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Posted in: Murray beats Nishikori to set up Montreal Masters final clash with Djokovic See in context

He seemed to had suffered an injury to his lower leg. I don't think he was fatigued.

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Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition See in context

@christopher glen supporting links? What the heck are you talking about? I was relaying info firsthand from a conversation with a resident of Beijing. What's your deal, dude?

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Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition See in context

I just returned from a 2 week trip to China where I was in Nanjing (Nanking), Shanghai, and Beijing, and couldn't help but notice the Nanjing memorial that commemorated the Japanese occupation and abuses that took place. The memorial had this huge title on it, something along the lines of "Memorial to Remember the Massacre of the Chinese People by the Japanese Army..." Or something along those lines--it was a long, descriptive title." But I asked my coworker, who is a Beijing native and resident, about the "average" Chinese citizen's sentiment towards the Japanese and he told me that the rhetoric is mostly driven by the politicians and is meant as a distraction. He said that most Chinese know that much of China's modernization can be credited investment by Japan, and just count past history as that: past history. Obviously this is an opinion of just one, but probably reflective of many educated Chinese people.

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Posted in: Abe wants SDF to be allowed to rescue Japanese citizens in danger See in context

I'm not sure if Japan has the "right stuff" to pull off these rescue missions, seeming like they don't have the equivalent of a Seal Team 6 who's daily jobs is to do these insanely impossible jobs. Annual training with the US special forces isn't going to cut it. That said, I'm glad that Japan is showing some toughness in their response and I hope there's some way of conducting some sort of retaliatory response. These crazy Islamic animals doing this stuff aren't going to stop until the very last one is pounded into the sand where they belong.

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Posted in: Despite loss, Japanese fans proud of Nishikori See in context

It wasn't a height problem...I wish people would stop making a big deal of it. Sure, Kei-san is 5'10", but it's not like he's 5'6" where his service trajectory or reach might become a real problem. Nishikori actually has a winning lifetime record against Cilic. He also took down Raonic who, I think is 6'5". I've seen him beat Ivo Karlovic, who's 6'10". In tennis, I think there's a point where height becomes a disadvantage. That's why you see don't see guys like Karlovic or Isner make it to the semis or finals of a big tourney. Footwork and foot speed are so critical in tennis and it seems like when the guys get to be the height of a basketball forward/center, they tend to lack the adroitness that you need. But these tall guys sure can serve! That serves come at a steep angle and if they kick the serve, that ball will have serious hops. I've seen Cilic play, and last night I think he just played out of his mind--everything was clicking for him--his serves, his groundies, everything. Nishikori looked a step slow on the court. His shot-making was nowhere near where it was when he played Nola or Wawrinka, and his first serve percentage didn't seem very good (not sure what the stats show, just my observation). He just had a bad game, and unfortunately it was a grand slam final. $*&% happens, you know? As a former college tennis player, I know the feeling. There are days you just don't "have it"--and once that gets in your head, it comes out of your racquet. Your first serve percentage goes down and it seems like you're netting shots, or blowing them out of the court. And then everything becomes a distraction--the wind, the noise, the sound of your strings...everything, it seems.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese students killed, 5 injured in California car crash See in context

Very sad, but what a total act of stupidity to stuff that many people in one car. How could the driver possibly been able to drive properly being crushed in by probably at least one person between the two front bucket seats.

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Posted in: Comedian George Tokoro voted most ideal father See in context

ehhh? How? Why? ugh...never mind...another useless poll. I think Nippon Life has too many employees with too little to do.

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Posted in: China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan See in context

People keep dredging up stuff that happened 70 years ago...let's move on, folks. Plenty of bigger issues in the future that need our focus for which mud-slinging about the past won't solve.

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Posted in: Volcanic eruption creates new island south of Japan See in context

No need to fight over Takeshima or Senkoku island--not when you can just grow another one.

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Posted in: Eriko Sato appears in sexy photo book for first time in 10 years See in context

Slow day for entertainment news.

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Posted in: Figure skater Ando announces she is a single mother See in context

"the baby’s father is a former Japanese figure skater but she has not talked about him yet"...that'd be an interesting conversation to overhear. "Hey, remember that time you and I got together and we 'did it'...well guess what happened?"

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Posted in: Model Maki Nishiyama reportedly 5 months pregnant See in context

a 25 yr old model knocked-up by a 21 yr old actor--sounds like the prime ingredients of a stable family...NOT. Don't these entertainers even contemplate let's-not-make-an-oops-baby sex? even for a nanosecond? I guess not.

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Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME See in context

"...the best is yet to come..." That's true because you can't do much worse than what Obama's done over his first term. It's pathetic that Romney couldn't muster up the votes to defeat a VERY defeat-able Obama. I was at a conference where Charlie Cook (cookpolitical.com) was a speaker. He said that Romney would lose, based on the electoral "head-start" that most any Democrat candidate has, but mainly because of the tactical error he made over the summer. In the swing states, Obama's campaign launched a massive negative ad campaign over a three month period where, using Cook's word, Obama "took a baseball bat and beat the crap out of Romney's character". They focused on Bain Capital, layoffs, how much money he made, etc., etc. Romney's response was to stay on message. Well, attack ads do work. So imagine a picture where Obama is beating Romney repeatedly with a bat, and Romney's response is "...we need to create a bright economic future for our children, ..blah, blah..."

Had Romney changed his tact and focused his money on blunting those attacks--essentially putting more of a Teflon coating around his character--he said that 1) the Obama ads' effects would have been deeply lessened, and 2) he would gain more of a connection to the voters. After the first debate, Romney got a popularity bounce everywhere, BUT his lift in the swing states was far less because of the damage Obama had already inflicted. According to Cook, had Romney effectively countered the Obama attack campaign, he thinks Romney would be way ahead going into the election.

So sadly, we have 4 more years of a social revolutionist. He'll continue to galvanize Obamacare and other policies that threaten the fabric of the US economy, and business owners like myself are going to hang onto our cash and NOT invest. Hopefully, by 2016, we won't have transformed into too much of a welfare state and we'll have a chance to elect a leader who is pro-small-business, who understands job creation, and knows that the way to build wealth is to preserve an economy that rewards hard work and ingenuity.

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Posted in: Michelle Obama says change takes time; urges 4 more years See in context

I was going to comment, but after reading some of the nonsense of the commentators, I figured on saving me 10 minutes of futility. I'm just shaking my head and hoping that the downfall of the U.S. happens after I'm dead and gone. But it will happen given the current trajectory of this great country of ours.

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Posted in: Samsung expands lead in smartphone market: Gartner See in context

The other thing is revenue. I know that carriers carry some of the cost of the hardware, but I would say, on average, iPhones cost 3 to 4 times more, cash out of pocket than any Samsung phone (at least, here in the US where iPhones are only available from 2 carriers). Gross margins for iPhones are probably the envy of every mobile phone manufacturer.

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Posted in: S Korea urges 2 Japanese ministers to scrap Yasukuni visit See in context

@michael--seriously, what's going on here? Regarding that soccer-player, I read that the Korean government is backing the soccer player by saying something to the effect that the sign he held up was NOT political. Seriously? Not "political"? Then what--they're saying it was "personal"? The soccer player just happened to have some affinity to these useless rocks stick up out of the water? Now this hubbub over the shrine? Is it election time in S. Korea?

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Posted in: S Koreans back soccer player over banner See in context

@serendipitous... I'll have to reread at least once before I hit the "submit" button.

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Posted in: S Koreans back soccer player over banner See in context

Those islets are just stupid pieces of rock sticking up out of the water. Arguing over these islands is like two children fighting over jelly beans. Everyone should just dessert the islands and let both the South Korean and Japanese military use them for target practice. Couple rounds of live firing should reduce the islets to bottom-of-the-sea rubble so that fish and crab can use it for spawning--something that's actually useful.

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Posted in: S Korean soccer player barred from medal ceremony over political message See in context

This is a problem for government officials and diplomats. I think athletes do their sport a disservice by politicizing what are supposed to be athletic games that transcend nationalistic squabbles and discord. That said, is there something particularly strategic about these islands? I've seen pictures of them--they're literally dinky rocks sticking out of the water. I actually feel bad for the police officers who got stuck with the assignment of "guarding" the islands.

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Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals See in context

Just a couple things: 1) I always liked this saying: "hatred is a poison you take, hoping the other person dies" and 2) what a useless poll.

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Posted in: Toshiba CD radio cassette recorder See in context

My great-grandfather must have been in the focus group that said that this product would be a huge hit in the market place.

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Posted in: Korean idol enrages Japanese netizens by eating instant noodles from the pot See in context

Are you serious? This is news? First of all, it's just a commercial, not an etiquette how-to video. These so-called Netizens need to get a life because they have way too much time on their hands for useless commentary.

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Posted in: Gang robs 66 residences to get money for maid cafes, AKB48 concerts See in context

The 5 guys' gang had an IQ of 5, too. 66 burglaries only netted them 2.1 million yen? That comes to just over 30,000 yen per burglary--doesn't that seem like a small amount of money considering the risk of getting caught?

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Posted in: NHK apologizes for April Fool's Day Twitter joke See in context

I think it was funny--especially the reference to N. Korean newscasters. Seeing video clips of the N. Korean newscasters reporting the death of Kim Jong-Il, wearing their hanboks and speaking through quivering voices and tears, imagining NHK newscasters doing the same kind of made me laugh.

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Posted in: TEPCO workers quitting due to threats, sense of despair See in context

I suppose the silver lining to this dark cloud is that there'll be more job openings available.

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Posted in: Afghan security forces kill British, American soldiers See in context

Afghanistan is a lost cause. Let's just pull the troops and let Karzai deal with the rock-dwelling Talibans. The US keeps pouring billions of dollars every month for, what? NOTHING! The US should just keep Israel armed to the teeth, play nice with the Saudis and Kuwaitis to keep the oil flowing, and then let the Iranians, Iraqis, etc., fight over their piece of sand. We should just monitor the nuclear situation in Iran and just nuke their facilities when they get close to having a working warhead.

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Posted in: Wynn Macau board ousts tycoon Okada for 'unacceptable conduct' See in context

$110,000 US? Wow...that's like 80 gazillion pesos!

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Posted in: Masami Nagasawa relishes her role as detective See in context

Cute girl, but a detective? And she's holding a 2" snub nose revolver in a miniskirt? Awesome...

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Posted in: Taiwanese-Japanese star implicated in beating of taxi driver in Taipei See in context

Stupid, retarded act...she deserves to have her career ended and the idiot friend should spend a year in jail for aggravated assault. The allegation about "fondling" has got to be bogus. Unless the cab drive is an absolute retard, he won't try to cop a feel when she's in the cab with two other girls and a drunk boyfriend. I say 30 days in jail and 300 hours of community work picking up trash for her.

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Posted in: Italian cruise ship captain blames company pressure See in context

This dumbass should just shut up, otherwise there won't be a lawyer on earth who'll want to represent him, unless his defense is going to be that he is just so profoundly stupid that he shouldn't be held responsible. What company manager is going to "pressure" him to risk damaging the ship...I mean, why? To get a better view of the rocks?

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