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    Black Sabbath

    Ahhhh, now it makes sense:

    Wayne Simmons, who presented himself as a national security expert and was a part of the conservative media push for a congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

    -- http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/04/29/wayne-simmons-right-wing-media-s-benghazi-expert-pleads-guilty-fraud/210145

    Trump can't very well call HRC "corrupt," when the whole BENGAZIIII!!!!!!!! affair has blown up in the right wing faces...

    Posted in: Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash from women

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    ThePBot

    Hillary Clinton is not a better choice though. I feel like if POTUS, Trump cannot do every crazy thing that he wants, while a President Hillary can. I'm starting to think she's more dangerous.

    Posted in: Trump struggles to explain his 'America first' foreign policy

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    kurisupisu

    Hilary Clinton has shown herself to be inept and callous as well as a paid up marionnette of big business! She'd lead the US into a quagmire if she were to gain power with her deluded empire building!

    Posted in: Trump struggles to explain his 'America first' foreign policy

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    kurisupisu

    Put more painted arrows on the road instead of up on posts well off the ground. It's all too easy to make mistakes here!

    Posted in: 90-year-old man, driving wrong way along expressway, killed in head-on collision

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    ThePBot

    Fowle left a Bible in a local club hoping a North Korean would find it, which is considered a criminal offense in North Korea.

    They have clubs in NK???

    Posted in: North Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison

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    toshiko

    Unlike Chicago, news channels treated protest as riot. News showed one guy running on tops of police cars. Police report said they Rested RIOTTERS.. I guess protesters are considered as rioters in Orange County. 40 rioters are arrested, they said.

    Posted in: Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash from women

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    sf2k

    by supporting the computers means that no human being needs to be paid and your money goes directly for profit to Uber. This creates a non human economy.

    Posted in: Google, Uber form coalition to promote self-driving cars

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    Fadamor

    They don't?

    Then why would you give "figures" for "one particular year" yourself?

    The true point is that the figures for any one LOCATION don't matter when talking about the annual average of global temperatures. You could have a location hitting 40°C for weeks on end and if the majority of the globe is cooler than average for the year then the globe would be cooling, not warming. Taking the temperature at one particular location and then trying to use it to either prove OR disprove global warming is a fool's game.

    For a look at how 2015 compared to the average of 1981-2010's years, look here:

    https://www.climate.gov/maps-data/data-snapshots/tempanomaly-annual-nnvl-2015-00-00?theme=Temperature

    The majority of the globe is 6°F or 7°F warmer than the average established only a couple of decades ago. The most obvious cause is the El Nino in the Pacific, but why is that El Nino lasting as long as it is?

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

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    Chop Chop

    Following news from North Korea, the Supervisor and head of engineer were feeding to hungry dogs after failed Missile test.

    Posted in: N Korea fires 2 missiles but both fail

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    Chop Chop

    Obviously, some of former defense personals who are in Submarine Committee trying to discredit and look down Japanese Submarine technology even they went to pride of Australia worst Submarine Collins Class ability and Collins Class Submarine will kill Japanese Soryu Class Submarine every time they fight. I think such as ridiculous comparison claimed was to discredit Japanese Submarine technology. Why Australia Government and Australia Defense Ministry do not support ASC to build another fleet of Submarines if Collins Class Submarine was better and superior to modern advance Soryu Submarine? Here are some of former and current defense personals and politicians do not want technology from Asia country. They never thought Japanese technology is better than European technology. They choose French Company over Germany because French glue is must better than German glue. By the way, Japan must happy about not chosen as winner of next generation of Australia Submarines because you can never trust Australian Union workers and their technology.

    http://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/the-submarine-problem-deeper-than-meets-the-eye

    Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France

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    Barca

    Herodotus

    I'm in. Where do I start?

    I do have an idea or two, but I don't want to get blacklisted in Japan haha.

    5SpeedRacer5

    With all the rude behaviour we see in Japan, I see 50x as much in my own country and elsewhere, it is just that I don't know of many other countries which have a "holier than thou- my people is better than yours" attitude on etiquette. Definitely not where I come from and it is crazy to just judge all gaijin as one type. "You are this and this" People can be rude no matter what country they come from and what is rude for culture A is not rude for culture B and so, if Japan cannot be sure that Japanese are ALL polite, Japan cannot judge gaijin!

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    fgm333

    Japan bashing Ganjin! Tokyo is a city of 18 million people, it is one of the cleanest and best run in the world. try Bejing,Calcutta and I could go on and on. get over your culture shock and ethnocentrism OK!!!

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    Fadamor

    The reason Uber and Lyft are encouraging this is obvious: With autodrive cars, they don't have to worry about deviant drivers working for them. There was an article the other day in the Washington Post titled, "Why is my Uber driver breathing into a tube while driving?" Somebody had an Uber driver whose car had an ignition interlock because the owner of the car (he insisted it was a friend's car) had been convicted of drunk driving and the ignition interlock was part of their sentence. Uber can eliminate such negative publicity if they go to autodrive vehicles.

    Posted in: Google, Uber form coalition to promote self-driving cars

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    Madverts

    Fowle left a Bible in a local club hoping a North Korean would find it, which is considered a criminal offense in North Korea.

    It should be a criminal offence peddling those lies. Designated areas only and ban the teaching of the tales to under 18's. Nk actually has something right.

    Posted in: North Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison

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    Madverts

    Iraq has been in chaos since Bush and the Republicans Freedumbized them. This is "the level of violence Iraqi's can live with" W mentioned years after destroying that country.

    Posted in: Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains

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    wtfjapan

    Most people get 1 week vacation per year when they start with the company. Two weeks if you have a generous boss. Ok the US is a bit stingy on holidays but I doubt they make there employees work long hours without overtime pay and they pay better than what Japanese get. J salaryman compare to a US salaryman its not hard to guess which one is closer to slavery

    Posted in: Golden Week holiday rush begins

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    Madverts

    That leaves Syria. Syria has shown they're willing to use indiscriminate petrol drums to "dumb" bomb inside cities, so they're not as careful as the Russians.

    The Russian campaign was hardly careful. They just ran out of cash.

    Posted in: Carnage in Aleppo, once again a battlefield in Syria's war

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    Madverts

    badsey3 at Apr. 30, 2016 - 01:36AM JST Not as bad a Chicago, but still smashing out police cars etc. Probably won't hit then news since it does not fit the anti-Trump propaganda right now.

    Well I dunno it's been on every major news channel for at least the last twelve hours, but tinfoil hats on standby just in case, neh?

    Posted in: Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash from women

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    Fadamor

    The singularity IS the "black hole". The boundary where light no longer escapes is called the "event horizon", but there's nothing between that boundary and the singularity itself except for the remains of whatever is falling into the singularity.

    Posted in: Japan gives up on failed black hole research satellite

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    wtfjapan

    no sane person. I think we will have to ban this idea fast. lol sounds like weve got a Uber/taxi driver worried about there future!? self driving cars do and will be safer than human drivers, theyll be much higher crash rates from human drivers than self driving cars and insurance premiums will probably also reflect that also. Itll allow elderly driver to still be mobile without putting other drivers at risk. Anybody who thinks that self driving cars will never be safer than humans is just plain deluded

    Posted in: Google, Uber form coalition to promote self-driving cars

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    wtfjapan

    **Very abrasive style. he makes good points but he is not a paragon of a coach himself. ** no eddie isnt perfect but his points are spot on, and his record at world cups speaks for itself. many sport stars seem to forget that playing well is what makes them famous once you lose that the endorsements dry up as fast. understandable players want to make as much money as possible for life after professional sports but Ryo Ishikawa is a perfect example of a talent wasted

    Posted in: Jones critical of successor procedure, Goromaru's lack of playing time

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    toshiko

    Trump brought people whose relative was killed by illegal aliens. Costa Mesa people are not used to murder and outside cops are not familiar with riot so when police depth could not find riot gears in nowhere in orange county, they borrowed riot protection gears from San Bernardino county, news said. Newport Beach is now extremely wealthy. Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach are wealthy. beach area but campaigners diidnot study what kind of place people they are targeting. Rioters actions backfired. I'd bet Disneyland was not crowded last night.

    Posted in: Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash from women

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    Farmboy

    Fowle left a Bible in a local club hoping a North Korean would find it, which is considered a criminal offense in North Korea.

    If you go to North Korea, be sure to convert people by leaving religious texts here and there. Alternately, you can steal stuff from hotels. They have a special program that allows you to stay longer.

    Posted in: North Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison

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    Jeff Huffman

    FadamorAPR. 29, 2016 - 09:58PM JST ^^^ I have to agree. Anyone with an American passport entering North Korea may as well put on the prison stripes immediately, because the authorities will charge you with stealing state secrets even if you just walk down the street.

    No mention of this, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was there pimping for Jesus. If so, I think that makes him the third Korean-American arrested in N. Korea for that in the last five years. The State Department has no sympathy for this kind of thing and will likely make only a minimal effort to secure an early release.

    Posted in: North Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison

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    Citizen2012

    The 11-member panel concluded that it was impossible for Moriyama and the two others to project the possibility that over 10-meter-high tsunami waves could engulf the plant.

    They did not have to "project the possibility" , they already knew the possibility since 2008-2009, how could they have skipped that fact ?

    "The operator of Japan’s ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was aware of the need to improve the facility’s defences against tsunami more than two years before the March 2011 disaster but failed to take action, according to an internal company document."

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/18/fukushima-power-plant-operator-knew-need-protect-against-tsunami-japan-disaster

    Posted in: Defunct gov't agency exempted from indictment over Fukushima crisis

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    sf2k

    they want the unemployment lines to rapidly increase and of course no taxes to be placed upon them either. It's crazy. The technology goes too far and only had to help drivers be better drivers as a warning system, not replace them

    Posted in: Google, Uber form coalition to promote self-driving cars

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    serendipitous

    Well said Eddie.

    Posted in: Jones critical of successor procedure, Goromaru's lack of playing time

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    badsey3

    http://youtu.be/DmTfuyFlhoQ

    Anti-Trump (Bernie) rally in California. Not as bad a Chicago, but still smashing out police cars etc. Probably won't hit then news since it does not fit the anti-Trump propaganda right now.

    Posted in: Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash from women

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    Gaijindesu

    America doesn't. I was shocked when we moved here just how little holiday people get. And they were equally shocked when they heard about the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan.

    Yup, the US is one of the stingiest country when it comes to public holidays. Pathetic, really.

    most western countries give there worker paid holidays 3~6 weeks

    3-6 weeks? Not in the US, unless you have worked for like 30 years for the company. Even then, maybe, maybe not. Most people get 1 week vacation per year when they start with the company. Two weeks if you have a generous boss.

    Posted in: Golden Week holiday rush begins

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    @5petalsAPR. 29, 2016 - 05:33PM JST

    Your talking about transparency. insulting is not the flip side of transparency. insulting is arrogant, and its a deal killer; it shows a lack of business skills and tact.

    How do you divide "transparency" and "insult" in this case? As far as I know, the Japanese did not go like "Those idiot Aussies can't build a truck". They just said they didn't figure the Aussies can do it. I'll call that transparency.

    The Aussies can feel they were insulted. I just hope they get the combination of the luck and skill they need to make this feeling justified. It'll look very funny in 2030 if the subs don't show up.

    Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France

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    shallots

    I don't know about Haggard. I think Bowie was a pioneer. Prince was interesting at times and boring and trite at times too. Bowie was always ahead of things, more than once. Prince was a musical talent but that's not so special. Many people play lots of instruments without creating anything new. Prince did have a new take on things, in a smaller way, one can say. I disagree with you can separate Bowie's image and style from the music. He worked a lot of things together - in concepts. It was a greater vision. Prince had an impact, I admit. Iconic but not legendary.

    Posted in: Prince, Bowie and Haggard: Icons? Legends? What's the difference?

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    wipeout

    @bullfighter

    Rubbish. If you naturalize you get voting and all other rights. If you want to vote you have naturalize in Japan just as you do in the US and in the UK unless you are Irish.

    You've failed to inform yourself there. For the UK, you have voting rights in local elections if you are resident in the UK and are a Commonwealth or EU citizen,and in general elections if you are resident in the UK and an Irish or Commonwealth citizen.

    https://www.gov.uk/elections-in-the-uk/local-government https://www.gov.uk/elections-in-the-uk/general-election

    The Commonwealth in particular covers a lot of countries/territories (more than 50).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_citizen

    If you believe a source like the Daily Mail, who took their information from the delightful Migration Watch, this means in practice that around a million Commonwealth migrants without UK citizenship were eligible to vote in the 2015 general election.

    You'd have to agree, that's very different from the position of a typical foreign resident of Japan.

    Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo

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    shallots

    The old are powerful. The young fewer and weaker. The old enjoy much rights while the young toil. Get used to it.

    Posted in: 90-year-old man, driving wrong way along expressway, killed in head-on collision

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    smithinjapan

    "Charges include sexual assault, possession of child pornography, making child pornography, distributing child pornography and accessing child pornography."

    Wish Japan would follow suit instead of supporting possession of kiddie porn as a 'right to free speech and art'. It's cracked down a tiny bit on people who upload it, if the bother looking, but still leaves a LOT to be desired. So, good on all those involved in this, and hope that if the victims who were identified had been kidnapped, they are treated and returned home.

    Posted in: 80 arrested in Ontario in child porn probe

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    NathalieB

    Will these prosecutors who forced a confession out of him now be prosecuted? Doubt it.

    Posted in: Freed man swears innocence in girl's arson death as retrial begins

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    veejay

    Who says they are fishing for sport? Have you ever seen any results testing the water quality in Tokyo bay? Are you in any position to determine what is stupid? Does anyone care what you would stick in your big mouth?

    Posted in: Gone fishing

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    NathalieB

    I don't even believe his confession. He went with the intention of robbing, killed her, and left everything there? Plus the sexual assault on another woman? Doesnt add up. He went to attack rape and probably murder her too. Scumbag.

    Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Chiba woman

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    smithinjapan

    5Speedracer5: "And if you don't think you need to improve, you are probably part of the problem... or at least part of somebody's problem."

    Yeah, but that's the thing -- the guides are written as though the Japanese who made them think they do not, and Japanese do not, have to improve whatsoever; that poor manners are defined by the actions of outsiders, and that they do not need to follow what they wrote at all. Did you even read them? The funny thing is, you could take the exact same guides, and hand them out to Japanese tourists on big bus group tours in other countries (add that the must tip in some countries!), and they would say, "But Japanese don't do these things!" and would be offended, and they would have a right to because the guides are offensive.

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    NathalieB

    Mum did this last night visiting us here in the US form the UK! She just made to turn into the left lane instead of heading into the right hand lane and we all screamed. Made for some great Facebook fodder this morning! It was a quiet road and no traffic, but that doesnt make the story as entertaining.

    Posted in: 90-year-old man, driving wrong way along expressway, killed in head-on collision

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    albaleo

    It's a colloquialism applied to singularities

    Are they the same? I thought the singularity was thought to be at the center of a black hole.

    Posted in: Japan gives up on failed black hole research satellite

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    NathalieB

    Tell that to the Japanese Oyaji who I saw urinate outside a 7/11 last night in full view of everyone outside the store. There was no queue at all for the toilet inside.

    He was drunk, he doesn't remember a thing.

    I don't think anybody has a monopoly on civilized behavior. Maybe we could all just try to improve. And if you don't think you need to improve, you are probably part of the problem... or at least part of somebody's problem.

    I think you are missing the whole point of the thread. No one here is denying any other cultures are better than the Japanese. Just that at least, unlike the Japanese, we admit it.

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    smithinjapan

    GW: "And the water quality is a lot better than the 60-70s"

    Doesn't mean it's good, especially if they're catching bottom feeders. And I'm not suggesting it's better everywhere else, either.

    Posted in: Gone fishing

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    stormcrow

    Aleppo, between a rock and a hard place.

    Posted in: Carnage in Aleppo, once again a battlefield in Syria's war

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    stormcrow

    Rumor has it that the North Koreans are preparing to launch a manned rocket to the Sun.

    The launch, according to N. Korean aerospace engineers, will take place at night when the Sun isn't so hot.

    Posted in: N Korea fires 2 missiles but both fail

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    5SpeedRacer5

    A theory.

    And I have no doubt that the way people will interpret my answer will have much more to do with them than it will with me.

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

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    NathalieB

    most western countries give there worker paid holidays 3~6 weeks depend where you are, and your allowed to take them WHENEVER YOU WANT, not when the company tells you when you can go.

    America doesn't. I was shocked when we moved here just how little holiday people get. And they were equally shocked when they heard about the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan.

    Posted in: Golden Week holiday rush begins

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    5SpeedRacer5

    I see the level of scholarship about Japan--US relations has seriously gone into the dumper in the last few years. I don't see a single person here, well, maybe one, capable of realizing the subtlety of the issue, involving Japan's surrender, Asian security overall, and the "problem" of resolving post-WWII stances as Japan becomes a normal nation.

    Somebody has been consuming too much of this ABE IS A FASCIST rhetoric that has been printed abroad by other ignorant people. Abe is a pragmatist. I think anyone who looks only at the Okinawa bases issue as a microcosm... a case study.... could figure out that Japan and the US are BOTH struggling to get out of a mess without destabilizing Asia. The "obvious" answers of the last 20 years have been wrong. And both countries have realized it in the nick of time... over and over.

    Maybe to a young idealist, it is just a simple thing to resolve, but it is hindered by a cabal or stupid politicians. Really? Look at what is going on in Ukraine and Lithuania today and you can trace it all the way back to a few minor countries joining NATO over a decade ago. Just a little simple thing, really, that can be twisted and warped a million different ways. I give Japan a lot of credit, and Abe personally and particularly, for making hard choices and great sacrifices to move Japan forward as a stable, strong, peaceful nation that can stand with the US against various threats without being threatening itself.

    These lawsuits are an aspect of that process. They are a judicial appeal against executive practicality and legislative consideration of the issues. The lawsuits should be encouraged, especially if they are unsuccessful. Mostly, they clarify and improve the debate for everyone.

    Posted in: Over 700 people sue gov't over new security laws

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    Rashadoz

    Well , when there is a protection or right for those called (Trainee ) working with basically nothing . Then call it whatever . At least from my experience worked as a trainee doctor for six months and received ( 0 ) Yen . Japan need slaves to join the slavery misery

    Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo

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    Fadamor

    WTF the government should be testing all new vehicles, the results of there test need to be used by automakers as there benchmarks. automakers using there own results for testing is just asking for trouble as we see now with Mitsubishi. its taken 25 years!! for anybody to catch on or in this case blow the whistle on there corruption, sadly this is the tip of the iceburg and will continue until the J gov comes down hard on these fools. when fines/punishments are less than the monetary gains by there deception theyll continue to do it. Although Mitsubishi shares have landed in the shtter as a result. no better way to pull a company in line when its shareholders are psed at losing on there investments

    Normally I try to avoid being the Grammar Nazi, but seriously, dude!

    *their

    Posted in: Gov't to start testing mileage of Mitsubishi Motors cars

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    Jimizo

    "And although I have been to many nomikai over the years, do they even come close to Spring Break or just an average frat party in the US? Fouled toilets and despicable toilet manners are surely the domain of the US, right?"

    Tough one. My previous workplace was near a university in Tokyo and I can remember sinks filled with vomit in more than one izakaya in the area. To be honest, I wasnt too angry - I had a few piss-ups like that when I was that age.

    The point is I did want to wash my hands after having a slash. Something which I can't say is observed by all here. A bit like many countries I suppose.

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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