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Posted in: Toyota president urges workers, dealers to work toward new start See in context

“I could feel the president’s anguish, and I felt we all must work harder,”

This is precisely what Toyota needs; a few more karoshis (or should I say Caroshi) to show the public they are even more focused and alert during their quality assurance.

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Posted in: Finland beats Sweden 3-2 for women's ice hockey bronze See in context

Damn youuuu, Finland!

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Posted in: Some wives wish their husbands would hurry up and drop dead. See in context

"you sacrifice your life, your sanity, to provide a home and food to boot. Die, you scum".

Obviously these j-wives are unaware of Japans "unique, traditional" working culture. Crazy.

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Posted in: Dante Carver gives Shiori Kutsuna chocolate for White Day See in context

They don’t have White Day in Australia

Silly foreigners. Don't tell me; you foreigners don't have cake and KFC on Christmas either?

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

Everybody should just chill out, is that what you are saying nchenier?

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Posted in: ANA to offer women-only lavatories on international routes See in context

Just in: ANA to introduce cootie body-scanners at Narita on a trial basis.

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

Stories like this used to give me the chills.

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Posted in: Robovirtuoso See in context

Does the robot walk or is it stuck to a floor-mat?

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Posted in: Home Cooking with Japan's First Lady See in context

Fan of her fruitcake, right here.

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Posted in: Whale of a problem See in context

It's delicious!

Actually it's very bland. Almost up there with horse-sashimi.

Hence the baconized version with tare (dip) pictured. Or better yet, if you can be bothered to look up some other versions where the bland flavor is drowned in other flavors then served so that kids (and some adults) can learn to appreciate 'culture' I suggest you google, say, "whale curry served in school". Enjoy!

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Posted in: Whale of a problem See in context

First things first: good effort on the Australian embassy to mask its presence by being a "mansion" complex. Very culturally sensitive. But no cigar; the honorable doctors and lab researchers found out and are now waving the plastic flag of marine life studies in their face. Strike one.

Number two: marketing wins. A healthy slob of foreign heathens complaining about something Japanese do only leads to more of the same. Who'd even thought sea-bacon would exist, getting this devoted fan-base, if it weren't for it being the now forbidden meat-fruit? Strike two, Aussies.

Three: he has great skin. No blemishes, spots or blackheads. I can only attribute this to a healthy, tasty diet of whale studies with diced daikon. Strike three. Australia - you are out.

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Posted in: The dumbing down of Japanese students See in context

How did Japan’s once vaunted education system sink to this?

When, I ask, when did we go from the traditional sleeping in the classroom to actually complaining about it?

// sarcasm aside, anyone else ever told by Japanese how superior their intellect is, backed by the relatively high iq average here? If you ask me, that average is most likely judged and scored the way most university tests here are: attendance, and not actual knowledge. I'm sure a lot of you English teacher whom ever had had to grade people would agree...

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Posted in: American Airlines gives high flyers helicopter ride to Narita See in context

caffeinebuzz, Narita Express takes just a bit over an hour to get to Narita. So...when you say you would save 2 hours of travel time....?

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Posted in: LED bulbs See in context

Not sure if this comment will pass or not, but Sharp has a bit more interesting LED light. Like above, but comes with a remote that can control all the lights in your house, switching light modes between warm and cold color temperatures.

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Posted in: Wireless mouse See in context

What a unique, traditional Japanese product. By the way, check out Logitech's MX Air.

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Posted in: The dark side See in context

Danny Choo overdid the stormtrooper in Shibuya. Now it's more or less on repeat. But I definitely do appreciate the initiative- finally accepting some guerrilla- and viral advertisement in Japan. Maybe the German part of Adidas here pushed that through. Good for them.

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Posted in: Setagaya burger master goes for traditional touch See in context

“The idea was to create a gourmet burger restaurant that was not Americanized like all the chains and other shops. This is a Japanese hamburger restaurant with traditional touches.”

Aah. The ancient Japanese tradition of hamburger.

Seriously, is there nothing Japanese won't try to faux tradition-, uniqueness- and touch too? Not just curry, "Japanese style pasta" or maccha frappuchino, but take the clam chowder he mentions...the thing that makes this thing so traditional...the clam is plucked from the ocean here. That makes it a Japanese clam chowder.

How faux does it get, and, why are so many people buying into it?

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Posted in: Singer Maki Goto's mother dies after falling from 3rd floor window See in context

Come on now: out of her arrested- and defamed sons room. No note? No need. The reason seems pretty obvious to most. But keep believing alcohol is hallucinogenic, people. The mental health of society will seem to be doing just fine.

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Posted in: Atsuta Shrine: The sword in the shrine? See in context

Who cares about the sword: make it a 2000 year old shrine. That'd timely beat Disneys story and make this one unique.

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Posted in: Foreign-born politicians put new face on Japanese officialdom See in context

the guy I am talking to looks like he might be Bill Clinton’s younger brother. It’s clear he is a dedicated public official; it’s also clear he isn’t originally from Japan.

I see. Caucasians can't be originally born and raised in Japan. Just as I am sure non-caucasians can't be, say, American.

insert eyeroll

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Posted in: Roppongi police hold anti-drug event See in context

dbung10, either you're kidding or not up to date.

Last year saw quite a few drug-related arrests of celebrities or public figures. And what most had in common were that they blamed it on "a foreigner in Roppongi".

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Posted in: Idle JAL See in context

Great picture. And a good illustration of not just JALs employees feeling but that of every other lady working at jobs that partly exists to curb the unemployment number (think elevator ladies, tea-servants at offices...).

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Posted in: Miniskirt Police to open their own theater in Tokyo See in context

“We’ll arrest your heart.”

This advertised heart-arrest might come true after all, given the otaku-diet and the physic it builds.

if you sing and dance with us, you’ll...

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Posted in: Electric kettle that beeps when water boils See in context

Himajin, I see you're almost no stranger to sarcasm. Let's try again.

It turns itself off.

10 years ago who'd thought of that? Besides the ones that produced the water-boilers that turned themselves off once boiling.

Why bother? Because some people like to heat just enough fresh water to make their tea, it takes too long to use up the 2.2 liters many pots take

Why bother indeed. Why fill up a water-boiler with as much water as you like, when now, the boiler is smaller, so it doesn't fill it up to the rim for you?

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Posted in: Electric kettle that beeps when water boils See in context

It beeps? That's pretty amazing. Just 10 years ago water-boilers turned themselves off once boiling, but DURING their beeping. But thanks to this new technology you're require to get up and manually turn it off, making it an multi-use exercise device.

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Posted in: Riot drill See in context

Yeah, they import riot shields with foreign languages on them for no reason lol

I'd prefer some imported sexy French on their clubs.

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Posted in: Riot drill See in context

a riot? in japan? please, they're as calm as lambs

Theory here: why do you think the shields say Police in English and Kouban/stations says it in Japanese?

Seen the border-patrol posters? Heard the media-, and police, during world cup? How about mayor Ishihara's taken on what thee barbaric non-Japanese would do in case of an earthquake?

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Posted in: Junior high school girls arrested for marijuana possession in Kobe See in context

Where did they get it? Why, here of course: http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/9258/debito.jpg

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Posted in: Firefighter stunts See in context

So it's not just me that prefer my firefighting ladder in burnable material. Interesting.

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese TV programs this time of year? Seen anything you like? See in context

Gave up TV here 6 years ago. Considering getting one for rented/downloaded movies, though. A 24" computer screen is relatively small watched from the sofa.

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