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Posted in: What are some of the most unusual themed restaurants, bars or cafes you have been to in Japan? See in context

The Ninja restaurant in Akasaka Mitsuke. But don't waste your time going. It sucks and blows!

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Posted in: Too much katakana contributing to Japan's malaise See in context

I agree with what Jay Jay E posted. As to whether Japan or America is to blame for this loss in cultural pride or identity, Japan has only itself to blame. Nobody forced them to adopt western culture, dress, food, etc. They did it because they didn't want to be seen as a bunch of sandal-wearing goldfish tenders. they wanted to be seen as modern, whatever the hell that means. They still feel this way.

The idea that using a butchered sounding form of English is somehow cool is just stupid. It sounds lazy, ignorant, foolish, and uncultured, something I tend to point out to those who think they're impressing me with their "knowledge of Engrish."

Katakana is not necessary and I would argue never was. I for one am going to refer to the Sky Tree as , someone earlier posted, Sora no ki.

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Posted in: Threats keep dolphin protest out of Taiji See in context

Even entertaining the thought of a westerner coming into this country to "educate" the locals and expecting success is a waste of time. I'd have more respect for these fishermen and their "culture" if they would just come out and give the real reasons why this dolphin hunt continues. $$$$$$$$. It's not as if these fishermen can do anything else. It's their livelihood. Right or wrong, no matter how detrimental their actions may be they will fight as long as there are foreigners pointing the finger and calling them the bad guy.

As far as the police doing anything to prevent any violent action being taken against a peaceful protest, why should they? The police support the ultra right wing movement in this country.

This is Japan not the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, etc... you know countries where they actually value, appreciate, and practice freedom of speech. People should stop telling the Japanese how to think and act because you'd have more success putting your head through a 3" thick brick wall then getting them to see the sense of your argument.

“I wish all these people could be in Taiji,” the small coastal village highlighted in the documentary, O’Barry told The Associated Press. “It was too dangerous. The big losers are the people of Taiji.”

Anybody else find the double meaning in this quote?

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Posted in: Day of the dolphin See in context

I'm surprised he was let in the country. The brunette to the right is pretty cute. Go Dolphins!

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Posted in: Boy falls onto train tracks while looking at handheld game console See in context

I am rapidly getting to the point of -- Let em go and let Darwin sort em out.

I've been at this point after the first moron ran into me on his bike looking at his keitai and demanded I apologise to him.

For those blaming the mother for not keeping an eye on him and letting him wander....are you serious?! 12 years old is too young to understand the dangers of walking towards a platform and not paying attention to where you are going?!

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Posted in: First official SMAP magazine goes on sale See in context

Sorry everyone I bought every copy printed. I'm selling them for twice the price if anyone's interested.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over 5-year-old daughter's death See in context

too bad these "people" don't kill themselves first and then try and kill the child.

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Posted in: Drunken man arrested after man falls to death off train platform See in context

the last guy that bumped the old man should be arrest two for not grabbing him before fell. I don't know anything about the situation, but a bunch of people who so easily transfered a push sound like a bunch of clueless zombies who'd get taken out by a strong wind.

I was thinking the same. How hard did the drunk bump into those people and how close was the man standing to the edge?

Even if your feet are at the edge of the yellow line away from the track you're still a couple feet from the edge of the track.

Was the victim standing behind, on or, as I see many times a day, over the yellow line?

Hopefully the investigation will determine this. Nevertheless what a terrible way to die.

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Posted in: From TV to politics, Renho blazes a trail See in context

http://baikokudo-minsyutou.up.seesaa.net/image/renho1.jpg

Renho used to be a teenage boy?!

I hope she does stand up to the fossils that run this country and eventually inspires more younger, forward-thinking, hungry citizens to change things instead of patiently waiting their turn.

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Posted in: New iPhone arrives See in context

I wonder how much the guy at right gets paid to stand there like that. I wonder if it was in the job description when he was interviewed for the job at Apple.

He's not working. He's just excited about the new iphone release.

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Posted in: S Korean, Japanese activists send leaflets by balloon toward N Korea See in context

“We’d like to punish the Kim Jong Il government by spreading the truth written on these leaflets,” said Seo Jung-gab, president of the National Action Campaign, one of the participating groups.

Yeah...that'll learn em.

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Posted in: Happily divorced See in context

How stupid is this!

not to mention pathetic.

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Posted in: France in shambles after latest internal rift See in context

As an Ireland support, I say it couldn't be happening to a nicer bunch of amphibians

Couldn't agree with you more Nessie. Karma.

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Posted in: People turn to advice column to air quirky family concerns See in context

Or Boy George, etc lots of famous cross-dresses out there too

Boy George is gay. But I digress.

It's time to call on Dr.Denis Leary

complaint:"My husband likes to dress up in women's clothing."

Dr.Leary: STFU! NEXT!

complaint: My father in law doesn't wear a shirt. I'm embarrassed because his b**bs are bigger than mine.

Dr.Leary STFU! NEXT!

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Posted in: Asashoryu, in Mongolia, denies he went on drunken rampage See in context

‘‘It’s an undeniable fact that there were people who tried to kick me out of the sumo world. If I had continued my career, I would have won more than 30 titles, considering my physical and mental strength,’

Beating the record and making all these backward ojisans stark raving mad and foaming at the mouth would have been the best revenge. Win the 31st title and announce your retirement in the ring.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

It may have been mentioned in one of the previous 180 comments, I haven't had time to read every single one. But if the fishermen of Taiji are just exercising their rights to preserve and continue their tradition of hunting dolphins and they truly feel they're not doing anything wrong then why all the secrecy and banning of filming of the hunt? It's not like any of them care what the outside world thinks of what they're doing.

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Posted in: Canada beats U.S. 3-2 in overtime to claim ice hockey gold See in context

Go ahead enjoy your hockey, stretch it out over 4 years if you want too- but try not to insult we Americans that have so many other options. I see where Horsefella has offered some assistance.

Didn't realize you were so easily insulted. By the facts no less. Poor you. Be proud of your hockey team. No one has once stated you shouldn't be. For a team, you quite rightly pointed out, was not considered to be in medal contention, to reach the gold medal game and almost beat Canada, the favourites, on home ice is a great accomplishment. No one has stated any different. You talk about insulting you Americans. Where has anyone in this conversation insulted Americans?

Please don't tell me what I "would have said". You have no idea what I "would have said", and pretending to know as much discredits your posts and opinions to no end. Trust me, I will never predict what you will say- I expect the same courtesy in return.

I'm only going by your past remarks on this subject and since the game ended. I know damn well you wouldn't have made the remark. I stand by my statement. You have no idea what courtesy is to sit back and criticize my fellow countrymen and women. I suggest watching Tom Brokaw's piece on Canada and what our country means to yours.

Sincerely one proud Hoser!

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Posted in: Canada beats U.S. 3-2 in overtime to claim ice hockey gold See in context

And that seems to rub the Canadians, that mill about here, the wrong way.

No. What rubs us the wrong way is your feeble attempts to hide your angst at losing the gold medal with comments such as these:

Remember, hockey is barely a top 5 sport in the US

You never would have said this had the U.S. won gold. Then we have such jewels as this:

Hockey is fun- but it's not the life and blood of the average American- no single sport is- that's what makes America great.

While we hold hockey more dear to our hearts than other sports the same can be said for baseball in the U.S. Yet another veiled attempt to disrespect Canada and Canadians.

Yes Canada enjoy your hockey- but don't disrespect those Americans who now turn their attention to the NBA, the Masters, The Final Four, Spring Training, the upcoming WC Soccer tournement !

We will enjoy our hockey and while we're at it we'll enjoy all these upcoming sporting events also. Because you see Branded just because we don't have the population, resources, and money to throw at big business sports does not mean we Canadians don't appreciate the entertainment value these events brings. Nor does it mean we deserve to be disrespected by people like you.

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Posted in: Canada beats U.S. 3-2 in overtime to claim ice hockey gold See in context

And so did those in attendance who voted on the games "All Star" and "MVP" awards- which is sorely missing from this article. THere were 10 awards open- and the US team took 6 ! Yep, including a second place finish in a tournement they came in ranked out of the medals- they took 60% of the awards- and the Silver ! So if I may, Media All-Star Team: G – Ryan Miller (USA) D – Brian Rafalski (USA) D – Shea Weber (CAN) F – Jonathan Toews (CAN) F – Zach Parise (USA) F – Pavol Demitra (SVK) MVP – Ryan Miller (USA) The Directorate Awards were also announced: Best Goalie: Ryan Miller (USA) Best Defenceman: Brian Rafalski (USA) Best Forward: Jonathan Toews (CAN)

You may. And if I may: Canada... Olympic Gold Medalists

Is it my imagination or has this game brought out the true nature of the Canadian public?

It is your imagination.

Yep, including a second place finish in a tournement

Or as was so eloquently displayed in Atlanta '96 the first loser.

Dude- you should stick to baseball

Actually judging by the U.S.' accomplishments in the WBC maybe not.

Keep clinging to these meaningless awards and accomplishments. We Canadians will hold on to the one that matters. But Branded good on ya for finally showing up on the board. Couldn't have been an easy decision.

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Posted in: Japan to push for resumption of commercial whaling See in context

I do wonder how much money Japan is "donating" to IWC member nations to "influence" the vote in thier favor?

Watch "The Cove" and you'll get an idea as to where it starts.

Excess meat is sold for consumption, leading critics to call the program a mere cover for commercial whaling.

If they are whaling purely for research purposes as they claim then why is there excess meat left over?

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Posted in: Canada beats U.S. 3-2 in overtime to claim ice hockey gold See in context

I'm glad the American goalie got the tournament MVP. Truly deserved it. I wouldn't talk smack about the U.S. team but there are definitely a few on this board who deserve an earful. Yeah you Mr.USA, and my personal favourite Branded, who I guessed correctly wouldn't show up on the board today.

Overall it was an amazing game and the American team, as heartbreaking as it is, should not feel at all discouraged about their accomplishments.

Here's to another exciting and eventful hockey tournament in 2014 in Russia!

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Posted in: Canada to face U.S. for gold in men's ice hockey See in context

I hope Canada lose in their own national sport in their own territory.

Why?

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Posted in: Tokyo Tower vs Tokyo Sky Tree See in context

It's too bad the Japanese don't embrace more meaningful and interesting objects of Japanese design and history instead of tearing them down to build these simplistic, boring, "ugly" monstrosities that can be built anywhere around the world. All in the hopes of being seen as a "modern" country. Hope Godzilla rips Tokyo Tower from it's base and uses it to destroy Tokyo Sky Tree in the future.

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Posted in: American cheerleaders show Kansai their moves See in context

I'm all for cheerleaders showing their stuff any chance they get!

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Posted in: Canada, U.S., Finland, Slovakia reach men's ice hockey semifinals See in context

Bring on the Swedes.

Bring on the Slovaks. They just upset Sweden 4-3.

Looking forward to a Canada Finland final with Slovakia taking the bronze :)

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Posted in: Reticent Toyota president typical for Japan Inc See in context

English courses tend to be pedantic, focusing on grammatical rules If this remark is aimed at Keio University it is total BS and the writer clearly has no idea about the courses there.

Exactly! The writer should have said all Japanese University's are like this not just Keio. :p

I thought the piece, as commented earlier, was excellent and reiterated what I said earlier. Given Toyota's leadership it is not the top guy who makes the decisions or even knows all the going on's in his/her company but the bureaucrats and middle managers just below who call the shots and often filter the info before it reaches the prez. It will be interesting to watch tomorrow.

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Posted in: Father, son found dead in suspected murder-suicide See in context

As sad as these situations are and no matter how many times we hear about it, it fails to open the eyes of the population to offer any help whatsoever. At least the son followed through unlike those "dirtbags" who kill family members then say"I wanted to kill myself but didn't have the strength to do it."

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Posted in: U.S. stuns Canada 5-3 in men's ice hockey See in context

No disrespect mind you but Canada counted this chicken before the egg hatched ! I'll be doing backflips if the USA takes the Gold !

Yeah well no disrespect to you either but will you be here if the Americans don't get to the gold medal game or lose to Canada?

The stands were just chock full of some of the sourest mugs I've seen in years.

And how did the stands look in Salt Lake after the gold medal game in 02?

Canada had this game circled on their calendar for months.

Well considering the pools weren't finalized until a couple months ago, or was it last month?... I doubt we Canadians had this circled on our calendar so far in advance. If anything it's Feb 28th.

"Brodeur who never really showed up to play." Against the Americans ? Surely you jest ! Next excuse ?

Not an excuse. Brodeur hasn't shown up to play in this tournament. I would argue he's on the team for sentimental reasons. We tend to do that. How else would you explain Pronger on the team?

Oh come on now... What about those classic New Jersey Devil teams that won without heavy shots on goal?? Just because you got more shots doesn't mean you dominated the game...

Sorry but that's the point. Devils won on the strength of Brodeur in net and making the most of the opportunities they were given. Canada didn't. And Brodeur hasn't looked or played like the Brodeur of old. But when you have almost double the shots as your opponent then yeah, I think it's fair to say you dominated.

Just wait till you see Ovechkin- he'll knock you on your duff, skate circles around you, and then fire a wrister into the upper "V" !

Geez really? Wow! That's frightening. I could only imagine what he would do to Team U.S.A. if they face off.

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Posted in: U.S. stuns Canada 5-3 in men's ice hockey See in context

Hardly a stunning result considering Canada came off a shootout win over the Swiss and hasn't really looked that good in any of their games including the 8-0 win over Norway. This is just the wake up call that was needed.

Germany is going to be in a world of pain. And then the Russians before we get revenge on the U.S.

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Posted in: 3 rivalries create Super Sunday of Olympic ice hockey See in context

BS1 is showing the Can-US game at 9:15am I believe.

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