Peter Payne comments

Posted in: Berlin truck attack suspect shot dead in Milan See in context

Tunisia is cool for being where Star Wars was filmed, and the origin of Tatooine. This guy makes it much less cool.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

I would turn it into a hilarious meme mocking the Koreans for their victim complex. Every day dress the statue as Hatsune Miku or Santa Claus or some other inappropriate thing and spread photos on the Internet.

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Posted in: If you had to pick a kanji character that best sums up your life this year, what you choose? See in context

橙 daidai, which is the kanji for Orange, for the Orange One.

Actually it was a good year. Spent a nice time with family back home. Made some successful products.

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Posted in: Couple in their 90s die on same day after happy lifetime together See in context

If I know Japanese tax officials, they'd try to tax the first person's estate, then the second person's again after only a few hours, leaving breadcrumbs for any children

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Posted in: 'Evangelion' creator Hideaki Anno’s production company is suing Gainax, the studio he co-founded See in context

Gainax is supposedly operating out of a mansion somewhere. They are not long for this world.

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Posted in: UK's Supreme Court set for highly-charged Brexit case See in context

Good thing you Brits have a proper written Constitution you can go to and look up what to do in a case like this. Oh wait...

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Posted in: Finding work in Japan: If you don't want to teach English, don't See in context

I run a business in Japan, and let me tell you it is quite hard to find the right employees. At least out in Gunma where we are. Japanese people themselves are often lacking in the skills we need, technical skills, web related skills, development for software or web applications, and so we have to turn to foreigners. It can be quite hard to find the right person, and we never know what will get when we start looking for an applicant. If you have advanced skills, you should be able to work in many different kinds of companies, and if you don't have the skills the market is asking for, you should probably go get them.

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Posted in: Trump claims millions voted illegally; divisions emerge over Romney for cabinet post See in context

When I registered to vote online I had to enter my address and drivers' license number, which were verified against my tax records. Everyone has to go through this, meaning that any people who illegally register to vote or actually vote in a fraudulent way will dozens per election, not thousands, and certainly not millions.

Certainly we should do a recount in any debated state. This is to preserve our Republic. Note that if it looks like Trump might not win, he will once again start railing about intending to jail Hillary, mark my words.

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Posted in: Carrie Fisher reveals 'Star Wars' affair with Harrison Ford See in context

Trying to come up with a witty comment, all I got is, "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought." Though at 19 she was gorgeous.

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Posted in: A touch of 'Star Wars,' swarm of SUVs at LA auto show See in context

I predict we'll see this TIE at San Diego Comic-con next year.

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Posted in: Mazda to launch Roadster RF sports car See in context

Wow, mildly tempted! I've owned four "Roadstars" and love them, tho I switched to BMW.

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Posted in: New tourist train, The Royal Express, to begin operating next July See in context

Bucket list!

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Posted in: Canada, Mexico ready to talk about NAFTA with U.S. See in context

As an employer I'd love to see it, but it will never happen.

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Posted in: Americans don't think Trump is qualified. Why they elected him anyway See in context

Screw all those "elites" with a semester of college or more. We're tired of their darn good ideas!

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Posted in: What do you expect from Donald Trump as U.S. president? See in context

Shut his damn mouth, don't insult everyone, and try to not wreck the country.

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Posted in: Michael Douglas says Val Kilmer has cancer: reports See in context

Love Val, was just talking about how great he was in the Doors.

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Posted in: S Korean president replaces PM, others amid scandal See in context

Gotta say, I've always been impressed at South Korea's readiness to tackle its own powerful people when they do wrong. Also, there was a case in which a SK company stole patents from Lionel trains, and the SK government sided with the American creator against their own, since the wrongdoing was obvious. Not all countries would do that.

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Posted in: Abe has chance to be Japan's longest-ruling PM after rule change See in context

LOL at everyone's true-to-form reaction. At least he, like Koizumi, has the ability to not get kicked out office in 9 months. He's all we have.

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Posted in: Kabuki superstar Ebizo Ichikawa calls for unity for 2020 Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games See in context

My wife is a big fan of Ebizo. She brought me along to one of his talks and had me stand up and speak, knowing that the only gaijin in the room would stand out enough to be noticed and called on. It worked perfectly.

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Posted in: Prosecutors indict 5 Lotte family members for corruption See in context

My impression of South Korea is raised by this.

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Posted in: Dual citizenship is not permitted under Japanese law, making the country an international minority over the issue. What do you think are the benefits of allowing dual citizenship? See in context

Happily, Japan does not have official "dual citizenship" but they do have "tatemae," which serves the same purpose here. Hence, my kids have de facto dual citizenship. Problem solved.

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Posted in: Truck plunges off San Diego bridge into crowd below; 4 dead See in context

Terrible. I can see the Coronado Bay Bridge from my house in San Diego. It's a famed suicide spot.

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Posted in: 'Iketara iku:' A simple Japanese phrase that people in Tokyo and Osaka take completely differently See in context

"That's what she said."

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Posted in: When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it? See in context

My daughter got on my case about eating at the same restaurants all the time, etc., so I tried to take her advice and do new things. I mainly started watching movies Imgur recommends.

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will eventually put millions of people out of work around the world? See in context

No revolution that's sold to us as loudly as this will actually arrive. True revolutions sneak up on us, like TCP/IP.

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Posted in: Trump goes after Bill Clinton See in context

The Republicans deserve what's coming for choosing him.

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Posted in: White House lashes out at Congress after 9/11 bill vote See in context

They would have no standing. It's like Koreans suing Japanese companies inside Korea to make themselves feel better. It won't help anything.

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy kills father before opening fire at South Carolina school See in context

We will never change. Get used to it.

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Posted in: Unable to keep pace with change, salarymen over 50 'destroying their companies' See in context

Accurate article is accurate.

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