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Posted in: Chasing the cherry blossoms See in context

There is a great book about hitch-hiking through Japan following the cherry blossom front called 'Hokkaido Highway Blues'. Probably one of the funniest and most accurate portrayals of Japan and its people I've read.

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Posted in: Japan offered to hide Bamiyan statues, but Taliban asked Japan to convert to Islam instead See in context

At one point, I expect some irate non-muslim group to get so upset with the religion of peace that they'll blow up the Kaaba. Good on Japan and Sri Lanka for trying to stop this destruction, but why was the rest of the world not made aware of the Bamiyan sculptures' impending doom at the time?

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Posted in: Would you be willing to pay for access to newspapers' online content? See in context

No, but people should pay to make comments.

And if it is a pay version, I expect a reduction in fees for every ad I see.

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Posted in: Which side do you think looks more in the wrong following Wednesday's clash between Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers? See in context

The problem isn't who is at fault here.

The captain or the person who was commanding the Shonan Maru should be arrested and tried... but not for ramming the boat.

Ignoring a distress signal from any boat, ship or watercraft is a serious crime in all navigation and marine laws, including international waters. When the Shonan Maru took off after the collision, leaving the Sea Shepherd to rescue the AG's crew (whose lives were in immediate danger) they committed a crime worse than the collision.

A korean piloting a tanker faced 10 years for accidentally ramming a smaller fishing craft and ignoring the Mayday signals in 2007. However, he was granted bail and fled Australia where it happened.

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Posted in: Can anyone suggest a solution to the U.S. bases issue in Okinawa? See in context

ronaldk: I agree with you. Nothing will happen quickly. It will be years and years before change happens. People need drama in their lives, this situation might as well be it for the Okinawans.

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Posted in: Ichihashi transferred See in context

They reason they hide the handcuffs is that in some cases where guilt or innocence is unsure, the act of being photographed in handcuffs is a sign of guilt, and the defending lawyer uses it to throw out the case. Leads me to think that anyone in a media frenzy case like this one could throw the case or at least add a lot of drama to it by pulling their hands out of the jacket or pouch the police hide the cuffs in. If he's starving himself, as soon as he's unable to stand, he'll be transferred to a hospital and put on an IV drip. Hopefully the police will be clever enough to handcuff him to the bed.

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Posted in: Internet set for change with non-English addresses See in context

Bad news because the 'world wide web' becomes the 'country wide web' for many sites. Korean sites only accessible (through direct input) by people who can type in korean; same goes for Japanese sites, etc.

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Posted in: Shirakawa-koen: A work of art See in context

Expressionist Movements in Japan: The exhibition design didn't originate from the Shirakawa-koen museum, it is a touring exhibition stopping at several Japanese museums, including Hyogo, Tokyo, Tochigi and Nagoya.

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Posted in: Taiji sets dolphins free following int'l outcry over 'The Cove' See in context

I wonder how much of this comes as a result of the impending olympic city decision.

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Posted in: 2016 Olympic bid cities await IOC evaluation report See in context

From the perspective of what happened in the world cup, I don't believe that Tokyo deserves the Olympics. The Games are a time for the world to gather and watch the best athletes in the world compete with eachother. The Games are NOT a time for Japan to gather and watch the best athletes competing, while broadcasting the games to less than welcome foreigners.

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Posted in: Campaigning See in context

Am I the only one who thinks that that claw-like hand seems a bit 'groper'-ish?

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Posted in: Don't try filming at Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Wow, Jesse writes an article for metropolis in hopes of promoting his production company and instead gets ripped to shreds by the people here. I filmed a short visual documentary last year at Yasukuni on the 15th of August, but I didn't bring a boom mic with a 'fuzzy thing': just a handicam and small tripod were good enough to capture the scene without attracting too much attention. Why would someone filming non actors in a documentary film shout 'action'?

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Posted in: Yakitori See in context

I believe that officially, the tables are on the street and the restaurant can't put tables down and look too official. Also, the beer crates have a certain natsukashii effect.

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Posted in: Uranium gives North Korea second way to make bombs See in context

Why didn't they start with uranium enrichment instead of the more difficult method of creating atomic weapons? It would have made sense. Oh wait, the whole country makes no sense.

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Posted in: Cleanup See in context

Does this mean that all the naggers in the area will have to go nag elsewhere? I think we are all forgetting that the naggers also include the Chinese massage ladies.

I have learned that if you're on a mamachari in Roppongi, you are pretty much invisible to everyone.

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Posted in: Child abductions, but not by North Koreans See in context

This issue is one of the big ones holding me back from getting married to a Japanese. Do foreigners have more rights if the children were born overseas and have foreign passports?

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Posted in: Proposed resident registry card for foreigners creates Big Brother concerns See in context

I'm tired of being a visual minority. Some people thrive on it, but at the end of the day, it isn't the sort of positive attention that the revelers think they are getting. I'm packing up my 5 year stay in 1 year, nearly to the day.

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Posted in: Google to reshoot street views of Japanese cities See in context

I'm very tall, and can see over a lot of the fences in residential neighborhoods. Should there be some 'Prevention of tall people walking in residential neighborhoods' act?

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Posted in: Environmental alarms raised over home electronics See in context

Aren't new TVs and other electronics using less power than previous models? Or is the real problem related to overpopulation of humans buying stuff?

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Posted in: Nanking Massacre movie has strong opening in China See in context

Coming from China, land without copyright laws, it is a wonder that it isn't on the torrent seeders yet???

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Posted in: Yogi love warrior celebrates love, life and destiny See in context

I read the website as Yogi Carts.com . Anyone else?

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Posted in: Nightscape See in context

The photograph was taken using high dynamic range and photostitching in Photoshop. It is actually three pictures, (one normal, one underexposed and one overexposed) all put together to create one image. If you like the style, check out HDR on the web.

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Posted in: A missile shot for Iran See in context

Sorry, I didn't mean 'war on terror', I meant 'war for terror'.

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Posted in: A missile shot for Iran See in context

Jean Colmar: You are right: just like after 9-11 when america was trying to connect Iraq with Afghanistan for the war on terror.

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Posted in: Critics say Japan overreacting to N Korea rocket launch See in context

I especially enjoy how the media likes to use both missile and rocket when referring to the equipment which NK is launching. They're firing a rocket to send something into space; it isn't loaded with explosives or a nuclear weapon. China, Japan, Europe, Russia, India and America all launch rockets into space on a regular basis. Should we be preventing another nation from doing so?

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Posted in: The power of rumors See in context

adm kenshin: You are almost entirely correct in your statements.

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Posted in: The power of rumors See in context

And I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the 'activists' at 2chan decide to go after Terrie Lloyd now that this article has been published. Their version of freedom of speech is sadly a one way street.

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Posted in: The power of rumors See in context

2chan was the reason why the daily wai wai was shut down. Most of the threats on the site are nothing but threats and the people who post don't have the confidence to lose their anonymity in real life. Just like 4chan, posting threats in 2chan is like pissing in an ocean of piss. 2chan's collective intelligence is comparable to that of youtube commenters. That said, I don't believe that 2chan should be shut down because if you give people freedom of speech, you are giving them the freedom to say things that you might not like. Removing their voice is a slippery slope into large scale censorship.

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Posted in: More Japanese shunning the outside world See in context

English is the language of the seas: Ships communicate with eachother in English. English is the language of Air traffic controllers and Pilots all over the world (except for Quebec). The Alternative major languages in the world are as follows: Spanish, Chinese, Russian.

I would expect that if you go to ANY country in the world and need assistance (at a hospital or police station) at least one of the people working there would speak either English, Chinese, Russian or Spanish. The only exceptions in the entire world are North Korea and Japan.

That said, I don't believe that the government of Japan actually WANTS people to learn to speak English. English speaking Japanese people can: see the world, develop a more open mind, and vote for the opposition party. So if you were in control and knew that by teaching English better, you would lose control, would you?

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Posted in: What do you think about the 'Buy American' provision in the economic stimulus bill being debated in the U.S. Congress? See in context

The Buy American campaign a few decades ago is what made the American car companies what they are today. The makers just expected the people to buy, no matter the quality or price.

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