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Posted in: Triumph Image Girl 2009 See in context

She is pretty. But looking at the other photos on the link above, she has either exercised a bit of this photo is digitally enhanced

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Posted in: Woman changes name to a URL to protest dissections See in context

...This girl could pick far worthier battles

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Posted in: Sexpot Aya Sugimoto dishes it out on sex, tango and cowardly Japanese men See in context

I think 'cool' should be banned from English conversations as an adjective for people. Everyone sounds about 9 years old and/or Japanese using that word.

I don't approve/agree of half the stuff Sugimoto says, but boy I wouldn't mind having those legs at 40.

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Posted in: Pachinko academy draws in students See in context

The Pro/Serindipity - a chunk of it goes to good old kita-chousen

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Posted in: Segway See in context

'exercise'? would hardly term riding these puppies exercise.

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Posted in: Bar Flower: My Decadently Destructive Days And Nights As A Tokyo Hostess See in context

Jacobson likens hostessing to teaching English: “Both jobs basically require one to act as both a cultural exhibition and an entertainer.”*

Hah - bet there's some English teachers out there taking offence to that comparison.

The Japanese ex-pats I know here who go to hostess bars - don't have sex. That's not the point of the hostess bar. They go to enjoy the fantasy that younger, pretty girls are interested in them. And as they point out, no girl at a free bar would deign to drink/chat with them. Some of the hostesses have then come along to watch their baseball games on the weekends- and the guys have declared "never paying to drink with them again" - I mean, who pays for something that comes free? But then again, the guys I know wouldnt touch a foreign hostess with a barge pole. Can't imagine a lot of stimulating conversation in that environment...

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Posted in: Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby in Internet cafe toilet in Yokohama See in context

sad :( Imagine being that baby and hearing the tale of your coming to the world when you grow up - apart from no idea of who your father might be.

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Posted in: Who came off looking best in the Palin-Biden debate? See in context

I'm sorry, but anyone who compares themselves to a "soccer mum" is not winning my vote to becoming #2 leader of my country. Pity (or perhaps fortunately that it's not my country), I don't have a vote.

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Posted in: New Nintendo DS portable will come with camera See in context

I own a DS portable. Yet every DS game sold here in Au is targeted at someone aged 6-9 years old...and I cannot see the value in adding camera capability

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Posted in: Manner poster See in context

I'd do it in the yard.

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Posted in: Japan's hit Tamagotchi virtual pet toy goes color See in context

This thing just won't die! I had one at primary school...

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Posted in: How difficult or easy is Japanese to learn, compared to other languages? See in context

In my opinion, the difficulty of learning (and maintaining) Japanese to a certain level depends on what that level is and whether you are in an everyday environment or a learning environment to learn & maintain in. The upper intermediate-advanced style Japanese that I studied at University, just does not pop up in my every day life. Don't use it at home or at work, and no longer study/revise at school. So it just disappears. In contrast, my everyday Japanese and comprehension just gets better and better. I'd prefer a balance but not willing to study much more.

I've only every learnt one other language- Maori. Learnt it before Japanese and it made pronunciation a lot easier. But you can't compare learning a language which is largely static (and was never a written language) with one which continues to evolve...

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Posted in: U.S. soldiers accidentally kill Sunni leader in Iraq See in context

Oh, I'm sorry - in my country, when someone screws up their job it is OK to criticise. If for example a policeman shot a totally innocent person - no, let's say, shot another policeman - then I would call them an idiot.

The "idiots" had come under fire when they were searching a house. When soldiers come under fire, they usually return fire

Well, when coming under fire I would prefer it if the fire was returned at the people who started it.

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Posted in: Palin meets her first world leaders See in context

Speaking of world leaders and Palin... Australia's K Rudd PM appeared on a local comedian's show on Sunday where they grilled him about which potential US leader he preferred. He rightly stated that it was up to the USA people to choose their leader and he was looking forward to working with either of them. Then something about Palin came up...he literally grinned and said the cryptic "I like moose". Look, even other world leaders can't take her seriously!

But having read this article, I would be looking forward to her political debate....

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Posted in: U.S. soldiers accidentally kill Sunni leader in Iraq See in context

'Friendly fire' - awful euphemistic word that should be banned. What a great way to get off-side with your allies, idiots!

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Posted in: Actress Ai Takabe becomes honorary police chief for a day See in context

Hey - this photo shows, those police uniforms flatter NOONE!

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Posted in: Investigators try to track last 30 minutes of murdered girl in Chiba See in context

It's funny - in a Western style article reporting these types of details, it would also state whether the girl appeared to have been sexually assaulted or not - I mean it can be pretty easy to work out for a 5 year old. Is it not standard to give that information to the press here?

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Posted in: Little Mermaid See in context

The one in the middle has classic bow-legged stance - I HATE how they stand knock-kneed toes in. Looks like a jockey or the wicked witch of the West. My high school friends told me they stand like that to make the 'gap' between thighs look bigger (ie they think their legs look skinnier and longer....) I just think ick

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Posted in: McCain campaign keeps Palin under wraps See in context

Personally, being educated, I would prefer a leader with more education than myself. But there are a lot of voters out there with (a) less education than either Palin or McCain and (b) a complete disregard for the value of education to go with it. So unfortunately, I don't think the lack of study will affect a large proportion of voters :(

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Posted in: Girls will be boys in AKB48's new drama See in context

yawn its hanazakari no kimitachi e all over again. Time for some originality - almost as bad as gokusen 3!

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Posted in: Daughter of Anna Umemiya debuts as child model See in context

hoving your kid on the stage or sending them to after school from the age of 6 is out of order, but the Japanese don't think about those things.

I thought this sort of thing started in the USA? Anyway, I don't necessarily disapprove - hell if my kid could make money/be successful at 6 why not - its not like a 6 year old has a busy life. What are you depriving them of, exactly? Less time in front of the TV becoming a fat blob, anyway.

I looked at the little girl's photos on that link, she is gonna have a massive eyebrow problem soon those things are like giant caterpillars! Also don't approve of colouring a 6 year old's hair, who needs regrowth at that age...

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Posted in: Volunteers clean up Hokkaido beach See in context

Hah - I'm not Australian either but I live there and maybe not trash on the beaches, but I have found syringes. You choose what is worse. That is really sad about the beaches in Japan. I lived for a year in Shimoda next to Kisami beach - never saw any trash at all although come summer the beach was packed. But maybe the local lifeguards did a clean up job along with saving lives?

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Posted in: Wild monkey continues to elude Tokyo police See in context

You know, I've seen monkeys do far grosser things in public...

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Posted in: Freelance TV presenter Mari Watanabe announces marriage See in context

I love how she was pestered about whether she was pregnant or not. So rude! Who care if she is knocked up, anyway? She's certainly old enough to have a kid.

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Posted in: Woman, 23, held for kicking 1-yr-old daughter to death in Saitama See in context

This freaks me out - I shared the elevator at my apartment block yesterday with a seriously stressed British mother with 2 toddlers and a baby in a pram. She screamed at the boys twice and whacked one of them around the face - in front of me and in the short span of a lift ride. Maybe I should have made more an effort to work out where she was living. 'Cause this is something I can totally see her doing.

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Posted in: Wild monkey continues to elude Tokyo police See in context

This is my favourite line in the whole article:

“Then the monkey urinated to the ground,” said Toyama. “What a troublemaker. We have to catch him as soon as possible.”

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Posted in: Ex-sumo wrestler Wakanoho says he bought cannabis at Roppongi disco See in context

Haha - the biggest pot heads at my uni in NZ were Japanese students. Its not like they would just kick the habit after going back home. Still surprised this is such big news though

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Posted in: Australian school to review ban on cartwheels in playground See in context

Blimmin fun police. I have coached gymnastics for 10 years and you would be amazed, about 90% of kids aged 5-8 have no idea how to do a cartwheel or a handstand. No wonder children are turning into fatties...

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Posted in: SMAP to embark on nationwide tour See in context

! I wanna go. Any chance the tour will still be going mid-November?

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Posted in: Japanese man to become police officer in New Zealand See in context

Hmm having re-read the start of the article I see that he is the 'first' Japanese Police Officer in NZ so I guess that might make it news? Although my friend is a cop and his mum is Japanese. Maybe the 'half-ness' of him means it doesnt count.

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