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Japan confirms 3 nationals among 19 killed in Tunisia museum attack

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RIP! Sorry for the families!

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How low can people become to be over joyed at this attack and wish for more? It really does not make any sense at all.

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So sad

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Japanese tourists keep getting murdered in the Islamic world - Syria, Iraq, Yemen, now Tunisia. And others have been taken captive in other Islamic nations and ransomed. At a certain point, you have to accept the fact that the Islamic world doesn't like you very much.

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Very tragic. Will now a ban be placed on tourists wishing to travel to places with a higher potential for acts of terrorism?

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Sorry to read this news but what is going through people's minds when they decide to travel to an Islamic type country and not be a Muslim. You couldn't pay me enough to go to the middle east anytime in the next thousand years. Nothing but trouble brewing all over that area so stay clear.

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No wonder they often cover their faces....in shame.

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@couversaka

Do you think that those terrorists did a quick passport check before opening fire? No, just wrong place, wrong time.

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Not AGAIN; This must be BUSH's fault again.

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The numbers of Japanese victims of this incident keep being changed by the government and NHK. It was five dead, then went to one dead and four injured, now the latest information seems to be three dead and three injured.

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Bound to be a bit of confusion with over 200 foreigners in the building from various tour groups and countries. Takes time to verify with tour companies, etc.

Also some might have died after the initial reports in the Hospitals. Majority of the victims appear to be Muslims.

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Lots of Japanese (not all of them, mind you) have a false sense of security while traveling abroad because they've bought into the whole "peaceful Nihon" idea that Japanese people don't have enemies because they haven't been to war in 70 years.

You act like it was only Japanese killed in the attacks. They probably had the most deaths because they group together more, or perhaps happened to be getting off the bus. This is a pretty normal tourist site. Of course, nowhere is safe now, though.

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Why no mention of the Japanese in the body of the story, just only in the headline? Good journalism!

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Lots of Japanese (not all of them, mind you) have a false sense of security while traveling abroad because they've bought into the whole "peaceful Nihon" idea that Japanese people don't have enemies because they haven't been to war in 70 years.

This is not the case. As some have posted, the tourist just happened to be in a nice place at the wrong time, and these dirtbags from ISIS think that it is their religious duty to "kill the infidel" for their god. Until the rest of the world realizes this, these types of groups will continue to exist and kill.

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The Japanese are mentioned in the second and third paragraphs.

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Of course, nowhere is safe now, though.

You've bought the fear the media has sold you. There are many safe places.

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You've bought the fear the media has sold you. There are many safe places.

I'm not sure what you are getting at. The media are just reporting the facts. Did the media go and kill 20 people at a museum?

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5 Japanese reported among 19 killed in Tunisia museum attack

All those people died because of the insanity of Islamic terrorists..

My question is, where was the security at this museum grounds? How were these Islamic terrorists able to drive up, jump out of their vehicle, shoot innocent tourist outside, then rush inside and take hostages without meeting any resistance from guards? Sounds like there were more people involved than the 2 dead and the 2/3 being hunted.

Kafir tourists are being gunned down and Kafir's in their home nations are being targeted by Islamic terrorists. But, the left continues to try and blame poverty for those terrorists. When will the Liberal leaders in the West actually place the blame where it belongs? Where you may ask? The blame for these attacks are because of radical Imam's being allowed to preach their hate all over the world.

If the West and the world wants to end these kinds of attacks then the world needs to go after the radicals that preach radical (Orthodox) Islam! Arrest them and send them to a cold cell where they are locked down for 23 hours a day and have no way of communicating with other.

End Islamic terrorism by ridding the world of radical Imam's!

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The Museum is across the road from the parliament and they took hostages. They also took shots at the parliament.

Kafir is a very racial/offensive word equivalent to the N-word.

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The media are just reporting the facts. Did the media go and kill 20 people at a museum?

The media report the facts that bring the most page views/viewership/subscribers. Stories that make people afraid make them watch/read more. So the more people are afraid, the more money the media makes.

The media does not report all the facts. You don't get reports on how no one was shot in Shibuya today, and no one was stabbed in Amemura yesterday. These facts don't make money.

Thinking that no where is safe, shows that one has bought into the media hype, as they are ignoring the fact that there are lots of safe places all over the world.

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You've bought the fear the media has sold you. There are many safe places.

It's not buying into fear, it's called dealing with reality. The fact is, if you travel to any ME or North African country at this point and time, you have to realize it is not that safe and you need to know and proceed with caution and be aware that you are taking your life into your own hands. As long as people know this and people can make that conscious decision whether they want to take that risk or not. I wouldn't and that is my choice, I would never tell someone else what to do and where to go, but I don't believe in playing roulette.

As for everyone that was killed, my heart goes out and my deepest condolences to the families, what a terrible tragedy. Should never have happened.

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As Tom Clancy wrote in "The Sum of All Fears," I figure it's only a matter of time before one of these nut jobs gets his hands on a nuke and then we will see some real carnage.

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Even if there were more armed guards at the museum, you couldn't have totally prevented this. A van could pull up quickly at any major museum for example like The Smithsonian, The Louvre and so on and been able to do the same thing.

Attacks like these happen so fast and the first reaction for non-military combat ready security guards is "Oh, $h$t!" and shock, then duck for cover, then try and shoot back at heavily armed and determined terrorists with your revolver. They surprised everyone obviously.

Everyone there who were murdered, injured, or witnessed this heinous act was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. This terrorist group wanted to terrorize as many people as they could and scare the world. They did it. What happens next?

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This is a real shame to happen in Tunisia. Tunisia is one of the only countries in the Mediterranean Muslim countries that was seeing any sort of stability since the Arab Spring. With amazing historic sights like Carthage, etc. this event will surely freeze up tourism and raise serious questions about security there..

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Before the Algeria mass murders of Japanese citizens in 2013, the Japanese media was casting the Jihadi problem as strictly the downtrodden Mideast versus the smug, bullying West.

Since then, hopefully, the Japanese are learning about the true nature of Islamists...that they hate everyone who's different.

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Yes, JeffLee, "hopefully," but I think it will take a while. Most Japanese I talk to still do not have a clue about anything, and if the Middle East/Africa conflicts are discussed, they say, "oh, we just have to understand them, and then we can have world peace." lol.

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I traveled around the Mediterranean sea on a cruise and visited Tunis last month the same way as them. I really enjoyed it (though I had my wallet stolen in a train) but now I feel so scared. I would have been killed.

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Tunesia is the one country that surived the disastrous "Arab spring" aka Shariah winter somewhat intact, with a relatively secular majority in parliamant. Still Western support for the islamist uprising has also left the islamists emboldenede in Tunesia. And with the Al Quaeda hotbed of Libya next door, the situation will also get worse in Tunesia. Better enjoy Tunesia as a tourist destination as long as you can.

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Tunisia is one of the only countries in the Mediterranean Muslim countries that was seeing any sort of stability since the Arab Spring.

Morocco?

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'Kafir is a very racial/offensive word equivalent to the N-word.'

It's used in the Koran many times.

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Try using it in South Africa and many other places.

I know it is Arabic in origin but in many places you will have a very limited life expectancy for using it.

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Morocco?

Well, Morocco didn't really change much at all, the King is still in complete power and there has even been a recent rise in oppression of dissent. They also have a very poor record of human rights as well as very incompetent governance. I was thinking more Tunisia in the fact that they made such massive reforms, as well held fair peaceful elections as well as peaceful transition of power.

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@Itsme I know. It's a horrible word. The word reeks of intolerance and superiority. Ideas like this have no place in the modern world in any place.

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The King of Jordan is correct.

As in Arabic it refers to people who studied the Koran and then rejected it teaching.

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'As in Arabic it refers to people who studied the Koran and then rejected it teaching.'

It's a word used in Islam to refer to several 'types' of non-believers - a divisive term obviously not used in a positive way. As I said, dividing people on the basis of skin colour or belief is something we could really do without. Backward, intolerant and dangerous ideas and words like this belong in the bin.

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JapanGalMar. 19, 2015 - 07:50AM JST How low can people become to be over joyed at this attack and wish for more? It really does not make any sense at all.

It makes about as much sense as people in the U.S. cheering over a dozen civilians being killed by a drone strike in Afghanistan in order to kill one suspected terrorist.

The bottom line here is that the U.S. managed to take a single terrorist strike (9/11) and turn it into a global war that has claimed a thousand times as many victims.

The U.S. is directly responsible for destabilising Syria and creating the conditions necessary for the IS to flourish, and is directly responsible for this entire mess. And this isn't a recent phenomenon, this has been building for at least 4 decades, thanks to U.S. foreign policy.

The war on terror has failed... and failed ... and failed... and failed again, because it is the wrong solution and just creates an endless cycle of civilian victims who's family or friends take up arms to avenge them on both sides.

The time really is well overdue for sane people to sit down and negotiate a solution, however unsatisfactory it might be it can't be worse than the current situation.

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So sorry to hear this. My heart & prayers to the families.

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Nessie:

" Morocco? "

Morocco was not affected by the "Arab Spring" aka Shariah Winter. God forbid Obama and the EU clowns also intervene in Morocco on behalf of the islamists. It sounds absurd, but would follow their previous pattern.

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Brings back memories of the tragedy at a popular tourist spot in Egypt several years ago which saw the deaths of a dozen or so Japanese sightseers. In that case, security ran for the hills when the extremists arrived with their automatic weapons going off. No place is completely safe, but especially when it comes to the Middle East these days you travel there at your own risk.

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And Tunisia isn't a failed state too.

Just goes to show terrorists will pop up anywhere regardless.

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especially when it comes to the Middle East these days you travel there at your own risk.

Consider the number of hours spent by tourists in the middle east, over say one year. Now consider the amount of time in which there are attacks like this in the middle east.

The first number likely is in the millions. The second number is likely in the single digits.

So how dangerous is it?

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It makes about as much sense as people in the U.S. cheering over a dozen civilians being killed by a drone strike in Afghanistan in order to kill one suspected terrorist.

Could you please post links to stories about such people in the US cheering over the deaths of a dozen civilians? Until you do, your post does not make much sense.

however unsatisfactory it might be it can't be worse than the current situation.

As bad as things are, I can imagine much worse situations that the current one. Perhaps you need to read more about what is going on in the world?

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At a certain point, you have to accept the fact that the Islamic world doesn't like you very much.

Just because they put "Islamic" in their name does not make them Islamic. I do not consider them as Muslim or Islamic; they are just scum.

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At a certain point, you have to accept the fact that the Islamic world doesn't like you very much.

? IS is killing Muslims left and right. IS killer scum and nothing else.

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JJSullivanMar. 19, 2015 - 06:21PM JST At a certain point, you have to accept the fact that the Islamic world doesn't like you very much. Just because they put "Islamic" in their name does not make them Islamic. I do not consider them as Muslim or Islamic; they are just scum.

Can you please provide proof that these terrorist aren't following Orthodox Islamic teachings?.......

I hope you are able to show us they aren't.

Because I can provide you proof that they are following Orthodox Islam.

Just because you disagree with them doesn't mean that they are not following or adhering to Islamic law (Sharia Law).....

slumdogMar. 19, 2015 - 07:09PM JST At a certain point, you have to accept the fact that the Islamic world doesn't like you very much. ? IS is killing Muslims left and right. IS killer scum and nothing else.

Well said!

Correct, ISIS is killing Muslims who don't follow their brand of radical Islam. ISIS follows Orthodox Islam (Wahhabism), and they consider anyone that follow any other different form of Islam to be unclean and enemies. They have no treaties with, so they are enemies......

lostrune2Mar. 19, 2015 - 05:28PM JST And Tunisia isn't a failed state too. Just goes to show terrorists will pop up anywhere regardless.

Correct, terrorist will pop up anywhere where extremist exist. That's why all civilized nation should try and deny and all radical preachers, Imam's, Priest's, Pastors or any religious fanatics the right to preach their hate.

Preaching words by religious leaders are okay until those words start calling for the blood and death of others in their speech! Only way to end violence is by ensuring that violence isn't allowed to be preached by the insane.

Freedom of speech and religion only covers folks who don't incite others to violence. Same goes to any radical who try and incite other to commit crimes because of race, creed or color!

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Joe,

Great post! ISIS are the enemy of all good people of all religions. This crime that is being reported right here is but one of the many examples of this.

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JoeBigs Mar. 19, 2015 - 10:08PM JST ISIS is ... . ISIS follows ...

I keep seeing this "IS" or "ISIS" is/follows/does/etc. You do realise that what you're writing is similar to saying, "Japanese people..." or "Americans....", don't you?

ISIS controls an area roughly the size of Iraq, with a huge civilian population that the media almost entirely ignores, because it doesn't suit the story they want to tell.

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Frungy,

You have to be kidding. Why on Jan. 28, 2015 at 11:12AM JST, you had this to say about ISIS:

Bull. You're trying to disassociate the actions of ISIS Muslims from all other Muslims, which is completely ridiculous. If someone chooses to share a label (and I'm not imposing this label on them, they freely choose to adopt it), then they share responsibility for the actions of the group.

So, please do not attempt to take the moral high ground here. You were wrong then and you are still wrong now until you admit you were completely mistaken when you attempted to associate all Muslims (your words) with ISIS.

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"I do not consider them as Muslim or Islamic;"

Where do you think their Jihadist ideology comes from?

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Japanese people should realize visiting some other countries are not like touring Kyoto. Hiroshima, or Nagasaki or any other Japanese cities. RIP And I think it is about time Japan stop giving tourism visas to visit Moslem countries for nosing their culture. Isis kills Moslems and none Moslems. Ghey just kill anybody including tourists.

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Toshiko.

Japan can only issues visas for travellers to Japan.

Want to go to Turkey, etc visit their embassies and get one, many countries you can also apply for a visa at the border check control.

Travelled a lot before in my younger days across Europe, etc

Japan can issue a travel warning or a ban 'usually not enforced,'.

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JoeBigs

I believe IS was created for two main reasons:

(1) To make the West hate and fear Muslims.

(2) To help the West achieve their goals in the Middle east (regime change, destabilization, …)

They are fake, sort of the new Al Qaeda.

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JJSullivan,

I see the kind of nebulous conspiracy stuff all over the internet all the time. Let me guess, ISIS was created by:

A) Mossad B) The CIA C) Both because there is a giant borg that is trying to control governments and the media world-wide and everyone that does not believe it are 'sheeple'. Am I close to what you are trying to say?

To help the West achieve their goals in the Middle east (regime change, destabilization, …)

Here is a great example of a nebulous non-specific but informatively sounding snippet. What is 'the West'? What is your specific proof that there is a specific goal to destabilize anything?

They are fake, sort of the new Al Qaeda.

Fake, huh? Tell that to the members of Al Qaeda and ISIS. You see, they think they are real. The killing they have done is real as well.

In short, you have not brought any actual facts into the discussion. You have merely repeated the same tired conspiracy theories that can be seen on cheap websites all over the internet.

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'Kafir is a very racial/offensive word equivalent to the N-word.'

It's used in the Koran many times.

The Koran was not written in English.

Morocco was not affected by the "Arab Spring" aka Shariah Winter. God forbid Obama and the EU clowns also intervene in Morocco on behalf of the islamists. It sounds absurd, but would follow their previous pattern.

So if we limit our search to the unstable countries, we find that they are unstable. Got it.

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