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Posted in: 2 Japanese men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly killing taxi driver See in context

Here’s a link to the English news article from Cambodia, photos and a little more detail. It seems they didn’t intend to kill the guy but things got out of hand unfortunately. https://cne.wtf/2019/03/18/japanese-pair-murder-taxi-driver-in-bungled-robbery/

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Posted in: White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall See in context

Why don’t they hire all those people who want to come in to build it. Pay them a fair wage and give them a limited work visa after a certain amount of hours worked. An endless stream of people moving North, paid minimum wage to contruct “The Grand Wall” - El Pared Grande - right next to El Rio: a beautiful wall full of colors and surprising dimensions that will surpass Disney World. A new tourist attraction with giant food courts, movie theaters, sports stadiums, museums. Trump thinks big but not big enough.

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Posted in: Crippled Fukushima plant stops selling souvenirs See in context

This is the first time I've seen all comments on an article with no negatives. :)

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Posted in: Trump warns of missile against Syria; lays into Assad ally Russia See in context

I think it would be in the US' best interest to announce support for the Syrian government. This could solve a lot of the problems all parties are facing. Then, possibly all parties could work together to see a better future for that country including banning chemical weapons and giving the Kurds and other smaller groups some say in their own future. Constant fighting and war is not making it.

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Posted in: Japan pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival See in context

Good on you, Alfie Noakes.

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Posted in: Facial recognition gates for Japanese launched at Haneda airport See in context

Yeah, your Residence Card, the one they keep asking for when I'm leaving: 外人カードを下さい。

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Posted in: 87-year-old woman in wheelchair dies after attack by swarm of hornets See in context

I've chased them off spraying water from a hose. In a panic situation it's hard to know what to do though and whether water is available or not. I'm hoping she didn't feel pain or fear too long, God resther soul.

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Posted in: Hit or miss? North Korea's Guam strike plan See in context

@CrazyJoe Yes, thank you. Right on the head.

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Posted in: New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight See in context

Rest in peace. Condolences to the family. I can't begin to imagine the pain and misery he went through. If anybody knows for sure, why did he start taking new meds? Was there some reason he switched?

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Posted in: Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over pet dog case See in context

I like Johnny but, like me, he grew up redneck and that never leaves us. We are prone to ciminality. :)

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Posted in: Like time bombs, Takata air bags still out there See in context

It seems to me it would be better to simply remove those airbags if there are no parts available or if people are waiting on parts.

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Posted in: Mysterious yellow liquid sent to Nagoya officials with message to 'end women-only train cars' See in context

I hope the yellow liquid is only pee pee. Offensive but not dangerous.

But I have a question. Do the signs really read "Ladies Only" and not

"Women Only"?

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Posted in: Princess Mako to get engaged See in context

Arr, Captain!

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Posted in: Mel Gibson: 'It's time Hollywood forgave me' See in context

". . . Gibson said Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world.

He later apologized, blaming alcoholism . . ."

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Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner See in context

The departure of Hiroko Kuniya on "Close-Up Gendai" ended my interest in JTV.

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Posted in: TPP trade pact praised, panned as Obama urges approval See in context

Thank you, BertieWooster. Yes, we are all getting SHAFTED in the worst possible way.

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Posted in: Disney apologizes for tweet on Nagasaki bombing anniversary See in context

Pearl HarBOR, not HarBOUR. Can you imagine a Japanese company tweeting, in English, the same message on that anniversary?

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Posted in: Woman's body found in Kanagawa bay See in context

More on Mr Gumo. http://wikibin.org/articles/gregory-gumo.html

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Posted in: Japan lab to handle deadliest viruses for first time See in context

Why don't they put the lab up in one of the radiated zones near the Fukushima nuclear plant?

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Posted in: Mission at Hiroshima's dome: Saving blasted bits of history See in context

We also had the benefit of 20/20 vision back then. Those people knew what they were doing and rationalized it in various ways. There were enough people in power who were against it and appalled at the thought of using the atomic bomb. The hindsight is actually finding out what those people really thought at the time. It's all covered up in glory and blood and guts.

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Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan See in context

Digging and cooking bamboo. Working in the fields and mountains. Getting in the wood-burning ofuro, then under the old kotatsu that burns charcoal, drinking atsukan and beer and eating fresh sashimi caught that day, listening to the cats fighting outside and growling at each other . . . Smoking a cigarette and taking a piss outside in the moonlight. Having whole days to do nothing at all . . .

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Posted in: 1,000 line up for Starbucks' opening in Tottori See in context

We tried . . . https://www.facebook.com/groups/201368116725307/

At least they didn't come to Yonago. :) Yet.

There are about four or five very good cafés here. Tullys just arrived not too long ago. Starbux is not needed and a lot of people I know basically don't support it. I asked the owners of some of these shops and they agreed that it was a plus to be the only prefecture without Starbux, just for the novelty, but none of them felt it was serious competition and welcomed it. This prefecture's main train line still uses diesel. There may never be a Shinkansen. The main highway is two laned with some three lane passing areas. The beaches are mainly unpoliced and there are few signs telling you what to do and not do. It's beautiful and a nice place to live.

But Tottori City IS boring as hell. :)

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Posted in: Starbucks comes to Tottori; poster compares it to Perry arriving in Japan See in context

Tottori already has great coffee shops run by local entrepreneurs. Much better and classier than Starbucks any day. Tottori was the last holdout. I was hoping it would stay that way.

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Posted in: 14-year-old apparently jumps from 4th floor of school building See in context

Disillusioned, the word lie is an intransitive verb showing that someone or something is in a reclining position. (An intransitive verb cannot take an object, that is, a noun cannot directly attach itself to the word lie.) So, that is correct usage in the article. Your spelling leaves a little to be desired though.

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Posted in: 88-year-old love-triangle poisoner denied retrial See in context

Yeah, it musta been a love pentagle. Can you imagine? You wouldn't get any rest. :)

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Posted in: Politicians propose officially designating March 11 as Great East Japan Disaster Day See in context

Hey! Happy Great Disaster Day, Everybody! Here, have a pink lollipop with an image of the exploding reactor!

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Posted in: Japan plans law to speed up overseas deployment of troops See in context

I don't like the photo with THAT flag. Scary.

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Posted in: Woman dies after car plummets from rooftop car park See in context

Good job, Dan. I thought maybe Magneto unbuckled her seatbelt and opened her door for her. Or maybe he removed her windshield.

A car falling 8 meters would be a very hard impact. Maybe the door popped open or she was thrown forward through the windshield. It's hard to tell exactly without more details.

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Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools See in context

This is all the more reason that those of us who teach English and other foreign languages should encourage our students to read the news from outside Japan. At the same time, for those of us who have the time and ability, we need to learn Japanese well enough to be able to discuss important events with people we meet on a daily basis. Most people I know are quite willing to hear different opinions and even change how they think, a lot easier than people where I come from.

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Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan See in context

I urge anyone who doubts that cannabilism occurred to watch the following clip and full movie of "The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On":

http://youtu.be/67MbYJ4TY48 http://youtu.be/FDkrunQwoLc

Also, I hope Japanese people consider the nature in which their societal relationships are NOW, in relatively peaceful times, and how those relationships may have been unbearable in tougher times. An element of cruelty underlies some of their hierarchical functioning.

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