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Posted in: Sakaguchi, Yada to star in Japanese version of 'Die Hard' See in context

To create something like Alan Rickman in Die hard is hard.

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anderstungtwist: Miki is the cuter of the two.

I'm referring to Morning Musume got nothing against that other girl though.

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Posted in: Working out See in context

Miki is the cutest.

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sugamosumo: too ugly and thin for me...100% pass on her any day...

Hahaha

No really. What, are you feeder?

How can you tell she is thin when she is not wearing tight clothing.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

stevecpfc: The reason i a mostly against thsi is the suffering caused to the dolphins due to the slaughter. Any decent person with morals who watched the film would also agree, unless of course they have another agenda.

Ok yea I forgot you were. I agree with you I don't want animals to suffer either. So I guess the only point here is the protection of these secluded group of animals that I don't agree with.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

It all boils down to the fact that some want to protect whales and dolphins while others view they as any other regular fishes, sorry intellectual mammals.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

Tigerlily4

We agree with the health risk here but the movie is about Japanese "slaughter" of dolphins. And just because it's Japanese it is difficult for some posters to not jump on the usual bashing bandwagon, if ever so subtle.

Your point is just a portion of this movie, if at all, as this is not a documentary to protect the health of the people of Taiji but to protect the health of the dolphins.

Selling dolphins is not a crime. If the market is there you can sell it just like you can sell Chinese products made by unprotected workers in toxic environments like the textile or coal industry.

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Posted in: Full speed ahead for Saki Fukuda See in context

Bully in life. She was good!

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

Tigerlily4: However, my concern is much of the dolphin meat from Taiji is sold to China at around $500 per dolphin. In your opinion, do you think there's any chance of the slaughter stopping while there's a profitable demand for the - albeit - toxic meat?

I wouldn't want Chinese to eat toxic food more than i want Japan to import toxic food from China.

Out of any other reason I have no beef with killing animals for eating.

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

smithinjapan: You saw my challenge, and you've seen the links to articles that post the mercury levels as fact, so what's your problem? Do you think my challenge to the fishermen of Taiji is unrealistic?

On any health aspect every mercury argument is of course valid.

But you have other agendas that are annoyingly in all threads. Do you remember the thread about the Chinese visit? Even when you agree to the Japanese government reacting correctly you deem it a failure. It's so obvious you have the biggest beef on Japan that it's hard to read you objectively. Mabye you just have to accept that Japan does not compare to your set of a perfect society.

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Posted in: Iran's Ahmadinejad calls official version of Sept 11 attacks a 'big lie' See in context

Was there a bigger mediawhore than Ahmadinejad.

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

Papawhale: will come to their senses and stop the slaughter.

You guys have still not given a reason to why this animal should be saved?

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

Tigerlily4: National Geographic: "In the end, it might be Japanese consumers who stop the Taiji hunt. Activists, scientists, and the Japanese press have documented high levels of mercury contamination in Japan's dolphins. The Cove features Oregon State University marine biologist Scott Baker, a past National Geographic Society grantee who tested Japanese striped dolphin meat and reported in 2005 it had nearly a hundred times the amount of mercury permitted by Japanese regulations."

That's an argument I can take.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

Who cares about oscars. Especially documentary oscar.

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

smithinjapan: Here's what I say they do to end the whole affair: 1) the Mayor opens 'the cove' to the public, so they can view the slaughter in its full. If they don't want to, of course they don't have to. Simple as that. 2) the mercury level of a slaughtered dolphin is checked, in full view of camera, and processed. Regardless of the outcome, and the fishermen must be told of the levels, the fishermen must feed it, in front of camera, to both themselves and their children, and grandchildren -- as much as any regular customer or school lunch child would ingest. If they refuse, or are found to spit it out or what have you, the slaughter is stopped. If the ALL eat it up with relish, then they continue with no criticism. Sounds fair enough to me.

Have you been to Taiji or are you just making things up for your own satisfaction?

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

Smithinjapan try to look at other countries than your own as what they really are: other countries. You don't have to project your personal set of cultural values on every aspect of their society all the time. We understand that you demand the highest of morals in the country that you live in.

Moderator: Other countries are irrelevant.

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

Badge213: If dolphins weren't so pretty cute and cuddly, this documentary would of never been made.

That is true. Everyone in US loves skipper.

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

sarcasm123: From the fact that they are doing this hunt where no one can see it, I would say that it is even not acceptable in their own standards.

That is sooo holding in court.

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

sarcasm123: If so, Japan is doomed.

Yes you are right japan is doomed. This is big enough to rattle the whole world.

I seriously think this is things Hilary should really digest in.

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

smithinjapan: Sadly, the people of Taiji are just going to take their frustration out on the dolphins.

Speaking like the judge over Japan that you are, ARE Taiji going to disrespect dolphins now?

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

diggerdog -- silly post. Just because something has been part of Japanese culture for centuries does not make it right, and critisizing it does not mean you are Japan bashing. No, it is recognizing that all cultures have room for improvement/change, even Japan. Got that?

Because you think YOUR moral on what animal to kill is higher than anyone elses?

Moderator: Stay on topic please. Posts should refer to "The Cove."

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Posted in: Anger and defiance in Taiji after 'Cove' wins Oscar See in context

Killing animals to eat. Outrageous!

A human rights documentary would be so much more interesting.

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Posted in: Mao's week See in context

wow how can you be sour for that

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Posted in: Mixed emotions for Japan after women's team pursuit silver See in context

smithinjapan: if the Japanese media were an indication of the medals that other countries achieved, there would be no other countries in the world but Japan.

What is wrong with you? You always speak out of the most bitter angle possible.

It feels like you haven't been to much other places than Japan.

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Posted in: Mixed emotions for Japan after women's team pursuit silver See in context

smithinjapan: I have no doubt you think it's an interesting question. You probably also think it's 'interesting' to ask someone who catches a cold why they bothered to catch it.

No it's interesting to dissect what she thinks is the missing parts. You are not adressing the issue of whether you think that is disrespectful or not.

I'm a long time fan of figure skating compared to you who only seem interested in downtalking athletes who don't follow your code of behaviour. Who cares if she don't show happiness for silver or not. You probably haven't been close to any olympic training.

ptolemy: Japan's media are not professional journalists but just presenters

It's always funny to see foreigners put their own spectrum of rights and wrong on another countries work force. Have you seen NBC at all?

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Posted in: Mixed emotions for Japan after women's team pursuit silver See in context

browny1: The Japanese poular media, especially those with apparently little sport competition nouse, should try to admire some of the greatness of other athletes instead of searching for excuses wrapped in regret.

Grasping for straws.

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Posted in: Mixed emotions for Japan after women's team pursuit silver See in context

ptolemy: Mao Asada did not start crying until the pompous ass of a reporter asked her, "Why do you think didn't you win the gold medal?" That shows the lack of respect and propriety that a reporter should have.

I think that's an interesting question.

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Kreza23: I think there is a lot of unfair criticism from foreigners because they are misinterpreting what they hear on TV

I think that's the core of smithinjapan problem.

These stupid questions happen everywhere. You have them in Norway and Sweden. People promise a distinct amount of gold and not getting them. Ever heard of Norwegian skiing kings? Their reaction to fail makes this the micro bit that it is.

Sweden lost an olympic hockey repeat made some good stuff.

Actually I don't mind crying. I intepret it to be close to your own feelings.

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BurakuminDes: I'm losing track of each event!

lol bura. You're just funny.

In case they win gold you don't mention the equally highpowered press reaction instead you concentrate on Mao-chan. Kinda shows the objectivity of a few forumites here.

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dontpanic: "This means Watson needs more doners" Considering the number of boats he's in the market for, I'd suggest he's already getting them.

No I meant he need MORE doners otherwise he wouldn't quit the whale war.

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