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    BertieWooster

    Other than providing something to wrap fish and chips in and start fires with, newspapers are a waste of natural resources. The internet is so much more useful. You read a story on a news site, get the feeling there might be another side to this or there is something omitted, do a search and find the missing information.

    You can get different viewpoints through the internet, you can't do this with a newspaper, unless you order a bunch of them.

    Posted in: What can newspapers offer that digitally delivered journalism cannot?

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    BertieWooster

    What about the guy who hasn't graduated puberty yet?

    I used to meet a lot of guys like this when I was teaching "salarymen" in Tokyo.

    They go out with a girl or meet a "professional" and the next day go into a huddle to discuss it.

    But that was a long time ago.

    I hope things have improved since then!

    Posted in: 10 types of Japanese men, according to Japanese women

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    BertieWooster

    The Wikipedia entry on Japan Tobacco is a very interesting read for smokers, anti-smokers and those in between:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Tobacco

    Amongst many other fascinating facts, it wasn't until January 20, 2010 that there was a court ruling that there was a link between smoking and lung cancer and respiratory illnesses. The judge, in his wisdom stated that smoking may be addictive.

    Prior to that, Judge Kikuo Asaka stated that there was no causal link between smoking habits and diseases. He also denied that nicotine was highly addictive.

    In spite of non-smoking trends, Japan Tobacco seems to doing very well for itself.

    Posted in: Butt out

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    BertieWooster

    It looks like the "Islamic" State Group needs to study the Quran a bit more, or change their name:

    Rashid Khalidi, a professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, disputes that the Quran offers any justification for beheading. He cites the lines coming immediately after one of the two verses used to justify the act: “Therefore, when you meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks.” But the very next line, contained in Chapter 47, Verse 4: “At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind the captives firmly. Therefore is the time for either generosity or ransom.”

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/watch-isis-uses-half-quran-verse-justify-beheadings-see-whats-half/197580/

    Posted in: Car bombs kill 38 in Baghdad

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    BertieWooster

    Hokkaidoguy,

    Thank you for the voice of reason.

    Because it masks the smell of exhaust fumes, deep-fryer oil, BBQ exhaust and other wonderful smells you're bombarded with on a daily basis that are all a part of city life.

    The militant anti-smoker can be as obnoxious as the guy who puffs away in a confined space oblivious to the discomfort he is causing.

    They are both extremes.

    Personally, I can tolerate a moderate amount of tobacco smoke much more easily than heavy perfume. A little perfume can be very nice, but a gang of females who smell like they have marinated in it has me reaching for my asthma inhaler.

    Posted in: Butt out

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    BertieWooster

    When I used to visit Paris longer ago than I cared to remember, one of the things I loved was the aroma of Disque Bleu and Gaulois cigarettes. I didn't smoke then, and I don't smoke now, but it was part of the atmosphere.

    I'm not writing this to support tobacco smoking, and completely agree that indoor smoking should be confined to smoking booths, but I don't see that smoking outside inconveniences anybody.

    Or maybe I'm spoiled, living in the relatively clean air of Okinawa.

    Posted in: Butt out

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    BertieWooster

    What slays me is going to Tokyo in August and seeing salarymen dripping sweat, in 3 piece suits, neckties and shoes!

    Posted in: Japan's sozzled salarymen: the lost tribe in a modern pickle

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    BertieWooster

    Serrano,

    It's a matter of taste. I like natto - on rice, in sushi rolls, in an omelet or just by itself.

    I am not much of an ice cream eater, but I do think that matcha ice cream works.

    I hate to say this, but I do think that mentaiko on spaghetti can be good. It depends on the cook, of course. I agree with you that spaghetti with ragu sauce is umai.

    Posted in: What are some of the weirdest food combinations you’ve seen in Japan?

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    BertieWooster

    kwatt,

    Maybe build up casino in some isolated islets very far from the mainland.

    They'll probably force it on Okinawa.

    They don't care what happens down here.

    Posted in: Pro-casino lawmakers to tweak bill to let Japanese gamble

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    BertieWooster

    jerseyboy,

    Abe wants his cake, and to eat it too. He wants to meet with China, knowing full well that it is just a matter of time before he belittles the Chinese victims of Japan's war-time aggression by visiting Yasukuni, or doing something else to whitewash events. I hope China stands firm and ignores this simpleton, and the country he leads who thinks this way.

    Well said!

    Posted in: Japan sees growing chance of Abe holding talks with China's Xi

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    BertieWooster

    Car being chased by police crashes, killing driver

    What a weird headline.

    It almost makes it look like the police were at fault!

    The guy tried to run away from the police, crashed his car and killed himself.

    He did it.

    Posted in: Car being chased by police crashes, killing driver

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    BertieWooster

    The weirdest, weirdest combination is Japan and American fast food.

    Why would people lucky to be born in a country with a wonderful native cuisine eat the reconstituted offal and chemically reared muck served in McD, KFC and the like?

    Posted in: What are some of the weirdest food combinations you’ve seen in Japan?

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    BertieWooster

    Why do we need this?

    Japan doesn't need any more gambling.

    We've already got Pachinko, Motor Boat Racing and a Stock Market.

    And, of course, there is the gamble of whether Japan will survive Wunderkind Abe!

    Posted in: Pro-casino lawmakers to tweak bill to let Japanese gamble

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    BertieWooster

    Sushi with Coca Cola.

    Posted in: What are some of the weirdest food combinations you’ve seen in Japan?

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    BertieWooster

    Dynamic, action, these are the hallmarks of Japanese PM Abe.

    NOT!

    After being in office for several years, he still hasn't met the neighbours!

    Posted in: Japan sees growing chance of Abe holding talks with China's Xi

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    BertieWooster

    The U.S.A. spends MORE on "defence" than the total military budget of the People's Republic of China PLUS Russia PLUS Saudi Arabia PLUS the U.K. PLUS France PLUS Japan PLUS Germany PLUS India PLUS Brazil PLUS South Korea PLUS Australia and it's worried about China's military expansion?

    What really worries the U.S.A. is probably China's economic expansion and the tightness of their own.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. revising defense plans with eye on China

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    BertieWooster

    Japan nuclear restart would hit oil importers hardest

    My heart bleeds for them.

    Posted in: Japan nuclear restart would hit oil importers hardest: survey

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    BertieWooster

    shonanbb,

    If asking someone for a cup of tea is stalking, then there is really something wrong with yhis society.

    Welcome to planet Earth! There is PLENTY wrong with just about every society on it.

    In Japan, what is said and what is thought are two often entirely different things. The Japanese describe it as "honne" (that which is thought) and "tatemae" (that which is spoken).

    When the guy says, "Let's have a cup of tea," he is NOT talking about drinking infused leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. In his mind is getting the preliminaries over quickly and getting to the "horizontal folk dancing" as soon as possible.

    In other words, it's a pick up line. Stuff like this: Are you an interior decorator? Because when I saw you, the entire room became beautiful. Are you religious? Because you're the answer to all my prayers. Do you have a Band-Aid? Because I just scraped my knee falling for you. I'm not a photographer, but I can picture me and you together. They say dating is a numbers game... so can I get your number? Do you have a sunburn, or are you always this hot? Is your daddy a Baker? Because you've got a nice set of buns!

    Posted in: Solitary seniors who seek soul mates descend into stalking

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    BertieWooster

    What I've observed has been more or less ritual, with a tight hierarchy of who can speak and when. For the most part, meetings I've sat in on are dreadfully boring. Opinions are invited and then the Bucho/Shacho says what's going to happen. In most situations it was decided before the meeting and people's opinions are more or less disregarded anyway.

    Then, occasionally, someone gets torn to pieces. He's not given the chance to explain or answer, just apologise profusely. Questions are asked, but they are not ones that need answering, like, "Why are you so stupid?"

    So part of it is a deterrent. A worker doesn't want to screw up because if he does he's going to be ripped apart in the meeting.

    I read somewhere that one of the major differences between Japanese and European/American people is that the deterrent for bad action for us is guilt - we wouldn't do a certain thing because we would feel guilty. For Japanese it is shame - they wouldn't do something because they would feel shame. Mothers play on this, "Don't do that! Everybody's looking at you!"

    Posted in: Why do Japanese companies have so many meetings each day?

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