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Posted in: Hotmail is dead as Outlook.com takes over See in context

MS killed Hotmail many, many years ago. I was a Hotmail user before MS bought it, and afterwards it just went downhill.

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Posted in: 2 girls vandalize junior high school, inspire copycat incident See in context

it's up to parents to teach their children right from wrong, and provide them with adequate discipline and love

This doesn't happen, unfortunately

They need to actually punish kids in this country

Neither will this

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Posted in: Softbank chief defends $20 billion Sprint takeover bid See in context

Softbank has benefited from growing demand at home for Apple’s iPhone and had been the only Japanese mobile operator to offer the smartphone until KDDI

iPhones that they refuse to unlock even after they're fully paid for. Thanks $oftbank!

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Posted in: Mama-friendships can be deceptive See in context

"Mama-friendship"? More like 「井戸端会議」

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Posted in: Why do sports use women as eye candy? See in context

I watch motor sports for the sports, not the girls

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Posted in: Professor says teaching and practice of dentistry in Japan needs radical reforms See in context

When dentists told me "You don't necessarily need to quit smoking. You could just cut down a little" I knew they were full of it. Such pre-1964 thinking is highly irresponsible and dangerous.

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Posted in: Police get tough on cyclists violating traffic laws See in context

What about the rest of the country?

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Posted in: Swiss baby formula 'adulterated by Chinese partner' See in context

Is anything on the level in china?

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Posted in: Google adds street views inside nuclear zone See in context

“We want this Street View imagery to become a permanent record of what happened to Namie-machi in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.”

I also hope it shows the entire world how truly despicable the Japanese government is.

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Posted in: Japan 4th in world liar rankings See in context

Wait a minute .. so the Japanese didn't really think I was good with chopsticks??

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Posted in: Fun facts about pocket tissue ads in Japan See in context

I don't get tissues handed to me often. Those I have gotten in the past were either for contacts or for eikiawa.

Years ago I was given a plastic bag with a thick booklet inside by a smiling young girl. Turned out to be a guide to the city's brothels. Had to quickly find a bicycle basket to throw it into.

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Posted in: Americans gave $712.6 mil to disaster-hit Japan: report See in context

Here's hoping (but not expecting) Japan to use the money for its intended purpose

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Posted in: The best of the best of manga: Shonen Jump’s 20 best sellers of all-time See in context

"City Hunter" was great. Reading it now is like a trip back to The Bubble.

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Posted in: 98 windows smashed, staff room flooded at Odawara school See in context

JHS graduations are coming up soon .. I'll bet it was some kids from the graduating class just trying to cause trouble. I have heard stories of teachers sleeping on school premises the night before graduation to keep kids from trashing the gym overnight.

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Posted in: A Chinese perspective: Some surprising cultural differences upon coming to Japan See in context

It is very much a society in which you reap what you sow: by putting in the effort, you are recognized by those around you, which in turn encourages further individual growth. It is perhaps this social bond of solidarity that helped many a Japanese person overcome the devastation of the most recent great earthquake, where through the help and kindness of those around them many were able to rebuild, to some degree, their previous lives.

The Chinese had this to say about Japan? You cannot be serious.

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Posted in: Why are so many super-rich children so out of it? See in context

What’s the point, when you can look up anything on Google?

I've taught kids who even balk at that, with a "mendokusai"

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Posted in: Japan’s singletons list kinds of people they’d hate to marry See in context

A narcissist. It would be physically draining to be with someone who is always obsessed with how they look.

This entire country is like that

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Posted in: Boeing engineers use potatoes to improve in-air Wi-Fi See in context

Thinking back to some of the flights I've had, I would much rather have sat next to a sack of potatoes.

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Posted in: Heavy snow continues on Sea of Japan coast See in context

Coming from a place that used to be blanketed in snow and now living in a city that barely gets any, I miss it. I wouldn't mind shoveling lots of it: the beer'll taste better at the end of the day.

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Posted in: Japan's seniors work on into retirement See in context

The place where I park my bicycle by the station is staffed by all-elderly gentlemen. I'm often amused and a little saddened that their little "hut" (office) is always full with three or four of them working at a time .. when really there isn't anything to do. Very nice people: they always say "Itterashai" and "Otsukare desu" and bow when I go in and out.

What is there to do when you retire here? If you have the money you travel around, I suppose (there are always bus loads of seniors on tour of someplace.) Or, you ride your bike to the local park and play gate ball every morning with everyone else.

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Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools See in context

What will be done about the parents? Again, nothing.

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Posted in: 27th anniversary of JAL crash marked in Gunma See in context

With a total loss of hydraulic pressure, the captain attempted unsuccessfully to regain control of the aircraft as it descended uncontrollably in a flight condition known as the “Dutch roll.”

The plane entered a "Phugoid Cycle", not a Dutch Roll.

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Posted in: MacArthur's office offers glimpse of history See in context

Is it only going to be open temporarily? I'd love to visit

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Posted in: Japan Inc's ritual hiring past sell-by date See in context

The current heads of Japan’s companies are often criticized for failing to keep pace with fleet-footed foreign rivals, but most are a product of that system and there is nothing to suggest it will change any time soon.

For some reason this reminds me of a company I came across at a job fair years ago in Tokyo. The CEO of this computer company was so proud of his company being international and global and forward-thinking - too bad for him our entire conversation was in Japanese, and all their posters had spelled it GROBAL

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Posted in: Commuters' tolerance tested in face of declining public manners See in context

I've noticed recently that young women have the worst manners: make-up, loud conversations and simply plowing into people instead of looking out.

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Posted in: U.S. launches first global marketing campaign to attract international travelers See in context

My apologies, but I could not help snickering at the first two paragraphs of this article

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Posted in: Man vs shark: Australia's battle for the deep See in context

He likened it to feeding a tourist “Vegemite,” ... , “they screw up (their nose) and spit it out and won’t go near it again.”

Hey hey - I tried Vegemite for the first time a few months ago and loved it

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Posted in: Don't break the bank: Japan's superb cheap eats See in context

¥100 shops sell food

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Posted in: Transsexual Thai air hostesses: gimmick or equality? See in context

If they do their jobs well, then more power to them.

I would guess anyone who's flown domestically in the US within the past 15 years or so might agree.

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Posted in: Power harassment exposes dark side of 'kizuna' See in context

I dunno, the incidents in this article seem to pale in comparison to some of the things I've heard from Japanese friends. Forged hanko, multiple cases of blatant sexual harrassment without termination (by the same person), people having things thrown at them - among others clearly illegal activities.

I sometimes tell the Japanese that they are lucky to be living in "Safety Country"; I know of very few Americans, at least, who will sit back and take abuse. At best, the oppressed will up and walk right out the door, at worst the bullies will find themselves in the middle of "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" the next morning.

I'm not saying it's right, but ...

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