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lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 06:42PM JST
Where? I'm not trolling, I'm interested. Never heard of such a thing in Kyushu.....
Posted in: Convenience store employee in coma after trying to stop shoplifter from escaping
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 04:23PM JST
Why? His suffering would give you retrospective pleasure?
Posted in: 6 passengers injured after man sprays gas in Osaka subway
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 03:56PM JST
I find it vaguely comforting. It's when they learn to walk on their hind legs or speak in words of more than one syllable that we need to worry....
Posted in: NRA leaders warn members of looming gun-control efforts
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 03:46PM JST
Exquisitely sweet and naive question. : )
Not a freakin' chance....
Posted in: Voting gets under way in regional elections
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 03:38PM JST
"I'd be happy to bring you a refill for your beverage." sounds "natural"???
Sound more like a creepy, malfunctioning robot-butler.
Posted in: 5 ways to bug your older Japanese coworkers at a new job
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 03:17PM JST
Not a difficult choice. Only a lunatic would prefer Batista. Or a rich, privileged social and moral bankrupt. Or, indeed a Republican politician.
Posted in: Obama, Castro hold historic meeting
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 03:12PM JST
"Spring cleaning of the mods."
Ha! Sounds like the title of a section of "The Waste Land."
But let's hope it doesn't happen. We all love our moderators deep down. Right? : )
Posted in: South Korean PM warns Japan over history textbooks
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 02:54PM JST
In which convenience store did you see that sign? In twenty-five years I've not seen a single one in any 7-11, Lawson's or Family Mart. The staff couldn't care less how long you stand there and read, as far as I've noticed.
lucabrasiApr. 12, 2015 - 01:35PM JST
"people would rather be around those similar to them."
Yep. I'd choose a fellow human every time.
Posted in: What happened to Hollywood's push for diversity after Oscars?
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 08:18PM JST
Ha! Poles ain't polls, my friend ; )
Posted in: Nurse cosplay: Would-be Hiroshima City councilwoman’s innovative campaign tactic
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 08:01PM JST
"Why you be an entrepreneur and then pay 55 per cent tax if you succeed?"
Um... Maybe because you care a little bit about your community and you want your wealth to benefit other people?
But nah.... That would be socialist. Buy another Ferrari and go out and run over some poor folk.
Posted in: Prime Minister Abe should announce new tax incentives for startups, especially in the renewable energy sector -- batteries, solar, wind and geothermal power. The government should also create a series of venture-capital pools and safety nets that support would-be innovators and incentivize them to take risks, and sponsor training programs to inspire more entrepreneurship among young Japanese.
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 07:54PM JST
"Is this how they will get 18 yr old males to the poles in the future?"
No, that would be by helicopter, sleigh, husky or reindeer.
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 01:15PM JST
Read the article, all finished for 2015....
Posted in: Mandarado Yagura: Off the beaten path in Kamakura
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 12:27PM JST
"Rand will say 2 or 3 things you strongly agree with...."
Posted in: Clinton to launch White House bid on Sunday
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
I'm sure, years ago when I first met my wife, her passport said "Not valid for travel to North Korea," or something like that.
Posted in: Journalist's new passport bans him from going to Iraq, Syria
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 07:44AM JST
Sure it is. In Spanish. This is an English site. No tilde on my keyboard....
Posted in: El Nino likely to emerge by summer, says weather bureau
lucabrasiApr. 11, 2015 - 01:07AM JST
Seriously, you say "My name is..."?
That's the very first expression I tell my students to avoid, along with "I am a boy/girl" and "This is a pen".
Posted in: Pronunciation anxiety: Many Japanese people don’t want to speak English unless it’s perfect
lucabrasiApr. 10, 2015 - 06:32PM JST
No disputing the fact that these are tragedies, but the figures for road deaths are much better in Japan than Australia, America, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, or Switzerland, among many others.
Posted in: 7-year-old boy hit and killed by dump truck; driver arrested
lucabrasiApr. 10, 2015 - 06:15PM JST
As English becomes more and more international, the difference between, say, a Cumbrian accent, a Texan accent, a Dutch accent or a Japanese accent is going to matter less and less.
Look up "English as a lingua Franca". It's the new way of thinking....
lucabrasiApr. 10, 2015 - 04:53PM JST
@gcbel & cleo
Much as I disagree with Texas's general thrust, I think that the "usually shot in the back" comment is suggesting that they aren't shot in the front.
Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate
Apr. 25, 2015 - 05:44PM JST
It is fatuous and simplistic to boil this case down to "playing with fire". It is…
Posted in: Mercy pleas for Indonesia death row inmates as families arrive
Apr. 25, 2015 - 05:42PM JST
I remember this quite well. There was also speculation that it was a mass-murder suicide. The…
Posted in: Memorial service held for victims of 2005 fatal train derailment
Apr. 25, 2015 - 05:39PM JST
Important and not-so-important things about the writer of Fukushima Diary, Mochizuki Iori:
Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction
Apr. 25, 2015 - 05:24PM JST
only 13% of Japanese people do not agree with the Kono statement.
When applied to the…
Posted in: In U.S., 'comfort woman' demands apology from Japan
Apr. 25, 2015 - 05:15PM JST
Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan ready for bigger security role
Really, Mr Abe? Try listening…
Posted in: Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan ready for bigger security role