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Posted in: Sign of the times See in context

I think the bigger contradiction is the "come here" noted on the sign. Talk about mixed signals.

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Posted in: Police to formally charge Ichihashi with Hawker's murder See in context

Good. It is about time.

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Posted in: Dividing up Ichihashi reward money worthy of its own investigation See in context

combini I think you are referring to the common law concept. Under the Civil Code of Japan knowledge of the reward is not required. Pls see article 529 at this link: http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail_main?id=1&vm=&re=

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Posted in: Two 15-yr-old boys sent to family court for assaulting 8-yr-old boy See in context

We didn’t want the injuries we gave him to be discovered, so we tried to kill him.”

Thanks for admitting to the premeditation. So, this is attempted murder. I am not sure what that is worth in the J family court system but I hope these kids are locked up for a long time.

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Posted in: Proxy wedding means Marine's Japanese widow, baby unwelcome in U.S. See in context

the definition of spouse does not include a “wife or husband by reason of any marriage ceremony..."

The quoted portion of the US Immigration & Nationality Act is not applicable. This couple married under J law. No ceremony is required.

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Posted in: Tokyo film festival decides at last minute to include 'The Cove' See in context

It does not seem to have been added to the schedule yet: http://www.tiff-jp.net/en/schedule/ So, it might be difficult to find out when/where it is showing.

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Posted in: Ex-cop arrested over rape in underground passageway See in context

Ah, Japan's finest. By saying "I don't remember anything" is he trying to set up the "I was drunk" defence, which would give him a free pass (in Japan)?

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Posted in: Taiji sets dolphins free following int'l outcry over 'The Cove' See in context

Gaiatsu works every time in Japan.

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Posted in: GLAY spend Y1.5 billion on 15th anniversary concerts in Yokohama See in context

Aren't artists supposed to make money on concerts? Maybe they make their money on licensing/merchandising. GLAY t-shirt anyone?

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Posted in: Japanese urged to take pride in their safe society See in context

Way to buck the trend JT! Sapio and you should be commended for publishing this perspective. More of the same, please.

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Posted in: Gang-rape incident a by-product of Kyoto's lenient academic culture See in context

"According to its English website http://www.kyokyo-u.ac.jp/ehp/english/index.html, 52 foreign students are enrolled."

Relevance?

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