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Posted in: Japan losing its manufacturing edge to South Korea See in context

Ogi@

South Korea is light years away from achieving the same dominance Japan enjoys in advanced manufacturing

Pssst, a small reminder from middle school physical sci class, a light year is distance over time. S Korea might be years away from catching up with this technology, but I assure you Korea is still just across the Sea of Japan

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Posted in: How to be funny in Japan See in context

British humour is much funnier than American.

That made me laugh.

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Posted in: Whale's body found in Tokyo Bay See in context

Where in Tokyo Bay?

Easy delivery distance to Tsukiji fish market.

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Posted in: Whale's body found in Tokyo Bay See in context

manna

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Posted in: 64-year-old man in blond wig nabbed for robbing cake store See in context

gaijin wannabe

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Posted in: American father wins custody of daughter taken to Japan See in context

cleo@

There is one video where you hear the mother

interesting, the article above specifically names "Inoue Emiko" yet in even in today's Japan Times it doesn't mention her name. An earlier post here noted the "English" Japanese press not using Emiko Inoue's name. Why is it that even Cleo does this? Is this Emiko Inoue-san a minor (not!!!!!!)? Gawd forbid

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Posted in: Motorcyclist flashes peace sign at cameras during series of speed violations See in context

last time I flashed the peace sign at the boys in blue, after winding down their window and questioning my intention, they informed me that the two-finger peace sign was given by one hand, not two. Wonder if they got it on camera, but of course, I wasn't speeding on foot.

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Posted in: American father wins custody of daughter taken to Japan See in context

What a pity this child may not see either her mother or her father for the next decade or longer. Hope Ms Inoue gets used to jail food.

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Posted in: 11/11/11: Are you one with this week's fateful date? See in context

I remember the day for one thing only: I thank all veterans, past and present, for their service.

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Posted in: Noda warns of eurozone crisis chain reaction See in context

Thanks for the heads up PM. Glad you're on my team.

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Posted in: World's 7 billionth person will be born on Monday See in context

Nothing like coming into this world already saddled with huge debt.

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Posted in: Kindergarten bus driver held over girl's death See in context

kamala@

who in their right mind would think that a child would be crawling underneath the bus, when the mother is right there.

Amen! Let's hope we don't eventually hear that her cell phone was closer.

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Posted in: Woman stabs boyfriend for cheating at Monopoly See in context

kamala@

So are there any guesses on what game piece they used to represent their places?

well, apparently from the article, his "willy" was not a piece on the board, but a pound of flesh, that's another story.

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Posted in: Chocolate captivating Japan's confectionery world See in context

I will remain a Hershey's fan because of their century old Hershey Trust:

http://www.hersheytrust.com/hershey_heritage_trusts/index.php

established to care for and educate disadvantaged children

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman cuts off husband's penis See in context

Yet it seems men are so attached to their willies

You stop using my sign in name in this thread and I'll stop giving you the finger.

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Posted in: 31.4% plan no summer break See in context

'Lost loved ones' sounds a bit like cheapo translation services again

I wouldn't take that "cheapo translation" very serious since "visit the graves of lost loved ones" is very English and this site is VERY English. Google or yahoo serach "visit the graves of lost loved ones" and you'll get an outstanding 10 million plus hits.

"Visit ..." or "visiting ancestral graves", on the other hand, generates less than half a million hits in a search engine. Cheapo sounds like an awful cheap shot for something so common. Anyway, glad so many are staying here. I'm leaving Japan to visit lost loved ones, BTW. Looks like my Tokyo electric bill will be cheapo this summer

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Posted in: Does Okinawa need to host any U.S. military bases? See in context

johninnaha@

Out of Okinawa.

No one needs you!

100% agreement. Not one American should be here to shed blood for this lot.

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Posted in: Police, in a first, charge teen for using cell phone while cycling See in context

its gonna be a long boring ride with no ipod...

I'm gonna hafta go to the video DVD rental and check out Ben Hur again and see what he was listening to during his famous ride.

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Posted in: Does Okinawa need to host any U.S. military bases? See in context

johninnaha@

Okinawa is an ideal resort area. Japanese people don't need a passport to come here and people speak the same language.

so what has been preventing Japanese from going there? Pleeeeeease don't say coz the US military is there. Perhaps Hawaiian, Guam, Philippines, Thai, Bali and Saipan hotels, etc, just to list a few examples, are far less expensive than one night in naha

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Posted in: Consumption tax burden will hit the poor See in context

In Japan it's the same 5% on everything

and let us not forget the 5% tax added to "tax" for luxuries like imported leather. Piggy-back tax I believe it's called in some circles

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Posted in: Consumption tax burden will hit the poor See in context

Try hanging out in a local low-end discount supermarket instead of the places where people go to look affluent.

Is that the section in which shoppers buy eggs from the kawai-sou-chicken section?

Meanwhile, others'-- the affluent--eggs will jump from 350 yen to 385

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Posted in: Niigata police sergeant leaves handgun in toilet See in context

iwitness@

But if you think that is not enough, you must have a paranoid delusion that some murderous nut would stumble on it.

What narrow-minded thinking--a murderous nut. God forbid a young boy stumble into a public toilet and find ... never mind we don't need "what if(s)... Hit this cop with a "wake-up" fine and put him behind a desk where he belongs before his "forgetfulness" harms someone.

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Posted in: Niigata police sergeant leaves handgun in toilet See in context

We will endeavor to ensure it does not occur again.

last year an off-duty officer left his gun in the toilet of a conveny store in another prefecture (at 3AM) found sometime later by the store employee (much longer than three minutes). Good luck with that "does not occur again." Safest bet: don't give cops guns, they never use them anyway.

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Posted in: May the horse be with you See in context

Everyday is Halloween here, isn't it great.

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Posted in: Is Internet sex cheating? See in context

It depends on how you define the word "is". Is "is" being used as a copula?

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Posted in: 2013 World Baseball Classic expands to 28 teams See in context

great, perhaps washed up USA players can find jobs in countries that will allow two/three gai "koku" jin players

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Posted in: Politician husband of actress Maki Mizuno spotted cavorting with hostess See in context

spotted kissing and fondling a hostess in an expensive Tokyo bar

lucky stiff. I'm restricted to cheap bars

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Posted in: Quake will make country stronger: poll See in context

putting a few politicians in jail will make the country stronger, too

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Posted in: Mikie Hara shows her Mystique look See in context

now that is "super-cool-biz" or Halloween everyday

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Posted in: Super Cool Biz See in context

The one fist mentality pose

sure beats the ubiquitous "peace sign" or was that, "bartender, two more please?"

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