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Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Wal-Mart is a key distributor of yummy whale meat
Topic: Japanese life

Walmart At It Again

Another reason Wal-Mart is the devil.

Via liquidtwilight on livejournal.
Wal-Mart, the world?s largest retailer, has a major share in the Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu. Seiyu is a key distributor of cetacean products in hundreds of its supermarkets in Japan. As one of Japan?s leading supermarket chains, Seiyu?s distribution chain has helped to maintain the Japanese whale and dolphin hunting industry in spite of the international ban on commercial whaling and repeated international criticism....

Maybe the Whale nation may wanna do some flippin'?

Posted by trek/taro at 1:18 PM KDT
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Friday, May 14, 2004
Japan's SEX CORPS want you!
Topic: Japanese life
Sex soldiers march to the maidenhead beat
By Ryann "Panty-sniffer" Connell / MDN / May 13, 2004
Sexologist Kim Myung Gun's Sex Volunteer Corps has just inducted the fourth annual intake of new recruits since its formation as many years ago,.....I accept new applications for recruits about once a year and this year I got 42 applications. We started with a written test, then a face-to-face interview conducted by a panel including me and a number of women.....
......Women like these are sexually frustrated, with some even seeking medical treatment for their condition. What they're going through, though, isn't something you can fix up just by prescribing some sort of medicine. What they really need is sex."....<

Posted by trek/taro at 5:26 PM KDT
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R.I.P. for "Decotora" Japanese decorated trucks?
Topic: Japanese life
デコトラ Decotora = decorated truck

Windshield decor on trucks to be banned
Asahi / May 14 ....Citing safety concerns, the transport ministry will from this fall ban the decorative plates that many truck drivers attach to the lower part of their windshield....The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has been asking truck associations to have the plates removed after a 10-month-old boy was killed and his mother seriously injured in an accident... a 30-centimeter-wide silver metal plate on the lower interior of the truck's windshield blinded the driver from seeing the mother and child.
The ministry aims to revise safety rules with an outright ban because a survey shows that roughly 10 percent of truck drivers still use the decorative plates as shields from unwanted glare and prying eyes.

Posted by trek/taro at 4:57 PM KDT
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Baka Japanese dictionaries: "Off limits" vs 'Keep out'
Topic: Japanese life
Via / May 13

"Off limits" in the subway is just your standard Japanese-to-English dictionary error.
"Off limits" entered the vocabulary after WWII. Every single page of the the top dictionary has these useage errors. OF COURSE, nobody would dare mention that the dictionary is wrong so it remains. The longer the mistake remains, the more "correct" it seems to the Japanese. Sheesh.

Posted by trek/taro at 4:26 PM KDT
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Buddha Snot (tm) candy
Topic: Japanese life
'Buddha' sweet has sour taste in Japan / 14 May
Priests at one of Japan's most famous temples have taken steps to block the sale of a sweet marketed as the "Snot from the nose of the Great Buddha"....

Posted by trek/taro at 11:39 AM KDT
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Thursday, May 13, 2004
Racy bra for a losing nag
Topic: Japanese life
'Haru-urara' racehorse bra to promote ...Triumph has featured its decoratively embroidered bra of the popular heroine horse, loved not for her growing record of consecutive losses but for her determination. The bra also features a dye-technology that uses real carrots.


Posted by trek/taro at 11:18 AM KDT
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004
killer haiku
Topic: Japanese life
Sitting under the moonlight
At the right time,
Comes a gentle breeze.

War criminals' poems uncovered
The Japan Times: May 12, 2004

Posted by trek/taro at 11:58 AM KDT
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Brewers blast boozing breastfeeders
Topic: Japanese life
Brewers warn breast feeders about booze risks
Mainichi Shimbun, May 11
Japan's major breweries will from June start adding warning labels directed at pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the risks alcohol consumption ...

Posted by trek/taro at 2:43 PM KDT
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Friday, April 23, 2004
Speed III: Right-wing bus bashes Chinese Consulate
Topic: Japanese life
Japan Right-Winger Rams Bus Into Chinese Consulate
Reuters - April 23
- - A member of a Japanese right-wing group rammed a bus into the Chinese consulate in western Japan on Friday, protesting over China's claims to the Senkaku Islands.... known as the Diaoyus in China

Posted by trek/taro at 5:18 PM KDT
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Tokyo high-jumper arrested after clearing 8ft!
Topic: Japanese life
Tokyo police nab high-rise burglar
Tokyo, , Apr. 22 (UPI) -- Tokyo police have arrested a man suspected of leaping from building to building and robbing them through unlocked upper-story windows.
Hiroyasu Tsuchiya, 47, is a former scaffolding worker...entered about 100 offices on the upper levels of buildings in Tokyo since last June, and stolen about $175,000.... jumped onto the balcony of a real estate company on the fourth floor of an office building April 8 from a neighboring building 8 feet away....

Posted by trek/taro at 12:53 PM KDT
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Wednesday, April 21, 2004
"It's me, send money" scam in Japan
Topic: Japanese life
'It's me' scammers dupe same woman twice
Mainichi/MDN, April 21, 2004
WAKAYAMA -- A woman fell victim to a pair of "it's me, send money" fraudsters twice after the scammers told her that the money she had deposited into their account was not enough,.... 54-year-old woman from Naga, Wakayama Prefecture, received a call ....from a young man who said he had been caught by a moneylender and was going to be taken away if he didn't pay..... the woman deposited about 1.4 million yen into the account. Later the same man called back and said the amount the woman had deposited was not enough, so the woman reportedly deposited a further 1.5 million yen into the account.
See also Captain Japan on this "ore ore sagi" scam.

Posted by trek/taro at 4:15 PM KDT
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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Japan is an upside-down world
Topic: Japanese life


Posted by trek/taro at 1:38 PM KDT
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Monday, April 19, 2004
Let's FILTH!
Topic: Japanese life
Daily Life in Japanese High Schools.
ERIC Digest.
At the end of the academic day, all students participate in "o soji," the cleaning of the school. They sweep the classrooms and the hallways, empty trash cans, clean restrooms, clean chalkboards and chalk erasers, and pick up trash from the school grounds. After o soji, school is dismissed and most students disperse to different parts of the school for club meetings.

COMMENT: "O-sogi"? Just say no.
That is, Just-say-no to the total FILTH of Japanese schools. The students pretend to clean and the teachers pretend to not notice. The older the students, the worse it gets. By the time of public university, you need to wear a bio-hazard suit to teach. (Smaller rural schools although sadly lacking in paint like all Japanese schools are cleaner because the moms pitch in to make cleaning days worthwhile.)

Posted by trek/taro at 11:44 AM KDT
Updated: Monday, April 19, 2004 3:19 PM KDT
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Friday, April 16, 2004
'Still crazy after all these years': Japan's Aum cult
Topic: Japanese life
Japanese doomsday cult still a threat to society, government says
AP - Friday Apr 16 1:49 PM SGT
The doomsday cult behind the deadly 1995 Tokyo subway gassing is still a threat to society, using businesses to expand membership and remaining faithful to its convicted guru's violent teachings, the government said in a report Friday.

Our Aum Emblem is embroidered with more than 4,000 stitches in stunning, shimmering gold thread. $15.00

Posted by trek/taro at 4:48 PM KDT
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In Japanese you can't use ellipsis points excessively...
Topic: Japanese life


Ellipsis ....Japanese.

In Japanese manga, the ellipsis by itself represents speechlessness, usually as an admission of guilt or a response to being dumbfounded as a result of something that another person has just said or done. The growing popularity of manga worldwide has extended this convention beyond the borders of Japan.

Posted by trek/taro at 11:40 AM KDT
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Thursday, April 15, 2004
Ryann's reminiscing rapscallions relapse respectably
Topic: Japanese life
My friend Ryann waxes lyrical....

Japan biker gang born to be wired
By Ryann Connell / MDN. WaiWai April 15, 200
Japan's most notorious biker gang from the '70s is back on the roads. Well, sort of.
Instead of terrorizing motorists and making work for police patrols on Japan's myriad thoroughfares, the Black Emperors, the biggest bosozoku gang in the country's history, has come back to life with a vengeance on the Information Superhighway... reminiscing rapscallions who slipped into respectability.
"we will burn them alive and feed them to the fighters"

Posted by trek/taro at 6:40 PM KDT
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Ainu eyes: odd 'science'
Topic: Japanese life
I wonder what is this guy smoking? I'd love to be selling it.
All Amazing Ainu -- The "Indians" of Japan
by John Erskine Banta, General Manager & Director, Radisson Miyako Hotel Tokyo.
Book Press Release: April 14, 2004

....racial mixing has continued to diminish the number of full-blooded Ainu...Ainu-Japanese mixtures are especially conspicuous in the vicinity of Sendai, north of Tokyo. They are noticeable for their abundant hair, and for their eyes. Strangely, the genes that make the Ainu eye are often incompatible with the genes of the Japanese eye, making deformities common. The most common of these deformities is eyes that are too far apart; often to such an extreme that one of the eyes withers away.
But, when the two sets of eye genes work, especially in females, the results are astounding. Their eyes are huge, striking in color, and so hypnotic that people can?t avoid staring at them.
In the 1950s and 60s, a number of mix-blood Ainu-Japanese girls were brought to Tokyo from the Sendai area and put to work as models and as extras in movies. They were very successful as models --- giving rise to the Japanese art and comic preference for drawing young females with huge, luminous eyes -- but they did not fare as well as movie starlets because their eyes distracted so much attention from the Japanese stars.

Posted by trek/taro at 1:39 PM KDT
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Only in Japan: Dumb doctor dad broils baby
Topic: Japanese life

WTFBBQ! The Japanese baby killing season officially starts!

Japanese baby dies of heat exhaustion after forgotten in car by doctor dad
AFP / 14 April 2004 2239 hrs
A 14-month-old baby girl died of suspected heat exhaustion after her father, a doctor, forgot to take her to daycare and left her in his car in a hospital carpark, Japanese police said on Wednesday...."He said he forgot that he had put his own child in the car," Gifu prefectural police spokesman Toru Kunii said. The mercury hit a high of 23.9 degrees Celsius in the area on Tuesday....
In recent years there have been a number of deaths of infants left in closed cars in hot weather while a parent played pachinko, Japan's compulsive, pinball gambling game.

Posted by trek/taro at 9:09 AM KDT
Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2004 9:11 AM KDT
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Japan: rotting squid guts kills 3
Topic: Japanese life
Here's the winner of legit Japanese headline of 2004!!
Police: Poison gas from rotting squid guts kills 3
(Yomiuri / Apr 14)

Posted by trek/taro at 11:35 AM KDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:37 AM KDT
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Tuesday, April 13, 2004
40% of Japanese students think sun revolves around Earth
Topic: Japanese life

40% of primary pupils think sun revolves around Earth
Yomiuri / Apr 13

Posted by trek/taro at 4:56 PM KDT
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