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Top Japanese chef in France killed himself after false sex claims, say family

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Oh dear this is so sad, these people who start these so called allegations need to be traced back via there computer serial numbers, and taken in for questioning, if they have contributed to the untimely demise of this chief, they need to be prosecuted.

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I can't attest to the kind of person he was. There are things people have done that no one ever thought them to be capable of.

If it was a targeted attack on him to throw him off of his game because people were jealous, this was just sick.

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RIP Sekine-san.

Was it racism? Jealousy that a Japanese chef was dominating the French at their own cuisine? In any case, a tragedy, and people will never have the chance now to enjoy Sekine's 3 Michelin Star restaurants.

-1 ( +14 / -15 )

It should be a crime to publish such accusations without a court case. If they were true where was the arrest?

a 25-year-old Canadian woman had claimed on Instagram in August that he had tried to sexually assault her twice while she slept in January 2019

So why post this on IG and not go to the cops? If you can't pursue an arrest why post about it openly? .

15 ( +21 / -6 )

On Wednesday, Atabula published a justification of its wider inquiry into abuse in the industry, saying that Sekine's name "had come up several times from different sources" around harassment.

Well, at least we'd know where to begin looking if his suicide was occasioned by malicious slander.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

RIP

If it were me, I would fight to clear my name for the sake of my 2 year old son who will now grow up fatherless. I am not trying to take anything away from him as I do not know his mental condition.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Japanese people need to learn two things in life, 1) What other people say and think is not important and 2) You can always start over when you fail. Emphasis on 1.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Was it racism? Jealousy that a Japanese chef was dominating the French at their own cuisine?

Not here. Many Japanese gets rewarded for their outstanding cooking skills, the exotic touch they bring and their sense of perfection in everything they do, and they are celebrated by all the chefs that can recognize skill regardless of nationality. There is no racism in the realm of cuisine.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Japanese people need to learn two things in life, 1) What other people say and think is not important and 2) You can always start over when you fail. Emphasis on 1.

Wait one,

Take out the word "Japanese" here please! If you think suicide like this, because of bullying is a Japanese problem alone, you have an extremely narrow view of the world in general.

He was NOT a failure as you try to imply here! He was VERY successful, if you didnt happen to actually READ the article before commenting.

Oh Emphasis on 1 here too!

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So sad and disgusting, Any so called "Man " "woman" or can falsely accuse any one they wish to target of rape or sexual assault, it happens daily and most of us are strong and confident enough to handle it, but some are not so lucky and so they fall victims to this EVIL crime.

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These could also be over zealous by some competition in the Chef environment , without doubt this is also cyber bullying . it put hell alot of unneccesary pressure on the late chef life. Not guilty untill proven , Rest in peace,

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Experts caution that suicides are often the result of multiple factors and complex mental health problems. which can be treated with professional help and advice.

An expert is someone who can actually DO what is called for. An expert in the field of mental health would be someone who could actually CURE mental illness. Can these "experts" actually do this?

Many suicides are people who have had "treatment" for mental illness or who are in the middle of such "treatment."

So what does the sentence above mean. "Professional help?" "Advice" from people who cannot cure but only categorise?

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

False sex claims ???

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Take out the word "Japanese" here please!

Why are you offended by this?

My take is not wrong. Japanese culture, and some Asian neighbors like Korea, give too much weight on other people's thinking. Do you think it's a coincidence that these countries are ones with the highest suicide rate? And just because I didn't mention other countries or other people, doesn't mean my statement doesn't apply to them too. Don't generalize my statement.

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My take is not wrong. Japanese culture, and some Asian neighbors like Korea, give too much weight on other people's thinking. 

Your "take" is narrow minded. You know little of Japanese culture if you think that "what others link" carries more weight here than other places.

Cyber bullying is a world wide problem!

1 ( +4 / -3 )

carries more weight here than other places.

First of all, I didn't say that.

Cyber bullying is a world wide problem!

I didn't say it is not.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Oh look at that...

Remember when I told you Women can lie as well, they are not immune to making false claims? Men can lie, just as women can lie.

Look at this article, look at facts and reality. Men haters around JT always ready to attack men for anything and everything! You are guilty or bad just because you are born a man. That's the new feminist Agenda. They call it toxic masculinity. Nobody ever talks about women who are Toxic, make up false claims, bad mothers, bad girlfriend, bad wives!

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Japanese people need to learn two things in life, 1) What other people say and think is not important and 2) You can always start over when you fail. Emphasis on 1.

Agreed.

The "bushido" way to escape bad things isn't the noble way anymore. Fighting your bullies or ignoring them is the best one.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Japanese people need to learn two things in life, 1) What other people say and think is not important and 2) You can always start over when you fail. Emphasis on 1.

Well said, but not only Japanese must learn it, everybody must do it..

Another one: 3) Detoxify from the stupid social media, turn off the computer, turn off the cellphone, LIVE THE LIVE !!..

2 ( +3 / -1 )

For people to commit suicide it is multi-faceted, a build-up of things, so it doesn't help when online innuendoes add to the mix

2 ( +2 / -0 )

sekine san, rip. wish you went to a better peaceful world.

so sad.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So, several unrelated persons come out with allegations and the claims are ‘false’ ?

And then the chef commits suicide?

Maybe, not so false....

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Why did he commit suicide?

Who knows? Only he knows and he has closed the door on any possibility of an answer.

Why does anyone commit suicide?

The reason is individual. Could be bullying, could be guilt, could be revenge, shame, a way to get back at someone, it could be screwed up counselling, it could be the wrong combination of meds, yet another psych failure, it could be ANYTHING.

Speculating why is a pretty useless exercise.

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lately it became a fashion super feminism and unlimited man bashing. Women now create the the name, fame and winn the place in positions where men get displaced and destroyed by false or exaggerated accusations. What men have to learn is to respect and value their own lives and rights and instead of letting the evil winn they should fight back and ridicule the vishfull liers. Problem is that while women stand together in this while men are divided by their natural tendency of male competition, two males always compete while females make a compact herd.

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https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/10/crazy-go-psychiatrist/

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When some one excels that much, often their reputation is everything to them and was nearly their entire motivation. Take that away and they find themselves unable to cope. The accusation need not be based in any kind of fact at all.

It needs to be made completely illegal to for the media to publish accusations until they enter the public record formally.

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How far me too movement will go and harass men without evidence.

R.I.P Taku Sekine.

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