GrungeHamster comments

Posted in: 25-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-year-old daughter See in context

Sick.

Wife and I struggled so much to even get pregnant and this vile person abandons her child because she wants some “alone time”

I hope they throw every book they have at her. The thought of that poor child alone, in pain and suffering. Give the child up. I’d have taken them in. Clothed, fed, cared and loved them all the same.

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Posted in: Child fatally assaulted by father was earlier released from custody despite his sexual abuse of her See in context

So sad.

On today's episode of Japanese Incompetence, ...

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Posted in: Teacher says he trespassed into apartment to see women’s underwear See in context

he was always in a good mood and never seemed to be stressed out.

Right, had he been stressed out that might have explained his actions, but here? We are just at a loss let me tell you.

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Posted in: Japanese police officer gets pay cut for using dating app to see several men See in context

Unethical? Who cares?

If she was doing this during work hours and goofing off then sure. It'd be the equivalent to taking several smoke breaks throughout the work day. Who cares if she is seeing a couple of guys during her private life.

Japan has been complaining about young people not dating and starting families and here they are chewing out a young woman for doing the very thing they want people to do! You almost got to have your cake and eat it Japan, then you blew it.

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Posted in: Ootoya to close most restaurants for a day on March 12 for staff training after video prank See in context

It's a publicity stunt. Japanese gotta save face when they can. Quit and move on from this black company.

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Posted in: Man arrested for hitting police officer who interfered with his Pokemon GO game See in context

As an avid player and fan of the game, this idiot is an embarrassment. Even in my community there are members playing that can't seem to understand the idea that we shouldn't be inconveniencing local areas by jamming up the streets. Public safety and normal function of public roads and walkways take priority over catching Pokemon.

I highly recommend anyone on the fence check the game out, but to please do so safely. The dunce that attacked the officer should be punished to the full extent of the law as well. A real trainer wouldn't point their finger at others for their inability. Git gud.

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Posted in: Convenience stores to stop selling adult magazines by end of August See in context

Here's a crazy idea.

Why don't we shelve them behind the counter and behind black shelving covers to prevent young / sensitive individuals from seeing unwanted sexual content just like they do Stateside?

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Posted in: 'Peeping Tom' police officer questioned after sneaking into house, secretly watching woman bathe See in context

Been awhile since there was an article like this. Okay so which is it? Drunk? Stressed out? Mental sickness?

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Posted in: Japan protests over alleged rape by U.S. sailor on Okinawa See in context

Would love to see a protest against you know, rape in general. Don't see why Okinawans get bent out of shape when a foreigner does it but it's no big deal if its Okinawan on Okinawan. I guess its just people getting on a band-wagon and going with their knee jerk reaction to someone or something they interpret as "different"

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Posted in: Man in wheelchair, helper die after being hit by car in Yamaguchi See in context

Very unfortunate. Hope their friends and families make it through this.

@Smith

I have been wondering a similar thing about high beams. I feel like its the result of cars just having LED lighting in combination with people being ignorant to the fact that blasting your high beams when there is oncoming traffic is frowned upon. Is it really so hard to put together the notion that people can't see when there are 4 massively bright lights in their face?

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Posted in: Chinese woman arrested for drowning 5-year-old son See in context

Look I know arguing over the idea of race or occupation being mentioned in articles is a moot point for some. I just want to make the point that mentioning such things, particularly in Japan carries a lot more weight than it may in others.

Company employee found guilty of something? Your company now looks bad. Friend of yours is found carrying illegal substances? Guess who else is getting questioned?

Almost anything that might be frowned upon in Japanese society carries over for huge groups of people even if the act committed is done by a single individual.

Because of that I would appreciate news stories treading a bit more carefully about what is said. Of course there are points that need to be mentioned when detailing suspects and that like, but we need to ask is needed here? Yes or no?

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Posted in: Eyeing global domination, 'Star Wars' opens big in China See in context

Oh China. Where's John Boyega on the cover art for the movie?Photoshopped him out? Little racist wouldn't you say?

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Posted in: Chinese woman arrested for drowning 5-year-old son See in context

Just to be fair then, articles pertaining Japanese nationals should state they are in fact Japanese then.

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Posted in: Chinese woman arrested for drowning 5-year-old son See in context

Suppose there is no reason to be offended at the article stating that the woman is Chinese or not, but it does sometimes come off as unnecessary when certain details have attention drawn to them.

Not even details that are related to race. Sometimes it is a crime or incident and the persons charged will have their company name announced. Is it necessary the article go over the company they work for? Was this a company order? No? So why mention it? Give the name, what happened, where it happened and any other confirmed information.

Sometimes things like race or occupation do not have any reason to be brought up.

Then there are incidents involving Japanese folks too, yet attention to the person being Japanese is never brought up. Should we just assume that the person is Japanese by the name? What about Yuqiong Cai? Sounds Chinese, should we assume she is? Why bring it up in the article?

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Posted in: Plum trees already blossoming in Kagawa; earliest ever See in context

When do they typically blossom then?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for abandoning dead baby in paper bag See in context

Tanaka, who was arrested on Tuesday, lives with her ​​mother and sister. They told police they were not aware that she was pregnant.

The baby was quite small, dangerously underweight I would guess but how do you not know that your daughter is pregnant? No baby bump? No change in eating habits, lack of a period, nausea? I would seriously question the validity of mom and sis's statement.

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Posted in: 19-year-old man arrested after punching his mother to death See in context

Speed

Yeah I don't know about that one. Is the lapse in logic coming from the courts or is it in the writing and something is just getting lost in translation?

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Posted in: 16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents See in context

Keanu Reeves in "Parenthood" comes to mind on this one:

"...you need a license to buy a dog. You need a license to drive a car. Hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any butt-reaming *** be a father."

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Posted in: Japan says whaling fleet will set sail on Tuesday See in context

It really has to be a "I do and eat what I want!" sort of mentality. I tried whale once and it was awful. I don't see what value eating whale has to offer considering it looks, tastes and feels terrible to eat. There are apparently health issues tied to eating it excessively as well.

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Posted in: University student arrested for throwing eggs from condo balcony See in context

stressed out from continuously failing at job hunting.

Well job hunting chances are scrambled now. I understand being stressed out by something like that but take to the batting cages or the gym next time.

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl arrested for drunk driving resulting in death See in context

MikeRowave

Well that is my preference as well. Feel a bit better being able to see the traffic in front of me, but as SenseNotSoCommon said, this woman was drunk so I am not so certain how much good walking in either direction would have done.

From the broadcast footage seen on Meizamashi TV this morning, the incident seems to have taken place on the left-hand side. It is possible the woman was simply following the standard direction of travel in Japan.

I do not understand the deal with referring to this woman as "girl" but it could just be a translation issue. She is definitely in the wrong and should be held accountable for involuntary manslaughter.

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Posted in: Man, girlfriend arrested for making his 2-year-old son smoke See in context

So by the downvotes I guess people want the kid to stay with this pair? Do we not want the boy away from his ass of a father?

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Posted in: Three 16-year-olds killed in car crash in Ehime See in context

It's SCARY to see people driving around in their cars with their KIDS hopping around the seats.

It is scary, and quite sad. There was an unfortunate accident a few weeks ago where a 4 year-old was thrown from a vehicle because the car was over-packed and the child was seated on the mothers lap. Had the child been wearing a seat belt they would likely still be here today.

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Posted in: Gov't panel discusses baby stroller use on public transportation See in context

You need to use an elevator to get up and down with one of those things. Some stations either don`t have them or have them in really inconvenient locations.

I definitely agree with this sentiment. Japan has gotten better about equipping stations with elevators and escalators in the last 5 or 6 years from what I have experienced, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before we will be finished here.

Yes some of the placement of these items makes me wonder if there are just not enough good civil engineers here.

when I get to the elevator there is a long line of able bodied young people standing in line, totally ignoring the perfectly good escalator a few steps away. Often these are the same people who sat in the priority seats on the train while I stood.

Yes this also bothers me and as a person who hopes to join the father ranks in the next few years I imagine this will become more of an issue for me. This is one of those things that a train company and a ministry can either fix by enforcing it harshly, or people just need to be more considerate.

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Posted in: Man, girlfriend arrested for making his 2-year-old son smoke See in context

It's a good thing this man and girl have what appears to be half a brain so the kid could be pulled away from these circumstances and may now have a chance.

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Posted in: Students complain of being exploited in part-time jobs, survey shows See in context

wontond

That may or may not be the case but is that any reason to accept working conditions that were not agreed upon? Normalization part of the issue here as some have mentioned. Maintaining this concept of wa/harmony and the nail that sticks out way of thinking is only compounding the problem.

It only adds more reason to having proper worker unions to protect people working in any industry where work conditions may be out of line.

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Posted in: Tour buses causing traffic problems in Tokyo See in context

MarkX

I know what you mean. So what is it going to be then? Do we or don't we want people coming to Japan?

Though at the same time the article and people bringing up the complaints may simply be drawing attention to a particular point to help adjust and hopefully fix an issue before it becomes a major problem. With the 2020 Olympics not far, this issue is just going to get bigger and it is perhaps best we get it sorted now rather than just before, or during the Olympics.

As far as etiquette goes, I guess that is just a result of ignorance. We can't very well expect all people whether they are Chinese, British, American, Australian or people from anywhere outside of Japan to just know or understand the way things work in Japan.

Though it would be nice if people wouldn't forget their brains at home when they go on holiday. Common sense things, like public indecency or that other article here about that man that entered the female section of an onsen because the view was nicer.

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Posted in: U.N. envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn See in context

chikv

Nice insight. I couldn't agree more. There are a ton of people here with varying opinions here on how to approach this issue but I think all can agree to your last point.

More time, energy and resources should be spent protecting real people here and now. Not images.

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Posted in: U.N. envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn See in context

avigator

I think I understand what you are getting at. Is it that the idea of interacting with a particular material or as you said, stimuli creates a potential case? So one consuming media depicting child pornography and or child abuse is a potential abuser or could become one as a result?

Correct me if I am wrong of course. I am not trying to put words in your mouth.

As I said before. There is a wide variety of media depicting acts and activities that illegal. theft, drug abuse, drug abuse, violence, murder, rape and the list goes on. Still many of us consume this sort of media in a variety of novels, TV shows, dramas, film and more.

I am not so sure we can start doling out prison sentences based on simply consuming a thought or idea we saw in an episode of Breaking Bad or something. So why should it be any different here? Watching or reading about a crime does not make someone a criminal.

I like the example that you gave discussing the nature of radical Muslims. While I cannot say whether it was the stimuli that caused people like that to turn to such extreme "solution" to their problem. I can say that when radical Muslims resort to such acts when people express their opinion on Muhammad, that is them dishing out their own brand of thought policing. They are controlling and manipulating the way people think about, interpret and express things which is one of the core components of this entire debate.

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Posted in: U.N. envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn See in context

I made a post about this when this topic was being discussed a bit more this summer so I will be quoting myself as I still stand by the statement.

"So after we start thought policing people reading sexually explicit acts involving children in comic book form, what media is next? Movies and drama that depict drug dealing, murder, rape or perhaps theft? Are these things and themes just as wrong? Yet many of us consume them on a daily basis. So where do we draw the line?"

Child abuse is wrong. However pushing into this realm we run the risk of thought policing people for their opinions and ideas.

As the article mentions we then need to consider how we define what is and what is not depiction of child abuse in cartoon form, let alone define what is "extreme" child abuse or porn. I do appreciate that Maud de Boer-Buquicchio acknowledges that there is a need to balance out freedom and protection of children.

Again child abuse is wrong, but as stated:

while books and videos of real children in sexually provocative poses are still widely available—and legal.

There are still real lives, real children being harmed out there. I strongly feel we should be channeling our time, energy and resources to helping real children and stopping groups and individuals that would readily abuse them. Once we have punished those responsible and saved those who have been hurt we can discuss what to do about depiction of images and how we define them.

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