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Posted in: Japan excavating site linked to WWII human experiments by Unit 731 See in context

Gosh, there were apartments over this site? Would not have wanted to live there... This is the stuff of horror movies.

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Posted in: 3 more churches attacked in Malaysia in Allah feud See in context

Malaysia, malaysia... What are you doing? Last year, it was marching around with cow heads to upset the Indians. Now it's the Allah thing with the Christians.

What's going on in the self-proclaimed 'best example of a moderate muslim country'?

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Posted in: 3 Malaysian churches firebombed in 'Allah' dispute See in context

Apparently, there is another Malay word for 'god' - tuhan. While Allah usually means the almighty and is commonly used to refer to the Muslim almighty. But the Catholic church's point in Malaysia, in using Allah (as opposed to Tuhan for example) is:

The Malay-speaking indigenous tribespeople, living in remote states of Sabah and Sarawak, are the main readers of the Herald’s Malay-language edition. Catholic officials say “Allah” is the only word they know for God.

Gosh, religion makes no sense to me.

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Posted in: Woman stabs husband after years of marital distress See in context

They should develop a new video game around these two - could call it Marital Combat.

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Posted in: Palin resigns as Alaska governor; keeps plans secret See in context

Yabits, I am completely with you. Sarah Palin did nothing. As an individual, she is OK. I am scared, though, about the potential damage of a nation behind an idiot (like after G Bush. ) And I am not American so I am even more annoyed about having to think about these things for them/ you. Guys, take some responsibility.

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Posted in: Palin resigns as Alaska governor; keeps plans secret See in context

Am I the only non-American who is panicking about another Bush-era threat to the world?

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Posted in: Palin resigns as Alaska governor; keeps plans secret See in context

I refuse to read the (now) 136 comments. America, haven't you got over yourself yet? Leave the rest of us alone! 8 years was enough!

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Posted in: The occult world of ancient Kyoto See in context

How do you know the story migrated East from America; and not from East to West?

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Posted in: Mie high school student commits suicide, leaving names of seven classmates in note See in context

This is very tragic and I feel very sorry for the kid and the family.

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Posted in: Georgia judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf See in context

Wouldn't uttering an expletive be a religious violation too?

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Posted in: Australian rape victim loses case against police for bungling investigation See in context

Sorry, wrong link above.

It should be: http://www.economist.com/daily/columns/asiaview/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12756824&fsrc=nwl

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Posted in: Australian rape victim loses case against police for bungling investigation See in context

According to the Economist, this case highlighted the secret agreement between Japan and Eisenhower in 1953 to not prosecute US military men who commited offences. Although jurisdiction was "returned" to Japan in 1960, in practice the Japanese authorities do not exercise it.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/australian-rape-victim-loses-court-case-againt-police-for-bungling-investigation

"But the reason why cases like Jane’s are not prosecuted may have less to do with incompetent police and more because of a secret agreement between America and Japan in 1953 that has recently come to light.

In September 2008, Shoji Niihara, a researcher on Japanese-American relations, uncovered previously classified documents in the U.S. National Archives. They show that in 1953, soon after Dwight Eisenhower assumed the presidency, John Foster Dulles, his secretary of state, embarked on a massive programme to get countries to waive their jurisdiction in cases of crimes by American servicemen.

On October 28th 1953, a Japanese official, Minoru Tsuda, made a formal declaration to the United States (not intended for public disclosure), stating, “The Japanese authorities do not normally intend to exercise the primary right of jurisdiction over members of the United States Armed Forces, the civilian component, or their dependents subject to the military law of the United States, other than in cases considered to be of material importance to Japan.”

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