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    papasmurfinjapan

    Looks like a Softbank poster.

    And like another poster mentioned, what is with the perforated acoustic panel as a background??

    But still, happy birthday Masako. I hope it's a good one and you are getting better.

    Posted in: Happy 50th birthday

  • -2

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    Actually right now I wish Hyundai would start selling in Japan again. The Hyundai Veloster is the best looking small car on the road, and the new Genesis sedan is up there with the best with regards to quality. Korean car manufacturers have really come a long way in the past 10 years.

    Mechanically Japanese cars may be great, but Mazda is the only company that has any idea about styling.

    Posted in: Foreign brands still minnows in Japanese car market

  • 2

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    Why anyone would want to spend their NYE sitting in front of the boob tube for 5 hours is really beyond me. I know it's a Japanese "custom" and all, but honestly... put on a jacket, and go to a Shrine (who cares if you don't believe in the Japanese gods- neither do the Japanese), come home, eat some toshi-koshi-soba, drink some hot sake and have a great conversation with your family - sounds much better than spending an evening watching SMAP, AKB and Arashi on TV.

    Posted in: NHK announces lineup for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' on New Year's Eve

  • 3

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    “They sell at a loss.”

    VW sell at a loss? I thought they were already overpriced in Japan as it is.. I guess I was wrong.

    Like almost everyone else, my neighbourhood is full of Mercs, BMWs, Audis, VWs and believe it or not, Peugots. There are also plenty of Minis, Volvos, Fiats, Alfa Romeos, the odd Jag or Porsche Cayanne etc. I live in average middle class suburbia. Sure there are rich people, but many normal people are also driving foreign cars.

    What I rarely see are American and Korean cars, but they only have themselves to blame for choosing not to concentrate on the Japanese market.

    Posted in: Foreign brands still minnows in Japanese car market

  • 1

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    @globalwatcher

    I was born over a decade after JFK was assassinated, so perhaps the lack of nostalgia on my part is one thing that fuels my inability to understand the American psyche... that and the fact that I'm not American. Thanks for the the link. : )

    @hoser

    oh like this..

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_people_love_John_F_Kennedy_so_much#slide2

    Q: Why did people love JFK so much?

    A: He was shot and people appreciated those who were murdered.

    Kennedy may have had a great speechwriter in Ted Sorenson, but beyond that, didn't his misguided policies put the world to the brink of nuclear war?

    Furthermore, regarding his morality, wasn't he a philanderer? Look how much Clinton was dragged through the mud over the Lewinsky scandal, whereas JFKs affairs were are overlooked, or even add to his charm?

    I think "nostalgia" rather than "substance" is really what elevates the man to greatness.

    Posted in: Japanese fans fondly remember JFK 50 years later

  • 0

    papasmurfinjapan

    Beautiful yes, but completely devoid of the "spirit of Christmas"..

    Posted in: Roppongi Hills Christmas

  • -1

    papasmurfinjapan

    No offense intended, but I don't really understand why people love JFK so much. Because he was killed? Just because he was assassinated doesn't make him a good president, nor even a good person.

    Posted in: Japanese fans fondly remember JFK 50 years later

  • 0

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    Impressive mileage, but shame about the look... The Accord Euro Tourer was nice, but this new one wreaks of "grandpa".

    Posted in: Honda Accord named Green Car of Year at LA Auto Show

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    Some of my Japanese friends have posted about this on Facebook for the past month or so, and they usually garner no likes and maybe one or two comments. Then they'll post a photo of their cat and get 100 likes and 50 comments. I don't know if Japanese people are indifferent towards this or just prefer to keep it all bottled up inside, but I'm happy to see some people attending the protest. Given tokyo's population I wish the number was more like a million though. What Abe is doing is down right scary.

    Posted in: Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law

  • 3

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    I love the Subaru Cross Sport Concept aka BRZ Shooting Brake.. Let's hope they make it.

    Posted in: Tokyo Motor Show opens with eco-friendly theme; U.S. makers stay away

  • -4

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    He was a Patsy.

    Posted in: Who was Lee Harvey Oswald? Many questions linger

  • -3

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    I'm all for paying tribute to those soldiers who fought and died for their country but not war criminals What goes round come a round !!

    Sorry, but the only difference between a "war criminal" and a "war hero" is who won the war. War itself is criminal.

    Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal'

  • -2

    papasmurfinjapan

    But the fact is Japan still kicked Korea and China's butts, and I have little doubt they would kick them again if pushed.

    Both China and Korea suffer from an inferiority complex, which is why they always feel the need to entice anti-Japanese sentiment. Sad, really..

    Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal'

  • 7

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    Unfriend, selfie, what a sad world we live in.

    Posted in: Oxford Dictionaries: 'Selfie' is word of the year

  • 0

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    I'm holding out for the 2015 model DeLorean that runs on garbage.

    Posted in: Japanese automakers to showcase green vehicles at Tokyo Motor Show

  • 1

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    Armed with this kind of evidence I would have filed criminal charges against him and sued the company as well.

    Good luck with that. The Labour Bureau and court system will never go out it's way to help a disgruntled foreigner - no matter what "evidence" you may have. They'll tell you "this is Japan, that's the way things are done here, just leave quietly and find a job somewhere else and everyone will be happy".

    If you really want something from your boss, forget the court system, just get some dirt on him and blackmail him. That's the way the cookie crumbles.

    Or you can anonymously destroy his reputation on-line.

    Or you can just forget about the bastard and get on with your life. That's what I did.

    Posted in: Pen-shaped IC recorder

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    Shrek green, Monsters Inc Mike green, Oscar the Grouch green, and just plain old Puke green.

    I hope Toyota can nail the fuel-cell car... Honda's FCX is great, but without other makers getting in on the action, costs will remain high and the infrastructure to support them will never materialise. With Toyota's backing however, it may shake up the hybrid market.

    Posted in: Japanese automakers to showcase green vehicles at Tokyo Motor Show

  • -1

    papasmurfinjapan

    Is Putin a Beatles fan? If not, then why on earth would he care what Paul McCartney thinks?

    Posted in: Paul McCartney urges Putin to help free Greenpeace activists

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    if something you have painstakingly done for your lively hood is suddenly cheapened by a quick and easy way to achieve a similar effect, you would be angry too no

    Like I said, pros are bitter that technology has made taking a great photo easy.. sour grapes if you ask me.

    Of course I agree, if you are a professional, then by all means invest in a camera and some decent glass - but 99.9% of the world isn't - sure a photo taken on a camera phone may never be considered "worthy" by Getty Images, but most people don't care - nor print anything larger than the A4.

    Posted in: Nikon sticks to camera guns while rivals reload in other sectors

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    papasmurfinjapan

    A year or so ago, Time Magazine devoted a whole issue to photos shot solely with phone cameras, and the photos were pretty damn good.

    A "purist" is really a person who will be happy to use anything - be it a P&S, DSLR, camera phone or disposable camera to get the shot. They understand that photography is about the photographer, not the equipment.

    An "elitist", on the other hand, is bitter that now amateurs are taking photos on their phones that for most purposes are just as good as his/hers taken with their expensive "professional" equipment. Many pro photographers decry things like Instagram because they are so "fake", then go ahead and extensively tweak their own photos in Photoshop. Rather hypocritical, no?

    Posted in: Nikon sticks to camera guns while rivals reload in other sectors

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