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    khulifi

    Do not worry .. you will get suspended sentence ...!!!

    Posted in: Man who dismembered mother goes on trial

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    Gary Hawaii

    There is no global warming, didn't you get the memo.

    Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago

    Posted in: Will global warming make Japan more vulnerable to tropical diseases?

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    Sioux Chef

    For outdoor activities this year, I've been carrying a small spray bottle filled with original formula Listerine and spraying as needed. Not a single mozzie has scored a bite. (Snopes has tried to debunk this, but it works for me.)

    I have a rock that keeps tigers away. I'd be willing to part with it for a small sum.

    Posted in: Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

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    Disillusioned

    Meanwhile, shares in home pesticide maker Fumakilla were up 22.85% at 430 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. That follows a nearly 25% rise one day last week.

    Ah, love it! It's the first outbreak of dengue in 70 odd years, but the positive is the pesticide companies are cleaning up. Ah, Japan! You'll never change!

    Posted in: Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

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    Laguna

    Well, alex, according to this ITAR-TASS article, Russia wouldn't be building it; China would:

    http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/730446

    The article raises several interesting questions:

    (1) Is it that Russia is unable to build this bridge itself so it needs Chinese help?

    (2) The article first says the Chinese “will be” involved," then hedges to “may be," and then, “there is an opportunity to fund the construction project in yuan partially.” In other words, Russia does not have the money to pay China; it will barter with oil and gas.

    (3) "Chinese companies will be first foreign investors in economy of the Russian Republic of Crimea after the peninsula’s reunification with Russia." - This is a laugh. "Investment" indicates location of capital in the belief that a profit may be made. This is simply a contract for which China will be paid, and when the contract is complete, China and that money will disappear from the Crimea.

    (4) Putin is obviously nervous about the necessity of relying on China for this bridge, meaning that he would prefer to acquire a land corridor to the Crimea through Ukraine.

    In either case, this will prove very, very costly for Russia. Of course, the cost will fall on the common people (as it already is, with soaring prices and a plummeting ruble). Once the nationalist sheen wears thin, Putin had better start watching his back.

    Posted in: Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

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    BPoint

    If it was ever a safety issue they would have made you check the phone in your luggage. It was BS from the start.

    Posted in: Japan OKs use of smartphones, tablets during plane takeoffs, landings

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    erbaviva

    they sold the unit to the world except Japan, had them wait for 4 months. And now you are wondering why the cold reception? Japanese gamers had ditched SONY the way they were also left out...maybe Sony has to sweeten the deal with more than a game...

    Posted in: Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

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    GW

    yep by my bog roll at Costco here so usually have plenty!

    Posted in: Do you have enough toilet paper?

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    scipantheist

    I don't understand why we need more countries when we have all of the problems brought by China and Russia. I know Cameron is out of his mind, but isn't there a way to fix this without blowing the whole UK up? Will Scotland be developing it's own aircraft carrier, for example?

    Posted in: Second poll shows jump in support for Scottish independence

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    FernandoUchiyama

    @Nipporinoel, common... Brazil has thousands of dengue fevers every year and the World Cup was hosted this year with no problem. To be more specific, more than one million affected in Brazil only in 2013 (and only aprox. 500 died).

    Dont worry.

    Posted in: Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

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    Wolfpack

    When I first saw these guys I thought they were unique and kind of funny. Although it is still different from other commercials, it's just not as funny anymore.

    Posted in: Toyota’s dance craze contest invites you to Wakudoki your way to Tokyo

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    khulifi

    Killed one and got suspended sentence ... Killed another one and will get another suspended sentence ... Very good Japanese system

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother

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    Frungy

    Japan has always had tiger mosquitos. Climate change may be making life a little easier for them, but it doesn't magically introduce dengue fever to an area.

    The real factor here is that before this time travel was slower and people traveled less. Now that more people are traveling more, and traveling more quickly (before symptoms begin to show and they can be quarantined) Japan is more vulnerable.

    What makes Japan different from other countries? As an island nation it has been more difficult for new diseases to enter. This has resulted in the disease control protocols being quite lax. Japan needs to shift its paradigm.

    Island does not equal Safe.

    Posted in: Will global warming make Japan more vulnerable to tropical diseases?

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    SushiSake3

    Bass - "No, I meant he was virtually right, behind that satirical post is the truth embedded. Which is a good thing."

    I'm happy to see you have a sense of humor.

    It would be absolutely incredible if you actually believed half the stuff you write.  Thankfully, it's clear you don't.

    Appreciate the laughs! :-)

    Posted in: U.S. urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

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    ReformedBasher

    "Hello!? I'm on a plane. Yes. Yes. No, not yet. No. Ha haaa... No, it looks like it's about to fall apart. No tv... No. Yes. Well, tell Steve I will talk to him when I'm back. No. Well, I don't care. Jeez, this is taking forever. Is some idiot late again? Yes, I found my seat. I'm in my seat. No, aisle. Nah... No, but the cabin crew are hot. I said hot. One just passed me, she's a looker that one. She's doing that thing with the seat belts and masks now. No, nobody cares. No, I said I'll talk to him after I'm back. No. Well, screw him... Screw him. Tell him he can shove that deal... Yes. Hahaaa... The lady next to me gave me a look. No, I don't think... No. Nobody speaks English in this country. Ha haaa... Well, I'll talk to you... Yes, I know, I'll tell him myself. Later. Yes. No. What? No. Gotta go. Later."

    Sounds like the people who undo their seatbelts as soon as the tyres hit the tarmac, and the plane is still travelling at high speed down the runway.

    Posted in: Japan OKs use of smartphones, tablets during plane takeoffs, landings

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    kickboard

    Tessa, this article is about China, but anyway, Japanese people get arrested too. Remember Meat Hope? They put that guy behind bars. You can look up other cases too, if you can read Japanese.

    Posted in: China arrests six over expired meat sold to fast food giants

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    alex rockstone

    sengoku38SEP. 02, 2014 - 10:55AM JST

    This could easily create WWIII and claim millions of lives. Someone needs to step in and stop it. No one wins in a big war like this.

    You are correct. Besides, the downing of MH17 could be easily used by Americans as a pretext of WWIII. History shows that they used to make up similar cases time to time. For instance, they accused Spain of explosion of Maine battleship in 1898 and declared a war. No evidence of Spanish involvement was found. They also accused Vietnam of mythic attack of US war ships by vietnamese torpedo boats in Gulf of Tonkin in 1964 and declared a war. They accused Iraqi leadership by false evedence of WMD stockpiles and invaded the country.

    LagunaSEP. 02, 2014 - 11:43AM JST

    Putin promised after seizing the Crimea that he would connect it to Russia proper with a bridge. Such a task is beyond Russian abilities.

    Russians have been supporting the ISS and you have claimed that "building a bridge is beyond their abilities?

    Instead, Putin plans to seize southern Ukraine. It is easier for such people to kill and steal rather than create.

    You have confused Russians to governmental troops of Western Ukraine who burned innocent people to ashes in Odessa city and destroyed cities, towns in villages in Eastern Ukraine.

    Posted in: Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

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    ReformedBasher

    Thinking that it's cold one day equates to climate change being a myth is a failure in logic.

    Worries me that

    a) Some people can't work this out

    b) They can but pretend things are different

    No. If that were the case, you wouldn't find 99% of the scientists studying the matter in agreement.

    BOGUS figure ...

    Figure of speech. As is "99% of people with average intelligence could work out the above sentence is a figure of speech".

    Of course, in reality, we both know that "100% of people with average intelligence could work out the above sentence is a figure of speech". Just like "100% of people with average intelligence could work that we are on the road to environmental disaster and not deny it".

    Or at least I know it.

    We should all be concerned about the biggest threat to our existence, ever.

    Posted in: Will global warming make Japan more vulnerable to tropical diseases?

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    kickboard

    I think quite a few people in Japan are remembering that awful incident in Ikeda City, Osaka a few years back.

    A few years ago? He was put to death 10 years ago.

    Posted in: Man stabs 3 to death, wounds 6 in China school

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    Cynicarc

    Australia supposedly has High Speed Rail in the form of the 'Tilt Train' in Queensland, but, you can't call it High Speed Rail anymore. The last few times I've been on it (since 2010), it hasn't broken the 110km/h mark and actually takes longer to go between the main destinations I use it for than it takes on a bus or driving in my own car. This is in part due to the 15 to 30 minute stops it takes at each station...

    In May 1999 the Tilt Train set an Australian train speed record of 210 km/h (130 mph) north of Bundaberg, a record that still stands. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt_Train)

    Posted in: Which country has the best high-speed rail technology in the world?

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    Guillaume Varès

    In terms of reliability, frequency and cleanliness, Shinkansen is number one. However, there is no dynamic pricing on JR lines, unlike France SNCF (internet and time-based sales, etc.). I kind of prefer TGV's overall design (more modern and less blend than Shinkansen, that is quite grey and utilitarian), but overall Shinkansen has the best to offer.

    Posted in: Which country has the best high-speed rail technology in the world?

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    shiboritate

    Nice they waited to tell us AFTER they raised the consumption tax...

    Posted in: Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper

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    mgglife

    My question about this is :

    WHO is STUPID here?

    Posted in: China rereleases Japanese war crimes 'confessions' - again

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    wontond

    Police said Tamura was arrested in 2010 over the death of her second oldest son, but she received a suspended sentence.

    At the very least, she should have stopped having children after this. I would love to ask the judge, that suspended her sentence, how he feels about this recent child's death.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother

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    shiboritate

    According to the chubby index they would appear to qualify - http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/12/19/dont-call-them-fat-call-them-marshmallow-girls/

    Posted in: J-pop group Chubbiness releases first music video

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    elephant200

    Good for him this trip, he learned a lot of things that ordinary japanese people has no idea at all! At least he knows what is war.

    Posted in: A broken man living on dreams pulls Japan into Syria hostage drama

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Not holding doors open for people behind me. Forgetting 'ladies first.' Not saying 'Bless you!' when someone sneezes.

    Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?

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    elephant200

    Can anyone immagine the erupting power of 91years or more?

    Posted in: 2.35 million take part in nationwide disaster drill

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Israel just lost my support.

    Bibi's cynical strategy to weaken Fatah?

    Posted in: U.S. urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

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    Laguna

    Sad, but insane actions incur consequences - unless you're someone like Inoki or Dennis Rodman. Perhaps a swap could be arranged?

    Posted in: Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

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    Lucrezia

    Definitely forgetting to tip and bowing while talking on the phone (it's become second nature).. Also I "say" many more uhn's while listening :(

    Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?

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    turbotsat

    No. If that were the case, you wouldn't find 99% of the scientists studying the matter in agreement.

    BOGUS figure ...

    Posted in: Will global warming make Japan more vulnerable to tropical diseases?

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    Disillusioned

    Oh, ok! Crazy much?

    How often do we have to read about these macabre killings before something is done about the mental and emotional state of the locals? It's at least once a month or more that somebody kills their parent or a parent kills their kid. There are two in today's headlines. Yeah, they write it off with stress or some other pathetic excuse like being drunk and not remembering. However, the sad truth is, they are nuts! Wake up Japan! Your inbred and totalitarian culture has created the world's largest island asylum!

    Posted in: Man who dismembered mother goes on trial

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    philsandoz

    What a waste of money!

    Posted in: Slim TV surround sound system

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    elephant200

    Maybe a monsterous earthquake is imminently , this is very real and serious that the Abe govt dont want to tell the public straight forward to cause social panic or demoralizes!

    Posted in: Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper

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    Nipporinoel

    OMG!!

    They will have to cancel the 2020 Games now.

    Yoyogi Park is veryyy close to the OG venues.

    Tears flowing here.

    Posted in: Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

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    philsandoz

    That pile of paper is about the same size as many Japanese kitchens -- so what do the yokels do? Starve?

    Posted in: Do you have enough toilet paper?

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    Laguna

    Putin promised after seizing the Crimea that he would connect it to Russia proper with a bridge. Such a task is beyond Russian abilities. Instead, Putin plans to seize southern Ukraine. It is easier for such people to kill and steal rather than create.

    If allowed to stand, this would separate Ukraine from the Azov Sea, an area of great resources - including, potentially, petrochemical. Putin could have cooperated with Ukraine and exchanged a right-of-way to the Crimea for recognition of Ukraine's full independence; instead, he chose war.

    John Galt, if borders mean nothing here, where do they have meaning? Is England justified in invading southern Scotland should it choose independence? Is Mexico justified in invading the American southwest? China has historical and cultural claims to Siberia; would they be justified to grab it (as they well could)?

    Posted in: Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

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    philsandoz

    "Compared with the European Union, Japan’s system has the advantage of having the product sold at the tax-free price at the time of purchase instead of collecting a refund upon departure"

    Didn't anyone else notice the obvious falsity of this claim of superiority? What about the Japanese who live abroad? I'm a Brit, but am not resident in Britain, so when I go back to the UK, I do lots of shopping and I don't have to "show your [my] passport" or have anyone "fill[s] out a form which is attached to your [my] passport." I simply keep the receipts and, of course, the goods, and when I leave the country I show both to the authorities and get my money back.

    Mr. Nitsu, could you please answer the following question? Under the typically heavy-handed Japanese system that is about to be introduced over here, how does a non-resident Japanese get his/her tax back?

    Posted in: Tax-free shopping gets a boost

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    elephant200

    I admire the vision of Mr Putin, his defiance is heroic and keen on Russian people 's will. He is like the 'Lincoln of Russia' A will to crush renegade states of the former soviet republics. His popularity is rising in Russia, a true leader indeed!

    Posted in: Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

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    philly1

    Talking and keeping my head still instead of looking like a bobble-head going uhn, uhn, uhn.

    Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?

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    turbotsat

    Laguna : ...can't seem to stop gawking at the sight of so many humongous gaijin....

    Haha, that happened to me too after a month in Asia, landed in Seattle on transfer ...

    Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?

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    turbotsat

    elephant200 : Education is a fierce battle ground in China when parents is very concerned ...

    http://thediplomat.com/2011/11/wolf-fathers-and-harvard-girls/

    November 30, 2011 ... And now this scientific management of child abuse has reached another milestone with “Wolf Father,” a rationally-minded businessman named Xiao Baiyou who maximized the use of something akin to abuse to push three of his four children into Peking University.

    Like any proud Chinese parent, he’s written a book about his success, and started a school that arguably teaches parents the judicious use of physical abuse. Here’s some of Xiao Baiyou’s sage advice, as relayed by NBC News’s Bo Gu:

    “Before the kids go to junior high school, spank them every time they make mistakes, but greatly reduce the frequency after junior high since the children form their own personalities by that age; The spanking tool is confined to the rattan cane only, which causes minor bruises; Only hands and calves are spanked, other body parts are spared; Mistakes are pointed out every time before the whack so children know why they are punished; Sisters and brothers must watch when one of them is smacked so they learn; The punished one has to count the number of spankings during each admonishment; The punished one cannot try to avoid the punishment, otherwise he/she gets more.”

    Posted in: Man stabs 3 to death, wounds 6 in China school

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    Helena Ribeiro

    *no matter what the reasons are ,what happens in Taiji is nothing more than a barbaric act and a business for greedy pockets the cruelty is to obvious,is frightening to see those poor animals struggling and taking they last breath they do it without any mercy dolphins born in the sea and belong there ,wild and free ,it makes me sick and asking myself were the hell it,s going on with human kind ,that proves that we are capable of the best but also capable of the worse *

    Posted in: Dolphin-hunting season kicks off in Taiji

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    elephant200

    Education is a fierce battle ground in China when parents is very concerned , I am pity this man has goto an extreme for a good hope for his daughter. That was totally not necessary!

    Posted in: Man stabs 3 to death, wounds 6 in China school

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    JA_Cruise

    Dang, he must have had some serious hate to go as far as he did. Sad it ended this way and really wonder how far his mother really pushed him. But I do know how boys do not like to be told what to do by their mothers and have witnessed knives being drawn to threaten. The mother no longer tells him what to do.

    Posted in: Man who dismembered mother goes on trial

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    Laguna

    My day just got a whole lot better.

    Posted in: Martin Scorsese in early stages of Ramones movie project

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    pointofview

    So she`s killed 40% of her children? Man...what a cold place.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother