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    SimondBNOV. 28, 2014 - 07:16AM JST This report flies in the face of just about every other report which comes up with the complete opposite results. I see the hand of the big tobacco companies at play here.

    Indeed. I also see the government and pliant media willing to peddle these findings on behalf of the tobacco industry. In Japan the authorities just make up their own reality.

    However it would not surprise me to find on some level, e-cigs are harmful. These new fads often turn out to have hidden side-effects.

    Posted in: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers

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    Gun rights are not even an issue in Japan, Alpha. Just saying....

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

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    This will simply result in more strain on the limited english ability of Japanese teaching staff, and more unqualified and underpaid foreigners being dispatched by black companies to jump up and down and entertain the kids.

    Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade

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    Empty Kobans are a bummer too, but what about foot patrols? A little street presence would perhaps reduce the low rate even further, but the police seem to like sitting around waiting for someone to make a complaint.

    Posted in: Hanky-panky in kobans leave police blushing

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    Nice but why restrict it to second children? The idea should be to free up working mothers so they should open the plan to all kids, first, second or more.

    Posted in: Tokyo ward to offer free childcare for all second children of families

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    Mike O'BrienNOV. 19, 2014 - 05:16PM JST Sure you can. There are hundreds of published papers you can read if you are that interested. They also give the data to the IWC every year, so you can also request the data from the IWC.

    And only a handful of those papers relied on killing whales for the collection of Data. I think it was either four papers or four percent over the past 25 years if memory serves.

    Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota

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    They're just managing expectations.

    They know as usual Sea Shepherd will stop them from getting as much as a third of the usual 1,000 or so, so they're going for a slightly more realistic number.

    Must be deflating for the mighty government-subsidized and supported whaling fleet to limp home with less than it promised every year.

    Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota

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    Kissatens are old, smoky, with musty furniture and dirty toilets.

    Starbucks and Tully's are good off-peak times. They're too noisy otherwise. I also like the Jazz music in SB all winter. Dotour has the best menu but dudes, enough with the Bossa Nova already....

    Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully's, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional "kissaten?"

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    I prefer them answering in English to standing there blinking with an uncomprehending look on their faces.

    Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?

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    Sure he can make number one. He got this far didn't he? Anything's possible.

    But sports commentators need to get away from the excuses 'He's too short' (187cm is not short), 'He doesn't have the reach', or other ethno-centric copouts. Likewise when he finally does make they shouldn't attribute it to some ethereal quality such as 'yamato damashi'. The other number ones made it that far without it didn't they? Dude made the final of the US open. Nishikori wouldn't have got in at all if he was that handicapped.

    He's a good player, he has a real shot, and I say good luck to him, on those merits alone.

    Posted in: Kei Nishikori finishes the year ranked No. 5 in the world tennis rankings. Do you think he can reach the No. 1 spot in the future?

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    Let's see if businesses in the north have the guts to lower the heat and let staff and customers decide how much to wrap up. In Hokkaido every building seems set at 30 degrees all winter, so as soon as you get indoors you have to strip down to your underwear.

    Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan

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    That's great because in uber-tolerant Japan there's no way that individual won't be stigmatized for life, 'miright?

    Posted in: Gov't to release flight, other info on anyone suspected of being infected with Ebola

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    PandabelleNOV. 04, 2014 - 10:42AM JST Before you hit me with a flurry of thumbs down as I know some of you will, I am not making a statement at all about the content of his opinions. They are his private opinions and he is entitled to say what he wants, and I applaud him for saying it.

    BUT: Is there a reason a novelist making private comments makes international news? It's so weird.

    Why does the media treat Japan so strangely? One person says this, so this is how it must be? I can't think of any other country in the world where the international reporting is so narrow in focus. Do other novelists say similar things? Different things? Where is the context?

    The context, Pandabelle is the national silence on the matter whenever the wartime apologists come out. The media rarely offers an opinion contrary to the right-wing line. Celebrities risk their careers by talking politics. Well they should, as many a statesman and academic has seen his/her career fall victim over the years to the drive toward revisionism. That such a prominent Japanese citizen should speak out against the Party Line, is big news, because few others dare to contradict.

    Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility

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    Do you think this will make it onto NHK or will the govt gag-order on any negativity over the war apply?

    Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility

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    Though I'm not a fan of chaos, It's good to see the inkeeper standing up to bullies. Because that's what these little punks are. They sneer and act tough and finish every adjective with 'ei' and everyone just stands down because of harmony or a fear of confrontation. They feed off that and it makes them feel bigger and stronger.

    One summer afternoon in downtown Sapporo I saw two kids on one bike, slowly weaving left and right, blocking both lanes of traffic and slowing everyone down. Not one horn was honked. They then had the nerve to straddle the line revving away while waiting at the lights, and again, nobody even confronted them. Everyone allowed themselves to be intimidated by these 'kusogaki'.

    If people would stand up to the punks they'd think twice. In almost any city in Australia or NZ, someone would drag them off their bikes before the police even arrived.

    Good on him.

    Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper

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    I watched the show - overtime too - and I don't think Affleck was wrong. However what he was doing was putting up a straw man: the other guests, and Maher, repeatedly pointed out they were talking about an extremist minority, and Affleck kept going on about how that doesn't relate to all Muslims. He had a point, but it was not really the point of the conversation. It was like they were having two different debates.

    Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show

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    If the LDP and the media are touting her maybe that's their plan all along. A sneaky way to keep pushing their conservative agenda: put a young female face on it while the old men keep making their dirty deals in smokey back rooms.

    Posted in: Obuchi being touted as Japan's first female PM

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    Have these tired old men got more important things to worry about. Honestly they should just fire everyone over 60 and set a reserved number of seats for women for the next twenty years till this virulent conservative cancer has been removed from Japanese politics.

    Posted in: Diet rocked by dispute over justice minister's red scarf

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    The usual excuses will come forth: intestines not long enough, legs too short, not enough miso soup before the game. Or perhaps the old staple that Koreans are more aggressive because they eat meat...

    Posted in: N Korea beats Japan in women's soccer to win gold at Asian Games

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