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Posted in: China sentences former Japanese politician to life for drug smuggling See in context

Did he go to China specifically to pick up that suitcase? Or did he happen to be in China on a group tour and was approached by the African guys, who then asked him to take the suitcase to Japan? Quite relevant difference.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 550,000 petty criminals on occasion of imperial ceremony See in context

According to my dictionary "penal servitude" is "the punishment of being sent to prison and forced to do hard physical work" and "imprisonment" is "being locked up or kept somewhere, usually in prison." Does Japan still have hard physical labour punishment? Like Gulag-style? All prisoners in Japan are forced to work anyway, aren't they? I'm just curious.

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Posted in: Gov't to require mobile carriers to lift SIM locks immediately See in context

@zichi:

100 days with the so-called SIM locks in exchange for allowing them to purchase handsets on installment.

If you buy an iPhone directly from an Apple store you cannot buy it on installments, as far as I know. If you pay the whole sum upfront, you can buy an unlocked iPhone at the stores mentioned in the article too, it seems. But the article doesn't say if the 3000 yen one has to pay now to unlock the phone will stay in place or not.

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Posted in: Honda urges Man Utd to sign him in Twitter plea See in context

Not the most standard way to apply for a job, but I wish him good luck! I think Manchester United need somewhat younger players, though.

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Posted in: Japan stun world No. 2 Ireland with 19-12 victory at Rugby World Cup See in context

This wonderful victory will build up the Japanese team's self-confidence and, hopefully, lead to more great victories. Congratulations!

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Posted in: Osaka wins Toray Pan Pacific title See in context

Congrats!! Well done!

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Posted in: Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, wounds 182 See in context

When will this madness stop I wonder.

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Posted in: 33 dead after man sets fire to Kyoto anime studio See in context

Some news outlets are saying that the criminal had accused the studio of "stealing his ideas".

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Posted in: Saudi Olympic official reportedly hugged female hotel worker in Tokyo See in context

If he is a Saudi Arabian official, he is most likely related to the Saudi royal family, and will get away with a slap on the wrist.

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Posted in: Self-Defense Force chopper makes crash landing in Tokyo; crew unharmed See in context

The emergency landing training exercise became suddenly too real.

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Posted in: Photojournalist reveals unheard voices of 'Japanese wives' in N Korea See in context

While North Korean guides or interpreters attended each interview, Hayashi said she did not feel too constrained by them.

The interviewees definitely felt constrained by the presence of the North Korean minders. They knew that if they said something negative, it would be later reported to the North Korean authorities.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for stalking 9-year-old girl See in context

He has most likely a developmental disability.

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Posted in: Ex-ambassador arrested over murder of son See in context

My guess: the son had mental health problems.

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Posted in: EU fines MUFG, other banks over $1 billion over foreign exchange cartel See in context

Not surprised at all that banks do these kinds of things. And it's probably just the tip of the iceberg.

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

Drinking alcohol on streets should be banned in Japan too, like it is in many countries.

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Posted in: 76-year-old woman stabbed while walking home; suspect turns herself in See in context

Mental illness.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of 90-year-old grandmother See in context

Mental illness is my guess.

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Posted in: Taiwan seeks double-murder suspect who fled to Japan See in context

However, police said they suspect Jomaah is still in Japan as he did not return to his residence in Ishikawa Prefecture, nor did the Japanese government have his departure record, the reports said.

"Police suspect he is still in Japan AS he did not return to his residence in Ishikawa Prefecture ..." Shouldn't it be ALTHOUGH?

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Posted in: Police appeal for help from public over 2008 murder of 15-year-old girl See in context

I really hope they catch the criminal, but to be honest, after so many years, who will remember what they saw that evening?

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Posted in: Emperor declares abdication; thanks people for support See in context

O-tsukaresama desu!

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Posted in: 77-year-old woman on moped injured by rope stretched across road See in context

@quercetum

¥70,000 ($6400) 

I'm sure you intended to write $640.

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Posted in: 77-year-old woman on moped injured by rope stretched across road See in context

It is sad to see that a 77-year old woman still has to work (and at 2:30 AM to boot) in order to make ends meet. Japanese old age pensions are a joke.

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Posted in: Police officer resigns after driving without license See in context

So, nobody checked to see if she has a license before she was asked to drive the first time?

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Posted in: High school teacher in hot water after forcibly giving male student a buzz cut See in context

I think it amounts to a human rights violation. Hair length is not important in education. Whether it is clean and neat is.

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Posted in: Japan pension office branch head replaced after hate speech tweets See in context

"Dismissed" as in "fired"? Surely not. They were just transferred/demoted, so they will still draw a hefty salary for years to come.

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Posted in: Daiwa House suspects massive embezzlement at Chinese joint venture See in context

The Japanese home builder said it will book half of the missing money as a loss if the company fails to collect it.

And what about the other half?

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Posted in: 29-year-old man arrested for murder of father, attempted murder of mother See in context

Mental illness?

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Posted in: Man arrested for hitting police officer who interfered with his Pokemon GO game See in context

He asked one to leave and they complied.

The one with multiple personalities?

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Posted in: Police officer who died in 2017 suspected of stealing more than ¥85 mil from safe See in context

How convenient!

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing neighbor in Saitama Pref See in context

Schizophrenia?

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