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Posted in: Tomb of the Unknowns See in context

Voted worst military dress uniform. Easily.

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Posted in: Which item is on your must-buy list for this year? See in context

Time.

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Posted in: China's spats call into question 'peaceful rise' See in context

The Chinese leadership will continue to be egocentric in the medium term. The latest fishing boat incident with South Korea have shown they learn nothing from previous diplomatic failures.

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Posted in: What are some of the worst movies you saw this year? See in context

Inception, Winter's Bone.

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Posted in: S Korea vows retaliation if North attacks again See in context

South Korea's military command was seen to be indecisive after both the Cheonan sinking and the Yeonpyeong killings. SK has brought in more hawkish top brass. Swift retaliation is needed so that NK begins seeing the repercussions of being aggressive.

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Posted in: How Japan can turn the tables on its economic decline See in context

oberst, yo're correct. Kirin, for example, is the largest distributor of dairy foods, juice, and soon, beer in Australasia. Not bad for a people who didn't acquire "a proper understanding of economics."

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Posted in: How Japan can turn the tables on its economic decline See in context

Japan has already proposed a regional currency. this article is so Economics 101, it's disappointing.

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Posted in: Scientist says he found Japan fish thought extinct See in context

Great news. One hundred thousand eggs would be low given mortality and predation rates.

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Posted in: S Korea boost security after North warns of more attacks See in context

It's a good chance for China to show leadership in the region. But they haven't as yet and so the likes of Japan, Sth Korea and Taiwan look for the US to provide stability. China may not like the U.S.'s presence in the area but they don't plug those political gaps with its neighbours. And it's all too easy to blame the US for the current arrangement.

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Posted in: Robot breakdown delays rescue of trapped NZ miners See in context

Let's hope the NZ army doesn't have to operate in wet conditions. Obviously their robots don't like rain and the cool green and brown facepaint would run.

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Posted in: Japan is test case for Pac Rim free trade zone See in context

Japan is not a "test case" in the Pacific Rim free trade region. It is very late in considering free trade integration.

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Posted in: Hiroshima not shy about its atomic bomb legacy See in context

War is between military industrial structures, not merely soldiers. Women and children in Hiroshima were manufacturing weapons and ammunition. Therefore they become targets.

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Posted in: Russia beats Brazil in final at volleyball worlds; Japan gets bronze See in context

Good work Japan!

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Posted in: Japan may form new unit to watch Chinese navy See in context

Japan's focus on detection capability is late. South East Asian defence spending, particularly on navies, has increased dramatically. These countries saw China's rise as a hard threat. Japan was hoping China would continue its soft power approach - however the Chinese party's ideology and control structures would always be based on unbalanced power.

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Posted in: Grounding the JETs See in context

"The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme aims to promote grass roots internationalisation at the local level..." This is a two way process - good JETS become a conduit of cultural dissemination in Japan and their home country. English improvement is a just a plus.

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Posted in: China lashes out at Maehara over reported insult See in context

The Chinese are keen to improve relations now, because this is damage control. They've confirmed the importance of the U.S.'s role and alliances in the region. Counter-productive result for China.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to pay for damage to patrol boats See in context

If China was indeed a "Superpower", they would laugh and give the Japanese Coast Guard double the repair costs. They won't do that, because they are amateurs. And the reason the Japanese government released the captain, was to preempt the release of the four Japanese nationals held for "spying".

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Posted in: Check-out time See in context

It's laughable how many posters have let Hilton get under their skin.

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Posted in: Where has the wonder of innovation gone? See in context

"I think of the Internet as a means of employment, a method of communication, research, entertainment and shopping, but it has not shaped or defined my life." Not a well thought out comment.

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Posted in: Pumpkin knife See in context

sh4ek: exactly - this knife is too short for splitting whole pumpkins. Buttercup/squash maybe.

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Posted in: Pressure builds on Florida pastor who wants to burn Quran on Sept 11 See in context

He's of the same ilk as those who burn flags, bibles, and effegies. These are actions of those who have no sinificant response. Smearing a koran in pork fat would be a more insulting gesture.

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Posted in: 'Nippon Civilian Police' skirts a fine line between vigilance and vigilantism See in context

Fits somewhere between John Walsh and Dog (and his gorgeous wife) from Hawaii.

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Posted in: 23 injured by monkeys in Shizuoka See in context

Just trap them, then release them many miles away. It worked with the kid that grafittied my fence.

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Posted in: A farewell to bullfights in northeastern Spain See in context

What do they do with the dead bull? Anyone know?

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Posted in: Workers in NY begin to dismantle buried ship See in context

I hope it's not the Ark.

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Posted in: Do you think a man holding a door open for a woman, holding her chair for her when she sits down, or giving up his seat for her are outmoded gestures of politeness or do they still have their place in See in context

I always open doors and give up seats for elders. They deserve it. The rest are equal to me so shouldn't be shown condescending offers.

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Posted in: Slovakia sends Italy packing; Paraguay, Dutch also advance to 2nd round See in context

Yes, NZ was 'dismal'. They should have put 4 goals past Paraguay.

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Posted in: Man punched in face by fellow train commuter over phone manners See in context

When some clown is barking at their phone when your ear is inches away from their mouth, you lose control. You can walk away from most noise, but not so on a train or bus. The guy back chatted and got punched. Hopefully the train crushed his phone. I don't punch but 'accidental' shoulders, elbows and knees or coughing at their phone soon shut the conversation down.

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Posted in: Japanese company meetings: Getting by at the table See in context

Meetings are farcical. Start exactly on time, no more than 40 minutes, background material given to attendees beforehand so that meeting is based on solutions not, "Why is this happening?" questions. No coffees, no notes, no phones. People should remember what's been said. If they need minutes, they're not listening. Always finish a meeting early. Military and TV newsrooms have the best meetings. Most meetings are atrocious around the world. If meeting requests pop up on Outlook.... red X 50% of them. People will respect you for it.

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Posted in: Chinese navy chopper approaches Japanese destroyer near Okinawa See in context

Very few navies would let an unauthorised aircraft approach their craft. The Chicoms wouldn't try this with Russian or U.S. ships.

The Japanese have to get used to this. It's the NWO.

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