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    Totally unsat. How in the world did he think he wouldn't be called out on this? Good on the crew for exposing this total fabrication. This wasn't merely "stretching the truth" a bit.

    Posted in: U.S. news anchor Brian Williams recants on coming under fire in Iraq

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    While I still think the call was stupid, Caroll's explanation does make some sense. Hawks tried to spread the defense by bringing in 3 receivers, Pats didn't take the bait and left the goal line front in. Advantage Pats. Hawks line was overwhelmed and Beast probably would have been dropped for a loss had they run it. So they gambled, throwing right into a defense they hoped would be focused entirely on Lynch. Then an undrafted rookie from a school no one outside of Alabama ever heard of made the play of his life. And for those wondering why the Hawks D was so nasty when the Pats were trying to take a knee, they still had a chance to win if they could disrupt the snap and fall on the ball in the end zone. So Pats are celebrating while Hawks are still going 150% and tempers flared.

    Posted in: Brady rallies Patriots to 28-24 Super Bowl win over Seahawks

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    Strangerland, I don't know if I would count on CNN. I was flabbergasted when I saw Abe/LDP campaign ads on CNN. Don't remember ever seeing that network run campaign ads in the states. And there were only LDP ads. (Someone please correct me if I missed non-LDP advertising) Made me wonder if Abe and Co. have penetrated CNNj as well as every Japanese news provider outside of Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun.

    Posted in: Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower website

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    I'm surprised they aren't mentioning how the Zaitokukai keeps them company. Zaitokukai is real proud of their efforts. It's all over YouTube

    Posted in: Sea Shepherd files complaint against police to protect Cove Guardian volunteers

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    As Farmboy and Onagagamo state above, Abe simply knows he is in trouble and needs to solidify his power while there is no viable opposition. Then he can get right back to doing what he wants while saying "what are y'all whining about? You elected me!"

    Posted in: Voters to Abe: Why call an election now?

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    LB2010, at least she had the decency to let you know she was utterly asexual before you married her! Usually that comes after the rings go on...

    Posted in: Men list top four reasons why they dumped their past girlfriends

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    Cute car, but who was the Ad Agency? That font could not have been accidental.

    Posted in: Suzuki Hustler Minicar wins 2015 RJC Car of the Year Award

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    Ishiwara san, I second your vote for Ogawa Coffee in Kyoto. Only prob is you often have to wait in line to get in. Emo Coffee in Machida is great too. Young master who is quite passionate about the quality of his beans, hand selecting them one by one before hand grinding them prior to a 5 min pour through. (Many thanks to him, as he taught me how to do it right.) And finally, if y'all are ever up that way, Anchor Fullsail Coffee in Kesennuma just rocks! The original shop was destroyed in the tsunami, but has reopened in a kasetsu complex. It will return to its old location as soon as is possible. We ordered six bags of beans from there and are most satisfied.

    Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success

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    My vote is for Kamaishi, a great Rugby city. They have a pro team there already so they have the facilities and it has the culture as well. Stout people with an economy based on fishing and steel, seems a perfect fit! And yes, it definitely has the Tohoku factor covered.

    Posted in: 14 cities in Japan bid for 2019 Rugby World Cup games

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    I never saw what the big deal about Yamazaki was. Then again. I wasn't drinking a 35 year...For me, I prefer the Nikka line or pretty much anything from Ichiro's Malt, though none of it beats a bottom of the line Ardbeg 10 or Laphroiag Quarter Cask

    Posted in: Japanese single malt whisky named world's finest

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    I like the four distinct seasons here. Being raised in northern Arizona, where winter basically lasts from late September to mid May and "spring" is a mix of snow, freezing rain, or 60mph wind, Tokyo weather is pretty darn nice.

    Posted in: 10 instances when Japanese people feel thankful to be Japanese

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    I'm not an English teacher so I can't comment about specific curriculum issues, but it would seem that a focus on phonics would be helpful. It must be discouraging for someone who has gotten good grades in English to try to speak to an English speaker and draw blank stares because they don't understand a word that has been said to them. I used to see this back in New York all the time. Japanese tourists at Starbucks saying "hooto Koohi pureezu" while the barista just gives them this "what the heck are you asking?" look. I can say from my own experience with nihongo that such things made me just want to crawl under a rock and stop speaking all together. I mean, one of those girls was sitting at her table reading "Gone with the Wind" in English. She was not incompetent in the language, but her spoken English was all but unintelligible. Seems a lot of these problems could be solved with a focus on phonics. And for gods sake, after phonics is taught, there should be no katakana in any English textbooks. Nothing quite like teaching your students how to say nearly everything wrong.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    Ichiro's Malt makes some damn fine spirits. The Wine Wood Reserve is splendid! As good as I have ever had. As for Suntory, I Like Hakushu, but don't see what the big deal about Yamazaki is. It's not "bad" but for that price you can do a lot better...As in, pretty much anything from Nikka. Both Yoichi and Miyagiko (and even the Taketsuru blend) are much better than Yamazaki, for considerably less.

    Posted in: Japanese whisky makers in high spirits as accolades pour in

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    While I certainly have nothing good to say about the Ferguson militia, I mean, "police," the little tidbit about black motorists being stopped nearly twice as often as white motorists really doesn't tell us anything when 7 out of 10 Ferguson residents are African American. Anyone know what percentage of the remaining 3% is actually white? Not defending Ferguson PD, but can't their critics come up with an actually relevant example of discrimination?

    Posted in: U.S. Justice Department to investigate Ferguson police

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    Not bad for a 41 year old mother of two small children. "Not bad?" Who am I kidding? Ryoko is rocking! She looks better than ever!

    Posted in: Ryoko Shinohara’s smoldering lingerie ad is a Triumph

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    Call me a dinosaur, but I never even activated iCloud for my phone.

    Posted in: Celebrity hack puts focus on Internet 'cloud'

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    I second the votes for Tanimura, Oda and Hirai. While he's still relatively new, would add Shimizu Shota as well. He got a standing ovation at the Apollo when he performed there.

    Posted in: Japan’s 10 best singing voices as chosen by people in the industry

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    Kind of surprised Kyosuke Himuro (especially from the BOowy years) didn't make the list.

    Posted in: Japan’s 10 best singing voices as chosen by people in the industry

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    Any Koji Tamaki fans out there should check out Sapporo based musician Yuya Hoshino. He is produced by Anzen Chitai guitarist Wataru Yahagi and frankly could step in for his obvious hero and have old Anzen Chitai fans wondering if they were listening to Tamaki himself. And he's a damn nice kid to boot!

    Posted in: Japan’s 10 best singing voices as chosen by people in the industry

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    Compared to their SMAP sempai, Arashi are actually pretty good. A Johnnies group harmonizing? Say it ain't so!

    Posted in: Arashi announce largest dome tour ever

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