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Posted in: China's leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress See in context

Sorry, was referring to Wen Jiabao http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9634920/Chinese-leader-Wen-Jiabaos-family-accumulate-billions-during-his-time-in-office.html

I'd be surprised if they could find a civil servant who actually chose to survive on their meager salary.

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Posted in: China's leader warns of 'collapse' at start of congress See in context

Yes, he should start with his wife and relatives who were found to have $2billion in assets in business deals nobody's ever heard of until now.

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Posted in: Tanaka backpedals on approving 3 new universities See in context

You guys were all hi fiving her for rejecting the apps on "principles" and other crap when it turns out she didn't even do her research on it and admitted as much. I'm all for limiting bad universities, but this is not the case here. Japan has an excess of bad colleges, but a huge deficit in colleges especially in the area of medical care. That's why they're willing to make exceptions and import Fillipinos and other neighbors for that very purpose.

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Posted in: Nepal man says he was tortured by Japanese police, plans book See in context

We'll need to wait for his book to come out to find out what he's referring to as torture. His rights were probably violated in prison - they certainly were to an extreme in detention - but torture could mean anything from sleep deprivation to mutilations and waterboarding. Probably not the latter. Let's not equate all tortures while recognizing that the criminal justice system does fail and it's more important what we do about it than the fact that it's far from perfect.

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Posted in: App makes photos move in realistic way on picture or mirror See in context

Okay, allow me to translate. MotionPortrait is a program that takes a photo of someone's face and animates it - complete with eye, eyebrow, lips, and muscle movement. It does this through mapping the face onto a 3D model and animating that model. The head can turn or tilt in any direction. You can see how it works by following this link.

Use English next time please!

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Posted in: App makes photos move in realistic way on picture or mirror See in context

Like Buzz, I couldn't understand a thing this article was trying to say. It's like it's been run through multiple translators.

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Posted in: Ai Kago in apparent suicide attempt See in context

More info on the divorce issue. Asato's evidence of the affair was quite a 'laundry list': "She claims to have pictures Kago's underwear, clothes, cosmetics, and other items at the apartment and also love letters on Mizumoto's movie scrips"

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Posted in: Ai Kago in apparent suicide attempt See in context

She made a little bit of money. Not even as much as someone who earns a salary. Her work in CMs made the most, but those were few and far inbetween.

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Posted in: Ai Kago in apparent suicide attempt See in context

@Export - Child support is simply something you pay to support your children, not your spouse. It has nothing to do whatsoever with dividing assets in a divorce. Whoever gets the children will collect the child support, obviously.

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Posted in: Noda to appoint Edano as next industry and trade minister See in context

It's quite an ironic pair: Edano - good at lying. Hachiro - bad at telling the truth. Obviously, the people prefer the former.

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Posted in: DPJ gives up on revised child-care allowance proposal See in context

The only thing these politicians disagree on is what method to use in bribing voters.

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Posted in: Nissan fumes over BBC TV program 'Top Gear' See in context

It sounds like even by Nissan's admission, it's a crap car that will burn out its batteries either way. I've driven Japanese cars my entire life. Don't see how racism even enters into it. If anything Top Gear is extremely biased in favor of Japanese cars, electric ones being the only exception.

When a company makes crap cars, there is simply no defending it. But go ahead and play the race card.

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Posted in: Nissan fumes over BBC TV program 'Top Gear' See in context

What are they doing tracking their customers and releasing that info? Sure Top Gear's not being fair, but they're entertainment not news. The point still stands that not everybody will keep their car fully charged at all times every time they leave the door. So what.

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Posted in: Norwegian gunman wants to see Japanese psychiatrist See in context

He'd also like his own blog from prison, and t-shirts with his face on it. So what. Why are they even releasing this information? The purpose of a psychiatrist is to determine if he's crazy or not, not to validate his beliefs.

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Posted in: Japan extends beef ban to cattle from Iwate over contamination fears See in context

Really dropped the ball here, what did they expect allowing these farmers to feed hay they knew was contaminated from basically day one?

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Posted in: Questions raised over Unification Church's involvement in 2018 Winter Olympic venue See in context

So? Who cares? This is really a big deal about nothing.

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Posted in: S Korea military slams Japan in islands row See in context

AJHC78, it is funny they used their trip to buy souvenirs like tourists. Another day at the job for politicians who care about nothing but themselves and your vote.

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Posted in: S Korea military slams Japan in islands row See in context

Stupid people provoking other stupid people never ends well. Hate to see what would happen if someone got their order wrong.

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Posted in: Ichihashi appeals life sentence for killing British teacher See in context

Japanese prisons are not happy places. Making license plates would be a reprieve for him. Rather, just let him rot like everybody else, no special treatment one way or another. We'll never hear of him again.

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Posted in: Beef ban extended to Tochigi Prefecture See in context

At some point, they're just going to have to raise the acceptable levels of radiation. Or I don't know, un-ban American beef.

It is sad that they're doing this by prefecture, which is almost arbitrary.

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Posted in: Ex-Marine, jailed for 5 years over arson in Japan, busted again in LA See in context

Yeah as crazy as he is, he's not as bad as parents who murder their children. A lot of countries have sentencing problems like this in prioritizing crime.

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Posted in: TEPCO seals off area of nuclear plant with high radiation level See in context

A few facts for the uninformed.

1) They say "exceeded 10 sieverts per hour" because 10 sieverts is the maximum reading on their device. This is reported in other news articles.

2) There is no contradiction between the duct being completely sealed and there being massive radiation detected. 99% of people really don't know the first thing about radiation but talk like they do. There is a huge difference between sealing radioactive particles (which they claim to have), and the radiation that those particles emit (i.e. the gamma rays being emitted). The particles will continuously generate radiation until depleted and it's several magnitudes worse if they are free than if they are trapped. 10 sieverts per hour is alarming, but nothing compared to if the particles were being spread across Fukushima.

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Posted in: NHK to air 'August Chronicles' on war, peace, nuclear issues See in context

Most of the controversy about history books deals with the fact that some have literally a single paragraph or a single sentence describing Japan's involvement in World War II. The government even acknowledged this was a problem, but denied any ill intent. Teachers even protested because of this. That said, they've since addressed this years ago. I doubt nigel actually ready any of those books either or realizes this happened.

These days they're much more careful with what they allow in schools, and the complaints are more over details rather than wholesale whitewashing.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese lawmakers give up and return home from Seoul See in context

If you're trying to be funny with your random and weak attempts at humor, don't give up your day job. Seriously, I can guess at what you're trying to say but you're simply incoherent and bring up the most random off-topic issues. Is that all you know how to do?

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Posted in: Assistant inspector arrested for shoplifting in Chiba See in context

Why would someone with that much money in their wallet steal what amounts to 1500 yen of garnish and snack foods?

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Posted in: Japan warns N Korea seeking new missile, China navy active See in context

No, Guam doesn't have half the US fleet and thanks to South Korea and Japan is nowhere near the significance of pearl harbor during - oh you know - that world war that was happening?

It's also fairly irrelevant considering the point is NK would face a homeland counterattack within hours, rather than years in the case of pearl harbor. Not sure why you'd think otherwise.

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Posted in: Muhammad Ali writes letter to people of Norway See in context

Brevik has a lot more in common with McVeigh and the Unabomber than the more recent terrorists from the middle east, even plagarizing entire chapters word for word from the Unabomber's own manifesto. Rather than using violence against the people he claims to hate, he focuses exclusively in attacking people in government.

When McVeigh was asked about the children he had to murder in his bombing attack, he expressed some regret but then claimed it was all necessary.

Sadly, we've come full circle and a lot more of these crazies are coming out of the woodwork. Most of them copycats like Brevik who admitted admiring several of these former terrorists.

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Posted in: 3 Japanese lawmakers give up and return home from Seoul See in context

Really, because the only thing more bizarre and childish than South Korean politicians are their Japanese counterparts. These two countries certainly love to be hysterical for the sake of votes. Nothing more to it.

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Posted in: Japan warns N Korea seeking new missile, China navy active See in context

Well the reason why NK wouldn't drop a biological weapon is simple. They know they'd get the same. NK never attacks in a way that it is not prepared to face the consequences for, which is why it resorts to small attacks and big words. They're not crazy like some people assume.

But oh no, not Guam. Anything but Guam. Please NK don't attack Guam it will be a killing blow to Korea, Japan, and USA from which we will never recover or be capable of counterattacking. No.

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Posted in: Muhammad Ali writes letter to people of Norway See in context

No, I imagine that job would be more appropriate for a Christian for that angle. Of course, there aren't many cases of crazy Muslims slaughtering muslims to prevent the invasion of Christian immigrants. There just aren't, and that's why it's not symmetrical.

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