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Posted in: Mother and child die after birth in toilet in Aichi apartment See in context

kwatt, I am with Cleo on this one. My wife recently had a baby and so did a lot of friends and none of us have gone to the hospital without signs of the birth starting. On a practical point, who would know when to go? The birth happens when it happens.

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Posted in: Air Force One: Obama's new 'spiffy ride' See in context

The 747 has the LOWEST operating cost per seat of any jetliner, Smitty - look it up!

Sarge - you may find the A380 now holds that honour. I can see Obama going for 787 dreamliner in the future, if they ever get it off the ground.

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Posted in: Why aren't fuel surcharges on airfares coming down? See in context

Fuel surcharges are a great lurk for the airlines. At about half the price of the overall cost to travel it means that people using miles still have to pay half the cost (instead of getting it free like in the past) and as the airlines only pay travel agents based on "ticket price" they only have to pay half as much to them. These seem to be the biggest advantages in keeping the surcharge separate.

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Posted in: Australia to allow anti-whaling ship to dock See in context

They will be even more Japanese people than before making jokes about Australia and its lawless blood lines.

Not as many jokes as the Aussies make about this themselves.

Davidattokyo - the agreement refers to laws and regulations. Until (if?) SS is found guilty of having broken these laws and regulations they are innocent and will not be stopped from using the ports by the Australians.

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Posted in: Apple cuts copy protection and prices on iTunes See in context

The title is misleading. It would be as correct for it to say "Apple cuts copy protection and INCREASES prices on iTunes"

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Posted in: Mai Asada turns classical music CD into best seller See in context

Mai & Mao Asada release a CD (Actually,it appears as though EMI, or some other entity, released it using M&M to advertise / sell it). It becomes popular after Mao uses it in her routine. So why does the title of the article attribute the success to Mai?

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Posted in: Jetstar to expand Gold Coast-Tokyo service See in context

My parents in Oz bought tickets on this service for February next year and have been saying that they are worried the flights might be canceled. Apparently, in the news in Australia they are saying the sales on this service are way down and in risk of being canceled.

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Posted in: Kitajima gets his hands on Quarter Pounder See in context

Chicken and burger both contain terminally dead meat.

Great isn't it. Off to go get some terminally dead meat now for dinner.

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Posted in: What climate change? Meltdown trumps fears at APEC See in context

We need more pirates....

Sushi, as others have stated I understand that almost all scientists agree that the planet has been getting warmer. The question comes about as to what is causing this warming. There are many theories. Some such as the amount of solar output are natural issues, some such as CO2 are possibly man made (it is also argued by some scientists that the increase in CO2 is the result of the warming, not the cause of it). At this stage there is no definitive proof of the causes.

Do I think nothing should be done because it is not proven. No I don't. I believe it makes sense to take action already in case it is man made. I disagree with people stridently saying that one idea is correct (when it hasn't been proven) and that others therefor aren't worthy of consideration.

It is very easy to use analysis to make a theory meet past data. The case for MMGW is at this stage. It may prove to be correct (there is a lot of circumstantial information that indicates it may) or it may not be correct. For example, there are thousands of different financial models that can predict past financial problems, but they don't seem to do as well predicting them.

One of my favourite graphs is the graph of the number of pirates vs world temperatures. There is a very good inverse relationship. Based on this we need more pirates in the world. Maybe this is why the world temperature dropped recently with the increase in pirates in Somalia.

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Posted in: Dress Camp See in context

I thought you had to be a man to dress "camp"

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Posted in: Aussie pub offers free drinks to women who take off panties See in context

I know some girls that would put on 5 pairs of undies before going to the bar so that they and their friends could get drunk for $200.... but I am an aussie

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Posted in: John Grisham has no shortage of book ideas See in context

xpompey8... so it is only all the books about lawyers that have a title "The ..."?

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Posted in: Actress Megumi Okina appears at Japan premiere of horror film 'Shutter' See in context

How is it a "Hollywood" film when it has been filmed fully in Japan by Japanese producers?

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Posted in: Ishihara opens Tokyo's newest subway line See in context

The other thing it is meant to join up with the Tokyu Toyoko (I think that is the name) line that goes to Yokohama in the future. This will make the trip to Yokohama from Saitama and Ikebukuro much more convenient.

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Posted in: NTT Communications diversifies its CSR See in context

The point I was making (trying to make?) with my sarcastic comment was that most abbreviations have lots of different interpretations depending on your background / experience. When writing about these issues, particularly in a public forum, an explanation of abbreviations should be made no matter how well understood they are believed to be.

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Posted in: NTT Communications diversifies its CSR See in context

Its amazing that Japanese companies have so much to do with CSR. It is an Australian materials company originally called Commonwealth Sugar Refineries..... Maybe along with the 20 or so references to CSR, the article should clarify what CSR is an abbreviation for.

<strong>Moderator: CSR stands for corporate social responsibility.</strong>

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Posted in: Beware those 'zero-calorie' labels See in context

The advertisers will always find some way around the labeling laws to make their products sound better. I recently received a packet of jelly beans from home that are labeled 97% fat free (immediately know 3% fat). Looking at the rest of the label it seems that of the rest probably 90% if sugar.

I always think the low fat yogurts are the worst for misleading advertising. Yes they have less fat but most have higher calories due to additional sugar.

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Posted in: You feel superior if you go to Tokyo Disneyland many times, while it makes others feel they must go as well. See in context

Why would you feel superior going to Disneyland? You don't need to be a rocket scientist or anything to go there just pay a bit of money.

On the occasions that I go I enjoy myself but feel superior?

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Posted in: Three bodies found after fire guts unoccupied house in Kagawa See in context

bobcatfish, the article clearly states the house was unoccupied. So the real questions are where were the bodies found and if they were found in the house who put them there after the fire? <sarcasm>

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Posted in: It is very surprising to me that Japan has been left off this trip, especially when Rudd is going to China, in particular, and without there having been a very thorough and public explanation of why h See in context

The Japanese are worried (probably correctly) because KRudd has lots of links to the Chinese and speaks passable Mandarin. With this, there is a good chance that the ties with China will strengthen and possibly become better than those with Japan.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

The locations of each section should be reviewed. The ones that are viewed most often and or updated the most at the top of the page. All the things like kuchikomi etc that only get updated about once a week down lower on the page.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Further to my earlier comments of the two columns not matching each other and therefore being harder to read, I suggest you look at http://www.news.com.au/.

It is a similar layout to what you are using but having the lines between sections (and these in the same levels on both columns) gives it a more ordered and readable appearance.

I must also agree with others on the size and colours of text. Using a laptop with 13.3" screen makes it hard to read.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

What has happened to the forum?

Moderator: The Japan Today Forum can be accessed through the Japan Today archives.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Not impressed at all with the new design. It is hard on the eyes. Also as the 2 columns of news aren't aligned horizontally with each other it is hard to review them both.

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