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Posted in: Fujitsu asks 100,000 employees to buy its products See in context

This is one way to boost your bottom line... It works for me... I would buy some Fujitsu products - if they were available for sale in the US...

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Posted in: Pachinko man See in context

Man that is a scary looking mask in the smaller compressed photo! It does not look quite so bad when enlarged though. I think everyone everywhere is hoping for better times to come!

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Posted in: 14-year-old Saitama girl commits suicide after being bullied online See in context

I think that the bullying must be more intense in Japan than elsewhere. I was bullied as a kid, but only became stronger because of it. In the end, I ended up ending all bullying in the school by becoming the one person nobody could ever mess with - no bully won any fights against me in the end. And it only lasted to the end of elementary school. After that, no more bullying at all.

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Posted in: Sony unveils pocket-size VAIO laptop See in context

I am going to get one of these as soon as Sony's tech support answers a few questions I had about it. This is awesome! This will become my new "on the go" laptop/notebook. It fits in my pocket! It's great!

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Posted in: Man returns to Japan after stay at Mexico airport See in context

Wow what an amazing story... Did he ever mention why he was living in the airport terminal? Sounds very crazy to me...

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Posted in: Japan welcomes 1.33 million new adults on Coming-of-Age Day See in context

When would they all enter the workforce? Before or after this day? Well, I wish them all a good year, one better than last year.

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Posted in: Boy attacks sleeping father with survival knife in Saitama See in context

What a bizzare story... It sounds like there is much much more to this. Something must have been going on in that house in order to force this kid to not only NOT go to school but to come up with this plan to order the knife purposefully to stab his dad with it. And why order a knife, and not take one from the kitchen? That also makes no sense to me...

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Posted in: Man dressed as woman arrested for shoplifting in Ikebukuro See in context

Good story! A very human one in the end. The guy only ran away because he was embarassed. I guess he was too shy to go to the register to actually buy the items.

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Posted in: Cop arrested for taking picture of woman’s legs on train in Kanagawa See in context

I say good job to the cops in Japan for arresting one of their own for breaking the law. Here in the US they just hide behind their badge and say they did nothing wrong, and days later the "official report" says they did nothing wrong - even if they shot someone in the back 12 times and killed them.

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Posted in: Japanese consumers enjoy benefits of strong yen See in context

This article says people are enjoying the strong yen. Yet another article says the strong yen is destroying Japan's economy. Personally I believe the latter is the case. Japan has long relied upon exports of its goods for their economy. With the strong yen, however, Japan's money is instead of reaching Japanese companies, now flowing out to foreign countries and being diluted into the world market. The strong yen also makes Japan's goods more expensive to purchase overseas, so exports and sales of Japanese made goods are sinking to an all time low worldwide. All this does not bode well for Japan.

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Posted in: Murder suspect's lawyer says female reporter confused him See in context

Wow, this one is going to be a doozy I can see... Obviously this guy needs a lot of mental help, and probably some drugs to help stabilize his mind so he can think straight. Maybe then something would be found out. But it even seems like he may not be responsible for the girl's death - but may be responsible for putting her body there. But even that may not be true - he may have just found her body there and done nothing at all. How are mental patients handled in Japan?

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Posted in: Group seeks to scrap Google's Street View See in context

Personally I think the Street View is excellent. There have been many times where I missed something totally and had to rely upon the Street View to find it properly. I think people in Japan are being parnoid for nothing.

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Posted in: Japanese workers face horror of mass firing era See in context

I see someone else believes the same that I do, that the high value of the Japanese Yen is partially what is dooming the workforce of Japan today. If the value of the Yen was about 1/2 what it is now, then I think that trade would still be flourishing with Japan. But as I noted before, it is pretty darn scary that grown people panic so bad that their minds go blank when given a pink slip. That in itself is not healthy. I think Japan's workforce is getting a much needed reality check.

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Posted in: Majel Roddenberry, widow of 'Star Trek' creator, dies See in context

Wow, it took Japan Today for me to find this news out... I have not seen it anywhere in the US yet... Star Trek shaped my life for me from the late 1960's onward - it has been a part of my life forever and inspired many dreams for me. May she rest in peace - a new star is shining in heaven today.

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Posted in: Are companies using CSR to hide unsavory business activities? See in context

Ads like this will work in the US actually - especially if they offer to take back the used vehicles at a significant portion of the original sale price. But Toyota makes the same case that I do - that lowering the use of fuel lowers the amount of emissions generated and is better for the environment - you do not have to lower the particulate matter in the output necessarily to be more environmentally friendly. Using less carbon fuel is also more environmentally friendly.

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Posted in: Angry Ford dealer in South Carolina blasts Japanese imports in ads See in context

I have owned nearly every make and model vehicle from every manufacturer in the past 25 years. The Japanese cars are far superior to the American cars. The German cars are even better. Even Kia is better than most American cars. The big 3 automakers in the US need to make a better car - period - before blaming anyone else for anything. Why is it that of all the car makers in the world, ONLY the US branches LOSE money while everyone else is enjoying a PROFIT even with the economic turndown? Probably because of all those greedy execs who get money for nothing in the US corporations, versus the other car companies where the execs dont make more than the top paid desk worker - quite a big difference is how things are viewed and what it means to "give your all" for the company....

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Posted in: Sony cutting 8,000 jobs amid global downturn See in context

Hmmm, the news here is that Sony is cutting 16,000 jobs, not 8,000... Which is true? Is Sony under-reporting what they are doing to the Japanese media to prevent some type of panic within Japan itself?

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Posted in: Do children need to have cell phones with them at school? See in context

It is an issue of safety. They need to have the cellphones on them at all times, even in school, in class, where ever they are. And they need to be on and ready to receive any type of emergency call, and be able to make any type of emergency call at any point in time. Confiscation of the cellphones by teachers is a life threatening act that can cost a child their life. Such actions should be banned.

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Posted in: Sanyo electric bike can recharge itself as it goes See in context

So, does this mean an average human or an athletic human? An average human can put out 1/10th HP, while an athletic human can put out 1/4 HP. So what is the horsepower of the Eneloop? 1/5th HP or 1/2 HP?

For where I live in the US, an electric bike is one that goes no more than 20mph when assisted by the electric motor. But that being said, I can pedal a normal bike and reach about 30mph if I try really hard. Some top athletes can reach the 60 to 70mph range.

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Posted in: Cosmetic surgery for children becoming commonplace See in context

Wow, so young! Can kids go in and have surgery without parent's consent? Sort of sounded like that was possible based on how the article was written. I can see removing the mole and other correctional type issues, but what do they mean by "folded eyelids"? Seems like there should be a law banning cosmetic surgery for kids to make them look like an idol.

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Posted in: Palm-size projector See in context

Why such a low resolution? I had one like that that was a tiny bit larger nearly 20 years ago. They need to make one that works in HD resolutions, for 1/3 the price.

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Posted in: College students find job offers withdrawn See in context

Hmmmm, sounds like Japanese students need some grounding in how the real world works if they are going to be shocked by losing a job before they even start it - and the shock is so bad they cannot even concentrate on what they are doing. Maybe instead of concentrating on University studies, they need to be inducted into the real world workforce while in the equivalent of the US Junior High, and work a multitude of different type of jobs - everywhere from the lowest to the highest, so when they actually enter the University they know what the real world has to offer and how the real world works. Something societal has to change in Japan in order for Japan to move forward into the new Global Economy world of the 21st century.

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Posted in: 17 arrested for selling illegal porn at DVD shops in Tokyo See in context

Can someone explain to me why porn has to be censored in Japan in the first place? It makes no sense, and only adds to the frustration level of the viewers, ultimately creating a more violent society as a whole.

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Posted in: Man arrested for strangling neighbor; hints at running down neighbor’s wife in Nagano See in context

Is there any further insight into this other than "he just snapped?" This is a bit too personal for just that. Did the older couple DO something to him, or cause him to lose his job or something like that? Are followups ever done to stories like this?

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Posted in: Animator Hayao Miyazaki worries about children's future See in context

I have always loved Miyazaki's works. I thought he also did Castle of Cagliostro, the Lupin the III film, and Kiki's Delivery Service too. Both of these are the first of his films that I saw, and have always loved for a long time. I had also liked his Puss in Boots as well, having seen that as a real young kid - but I never knew that he was the one who made that one (or even that it came from Japan) for a LONG time.

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Posted in: Thai Airways International revises checked baggage policy for flights to U.S., Canada See in context

The are rioting in Thailand at the airports right now, storming the airport buildings, reports of gunfire being exchanged in the streets even. I guess this is a big deal...

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Posted in: What do you think about the way some people pamper their pets? See in context

I am all for pampering a pet. Nothing wrong with that. People could use a bit of pampering too.

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Posted in: Should sex education be taught in schools? See in context

As long as they can talk and read, there should be sex education classes to teach everything about sex, and there should be vending machines with condoms in the school bathrooms too. Anyone who believe that either by doing nothing or by delaying it to later years that nothing will happen is naive. Children are curious sexually from about the age of 5 and on. If you do not teach them this young what to properly do, and repeat it at least once each year after that, they will experiment on their own, blindly, at some point and the result will be a pregnancy. So many young men and women have so many backwards ideas about what type of sexual behavior they can do that supposedly will not result in pregnancy and end up surprised weeks later with a pregnancy. And the ages that the kids are getting pregnant are dropping too.

Many centuries ago, it used to be the job of the village elder to teach everything to the young women so they knew everything about sex, childbearing, what to do to get pregnant, and what to do to not get pregnant - by the time they were 3 to 5 years old they knew this. It is about time we in the modern age stop sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring what must be done and actually teach them at an early age.

And I do agree that the subject will float over the heads of some, which is why I believe it needs to be re-taught at least once a year for several years to ensure that those from previous years that just plain did not understand it, eventually DO understand it and the full implications of everything.

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Posted in: Woman jailed after 'killing' virtual husband See in context

Mmm, I still dont see how his character "died" in Maple Story... You just press a button and "whamo!" it's back again...

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