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Posted in: Protection See in context

That's why those silly face-masks are still sold. I know some people who wear them every day and still get ill many times a year with colds etc

Aren't the face masks for allergies though?

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Posted in: 'Talent' Miyu Uehara dead after apparently hanging herself at home See in context

On a different note, what is it with this sort of news and Meguro? Seems like the only time I hear about that ward is when an Actor, Model or Politician is having a hard time of sorts. Ideas??

There are a lot of wealthy people living in Meguro-Ku. Guess it is law of averages at work.

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Posted in: 'Talent' Miyu Uehara dead after apparently hanging herself at home See in context

sorry....but killing yourself because u cannot find true love???? How weak

May have just been the straw that broke the camels back and we have no idea what other problems (mentally, socially or otherwise) that she may have had. Who are you to judge her?

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Posted in: 'Talent' Miyu Uehara dead after apparently hanging herself at home See in context

Fadamor - based on the last line, it may well have been depression... it can cause people to do truly horrific things as they can only feel negative about themselves.

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Posted in: Tug-of-war See in context

The little girl in pink really isn't pulling her weight here...

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Posted in: English ability of little advantage for mid-career job seekers See in context

I wonder how many native English speakers can reach that level...

Read 残念な人;英語勉強方 if you are interested in this - the authors of that book got native speakers from a load of different professions, ages and backgrounds to try the test (including people who had finished graduate school etc.) and not one of them got a perfect 100% score.

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Posted in: English ability of little advantage for mid-career job seekers See in context

Oh, and one other point - why is Japan constantly smashed by the rest of Asia in TOEIC scores? What is going so wrong here in comparison to neighbouring countries?

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Posted in: English ability of little advantage for mid-career job seekers See in context

but TOEIC is useless for conversing in English. I know a High school (Japanese) English teacher who has a toeic score in the late 800s, but can not put together a sentence in conversation. Its the same with the JLPT - just because you can read up to JLPT1 doesn't mean that you can speak Japanese. 2 completely different sides of the same coin.

Depends on how it is backed up really. The same could be said of the JLPT, but it motivated me to really brush up on my grammatical knowledge in Japanese and helped a lot in that aspect. Of course, learning to speak is by far the best way to learn any language (as with almost any skill, application >>> studying)

TOEIC could be a really useful motivator for students to raise their overall levels of English understanding, but that alone isn't enough and people need to realise that.

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Posted in: Bin Laden's death prompts questions about legality See in context

After all, the vast majority of his victims are his fellow Mulsims.

I was thinking more along political lines, but this is also true...

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Posted in: Bin Laden's death prompts questions about legality See in context

The quick burial at sea was a ham-fisted attempt to appease the muslim world

You think? I would say it is more likely that no islamic country wanted the body!

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Posted in: Bin Laden's death prompts questions about legality See in context

What right does Obama have to order his troops to invade another country, kill and dump the body at sea?

After illegal occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, did you honestly believe America would care about something like this that results in "geronimo" being killed?

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Posted in: May Day See in context

Protests have been going on for decades in Japan

Not on this scale with this many people

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Posted in: Tokyo elects first openly gay politician in the history of modern Japan See in context

Dubya has stated in the past that he thinks gay people should have fewer rights than others. Fortunately, such views are becoming rarer in civilised societies.

Dubya's probably so far in the closet that he has adventures in Narnia. It's a common source of/reason for gay-bashing...

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Posted in: May Day See in context

Any of these idiots realize the consequences if their act is successful? these morons will be the first on ELECTRIC train to home, to unlock their ELECTRIC autolock, to take ELECTRIC elevator to their second floor, turn on their TV that guess what... yeah, you got it, it runs on ELECTRICITY, than take a bath, that uses same ELECTRICITY to warm up, then they will go to their PC, that runs on ELECTRICITY and start posting antinuclear gibberish.

Do anti-nuclear protesters dream of electric sheep?

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Posted in: May Day See in context

How come these demonstrations were never held before the March 11 disaster?

Ignorance is bliss. You flick a switch and the light turns on... no need to ponder the source of the electricity until there is a problem.

I do find it hillarious that Japan has had nuclear power for 40 years and nobody has really mounted a protest until now.

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Posted in: May Day See in context

Why does the parade need guarding? What are they being guarded from?

The radiation!!!! It might attack at any time... OMG!

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Posted in: Two workers find love among the ruins See in context

i smell a drama~~~

^^ That

Nice story though - good to see some nice things can come as a result of a tragedy.

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Posted in: iPad2 arrives See in context

Aren't you supposed to wait a couple of weeks or months before you buy something new, like ipad or ps1, 2 or 3...

It already has been out for a few weeks in other areas.

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Posted in: Yukina Kinoshita announces end of blog See in context

“Being nice is the most important thing. Take care not to hurt anyone, even if you think you are not doing so.”

Does this mean she was getting e-abuse?

Can't believe anyone would pay to read a blog... what a joke

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Posted in: Sony PlayStation disconnects 77 million user accounts after massive data breach See in context

With a very easy program, 3 digit codes are easily broken.

Don't most (all?) credit card companies block access after 3-5 erroneous attempts?

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Posted in: Sony PlayStation disconnects 77 million user accounts after massive data breach See in context

Will Sony be held accountable for this?

I don't think "being hacked" is an accountable offense in any country... It's likely their security wasn't as good as they thought it was, but I am not sure if they actually did anything wrong here and it will probably be almost impossible to prove if they intentionally used inferior protocols...

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Posted in: Sony PlayStation disconnects 77 million user accounts after massive data breach See in context

If anyone on here who uses PSN was stupid enough to use the same password for other things, I would suggest changing them right away...

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Posted in: Japanese sci-fi short 'Mozzman Episode 3' to premiere in Hollywood See in context

I had a google for a trailer. It looks....weird

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Posted in: Safe strawberries See in context

Can someone confirm that this is bogus? Afaik, the alpha and beta radiation that is the concern about contaminated food travels only a few millimeters and can not be measured by pointing a gaiger counter at some fruit. And if she is measuing gamma radiation, she can point it in any direction. Or what?

Depends on how strong the emissions are. If it's enough to be harmful, it should ionise. Generally, geiger counters are not very accurate for gamma radiation though since gamma doesn't ionise air. Scintillators are much better for detecting gamma radiation.

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Posted in: 'Freakonomics' documentary looks at sumo match-fixing scandal See in context

Haven't seen it yet, but one of the sections that interests me is where they see if bribing kids will make them study harder in school... looks like a decent enough set of documentaries, or at least entertaining ones anyway haha (trailer is on youtube)

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Posted in: Depp has more 'Pirates' adventures on the horizon See in context

Because they are not very good.

Since when has that been a concern of Disneys?

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Posted in: TEPCO announces it will take 6-9 months to end nuclear crisis See in context

6-9 months more of radiation releases...

It's not exactly surprising in terms of time. The levels will gradually decrease as they get closer to the end due to the methods being employed so it can only get better from what we have now (although people will still moan about build ups too low to harm anyone)

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Posted in: Grim work See in context

A lot of my foreign friends have been itching for weeks to go to Tohoku and work as volunteers to help clear away rubble, but this photo is a good example of why they cannot be permitted to do so

Tell them to get in touch with fuelrelieffund. wordpress. com/ as they are desperate for volunteers to help in the Ishinomaki area.

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Posted in: Depp has more 'Pirates' adventures on the horizon See in context

shoulda stopped at one

Why? They keep making money...

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Posted in: Assistant prosecutor arrested for allegedly groping woman on train See in context

How can we know it was the same guy?

I would hope there is some kind of dna/fingerprint check on her clothes... if not then it is insane because anyone can fire off this kind of accusation!

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