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Posted in: Sydney-bound JAL flight turns back after seat fire See in context

I thought they had too much fuel on those long flights to land right away, good to know they actually can.

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Posted in: Defense minister reprimanded for not attending state dinner for Bhutan king, queen See in context

He missed out meeting Jetsun Pema, the very hot 22-year-old queen of Bhutan. Proves Ichikawa really is a moron.

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Posted in: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie arrive in Tokyo See in context

How do people find out beforehand when celebrities are coming to the airport? Not that I would ever go, but just curious.

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Posted in: KDDI to sell new iPhone in Japan, ending Softbank's domination See in context

Good news.

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Posted in: Woman prostitutes daughter to 72-year-old man for years before discovery See in context

Mothers should be incapable of doing something like this, but there are always missing links in the evolutionary chain which are so incomprehensible. What will happen to the daughter now?

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Posted in: Toyota cruiser See in context

Agree with JapanGal. This boat has the same chintzy look as a SeaRay, and while I don't know the boat's details as well as I should before saying this, it seems way overpriced. If you want to get into boating, it's a buyer's market right now so go out and get a used Bertram, Hatteras, Albemarle, Tiara, etc. Refined, built to last and classically beautiful.And boating in Japan absolutely sucks in my opinion. I've done it a bit here and considerably in the US.

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Posted in: Kaori Manabe recommences blogging See in context

Hot.

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Posted in: Water power See in context

Terrifying!

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Posted in: Parents charged over death of 3-month-old baby in January See in context

Let's keep in mind it's alleged abuse, people. But if true, it's beyond comprehension, total loony tunes.

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Posted in: Christel Takigawa launches new book on why she loves Paris See in context

She's a master of good timing; lots of people are trying to get out of Japan now. Buy my book about Paris which I really don't know much about, go to Paris, and I'll donate .00? percent to Japan.

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Posted in: Protest See in context

While the jury decides, we the people should look for unbiased and intelligent sources for information about this very complex topic. I recommend a blog called "atomic power review", please google it. So amazingly informative.

Everyone involved, TEPCO, the farmers, the Tohoku people, they are all suffering a great deal, it's just such a horrible situation for all parties. At the very least, this will have a great impact on the construction of nuclear power plants.

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Posted in: On the job See in context

People like this are the reason life insurance is so expensive.

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Posted in: Nara schoolgirl arrested for drug possession See in context

Turned in by your DAD, that's rough.

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Posted in: Annoying habits by train commuters, hot trends for 2011 and other survey results See in context

Anyone who rushes to the empty seat like it's musical chairs always makes me chuckle. It just seems so important to some people to get that seat.

People with halitosis, it must be tough for them, but standing next to that is like breathing death.

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

I'm thinking too much about this, but here's an analogy:

Many people love MacDonald's food. It's made for the masses. But most people who eat it don't think about or care what the food really is, how it's not good for you, etc. They feel hungry, down a Big Mac, and that's it.

Pop music is the same, produced for the masses, and often lacking in real ingredients. So go ahead and eat it if you want to, but you might lose your appetite if you know what it truly is, franchised, overproduced, packaged, disguised, over-hyped and over-marketed fluff in most cases.

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

The majority of people have an uneducated sense of music; most people are happy to buy music that feels good to them irregardless of how well the musicians can play, how original their expressions are, or how passionate the musicians are about the MUSIC. That's OK, everyone can do what they want. But that's why pop music tends to be worse musically than many talented musicians in other genres. If people wanted to try to understand how music is made, what it's like to be behind the instruments (not just karaoke), how the music industry works, then people more deserving of popularity will fill our concert halls.

It sounds like everyone on this post doesn't like SMAP or AKB48, but the fact is they make obscene amounts of money. Why? Because a majority of people have that taste in music, they have legions of fans. It's really, really depressing to me.

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

But why are people buying it so much if it's so obvious that a lot of it is no-talent garbage? How is it that so many people can be so interested in it?

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

Why blame the industry, what about the idiots who buy it and feed the machine?

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

goddog, I agree, radio djs talk way too much!

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

kokorocloud -- Yes, it's all a matter of opinion. Here's my arrogant opinion: SMAP music is absolutely awful crap. I'm the authority on what I think, and I can call any music whatever I want, as anyone else can.

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

I agree with tkoind2, pretty much everything you wrote. Sorry kokorocloud, but I don't feel his/her comments are egotistical at all. He/She is probably a musician and cares about the origin of music, wants great musicians to be recognized, and doesn't appreciate the overproduced and market-saturated CRAP everywhere, in every country.

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

Yes, in my opinion it's mostly crap.

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Posted in: Japan hit by 6.9-magnitude earthquake See in context

I certainly felt it. It must have been huge if it was 300 miles deep and shook Tokyo that much! We're lucky it was so deep.

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Posted in: Seibu Railways to introduce 'maid trains' See in context

What's in Chichibu?

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Posted in: Steamy 'Glee' GQ pics have many steaming See in context

Sex sells and I'm buying!

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Posted in: Girls, girls, girls See in context

tokyokawasaki at 10:06 AM JST - 25th October Sadly, we all know that that "Hooters" would become very, very, very popular if it was staffed by girls under 16 years old (and renamed to "Hooterless").

**LOL

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Posted in: Things Japanese girls do that make guys go, 'Huh?' See in context

-Walk pigeon-toed -Avoid eye contact -Laugh too much

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Posted in: In Triumph See in context

I'd like to fish for those.

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Posted in: Kiddyland See in context

kawaii.

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Posted in: SMAP kicks off international tour See in context

I think the comparison to the Monkees is a good one, no serious focus on the music but on the whole media package. I believe they know exactly how much 'talent' they have musically. It's just weird, IMO, how much they saturate the media for so many years, and it's OK with so many people in Japan. But somehow they have enough charisma to be so incredibly popular; I don't get it at all, but I'm not from Japan.

The most popular musical artists in other countries I'm aware of put SMAP's musical prowess to complete shame (and yes, that's my opinion but c'mon!), so the disparity makes it hard to understand.

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