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Posted in: Why do most Japanese take their holidays at the same time, such as Golden Week, Bon and New Year? See in context

Because they don't have the choice, especially in a "Japanese" company.

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Posted in: Japan happy as export ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna rejected See in context

Kyoto plan came up, I don't remember US was supportive *during Bush government

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Posted in: Japan happy as export ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna rejected See in context

A shark conservation proposal was defeated earlier this week and several other proposals to regulate the trade in endangered shark species are in trouble

I could imagine China taking the lead against shark conservation proposal.

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Posted in: Japan happy as export ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna rejected See in context

They even held a reception Wednesday night for uncertain delegates that included plenty of bluefin sushi.

hehe... aren't we rubbing in a bit...

Fishing nations won a victory over environmentalists Thursday when a U.S.-backed proposal to ban export of the Atlantic bluefin tuna was overwhelmingly rejected at a U.N. wildlife meeting

I first supported the ban because I thought the proposal had the support of the world. Looks like only rich nation supported the proposal.

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Posted in: Toyota counts rising cost of recalls See in context

Lawsuits. US at it's finest.

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Posted in: Larger-than-life Erika Sawajiri returns See in context

was planning to go to ginza this weekend. will make sure to check out the sony building.

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Posted in: FBI probes Calif sushi restaurant after video sting by 'Cove' producers See in context

$600 “omakase,” - Man... pisses me off to be poor.

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Posted in: Tuna sale See in context

it s frozen bigeye tuna.

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Posted in: Tokyo Girls Collection See in context

i hate to admit it. but i think she s cute and has an adorable personality....aaghhh

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

Is it out on video? Would really like to see this documentary.

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Posted in: The Wolfman cometh See in context

he s gotta be older than 43.....

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Posted in: Sony's PlayStation 3 consoles hit by clock glitch See in context

btw, i dont to think the ps3 console is overpriced. But i do think the games are WAYYY overpriced!!!

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Posted in: Sony's PlayStation 3 consoles hit by clock glitch See in context

i like ps3 call of duty modern warfare series. it s so addictive. I don't think it s over priced because of the blue ray and online capabilities. can't wait for the next call of duty game to come out!!

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Posted in: Japan won 5 medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. How would you assess the results? See in context

"The Olympics these days are all money. The teams that spend the most on training, facilities etc., win more. The athletes who win more get cash rewards. "- Very true. Imagine if the chinese government starts taking the Winter Olympics seriously, they will take over the standings. That's just my opinion.

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Posted in: Japan won 5 medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. How would you assess the results? See in context

i thought they did fairly ok. Don't think the people were that disappointed as the Japanese media might have made it out to be. I thought the media failed to focus on the right atheletes. There were so much attention toward the mogul uemura, figure stating(ando, asao), and the 15yr old skater. I was like the most of the Japanese who were expecting them to medal, but came out disappointed. When Japan won a silver and bronze in men's 1000m(?) speedstaking, most of the people in Japan didn't know who they were. At least it was better than the One gold medal(figure skating) they won in 2006. Or is it?

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Posted in: Bodies of two infants found in supermarket freezer See in context

RIP the babies. This shouldn't have any where in the world. especially NOT JAPAN. This kind of news is just horrific. i don't give a crap about what state the mother was in. She must burn in hell.

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Posted in: Ice dance See in context

I just watched one of their interviews. They are brother and sister. I don't think they were raised in Japan. And I wish them well, too!!

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Posted in: Are there any sports that you think should be dropped from the Winter Olympics for whatever reason? See in context

i don't know which event. But if there is a event where only 3 countries always medal, it should be dropped. EXample. Women's Soft Ball.

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Posted in: Lysacek upsets Plushenko for figure skating gold; Takahashi takes bronze See in context

Don't think Pluschenko was "robbed." there were a few noticeable mistakes and still Pluschenko scored that high. Imagine if he tried a little harder, he could have easily won it. anyways "robbed" is the wrong word to use.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japan's TV coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics so far? See in context

Don't think Japan's coverage is centric compare to other countries. Japan Team is competing in all events. Only around five have a chance to medal and it's quite obvious the five would get a lot more coverage.(Unless an underdog Japanese wins a medal and he/she will get lots of coverage) US team has a lot more than Japan team that are capable of medaling. Obviously the coverage approach would be different. It's all about getting tv ratings. If the TV companies think showing more news about atheletes around the world more would get better ratings, they would have. Now I don't think it's fair to complain about what the Japanese want to watch in the Olypmics. If they want to watch more of there own althetes are doing, that's fine with me. If they want to watch Ian Thorpe type atheletes more than Japanese atheletes, that's fine with me.

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after fall from 9th-floor balcony in Osaka town See in context

girl left alone with windows open.... parents will suffer for the rest of their lives.

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Posted in: Antiwhaling protester to be brought to Japan for questioning See in context

I don't think Bethune was brave, courageous, or a maryter, or what ever honorable word that s out there for him. I don't even think what he did was stupid. He did it because he knows he could get away with it. And that's smart. He and the rest of the world knows Japan has never been able to stand up for anything.

Try boating on one of the chinese boat(china consume over 80% of the world shark fin) and see what they do with Bethune in china. When Iran and North Korea starts whaling, I doubt Bethune dare to mess with them.

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Posted in: Japan balks at $2 billion bill to host U.S. troops See in context

"food courts offer everything from Taco Bell to Subway and Starbucks."- there s taco bell in the bases?!!!! i didnt know that. I might have to seek in to get a bite of taco bell...

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Posted in: Bosses uptight over newbies' ignorance of phone protocol See in context

the freshman's attitude in this story was wrong. But I still remember my first week working in a company(might I add, a japanese company). The fear of saying something wrong made it really hard to pick up that phone. There will always be a few who s not afraid to pick up the phone on the first of work, but rest of the majority of the freshmen are not ready yet. Cut the freshmen a little slack, they all will eventually pick up the phone.

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Posted in: What sort of a future do you think Asashoryu has in sumo after the latest allegations of bad behavior? See in context

Unfortunate to see someone to be blessed with his ability and not be able to take on the responsibilities of that power. I love the bad boy yokozuna image. But there s always a line that one must not cross. And I think he crossed the line this time. He needs to learn from his fellow mongolian Hakuho... Go Hakuho!!

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Posted in: Would you be willing to pay for access to newspapers' online content? See in context

No. let the advertisements pay for it.

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Posted in: 66-year-old woman dies after being hit by truck in Tochigi See in context

Is this another hit and run? it wasn't mentioned at all... sounds like a hit and run. They really need to toughen the law make sure they wouldn't run away after an accident.

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Posted in: Limbaugh's Haiti comments 'really stupid,' says White House See in context

What's sad about this world. Is that country around the world expect the US to chip in at least this much, and anything less will be criticized around the world.

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Posted in: Do you think U.S. President Barack Obama is doing a good job as he finishes his first year in office? See in context

Yes. Because I believe he hasn't made any big mistakes yet. And I doubt Mccain could have done much better.

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Posted in: Do you support Sea Shepherd's tactics against Japanese whalers? See in context

No. But, I'm really surprised as much as 42% support Sea Shepherd's tactics. That to me says a lot of people still do support SS actions.

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