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Posted in: Is Tiger Woods fair game for the media? Do you think a candid TV interview would help him? See in context

All these people talkin', all this stuff about him; why don't they just let him be?

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Posted in: Do it at home: Train manners in Japan See in context

Hah, that's right. I sit in priority seats pretty often actually, as they are PRIORITY seats; IF there is someone whose description matches the silhouette sticker, then I'll give up the seat. Otherwise, an empty seat's an empty seat. BOOYAH!

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Posted in: Do it at home: Train manners in Japan See in context

Why don't the idiots standing directly in front of the door step off the train for five freaking seconds so I can get off without having to give them a shove? One of my biggest pet peeves is not even the idiotic behavior that I see; it's actually the obnoxiously redundant and seemingly unending announcements. "Now arriving at Kita-Senju station; transfer here for the Hibiya line, the Tsukuba Express Line, the Chiyoda subway line, the JR Joban line. The door on the right side will open." (translated from Japanese and then provided again in English). And then the moronic conductor frantically and LOUDLY repeats exactly what has just been read verbatim, in double speed, adding rhetorical gems like "please don't do anything dangerous or rush for the train." Those stupid announcements benefit no one, and people who are acting unmannerly already know they are misbehaving; the noise pollution just makes riding a smelly sweat-car all that much more unpleasant. The announcement should simply say (in a calm feminine voice, or alternatively James Earl Jones' voice) "Kita-Senju". Just ONCE.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for rape after threatening victim on cell phone See in context

The 19-year-old man is a minor! There is something very wrong with this terminology. Why doesn't the article call him a 19-year-old boy?

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Posted in: Security tightened in Tokyo for Obama's visit See in context

I wonder how many ID cards the policemen caught. Just between you and me, ID cards are kind of a suspicious lot. I don't trust them.

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Posted in: Ichihashi transferred See in context

I guess the officer standing to the right just got finished with some particularly nasty bit of interrogative surgery on poor Ichihashi.

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Posted in: Self-centered zombies running rampant through Japanese society See in context

There's nothing wrong with being on a train and talking on the phone at a normal conversational level; the problem is the SHRILL and ANNOYING ringtone (always someone over 45) that goes off for 20 seconds, and gets progressively louder the longer it rings. Anyway, what do you expect from a society that rarely teaches basic courtesy and actually disdains social grace?

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Posted in: Gargle See in context

I have to also point out the irony of the legions of Japanese cosplay "surgeons" wearing masks (all day without changing), yet not properly scrubbing up with soap and hot water. Doctor, the patient has just died of septic shock.

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Posted in: Gargle See in context

Can anyone tell me if gargling even gets the germs out of your throat? Unlikely. I think that the whole mask/gargling combo is simply a social ritual designed merely to satisfy the primitive reptilian brain, perhaps promoting a sense of national fraternity, while doing nothing at all to prevent spread of germs. I'm sure that Japanese people couldn't be so naive to believe that these measures actually prevent influenza; that's why they often don't wear masks while overseas.

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Posted in: Is there more to controversial art of Trevor Brown than meets the eye? See in context

Really glossy stuff.

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Posted in: Japan and Russia are the only two G8 countries that do not ban civil possession of child pornography. See in context

Well, as long as the possession of the child pornography is kept civil, then there should be no complaint. But once the possession becomes egregious, then we have a problem. Interesting how possession of CP is tolerated and legal whereas possession of a naturally growing plant (cannabis or magic mushrooms) brings severe prison time. The whole CP industry requires victimization in order to thrive; much like pachinko.

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Posted in: Ambassador of cute See in context

Scouted at Yokohama station? Every lady's dream.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Japan will stay nuclear-free if DPJ wins election See in context

Can we safely assume the pro-nuke nuts in the Happiness Realization Party don't have a chance of winning? I imagine they would have Communist-style missile parades in Shibuya, if they had it their way.

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Posted in: Youth escapes from reform school, then turns himself in See in context

Why do Japanese people love turning themselves in? Is it just to prove that they could have escaped had they really wanted to?

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Posted in: Chuck D Public Enemy’s only founding member to obtain visa for Japan See in context

Flav should've told immigration that they had him in a cell because their records, they sell.

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Posted in: Jewish human rights group protests 'anti-Semitic' ad in Nihon Keizai Shimbun See in context

To be fair, global banking is highly orchestrated. Even the phrase "global banking" is attacked as being anti-Semitic.

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Posted in: Police nab 18-year-old convenience store thief after checking his bicycle in Osaka See in context

And the crime was perpetrated by an 18-year-old child.

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Posted in: Police sergeant arrested on suspicion of filming up-skirt videos See in context

The rules are simple. Look all you want, but take no photos.

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Posted in: The trouble with Harry: He's nearly all grown up See in context

Sounds like the kid is a wuss. The Empire Strikes Back had some scary stuff too, but it was just one of the rites of passage on becoming a young adult.

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Posted in: LDP warns voters against change in Aug 30 election See in context

What's with all these Democrat parties!? And worse, a LIBERAL democrat party!? What Japan really needs is a staunchly conservative and stubbornly static party resistant to all change. Get rid of these world-peace "love conquers all" hippies already!

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Posted in: The cheering gets nasty at a pro baseball game See in context

Is this story meant to incur subtly racist shock and disgust over regimented and militaristic cheering? Essentially, all professional sporting events inspire some degree of reptilian ritualism that hearken back to the beginning of recorded human history. Although the slapping of a child is serious business, the description of the act within the context of the story makes me suspicious as to how accurate is the author's account. Perhaps that's why the author didn't contact the police and press charges!

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Posted in: Anti-drug poster featuring Yukie Nakama to go up at schools nationwide See in context

Maybe "NO! DRUG" is simply the name of a drugstore, like "Universal Drug" or "Happy Drug" or "Papa's Drug". Also, the "NO!" is a typo, because it's supposed to be N°1 DRUG, as cooeecobber suggested above. That number one drug, of course, is assumed to be sex with Japanese girls wearing glasses. And "dame zettai" is the token resistance a refined lady is supposed to offer.

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Posted in: Anti-drug poster featuring Yukie Nakama to go up at schools nationwide See in context

I'm considering making a T-shirt with "NO! GRAMMAR" slogan, and the requisite "dame zettai". Satire is apparently a deep underground concept in Japan.

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Posted in: Anti-drug poster featuring Yukie Nakama to go up at schools nationwide See in context

Some say no to drugs and take a stand, but after the show they go looking for the dope man.

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Posted in: Anti-drug poster featuring Yukie Nakama to go up at schools nationwide See in context

NO! GRAMMAR

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Posted in: 'Teen repellent' in Adachi park spurs flood of inquiries See in context

Other thing, if the local residents are upset about noise and fireworks, then they can call the police and report the disturbance? Then, the police would come and ticket the noisemakers. I mean, that's how it works in other countries.

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Posted in: Sanya: A travel guide to Tokyo’s coolest ghetto See in context

This is hardly a "travel guide", since there is no guide given on how to travel there.

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Posted in: I think it's part of the Japanese psyche to want to protect yourself at all cost from outside diseases. That feeling is stronger than the feeling of social embarrassment at wearing a mask. See in context

Speed is totally right. Wearing masks is something everyone's doing, so everyone must wear masks.

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Posted in: Police capture fugitive on run since escape from Ibaraki police station See in context

Do Japanese journalists speculate which questions their audience might raise upon reading the news story? Presumably all readers will infer that the suspect was somehow responsible for administering the sedatives; the article however makes no definitive statement as to what's going on.

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Posted in: Kusanagi will pay heavy price with contract cancellations See in context

He was probably drugged anyway. Who strips naked from being drunk? My problem with the guy is all of the apologizing he did afterward. What's he got to be sorry for?

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