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    cierzo98

    @Hunter Brumfield - as a foreigner in Japan you are in the minority, and you won't find many Japanese people in Tokyo or anywhere else who keep their cars more than three years - let alone 18. The outrageous shaken system which has little to do with car safety (designed to keep Toyota and Nissan afloat) keeps them buying new cars even when they've done no more than 30,000 km.

    As for the green thing - have you ever seen the data on the environmental cost of putting a Prius or your 'Aqua' on the road? You should look into the environmental cost of the batteries alone. And how long will those batteries last - 18 years? I don't think so. Then they have to be disposed of and won't seem very eco at that point - you'll be charged for recycling - or I should say that the rest of us will have to subsidise hybrid recycling. Hybrids haven't been on the road long enough for anyone to raise the point of what is going to be done with the multitude of non-eco battery cells in every single hybrid when they no longer accept a decent charge. And if you intend to keep your "eco" Aqua for 18 years you'd better start putting money into an annuity fund for replacing them all as they won't be available cheaply in Autobacs and Yellow Hat. Or you could probably buy a nice new German diesel for the same price as a Toyota + extra batteries which would last for several 100,000's of KMs and have a bit of decent style, handling and driveability thrown in for your money while your at it. but I suppose being German and understated it wouldn't have smug ECO lettering and green leaves somewhere on the bodywork to make the buyer look caring in the traffic and to disguise the fact that they're as ugly as sin.

    Posted in: Getting the Toyota message out to the world

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    cierzo98

    What happened to the well established term 'street wise' which is not only real English but also easy enough to understand. These days we have 'smart' everything and the non-word smarts has been invented as a noun? Anyone else had enough this? Let me see, next this will be picked up by the Japanese to become 'do-sma' or 'sma-do" and they will wonder why we don't understand it because it is 'English'.

    Posted in: Japanese travelers abroad lack street smarts

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    cierzo98

    OK - if the daft law says 10 years is maximum that a so-called 'minor' can get for murder, I am sure the court could separately charge them and add on a few extra years for drugging the girls, abducting them and assaulting them - to be served consecutively. But I suppose that would be at the cost of the tax payer, so the idea is a fairly light sentence then kick them out of Japan, and end of story (for Japan).

    Posted in: American to serve 5-10 years for murder of Irish student

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    @Tony Ew

    I am still waiting for anybody to debunk my observations

    No one actually knows where to start to debunk your 'observations' because it's all such total nonsense it would be pointless - like arguing with a lunatic. It's easier to argue with someone who has daft opinions but who has at least a partial grip on reality.

    Posted in: Chinese military officials admit ship radar lock on Japanese detroyer

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    @ Tony Ew.

    They were in international waters, not Chinese waters, where everyone has a right to be, so there is no justification for either side locking weapons radar. But don't let the basic facts get in the way of your ranting. Your posts have all the hallmarks of someone who is losing touch with reality and who is trying their hardest to impress us all with big words. Typing in upper-case letters doesn't give your points any additional credence - it just appears that you have little confidence that anyone will accept what you write and indicates that you are close to losing the plot altogether. Which part of China are you from, by the way? Don’t bother answering – it’s a rhetorical question.

    Posted in: Chinese military officials admit ship radar lock on Japanese detroyer

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    cierzo98

    This move may be seen as a step backwards for masked wrestlers serving in office

    Presumably this comment in the article was made 'tongue in cheek' or is it common in Japan to have masked wrestler legislators?

    Posted in: Masked wrestler city councilman forbidden to wear mask during sessions

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    He hasn't been out of school long enough to have "worked his ass off". He seems to expect the world owes him something for his modest contribution to our lives.

    Posted in: Justin Bieber lashes out at media's 'countless lies' about him

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    The matter of the 'comfort women' is a serious issue and not to be tretaed lightly, but that's not why China and Korea have suddenly joined forces and whinged to the UN about a wrong that was done about 80 years ago. It's clear that they don't actually care a damn abou those women. What havbe they done for them? They are just using them as a point scoring exercise.

    The disputed island issue isn't getting as much support internationally as China hoped and so two not so pally states join hands and and go running to the teacher to tell about something else a 'bad boy has done' to them as well, in order to drum up sympathy. They (mostly China) are so transparent and the fact that they think the rest of the world can't see though their strategies is ridiculous to the point of being an insult to other nations' intelligence.

    Posted in: S Korea, China fault Japan on 'comfort women' at U.N.

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    @sfjp330 ............... Hide Suzuki and kurumazaka are spot on correct.

    You say American cars sell well in Europe - no they don't. You're being very liberal with your interpretation of an American car. Certainly Fords (like the European designed and built Focus and Fiesta) sell well, because they are excellent cars built by and for Europeans, as do some GM cars (Opel, Vauxhall) These are European designed and built cars from European companies bought over by GM most of which don't sell in America because they are so un-American. Chevrolet even sell a few cars in Europe (re-badged Suzukis). This does not represent American cars. The few Cadillacs etc. (Hummers in the past) that sell are niche imports and count for little in terms of sales stats - there are actually as many of that type selling in Japan - TV talent people like that sort of 'bling'. You will search long and hard for any standard American cars or those awful jacked up 'trucks' on the streets in Europe.

    In the countryside and 2nd tier cities in Japan people prefer compact hatchbacks and mini 'yellow plate' cars (which America doesn"t build). But in the major cities there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of European cars. BMW, Audi, Benz, Volkswagen and increasingly Citroen and Peugeot are every 5th or 6th car that pass you on the street in the better off areas, and in the worse off areas they don't want any imports anyway. You say disparagingly that BWW and VW account for only 5% of inports - well then all the rest (incl. US cars) must count for less than 1%. What does that tell you about the US car v the European car? The style of American cars suits the same people in Japan as it does in Europe - 20-something boutique owners or trendy musicians. Real people don't want the typical poorly designed stuff with its dated technology. I can't think of a single American car that I would buy in any circumstances with any budget - and I'm not anti-American - there are other US products that I love. It's just that the cars look and feel as if the people who design them haven't got a clue and don't care that you don't live in Texas. Most Americans here don't buy American cars - why's that?

    Posted in: 48 U.S. lawmakers sound alarm on Japan joining TPP talks

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    cierzo98

    Let's face it - why does anyone have a Tosa or a pitbull? It's all about hard image and power. Just look at the klind of people who do. Granted not all, but in any country a high proportion are the swaggering track-suited cerebrally challenged types who crave some sort of respect or status they don't otherwise have. I'm sure some of them make nice pets, but there's a lot less damage done to humans and other animals when some of them inevitably go berserk. If my neighbour was one of these half-wits who doesn't know how to train and treat a dog, I'd rather he had a Border Collie than a Tosa. The 90 year-old woman who was killed in Yamanashi might just have survived a collie attack.

    Posted in: Owner of dog that mauled 90-year-old woman to death jailed for 14 months

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    @ Fadamor

    Police said they found Yamada’s purse and bank book at that apartment. If they found her empty handbag 200 meters away from her, then shouldn't this read that they found her WALLET and bank book at the friend's apartment?

    A handbag is only a 'purse' in the USA. In other more traditinsl forms of English a purse is not a handbag, it is the female's version of a man's wallet. Purses usually are carried inside a handbag.

    Your other comments were good, however.

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    cierzo98

    People don't buy laptops to get a touch screen - they buy laptops because they don't like depending on a touch screen. Touchscreens are fine for those who want them, and they have tablets with accessory keyboards if they need them. This thing will be a niche producrt with low sales and dead in a year. As for Google Chrome Senior VP's comment 'People will give up a MacBook Air for this,' did he really say that? I'm not saying one OS is better than the other (despite my personal preference) but does he really think Mac users will give up the OS they love and all the software they are familiar with to get a touch screen glued onto an Apple lookalike keyboard running Chrome? Maybe using that logic a Windows machine with a slot for making toast or pressing trousers might tempt them away as well.

    Posted in: Google challenges Apple with high-end laptop

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    @FPSRussia

    Japan lives next door. It's time Japan solve its own problems.

    I can't believe that Japanese, Chinese and Koreans can't come to terms given how much you look alike and the common culture that you share. You wanted Cain and Abel, man you got it and you got it bad.

    You may deny the physical resemblance that fact is its true. NK is behind in everything. You need to trade with them. You need to share the technology we have today with them. You need to set up Little Tokyo and Chinatown there. Send your best Ambassadors who respect others.

    • is that a serious post? What on earth are you talking about? This situation has nothing to do with Japan as a neighbour (not exactly 'next door' either - check your school atlas if your school had one).. ..There is so much in your comments that is ridiculous that it's hard to know where to start. So Japan should share technology (which technology would be shared?) and have even more copywrite infringments than have been carried out by China? Sharing technology usually is a two way thing - maybe NK can help Japan with failed subsistence farming, steam trains technology, launching botched satellites into the sea or even precision mass dancing in funny coloured high waisted dresses. As for saying 'how much YOU look alike', who are the YOU that you talking to? Has it ocurred to you that this forum (in the English language) is really here for foreigners living in or related to Japan -except for a small few, you're not really talking to Japanese people here, and the majority ofreaders here niether physically resemble nor share the culture of North Koreans. In any case, you as an American perhaps look like a Frenchman, African or Mexican - does that mean you share common culture and can automatically trade with them by virtue of appearance? You've got to be joking. But I suppose you think everything not-American is just more of the same - it's all 'unamerican' therefore they can sort out their petty differences by having a drink and sharing their inferior tech. If you represent the USA maybe NK and China do have something to fear. But I think most Americans are a lot smarter than that.

    Posted in: How do you solve a problem like North Korea?

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    cierzo98

    When you buy alcohol or tobacco the register asks “Are you over 20?” Since there often isn’t a “NO” button you’re forced to touch “YES” which simply magnifies how the whole system is – aside from removing any responsibility from the store - completely pointless.

    This article appears to be one person's subjective opinion rather than independent reporting, but nevertheless, if the writer wanted to point out something really pointless, how about this.... in every convenience store I have used (7-Eleven, Family Mart, SunKus..etc) you have to press the "I am over 18" button when buying alcohol free (i.e 0%) 'beer' or zero alcohol 'cocktails'. Considering it can't even be described as beer according to the trading standards people, due to the contents, and should be called "beer-styled beverage or vodka flavoured soda, it makes you wonder why a middle aged bloke standing there with his teenage children has to declare he is over 18 to buy the foul-tasting stuff.

    Posted in: Osaka City official arrested for allegedly punching out register’s LCD display

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    @ Balefire, it may not be nationwide, but where I live in Tokyo the vending machines selling alcohol require you to have your driving license scanned before they will dispense anything. So there is control in some places.

    Posted in: Osaka City official arrested for allegedly punching out register’s LCD display

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    There is no doubt that these Japanese players have been subjected to racism. But what they probably don't realise is that the reason is not because they are Japanese or "Asian" it's because they are not Slovakian or not Belgian. Many of the so-called fans in these cities have a 'culture' where any outsider is abused and even attacked. It's a sad and primitive mentality but, a Norwegian, Irishman or Brazilian is just as likely to be a victim as Japanese if their background is known. It's just easier to pick on a Japanese because they are instantly recognizable as foreign - not because they are hated any more than other foreigners. You have to realize the almost sub-human mindset of these people. It's not as sophisticated as hating Asians. They just hate everyone else.

    Posted in: Japanese soccer players need thick skin to deal with racism abroad: Kawashima

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    Irrespective of the size of the statues or whether, or not, their nakedness is approved by some of the residents, you have to wonder what the " businessman who hails from the area " was thinking when he donated them. I'm sure the money spent on them could have been allocated to something more useful for a town in Shimane, and caused less contoversy. It smacks of an egotistical gesture more than anything else.

    Posted in: Shimane town demands pants for Michelangelo's David sculpture

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    cierzo98

    Is it not the photographs that some are regarding as 'obscene' rather than the photogrpaher, as the headline of this article implies?

    Posted in: Fashionistas defend 'obscene' photographer Leslie Kee

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    @tian4670

    China is indeed fascist in behaviour, both internally and externally. And whilst "Japan does not represent the whole free world" it's fairly clear that China's ambitions look well beyond Japan. China invades Philippine waters as well and that's a bit further away. China is quietly trying to carve up parts of Africa too for when they're own resources run out.You choose to have blinkered vision, but the rest of the world is not so naïve. Or possibly you're just as daft and uneducated as Takumi Saito (above)

    Posted in: China and Japan seek to ease tensions, but risks remain

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    cierzo98

    I'm sure Alan Shirahama feels great about it. He has a night opf passion with a girl he likes and she apologizes for it on YouTube and TV, saying it was thoughtless and immature and seeking forgiveness. He must really feel that he made an impression on her, after a night with him is receiving the same sort of regret and shame as going on the game, taking drugs or lying ariound drunk in the street. Maybe he should do the same.

    Posted in: AKB48 singer shaves her head as act of contrition for dating

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