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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for assaulting son-in-law See in context

Dunno why everyone is attacking the victim of the story. We don't know the history of these two, if the father-in-law is constantly an abusive alcoholic or not. Whatever the case, in this instance, the son-in-law was fully within his rights to report the father-in-law. If he can so easily punch another man in the face, whose to say he isn't going around punching other members of the family who might be more vulnerable? I say good on the son-in-law!

P.S. A punch to the face is no joke. Man was lucky it was only a gash to his upper lip!

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting and killing 6-year-old girl on bike See in context

I witness this every other day. Most drivers take a great distance (even way more than the neccessary) when overtaking pedestrians and cyclists especially on those roads without sidewalks and that's awesome. But I also witness drivers passing inches from these people as if its nothing, in 99% of the cases there is plenty of space to swerve a little bit but these people are psychopats/sociopaths, they might even look in the mirror to check out if the pedestrian got scaried enough. This alone could justify an immediate license suspension for a few days to teach these people to respect peoples lives. Not sure if this is the case here, but the chances are pretty high.

100% agree, finally rich. There are definitely a noticeable number of drivers (especially taxi drivers, in my personal pedestrian experience) who seem eager to drive as close as possible to pedestrians while speeding up. Whether to scare them or possibly hit them, I have no idea, but it seems sociopathic indeed.

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Posted in: Gov't issues power usage warning for Tokyo area as temperatures soar See in context

Having just contracted COVID and now suffering through a high fever in the midst of this oppressive summer heat, I will not be turning off my air conditioner, thank you very much. Lights are all off, and that's the most I am able to do right now. It's always the little people who are expected to make the concessions...

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion See in context

Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne, the father-to-be can have abortion rights when he is the one physically carrying the baby inside of him for nine months, and then going through pain worse than burning alive to bring it into the world. Until then, he can keep his opinions about what his partner does with her body entirely to himself.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights, with nation divided See in context

At this point, Republicans look like cartoon villains. I mean, to be so blatantly pro-gun and anti-children...You just can't make this stuff up.

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Posted in: Train conductor arrested over groping incident See in context

Well said, Takumi. I have noticed much the same. It's a problem that some people don't seem to notice that they always come out to blame the victims (directly or indirectly) whenever a sex crime is reported on here. For shame.

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Posted in: BTS break sparks debate on activism, military exemptions See in context

The country’s lack of an anti-discrimination law has led to unfair treatment against women and foreigners, among others.

I'm a fan of BTS and have often wondered about this, too. (And been a bit disappointed.) This article definitely helps to clarify why they haven't spoken on the issues, though.

And socrateos, I think you'll find that the BTS fanbase in Japan is massive. So yes, there are many here who care.

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Posted in: Osaka court rules same-sex marriage ban not unconstitutional See in context

Wow, happy Pride month, everyone. /s

Shameful, Japan. Just shameful.

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Posted in: Doctor arrested over alleged sex act with minor See in context

The number of (presumably) adult commenters here who seem quite eager to blame the child for the crime is honestly staggering. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

The girl is 13 years old. THIRTEEN. Barely a teenager. And let's be real, kids are stupid. They do stupid things, because their brains are not finished developing. We all did and thought stupid things when we were that age. This man who had sex with a 13 year old is in his 30s, fully an ADULT. Presumably a very intelligent adult, given he is a doctor, as well. Doesn't matter if you think the - again - little girl "tricked" him. The crime is fully on him in this case. If you want to go around having sex with a (pre-)pubescent-looking person you presumably haven't met face-to-face before, then you best be sure you are meeting with an actual, CAPABLE OF CONSENTING adult (as children are not capable of consenting, for the child accusers here).

I have very little patience for people who defend child molesters. Especially in a country like this one, where it took ages just to make child porn illegal.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for leaving 2 children unattended while they played pachinko; 1 child dies See in context


Fully agreed. This whole story is screwed up. RIP to the defenseless child...

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Posted in: School vice principal arrested after miniature camera found in women’s toilet See in context

Sven Asai

Sure, let's place tiny hidden cameras in public urinals so some sicko can enjoy watching you and your tackle have a piss in detail, then let's see if you still "doubt that the placing alone is a crime." -eyeroll-

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Posted in: Welfare ministry to conduct survey on boys and men victimized by sexual violence See in context

Mr. Kipling, you are right. Although women absolutely do attack men (Amber Heard being a more recent example), the majority of male sexual abuse cases, at least worldwide, are men attacking other men. My thesis for a UNICEF project focused on male survivors of sexual assault globally. Over 90% of the time, the attacker was also male. This does not, of course, discount female attackers, who deserve equal punishment. However, it is absolutely something to be aware of, I think.

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign tourists to wear masks, take out COVID insurance See in context

Japan to ask foreign tourists to wear masks

I mean, I'm one foreigner who still wears a mask and is perfectly okay with doing so. However, I can't help but think that if they do actually try to enforce mask-wearing amongst foreign tourists, doesn't it also seem likely that they will discriminate and try to force it among gaikokujin who live in Japan, too?

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Posted in: Tokyo to allow foreigners to work as beauticians for 1st time in Japan See in context

Is this...good news? These licensed beauticians don't even get work visas? They are only provided five years on a "Designated Activities" visa? Why would they even bother staying in Japan after their training? People need to make a living...This seems to be asking them to pay taxes in Japan for five years, and then get the F out. Unless they really want to live in Japan at any cost, it seems like five years wasted in their trade when they'll just have to pack up and go elsewhere after the five years are up. Really quite a shame.

Also, agreeing with other commenters about the "best beauty industry" in the world. Yes, Japan has a good beauty industry, but I think South Korea supplanted Japan there about a decade ago.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 77-year-old mother See in context

Cigars N Coffee, the story says that the man was visiting his mother in her home, meaning she was - at least currently - doing fine living by herself. No care home needed. And while it says he doesn't live with her, it also states he was unemployed. Sounds like this man is just another vengeful, family-murdering sicko.

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Posted in: 59-year-old man arrested over murder of 84-year-old mother See in context

This and the stories about young men sneaking or forcing their way into women's houses to assault them are two kinds of stories that are popping up near-daily now here in Japan. Really quite sickening. It doesn't matter what the excuse is. There can never be a justified excuse for taking a life or following through on assaulting someone. We are not animals. We have the ability to reason, and we have a choice. Unbelievably tired of seeing these sad stories in the news - the complete lack of empathy.

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Posted in: Kill Japan's elderly? Cannes film probes chilling idea See in context

Not sure why people are harping on the fact that it's "not an original idea". There are plenty of movies out there that we all enjoy that are HARDLY original ideas. (Superhero movies, action movies, rom coms...) Most ideas are done and redone and redone many times over. I think what makes this piece unique is seeing this idea from the Japanese perspective, especially considering that such an idea could feasibly become reality in the future of this country. Maybe watch the movie first and see what you think about it before dismissing it as "not original".

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman on Nagoya street See in context

Harry_GattoToday  10:54 am JST

"A" guy got caught. So far it seems that it is only her word against his in the absence, so far, of any witnesses, video or forensic evidence.

Your comment functions under the assumption that the woman would have made this up. .....For what reason? How often do you think these sex offenders actually get any sort of punishment for their actions, even when women do report what happened? Do you think women enjoy the idea of possibly having to relive the trauma they went through by having to recount it to the police? What benefit could this woman possibly get from falsely reporting someone she doesn't know?

She got a shot of his license plate. I think it is far more likely that this man sexually assaulted a random young woman on the street (a story we have heard countless times before in this country, and sometimes more than once a day), rather than the woman somehow wanting to bring extra problems for herself (and, as you have nearly done in your comment, be accused of making it all up) with a false accusation.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested over sexual assault of junior high school girl See in context

Police said there have been three assaults against female minors within a 400-meter radius of the crime scene since late March and they are questioning the suspect about his possible involvement in those cases.

Then the suspect is also a minor as are the alleged victims.

In general, this is not about teaching a gender to not attack the female gender, it is about teaching people not to act criminally overall.

Would this 17 year old assailant have chased after another boy just to grope him? I highly doubt it. It is fully connected to gender.

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Posted in: Group of over 100 lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

For some reason, I have more downvotes than upvotes, which I find surprising given I only stated facts in my comment. Why the downvotes? Because you don't want to admit that enshrining war criminals is a problem? Or because you don't mind the fact that the Yasukuni museum has completely white-washed the atrocities committed by Japan in neighboring countries? Facts are facts. History is a very real thing that happened, no matter what you try to hide. Maybe if these issues were dealt with, there wouldn't be such controversy around lawmakers visiting Yasukuni Shrine.

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Posted in: Tokyo to remove last trash cans from stations next month See in context

Has anyone else seen an uptick in the amount of trash people are leaving on trains these days? Particularly on or just below the seats themselves? I take four trains to get to work everyday, and it feels like it's starting to become a daily occurrence of finding trash on at least one of them. I'd say this stinginess on the train lines' part is already not turning out so well...

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Posted in: Group of over 100 lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

The first and only time I visited Yasukuni Shrine, I also happened to go into its museum. Which included various displays detailing "the history" from World War II. The museum's version of historical events seemed to suggest that Japan was "welcomed" into China and Korea. That what they did there was not a violent invasion, but a peaceful welcoming of Chinese and Korean people into Japanese society. I don't know if that part has changed since I last went, but I highly doubt it. So it's not just the war criminals enshrined there that are a problem. It's the complete white-washing of Japan's history in WWII with its Asian neighbors.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting woman at apartment building entrance See in context

Nearly had a similar occurrence yesterday on the train home from work. Dude was staring the entire time. I knew he was going to be a problem. I moved to pretend I was going to get off at one stop - he quickly got up to follow me. So I stayed on the train. He decided to move closer and closer so he was standing on top of me for the rest of the ride, and since it was crowded, I had nowhere to go.

Stayed with me all the way to the last stop, and since I was by the door and he was behind me, I knew he had every intention of following me wherever I went. So as soon as the door opened, I got out, and stood with my back to the nearest wall in the station, and proceeded to watch as this stalker no longer knew what to do. While everyone else moved for their connecting trains, he just stopped in front of me, pretending to look around at different signs, before finally looking directly at me again and meeting my eye. Gave him the dirtiest look, and at last, after another moment's pause, he finally took off (running) in the opposite direction.

This is a near-daily occurrence in recent months. Women worldwide are used to this BS. But I do wonder if the social effects of the pandemic have made it infinitely worse...

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Posted in: Man arrested after confining teenage girl at his home for 3 days See in context

Really, guys - you need to think before commenting.


I think a lot of people here don't think before commenting because they have never been in this situation before and nor can they put themselves in the shoes of another and imagine it. Which is truly a shame.

I mean, the fact that some comments are blaming the victim for not running away. Or that others are pointing out that "teen" could potentially mean 18 or 19 (and hence technically an "adult"), all while ignoring the fact that the kidnapper is a full-fledged 42-year-old adult, much older than the teen he abducted, and should not have been kidnapping people in the first place.

I see stories like these, and then see a lot of the comments beneath them, and it makes me lose even more hope in the world.

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Posted in: Man whose body found after house fire was beaten to death, police say See in context

Agreed, snowymountainhell. I hope he didn't suffer, and I hope he rests in peace now. The brutality people seem to show their elders out here so often... - smh-

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 9,520 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 53,753 See in context

I don't know why you got a bunch of downvotes Foreigner in Tokyo, but you are absolutely right. The SOE really did instill fear enough to make people be at least semi-cautious, even if that's all it did. Now though...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 9,520 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 53,753 See in context

I'm not seeing that myself. I haven't noticed people any more maskless or careless than previously. People taking a stroll in the park are still wearing them.

Lucky you! I seem to be surrounded by them, but maybe it just depends on where you live. There's also been a noticeable increase of people on the trains who aren't wearing masks and don't cover their mouths when they cough. Just happened with an old lady across from me on the train today.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 9,520 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 53,753 See in context

@ justasking

Unfortunately, I think that is actually the case. It seems that there are people out there who believe that if a State of Emergency comes to an end - even when there hasn't been any news of the actual end of COVID - people feel that they can stop taking many precautions, most certainly including all of the ones you listed in your comment. It's truly a shame. (Where has common sense gone?) I hope we will not see the numbers continue to increase and end up right back where we started. Taking basic everyday precautions is such an easy thing to do.

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Posted in: Man arrested after confining ex-girlfriend with handcuffs, sexually assaulting her See in context

Phew, is this thread rampant with unbridled misogyny! I feel for you, girl_in_tokyo. Know that all the downvoting haters are no-doubt the same men who don't care for a moment about a woman's experience. Not enough to listen to an actual woman, at least. (But enough to blame the victim, it would seem, if this page is any indication. For shame!)

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Posted in: Period poverty lowers quality of life; women in 20s hit harder: study See in context

So some men are here trying to do mental gymnastics to debate why women don't need these products for free. What a surprise.

As inkochi said above, if men were the ones bleeding out of their orifices every month, suffering sometimes debilitating cramps or other reproductive health issues, and thus needed these ESSENTIAL items to deal with it all, we'd be finding pads and tampons in every single public bathroom for free, or maybe even handed out on the street like those tissue packets you can get from flyer distributors. -smdh-

P.S. As cleo aptly explained above, a lot of women cannot use just one pad per day, unless they want to soak it through and feel disgusting, possibly ruin their clothes. The cost of using these essential items adds up...and sometimes when you are struggling even just to put food on the table, it ends up being one of the first things to go despite being equally necessary to the woman's physical and mental health.

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