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Posted in: Furious man attacks SoftBank's robot Pepper See in context

...capable of understanding language and emotion.

though apparently not sufficiently enough to read the body language of an aggressive drunk and stay well clear.

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Posted in: Blue-light-cut PC glasses for kids See in context

Great! In years to come I'll be able to say, "Sure my son's a vacuum-headed, zomboid lump with a welfare dependency but thank goodness I took measures to protect his eyesight."

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Posted in: What do you think is the biggest threat facing the world in the near future? See in context

This tread is over a week old. It's now the near future and we're still here! Feeling a little disappointed to be honest.

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Posted in: Do you ever use your smartphone to avoid interacting with other people in certain situations? See in context

With a face like mine there's very little interaction to avoid. One thing I have noticed is that whenever on a crowded train and a wasp or similar enters the carriage, it's typically me they go for - is because I don't have a smartphone?

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Posted in: Support for Abe See in context

Seems most of those in the photo wouldn't be the ones called up to fight.

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Posted in: Live-action Hollywood 'Beyblade' film is in the works See in context

How about a live-action Crayon Shin-chan? Not sure what the rating would be though.

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Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan See in context

Non fiction author Keiko Kawazoe...

She's an author of non-fiction, it must be true!

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Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance See in context

I'm a smoker but considerate to others. It's a bit like farting; great fun but not something I choose to inflict on others.

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Posted in: Yuletide spirit See in context

kyushubill: All it does in Japan is run a 14 day program for alcoholics.

The original Yuletide pagan festivities lasted only 12 days

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Posted in: Hiroshima survivor shifts search for victims from U.S. to Europe See in context

Thank goodness for people like Mr. Mori. My deepest respect.

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Posted in: British Embassy seeks suggestions for Prince William's Japan itinerary See in context

Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands - to take in Japan and China in one stop while lessening the burden on taxpayers.

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Posted in: World Order robot-dances their way around London See in context

Excellent stuff! nice touch of subtle humour with the bare-foot on the Abbey Road reference

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Posted in: 18-year-old Japanese sets record for fastest 100 meters on all fours See in context

FishForest

Somewhere between the headline and the article body, it was his birthday.

Expect his bid for world's oldest man very soon

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Posted in: Abe in Britain See in context

Cameron's aide has an interesting expression. Either she doesn't think much of Abe's Robert De Niro impression, she just realised someone forgot to take down the Pearl Harbor painting over the fireplace, or she's trying not to laugh at the person off-photo who's rubbing Abe's leg with the fluffy thing on a stick.

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Posted in: What is everyone thinking? See in context

When are they gonna serve the bacon rettuce and tomato sandwiches?

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Posted in: What is everyone thinking? See in context

Question: What is everyone thinking? Answer: Hey! Where's the round table?

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Posted in: 'Omotenashi Bras' See in context

Japan needs to be careful emblazoning outcrops with messages of hospitality - others may lay claim to them.

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Posted in: Fujitsu, Mitsui to establish joint venture for smart community projects See in context

The third paragraph offers a glimmer of hope but after that we have a strong contender for this year's Golden Waffle award.

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Posted in: Birthday boy See in context

Surprised they didn't take the photo with the chrysanthemums - still, the Imperial herb garden's looking particularly fine at this time of year

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Posted in: Reality bites after jubilee in Britain See in context

Thanks ArchwayTowers but I'm living in Tokyo so I'm pining for the drabness of home. Mind you, the rainy season's not far off!

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Posted in: Reality bites after jubilee in Britain See in context

I'm from the UK and love a good moan. What they should have done was drain much more money from the public purse in order to have 2 flotillas come down the Thames. Then make sure the first one was delayed so that the crowds lining the banks could grumble about it in the rain. Finally, 2 would come along at once. British people love having their spirits dampened. I can't wait for the Olympics, it's going to be awful!

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Posted in: Japan bets on overseas 'Japantowns' to boost economy See in context

What exactly is the vision here? Surely most of that stuff was spawned of the bubble era with its decadent levels of conspicuous consumption. It doesn't seem the most likely way of helping an ailing economy - just an opportunity to line the pockets of a few fringe operators while sullying the image of beautiful Japan with tat.

Thank goodness for mountains, shrines, cool breezes, traditional cuisine and the contemplation of the 'thumbs down'.

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

As if!! What a load of guff. Oral flora - is that the name of the candy? Broadcasting standards watchdog - there is one? Highly entertaining article all round.

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Posted in: Hunters kill brown bear in residential area of Sapporo See in context

It's a little odd. The BBC has a story about 2 women being killed by bears in Akita this morning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17784465

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Posted in: Japan 'no longer a rich country' by 2050: think tank See in context

Michael Woodford seems available right now. Perhaps the Keidanren can find a job for him?

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Posted in: Woodford ready to confront Olympus management at shareholders meeting See in context

Well, apparently it all went as expected. Olympus won shareholder approval and Woodford's questions were evaded.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-04-20/olympus-wins-shareholder-approval-for-new-board-after-fraud

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Posted in: Showdown See in context

note the black van top left.

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Posted in: Policeman arrested for licking woman's hair See in context

an undisclosed illness

shampoo poisoning?

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Posted in: Mind-controlled cat ears hitting shelves in Japan See in context

For the time being I'm going to continue using eye contact while communicating with others. However, I would be in favour of someone developing a set of whiskers that'll enhance the wearer's spatial awareness - if it helped them avoid standing at the top of escalators or barging onto trains while others are still trying to alight.

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Posted in: Suntory drinks commemorate 50th anniversary of Rolling Stones See in context

Crikey! This thread is less moderated than Keith Richards' liver!

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