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Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary See in context

Kids today the world over have been pampered and sheltered from reality. They walk around with their noses stuck in Ipods and cellphones.

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Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs? See in context

Simple, if you know your history and the events preciding and post Atomic bomb then the answer is clear.

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Posted in: What can be done to stamp out bullying at schools? See in context

Get the teachers out of the staff room and into the classroom/ patroling hallways during breaks. Get the parents involved before it becomes an issue. Educate students/parents./schools/public on bullying. Stricter punishment for offenders.

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Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination? See in context

Japan is a great place to visit once, Like any other Island unless you fall in love with what it uniquely has to offer, the world has many more options to chose from. I don't know anyone who vacations in the same place year after year, but to each his own.

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Posted in: Train service See in context

While I appreciate the efficiency and thoroughness of the cleaners, the bow is unnecessary.

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Posted in: Kyoto man arrested after calling victim to apologize for assault See in context

Eisuke Himoto winner of the Darwin award...twice.

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Posted in: If any one TPP member country is allowed to claim exceptions for perceived sensitive products then other TPP partners will inevitably demand the right to do the same. See in context

The theory is sound, but what actually happens behind closed doors negotiations is another issue.

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Posted in: Do you think nuclear power should be an issue in the Tokyo gubernatorial election on Sunday? See in context

No. the government needs to review / implement new / stricter safety standards and better employee training at Nuclear power sites. Simultaneously, the govt needs to actively pursue new, safer and cheaper means of providing electricity to consumers.

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Posted in: Earplugs cut 90% of the buzz around you but let you hear necessary sounds See in context

Cheaper to develop Selective auditory attention skills.

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Posted in: Electric blankets no help for good night's sleep in winter See in context

Sleeping with the heat on / electric blanket is a waste. Wear heat tech long johns under your pajamas, pile blankets on your futon and use a " 湯たんぽ " (hot water bottle).

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Posted in: Mt Fuji eruption expected to cause 750,000 refugees See in context

Living in a country that is on the ring of fire and is subject to typhoons every season, it should not come as a surprise to anyone when a disaster happens. I am most dissappointed in the fact that the J-govt consistenly drags it feet , apologizes for late response, and tries to save-face when these things occur.

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Posted in: In general, what do you think of Japanese police? What are their strengths and weaknesses? See in context

Strengths- keeping seats warm. Weakness- anything that requires brain power.

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Posted in: Mitsuhiro Mori shows amazing 'hand flute' skills See in context

Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame.

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Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever? See in context

All fashion items created after the 1950s.

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Posted in: Are there any customs that, for you, are sadly no longer a part of lifestyles today? See in context

Basic manners. People used to have social skills before the advent of cellphones, comptuers..etc. Also, people are always in such a hurry nowadays, you have to be on your toes not to get knocked over by some rude person at the train station rushing to get where they are going or so busy gawking at their mobile device they aren't paying attention to anything else.

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for getting Abe's name wrong during his visit to Fukushima See in context

"I don't think this is an issue. Kanji is not like spelling. It is much more complex and difficult to master. Japanese is the most difficult language on the planet, and there are bound to be occasional mistakes."

Funny, it took me all of 10 seconds to find his name in Kanji on multiple websites online.

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Posted in: Tomoko Nakajima becomes porn video director See in context

Good luck.

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Posted in: Japan wants certain products, such as rice, exempt from tariffs, if it joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact. Do you think this is a reasonable request? See in context

Give people the choice to decide what brand/kind of rice to buy. There will always be Japanese who will buy only Japanese rice.

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Posted in: Would you support a U.S. military strike on Syria? See in context

****No to Syria, and any further support of any kind to foreign nations!

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Posted in: U.S. casts action in Syria as moral imperative but sets no timetable See in context

Also, stop bringing up the constitution constantly. If you go by that, then that would also mean that Blacks are 3/5 of a person, then you surely would HAVE to agree with that.

The counting of slaves as “three-fifths” of a person was for representation purposes. The fewer slaves counted the fewer number of representatives. “It had NOTHING to do with the worth of a person and EVERYTHING to do with diminishing the power of” the pro-slavery Southern states.

It is an interpretation of the law and laws are subject to change or can be modified depending on the circumstance of the situation or crisis.- The sontitution can be changed. However politicians to often change or modify laws when it is in their best intrests not Americas.

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Posted in: U.S. casts action in Syria as moral imperative but sets no timetable See in context

"The President is the military's commander-in-chief; however Article One gives Congress and not the President the exclusive right to declare war. Presidents have often deployed troops with Congressional authorization, but without an explicit declaration of war. According to historian Thomas Woods, "Ever since the Korean War, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution — which refers to the president as the 'Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States' — has been interpreted to mean that the president may act with an essentially free hand in foreign affairs, or at the very least that he may send men into battle without consulting Congress."[4] Since World War II, every major military action has been technically a U.S. military operation or a U.N. "police action", which are deemed legally legitimate by Congress, and various United Nations Resolutions because of decisions such as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution or the Authorization for Use of Force."-

When you grant one single branch this kind of power. this is the first step towards an authoritarian government. The system of checks and balance was set in place for a reason. He is commander-in-chief, that does not mean he is free to by-pass congress to send soldiers into a conflict/war unless the United States is under imminent attack. The American people should be raising holy hell about this!

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Posted in: U.S. casts action in Syria as moral imperative but sets no timetable See in context

The U.S. needs to abide by it's constitution. -

Under the United States Constitution, war powers are divided. Congress has the power to declare war, raise and support the armed forces, control the war funding (Article I, Section 8), and has "Power … to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution … all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof", while the President is commander-in-chief of the military (Article II, Section 2). It is generally agreed that the commander-in-chief role gives the President power to repel attacks against the United States. Period.

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Posted in: Japan launches rocket with robot for space station See in context

"Sending the android to space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods."- WILSON!!

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Posted in: 10 tips to help you survive the Japanese summer See in context

Cool Tech t-shirts and briefs.

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Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran See in context

"Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran"- You don't have to be 91 years old or a veteran to figure that one out.

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Posted in: The grave of Christ – Japanese town solves many of world’s mysteries See in context

Yeah, well my house is a meeting place for inter-galactic space aliens. Nut jobs the world over will make any kind of claim.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

Open mouth, insert foot.

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