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Posted in: Redback spiders found in Tokyo for first time See in context

I grew up on a farm in Kansas infested with brown recluse spiders and black widows. A red-back spider is only scary because it is out of place. I apparently brought a brown spider back with me after a trip back to America. The brown smudge on the wall left after its smooshing serves as a reminder to carefully check all of my bags before leaving another continent.

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Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo See in context

Why should they protect this girl’s future after she completely took away another girl’s future?

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Posted in: Is Ginza cat being abused by its owner? See in context

I’ve owned over 100 cats in my life and that is definitely not too far for the cat to jump down.   But the only way an owner would trust the cat to stay up there and not jump down and run off is if he put a clip on the back of its neck (which forces them to freeze), which is also why the cat has that garment around its neck (to conceal the clip).

Disgusting. If I see that cat up there I am definitely going to take it down, release the clip, and go to a Koban. The owner is obviously watching nearby but screw him if he tries to interfere. I would be arrested before I let him have the cat back.

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Posted in: Court rules against man who sued NHK for using too many loan words See in context

I am not a fan of NHK, but I play piano on NHK’s ららら♪クラシック and I appeared with 宮﨑 あおい in their 蝶々さん. Yes still they beg me to pay (their guys who go door-to-door) when most of the time they haven’t paid me.

Do you think for a moment I am going to have sympathy for this person? After all the care he has for NHK, I will bet $1,000 that I have contributed directly to his enjoyment of their station (he’d know my face if he is not senile (my icon here is just my drawing)), yet he asked for $14,100?

Get a clue, guy. What’s happening to you is you don’t understand a few words (but you can infer). What’s happening out here in the real world is that us actors don’t get paid for 3-4 months after doing the job; You’d have seen it on TV before we get our money, and we too have bills to pay.

Other people are trying to make a living. Get over yourself. Just as a side-note, I used to watch TV back home in Spanish just to get familiar with a second language. I am not asking an old guy to get fluent, just that “familiar” isn’t really a bad place to be.

L. Spiro

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy falls to death from 10th floor of apartment building See in context

Every time one of these stories break you get a few loose apples saying, “Never take your eyes off your kids!!1”.

  Give me a break. Every single one of us has had our parents take their eyes off us. Privacy is just as important to a growing child as a hug. And no human on this planet could ever even never take his or her eyes of another human. Get real. Like most of us, I came home to an empty house after school every day for years. When I went to my mother’s work during summer vacation I played for hours outside away from her watching eyes.

  If your advice is to never stop watching a child, you will get downvoted for very good reasons. Stop being idiotic and pay your respects to a grieving mother who is as normal as the rest of all of us in how she raises children.

  Sorry for her unimaginable loss. I hope she can recover soon.

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Posted in: 3 family members, one relative found dead in Aichi See in context

Why do people who commit murder and suicide always get the order wrong? First suicide, THEN murder. It’s not rocket science.

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Posted in: Cop commits suicide after killing policewoman See in context

Who said he jumped from the 3rd floor? You know that most people don’t live on the top floor of their apartments and most apartments are taller than 3 floors right? “Hey I live on the 3rd floor, but my building has 12 floors. Oh look, an elevator.” Hello?


But this guy was an ass. If he was going to stab someone he should have tested his methods on himself first. Her life is over because of him, for no reason. Sorry for her and her family.

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Posted in: NHK tags house of man who refuses to pay fees See in context

My main beef with paying NHK is this: They don’t pay me. It took over 2 years for me to get payment for being a sailor in the NHK movie 蝶々さん. When I play piano on ららら♪クラシック it takes months to get paid. And these are shows I don’t even watch. Not only am I not watching TV at all, I am doing work for them while they take forever to pay and then come by my door and ask me to pay. I’m not having it.


My advice to all who want them to go away: Ask them to speak English. Even if they do, given that you don’t speak Japanese (as far as they know) it stands to reason that even if you can watch NHK on your PC, phone, or TV, you probably don’t. If you don’t have to meet them face-to-face at the door (for example if you use the intercom system in any decent mansion), this works also for Japanese.

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Posted in: Anti-whaling ruling saves face for Japan See in context

The ruling still allows Japan to come back through other loopholes in time. Let’s just hope they (the government) really did want it shut down and makes excuses not to let it start again.

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Posted in: Japan’s vending machines no match for counterfeit coins See in context

Just lovely. Now vending machines will be taken down until this is fixed. Way to ruin it for us all.

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Posted in: Y750,000 left in 29 mailboxes at Nara condo See in context

A few people received slightly more than their daily salaries. Way to go?

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Posted in: Widower continues diving off tsunami-hit coast in search of wife's remains See in context

I can’t imagine being in this position, but the way she must look now—I’d rather not have that be my last memory of her.

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Posted in: Gov't considering to create a new public holiday See in context

I’d take a day off for Mountain Dew!  Oh, Mountain Day.  Well August needs a holiday, and I need an official day to drink Mountain Dew.

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Posted in: 18-year-old youth arrested over murder of Mie girl last August See in context

Thank God they caught the fűck. Let his case be testimony to the universal fact that 18-year-olds are adults, regardless of what idiotic system a country has in place for determining legal adulthood. The legal system is either correct or it is wrong. Either way, 18-year-olds are adults and need to be tried as such.

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Posted in: China warns foreign military planes entering defense zone See in context

First-off, Abe, do it right this time and not visit some idiotic war shrine and piss off South Korea, who you might be able to sway towards your side in this matter.

From here out, let China be the aggressors, yeah?

When it comes to politics, Abe visiting the shrine was the most idiotic of all moves in the history of humankind. I mean you could look at the entire history of Africa and the award would still go to Abe.

Until now. Thank you China for declaring what is rightfully yours. You are are the weakest link. How long until the rest of the world says, “Goodbye”?

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Posted in: Singing or sinking? Justin Bieber hits new low See in context

Laguna: He should count his stars he posted a video of himself singing on YouTube, because double standards don’t apply to self-righteous dickwads. Some of us are actually working hard to make it in this industry and we don’t appreciate it when a hack happens to be in the right place at the right time.

The percentage of alcohol in his blood means nothing at 19 unless it is 0.00%. That is the maximum legal limit for anyone under 21 in America, driving or not.

I hope the judge takes one look at his mug-shot and gives him the maximum sentence. That smirk in the face of justice just goes to show you what he thinks of the law and how far above it he thinks he is.

L. Spiro

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Posted in: Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences See in context

When Abe visited the shrines, which to me was the stupidest move of his career (he could have gotten South Korea on his side if he promised them never to visit them again, after China created its air-defense zone and South Korea was on the edge) it took America a single sentence to express its disappointment in Abe and Japan.

It took China approximately a page. “We don’t stop until we are sure the whole world can understand our viewpoint.”

Then China undermines Abe’s visit to Africa, even though America and China have never been allies and still mutually held ties to Africa, even when America and not China took Africans for slaves. China’s enemies’ influence grow in Africa but China only calls out Japan? Get off yourselves.

China asks why Japan forgives America for the bombs and China wonders why Africa would hold ties to America after the slavery. Nothing but a sign of China’s own immaturity. More Jews were killed by Germans than Chinese by Japanese and yet Jews forgive Germans. Enough China.

What does China expect of Japanese militarianism? Like the whole world would just look on if Japan tried to invade China? Japan has legitimate claims to military defense, and China is highly to blame for it. Unreasonable fear-mongering, pretending Japan is a threat at all, is just making the word “China” the new buzzword for “Childish”.

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Posted in: Hacker group Anonymous takes down Wakayama website to protest dolphin killing See in context

These people have been living this way for a long time and this is how they put food on the table for their families.

Very few people eat dolphin in Japan. Their deaths are pointless. If they wanted to put food on their tables, they always have the ability to farm the land and grow tea. You know, something that is actually in demand and doesn’t bleed.

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Posted in: ANA pulls TV ad after online furor See in context

She said the wig and the fake nose were intended to show Japanese becoming more accepted overseas

The ad did not offend me so I let the offended group speak for themselves since I am not really able to represent them, but I don’t really buy this. If you wanted to make Japanese look more “accepted” overseas, show them in overseas locations behaving “normally” (relative to each location).

Have them shaking hands instead of bowing. Watching the superbowl or actually bowling. Watching rugby and downing a pint.

You can never generalize a whole group of people correctly (I am American, don’t drink, never watched a football game in my life, etc.) but aiming for cultural traits rather than physical traits is just a lot safer.

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Posted in: Fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism See in context

“Dietary culture varies and it is the wisdom of civilization to mutually respect other standpoints unless the world faces a lack of resources,” Nisaka was quoted by Kyodo news agency as telling reporters.

Then you should have no problem respecting our standpoint that this is a brutal and needless slaughter of intelligent animals who have been documented saving the lives of humans from sharks.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ok097oxyXU   Perhaps it is Nisaka who should try to be more open to outside views; when you have to cover your cove with a tarp at the behest of angrily onlooking eyes from around the world, you might want to consider that some cultural traditions may be best left to the past. Hiding behind the excuse that “it’s our culture, respect it,” doesn’t get you very far if you consider how many cultural traditions the rest of the world has discarded as barbaric. Or should we still be burning witches at the stake just because it used to be our culture and we refuse to grew up?

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Posted in: 4 die after choking on 'mochi;' at least 10 hospitalized See in context

When your “traditional” New Year’s food is so well known for killing people that they have to issue advisories, maybe it’s time to…not have that traditional food anymore? Tempura or ramen would work just as easily as a traditional New Year’s food. Considering KFC is the traditional Christmas food…

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Posted in: Girl rejected by boy she never actually met takes revenge See in context

Aaron Loki Brummett

I stand by the girl's actions! He received a broken nose... but she received a broken heart!

When is enough not enough for you? How little reading comprehension do you have? If the targeted male student had received a broken nose, it would have said so. Instead, it said that one of the males received a broken nose, as in a male who was not even related to this girl and her broken pride at all in any way, shape, or form.

Before posting, there are a few rules.

1: Read the article.

You clearly did not the first time you posted but since you figure out there was a broken nose somewhere you must have since then.

2: Understand the article.

Now you are having some problems. “He” isn’t said to have received a broken anything. If you understood anything, there were 12 (some cite 13) males, 6 of whom were injured, 1 with a broken nose, and most likely not the targeted male.

And then rule #3. An innocent bystander’s broken nose vs. a woman whose contact request was denied on a chat program.

3: Don’t be a moron.

Come back when you have met the rules for replying.

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Posted in: Girl rejected by boy she never actually met takes revenge See in context

Aaron Loki Brummett She is awesome! He wanted a junior girl (underage)... and got his but handed to him by 20 of them!

Did you even read the article? He rejected her contact request, so why would it make any sense at all to claim he was “seeking” an underage girl? Especially when they are likely in the same grade (“1 year older” 50% of the time means “6 months or more older”) and at most 1 grade apart.

What has happened here is a guy didn’t want a girl roughly his own age, and for no reason several of his friends ended up with broken body parts. And you just called her “awesome”. Way to make yourself look…less than reputable.

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Posted in: Girl rejected by boy she never actually met takes revenge See in context

With most chat programs, you can’t have a conversation until you accept each other as contacts, so how did she know he was going to be at the park exactly then? Is there something they are not telling us?

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Posted in: 2 purse snatchers charged with assault See in context

At least they didn’t just blow the money on useless things, except for the food and gasoline of course. But I’m really tired of Japan’s idea of withholding names on what it incorrectly identifies as “youths”. The guy last year who drove into kids, killing not only some of the kids but also a pregnant woman escorting them, has no right to any future of his own, and his full name and photo name should be posted in headlines.

These guys may not be that bad, but the future public has a right to know before renting apartments or share houses to them, or hiring them for certain types of jobs.

Thanks to this flawed system, the guy who moved into the room next to mine in the share house where I lived when I first came here turned out to be a car thief. You think the share-house owners might have wanted to take that into consideration before letting him live with 5 other people?

Stop protecting identities of criminals of any age, Japan!

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Posted in: Police offer Y3 mil reward for info leading to arrest of Mie girl's killer See in context

I wish so badly that I had any information on it. If I did I wouldn’t need a reward for providing it, and if I did get the $30,000 reward I’d send it all to her family.

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Posted in: China sends fighters to ID flights by U.S. and Japan See in context

Chinese public to government: “Enforce the airzone! Show them we mean business!”

Government to Chinese public: “See? We sent planes to identify them. We showed them who’s boss. Mission accomplished!”

Chinese public to government: “Uh, do you know what ‘enforce’ means?”

China just backed themselves into a corner through idiocy. They may think they have a long-term plan to wear out Japan over the Senkaku islands, but the anti-Japanese sentiment within the Chinese public is too strong for that to actually pan out. They have no way to get out of this.

1: Play the long-term plan. Wrong. Chinese public is demanding they shoot something down and now that they have been riled they won’t accept the waiting game. 2: Shoot something down. Wrong. They can’t win a war, and they are clearly bluffing anyway. They can’t be the aggressor and then expect to get enough ally support to match the number of nations that would join up against them. The only country stupid enough to take their side when they are internationally seen as the aggressor is North Korea. A lot of good that will do them… 3: Back off and take down the air zone. Wrong. They’ve already humiliated themselves enough internationally. All they have now is the pride of their people. Backing off would cost them the only thing they have, and their people would be furious and take a heavy hit to the ego (which they need).

I am glad they did this really because #3 is what will actually happen. After all the bullying China does to its neighbors, they really deserve international humiliation and a hit to their pride.

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Posted in: Yakuza member charged with trespassing after chasing boss’s cat See in context

If only they would be this harsh in all areas of Japan we could finally get rid of the Y menace.

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Posted in: Bullet train passenger's comment about exploding bladder reported to police as bomb threat See in context

No one is to blame. It is a reasonable thing to say, especially while drunk, and it is a reasonable thing to misunderstand when you aren’t listening in on conversations but then just catch that one word. 爆発.

I am sure I would be annoyed if I had missed an appointment etc. because of it, but life goes on.

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Posted in: Father drowns trying to save 2 sons off Kanagawa coast See in context

Not the way to go for such an honorable man.

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