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Posted in: Barrage of complaints force Miss Universe Japan to change costume design for finals See in context

this is the kind of thing you see on the train every weekend night.

Not around here in Akita-ken

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Posted in: Obama, Gates, policeman pledge to try and move on See in context

It was a good move. Obama is a skilled leader.

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Posted in: Man arrested for refusing to pay taxi fare from Kyoto to Tokyo police HQ See in context

Only seven man yen? It would almost be cheaper to take a taxi for three than take the 'shink'.

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Posted in: U.S. sailor gets life in prison for killing Japanese taxi driver See in context

The man was judged by the laws of the country as he should have been.

Extra-territoriality is a thing of the past.

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Posted in: Deal with conservatives sets up U.S. health care vote See in context

Nice to see that America may get proper healthcare at last.

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Posted in: 'West Side Story' rolls into Tokyo See in context

Gosh! About 49 years too late! I think I saw it on stage in London in 1961!

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Posted in: Teacher gets pay cut for putting chalk in yawning student’s mouth See in context

I can think of better uses for a stick of chalk.

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Posted in: Police sergeant arrested on suspicion of filming up-skirt videos See in context

let's hope they make an example of him. Lfie sentence with no hope of parole (at least!)

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Posted in: Angry cross-dressing man arrested for stripping at intersection See in context

Maybe the LDP can ask the guy to stand as a candidate. he might get a few votes.

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Posted in: U.S. image abroad surges under Obama, poll shows See in context

I'm sure socialists everywhere support Obama

You may not have heard but actually France and Germany both have Conservative administrations. I guess folks like may Obama simply because he's a talented leader.

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Posted in: U.S. image abroad surges under Obama, poll shows See in context

The image of the United States has improved markedly in most parts of the world

It could hardly have gotten any worse

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Posted in: LDP warns voters against change in Aug 30 election See in context

the lawmakers acknowledged that the Liberal Democrats have squandered their public support, and must make a new start.

Absolutely correct. So they must. During the long spell they will now have in opposition.

By the way. Shouldn't you be referring to these people as 'former lawmakers' now, or 'candidates'? Now that the Diet has risen they are no longer in a law-making role and once the voters are done many will no longer have a career in politics.

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Posted in: Calls grow for probe of CIA plan for al-Qaida hits See in context

Let's hope that the wrongdoers here are exposed and severely punished for their deceit.

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Posted in: Young workers push employers for wider web access See in context

They’re also less likely to fit the traditional 9-to-5 work mode

Not sure that there is much 'traditional' about that 'mode' here in Japan!

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Posted in: Finnair launches A330 service on Osaka route See in context

B777. The dodgy Boeing version of the A330

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Posted in: British PM defends Afghan mission See in context

Britain will be out of Afghanistan in twelve months.

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Posted in: Pushy French are world's worst tourists; Japanese are top: study See in context

Ce n'est pas vrais mon ami!

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Posted in: 2 girls riding a bike hit by car in Chiba; one dies See in context


No matter what the kids were or weren't doing, it's still the driver's responsibility, legally

Actually this is untrue, even in Japan. There are limits to the assumption of strict liability.

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Posted in: The secret to good sex after 45: Bring the brain into play See in context

yes, sex goes on after 45

And after 65 too.

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Posted in: Asia Olympic Council backs Tokyo's 2016 bid See in context

“Asia will always support any city from Asia”

What an amazingly dumb thing to say. Blows apart any pretense of impartiality and ensures that everyone else will vote for the local candidate too. That should clinch it for Brazil.

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Posted in: Taking the heat off fried foods See in context

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to enjoy these fried treats without continually having to worry about the possible dangers to one’s health?

There is such a way. You just ignore them.

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Posted in: Researchers are always arguing over disaster prevention when it comes to evacuating buildings. See in context

I guess it all depends where you are

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Posted in: Agency slaps Citibank Japan with sales suspension See in context


Also online english service is not really something japanese need in a japanese speaking country.

it is something non-Japanese customers who need to access their accounts from computers with non-Japanese keyboards appreciate though.

Thank you Citibank for having the imagination to provide a service for ALL your customers.

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Posted in: Agency slaps Citibank Japan with sales suspension See in context

Basically the Japanese don't like foreign competition working in Japan.

Citibank offer a much more user friendly banking service to me than my local Japanese bank does. Also an on-line service that is actually available in English.

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Posted in: Anyone for vodka cola? See in context

Clearly positioned in the 'alco-pops' sector to get young people drinking early.

A disgraceful piece of marketing.

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Posted in: How do you feel about the call by some World War II POWs for Prime Minister Taro Aso to apologize and offer reparation over their wartime forced labor at a coalmine owned by his father? See in context

Even Aso, who I would blame for a lot, can't help his family background.

It might help to treat the issue with some sensitivity though.

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Posted in: Hung jury See in context

If all Japan's executions were carried out in public in Ueno Park and put on TV I don't think that 80% would remain in favour for very long.

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Posted in: Iran declares win for Ahmadinejad in disputed vote See in context

A few 'hanging chads' there it seems.

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Posted in: WHO raises new-flu alert to highest level, declares global pandemic See in context

As long as the govt doesnt freak out in Japan and elsewhere all will be well.

I predict that as soon as the election is called the LDP will have the little men in masks and white suits boarding inbound aircraft at Narita again.

Why have a circus when you can have politicians?

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Posted in: Woman falls to death from 2,400-meter mountain ridge See in context

Not to be morbid, but I wonder how long it would take to fall 2,400m.

based on g=9.8 m/s2 about 22 seconds in a vaccuum but I doubt you would make faster than 50 metres per second in the lower atmostphere so around 40 seconds I would guess

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