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    No, I'm basically saying that different countries...

    No, I'm basically saying that different countries have different systems, and Japan is enough of a democracy that if they want to change their system they can, without fear of death or imprisonment...
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    They can still speak out to reporters, can't...

    They can still speak out to reporters, can't they? They have a different parliamentary system than the Anglo/American system, yes. But compared to so many countries where criticizing certain...
  3. Actually the United States has been paid up on...

    Actually the United States has been paid up on its dues for several years, since the disagreement about five years ago was resolved. As for the matter of peacekeeping operations financing, etc.,...
  4. You need to do your homework. The United States...

    You need to do your homework. The United States contributed $438 million to the United Nations' 2005 budget of more than $1.8 billion, making it the largest donor.
  5. The United Nations has become an expensive farce:...

    The United Nations has become an expensive farce: The United States paying the lion's share of the budget for the world's largest anti-American organization.
  6. Poll: Perhaps that has something to do with the fact...

    Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that China is still occupying Tibet today, while Japan hasn't occupied East Asia for the past 60 years -- or is there a Japanese occupation of East Asia...
  7. Poll: PC intimidation by whatever name...

    In that case no, it should not be banned. It wasn't adopted as a specific symbol of a fascist ideological movement as is the case with the Nazi flag, but as a national symbol only. (Not the national...
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    Poll: I won't eat intelligent animals (dogs, pigs,...

    I won't eat intelligent animals (dogs, pigs, horses, dolphins), bottom dwellers, bugs, and vermin (lobster, shrimp, snails, slugs, rats, mice, grasshoppers), or meat/carrion eaters (cats, vultures,...
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    Thank you! :)

    Thank you! :)
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    Translate from katana tang please?

    I have a katana and I wonder if anyone can tell anything about it from what is written of the tang -- or at least translate it for me? Thanks!

    http://blueagle.com//auctions/katana/signs.jpg
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    How about the sound that's made when your...

    How about the sound that's made when your reindeer gets a flat tire. ;-)
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    Stevie Wonder is playing his first gig in Tokyo...

    Stevie Wonder is playing his first gig in Tokyo and the place is absolutely packed to the rafters. To break the ice with this new audience, Stevie asks if anyone has a request they would like him to...
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    Very interesting, Maciamo! (What country are you...

    Very interesting, Maciamo! (What country are you from, anyway?) I don't doubt what you say. It's a very diverse world, and I suppose different cultures have many different attitudes that will be...
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    Oh, I think I understand now: you're not saying...

    Oh, I think I understand now: you're not saying this is a typical Japanese attitude; it's just this one particular individual! :)
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    C'mon, you know better. I'm not advocating bad...

    C'mon, you know better. I'm not advocating bad service based on appearance; I'm just saying that the phenomenon you're complaining about may be about appearance, something that could happen to you...
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    I've wondered the same types of things as you,...

    I've wondered the same types of things as you, deadhippo.

    Reading this entire thread makes me wonder how much of this apparent animosity toward foreigners (especially among older Japanese) is...
  17. Poll: I'm sorry, I thought you said you speak Japanese...

    I'm sorry, I thought you said you speak Japanese fluently. If you can't understand their English, why don't you just tell them (in Japanese) that you can't understand them well, and ask them to...
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    Hey, not all Westerners like sushi -- I don't. ...

    Hey, not all Westerners like sushi -- I don't.

    One important thing to remember when considering this entire subject is that Japan is a country that is almost completely unicultural -- that is, the...
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    Yikes! If you look like that I don't think I'd...

    Yikes! If you look like that I don't think I'd want to talk to you either! And I'd also wonder if you were going to eat with a fork -- instead of with your hands! ;-)

    Okay, so I'm just kidding....
  20. Poll: I would have no problem with Japanese asking me...

    I would have no problem with Japanese asking me whether I speak Japanese, or just assuming I don't at first, because I look like a Westerner -- who, after all, don't usually speak Japanese. Not only...
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