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nandakandamandaDec. 21, 2014 - 09:38PM JST
The Taliban are a sickness, like bird flu or Ebola. So sad for these poor policemen and their families.
Posted in: Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint
nandakandamandaDec. 21, 2014 - 09:22PM JST
A joint probe?
The US bends over (again) and NK conducts the probe.
Posted in: N Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. over Sony hacking
nandakandamandaDec. 21, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
Middle name Abdullah. Loner. Only 176 likes on his pigs wings twitter post.
Posted in: Two New York policemen shot dead
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 03:07PM JST
Admittedly the air in most major cities is quite hazardous, even without any tobacco smoke, but people still choose to live and bring up their children there.
Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 03:01PM JST
gokai-wo-maneku, read paragraph 11 again.
(re: In the first line, what does "freshly stoned" mean?)
Posted in: How Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 12:56PM JST
Quote: “It would be terrible if it happened again and somebody’s skin was scratched,” she added.
Yeah, it would be terrible is the sky fell on us.
Posted in: Over 20,000 bras recalled due to injury fears
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 12:49PM JST
In a blizzard, on private land (not a public road, so not governed by road traffic laws). Lights on, engine running. Was the old lady watching where she was going? Extenuating circumstances, I would guess.
Even so, the authorities will probably throw the book at the operator.
Posted in: 83-year-old woman dies after being hit by snow plow in Hokkaido
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 12:41PM JST
According to this 15 Dec 2014 article they have had 1,000 orders so far, even though they are planning to build only 700.
Posted in: Kanto's first hydrogen filling station opens in Tokyo
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 12:31PM JST
Jake, thank you for your detailed response. You filled me in on the background to those earlier 'problem' raids which I had only heard rumours about. In light of that, I can better understand your first comments above.
Posted in: Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids across Sydney
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 12:04PM JST
Have to say I am ambivalent about this. I really do not enjoy watching people getting aggressive with each other, especially over something like cigarette smoke. In general common sense prevails, or should prevail, on both sides, but when those rare exceptions occur it may be time to say something.
Unless someone offers me a cigarette, I do not smoke. I first smoked in order to put myself in the shoes of smokers so that I could see the world from all sides and overcome the one-sided dagger-looking hidden inside myself.
By the same token, I often wonder how much damage was done to my developing fetus by the frequent smoking and drinking that my mother was doing when she was pregnant.
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 11:33AM JST
Jake, would you care to elaborate on your cryptic comments? You think the authorities are perpetuating a cycle that would die out naturally if they didn't take any action?
nandakandamandaDec. 19, 2014 - 11:27AM JST
Too much reality TV and too much weed blurred the line. Misplay by Rogen and Franco.
In Asia, losing face is the biggest disgrace. DPRK gets to slap Japan (Sony) and the US at the same time, and they will feel justified in doing so.
Should've kept the Adenoid Hynkel, King Jong Jon approach, IMHO. That's the way good satire has always worked in this part of the world, where a sense of humo(u)r in the often paranoid leader is often lacking.
nandakandamandaDec. 17, 2014 - 03:30PM JST
Apparently they have been losing many new recruits to IS recently, so this is one way for them to attract youngsters back to their ranks. Still life in the old dog yet, etc. (Source, Al Jazeera.)
Some internal/infernal logic to their thought processes.
Posted in: Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead
nandakandamandaDec. 17, 2014 - 03:24PM JST
My wife has always made it clear she does not want a present. Just money.
Posted in: How much do Japanese girls expect their boyfriends to spend on Christmas presents?
nandakandamandaDec. 16, 2014 - 07:46PM JST
One thing the Taliban are good at, is killing.
Killing Muslims. Killing women and children. Deliberately, not by mistake.
Oh, and lying. They will surely blame this attack on the CIA in the months and years to come.
Posted in: Taliban kill 126 in Pakistan school attack
nandakandamandaDec. 15, 2014 - 06:39PM JST
Murky pix, but he looks just like a Sydney biker gang member.
Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe
nandakandamandaDec. 14, 2014 - 07:11PM JST
Another innocent who believes in the the ultimate goodness of the DPRK.
Posted in: N Korea parades American man who illegally entered country
nandakandamandaDec. 14, 2014 - 01:06PM JST
At least the cops managed to take him alive, although the guy will be fed and watered on tax-payers' money for years to come, I would guess.
Posted in: Police arrest suspect in shooting near Oregon high school
nandakandamandaDec. 14, 2014 - 12:53PM JST
If you want to find out about Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunami, Typhoons, etc., on Japanese Yahoo, then click on 天気 Tenki, the Weather button, above Sports and below News.
A grander and more official-sounding name for weather would be 気象 Kisho, Meteorology, and thus the government department in charge is 気象庁 Kisho-Cho, or Japan Meteorological Agency as it is called in English.
Weird, perhaps, but that's how it is set up here.
Poor old Fukushima, rocked by hundreds and hundreds of earthquakes since 3/11, and now a volcano threatening to blow behind it. What is going on down there?
Posted in: Meteorologists predict possible eruption at Mt Azumayama
nandakandamandaDec. 13, 2014 - 10:48AM JST
Yuri Kageyama makes a boo boo at the end of the article. Quote: "some politicians dispute the role of Japanese soldiers in the Rape of Nanjing, which began in 1937, in which 300,000 Chinese were killed. They say that is a vast overcount."
Most independent sources put the figures at between 40,000 to 200,000, according to Wiki. The highest number suggested is by some Chinese, at 300,000. Kageyama's writing makes it sound as if 300,000 is an established fact, a surprising position for a supposedly neutral journalist to take. Taking sides with Chinese right-wingers, ignorance of the issues, or a slip of the pen?
Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan
Dec. 22, 2014 - 02:08AM JST
Why is there no space between "100" and "years"? ZANNEN! BATSU DESU! (from your English teacher)
Posted in: Chaos as Tokyo Station celebrates centenary
Dec. 22, 2014 - 01:52AM JST
The problem with smokers is the majority completely lack any consideration for those around them and…
Dec. 22, 2014 - 01:43AM JST
First NK tells the USA what to do, now Cuba dictates what it must do. Yes,…
Posted in: Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
Dec. 22, 2014 - 01:41AM JST
@Yamiko the only want to be political whistling hides behind a activists keyboard, keep the faith.…
Posted in: Japan, U.S. delay update to defense cooperation
Dec. 22, 2014 - 01:40AM JST
Fidel is/was a loon for sure, but the previous regime was a U.S. vassal state, undeniably.…