Hokkaidoboy comments

Posted in: Kabul's mannequins, hooded and masked under Taliban rules See in context

The Taliban fear powerful women. They are only manly in the mountains with a Kalashnikov strapped in their chest. Otherwise they are illiterate little nothings.

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Posted in: Best still to come in World Cup after shocks galore See in context

Kind of strange and boring WC with many superteams out. Namely Italy from the tournament and Germany, Uruguay and Belgium out in group stage.

I support the Oz's aside from Japan though they have a difficult test with Argentina.

That said, I maintain that hosting the WC in Qatar is shameful.

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Posted in: Abuse of children at Shizuoka nursery school revealed See in context

The fact of how can someone harm a baby/toddler boy/girl is beyond horrifying.

I think that harming children puts that person in the position of being a dangerous person to society. Similar to the ones who harm little animals. If a person is capable of such cowardice, they are beyond the concept of wickedness.

In cases like these, I try not to focus on the offenders but in the recovery, in this case, of the toddlers. I hope they can forget in their little minds these horrible events.

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court dismisses damages suit by same-sex couples See in context

I am very tired of people meddling in our private lives. Let us be, we harm no one. Sad I couldn't marry in Japan would I wish to. Denying a right is akin to violating it.

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Posted in: Taiwan votes in local elections amid tensions with China See in context

Millions upon millions of Chinese of the mainland, if information were not censored, would long to belong to or adopt a system like Taiwan's.

China's sabre-rattling and bullying of Taiwan is horrifying.

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Posted in: Court shortens psychiatric evaluation period for Abe's accused killer See in context

While it is hard that a legally insane person can carry out such premeditated and elaborated crime (tracking Abe, producing the murder weapon, etc.) I feel proud of these things in Japan or elsewhere, because a state should not punish its mentally ill.

I'm saying this aside it all from Yamagami.

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Posted in: Xi spat with Trudeau lays bare China's frayed ties with Canada See in context

Funny.

One of the most authoritarian rulers in the world scolding Trudeau.

I love Canada but I miss Stephen Harper times where no one would mistreat or humiliate Canada.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, S Korea vow unified response to North Korea threat See in context

North Korea must be recognised as a nuclear state. Nothing will change Kim's mind. But he should know that any use of them would result in his demise.

PS Has anyone noticed how nobody talks about this summit being held in Cambodia, where Hun Sen clings to power since earlier than my birth?

Double-standards at bestest.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for constructive relations in talks with China's Li See in context

One way of honest constructive relations would be for Japan advocating for the 47 Hong Kong activists jailed under the national security law and Uyghurs.

Constructive doesn't mean appeasing.

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Posted in: China's Xi expands powers, promotes allies See in context

Poor Hong Kong and Uyghurs.

How can this man show compassion for these two peoples when he allowed Hu Jintao be removed like a demented man from his side... A cold and calculating man.

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Posted in: Man arrested for strangling wife ‘because she asked me to do it’ See in context

Even if that were the case, it's still illegal.

Man up, bloke.

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Posted in: Mikhail Gorbachev's death mourned as passing of rare leader See in context

I'm 29, didn't get to know Mr Gorbachev in power at his height. Just from what I learnt, respect to a man who put an end to a forever proxy war costing millions of innocent lives.

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Posted in: Girl arrested over knife attack in Shibuya says she wanted 'death penalty' See in context

I feel terrible for the victims of this deranged girl but also for the girl ... I don't sympathize, I just feel terrible that she could be so sick as to do something for a punishment that she'd not receive, and ultimately, would mean a kind of suicide. In Japan or the Marshall Islands, a show of societal decadence.

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Posted in: Former Australian PM Morrison says he took five ministries because he was 'steering the ship' See in context

The parallelism with the Titanic is unavoidable. The man who was in Hawaii as Australia wildfires raged, though not agree with the treasurer calling him dictatorial. Australia remains an outstanding democracy over there.

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Posted in: Eight wounded, two critically, in attack on Jerusalem bus See in context

Two peoples at war since at least earlier than the First World War. The fact that Palestinians do not yet accept the right of Israel to exist is problematic.

Anyway, how can you shoot a pregnant woman? That's messed up.

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Posted in: Japan executes prisoner who killed 7 in Tokyo street rampage See in context

He was 25. Now 39. Life wasted. His brother killed himself because of him.

His motives selfish in extreme and self-centered.

I can't say I'm happy. No death makes me happy. But I won't surely shred a tear for him.

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Posted in: Daycare center employee arrested for molesting 9-year-old girl See in context

Oh, the guy's my age. What could possibly be wrong-wired in him to see a little girl as a sexual target?

Two things worry me of such a case. Plz provide the little girl with counseling to put this past and obliterate this piece of garbage from her pure mind. And if this "man" will ever be released, please, treat him intensively, because he's truly a sicko. Gosh

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Posted in: Ex-Aum cult member released from prison after serving full term See in context

Well -- despite being involved with that bunch of terrorists, the fact that he turned himself in and the fact that he apologised to the victims, certainly makes a mitigation. It's glad sometimes to see people being rehabilitated.

It brings to mind the case of Kazuaki Okazaki, also a member of Aum who abandoned it after the Sakamoto murders. He also turned himself in, but he was deep in mud and he was hanged.

It's always interesting to see how the courts handle mitigation.

That all said, my deepest sympathies to the victims of this all.

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Posted in: Mother, 10-month-old daughter die in suspected murder-suicide leap from apartment building See in context

Very sad indeed. I cannot condemn, just say that I hope a motive can be established to bring about closure ... If any can be brought for their family.

And kudos JT for including links to suicide prevention, it's rampant everywhere in these ultra chaotic times.

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Posted in: Vietnamese man released after being wrongfully arrested for assault in Tokyo See in context

Two police officers went to the scene and arrested a Vietnamese man [...] based on a general description given to them by the victim and his friend.

Oh, please no. That's profiling someone. So If I call and say. "A man in his 30s with glasses attacked me", I wonder, will police arrest the first 30s-looking man with glasses?

Takahito Matsushima, the General Affairs Division’s department chief, said in a statement: “We hope to thoroughly instruct and educate our officers to prevent a reoccurrence of such an incident.”

Yes please, educate the officers, because that's one of the utmost mistakes a cop could do.

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Posted in: 37-year-old man gets life in prison for murder of 86-year-old man See in context

I don't understand the logic of his attorney. I understand that he had to defend his client, but to suggest that he had no intent to kill does not mean that his client was fully willing to do so in case his stealing attempt was to be foiled. He could have run away, but NOTHING justifies brutally stabbing an elderly man to death.

Full-fledged cold blood. I applaud the ruling, because prosecutors could also probe his guilt beyond reasonable doubt with the DNA evidence. I just hate convictions on circumstantial evidence.

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Posted in: Japanese abductees' families ask U.S. envoy to help resolve issue See in context

On the Megumi case

Yokota's father and the first leader of the families' group, Shigeru Yokota, died in June 2020 at the age of 87 without ever being reunited with Megumi.

[...]

North Korea claims Megumi died by suicide.

That dynasty is beyond the imagination of evil. Just cruel, nasty, and soulless, even if that claim is the truth.

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Posted in: Woman attacked by daughter’s ex-boyfriend on Feb 14 dies in hospital See in context

The fact that she never regained consciousness is so tragic. That woman's last sight may he been that of the violent attack without knowing about her daughter's safety. Just days after Women's Day, I, as a 29-year-old male, feel disgusted.

Not that I perceive women as victims per se. But this cases involving "ex-s" are almost overwhelmingly males attacking females. A hard truth to recognise if we want to build a better society.

I am no judge; I just wish an appropriate punishment for the killer to give the daughter a bit of closure.

Poor woman, may she rest in peace.

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia puts 81 to death in its largest mass execution See in context

“The accused were provided with the right to an attorney and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law

What law? The judges in Saudi Arabia apply draconian punishments based on Sharia law.

Capital punishment is immoral most of the times. It is truly barbaric what Saudi Arabia has done. A mass execution when the world's attention is elsewhere. Truly horrifying.

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Posted in: 3/11 quake-related suicides in Japan total 246 in 11 years See in context

The next morning, Masahiro woke up alone. He was later notified by police that his wife had died. She did not leave a suicide note

Not leaving a suicide note adds to the immense pain those left behind feel. It brings no closure, and a lot of ifs arise. It's truly tormenting.

Suicide prevention should be an assignment of some kind, along with the de-stigmatization of mental health. Mental health in Japan is somewhat stigmatized.

It's nothing to be ashamed of to call for help. It makes you braver.

As a side note, what I read time ago on CNN which was truly sad, was a man who still dives in the area of the tsunami, eleven years later, searching for his missing wife. That clinging to hope must be a clinging to sanity.

May all those affected be Blessed forever.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID-19 death toll tops 20,000 See in context

To have had close people dead from COVID-19 really hurts me to read people mocking the virus. And I don't care about the childish game of up-down-votes. It's my opinion.

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Posted in: Japan beats Denmark 6-2 to stay unbeaten in women's ice hockey See in context

"If we are able to play our game from the start, we'll absolutely win," 

That's what I call a positive spirit. :D

I would like to be informed if fighting is allowed in the Olympics' ice hockey. I am extremely sensitive and I can't watch the fights on ice hockey. But I am totally ignorant as if it is permitted here.

"It was a game that gives one the feeling that we've developed,"

Endless training is giving its fruits. You reaped sacrifice, you sow success. Kudos!

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Posted in: Suspect in 2010 murder of 16-year-old boy indicted after undergoing psychiatric tests See in context

29-year-old man

I'm 29 too!. I can't believe the years that have passed. This means that both this man and I were 18 or so in 2010. I can't believe for the suffering that the victim's family has had to go through 12 years. Processes should be speeded up.

The insanity defence should be clearly established at the moment of arrest and arraignment. A person's mental health changes overtime. I'm autistic, and I'm far "saner" now than when I was during my terrible hormones-hit teenage years.

I hope this case is solved, in any form, to, as said above, the family of the other boy gets closure.

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Posted in: Record 327 daycare centers in Japan shut due to pandemic See in context

Really sad. I do understand that it's kind of a dilemma between the safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and that's alright. But I do appreciate the work of daycare centers for adults and children alike. I'm 29 and autistic. When I was a child and early teens, I spent my mum's shift work hours at a daycare center where I did drawings and painted. It creates a safe environment and helps mental health in a great deal.

I truly regret this black-and-white decision, which I understand. But I regret it because it's just another sign that the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide will leave deep scars in our mental health, whether we are autistics (or have other disorders) or not.

Stay safe.

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Posted in: Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China's rise See in context

Japan is particularly concerned about Chinese military activity in waters surrounding the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands

I think the CCP has higher ambitions, likewise Russia in Ukraine. I think that the one most concerning is Taiwan, though I must admit that I'm too young to evaluate international politics in depth.

What I can say, from reading and reading about the protests, is that China poses a risk to human rights worldwide. Let's not turn the page on the 47 activists in Hong Kong charged with serious crimes of national security law.

In every alliance regarding China, it's important to highlight human rights.

PS: Meanwhile, the IOC celebrating sports in Beijing. Orwellian world.

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