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    Mirai Hayashi

    Another completely random killing with no rhyme or reason.

    Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 63-year-old woman in Chofu

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    sillygirl

    Work smarter and go home earlier have a good time with family and friends go to bed at a proper time. Companies and government must lead the way with this by example.

    Posted in: Japanese people on the whole are facing chronic sleep deprivation -- and I think the situation is very close to hitting its limits. This in turn has a connection to other problems, such as decreasing concentration and performance, as well as traffic and industrial accidents.

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    toshiko

    It does not matter if he is liberal or conservative or Chrstian or Atheist or Lipton tea drinker or coffee drinker. He is not a natural born Amerirican citizen, In order to make Republican win,Gop folks should elect natural born Gop member. Otherwise, Hillary will be Madam President even she has e-mail troubles.

    Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid

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    bass4funk

    Ironically, Obama's executive action - while for him simply a humanitarian stop-gap measure that stretches the powers of the executive branch to its fullest as it awaits necessary action from Congress - is probably the best approach for the GOP: allowing legal approval for residency (as long as you don't screw up, in which case ICE will deport you with no qualms) with no path for citizenship. This should be the best of both worlds for Republicans: these interim residents are blocked from most social benefits, still have to pay taxes, and cannot vote.

    First of all, if Obama really and truly wanted to do some humanitarian good, he would have 1) closed the border and put the National guard to help the border patrol. 2) He would have called the countries that are allowing, advocating and pushing their impoverished people to leave to give them incentives or to encourage them or warn them that if they don't clamp down and keep their people from entering in the US, whatever aid or funding will stop immediately. This is a clear overreach of this guys executive power and as such, the courts intervened. There will be a hearing and by the time they gather all the documents, and it goes before a hearing, the process should take about 18 months and guess what? Obama will be out of office by then.

    But of course, the GOP being what it is, we'll soon see an avalanche of would-be candidates trying to out-excoriate Obama's action, thus simply painting themselves into a corner both unrealistic and inhumane. (In fact, these points will be key for the GOP nomination: who can be the most unrealistic and most inhumane.)

    It's inhumane when a country encourages its people to go to another country, KNOWING that it will burden local natives financial in particular. It is inhumane and unethical to use these people for political gains and to hopefully and bank on receiving new democratic voters by early legalization. 3) it is low and disgusting when people who followed all the rules and that were in the front of the line, payed lots of money, studying for years and now all of a sudden they have to take a backset to injustice.

    Observing the actions of the "party of stupid" is about as enjoyable as watching a slo-mo train wreck.

    Well at least 589 more days we don't have to worry about this president and his destructive shenanigans. Already got the bubbly ready.

    Posted in: Immigration becomes volatile issue in Republican race

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    Ah_so

    Many parallels between Japan Inc and Nokia. Both were caught napping by the smart phone revolution and neither has ever regained its historical share prices highs (Nokia still about 90% down on its 2000 peak).

    I loved Nokia phones back in the day - trusty, reliable work horses. I still have one knocking about somewhere.

    Posted in: Network connections

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    ebisen

    You can tell them here what you feel: http://www.piphotonics.co.jp/EN/index.html

    Posted in: Company wants to put electric lights on Mt Fuji

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    JeffLee

    "Maybe they wouldnt be able to get every 747 fully loaded for each flight"

    Yeah, they were usually fully loaded. The one that crashed in Gumma killed 520 people on board, nearly double the capacity of a 787.

    It would surely be more efficient to just use one 747 rather than 2 787s on the busiest routes, since the 747s are still being produced with much more efficient engines and technologies than before.

    The airliner sales and procurement business is quite corrupt, especially in Japan. So I imagine this is more about corporate profits than any environmental concerns.

    Posted in: ANA orders three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

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    Peter Nozawa Thurwachter

    Well said Ossan America. The IWC's mission is to replenish stocks so that whaling can be resumed some day. Those of you who are pro-science (not just science that supports your position) should look into the research that shows larger whales such as blue whales are still endangered and populations haven't rebounded as much as other whale species because they are being out competed for their breeding grounds by minke whales. Minke whales of the southern ocean by the way have never been listed on the endangered species list. Why not then cull their numbers to help our blue whales?

    Coconut E3 you are mixing up dolphins with whale meat. Baleen whale meat from the Southern Hemisphere is low in mercury because they feed so low on the food chain , and because of the lower amount of industrial pollution compared to the northern hemisphere.

    Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

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    Michael T Foulks

    I want to switch to metrics, about 20% of the USA wants to switch, but this country is not ran by the young. I'm 41, and people my age are OK with metrics, generally. Give us another 20 years and we'll get it. And one thing you notice about Americans, we don't really care when the rest of the world laughs at us. We have a cushy lifestyle and the rest of the world is hardly even mentioned here. As long as we have money, we'll all just keep floating around oblivious to the rest of the world. I'm not trying to sound arrogant, that's just the way it is here.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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    kcjapan

    “It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the constitution,” . . . "The 44-year-old Tea Party favorite from Texas chose Liberty University, the sprawling Christian evangelical bastion founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell" - article

    Teddy 'the-sky-is-falling' Cruz has nailed his appeal to a cross and he carries his abiding faith on his sleeve. What Mr. Cruz has so wrong is his basic assessment of the American voter. Mr. Cruz thinks the population is clamoring for his ultra narrow and duplicitous resume. Chicken little at leaste had evidence.

    Shrieking his worried fears and outrageous demonizations Cruz meanders the edges of reality shouting into the canyon between him and the mentally stable. Surrounded by demons, poor Mr. Cruz steps bravely forward carrying his message of religious law supplanting civil law with judges replaced by his priests.

    So far out his views, some are still held spell bound by Cruz's proclamation that the UN is behind the hobbit house conspiracy. Yes, wise Mr. Cruz still believes the U.N. is implementing an initiative called Agenda 21.

    From this, Ted leaps to the Constitution. Agenda 21 Hobbit Houses = Attack on the Constitution.

    Ted thinks his reasoning is state of the art, but a Hobbit House conspiracy? And this is the guy who knows where and from whom the Constitution is under assault? A couple of mics of Thorazine is what they usually prescribe for Hobbit House Constitution delusions.

    Still, Ted carries his banner and angry disposition to every function and groveling, mouthing his Constitution and Hobbit House certainty. It would all be so very much more amusing if Ted were to adopt some kind of gimmick, like Santorium's sweater vest.

    Maybe something closer to the sideshow variety snake oil salesmen have thrived in for some many long and happy years. So far, a pinched angry beady eyed hostility seems to be serving him well, according to his supporter.

    Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid

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    turbotsat

    almxxx: Auto-driving cars have driven over 700,000 miles without an event.

    That's all? About the expected lifetime travel for four private-owner vehicles or so? Or six times the yearly 120K-mile travel of a long-haul trucker? Is that the sum total for all auto-driving cars? It doesn't seem much to brag about.

    Posted in: Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars

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    CoconutE3

    About time. Don't they understand that nobody wants to eat whale meat which contain mercury & other toxins? The last thing government should be doing is feeding this to kids.

    Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

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    888naff

    Half the drivers should not be on the road. Looking forward to them being replaced and our shared spaces becoming less anti social and less collisions and deaths every day. Should lower our insurance costs and free up our hospitals. Unfortunately most drivers (not a minority) have set a very low bar to beat.

    Posted in: Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars

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    Mike O'Brien

    @GW, you say OssanAmerica's comments are non-sense yet don't provide any counter to any of his comments. The whales off the coast of Japan have significantly higher levels of toxins, mostly due to China's burning of coal. The whale stocks around Japan are quite small and thus can't sustain as large an annual hunt, Japan does do some hunting in their coastal waters and since the few that would give a damn are the militant fanatics they would cause just as much problem as they do around Antarctica.

    Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

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    stormcrow

    Taking stalking into account along with the number of violent assaults against women demands more attention by police. It would be nice to see the police take more of an interest in this social problem.

    I remember there was this young Japanese lady in one of my classes who was constantly fiddling around with her cell phone. I told her that it wasn't appropriate for her to use it so often. After class one day she came up to me and told me in private that she had a very possessive boyfriend (Japanese) who demanded to know where she was every moment of the day and he would get really upset if she didn't immediately respond to his calls or text messages. She went on to tell me that she wanted to leave him but she was afraid to because of his violent temper and what he might do if she left him. Sad story and there are probably more women out there with this type of problem than statistics indicate.

    Posted in: 10% of women surveyed say they have been victims of stalking

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    sf2k

    how do you learn lessons then restart the reactors? That doesn't make sense

    Posted in: Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis

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    JohnBecker

    Thank you for the scores, JT!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    bass4funk

    Had a blast today! Went to Ohori park in Fukuoka, weather was a bit crisp, but party was in full swing and thousands of people enjoying themselves, drinking and dancing. Hate crowds, but this is the one time I don't mind. The Cherry blossoms were in full bloom, great day.

    Posted in: Where is your favorite place in Japan to view cherry blossoms?

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    stormcrow

    Any rural setting, especially in the mountains, away from the crowds. However, Himeji Castle is quite lovely with its cherry blossoms, but it's full of people.

    Posted in: Where is your favorite place in Japan to view cherry blossoms?

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    GW

    ossan, utter non-sense, there is ZERO NEED for J-boats in the southern hemisphere when there are plenty of whales in coastal waters & if they take a few to eat few would give a damn!!

    If they want to research stuff, I invite these scientists to my yard to research all the slugs & other little critters I host in my immediate environs, no need to travel half way around the world to research, plenty to check out here in Japan!

    These trips to the Antarctic wasting my taxes needs to stop, nothing valuable happening there simple as that!

    Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

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    patty cake champion

    Scared to go in japan

    This article describes Japan society in general, and if you've guessed after reading that the country isn't the ideal place to live unless you have loads of tax free money, you're right, try a developed Western country instead. This whole calamity would've been avoided if adequate safeguards were in place against obviously foreseeable natural disasters at that nuclear plant. You don't need a PhD. in nuclear physics to figure out that critical backup equipment installed along the coast needs to be waterproof right? Surprising this common sense was lacking in this country, which is no stranger to destructive seismic activities runs bullet trains on time without any fatality for over 40 years

    Posted in: Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis

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    cleo

    Generally, informal language shouldn't be used in news articles

    I'd agree with you - generally. But this article is written throughout in an informal style, in fact it would be quite difficult to keep a deadpan face while writing about attending the funerals of people who haven't died or don't even exist, or uncles who die twice. In this instance, the use of rumbled fits very nicely.

    International news should be written in a non-regional manner. Same as they shouldn't use Americanisms in the news.

    As soon as you decide whether to use centre or center, theatre or theater, analyse or analyze, you're writing in a 'regional' manner. Can't be helped.

    By the way, that 'standard' dictionary on dictionary.com isn't standard at all, it's American. The 'standard' version gives rumble=to have or take part in a street fight between or among teenage gangs: in the British version, it points out (correctly) that that definition is US slang.

    Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off

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    OssanAmerica

    Idiots are people who either can not read or are unable to accept thge reality that; 1. Scientific Whaling is supported by the IWC under the IWC Scientific Comittee because data is needed to manage whale stocks, which is called "Conservation". 2. Conservation does not mean "leave them alone at all costs" that's "preservation". 3. Whales are as sentient as cows and are a natural marine resource that ,properly managed can be utilized sustainably. 4. THe Moratorium on commercial whaling went into effect with as a "moratorium" meaning a temporary cease of action, not a BAN which is n. This is because under IWCs charter the Moratoriums and Sanctuaries are tools to assist in the proper management of whale stocks for the Whalijg Industry. 5. The Southern Ocean where Japanese Scientic Whaling operates are INTERNATIONAL WATERS, not Australian or New Zealamd Territory. Haing a claim that isn't recognized by the entire world is not ownership. 6. IWC Artcile VIII specifially exempts Scientific Whaling from Moratoriums and Sanctuaries. 7, IWC Article VIII specifically requires that nations participating in Scientific Whaling process the meat, ie; for consumption.This means Japan would have to consume the whale meat even if they didn't want to. 8. The ICJ Ruling did not end Scientific Whaling, It ordered a stop to the then Jarpa II program and outlined what changes would be needed to meet the ICJ's requirements. That is what is comming, and it will be in accordance with the ICJ ruling.

    Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

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    bass4funk

    Wow, are you reading this bass4funk? Except for that moron George W., all the other Republican presidents approached foreign-policy issues much like Obama.

    First of all before you go out and throw carnival, you are talking about a very slanted one-sided POV from American Progress, it should have been written by someone from MoveOn or the Daily Kos. I wouldn't mind if some or Mr. Korb was a center road kind of person, but the man is a far-left zealot and that is his opinion, One persons opinion. Also, none of these presidents had to deal with a 9/11, different scenario, different time and situations, also these presidents both Dem and Repub worked with congress and there wasn't this divisions and hatred as this president has and vice versa, so to even make a comparison is laughable.

    And we have George W. Dick Cheney, and Rumsfeld and their neo-con cohorts for creating the two messes that inflamed the middle-east so badly to begin with.

    And let's not forget, we have a president and a former secretary of State that failed to see the rise of ISIS, Iran and pushed to overthrow Gaddafi and Mubarak (as much as I didn't like them and wanted them gone, their timing was way off)

    Republicans are always saying they would do foreign policy completely differently but when you press them for details, the only change they will make is to yell louder.

    When you have a badger stubborn president that refutes and refuse to budge on anything military, knowing how bad the situation in the ME is and chooses to ignore it ties your hands behind your back and has the absolute WORST foreign policy EVER in US History, Yeah, I would yell as loud as I could too.

    not sure if current republicans would understand what it means though! It has been disgusting watching republicans acting utterly UN-FRIGGING-AMERICAN ever since Obama was elected,

    How are they supposed to act when you have a president that doesn't work with congress, tries to underhandedly and sneaky to circumvent the law and alters it, modifies it or just ignores it entirely in order to get what he wants.

    its been painfully disgusting display, the world stares in utter dis-belief at what the repubs say & try to do.

    Actually, the only people that think that are people that don't know politics, don't care to know or are partisan. Ask the Saudis how they feel about Obama or the Kurds, the Israelis and see which party they blame and I will submit this to you...it doesn't start with the letter "R"

    And I say this as someone who ISNT a yank!

    When you think about it, it's not important want foreigners think about what and how our politics are conducted, now if everyone gets citizenship they can all line up and vote in the next election and as US citizens, then the more, the merrier. Until then, we will just have to suffice with listening to opinions.

    If the current republicans ever did HALF of the BS they spew the US would implode like the USSR!!!

    The US is about to implode and for the last 6 years, the conservatives haven't been in charge, so the Soviet style mess that we find ourselves in is coming from party of entitlements.

    Posted in: Obama's national security strategy follows Republican pattern

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    Alex80

    Why are they buying some planes that were plenty of defects?

    Posted in: ANA orders three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

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    patty cake champion

    At that time he was just another despot grabbing power and cutting down the opposition.

    He didn't cause any bloodshed, which is perhaps why he isn't hated outright?

    Posted in: Lee Kuan Yew eulogized as architect of Singapore

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    WA4TKG

    No: This must be BUSH's fault, somehow.

    Posted in: Captain of crashed plane shouted 'open the damn door'

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    M3M3M3

    The question that LKY fanboys have to answer is whether the opposition leaders who criticised LKY were justified in doing so before the economic rise of Singapore? When he seized power and stripped people of political freedoms and press freedom, the economic rise of Singapore was by no means foreseeable or guaranteed. At that time he was just another despot grabbing power and cutting down the opposition.

    In otherwords, if you think LKY is a 'great leader', when was the exact moment that he became 'great'? Was it only when his plans finally succeeded or was he a great leader right from the start? It seems like alot of LKY fans think the ends justify the means. By those standards, we shouldn't criticise or oppose any despotic dictators, we should just submit to them and wait to see whether they turn out to be 'great' or not before we judge them.

    Posted in: Lee Kuan Yew eulogized as architect of Singapore

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    Strangerland

    Yeah but for more than one night????

    Some girls are pretty hot.

    Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke

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    DaDude

    I have been to Peleliu twice and my grandpa's pictures are in the museum there as he fought that battle. I wonder where they stay? There are not really any high class accommodations in Palau.

    Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit Palau April 8-9

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    Mocheake

    Just weeks away from retiring and still doing boneheaded stuff. Now, he's really got something to be bereaved about. By the way, just what does it mean to be ''rumbled'' as written in the article? Does it mean ''exposed?''

    Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off

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    DaDude

    Precious Lives Lost flying by Low Cost Carrier. very sad conclusion, Too late to blame co-pilot. RIP.

    I didn't know planes flew themselves. Thanks for enlightening us.

    Posted in: Captain of crashed plane shouted 'open the damn door'

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    GW

    For petes sake, you wanna eat some whale, there are plenty just off shore, no need to go gallivanting to the southern hemisphere!!! IDIOTS~!

    Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch

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    GW

    Sure smoking is gross, but I overlooked it a few times when the girl was hot enough

    Yeah but for more than one night????

    Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke

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    Novenachama

    Smithinjapan @

    It is a fact that postpartum depression has been used as a legal defense in infanticide cases. In other words infanticide has been a defense for murder. The American Psychiatric Association first recognized postpartum depression back in 1944. Since then, American courts have recognized postpartum depression as a legitimate defense. On the other hand British law has long assumed that mothers who kill suffer from metal illness. British doctors treat postpartum depression and British courts rule with more leniency than American courts. The same holds true to the Canadian courts. The fact is many researchers have suggested that the United States should follow the British approach.

    Posted in: Mother, one-month-old child dead in apparent murder-suicide

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    Peeping_Tom

    Driverless cars are the future, like it or not!

    Dinosaurs will want things not to evolve, ever.

    Posted in: Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars

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    sangetsu03

    I have dated a couple of women who were smokers, I couldn't stand to kiss them. Nowadays, no matter how good women look, if they smoke, I won't have anything to do with them.

    Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke

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    Michael Werker

    some14some: i fail to see how the carrier is at fault. this could happen with Lufthansa as well.

    it seems like you don't understand the underlying problem.

    Posted in: Captain of crashed plane shouted 'open the damn door'

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    Strangerland

    Anti-depressant's aren't given out willy nilly

    And once again I'll refer you to the comment I was replying to:

    We need more anti-depressant usage, not less.

    Posted in: Germanwings co-pilot hid illness prior to crash

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    KnowBetter

    Earth Hour is nothing more than waste of time to do nothing but make yourself feel good about one hour as if you'd never do that if it wasn't for 'Earth Hour'. Clueless Lemmings. There are better things to do IF you actually want to make a difference and that would be something you'd need to do everyday NOT just for one hour in a year that contains 8760 hours.

    Posted in: Earth Hour

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    kiwiboy

    This would mean something if they hadn't only asked non-smokers. I bet non-smoking guys don't like smoking girls either. Smokers put up with each other, so this isn't really a big deal.

    I'm a non-smoker and don't particularly like smokers. But I'm not one to discriminate if they're hot enough!

    Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke

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    kiwiboy

    @tinawatanabe

    Not 100% American product.

    You're right, it's not 100% American made. The 787 dreamliner, later nicknamed the nightmare liner, had two problems. The batteries which caught fire and the wings with hair-line cracks. Guess which country supplied both the batteries and wings.....Japan.

    Posted in: ANA orders three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

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    SamuraiBlue

    Serrano

    Even Indian curry puts in some Mango chutney which is a sweet jam with some spice mixed in. You can add honey as long as you do not add too much.

    Some avocado and/or banana will thicken the sauce which I recommend as well.

    Posted in: Five simple ways to take your curry rice to the next level

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    Peeping_Tom

    Hanyu is Japanese!

    In Britain you would have to put up with Murray.

    Don't think you'll have to see his face in your own country though!

    Posted in: Fernandez edges Hanyu to take gold at figure skating worlds

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    nathanff

    FactorField is grieving with those who lost their loved ones in this tragic incident. Convey your feelings; we are paying attention.

    No explanation nor justification can be offered to such a heartbreaking result. Lives were lost and with that our joy; we need to mourn. Above all we must commemorate the victims; the world needs to remember them. Open your heart, express your thoughts and feelings - we want to know, and never forget. Share a story, Commemorate, acknowledge; lament.

    http://tinyurl.com/FactorFieldmournswithGermany

    Posted in: 2 Japanese among 150 killed in German plane crash

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    Peter Payne

    I was briefly stalked by an ex girlfriend. She actually bought a box of cereal and put it on my doorstep when I wasn't home. I don't think she meant to make a "cereal killer" joke, but I hate the cereal just the same.

    Posted in: 10% of women surveyed say they have been victims of stalking

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    Jimizo

    Can I claim compassionate leave for death of my soul or can I claim compensation from my company for killing it?

    Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off

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    Peter Payne

    Ueda Castle in Nagano is lovely.

    Posted in: Where is your favorite place in Japan to view cherry blossoms?

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    Hotmail

    This horrific number only shows the disturbing mental state of the Japanese men.

    Posted in: 10% of women surveyed say they have been victims of stalking

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    Strangerland

    Sure smoking is gross, but I overlooked it a few times when the girl was hot enough.

    Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke