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    Pretty amazing!

    Posted in: Who needs a ship in a bottle when you can have a kitchen in a bottle

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    Does it really matter? It's a gift.

    Why should anyone get to dictate how or what is given? If the gift was a burden, that would be different, but it seems that this girl would have appreciated the gesture.

    For those of you that are bothered by this gesture, challenge yourself to do better than Leica. If you already have, then kudos for you.

    Posted in: Tsunami survivor’s Y1.2 mil camera: heart-felt gift or PR stunt?

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    What a sad story.

    Posted in: Widower continues diving off tsunami-hit coast in search of wife's remains

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    So, the "Minority Report" future is almost here now. Except, eyes are not being scanned, your phone is. Hm, interesting and scary at the same time. I would rather have a bit more privacy than a "free" drink every now and then. After all, there really is no such thing as a "free" ride. You're paying with your private information.

    Posted in: Mobile industry sees boom in high-tech targeted ads

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    I think for the majority of users it all comes down to costs. Most of us are already paying exhorbitant monthly fees for phones and wi-fi. Now they want to stick yet another monthly charge for a 4G network that is really too slow to do the things we want? No thanks. Besides, if people are going to watch videos or play games, they're not really being mobile at the time, are they!

    Posted in: Mobile world prods tablets to get off the sofa

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    I think there are definite differences in how each culture views suicide.

    Mental illness is not really relevant here, I think. There are a few stories about people commiting suicide because they have problems in their life and they are not mentally stable. I don't think these are the type of suicides that are in question.

    I think the type of suicide in question here is when someone has committed some sort of terrible crime (whether it was intentional or not) and to atone, they decide to commit suicide. I think that the people in this scenario don't really want to commit suicide, but feel obliged through their code of honour.

    That said, I definitely agree with the majority of posters in that this type of suicide solves nothing and creates more problems in the long run for those left behind.

    I think that it should never be an option for crimes especially if the perpetrator truly feels remorse. Those people, can change, and perhaps work to create a better world for those people who their crimes affected. Perhaps some victims may feel a small bit of solace from death, but in the long run, it's such a terrible waste.

    I think that if someone is truly sorry for a crime, they will work hard to right the wrong. For me, that is much more honourable.

    Posted in: Do you think suicide is an honorable way to atone for a crime or scandal?

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    Very glad they caught the guy, but can those numbers be right? 8,000 police worked on the case? How is that possible?

    I once saw some street construction going on. I counted 17 people. Two people were directing traffic, one person was down in a hole obviously doing something, the rest were just standing there and watching. So, yes, it's very possible.

    Posted in: 18-year-old youth arrested over murder of Mie girl last August

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    Once, I peeked into first class a I was boarding. The stewardess welcoming us on board gave me a sharp look for doing that. Wow, was I EVER out of line. I'll never do that again!

    Posted in: Latest airline perk: Safe distance from the masses

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    That's pretty much how it works. What about the drug companies sending Doctors and pharmacists freebies and vacation 'seminars'?

    How about Tobacco companies giving out advice in health clinics?

    Posted in: Food companies teach U.S. dietitians about nutrition

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    Is it even possible to take back an apology? I thought that type of nonsense ended back in Elementary school.

    Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology

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    Legally speaking: Anywhere from ages 18-25 depending on the country.

    Biologically speaking: After her first menstrual cycle.

    Realistically: Whenever she is able to cope maturely with the responsibilities of adulthood.

    Posted in: 'Joshi' or 'josei' - At what age does a 'girl' become a 'woman?'

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    There is no point in further apologies if the people apologizing are not sincere and admit to past transgressions.

    Posted in: Murayama says 1995 sex slavery apology review not in Japan's interest

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    Interesting information. I remember when I first started looking for an apartment, I was quite stressed out and was lucky to have a friend that said I could share an apartment with until I found something on my own.

    I am not sure if the information about UR is wrong or different depending on the location, but I currently live in a UR apartment and I can assure you that I never had to pay for a guarantor. Perhaps the cost was included into the price of the apartment, but I have to say that I looked at many comparable apartments and the cost is actually lower.

    The only thing I needed was proof of employment. I was able to choose my move in date (which also depends on the apartment's readiness) and I had to pay 3 months rent up front. The first month's rent, and the last two months rent. Apparently, the damage deposit was included with that. When and if I decide to move out, I basically don't pay for the last two months, which is how I get my money back.

    The apartment I chose was older (probably 70s) but in good condition. They also did a quick refurbish of the apartment (new paint, wallpaper, etc) and was in good shape when I moved in. Fortunately, I haven't had any problems with it, so I've never had to contact anyone. I'm not even sure who I would if something happened (although I was given a guide when I first moved in -- in Japanese).

    It's true that there is NOTHING in the apartments when you move in though. I was lucky, and there was ONE lightbulb in the bathroom which someone .. 'forgot'?

    I would totally choose UR again if I had to change locations.

    Posted in: GPod: Renting an apartment in Tokyo

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    While having an illuminated keyboard is nice, I wonder how that would affect the battery life. Not good, I'm assuming.

    I bought a Logitech Wireless keyboard/mouse combo about 5 years ago for around 6000 yen and it's served me well. I only have to charge the batteries about every 3 months (or so). I have a few issues with it's software, but I'm satisfied overall. Not sure if I would plunk down 17,000 yen for this combo set though. Kind of steep.

    Posted in: Thin, illuminated keyboard and mouse set

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    This is pretty cool stuff!

    Posted in: 'Avatar doctor' is coming, physician-author says

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    Costco does save me money, but I am also able to buy some products that are just too difficult to get anywhere else. I love the tortilla shells I can get there, for example. My only problem is that their location is a bit far away, so it's a bit of a trip for me.

    I think the author gave a fairly accurate description of the bulgoki bake. Tasty, but tough to chew the beef. Fairly large, as well. I can eat a whole one, but then I'm pretty stuffed afterwards. It's better if I can share it with someone else. I don't have a big appetite though, so I would say for a normal person it's probably just right. I can't say that I'm a big fan of their pizza, though. It's okay, I guess, and the price is very reasonable.

    Posted in: Costco Japan’s bulgogi bake is a melting pot of deliciousness

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    During my first week in Japan I went to a small ramen shop. I only knew a little travel Japanese and I had no idea that they served ramen as this particular place had kanji only menus. I managed to convey that I wanted some fried rice, much to the dismay of the owner as they only had ramen. However, they agreed to my request. I waited about 30 minutes. New to Japan, I had no idea this was an incredibly long time to wait (I figured out later they must have run upstairs to their own kitchen to make some rice). Meanwhile, the owner tried to talk with me. He knew a tiny bit of English and spoke very simple Japanese so we were able to talk a little bit. He served me some plain rice with some pork on top. Simple, but delicious. I paid and thanked him for the meal and was about to leave when he insisted that he take me out for a "real meal". I was confused but very curious as to what he meant. He actually closed his shop, and took me, along with his wife to a sushi restaurant that his friend owned and treated me to a wonderful sushi dinner. I had no idea what was happening until it happened as we mainly talked through hand gestures. Sometimes I miss not being able to speak Japanese....

    Posted in: 12 tales of true hospitality from Japanese hotels and inns

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    While I agree with all the complaints, there really doesn't seem to be any other option available in Japan.

    I wrote to Hulu and asked about them supplying English subtitles to the Japanese content. Their reply was just a simple, "We do not offer that service at this time"

    While their reply was quick and polite it offered no solutions or even a suggestion that they would do this type of service in the future.

    On the other hand, when I rent DVDs from the store, they often have both language options so that I can use it for study if I need to. At least with English foreign videos.

    Sorry to say, but Hulu gets a "C" grade from me. Unfortunately, there are no better options here.

    Posted in: Hulu Japan offers not just movies, but a little education and awesome customer service too

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    This is great news. I would hope that anyone being targeted for any scam would have the wits to do this as well.

    Posted in: Gangster, cohorts arrested for 'hey-it’s-me' scam

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    I think you have to look at this as if he was drunk. Are the parents responsible for allowing him to drive in a state that is potentially lethal? I would say, "yes" if they had the means and opportunity to stop him. I don't think that there is any doubt that the employer is at the very least negligent.

    That said, I can understand how his family might have looked at it in a different way. They didn't want to hold him back or discriminate against him, but unfortunately, they have to.

    Posted in: Family, employer of dead epileptic driver ordered to pay damages

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