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Posted in: To fly through ash or not? That's no easy question See in context

drones probably don't have the same engines as the commercial planes.

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Posted in: Sharp, Microsoft develop smartphones See in context

if they could come with the HTC Evo 4G like sprint in the USA, that'd be very nice!

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Posted in: Sharp, Microsoft develop smartphones See in context

It's not a smartphone but a feature phone, maybe a dumbphone. All touchscreen phones are not smartphone. This one is not in the same category as the iPhone, HTC desire or Xperia 10.

The target is not the smae either.

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Posted in: Online marketplace takes off See in context

I already wanted to do something like that. Taking pictures to show the goods but most of the shops forbid to take pictures, how do you do then?

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Posted in: Whistling in the dark or daring to dream? See in context

so what is this article for? An introduction, talk about a song and then "go there to read" ... ?

Moderator: Please click on the Insight link to read the rest of the story.

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Posted in: Less for Moore See in context

Ogura Yuko was probably chosen because she is said to invest on foreign exchange market and it is said she's quite knowledgeable and good at it. That being said, I hate the way she talks (nosy voice) and what is worse is that she makes it on purpose, we can find some video on the net where she talks with her normal voice ...

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Posted in: Student leaps to death after trying to kill girlfriend See in context

I guess policemen (or lawmakers) don't want to do anything against stalkers because it seems japanese prison would get full very quick.

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Posted in: Cop arrested for molesting woman on train See in context

She might have waited that long for many reasons. One of them would be that she was not sure and she might just wanted to avoid accusing an innocent man who really touched her by accident. Also, by saying she's a "japanese girl" is not considering J women weak and all, but still, she's still a young woman and he's still a old guy. Foreign girl like to show they're strong but it might happen that the man is stronger, and at that,drunk so who knows if he's not violent? Maybe the girl was scared and I understand she could be. At least she reported him, that's good.

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Posted in: The age of listless, wary, anxiety-ridden and insecure young men See in context

I might be wrong but to me, that's also due to their education system ... The japanese people I know were not trained for their job at school. They learnt general things and then were proposed jobs in totally different domains. They were trained by the company but quickly and so they don't feel they can excel in their job. When I told them in my country we choose what we want to do and then go to school to graduate in that field to be effective at work later, I was told "it sounds good but stressful" ...

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Posted in: A Krispy Kreme autumn See in context

I've never tried those doughnuts, because I don't want to wait that long in a line for doughnuts!

Are they even good?

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Posted in: Izumi Mori launches dogwear fashion brand Celebra Dog See in context

Why don't we ever see or read about these idiot "talento" doing anything good, like handing out food to the homeless in a shelter or donating money to a women's refuge etc !!!!!

That's because in Japan that wouldn't help your image I guess. If you see an american celebrity doing something good, in USA, people would think "what a nice person! I will see her/his movie!". In Japan, they don't need that, they just need to show their face and people go to see the movie as they are suggested ... and if the talento does something nice, people won't care anyways...

I guess that's also a difference in culture. Outside of Japan, al ot of people feel guilty not to help others and seeing a celebrity doing so might make them think "this better is better than me" and improve the image of the celebrity. In Japan, they would just think "Why should I help them? I don't know those people! If the talento wants to help them, fine! That's her time and mney".

Well, that's only an idea ...

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Posted in: Rockabilly See in context

I mean who doesn't know about these guys.

I didn't know ... well, I still don't know because there is no explanations with the pictures. I will have to google a little ...

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Posted in: Baby boy dies in locked car while mother plays pachinko in Akita See in context

Kurisutofu, did you think to release the baby and hold it while either waiting for the mother or going inside to find her?

I thought about that but then, if someone would have seen me entering the car, taking a baby ... a guy, moreover a gaijin ... I might have looked suspicious. Sure, I would have then explained myself once arrived at the koban ... I stayed there and thought if it last more than 20 minutes, I would call the police.

Kurisutofu, if I had been in that situation as yours I would bring it to the attention of somebody.

I wanted to do that, but there was noone on the parking lot and many shops around so I wasn't sure the mother was really in the supermarket. And then, I thought that if I talked to a japanese person, they might say "it's not my car and/or child, I don't know". So I decided on waiting a little more before calling the police.

Now I know I could have done better but on the moment I was kind of blocked in my reasoning. I almost couldn't believe that could really happen. (ok, some might say it was not that bad, there was "air con" probably, and she might have been gone for 15~20 min. But still, I was shocked)

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Posted in: Baby boy dies in locked car while mother plays pachinko in Akita See in context

Just the fact that there are posters to warn parents not to let children in the car shows there is something wrong in japan ... Once, in a parking lot of a supermarket, I saw a car with the engine still running with no one on the driving seat. It was next to my car so when I entered I took a look and saw a baby there, crying and trying to get out of the baby-seat. I was shocked and thought how it was dangerous for the baby... so many things could have happened. I waited in my car thinking what I should do (call the police, try to find the parents etc ...) and 10 minutes later the mother came back with her purchases ... I wanted to tell her something but I was so mad that I wouldn't have been able to express myself, specially with my poor japanese ... I just stared at her with an angry look, hoping she would understand... (sorry for the long comment but that story reminded me that)

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Posted in: Yukie Nakama draws curtain on trademark 'Gokusen' tracksuit See in context

I like her voice ... but like TheDave, I hate the character of Gokusen ...

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Posted in: Handcuffed gang member escapes from police in Okinawa See in context

Crowd control alone? ...

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Posted in: The end of the world See in context

They should do a movie where the hero, an archeologist, find a mayan calendar starting from January 2013!

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Posted in: Tight leash See in context

Seeing how the dad is waiting too, I would think maybe the woman are with them so the kid knows the dog already.

I don't like the leash, I find that humiliating too but I understand its usage. To me, a kid in the street, with the parents around shouldn't need to run around but if some parents feel like it, why not, and the leash is then a good idea.

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Posted in: Apple unveils new iPhone See in context

I want to buy the iPhone but I am still bound 1 year to my docomo contract ...

Japanese phones are nice but I find iPhone far more intuitive to use, and the bigger screen is a bless to read news or whatever you want on the net.

Also, the new version will allow the phone to be used as a modem, no need to jailbreak it now, and the compass will enable it to use it as a car navigation system, main reason for my will to purchase it, although the limited area covered by softbank might be a problem.

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Posted in: U.S. country artists try to build their base abroad See in context

I like country music ... where do these festivals occur in Japan?

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Posted in: Few Japanese benefit from living their 'Shanghai dream' See in context

For many people, working in a foreign country for a while is a resume builder, not a big risk. It seems strange that this wouldn't also be the case for Japanese. I've never heard of this problem for Japanese who have worked in Germany, France, UK, or US for a few years.

I know some japanese who wanted to go to work some years in USA but decided otherwise because they feared the same as stated in the article.

I told them it would be a positive thing to have experience abroad, but that was my "foreigner's opinion. Things don't work like that here".

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Posted in: Koshi Trust entertained clients at soaplands See in context

What is a soapland?

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Posted in: Idiocy versus intelligence on Japanese quiz shows See in context

Every time I hear the "heeeeee", I want to destroy my TV ... Most of the time, they are in awe of a talento who can do something really basic, that annoys me so much! I usually shout at the TV "get out of your house and meet people ... you'll see that's totally normal and we don't need your 'heeeee'"

Ok, I shout at the TV, I might be the more stupid ...

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Posted in: Cool old dude See in context

Outside a toy shop?? Are they trying to frighten the kiddies away? That's Akihabara, there is no kiddies there ...

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Posted in: A retail boom for some foreign brands See in context

yes i can picture Japanese people traveling all the way to the u.s. to buy an abercrombie & fitch t-shirt.

I heard an abercrombie & fitch store is soon to be opened in Tokyo, so they won't need to travel.

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Posted in: Aki Hoshino mistaken for minor at Macau casino See in context

I don't really believe that ... I think she was taken for a prostitute but her agency is ashamed to admit it. Why would they go into arguing that much only to go to the restroom? To me, it's all image control. No, she doesn't gamble, no, she doesn't dress like a prostitute ...

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Posted in: A retail boom for some foreign brands See in context

I don't know about the US but recently, I've been to Paris, London, Stockholm and Roma and I went shopping and I could really see the difference in care! No one cared! On the towns listed above, a good point goes to Stockholm as at least, the staff said "hello" and smiled when we entered their shops ... In the other towns, that was not the case and if you needed help, it was really abvious you were annoying the salesman/saleswoman ... The worst was in Paris where after paying the items, I was told "Ok, you're done?" ... As Sarusenki said, I tried to ask for samples in cosmetic stores in Japan ... well, I was given a few of them, so I can't complain. Ok, a cosmetic store in Paris, while asked the same, gave us far more, plus presents "because we're from Japan and it's cool to have japanese customers" ...

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Posted in: Shizuoka woman held for prostituting 15-yr-old daughter to 71-yr-old ex-husband See in context

Fortunately the guy came to confess. Who knows if the mother wouldn't have decided to continue with other men, seeing how much easy it was to make some money this way.

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Posted in: The X (Japan) Factor See in context

Should we pronounce "hide" like in "To hide" in english, or "hi-de" in japanese?

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Posted in: Japanese teach Parisiens about street tidiness See in context

888naff ... seems you haven't read the previous posts ^_^.

I was thinking that if the countryside is that dirty, that might be a good thing to take that in picture and create a website to expose it, with the name of the place and the date. Japanese might feel ashamed or something and might decide to act against that.

If all foreigners worked together, we could even create this website in any languages!

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