@ Daniel Donaldson
They are not 'way worse'.
They most certainly are. Look at all of the stories we regularly see here about men committing crimes only to claim they were too drunk to remember. Nobody who has had a puff is going to get involved in criminal acts or violence - they're far to relaxed. Likewise drink driving...
As for cigarettes, evidence suggests that marijuana is not addictive but rather habitual - subtle difference, really - while the nicotine in fags make them highly addictive.
Another interesting question. Would anybody smoking dope in the Canadian embassy in Tokyo be liable for prosecution? Wouldn't that be considered to be sovereign Canadian territory...?
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If you can't see your kids don't move a 2 ton car! Even if I move my car 3 meters I never lose sight of my kids or put them in the car!
Yes, OK. But sadly we're not all perfect and tragic accidents happen. Not sure what a comment like yours is designed to achieve....
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@ Vince Black
hasnt she stirred the pot enough? Sounds like a troublemaker
Unless I'm much mistaken - and I don't think I am - at least 8 people don't fully understand the true beauty of sarcasm here...
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...she murdered thousands of her people, burnt all their houses and livestock, and forced 700000 the run for their lives to Bangladesh with only the clothes they are wearing
Whilst I agree with the sentiments you express, it isn't fair to say that she herself actually murdered anyone but rather she stood by and let it happen. I wouldn't personally let her in the country...
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And there in a nutshell we have Japan's problem. Even confronted with something as heinous as this blatant discrimination, people in Japan act as if they are sedated. The timidity of Japanese people is, at times, breathtaking. The shogenai attitude prevails. Maddening...
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Dumbing down if we're lucky. Eradication if we're not so lucky....
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Can someone please explain to me why this isn't the TOP STORY on this site?? This is utterly scandalous and, if true, is a new Japanese low....
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Many countries in Europe are in danger of becoming countries that will be torn by Islamic extremism. Italy has recently taken steps to prevent that. The U.K. had better step up their efforts.
Your agenda is no less hate filled than theirs. You would have the countries of the West open internment camps and make enemies of peace loving Muslims. Understand that Islam isn't our enemy, extremism is. There are plenty of Christian extremists in the world and I am afraid you are just showing your ignorance of the facts here. But the, facts are inconvenient, aren't they? They just get in the way of quick fixes, don't they...?
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Murder is murder. Whether it's a crime or state sanctioned murder such as capital punishment, it's still murder.
Man has no place killing man. It really couldn't be any simpler. Used the way it is in Japan, it's just vengeance...and vengeance can never be justice. No. 100% no...
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Thing is, outside of Japan, USA, UK (USA jr), no one really cares.
Wow. Really...? UK (USA jr) ? You need to show a little more respect. Could you be any more insulting...?
Maybe you would like to take time out from what I'm sure is your very busy day spent putting the world to rights to qualify that remark...?
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All shapes and sizes in JP girl groups. South Korea, they look like clones.
Yes, maybe...but they are sexy, adult clones and not unappealing, underage and largely talentless jailbait.
And they can dance...which is more than J Pop groups can manage.
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Here's the thing, Geoff. Nobody cares about your opinion of the idol culture
Quite rightly so, and neither should they. But strangely, they still do, don't they...? You'll appreciate that there is a difference between my posting my opinions and others posting negatively about my opinions, do you? I was not posting in any way negatively about anyone else's opinions because, as you say, I also don't care what anybody else thinks. I was merely reacting honestly to how the story made me feel.
...you seem to have no trouble profiling the deceased in this story. Have a little sympathy. You know nothing of him or his past or even why he was alone
If you look back at my original comments, I merely stated that this guy obviously obsessed over this artist and at least one other like her, going to EVERY EVENT she took part in, and that he died alone and friendless without any family. This is all fact. As for having any sympathy....well, OK, it's all very sad and it's a nice gesture by this girl. The really sad thing is that we all live in a society here in Japan where dying alone in your fifties is possible.
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Japan is very much a victim of its own success. They manage to keep elderly people alive longer but the infrastructure to take care of them is poor to non-existent. Until the government wakes up to the fact that there is no cheap fix to this problem and puts its hands deep into its pockets for quality care for the elderly, we are going to see more and more distressing stories like this one.
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A sour Brit: double check!
Remarkable, you've never met me and it's possible for you to be able to profile me from just a single set of comments. A career hunting down serial killers with the CIA beckons...
In all honesty, I am not the least bit sour, quite the opposite, actually. I just hate the whole idol culture thing. It creeps me out...
Never ceases to amaze me that some people on here never see anything nice in the world.
Again, another mystifying leap in logic. Because I find this particular story unpleasant I myself am incapable of seeing nice things in the world? Really? Are you incapable of understanding that not everybody feels the same way about things as you do and that in doing so that person doesn't necessarily torture animals and small children? A little perspective here, people...
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This story is, for me, the perfect storm of a story, being as it combines most of the elements about Japan that make me feel a little uncomfortable. Let's tick them off the list, shall we? Deplorable idol culture? Check. Middle aged man obsessing over said culture? Check. Same middle aged man dying alone, seemingly friendless and devoid of family? Check.
Nice story? Not for me, I'm afraid....
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No evidence and just a confession? Death penalty...?
How easily that veneer of civilisation can be tarnished.
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"The Commuter" (titled "Train Mission" for Japan)...
Why? If there was one country in the world familiar with the word commuter, it must surely be Japan.
I get the feeling distributors in Japan change western movie titles for fun and the Japanese titles are, with VERY few exceptions, inferior and sometimes plain stupid. Time for this practice to stop, methinks...
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"Maybe it's common overseas that grown-up children leave their parents' home, but in Japan, parents let them stay," said Ikeda, the clinical psychologist.
And there we have it in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen. In that short sentence we have the cure for Japan's ills. Treat your 'adult' children like adults, have them out from under your feet at 18, out in the workplace earning a living. University? Gimme a break, ask any Japanese university graduate what value they place on their education and they'll tell you they did nothing and it was a waste of time. Sure worked for this guy, right?
Parents must take all of the responsibility when their kids can't deal with the outside world and all of its trials and tribulations. A little tough love goes a long way...
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If you have a terrible meat based diet then you're probably sick a lot and a perfect flu candidate. There are many ways to fight, but to lie to oneself about health isn't working for those people
As veganism spreads it'll be interesting to see what diseases go down and turn out to be meat related
Ah, that's a pity. What started out as an interesting and informative post soon degenerated into vegan propaganda.
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The Shape of Water is a grotesque film with very little in the way of redeeming qualities. The film contains gratuitous scenes of nudity and sexuality as well as violence. These scenes serve only to titillate the audience with prurience.
The concept and theme are both ridiculous and inane and the outcome is equally silly and pointless. The film was not deserving of any awards at all. We can only look forward to the latest by Mel Gibson with his soon to be released Life of Christ film following up on his masterpiece "The Passion Of The Christ" from 2004.
I, too, didn't care much for The Shape of Water but my reasons for not liking it are, I think, a great deal more valid than yours. And, for the record, I don't think 'The Passion Of The Christ' was a masterpiece. It was, in its own way, just as offensive as you feel this movie was...
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Works for me....
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Looking forward to see Three Billboards and Shape of Water.
You're in for a treat. Both great movies...but I fear the wrong movie won today.
@ Toasted Heretic
For me, it was all about the soundscapes in that movie. Plus, it was Christopher Nolan. If he did a ten hour movie about paint drying, I'd probably watch that!
As great as Nolan obviously is, his decision to rely on practical effects and not employ a limited amount of CGI left everything feeling a little flat. The scale was all wrong and it will be a very long time before we get a movie that actually reflects the momentous size of the operation. The twenty second shot in Darkest Hour - which is frankly no more than a so-so movie - depicting the flotilla showed much more than Dunkirk did during its entire duration.
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Although I live in Japan, I wish I could subscribe to Netflix or Hulu US
VPN, my friend, VPN.....
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The same comment gets posted here nearly every year. I wonder, what exactly are we supposed to see in the pictures to believe that Japan's future is doomed?
True. It may be me doing the posting. I suppose it could be wishful thinking on my part. This is one of the least appealing aspects of Japanese society to me and I suspect many others, it's all so mind-numbingly depressing watching these young nobodies begin their journeys toward becoming older nobodies...
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What I would give if just once - JUST ONCE - one of these wee automatons would show up for his first day at work in a lavender coloured suit. How happy that would make me....
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Look at those pictures. This is Japan's future. Japan is doomed....
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@ Alex Einz
yes, maybe medieval but notice how society is super safe and advanced? or do you have better example of a safe achieving society ?California? Skid row? Silicon valley?
Until recently, there have been very few real child pornography laws on the Japanese statute books. Likewise, many, many cases of rape go unreported in Japan. So, there are just two examples of how your 'safe' Japan is probably not the country you think it is. I am afraid you may be a little naïve in this regard...
Regarding this particular topic, though, ask yourself this question. Where are all the Japanese feminists...?
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