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Posted in: Jury member loses cool in Miyagi high school girl rape case See in context

Gimme a break. I pray I'm never brought before a jury in this country.

This juror should be given the flick.

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Posted in: Erika Sawajiri gives up studying for Spanish nightlife See in context

It will be interesting to see how long it does take her to get bored.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands cheer emperor's 20th year on throne See in context

Japan was built on the lives sacrificed in the past? The emperor himself has a slightly twisted view of history too it seems. Japan's enormous death toll was due to its own fanatical war-mongering. It was the efforts of those who rebuilt from the ashes that gave rise to "modern" Japan.

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Posted in: Veteran tour escort relates travelers' lack of decorum See in context

yeah, makeup, spare hair-pins and so on

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Posted in: Policeman fires two shots during brawl with foreigners in Mie See in context

what difference does it make what their nationality is. Are they subject to different laws or something???? NO!

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Posted in: Japan catches 59 whales off Kushiro See in context

A few years ago Japan admitted exceeding their bluefin tuna catch quota by 120,000 tonnes, though experts suggest it was a lot more. So one whale under the limit? I7d call that a slap in the face.

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Posted in: Pregnant actress Megumi Okina to marry 'ordinary' businessman See in context

She was previously married to a charismatic president!

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Posted in: Pregnant actress Megumi Okina to marry 'ordinary' businessman See in context

I guess the subtext really is simply: Famous woman marries someone she likes.

I mean, it could be that. I may well be wrong.

By why would you marry someone ordinary unless you actually liked them?

Think about it. Till next time.

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Posted in: Doctor apologizes for saying people should smoke themselves to death See in context

Is this really the fault of the doctor? Or is it just a beat-up?

I can easily imagine this being said in a light-hearted/ironic/sarcastic way as a throwaway line.

DO people really believe this guy thinks we should try to reduce life-expectancy in Japan?

Come on! Light(en) up!

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Posted in: Pregnant actress Megumi Okina to marry 'ordinary' businessman See in context

What a headline !

This country is so full of surprises!

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Posted in: Teacher forces female student to wear maid's costume in Akita See in context

It most definately IS a firing offence.

What else does this jerk get up to in his professional duties is the question you have to ask.

He has been caught out as a person UNFIT in the role of teacher.

And quite frankly no, I don't think it would be that hard to replace him.

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Posted in: Ai Tominaga denies tabloid report on her 'divorce' See in context

OK, back to bending over in a bunny suit....Umm. I wonder what it was about the bunny suit that made him angry. More infor please JT.

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Posted in: TBS turns viewers off with its topless T-shirt project See in context

The T-shirt is no different to any other inane English T shirts you see. There is ZERO reference to the charity target on the shirt and why the hell wasn't the text written in Japanese?

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Posted in: TBS turns viewers off with its topless T-shirt project See in context

The message: "We care so much about poverty that we can only raise money if we get a topless celebrity in return".

Pathetic

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Posted in: Some teed off by Japanese media swarming over Ishikawa See in context

I agree with his Mum. His future wife should definately be older than him and be bilingual too. Now WTF is this "news" story about?

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Posted in: Boycott of violent Japanese video game urged in U.S. See in context

Shame on the US. Shame!

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Posted in: Maki Horikita to play homeless girl in Fuji's new drama See in context

Her shoelaces are undone. That is sending a dangerous message to the young people.

It also appears her character is based on someone from a Dicken's novel. Has she been working in a coal-mine or something?

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Posted in: Yakuza eligible for gov't Y12,000 handout See in context

Hey, if he's a criminal, or a member of an "illegal syndicate", they can just arrest him when he goes to pick up his check.

This kind of issue reminds me of the whole whaling for research issue.

The Japanese tie themselves in knots because...well...because they're Japanese.

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Posted in: Sexy female reporters mobilized to cover L&G chairman See in context

So what, we can conclude that the value of interviewing this guy is less than ¥10,000 ? probably appropriate.

Weird

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing rice ball after taking part in ramen contest in Yamagata See in context

A pittance, compared with what involving the police and all the attendant paperwork and legal gyrations will cost.>

Which just goes to show that crime doesn't pay.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing rice ball after taking part in ramen contest in Yamagata See in context

What was the estimated value of the rice ball?

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Posted in: Australian wildfire suspect named as toll hits 189 See in context

I think the judge is right in a way. Better to have the identity released formally rather than have rumours and inuendo floating about. The reason he lifted the suppression was that his identity had already been leaked.

I agree mrsynik. The guy has questions to answer, and the lynchmob are wrong in seeking vengence before justice.

It's understandable that people get caught up in the emotions, but it's also easy to imagine that those most vocal in calling for his torture etc probably haven't suffered any personal loss at all - just bogans.

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Posted in: No charges will be filed against Michael Phelps See in context

I wonder if he was read his rights and questioned about it!

He might have admitted to the offense!

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Posted in: Nuclear warships in Japan touch a nerve See in context

Yes, Sicilian, especially those Nuclear power plants build right on top of major geological faults! Disaster waiting to happen.

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Posted in: Australian police questioning two arson suspects See in context

I think you've answered your own question : "Crazy".

But then again - could've been kids not knowing what they were getting into. When I was a kid, me and a mate were setting fire to grass tussocks for fun and found ourselves battling to contain a grass fire that threatened to hit the bush. Then there's that Michelle Shocked song. By the way, we did contain the fire in the end!

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Posted in: Megumi Yasu serves as poster girl for female firefighter recruitment drive See in context

It says a lot about the Japanese male psyche that they might be more drawn to a lego-land figure than to the macho image of doing battle with the elements to save property, life and limb. Yeah, I know - we don't need another hero. And BTW I have worked with many a female fire-fighter and let me assure readers that (ready for the cringe?) they can do just as good a job as any bloke!

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Posted in: Megumi Yasu serves as poster girl for female firefighter recruitment drive See in context

They look like lego characters. I wonder if they are getting some royalties for that...

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Posted in: Somali pirates make off with $3.2 million ransom See in context

Why shouldn't pirates steal a bit of oil money ? Everyone else does. Especially in Africa.

Good luck to them. It looks like a much cleaner enterprise than other oil prospection operations.

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Posted in: Ai Iijima died of pneumonia; no foul play, say police See in context

Nice one usaexpat.

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Posted in: Japan rejects IWC proposal to halt research whaling See in context

The pragmatic move idea is a good one.

Another option might be for every nation to take up whaling and thereby

a) Forcing the national quotas down to about 10 whales per nation

b) Removing the "let's preserve the unique japanese traditions"/ don't tell us what we can't do incentive.

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