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Posted in: Do children need to have cell phones with them at school? See in context

Nothing wrong with cellphones at school as long as there is control by staff on their use, which seems to be lacking.

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Posted in: Pearl Harbor ceremony focuses on U.S. response to Japan's attack See in context

bandogeek;

Yes - it is quite amazing how well the US and Japan get along considering the enmity of the war. Kudos to both countries for making such a turnaround, despite the occasional bumps in their relationship, and notwithstanding the whingers on this site.

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Posted in: Tourists to be barred from Tsukiji tuna auctions for a month See in context

the banning of tourists from Tsukiji is a symptom of that problem.

That may be true if tourists were being banned from Tsukiji, however they are not being banned from Tsukiji. They are being banned from the early morning tuna auction ONLY, a fact which seems to have slipped the notice of many though it is an important distinction. There is nothing wrong with that as it is distracting. No "racism" involved.

Simple reading comprehension seems to be beyond the abilities of many JTers, willfully or otherwise.

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Posted in: Best Western to expand portfolio in Japan See in context

But will they offer free wi-fi and DIY waffles like in 'Merka.

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Posted in: Nebraska court rules Japan has jurisdiction in child custody case See in context

Sorry, this guy basically kidnapped his child and took him overseas. No winners in it, but he was the one in the wrong.

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Posted in: Japan resumes whale meat imports See in context

I've eaten it once and didn't like it either, but have no problem with whales being hunted so long as the ones being hunted are not threatened or endangered and there is an actual demand for it, which is debatable.

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Posted in: Japan resumes whale meat imports See in context

Asara;

Anybody who eat whale meat is cursed.

Yes, I believe I saw an episode of Scooby-Doo about this.

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Posted in: Indian forces kill last gunmen in Mumbai siege; death toll reaches 195 See in context

SuperLib;

It's how they went about bringing attention to their cause that leaves them discredited.

Well said - there is no cause or grievance that forces someone to fire into crowds.

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Posted in: 2 men shot dead in Toys 'R' Us brawl; Wal-Mart worker dies after rampaging shoppers knock him down See in context

the founding fathers recognized that the only way to prevent tyranny, its citizenry should be armed.

This one always gives me a chuckle, the idea that gun-owners are upholders of liberty and could fight back against a mythical tyrannical government. Didn't work out too well at Ruby Ridge, did it? I'm sure the defenders or liberty will find solace in their semi-automatic weapons as they'll be a real big help fighting against the tyrannical government's (or UN army) JDAMs, M1 TUSKs, and Apaches.

Moderator: Readers, back on topic please.

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Posted in: How would you feel about having robots as domestic servants? See in context

Depends...how closely would these robot servants resemble the Cylon chicks of Battlestar Galactica?

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Posted in: Wakamaru See in context

Wakamaru has limited speech and voice recognition functions.

Ready for a career as an eikawa teacher!

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Posted in: Fashion show See in context

Those balloon strings make her mouth look like she's had a stroke. Nice dress, at least.

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Posted in: Japanese Christian martyrs to be beatified See in context

Yep, in the long term Japan did right by keeping out an invasion of missionaries and proselytizing masses. One thing I like about Japan is the relative lack of a presence of organized religion.

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Posted in: Japanese Christian martyrs to be beatified See in context

There is also nothing saying that atrocities could not have been committed by future Japanese soldiers even with christianity.

Indeed - christianity didn't seem to act as much a brake on the barbarism of Nazi Germany.

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Posted in: What's your view on whether or not the U.S. government should bail out the Big 3 automakers? See in context

hereforknow;

Please explain how a car made by American workers (non-unionized) in the US by a Japanese company starts off with a $2,000 advantage over a similar car made by a US automaker.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia vow concrete steps to end island dispute See in context

pathat;

Please elaborate on these fabled mineral riches of the four islands Japan wants back. Not much there except bogs, however the waters around them may hold a lot more. Japan will eventually get them back, though I'm sure with some cash changing hands. And your undying support, I'm sure.

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Posted in: Would-be Japanese space tourist wants $21 million back See in context

In space, no one can hear you serve a subpoena.

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Posted in: Extinguisher-style deodorant spray See in context

No doubt comes with a "Warning - do not use near heat or open flame." sticker. I smell a future lawsuit, along with the lovely aroma of lilac.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia vow concrete steps to end island dispute See in context

Of course Russia wants to play nice - with oil prices tanking they have less reason to swagger.

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Posted in: What's your view on whether or not the U.S. government should bail out the Big 3 automakers? See in context

Yes, some sympathy for those regular Joes (cliched and incorrect as that may be) that will lose their jobs, but why should their jobs be more protected than any others, and why weren't they doing something wiser with their money and skills when times were good? Unions were good at getting them raises, but not mush more.

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Posted in: Japanese Christian martyrs to be beatified See in context

When will the Vatican beatify all those who died under the Spanish Inquisition and witch hunts?

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Posted in: What's your view on whether or not the U.S. government should bail out the Big 3 automakers? See in context

No, not least because the "Big 3" are not the big 3.

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Posted in: Japanese cooking shows and the loss of sanity See in context

Maybe he should just watch less TV? Anyway, hope he turns this diatribe into a Hollywood musical.

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Posted in: Showdown looming in U.S. Congress on automaker rescue See in context

Statistician;

Why are you assuming that I support the bank bailout too? They should go under if they're inefficient businesses too, as should any other, or do you think that you can store money and get loans in your union-made car? Bottom line in the US and Canada is that the "Big 3" are dying and it's not the auto industry that's in decline, but rather the American auto industry. They'll go under sooner or later, less pain if they do so now. If governments want to throw money at industry, invest it in technology and innovation as they are the currencies of the future, not supporting GM, which is essentially a financing company that makes cars and can't compete with the Honda and Toyotas of the world, who also make cars in the US.

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Posted in: Showdown looming in U.S. Congress on automaker rescue See in context

Bad idea - let them fold if that's where they're heading. Governments shouldn't be propping up these outdated smokestack industries and corrupt unions.

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Posted in: The future of contract employment in Japan See in context

hold the Mao;

Well said, and great user name.

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Posted in: Aso evasive about his schedule See in context

Aso is only doing this in order to protect his secret nocturnal activities fighting crime as AsoMan.

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Posted in: SDF appeal See in context

it is the equivelent of the US Military but with wimps.

Yeah - like that guy who died after being beaten by 10 others in a hazing ritual, what a wimp for dying.

Anyway, it says in the caption that this is part of a recruiting exercise, and those choppers on the right would have an edge in unarmed combat.

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Posted in: SDF appeal See in context

Technically a bui sign, not a peace sign...

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Posted in: Visa publishes expats guide to living in Japan See in context

Never had a problem with using Visa or MC in Japan for purchases, either when I lived there or as a tourist. The only problem I saw was less penetration of places which accepted any credit card, Japanese or other.

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