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    Equality

    No, Sensei, I wasn't counting you among the posters I quoted, since I would imagine that loneliness may play a role in why some women go to the host bars. The reason I made that comment is that after watching the video, 'Naoki' came across as an ambitious, intelligent, well-spoken young man, and I was surprised at all the vitriolic comments about him (and other hosts). Since the comments seemed in no way to reflect the content of the video, it seemed pretty obvious that it was mostly sour grapes on the part of those posters.

    In my opinion, hosts are simply providing an entertainment service, not completely unlike the opera or cirque du soleil. In a democratic and modern society, people - including women - are free to spend their money on whatever they wish. I wouldn't choose to spend my money at hostess bars, pachinko parlors, maid cafes, or outrageously priced restaurants for that matter, but I also wouldn't unfairly lambaste the people who work at them.

    Posted in: Women, money and time: Behind the scenes with Japan’s 'King of Hosts'

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    Can't believe the amount of jealously of most of the posters on here.

    "Its not about the money because dispite the income they don't get to keep very much.. Its not because it's fun because having to vomit alcohol up a few times a night isn't fun. Its not because of the girls because the girls who visit hosts are either miserable also or are using the host then leaving them."

    "I should imagine regular visits to the STD clinic also take their toll...!"

    "Makes you wonder how successful hosts would be if they invested as much time and energy into a legitimate long term business."

    "What con artists they are, playing on the loneliness of rich women (and men too)."

    blah, blah, blah ... etc ... etc ...

    Here's one more overused cliche for you: "Don't hate 'em 'cause you ain't 'em!"

    Posted in: Women, money and time: Behind the scenes with Japan’s 'King of Hosts'

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    Not this:

    They seem to relish the drama. The Pals in the Israelis chuckle to themselves "Got another one!"

    This:

    it is doubtful the two sides will broker a final peace agreement, given years of bitterness and sharp differences over borders, claims to Jerusalem and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

    Posted in: Kerry: It's 'reality check' time for Mideast talks

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    I would feel sorrier for these taxi drivers if most of them didn't look so put off / forlorn when I get in their cabs. "Just my luck, a gaigin" is what their expression says. Even after greeting them and offering clear information/directions in Japanese, all I usually get is a begrudging, "Domo" (if anything at all) after paying the fare at the end. Their complaining about being looked down upon by entertainers is pretty hypocritical if you ask me.

    Posted in: Taxi drivers complain about entertainers

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    "I need more napkins." This happened once in her lifetime, like lots of the other stuff she refers to.

    This 'list' is pretty lame. Should have been called, '12 annoying things that people have said to me 'cause I'm Asian'.

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    All three areas the writer mentioned are ON the Yamanote line; within 10 minutes of Ikebukuro, 20 min of Shinjuku, and 20 min of Tokyo station. Despite what some of the posters have written, if you're looking for a good combination of convenience and lower cost, they are all pretty good bets. I live in Nishi-Nippori (one past Tabata), which it is also quite convenient with 5 train and subway lines (including the Yamanote), all within an 8-minute walk and a 10-minute walk to Nippori, with its Yanaka Ginza and one of the best shotengai in the Kanto area. The rents are reasonable (ex.135,000 for a modern 65 meter squared 'mansion') as well!

    Posted in: Moving to Tokyo? Here are three reasonable neighborhoods to live in

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    @Galapagos - While Kershaw's salary is definitely huge, and is in fact larger than the GDP of a few islands (ex. Anguilla and the Falklands), it is actually quite a bit smaller than "several Latin American nations", with Honduras being at the bottom of the GDP ladder at $18 billion +.

    Posted in: Dodgers sign Kershaw to record $215 million deal

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    Anyone who purposefully targets civilian, whether in Afghanistan, the U.S., or elsewhere, is a cold-blooded psychopath who deserves a fate worse than death.

    Posted in: 13 foreigners among 21 killed in Kabul restaurant attack

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    It would seem that Dennis Rodman has found a way to stay 'relevant', while at the same time, picking up a nice payday for providing an unwitting (?) propaganda boost for the Machiavellian tyrant Kim Jong Un. Not only is Rodman interfering in the U.S. and other governments' attempts to isolate and discredit Kim, but he's doing it for personal gain, which makes it even worse. Watching his interview on CNN and reading his recorded statements, saying that Kim is his "best friend" and "friend for life", leaves one incredulous. Rodman is either incredibly naive/ignorant or incredibly selfish. Take your pick.

    Posted in: Rodman 'sorry' after controversial North Korea trip

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    Hezbollah, which is a terrorist group that is based in Lebanon and financed by Syria & Iran, often tries to draw Israel into conflict, as they did in 2006; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006LebanonWar. Due to Lebanon's weak national army, the well-armed and well-financed Hezbollah (which is also fighting on the side of the Assad regime in Syria) can continue attacking Israel and creating instability in the region.

    Posted in: Israel warns Lebanon of tougher response to more rockets

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    Good luck with that. It's tough enough to get most Japanese students to complete their homework, never mind asking them to have the self-discipline to watch the video lessons, complete the homework, and do anything else associated with 'flipping' on their own at home. And what about working parents? Are they now expected to hire full-time babysitters or simply trust their 5 ~ 14 year-olds to be responsible little angels alone all day at home? Finally, there is the extensive technological training that will be required for the teachers. Not only will they have to create 'video lessons' for multiple courses, but will have to manage the virtual classroom technology as well. Most primary and middle school teachers are busy enough without adding this additional burden. Why were none of these things addressed in the article?

    Posted in: Flipping classrooms: Is Japan embracing new educational paradigm?

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    It seems that this rash of new software has received spotty reviews that have blemished their reputation.

    Posted in: Experts urge caution on popular 'skin rash' apps

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    Short memories anyone? Iran/Ahmadinejad used this stalling tactic three or four times over the past half-dozen years. Meetings are planned, meetings are held, promises are made by Iran, and then, when it comes to UN inspections or other measures of serious accountability, the Iranians back out at the last minute, buying themselves another six months or more to continue making nuclear weapons. It's possible that Rouhani is more sincere than Ahmadinejad, but even so, getting the Ayatollahs on board is an entirely different matter.

    Posted in: Iran starts nuclear talks with world powers at U.N.

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    Philly1 - Do you even know what you're talking about? As for the Kardashians, I know dozens of Canadians, and none of them could care less about the Kardashians.

    Posted in: Abe arrives in Ottawa

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    Do you really think this is a simple revenge attack because Kenya "interfered in the internal affairs of another" country? These Islamic extremists are blood-thirsty savages who will use any excuse to commit these atrocities in order to remain 'relevant' in the eyes of the public and among other terrorist groups. If your only purpose is to create terror, and you're not out killing innocent people, then you're not really doing your job, are you?

    Posted in: 59 killed, 157 injured in Kenya mall attack; hostages still held

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    I can't stand these guys who prey on young women, trying to turn them into hostesses and prostitutes. Let's hope the J-cops make the lives of these punks and the pimps who run these organizations more and more difficult!

    Posted in: Street scouts take risks to rake in big money

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    I can't understand why the Taliban always seem to step up their attacks when US troops are planning to withdraw. Seems like the Taliban are encouraging them to stay (whereas you'd think they'd want them out).

    Posted in: Suicide bombers attack U.S. base in Afghanistan

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    If they remember to buy it. :-)

    Posted in: Scientists find clue to age-related memory loss

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    Absolutely appalling!! I'll be interested in hearing what kind of punishment he'll receive for such willful negligence (though I'm guessing it won't be close to enough).

    Posted in: Man arrested after 8 dogs found with 1 ton of feces, partially-eaten dog corpses in cage

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    Not to mention, all the lettuce you can eat!

    Posted in: Nagano lettuce farmers living the good life

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