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Posted in: 99 requests for emergency help in 5 months due to 'law-evading herb' use in Tokyo See in context

Could never stand the stuff but I support anyone who wants to use marijuana. It has more tar than cigarettes but without all the heavy metals so ones body can get rid of it. A natural grown substance should not be regulated if it's not 100% toxic. Especially when alcohol is legal and in it's pure form is toxic. If this other crap is "synthetic" it is NOT a herb!

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Posted in: 2 young brothers perish in house fire See in context

Sooo horrible a loss for a $50.00 smoke detector. When is Japan going to legislate installation of such a simple life saving device? It sets off a super annoying screech long before there is enough fire to thwart rescuing family members....or even getting the fire put out in time.

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Posted in: American father wins custody of child after divorce from Japanese woman See in context

Yuri and a few others, you seem to think there always has to be a good spouse and a bad one that shouldn't see the child. That is not the NORM at all. I know of many divorces with joint custody or visitation at least...that is NORMAL not excluding one parent or the other and it works fine. The child has right to see both parents...this is supposed to be about the kids not who wins the prize.

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Posted in: Best breasts and wings in town See in context

Well my gay "female" friends like hooters and any establishment with attractive servers....sounds like for Japan the food is better than here. We don't go any more as the food is crap. To all the people that go on about the degrading to women stuff give me a break. If it wasn't for the ogling of women by the men of the species we would be extinct... If they opened an equivalent restaurant here with well built men in thongs and bow ties it would be even more successful than hooters. I don't think Japan has strip clubs but the ones that cater to women are absolute MAD houses unlike the ones I would go to where we just enjoy a beer and the view.

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Posted in: 3 perish in house fire in Tokyo's Setagaya ward See in context

A box of "them" could go straight in the garbage...that is why it is a requirement in any residence here to have one per so many square feet, mounted permanently on the ceiling usually at the top of a stair case. I personally know of three families that got out of their homes safely before the fire destroyed most of the home. I am going to bring one for my in-laws to put in their house when I come to Japan again....this stuff always scares the crap out of me when I hear about it.

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Posted in: 3 perish in house fire in Tokyo's Setagaya ward See in context

So many homes in Japan are wood frame and there is no legal requirement to have a smoke detector (alarm) like we have in Canada. I think this has been law here for 20 years now. Come on Japan catch up with some simple tech. Such a needless waste of life for a unit that costs less than $100.00!

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Posted in: 8 elderly climbers perish on 3 mountains in Northern Alps See in context

Saru-au san we do pay for the police as it is a predictable expense for a municipality. I used to rally race and in most countries rally's are in you are responsible to provide emergency evacuation and extraction of the wreck (what is left of your race car/bike). It's all on you as you are taking the chance. In our country we have to pay for ambulance rides emergency or hospital transfers. If someone from the climbing industry wishes to sponsor the emergency costs that would be great and a good idea....just never have seen it. Banff national park and the other adjoining parks in this area are almost as big as Hokido...lots of expensive places for people to get rescued from.

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Posted in: 8 elderly climbers perish on 3 mountains in Northern Alps See in context

The town I live in is at almost 2000 meters here Canada (near Banff). We never take anything for granted when we go for a stroll. The part I find mind boggling is that between the group of them they couldn't figure out a way to survive with the hiking experience they had. Or come to consensus and head back to the hut they stayed at the previous night when time allowed. It was only -2 or something...that is survivable for one night if they put their heads together. Those comments about suicide seem more likely.

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Posted in: Korean idol enrages Japanese netizens by eating instant noodles from the pot See in context

I could give a damn how anyone eats anything...especially when it's being depicted from her ficticous home....and she isn;t Japanese so why should she remotely be obiligated to these twits to eat with Japanese manners.....hell I love the slurp because it drives my parents generation nuts as it's NOT acceptable to slurp your noodles in public (or at our family dinner table) in our country.

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Posted in: AKB48 candy ad criticized for encouraging homosexuality See in context

People get excited about this stuff but it's ok to read "Rape Man" manga in front of me on the train?? Or the real reasons there are women only train cars....and they are worried about a gay couple that happen to be popular in their scene??? Give me a break. As many before me in this thread said Japan has FAR more important issues to deal with...this is not an issue at all.

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Posted in: Int'l marriages test ability to balance love with tolerance See in context

Well my Japanese wife of 8 years and I have had our challenges...one of the funny ones is that a heater heats the room and air conditioner cools the room ; ) Then she knew what I was talking about. Every other day it's a question about our English slang and idioms... some stuff might be stereotypical but some of that is true and funny.

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Posted in: Japan's rocket alert system failed due to lack of info from defense ministry See in context

Hey I have another theory...NK blew up the rocket themselves to avoid a confrontation with Japan or US....better to have an "accident" than lose face by doing what the UN wants....

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Posted in: Japan's rocket alert system failed due to lack of info from defense ministry See in context

They didn't care to pass it on to the civilians as someone in the know had their hand in the "accidental" explosion ; ) It almost seems like they knew it was going to bugger up so no need to inform the public until they confirmed their job was done....

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Posted in: Smelt in Gunma lake four times over new legal radiation limit See in context

The days of government etc. saving face over news items needs to stop....when the genetic damage occurs over the next few decades becomes obvious Japan will go..oh so sorry I guess we should have done more...after our babies babies have an extra arm for example....The incompetance of Tepco is only exaserbated by the same in the goverment

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Posted in: NHK apologizes for April Fool's Day Twitter joke See in context

I didn't think NHK had it in them! Cool....sad they tucked tail and appologized.

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Posted in: 7 dead, 3 hurt in California Christian college shooting See in context

Legal gun ownership is not an issue here as a nutter/criminal will get an illeagal gun anywhere if they try hard enough...however it's interesting how cowardly nut cases always pick on schools. Where the average teacher nor the students would be legally carrying a defence weapon. You never hear in the international news where crazed gunman enters school, vice principal of school pulls his 9mm pistol and puts three rounds in the ideots chest. Crisis no longer a crisis and this sort of incident happens way more often than this internationally publisized one. I don't nesesarily condone such proliferation of gun ownership as in the States but these sorts of cases could have used a legally owned and used self defence weapon and more people would have survived the incident.... I have not seen any pics of Zimmermans pulverised/lacerated head in the media so I doubt that claim...

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies after being hit by car in Saitama See in context

The car driver doesn't need the self rightious law punishing him...the "accident" outcome is punnishmnet enough. I am from Canada and many of our sidewalks are as wide as streets here....I am a freakazoid about my 2 year old getting anywhere near a road here. I find it mind boggling there are no sidewalks in most places here? Just so many blind spots and overall visual business to catch everything when driving. THat is why I don't bother driving over here, it's just to risky and I drive bus profecionally back home. The mom doesn't need us bashing her neither...she will regret this for the rest of her life.

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Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan See in context

Most of the complaints about Japan are moot as it is that countries style or way. None of that bothered me at all...the only thing that really grossed me out was the backwoods attitude towards second hand smoke. The best food I have ever tasted has to be swallowed with a puff of someones stink stick hanging out of their mouth. Just outrageous for a first world nation.

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Posted in: Fukushima contamination 'chronic and lasting': French agency See in context

Refreshing to get some information reported as to what is going on in regards to the on going contamination. I am not in Japan and I find it very hard to get information as to the safety of my family over there. Does any one have any links to sources for more info?

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Posted in: Do you consider the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd to be eco-terrorists? See in context

Anyone from Manhattan should be ashamed to put whaler inconvenience on the same level as thousands of people killed with grave intent. Terrorists main purpose it to impose terror and hurting/killing people is the goal. Aggressive environmentalists are trying to wake up the world to our ignorance. There purpose to to educate the world of the ecological tragedies we ignore and some have the balls to get in harms way to save said bear/whale. I don't always agree with their methods but they are in no way insiting terror....they are hoping to save the world we don't give a damn about. Misguided at times but noble intent all the same.

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Posted in: Do you consider the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd to be eco-terrorists? See in context

All the banter still does not define them as terrorists. I might be convinced they are vigilantes worst case but again that is not terrorism. All the nature haters here ever had a family member vaporized by IUD??? Ever have your child's school flattened by a suicide bomber??? Get a grip and put the word in right context. Just because you don't agree with their actions (and I don't really condone these actions neither) does not escalate them to the level of El Qaeda or the IRA. Rightly so the term should and does refer terrorism against ecology and the earth not the other way around.

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Posted in: Do you consider the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd to be eco-terrorists? See in context

NO! They are not terrorists...law breakers and trespassers yes. Anyone who says so has NEVER been a victim of terrorism and minimizes people and who have been making the parallel comparison.

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Posted in: 3 Sea Shepherd activists detained aboard Japanese whaling vessel See in context

No the stupid ones are the HUMANS!!! The rest of the species on this planet just carries on as they should and live within their boundaries....we are the virus that eats the planet up and leaves nothing for our descendants.

I think these three guys have accomplished exactly what they wanted to do. There probably wasn't any ulterior motive at all. They have brought this discussting slaughter of watched or endangered wildlife back into the spot light. Good for them.

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Posted in: Nissan to showcase 10 models at Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 See in context

Regardless the "junk" being made in Mexico would have a VW on the front....Japanese cars made over hear (Canada) have not had to much trouble over the Japanese built ones that I can recall and I am a 20 year journeyman mechanic.

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Posted in: Mother cycling with 2 daughters run over at crossing; both children die See in context

Very sad for these kids regardless who is a fault...someone was stupid. A modern Bell (style) helmets are light, well vented and as comfortable as a ball cap....oh and they are very reasonably priced (the last government certified helmet I bough for my boy was $14.00), unlike those stupid looking buckets from WW2 I see a few kids and teens wearing in Japan. Another modernization that hasn't made it to Japan it seems. My Japanese wife said "oh well it's just a different culture" in regards to our western thoughts on bike safety...NO I said it's ignorance of very common statistics. In Canada I think death by head trauma in children is almost #1 for falling off a bike without a helmet and we have very well enforced laws in regards to kids wearing head protection.

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Posted in: Clinton urges Japan to take action on child abduction issue See in context

VicMoSaka mentioned the very obvious point of why women leave...they need to leave if it's an abusive or dangerous relationship but that doesn't condone kidnapping the children and leaving the country. These women do have lives where they live, stay with friends etc. to sort it out legally as this is the country of the family. Here in Canada we have a really good support system for helping woman in such situations (I am sure there is even better in other countries) Very poor moral compass for the children that if you don't like the laws of the country you live in just leave and go to a country that is backwards enough to suit you. Both parents have the "human right" to have access to their children law or no law.

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Posted in: Clinton urges Japan to take action on child abduction issue See in context

The child carries dual citizenship almost always and it seems to me that Japan thinks they are protecting a Japanese national by denying a western father (usually) due justice. I would like to know why airlines let the children on international flights without a letter of consent from the parent that is not in attendance and take the time to contact the parent to verify. I have heard of a few stories locally in Banff where this has happened to two very good fathers...it is so cruel to the child and parent.

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Posted in: Japan calls emergency security meeting after Kim's death See in context

I don't feel paranoia is unreasonable as the successor is but a young man in charge of a military and nation. I can just imagine the kind of brainwashed angst that dwells in a 20 something year old person in his shoes. A four star "general" in his early 20's....come on that is not an earned position at all. Any nation with a proper military would never see a person in such a position without at least 25 years experience....

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Posted in: Japan to offer 10,000 free trips to foreigners to boost tourism industry See in context

I don't need a free ticket to get to Japan...keep the money and spend it where it's needed with the rest of the disaster clean up. Also have international independent nuclear experts monitoring the radiation levels and the kind of radiation that is high. Tell the tourists where it's safe to visit. We get no info in Canada as to what is going on over there. I can fly from Canada quite reasonable...the disincentive (aside from the serious radiation concern) to traveling to the other side of the globe is "time", getting at least three weeks off work is tough and I feel that is the only way to enjoy Japan since you waste away 5 or six days with travel and jet lag.

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Posted in: Global protests held against Japan's dolphin hunt See in context

Hey guys, modern Japan cannot take any credit for the longevity of people born a hundred years ago! They lived a good portion of their lives without the toxicity from the Oceans. Japan (as will ALL ocean dwelling industrial nations) have treated the waters they rely on as a limitless garbage dump and wonder why the food chain is screwed up. Dolphin being one of them...no I doubt the main reason for the protests is concern for Taiji health but it is certainly a great precipitating benefit to stopping this stupidity.

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