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5 activists suspected of graffiti in Tokyo's Jingu redevelopment area

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The foreign nationals should be deported after punishment if found guilty. Good riddance.

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I always wonder if they use non petroleum based paints when they fight for the environment?

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scribbling, "Let's protect everyone's Jingu Gaien," on temporary walls 

Not good, but certainly not the most heinous crime.

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The four foreign nationals and one Japanese in their 30s to 60s are suspected of scribbling, "Let's protect everyone's Jingu Gaien," on temporary walls surrounding a work site near the Jingu baseball stadium early in the morning on July 12 last year, according to the police.

Make a nice stencil like Banksy and you might get paid for that.

They certainly should not be punished worse than the many corporate and political defrauders of the public who get away with suspended sentences and bows.

But I am not hopeful.

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12 months in Prison then deported

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Foreign activists, aka wanna-be Marxist! lol

Give them 1 year in a Japanese prison then deport them with a lifetime ban! Investigate who funded them and freeze their accounts and assets.

I’ve met a few of these individuals who claim to be paid activists. The Japanese government shouldn’t tolerate these individuals period!

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It's nice to see foreigners take an interest in local issues - and this is an important one.

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PokerNCigarsToday  08:49 am JST

Foreign activists, aka wanna-be Marxist! lol

Give them 1 year in a Japanese prison then deport them with a lifetime ban! Investigate who funded them and freeze their accounts and assets.

I’ve met a few of these individuals who claim to be paid activists. The Japanese government shouldn’t tolerate these individuals perio

Why? They are clearly passionate about Japan and its environment and are willing to take this risk knowing the consequences.

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“They are clearly passionate about Japan”

is this a joke? It’s a joke right? They’re paid far left agitators, period! I wonder if these 4 foreigners actually live in Japan. Hopefully more information will come out as to who they are and who they work for.

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These far left paid activists

They’re paid far left agitators, period!

Your evidence for this is . . . ?

from the tourist to Johnny Somali

”I seen some stuff on teevee and YouToob, man.”

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Looking forward to seeing their faces on Japanese news! It’s probably a bunch of white Bourgeois liberals, old commies! It’s always the same group!

It’s good the Japanese government shut this behavior down because the foreign leftist will start blocking roads and gluing themselves to the roads in Japan soon, I’m hopeful the Japanese government will end this disgusting behavior quickly.

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PokerNCigarsToday  09:54 am JST

“They are clearly passionate about Japan”

is this a joke? It’s a joke right? They’re paid far left agitators, period! I wonder if these 4 foreigners actually live in Japan. Hopefully more information will come out as to who they are and who they work for.

'Paid left agigtaros' Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

You funny

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“Three of the suspects were also referred to prosecutors over another case in which they allegedly left graffiti that read, "Don't cut down trees," on the premises of the headquarters of Itochu Corp”

Foreign criminals! Like I said, minimum one year in prison then expulsion and lifetime ban from Japan!

Respect Japan!

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“Three of the suspects were also referred to prosecutors over another case in which they allegedly left graffiti that read, "Don't cut down trees," on the premises of the headquarters of Itochu Corp”

Foreign criminals! Like I said, minimum one year in prison then expulsion and lifetime ban from Japan! 

Respect Japan!

Well, you should respect every country you visit, Japan is not special in this regard. You deface any monument, Japan, the U.S., anywhere, you should be locked up and find heavily and be made to clean up and it should be filmed and shown on every social media site, you should be shamed. When you act like a thug, you should be treated as one.

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You deface any monument, Japan, the U.S., anywhere, you should be locked up and find heavily and be made to clean up and it should be filmed and shown on every social media site, you should be shamed

”Temporary walls surrounding a work site” are a monument? Wow!

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Why would foreigners come to Japan only to vandalise and graffiti? They must really hate Japan like that neanderthal Somalian Johnny.

Anyway, these 4 foreign nationals won't be in Japan much longer. The Japanese vandal needs a large fine.

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Jail and deport..

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So, it looks the plan for "development" of the area is going ahead then. Some of those who were otherwise against it are mortified now by some opposition. Maybe this is why resistance is futile in Japan. It's easily overcome by authority and authority's enablers and champions, and in the minds of the apathetic.

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Why would foreigners come to Japan only to vandalise and graffiti?

Not just Japan, some people just hate the country they visit and want to do damage

They must really hate Japan like that neanderthal Somalian Johnny. 

No, Somali doesn’t hate Japan, he just wanted to get clicks for his channel, he succeeded and made cash. Basically, it was all a publicity stunt.

Anyway, these 4 foreign nationals won't be in Japan much longer. The Japanese vandal needs a large fine.

I agree a fine is in order, but it’s not the end of the world, Japan is not a special sacred country that deserves special treatment in this. It’s like any other country. Thugs vandalized, they need to pay the penalty and everyone moves on, that’s it. Not the end of the world and won’t be the end of Japan, believe me.

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No, Somali doesn’t hate Japan,

Anyone who has watched a video of this neanderthal midget abusing and insulting Japanese people - and disrespecting Japan - would disagree.

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Thugs vandalized

. . . temporary walls around a construction site.

Thugs?

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Some of those who were otherwise against it are mortified now by some opposition.

Well, I’m sure Mitsui, Itochu, Koike, and the Meiji Jingu officials (whose love of sacred nature can be bought off at the right price) are pleased to see this scandalous and barbaric act of protest highlighted in the news. Good PR for them. And for Koike’s reelection campaign!

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They must really hate Japan 

I’d rather level that accusation against those who destroy a public green space, in defiance of public opinion, for the sake of corporate profit and cronyism.

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Rampant conspiracy posts.

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Compared with the US, graffiti in Japan is not as extensive.

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This was more about a "protest" than "graffiti."

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Thugs vandalized

. . . temporary walls around a construction site. 

Thugs?

Obvious racebait. I personally don’t think “scribbling” on a “temporary wall” is the work of gangs.

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. . . temporary walls around a construction site. 

Thugs?

Yes

Anyone who has watched a video of this neanderthal midget abusing and insulting Japanese people - and disrespecting Japan - would disagree.

They can, but they’re wrong, those are people that only want to see a one-sided driven narrative, the guy doesn’t hate Japan, but for clicks and money, he would have done anything to get their attention in the most negative way, he succeeded and got paid for it in the end.

The right wingers are reaaaaalllly upset, I see. Or maybe they’re just online “agitators”.

No one is upset except for the people demanding that these thugs get kicked out. Cooler heads prevail. No need for that, like I said, give them hefty fines, community service, film it and you along all social media platforms, that should get their attention, clean up the mess and move on. That’s all you can and should do.

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Compared with the US, graffiti in Japan is not as extensive.

And that is how the Japanese authorities want to keep it.

Graffiti is a serious offence - be it committed by Japanese or foreign nationals.

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Well-intended morons doing more harm than good.

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Rest assured, after they do any required jail time (that could take a while, while they keep renewing the ten day lock up period making their case) they WILL be deported.

If they’re on Short Term / Landing Visas, they can expect to be banned for quite some time, if not permanently.

They will find they have lost a significant amount of weight by the time they’re released.

(don’t ask how I know)

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And that is how the Japanese authorities want to keep it. 

Graffiti is a serious offence - be it committed by Japanese or foreign nationals.

Well, they are not doing the best job at stopping it because Fukuoka is getting more and more of the stuff.

This was more about a "protest" than "graffiti."

That comment made no sense whatsoever. Ok, so it was a protest graffiti and what was the result of the graffiti in the end? Sprayed graffiti.

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I wish more local Japanese would get more passionate about this like these foreigners.

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“I wish more local Japanese would get more passionate about this like these foreigners.”

oh brother! These foreigners are not passionate, they’re criminals who destroyed private property. They already committed the same crime twice so I’m glad they have been caught.

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These foreigners are not passionate, they’re criminals who destroyed private property. They already committed the same crime twice so I’m glad they have been caught.

Uncle Roger says ancestors crying after temporary construction panels desecrated by foreign infidels who don’t appreciate the fine Japanese tradition of destroying public green space for the sake of large corporations.

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The lack of nature in and around Tokyo is surely the crime that needs more focus?

Destroying trees to construct yet more concrete steel towers is not the way to go…

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You have a funny line in irony, PokerNCigars.

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