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    Another one? I really don't want to know what goes on in some people's heads that make them want to kill and mutilate animals like this... a sick, twisted monster that's for sure. As others have said, get the nutjob now before he does it to dogs and than small children.

    Posted in: Body of decapitated cat found in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward

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    I've been to Japan a lot since 2006 and I've never encountered problems getting around. If I get lost I find a koban and ask. Trains normally have English announcements. I can read Hiragana and Katakana so stations aren't an issue 99% of the time.

    This year I will be using a Japanese SIM in my iPhone so I can now fully utilise all of those apps I downloaded a couple of years ago.

    If I had to ask for anything it would be this: please install western style toilets everywhere. That's my one fear - being caught short and having to use a hole in the floor - I can't squat with my knees!

    Oh, and ban all smoking in cafes and restaurants... including izakaya.

    Posted in: Four areas in which Japan needs to improve if it wants to attract more overseas travelers

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    So the robot picked the poor man up and crushed him against a metal plate? If it was part of the programming then what part of the process involves robots grabbing things and smashing them against metal plates?

    Horrible as the story is it's impossible for an SF fan such as myself not to reflect on the novels and movies where robots start to kill. Then there's the final part of the report - who do they charge, and what with?

    Posted in: Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

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    Does anyone actually want TEPCO to be successful? I get the impression that 99.9% of posters who comment on anything to do with Fukushima expect failure even before they attempt something? Can I remind people that they managed to remove all of the fuel rods from the tank without mishap... despite the naysayers predicting doom and a nuclear accident.

    I want this robot to work, and I think it will. If it does then it could pave the way for more advanced machines to be developed.

    Posted in: Toshiba's 'scorpion' robot to look into Fukushima reactor

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    Those writing England off as weak... they are in the same semi as Japan... they earned their place. Logic dictates that to get that far they have to be a good team... I say that through gritted teeth as a Scot :)

    Posted in: U.S. heads to Women's World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

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    Suzuki was quoted by police as saying that the boy and his mother were obstacles to his getting married again and that he wanted them both out of the way.

    Un-effing-believable! What an incredibly selfish, self centred b@st@rd he is... Lock him up... THAT'll be an obstacle to getting married again. Git.

    I hope his son can erase the mental scars that this will cause in the decades to come.

    Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of 9-year-old son

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    I work from 7:30 until 4pm, and have been since 2005. I miss the morning rush hour and get home before it gets too busy. Suits me just fine. I know that friends in Japan work unpaid overtime because it's expected of them. Had they been expected to start earlier I don't see them leaving any earlier.

    Japanese employers really need to understand the work/life split.

    Posted in: Gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August

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    Up to over a 100 now

    Posted in: 38 dead after Indonesian military plane crashes

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    So speaking in an American accent and using Japanese words to get a few chuckles is racist? How about when Americans take the mick from us Brits? You know, alleged comedians on stage doing stupid English and Scots accents, the pathetic 'English Teeth' shtick, etc... is that not racism? Just where does the line fall?

    Posted in: Comedian suggests using Japanese with American accent to stealthily broach uncomfortable topics

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    The speaking Japanese with an American accent routine is quite funny TBH. I've heard some trying an English accent too.
    I never thought Americans were so thin-skinned as to be offended by it. For centuries those of in the West have taken the Mick out of the way non-white people look and sound so what's wrong with a bit of the reverse? As for the long nose thing... I never understood why that offended people... unless you really have a Cyrano de Bergerac nose of course.

    Posted in: Comedian suggests using Japanese with American accent to stealthily broach uncomfortable topics

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    Well at least they haven't given the gimmick a smiling fish mascot... that would be tasteless...

    Posted in: Make your wedding a day to remember, by cutting the head off a tuna together

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    Brian, yes, the public information films. I grew up with short films about the dangers of playing neat power lines, rivers. ponds, railways, rubbish dumps... in fact anywhere a child could get into trouble we had warning films... we even had the Green Cross Code to help teach kids how to cross the road safely.
    In all the times I've been to Japan I've never seen any shorts on TV about the dangers of playing near railways... and given the number of urban railways with level crossings without barriers I'd say that there really needs to be a serious look at educating people about the dangers associated with childhood.
    Look at the number of kids who drown in ditches or irrigation canals in Japan every summer... there really needs to be a programme of educating parents and children about the dangers all around them.

    Posted in: Two boys aged 3 and 4 hit by train in Yamanashi; one dies

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    Slept on a futon while staying with a friend in Nagoya for a few days... my back ached for a week afterwards.

    Posted in: Are futons awesome or simply awful?

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    There's video of him running from the beach to an hotel where he shot people around the pool. Not sure where he went after that...

    Posted in: Tunisia launches nationwide manhunt for attack accomplices

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    Stupid people... now they'll introduce the disease to Japan.

    Posted in: 5 break MERS quarantine to return to Japan

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    He isn't a peeping tom, he's a paedophile.

    Posted in: Peeping tom arrested for taking photos of girls bathing at home

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    Love rugby, Motor racing (F1 and Touring Cars)

    Worst sports... where to begin? American football, golf, baseball, cricket, badminton, tennis, basketball, proper football (soccer to Colonials)... too many dull and uninteresting sports out there to list.

    Posted in: Which sports, when they are played well, do you find the most exciting to watch, and which sports do you find so boring that you can't understand how anyone could find them interesting?

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    I don't see anything wrong with the report above. He's not denying it.

    “The prime minister has repeatedly said that the comfort women system was a violation of the women’s human rights and that it was extremely regrettable,” Tomomi Inada, a close Abe ally, told a Reuters “Newsmaker” event on Wednesday.

    Abe has said he stands by a landmark 1993 statement acknowledging Japanese authorities’ involvement in coercing the women...

    Posted in: Abe's WW2 remarks likely to reflect that comfort women's rights violated

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    While the Japanese had 'volunteer' kamikaze units, the Germans and Russians used penal battalions in the field - basically poorly armed (or in the case of Russians unarmed) troops sent into battle on suicide missions. Very civilised.

    Posted in: Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice

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    If the Japanese had a percentage of tax deducted from their wages that would go to paying for a national health system - nobody pays for treatment or visits to their GP. That way no-one has a need to pay for health insurance as it's free for everyone, meaning that the very poor need have no worries about hospital bills, making it one less thing for people to worry about.

    The government would also need to run the health service as a not-for-profit concern. In England it's falling apart because recent governments have decided to invest less, and try to use private finance initiatives. In Scotland it works better.

    Posted in: Gov't looking at ways to make Japan's healthcare system more effective

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