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Posted in: Innocence lost: the dark side of Akihabara See in context

But the guy is harmless I believe. But I don't want to test the theory by removing his paraphernalia. Do you?

So you don't want to set him off by removing his toys? Sounds like he needs to see a doctor if he is bringing his dolls to class, that is not the behaviour of a well adjusted adult.

I wonder if the lack of mental health support is in any way related to this article?

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Posted in: Innocence lost: the dark side of Akihabara See in context

Let me see if I have this straight, nisegaijin seems to think degrading and or abusing other people's children is okay?

Please correct me if I'm wrong here.

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Posted in: NHK and Johnny's reportedly feuding See in context

Eh.. good?

The sooner that 'talent' agency implodes the better.

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Posted in: Tokyo residents pedaling to work in increasing numbers See in context

Terrible system, get them off the paths. I'm all for people riding bikes, but theres nowhere to do it.

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Posted in: Japanese Kitchen Knives See in context

Ignore my comment about stainless steel being harder, its just more brittle, and less flexible. I dont want to propogate incorrect information.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother held for allegedly suffocating 16-day-old son See in context

She probably has mental problems.

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Posted in: Japanese Kitchen Knives See in context

"softer stainless steel"

Stainless steel is actually harder than high-carbon steel. The steel in a sword needs to flex, if you used staintless it would snap.

Oh, and if they could make me a short sword or tanto for a resonable price let me know.

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Posted in: Anti-drug poster featuring Yukie Nakama to go up at schools nationwide See in context

“NO! GRAMMAR” “dame, zettai”

Seems to be the slogan in Japan right now.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies in hit-and-run while crossing street in Yokohama See in context

Time to ban right turns on intersections I think. Put up proper lights to tell people its safe to turn right instead of trying to sneak across between people on foot, cars shouldnt be allowed near a crossing when there are people on it.

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Posted in: 3 men held for accommodating two 13-year-old runaway girls in return for sex See in context

The Prophet Mohammed of Islam married a nine-year-old.

Which says more about changing times than anything else...

Maybe it isn't rape, the girls might not have been forced into it, but it should be considered a major crime. I think a lot of people are getting stuck on terminology.

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Posted in: North Korea threatens to shoot down Japanese spy planes See in context

Weren't the Japanese begging for the F22 a few weeks ago? Can't see why they'd be doing that if they have such a high tech force.

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Posted in: English-language teaching industry in bad shape See in context

Perhaps companies need to encorage experienced teachers with higher salaries, full time contracts, health insurance, bonuses etc. Make it a career instead of just a part-time job. That would dramatically increase the number of teachers who stick around.

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Posted in: Braves' Kawakami leaves after getting hit by liner See in context

left his start

What does this mean?

I can hardly read this article, maybe you need to understand baseball?

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Posted in: Cover to cover See in context

If only they came up with something that stopped you looking like a big nerd when using one.

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Posted in: English-language teaching industry in bad shape See in context

Well that didnt work.

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Posted in: English-language teaching industry in bad shape See in context

Test them all, and make them get a license. I'm not sure that licenses will help the quality of English teachers, any teacher can remember answers to a test paper if taught to do so. Teaching is almost an art, there’s far more to it than just knowing basic grammar rules.

(and I do mean REAL teachers like myself, sorry, no offense to unqualified eigo no sensei's) I know a lot of qualified ‘real’ teachers that are completely incompetent when it comes to actually teaching a lesson. It’s not just about qualifications. Teaching experience and proper training are important for any job, however a lot of English schools don’t feel the need to bother with such expenses.

I’m all for the improvement of the general level of English schools in Japan, but when you think about the way most of these schools choose to operate, is it really a surprise there are so many teachers who don’t care about what they do in the classroom?

My sister was teaching at a pretty well known school, she quit after a few months, all the decent teachers do. The ones that stay for years are the teachers who don’t care about their lessons. However this is not the case with all schools, where I teach we have a lot of long-term excellent teachers, and the school provides regular training and purposeful observations. Incompetent teachers should be fired! I wish companies had more power to do so.

A lot of people are still hanging on from the bubble, where the Japanese companies would hire literally anyone with a pulse to dance in their classroom. When these people eventually run out (another 30-40 years), then hopefully English teachers will finally be able to get a good name for themselves.

Here’s to all the decent, hardworking, often underappreciated English teachers out there.

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Posted in: Green beer See in context

That's a resonable price for decent beer.

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Posted in: New graduates show lack of zeal for jobs and job-hunting See in context

Sounds great to me, what Japan needs. The old will have to pay the young well to be looked after in old age, and I think the young are begining to realize that.

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Posted in: Gang-rape incident a by-product of Kyoto's lenient academic culture See in context

So how long will they be in jail? Why isnt that reported?

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy falls to death from 5th-story Tokyo apartment See in context

Leaving a 1 year old in the house alone is a strange thing to do, I'm guessing something very important/dangerous was happening elsewere. I feel sorry for the parents.

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Posted in: Marie, at AIDS awareness concert, says she has sex five times a day See in context

Anyone in Japan that claims they are getting it more than once a week is a liar. - Blackops

You are kidding right?

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Posted in: Tokyo university gives away iPhones to nab truants via GPS See in context

Every week one student must attend carrying 30 i-phones. At least Apple will be happy...

Wierd wierd news. Surely there are a million better ways of dealing with this. And seriously, an i-phone as a study tool? Why not give them something useful, like a laptop computer (or something a little smaller).

Do Japanese universities really have that much extra lying around?

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Posted in: Aichi police officer let suspicious man at scene of double murder get away See in context

Draw the gun, tell him not to move, call for backup with the other hand. Tell him to come out slowly with his hands up? If he runs, give chase. Try to keep him in sight at least. Shoot him if he makes any threatening moves.

Of course its dangerous, but isnt that part of the the officer's job? A man dressed in black at the scene of a known(?) double murder? Surely its worth trying to catch him.

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Posted in: Aichi police officer let suspicious man at scene of double murder get away See in context

They dont carry radios?

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Posted in: Foreign minister says Indiana Jones movie trivializes nuke threat See in context

I bet they are happy someone actually watched it.

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Posted in: Do you think there will always be a demand for vinyl records? See in context

If people care for it, it will stay. Lot's of great DJ's still like the sound of vinyl, I don't care much for it. It will go eventually, when nobody cares about it any more.

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Posted in: Man held for punching 50-yr-old woman on Saitama train over playing games on cell phone See in context

I'm surprised anyone stopped him, usually people just bury their heads in their books or pretend to sleep when anything strange or unusual happens.

So the guy was a freak, that's a given. However, the crowded trains in Tokyo are a joke. It's inhuman to be pressed up against someone else, sniffing their armpits for an hour. Being unable to move to put your bag down, having to stand on one leg because there is no space for your feet. Then you get the idiots with their backpacks on.

People should learn NOT TO GET ON a train that is crowded. Wait for the next one. If the last train is always crowded, the rail company should provide later trains, or a bus service so people can get home.

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