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    Brainiac

    Movies: Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop's Wife, Christmas in Connecticut, Die Hard and Die Hard 2.

    TV shows: The Happy Days episode where Fonzie is too proud to admit he has nowhere to go for Christmas; a Twilight Zone episode (Night of the Meek) about a Santa with a magic bag of gifts; A Charlie Brown Christmas; and some episodes of Frasier.

    Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows?

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    Brainiac

    It must have been a difficult call for Sony. Look at it this way. Right now, everyone on JT is castigating Sony for the decision. But suppose they had released the film on schedule, and there were an attack on a theater, killing hundreds of people. I'll bet my bank account that the same people posting against Sony would then be posting messages blaming Sony for not heeding the threats, as would the media and relatives of any victims.

    It's not just Sony that backed down. The U.S. theater chains for the first to back off.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    Brainiac

    I see that JT asked this question on their Facebook page and I can't believe how many Grinches there said no. I can't believe they would deny their children the chance to believe in fairytales. Kids grow up much faster these days than when I was a child. Let them have a bit of fantasy. The look on a child's face on Christmas morning when they see presents under the tree and they realize Santa has come, is priceless. So too is when kids write a letter to Santa. The relationship between a child and Santa is very special.

    My kids (and me, too) enjoyed watching "Miracle on 34th Street" and I still think that "Yes Virgina" letter is a timeless answer to the question of Santa-san.

    Posted in: Do you, or did you, encourage your young children to believe in Santa Claus?

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    Brainiac

    I wonder what happens when the hostage-taker has to go to the toilet. Surely he has to put his gun down. You'd think that would be a good chance to throw a table or chair at him or just flee. I suppose that only happens in the movies.

    Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe

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    Brainiac

    You can't even have a cup of coffee anymore in peace. A siege mentality is fast developing in some big cities around the world. You don't dare go out anywhere you might be targeted.

    Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe

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    Brainiac

    Sony can't seem to do anything right at the moment.

    Posted in: Sony studio, producer apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks

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    Brainiac

    For me, the oldies are so deeply entrenched in my mind that I would find it impossible to listen to anything new at this time of year. Certainly, I have heard modern artists do their own renditions of old favorites, but I don't think I have heard a completely new Christmas carol or song in decades.

    Posted in: How come there are no new Christmas carols or songs created anymore? Why do we just keep listening to all the old favorites written decades ago?

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    Brainiac

    I must be the only reader on Japan Today who doesn't see what the big deal is. I can't see how it will have any negative effect on my lifestyle, job or family. Secrets have always been kept from the people. Doesn't worry me at all.

    Posted in: New state secret law goes into effect amid protests

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    Brainiac

    Fantastic. When my mother visited visited Japan, she couldn't believe how they wrapped her purchases at the department store. She even tried to replicate it back home but couldn't. In Australia, I don't think any department store offers that service anymore, except maybe at Christmas.

    I know a lot of people think it is a waste of paper, but personally, I think it is an exquisite part of Japanese culture and I hope it never goes away.

    Posted in: What do you think of the meticulous way that gifts are wrapped in department stores and other retail outlets in Japan?

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    Brainiac

    Too bad Kate isn't coming. I can imagine the reception they would have received. It would have been greater than any rock star, actor or sports star.

    Posted in: Prince William to visit Japan, China in February

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    Brainiac

    Japanese news stories tend to be vague. Often, when you read a story, there is information but no reference to who said it, or how it was ascertained. Crime stories leave out details about how a criminal was caught and there is very little follow-up of trials.

    U.S. news media are more investigative but also more intrusive.

    I think the Internet has changed the way the news is presented everywhere. You have bloggers posting stories without verifying facts or explaining background and what the stories mean.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?

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    Brainiac

    It might already be possible for people in the future. How often have you seen someone acting or dressed in a strange manner and thought they look out of place? Maybe they are time travelers from the future doing research in our time.

    Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible?

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    Brainiac

    I've often wondered about this. I see that the same question is getting a lot of responses on the JT Facebook page, with readers talking about eye pigment. Maybe Japanese eyes aren't as sensitive to the sun.

    I've noticed in Australia, where I'm from, people often wear sunglasses - even on cloudy days - because they think it makes them look cool, rather than to protect their eyes from the glare. Guys even wear them at funerals too, which seems weird to me, and it's not because they want to hide the fact they are crying.

    Posted in: Why aren't sunglasses as popular in Japan as they are in Western countries?

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    Smartacus

    Why would any woman allow her lover to take photos of her naked? I don't understand it. It is certainly not an act of love or even respect on the part of the guy.

    Posted in: Lower house passes bill banning 'revenge porn'

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    Brainiac

    Yes, I placed my order last week. Brings back wonderful memories. I read that the series was the most sought after DVD release for the past few years. They certainly took their time about it.

    Posted in: Adam West welcomes first-ever 'Batman' DVD release

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    Brainiac

    I don't see why so many readers are upset at this trend. Remember, this is about tourism, not immigration. A good host always provides for his/her guests' needs.

    I remember in Australia, during the 1990s Japanese tourism boom, shops put signs up in Japanese. Now, the signs are in Chinese. You do whatever is expedient to help the tourism industry grow.

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

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    Brainiac

    Maria

    Considering that there were 2,098 children listed as missing in May, and that now, only 141 remain unaccounted for, I'd say "they" have done a god job.

    It's very difficult to find people who don't want to be found. NHK had a story on this last night and it showed one child and her mother who moved from hotel to hotel to avoid being found by the mother's abusive husband.

    Posted in: Whereabouts of 141 children nationwide unknown

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    Brainiac

    Jaws, The Magnificent Seven and Mission: Impossible (though it is originally from TV)

    Posted in: Name some movie scores that are so famous that after hearing only a few seconds of the music, you can immediately name the movie.

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    Brainiac

    Harald

    Japanese people enjoy celebrating Christmas in their own way just as much as you do in your way. There is no one way or right way to celebrate Christmas.

    Posted in: Hills Christmas

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