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Actress Mariko Ishihara not likely to be indicted over shoplifting

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No surprise exercise - I told you that when the original story came out

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Can I get a recommendation of a leniency if I feel like stealing something?

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"because she was hungry.... " Sounds legit!

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She's been named and shamed. So long as she has to do some community service and goes, whatever. Automatically being given a pass because of her celebrity status, though...

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If I go to the same store, and steal the same thing, will I be let off the hook?

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What is she homeless now??? Then maybe I could understand the hunger, if not I hope we see a fax from her "talent" agency soon with the dropping of their client thingy they often do!

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smithinjapan,

"So long as she has to do some community service "

Maybe you have Japan confused with another country/ies that commonly hand down sentences involving community service. And if she is not indicted, there will be no sentence and she won't "have" to do anything.

Judging from her past behavior I suspect there may be some mental illness involved but maybe there were other factors leading to the non-indictment. One TV show this morning said she's told her mother that she was merely trying to decide whether to get a rice-based lunch or some bread and that she plans to sue the store. That of course would be no problem if she were still in the store and maybe she was lying to her mother.

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GW,

"I hope we see a fax from her "talent" agency soon with the dropping of their client thingy they often do!"

She really hasn't worked as an actress for many years now and I think maybe she isn't even actually registered with any agency these days.

Also, above I meant to say I suspect mental illness based on past behaviour AND her blog entries.

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Yeah it illness is involved then cut some slack!

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When I was in HS, I worked in a Price Chopper Supermarket. I watched a woman in a full-length real fur coat (she obviously had money) enter the store, go to the canned goods isle, take a can of green beans, then walk out to her waiting luxury car without paying. I wasn't about to chase somebody down for a can of beans.

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Good. The hungry excuse makes sense, in so far as (possible) mental illness is still taboo/frowned upon in certain quarters. Still smacks of a cry for help. Yes; even those in the public eye can succumb to misfortunes.

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@sensei258

If I go to the same store, and steal the same thing, will I be let off the hook?

If you can prove you're really hungry, and without means to pay...

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According to the police, Ishihara admitted to the allegation and told them she stole the food because she was hungry.

Well, isn't that just grand? It just shows the power of fame in Japan. A couple of years ago there was a homeless man jailed for a year for stealing ¥10 from a shrine. Yes, ten-yen! This woman steals a few thousand yen of food and gets off totally free? Contradiction much?

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The woman is an actress so safe to say she is not poor by any stretch of the imagination.

She could afford the food.

Her action was immoral and illegal.

Why should exceptions be made?

What would we say to our children if they asked us why she she was excused?

This is typical of Japanese society. Everywhere you look there is a lack of accountability. If you have money and a good lawyer, you get off.

It is an unequal society. The prosecutor should have stepped up and

I think she should be arraigned, prosecuted and punished and made an example of.

If my 5 year old is able to understand this simple rule of law then so can the prosecution be expected to.

The prosecution / court should be forced to explain why such a poor decision was made and all persons involved must be held accountable and named in a public forum.

They should be stripped permanently of any responsibilities or authority in a prosecution role for life.

Everyone is equal in the law under the Japanese constitution. So excusing such immoral behavior without good cause means all persons should be allowed to steal and remain unpunished.

If the law is not upheld, it is meaningless.

So tired of this bull****.

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Can't find a pic of her? Two articles of this case, with no pics is just plain,gossipy lazy.

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"I bet you're fun at parties," is a monumentally vacuous phrase, but sometimes it's the only appropriate response....

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matakaAug. 5  07:51 pm JST

"The woman is an actress so safe to say she is not poor by any stretch of the imagination."

That's a big assumption, especially since she apparently hasn't gotten any acting roles for many years now.

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Does it really matter why exceptions are made - just sleep well knowing they are made, and that there's nothing you are ever going to do about it. Celebrities get special treatment all the time and all over the world. Whether it's cutting everyone in line by playing the "don't you know who I am?" card, having charges dismissed or minimized for repeated offenses or one of 1000 other examples we can all come up with. These are but some of the benefits and rewards society bestows upon celebrities.

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Sad story. What makes us humans is mercy , compassion, kindness. Not to behave as beasts. She has a sad past. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2009/03/15/national/media-national/japans-silly-couple-reunite-despite-domestic-violence/#.WYYsCKDQ_qA

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Can't find a pic of her? Two articles of this case, with no pics is just plain,gossipy lazy.

Pics and video are at http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/120736.php

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She only gets a pass because she's a woman and a celebrity. The same crime by a middle-class person of any gender, and they'd be in the slammer.

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Pics and video are at http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/120736.php

Thanks for giving the link Kashiwa.

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Does it really matter why exceptions are made - just sleep well knowing they are made, and that there's nothing you are ever going to do about it. Celebrities get special treatment all the time and all over the world.

Everybody knows wealth is the true measure of privilege - that doesn't make it right or just. If you're okay with things being like that, start your own cuntry.

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I didn't see it coming /sarcasm

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Guarantee if it had been any one of us ordinary plebs, we'd be hauled before a judge!

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