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Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME See in context

"“best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics.”

That's definitely true. And it needs to be said that the volunteers weren't just people manning phones, but journalists in all medias, and those who campaigned through the internet.

(That's not an attack - it's an observation, and my opinion that Republicans underestimate the value of getting their people involved in the internet).

I'd say commenting favorably for your side and negatively for the other on news sites, blogs, youtube etc, is probably just as or more effective as calling people up on phones.

Especially with young people -and they are the ones who decide the election.

So, congratulation to the internet warriors here! I'm not American, but am pro-US, and also realize that a strong US is good for everyone, so Congratulations to Obama and family, and let's hope America gets back.

PS, nobody does election campaigns like Americans. If we could bottle that passion and use it as an energy source we wouldn't need nuclear power plants!

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Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME See in context

"on the white, conservative, Christian men denomination to win is only guaranteeing the party loses. Some 90% or more of African Americans are voting Dem, and more than two-thirds of Hispanics, not to mention women. "

just more divisiveness. Blacks, women, gays.. whites - why not just talk about America.

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Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME See in context

How on earth can an older white Mormon who is continually being lampooned and maliciously smeared by the media continually, be even close in the votes against the guy backed by the media? (and the Obama internet army with their glazed eyes and hunched shoulders.)

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Posted in: Some women also felt they were passed up for promotion when they became pregnant, or had it delayed until they returned to work. This is a type of discrimination that is not frequently discussed in Ja See in context

" Sure, unexpected things come up now and then involving kids"

Yes they do. If kids get sick, or even get a temperature over a certain degree, daycares expect a parent to come and take the child home. Not everyone has a job (male or female) where they can just go leave for the day. Either the father or the mother has to do that. If my wife had a great job and I was the one who had the job of leaving work for children, it may be hard for me to expect a promotion over someone else who was always on the job.

To me this is all about practicality -it's not a war on women or anything. And it will always depend on the job and company.

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Posted in: Some women also felt they were passed up for promotion when they became pregnant, or had it delayed until they returned to work. This is a type of discrimination that is not frequently discussed in Ja See in context

Depending on the job and the company, competition can be fierce. It doesn't seem absurd at all that someone who doesn't take three months off would be passed over in favor of someone who will be at work for those three months.

"or had it delayed until they returned to work. "

How terrible..

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Posted in: Tanaka's judgment to deny the universities' establishment runs counter to the standards that her own ministry issued. It's not a credible decision, as it's outside the realm of the authority of an edu See in context

Just learning about this issue and saw the nearly completed uni on TV. So, what happens to all the buildings now?

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Posted in: The gap between parents and children: distance and culture See in context

"an old timer". Obviously, someone who can type English...

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Posted in: The gap between parents and children: distance and culture See in context

One day, and old timer should do an article here about the difference in life in Japan now and then.

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Posted in: The gap between parents and children: distance and culture See in context

@Cleo - that brought back memories..

You know you've been here for a while when you remember trying to find the international phone in a new area you move into.

Nice article Makoto. For what it's worth, I've been here away from my parents for a very long time now, but they still wonder when I'm coming home! They even tell me when they see jobs available that they think would be perfect for me! And if I packed up tomorrow and said I was, they'd be overjoyed. Tough knowing that your parents would rather you be close to them - but it's better than never knowing your parents or them not caring.

What I can say being old....is that the internet has totally changed life for expats.

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Posted in: Quality of nursing can make major difference in hospital stay See in context

"Surprisingly, specialists in a certain field don’t know much about other fields"

You can say that again.

Japanese nurses are the best. No wonder many people don't want to leave hospital here.

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Posted in: Obama, Romney look for edge as campaign nears end See in context

"Christian Taliban"...?

The left in America has no shame.

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Posted in: Obama, Romney look for edge as campaign nears end See in context

It will be difficult for Obama to lose this. And if he does, it will be a hugely embarrassing loss.

If he can't beat a guy who has been mercilessly ridiculed by the media, the comedy world, and of course Obama's army of internet campaigner zealots, then it will be amazing.Not to mention that being Mormon has been a huge obstacle for many Republicans.The fact that the race is even close should be hard for Obama to take.

Maybe he needs to go back on Letterman and The View...

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Posted in: Spiritual matters See in context

"So if anyone falls at Dalai Lama's feet for his blessing and guidance - i say, s/he has gained wisdom and lost ego."

Let me guess. You're voting for Obama too..?

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Posted in: Obama, Romney look for edge as campaign nears end See in context

Given the incredible support of the news and entertainment media, it would be close to a miracle for Obama to lose.

Oh, and the third column of raving internet campaigners...

"Saw the First Lady at school today! It was exciting! She is great! .... GET OUT AND VOTE ! Oh yeah, FORWARD !"

Spoken like a veteran Obama campaigner. I think you forgot "Yes we can". or should that be "We thought he could"

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Posted in: Obama, Romney look for edge as campaign nears end See in context

"And sadly the undoing of generations of hard work to gain the rights and equality that women, minorities"

Is this something that grass roots lemmings, (i mean campaigners) get told to say by their superiors? Do you actually believe that?

"It's just that they cannot handle a black man in the White House and will come up with every thinly veiled excuse to make people think that isn't"

Not this tired old lie again. Pathetic. Every Republican I know would be happy to have a black Republican President. The attacks about racism are ludicrous. Republicans would have voted for Condi Rice if she were running against Obama. And she's even blacker!

This racist attack is totally unfounded. It's the same pathetic tactic used last time. But I suppose Dems figure that young uneducated people will simply fall for the message and think vote Obama to prove they're not racist. Shameful.

"I can't trust a bloke to relate to the average man when he won't even have a couple of beers."

And this is why Obama will probably win. In depth political analysis by a Democrat!! " Now let me see. This guy drinks beer. The other guy doesn't. hmmm Yep, I guess I should vote for the beer drinker!".

Funny isn't it. When Obama's campaign people had Obama drinking beer on the campaign trail , I thought surely they don't think voters are that dumb. But...there you go. A photo of Obama drinking beer is worth a few percentage points probably.

The world is in serious trouble.

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Posted in: Japanese, Chinese citizens back Obama for second term: poll See in context

Well there you have it. 86%. From the most politically astute people that the raging Democrats on JT love and praise so much!!

It figures. A country where the populace just swallows what the media tells them without deep analysis, and a Disney store for adult women is opening. And they just love Obama!

naruhodo.

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Posted in: Kids cause mayhem at McDonald’s, challenging themselves to eat 60 servings of fries in one sitting See in context

I get more annoyed by the one person who sits in a four seater table for ages while a family of four has no place to sit.

Not to mention people who study in Starbucks or Macs for hours after they've finished their drink.

Better to have teenagers who do harmless pranks like that than the ones in other countries who beat people up.

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Posted in: 'Gangnam Style' second most-viewed YouTube video after Justin Bieber See in context

There are worse problems in the world than the popularity of Gangnam Style.

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Posted in: Is black voter support for President Obama racist? See in context

Rather than being racist it's pretty normal.

" It simply means they identified with Obama"

They probably think they do, but there aren't many similarities between Obama's life and the average black voter's.

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Posted in: 'Gangnam Style' second most-viewed YouTube video after Justin Bieber See in context

It's probably because I'm old, but I often spend time looking at fantastic live music clips and classic recordings, get blown away by the talent and genius - then read an article like this and get blown away again.

I really hope there aren't people around who judge talent by youtube counts. Then again, I've never watched a Justin Bieber song all the way through...

But I guess I should if Baby is even more popular than Gangnam Style ...

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Posted in: Gov't to inspect 5,500 Schindler elevators after fatal accident See in context

"The government said Friday that it will carry out a nationwide inspection of thousands of elevators produced by Swiss company Schindler after a hotel worker was crushed to death by one."

If only the govt treated nuclear power plant incidents with the same passion as elevator accidents.

Takeshima, Senkaku, foreign elevators - the media will no doubt be busy with this for days. In the meantime, contract workers for Tepco are working in atrocious conditions while Mr Shimizu is sitting pretty in his next job.

I don't know which I dislike more. Politicians, elite bureaucrats or the media.

Then again, they all seem to roll into one.

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Posted in: Japan's mobile phone users made 260,000 years' worth of calls in 2011 See in context

I wonder how many thousands of years people wish they could have back.

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Posted in: Woman killed in elevator accident in Kanazawa; police raid Schindler office See in context

" police raided the Nagoya office of Schindler and the elevator maintenance firm."

Those who wonder about that haven't lived in Japan very long. Showing hundreds of police going into a building and coming out carrying boxes is standard fare here.

For some strange reason the media are always on the scene.

For those of us who weren't here, Schindler co was pretty well crucified for weeks after the last one. And one of the reasons was because they didn't immediately call a press conference and bow and cry.

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Posted in: Skeleton found in closet of house being demolished See in context

No skeletons in closets in the US. Talk shows, reality shows and tell all books brought them all out.

But it makes you wonder how easy it is to live in an abandoned apartment.

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Posted in: Worker says Fukushima nuclear plant crisis crew not told of danger See in context

"The whole system is sick from top through the bottom!"

I'd say it's mostly the top.

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Posted in: Worker says Fukushima nuclear plant crisis crew not told of danger See in context

"This shows that it pays to study when in school and not try to be cool joining bosozoku gangs"

I guess you're right. People should study so they can be the elite at Tepco and be in a high class bosozoku gang.

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Posted in: The 'downgraded wives' who make hubbies squirm See in context

Here's the ugly truth. Married women have more expectations for and put more demands on their husbands than ever before.. And single and married women are more willing to have sex with men than ever before. Put those two things together and .. there are going to be more and more men who just don't see the point in getting married.

Which is why you get all these women complaining that they can't get married. Doesn't seem to me that women are any happier than they were 50 years ago.

Now wait for some irate woman to tell me that they are happier than their poor abused mother!

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Posted in: The 'downgraded wives' who make hubbies squirm See in context

"The person in the relationship who cares least has the most control."

Thou art a sage.

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Posted in: Worker says Fukushima nuclear plant crisis crew not told of danger See in context

On the wider point, it's all very well for people to argue that Japan needs more contract workers but those people need to be looked after too.

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Posted in: Worker says Fukushima nuclear plant crisis crew not told of danger See in context

How did the people high up in Tepco AND their wives sleep at night knowing that the people doing the dangerous work were treated so terribly.

I hope this guy and guys like him get enough money to retire on. And I hope his five year old boy knows that his dad is a better man than most of the "heroes" that get lauded on TV.

Geez this country embarrasses me sometimes.

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