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    NathalieB

    Erm... no. There are morals and ethics. There is right and wrong. That YOU cannot see them is your issue. Don't assume everyone shares your lack of morals.

    Well said. Im in the hand it in group. I like myself, think Im a great friend/mother/wife/all round human being, and want to continue to feel that way.

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    NathalieB

    There is an underlying aggression that I have experienced many times

    This is so true. Everything appears harmonious on the surface here, and visitors marvel at the politeness and calm of the Japanese people, but anyone who has been here a while can sense the underlying tension. It doesnt take much for them to blow because its been building up for so long and when they do: kaboom.

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    NathalieB

    RIP. But I wonder how much of the public purse was paying for his lengthy hotel stay and surf trips. And those of the TWELVE other "representatives" flown there.

    Posted in: Japanese deputy mayor dies in Hawaii

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    Jimizo

    'there are millions of women in Japan who have talents that just become homemakers. How is this any different?'

    She can't swan off to a hotel lunch, English/hula dance/flower arranging class, a pachinko parlour, Isetan or a hotel rendezvous with her lover.

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

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    NathalieB

    I would also like to know why the biker stopped and if he stopped suddenly. I know the law does not think it matters, but I do. Following distance is important, but I don't think its reasonable to expect so much that anybody can stop suddenly for no reason and the car behind cannot hit.

    He was stopped at an intersection. Hardly for no reason.

    Posted in: Motorbike rider killed after being hit from behind by car

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    scipantheist

    @Jerryisland Sounds like one of those idiots who blames the US entirely for the rise of islamic extremism.

    Posted in: China says it will be good host to Japan during APEC

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    NathalieB

    I dont think Nestle really have their finger on the pulse of the Japanese market. I remember after the quake, when all the conbinis were stripped bare, the ONLY thing left on the shelves was matcha flavored KitKats. Take the hint, Nestle!

    Posted in: Nestle 'hiring' 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines

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    Azzprin

    it would discourage motorists from using gasoline.

    For those living outside cities, in the out back. it just means less money for other things.

    .

    Posted in: Australia raising gasoline tax in political gamble

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    Jeff Huffman

    sfjp330OCT. 30, 2014 - 06:45AM JSTChristopher CroninOct. 30, 2014 - 06:31AM JST Easy. When was the last time China or Korea inspired an American? In intellect, soul or even style, it hasn't happened in a long time(if ever)!*

    >The product that you might be using might be engineered and designed by Chinese or Indian. The Asian engineering workforce in Silicon Valley accounts for one-third of the region's total scientific and engineering and two thirds of the U.S. foreign-born engineers were from Asia.

    Let see. The Dell lap top, while assembled in the PRC, was designed in the U.S. and may have a U.S., Taiwanese or Japanese micro processor.

    My Apple products, while assembled in the PRC, are of American design.

    Chinese or Indian designers? Think not, unless they have emigrated or are working in the U.S. on an H-1 visa.

    Posted in: Japan’s PR battle for U.S. hearts and minds

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    Kcquitano

    well i would have to say i want his ass locked up, show china that these kind of actions will not be tolerated in japanese waters! 6 months may sound like nothing in america, but in japan i think 6 months is pretty fair, especially since they dont make it comfortable like in america.

    Posted in: Japan arrests Chinese fishing boat skipper over coral poaching

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    Jonathan Prin

    Good trend, I like robots, especially if they are charming like the French company Alde arran who could sale them...

    Posted in: Nestle 'hiring' 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines

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    Hidetoshi

    There's no smoke without a fire, I'm sure there was something

    Posted in: Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal

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    yabits

    Israel invaded and occupied Egypt and Iran. And has gassed millions of Arabs.

    Well, proclaiming that Netanyahu is not Hitler -- true -- is what is called "damnation by faint praise."

    Israel never attacked Egypt? Wow, try reading some history. Israel never planned any aggression on Iran? Wow.

    A former IDF officer and son of a prominent IDF general during the Six Day War, Miko Peled -- born and raised in Israel, and a grandson of one of the state's founders -- has declared the Zionist state to be fascist, racist and an "apartheid" state. Keep in mind that the terms "volk" and "Reichsfuhrer" are easily understood and might have been applied to those who ran the South African system -- the one that most resembled the German regime, until the modern Zionist state.

    When a man like Mr. Peled's credentials says it quacks, it quacks.

    Posted in: Israeli leader lashes back at harsh U.S. criticism

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    lucabrasi

    @Canadian

    And why were those Dutchwomen in Indonesia? Something to do with a bit of naughty imperialism, I'll be bound!

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

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    toshiko

    Last night. both were 3 of 6. So, 7th game was exciting, Then SF had outfielders did excellent catches. Then the was they did couble plats. Th starting SF oitcher is 39 years old and he made a records in WS history. Now back to trading rumors as MLB team in Japan, we can figure USA will win and win in November. KC plaayers were great but DP by SF diminished winning chance. Congrat. Giants

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    Ayler

    The majority of people are good. You're in the minority.

    What a really crappy thing to say to someone on a forum. Shame on you.

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    JTDanMan

    CanadianNtokyo

    That is rather the point. The "Imperial" Household Agency has worked long and hard -- in their hidebound fashion -- to repair Japan's international image. And the Dutch Royals, as they are termed, have been receptive.

    Nothing to do with trade, I assure you...

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    Mennonite Maiden

    I'm sorry to say this but look at Masako and Maxima...such ugly and boring outfit compared to the Queen, ugh...no wonder the woman is depressed!

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

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    serendipitous

    It would be rather annoying to be killed by your car's airbag when it's supposed to be protecting you. If the company has been, '....plagued by problems for the past 13 years', it's surprising they have the second largest market share. Good chance for a new airbag maker to grab a piece of the pie.

    Posted in: U.S. gov't pushes air bag maker Takata on replacement parts

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    JTDanMan

    It depends.

    It depends on whether the money was "abandoned," "lost" or "mislaid."

    Abandoned property is something forsaken by a previous owner, who has no intention of returning for it. Lost property, like an engagement ring accidentally dropped in the street, is something that is inadvertently, unknowingly left behind. And mislaid property is intentionally put somewhere—like money on a bank counter that a customer intends to deposit—but then forgotten. Mislaid property...is supposed to be safeguarded by whoever owns the property where it was mislaid until someone with a better claim.

    In the state I live, California, there is a law mandating that any found property valued over $100 be turned over to police. Authorities must then wait 90 days, advertise the lost property for a week, and finally release it to the person who found it if no one could prove ownership.

    Posted in: If you found a large sum of money in a secluded spot, would you keep it or hand it in to the police?

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    Balefire

    @Nessie I take it that you meant "can't stop", and in that case I agree.

    I drive a car and also ride a motorcycle, and have done both here for decades. I also occasionally ride a scooter, maybe four or five times a month, from home to the station and back if I'm taking the train. Whatever I'm driving, I'm always conscious (wary, really) of the vehicles behind me, since tailgating is so prevalent here.

    I always leave plenty of space between my vehicle and that in front of me while moving. This can be very difficult on the highways, since other drivers tend to rush into the opened space, regardless of speeds and stopping distances.

    Even when stopped at a light, I try to leave enough space between my vehicle and the one in front, just in case some oblivious driver hits me from behind: I want to avoid being pushed into the car in front if possible. I've seen too many multiple-vehicle accidents caused by a combination of tailgating and inattention, and don't want to end up as the filling in a vehicle sandwich.

    There are advantages to riding a motorbike, but one of the disadvantages is that if you get hit, it's you, not a metal box, that takes the impact, at least initially, and while pretty much everyone here wears a helmet, that won't necessarily save your life.

    RIP for the scooter rider.

    Posted in: Motorbike rider killed after being hit from behind by car

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    CanadianINtokyo

    Surprising the Dutch maintain such close ties and respect for the Japanese Imperial family after horrendous abuses,torture and rape of forced Dutch women as comfort women,hmmmm

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

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    lucabrasi

    @simon

    I'm very bad at maths, but isn't the answer 'yes' ?

    Posted in: Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal

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    Educator60

    BurakuminDes at Oct. 30, 2014 - 11:07PM JST @ Educator - reference was to an Aussie rock song. Sorry if you didn't get it!

    Must have missed that one. Do enlighten us!

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    JTDanMan

    In a nutshell, Masako was hikikomori.

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    Simon Foston

    You may not like it, but the majority of Japanese voters would rather have Prime Minister Abe and his LDP ...

    The majority? Sorry, what was the LDP's share of the vote in the 2012 election? Around 60%? And what was the voter turn out? Around 59%, wasn't it? That's a majority of Japanese voters?

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    JTDanMan

    Yes, the Reichsfuhrer is merely defending the volk.

    Yep. Hitler totally held periodic elections in Germany, and Israel invaded and occupied Egypt and Iran. And has gassed millions of Arabs.

    'Cause if it walks like a duck, and quack likes a duck, it must be hippopotamus.

    Posted in: Israeli leader lashes back at harsh U.S. criticism

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    smithinjapan

    kazetsukai: "It is not the map or international agreements, it is actual possession by population that is dominated by one group."

    What narrow-minded thinking! And since you bring up how 'Japan is the same' and must inhabit the Senkakus to make them theirs, I guess you cannot deny South Korea's claims to Dokdo are the true claims (who cares about what Japan or others say, right? It's all about possession!) and the Kuriles Russian (I mean, it can't only be right for Japan or Israel, right?). But I'm going to go ahead and assume you think "it's different" in those cases, despite you bringing in completely different disputes and trying to form some kind of similarities.

    "It is not like what Russia is doing in Europe."

    Worse, actually, because Russia doesn't really deny its crimes or selectively choose points in history to defend slaughter. Yabits already called you out on that one, too, by the way.

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    Hugo Kempeneer

    yea, indeed, no problems here in Japan. I drive a toyota and had never any problems

    Posted in: U.S. gov't pushes air bag maker Takata on replacement parts

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    JoiceRojo

    It seems not only Chileans think this sentence is short. Chilean Justice is kinda behind times.

    My cousin worked for ALMA, it was a great place, you get clear skies all year long, and the night sky is very beautiful even for the naked eye

    Posted in: Chile man gets 10 years for killing Japanese astronomer

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    Fumie Yuhi

    Usually Japanese workers are diligent and careful so they check something to avoid mistakes. Then why they are lenient to this matter? My friend Michiko (Japanese) pointed out that it is triggered by the direct translation from Japanese to English. I agree with her but still we get lazy not even checking the spelling. So we made stupid mistakes like "Lamb-raisin flavored ice-cream" "flesh juice". Here are some examples of silly English signs. Enjoy!

    https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=funny+english+in+japan&sa=X&hl=ja&rlz=1T4SNJBjaJP508JP508&biw=1366&bih=618&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=skFSVP5ThLmbBYuogqgI&ved=0CB8QsAQ#imgdii=

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    BurakuminDes

    @ Educator - reference was to an Aussie rock song. Sorry if you didn't get it!

    Posted in: Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal

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    Frungy

    Mike O'BrienOct. 30, 2014 - 08:14PM JST

    Actually you did, with the line

    Actually I didn't, as your nice quote shows no mention of paper or pencil. I didn't presuppose anything, you jump to an assumptioin that allowed you to prop up your contention. Classic strawman.

    Bull. You're reaching here. You explicitly stated that voting was too time-consuming for regular citizens. I proposed a model that overcome the time constraints traditionally associated with voting. That isn't a strawman, that's point and rebuttal.

    Your naive belief that politicians don't routinely accept inducements in order to vote a certain way. And where did I do that? Oh wait I didn't, just another assumption so you could whing.

    You stated, "Of course, because the only way someone can do something you disagree with is if they are paid off."

    This statement clearly indicates that you believe that being paid off is not a routine part of modern democracies. It is. My point stands.

    It worked fantastically

    which is rule of the people (even the ignorant and stupid) by the people for the people.

    So rule by stupidity and ignorance is your defintion of worked fantastically. Well no wonder your perceptions of reality seem so skewed.

    It works well enough to elect those representatives you have such faith in, but suddenly you have no confidence in it when citizens can vote on all issues? Yeah, right.

    But it is their job to try and get the information needed to make those decisions.

    Show me this mystical job description you refer to. Most democracies have to put in place rules to ensure that elected representatives arrive to meetings, never mind having done the pre-reading. And if your belief that they had done the necessary research was true then please explain why elected representatives normally vote along party lines, instead of actually voting as their research indicates.

    Your theory is full of bull.

    Of course it doesn't work perfectly but better to have a small group trying to make informed decisions than millions making clueless guesses.

    "Doesn't work perfectly"? The understatement of the century.

    And research has shown that millions of "clueless guesses" is actually the right way to go. Did you ever watch, "The Weakest Link" or similar game shows? Most of the time the studio audience (some of whom were homeless people paid to sit there) got the right answer more reliably than most of the heavily prepared participants.

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    Bear27840

    Yet many cars made in America have problems that are kept hidden due to those in power getting money for their reelection from those very same auto makers.

    Posted in: U.S. gov't pushes air bag maker Takata on replacement parts

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    lucabrasi

    @John

    It seems to be a recent trend in journalism to avoid national adjectives, especially in sport.

    I've seen a lot of references recently to "the England captain" or "the Wales full-back".

    Why? Who knows?

    Posted in: Chile man gets 10 years for killing Japanese astronomer

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    Educator60

    @ BurakuminDes "Don't drop the soap, Ms. Obuchi. "

    What do you mean?

    "You better get a lawyer - you're gonna need a real good one..."

    I somehow think she is probably ahead of you on this one.

    Posted in: Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal

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    Bear27840

    The hunger and homeless in Japan would believe that is wasted on those that believe they are better than them.

    Alright JT now remove this as you normally do when I state facts.

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    yabits

    Have you really looked at the conflict between the two groups that goes back for several thousand years?

    Really? If there was such "conflict," how is it that Jewish minority communities co-existed peacefully for centuries not only in Palestine, but in Baghdad, Tehran, Yemen, and other predominantly Muslim societies? Have you really looked at that?

    In any conflict, populating a territory is the only way to assure posession and control of property for survival.

    Yes. Any thief will proclaim that possession is nine-tenths of the law.

    It is their defined territory, to which they have rights,

    Defined by whom or what? What "rights" does any entity have to a disputed territory? What rights does an aggressor have to lands stolen from those who hold the original deeds?

    Posted in: Israeli leader lashes back at harsh U.S. criticism

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    EthanWilber

    For people who are not aware: Given current Japan’s economic data, it’s almost curtain that Japan’s 2% inflation rate will not happen on time.

    As BOJ’s inflation target is going to be missed on the preset deadline, more misery will be added to Mr. Shinzo Abe’s already piled plate.

    As a direct result, Abe will be become one of many unavoidable political casualties whom would be conveniently served as the sacrificial lambs since there are plenty of blames to go around.

    A possible scenario might be that Abe could still hand in there for a while, but spend tons of his time to dodge the bullets fired from all the directions including members of his own party –LDP.

    As usual, someone has to be “credited” for the failures in Japan’s political scene, who else would be better than the self-crowned Japanese number-one salesman ? The point is that Abe is already a damaged good at this point, the worse is that there is little he can do, it;s take-it or leave-it case.

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    Ken Kitsune

    i wonder why if it's toyota they demand a recall, if it's a different brand they just let the owner discover the problem and let them bring the car themselves. I expereienced this once with Hyundai and Kia about engine knocking issue. They are aware that there was an error in the Engine's computer chip but they did not do a recall. They waited until my friend's car had a knocking sound and damaged engine before they replaced the Computer Box. So this is actually good for Toyota to be taking responsibility and not making excuses like other car manufacturers. And why only in US? We have lots of Toyota here in Japan and all airbags are from Takata so why only in US? Also about the past gas pedal issue, only the US experienced such problem.

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    John Galt

    How about fixing the headline to proper English: CHILEAN man gets 10 years for killing of Japanese man.

    There, fixed it for you Ed.

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    jounetsuyume

    sweetened condensed milk.. eagle brand

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    Akira Kurebayashi

    Near the coast: prone to tsunami. Near mountains: prone to volcanic eruption. Japan is apparantly doomed in the first place. Considering all risk factors and distributing limited funds in accordance with priority which is given based on the probability of each natural disaster to come seems painstaking to me. Certainly bunch of survey appear to be stupid but I guess the first thing we should do is to prioritise which disaster preventive measures should be taken.

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    sensei258

    @ jonobugs - No, but girlfriend is a euphemism for customer.

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    JoeBigs

    Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal

    And 6 months from today they will find she did nothing wrong and nothing will come of this. But, what does reality have to do with political vengeance?

    Remember my dear far left wingers, political games ride on a double edge bladed rollercoaster that has no friends and can't be bought. The folks that went after her to try and derail Japan's recovery will have to dance on that same bladed ride in time and they won't be as lucky.

    As you try and derail Japan's recovery your tactics you expose what you true intensions are. You may wish to derail Prime Minister Abe and think that you will force him to call for new elections. But, you will regret that wish....

    But, when you succeed in having him call for a new elections the LDP will win. The LDP and it's allies will win even more seats and then what will you tell your allies within Communist China?

    You may not like it, but the majority of Japanese voters would rather have Prime Minister Abe and his LDP leading Japan to a brighter future with the US as an ally than having the Communist and the kowtowing DPJ and Communist in power.

    An alliance with the US is the only way to ensure that Japan and it's people stay free from Communism and it's insanity!

    Better Red than dead was a motto used by the far left in the 60's and if you look at the folks leading the far left in Japan they are still living in that period!

    Posted in: Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal

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    lucabrasi

    @Thunderbird

    Ain't that the truth!

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    HaraldBloodaxe

    I wish I could just not turn up for work for 11 years and still get paid.

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    zichi

    Olegek Sorry, but most of last comment has nothing to do with the topic of the post so I won't reply any further.

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    Thunderbird2

    "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes."

    A quote from a 1974/75 "Doctor Who" story.

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    lucabrasi

    @kyushubill

    "The New York Times is the most widely read daily in the USA...."

    After the Wall Street Journal, yes.

    Posted in: Japan’s PR battle for U.S. hearts and minds

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