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Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage? See in context

This could really change what we take for granted in our daily lives. Still I think they should have put in some water saving ordinances long before now. Unless there are I just don't know about them.

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Posted in: New hires shock Internet with their sameness See in context

Conformity exist everywhere be it not as obvious as here. I think there is a lot of talent in these ranks that will never be discovered though unfortunately.

In saying that, when I go back to NZ or travel to Australia I see mass conformity in the wearing of tribal tattoos or "sleeves" . Almost everyone under 40 seems to have them. That is mass conformity too.

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Posted in: 23-year-old police officer dies after shooting himself in head in koban in Ibaraki See in context

I am sensing there are some problems within the police departments across Japan as this has happened several times recently. Bullying comes to mind. I see the sempai kohai bullying all the time in the work place.

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Posted in: Jump in my car See in context

Oh come on. Live a little people! Is it legal? ....cant be legal....haha

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Posted in: China lodges protest with Japan over new textbooks See in context

Does anyone know what China writes in their text or history books about their activities in Tibet by any chance? I am a kiwi and I certainly know the atrocities committed during the NZ land wars against Maori are not taught. Unfortunately, I think all countries are guilty of this one.

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Posted in: 70,000 commuters delayed by quarrel over cell phone on train in Chiba See in context

I can completely imagine this situation as I too have stirred up some uncontrollable anger on the train even by texting near the priority seats.

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Posted in: Mexico sending more troops to zone next to Texas to quell drug violence See in context

I agree with all above. Progressive solutions

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Posted in: San Francisco Giants win World Series See in context

Why is it called the world series when it is a US only tournament?

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Posted in: KDDI unveils new models in au smartphone IS series See in context

smithinjapan.....my android does not have a pop out keyboard, and there are thousands of apps to choose from just like iphone. oh I forgot to mention my android phone is much better than my previous iphone.

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

I imagine the menu will be just like TGIF...not healthy at all! lets hope th girls make up for that.

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Posted in: Italian police arrest Japanese pair in fatal teen drug overdose See in context

Drug use is not dangerous if people know how to use them in moderation and responsibly. It is as simple as that. I doubt it was the MDMA that caused this incident.

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Posted in: JAL to codeshare with Qantas on Singapore-Brisbane route See in context

Seems JAL is cutting back on many routes. They cut the direct flights to Bali recently. BTW, it was perhaps the worst airline and worst airline food I have ever experienced.

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Posted in: What are some of the most unusual themed restaurants, bars or cafes you have been to in Japan? See in context

Alcatraz ER in Shibuya. A cross between a prison, mental institute and kinky fantasy. The all-you-can-eat food was beyond terrible though.

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Posted in: White House says Obama is Christian, prays daily See in context

Phew thank GOD for that. How could he be a legitimate President of the USA if he is not christian? Such nonsense!!!

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Posted in: Lots of legs See in context

You know what that means, that means its business time, yeeah

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Posted in: If a longtime expat starts offering you advice, walk the other way See in context

Rather pointless generalization from the author who clearly has a chip on his shoulder. Waste of paper and ink that was.

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Posted in: What to look for in a martial arts instructor See in context

One who repeatedly belts you with bamboo sticks to toughen the shins, then makes you do push-ups on your knuckles on the concrete followed by repeated busting of old clay pots with the forehead to improve focus of power, si a true master sensei...kiaaaaiiiii!

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Posted in: 'Dollhouse' star Eliza Dushku to visit Japan See in context

oh my, she looks rather lovely!

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Posted in: Yuzu drink See in context

Probably high in sugars and no better for you than a bottle of coke.

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Posted in: Bieber's 'Baby' is most-watched video on YouTube See in context

Had to watch it to see what all the talk is about. Is Ludacris not embarrassed to be in this? Why are kids singing such soppy crappy songs anyway? God damn, the music industry has found a way to cram a lifetime of rubbish into a 3 minute video clip.

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Posted in: Do you think a man holding a door open for a woman, holding her chair for her when she sits down, or giving up his seat for her are outmoded gestures of politeness or do they still have their place in See in context

My once parter could not stand the level of everyday politeness in New Zealand when we lived there. She felt everyone was hypocritical and overly fake. One comment I remember was,"Why do people insist on telling you to have a nice day, with a fake smile, when they really couldn`t give a damn how your day turned out". She also found it condescending when a man tried to help her with her chair. I then moved to her country of notoriously rude and arrogant people and noticed how well being genuine, direct and treated as complete equals really can work. There was no pent up anger you knew exactly who your friends were and overall a very healthy society. So on that note, I think while it is certainly fine to help women with these things if you are raised to believe it is the right thing to do but yes it is probably an old-fashioned remenant of a time when women were seen as less capable than men. Still, it has its place in society today with gestures differing from culture to culture.

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Posted in: Over 1,000 items found during search of underwear thief's home See in context

This hardly news anymore. It happens so often perhaps we should call it a regional preference.

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Posted in: In some countries, there are moves to ban or restrict the wearing of religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools See in context

First of all to @alfgarnett, Israel is a secular country where any religion is allowed to be practiced freely. You could not be more wrong there. As for the question at hand a full burqa is hardly the same as someone wearing their favourite team jersey or a religious cross. It completely hides a persons identity and I would imagine prevents one from having normal social interaction (perhaps this was the intent of the burqa to oppress women socially), therefore making daily life unnecessarily difficult in a society that relies on face to face communication. Unfortunately, banning the burqa is extreme but a means to fight oppression of such women in a modern society.

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