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Posted in: Walking, talking female robot to take part in fashion show See in context

When is the sailor suit version coming out?

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Posted in: Aso's reading blunders spark study spree See in context

He's doing Gakushuin proud.

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Posted in: Pakistan stunnned by attack on Sri Lankan cricket team See in context

bobbafett: well put. This is absolutely disgraceful.

timorborder: too early to say but unlikely; among other reasons, the team has Tamils in it (like Murali).

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Posted in: TBS turns viewers off with its topless T-shirt project See in context

If she did this in India she'd be arrested in most states.

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Posted in: Fukuoka: Japan's most architecturally forward-thinking city See in context

Great city but nasty drivers.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing rice ball after taking part in ramen contest in Yamagata See in context

The irony is the store would probably have thrown away the onigiri at the end of the day anyway.

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Posted in: Finance minister under fire for sloppy behavior at G-7 meeting See in context

Tired and emotional on the world stage, another of Todai's fine upstanding generational politicians (he also has some interesting ideas about the place of women in society and struggles with reading kanji too). Perhaps the party should stop his grog and make him wear a headband with kinshu ("on the wagon") on it.

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Posted in: Kristin Kreuk See in context

The man looks shell-shocked at the sight of a real, actual woman; he came to Akihabara to escape all of that.

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Posted in: Japan’s unpopular men and women boycott love See in context

Apart from the obvious mama's boys, 2ch hikikomori and the other variously socially anxious/inept, some of these men are probably just gay, but due to the vicious Japanese taboo over homosexuality can't/won't come out or haven't even realised it yet. Of all the Japanese men I know here only one is openly gay (a barber in Osaka), a figure that does not compare well to the statistics of homosexuality.

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Posted in: In Japan, you are what your blood type is See in context

Proof you can fool some people all of the time.

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Posted in: Dating in Tokyo is pretty easy—if you’re not looking for a single guy See in context

Such naive and vapid tosh. What was she expecting, creepy married guys looking for sex to not be on the internet?

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Posted in: Opposition lawmakers say PM is 'out of touch' See in context

And of all Japanese politicians, exactly how many are 'in touch' with the people?

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Posted in: NPA left red-faced after official blows his top at Narita See in context

Couldn't have happened to a better man.

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Posted in: Fuji TV to broadcast drama on choosing marriage partners by blood type See in context

From my understanding the origins of blood-type-determining-character theories are in eugenics and Nazi medicine; the different blood type profiles of Jewish and other ethnic groups were supposed to be 'proof' of their inferiority to the 'Aryan' race.

If my memory serves me correctly the theory became popular in Japan after someone (with no medical or research background) published a book here in the 60s or 70s describing all the 'traits' associated with each blood type and their compatibility. Pure twaddle of course, as ridiculous as phrenology (the shape of one's head determining character) a similar theory that thankfully is left behind in Victorian times.

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Posted in: U.S. Airways plane goes down into Hudson River after being hit by birds See in context

I just saw some photos on the BBC website. Absolutely amazing nobody died, and full credit to those involved in the rescue.

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Posted in: Man caught impersonating son for company entrance exam See in context

Was it his appearance that gave him away, or was it his kareishuu?

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Posted in: Man dressed as woman arrested for shoplifting in Ikebukuro See in context

I once saw a chap in my local Akafudado doing his grocery shopping wearing high heels, a rather revealing one-piece dress, a cute little hat and a day's stubble. He wasn't bothering anyone; and he paid up at the till.

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Posted in: Boy attacks sleeping father with survival knife in Saitama See in context

Bushlover, I read an article on the Tokyo Shinbun website, there is media other than JT out there. He became a hikikomori, buys a knife online, deliberately attacks his father while he sleeps. What's your explanation, 'Because it's in Saitama'?

bamboohat, the mother of the family died from cancer 12 years ago.

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Posted in: Boy attacks sleeping father with survival knife in Saitama See in context

His father indulged such behaviour in his son (don't want to go to school, fine, you don't have to &c.), instead of raising him in a nurturing and disciplined environment. Packing your kid off to private school doesn't make up for the education and guidance a parent has to give to his own children. The father is as much to blame as the kid.

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Posted in: Lawmakers, Muslims criticize Prince Harry over racist comments See in context

If they think that's the worst language one can hear in the British Army they are living on another planet. People should save their righteous outrage for stuff that actually counts.

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Posted in: Suicide hotline struggling to cope See in context

The real figure is probably even higher than the official 30,000-odd. Sometimes the corpse is never found, or the families are so ashamed they get it recorded as a sudden illness or an accident. I find it incredible that the central government is reducing funding. It's not even that much money, by government standards.

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Posted in: Ministry of Defense employee arrested for feeling up 17-year-old girl on JR Saikyo line See in context

Although the Saikyo line is notorious for it chikan are everywhere (I haven't met a woman living in Tokyo who hasn't been a victim of one, at least once) and always will be until their victims take a more proactive role in outing these sad pervs. Chikan are encouraged because they think they can get away with it, and more often than not, they can.

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Posted in: 70-yr-old man held for molesting 17-yr-old high school girl in Saitama See in context

He must have drank one too many Lipovitans? At his age he ought to be sitting at his kotatsu at home listening to the rakugo, rather than out trying to pick up high school girls at an arcade. Bizarre.

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Posted in: Samurai archery, an ancient sport, still thrives in Japan See in context

Saw a demonstration of yabusame many years ago back home; very impressive. Although I wish I got a hundred yen every time I heard 'this exists only in Japan' or similar.

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Posted in: Food co-ordinator SHIORI releases 'Blunch' and 'Dinner' compilation albums See in context

sounds a bit clap to me

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Posted in: Eat Sleep Sit See in context

Bullying, humiliation, belittling, gaman...just like a microcosm of Japan.

I've been to Eiheiji, it's not that remote but they are definitely more serious than the monks in Kyoto. Although the novice monks go crazy for pinku chirashi.

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Posted in: Waseda student arrested for stealing woman’s underwear in Nara See in context

He obviously learned a lot, in Saitama.

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Posted in: Former President Bush touts son Jeb for top job See in context

Just like dai-dai (generational) Japanese politicians.

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Posted in: Koki Kameda See in context

bobbafett: fair point, I exaggerated. My point is that he has had it a hell of a lot easier than the majority of professional boxers, thanks to the celebrity cult, and his instructions as a cornerman for his brother's fight (you're losing...cheat!) do not reflect well on him or his ethics as a sportsman.

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Posted in: Koki Kameda See in context

Old "Punch him in the nuts and gouge him in the eye" Kameda...a real gentleman, eh. Never worked a day in his life, living off his famous otohsan's name and money.

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