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Posted in: 2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

If they go as private citizens, then no one has a right to complain. BUT...if they are going as gov't representatives or if they are on the clock when they go, that is a problem.

Does Japan have laws regarding separation of state and religion?

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Posted in: Kyoto’s subway system is now endorsed by handsome anime men See in context

I completely understand the tactic but is there a flip side to it all? If you plaster anime characters all over the place, will anyone ever take you seriously?

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

Back home, there were orange flashing lights over the pedestrian crosswalks. When activated, all cars must come to a complete stop. Install the same lights here and a couple of days of the patrols that @Laguna mentioned....problem solved. Or is that too harsh on everyone's driving "wa"?

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Posted in: A new take on an old classic: Takarazuka presents 'King Arthur' See in context

Amazing costumes!

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Posted in: World's oldest fishhooks found in Japan: researchers See in context

Now that's pretty neat! They still look to be in good condition considering their age!

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Posted in: Appreciate thousands of years of Japanese beauty in surreal video from Nara University See in context

Nicely done!

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Posted in: Koike tells Tokyo gov't employees to finish work by 8 p.m. See in context

It's about time!

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Posted in: New element See in context

That's fantastic!

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Posted in: Consumer prices, household spending fall in March See in context

Instead of Abenomics, would this be a better solution: a basic income for all people in Japan?

Or am I just drinking the socialist kool-aid?

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Posted in: Police officer commits suicide with pistol in station toilet See in context

turbotsat: Is 'community affairs department' high-stress?

That's a very good question. I don't know as I have never worked there but something is wrong. I have read too many articles about officer suicides on JT over the years.

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Posted in: Police officer commits suicide with pistol in station toilet See in context

Does the MPD have psychiatrists? If yes, where the heck are they? If no, wtf?

I know that mental illness carries some stigma here but I thought that in high-stress jobs there would be a little lenience.

Another tragic waste of life that probably could have been avoided.

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Posted in: 24-yr-old policeman apparently commits suicide near mountain road See in context

Just 24 years old. This is so sad.

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Posted in: Snowy Monday See in context

Have to agree with @the_sheriff ...couldn't you find a more interesting picture than this?

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Posted in: Motorhead frontman Lemmy dies of cancer at 70 See in context

"Born to lose. Live to win"

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Posted in: Paris takes the cake for priciest club sandwich See in context

What a "croque"! Of course room service is going to be expensive but why bother. I was just there last year and never paid more than five euros for sandwiches at bakeries etc.

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Posted in: Photographer captures then and now of tsunami See in context


You'll find this photo essay interesting. It's in German. Just adjust the red slider.

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Posted in: Japanese version of 'Saturday Night Live' to debut in June See in context

Most of you should be ashamed. At least wait until the show has aired AND you have watched it before you start complaining about it.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for using spray on bus passengers in Chiba See in context

At least she didn't pull out a gun.

On the other hand, so much for Japan's "orderly society" myth.

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Posted in: Yahoo to auction rights to photograph Riyo Mori for charity See in context

150 yen and half an onigiri!

Moderator: Sensible comments please.

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Posted in: Dear Angry Western Guy See in context

Ms Feinemen, in my opinion, makes too many assumptions about the couple. Unless she is directly involved with the couple and their history, she has no authority to accurately assess their situation or background.

While the public outburst is regrettable and would make most people feel uncomfortable, I feel that the letter is too sanctimonious. I'm sure if we all look back at our time in Japan, we can all find situations where we have behaved poorly and caused negative feelings for those around us regardless of their nationality.

This is just my opinion.

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl killed by train while running across tracks in Osaka See in context

Unfortunate, but correct me if I'm wrong...we have all done stupid things when we were young. She took the risk and paid the ultimate price. I feel sorry for the dead girl's friend who has to deal with this for the rest of her life.

@my2sense - This has nothing to do with race/genetics, just foolish youth (IMHO).

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Posted in: Kokubo out See in context

Oh well...better luck next time.

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Posted in: From 'Kill Bill' to Uniqlo, Chiaki Kuriyama shows her killer style See in context

IMHO, that was probably the most down-to-earth interview with a Japanese actor I have ever read.

@n3312 - Good observation on the pic.

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Posted in: Divorced, separated Japanese fathers also fight to see children See in context

I am fortunate that my Japanese ex-wife had the wisdom to realize that our children need to see me on a regular basis. (We negotiated our own divorce and I have weekly visits which I cherish.) I feel for those fathers that have had their children taken away from them in a system that regards the father as disposable. However I agree with Disillusioned, be careful what you wish for.

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Posted in: Toyota’s Corolla an inspiration for Ami Suzuki’s new song 'Kiss Kiss Kiss' See in context

I can't believe I read this. Is this what passes for entertainment news now?

I mean really...inspired by a car?!? This reeks of unabashed product placement.

Nothing but vapid drivel. Must be a slow news day for the entertainment desk.

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