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    A two-thirds cut in Japan’s Antarctic whaling quota announced this month should be enough to prove that the hunt is for genuine scientific purposes, the country’s chief negotiator said Wednesday.

    So by reducing the number of whales killed they prove it's a scientific hunt? Er..... how?

    Posted in: New whaling plan will prove hunt is for scientific purposes: negotiator

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    Thunderbird, I know and US also used to hunt and now stopped. There are many things Japan does, but other countries don't, that does not mean Japan also should stop. You should stop the notion that everybody shoud think and behave the same. Japanese look different, speak different, eat different, think differerent, behave differernt from you.

    Tina... we aren't that different. You personally are clearly very proud to be Japanese, and you should be, but every country has traditions that others feel are abhorent... such as bull fighting. Bull fighting is cruel and should be banned. Badger baiting IS banned in the UK, as is dog fighting, hunting with dogs and various other blood sports. Some still exist, but hopefully not for much longer. Animals can't stop the cruelty inflicted upon them... so we have to.

    Traditions are fine... as long as there is no cruelty involved... and the Taiji slaughter IS cruel. Please don't let your loyalty to your country blind you to the cruelty in that cove. Just saying "it's tradition - leave us alone" isn't a good argument.

    Posted in: Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

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    "Hey man... what're you gettin' for Christmas?"

    "Stoned"

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    I still have some Dinky Toys from when I was given them nearly 50 years ago...

    Posted in: From Japan, the joy of minimalism at home

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    CHVRCHES, the Proclaimers, even some of the British 60s groups all sang in their own accents... but for some reason most songs in English are sung with an American accent... I have no idea why.

    As for street cred... Freddie Mercury was as posh as they come when he spoke, yet he sang in a fake American accent. All very strange.

    Posted in: Why isn't a person's accent as clearly distinguishable when they sing as when they speak?

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    As cute as she I couldn't let her near my stuff.

    Posted in: From Japan, the joy of minimalism at home

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    Tina... there are some traditions that should die out. I've said this to you before - my country used to hunt whales... many whales, and like you we are an island nation. But we stopped. There was no moral or financial need to kill them any more, and instead we embraced them... we accepted that these are intelligent, sentient creatures with their own social structures, with dolphins being the top of the tree.

    This isn't an anti-Japan thing... it's an anti-slaughter thing. Some Nordic countries also have their small communities who butcher dolphins based on an archaic tradition. We're against that too. This isn't a Japan vs White Countries thing either... that's just wrong.

    I'm against anyone killing whales and dolphins... I don't care where they come from. This particular slaughter is a tradition that should die... I doubt they had Sea World in the Feuding States period anyway.

    Posted in: Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

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    I'm disappointed at this news; for once, I would have agreed with a very stern caning.

    He might have liked that ;)

    Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore

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    Okay, let's see... I earn around £20K as an office admin, so what does that survey say about me?

    Networking sites are blocked at work, so can't access them lol

    I don't wear a suit to work.

    I'm always early.

    My desk is a mess, but I know where everything is, lol

    I go to the toilet when I need to.

    I only daydream if I have nothing to do... and that's rarely.

    We are only one department here.

    I never read business books.

    Yes, my T Shirt is visible.

    4th PC in 10 years, lol.

    English is full of loan words.

    My drawers open just fine. Stuffed, but they open lol

    I always talk to people... even if on my own I will get a call and have a chat.

    What this looks like is some kind of snobbery aimed at those on a lower income... hinting that they are on a lower income because they are slackers, losers, lazy... etc. I'm actually comfortable on my salary because I have pretty good job security.

    And I don't pee in the bath.

    Posted in: Common habits of Japan’s low earners - What this survey tells us, and what it doesn’t

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    When police officers in the UK use firearms it automatically goes to the Police Complaints Commission to ensure that the use of firearms was justified. Recently police officers in Inverness were issued with side arms as part of their normal patrol equipment. They have since had them withdrawn as it was deemed unnecessary and causing concern to residents.

    To be honest I get a little nervous when I see officers at Glasgow Airport carrying MP5s... and still get a slight twinge of anxiety when I see Tokyo police officers with holstered side arms.

    Posted in: For world's police, force of the law meets the law of force

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    So how come Japanese and other Asian people, who eat rice as a staple aren't suffering. Surely rice is a carb?

    Posted in: Carbs more harmful than saturated fats: study

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    Ban him... show him that his 'skills' aren't welcome anywhere.

    Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore

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    I agree with both of the above comments... you'd think the South Koreans and Chinese were completely innocent of any kind of military violence... such as massacres by the South Koreans military of their own people during the Korean War calling them traitors and the Chinese massacring their own people during the Cultural Revolution. Or is it okay to kill your own people?

    Posted in: Japan is moving to have more of the government perspective in textbooks even as it allows private companies to publish them. Whether it's the government or private publishers that make textbooks doesn't matter as much as what goes in the book.

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    I prefer the original, but her version is great.

    Posted in: Enka singer Aki Yashiro completely nails cover of 'Evangelion' theme

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    Hope this wife-beating piece of scum gets what he deserves... especially since he decided to take along a gun. What a loser.

    @AphaApe - I will never understand why you and people like you think a gun will protect you. If someone thinks you have a gun they will either use a bigger gun, steal your gun and use it against you... or you will kill an unarmed burglar for breaking into your home to steal the TV. Guns are designed for one purpose: to kill people.

    Posted in: Man fires shots into ex-wife's apartment in Yokohama

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    More like the things are happening in the world that's making people afraid and when it really gets to critical mass at least in Europe, they never are afraid of anything and why should they when they have the US to fight for them, we take that angst away....as always!

    Oh belt up. Bloody American sense of superiority. Get over yourself.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?

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    Surely the work visa with a Uni degree would weed out the unskilled?

    I can visit Japan as often as I like, spend my money freely and add to the chancellor's taxes, etc... however, even though I have many years in the admin field I can't get a working visa because I never went to Uni. Does that mean I'm unskilled?

    Posted in: Do you think Japan should allow immigration by unskilled workers?

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    To put this into perspective... when I was a boy I lived in an army town in the South of England. It had been targeted by the IRA on at least one occasion (blowing up a building near my school). Aldershot had massive security, with bomb scares every so often. As boys we played with guns... no orange bits on them... just cap guns and battery powered machine guns.

    Not once did an MP take it into his head to shoot at kids playing with toy guns. Why do American police officers always assume it to be a real gun? Is that what America is like? Police officers believe that everyone is an armed thug? Even a 12 year old?

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

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    I can only comment on British and Japanese... we're not all American readers of this site!

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?

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    Even if you could go into the past you couldn't interact with anything. Imagine you wanted to go back and kill Hitler. Hitler dies, WW2 doesn't start, your reason for travelling into the past doesn't exist so you don't go back in time and WW2 is started by Hitler.... paradox. At best all you could do is observe.

    Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible?

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