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MocheakeJan. 28, 2015 - 04:45PM JST
He'd have to show proof of authenticity. If he couldn't I would make the case that it was a knock off and that he was trafficking fake goods. Might work.
Posted in: Police officer breaks Rolex wristwatch during arrest; sends suspect repair bill
MocheakeJan. 28, 2015 - 04:21PM JST
She is just evil and probably without remorse. Mental instability will be her defense's strategy but that is not the real problem. Some people just want to do bad things.
Posted in: 19-year-old girl arrested for killing 77-year-old woman in Nagoya
MocheakeJan. 26, 2015 - 05:14PM JST
Scap, when the big earthquake happened in Haiti, I was waiting to see if even one of my Japanese co-workers, friends or acquaintances would comment on the horiffic loss of life (over 200,000 dead) and property. Still waiting. Same for the quake in Chile. The one in New Zealand got a few comments but you know the reason why. I always tell my relatives that Japan is a very easy place to like but a very hard place to love.
Posted in: The conformist aspects of Japanese society makes events like the hostage crisis particularly emotionally disturbing for its people. That trauma is compounded by the fact that I don't think most Japanese saw this coming. Many will realize out of this that they too are a part of global society, rather than an isolated island nation.
MocheakeJan. 26, 2015 - 10:46AM JST
Japanese people here generally don't see themselves a a part of a global community.They still see Japan as separate and unique. Many people on this site seem to believe that also. When they want to be a part of the global community ( current hostage crisis, 3/11 earthquake) then they make sure the world can see their 'pain.' Most other times, I hear stuff like how sushi and fugu are elaborate dishes that can only be done by a specially-trained chef (Japanese) and Japan is unique because there are hot springs and they have four seasons. 'Western food' is just hamburgers and steak so it's easily prepared, basic and caused them to gain weight when they were forced to eat it on their trip. Go out on the streets right now and do a check to find out what news stories are on their minds. I bet ninety percent of the people will mention the hostage crisis or Nishikori in the Australian Open. Once the crisis is resolved, almost no one will even be thinking about IS unless something happens to another Japanese person. Same for the Open, once Kei-chan is eliminated, they won't remember that a tournament was being played.
MocheakeJan. 26, 2015 - 09:40AM JST
They got a Japanese so now I care.''
Posted in: Rally for hostage
MocheakeJan. 24, 2015 - 06:08PM JST
＠Hide Suzuki - How do you know I'm not? By the way, not every person who is talented is successful. Also,, many untalented people are hugely successful. Don't believe me? Just watch Japanese TV for a few minutes. Timing and luck also play key parts in one's success. Talent is very often secondary and always subjective.
Posted in: Haruki Murakami’s advice on how to be a great writer: Be born with talent
MocheakeJan. 23, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
It WAS victor's justice and CORRECT justice. The Nazis and the Japanese military were extremely cruel and brutal. Did the British or the U.S. kill six million innocent people in gas chambers, use people's skin to make lampshades, lead death marches or disembowel pregnant women in the streets? Stop it already with this bull.
Posted in: Was Tokyo war crimes trial victor’s justice?
MocheakeJan. 23, 2015 - 10:55AM JST
So, he was born with more talent than most people? Hogwash. Just because you are an award winning so and so doesn't mean you are born with talent. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration is the quote from someone far more talented than this guy. Murakami isn't really very bright - sales, degrees and accolades notwithstanding. Don't need to read any of his writing to see that.
MocheakeJan. 23, 2015 - 10:40AM JST
When I went to the Gulf in the first war, I thought the people there were savages and were lucky we were there to save them. One can be brainwashed into thinking the other people on this planet are lesser than you and that you are doing a noble cause. Now, I feel just like Caputi. We get pulled into seeing things in black and white. You can't blame a lot of the people in that region for disliking us when all we've brought to them is war and pain which hd resulted in destruction for many and huge profits for a lot of Western companies.. I don't know if I can truly say Kyle is a hero but I understand how many view him that way, especially the ones who can gain something by waving his name on the American flag, if you get my meaning.
Posted in: 'American Sniper' triggers angry debate
MocheakeJan. 23, 2015 - 01:24AM JST
Little Havana in Miami and possibly soon there'll be a Little America in Havana. Viva La (nueva) revolucion!
Posted in: U.S.-Cuba talks start
MocheakeJan. 23, 2015 - 01:05AM JST
Now this is COOL!
Posted in: Luggage of the future? Delsey launches Pluggage
MocheakeJan. 20, 2015 - 11:20AM JST
This is gross negligence resulting in a preventable tragedy. Even not being intoxicated, anyone could have made the same mistake and the "safety bar" may be fairly low or high depending on one's height. She could have just been curious, looking for toilet paper, disoriented, etc. and went over/under it thinking something was inside. There are a myriad of possibilities, but, still, the shop owners are extremely liable in this woman's death as I don't think this is a suicide. RIP.
Posted in: Mystery in Shinjuku as woman plunges to death from restroom
MocheakeJan. 18, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
Just asking for another attack. If it happens, you brought it on yourself. No sympathy from me.
Posted in: Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to upset Muslim world
MocheakeJan. 18, 2015 - 10:59AM JST
Is this really the naked truth?
Posted in: University lecturer found naked on campus in Tokyo
MocheakeJan. 17, 2015 - 05:32PM JST
Big money for the makers. (Another) big disappointment for overweight people. As they say: there's a sucker born every minute. I learned my lesson years ago.
Posted in: U.S. approves new weight-loss device
MocheakeJan. 17, 2015 - 05:19PM JST
They should keep a count as to how many times a year this happens. Same for people falling off the roof while clearing snow and choking on mochi at New Year's. Maybe put an over\under betting line with
Posted in: 3 injured after car veers off road and goes down steps
MocheakeJan. 16, 2015 - 02:15PM JST
True, but religion is an opinion or faith. As such, its ideas are open to question and ridicule. It does make huge claims for itself.
Jimizo, I do not agree about the ridicule part. It's easy to say that about things you don't believe, are ignorant of, are foreign to you or you don't think you need to understand or respect. I bet most of the posters on this site would be in an uproar if they saw some sacred Japanese belief, object, etc defiled or ridiculed by someone in the Western media (or, even more so, in the Korean or Chinese media).
I am a Christian but I believe in the tolerance of all beliefs. My wife is Japanese and did not know anything about Christianity we first got married. She used to think it was funny to distract me by running her hand across my face or make noises when I prayed before a meal. Upon entering a shrine, however, she was dead serious and was always busy instructing me on how to pray correctly. Do you understand my point?
Posted in: Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression
MocheakeJan. 16, 2015 - 01:31PM JST
Glad the pope said it. That magazine is trash.
MocheakeJan. 16, 2015 - 01:29PM JST
Gives a new meaning to ''Shark Week.''
Posted in: Sharks close Australian beaches for week
MocheakeJan. 16, 2015 - 01:23PM JST
Not siding with the condo makers by any means but souvenir shops nearby are OK though, huh?
Posted in: Condo to loom over samurai graves, spurring protest
Jan. 29, 2015 - 05:12AM JST
I am surprised nobody sees the parallel here...
Is this not exactly the same as what…
Posted in: Wawrinka beats Nishikori in straight sets to reach Australian Open semifinals
Jan. 29, 2015 - 04:42AM JST
"Even now the part played by the People’s Liberation Army in China’s earlier resistance against Japanese…
Posted in: China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'
Jan. 29, 2015 - 04:11AM JST
See my post in the other thread regarding airlines keeping prices high as long as the…
Posted in: AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets
Jan. 29, 2015 - 04:05AM JST
People think about it in too many ways like a chess game move. Let's be objectives!…
Posted in: Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot but no mention of Goto
Jan. 29, 2015 - 03:56AM JST
How on Earth can he afford a Rolex Watch on a low J Cop salary? Never…