Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    Did yall know that this is a start of a psycho-socialpathic killer right?

    I did. As this was the point made by nearly all of the preceeding posts on this thread, I could hardly be unaware.

    Posted in: More decapitated cats found in Kobe

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    Ah_so

    And BTW, the foreign press got a head start on Olympus only because the CEO whistleblower went directly to the foreign press because he lacked the ability to speak Japanese.

    It would appear that the Nikkei cannot read English, because it took them a further three weeks to report on a Japanese corporate scandal. The Nikkei is just part of the corporate club that does not rock the boat, unlike that troublesome foreigner Woodford.

    I doubt that Nikkei will interfer with the FT's editorial line, but if they do, it will destroy the paper.

    Posted in: Nikkei to buy Financial Times for $1.31 bil

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    Ah_so

    In Japan the deep bowing of executives after a corporate fiasco in effect ticks a box that indicates the company is sorry about what happened. It may seem a little strange to Westerners, but it gets across a message.

    Bowing is more about self-humiliation than apology. They are sorry that they got caught and the wrongful behaviour would have carried on had the scandal not been revealed. .

    Posted in: Bowing is an important outward sign of contrition by Japanese company executives caught up in a scandal. But how sincere do you think the act of bowing is, as an apology?

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    Ah_so

    People who send this king of idiotic nonsense will not carry out the threats. Cancelling this matsuri is over-cautious and unecessary.

    Posted in: Threat forces 'bon' festival to be canceled in Tokyo

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    Ah_so

    It can be easy to forget that pedophilia is a mental illness.

    Novenachama: you can define any undesirable behaviour as a "mental illness" if you wish. Homosexualtiy was regarded as one until quite recently (I have a 1970s British home medical encyclopaedia that defines it thus), whereas today it certainly would not be.

    Paedophilia is not like schizoprenia - it is a mental weakness perhaps, but it is a stretch to call it a mental illness.

    Posted in: 'Lolicon' teachers a growing concern

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    Ah_so

    Of course you do not swear in front of a customer or client (I love the quaint Americanism to "curse"). but mild swearing with your team rarely offends, unless you use The Word That May Never Be Uttered - you know, the one word that still offends.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Curse words could affect your career

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    Ah_so

    Given identical credit ratings, and given the same loans, do white/asians/hispanics/blacks default or miss payments at the same percentage rate? Or do they differ at all? And if they do differ, could this be used to lawfully discriminate?

    Don't know but this probably what Honda was doing.

    Interestingly, within the EU, under sexual discrimiation laws, insurers cannot distinguish between male and female drivers in charging for insurance, despite men having far worse accident rates than women, and previously higher premiums. This is definitely a case of political correctness overriding common sense.

    Honda is probably a case of pure discrimination.

    Posted in: Honda to pay $25 mil to settle U.S. discrimination claims

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    Ah_so

    Erm...Japan has 4 seasons - I've been told a million times.

    What about the rainy season?

    Posted in: Book by Tokyo patissier uses Japanese sweets to represent all of the country’s 72 seasons

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    Ah_so

    The irony is that I am looking at a digital photograph of a drawing of reality.

    Posted in: Amazing colored pencil drawings of Tokyo scenes look like actual photos

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    Ah_so

    Kyoto is an ugly modern city with attractive sites. It is the best that Japan has to offer, but that is starting from a low base.

    A great city is more than individual sites, but the whole place.

    I am rather suspect of the list - I suspect that it reveals the readers' aspirations and pretentions as much as anything. For example, Krakow is a nice place, but it will not keep a traveller busy for long.

    Posted in: Kyoto voted world's best city to visit by Travel + Leisure magazine

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    Ah_so

    think if there is a name for the ball, today it has the right to be called a soccer ball.

    "Soccer" is a contraction of "Association Football", which is distinguished from Rugby Football or American Football. The ball used in soccer is by definition a football.

    Posted in: Ball skills

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    Ah_so

    Just to clear things up, soccer is played with a football, not a soccerball.

    Posted in: Ball skills

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    Ah_so

    All. I wonder whether he was wearing a seat belt or in a child seat. Often rare here.

    Posted in: 5 year-old boy killed after camper van flips over in Niigata

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    Ah_so

    It's football not soccer. Look-

    Soccer is the original British informal name for Association Football, as opposed to Rugby Football.

    Soccer as opposed to Rugger.

    Can I remind all my fellow Britons of this fact?

    Posted in: As Women's World Cup draws to end, inequality remains

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    Ah_so

    I have reached the 40 mark and could not pass for anything but middle aged in appearance, but I have sharp wit and humour on my side and can normally run rings around 20-somethings. I am also have a fairly youthful outlook, and feel comfortable mixing with people of all ages.

    But when addressing women, i think it best to play it safe with terms of address - resist obasan until it would be insulting to suggest that they were anything else.

    Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?

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    Ah_so

    As someone of Northern European stock, it is thought that my ancestors evolved the ability to digest milk thousands of years ago to survive times of shortage. Due to this evolutionary advantage that we have, it is entirely natural to drink milk.

    Milk is fine for many people, some are intolerant, but there is no reason to believe that it is harmful.

    Milk is out of fashion these days, along with wheat products, where people labour under the misapprehension that they are gluten intolerant.

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

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    Ah_so

    The figures show that for the first time ever, the number of individuals 65 years and older is approximately twice that of children under 15.

    This is a function of logeavity as much as anything else. If you reach the age of 65, your life expectancy would be about 90 for women, although many live beyond that, especially women. But it does show how far and fast births have fallen. In the post-war baby boom, it was common to have families of 6 or 7 children.

    Posted in: Japan's population marks steepest decline ever

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    Ah_so

    A description of places of natural beauty. The power stop concept is nothing more than new age mumbo jumbo.

    Posted in: Top 10 power spots in Japan

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    Ah_so

    As some have pointed out, this is an uncomfortable combinations of two things that run deep in the American psyche - race and guns.

    I wonder how different history would have been if the Loyalist forces had prevailed over the separatist forces in the colonial conflict (aka War of Independence). Slavery would have been abolished much earlier and the right to bear arms would never have found its easy into the constitution. Today America would probably be a happier less violent society.

    That's the problem with trying to run before you can walk. We ate still mopping up over 200 years later.

    Posted in: World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in U.S.

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    Ah_so

    "And once I tell her, her reaction is to cry."

    Children cry when they are told off. But I wouldn't leave a child in charge of children.

    Posted in: 17-month-old boy drowns in bath at daycare center

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