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Posted in: Watch out -- a Level 4 gokiburi alert has just been called! See in context

Two things goki (and ants) hate: white vinegar and bleach; use one of those to clean your floors, kitchens and bathrooms and the goki (and ants) stay away! Also, keep your sink holes closed when you are not using them.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Good effort but WAY too busy, too many different fonts (I hate that the article text is in Times New Roman, yuck!)... I'm from the Less is More school of design..... if it was possible to comment with the mobile site, I would use only that, it's simple and you get the articles in the order they are put up, you don't have to waste anytime looking for them...

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Posted in: Tower Cheeseburger See in context

Trying to get rid of all that stock of Fukushima beef, Lotteria?

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Posted in: Filial piety -- it's back in style See in context

Parasaito generation leeching off their parents! Anything to avoid adulthood...

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Posted in: Niigata police sergeant leaves handgun in toilet See in context

You can always count on the J-stone cops for comic relief!

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Posted in: High-tech washer/dryer See in context

That is a top-loader. ;)

Too funny! It didn't even cross my mind...

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Posted in: High-tech washer/dryer See in context

Why is the machine upside down in this photo? Or will people have to kneel to press the buttons?

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Posted in: Cramped quarters See in context

It's been three months! How long is the government going to take to relocate these people into proper homes? Anything is better than a gym with hundreds of other people....

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Posted in: Ladies love cool Japan, and so does LL Cool J See in context

He's no longer a rapper but a Hollywood sellout.

There aren't that many musicians that can have a career spanning decades... at least he's polyvalent, and everything he does, he's good at. I love him in NCIS LA!

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut plans to grow space cucumbers See in context

Well, that's money well spent.

Meanwhile, NPO's in Japan are donating kids' school desks and chairs to the schools districts that were affected by the tsunami because the government isn't bothered to help them refurnish the schools.

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Posted in: Toyota to set up social networking service so drivers can interact with cars See in context

What was the name of that Stephen King novel where the car has supernatural powers and decides to kill everyone? Christine?

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Posted in: Toyota to set up social networking service so drivers can interact with cars See in context

“I want a relationship with my car in the same way we have a relationship with our friends on social networks,” he said.

Sure mate, whatever you say. Cars for the socially awkward. Just what Japan needs.

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Posted in: Rally See in context

You'd think these people would have other things to worry about right now then the Senkaku islands....

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Posted in: IMF chief jailed without bail in New York hotel sex assault case See in context

At least he will never get near presidency now

Yeay, another 5 years with Sarkozy!

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Posted in: IMF chief jailed without bail in New York hotel sex assault case See in context

Doubt he'll suffer that much,

He was the favorite to win next year's presidential elections, and France's only hope to make sure the right-wing extremists didn't stand a chance, but now all that is gone... so yes he will suffer that much, and so will France!!!

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Posted in: Mother of falsely accused groper who killed himself files damages suit See in context

If police had taken that patently appropriate measure, Harada might be alive today.

I would argue that if Harada hadn't killed himself, Harada might be alive today.

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Posted in: 16-year-old youth arrested for abandoning 2-day-old daughter See in context

The idea of adoption is so overdue in Japan.

So is the idea of contraception.

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Posted in: iPad2 arrives See in context

Free bottled water, yeay!

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Posted in: Home alone See in context

Great photo!

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Posted in: Why did those foreigners who decided to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster come in for so much derision from some people who labeled them with words like 'flyjin?' See in context

Their 'personal choice' impacted others.

I'd love to know how my taking my kids to HK for 2 weeks impacted anyone. Their school was closed and I work from home. Stop it with the generalizations already! Half the people who left are back already...

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Posted in: Why did those foreigners who decided to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster come in for so much derision from some people who labeled them with words like 'flyjin?' See in context

And then the flyjin feel a little bad because, well yes they left.

No, I'm just annoyed at the stayjins judging (harshly) the flyjins for a personal choice that isn't anyone else's business. Something terrible happened in this country, and instead of pulling together and showing empathy, we are criticizing and throwing stones.

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Posted in: Why did those foreigners who decided to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster come in for so much derision from some people who labeled them with words like 'flyjin?' See in context

No, I think they were trying to sell newspapers.

Personally my choice to leave for 2 weeks wasn't motivated by newspapers: as a journo, I know to take what I read with a pinch of salt... but as a parent, when I see my kids are freaking out because all their friends have left, including those whose parents work for nuclear companies, my job is to keep them safe but also to make them feel safe. I don't regret my choice of leaving when my embassy recommended its "non-essential" citizens leave Kanto... and I hope I won't have to regret coming back.

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Posted in: Why did those foreigners who decided to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster come in for so much derision from some people who labeled them with words like 'flyjin?' See in context

They left based on irrational fears and left the non-flyjin to pick up the slack. They should be ridiculed.

On March 15th, Tokyo radiation levels were 23 times higher than normal levels. What's irrational about not wanting your kids to breathe that air?

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Posted in: Handling the big exodus out of Japan See in context

People who depend on expats to make a living because their business provides specific expat-orientated services will definitely suffer for the next couple of months... some friends who have been living here for more than 20 years and are finding themselves out of work are thinking of throwing in the towel and going home, it's very sad....

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Posted in: Trial of Lindsay Ann Hawker murder suspect Ichihashi to start July 4 See in context

There's a guy in my neighborhood that has been following me around for weeks trying to get me to come to his house "for English lessons." I stopped in at the koban to let them know, but they seemed unconcerned as I haven't let him get close enough to touch me yet.

There was a weird guy following the gaijin schoolgirls from the neighborhood to the local intl school (including my kid) every morning; the koban said nothing could be done about it until he did something physically to them...

Moderator: Back on topic please.

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Posted in: France blocks train from Italy with migrants See in context

Do u think french respected our law and culture when they came centuries ago in my country?

Nicely put!!!!!

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Posted in: Pumped up See in context

Unfortunately, its name doesn't quite carry the gravitas of the situation..

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Posted in: Do you think switching to daylight saving time in summer in Japan will help ease the power shortage? See in context

One of the things that annoys me most about Japan is the absence of daylight savings! Of course it's going to save electricity!!! Do it already!!!!

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Posted in: Park place See in context

I don't see anyone drinking alcohol in this photo.

They were checking bags for alcohol at the entrance of the Park.

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Posted in: Anti-nuke See in context

Those masks look... unfortunate.

It looks like an invasion of the radioactive vajayjays... very scary!

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