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Posted in: Man arrested for crossbow attack on newspaper deliveryman See in context

I think it's still a bit premature to slam the door on this fella. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Oh it's Japan...

Anyway he's still pleading not guilty at this point in time. An argument with a colleague may be one possible motive but apart from the blood supposedly found in his car (I'm sure the police in general and Japanese police specifically has never planted evidence on a person sarcasm). I'm sure a lot of you have had disagreements with colleagues in the past too. What if it's you who had an argument with the victim huh? As for the black helmet, that's just too common to be solid evidence.

Hey don't get me wrong, I'm as glad as the next person if a loonie with a crossbow is taken off the streets, but we still need to practice due diligence in all criminal cases lest there maybe innocents being unfairly accused of a crime one didn't commit.

IMHO it's better to let the odd crook slip through the cracks once in awhile than to jail an innocent.

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Posted in: Opposing points of view See in context

I wish they would just act on their convictions, and go attack some Chinese held rock somewhere (and do everyone a favour by getting their asses whooped). At least the religious fundamentalists actually went somewhere to fight for their "beliefs". But of course acting out in the middle of Tokyo is much easier...

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Posted in: Sasebo girl who killed classmate sent to reformatory See in context

@it"s me

For the 7 people that down voted me, pls, explain how punishment like the death penalty, etc is a deterrent

Not a personal attack on you but if a monster get the death penalty it will surely deter said monster from killing again. That's how it works as a deterrent.

The part society must truly carefully consider is whether the person is truly a monster or a truly mentally ill individual, in which case care must be taken to keep said person from ever harming other people again by using whatever means and knowledge we as a society have, the cost of which we as a society has to collectively bear.

Unfortunately from purely personal experience. I am sorry to say, some people are beyond rehabilitation.

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Posted in: Man arrested over about fatal car crash, hit-and-run See in context

This maybe the only time Seppuku should be commited by these idiots as atonement. But of course they won't. Poor unlucky family. Geez...dragged to death. Horrible.

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Posted in: Do you think lowering the voting age to 18 in Japan is a good idea? See in context

well...if it will at least get them to vote long term I'd call it a positive. Funashi might even make a better alternative to the unfunny jokers who had been elected currently and in the past.

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Posted in: Gunma cop arrested for attempting to kidnap 10-year-old girl See in context

This is so creepy & dangerous on many levels. Who can we tell our kids to trust in case of trouble when the people who in uniform are the bad guys?! Luckily this one predator was stopped. kudos to everyone involved.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sending 15-year-old boy to help Fukushima clean-up See in context

"A Reuters investigation" , not a police investigation, Ministry of Labour or even damn NHK investigation. Those poor people at Fukushima and those workers paid minimum wages were never given any fair deal. I really fear for this country sometimes...

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Posted in: High-tech contact lenses zoom with a wink of an eye See in context

cue The 6 Million Dollar man music!

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Posted in: Man accosts woman walking home and steals her underwear See in context

I can't agree with all the fighting back comments. The article has mentioned that the nutjob was asking for panties. I would think giving it to him would be better than aggravate an already crazy guy, What's the loss of a panty compared to your safety or life? Better to just try to get as much info/description of the nut to give later to the police.

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Posted in: Gov't to ease strict dancing laws for clubs, other establishments See in context

...and it only took 66 years.

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Posted in: Racist in the West, cool in Japan See in context

In the visual sense, I think the deadpan dancers are similar to Robert Palmers' Simply Irresistible mannequin like backup dancers and similar artistic expressions have been used many times before in music videos. Subjectively I do agree though with borax above, whereby I can't escape feeling that there's an undertone of Japanese elation whenever some aspects of Japanese culture or lifestyle are adopted overseas even if they're somewhat stereotypical & even unrealistic to a certain degree, especially by the West.

What I find unsettling is the "need" by Japan/Japanese to feel "approved" by the West and what such visuals will add to the Japanese stereotype in Western eyes. Although I think that since stereotyping itself is quite common in Japan, perhaps due in part to the Japanese group mentality in the culture; Japanese people don't mind they themselves being stereotyped as much as the West think they do.

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Posted in: Man arrested for starting forest fire after barbecue in Hyogo See in context

Too many people I see in daily life here have irresponsible attitudes towards public places. They seem to think once it's in a public place somehow their responsibility ends there. I see people throwing their rubbish on the ground when there's a waste bin just like a meter away. I could never understand this.

On another note, I think many people here don't "get" how to properly have a barbie, especially outdoors with matters of safety and cleaning up after themselves.

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Posted in: Hands up See in context

We give up! Please, no more Zangyou!

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Posted in: 7-year-old Japanese girl mauled by 4 dogs in New Zealand See in context

I was attacked by a stupid dog owned by a stupid owner when I was a kid but got over it as I grew up. I worked with a lot of dogs on a farm for many years. they were working dogs and I haven't seen any other animal beat their courage, dedication and loyalty even when they have to confront animals much bigger than themselves.

Their virtues aside, they are still dogs, they are animals. I don't subscribe to some people's views that they are somehow "human" and can do no wrong. What they do depends on a certain level to their training, breed and individual temperament. I believe it is totally the owner's responsibility when a dog misbehaves. I have shed tears when a dog died, and on the other hand I have also personally put down a dog when it had shown violent behavior traits and attacked people and livestock regardless of the training and care we have given it. To reiterate, dogs are dogs and I believe since we are the apes with the bigger brain, we are the ones who should be responsible. Hope the kid recovers without lifelong scars.

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Posted in: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu encourages students to follow their dreams See in context

Give the girl a break! Telling people to have the imagination to follow their dreams is a positive thing, especially in Japan where your path in life seems to be "mapped out" by societal pressures. I heard she choreographs her dances and has input on her music too. We may not think she's a musical prodigy but she's creating something. Employment for other people amongst others. She has done a lot more than other people and I have done at her age. Credit where credit is due I think.

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Posted in: Stones roll on See in context

I'd always thought Keith Richards wouldn't last long due to his lifestyle, but nowadays I find myself quite surprised that he's sort of becoming a role model of the kind of guy you don't mind growing old to be. Still healthy enough to perform and rock at 70!

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Posted in: Man arrested for stomping on children’s feet See in context

Another one of the many hidden mentally ill functioning member of society.

I also don't think the parents are to blame in this case, I mean imagine you're at a bookstore (a bookstore for god's sake) you won't be expecting people to stomp on your kids' feet would you? There's no strategy against crazy.

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Posted in: Man arrested after forcing 9-year-old stepson to play violent video games See in context

So he's a "care giver" who:

...would suddenly hurl insults at the boy, swearing and telling him that he was not wanted in the home and that he wished he would die, as well as making ominous statements such as I have yakuza [gangster] friends

Kudos to the mother who ditched him and did something about it, pity for the people he's "caring" for wherever he works.

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl dies in Okayama from strangulation; mother in hospital with stab wounds See in context

@Richard Wood

There's nothing "wrong", it's just that the risk of Down syndrome and similar increases as the mother grows older. Some people try hard to have kids and when they do at a later age, sometimes this happens. It's quite a sad story.

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Posted in: Homeless man arrested for theft after mistaking phone straps for food See in context

Geez, sad indeed. I feel sorry for the homeless people, and I wonder how they're doing in the cold weather. Maybe it is true, the more you steal the lighter the sentence.

SIGH * Merry Christmas everyone!

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Posted in: Chiba policeman arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend See in context

The positive thing about this I think is that his colleagues actually did something about it. It would just be too easy for them to ignore his behavior and turn a blind eye since "He's one of us after all", but they didn't. Some hope there.

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Posted in: Lawmaker who gave letter to emperor receives death threat See in context

The nutters must have ran out of bullets!

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Posted in: Cat set on fire in Tokyo park See in context

This sickness...it's never attacking somebody more powerful than them, you never hear this kind of psycho attacking an army base or a koban, it's always somebody/something much weaker.

Perhaps it's a flow on effect of bullying or something but seems like it's a common theme among these sick weak minds here.

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Posted in: Asylum-seeker dies after collapsing at detention center while doctor at lunch See in context

With only a slight difference in what's written on our passports, this could be any one of us. Scary thought.

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Posted in: Japan eyes review of arms export ban See in context

Apart from the typical Japanese politician foot in mouth disease, Japan being able to export defense technology would contribute to her economy and might even provide some political leverage. Who are we kidding, we've had thousands of years to practice living in peace with each other. Weapons are unfortunately a necessary evil. Nukes would had already been used if it wasn't for M.A.D.

Good fences make good neighbours.

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Posted in: Osaka man saves wife after she tries to kill him in fire See in context

Awkward anniversary conversation.Hey remember when I tried to kill you then you saved me from the fire? Kawaii!

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Posted in: Nissan to have self-driving car on market in 2020 See in context

Computers work on a set of logical operations.

People driving recklessly, bicycles with no lights at night dashing through an intersection from blind corners, kids running in the middle of the road and general disregard for self preservation & traffic rules will be hard to program.

Do hope it will be successful though. If it reduces at least some of the human error from the equation it might even save lives.

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Posted in: Canon spies opportunity in surveillance See in context

(drumroll)

...our first product for the Japanese market would be a "security camera" in the shape of a sarariman shoe.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing 200 bicycle seats for their 'scent of a woman' See in context

Hoo-ah!

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Posted in: Cop busted for using spy camera attached to shoe to film up woman's skirt See in context

Looks like the department store security guard would make a better cop.

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