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Posted in: 'My Number' system: A worrying glimpse of the future See in context

There is nothing in initial announcements that links this number to medical (apart from your health insurance), automobile registration, visa or passports. Instead, there was a bill passed a couple of weeks ago that will link things to your bank account. However, none of these links are there yet. Starting Jan 2016 the only thing the number links to is your tax and your employment insurance.

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Posted in: Typhoon Etau slams into Japanese mainland See in context

Such a bunch of exageration. The typhoon came up Chita Peninsula where I live. I drove to work getting onto the highway at 9:55am (5 mins before it hit land supposedly). The highway was open, trains were running, and it wasn't even raining. Yes, there was a good amount of rain during the night, but this is over-reported and over-exagerated.

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Posted in: Japan's shinkansen best in world at safety, punctuality, tech, but not marketing See in context

Japan chooses to run its train systems differently to the rest of the world, and they therefore don't align to international standards. One big reason why they don't win business abroad. Japan also shuts out foreign train manufacturers and suppliers from its domestic markets by claiming safety issues and not aligning with their standards...... This is done on purpose, because they know that if they aligned with international standards they would be unable to compete with their horribly high cost base.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution See in context

Outright stupidity. Putting aside being for or against whaling, what does Japan gain from doing this politically? Nothing. It undoes all the other good stuff they do. Whale meat and the eating of it is no longer customary nor is it part of "Japanese culture". 99.9% of the population couldn't care less if there was no whale meat around. That is all BS. It matters to an incredibily minute proportion of the population in Japan, but damages Japan's standing politically by a huge amount. Continuing in this vain is stupid. It does nothing to help Japan, and instead damages the Japanese economy in complete ignorance and disrespect to international Japanese business people, who are working their butts off to keep Japan on the map.

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Posted in: Muslims seek change in way Hollywood movies portray them See in context

I'm with you Mikehuntez. How about Muslim society getting out there to hunt down the bad in their society, and show the world that they are worth believing? I say the better image starts with "good Muslims" saving the rest of the world from the terror their bad brothers are causing. Changing the angle on Hollywood movies doesn't touch the reality of the situation.

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Posted in: 77-year-old woman dies after being dragged 6 kilometers in Niigata See in context

That is an awful thing to happen to anyone. However, as per miamum, I agree that what is also stupid that you can be charged with murder for hitting somebody that jumps out in front of your car.

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Posted in: Things Japanese girls do that make guys go, 'Huh?' See in context

4,5,7,8 are attributes of my wife. I am sure there is a list for foreign guys of which I fulfil 5 out of 10.

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Posted in: 10 ways to stop being an annoying airline passenger See in context

The author touches on everything that annoys me on every flight I have ever been on. If you don't agree, you are selfish flyer, and the reason why the rest of us get upset. Oh and MrDog, do you really think a whole plane load of mobile phones and other computer devices would not interfere with plane communications if allowed. Maybe you should stop thinking just about yourself.

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Posted in: Do you believe that Al-Qaida was responsible for the events of 9/11 See in context

We are mad they say; those of us who find it hard to believe. Well, I find the magic bullet difficult to comprehend. This has amazing contrast to the felling of 3 WTC buildings on the same day, with almost uncanny precision, straight to the ground just like a demolition site, when only 2 buildings were hit way up high. Nothing anywhere in this discussion has made what happened believable. You can give technical explanations through someone's reports, but in the end the probability of this happening 3 times on one day in almost identical fashion just is far to uncanny. Somebody provided info and photos on the Pentagon crash. I looked at it objectively, and I see no more need to question what happened. Someone answered my doubts. Nobody has convincingly done that for the WTC. That is all most of us want. A believable explanation.

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Posted in: Do you believe that Al-Qaida was responsible for the events of 9/11 See in context

I have a question that has never been answered. There was a plane that supposedly crashed into the Pentagon. However, the only photographs available show a hole in a building with no plane to be seen (and planes have wings that would make it impossible to make a nice round hole in a building). So where did the plane go?

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Posted in: What do you think of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's decision to kick SDP leader Mizuho Fukushima out of the cabinet because she disagreed with his plan to relocate the U.S. Marine base at Futenma wit See in context

Did the cabinet get together and make a decision? Or did Hatoyama make the decision and then ask for support. How does Hatoyama expect his cabinet to suppport his actions if he doesn't have their buy in BEFORE announcing a decision? The cabinet needed to thrash this out a long time ago. Hatoyama has now made a dick of himself by having to remove someone as he failed to get their buy in. What happens when the next issue comes up and the same has to be done? He fires the next person who doesn't buy in? This is the basics of working with a team of people. Do you really think it is Japan's interests to continue with this puppet of a leader?

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Posted in: Dad who tried to take kids from Japan sues Tennessee judge See in context

"Yr sanma story is just another example of just how cold too many Japanese are, the sad thing here is many J-dads seem to quite easily opt out of their kids lives, classic example was koizumi/PMinister."

This is not the coldness of Japanese people. It is the result of the system that does not properly deal with these issues, mental and physical disabilities and much more. The system is backward. J Dads are like any Dads anywhere in the world. In the Japanese "system", J Dads, due to the system, sacrifice being with their children to provide for their children. It is culturally different to the west, but it should be understood. They are not cold, the system makes them cold.

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