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    jonswan

    The choices were certainly intriguing, but bonkers too - Russia is totally corrupt from end to end and will need massive infrastructure development seeing as the games may be thousands of miles apart - sounds like a logistical nightmare. Qatar doesn't even have enough space for the stadiums - is the whole country as big as Tokyo? And the 50-degree summer heat? They say they'll build huge air conditioning systems for the stadiums, which sounds environmentally ruinous. I think at least one of 2018 or 2022 should've gone to Spain - they won it!

    Posted in: Qatar and Russia World Cups make sense

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    Perhaps the true cause was being on the train to work on Monday morning at 6:40. That would annoy the hell out of me - bad manners would tip me over the edge.... I think we should be grateful that this doesn't happen much more often. The blame does not lie with JR in this particular case - that's nonsense.

    Posted in: 70,000 commuters delayed by quarrel over cell phone on train in Chiba

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    Because the Nazis were one of modern history's biggest (black) jokes I don't think this is serious - I mean, come on, lighten up. They were culturally, artistically, historically, physically and militarily ultimately a useless, pitiful joke and I think it's ok to laugh like hell at them. I wouldn't buy it myself though...

    Posted in: Retailer Don Quijote pulls Nazi outfit after complaint

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    I stopped watching it at series 4 when it became obvious that it was being used as a tool to allow the USA to use torture - indeed, it was a favourite program for soldiers in Iraq where widespread torture of Iraqis became the norm. Shame really as the first few series were great. And even weirder; Keifer S is a Democrat.

    Posted in: Jack Bauer will always be having a bad day

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    It's a pretty good film but it's seriously compromised by his wandering accent - he goes from Northern to Irish to Geordie to Liverpudlian - I'm just amazed that it wasn't pointed out to him on a largely English film set.

    Posted in: Crowe and arrows

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    As a person who delves into history a lot, I have to say Wikipedia is wonderful, though not flawless. It is an incredible source of information - I just wish it was around when I was at university because it essentially means that, armed with a computer or smart phone, answers to so many questions are right next to you.

    Posted in: What do you think of Wikipedia?

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    There's one reason and one reason alone - to encourage people to spend money. But it doesn't work - this is Japan, remember; people don't spend money, they save it.

    Posted in: Why do you think that Christmas decorations and illumination displays are put up so early in Japan?

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    Most of the Japanese I know - and that includes couples who both work and one of which is a high level manager - would crawl across broken glass to save 500 yen. It came as quite a surprise to know so many people who were going mental for the recent 'eco points' deal on TVs. It's strange to think that the Japanese save a high proportion of their salaries in return for essentially zero percent interest in return. It defies logic. And if I tell them that I bought something like a camera or a Mac, Japanese friends make that 'shocked beyond belief' face and go "eeeeeeeee?" as if I've just broken into Fort Knox and spent all the money therein. I don't know how they got so pathological about spending money - non of them spending money results in .... deflation, so non of them benefit.

    Posted in: The effects of a frugal Japanese society

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    Yeah, exactly how bad do you need those panties to construct a fishing line scenario out on the balcony - to have come up with that would've taken me days! By then, my ardour would've probably subsided....

    Posted in: Man who 'fished' underwear from balcony arrested in Kobe

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    Absolutely hilarious and kind of pitiful at the same time - I mean, if you were a real pervert you'd want to get hold of those panties before they got cleaned, right? I mean, you might as well go buy them from a store? Imagine the indignity? Imagine if it was your father/brother/son? That's cheered me up anyway - no matter how low you go, there's always someone prepared to go lower....

    Posted in: Man who 'fished' underwear from balcony arrested in Kobe

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    They are fighting the symptoms and the disease by also putting up the price, finally. Getting smoke in my face is worse than someone farting in my face - it's carcinogenic and I don't want to be anywhere near it. Toughen up? Don't be ridiculous.

    Posted in: Make way for the Butt Police

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    Never mind the karma - this woman deserves major jail time, to show her how much of a stinking repulsive human being she is.

    Posted in: Mother arrested for selling porn images of 4-year-old daughter

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    Gurukun:

    The news said that the Japanese coast guard admitted that no ramming happened intentionally - you going out and intentionally ramming a coast guard vessel would be different, no?

    And the area is disputed among China, Japan and Taiwan, and is directly in the middle of all three. Guilt in this case is more difficult to ascertain that going out ramming.

    Posted in: Do you agree with Japan's decision to release the captain of a Chinese fishing boat that collided with a Japanese patrol boat that was pursuing it near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea?

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    Should have been? But he was arrested and detained. And he should've been released earlier to stop antagonising Japan's biggest trading partner. Japan's behaviour was rather arrogant over the whole incident. Besides, the Japanese announced that he hadn't intentionally rammed their patrol boats. He was there fishing. The only way these disputed islands can be less disputed is having a grown up dialogue with the Chinese and Taiwanese because war over this would be insane. Sharing the islands and the mineral wealth beneath would make most sense.

    Posted in: Do you agree with Japan's decision to release the captain of a Chinese fishing boat that collided with a Japanese patrol boat that was pursuing it near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea?

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    The iPad's been such a phenomenal success that it must be doing a lot of things right. For me, I'm waiting for version 2, which should be faster and have a camera for Skype calls. If you find yourself saying how bad the iPad is and want something else, please go ahead and buy something else, but stop complaining about the iPad. Seems reasonable to me.

    Posted in: How the iPad won over an unbeliever

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    Overlooked? Never. Ekibens are works of art.

    Posted in: No train trip would be complete without an ekiben boxed lunch

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    Climate and weather are two different things - the planet is warming up, but that doesn't mean we won't get unusual weather like this; why is that so hard to understand? If you think global warming is a joke then stick around a while because I don't think lame humour will get us out of the mess we're going to find ourselves increasingly in.

    Posted in: Tokyo experiences coldest mid-April day in nearly 50 years

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    The fact that they are so up in arms about The Cove shows how much they have to hide.

    I downloaded in on iTunes and the way the fishermen go about the slaughter is revolting and grotesque - no wonder they don't want it being seen. Dolphins are seriously intelligent creatures that they're just corralling and harpooning them without pity. And the fact that they also tried to pass off dolphin meat as other fish despite its massively unhealthy levels of mercury just defies belief. It is right that the film be shown - why shouldn't it be?

    Posted in: Right-wingers vow to block release of 'The Cove' in Japan

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    I find smoking particularly revolting, but then I'm an ex-smoker. The fact that 60% of people don't smoke and yet non smokers get a tiny part of a bar to crouch in while the smokers get 90% of it is a little unfair. To have to work in constant smoky conditions for non smoking bar staff must be rotten. Going back to the UK to drink in a pub without going home with the stench of other people's smoke is rather nice. Changing the law here wouldn't necessarily lead to other draconian laws - that's just silly and using the Niemoller quote is misguided. Nobody's going to take away free speech - but even if they did it's not like most people in Japan would notice it in such a rigidly controlled society. One thing the J-government could do is start putting up the taxes on cigarettes more in line with other developed country - it would certainly help bring down the titanic national debt or pay for a few pensions..

    Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run

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    It's great to read so many smart posts on here - a lot of good thinking going on. Lots of truths, some of which may be painful to Japanese; - the bushido/samurai thing is silly and people should move beyond it - the gambare culture is often the wrong choice - shyness can cripple - society is rigidly controlled, almost as if the nation was at war and social control was vital - a lack of sleep is a serious factor in levels of depression and bad health (try it; it's real) - the work/life balance is warped beyond belief in favour of work; it's fundamentally insane - Smiling in Japan seems to be illegal; looking miserable is a grotesque national habit - debt is a major factor - ditto the idea of shame - so much of modern 'culture' seems staggeringly superficial - the 'work comes first' culture here is difficult for westerners to understand. Rarely would we subjugate our entire lives to make other people rich; it defies logic. Not in Japan.

    And my own personal views on the matter; I've felt suicidal at times in my life; what's kept me back are: embarrassment, an ability to see beyond the short term, a fundamental interest in life - even the bad bits, my imagination, my mother's possible reaction to it, the stupidity of the act itself, and the fact that you've got the rest of eternity to be dead; suicide is the ultimate stupidity, the ultimate lack of imagination. The Japanese don't show much imagination - hence suicide can seem a plausible alternative to an unfulfilled and difficult life. It's not an easy situation to resolve.

    Posted in: Bare statistics mask human cost of Japan’s high suicide rate

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