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Posted in: What's the best way to deal with screaming or badly-behaved children at airports and on planes so that they don't drive other passengers crazy? See in context

W.C.Fields once said "children should be seen and not heard" I reckon capital punishment would solve the problem...

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Posted in: Legs, legs, legs See in context

what a farce !! how pathetic. what is the world coming to... how about giving a prize to the best looking homeless person... a prize of say a job and somewhere to live.

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Posted in: BOJ keeps key interest rate steady See in context

take policy actions in a timely and appropriate manner

what exactly does this mean? I suspect it is way of saying they are going to do nothing. or more likely they don't actually know what to DO !! haha...

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Posted in: Japan auto production surges in February See in context

A friend of mine just got a new Toyota Prius. They ordered it about 5 months ago and it was delivered just before the end of a government rebate for buying new "green" cars to help the economy (and big business with taxpayer's money). Also USA had a similar program "cash for clunkers". Once the rebates finish sales will likely drop. Would be interesting to see the figures about how many sales were attributed to the rebate scheme.

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Posted in: Bare statistics mask human cost of Japan’s high suicide rate See in context

Some interesting points made Peter. I have sometimes surmised the Japan suicide rate could partly be attributed to the "Bushido" way of thinking: honor, obedience, duty, and self-sacrifice etc. though Russia has a higher rate with a different society and circumstances. The high numbers of suicides in Japan is definitely a sad situation but I can't see much improvement in the near future. In fact with another looming global financial crisis on the horizon things could get a lot worse in Japan. Not sure where you got the 135 million population figure from.According to stats Japan's 2008 total population was 127.69 million.

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