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    Who will be the dark horse, I wonder.

    Well, I guess that's clear now... UAE.

    Posted in: Australia into Asian Cup semifinals with 2-0 win over China

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    MS Windows! Yay! Bad programming patched up to look like something new... Let the bugs run free! Can't wait!

    Posted in: Microsoft unveils Windows 10, HoloLens goggles

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    I was on JET 10 years ago and ended up way out in the inaka were foreigners are rare. Many of the younger students I worked with had never spoken to a real foreigner before and I remember one ichi-nen-sei student turn white and start shaking when I first walked into the classroom at the start of the year. As has been mentioned, JET is as much cultural exchange as anything, and I was lucky going on JET as a fully trained teacher (Masters of Education - TESOL), so I'd like to think I contributed easily as much as I learned myself.

    I think some of the points made are valid. I think JET is good for the country areas, but probably isn't needed so much for the big cities where foreigners are common. I think it's a valid program, but a slight scaling back to the areas where it's more needed would be understandable. I had never been to Japan before that, and now it's my "other home" that I try to spend a month there every year or two, though these days I'm just on vacation when I visit. I always drop into the old BOE and Junior High and say hello. From my experience, the program has some definite merit.

    Posted in: What do you think of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program?

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    Well, this seems like as good a reason for 2 nations to go to war as any other...

    Posted in: World peace? Try Mideast drama at Miss Universe pageant

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    Well, thumbs up to Tokyo Sea Life Park from me for making the exhibit as lifelike as possible. Drastic fall in the number of bluefin tuna... could this be a guerrilla campaign to educate the Japanese public on the plight of bluefin tuna in the wild? If only it were.

    Posted in: More tuna die at Tokyo Sea Life Park; only 6 left

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    Taking property from another person against the owner's wishes is theft.

    Agreed. I want all the money back that was taken from my pension fund due to the thieves on Wall St. who deliberately sold toxic assets and caused the GFC, yet somehow managed to INCREASE their own wealth at the same time. Now there is true thievery.

    Posted in: Oxfam says richest 1% to own more than half of world's wealth by 2016

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    Great defense by South Korea. They were always right up in the Aussies faces, not giving them time to play. Only problem was that they were exhausted with 20 minutes to go. Australia had a couple of chances to level it then but didn't have the flair to do so. Felt like South Korea won this one is the planning stage - analysing what they were up against and training to counter it. Well done.

    Posted in: S Korea beat Australia 1-0 at Asian Cup

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    The Matrix all over again. Successful original movie with a clear ending, so they do all sorts of gymnastics to try and resurrect it and milk every cent out of it, and end up delivering tripe. No thanks.

    Posted in: James Cameron says 'Avatar' sequel delayed until late 2017

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    Just to be clear, I deplore the mindless violence perpetrated in Paris last week and there is no justification in the world for it. Secondly, satire is a wonderful tool to hold a mirror to society and should never be censored. On saying that, there is a difference between satire and juvenile stupidity. Some of the satirical Mohammad cartoons published have had a lot to say, but I do think Charlie Hebdo often stepped over the line into just being insulting for the sake of it (that is, not satire at all). A naked Mohammad bending over with a star inserted...well.. you get the idea. That's not satire. Again, though, that is not an excuse for anyone to do what those 3 idiots with guns did. There is no excuse for that, ever.

    Posted in: 200 rally in Tokyo to honor Paris victims

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    The price of seeing the world in a different light to these idiots... "Hundreds of bodies — too many to count". It's like some sort of mass mental illness. It needs to be stopped.

    Posted in: Amnesty: Nigeria massacre deadliest in history of Boko Haram

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    I imagine running to become the Republican presidential candidate would be an absolute minefield. Trying to balance the full range of views from moderate Republicans to the more extreme tea party end of things - not easy, especially in a game where if you make one mistake or annoy one group of people, your opponents will use it to mercilessly attack you. How can anyone appeal to different elements within a party that have opposing views (this applies to all parties)? No wonder politicians these days seem to talk a lot, but avoid actually saying anything. It can be very frustrating.

    Posted in: Romney considering 3rd run for White House

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    I actually think Japan does a great job when dealing with foreign tourists. Living in Japan is a different issue, but for a tourist, the transport is great, things like the JR rail pass and other offers make it easy to get around. There's a lot of info online to help people plan and book. The language barrier can be difficult, but let's face it, if you're traveling to a foreign country then you've got to be up to the challenge. It's half the fun of going somewhere very different from home.

    Posted in: As the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, we need to recognize what foreign tourists need and make efforts to help make their travel more satisfactory.

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    What worries me the most about this story (apart from the children who'll be growing up without a mother) is why a gun was within a child's reach, loaded, and ready to be shot. It's kind of like having an unsheathed knife in your bag. Every time you reached in could be disaster. There seems to be have been a huge lapse of personal safety here by the mother, and the result was terrible. Very sad.

    Posted in: 2-year-old accidentally shoots his mother dead in Idaho Wal-Mart

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    Wow... who'd have thought that the idea of giving people the choice to watch a movie in multiple formats would work? That would be, like, giving the consumer the choice of how they'd want to consume the product. Fancy that working. The only problem is that this could lead to the weird scenario of customer satisfaction... Do we really want to go there?

    Posted in: How 'The Interview's' video-on-demand grosses could change the game

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    I used to spend each New Year's eve huddling around the bonfires at Ise Shrine before heading over to Toba for the first sunrise of the year. A good way to spend new year's.

    Happy new year, everyone. Hope the new year is a good one.

    Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with 'Kohaku,' prayers, shopping and blizzards

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    @tim can, it's quite a small group of extremists they're monitoring. These are same people who've already had their passports cancelled to stop them trying to join ISIS. Do you fall into that category? If so, you better get a move on, because I can hear footsteps on your front porch... Otherwise, you're as free to talk about it as anyone else.

    Posted in: 2 arrested in Sydney in counterterror operation

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    “Panic-based decisions are not sound crisis management”

    I think that one statement best sums up this whole fiasco.

    Posted in: Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop

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    "Malaysia Airlines" is 4th... their PR people will be happy. Any publicity is good publicity in the weird little world they live in, isn't it? (yes, the comment involves sarcasm...)

    Posted in: The 10 fastest-rising search requests on Google

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    I'm a little torn about this whole saga. While I am 100% against hackers attempting to decided for the rest of us what can and can't be shown in cinemas, I do think it's kind of bad taste making a movie about assassinating a country's leader. Could you imagine the outcry over a movie depicting an attempt to assassinate the U.S. president? Oh, hang on... the way politics are over there, it'd probably be quite popular in some quarters.

    Anyway, despite any question of taste, it is only a movie. If the cinemas decide they don't want to show, fine. They reject poor quality movies all the time. But for a group of hackers (or anyone) to threaten strife to try and blackmail companies to not show a movie is unacceptable.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    Strangerland, letting logic come into the argument is a dangerous move. Who knows where that might lead...

    On saying that, I think the police in Sydney are doing a great job keeping everything calm and giving the hostages the best possible chance of survival. Calls for snipers and such are a last resort (though some more trigger happy folk here certainly want it to be first). The guy clearly has a political agenda. He wants to talk to the PM and wants a ISIS flag. With luck, the police will be able to talk him out, and if not, then they can deal with him with whatever force is necessary. If this guy thinks he is doing his cause a justice, all he is doing is hardening the average Australian's hearts against everything he stands for.

    Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe

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