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nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 11:25PM JST
You walk into a local bar and they offer you a thin slice of melon, then tell you what you just wolfed down was part of an $8,000 melon. Now that is a great talking point, good publicity, and possibly a money spinner as they hand you a bill for 300 dollars.
Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.6 mil
nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 11:12PM JST
Shankun, sulfuric acid is boring.
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 08:03PM JST
Funny feeling there's more detail we should be getting.
nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 11:51AM JST
Not all Canadians are bad.
Posted in: Canadian man arrested at Narita airport for stealing camera
nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 11:48AM JST
About 30 years ago a former Japanese army soldier told me essentially the same thing, with many of the same graphic details as Mr Matsumoto above. I used to take him home in my car sometimes and he would tell me stories about his time marching through Manchuria and China. Self-reflection is always easier to listen to than shouted accusations.
My feeling is that Mr Hashimoto either does not actually know what went on, or simply does not want to believe what his own country might have done.
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 01:33AM JST
PS and if the Taliban were in New York with an international mandate to keep the peace and protect the population against a ruthless power-hungry religious-nutter enemy, I think they would be welcomed with open arms.
Posted in: Soldier's murder is attack on Britain, betrayal of Islam: Cameron
nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 01:30AM JST
Now that's just silly, ultradarkmelvin. NATO are not perfect and you know or you should know that they would never do that deliberately.
Even one time is too many, but these are mistakes, miscalculations, unlike the terror that the Taliban deliberately meets out on the population to keep them cowed and afraid. Anything deliberate like the heli shooting of civilians is an aberration and becomes a war crime.
To say that freedom, which you obviously despise by calling it 'freedumb', is protected and spread by deliberately dropping bombs on civilians is exactly the propaganda used by cynical al Qaida recruiters to brainwash young people into throwing away their precious Allah-given lives. Gimme a break and grow up, please.
nandakandamandaMay. 25, 2013 - 12:13AM JST
What I find interesting is that the greater struggle is becoming clearer now that some Muslim leaders have spoken out. They are beginning to lose their fear, and the voice of maturity is beginning to be heard.
Paradox. These fiery radicals, thinking they are serving an idealized form of Islam, shouting out the name of Allah as they kill, are actually doing Islam and the Islamic community a disservice. Muslims need to be free to practice their own religion and make their inner peace with Allah/God.
To say the army is killing Muslims is facile, childish, simplistic, warped thinking. The main aim of NATO in Afghanistan etc, is to protect the population until a stable Muslim government can be established.There are many Muslims in the NATO armed forces with the same rights as everyone else, and one of their duties may be to go to Afghanistan and protect the meeker Muslim population against the more aggressive Taliban, Wahabi, al Qaida power grabbers.
There may be lone exceptions, but that is the reality.
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 07:50PM JST
Quote: "set to arrive in Japan", so, where's it coming from?
Posted in: Powerful camcorder
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 06:42PM JST
Thanks for the information, Harald and bigfujiyama.
So we could still get big ones here in Japan too, if this is all an on-going process, like chunks of ice wall breaking away from glaciers..
Posted in: M8 earthquake hits Russia's Far East
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 06:34PM JST
Even if they never switch Hamaoka on again, it will need to be protected throughout the decommissioning phase, so these safety improvements are better late than never.
Posted in: Safety upgrades at Hamaoka plant
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 04:47PM JST
How usual is an earthquake in this area, I wonder?
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 04:45PM JST
pasanawa, all those capital letters makes your post harder to read, but who wants to listen to shouting? I just cross the street and walk away.
I am guessing that you think Honda is actually very good, and smith's post has somehow got under your skin.
Posted in: Honda, Kagawa picked for World Cup qualifier against Australia
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 04:36PM JST
Quote, Carolingium: "They're concentrating the immigrants into districts"... Who are?
In most places the bulk of immigrants tend to concentrate themselves among familiar people. Is Sweden different?
Posted in: Cars, schools torched in 5th night of Stockholm riots
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 04:33PM JST
"Why don't you go and do something about it, instead of shouting at people on the street corner?" many people must have said to him.
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 02:30PM JST
Often the green pedestrian crossing light is not visible from inside the high cab of a truck turning. Recently after a run of such accidents here outside a nearby hospital they moved the pedestrian light way up the pole to about 15 feet high. How such truck drivers can see pedestrians beats me.
Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting and killing girl at intersection
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 02:25PM JST
"Deviating from..." I meant to say above, not deviant! LOL
Posted in: Tokyo Board of Education publishes names of schools using corporal punishment
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 02:24PM JST
My schools had corporal punishment. At middle school level I was given 56 strokes of the cane over about three years, in sets of 4 or 6. Never a problem for me and I probably deserved it every time. The system was never abused, as far as I know, certainly not towards me. Actually it would give you bragging rights and peer approval.
But "broken bones, bleeding, particularly vicious assault" in the article has me confused. This is not corporal punishment and would never have been allowed at school. Why are they mixing up the two in this article?
Surely abuse of authority and assault are the problem here, something deviant from well-regulated corporal punishment?
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 01:59PM JST
Rioting youth, thought bubble: "Hey, everyone is doing it, it's the in thing. Let someone else figure out why."
nandakandamandaMay. 24, 2013 - 10:37AM JST
Two birds with one stone? Maybe he wanted to show her how hard he is working and how well he is doing in life. A Lexus might be a nice subliminal message.
Posted in: Man arrested after taking Lexus for test drive to grandmother’s house 180 km away
May. 26, 2013 - 10:51AM JST
the problem remaining is not the light efficiency, which has been enough for some time, but…
Posted in: Panasonic develops world's highest efficiency white OLED for lighting
May. 26, 2013 - 10:50AM JST
Haruki Suzuki .. what a name.
In most countries, suspects' names are not disclosed until a…
Posted in: Man arrested on train in Aomori after knifing girl in Kanagawa
May. 26, 2013 - 10:45AM JST
I can't say that I've noticed the nipples of "dirty old men" ... Is this really…
Posted in: 84% of women don’t want to see men's nipples at office: survey
May. 26, 2013 - 10:41AM JST
Right now the nuclear industry in Japan is viewed as being a rogue among rogues. Cutting…
Posted in: Stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant struggles to keep staff
May. 26, 2013 - 10:40AM JST
tkoind2, excellent comment!
Posted in: Hashimoto to apologize to U.S. at Monday's news conference