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Posted in: Bodies of 2 adults and 2 children found in parked car in Yokohama See in context

I've spent a bit of time on the battle field and seen quite a bit of stuff, and reading this makes me want to cry.

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Posted in: Japan seeks release of Japanese journalist arrested in Myanmar See in context

Gee Japan that must really suck having your people imprisoned in a system that blatantly sucks sarcasm

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Posted in: Netflix tests feature that could limit password sharing See in context

I live where ever my VPN says I do.

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Posted in: 2 American men wanted for aiding Ghosn's escape arrive in Japan See in context

Japan justice system, be warry what you wish for... you might just get it.

Your moral imperative in this is one dimensional. You have only one thing to gain, but everything else to lose.

These guys are not tourists legally blindsided with fright, they are not migrants dreading over the threat of being sent back to their home country, they are not the local us navy sailor potato peeler you can steam roll.

Your system completely relies on compliance, and these guys have no reason to comply with any of your nonsense at any level.

YoU cAn'T SpEak enRisH iN jAPanESe pRiSoN... yeah? Or what? You'll beat or starve them to death? Righhht.

Hanoi Hilton ... Tokyo Tower

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Posted in: Leader of political party that refuses to pay NHK ordered to pay NHK See in context


If you could really understand Japanese then you would have watch some of those great NHK drama series with the white guy that speaks English with a heavy non anglophone accent playing a US soldier, UK or US businessman etc... That is inevitably the bad guy, this is an enviable recurring theme in NHK shows for the past 30 years that I have been here.

Was asked to audition for a TV show one time.

After reading the script and saw how my "essence" was going to be used, I told them the same thing I told the NHK guy!

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Posted in: Japanese airman, U.S. instructor killed in training jet crash in U.S. See in context

There is always an exchange program going on. There are always flight crews from around the world training in the US. Doesn't mean those countries can't organically do it, the US just has more resources: flying space, assets, facilities etc.

I can speak to that there currently a higher number of foreign flight crews training in the US.

Most notable training for the F-35 and the P-8, and yes even for older aircraft like the P-3.


This is also true for the civilian side too. You're local Japanese pilots didn't learn to fly that JAL or ANA Boeing Dreamliner in Japan, it was likely Moses Lake in Washington State.

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Posted in: 3 arrested over smuggling of drugs hidden in Snow White dwarf dolls See in context

Okay like usual I am confused by the article's reporting, so I need clarification...

Were these people mules(transporting the drugs on their person or in personal luggage), or were they just shipped the drugs through the mail?

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Posted in: Gov't to review next week early lifting of state of emergency See in context

Is that graffiti on the telephone booth windows, or part of the design, I cant tell?

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Posted in: Gov't to review next week early lifting of state of emergency See in context

Gov't to review next week early lifting of state of emergency

A: Next week Govt to review early lifting of SOE

B: Early lifting of SOE to be reviewed by Govt next week

C: Govt to review early lifting of SOE next week

D: Govt to review, next week, lifting of SOE early

E: Govt to review next week, early lifting of SOE

F: Any of the above being better than what the editor chose

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Posted in: Imperial couple planning to meet with 2011 disaster survivors online See in context

The emperor and empress, who have visited the region when they were crown prince and crown princess, are expected to pray for victims and offer words of encouragement to the survivors.

...thanks, I guess.

What is the point of a monarchy if you have no power to be an effective monarch?

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

Private School... so yeah I feel they can enforce this. The school isn't just restricting them, as it is an aspect to their product, a kind of environment, they have sold to others. As in, "hey school, you promised me," the father of another student, "that this rule would be enforced to generate a certain learning atmosphere. So, I'll sue you too." The school is compelled to do what it did.

Public School... then I feel it would be a totally inappropriate overreach into sovereign citizen's personal affairs.

...but then again that seems to be really common with governments these days.

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Posted in: University student arrested for groping high school girl on train See in context

I am in no way saying it didn't happen, but are they sure they have the right guy? Seems odd to me that the assailant would be somebody that would take this route on a daily routine.

He was going to school, I have to assume he goes this way everyday, as does she. Criminals tend to not commit crimes near their regular/normal travel corridors, or go where they might run across previous victims.

On another note this situation, as it is second hand reported, illuminates a deeper cultural problem. The fact that she didn't stand up for herself during the commision(we all want our girls standing up for themselves), the fact that he was brasin enough to do it on public transportation, in broad daylight, during rush hour, and that nobody if they saw it (somebody did) didn't do anything about it either.

So, just what the hell was going-on on this train for forty minutes?

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Posted in: Three 16-year-olds arrested for extorting money and mopeds from high school boys See in context

Ok, hold on... cognitive dissidence has started, and my American brain is doing some calculations here...

5 teenagers, on a Monday morning, at 10AM(it's bright), fight, in a street, ... for 45 minutes.

(Keep in mind a Senior Junior Olympic Boxing match is 3 - 2 minutes rounds for a total of 6 minutes.)

And nobody reports anything?

Then I'm factoring the thousand dollars, and moped. rolls eyes Sure. 16 year olds carry that kind of cash all the time.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan brings out a new chicken burger with rice buns See in context

Japanese version of the McRib?

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Posted in: China authorizes coast guard to use force amid disputes See in context

**@isoducky* I also see a freedom of navigation tour coming in the next 6 months by the US navy.*

Oh no, it is a continuous thing. Even if the news is not reporting it, US military assets are out there everyday. Places like the Spratlys were avoided decades past, now its the proverbial US Interstate 5 of the area. lol

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Posted in: Tech, health firms team up on digital vaccination certificates See in context

Show me your papers... yeah no thanks. If whatever you're pedaling requires vaccination papers, then it sounds a little too risky to me.

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Posted in: Google suspends Parler social networking app from Play Store; Apple gives 24-hour warning See in context

Does this mean that if these companies do not like my telephone conversation, they can turn that off too? Can they deny me from making a call to a deemed radical left or right entity?

I consider myself politically homeless as a I like left and right ideas, but I def do not like what these companies are doing.

...I pay the police to do police work, I pay Apple for a phone.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting high school girl hints at committing 30 similar crimes See in context

How did he get underwear off of someone walking down a street? ...why are these articles so short?

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Posted in: Coronavirus rains on Tokyo's samba parade again See in context

...more presumed culture going on I suspect...

I have no objection to people trying out things from other cultures, but I would bet anyone a Dr. Pepper most of the people involved have no idea what a Brazilian Carnival actually is, or about, or why it's done etc.

is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. During Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term "carnival", from carnelevare, "to remove (literally, "raise") meat."

It would be like a random Tokyo neighborhood throwing a Mardi Gras parade. Not against that! But i would have lots of questions as to why. And my concern would be that the original value is lost.

Better yet, how would Japan feel if my home town in a far away land decided to conduct its own Winter Night Festival "in the sprit" of Chichicbu, Saitama?

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Posted in: Another state of emergency would impact Tokyo Olympics See in context

This article has put me over my threshold of patience about the O.

There are risks in every investment, this one didn't pay off.

Stick a pin in this crap, and let's move on.

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Posted in: Gov't to consider new COVID-19 state of emergency declaration See in context

Doctor Evil Meme: righhhhht

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Posted in: Police shoot knife-wielding man before arresting him See in context


Japanese police side-arms are only one step above toy guns in the US. The .38 caliber and the grain they use would easily be stopped by my ice hockey gear(not speculation btw lol). I wouldn't be so worried about ricochets. Especially after already making contact with a person.

And I don't believe the police officer was aiming for a leg, he was probably shitting his pants and did the best he could. As a multiple tour combat veteran I can personally attest to shooting people is a lot harder than it is made out on tv.

Wishing the best and speedy recovery for everyone involved.

TakumiDec. 31, 2020  10:40 pm JST

DeeToday  03:30 pm JST

Shot the suspect in the thigh? Only fired twice? Lucky for him that the officer never received any training in the U.S.

it’s a good thing the bullet didn’t go through his leg and ricochet into a small child. It’s common sense to shoot the largest part of someone’s body. No one is shot to “injure”, it’s a last resort put them down. Trying to hit a smaller target like a leg is just stupid. The chance of missing, a ricochet, or hitting an artery and causing death anyways is high.

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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for assaulting pub drinker on street See in context

I think I am not understanding something, or missing something from this article.

This happens every night in multiple places around the Kanto plain, why is this particular instance of note?

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Posted in: It’s hoped that foreign students would join Japanese firms after graduation and continue living in the country. Furthermore, foreign students are, in fact, supporting Japan’s workforce as part-timers. It’s necessary for Japanese public and private sectors, and academics, to jointly develop a system to welcome foreign students as members of Japanese society. See in context

Japan is the original Los Vegas... the entire house is stacked against you. Anybody with half a brain stays away, or never comes back. I have a nice life here because my metrics of success do not revolve around the position of being a tourist, an ambassador, a business person, a refugee, or even anybody's friend. I walk around with a chip on my shoulder that where I came from is better than this place unapologetically. Ironically I find that once Japanese folks understand that you aren't here to assimilate(SIMP out) and won't suffer their bs, they love the hell out of you. ... well maybe not the NHK guy that came to my door I told to get lost lol

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Posted in: Starbucks' sole sign-language outlet in Japan reaching out to locals See in context

Anybody know the actual address?

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Posted in: Fines paid in only 25% of parking offense cases by foreign diplomats See in context

noriahojanenToday  07:43 am JST

Too lenient. Just publish violators' name and country of origin.

In my home town of Washington DC we started doing this and it has worked well. Once the actual ambassadors saw they were going to be or were being put on blast, they put their foots down on their staffs and their staff's dependants.

Once the DC PD started posting the lists, it turned out that most of the offenders were not actual staff members/diplomats, but their families.

I agree with the idea of diplomatic immunity, it would be too easy to throw a diplomat in jail over a fraudulent parking ticket as a matter of protest over that countries actions.

In this situation I think the public pressure concept is the best way to go.

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Posted in: Elementary school group rescued from sinking ship in western Japan See in context

I do not doubt an object being out there, there is a lot of things in the ocean, especially in this area.

My interest is in why was the vessel was doomed by it? Sounds like something intrinsic to the boat failed. Structure, pumps, training, etc.

Great job for all involved!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 534 new coronavirus cases as Japan goes on maximum alert See in context

I'm not taking this seriously until they put back on the hard-hats and fancy coveralls. J/k

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