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Posted in: New Zealanders choose silver fern design as possible new flag See in context

I like it.

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Posted in: Father arrested after 4 children perish in Oita house fire See in context

In the local media there is some thought that the father might be accepting blame to cover for the oldest son. Seems like there may be more to this story.

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Posted in: Toyota adds nearly 1.4 mil vehicles to Takata air bag recall See in context

How about some news on how this affects us here in Japan? Which domestic Japanese makes, models, years are being recalled? Are there even recalls here in Japan? Not really interested about what's happening in the USA. Other than the pressure it may have to force the local authorities to do something.

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Posted in: What's your impression of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie? See in context

Probably speaks English better than he does. Did you listen to him before the US Congress? aaaaarrgh it was pretty painful to listen to.

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Posted in: 13-year-old boy jumps to death from tower in Niigata See in context

Japanese public schools have three terms per school year. I guess they would properly be called trimesters. The third term begins in January so this student had not attended school for three months. Because the article is so short and lacks details, it is easy to assume that nothing was done between January and last Friday. However, I am sure that the homeroom teacher, school counselor and other school officials were in contact with him and/or his parents. Also since he was 13, he would have been entering his second year of junior high school so he wasn't between schools. That being said, it is incredibly sad that no one was able to help this boy solve his problems.

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Posted in: Small step by Tokyo's Shibuya Ward could be giant leap for LGBT equality See in context

Bob Tobin (top) and Hitoshi Ohashi, a same-sex couple, pose in their home in Tokyo. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

LOL i love how the picture caption clearly defines who is the top and who is the bottom

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Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for tooth, plastic found in food See in context

two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, blue vinyl, cheese, pickles, a bug, onions, a human tooth, on a sesame seed bun...

the new advertising jingle is a little harder to remember

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Posted in: Sakurai becomes 4th candidate in DPJ leadership race See in context

Darn, when I read the headline I was hoping it was going to be the guy from ARASHI.

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Posted in: Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC See in context

I've been very happy with Shinsei Bank over the past 10 years or so. None of the minimum deposit/balance fees like Citibank. I used to bank with Citi and got fed up with what seemed like a 2500 yen fee every time I walked in the door. Shinsei: Free ATM at any conbini, English website and online transactions, international wires... Also home mortgages without some of the fees charged by local banks. I have PR and got a mortgage with them very smoothly but PR is not a requirement. I suggest any Citi customers worried about SMBC to check them out.

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Posted in: British Embassy seeks suggestions for Prince William's Japan itinerary See in context

They can come to my house.

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Posted in: Monica Lewinsky breaks silence on Clinton affair See in context


Exactly. She was an adult, both were consenting, therefore the sex in itself is NOT a crime, Actually the "sex" act itself could have been considered a crime because in the state of Maryland adultery is against the law.

Good thing they weren't in Maryland!!

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Posted in: Japan to hold unprecedented military exercise in U.S. See in context

uh, it's a 'self defense' force. Why do they need "amphibious attack abilities."? Is Abe trying to test the limits of Article 9?

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Posted in: Dynamite alarm clock See in context

I can't wait to take mine to the bank and make a 'withdrawl'

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Posted in: Shimane town demands pants for Michelangelo's David sculpture See in context

a giant red fundoshi would be perfect! East meets west

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Posted in: Noda, LDP chief Abe clash over monetary policy See in context

The two leaders also differed on foreign policy especially the LDP’s proposal to post public servants on a permanent basis on islands at the centre of a territorial row with China to boost Tokyo’s effective control.

Just put the whole Diet down there with Ishihara and Hashimoto too. Tell them they can come back when they have it all figured out.

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Posted in: Osaka politician has man arrested for peeing on his campaign poster See in context

imagine all the stolen bicycles that remained on the loose while the police devoted their time and resources to this heinous crime

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Posted in: Who makes the best chocolate in the world? See in context


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Posted in: Japan’s new Pepsi White is flavored orange See in context

By far the worst so far have been 'Baobab' and 'dry'! My favorites have been the 'azuki' and 'モンブラン’

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Posted in: I'll explain the reason and necessity of hosting the Olympics in Tokyo to the new governor, and build a framework to continue our current activities. See in context

Hopefully the next Mayor will actually be a Japanese "who can say no" and put an end to Tokyo's bid.

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Posted in: Triumphant experience See in context

I hope they're pinching each others butts with their other hands

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Posted in: Hornets attack 25 high school children in Iwakuni See in context

Good grief!! I just kinda skimmed the headlines and saw "Hornets attack 25 high school children in Iwakuni" and thought an Iwakuni Marine F-18 had attacked a school. Nice headline

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Posted in: Stop irritating chatter with speech-jamming gun See in context

would've loved to have one of these to use on kocho-sensei at today's undokai!!

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Posted in: Whaling ship to be refitted for another decade's service See in context

And the money needed for this 'major overhaul' is coming from where? Certainly not profits from the sale of whale meat. Most likely from our soon to be raised taxes!

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Posted in: Namba Parks gets rave reviews from overseas See in context

Plus there's a Kua aina Burger in there!! With a very nice outdoor area

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Posted in: A night out at Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Yeah be sure to check out the 'museum' while you are there too.

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Posted in: Osaka Mayor Hashimoto: 'You have no fundamental human rights' See in context

but I believe what he is trying to tell them is that they now work for the people and everything they do, both publicly and privately, should be done with the people who voted them into office in mind.

Then why isn't that what he said? Perhaps something was lost in translation but Mr Hashimoto is very good with words and given his track record, I believe he meant what he said.

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Posted in: Stabbing suspect should have killed himself, Osaka governor says See in context

This guy really is a piece of work. Osaka, wake up

I think you are getting him mixed up with the other nut, Mayor Hashimoto. This guy is the Governor. But he is one of Hashimoto's cronies.

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Posted in: 21-meter-long dock found in Oregon is tsunami debris See in context

I hope the TSA got the starfish's fingerprints!

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Posted in: Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed Pacific to U.S. See in context

Enjoy that 100yen kappazushi maguro while you can

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