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    oikawa

    Chelsea also has matters in its own hands

    Be careful, that's not true. They may be 5 points ahead of Man City but City have 2 games in hand. It's in Liverpool's hands at the moment and if they mess up it'll be in City's hands. If they mess up too it'll be in Chelsea's.

    Sounds a lot like Chelsea's usual winning style.

    Posted in: Liverpool, Atletico continue sparkling form

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    he wanted to see firsthand how the sales tax hike was affecting consumer spending.

    Spending 40,000yen of taxpayers money enabled him to see how it's affecting other people did it??

    I hope it does go to 10% though, and we won't have so many bloody 2 yens in change.

    Posted in: Abe likely to decide on next sales tax hike around December

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    oikawa

    More drugs so women know they won't have to endure bloody painful births.

    Posted in: What changes are needed in Japanese society to stem the falling birthrate?

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    oikawa

    When you don't know if loan words in Japanese are actually real English or not.

    Posted in: You know you’ve been in Japan too long when…

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    oikawa

    WilliB is right. Sometimes it's wrong to say "better be safe than sorry" because it lulls people into a false and dangerous sense of security. There have been a few warnings on TV since 3/11 of tsunamis hitting and what have we seen on TV? Yes, unbelievably people sitting on the beach looking out to sea... but then who can blame them when you get reports like this, and that's exactly the point. Tsunami are not all going to kill you, just like a gust of wind isn't dangerous but a typhoon is. It would be patently ridiculous if we got equivalent weather warnings for 10mph winds as we do for typhoons, and the overblown media coverage today of something they knew was going to be an enormous anti-climax is what can lead to deadly complacency when a genuinely life-threatening event occurs.

    Posted in: Small tsunami waves reach Japan after Chile quake

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    oikawa

    It's only available in Japanese?? What if foreigners want to join? Discrimination!

    At least you can like it on Facebook.

    Posted in: Yamaguchi-gumi launches website with song, anti-drugs message

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    oikawa

    I think of wild erotic parties like in Eyes Wide Shut and Nicole Kidman naked.

    Posted in: Fashion statement

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    Mirai Hayashi

    I listened to parts of this program...she sounded very upbeat, better than some of the regular DJs on InterFM

    Yes I thought so too. I first tuned in in the middle of a program once not knowing what I was listening to and thought I was just listening to a normal DJ. I was very pleasantly surprised when I figured out who it in fact was.

    Posted in: Utada ends radio program with a family song

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    Why do they need 34 people on an Olympics Board anyway? What do they do?

    Posted in: AKB48 creator joins Tokyo Olympic board; petition against him circulates

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    oikawa

    Take a wild guess.

    Posted in: Tsunami survivor’s Y1.2 mil camera: heart-felt gift or PR stunt?

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    Strangerland

    Good post. Describes my experience here down to a T.

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of kindergartens and daycare centers in Japan?

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    oikawa

    Will the male flight attendants have to wear them too?

    Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines

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    oikawa

    Tamarama, I'm not so sure about that. In England it is but not so much in other parts of Europe where paltry fines and minor punishments are the norm. And it was Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA, the world governing body, who said players subject to racist abuse should just shake hands after the game. Saying it's "regrettable" sounds like exactly the way FIFA would like it dealt with. Swept under the carpet and never mentioned again. Oh look, there's a World Cup coming soon!

    Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League

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    oikawa

    Good on her. Hopefully she'll be a role model for more Japanese women to realise they can do something other than have children. Looking really good for 48 too.

    Posted in: Nomura names woman to head banking arm in first for Japan

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    oikawa

    The question is completely moot and irrelevant anyway. The teacher could be an Amazonian pigmy for all the good the way English is taught here helps students. Everyone obsesses in Japan about "Native Speakers" but it doesn't matter who your teacher is, it matters how they teach you. Having a native speaker in Japanese classrooms is a hindrance not a benefit. You don't need 2 teachers in a classroom. The whole thing is ridiculous and anti-pedagogical. The only reason for ALTs is to make schools look good and improve the future benefits to Japan's economy by having more well disposed westrerners.

    Posted in: Ideally, should English teachers at schools in Japan be native speakers? Can non-native English speakers do just as well or better?

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    oikawa

    Crazy question. Of course not. They should be good teachers. Being a native speaker has no direct connection with that. No-one ever says you have to be Albert Einstein to be a good physics teacher or Alex Rodriguez to be a good baseball coach. Being an exponent of an art and being a teacher of it are fundamentally different skill sets.

    Posted in: Ideally, should English teachers at schools in Japan be native speakers? Can non-native English speakers do just as well or better?

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    oikawa

    Where was that woman atacked just the other day? Wasn't that in Matsudo or Kashiwa? I wonder if it's the same guy.

    Posted in: Man killed, 3 others stabbed in same street within 10 minutes in Chiba

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    oikawa

    Good to see her getting to the heart of fundamental issues during these three days.

    Posted in: A visit from Denmark's PM

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    oikawa

    How the hell did she get that amount of money in the first place if she was so careless about losing it. A 15% interest rate on government bonds??? And what's the point of investing 150,000,000yen when you're 67?

    Posted in: Utsunomiya woman swindled out of Y150 million

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    oikawa

    Stewart, yeah I was just thinking about the rough average price, which would probably be more than the bog standard 600ish for a chunama, and as I said if there's no time limit that's fine. It's these time limited deals I think are completely ridiculous. I know that people can drink 7 in 2 hours but I don't think anyone really wants to. You can easily survive a good 4 or 5 hours in an izakaya and pay less than you would for a 2 hour nomihodai, especially as with the initial seating charge the price per drink goes down dramatically the more you have. Why pay more and have less time to spend there? I hazard nomihodai works well here just because of the group mentality.

    Posted in: Bar with all-you-can drink beer and sake + no time limit = limitless bliss

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