Seriously? We are expected to show this 'man' sympathy because he's had a tough life and then allow that sympathy to excuse him murdering another human being? This could be very useful if true, I too have had a pretty difficult life, will I be entitled to the same consideration should I kill a public figure? Is everyone who has been dealt a poor hand in life going to be shown the same consideration...?
Yamagami is a cold, calculating murderer guilty of the predetermined assassination of another person. That the person in question was as high profile an individual as Abe is largely irrelevant. Murder is murder is murder and there can be NO justification for it and certainly no excusing it.
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Traditionally, Russia acts first and deals with any consequences later. Take Afghanistan in 1979, for example or the Crimea just a few years ago. If they were going to do it, they would have done it by now. This is Putin flexing his muscles in order to see what the west's reaction will be....
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Lock the loony in the psychiatric ward for the rest of his life
Yes. Or - and here's a radical idea - they could treat his very obvious mental illness. Of course, locking him up and throwing away the key would be the easy thing to do. So we'll do that then, shall we...?
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@ Larry Lacky
Wow, you are serious? Good thing you are just JT poster. Certainly wouldn’t want you in any position like government or being a cop.
Fascinating. Out of interest, what exactly would your problem be with this concept...?
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@ Foreigner In Tokyo
Is anyone else disturbed by how much violent crime goes on here? Every other day there is a story about some horrific event, some of which would even make America revile in disgust. Japan may be spared by the lack of guns and related violence caused by them, but there is no shortage of mental illness, anger, and violence brewing under the surface.
My thoughts exactly. It amazes me that, every time anyone posts an opinion like this on this site, it gets voted down. It's almost as if people don't want to face facts here. In the UK, crime is obviously higher but we don't have the number of crazies Japan has. Yes, you are more likely to be mugged for your phone or whatever but you are very unlikely to be stabbed by a suicidal 17 year old. In short, crime in this country is random and senseless. Also, cases of murder within families is astonishingly high here. Almost every day there's a new story about about a son killing his parents, a grandson killing his grandparents, a middle aged stay-at-home man killing his elderly mother...it goes on and on.
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As somebody generally ambivalent towards Japan's obsession with anime, I came to this aware of Cowboy Bebop but having never watched it. I really liked it and I can easily imagine that those who didn't simply had too much invested in the anime and couldn't accept anything that didn't stick very closely to it. To succeed, I guess this show and any future shows like it will need to carry a warning along the lines of "Avoid If You Are A Fan Of The Original Animated Series. If You Have An Open Mind, Please Proceed..."
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An 11 year old should not be at home alone.
Oh, I dunno. Because he might fall from a balcony 10 floors up...?
Oh...wait a minute.
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All the debate here as if she has any chance AT ALL of winning the party leadership and thus the top job - c'mon, people, she's a woman!!!! She stands about as much chance of winning as I do of growing wings and flying. It's Japan....
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Girls with sexy clothing can and do move freely, alone, and at night anywhere in the city. That is NOT something you can say about current cities in e.g. Europe.
Really? I've lived in Tokyo for 18 years and prior to that I was born and raised in London. No women - not one, and that thankfully includes my daughter! - had ever been physically accosted in the UK. Amongst my female students here in Tokyo, something approaching 80% have confided in me that at some point in their lives they have been touched on a train. I actually caught a low life filming up a girl's skirt one evening. Does that fit your image of Japan, because that is the reality.
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Isnt this just about the most well-behaved society on the planet?
That's very much what they would like you to believe but in reality, problems of this kind are no less prevalent than elsewhere. And that's no fantasy.
I am starting to believe that the crime figures here in Japan are being massaged in order to fit the image that Japan wants to project to the rest of the world.
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It is terrible from my POV that they cannot be named at 19 for being "minors"
It's nonsense, isn't it? The very idea that, at 19, they are not responsible as adults for their
actions is a blight on Japanese society.
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While there is a lack of direct evidence, it is believed that the Wakayama District Public Prosecutors Office feels it can establish guilt on the basis of circumstantial evidence.
That sentence leaves me feeling a little uncomfortable.....
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The American prison system will welcome her with open arms. America isn't like the Japanese legal system where she would get 5 years in prison. She will get at least 20 years, with no chance of parole.
Sounds to me like she'll be claiming diminished responsibility due to some form of mental illness, an insanity plea if you will. Who knows, she may actually be insane, in which case it'll be a cushy enough 20 plus years in a secure facility....
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So, actually, keeping with the spirit of finding some commonality, will give SW:TLJ a second view, from Your different perspectives.
Good for you. I came here, read your initial remarks and then planned to reply to them in a manner that was bound to spark a flame war of some kind. Then I read the comment above and I have renewed respect for you.
I, too, loved TLJ and, though I can't profess to being a SW fan boy, I very much appreciated Rian Johnson’s attempts to do something new and unexpected with the franchise. The majority of SW fans were not open in any way to this concept but, coming as it did so soon after Rogue One, I felt that it gave the whole shebang a lift that JJ was unable to benefit from. TROS was a dreadful end to the saga. Anyway, I for one look forward to these Netflix movies. Knives Out was a lot of fun...
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Foggy London? Seriously, get out of the fifties. I'm so sick of hearing this epithet applied to my home town. Has any one ever actually been to London and seen this fog...?
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Unless you have a family member with serious disability you don't know what you are talking about.
Took care of my severely disabled wife day in day out for a decade while holding down a job and raising a daughter. Never once considered killing her. Not sure what your point is, to be honest...
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@ Vanessa Carlisle
If anybody really wants to put an end to this sexualisation of children, they should start here in the land of the rising pervert....
You have never been behind the 'adult' curtain in an DVD store and seen the DVD-Rs of pre-teen girls in bikinis and swimming costumes, have you? By all means delude yourself if it helps you sleep at night.
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Oh the irony of reading this on a site in Japan, the country that sexualizes female minors like no other. Middle aged men dribbling over junior idols the way they do is truly nauseating. If anybody really wants to put an end to this sexualisation of children, they should start here in the land of the rising pervert....
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Anyone else of the opinion that he's gonna live to regret those comments...?
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Woah, that picture! What happened to "Social Distancing"?
I have never understood this. How can we socially distance everywhere else, not go to clubs, bars, cinemas, restaurants etc. and yet continue to be crowded on to commuter trains? Surely to god the railway companies have some responsibility here....
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Posted in: Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights? See in context
Seriously? Well, if it has "...led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights", it plainly hasn't been effective, has it? In reality, that has been exactly what has been needed.
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Please, god, no...and I'm British!
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Disgusting and uncalled for. This isn't 'cooking' it's exploiting women's bodies.
Yes. How dare she, that's a man's job, right...?
Anybody ever tell you that your on-line name suits you?
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But presumably, on a positive note, 'resetting' the immune system would likewise eradicate any auto immune illnesses that currently plague humanity...or am I being dumb here? (...it wouldn't be the first time!)
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Extremely satisfying to come here and to see all of these right-minded comments when all you get from the Japanese you speak to is nods, awkward smiles and hushed comments. Like so much else in Japanese society, these allegations - which we all know to be true! - are too uncomfortable for them to face and they would all rather ignore their existence. Shameful, as are the parents who presumably saw fit to put their young sons in harm's way for the promise of possible stardom...
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No surprise here, surely. They know which side their bread is buttered. China is an important market for them, a few misplaced words and they are banned from entering and playing in China. Needs must when the devil drives....
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A professor? Shame on you no matter what the excuse is
Professor? Where does it say that? It says he works at a university, he could be a janitor...
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@ Janet Toop
if you truly cared, money wouldn't be an issue - just take one for the team.
Tell you what, let's me and you swap places, shall we? You obviously have a considerably higher income than do I and probably most on this thread for you talk about taking one for the team this way. Personal finance in issues like this must ALWAYS takes precedence....just not in your ivory tower, I guess.
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I think we're losing perspective if all we care abut is getting to work on time, rather than thinking about why a man in his 20s decided to kill himself, and what problems in society brought him to do that.
Maybe is this loss of humanity and empathy that brings people to commit suicide...
I have sympathy with those who feel that there is nowhere to turn and that suicide is their only option. What I have NO sympathy for, however, is suicide as performance art. Why is it necessary to commit suicide in such a public manner? My 14 year old son was confronted with the remains of one these individuals on the platform of Seijogakuen-mae station last year. The staff were mopping his remains off the platform and it affected my son badly. Is that the point? Do they want the world to take notice of them in death the way it didn't while they were alive? If they are going to take their lives, as tragic as that is, why can't they do it in the privacy of their homes? And don't tell me that they aren't thinking straight, they are thinking straight enough to leave home, enter the station and choose their moment. Sorry, no sympathy here...
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