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Mary Nixon comments

Posted in: Twitter's 140 character limit: time to ditch it? See in context

What about just expanding the character limit to like 200 or 240. It's still relatively short, but gives a little more space. That would help me be able to be a bit more grammatically correct and spell words out, but still get it out in a short message.

Japanese tweeters have it easier because their words can usually be expressed in only 1 to 3 characters, whereas languages besides maybe the various Chinese languages need many other languages that use the Roman alphabet or other such alphabets/syllabries (like Cyrillic or Korean) need more room to express the same ideas.

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Posted in: Strong quake hits Kyushu region, collapsing walls, houses See in context

Shaken up in Fukuoka a couple times tonight. I need to go to sleep though. Im staying fully dressed through the night just in case though

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Posted in: 8 things you should never say to a Japanese person See in context

Haha. Whenever I tell Japanese people I'm from Seattle, the first thing out of their mouths is often "Ichiro!" He left Seattle like 5 years ago! At least say Starbucks or Microsoft!

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Posted in: Japan protests China news agency's call for emperor apology See in context

Because saying sorry totally erases the past? It doesn't. plus, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, right? The Japanese today are not responsible for their ancestors' sins. Nor are the Chinese responsible for theirs. No one is. If they believe in karma, or any such thing, they should understand that what goes around comes around, and for the Japanese it has come around in many different forms.

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