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Posted in: Stocking up See in context

Donation via Red Cross is the most reliable.

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Posted in: Stocking up See in context

People, sending money is the most preferable and most efficient thing that we can do right now. Even if you send stuff now, there are no way to be provided to the people in those areas because the normal logistics is still not working. We cannot send anything to there even from inside of Japan. After few months later, it would be OK. Be patient and let's do whatever we can do right now.

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Posted in: China's Zhang says Bale to star in Nanjing project See in context

I hope this movie is not a propaganda as usual. Does anybody make a movie from Japanese side?

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Posted in: Jack Bauer will always be having a bad day See in context

Of course, Season 8 isn’t the end of Jack Bauer.

Now I'm watching Season 8 and still have 2 epithodes to watch. Unfortunately I know how it ends before I watch last 2 epithodes. I expected Jack would be dead because this is the final season.

I like 24 very much because Japanese people can learn a lot about patriotism.

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Posted in: Okinawa gubernatorial election sure to show opposition to U.S. base See in context

US bases are absolutely necessary in Okinawa, especially in the current situation with S/N Korea and China. I know there are many people in Okinawa who are not against US bases. If Japan discuss the removal of US bases out of Japan, we also have to discuss having military so that Japan can fight independently. Moreover, the governer cannot decide the removal of US bases because this is what the government should decide.

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Posted in: Why are Japanese women so eager to bare themselves? See in context

The magazine which contains this article has very low quality. Don't believe this that much.

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Posted in: Why do you think that Christmas decorations and illumination displays are put up so early in Japan? See in context

Because they have to finish the Christmas decorations on 25 december precisely. The new year is more important for Japanese, so they have to change everything especially in shopping centers or supermarkets. On 26 dec. the promotion for the new year begins. They don't have much time. Thus they have to begin the Christmas decoration early.

Christmas is for fun and gift, which help Japanese economy stimulate. The new year is traditional with families, which push up the economy, too.

I don't think all the illuminations are for Christmas. You can feel warm in the winter time by seeing illumination light.

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Posted in: Welcome, Red Army! See in context

the benefits to Japan from allowing tourists from China far outweigh the supposed dangers

Japan has paid a lot of money to China as ODA (Official Development Assistant) since 1979. The total amount turns to be 3 trillion yen. I believe this aid helped Chinese people richer. Stopping this is much far outweight the acceptance Chinese tourists.

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Posted in: 24 hours a day See in context

I've already bought this DVD and will begin to watch from tonight!

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Posted in: Nobel Peace winners in Hiroshima argue for nuclear weapons ban See in context

I wonder why they argue for nuclear weapons ban in Japan? Japan doesn't have nukes.

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Posted in: Taiji meeting on dolphin hunt set for Nov 2; public to be barred See in context

It's a better move that the activists get a chance to express their opinion. As a Japanese, I hope they will never break the fishermen's property, which they did while they were making "The Cove." Also, they should visit just one of the monuments which Japanese built to mourn whales and dolphins.

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Posted in: Happy birthday See in context

Happy birthday.

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Posted in: How do you think Ichiro Ozawa will do as prime minister if he wins the DPJ leadership election on Sept 14? See in context

borscht- It would be interesting to see if they accept foreigners as party members, though, wouldn't it?

Yes, they accept foreigners, as long as they live in Japan, as a party member or supporter. In their Japanese page, they say "民主党の基本理念と政策に賛同する18歳以上の方なら、どなたでもなれます。在外邦人または在日外国人の方でもOKです."(Anybody who agree with the basic principles and agenda can become a party member, incl. Japanese people who live overseas or foreigners who live in Japan.) http://www.dpj.or.jp/sub_link/volunteer/index.html

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Posted in: How do you think Ichiro Ozawa will do as prime minister if he wins the DPJ leadership election on Sept 14? See in context

Zenny11- I am talking about Japan and Japanese citizens usually cannot elect the PM. First of all, Japanese Constitution allows only people with Japanese nationality to have suffrage rights.

Ordinary citizens cannot vote this time, of course, unless heshe is a "DPJ member or supporter" because this is the leadership election of one party. You can be a "DPJ member or supporter" if you registrate yourself and pay annual membership dues of 6,000 yen or 2,000 yen, no matter what your nationality is. Read No.2 in the following page. http://www.dpj.or.jp/english/sp/election2010_arrangements.html

In Japanese politics, the leader of the ruling party becomes the PM. Thus even if you dont have Japanese nationality, you can vote this time because you can buy the right to vote by 2,000 yen.

Ikkochan- Ordinary citizens cannot vote this time!

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Posted in: How do you think Ichiro Ozawa will do as prime minister if he wins the DPJ leadership election on Sept 14? See in context

In other words, Japanese PM could be chosen by foreigners. Insane!

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Posted in: How do you think Ichiro Ozawa will do as prime minister if he wins the DPJ leadership election on Sept 14? See in context

The biggest problem here is that even foreigners can vote as long as he/she is a member of DPJ.

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Posted in: Day of the dolphin See in context

Disillisioned-The example of dolphins' breaking aquafarms might have been a little bit confusing. I just wanted to show the different point of view. The dolphin hunting is allowed by the Japanese law, but I accept the way of killing seems cruel though it is the tradition. How many people know that there are shrines where whales/dolphins are enshrined, and monuments or cemetries for whales and dolphins to express gratitude for their lives?

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Posted in: Threats keep dolphin protest out of Taiji See in context

neogreenjapan-Regarding the mercury level, yes, dolphin meat contains more mercury. Japanese gov't has certin indications about the maximum consumption per day, especially for kids and pregnant women.

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Posted in: Day of the dolphin See in context

Dolphins sometimes break aquafarms belong the coast. This is one reason why people have to hunt dolphins. Does he have the alternative way to protect the aquafarms from attacking by dolphins? Or does he have the new technology which give minimum pain to dolphins in being hunted? He can go to Taiji and discuss above with people in Taiji. I think this is the easiest way to solve dolphin problem.

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

bicultural-Whale meat had been sold in supermarket across the country until 1986. But, according to "Catch a Wave" (27 May, 2005),

whale fishing for commercial purposes was largely suspended by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986, and whale meat gradually disappeared from Japanese meals. As for the mercury levels, it is the same for all other fish/sea animals, including tuna. Japanese gov't has certin guidline for the maximum consumption per day, especially for pregnant women or children.

Dolphin hunting is one of Japanese tradition and people in Solomon Islands are also hunting dolphins.

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Posted in: Ebizo-Mao wedding gets average 18.7% viewer rating See in context

Congratulations!

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