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

I like it. Good job.

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Posted in: TEPCO to add rooftop vents at two other plants See in context

At least they have a plan. It's time for nuclear physisist consultants to bank role in Japan.

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Posted in: U.S.: Spent fuel pool never went dry in Japan quake See in context

In the beginning nobody could get close enough to know anything. This was a risk management assumption. If he had been right, he'd be a hero. I would rather hear worst case scenario in a crisis versus the Japanese media who were spoon fed denial claims from the Japanese gov't. Because the Japanese got it all wrong too.

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Posted in: If someone you know was wondering whether or not to visit Japan in the near future, but was worried about the nuclear crisis, would you encourage them to come? See in context

If for example a person wanted to bring small children to Fukushima - I would probably not encourage that. However, Tokyo is fine. Just stay away from certain foods that are possibly contaminated, just like in other countries.

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Posted in: Bunny girl See in context

Cute costume.

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Posted in: When choosing an airline to fly with, what factors influence your decision? See in context

Service as in the high quality of the air staff.

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Posted in: Do you think smartphones are becoming too complicated with too many functions? See in context

my two year old knows how to turn on then access the kids game apps on my smartphone.

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Posted in: New York Metropolitan Opera stars, fearing radiation, skip Japan tour See in context

They are not coming because they want to make a statement IMO. There is enough independent data to show that Tokyo's environment is now fine. Or maybe they are just really naive. Either way, it's the price Japan is paying for the genpatsu disaster.

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Posted in: A resigned Horiemon prepares for life in prison See in context

My only advice to Horiemon-san is don't drop the soap in the shower unless you like that sort of thing.

Unlike Western prisons, in Japan, prisons are not full of gay gang rapists.

Horiemon will be fine. Time will go fast. Once he's out, this whole thing will be behind him. He will help contribute to Japan's long needed change - even if he leaves Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese version of 'Saturday Night Live' to debut in June See in context

I expect it will not be anything close to the creativity of SNL. Just goof-ball scripted Japanese celebrities who are over-used already.

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Posted in: Going back home See in context

They protect against alpha particles but gamma would shoot thru it like a star-wars laser right into human cells.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Naoto Kan continues to be criticized by members of his own party and the opposition, as well as business groups for his lack of leadership during the current crisis. What more could he See in context

All his politician critics just want a chance to hold the king position of PM for a while. Of course the PM should be at the G8. he should also show leadership but that is too much to ask for any politician who arrived in their position of power due to family circumstances not their own merit.

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Posted in: This way See in context

Yes, Kan should be in Europe now. Yes, Kan should be smiling now.

Country leaders have to handle multiple tasks. That is their job. They also need to show confidence. Kan is a pretty lousy leader but he's the best the Japanese politics can offer. He's no different than the other rich old guys who arrived in their positions of power through circumstance rather than through demonstrating any skill.

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Posted in: What should a good crisis management plan for a company involve? See in context

competant people at the helm.

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Posted in: When a company is at the center of a crisis (TEPCO or BP, for example), should that company's top executive resign to take responsibility? See in context

I don't like the options on this poll.

Me neither. I only commented not voted because of the narrow simplicity of the question

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Posted in: When a company is at the center of a crisis (TEPCO or BP, for example), should that company's top executive resign to take responsibility? See in context

If the mess will result in two quarters of failing to meet their numbers, they need to leave. The shareholders and stakeholders expect it.

In TEPCO's case, the figure head's departure might not result in needed reform.

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Posted in: DNA on hotel maid’s shirt matches sample from Strauss-Kahn See in context

Investigators told the AP they believed the carpet in the hotel room may contain Strauss-Kahn’s semen, spat out after an episode of forced oral sex by the maid.

Wow, that sounds tough to prove.

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Posted in: Why do tourists continue to stay away from Japan, despite the fact that there are many places of interest far away from the crisis-affected areas? What should Japanese tourism officials do to promote See in context

The price Japan is paying for the nuke disaster. The tourism czars sells Japan's beauty but until the health officials disclose regularly HOW they are testing foods for radiation and allow independent oversight, it's a tough sell.

Besides tourists, Japan officials need to figure out how to retain the smart resident foreigners. Many are finalizing their exit strategy.

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Posted in: Nuclear cleanup workers being recruited from society's lowest rungs See in context

They might be the lowest rungs but this risky work gives them a chance to advance to hero status. Many brave men and women in militaries around the world come from similar backgrounds.

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Posted in: Why do famous men with power and influence (Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, for example) risk everything with their sexual behavior? See in context

Because they are alpha-males. They are hunters. It should be no surprise.

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Posted in: What makes conspiracy theorists tick and what is the best way to combat their beliefs? See in context

In the criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future, and, in some cases, with at least one overt act in furtherance of that agreement.

There are consipracy theories that turned out to be true. Many theories are stupid but I don't think we can write all of them off as being automatically wrong.

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

Crowded trains are dangerous for men who are travelling solo.

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Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Naoto Kan made the right decision when he asked Chubu Electric to shut down the Hamaoka nuclear plant which stands in an area where a magnitude-8 earthquake is strongly pro See in context

Yes, it put the citizens at ease and shows the global investor community that Japan is serious about risk management. The losers are the big power company contractors.

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Posted in: Airlines say they have no choice but to pass the increase in oil prices on to passengers in the form of a higher fuel tax? Do you agree? See in context

airlines is a money losing business but lots of money flows thru it.

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Posted in: Tokyo American Club to stage concert to raise funds for quake victims See in context

$30,000 per year membership

@combinibento, What? That is the entrance cost not the annual fee. It's on the TAC website if you bother to research.

Anyway, this event is open to the public and moneys go to charity. Therefore attending this over priced concert is like giving a donation to Tohoku. Unlike a cash giveaway donation, at least you can see a concert in return.

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Posted in: 'Talent' Miyu Uehara dead after apparently hanging herself at home See in context

Rags to riches story gone wrong. She was one of ten siblings who was working in a hostess bar at 18. Read; she came from near poverty and used her sexuality to earn cash for the family. (not saying she was a prostitute just a good hostess)

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Posted in: Should countries phase out nuclear power plants and look at other sources for their energy needs? See in context

I agree with what @hikozaemon said.

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Posted in: Erika Sawajiri signs with Avex, promises to change attitude See in context

everybody has their price: I promise to speak little of my own thoughts or opinions and just try my best to look cute like all the other tarentos.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan should cut back its ODA commitments to other countries and allocate the money instead to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in the Tohoku region? See in context

A lot of these ODA's are loans with low interest. Often, they get paid back. Other times they get lost though. Sometimes ODA's are grants that allow public work projects and ensure a seat for Japanese companies to work there. These won't stop.

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