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Posted in: 8 youths arrested for 'hunting old men' in Yokohama See in context

But the original Japanese did not likely say, "おじいさん" (ojiisan) ("gramps", "old man"). I agree with Laguna.

It used to be you could walk the streets of Japan with impunity, regardless of the time. ~sigh~.

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Posted in: Annoying habits by train commuters, hot trends for 2011 and other survey results See in context

I had a guy who wouldn't give up leaning against me for a nap (we were both standing). After pushing him off a few times, I finally carefully put one foot behind me, and then abruptly took a full step backward. Arms flailing, he went skipping sideways down the train. That ended his nap.

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Posted in: Annoying habits by train commuters, hot trends for 2011 and other survey results See in context

@dolphingirl, It's both! That's what happens when you survey a bunch of NTT Docomo mobile users--you get a variety of answers.

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Posted in: Former yakuza Tatsuya Shindo turns to God See in context

@tkoind2 "I don't threaten anyone with damnation" I don't think Tatsuya Shindo is threatening anyone with damnation (nor is that what Christianity teaches). You blast religion, with your "Religion is a plague that humanity would be better off without.", but it seems that this guy's life is better for his having turned from his yakuza lifestyle, wouldn't you say?

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Posted in: Former yakuza Tatsuya Shindo turns to God See in context

@alladin Wow there's a bit of a vile, generalized diatribe. What makes you think you know what's going on in this guy's head/heart? And what's with the random suggestion of creating an organization? A church IS an organization that helps people. If we wanted money, don't you think he would have stayed a yakuza?

"Before he can truly turn to Christ, he must make amends with all of the people that he victimized." Christianity isn't about making amends and THEN turning to Christ. Christianity teaches that every person has sinned, and that being forgiven is not a matter of going out and playing catch up by trying to spend your life undoing all your mistakes--it's having your slate wiped clean. That's something that none of us deserves, but are offered.

"Like they say, once a Yakuza, always a yakuza." I don't believe "they" say that, whoever "they" may be. Try looking at 2nd Corinthians, 5:17. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!".

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