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Posted in: Dolphin-hunting town begins annual pursuit See in context

why hasn't the J Government banned the sale and consumption of it?

Because it's a tradition! We can't just ban traditions! ... actually, I don't know. But pretty much any major health organization in any other country advises against eating dolphin meat at all, which counts for something.

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Posted in: Dolphin-hunting town begins annual pursuit See in context

People gotta get mercury poisoning. Wait a second...

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite examples of the way English is misused in products, advertising and pop culture in Japan? See in context

Not advertising or pop culture, but my favorite example had to be when all of my students misspelled "deer" as "beer" on their tests. The sentences became hilarious, and the students learned a valuable lesson about letters.

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Posted in: Drunken man arrested after man falls to death off train platform See in context

hakujinsensei & cadmium: I couldn't agree with you both more. Nobody in their right mind would stand two feet away from a speeding car on a highway, so why do railway companies have you standing that close to a train going even faster? My local station has no gates, protection, whatever, and the concrete platforms you stand on to get on the train are no more than four or five feet wide. Yet express trains regularly pass through there at high speeds. One false step and you end up like this poor guy.

It's a tragic accident that could have been prevented by a number of things, unfortunately. My condolences to the victim and his family.

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Posted in: Osaka man arrested for employing 50 high school girls as prostitutes See in context

Well this is messed up in several different ways. I hope he gets punished for this.

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl hangs herself at home in apparent suicide See in context

I think what's more important than the fact that this girl was home alone is that apparently she was bullied badly enough to see suicide as the only option. Absolutely tragic, poor thing.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

Everywhere I look in the Muslim world all I see is hatred, murder, mayhem and poverty.

The recent developments in Islam, such as radical or extreme Islam, are just that - recent. Additionaly, the news is only going to cover the bad things going on.

Many Muslims exist with tolerance and respect for other humans and for each other. Hundreds of years ago, while Europeans were attacking each other based on what sect of Christianity they belonged to, the Muslim world existed in peace, inventing things like algebra, some tenants of modern medicine, and agriculture. People can't remember these things - or indeed, remember that peace ever existed in the Islamic world, because the recent developments have all been so overwhelmingly negative. Islam, like everything else, is susceptible to great change.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

But then, you also seem to think its valid that they brand all of Islam as supporting the 9/11 terror attacks! Those are what are disgusting here, as well prestumptuous and audacious and odious.

Thank you, Mist Wizard, seriously, because a lot of other people seem not to register this. Two good friends of mine, both Muslim and both wonderful people, got attacked the day after 9/11 simply because of their religion. People can't seem to conceptualize that Muslims aren't all automatically America-hating terrorists. I think that's one key issue that's hurting the arguments relating to the mosque.

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Posted in: Missing centenarians cause angst in aging Japan See in context

Instead of centenarians, police are going to find hundreds of relatives scamming Grandpa's or Grandma's pension checks.

I find it impossible to believe that nobody realized that Sogen guy was dead for 32 years. I can understand one or two years, but 32?!

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Posted in: What can be done to lower the number of deaths from heatstroke? See in context

Drink water, wear light clothes (thin fabrics and light colors) and for crying out loud, go in the shade if you start to overheat. Kids on my school's sports teams keep getting mild heat stroke from practicing outside in the hottest hours of the day - come on guys, this thing is preventable! It's just common sense!

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

Now you're just being odd. The first amendmant guarantees a right to more things than freedom of religion - freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, etc. Getting rid of it won't help a thing, so I'm wondering whether or not to still take you seriously.

The only way to solve this mosque issue is to educate people, and end the fear-mongering that perpetuates hurtful rumors.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

Did you read my argument at all?

I said that the majority was suffering because a few followers of a small minority of their religion committed a heinous crime.

Many people can believe in something without it ever affecting the world at large. Most Muslims are like this. They should be able to practice their faith wherever they chose to, without being persecuted simply for their beliefs and for the location of their mosques - just like the rest of religious practitioners in America.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

give up the religion is a lot easier!

You're losing the point of your argument by turning into one about religion.

And not all Muslims are fanatics. A very small percentage of them are, actually, just as a small percentage of Christians are fanatics. Unfortunately, it's part of this small percentage that attacked the WTC, and now the majority of practitioners are having to suffer for it.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

Why is it so difficult to see these arugments from a perspective other than the one they're used to? Have we, as Americans, really become so insensitive to people different than us?

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

tell that to fdny and nypd widows

And the widows of the Muslims who were working in the buildings that day when they were hit? What should we tell them? That because they are vaguely connected by religion to those who attacked their husbands, they aren't allowed to worship near the site?

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

I'm sticking by my guns. There's no law against what the group is trying to do, and considering that there are several churches of different sects of faith in the immediate area, another house of worship/community center shouldn't really make a difference. Lingering paranoia over Muslims and Islam is what's destroying the public, not mosques.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

If anything, allowing the building of the mosque will show those few Islamic extremists "Hey, look, you guys attacked us, and guess what? We're moving on. We'll always remember what you did - and how it affected us - but we're not going to let your act of hate overwhelm us and consume our thoughts."

My biggest beef with this issue is that - as so many people have pointed out - Muslims also died in the 9/11 attacks. What must their families think about the knee-jerk reaction that this mosque will be a 'shrine to the hijackers etc etc'.

And for those of you here trashing Islam: did you know that merely decades ago, there was no such thing as fundamentalist Islam? No stoning women, no wearing burqas, no 'death to the infidel'? Islam elders in Iraq talk about the good old days when both sexes could celebrate weddings together and nobody had to cover their face. Fundamentalist Islam is a recent movement, Islam itself is a peaceful religion. What makes it not peaceful - just like Christianity, by the way - are the legions of people fighting in holy wars over it.

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Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese? See in context

I don't like the term mostly because I've seen how upset some kids here get when it's used on them. I know a Japanese-Phillipino boy who's very bright, but despite the fact that he was born in Japan, his classmates single him out as hafu or as Phillipino, never Japanese. I can see how other people would not be bothered by the term, especially adults, but I think that in many cases the way some kids use it makes it derogatory and insulting.

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Posted in: What do you do to keep cool and fresh during the summer months? See in context

Mugicha, fans, air con when it's available, and the old cowboy trick of tying a cold wet bandana around your neck. The wet cloth cools your skin and the blood flowing in that area, and then as the water evaporates (really slowly in this weather, sadly) it keeps you cool too. If my fridge were bigger, I'd do what my dad does: put my pillow in it for an hour before sleeping.

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Posted in: Confused by Japan’s cycling laws? You aren’t the only one See in context

I got yelled at via loudspeaker for riding on the wrong side of the road once. It's never happened again, but it's also never happened to the Japanese residents of my town, so...

Anyways, what really surprises me is that in a discussion about bicycle road rules and bicycle safety, no one has mentioned helmets. I don't wear a helmet here but it makes me very nervous. I'm super careful on my bike, and although I've been in a few scrapes, it was nothing serious. What drives me crazy, though, is the moms with one or two kids attached to their bikes. The adults can chose whether or not to wear a helmet, but if a serious accident happens, those kids are going to die.

Anyways, I agree with most of the people here. The bicycle rules/system needs to be fixed, it's dangerous and kind of stupid as it stands. Some of the rules make no sense at all and end up doing more harm than good.

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Posted in: IWC meeting abuzz over Japan vote-buying accusations See in context

Hope you're not losing sleep over this because this govt (pick a govt) will be wasting tax-payers' money until hell freezes over

Of course they will. But hopefully not on illegal things like buying votes via bribery. I can rant at some of the programs I paid taxes to when I lived in America (fish hatcheries, asparagus research), but at least I was pretty certain my money wasn't going towards buying prostitutes for IWC members. With Japan, however...

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Posted in: IWC meeting abuzz over Japan vote-buying accusations See in context

MrDog - Countries that are significantly anti-whaling get enough donations to anti-whaling groups from concerned citizens to fund 'anti-whaling measures' on their own. I highly doubt taxes are involved, at least to the extent that Japanese taxes are.

I really hope this bribery scandal gets international attention - that might clean the whole process up and force Japan to admit that they were doing something illegal.

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Posted in: Osaka cop caught red-handed stealing women's clothing See in context

Yes, the Keystones are back! The amount of crime committed by cops in this country kind of surprises me. And you don't hear about crimes that might be typically associated with cops, like excessive force or things like that. It's always stealing underwear or taking upskirt shots or something.

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Posted in: Face off See in context

The Hatoyama one silently glaring from the back row is kind of creepy.

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Posted in: Japan may quit whaling commission if ban stays put See in context

They are not even endangered. Manage with quotas.

I'm not entirely sure where I stand on the whaling debate, just because there are so many facets, but I can say with certainty that Japan has killed endangered species of whales for research, including Sei whales and blue whales. I believe a piece of blue whale meat turned up at Tsukiji recently, too.

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Posted in: Japan and its standardized test-based education system See in context

@ Foggia: No education system is perfect. But I think that an education system that teaches skills that can be employed in the real world for the rest of your life (creative thinking, problem solving, etc.) as opposed to skills that will only be useful once (passing that high school math exam). I'm certainly not implying that math is useless, but compare the times per week you have to use algebra to the times where you have to employ critical thinking.

Monkeyz is right: rarely is anything new. Producers of music and TV shows and animations look at what's out there and can't come up with a fresh idea (they don't know how) so they take an existing formula and rearrange it, which apparently is good enough for them. It's also why I can't read most comic books - they're all essentially the SAME (especially the romantic ones aimed at girls). Maybe if these producers and writers had been challenged to use their creativity further in school, they wouldn't be so strapped for fresh ideas.

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Posted in: People turn to advice column to air quirky family concerns See in context

Frungy, I think I see a job opportunity for you here!

Seriously, these complaints all seem rather tame to me. The complainers should just sit down and have a chat with the offenders, that might resolve all of the problems. And none of the 'shouganai' nonsense - a real discussion about the issue.

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Posted in: Girl slashed while riding bicycle in Yamagata See in context

This is bizarre. It seems like the only motive was to injure the girl. What's the deal?

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Posted in: Severed legs discovered in Niigata parking area See in context

Maybe those "appear to be two human legs" were amputated.

You'd think hospitals would have a place to dispose of medical waste properly (they probably do). So I'm guessing foul play as well.

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Posted in: How long to learn Japanese? See in context

Time considerations, ie the time it takes to do things and whether you have enough time to actually fulfill your task, simply do not matter here.

This is so true. With the incredibly high workload plus the additional burden of trying to learn the language, it's only understandable that nurses are struggling so much. Plus, it's hard to focus on two separate problems (work & Japanese) at the same time. I hope Japan wises up and implements a better program for the nurses that they so desperately want.

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