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Posted in: Why Kennedy was appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan See in context

If Japan was so loyal to the US, I would expect to see some American cars in the streets and little kids separated from their American Dads having some visitation rights. But alas...

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Posted in: Abenomics at one year: Growth to slow as challenges mount See in context

I would actually take all the naysayers in the peanut gallery above as a contrarian indication that Abenomix just might work. I have never been right on the economy, just like all of you, so if we say it's going down, it's going up.

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Posted in: Condo ditches lawnmowers for grass-munching goats See in context

I like goats. They don't give a shytt about stupid stuff like facebook and male pattern baldness. I even like goat shytt as it adds a rustic, rural smell.

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Posted in: 3 men arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old girl for ransom See in context

Thank God they found her and good on that policeman. He deserves a medal for proactive policework.

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Posted in: Local Fukuoka idol already a hit on Internet See in context

she should enjoy singing but stay in school and go to college. stardom is the path to oblivion.

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Posted in: Investment giant Blackstone gives thumbs up to 'Abenomics' See in context

I give middle fingers up, is that the same?

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Posted in: Who's afraid of working women? See in context

The irony me to me is that whenever the politicians make a committee to study how to make it easier for women to work the members are all 50 year old men who think they know what women want. They do the same thing regarding integration of foreigners at my company. They guess or imagine how I am feeling but do not ask me or allow me to participate in high level conversations of how to improve integration.

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Posted in: TEPCO employee found dead in apparent suicide See in context

I think if it was me I'd choose a tad more than 5 stories, more like 10, just to make sure. Read "the crack-up" by FS Fitzgerald and you will likely know how this man and many 39 yos feel. He refers to it as the Big Out.

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Posted in: Asylum-seeker dies after collapsing at detention center while doctor at lunch See in context

Welcome to Japan, land of the free and home of the brave...

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 2-year-old son shortly after child's release from care See in context

Nothing more sickening than hurting that which you are tasked to defend... Poor little boy.

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Posted in: Afghanistan's future not looking good See in context

According to my ill-informed sources, the reasons the US went into and remains in Afghanistan is that it is easy to have a military base there and conduct military operations (e.g., against Bin Laden) in Pakistan and other places (i.e., Iran) in such a lawless territory. Kind of free hand. Also, there is some fear of Pakistan being an out of control nuclear power so the US can take care of business against Pakistan from Afghanistan.

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Posted in: The sexes, especially in Japan's giant cities, are spiralling away from each other. Lacking long-term shared goals, many are turning to easy or instant gratification, in the form of casual sex, short- See in context

@thepresident934, I think the alternate formula is a little bit different and goes MAN + WOMAN + ALCOHOL = PREGNANCY

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Posted in: The sexes, especially in Japan's giant cities, are spiralling away from each other. Lacking long-term shared goals, many are turning to easy or instant gratification, in the form of casual sex, short- See in context

I have lived in both Osaka and Tokyo for several years each. Without doubt the people in Tokyo seem to have a mental disease and social regression from the stress and overcrowding. Women have perpetual scowls and seem to revel in disdain. The men look disgusted and invite confrontation such as constant bumping, scowling and open flatulence on trains to release some of the stress. Osaka is much more normal in that regard. Just my 2cents. Thanks.

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Posted in: Ford, Toyota fight over who has top-selling car See in context

Well just back from a trip to the US and saw the new Focus, they are darn good looking cars and I expect sales will increase with the new remodeling. I also rented a Hyundai Elantra which was a darn nice car with very good gas mileage and peppy. I wouldn't think twice of buying either the Ford Focus or Hyundai Elantra provided the crash testing results were good.

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Posted in: British 'drug mule' faces 10 years' jail after acquittal overturned See in context

Assuming he is not in Japan, I think a one way ticket to Venezuela is in order.

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Posted in: British 'drug mule' faces 10 years' jail after acquittal overturned See in context

Seems like the judges are overturning a jury decision of fact, in particular whether or not he knew his luggage contained drugs. Thus, the legal experts purport to be experts of the facts even though it seems they did not view the testimony.

Such statements such as: “A smuggling organization usually gives a carrier instructions for how to return the luggage, regardless of whether or not it tells the person” in my opinion are beyond the purview of a legal expert such as a judge. If an expert witness who has studied smuggling organizations made such assertion then it may carry some weight.

Anyways, sucks to spend the best later years of his life in a Japanese jail.

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Posted in: Private investigator’s job takes him to darkest depths of juvenile crime in Japan See in context

Time to pull out the baseball bats and crowbars and go psycho on the perpetrators...

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Posted in: What would it take to convince you that seafood, rice and other food products from Fukushima Prefecture are safe to consume? See in context

Even if it is safe, I think you can get cheaper products from abroad based on the international trade obligations that Japan has negotiated and agreed to. I would rather have a nice Georgia peach... and it would be much cheaper in any case.

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Posted in: Lack of worker skills threatens European recovery See in context

all bad new all the time for the US. guess time to revert to the isolationism and let Japan and Finland run the world for a while.

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Posted in: The importance of 'aisatsu' in Japan See in context

well I lost my enthusiasm for greetings soon after coming to Japan (used to do them regularly in the US). Why? -people let door slam in my face (other cultures it is common sense to hold door for next guy/gal) -glares of hate from random people I passed and said konnichiwa to. reality is some in the countryside in particular really don't like foreigners this is a fact and indisputable -saying konnichiwa and no response -people seeing me on a train near a seat they were heading to and making an obvious move to other direction -at work, osakinishitureishimasu being a form of peer pressure. you have to say it out loud and announce to the group that you are leaving early. i personally don't feel any need to do so -checking into a hotel and getting asked questions, etc. far beyond what the 20 yo asian next to me is (whether he be chinese, etc.)

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Posted in: Unusual punishment lands Hiroshima elementary school teacher in hot water See in context

Basically, I just don't want no perverted teacher ever taking pictures of my kids except the annual class picture or something formal like that.

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Posted in: Unusual punishment lands Hiroshima elementary school teacher in hot water See in context

Whatever happened to the good old dunce cap and sitting in the corner for 30 minutes; or slapping the knuckles with a rod like the Brits get? Brits have walnut sized knuckles thanks that that treatment.

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Posted in: People playing it safe with their money See in context

In furtherance to my comment above, I think the part-timers featured in this article are comfortable taking a loan that is probably 10-15 times their annual income is because Haruna's parents have loads of cash that they will inherit along wiht the land. Thus, this article should be about Japanese who don't have good jobs but got good folks.

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Posted in: People playing it safe with their money See in context

They are much better off than me even though I make good money as seishain. Certainly my folks ain't giving me no land, and no bank will lend me 28 million yen to build a darn large and nice home I am sure. This is not the face of people playing it safe with their money.

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Posted in: Motivating marginal workers See in context

I hope my boss reads this, I need some motivation.

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Posted in: ANA gets 11 int'l slots at Haneda; JAL gets 5 and complains See in context

I rode ANA recently with the family back to the states. Hands down the best airline I have flown recently. Nice, friendly service, comfortable/roomy/clean seats, good entertainment for kids, darn good food, and only a bit more expensive than rivals. I was really satisfied.

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Posted in: How big an impact would the proposed initial sales tax hike from 5% to 8% in Japan have on your lifestyle? See in context

Cheaper beer maybe even though the tax on beer is already like 100%... My main thought is when do I hear the proposals for spending cuts. The debt will be 3 times the economic output soon, taxes going up, my life getting harder, but no word of cutting spending....

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Posted in: Joggers warned to mind their manners as they run around Imperial Palace See in context

These jogging mobs should know that there is a british scientific study of elevated lung cancer risk they found in joggers in London. When they studied it, they found the joggers were running by a road and inhaling a lot more carcinogens from car exhaust than walkers. I strongly suggest jogging in parks or wooded areas or beaches.

Second point, for some reason (and I have felt this myself) there is some sort of animalistic urge or feeling of victory when running past a slower person. I often walk around a jogging path at a big park and even if it is just me and there is 6 feet of space, they will jog right up by me often brushing me.

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Posted in: Women in 15 nations need spouse's OK to work See in context

Only 15?

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