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Posted in: How much attention do you pay to the point of origin and ingredients listed on labels of food and drink that you buy? See in context

Japanese foods and drinks are full of artificial sweeteners, which I try to avoid, so I read the labels on everything. I was surprised to find artificial sweeteners in not only beverages, but also snack foods like chips.

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Posted in: Man arrested for biting 'snake-possessed' son to death See in context

Weird story, but did the son really die from bites and a head butt? I suppose the head butt could have done it, but there was something else at play, such as drugs??? Anyone else feel it doesn't add up?

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Posted in: Abe wants to replace landmark 1995 war apology See in context

If he is so interested in being "forward-looking", then why is he wasting time rephrasing such an old statement. There are so many other, more current and important issues he could be handling. I'm already disappointed with him...

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Posted in: More bullying victims turning to police to file criminal charges See in context

Many posters have mentioned that contacting the police seems like a waste of police time and will begin to be abused, which may be true. But the alternative is continuing to report it to the school faculty or parents, which as we've noticed doesn't seem to ever get any results, even results in school cover ups wear people probably never really know the extent of whats happening. So maybe turning to the police is the only way to get an accurate record of the events and make sure it doesn't get brushed under the rug. I think this is a good step in the right direction.

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Posted in: 10 things foreign guys do that make Japanese girls fall head over heels See in context

My comment might get lost in the heap here but I wanted to say that I think a big part of the problem is that Japanese women expect all the love and romance to come from the man's side. They don't seem to want to do any work in the relationships. Yes, Japanese men are known to be shy but so are Japanese women and its no secret that Japanese couples lack communication skills on both sides. Plus plenty of foreign men know they can win over Japanese women with just a little sweet talking, but we know that kind of treatment won't last forever, which is why I think they Japanese woman/foreign man divorce rate is pretty high. On a side note my fiance is a Japanese man. He is very affectionate and openly kisses/says he loves me, even in public. That might be rare in Japan, and we certainly get some strange looks, but I think young Japanese men just need a partner who is open, encouraging and affectionate with them in order to show their romantic side too.

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Posted in: Hashimoto clashes with Osaka officials over tattoo survey See in context

I can understand a rule about visible tattoos, but non-visible ones too? Its going too far. I would just lie and say I didn't have any. What will they do next physical inspections???

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Posted in: Prosecutors: Zimmerman ignored warning to back off See in context

In regards to the Florida law that you can use deadly force to defend your self, If Trayvon felt threatened by the man following him, wouldn't that also allow him to use force when he supposedly attacked Zimmerman? The bottom line is that the Zimmerman disregarded the polices orders, and if he hadn't this whole situation would not have happened. Trayvon is no longer able to tell his story and things just don't seem to add up 100% with Zimmerman's defense.

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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest examples of English used in ads or on T-shirts, bags, etc, that you have seen in Japan? See in context

Some that I've seen: Went for an interview at an english speaking pre-school, and one child had a shirt that said "I'm a f***ing rock star" (unsensored) - I hope the staff talked to his parents about it! - whats with the trend of sexual or rude language on kids clothing. Some sick person, who knows what they are writing, is having a laugh somewhere.

Also, saw a t-shirt for sale which boldly displayed "SUCK BLACK" - still trying to figure that one out

I also say a funny sign in Tokyo which said "CLASH!" - it was supposed to warn people about crashing at the hallway corners.

Then there is the women's anti-aging drink "Placenta". I wonder what the heck its actually made out of. I'll never drink it!!!

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