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Posted in: Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto diagnosed with throat cancer See in context

Let's hope its a merry Christmas Mr. Sakamoto!

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Posted in: Japan slams Korea-China proposal to jointly mark end of war next year See in context

Sensei 258 "...this is not the same Japan it was then..." Sensei-san: Have you ever heard of a guy called Shinzo Abe?

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Posted in: Do you think some referees have been biased in the World Cup so far? See in context

Could we please have a "I don't give a damn" option to this question?

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Posted in: England too insular for World Cup success See in context

"Take Luis Suarez, scorer of both Uruguay goals that sent England packing..." Wow, is this biting sarcasm or what?

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Posted in: Harrison Ford broke leg, not ankle, on 'Star Wars' set See in context

Old man breaks leg! News?

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Posted in: Temperatures top 35 degrees for 2nd straight day See in context

Pandabelle: I'm terribly sorry. On reading your first mail, I thought you were simply being condescending to all us elderly and telling us all to stay inside during hot weather. After reading your second mail, however, I realize you are simply saying that some of us, like your mother, are incapable of deciding whether or not to go out. And have to agree with you that Japanese children should not be allowed to go out to play in the hot weather; after all, allowing them to do so is probably one of the reasons that the Japanese have such low longevity.

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Posted in: Temperatures top 35 degrees for 2nd straight day See in context

Pandabelle: I am elderly and do have a medical condition (heart), but am not having any problems at the moment as I take care when I go out (5 hours today shopping and getting a hair cut), wear a hat and carry lots of fluids. Please don't say that people like me should simply be "staying inside" -- what do you think we are —— brain dead? Actually, one of the reasons that we are elderly is that we know how to look after ourselves.

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Posted in: F1 needs new winner in Monaco to maintain suspense See in context

Hamilton only went ahead in the points list after the last race, and is still only 3 points ahead of Nico Rosberg with 100 points to 97, out of a possible 475, so, unfortunately, Pugmire-san, you are totally wrong. What is it with people like you who seem to hate winners? Would you like to change the rules of every sport whenever someone or some team is dominating? It really isn't necessary as Red Bull in F1 and Manchester United in football are currently busy proving. I wish Hamilton the best of all luck for this season in the absolute knowledge that he will not dominate the sport for ever. If you don't believe me, just ask Vettel.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for murdering grandparents See in context

¥20,000 — how sad! But, Rickyvee, nobody deserves the death penalty — it is just another form of murder.

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Posted in: Kinki University to change pervy English name See in context

I hope Bendova in the Czech Republic, Horni in France, Climax in the US and Twatt in Wales don't follow suit. In order to save them, maybe Kinki Nippon Tours could organize trips to publicize great names. I was born in Cock Lane in Norton-Juxta-Twycross, England, by the way, which some incomers tried to change to Main Street -- thank the lord, a sense of humour prevailed and the name was kept.

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Posted in: Recycling in Japan or reasons to get it right and avoid eternal shame See in context

Pesky cows!

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Posted in: What are your views on tattoos? See in context

Yuk! Cheap and unsophisticated and something you'll regret in later life — the bigger the worse!

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Posted in: Paul McCartney cancels Saturday concert due to illness See in context

Yippee! Japan is saved from some very bad and boring music!

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Posted in: Six cars mysteriously catch fire in parking lot in Kitakyushu See in context

"Mysteriously"? You've got to be joking — somebody torched them and the only mystery is who?

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Posted in: 'Grace of Monaco' serves up large helping of Cannes polemic See in context

I never could understand why the hunky star of "Singin' in the Rain" married a foppish European prince, anyway.

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Posted in: Tokyo Skytree’s disappointing attendance so far: 6.19 million visitors See in context

They may be a little lower, but the twin observation towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building (Tocho) are free. What's more,they are in the otherwise interesting Shinjuku district, as opposed to the Sumida cultural desert.

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Posted in: Posthumous Michael Jackson album due out May 13 See in context

"Posthumous Michael Jackson album due out May 13". Shouldn't this headline read "Michael Jackson album due out posthumously on May 13"? After all, I doubt he recorded it posthumously.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 56-year-old mother in Chiba See in context

Khulifi. No, if he is found to be mentally incompetent, he will be treated and looked after until he is deemed to be no threat to society and then -- and only then, if at all -- returned to normal life. Kimuzakashiiiii. Don't be silly! A mentally ill person cannot be held legally responsible in court for his or her actions, in much the same way as a child, who does not understand the difference between right and wrong, cannot be held responsible.

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Posted in: Lockers at some JR, subway stations in Tokyo off limits during Obama's visit See in context

Can't either the Japanese or the Americans afford taxis?

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Posted in: Japanese people most like to drink green tea with their chips, incredibly dull survey finds See in context

Mike, if you "literally" only eat meat, I'm sorry, but you'd be dead. Maybe the survey was boring, but your story, as well as being "literally" wrong, is much more so.

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Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi See in context

A friend in need is a friend in — greed?

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Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries? See in context

In my local supermarket, the Japanese rice costs between ¥700 and ¥2,500 per kilo, and I can't tell the difference. What is more, several of my Japanese guests have expressed their delight at the delicious taste of some of the cheapest rice — maybe because my rice cooker is over 30 years old, and it reminds them of the way it used to be cooked and taste.

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Posted in: The top overpriced products in Japan See in context

If you read the introduction, you see that this is actually a survey of 237 people, who had already stated that they were dissatisfied with prices in Japan. Considering that the population of Japan is 130,000,000 +, I don't find this very representative sampling. By the way, Michelle, displayed prices are always "accurate" (if they say a pizza is ¥35, or ¥3,500, or even ¥35,000,000, the price is still "accurate", albeit in the former case, ridiculous, and in the latter case, extortionate).

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Posted in: Looking good See in context

Looking at that picture, I actually lost all interest in Reeboks

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Posted in: Watanabe says he spent some of Y800 mil on lucky charm See in context

Wow, this guy's pants must really be burning!

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Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan See in context

I always argue against capital punishment by saying that if we sentence people to life in prison, we can always release them and make amends if proof later shows them to not be guilty, but if this man is actually proved innocent an apology hardly seems enough to expiate 48 years, some would say a lifetime, of false imprisonment. If he is actually proved innocent, ironically I really hope those who fabricated the evidence against him are hanged immediately -- as they have already lived their lives in lieu of Hakamada.

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Posted in: No. of foreigners arrested for crimes in Japan up by 8% in 2013 See in context

Out of all the world wars that have ever happened, Japan started one -- therefore, it is statistically safe to say that the peace-loving nation of Japan is responsible for 50% of world wars. In other words, as Churchill said, "There are lies, damn lies — and statistics."

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Posted in: Japan chooses Pikachu as its official mascot for World Cup See in context

"everyone's favorite"? Never heard of it, never seen it — never want to! By the way, The Blue Samurai sounds like good title for a bad movie.

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Posted in: Honda aims to win fuel efficiency race in return to F1 See in context

Honda is 'resolving to win more races - and learn how to build “greener” cars'. Well, the "greener cars" part aside, it could hardly resolve to win less races, having managed only 3 wins since 1965 (Mexico '65, USA '67 and Hungary '06). Senna and Prost both drove for McLaren-Honda, which means it was a McLaren car powered by a Honda engine. If, as the writer claims, the '80's cars were Honda's, you may as well say that the new Bentley is really a Volkswagen because the engine is made by VW.

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Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines See in context

Bass Funk: You said the new miniskirt uniform is "out of style", by which I assume you mean out of fashion -- have you walked down a Japanese street recently?

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