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morrison_rmMay. 24, 2013 - 07:11AM JST
Weird, not a single mention of Sanrio Purolando.
Posted in: Places in Japan that made an impact on foreign visitors
morrison_rmMay. 17, 2013 - 05:01PM JST
That is a really harsh first day at school.
Posted in: Bear shot dead after entering school in Ishikawa
morrison_rmMay. 09, 2013 - 06:59PM JST
I have this nasty feeling that this kind of thing also influences how all teachers are seen, including gaijin. I had one female student who was angry she got swapped out to another teacher, and I ended up with a JHS girl student, as if this was something I deliberately arranged. I was too polite to point out that teachers don't get to pick the students.
Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking video up skirt of 15-year-old girl in Chiba
morrison_rmMay. 07, 2013 - 04:30PM JST
She called him on her keitai? Saitama definitely is an unusual place, I was always surprised when the local trains on the Tobu line just turn up at more or less random times after 9pm...very un-Japan.
Posted in: Police ignore complaint from man who stabs neighbor
morrison_rmMay. 07, 2013 - 04:26PM JST
One more vote for Linux, never pay a licence fee again.
Posted in: With no cash for Windows upgrades, local gov't to disconnect some PCs from Net and tape up ethernet ports
morrison_rmDec. 07, 2012 - 10:10AM JST
//Footage posted on the Internet
Posted in: Nationalism gains ground in election campaign
morrison_rmDec. 06, 2012 - 11:55PM JST
//What's the world's most valuable company again?
Probably something in defence in reality, as we seem to have a lot more wars these days.
But, I digress. Both of the main "tech" companies seem to be having an interesting time these days. Mac because they gave up on their USP of "we have our own operating system" because it's Linux under the hood, so they are trying to get someone to pay for a system that is usually free. MS because they ignored smart phones, are late on the tablet market and Windows 8 isn't currently flying off the shelves.
What's next, probably more of the same, as both companies have the cash to sit it out.
Posted in: Apple's downward spiral accelerates
morrison_rmDec. 06, 2012 - 03:16PM JST
//they just use JAPAN to make money,
On balance, teaching English in South Korea is more profitable as the company mansion is free and the cost of living is lower, so I have some serious doubts that many people come to Japan just to make money.
Posted in: Island dispute takes bite out of Chinese tourism to Japan
morrison_rmDec. 05, 2012 - 04:35PM JST
The problem is not the age, but the maintenance. The Clifton suspension bridge (completed 1864) I used to drive across regularly is still fine, but you have to keep up the maintenance.
Posted in: Tunnel disaster puts spotlight on Japan's aging infrastructure
morrison_rmDec. 04, 2012 - 08:31PM JST
Looks like it's written by a guy. On a peripheral note, taking the train would be safer, if it's the first time with an unknown date partner.
Posted in: Men who use trains on dates: Please stay single
morrison_rmDec. 03, 2012 - 11:16PM JST
Sad truth that Mr Lear (of Lear jets) called his daughter Shanda...
Posted in: Abe takes a stand against parents naming their children Pikachu
morrison_rmDec. 01, 2012 - 02:58PM JST
It just looks like the decision of a 5 year old. In reference to the very old joke, politician dreams he meets with god, he gets three questions. First two are solutions to domestic issues and god says "Not in your lifetime", last question is about peace in the middle east, god replies "Not in my lifetime".
Posted in: Israel OKs new West Bank settlement construction
morrison_rmDec. 01, 2012 - 01:59AM JST
I like this, and I am a smoker. The product kills, and the tobacco industry used to get its own way in far too many ways.
Posted in: Australia to become first country to enforce first plain-pack cigarettes
morrison_rmNov. 26, 2012 - 08:50PM JST
ditto Dean Morgan, as they turned me down. I wouldn't employ a teacher like me.
Posted in: Which English-language school would you recommend to your Japanese friends wishing to learn English?
morrison_rmNov. 26, 2012 - 08:38PM JST
The virtual one is just a heartbreaker anyway, she's already married "Man marries virtual girlfriend!" 2009(?)
Posted in: Man brings virtual girlfriend to own wedding
morrison_rmNov. 26, 2012 - 09:12AM JST
Ahh, they should have used the Hello Kitty gatling gun for proper kawaii
Posted in: Weird cosplay: AKB48 meets AK-47
morrison_rmNov. 25, 2012 - 07:19PM JST
To be honest the first part of this idea sounds useful, if it is actually helpful. I'm otaku, so I wasn't exactly a natural with the ladies as a young teen and perhaps it would be useful to find out that talking about all the Gundam cards he has might not win him the lady of his dreams?
Someone mentioned ask a friend for advice, which is ok, unless your friends are otaku too...
Posted in: 'Rent-a-Girlfriend' service offers simulated romance
morrison_rmNov. 24, 2012 - 09:50PM JST
//suspicion of public indecency after he allegedly walked around naked in an Internet cafe.
I'm more interested in the "suspicion" part...it's not something you can fake. Unless he was wearing a false body.
//A democratic military?
To be honest the military model is weird, not being either a business or a political model. CEO's seem to go on a merry-go-round but when was the last time you heard about an army recruiting a general from outside their own army? People jump up and down screaming when their legal rights are threatened but it's fine for martial law apply to soldiers when they aren't even on a battlefield?
Posted in: Two more U.S. servicemen arrested in separate incidents
morrison_rmNov. 23, 2012 - 09:40PM JST
//Nature over powers man any time - except smallpox, the dodo...
"It’s tsunami-resistant, not tsunami-proof,” I'm glad he said that otherwise it's just tempting fate.
Posted in: California city building 'tsunami-resistant' port
morrison_rmNov. 21, 2012 - 01:18PM JST
If you want to split hairs, this has already happened. The South African military were doing a drill with an automated AA gun and it just started shooting the soldiers. 9 died.
Posted in: Ban 'killer robots,' rights group urges
May. 26, 2013 - 06:35PM JST
so he's 'apologizing' to the big strong U.S but not to countries in weaker positions throughout…
Posted in: Hashimoto to apologize to U.S. at Monday's news conference
May. 26, 2013 - 06:30PM JST
So, can I put these on t-shirts and sell them?
I would recommend instead that you…
Posted in: Japanese warming up to public showings of erotic 'shunga' prints
May. 26, 2013 - 06:28PM JST
How will this rice be labled?
Kokusan (a home product)
Posted in: Farmers resume planting rice near crippled Fukushima site
May. 26, 2013 - 06:21PM JST
So, can I put these on t-shirts and sell them?
May. 26, 2013 - 06:13PM JST
This is just sad.
Don't worry. That's just an emotion.