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Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park See in context

Not being charged. So, its not illegal to dump 200kg garbage in a public park? Good to know for next time I move and don't want to pay for someone to take away the junk I don't need anymore.

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Posted in: Two tragedies push Malaysia Airlines to the brink See in context

MH17 disaster was beyond the airline’s control

Why do news sources keep saying this? They knowingly flew over a war zone to save money. It was fully in their control and they are absolutely at fault for taking the risk.

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Posted in: Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in U.S., Europe first, then Japan on Feb 22 See in context

It makes perfect sense to follow the demand while there isn't sufficient stock globally. Gift giving at Christmas time in Europe and US eclipses Japan. Post Christmas shopping is mostly sale items, so there won't be as much PS4 purchasing going on in January there. However in Japan, February is when most people are flush with bonus cash, not December, giving Sony all of January to manufacture for Japan.

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Posted in: Yamanashi, Shizuoka discourage speed climbs of Mt Fuji See in context

Nowhere in this article does it state why climbing Mt. Fuji faster than other people produces more garbage or more traffic or other special difficulties. I would argue the opposite. If anything there is a higher risk of altitude sickness.

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Posted in: 93 cops, police officials arrested; 458 disciplined in 2012 See in context

Almost 2 a day. Setting the bar pretty high for 2013

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Posted in: 17-year-old dead, 16-year-old seriously injured following police chase See in context

"The officers were quoted as saying the crash occurred while the bike was out of sight and was not caused by their actions."

Ya right

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Posted in: TEPCO couldn’t get battery during Fukushima meltdown; went to hardware store the next day See in context

Its not like there was a parking lot full of perfectly good cars right after a 20 meter tidal wave wiped out the town. Roads? Hardware stores? Of course stuff was hard to come by, but it could have been handled better with a little emergency preparation.

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Posted in: Shark attacks spark kill orders off Western Australia See in context

Tag em with C4. When the get close, they blow up. Lifeguards don't need to be bothered with an app.

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Posted in: China warns of 'further actions' in Japan island dispute See in context

Mongolia used to own everything from Poland to Korea. They should get China if "since ancient times" is a valid argument for superseding current, legal claims.

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Posted in: What do Japanese people put in their rice balls? See in context

Skippy's peanut butter, while the rice is still warm. mmmmm

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Posted in: Wendy's to open 2nd Japan restaurant in Roppongi on Aug 17 See in context

Agree w/ ExportExpert, but have you been to the new Wendy's in Omotesando? Not nearly as good as it used to be and now double the price. Their high-end approach was a mistake. Very disappointed.

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Posted in: Driver of bus that crashed suffered cerebral infarction two months ago See in context

Unified medical records also lacking. Your data only exists with the doctors you visit and not stored centrally. If you visit a new doctor, they wont know your history so thats how he cleared the checkup without his company knowing. Govn't needs to step up

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Posted in: Demand for luxury goods in China bucks economic slowdown See in context

Trophy wives are the last to learn of an economic slowdown.

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Posted in: Rejoice, fashion-challenged men! Now you can have a hottie stylist dress you See in context

Yum. As long as I can join her on the shopping trip!

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Posted in: North Korean TV confirms leader Kim is married See in context

I love how he has a big red target under him.

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Posted in: 'Strikingly' few women in Asia's top jobs: report See in context

How old are "Senior Managers" typically? 45? University graduates may be 50/50 Men & Women now but 25 years ago in Japan I'm sure there was educational inequality as well. Even at 50/50, not all degrees are created equal. Engineering, Business, MBA programs need a better balance. Japan Inc is not fully to blame for once.

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Posted in: Rainy season means hydrangea season: Top 5 picks for where to see them See in context

You had me until the photo of the crowds

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Posted in: Poll: Japanese opposition to nuclear power stronger See in context

I'm guessin most of the 70% who want less reliance on nuclear power are also part of the 93% who believe the economy to be in a bad state and none are seeing the connection. You can't fix the economy without cheap power. They are not mutually exclusive. So which do you want, no nuclear power + worsening economy OR nuclear power + stable economy?

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Posted in: JAL to introduce new in-flight beverage service JAL CAFÉ LINES See in context

Slightly better tasting coffee and pictures of a boy band on the side of their planes. JAL's marketing team has single handedly risen the company from the ashes. Look out ANA!

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Posted in: March 11 quake even rattled upper atmosphere See in context

I tend to view a massive earthquake as the best early warning system for tsunami's, not ionosphere anomalies detected AFTER the tsunami has been unleashed.

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Posted in: Ex-DPJ lawmaker Kobayashi banned from running for office for 5 years See in context

If they can elect a publicly known criminal, then they deserve her

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Posted in: Facebook to let advertisers republish user posts See in context

The sole purpose of the like button is to share the fact you like it with your friends. Why would you even click "Like" otherwise? How is this news?

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Posted in: E-mail secondary as Facebook revamps messaging See in context

Can't disagree with this. Half my email seems to be Facebook messages as it is.

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Posted in: Hooters to open first Japan restaurant in Tokyo on Oct 25 See in context

Hooters sucks

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Posted in: French strikes disrupt life, shut Eiffel Tower See in context

5-8 weeks paid vacation 22 days of paid leave in lieu of overtime incurred by working over 35 hours a week Retirement at 62?

Sign me up!

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Posted in: In Japan, the customer is not king See in context

I remember a time when I was checking in at the airport and my luggage was 2kg over. The attendant was being a super b*tch and wouldnt let me take anything out or pay extra to check it...until I saw her fat leg resting on the scale. oh wait...that was in Canada. Or this time at a restaurant where my food took hours and the waitress was no where to be seen but still demanded a tip...oh wait, that was everywhere I've been in the western world Or the time I didnt look like I was gonna give a tip, the bar maid literally threw my change back at me. I took back the tip I already placed on the bar and left. but, wait that was in Montreal.

How about basing an article about customer service while using examples of Japanese restaurants. McDonalds/Starbucks may be in Japan but they are using the playbook from the U.S. Either way...bad experiences can be found anywhere in the world. What I love, is the lack of tipping. Not because I'm cheap, but because if yell "Sumimasen" in any restaurant in Japan and you get the entire staff scrambling over to your table. With a "TIP" based system all you get are selfish service staff who only attend to "thier" tables (even though they share the pot). Your waiter(ess) is busy or in the crapper and your sh*t outta luck until they come back.

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Posted in: The Japanese media and its Orwellian nature See in context

Why is it when ever some1 like Foggia tries to correct some one elses speling, they two make a mistake? "new" -> "knew"

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Posted in: Halloween donuts and coffee See in context

Too bad they're not actually available anytime close to Halloween

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