Tomasz Stasinski's past comments

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    I somehow misread the headline. I thought that a 'real Barbie' has become a serious problem in Japan. Not far off, though.

    Posted in: Japanese-speaking 'Real Barbie' becomes serious model in Japan

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    Tobacco and oil industries followed the same policy of denying harmful effects of their products and branding the studies to the contrary as inconclusive until the truth could no longer be contained. The same will sooner or later happen to artificial sweeteners. Coke is drinkable only because its unpalatability is masked by tons of sugar or sweeteners, and in turn its nauseating sweetness has to be offset by a hideous amount of phosphoric acid.

    Posted in: Coke insists fake sweetener is safe

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    And yet it is apparently perfectly legal to simply push the snow onto the road with resulting mounds of snow reaching over two or three meters in height and changing streets into one lane canyons. He shouldn't have done that but it hardly makes any difference to the streets of Sapporo, they are under tons of snow anyway.

    Posted in: Truck driver arrested for dumping 2 tons of snow on Sapporo street

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    Yesterday's emergency alert arrived about the same time the first, weak, tremors came, so the only thing it warned me about was the severity of the quake. Good luck if you hope for a " tens of seconds’ early notice".

    Posted in: Spurred by Japan, California eyes quake alert system

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    Ask for "oomeni" to get it full to the brim.

    Posted in: Starbucks Japan reduces amount of brew in some offerings

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    In Japan justice is not about fairness or rehabilitation. Here is a very clear example of justice as a deterrent to others, ignoring anything else - the fact that the man was homeless, probable demoralization brought on by draconian punishment, the cost to the public. Even though it is within the spirit of the Japanese law, the judge was obeying the letter way too heavy-handedly. Could it be that Japan needs more prison labor?

    Criminal justice indeed.

    Posted in: Man jailed for a year over 10 yen theft at temple

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    In that case I won't invite NHK to my home. Who am I kidding? I never invite them anyway.

    Posted in: 90% agree with NHK decision not to invite Sachiko Kobayashi to 'Kohaku' - survey

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    basroil, do you by any chance mean Tomakomai?

    Posted in: Storm blacks out 41,000 homes in Hokkaido

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    if he was a smoker why on earth didn't he have a lighter on him, and why not buy at least one new pack before going in for a possible 10 day siege??

    Chances are he lost the plot way before he went to that bank.

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    If the boys were found to be riding on the bike illegally with the flow of traffic, the driver should have stopped and he would have excused.

    Not so sure about that. Most likely scenario - the driver gets arrested and charged with violation of safe-driving practice resulting in manslaughter.

    Posted in: 15-year-old boy dies after falling off bike and being hit by car in Gunma

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    Finally, something worth watching on NHK, but I have a very strong suspicion that the driving force behind the project is NHNZ, and not its Japanese counterpart.

    Posted in: NHK and NHNZ greenlight blue chip series 'Life Force II'

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    The author gets it a little bit right and a little bit wrong.

    First, it is relatively easy to define Western civilization as historically based on the classical legacy and western Christianity, and in the modern era - rule of law, social pluralism, individualism, human rights etc. The border between the Occident and Orient ran along the Aeagean Sea separating Europe from Asia, rather than along what constitutes Western hemisphere now. These days it's much harder to delineate it geographically since Western societies are present in all hemispheres, e.g. Australia; or ethnically since many Western countries are in fact multi-ethnic.

    It's, however, near impossible to find a unifying definition of a Westerner. Not all Westerners are white, not all whites are Westerners. Russia has its own distinct civilization, often at odds with Western ideas. Japan has embraced many Western notions - democracy, rule of law, free market etc. But again the Japanese are not Western in the sense that their culture is rooted in another religion and way of thinking that can sometimes trump all of the above. But then, not all white Americans or Europeans are at home with Greek philosophy, or much in favor or social pluralism and equal rights. Are they truly Westerners?

    If you look at the outside world from Japanese perspective it's easy to equate Westerners with Caucasians or confuse the West with Western hemisphere, but it would be about as erroneous and perhaps insulting to the concerned parties as putting the Japanese in one bag with the Chinese or Thai.

    Posted in: What is a Westerner?

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    Which value are we talking about? The pittance Book Off offers for your books etc., or the much more substantial tag price they ask later? They call it charity, I call it daylight robbery.

    Posted in: How your old videogames, books and CDs could help educate a child

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    Now all they need is a better packaging, maybe those packs with pictures like in Australia.

    Posted in: Japan Tobacco changes Mild Seven brand to Mevius

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    @Thunderbird2 Sir, it breaks my heart to have to explain it to you but I wasn't being serious. Had you read closer surely you'd have noticed. Cheerio.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Best of Britain for Olympic visitors

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    Tomasz Stasinski

    12. Class

    Do remember that the British are a class-divided society, where different classes use a different language and, often, vary in customs. Make sure you know who you're talking to. To avoid a faux pas direct approach is usually the best.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Best of Britain for Olympic visitors

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