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Posted in: Toyota set to end massive Olympic sponsorship deal; unhappy over how IOC spent funds: report See in context

The IOC is basically just a criminal syndicate.

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Posted in: Older Japanese men making up for lost time by dipping into cosmetics See in context

Japan is becoming like S. Korea in this sense.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to stronger security alliance See in context

Yep - it's key to lining politicians' pockets and maintaining LDP control of Japan.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

The experiences of non-Japanese residents of Japan regarding this matter differ vastly by region and individual physical appearance. Theirs is a very important case. Hopefully they will win.

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Posted in: Nihon University student falls to his death; autopsy finds cannabis in system See in context

I feel sorry for the kid's family, relatives and friends, but this case is likely to be misused by the authorities: held up as evidence of the evils and dangers of marijuana, with no mention of any contributing factors. And the naive public will internalize the message unquestioningly.

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Posted in: Saitama police officer arrested on suspicion of filming up high school girl’s skirt See in context

Had to "cop" a look? Why not just visit a red light district while off duty?

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Posted in: LDP punishes 39 members over funds scandal, urging 2 to leave party See in context

A little slap on the wrist!

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Posted in: Japan society on transgender issues to drop 'disorder' from name See in context

The general hostility toward this issue - and refusal to accept it, or to even try to understand it - is saddening. But it just doesn't resonate much with those who have not experienced it in a close relative or family member. That is why it takes so long to make progress.

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Posted in: Netanyahu snaps back against growing U.S. criticism after being accused of losing his way on Gaza See in context

US lawmakers have every right to way what Schumer said, considering the fact that Israel would not exist were it not for the all the US support, and that Netanyahu has for years been nurturing Hamas and scheming to pit the US against Iran. And he's right - Netanyahu must go. It's the only way to take steps toward a two-state solution, which is the only way out of this mess. And the US must change the way it supports Israel - no more blank checks. Under Netanyahu, Israel has lost its way.

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Posted in: Kishida questioned over scantily clad dancers at LDP party See in context

The best way to increase "diversity" in the government is for the electorate to stop voting for LDP candidates. Voters: give others a chance, and keep your eyes on them and hold them accountable. It's that simple.

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Posted in: Aso's comments about Kamikawa expose Japan's ongoing sexism impasse See in context

Put him out to pasture already!

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Posted in: Foreign-born Miss Japan sparks debate on what it means to be Japanese See in context

The problem is that "Japanese" has both genetic and legal meanings (among others). This is compounded by the fact that some people believe in the existence of a "pure" Japanese ethnicity, or "race." (There are no "pure" ethnicities, or "races.") Keeping in mind the fact that we only have to go back about 30-35 centuries to find a common ancestor for every human being alive today might help put things in perspective.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for Kyoto Animation arson attack See in context

Nothing justifies capital punishment, and capital punishment solves nothing.

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Posted in: Kyoto arson defendant's doctor calls for ways to resolve isolation See in context

Killing for vengeance does nothing to prevent it from happening again.

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Posted in: Caregiver arrested over theft of cash from patient during home visit See in context

This is one reason why elderly care facilities have strict rules that forbid residents from keeping cash on them and in their rooms, and that require cash to be counted and checked in at the counter, where it is kept safe until some is needed. Employees in the business are not highly paid, and are often overworked and stressed. They also often come and go. The temptation to take a bit may be strong, especially if the caretaker is in debt.

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Posted in: 21-year-old sentenced to death for crime he committed as a minor for 1st time in Japan See in context

Very sad. Capital punishment should be abolished because it does nothing to deter violent crime, because there will always be a risk of executing innocent people, and because it is barbaric.

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Posted in: Japan industry minister says he is reviewing finances amid funds scandal See in context

This new scandal is just another reason why the LDP must not be allowed to maintain a monopoly on power in Japan. Active voters: please stop blindly supporting LDP candidates! Inactive potential voters: please vote!

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Posted in: World's richest 1% emit as much carbon as bottom two-thirds: report See in context

If the masses could get past the state and religious divisions between us, we could have an effective planet-wide revolution and get rid of the 1%.

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Posted in: China resolutely opposed to ex-Japan PM Aso's Taiwan remarks See in context

Taiwan was basically taken by fleeing Nationalist Party refugees who lost the war over control of China; it never really was part of China, and certainly doesn't belong to it. Who would want to be governed by the party of Chairman Mao?

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Posted in: Kishida to return part of salary amid backlash over planned pay raise See in context

Voters: please stop casting votes for LDP candidates!

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Posted in: Tokyo holds first missile evacuation drill in years See in context

A staged performance to boost public fear and support for militarization.

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Posted in: U.S. military bulk buys Japanese seafood to counter China ban See in context

After all, the USA did play a part in the proliferation of nuke plants in Japan, and in the perpetuation of the nuclear energy safety myth.

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Posted in: Japan survey shows 60% wrongly believe antibiotics can treat a cold See in context

I'd like to see the results of a survey on how many people believe that one can get over a cold or the flu faster if they "give it to someone else."

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Posted in: Kishida cautious on same-sex marriage, separate spouse surnames See in context

Let's be clear on this. It's not about "various opinions in the public" - it's about the position of Nippon Kaigi and the most conservative lawmakers, most of whom are Nippon Kaigi members.

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Posted in: Unification Church slams Japan's dissolution request as threat to religious freedom See in context

Yes, the LDP-led gov't should disband the Unification Cult. Then, it should disband the LDP.

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Posted in: Drunk man in Yokohama live-streams himself getting robbed after falling asleep on the street See in context

"Safe" is a relative term. So is "stupid."

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Posted in: Japan to delay bill blocking sex offenders from working with children See in context

Just one thing: "sex offender" needs to be clearly defined. A fellow could wind up being classified as a "sex offender" for getting caught urinating late at night behind a dark building or in a dark corner of a park when he thought nobody was around - no real exposure, just a little careless and unlucky.

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Posted in: Japanese woman on Malaysia death row to appeal for leniency under new law See in context

Guilty or not, she should not be executed, because nobody should ever be executed.

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Posted in: Russia concerned by Japan's discharge of treated radioactive water from Fukushima See in context

Russia should get out of Ukraine before saying things like this. (Then it should return the four southernmost Kuril Islands to Japan.)

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Posted in: 79-year-old man arrested over sexual assault, death of 100-year-old nursing home resident See in context

Dementia can cause this kind of behavior in men and in women; affected people may think they're young again and with their spouse or lover. Perhaps the staff should have taken measures in advance.

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