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Man gets suspended term for damaging Korean international school in Osaka

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Just the suspended sentence for setting fire to a school while kids are in there?

Absolute madness.

30 ( +33 / -3 )

My god! That was light. Was the judge sympathetic?

-8 ( +24 / -32 )

I guess setting fires to kidz schools is considered a minimal offense if you show remorse?

This is promoting bad behavior.

23 ( +26 / -3 )

That's not fair judgement.

23 ( +27 / -4 )

In handing down the ruling, the judge said it is "only natural for other people to have different political views in a democratic society, and countering it with violence cannot be tolerated."

Really?

Prosecutors had demanded a three-year prison term, but the defense team claimed Tachikawa was remorseful about his actions and called for a suspended sentence.

So when the judge gives a suspended sentence, what is the judge talking about when he says and countering it with violence cannot be tolerated"??

Basically, the judge is full of BS.

My god! That was light. Was the judge sympathetic?

That would be my guess.

-10 ( +18 / -28 )

But Kajikawa did not say the defendant had committed a hate crime and made no reference to discrimination

Tachikawa said he hated Korean residents in Japan

Okay.

three years in prison, suspended for five years

The court does not take the anxiety he caused to students and other people via his actions lightly, the judge added.

Apparently not.

8 ( +16 / -8 )

In handing down the ruling, the judge said it is "only natural for other people to have different political views in a democratic society, and countering it with violence cannot be tolerated."

What does this mean? By “other people”, is he referring to the students of the school? Because if he’s talking about the criminal he just slapped on the wrist, the prosecutors were asking for three years, not violence.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

A wise decision. Well done!

-24 ( +1 / -25 )

 Was the judge sympathetic?

A judge is **not supposed to be sympathetic. A judge is supposed to be impartial.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Yes, that very clear scientific conclusion from a few years ago that shows how the japanese came from China through the Korean Peninsula seems to be ineffective, just for how long they will keep with this self hating?

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

A wise decision. Well done!

So YOU think that setting fire to a school should not warrant JAIL time. Good to see where YOUR sense of values stand. Harming children is ok.

A judge is not supposed to be sympathetic. A judge is supposed to be impartial. 

I agree. BUT in this case he was sympathetic.

-8 ( +12 / -20 )

A wise decision. Well done!

An arsonist getting a suspended sentence, that potentially, but thankfully did not, cause any injury or worse death. Not to mention the damage caused.

I wonder what planet you live on to think that this was a "wise decision". Let me guess, you would be screaming for the death penalty if it had been to a "Japanese" school?

-5 ( +16 / -21 )

A wise decision. Well done!

An arsonist getting a suspended sentence, that potentially, but thankfully did not, cause any injury or worse death. Not to mention the damage caused.

I wonder what planet you live on to think that this was a "wise decision". Let me guess, you would be screaming for the death penalty if it had been to a "Japanese" school?

exactly!

-10 ( +11 / -21 )

Though it's missing in the news report above, the case has also partially been settled out of court, and I think the verdict reflected the fact.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Dang. Not even a three months jail time to show him what it would feel like if he really was set to spend 3 years behind bars. Just a slap on the wrist and move on.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

“only natural for other people to have different political views in a democratic society, and countering it with violence cannot be tolerated."

Apparently it can. Dudes an open threat to freaking children . Do your job Japan…

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Sabotage and vandalism should not be tolerated or condoned with lenient sentences.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Unbelievable. If not a harsh verdict, then he belongs isolated into a forensic hospital. Even the specific political or racial issues aside, not only planned but really practiced arson in a school is like a potential mass killing attempt, almost quality of terrorist attack, isn’t it?

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Though it's missing in the news report above, the case has also partially been settled out of court, and I think the verdict reflected the fact.

As with countless cases here in Japan. If enough money passes hands, verdicts in court will reflect the amount of compensation paid to the victim(s).

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Appeal appeal appeal! The judge needs to be fired! Supreme court!

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> Is his anger and frustration at Unification Church, South Korea or other Korean abuses justified in some form of protest? Yes it is.

If that's true, why didn't he target Kasumigaseki? THEY are the ones who are in bed with the church, not a Korean international school. Not every Korean belongs to that church any more than every Japanese is Soka Gakkai or Nichiren.

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...sentenced a man to three years in prison, suspended for five years...

If I had a dollar for every time I've read that or a similar sentence, I'd be a rich man.

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noriahojanen - Though it's missing in the news report above, the case has also partially been settled out of court, and I think the verdict reflected the fact.

A financial settlement should only cover compensation for damages to avoid civil litigation. It should not affect criminal charges, especially one as serious as arson. But...TIJ.

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During court hearings, Tachikawa said he hated Korean residents in Japan and that he came to believe after reading Twitter posts that they, and the groups, were a threat to the Japanese people.

This is a deep problem that extends far beyond this one particular case.

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A Japanese court on Thursday sentenced a man to 3 years in prison, suspended for five years.

Global incarceration rates will confirm what all of us already surely suspected; that Japan dwellers are living in the safest of all possible Panglossian worlds. The lock up rate is 1/5 Singapore’s, half Switzerland’s, 30% lower than Finland’s. Conversely, on the Global happiness index, Japan ranks 55, behind Finland the happiest place on Earth, Switzerland 3rd and Singapore 32nd. But then we already knew that too.

https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/incarceration-rates-by-country

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The judge said violence cannot be tolerated.

Oh well, i guess it was tolerated in this case.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

A suspended sentence for arson. What a pathetic, imbecile of a judge. I would be interested to know how the defendants "out of court settlement" was. Probably a lot less than if the scenario was reversed.

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noriahojanen - Though it's missing in the news report above, the case has also partially been settled out of court, and I think the verdict reflected the fact.

A financial settlement should only cover compensation for damages to avoid civil litigation. It should not affect criminal charges, especially one as serious as arson. But...TIJ.

Yes, and if the perpetrator is foreign, (especially western) far more compensation is expected to be paid. I have even known people in Japan making long distance telephone calls to the defendants family abroad asking for more money (stating that it will be good for their relative), recording the conversation, and then taking the recording to the Public Prosecutors Office.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

In this case, the court’s leniency belies The Japanese judicial system’s indifference to hate crimes against minorities in Japan. At least in the US the authorities, take a strong stance against Asian hate crimes. Prejudice is ingrained in Japanese society and the strongest condemnation is warranted

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Harry and Megan should come to Japan. Then they would learn the real meaning of the word "racism".

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Such leniency will serve as a green light to like minded dissidents.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Scumbag.

Racist with an inferiority complex, clearly.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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