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Posted in: New documentary explores taboo subject of mental illness in Japan See in context

I always thought that "Visitor Q" (2001) by Takashi Miike tackled this topic well...

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Posted in: What should the international community do if North Korea launches a rocket? See in context

Stare up at it in slack-jawed bewilderment?

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Posted in: Plum blossoms See in context

Very beautiful, sorta pastel tone to it - picture is a keeper!

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Posted in: Aya Sugimoto makes PETA's best dressed list See in context

One of the best photos posted on this site...

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Posted in: Tabloids focus on Ai-chan's love life See in context

Ahhhh, "fist pump"...

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Posted in: Aki Hoshino See in context

One phrase: Russian-style...

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Posted in: Viggo Mortensen takes on Spanish challenge See in context

He plays a good/convincing OC gangster type as in "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises"...

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Posted in: Are there any circumstances that justify war? See in context

“No one starts a war--or rather, no one in his senses ought to do so--without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.” - Carl von Clausewitz, "On War"

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Posted in: Miss World Japan goes for the crown See in context

I like her; there a better pics of her than this...

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Posted in: Honda's new Life See in context

I find the boxy shape looks weird. And the car looks funny too...

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Posted in: Jury bra See in context

This is why JT is the classy publication that it is...

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Posted in: Edo era firearms See in context

Cool - reminds me of Akira Kurosawa's 1985 movie "Ran"...

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Posted in: Naomi Kawashima See in context

Yum, champagne-flavoured - so we can drink her bath water afterwards in her slipper?

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Posted in: Palin blames Democrats for withdrawn invitation See in context

My God, the GOP has Palin! The Democrats are finished now even if they could somehow persuade Cleese or even Gervais to run...

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Posted in: Crown prince recalls his college days See in context

I wanna hear about Princess Masako's college days...

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Posted in: WWII Memorial Ceremony See in context

"because it is nearly 1000 times more powerful now than then" - no, actually they come in all sizes with different radiation and blast effects now, and some tactical weapons are actually 1 or less kiloton (kt). Largest weapon ever tested was a Russian 60-70 megaton device, but they only did it once. Standard modern strategic type MIRVed weapon is about 300 kt, which is about 10 times the yield of the Hiroshima device...

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Posted in: Each Aug 15, Yasukuni area turns into riot zone See in context

Where can one purchase IJA marches in CD format such as the "Imperial March"?

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Posted in: Tokyo Bay fireworks See in context

Wasn't the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing the largest fireworks display in human history? (Not to say this one wasn't good too...)

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Posted in: Does the U.S. need to have military bases anywhere in Japan? See in context

Maybe the Americans don't talk about it, but aren't they also there in case Japan militarizes in a direction they don't like?

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Posted in: Hakkeijima See in context

sure, they're happy they're sticking their snouts up their handler's coochi's.....

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Posted in: Pole dancing See in context

Yes,pole- and lap-dancing classes,tattoos and the wearing of thongs - symbols of the modern sexually liberated woman who doesn't like middle-aged men looking at her on the subway...

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Posted in: Spurned women wreak vengeance See in context

Thank God! I thought all of this great content in English was going to be lost with the demise of Waiwai...

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Posted in: Chrysler makes its mark in Japan See in context

During highway driving the V-8 switches down to 4 cylinders, so its not quite as bad as you think...

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Posted in: Chrysler makes its mark in Japan See in context

I've driven a 300C for several years now in a harsh climate (Canada) with absolutely no problems. Yes, the 340 hp engine uses lots of gas if you have a lead foot...

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Posted in: What drink do you recommend to help cope with hot, humid days? See in context

I recommend a double shot of Jack Daniel's (the Rat Pack favourite),straight down, and if that doesn't work try one more...

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Posted in: Chrysler makes its mark in Japan See in context

I would think the 300C would be highly desirable in Yakuza circles, and is a German-American hybrid of sorts...

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Posted in: Crown prince seeks public understanding for ailing wife See in context

Ok, this has spiked an interest, so here is the whole song in edited form (OK, IRH Masako, I'm with u...)

When you were here before, Couldn't look you in the eye You're just like an angel, Your skin makes me cry

You float like a feather In a beautiful world I wish I was special You're so very special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo What the hell am I doin' here? I don't belong here

I don't care if it hurts, I wanna have control I want a perfect body I want a perfect soul

I want you to notice when I'm not around You're so very special I wish I was special

But I'm a creep I'm a weirdo What the hell am I doin' here? I don't belong here, ohhhh, ohhhh

She's running out the door She's running out She run run run run... run...

Whatever makes you happy Whatever you want You're so very special I wish I was special

But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo What the hell am I doin' here? I don't belong here

I don't belong here..

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Posted in: Crown prince seeks public understanding for ailing wife See in context

Well, I think she's great and I feel her pain. So if you are reading this Princess, here's a tribute lyric from Radiohead:

When you were here before Couldn't look you in the eye You're just like an angel Your skin makes me cry You float like a feather In a beautiful world And I wish I was special You're so very special...

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Posted in: SDF PR house See in context

Almost every military today, even the Chinese PLA, wears a modified version of the American "suit" outfit. Why doesn't Japan adopt a modernized version of the old IJA and IJN uniforms with those snappy caps, white gloves and swords? Probably wouldn't cost more than another Patriot ABM battery and I bet it would make everybody to start paying real close attention to the JSDF...

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Posted in: Japan a wonderland of the bizarre See in context

It is my firm and honest conviction that in Japan today, in remote and isolated volcanic regions cut off from the progress of time, gigantic reptiles - yes, dinosaurs! - still indeed exist. However, these creatures shun man and woman alike and their locale - shall we say their "Lost World" - is difficult to locate and visit due to frequent temporal shifts. The fictional creature Godzilla is merely a compilation of local legends concerning these beasts. Furthermore, U.S. forces also encountered these creatures during the Great Pacific War as documented in the American military journal "Star Spangled War". I stand behind these claims as a long established scholar in the field of cryptozoology...

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