lost their jobs and still can't find work despite their skill set and work experience. My heart goes out to them. On a personal note, 2009 started off great but ending on a sad note. I'm so glad this year is finally coming to a close. Sure hope 2010 has some good things in store for all of us....

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