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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese TV variety programs? See in context

Remember ppl, Japan is 'The Church of Consumption' - even when it doesn't look like it... - you ARE being CM'd. (CM = Commercial) The Media here is always trying to sell you something, or someone.

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Posted in: The serious crime rate for U.S. service members off their bases is approximately half that of the Japanese population. See in context

OK Zyb, no need to breath - Rate does not enter into it. Crime is crime. It is not seasonal. It does not keep business hours. Real people get hurt.

What is important is the perception of our hosts, and Rice has shot himself in the foot and handed them the gun.

Japanese people in Yokosuka see a 'Westerner' and they equate this with danger.

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Posted in: The serious crime rate for U.S. service members off their bases is approximately half that of the Japanese population. See in context

"On average, US forces in Japan commit half as many serious crimes as the general public, announced their commander Lieutenant General Edward Rice, based in Yokosuka. Japan."

Peculiar, because close to 500,000 Japanese live in Yokosuka, and an estimated 10,000 US troops live and work on the US base.

Does this mean that it only takes 10,000 Americans to commit the same number of crimes as 250,000 Japanese?

So an American serviceman is only 25 times more likely to perform a serious criminal act than the locals.

Now I understand why, when I lived in Yokosuka, the majority of the local population avoided me, regarding me with about as much affection as you would reserve for a baby-eating monster that could go off-reservation at any moment. The locals that found out I was not American were fine but living in such a charged atmosphere, I got out and moved to ** - where all of the local kids have a chirpy 'Hello' whenever they see me and the mothers don't regard me as an American looking for a KFC (Kentucky Fried Child).

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Posted in: Fur of the Year 2008 See in context

okapake - Only every man on the planet wishes the same!

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