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Posted in: BIN LADEN BURIED AT SEA AFTER BEING KILLED IN FIREFIGHT WITH U.S. FORCES See in context

Want to see who if anybody gets the 25 mio and how much of an assist was Wikileaks to the US intelligence.

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Posted in: Celebrations See in context

Brought together in jubilation by the death of their opponent.

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Posted in: BIN LADEN BURIED AT SEA AFTER BEING KILLED IN FIREFIGHT WITH U.S. FORCES See in context

Osama's probably in his cave right now watching CNN on his iPad 3 laughing at how stupid we are..

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Posted in: May Day See in context

"Ignorance is bliss. You flick a switch and the light turns on... no need to ponder the source of the electricity until there is a problem.

I do find it hillarious that Japan has had nuclear power for 40 years and nobody has really mounted a protest until now."

Who's ignorant? Look up Kashiwazaki accident for starters. Protests have been going on for decades in Japan. Who sponsors the media? Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Tepco... Protestors have no money in the game.

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Posted in: May Day See in context

It's good to finally see Japan media airing some info about these protests. Their voices have been supressed in the past. I think social media forces the main stream media to recognise this.

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Posted in: What are you doing in your daily life to conserve electricity? See in context

Don't allow my wife to use the heated floor or heated toilet seats. She complains that it's too cold to sit down but I just deal with it. My motivation is concerving my own electricity bill.

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Posted in: 2:46 Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake See in context

I can't wait to read it. It will be therapeutically helpful. I was a total mess that day. I wonder if my tweets are in there....

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Posted in: Name 5 people who you think are among the most influential in the world. See in context

Osama binladen, Obama, Sarkozy, Lady Gaga, Bernard Madoff.

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Posted in: NHK to broadcast UK royal wedding live See in context

I still think Royals shouldn't live off the back of tax payers. That goes for the Imperial family too. Somehow they should produce revenue. Who pays for this royal wedding? To each his own, but four hours of a wedding on TV sounds just boring.

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Posted in: Safe strawberries See in context

Accurate measurement of radiation in food requires a multi-channel analyzer and a special oven for ashing the food to concentrate the radioactivity.

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Posted in: Once the nuclear crisis is brought under control, should TEPCO executives face criminal charges at some point in the future? See in context

The Tepco executives will face the same future as the executives who blew up Lehman Brothers. The answer is that the world wants justice but nothing happened to them.

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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

This silly argument is gaijin vs gaijin. In fact, the Japanese media talks about the hardships by certain industries because of less gaijin. They want them back for the economy. They finally are forced to take a look inside and ask why the world doubted their government's voice of calm.

IMO, judging or painting a wide brush to categorically define a group of people is paramount to being a hypocrite.

Full disclosure: I am a raised internationally Japanese citizen. I moved my wife and small children to Osaka from Tokyo asap. I followed them the next day to stay for a week and half in a hotel with them. I communicated to my company. I was worried about getting fired only a little but I would lose my job over risking my baby's health. It was my choice with the limited and conflicting info available. In that first week, nobody could stand up with confidence and say Kanto would be safe. I don't judge anybody who decided to stay or leave nor do I think one group is smarter or braver than the other. Interpret the official info as you wish and believe who you wish. At the end, I am proud of my family's action of accurately implementing a safety contingency plan.

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Posted in: On the job See in context

Impressive journalist. During the quake in Tokyo, I thought about filming from my keitai but was frozen with fear.

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Posted in: How would you compare the roles of Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano in terms of showing leadership ability during the crisis of the past five weeks? See in context

Leadership or acting ability? It must have been hard to put on a calm face knowing the problem was worse than the script they were reading.

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Posted in: Pumped up See in context

The workers closest to the camera look like they are just observing. Given the radiation, do they need all those people?

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Posted in: Mother accepts kindergarten graduation certificates on behalf of missing daughters See in context

So sad. That is a brave mom.

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Posted in: What do you think about Shintaro Ishihara's re-election for a 4th term as Tokyo governor? See in context

He'll be 82 years old during his last year in office.

The choice of candidates was like choosing between fire and hell.

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Posted in: Do you think coastal towns and villages destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami should be rebuilt in the same places? See in context

Who would want to rebuild there? To each his own but good luck on finding insurance.

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Posted in: Four weeks after the March 11 quake and tsunami, on what areas would you like to see the media focus their reporting? See in context

I'd like to see more thinking ahead on the nuclear crisis. Stop the dribble reporting on little events happening now. Give me scenarios backed by data so we know how to prepare.

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Posted in: Jenny Periman sparkles in NHK's 'Eigo de Asobo' See in context

My little kids love this chick. She has such a great smile and voice and they seem to appreciate that.

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Posted in: No deal yet as possible government shutdown looms in U.S. See in context

What's up with that? Why have some people paid too much tax in the first place?

Paid too much on witholding.

US gov't is at a huge turning point. It all boils down to running out of money.

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Posted in: Cheer up See in context

I saw this on TV last night. It looked so arranged. The lucky winners who would meet them were clearly extremely loyal to the royalty. Then again, if they chose me, I would have bowed like that too because the cameras are on.

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Posted in: Safe sushi See in context

Is this really true? I haven't heard anyone say they are worried yet.

@oikawa: Seriously? Yeah, its true and yeah many Japanese are worried. My Japanese wife is flipping out. Doesn't want to feed kids fish until she knows where and when they are fished.

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Posted in: 2 men arrested for growing hemp in Tokyo park See in context

Japan has to be one of the most strict country on weed, as even growing the hemp can lead to arrest (without any proof of possession of the finished product). As one contributor wrote above, hemp can be used for traditional rope or clothing making.

Thank the USA for these laws.

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Posted in: CNN mobilizes its news gathering troops for Japan, Middle East See in context

CNN, but in general, they are not in touch with "Main Streeters

I think they are in touch with what main street Americans want to hear. That is why its frustrating watchin CNN while living abroad. We have a different perspective and stake in the news.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes again and again See in context

Its cool Tepco. We don't mind a little radiation. Anyway, as Tepco suggests, there is no immediate health concern.

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Posted in: Snipers, shells, tanks terrorize key Libyan city See in context

The US military is too stretched already. In this little war, the US needs to pull back and give the reins to another like the French.

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Posted in: New friends See in context

WW2 flashback. Its heart warming though. I just wish other freindly country's military were also allowed direct involvement like the US.

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Posted in: What is the best way for civilians in areas not affected by the quake and tsunami to help with the relief effort? See in context

Stop watching CNN. Their information is panic driven that does more harm than good and by turning off the TV, you will save electricity. Double win.

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