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Posted in: Airlines whipsawed by costly fuel, Japan disaster See in context

just chiming in to say: whipsawed? wth?

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Posted in: Why are Tokyo cabbies so clueless? See in context

Given the way in which Japanese addresses are assigned, and the reconstruction of a place like Tokyo, it must be near impossible to navigate.

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Posted in: New video games expand vast 'Pokemon' empire See in context

Sadly, Pokemon is mostly proof of what you can get when you really push a media juggernaut into action. While I've enjoyed some of the games and their growth has been a great flagship for gaming, it's also true that they represent the worst of the money-hungry studio approach to games. Right from the first game, where you needed to either find someone else to play with extensively or buy 2 copies of the game in order to finish things 'completely', as some perfectionists do. The game has always been about selling units. It's an in-joke for gamers how every damn game starts out the same: same maps, same graphics, same cookie-cutter characters; even the same text!. That's unthinkable for a movie or other entertainment product.

I'm reminded of the South Park episode lampooning pokemon characters with 'chinpokemon' like 'Shoe' .

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Posted in: Japan hosts visit by 5 Australian World War II POWs See in context

I'd like to hear more about their impressions of Japan, though.

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Posted in: Punk icon Akihiro Namba says only rock can cure Japan’s ills See in context

As much as I like some J-pop songs the ones that really stay with me for the lyrics are the rock songs. Not sure you are being fair either Fadamor; those people didn't exactly fade away - the hippie movement was enormous and a youthful, invigorated movement is what Japan desperately needs.

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Posted in: With hope See in context

Honestly, although JT is a Japanese-oriented website, I would have expected this picture to be taken by a local media worker and carried over via Reuters or something similar. I am not in Japan at the moment to see the media circus. That interview sounds pretty harrowing.

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Posted in: With hope See in context

Lunchbox, taj, go down to the konbini an get yourself a can of harden the ! up. The photographer is doing his/her job. I'm sure you'd be critical if there weren't any pictures because you'd say the Japanese victims are being ignored. You don't know a thing about the circumstances under which the picture was taken. What if it's by a struggling Japanese student who likes photography and was in the right place at the right time? Your contextless wailing isn't a defence they asked for or even require.

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Posted in: 70,000 protesters surround Wisconsin Capitol See in context

It's a pretty sad day when an elected official stares out at a group of people who've come to protest and says 'well they're only 70,000, so by default everyone who isn't here must oppose them.' What sort of crazy logic is that?

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Posted in: Anti-Gadhafi rally See in context

I wonder if they decided cartoon versions would get more attention in Japan.

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Posted in: True Grit See in context

browny1.... that's quite correct. Western films took a lot from Kabuki theatre. That increasing tick-tick-tick sound in Westerns? Straight out of a kabuki theatre's clapping sticks. And some of those aspects found their way into samurai films, and in turn to westerns.

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Posted in: Androids to run in world's 1st robot marathon See in context

FIGHTOOOO

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Posted in: Combination digital photo frame and phone See in context

It's a nice idea! The trick will be getting the photos you want to associate with callers onto its directory. If it's easy, this will be popular. If it's hard, this will sink like a stone.

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Posted in: Tokyo's catnap culture See in context

Lovely article. Lacking the spleen we often see here on JT. And funny too!

I wish Japanese schools would just provide a few beds so that you can face your exhaustion on hard days instead of trying to struggle through it!

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Posted in: Night life See in context

I miss the karaoke places.

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Posted in: Kan promises to find remains of fallen soldiers on Iwoto See in context

He could spend the effort better on the present, seeking real strides for the bases.

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Posted in: Shopping in the rain See in context

Sun like this at 5am in Japan's winter? Not likely.

Moderator: The photo was not taken at 5 a.m. It was posted on the site at 5 a.m.

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Posted in: No. of people dying alone rises in 'no-relationship' society See in context

I don't think this last conclusion is right at all. Social control in Japan is still enormously strong; it's why people despair at their lack of control over their circumstances and future. And I don't think 'control over the individual' has much to do with making friendships. Indeed, if people were truly free, they'd make bonds naturally. But they aren't. They're in a strange, warped reality where isolation or ostracism is the same as dying socially.

I DO agree that premade meals don't encourage things like independence, self-confidence, discipline (fiscal and otherwise), planning, etc.

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Posted in: Tokyo Fuse See in context

Pinko! Darn Commies

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Posted in: MTV Australia to rock Japan See in context

Art Vs Science! I love the video for Parlez Vous Francais !

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Posted in: Bieber on the cover? Are you MAD? Yes, yes we are! See in context

I DO wonder who actually buys it. Maybe some old men with lifetime subscriptions.

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Posted in: Google, Facebook consider buying Twitter See in context

So then use facebook and twitter to market your blogs and videos?

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Posted in: Japanese tabloids make hay of royal family foibles See in context

Nobody in any country's royal family has a chance of coming out normal or unscathed. What a pitiful life.

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Posted in: Hero of Asia Cup final at ease with his Japanese-Korean identity See in context

He doesn't need a rink, he doesn't play hockey!

A drink, sure ;D

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Posted in: How many Katos are out there, ready to explode in rage? See in context

I agree with Smorkian. While those people have it tough, I think it was more of a 'compared to previous generations' type of thing. Even when people were starving postwar about what to eat, there was a sort of 'advantage' in that being successful simply meant getting by. Now, kids are raised to wonder if they have 'enough' and not having an index of satisfaction to judge anythign by. They don't know how to be happy and it's some strange, empty life. Is it harder than starvation or guerilla militants? No. But it's hard in its own way. I loved living in Japan for five years, but I wouldn't be Japanese for quids.

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Posted in: Smoking, obesity are why U.S. lifespans lag a bit See in context

American and Australian obesity are at terribly high levels; I don't think a difference of 5 years tells the story. Imagine being obese and old; the arthritis and other problems you'd have. I'd much rather be old and Japanese than old and American.

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Posted in: Ichihashi's book goes on sale; says he hopes to give royalties to Hawker family See in context

Recruiter, that was obviously a sarcastic comment about why the book has been released at all, directed at the general Japanese public. Get a clue.

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Posted in: The Essence of Budo See in context

I'm occasionally worried that celebrating Japan's roots like this stops people from finding their own new path.

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Posted in: 8 graffiti messages pleading for help against bullying found in Shiga See in context

Nandaka, while I do agree that she could grow up to be as abusive as the bullies who torment her, I don't think her language is deliberately manipulative or rehearsed. Some kids truly can't seem to find a voice other than the one they've learnt to use around others and they soon lose the capacity to have another.

You're right about teachers having no tools for discipline now. They don't use lunch or after school detention because there is no way to do so in Japan. Lunch is only 20m of psuedo 'free time' after kyuushoku, and after school it's club. There's nothing to take away from them with detention. So they have nothing to lose when it comes to being punished.

Once the kids realise that adult preaching is just words and entreaties, they get this heady realisation that they can ultimately do what they want.

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Posted in: Suicide in Japan See in context

Yeah, a very nub article... And I dont think 'karoshi' qualifies as suicide! Those people didn't ask to die, they just didnt/couldnt resist their circumstances...

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Posted in: Kan prods Ozawa to resign, calls for tax reform See in context

Why is it we never hear of Japanese PEOPLE being able to force out their poor politicians? It always has to be a game of words between men in the big house. Can't his constituents force a referendum and have him chucked?

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