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Posted in: Families of N Korea abductees meet Suga ahead of Biden summit See in context

I feel for the families but pressuring Suga, like all the PM’s before him, to pressure the US into pressuring NK isn’t going to do anything. The US has no more leverage over NK than Japan. That’s the definition of insanity. And I hate to say it, but the abductees are almost certainly dead. Let it go. RIP.

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

Pretty sure people like this guy, who are physically disabled, shouldn’t be using an escalator in the first place. Good luck enforcing it!

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Posted in: Police officer overtakes athlete as top profession for Japanese boys See in context

I’d rather take the salary professional athletes make over the measly government wages police make any day. Plus the only real danger athletes face is injury and the occasional death unlike police

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Posted in: Celebrate 40 years of guitar musicianship with Tak Matsumoto’s anniversary book collection See in context

He’s a heck of a guitarist! He was rightfully inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame a few years ago.

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Posted in: Railway company employee arrested for voyeurism at train station See in context

What is wrong with Asia in general in regards to this stuff? Can’t these guys just watch porn like normal people? Or maybe it’s the kicks and thrills of being caught?

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Posted in: Intruder steals ¥7 mil from 78-year-old woman at her home See in context

Poor lady. There is a reason for banks. That’s why I only keep enough cash in the house for a rainy day. It is beyond stupid to keep more than 100,000 yen in the house

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

To be fair, Naomi Osaka is much more likely to be targeted for being black rather than Asian for ignorant Americans. That came off racist which was not my intent. It is what it is and people see what they see.

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Posted in: Police seek 3 men after 18-year-old fatally stabbed on Kamakura street See in context

I thought they’re not supposed to release names if the victims are under 20? Anyway it’s better not to get into an altercation with strangers at 4am. Just ignore it and walk on. I can’t recall how many drunken bar fights I’ve been in when I was young. I was lucky. RIP.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Imperial Hotel to be rebuilt See in context

Yeah, ugly on the outside but it’s pretty sweet on the inside.

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Posted in: Japan state-funded hotel deal pays rent to Myanmar defense ministry See in context

And Japan complains about China... not sure Myanmar is any better but maybe the Japanese thought they could have influence there through bribes. Hypocrites.

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Posted in: Woman says she left husband’s body at home because she thought it wouldn’t fit into coffin See in context

Seems like a strange excuse but maybe she panicked. Not a lot of details. Did the daughter visit the home and her mother was not there? I’m not sure if that’s a jail-able offense if the husband died of natural causes. Being stupid and not calling paramedics or police is different than being a murderer.

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Posted in: LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics See in context

Law is just a piece of paper really. It really is meaningless and won’t stop discrimination. I’m an LGBT supporter but enacting a law isn’t going to stop bigotry against these people. And really, the Lesbians, Gays, bisexuals don’t face that much discrimination anyway. It’s the Trans community who are targeted, assaulted, killed most because they stick out the most.

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Posted in: Japan complains over U.S. military's use of term 'East Sea' See in context

That’s Japan’s biggest concern??? Lol.

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Posted in: Mother arrested over death of 4-year-old daughter See in context

I don’t think you need to presume anything. Unless you’re implying that the husband framed her, it seems pretty clear cut she’s guilty

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Posted in: Tama schools in Tokyo distributing free feminine hygiene products to students See in context

Might as well start handing out free condoms to the boys as well. That might help reduce the number of teenage girls who try to flush there babies down the toilet.

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Posted in: Prosecutors charge 2 Americans with helping Ghosn flee, jump bail See in context

I’m not defending Goshn. Maybe he’s an a-hole, I don’t know. But from all the evidence it seems that he did nothing wrong legally during his tenure at Nissan, except for illegally fleeing the country after. But it’s pretty low that he left Gregg Kelly out to dry. The Japanese govt was out to get him.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police officer in Toyama See in context

I can tell you from experience Japanese police, who are trained properly, can take you down in moments without lethal force. Don’t mess with them. In my stupid university days, I got into a drunken altercation with two Jcops. I didn’t have any weapons. I really shouldn’t have punched one of them. They dropped me to the ground instantly and the next thing I know I’m awake handcuffed to a hospital bed and my wrists are lacerated and bleeding from the cuffs being so tight. I’m lucky they let me go and didn’t press charges. Cops are only supposed to use lethal force as a last resort. From the story it sounds like a shoot first ask questions later situation. And don’t get me started on what the Filipino cops will do to you... so much worse until they verify you’re American, European, Kiwi, or Australian and then have embassy officials visit and threaten them. Then the Filipino cops ask for a bribe to be released. And then the Indonesian cops will just try to plant drugs on you unless the State Department intervenes. I had a crazy youth. In reflection, the Jcops are not bad at all!

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Posted in: Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling See in context

@chubawanga family can mean different things for different people. I’m liberal and an open minded person. Heck my best friend is a transgender woman. Maybe more than a friend but I’m not going to go into that here. Maybe it’s because of my Catholic and Episcopalian upbringing but I tend to associate the word “family” with children. But of course a family can be anything and I think it’s a step in the right direction if Japan finally legalized it. Everybody deserves to be happy, regardless of sexual orientation.

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Posted in: Prosecutors charge 2 Americans with helping Ghosn flee, jump bail See in context

These two were morons. Goshn got the last laugh. And to be fair he did throw everyone around him under the bus... but regardless of if he’s a scumbag or not, he never would have received a fair trial in Japan

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police officer in Toyama See in context

Not a lot of info to go on. Don’t the police here have taser guns? Violent men with knives are so common in Japan. You would think the police would have some other way to subdue they guy other than lethal force. Just saying...

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Posted in: Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling See in context

I’m all for LGBT rights. But even if same sex marriage is legal here, it’s still pretty hard to start a family. The dynamics in the bedroom just don’t really work on a biological level and adoption is a long drawn out process that can also be quite costly and the other options are astronomically more.

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Posted in: No overseas spectators at Tokyo Olympics mirrors Suga's weak standing See in context

I miss Abe. At least he had charisma.

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

What a waste of tax money. Truly pointless.

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Posted in: Man gets 13 years for kidnapping teenage girl for ransom See in context

I don’t think there is any excuse for kidnapping a child, let alone anyone. What can I say? At least he didn’t murder her?

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Posted in: Putin points finger at U.S. problems after Biden calls him a killer See in context

Biden is a decent man. Maybe not the ideal president. I would have preferred somebody at least 30 years younger. But it it is what it is. I had the opportunity to randomly meet Biden back in 2007 when he was a senator. I was on the Amtrak from DC with my elderly mother. Biden always rode the train into DC. He helped my mother with her luggage. He really doesn’t come off as an elite politician. He is really down to earth.

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Posted in: Putin points finger at U.S. problems after Biden calls him a killer See in context

And Donald Trump’s admiration for Putin was one of the most troubling aspects of his presidency.

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Posted in: Putin points finger at U.S. problems after Biden calls him a killer See in context

I can’t disagree with him. Putin is a killer. Period.

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Posted in: China protests over Japan-U.S. statement on human rights; blasts U.S. 'evil past of genocide' See in context

Say what you want about the US. The US is not perfect and has many flaws but is still the lesser of two evils. Does anybody really want to live in a world dominated by China? The idea that Americans are neo colonialists is nonsense. The American military bases around the world are because of alliances, which China has zero to none.

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Posted in: China protests over Japan-U.S. statement on human rights; blasts U.S. 'evil past of genocide' See in context

I'm honestly disgusted with the US. But I’m more disgusted with China. You cannot compare American or Japanese human rights record to China. China... that is exactly the pot calling the kettle black. China is the ultimate hypocrite. At least the US and Japan have addressed their past misdeeds and current failings and are not detaining a million people based on their religion.

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Posted in: Woman who fell to death from 9th floor was thrown by husband, police allege See in context

Not enough information for me to make an opinion. But it sounds like murder.

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