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    Nessie

    The low coast carrier

    "Low-cost", I hope, Mods.

    Posted in: Jetstar Asia apologizes for not allowing disabled man on plane

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    M3M3M3

    I expected better from her. Very disappointing.

    Posted in: China raps Japan after Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine

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    SuperLib

    From what I'm told, a strong, secular dictator is what's needed to combat ISIS.

    Posted in: IS militants purge Palmyra of Assad loyalists

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    Nessie

    The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in Hokkaido, officials said.

    "A local fruit wholesaler"? Whatever company was paying for publicity, it did not get its money's worth.

    Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 mil at auction

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    M3M3M3

    That's a nice looking pair of melons.

    Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 mil at auction

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    JeffLee

    Yes, indeed, Japan, whose govt suffers from "tattered finances" and its private sector is so dysfunctional and unprofitable.

    Posted in: Japan's net external assets hit record $3 tril as top creditor nation

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    klausdorth

    Mitsuo-san,

    first of all, I don't drink coke or pepsi or other stuff like this!

    And you are talking about "man-made" radiation, because that's what it is. Not nature is responsible for the Fuushima disaster and its outcomes, but TEPCO and others.

    Of course nobody died because of the Fukushima radiation (until now!). But what are the long-term effects? Children already show higher thyroid problems in that area, it's a fact that even you cannot deny! I am talking about negative results that will most definitely show up in the years to come. And that is why the Korean government has banned food products from the Fukushima and nearby areas.

    Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

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    some14some

    Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 mil at auction

    No wonder JA is opposed to TPP.

    Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 mil at auction

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    yamashi

    @Fadamor "Note to Okinawan Governor : You are a mere governor of a prefecture in Japan. You have no authority to demand ANYTHING of a foreign government".

    He represents people who live on a land, de facto occupied by foreign military forces. He was elected by completely democratic way. Therefore he has full authority to demand ANYTHING. If foreign government spits upon will of Okinawans to remove bases, Okinawa people have all rights to vote for Independence, Sovereignity and Freedom. By restoring independent Ryukyu State, Okinawans can solve all problems both with bases and Tokyo slaves of U.S. Masters.

    "the same if the governor of Kentucky went to Tokyo"

    Not the same. Please, do not expand such primitive comparisons of American origin to well-known situation with bases on Okinawa.

    @Yubaru "I build an extension on my house"

    If you are building both house and extension on your own soil, not somewhere on occupied territory, no problem. If your house and extension are on occupied territory, they must be destroyed.

    Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island

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    Tom DeMicke

    Many airline agents ask the question "have you accepted any parcels or bags from strangers?", or "has your bag been in your possession at all times since commencing your journey?". I wonder if they asked him.

    Posted in: Japanese grandfather gets life in prison in Indonesia drug case

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    JeffLee

    Why does Jetstar need to apologize? It states this very clearly: if you use a wheelchair you need to give prior notice so that the staff can get your boarded in a timely way. If a person doesn't like that condition, then they can book with another airline.

    This is a budget airline, and ALL its passengers enjoy super low fares but at the price of less comfort and convenience, and also a greater risk of cancellations, etc. Everyone, regardless of their situation, needs to understand this.

    Otherwise, ticket fares will go higher and higher as the airline adapts to accommodate everyone's differing needs. That's not how the LCC model works.

    Posted in: Jetstar Asia apologizes for not allowing disabled man on plane

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    Peeping_Tom

    For all the clueless "JT economy experts" constantly asking "but where is Japan going to find the cash" for everything Japan does or pledged to do!

    Posted in: Japan's net external assets hit record $3 tril as top creditor nation

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    Tom DeMicke

    Craig Ferguson was funny as could be but he quit after just 10 years. Will miss David Letterman too.

    Posted in: Final Letterman show draws record 14 million viewers

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    ka_chan

    What a load of crap. This may or may not help and is extrremely expensive. Just more money for the drug companies. Nothing like a $200,000 drug/per dose. Or upping the price of an old drug to match a new drug where neither is better than the other..... Sloan Kettering did a test and complained so the drug company drop the price. But now is looking to see if the new drugs are any better. So you may live 01% longer for 50%, is that really better?

    Posted in: DNA sequencing transforming hunt for new drugs

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    ka_chan

    Don't like Pepsi especially since the company doesn't care about people. Coke is at least taking the coloring out of it product. Not sure what it will look like with the brown coloring. Coke is also less sweet. Regular Coke and Pepsi is better than the diet ones with even more chemicals that may be harmful...don't know because never been test or appoved for human use.

    Posted in: Pepsi Strong

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    ka_chan

    Maybe they will add a medical part that take samples and analyze them... "Please see a doctor, we see a problem. We have already sent the analysis ". Now that is high tech and no privacy as with most medical care in Japan. But the seats are healthy but not sure about using them in areas with water shortage problems.

    Posted in: Japan proud of its high-tech toilets

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    toshiko

    High Court overturned that decision, ruling that the return to the gate “did not constitute a change” of flight path.

    Handing down a reduced sentence of 10 months, suspended for a period of two years, High Court judge Kim Sang-Hwan said the threat Cho’s actions had presented to the safety and security of the aircraft was “modest”.

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    Th high ciurt gave decision without conjecture. Hope she could behave normally so that her family owned airline can contribute to Korean airline business in future. She is eldest daughter so this airiline will be operated under her command sooner or later. In Korea, daughters can succeed her family business.

    Posted in: Appeals court frees Korean Air heiress in 'nut rage' case

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    ebisen

    Japan was the only country that has suffered 2 atomic bomb attacks, hundreds of thousands of Japanese were instant killed, and hundreds of thousands had suffered radiation contamination.

    That doesn't make Japan less of an aggressor. If Japan hadn't start that war, no atomic bombs would have fallen. Also Japan killed not hundreds of thousands but millions in China. I'm not sure why you're looking for pity.

    Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene

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    TrevorPeace

    'Stitch her into it'? How pathetic is that?Sometimes I wonder if ego hasn't transcended humility, but then that's not 'sometimes', but rather a symptom of the disease of self-immolation, otherwise known as ego.

    Posted in: Red carpet emergency room at Cannes is always full of drama

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    ka_chan

    I guess Hyatt want to kill off their customers. Since when is chester cheese fries an American dish?

    Posted in: The Kong Show introduces some terrific burgers

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    TrevorPeace

    I just miss the people, especially the children who raise the peace sign and then rub their chins to make an impression about my goatee. It's depressing, leaving Japan, and I suffer it every year. And like I say to my family in Sendai, 'mata kimas!'

    Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan

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    ka_chan

    Don't understand why replace the defect part with defect parts? Since they don't know why or how to correct the problem, is replacing the part doing any good. Is the cars with Takata air bags safe if they don't understand how too make a safe airbag? Seems like we will see more recalls in the future. The with the US Supreme Court, since the ruling the companies are like people, why isn't anyone in Takata being charge with murder? They knew the problems for years and so did Honda.

    Posted in: Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

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    ka_chan

    For a country in 200% debt, this makes sense.

    Posted in: Japan ups ante in race to boost influence in Asia with cash

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    Actually, I think this is rather clever, and realistic. Hiding things in places people would hesitate to look at is a common and likely ploy.

    Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene

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    ka_chan

    Well, japan stopped US Beef imports over Mad Cow for longer than ever needed. So, Korea should to be allowed to Japanese imports if it wants. The J-gov has done little to stop the contamination of the oceans so maybe the world should stop Japanese imports until J-gov takes responsibility and at least stop further contamination and Mitsuo yiou are talking crap if you thing radiation from the sun, which we need, is the same as the radioactive particles from Fukushima. If you think they are the same, then eat the pork from the wild bores in the forest of Fukushima.

    Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

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    Novenachama

    A beautiful place of worship and the dwelling of the Shinto Gods where you pay respect and pray for good fortune.

    Posted in: Rise and shrine

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    Heda_Madness

    No Zichi

    I was referring to all of the scientists who disagree. Now obviously you seem happier to believe a yoga teacher over the research from the science community.

    Interesting that you would believe someone who claimed there was a 6000 percent increase in cancers without a shred of evidence to support it.

    Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

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    Yubaru

    I build an extension on my house, I dont tell people I built a new house, I tell them I built an extension.

    That beach, that bay, that area, is connected to Schwab, it is not going to be an island, it is going to be connected to the existing base....it's an extension.

    Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island

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    smithinjapan

    Kazuaki: "Well, Korea, you have just lost the points you gained in my eyes for doing the right thing."

    No kidding -- it's become a typical Japanese CEO or politician's sentence with the suspension and being let free. At least she had to serve for a short time. It is a disappointment though, you're right, but to be expected given the way those families are and the power the wield.

    Posted in: Appeals court frees Korean Air heiress in 'nut rage' case

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    sensei258

    Wouldn't it be hypocritical for Japan to bother complaining about this? There are Japanese movies with women who have alligator mouths, laser beams, and other weapons in their crotch. I even saw a movie where the girl bends over, cries "hasukashiiii" , and the a machine gun emerges from her butt.

    Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene

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    Chop Chop

    It's bad news for Dolphins. Now there’s no chance for some of Dolphins living at Aquariums. If Japan’s Zoos and Aquariums do not buy them and then they will slaughter and sold as Dolphin meats.

    In fact WAZA and Activists are not saving Dolphins and they are sending Dolphins into Nabe instead of Aquariums.

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums vote to stop getting dolphins from Taiji hunt

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    YuriOtani

    Hey new Iraqi rifle never fired dropped once!

    Posted in: U.S. considers more support for Sunnis after fall of Ramadi

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    Ajam1

    "Traditional Shrine"

    traditional adjective 1 traditional Christmas fare: long-established, customary, time-honored, established, classic, accustomed, standard, regular, normal, conventional, usual, orthodox, habitual, set, fixed, routine, ritual; old, age-old, ancestral.

    Uh, this? This Is candy-apple red. It looks like something either the musician Prince would be driving or it was recently dipped in Revlon.

    Posted in: Rise and shrine

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    Chop Chop

    US Government and Japan Government should fund Philippine Government to build artificial island along side Chinese artificial island. Otherwise, Communist Chinese Government will block south China sea passage. I believe current Communist Chinese Government reducing some pressure off Japanese Government over Senkaku Islands was sign of seeking silence from Japan over its expansion in South China sea. Next time US surveillance plane should be guarding by fighter jets.

    Posted in: China, U.S. assert rights after exchange over South China Sea

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    kiyoshiMukai

    South Korea can do anything they want but mature countries should avoid this kind of conflicts.

    Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions

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    Fadamor

    The governor of the Japanese island of Okinawa said on Wednesday he will travel to the United States next week to press his demand that a U.S. military base be removed from his island to lighten the burden of a people weary of hosting U.S. troops.

    Note to Okinawan Governor:

    You are a mere governor of a prefecture in Japan. You have no authority to demand ANYTHING of a foreign government. What you are wanting to do would be the same as if the Governor of Kentucky went to Tokyo and demanded ANYTHING from Japan's government. As of this morning the plan was to have you meet with some third-level functionary in the State Department, is befits your non-status in international politics. Your swelled-head has made you lose perspective of who you really are.

    Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island

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    Kuya 808

    Tamarama MAY. 22, 2015 - 05:30PM JST

    Standing your ground and fighting to the death takes some pretty serious motivation. In most cases you have to be fighting for something you really believe in and hold worthy of dying for. And you also need an enemy that you can despise and feel justified in annihilating.

    Apparently a significant number of Iraqi and Syrian military personnel have lost their faith and are increasingly unwilling to fight, and die, for something they don’t really believe in. Furthermore, while ISIS may look like pure evil from a number of different perspectives their message resonates with a lot of people around the world, and many people see them as the good guys.

    ISIS sees itself as an instrument of the one true God and sees its purpose as bringing about the establishment of the global caliphate ruled by the word of God as revealed by His one true prophet. They see every person, every government, every belief system that denies the supreme authority of God, as revealed by His one true prophet, as an insult to God’s sanctity and worthy of slaughter. These guys are motivated. On the other hand the Iraqi and Syrian militaries find themselves fighting to defend regimes that exist only at the pleasure of foreign powers and are not necessarily representative of the interests of the majority of the people that they rule. It’s like the Iraqis are fighting for America and the Syrians for Russia, it’s hard to maintain a high level of motivation when you’re a pawn.

    History has shown us that when circumstances get dire enough for enough people, outstanding differences can be put aside to face a common threat. Necessity can breed some pretty unlikely bedfellows. Who knows, maybe in a couple of years the US will be arming Assad and coordinating with Iran in Iraq.

    Posted in: Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

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    Fadamor

    I understand that this guy is not a mentor - especially for someone of the royal family - but I see people offering unsolicited advice on the internet every day to people they've never met. They feel (correctly or not) that they have a better understanding of how someone should proceed and are not bashful in giving that unsolicited advice. Rude? Yes.

    You've indicated that they didn't release all the details, so that would explain why this relatively innocuous post resulted in an arrest. There obviously had to be more posted that solidified the "threat" angle.

    Posted in: Man arrested for threatening Princess Kako online

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    turbotsat

    Mizuame: On Chinese cable TV there are usually one or two channels that exclusively show dramas about Mao's Communist forces (!) fighting the Japanese. They are boring and no-one watches them.

    Not anymore.

    Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene

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    WilliB

    lostrune:

    " It's ISIS' dream, win or lose, to fight US troops on their own turf and kill as many Americans. That's why they keep provoking the US to send in troops. "

    Actually, no. You should get over that America-centric world view. Not everybody thinks about Americans every day.

    ISIS is very about what they want: Their Sunni Caliphate, initially encompassing all muslim Arab countries, and later ultimately the whole world. Of course they have to run into the Amerians sooner or later, but some military conflict with them is most certainly not the immediate and main issue.

    Burning Bush: Exactly.

    Posted in: Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

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    Qamar

    Magnus Roe: right hander here: I used to keep my mobile phone in my left leg trouser! Now the phones are too large and I have to keep it in my bag :(. Anyway, yes it can be awkward, even as a woman to try and get your phone out of your pocket on a full train or bus. Once I dropped my phone, another time I did brush against a guy's leg and he wasn't happy at all and accused me of being many things I'm never going to be. Saying 'sorry' only made him angrier and it was only thanks to an old lady who happened to know my family that he stopped accusing me. Whenever I meet the guy on the bus I make sure to avoid him.

    Posted in: Hero lady apparently saves guy from groping accusations by posing as girlfriend

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    Kansaicoon

    This is a prime example of how tensions can escalate and turn ugly. China is not backing down for no one,they continue to flex their muscles in the South China as well as bully their neighbors.

    Posted in: China, U.S. assert rights after exchange over South China Sea

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    Kansaicoon

    What a coward! Picking on a young girl I hope she is okay.

    Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing 14-year-old girl in Himeji

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    Kansaicoon

    Lovely picture!

    Posted in: Five of Japan’s most beautiful and unique hidden train stations

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    toshiko

    Stopping copycatters.

    Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene

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    zones2surf

    @Yoshitsune:

    Thanks for the post. Very interesting article.

    Agreed, there may be other things that Taiji could do. What I was trying to highlight was that, at present, they really don't have a diversified economy, so they are sort of stuck.

    But, of course, deciding to reorient themselves to do something different is absolutely an option. Give the billions the government is spending on the boondoggle waste of taxpayer money known as the 2020 Olympics, getting a few yen from the government to help with the transition would be a good thing.

    But, no, my guess is that there is too much pride involved here.....

    Posted in: Taiji mayor says dolphin hunt will still go on

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    toshiko

    In USA, PLEASE , not NO.

    Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island

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    zones2surf

    @Fadamor:

    Thanks, have been to that one too many times to count. Sorry, was just meaning something in central Tokyo, as in Roppongi, Toranomon, Akasaka, Ginza, Marunouchi, Otemachi, etc. Not that Shinjuku doesn't count, but.....

    Posted in: Starbucks comes to Tottori; poster compares it to Perry arriving in Japan

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    toshiko

    This one did not think of security camera on up when xreqted this story. jobless pervert wanted to sell his story.

    Posted in: Hero lady apparently saves guy from groping accusations by posing as girlfriend

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    Fumie Yuhi

    It is a very good custom and I definitely keep this custom if I ever lived in any foreign countries. There are two reasons for that. One is for sanitary reason. You might bring some dirt in house or you might step on dog's poop and I can't believe people sleep on bed which might get dirty by outside shoes. Another reason is wearing shoes after you get home isn't tiring? Being barefoot or wearing slippers are more relaxing and comfortable.

    Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country?