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smithinjapanMay. 24, 2013 - 09:19AM JST
Mistake to pick the former -- the guy who can never score in WC and whines about how he should be in Europe and not Russia, but I guess the media is still hoping their golden boy can deliver.
Posted in: Honda, Kagawa picked for World Cup qualifier against Australia
smithinjapanMay. 24, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
Old news. I remember when, in Western countries at any rate, you didn't move down (movies to TV), you moved up. But these days all the big actors are moving back to TV; it's more practical. You can go pay 1800 yen to see one episode of what will ultimately be like a TV mini-series anyway, or you can just watch it for free (well, cable fee) on the boob-tube at home, weekly. TV is FAR more diverse than it used to be -- you have an entire genre based on zombies, and the major networks coming up with 20 or so pilots a year. TV is much better than movies these days, the only real difference being you're less likely to be distracted at a movie theater, and have more popcorn, than at home.
Posted in: In film, audiences and talent shift from cinema to TV
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 07:52PM JST
I mean AFTER the healthy insurance.
Posted in: Hospital tests powerful breast cancer therapy
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 07:51PM JST
Is this the one that costs 3-billion yen per treatment?
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 07:50PM JST
Wow... great looking woman. They actually make a pretty good looking couple in this picture, though Abe seems between a smile and a smirk.
Posted in: A visit from Thai PM
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 07:48PM JST
NZ2011: "the whole island chain is fairly active."
One of the reasons why no reactors should be.
Posted in: Nuclear watchdog agrees Tsuruga nuclear plant sits atop active fault
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 06:44PM JST
"Tsuruga’s operator, Japan Atomic Power Co, rejected the watchdog’s decision about the fault and said it would continue its own probe in hopes of overturning the assessment."
Phew! I thought for a split-second common sense was starting to prevail!
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 06:42PM JST
Put these hatches on mass order, please. As sad as it is to see a parent or parents give up their child because they feel they cannot take care of those they birth, it is FAR more preferable than reading about Joe Tanaka shaking his one month old baby to death because said baby won't stop crying, or about Ms. Hashimoto leaving her baby dead in a dumpster or shopping mall toilet stall while 'no one suspected' she was pregnant, etc.
Find these babies a loving home -- and there are indeed plenty who cannot have babies that would welcome them. The important thing is that they are alive.
Posted in: Kumamoto baby hatch says it received 9 infants in fiscal 2012
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 04:18PM JST
I'm definitely with bass4funk on this one. Forget about the public and/or your reputation, apologize to the person who trusted you and whom you've harmed.
Posted in: Yaguchi apologizes for illicit affair
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 04:03PM JST
Congrats to the man, and hats off.
Posted in: Miura becomes oldest person to reach Everest summit
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 12:27PM JST
It's good that Japan's expressing a willingness to talk instead of just joining the US and other nations with threats of sanctions. However, I just can't see these potential talks as being fruitful in any way. If NK admits to further kidnappings and attempts to return them or find their remains progresses, what do you think the response will be in Japan? It'll be even worse than when Koizumi visited and got acknowledgement from NK about some of the abductions. I just don't see how any meeting between these two right-wing leaders would be productive.
Posted in: Japan considers talks with N Korea, surprising allies
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 09:30AM JST
“The panel has indicated that it had unanimously found that the main reason for upholding the decision of the IOC was due to the fact that the JOC did not comply with the applicable rules and regulations,”
No surprises there. It's just a shame such an upstanding athlete and man like Murofushi has to suffer as a result.
Posted in: Murofushi loses appeal at CAS in IOC election case
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 09:28AM JST
Sounds a bit gung-ho to me. Could they not have incapacitated him another way? If he indeed had a knife, which is unclear, then I guess better not to take chances, but still.
Posted in: Man shot to death while being questioned in Boston bombing probe
smithinjapanMay. 23, 2013 - 09:26AM JST
Keep your eyes peeled, girls and boys -- between this kind of thing and all the random stabbings and people being pushed in front of trains, you never know when you're going to run into one of these nutters. Japan is quite a safe country when it comes to petty crime and people being honest and reporting things found to the police, but when it comes to random murders...
"The boy was quoted by police as saying he attacked the girl with the intention of killing her."
Good. Then there can be no excuse not to try him as an adult.
Posted in: Youth arrested for hitting 16-year-old girl with baseball bat
smithinjapanMay. 22, 2013 - 07:30PM JST
Hats off to you, Beckham. Sad to see you go, but I think it's a little overdue. Enjoy retirement.
Posted in: Beckham announces retirement
smithinjapanMay. 22, 2013 - 07:20PM JST
Peter Payne: "A bigger issue is, how the world can hypnotize themselves into thinking only Japanese soldiers did this during World War II, and that Koreans, Chinese, American, British, Filipino, Indian, French, German, Italian, Austrian, Belgian, Dutch, and all other soldiers sat around reading bibles in between fighting."
Do you see those nations saying it was a 'necessity' after trying first to downright deny it? Do you see those nations trying to take back apologies for atrocities? How people can defend what Hashimoto said is beyond me. Not quite as bad as Nishimura, mind you, but still horrible stuff and no words and no place for a politician.
Posted in: Do you agree with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's comments on comfort women?
smithinjapanMay. 22, 2013 - 06:54PM JST
Babies cry. If you can't stop crying as an adult because of that fact, don't have them. Hope this guy rots in prison. RIP to the little boy.
Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death
smithinjapanMay. 22, 2013 - 05:35PM JST
Upgrayedd: "Yasuji Kaneko lied about when he joined the Japanese army, about murdering Chinese people in the Nanjing massacre, and about being in Unit 731 yet you believe his testimony about comfort women?"
I answered your question more than once: that you choose not to see it is not my fault. And why should I answer (again) when you refuse to answer the questions posted to you, such as what about the rest of the former Imperial soldiers who have admitted to and apologized for atrocities such as that of Nanjing but which the government claims they have 'foggy memories' and 'do not represent the offical stance of the Japanese government"?
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
smithinjapanMay. 22, 2013 - 05:30PM JST
Upgrayedd: "CH3CHO gave a good rundown about the difference between 慰安婦 and POW abuse"
No, what he did was try to use a euphemism to describe systematic rape, same as calling sex slaves by the name 'comfort women'.
smithinjapanMay. 22, 2013 - 04:21PM JST
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Of course, he'll just rename it something else and people will conveniently forget all he's said and done under the current party's name.
Posted in: Hashimoto's party 'faces extinction,' some media say
May. 24, 2013 - 05:26PM JST
Anybody who would lay a hand on my child would get a hand laid on them.…
Posted in: Tokyo Board of Education publishes names of schools using corporal punishment
This is one of the reasons why the article 9 should be altered.
Posted in: Three Chinese ships in disputed waters again
May. 24, 2013 - 05:23PM JST
I could handle it, but just one hour adjustment once in spring and once in fall.…
Posted in: Gov't considers setting clock ahead by two hours
@bass4funk: American's are caught up in "taking away your freedom", "taking away your rights"... forget all…
Posted in: Tokyo Marui comes to play with replica sniper rifles, pistols and grenade launchers
Saudi Arabia is a country in which it is impossible to visit on a tourist visa.…
Posted in: British newspapers demand jailing of Islamist preacher