Captain Obvious comments

Posted in: Anti-stalking orders proving no safety guarantee for victims See in context

For those of you who disagree with the belief that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, out of the near 200 or so countries that do exist, can you name 10 countries that you feel are much safer?

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Posted in: Anti-stalking orders proving no safety guarantee for victims See in context

The System and the Police FAILED this mother, what a shame.

That's easy to say, but really what can they do? 20,000 police officers escorting potential victims 24 hours a day?

Unfortunately, I can only think of some people (especially women) staying in a relationship they don't want to be in in order to avoid stalking situations like these.

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Posted in: Anti-stalking orders proving no safety guarantee for victims See in context

High time to put a tracker or auto alarm on stalkers as soon as he nears the victims alarm goes off blowing stalkers presence

... made the stalker wear a body camera at his own expense. Or a shock collar or something.

How would you expect the police to legally do this? It's not like he was on parole or anything.

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Posted in: Crypto's ties to sports raise ethical questions See in context

I always feel that celebrities/sports stars should hold some kind of responsibility for whatever product they're endorsing. (Damage to their reputation, maybe?) I would like to think that if they are endorsing a certain product, that they are actually using it. I can't understand how consumers would accept pop group, SMAP's Katori Shingo and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi wearing obvious 'hair receding' wigs and endorsing a product called 'SCALP D' that supposedly slows down hair loss, even though they are more than likely not using the product. I suppose it just shows the power of a celebrity's status. Quite sad, really.

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Posted in: New Olympic sports had high rate of injuries in Tokyo: research See in context

Boxing and BMX racing had the highest rates, with 27 percent of competitors getting injured,

Not surprised that boxing is one of the highest, as the main objective is to actually injure your opponent.

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Posted in: 'I’m the most famous thug in Saitama!' Japanese kids’ social media beef leads to beating, arrests See in context

I'm pretty sure that Naoto Oguchi will be reprimanded (in-house) for bringing this unnecessary attention to the Sumiyoshi-kai.

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Posted in: 3 men arrested for causing injury resulting in death after pushing man into river See in context

Just think, if the one perpetrator had not fessed up, the J-police would have been totally happy to close the case as a suicide. I swear, Japan must be one of the easiest countries to get away with murder; the police certainly won't stand in your way!

Quite possibly. And that is also why the conviction rate in Japan is so high!

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being left inside car for 9 hours See in context

No excuse for this whatsoever.

Punish this animal to the full extent of the law.

No, I disagree with your comment. Please read Vivi's post and maybe you'll change your opinion slightly. Nobody's perfect, especially when we don't expect the unthinkable to happen, such as what happened in this case. I do feel for the father and whether he'll be fully forgiven by the rest of his family. I certainly hope so.

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Posted in: Australian man killed by kangaroo in rare fatal attack See in context

This is what firearms are made for, but now you can’t own one in AuzzieLand.

Your statement is totally wrong. You can get a license for a firearm in Australia and most of these ARE used for the purpose of killing wildlife, unlike some other countries.

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Posted in: Australian man killed by kangaroo in rare fatal attack See in context

We in Australia start our killer animals at the "irakunji " size "jelly fish the size of a coin ", move onto spider size {funnel web }, then snakes {eastern brown, death adder etc } ,angry wombats, cassowaries in North Queensland , white sharks and bull sharks , crocodiles , and yes, now skippy.

Guru Mick, You'll never get a job with Tourism Australia.

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Posted in: Japan's plastic waste problem spurring grocery shopping novelty See in context

I feel so good whenever I am able to pick up some tomatoes unwrapped at my local grocery store, up until I get to the cashier who places them in a plastic bag when I go through to pay for them!

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

In other countries this would be the end of the company, in Japan a few not so important people will lose their jobs and the problem will be declared solved.

Seems to be a lot of anti Japan posts here. This is happening all over the world. Look at what VW and Boeing did! (They are still around as well.) I think it's quite common with a lot of vehicle manufacturers. What gets me is why can't there be an independent emissions tester on these vehicles? Wouldn't that solve the problem?

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Posted in: With Abe pale and lifeless, a doctor at the scene prayed for a miracle See in context


Another thing: compared to Europe I always felt that ambulances with sirens wailing in Japan are like, reaaaaaaally slow in the traffic. Am I the only one?

I guess the ambulance travels to a speed that is suitable for the situation. I was just stopped at a red light the other day, and noticed an ambulance blaring its sirens coming up behind. It was physically impossible for cars to move to the side of the road as the road was only about 3-4 metres wide. So what does the ambulance do? It waits at the traffic lights 4 cars back and turns off its sirens until the traffic starts moving again. I doubt it was in much of an emergency.

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Posted in: Cases of people getting unwanted crabs skyrocketing in Japan; salmon too See in context

Cases of people getting unwanted crabs skyrocketing in Japan

What do expect from SoraNews24? Every time I read an article here, I generally know if it's a Reuters or SoraNews24 article when I'm a quarter of the way through.

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Posted in: Japanese junior high school girl removed from class for three days for grooming her eyebrows See in context


I take it to court. I been shaving my head and brow since I start my apprenticeship. Why brows ? Save from getting hair in eyes. I see it purely as hygiene/safety not fashion which they are making it out to be.

When you mention 'brows', did you mean 'eyebrows'? I'm interested, because how long do your brows have to be before they start getting into your eyes & if you do shave them, what's it like when sweat runs down (where your eye brows used to be) into your eyes? Surely that's a hygiene problem as well?

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Posted in: 32-year-old woman arrested for stabbing 13-year-old boy at Fukuoka mall See in context

If I were the dad I would have got my justice I wouldn't have killed her but I would have surely lost my freaking mind beating the living crap out of her so that when she went to jail she would be in so much pain it would take her months to heal.

I really don't see how you can say you 'wouldn't have killed her' but you 'would have lost your freaking mind beating the living crap out of her' in the same sentence.

Maybe if someone beat the crap out of her she would come to her senses.

I don't think that is an effective way to treat someone who has severe mental problems.

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Posted in: 32-year-old woman arrested for stabbing 13-year-old boy at Fukuoka mall See in context

psycho and a “genius”…….She could’ve just stabbed herself and get the job done without the middle man.

For someone with serious mental problems, I think it's a little more complicated for her than that....

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Posted in: SDF official arrested for trespassing in women’s changing room See in context

tough SDF guy subdued by 46 year old woman? lol

46 year old woman? Initially, I thought the same thing but re-reading the article, the wording is a little deceptive........

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Posted in: Japan honors Abe with highest decoration; wake held in Tokyo See in context

The question is - Would Japan have honored Abe with the highest decoration if he had died of natural causes? If so, then this is appropriate. If not, then this is a farce.

If he had died of natural causes, maybe not. But he did die as a result of his work which is serving the people of Japan.

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Posted in: Should you watch end credits at the movies? Japanese celebrity’s comments spark fierce debate See in context

“When I watch a Hollywood movie, I always look for Japanese names in the credits. It’s fun.”

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. I play a game of holding my breath until I see a Japanese name come up. It's weird, I know. I also look out for my own name and the same names of people I know.

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Posted in: Who left the tap on? Teacher in hot water for pool bill See in context

The guy must be interminably stupid then. 

I didn't say he/she was stupid. What they did was stupid though.

It's not as inane an action as people are suggesting. Japanese people often see water running constantly; think of the onsen or sento where the water flows all day and night.

I don't think the running water from the Onsen and Sento constantly comes straight out of the city's water supply like that. So, if you were 'kind of thinking straight' you wouldn't feel the pool water was the same as that of an onsen. Does this teacher ever pay the water bill at home to realize that water costs money?

Adding fresh water to something that may be contaminated is not so dumb since he/she probably thought it would dilute the water of any contaminant.

It is dumb in this situation. Diluting 'contaminated' water from the pool like this actually dilutes the chlorine which is used to fight bacteria in the water, which would add to the monetary cost of this debacle and put the children at a higher risk of being exposed to different kinds of bacteria. Is this not stupid???

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Posted in: Who left the tap on? Teacher in hot water for pool bill See in context

Soooo, you and other commenters here, have never done something stupid that made no sense?

I've done stupid things in my life but most of them have been spur of the moment events. This person did this over a period of 2-3 months, so he/she had ample time to realise what they were doing was so stupid. This is a teacher we're talking about here! Would you feel comfortable if someone like this was teaching your kids? And also, there is a problem with the administration if the pool's tap was allowed to be left turned on for such a long period of time. I understand that someone turned it off, but that that didn't last long.

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Posted in: Russian-language sign at station in Tokyo back on view after being covered up See in context

Station staff covered up the Russian sign and attached an "out of service" note in Japanese in its place on April 7 after receiving complaints from some passengers that the sight of the Russian language made them "uncomfortable."

Why would it make people uncomfortable? This, I don't understand. As for the station covering up the sign, just a knee-jerk reaction that would definitely cause more problems for them than what would be solved.

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Posted in: Lotte pitcher Sasaki sets Japan record by striking out 13 consecutive batters See in context

Amazing how proud Japanese are while playing American baseball that originated in the UK.

Incomparable to truly magnificent achievements in USA baseball by American baseball legends.

I doubt the possibilities of the Japanese beating the Americans at thier own game.

Wow! You're a lot of fun!

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Posted in: Police send case of dead suspect in Osaka clinic arson to prosecutors See in context

painkillerToday  07:58 am JST


There are 26 victims of the fire who died. They are not receiving any compensation payments.

The poor souls who lost heir lives in the fire are not the only victims. They have families too.

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Posted in: Face mask swallowed by sea turtle caught off Japan coast See in context


Japan one of the few countries that doesnt provide trash cans on the street.

I think you'll find that in Japan you're expected to take your rubbish home (or not produce any - hence the societal ban on eating on the streets) instead of being able to dispose of it out in the public eye. Therefore it's very difficult to find a rubbish bin out on the streets.

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Posted in: Man arrested for groping woman suspected of several similar offenses See in context

Man arrested for groping woman suspected of several similar offenses

I don't know if I'm wrong and I kind of understand how newspaper articles are titled, but does this one have two meanings?? I know a lot of newspapers are using these 'double meaning' titles to trick readers into reading the article. I literally thought the woman was also suspected of doing similar offenses.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy dies after being found at home with bruises on his face See in context

Am I reading this wrong? I thought the boy returned 'a few days earlier' with the injuries and it seems the mother didn't bother to contact paramedics during this time. Have to agree that there is so little information that this story is open to speculation.

Do mothers go and check their teenagers sleeping at 4.50am? Weird..

I'm pretty sure she knew how injured he was and was regularly checking up on him. My read on it is that the mother knew who had beaten him and was afraid of the repercussions by calling the authorities, but decided after 'a few days' because his state was looking critical.

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Posted in: Only 30% of Japanese drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, survey says See in context

I think the real problem is that everyone is just following what everyone else seems to be doing and not think anything different. Another problem is that the police don't seem to think it is a problem, or they'd be out enforcing the rules. I've had a guy abuse me because I stepped out onto a pedestrian crossing and he was startled and had to brake suddenly. I've also had a taxi driver swerve around me as I started to cross a pedestrian crossing, while apologizing to me profusely (I don't think this the Japanese politeness that everyone is referring to!) because he decided not to stop for me. I kind of think it is actually safer to jaywalk than to use a pedestrian crossing, as you would not have that misinterpreted sense of safety of a pedestrian crossing, and you would be more alert of the incoming traffic to safely judge when is the correct time to cross the road.

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Posted in: Lawsuit over Florida school mask mandates now before judge See in context

according to a lot of the science as well as Fauci, masks don’t work, in fact they seem to make things worse 

How do masks make it worse? Giving people a false sense of security? Where's the science that shows masks don't work?

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