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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

How many times is the Japanese government required to apologize for atrocities that occurred during WWII? At some point both governments need to have concrete discussions to finally put this matter to rest.

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Posted in: Man arrested over 7-year-old girl's murder See in context

I am amazed at how fast the police apprehended the killer. Excellent work by the detectives assigned to the case.

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Posted in: Elementary schoolgirl attacked by man while on her way to school in Tokyo See in context

I think the last sentence hit me. How about the many mass shootings at the schools? Many don't get home safely. Many parents are also gun carrying owners.

No society is perfect. America has gun control issues and the world is very much aware of this fact. But the focus of discussion is about how do we keep Japanese children safe on the way to and from school. I’m seeing a lot of people taking offense to the phrase “parental supervision”. These words seem to strike a nerve that people simply don’t want to deal with. Unbelievable! PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN!

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Posted in: Elementary schoolgirl attacked by man while on her way to school in Tokyo See in context

Well, Japanese people have a very specific definition of freedom which is something like this: "I have the right, regardless of age or gender, to safely walk anywhere in my country alone at any time of day or night." This contrasts sharply with the American definition of freedom, which tends to revolve around the right not to pay any taxes or to buy a gun without any regulatory obstacles. Japanese are known to be steadfast in their refusal to cede control of their streets to depraved or violent individuals. Don't expect attitudes among parents to change much or at all.

It’s pretty obvious that you have a problem with Americans but let’s try to stay focused on the safety of Japanese children who are being abducted and murdered in broad daylight. More parental supervision is needed and less attitude about “refusal to cede control of the streets to violent individuals.” Your statement sounds good in theory but in reality children are being attacked and murdered. So, it is quite obvious that the people have already conceded the streets to these so called violent individuals. The evidence is quite clear and overwhelming.

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Posted in: Elementary schoolgirl attacked by man while on her way to school in Tokyo See in context

There are a lot of sick individuals out and about these days who prey on defenseless children like animals. I’m from the USA and I am always amazed by the fact that parents allow there young children to travel to and from school unescorted. It is the parent’s responsibility to make the time to ensure their young kids get to school and home safety.

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Posted in: Ex-SDF member arrested over 5 murders says he was annoyed by nagging family See in context

Killing your entire family because of nagging is absolutely unimaginable. A simple change in residence would have alleviated his problems. The murders in my opinion were committed out of years of deep psychological conflict and anger. Japan has a lot of work to do in terms of providing the proper mental health care for its society.

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Posted in: School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe See in context

It appears that the school operator has an axe to grind after his organization was publicly exposed as being corrupted. His latest claim about receiving money from the Abe couple is somewhat convient and full of revenge in my opinion. He loves the attention. Any normal person under investigation would avoid speaking to media but Mr. Kagoike seems to enjoy and embrace the attention. I believe he will say anything to extend his presence in front of the cameras and microphones.

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Posted in: Dallas suspect told police he wanted to kill white officers See in context

First of all my sincere sympathy to the victims and their families. This was a senseless act of violence at a peaceful protest to bring attention to double standards being practiced by police departments throughout country. The double standards exist mainly because policeman are being trained to approach young, black male citizens with extreme caution and aggression while other non-black citizens are less likely to experience this form of aggressive policing. It is a sad reality and the frustrations are beginning to erupt into a violent "us against them" mentality throughout most black communities. It appears that history is repeating itself as we see flashbacks from the past when police brutality against young, black men was just as horrific as it is in 2016. The lack of respect and mistrust of policeman will ultimately improve once the police start to treat black citizens with the same level of respect and fairness that's given to non-black citizens.

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