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Posted in: M8.5 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands See in context

The thing I fear the most atm is the building. I don't see a point in crawling under the table if the building collapses. the dorm I live in is very old, and makes unpleasant sounds when the earthquake happens.

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Posted in: M8.5 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands See in context

And I can hear helicopters flying around in Tokyo. Ever since the earthquake.

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Posted in: M8.5 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands See in context

Is it norla to have 3 earquakes with the magnitude of 4 in Tokyo in just one week? I've been living here since April, and it's the first week that had so many earthquakes let alone such strong ones. I'm not talking about the epicenter magnitude right now.

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Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what professions they don’t want to date See in context

I've noticed it before but I do agree with a lot of people here that Japanese women are very pragmatic when choosing men. They want a lot of attention and a lot of money. I hate that side of Japanese women to be honest. And how could you not want to date a doctor??? That's probably the sexiest profession alive, lolol. I know about irregular hours but it seriously does depend. My mom's a doctor and she never really gets overtime and stuff, it depends on the sphere. And pilots? Why? This survey is really stupid. Japan's too much into stereotypes

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Posted in: Samsung removes logo from smartphones in Japan See in context

Oh, c'mon, what kind of Korean products are better in quality that their Japanese counterparts? I'm not Asian, and I do not work for an electronic company but as a usual consumer I prefer to buy Japanese stuff, from smartphones, TVs, PS Vita to Japanese cosmetics, and stuff. Korean things suck. And I do not say that because I dislike Korea or anything, I have quite a few Korean friends. But based on my experience I did not like Korean things that I bought. Since I do have the money to spend on all that, I do value high quality, and Korean electronics seem to have reached the ceiling with their average quality, haven't noticed a single worthy premium product produced by Korean companies.

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Posted in: Samsung removes logo from smartphones in Japan See in context

Iwent to AU the other day and it's way cheaper to iPhone 6 than Sony, Samsung or any other famous brand. While in my home country it's the total opposite. My mom has Samsung (don't remember the model) and it sucks so much compared to Sony Z3, for example (even if we put Apple aside). My personal favourite right now is Sony Xperia Z3. Camera's currently the best one out there. Batter y life is great compared to other android smarphones (I charge it once every two days even though I watch videos on it quite a lot). While Samsung.... well, it became worse and worse with each passing month starting from maybe the 3rd month of usage. I've had Sony Xperia Z3 for over 6 months and it's still as good as new. While my iPhone 5's battery has become a lot worse right after exactly one year had passed after the purchase.

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Posted in: Frantic bid to save scores of beached dolphins in Ibaraki See in context

In my opinion, they were definitely escaping from an earthquake. But the question is what kind of earthquake it was/is. There are lots of so-called seaquakes that happen in the ocean and do not influence earth and as far as I understand dolphins, for example, can get seriously injured due to the changes in water pressure and so on during the seaquake, so they try to escape. Of course, the other option would be that they're running from the earthquake. Yes, indeed, a similar think happened in Kashima, Ibaraki 5 days before the tsunami which is like an hour ride down south from Hokota. HOWEVER, a similar thing happened to dolphins that beached in Tokyo bay in 2001 in February, and there was no tsunami or major earthquake afterwards. At least newspaper articles about that still remain if you google it.

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Posted in: Haruki Murakami's new novel goes on sale in U.S. See in context

Murakami's way of narration is very Japanese, to those infamiliar with japanese language it sounds very peculiar and interedting, while in hapanese it's super normal. I think that's partially why he's so popular

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Posted in: Nursing home employee arrested for beating elderly resident See in context

No matter how hard that job is, he CHOSE it himself. Leave instead of whining, theres always a choice. I dont get such people. You either do your best at it or leave.

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Posted in: Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague See in context

That's actually rather frightening

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Posted in: Woman robbed of underwear while walking home See in context

lol lol lol. My underwear is at least 3 times more expensive than my clothes, so I'd be really sad xD

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Posted in: Breaking the rules See in context

Had a quarrel about this with my smoking colleagues today. They just don't get what's so wrong about smoking, because like my coworker says, the air we inhale is a lot more polluted than the smoke, therefore it's blasphemy. I strongly disagree. I hope regulations on smoking will be strict.

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Posted in: Why do Japanese cleaning crews bow at trains? See in context

I think it's just an old habit of theirs, and I doubt they have ever actually questioned whom they're bowing to. Nothing good, nothing bad, just the way it is. I love Japanese courtesy but can't deny that they do go overboard sometimes.

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Posted in: Parents in Russia request ban on 'Death Note' See in context

I'm Russian, and I don't share those parents' opinion. There are crazy people all over the world, but it kinda saddens me to see that this article is just a cause to put Russia down. I'm not a patriot, nor I agree with lots of things that happen here, but it's still kinda sad.

As for @Yuri's comment: Actually I've always thought that since the Japanese had the biggest suicide rate in the world, they were the most influenced ones, no? It's a bit weird to see a comment like that, as if you don't know what's going on in your country.

As for Russia, suicides (particularly, teenage ones) don't happen here often. So when someone commits it, it's always huge news. Yes, bullying is present, like it is everywhere, but it's still a pretty rare thing here.

As for the parents, I think it's really stupid, and I doubt the president will pay attention to it, because it's impossible to prove the connection between the girl's death and the series. I myself love the series, and it's pretty popular here, but it's awesome in terms of suspense, plot and characters, neither me nor anyone I know would ever have any idea of trying to connect the series to the real life.

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Posted in: Hashimoto pressures school to cancel some entrance exams See in context

I also dislike Hashimoto and his often show-offy actions, but isn't he kinda right on this one? They can't just go and change the programme, the senpai/kouhai system, etc right away, because it means changing their mentality. It's impossible, at least for now. In this case, Hashimoto just wanted to punish the school for allowing such a thing to happen, I think it's pretty reasonable, because a kid actually died. By suspending entrance exams, he decreased the number of prospective students, and I'm sure that will lead to declien in the budget, and also all the teachers will be replaced.I think it's not a bad idea. It might take forever to find out who was aware of acts of violence and who was not. Besides, it's not like those teachers will be fired, just transfered. No, seriously, what's so bad about the decision? Now all schools know what will happen to them, if such severe bullying occurs on their grounds. Since neither the BOE nor the teachers seem to understand the whole seriousness of the issue, I suppose Hashimoto decided to control them with fear? In this case, I think, his dictatorship is reasonable. You can't always solve everything diplomatically. There's a lot more I want to right regarding this topic, but I hope no one misunderstands my comment.

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Posted in: Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda one of Vogue Japan's Women of the Year See in context

Is it the Japanese definition of beauitful? Maybe it's just me or the girl looks super generic?

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Posted in: Fans rank the 10 anime to watch out for this fall See in context

Almost all the titles in the article remind me of Japanese tv shows, especially the manne in which they're voiced. So maybe it's to be expected?

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Posted in: Fans rank the 10 anime to watch out for this fall See in context

Yeah, why are the 90% of these titles the otaku type? I'm looking forward to Zetsuen, KK (this one especially, loved the trailer). Shin Sekai Yori looks awesome, at least the first episode.

And of course, GINTAMA. Everyone's been waiting for it.

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Posted in: China pledges to defend territory after Japan says it will buy islands See in context

As if Japan has no other major issues to invest its money into. This is ridiculous. What about the N-energy? How about increasing the number of jobs? But NO, it has some spare 2 billion yen to spend on two islands even if it could lead to strained relations with other countries. Maybe the government drinks a bit too much?

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Posted in: Hackers hit Sony again, stealing info from 400 mobile clients See in context

Does it influence Sony clients in other countries? Everything I have is by Sony - my laptop, PSP, Sony Cybershot and Sony Xperia S. I love love love its gadgets and its quality but just what the hell is going on with its security??? I'm never gonna enter my credit card number anywhere within the limits of Sony network.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro employee arrested for taking upskirt photos See in context

I really don't get it. What else can you see there except for panties? Panties from that angle aren't even arousing. They must surely be sexually unsatisfied if even such tiny things turn them on. And what's more, a metro employee. Oh wow.

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Posted in: Award-winning manga to be available for anyone, anytime; author won't request royalties See in context

This is a great idea but for not so popular mangaka would that be an option? You can do that when it's an award-winning series, but what if you just draw minor... let's say, shoujo stories? But on the other hand, it's one of those ways of ealing with internet piracy, so it's not a bad idea. I wonder if anyone's gonna follow his example. I bet only male mangaka would. But I don't think Naruto or Bleach-type of manga would ever do that.

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Posted in: Apple won't include YouTube app in new mobile software See in context

Oh and (Sorry for another comment) Android version 4 (At least on my Sony Xperia) has a very nice version of Youtube application. I use it all the time. I've seen the iPhone version of it, and it's kinda different.

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Posted in: Apple won't include YouTube app in new mobile software See in context

I have Sony Experia Arc S anyway.

Honestly speaking, I find it a lot cooler than iPhone. Its menu has a lot more useful programs than iPhone and the screen and the camera are SUPERB, just like a normal camera. I'm a fan of Sony through and through, having PSP, Sony Cybershot and a Vaio laptop. But of course there are some pros and cons like there always are.

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Posted in: Russia's Medvedev to visit disputed Kuril isles See in context

@KariHaruka That's exactly what I said. I'm curious myself which country they would choose. When I said that I think they would choose Russia over Japan, it's not because Russia better than Japan or anything, but simpyl because they might not want to become part of another country all of a sudden, because it means huge changes in everything, and I don't think it will be accepted easily by people. Just based on psychology.

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Posted in: Seismologists warn gov't against restarting nuclear reactors See in context


Hm, well, I'm a complete amateur here, but at least Russia hydro-power plants are in majority, so we don't really pay much for electricity, so that's why I was proposing them. But I know some people that work in that industry and they say that hydro-power plants are harmful for nature in long-term, but I still think they're the least dangerous.

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Posted in: Japan probes website attacks by Anonymous hacker group See in context


Agreed. I also think something has to be done. But I also wonder if there actually IS anything that could make the government change this law. I think Japan's been stripping people of privacy recently. Starting with tattoos and followed by this law. I wonder how far it's gonna go.

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Posted in: Seismologists warn gov't against restarting nuclear reactors See in context

@basroil Don't start your comment with mocking people. I wasn't blaming or laughing at anyone iny comment. I compare the price to my country's energy price and we pay a lot less. But we mostly use hydro power stations here.

About safety. from the engineer's point of view, yeah, all plants are equally dangerous. But I'm talking about the nation here. I'm not talkign about 10 people, I'm talking about millions of people. And radiation is scary because it's invisible, and you can't fight it. And cancer is one of the worst deseases possible.

You're saying a similar thing to what one guy said to me not long ago. He said that nuclear plants are not any more dangerous than riding a car, a plane or a train. I personally think such things can't be compared. And if choosing to save energy by blackouts or to use nuclear energy, I'd choose the former. But it's just my choice.

Being sick is one of the scariest things. Thyroid cancer can also be the result of radiation. Like after Chernobyl disaster, 60-70% of kids born nearby had thyroid cancer for the next 10 years or so. Coal plants have never been an option for me.

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Posted in: Japan probes website attacks by Anonymous hacker group See in context

I don't think what this group did will have any effect on the government. I highly doubt anyone would change this law about ilelgal downloading. But it feels creepy that some old men from the ministry have all my PC data. I feel violated as a girl.

Good job, dudes! There are so many organizations in Japan that need to wake up, that I can't even foresee where the hackers group is heading next xD

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