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Posted in: Arctic could face another record hot year See in context

shonanbbToday 06:06 pm JST

The earth is a living entity and we have no effects on it except plastic pollution.

....and there you have it everyone. This is why your children's children will be the first generation living in huddled masses underground subsisting on each others recycled bodily waste on a barren and desolate rock devoid of all other life.

They will be so grateful to us.

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Posted in: No 'Endgame' for Marvel fan: he's seen 'Avengers' film 110 times See in context

lol extanker....the dide works 10 hour days....they probably are proud! Hahaha.

Andy Warhol said it best:

Apparently, most people love watching the same basic thing, as long as the details are different. But I’m just the opposite: if I’m going to sit and watch the same thing I saw the night before, I don’t want it to be essentially the same – I want it to be exactly the same. Because the more you look at the same exact thing, the more the meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling to restart July 1 after 3-decade hiatus See in context

Vince BlackToday 05:12 pm JST

Japan just keeps flushing its image down the toilet

Yep. It's a national pastime, but the tourists all smile and pay compliments, so it dosen't have any impact here.

You, me and a handful of other foreign residents being angry just has no impact in a country where millions are apathetic.

But...I'm guessing the meat will be cheap, so as wages stay stagnant and sales tax rises, everyone will dig in and not think about it too much. A return to Post war glory with whale on the menu!

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife appeals to Trump for help in U.S. media interview See in context

Hmmm...I kind of get it.

They are being treated in and unusual and unfair manner...it's a desperate plea. Perhaps designed to bring more overseas focus on the case?

Trump raises a lot of negatives though, and if Trump is seen as your friend....well....it might backfire.

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Posted in: Sigourney Weaver marks 'Alien' anniversary:'I thought it was a small movie' See in context

Hmmm...I'm gonna sound like a fool, but hey, that's what the internet is for...

Yes. The best film of it's genre. Stands up to fresh/repeat viewing today.

I agree with a lot of the comments above...at the time this film was produced there was no fuss made about Ripley . The only spin was 'this film is terrifying!'

But, yes, it should be noted...:

*Female lead.

*No guns at all (industrial flame throwers and cattle prods withstanding).

*We all still love the film.

Dear Hollywood, produce the films with original stories, superior writing and original locations...escape the 'Mystery Box' cookie cutter group think format.

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Posted in: Yakuza boss ordered to pay damages over money transfer scam See in context

No...my bad....I'm gonna find some people to make calls on my behalf.

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Posted in: Yakuza boss ordered to pay damages over money transfer scam See in context

No prison time.

O.K. then. I'm gonna start making some phone calls. Nothing really to lose???

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Posted in: Trump's visit to focus on personal ties, not substance See in context

Well then.....Enjoy my tax funded dinners Joy Boys.

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Posted in: Lawyer for Ghosn slams 'outrageous' rules on seeing wife See in context

If you don't understand the law, you don't have a right to be outraged at things like this

Well. Orwell. Orwellian.


There are many things ordinary people have a right to be outraged at. The handling of this case of corporate character assassination without proof is one of them.

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Posted in: Over 20% of Burger Kings in Japan suddenly vanishing this month See in context

I agree with others here, BK is way better than Mc D. But my goodness BK is expensive.

I always think of BK first when I'm in the mood for junk food, but never go though with it because of the cost.

By the time I TRAVEL to a BK I could have gone to supermarket to make something healthier and just as delicious myself at home anyway...so I guess, who really cares? LOL!

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

Raw Beer:

"my understanding is that you can always call NHK and tell them you no longer have a TV, and they will cancel the contract."

I would say your understanding is incorrect, but I guess you never know....maybe they'll refund fees if you explain you got rid of your TV a few years ago too?

Has anyone actually tried this?

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' showrunners behind next 'Star Wars' film See in context

Just further bad news for Star Wars.

The petition to have Game of Thrones season 8 rewritten is hardly a glowing endorsement for these guys.

I blame JJ Abrams and his damn 'Mystery boxes' for the downfall of SF/Fantasy writing.

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Posted in: 460,000 customers' data possibly leaked from Uniqlo, GU websites See in context

Just thinking out loud.....

Leaked or Sold?

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

Thunderbird2Today 05:02 pm JST

Halloween fun will be banned from next year. Kids being kids is anathema in japan. Only obedient robots need apply.

They overturned a light truck... that's criminal behaviour, not 'fun'.

Dude...'They' were what....4 or 5 idiots out of a crowd of thousands.

To take your logic to an extreme we should all walk to work because sometimes people grope others on trains.

Any rule introduced to curb the actions of a tiny minority are senseless.

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Posted in: What are some of strangest company rules you've experienced at your workplace Japan? See in context

Hey Reckless,

He would start each class 5 minutes late and keep going 15 minutes over. Being paid hourly I started arriving 3-5 minutes late

Just my opinion here: I think you handled that the wrong way. You should have arrived on time and left on time. It makes for an interesting discussion, but by arriving late you gave him all the ammunition he needed regardless of his own behavior.

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Posted in: Phones could help guard against selfie deaths, medics say See in context

"Based on the GPS location or altitude of the tourist, we propose that there may be scope for providing verbal safety messages to individuals with their phone in camera mode, warning them that they are too close to a vertical drop. In such cases, the camera function may be disabled until the person moves away from the dangerous no selfie zone,"

You cannot guard against stupidity or freak accidents.

People will just meet their demise fumbling for the digital camera that will allow them to take the selfie.

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Posted in: What are some of strangest company rules you've experienced at your workplace Japan? See in context

All tasks completed; required to sit in chair for several hours each afternoon, advised to surf the internet or read a book.

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Posted in: Some worry that 'kirakira' names will cause kids to be bullied in school See in context

A name is not the problem.

Bully culture is the problem.

Fix the problem.

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Posted in: Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex See in context


*Drops into the store to grab a coke...swipes phone to 'self check out', vaguely aware of a jingle starting the background as leaves store, Add plays to no-one.'


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Posted in: End of 'Avengers' movies cloaked in high-level Hollywood secrecy See in context

hahaha! Spoiler alert...do not read further......

They wrestle control of the Glove, and undo everything with a wish. This act opens the door to the multiverse...we have unlimited scope for a rich and diverse version of all the heroes for future episodes.

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context


All we need next is a form to fill out and a stamp to buy, then we will have utopia!

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Posted in: Japan looks to fight gambling addiction ahead of casino openings See in context

Bugle Boy of Company BToday 05:26 pm JST

So they're wasting a bunch of taxpayer money to build something that will make people sick, and require more taxpayer money to help fix those people? Can we just burn our money instead and save ourselves the time?

Well, at least your idea would be pretty, especially on rainy nights, we could do it in those old 44 gallon drums in the shadows of tall buildings. Little communities would spring up everywhere with those little street stalls for ramen, it would be much better for society than a casino and very dystopian/cyberpunk.

Perfect for Tokyo.

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Posted in: How to create connections at work in the age of isolation See in context

In Japan, every Japanese citizen gets the right to take Monday mornings off, according to one self employed individual working from home in a company of one who waives this right as he can't afford to take time off and will probably move into a box under a bridge next financial year.

there, fixed it.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

Don't care if Goshn is guilty.


I must agree with everyone, the actions of the prosecution team are disgusting. It might be time to get out of Japan?

Japanese executive suspects don't get treated like this.

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Posted in: Toyota robot can't slam dunk but throws a mean three-pointer See in context

Not content with taking our jobs; they are coming for our hobbies. We are irrelevant.

(Agree the Boston Dynamics work is much more impressive, but also much scarier! Lolol.)

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Posted in: Facebook chief wants 'more active' gov't role regulating internet See in context

Just want to say: rocketpanda has answered the question. ^

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Posted in: Afternoon viewing See in context

...OK, unless it's just some dude who got his mates to help him.

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Posted in: Afternoon viewing See in context

It's almost great.

Considering the effort put into the costumes it just seems such a shame that whoever is providing this service didn't think to invest in a more traditional choice of watercraft and wooden oars.

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Posted in: KDDI's internal probe finds unpaid overtime worth ¥670 mil See in context

Hi stepoutsidethebox; just going to throw an opinion out here!

This idea of allowing yourself to work beyond the terms of your contract is not a 'bargaining chip'.

It's just you doing volunteer work, (which if you are happy to do is no problem.)

Understand that and you'll be fine.

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Posted in: Gov't held secret meetings in 2005 about allowing females to ascend throne, documents show See in context

TIJToday 07:12 pm JST

The main god of the Shinto religion is a GODDESS. Why not have an Empress of Japan?

Not to say I really know or disagree with with your sentiment, but this may have something to do with it?

(Your post made me do a quick wiki,,,,)

According to the Kojiki,[23]Amenominakanushi (天御中主 "All-Father of the Originating Hub", or 天之御中主神 "Heavenly Ancestral God of the Originating Heart of the Universe") is the first kami, and the concept of the source of the universe according to theologies.[24][25] In mythology, he is described as a "god who came into being alone" (hitorigami), the first of the zōka sanshin("three kami of creation"), and one of the five kotoamatsukami ("distinguished heavenly gods").[24]

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