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Posted in: Kanji catching on all over, but frequently misunderstood See in context

Now who's ignorant? The kanji 酷 DOES actually mean "cool" in Chinese. Kanji does not extend only to Japanese... Hopefully next time the writers will do enough research before writing their articles.

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Posted in: Vivian Hsu back in Japan after 7-year absence See in context

Last I checked, single mothers are still "mothers!" No disrespect.

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Posted in: Osaka governor gets Y100 mil donation from elderly woman See in context

Re Osakadaz: I think there's an error in your comment. You said:

I do not trust that guy as far as I could throw him. >

Do that means you do not trust him only a little bit (the ways you can throw him)? Or are you imply you can throw him a great length? It should be "I trust him as much as I can throw him," wouldn't it?

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Posted in: Pregnant junior high school teacher harassed by students’ 'Miscarriage Club' See in context

This spells next Columbine waiting to happen. Maybe not to that extremety, but think about it, these students felt secure to make a club that takes another's life... scary! After they receive their punishments, who knows what can happen.

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Posted in: Japan urges N Korea to exercise restraint See in context

Japan: "All those islets are belong to us." China: "No, to us." Taiwan: "No, to us." N.Korea: "Let us solve your guys' problem for you, let us test our long range nuclear missle on the islets and blow it up instead. THEN no one will complain."

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Posted in: Women in their 20s want to get married, live in a big apartment and become cute moms. See in context

Why the heck do they even go to college then? If all they dream of is being a stay home mom.

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Posted in: Women in their 20s want to get married, live in a big apartment and become cute moms. See in context

A very "healthy" REGRESSION back into the Edo era, I see.

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Posted in: English graffiti 'Hack' grounds bullet train See in context

It was done by a foreigner, the tags even had side writings written in English, something like 'Hack was here' or something or other. Don't exactly know how to comment on this issue...

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Posted in: What happens to apartments where murders occur? See in context

Women tend to choose such apartments

Women are lunier than men, statistically speaking. If you think about it, how are you going to find any place where people don't die? There has to be someone dying for others to be born, so... there you go!!! Still, I myself wouldn't live at a post-murder scene.

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Posted in: You're never too old to learn a new language See in context

I found the transition to learn Japanese to be quite easy after I have mastered both Chinese and Englsih. Vice versa I guess for any of these languages, because Japanese is easier to pronounce with English, and have similar kanji to Chinese characters. Guess the next goal is Korean for me, have to check that website out, FREE service, you say?

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Posted in: Cheerleader revs up boring business offices See in context

That's exactly what this country needs right now. Do you notice all the people sleeping in the trains and lack of energy? I fully support what she wants to accomplish.

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Posted in: Business booming for Tokyo's plastic surgeons See in context

I would argue that plastic surgery is for some people because have you seen the pervasive occurence of the Japanese people in getting moles? Especially big black hairy moles on their face, now isn't that a good thing you hide something like that from showing in the public, it sure would do me a lot of good NOT looking at it.

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Posted in: Losing Kei See in context

Only thing it doesn't mention is where to buy the book from... LoL! I'm sure I can find that out pretty easily, though.

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Posted in: Losing Kei See in context

But a very good book summary. I will be sure to check this book out, as I am interested in film making, so in the future, who knows...

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Posted in: Avatars and Antiheroes See in context

I have been to 798 in Beijing, have seen some good art works. Chinese art is pretty happening.

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Posted in: Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook See in context

Meh, can't be compared to China, where the cigarettes are cheap, and every 18 year old (I'm not saying there are no younger kids) start smoking just for fun. Sadly, I grew up there, so my lung has seen it's battles starting from age 0-10 (I moved to America), so I'm not gonna be making it any worse by picking up smoking myself just because it's COOL, but that's me.

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Posted in: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide See in context

In Chinese, it is the same character, pronunciation is Yao Guai. Bet you could see the similarities on that one. Regarding the book though, you can also check out "Gegege no Kitaro," a fun series of manga adaptation that was made many many years ago, 'dai senpai' of this book. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeGeGe_no_Kitaro or Jigoku Sensei Nūbē, English is Hell Teacher Nūbē, 地獄先生ぬ~べ~. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_Teacher_N%C5%ABb%C4%93 Just offering up the funner alternatives for all you otaku brothers out there.

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Posted in: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide See in context

Re: "'Yokai' began springing up in literature and illustrations in the 18th century" as it should have, the Japanese adopted that word, and most of its own language (at least the written kanji's) from the Chinese.

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Posted in: L Word See in context

How about "the simultaneously amibiguous L and R sounding word featured only in Japan" show.

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Posted in: Ex-Filipino hostesses become caregivers See in context

1000 yen per hour, that is just chump change, compared to the US. Either this article's information is false, or some folks are getting robbed while on their way over to Japan.

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Posted in: Surrogate motherhood still a minefield of issues in Japan See in context

That is true... I wonder if they could provide the same kind of service as America, having an anonymous woman who is healthy carrying their baby. The woman, of course, will get monetary benefits for it. This seems to be the way to go, having your own mother carrying your child is problematic because of the age issue.

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Posted in: Murder in lotus land See in context

Re: Dakrin. But it couldn't possibly have been as bad as Kato's situation. He was crying out for help, but no one responded. I hear many sayings on this, how he lost his job (to add onto the stress factor), and the absorption into anime and manga. But I do have to agree that not all otaku are crazy zealous otakus, I also happen to like games/anime/manga, and I guess that makes me an otaku, but it's to what degree you associate with them. I know that they are just a pasttime activity, and I respectively balance my work time with my play time. So I think that it was a miriad of non-relating factors to being an addict to manga, etc... that drove Kato to do what he did.

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Posted in: Akihabara rampage foretold but lost among myriad messages on Internet site See in context

Although time and time again, America has only proven itself to be anything but the opposite to being a land of the free... still, morally, one would tend to agree to the policing of harmful internet postings. However, you all have lived in Japan for a while now, you now know that Japan is not the technologically savvy country that we once thought it is (half of Japanese people don't know how to use, and do not have e-mail, only phone-mail). The J-police simply will not comply to using the same technologies that American polices use, whether it be a lack of technology savvy-ness or they just want to be non-conformists, OR what they claim as "opposing the freedom of speech," blah blah blah... Nothing personal, it's just a cultural difference thing.

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Posted in: Akihabara rampage foretold but lost among myriad messages on Internet site See in context

From the article "policing the sites also encounters an issue of freedom of speech," where do you think we all are, buddy, America?

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Posted in: Ishihara opens Tokyo's newest subway line See in context

Ikebukuro to Shibuya?? What is that, like an hour's walk? Besides, isn't it easy enough to get from one place to another with the JR? It's on the same Yamanote line afterall.

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Posted in: 'Pedestrian paradise' to be suspended in Akihabara See in context

I saw a photographer photographing a hot lass at Shibuya once, they were focusing on a lace band attached to her leg though, so I am not sure if it was indeed a legitimate shoot (which wouldn't explain why it was done in the streets in the first place) or a erotic underground photoshoot or something of that caliber.

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Posted in: Raiders of the lost SMAP See in context

"the guy from the Harry Potter movies" = Daniel Radcliff?

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Posted in: Pimp arrested after sending 16-year-old girl to clients for prostitution See in context

I couldn't agree more with omarbabilon. We as humans have urges, but we can always restrain ourselves, and distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. My friend and I had a talk about today's world going through a moral degradation, I just think that its all about what morals are getting taught nowadays to the new generation. And having morals do not necessarily have to depend on having a religion. I know that first hand, because I myself am not a religious person, nor have ever been one. Yet I have receive enough information that guides me from the wrong things in the world. I can't understand how the chikans are able to lose all their inhibition and just start randomly touching girls on the trains (thankfully, I have never witnessed this, but damned if I haven't heard about it enough times). And if that's not bad enough, then sleeping with a minor... that is just unforgivable, esp if ur an old dude like the article above, because that's like banging your own daughter or worse, granddaughter.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy arrested for barging into ex-girlfriend's high school with knife in Kitakyushu See in context

I do agree with some of the viewpoints presented, however, I also believe that sometimes in love, it will drive you to do some crazy things. So what I'm saying is, the boy went into the school, but only after he got frustruated because the school officials won't comply to his requests he brandished the knife and wanted to threaten the staff. Then again, we don't really know why the heck he is carrying the knife in the first place anyways, if all he wanted to do was to talk with his ex-gf.

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Posted in: New subway line to open in Tokyo on June 14 See in context

and cough all the clubs too! =P

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