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Posted in: Body identified as 13-year-old girl; male classmate missing See in context

I wouldn't let my girlfriend go out after 9pm let alone my children

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Posted in: Consumer Affairs Agency urges people not to walk on escalators See in context

If you don't walk when on the right side of escalators in Tokyo you get abused by the people behind you.

Understand why it's dangerous etc but is impossible to change this habit unless you staff an employee at the start of every escalator.

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Posted in: Anti-racism protesters, nationalists clash in Australia See in context

Winners of "wars" get to rewrite history and say what is what. Losers of war have to quietly accept it.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to war. Nearly every religion or nationality has done something considered to be 'wrong'.

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Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late See in context

The teacher should have done it with them to cover his ass

Seiza is a type of sitting in schools and is not seen as corporal punishment but dogeza is.

As long as it is just kneeling and not on your hands and knees, it's a good way to meditate and reflect on your decisions.

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Posted in: Woman killed in bullet train fire suicide was on peace pilgrimage See in context

where acts of public violence are extremely rare


Reporting of public violence has increased dramatically these past years

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Posted in: Driver killed after truck plunges from bridge in Hakone See in context

What is also being reported in the news is that over 10,000 fish in the river/stream that the truck fell near have or will die as a result of the spilt chemicals.

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Posted in: No trash See in context

What are the homeless people going to do now for used newspapers and cans??

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Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s See in context

Actually, I agree with the teacher not having her priorities straight. As a homeroom teacher, you have MASSIVE responsibilities. If she wasnt a homeroom teacher, then there would be no problem at all for her to attend her sons ceremony, but a homeroom teacher must attend her classes ceremony if she is physically able too.

I feel for her though if she didnt want to be a homeroom teacher and was ordered to. If that was the case, then she is obviously making a statement to the school saying she doesnt want to be a homeroom teacher.

People forget that this responsibility is usually a 3 year stint, 3 years with the same kids, hence the enormous responsibility.

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Posted in: A taste of whale See in context

Photo taken an hour after being served

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Posted in: Drunk police officer arrested for intruding in store See in context

Not really. Police work over 24 hour shifts, usually closer to 30. As they start early in the morning, that would put the end of their shift sometime early afternoon. Having a few drinks after a long shift is understandable.

having a few drinks at 4:30 is understandable

being drunk isnt

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Posted in: Man wielding an umbrella attempts to rob Urawa ward office See in context

Wielding an umbrella?

Really? Wielding????

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Posted in: Drunk police officer arrested for intruding in store See in context

Drunk at 4:30pm

nuff said

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Posted in: N Korea test-fires 30 missiles into sea See in context

Something internal

Nope, this is the usual routine for them

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Posted in: Aichi city plans to block children using smartphones after 9 p.m. See in context


While the intentions are good....

You can not enforce it Kids dont need em in the first place While this advice is admiral, parents these days need a lot more advice on parenting

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Posted in: N Korea test-fires 30 missiles into sea See in context

Still, something must be bothering the DPRK...

The latest missile tests came as South Korea and Japan said Friday that their leaders will hold a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama next week, in a breakthrough after Washington urged the pair to mend badly strained ties.

Did you even bother reading the article?

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Posted in: N Korea test-fires 30 missiles into sea See in context

Im guessing the first 29 failed

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Posted in: Failed Mt Gox exchange finds 200,000 bitcoins in old wallet See in context

There is a whole lot more to this story that we don't know yet

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Posted in: 7 hilarious Japan moments in 'South Park' See in context

One of the creators was a NOVA teacher in Japan, hence the frequent quips about Japan.

It is because his wife is Japanese

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Posted in: Thousands protest in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary See in context

Sometimes people have an opinion, but they don't share it. At least not with strangers. Doesn't mean they don't think about things or that they don't care. They just want to be non-confrontational. And they want more information before taking a strong position.

That said, I do wish people spent more time thinking and talking about the issues around these serious issues and less time on Pop culture, Sports, Food, etc.. I won't begrudge anyone their R&R though.

Well said, I can totally understand that opinion and helps me to try and think of some strangers in a more positive light. Sometimes I like it when this society is non-confrontational, but then sometimes it drives me up the wall :/

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Posted in: Thousands protest in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary See in context

The problem is that the fear mongers are upset because most of the population doesn't swallow their attempts to spread their fear, uncertainty and doubt. And of course it can't be because they are wrong. So they have convinced themselves that it is everyone else that is wrong.

I agree the fear mongers are nothing but a nuisance to this cause, and dont help at all. That is why I only post facts about this disaster, and things I have witnessed with my own two eyes. The bigger problem though in my hand is how the rest of Japan has nearly completely ignored Fukushima. I ask teachers, taxi drivers etc around Kyushu, Tokyo and Yokohama what their opinion is of Fukushima and they have none, they just dont care, because they believe it is Fukushimas problem, and not theirs. BUT, for the people of tokyo, the company responsible for this mess is the one who supplies them power, so it is THEIR problem.

And whose taxes will be paying for the clean up, for the future health care, for everything? The whole nations taxes will be.

Of course it is an issue for Fukushima. But when discussing the NATIONAL policy of whether to restart nuclear plants it is a NATIONAL issue and the local residents of Fukushima have no more say than any other resident of Japan.

I agree that everyones voice is equal, so why should those people voice their opinion? They have seen first hand how nuclear reactors can destroy lives.

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Posted in: Thyroid examination See in context

As a resident of Koriyama, I know the levels vary quite extraordinarily depending on where you live. Some parks have crazy high levels, while other areas are quite low. It is the randomness of these levels that are the scariest thing.

The government has set up radiation reader booths in front of every school I believe, but the dodgy thing is that they decontaminate only around that machine, and the levels rise up again only 10-20 metres away.

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Posted in: Thousands protest in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary See in context

And what percentage of the whole population are you talking about, since nuclera power and plant restart is a national issue not a Fukushima issue

The problem is that the rest of the country does not care anymore about what is happening in Fukushima since they think the radiation is not directly affecting them. Majority of people are just concerned here with raising living costs.

So this is both a national issue AND a Fukushima issue.

You try telling the local residents of Fukushima that it is not their issue

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Posted in: Thousands protest in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary See in context

There was a story related to this on Australias 60 minutes program today at 7:30 pm. Here is a link to it, http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/videoindex.aspx

Title is "The Ghost Cities of Fukushima"

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Posted in: Japan's embrace of Russia under threat with Ukraine crisis See in context

It is a big pain in the back for the Japanese government

What a shame they are talking about their own economic greed here, and not for the welfare of the Ukrainian people....pathetic

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Posted in: Japan's plutonium stocks no reason for concern: IAEA chief See in context

Japan had balked

I am interested to know why Japan had 'balked' ????

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Posted in: 28 killed, 113 in mass stabbing at train station in China See in context

The truly astonishing part of this is that some 28 victims were killed and 113 were injured by a group that did not use firearms, bombs, chemicals or any modern weapons to accomplish this.

If they had firearms, the death toll would unquestionably be higher.

Back on topic,

RIP to all the victims and their families....

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Posted in: Tokyo fair showcases latest sex aids See in context

Perfect for:

spicing up things in a long relationship, good to use it now and then, but not rely on it geeks/nerds who cant pick up, Id rather them use these toys instead of groping on trains the society in general, way too shy, hopefully people will open up a bit more

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Posted in: Hundreds protest dropped charges over Fukushima crisis See in context

and there was nothing wrong with their post-quake response

Oh, so lying thru your a$$ is totally fine now? Sweet

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Posted in: Police caution 158 minors for using Internet to solicit dates, sell underwear See in context

Ive read way too many stories about police on here that I just could not trust them with this job......I wonder how many have not actually told them it was wrong....

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Posted in: Japanese man gets hit with massive bill for Y1 mil after iPhone stolen in Spain See in context

A quick Google search will show you that there are an incredibly large number of ways you can break or bypass a pass code, it's fairly common knowledge lol

No, it is not fairly common knowledge. If I asked 100 of my friends, maybe 2 or 3 would know how to do it.

Sure, if everyone did a quick search, they might be able to do it, but it is NOT common knowledge.

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