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Posted in: 40 ways foreign and Japanese TV dramas are different See in context

Never understood why Angela Lansbury got paid $100.000 per episode of Murder she wrote.

A hundred dollars really isn't that much.

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Posted in: Wild bear watching attracts hikers to Hokkaido national park See in context

Not a bad idea to bring pepper spray.

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Posted in: If a woman lists a child but no husband, she’ll inevitably get questions about whether she’s a single mother and about who will take care of her child if the child gets sick. People who employ them are always worried about whether they won't come to work—single mothers are considered not reliable. See in context

People who employ them are always worried about whether they won't come to work—single mothers are considered not reliable.

And are they less reliable? The question is an easily solved empirical one.

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Posted in: Stab wounds found on bodies of Japanese couple killed in Bali See in context

They were "burnt beyond recognition" however they are still identified as the Japanese couple. 

You never heard of dental records.

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Posted in: Man falls to his death from bridge after proposing to girlfriend See in context

At 30 meters you would be breaking bones

Yes, so survivable.

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Posted in: Man falls to his death from bridge after proposing to girlfriend See in context

30 m is definitely survivable. Maybe he hit a pier foundation or just couldn't swim.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd pulls plug on campaign to disrupt Japan whale hunt See in context

If there were a real demand for the product there would be no need for the government to prop it up with tax money. 

Government subsidies are no proof of lack of demand. The government props up rice farmers. Do you think there's a lack of rice demand?

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd pulls plug on campaign to disrupt Japan whale hunt See in context

The statement on the SS website says they are 'not abandoning the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary' 

There's nothing to abandon. There is no sanctuary; just a bogus extra-territorial claim.

This will only end if Japan's economy is hurt by the international community, say through sanctions and cancellations of trade agreements.

It's already hurting Japan--rightly or wrongly--by poisoning the Japanese brand in Australia or elsewhere. Car makers and export-oriented electronics companies should be leading the charge against Japanese whaling.

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Posted in: N Korea warns Japan of 'imminent self-destruction' See in context

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia eye cruise tour around disputed islands See in context

I hope they have tour guides from Japan and Russia who bicker back and forth, for the true immersive experience.

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Posted in: Here’s a handy cycling hack: Pump up your tires for free at any police box See in context

Registering your bicycle does nothing to prevent theft.

And where does all the money go? If 1 resident in 100 buys and registers a bicycle each year, that's 625 million yen annually in registration fees.

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Posted in: 16-year-old girl riding bike hit and killed by truck See in context

Left hook. This is the most common accident involving a car and a bicycle.

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Posted in: Aso announces emergency tariffs of 50% on imported frozen beef from Aug See in context

[Along with Trump,] Sanders trashed [the TPP]. So did Clinton (after initially supporting it). It's the only issue all of the candidates agreed on.

Whoever downvoted this, go ahead and look it up if you don't believe me. I'm not a Trump supporter, but let's not let alternative facts get in the way of real facts.

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Posted in: Aso announces emergency tariffs of 50% on imported frozen beef from Aug See in context

This is all on Trump and his voters. He trashed TPP which would have lowered beef tariffs over time.....

Sanders trashed it. So did Clinton (after initially supporting it). It's the only issue all of the candidates agreed on.

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Posted in: 10 ice cream and popsicle brands to try when you’re in Japan See in context

Too icy.

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Posted in: Aso announces emergency tariffs of 50% on imported frozen beef from Aug See in context

Aso told reporters the government is explaining the move to the United States and other countries.

What's to explain? Foreign beef is more competitive.

Farm minister Yuji Yamamoto told reporters that the effect of the measures on consumers should be "limited" as frozen beef targeted by the measure accounts for 20% of the Japan's total beef imports.

A 50% tariff on 20% of imports is not negligible.

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Posted in: College student arrested for attempting to kill ex-boyfriend See in context

who had been beaten about the head with a hammer, stabbed in the back with a kitchen knife, and shot with a stun gun

Not in that order, I'd wager.

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Posted in: Gov't to decide debris extraction method at Fukushima reactor in September See in context

Kicking a can down the road for 5 years and counting.

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Posted in: What sort of scenes in movies make you want to throw things at the screen or yell at the characters for doing stupid things? See in context

People getting punched or shot and then flying in a perfectly horizontal trajectory, rather than in the parabolic arc that the Almighty intended. Do you even physics?

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Posted in: Australian woman 'didn't have to die,' says Minneapolis police chief See in context

"Usually people who call the police in their pajamas are not ambushers, especially spiritual healers and pacifists," Bennett said in a telephone interview. Damond owned a meditation and life-coaching company.

What a moronic point. None of these facts would be obvious to anyone.

"You shouldn't shoot unarmed people who call the cops," Bennett said.

That's more like it.

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Posted in: Security cameras to be set up on bullet trains in southwestern Japan See in context

After all that terrorism at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, it's no wonder.

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Posted in: Scheduled Yomiuri starter Yamaguchi withdrawn over incident See in context

Working on throwing a 160kph tantrum.

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Posted in: World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached See in context

Speed, do you really thing saying it's 160 km due west of Nagato City is going to be helpful to the average reader of AFP, a global wire service?

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Posted in: Teacher tells student to jump from school window in Saitama See in context

No golden parachute for you.

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Posted in: Join us on a trip to white sandy beaches, massive waterfalls and the geekiest cafe in western Tokyo See in context

A veritable who's who of tetrapods.

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Posted in: Trump on Russian election meddling: 'Nobody really knows for sure' See in context

Police officer: "Sir, do you have any idea how fast you were going?"

Driver: "Nobody really knows for sure."

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Posted in: New law a big step toward commercial whaling, Japanese officials say See in context

Good quote, but I don't think in 1823 the Japanese were sailing all the way to Antarctica to get their whales. Rather, they were sticking to their own waters, not pillaging a shared global resource an ocean away.

I don't think in 1823 the Australians were sailing to the corners of the Indian Ocean to get their tuna, either. But they are now.

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Posted in: U.S. woman arrested over disposal of 100 live bullets at Haneda airport See in context

SInce she was in transit to another flight, she would not have had access to her checked luggage. 

If you're transiting from an international to a domestic flight you have access to your checked luggage, as you have to clear customs before any domestic transfer.

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Posted in: Roppongi's 'kebab war' leads to arrest under little-used statute See in context

Couldn't they be done for assault, without resorting to obscure laws? Or was this some kind of compromise measure?

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Posted in: Tolkien estate, Warner Bros settle 'Hobbit' lawsuit See in context

Does this mean the estate is getting a cut, or that use in gambling will stop?

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