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Posted in: Making the punishment fit the (petty) crime See in context

Ugh -- can we please change the subject?

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Posted in: Media not doing their job on covering political fund use See in context

A good account of this is in Gamble and Watanbe's book 'A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West'.

And, I would add, a book fully funded and arranged by the Soka Gakkai.

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Posted in: Nearly 200 Chinese fishing vessels return to Ogasawaras See in context

Tie them together in a long chain and use a large vessel to tow them back to Chinese waters, with the warning that their next incursion will win them treatment as residents of the Ogasawara islands, in the same manner the islands were used in the Edo period -- as a penal colony.

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Posted in: S Korea seeks death penalty for ferry boat captain See in context

Executing him won't bring back any of the dead, so what would be the point?

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million See in context

Likewise for the scramble intersection by Hachiko in Shibuya.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to work toward warmer ties See in context

Try telling that to the Yukan Fuji, which is Japan's modern-day version of Der Sturmer.

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Posted in: 47-year-old man arrested after body parts of missing 6-year-old Kobe girl found See in context

Wonder if we are looking at another teenage ghoul, like the ones in Kobe in 1997 and Sasebo earlier this year. This would seem to fit the pattern.

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Posted in: Osaka court upholds ruling banning anti-Korean hate speech outside school See in context

There are about 500,000 Koreans in Japan - the country’s largest ethnic minority group -

This is old data. I believe in terms of overall numbers Chinese passport holders now outnumber Koreans in Japan by a considerable margin.

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Posted in: Who are your favorite fictional detectives of literature, film or TV? See in context

Sydney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs in "In the Heat of the Night." "Ah got the motive which is money and the body which is daid!"

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Posted in: Bush hopes younger brother Jeb runs for U.S. president See in context

Read my lips: No more Bushes!

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Posted in: Japan says sex slave issue not a diplomatic topic after Obama comments See in context

Now do you know he didn't bring it up with Abe anyway?

Well letsbe@ Isn't that the whole point here? Whatever Obama and Abe discussed was carefully vetted by their handlers before served for public consumption. In Korean the finger-wagging was done at a televised press conference. I bet you a kilo of kimchi that no Korean will escape the impression that Obama has taken their country's side in this particular dispute.

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Posted in: Marchers in Ikebukuro fete Hitler's 125th birthday anniversary See in context

All it really takes to catch the media's attention is to be flamboyantly obnoxious.

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Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges See in context

Oh I see. Those persnikkity furriner hacks refuse to toe the Sankei's line, so that makes 'em all biased. Looks to me like Harakawa-san's rant is a classic case of 負け惜しみ (make-oshimi), i.e. "sour grapes."

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Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan See in context

Not the first time for Japan. Sadamichi Hirasawa was on death row (for allegedly poisoning 12 Teikoku Bank employees and their family members) from 1949 to 1986. The Justice Minister refused to sign off on the execution, and he died in a prison hospital of old age.

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Posted in: China declares national days for Nanjing Massacre, Japan defeat See in context

Let's keep the narrative simple. Japan can play the wicked stepmother, and China can play Dopey and Sneezy. (The latter being an allusion to its rapidly deteriorating air quality.)

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Posted in: U.S. warns Russia against Ukraine intervention See in context

I know the truth hurts.

I'd say blinding oneself from the truth and constantly bumping into solid reality is far more painful. And I suppose many of the people you tarnish with the "liberal" brush might be a little more receptive to conservative viewpoints if the conservatives weren't lumped with people who think the earth is 6,000 years old, reject science and want to enforce a political agenda dictated by reactionary WASP oligarchs who speak with pronounced Dixie accents. No thanks!!!

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Posted in: Experts speculate on likely Anne Frank book vandal See in context


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Posted in: Experts speculate on likely Anne Frank book vandal See in context

Nah, I think it's probably a Japanese Holden Caulfield, some pimply adolescent with serious growing pains.

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Posted in: Who owns Mt Fuji? The answer will probably surprise (and confuse) you See in context

If Mt. Fuji belongs to a Shinto shrine,logic follows that is owned in turn by the Jinja Honcho, the Vatican of Shinto.

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Posted in: Virginia becomes hotbed of diplomacy over Sea of Japan name See in context

Had he been living today, Jonathan Swift would have had a good time writing about this topic.

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Posted in: Controversial TV drama on orphanages goes ahead without sponsors See in context

Undaunted, broadcaster NTV aired the program as scheduled at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Nice to see a Japanese company that has the courage of its convictions. And the kerfluffle probably boosted the program's ratings too!

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Posted in: Nikon COOLPIX L30 See in context

i own a coolpix wide 10x zoom. why would i want one that is only5x?

In the world of cameras and optics, more is not necessarily better. Personally I'd prefer 25 or 24mm-equivalent wide angle and lens with f2.8 or so aperture for sharper pictures in low-light situations. Compact cameras with super zoom are very hard to stabilize at the maximum zoom settings.

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Posted in: FA is right to ban 'quenelle' gesture from soccer See in context

I read more about incidents like this involving soccer than all other pro sports combined. If soccer players, and their fans, can't learn manners then the sport should be outlawed.

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Posted in: 15 vie for Tokyo governor as campaigning begins See in context

Observers say the election on Feb 9 will be a two-horse race between the anti-nuclear former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and Yoichi Masuzoe

Yukan Fuji predicts Shintaro Ishihara's favorite, General Tamogami, in a landslide.

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Posted in: Tokyo can't handle heavy snowfall See in context

Article says transmission rowers collapsed in Tokyo,

Article says Chiba, not Tokyo.

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Posted in: China media urge action against Japanese planes but not U.S. See in context

history has shown that the media is responsible for inciting most conflicts

Like the 30 Years War? Or the Crusades? Big raspberry at ya, minello7, for the uninformed comment of the day.

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Posted in: First book ever printed in U.S. sells for $14 mil See in context

The last book printed in the US is probably not that far off.

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Posted in: China Internet users call for action against Japan See in context

Sorry, but any story based on posts by anonymous Internet users has zero news value, especially from a place like China with its heavy censorship.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines say they will obey China's air zone rules See in context

Japanese airlines should stop flying to China, period.

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Posted in: U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone See in context

As a start, the Japanese government should immediately order that all civilian airline flights between Narita, Kansai, Fukuoka, etc. and southern parts of mainland China be halted, since most of them overfly or fly close to Senkaku airspace. Let the militaries duke it out.

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