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  1. I don't know the details of the case but it's...

    I don't know the details of the case but it's certainly possible that they didn't know. They weren't a very big company at the time and I don't think they would do a patent search in every other...
  2. Why do you think they stole it? It sounds like...

    Why do you think they stole it? It sounds like they invented it on their own but he had done something similar first. Chances are good that they didn't know about his stereobelt. Many inventions...
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    No. The government doesn't think it's a problem...

    No. The government doesn't think it's a problem and people of non-Japanese heritage are a very small minority. Unlike many other countries, you rarely see violent hate-crimes in Japan. It's mainly...
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    What makes you say that? This is not illegal in...

    What makes you say that? This is not illegal in Japan. At least most Japanese courts don't seem to think so.

    As for the newspapers reporting it, are you kidding? Even with all the work that...
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    Poll: I knew the word for hemorrhoid at one time but...

    I knew the word for hemorrhoid at one time but it's one I forgot due to disuse. But I already looked it up again.

    There's a lot of Japanese words that they really don't use in speech and if you...
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    It also makes a poor impression when the media...

    It also makes a poor impression when the media and governmental agencies issue stories about how crimes committed by foreigners are going up. They don't mention facts such as that there are many...
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    Yes, I know you were referring to sento and onsen...

    Yes, I know you were referring to sento and onsen and I still say that you will never see a 50C bath. (The water pouring into it might be that temperature but the average water temperature of the...
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    The other exception to eating while standing...

    The other exception to eating while standing outside is at festivals. It is not uncommon to see people doing this. Though you rarely see people walking & eating.

    I never paid attention to any...
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    Poll: They're not quite right. For example, 175 is...

    They're not quite right. For example, 175 is closer to 5'8" than 5'9".
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    Yes, it's true. Japanese people usually take a...

    Yes, it's true. Japanese people usually take a sit-down shower and get all clean before taking a soak in the bathtub. If there is no shower, there is a spigot which is used to fill a small bucket...
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    Nobody's talked about bathrooms in SE Asia yet. ...

    Nobody's talked about bathrooms in SE Asia yet. In countries that don't have a tradition of submerged bathing (bathtubs) they seem to simply add a shower to the room with the toilet/sink, often with...
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    Yes, in the U.S. top loaders are the most common....

    Yes, in the U.S. top loaders are the most common. Front loaders tend to be used in commercial establishments because they are more efficient, can hold more laundry and are gentler on clothes. But...
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    Don't forget the closets. Japanese homes usually...

    Don't forget the closets. Japanese homes usually have fairly large closets split by a single [shelf] and is designed for storing futon. They don't usually have vertically oriented clothes closets...
  14. I used to live within walking distance of...

    I used to live within walking distance of sangenjaya and shimo-kitazawa. It was a great place to live and I'm glad I found that place.
  15. I think the main issue with this is that...

    I think the main issue with this is that Americans get very little vacation relative to other countries AND typical Americans do not have that much disposable income. Furthermore we have a big...
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    I'm glad you're here qchan. There are lots of...

    I'm glad you're here qchan. There are lots of people like Maciamo who think they have the whole country figured out after being in Japan for only a couple of years. We need you to balance the...
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    > I thought maybe difference between Westerner...

    > I thought maybe difference between Westerner thinking rude to talk about money and Japanese talking about it openly, comes from whether your from country of Christianity or not.
    > I read in a...
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    If you hate family breakdowns that make sure you...

    If you hate family breakdowns that make sure you don't come to the U.S. We have many physically even sexually abused children. Children living in poverty. Many children born to young, unwed...
  19. As already mentioned, pre-nuptial agreements are...

    As already mentioned, pre-nuptial agreements are quite common in the U.S. though can sometimes be nullified via litigation. For example, if the agreement is created without each party having...
  20. Yes, of course whole families might jump in the...

    Yes, of course whole families might jump in the family onsen or something. But I think it's highly unusual for teen-aged daughters to bathe with their dads at home. The whole point of bathing with...
  21. Re: Radical difference between East and West regarding relationships and marriage

    I got into this thread late but I was just wondering, how many people in your sample really said that they bathed with their dad into their teen years and beyond?!
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    You've got way too much time on your hands. ;)

    You've got way too much time on your hands. ;)
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    I recommend checking out...

    I recommend checking out http://www.trekearth.com/ for more great pics
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    They must be talking about sakura and not just...

    They must be talking about sakura and not just any old variety of cherry. Obviously they know there are trees that produce the American cherries that they see in the supermarket but they probably...
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    I also read and agree with Dogs & Demons -- many...

    I also read and agree with Dogs & Demons -- many examples proving its points are all around you in Japan.

    As Japan remains mired in its problems and the status quo becomes less and less pleasant ...
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