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Posted in: S Korea to dissolve Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation See in context

Let them dissolve the 8.8 million dollar fund. Too bad none of the women who were involved didn't see any of it yet.

Sure would've gone a long way in helping them out. It's not like they have much time left. Korea still playing political ping pong on the backs of the comfort women.

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Posted in: Almost half of mothers in Tokyo want train cars designed especially for moms and kids, so that they don't have to worry about sideways glances from other passengers when their children cry or act up, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government survey. What do you think about this? See in context

I'd like to be able to eat curry man and pig out on Fami Chicken on the train.

How about getting a carriage just for that so I don't get those terrifying sideway glances?

You can't separate everyone for every little thing.

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Posted in: Mother fatally stabs sons, aged 3 and 5 See in context

She didn't want her kids lives to be as sad as hers when they grew up.

Here's news for you "mom". Their lives didn't turn out sad - they turned out tragic. They didn't get to live theirs.

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Posted in: Naked man found in coin locker at Sendai Station See in context

Get those station workers some counseling!

They probably need some hugs after seeing that dudes butt after opening the locker.

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Posted in: 'I want to thank me,' says rapper Snoop Dogg on getting Hollywood star See in context

"I want to thank me..."

I like the Dog but this reeks of that ugly American self congratulatory mindset. Me, me, and me.

Congrats but learn a little humbleness.

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Posted in: Nissan Chairman Ghosn arrested over financial law violation See in context

When you're making billions and billoons of yen why not just properly state hour income?

You're living beyond comfortable and living "the Life".

Why not keep it going and not get so greedy? I'd be insanely satisfied.

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Posted in: Osaka police still relying on facial recognition skills after 40 years See in context

How ya doing, Big Brother?

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Posted in: N Korean official urges Japan to apologize over forced labor See in context

Give both Koreas the finger.

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Posted in: This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update See in context

I can't believe they waste so much time and money on this. They even have this secured behind five security doors! You only need one of these in the world. It's a kilogram for christ's sake! If you want to know how much a kilo is, I have a scale in my kitchen. Just come over or call me.

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Posted in: Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services See in context

China and Russia again.

Why isn't there ever retribution from the US government regarding these two?

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Posted in: N Korean paper raps Japan's reaction to S Korean court ruling See in context

When doesn't NK rap on Japan?

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Posted in: There are about 50 first editions in Japan, and of those, four are autographed. The figure is larger than that for Germany or Russia. I view it as evidence of a Marx boom in prewar Japan. See in context

Communist and socialist doctrines were taught more widely here in Japanese schools before and after the war than in America (hardly any, in fact).

I was always surprised at how much my mom, who's Japanese, used to quote Marx, Weber and Engels. She'd say something like the cost of housing per month shouldn't exceed 1/3 our monthly income. I'd ask her where she got that idea from and she'd say, "We learned that in junior high school, of course."

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Posted in: Teachers reprimanded for using Japanese imperial flag and apparent war propaganda on school test See in context

The Japanese military still use this flag. Yes, it's a war flag. Militaries fight wars. It's legal. The fighting spirit is what this teacher was trying to encourage in his students. That's all.

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Posted in: Passengers to be banned from carrying knives onto all trains in Japan from April See in context

I saw one of the new extra security guards on the shink a few weeks ago. Had a lot of stuff dangling from his utility belt. It was one of those Secom type outfits.

He walked down the length of the train once and then I didn't see him for the rest of the trip.

It's all right but I don't think it'll deter or prevent anyone from going bonkers and hurting people.

He'll probably be called in to stop a wacko once one goes berserk. (That is if he can run down the length of 16 cars in time if they're on the opposite ends of the train.)

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Posted in: Japan to set up panel to tighten drinking rules after pilot scandals See in context

I don't think a pre-flight 24 hour drinking ban is really necessary. 12 hours is enough. Just give them a breathalyzer test before flights and set it for a reasonable limit.

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Posted in: Old neighborhoods endangered by 'zombie' redevelopment scheme See in context

I really like the small road neighborhoods that make up Tokyo. Large roads destroy the pedestrian atmosphere of an area. Large roads rarely bring a positive feel to an area. They're good for fast and large transport (if it's really necessary) but not for a sense of community or walkability, which is what makes much of Tokyo's neighborhoods charming.

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Posted in: Japan to revise 70-year-old fishery system to allow in newcomers See in context

A pal of mine tried his hand at fish farming but couldn't make a profit. He said there were a lot of restrictions he had to deal with and it was quite a headache. He finally bailed it after about five years. Maybe the loosening of controls might help future fisherman/fish farmers.

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Posted in: 'Miracle' as New Zealand baby rescued from sea See in context

The parents describe their kid as:

....looking smaller than usual"

That's quite an odd observation.

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

Glad to hear "Common Sense Biz" has started. I'm saved.

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Posted in: Doctors recommend Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon start at 5:30 a.m. See in context

Try 2:30 in the morning.

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Posted in: Ready for battle See in context

Where's he playing? In space?

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Posted in: Adults must prevent children from getting gifts from gangsters because youngsters cannot judge what kind of people they are. See in context

Maybe some of the kids found a finger in their candy bag.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. and tell Americans to stop building disputed military base See in context

I really like this guy. Pretty down to earth with a good sense of humor. But good luck to him on his US tour trying to convince a lot of people who don't care (nor know much) about this issue.

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Posted in: iPads, Macs get new screens as Apple pushes creativity See in context

Too many ports/slots taken out. Too many accessories necessary. Too many price hikes!

I used to love Apple but this is too much.

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Posted in: Don't give decongestants to children for colds, experts say See in context

The antihistimines I take work like a charm for my runny nose. It worked all right for my elementary aged girl, too.

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Posted in: Revisions are aimed at accepting industry-ready human resources for limited periods of time. We're considering improving the working environment, improving Japanese-language education, helping foreign workers find residences and encouraging them to take out social security insurance policies. See in context

Revisions are aimed at accepting industry-ready human resources FOR LIMITED PERIODS OF TIME. We're considering improving the working environment, improving Japanese-language education, helping foreign workers find residences and encouraging them to take out social security insurance policies.

There's your problem right there.

Why would I want to sacrifice my career back in my home country with "industry-ready skills" to work here in Japan if it's only for a limited period?

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Posted in: Japan now has only two TV anime series that air in prime time during the week See in context

At least "Chibi Maruko" and "Sazaesan" are on Sunday evenings. Can't imagine what life would be like w/o them.

Back in the 70s I used to watch "Speed Racer" (actually myself), "Gatchaman" (G-Force), and "Moomin" along with quite a few others since they were always on TV. I'm not sure if they played all of these during prime time though.

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Posted in: Seibu Railway announces name of luxurious train to run next spring See in context

How about "LaFly"? It has bubbly eye windshields and it looks "fly".

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Posted in: Shibuya braces for more Halloween chaos after wild weekend See in context

Just close the scramble crossing to vehicular traffic during Halloween and let the partiers take over the streets and have fun for one night, like they used to in Ginza every Sundays. Put out a bunch of trash cans, too.

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Posted in: Pink bus offers shelter to vulnerable girls in Tokyo nightspots See in context

Young girls hanging out in "entertainment" districts on school nights and weekends late into the night. Can't say I'm surprised or sympathetic that they're being picked up on by men who go to "entertainment" areas looking for drinks and entertainment.

If these girls are actually being abused at home, they should go somewhere besides places like Kabukicho and Shibuya to while away the night.

How about using that pink bus and driving these late-night party girls home? Face it, most of these girls are out for a good time and not being abused.

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