Monaka comments

Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly' See in context

Careful! 2,100 Japanese people might sue him!

2,100 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

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Posted in: Woman, ex-partner arrested for forcing cicada onto crying child's face See in context

Wow, the kid must've been semi conscious.

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Posted in: Gyoza the great See in context

Calling gyoza "potstickers"? How uncouth.

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Posted in: Google self-driving car prototype ready to try road See in context

Betcha the hackers can't wait.

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Posted in: Man arrested after entering elementary school with knife See in context

I had no idea what a satsuma was, let alone that they were used in schools for subduing intruders.

Here's a school satsuma drill that someone has posted on YouTube (5 min.).

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Posted in: Sony studio, producer apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks See in context

"The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching."

- John Wooden (1910-2010)

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Posted in: Vagina kayak artist arrested in Japan See in context

Today's euphemistic phrase:

I'd like to paddle her kayak.

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Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from UK See in context

Here's a clip of the Nov. 17 CNN interview, where he's saying he's "sorry."

It seems to me that he's sorry for getting caught, not for doing these things in the first place.

What a moron.

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Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from UK See in context

When the story about this predator first showed up on Japan Today, I went to the Real Social Dynamics website and saw 31 corporate logos of various media companies, including CNN, Playboy, MTV, ABC, BBC, The New York Times, Bravo, GQ, msnbc, FOX NEWS, Men's Health, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Yahoo!,, The Australian, and AOL, in the footer of all of the Real Social Dynamics webpages.

Today, when I read that he was on CNN, I went back to the Real Social Dynamics website and found that all of the corporate logos of the media companies had been removed. (Sometime between Nov. 6 & 11, according to a search using the Internet Wayback Machine at, using:*/

Get a few cease-and-desist letters from various companies' lawyers, Real Social Dynamics?

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Posted in: 'Frozen'-inspired bra changes color when you’re near a friend See in context

The "Cuddlefish" bra.

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for pouring urine on woman See in context

Urine trouble!

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Posted in: Dead hikers found crushed between rocks on volcano See in context

Anyone know if the searchers are using search-and-rescue dogs? I haven't seen any indication in the news, so maybe they are ineffective at finding victims completely buried in the ash?

You would think that after 3/11 there would be many more new teams of searchers and dogs scattered throughout the country and ready for deployment, in case of another disaster---such as this one.

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Posted in: Bieber charged with assault over photo incident See in context

Hmm, his tweets have words with more than five letters in them... Is someone writing these for him?

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Posted in: Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years See in context

I'm proud to say that I bought her first five vinyl albums back in the '80s---and they're still in pristine condition.

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Posted in: 'Makenaide' most popular theme song for job hunters See in context

Glad they're inspired by ZARD's "Makenaide." I still find it sad what happened to the group's singer Sakai Izumi (1967-2007).

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Posted in: Going Gaga See in context

With those boots, I doubt she was sitting in an emergency exit row on the plane.

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Posted in: Supermoon See in context

"Nessie" wrote:

So until when do we have the perigee-syzygy, Monaka?

Technically, perigee occurred at 17:44 UTC on Aug. 10 (and the Moon was 356,896 km away) and the full Moon (syzygy) occurred 25 minutes later at 18:09 UTC.

So, you could say the "supermoon" occurred at 18:09 UTC on Aug. 10. If you looked at the Moon 12 hours before or after that time, then you pretty much see the same thing.

The next perigee-syzygy occurs on Sept. 9, 2014 at 01:38 UTC.

Anyway, enjoy the peak of the Perseid meteor shower tonight (Aug. 11-12)!

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Posted in: Supermoon See in context

The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual.

Not quite.

The Moon is closest to Earth, ie. at perigee, approximately every 27 days and what people are calling a "supermoon" does not occur every 27 days. A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full within 24 hours of it being at perigee.

Astronomers use the term "perigee-syzygy" to describe the event. Syzygy is when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are aligned.

The term "supermoon" was coined by astrologers. Astrology is a psedo-science, based on ignorance and superstition.

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Posted in: Air Canada launches Dreamliner flights to Haneda See in context

I won't get on any 787 less than the 9-series. The 787-8 is so last year!

The 787-9 is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

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Posted in: Akina Nakamori to release 1st song in four years See in context

I remember watching her performance of "Gekka" on the "Music Station Special SUPER LIVE 94" TV program at the end of 1994. She had a high-fever and obviously an extremely sore throat, yet she managed to belt out the song. She was in tears at the end of her performance because of the pain, but still managed to crack a smile...

Good luck to her!

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Posted in: Typhoon sweeps across Okinawa; 10 injured, 1 dead See in context

If anyone's interested, here's the Japan Meteorological Agency's English cyclone info. page:

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Posted in: 6-year-old boy drowns in river See in context

I wanted to see the location of the Ashina River but couldn't find it in Google Maps. Could this be the Ashida River?

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Posted in: How come soccer has never reached the popularity of baseball, basketball or the NFL in the U.S.? See in context

Because, according to learned scholar John Oliver, most Americans think ''soccer is something you pick your 10-year-old daughter up from.''

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Posted in: Sharapova, Djokovic advance to French Open semifinals See in context

Can't stand Sharapova's grunting. Hope Bouchard silences her for the rest of the tourney.

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Posted in: McCartney concert cancellations leave promoters penniless See in context

100,000 yen tickets?! Forget it!

Anyway, I'd rather see a different performer/band in an intimate basement venue in Shimokitazawa for 3,000 yen---plus you get a drink!

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Posted in: Denny’s Japan to serve ‘the most delicious food in the world’ See in context

"You don't go to Denny's... you end-up at Denny's."

--- Jerry Seinfeld

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Posted in: Japanese fans say new American Godzilla is too fat See in context

So will the next movie in the series be called Godzilla vs Diabetes?

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Posted in: Ex-police officer acquitted over fatal stampede in 2001 See in context

@ Abhorsenaube

Here's a link to an AP article ("Rowdy youths blamed in festival deaths") from July 23, 2001, that was in Bangor, Maine's Bangor Daily News :

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Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine See in context

What's next? A gig in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park? Maybe a music-video shot at Genbaku Dome?

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Posted in: Full service resumes on tsunami-hit Iwate train line See in context

OK, thanks Daijoboots! I watched a YouTube video that someone had recorded while on the BRT. Looks like the bus ran through a narrow tunnel, so I'm wondering if they removed the rails and paved over where the Ofunato-sen used to run. Also, wondering if the BRT is permanent, as it would be a shame if the SuperDragon was no more...

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