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
11 ( +15 / -4 )
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.
4 ( +9 / -5 )
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.
-3 ( +1 / -4 )
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.
21 ( +38 / -17 )
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.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
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.
4 ( +8 / -4 )
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.
2 ( +10 / -8 )
“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.
11 ( +15 / -4 )
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.
9 ( +9 / -0 )
"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!
0 ( +2 / -2 )
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.
6 ( +9 / -3 )
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.
15 ( +19 / -4 )
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.
10 ( +17 / -7 )
I think mankind unites you Emperor, to bring about an end to this nightmare. We cannot let divisive voices tear down what has to be done regarding COVID-19.
A poem, a book, a few words of frontline healthcare workers, etc. can fuel and ignite the fire of hope. I do thank you, whatever my thoughts on royalty are, for serving those who believe in you, with hope and kindness.
-5 ( +4 / -9 )
hypothermia [...] Doctors found more than 10 bruises on her arms, legs and stomach. An autopsy also revealed that she had suffered malnutrition.
Excuse me moderators, but let me use at least the word: Bastards.
How can you hurt a little girl, WTH?!
Reminds me of the Funato case.
Some in the world cannot have kids and these evil people do these things. I am not a vengeful person but I do truly hope the book of law is thrown into the face of these two.
22 ( +24 / -2 )
A total of 22 ships in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, were found to have capsized or drifted.
I am sorry for the owners of those ships (in case they are private yachts or small vessels). But no injuries (major injuries) and loss of life must be thanked.
However, I read today that two women in Peru died when a 2 metres high wave hit them in a coastal city. It's truly sad and terrible that with the distance between Tonga and Peru, these two women had to lose their lives. Truly horrible. I hope their families can be comforted somehow, I know I'm saying it easy, but I sincerely have no words.
What I regret the most is that the Peruvian gov't didn't issue a warning.
Returning to Japan... it is fortunate to be a prepared country. The poor people in Tonga need assistance. Many are missing.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
Free Navalny. No kowtow please.
Accepting such visits makes oneself accomplice.
3 ( +13 / -10 )
What a terribly sad case. I'm speechless as to how abandoned by their own family and especially, society, this elderly woman and this man must have felt.
8 ( +9 / -1 )
I astonishingly read some comments on this note that are rather concerning and that makes one wonder how advanced Japan really is (and is not). I'm 29 and gay male. I don't do anybody any harm sleeping with a man and doing any sexual practice with him.
I can't believe those who openly cry foul on homosexuality but openly support organizations, religious or political, that broadly support violence, discrimination and hate.
We are living in a worrying world, where the enemy is the vulnerable, where the enemy is the people who don't do anybody any harm, and the admired are people who are calling for the destruction of democracy and core values of a human being.
I hope that equality can be achieved in Japan for those of us who don't do anybody any harm, just show love for someone (in my case, for a man) of the same sex.
Love defeats hate, that's a truth that shall prevail.
7 ( +14 / -7 )
I do not know whether it's an issue of generations. I'm a millennial (born 1992) and I see that sometimes in every single corner of the world, the COVID-19 crisis and the vaccines and facemasks become politicized in every single debate and discussion.
About the article, all I can opine, is that every single member of an Armed Forces should follow procedures as told as to how behave and control the spread of a virus that did not arise yesterday. It was declared a pandemic in March 2020, with its initial roots in December of 2019.
Mankind is failing again by making it political, and I detest, not the average citizen, but those in places of power who politicize it all while the vulnerable die.
I hope Okinawa can control this. We must unite against COVID-19.
18 ( +20 / -2 )
I think that these disgusting individuals should be held accountable to the full extent of law. / I am very moderate when it comes to enforcing the law. I do not believe in using the justice system as vengeance or revenge, but rather as rehabilitation.
But honestly? I've come to the conclusion that child molesters, rapists, and sex criminals are rarely rehabilitated. They are wicked individuals who, unfortunately for them, are very likely to reoffend.
I think the best punishment is monitoring them at all times, no privacy at all, aside of the prison (or whatever) punishment imposed by a court of law.
I myself was shocked when in 2018, one of my teenage years' idols (Glee's Mark Salling) was caught with child pornography. I loved his character in Glee and I felt destroyed. But I have come now at 29 yo to see him as a failed man.
As we can see, monsters of this kind come in shape of actors or, as said above, unemployed or company employee as these two.
11 ( +13 / -2 )
It's concerning how the IOC (and for those of us who like football, FIFA) prefer money over human rights. And I meant FIFA for Qatar.
In his book Freedom, exiled HK activist Nathan Law explains to the world the terrible ways that China has treated Hong Kong people, and how they have curtailed its freedoms to appease the CCP and silence opposition voices.
17 ( +21 / -4 )
I am 29 and due to my autism, I was hospitalized in my teenage years, those hospitalizations at mental health facilities not lasting more than a month. However, every time I was discharged, I returned home with deep resentment towards society. (I blamed society for 'committing me to the mental health facility').
That said, I consider this man, that as a former patient, could have had motivations similar to the sentiments and feelings I felt when discharged. That's said, easily with him dead and we will never truly know why.
Perhaps, he was only too mentally ill to even have a motive.
I just wanted to give the hindsight and insight of someone who has been at mental health facilities.
At the end, a very sad case, so many dead, and a case that will never bring an end about. I just hope that those left on Earth can feel closure somehow. My sympathies for them. Deep sympathies.
19 ( +21 / -2 )
Abe the untouchable brought great shame to Japan on many issues and this decision by the Prosecution does not meet what Japan's justice system should be up to. I'm not saying Abe is guilty from indictment; he had a right to defend himself... but starting off from non-indictment plays foul.
18 ( +19 / -1 )
I support the psychiatric evaluation. I will be honest, I am a 29-year-old man with autism, and I do truly hate when lawyers use the autistic (or any other mental disorder) defense, as I do believe that most mentally ill/developmental disadvantaged person are not dangerous, myself included, I would never harm a fly.
BUT, some cases, the red flag of mental conditions are truly influencing in the actions of a human being, and without passing evaluation (I could not, I'm not a psychiatrist), I just only guess that this woman was stressed to skyrocketed levels, due to have to take care of two close relatives who could not live a normal life.
Taking care of her husband and son for who knows how long may have affected her emotionally deeply and I do truly believe, as I said, that cases of extreme stress and trauma can trigger these actions.
I hope some conclusion can be reached in this very, very, sad case for a 65-year-old woman.
PS: My position on the mental health defense varies by case. In this case, I believe it's worth an evaluation.
12 ( +14 / -2 )
I could never sympathize with someone like him. But however unpopular my opinion, this man may have been asking for mental health (not directly) for a long time, and no one intervened. Mental health worldwide is at stake. It's not a new problem. In 1999, two teens in Colorado, US, escaped for nearly a year undetected by the mental health services of a diversion program and committed one of the worst killings at a high school.
Does this man on the Tokyo train deserves punishment? I think so. But he also deserves mental health treatment as no sane person would ever do what he did to "get a death sentence".
Treatment and punishment must get along.
7 ( +8 / -1 )
I don't care how or how much talking it needs to take... but I'm a 29-year-old man. In 2050, I will be only 58, I don't want my kids (in case I have someday) or anyone to suffer from climate change effects. I celebrate every single deal in climate regards.
Selfishness of the powerful must be set aside for the vulnerable.
"Please embrace this text so that we bring hope to the hearts of our children and grandchildren.”
I celebrate this part (quote) of the article.
2 ( +9 / -7 )
I get very angry at people like this degenerate. So angry that the worst comes out of me. I have conflicting feelings of a civilized country and backwards punishments. That's why I prefer to not opine on the very deserved punishment this man should get, whatever it is. I have lately (on these cases) preferred to focus attention on the affected/molested boy or girl. In this case, I hope this little boy can put this past in his life and look forward to a future where this incident does not impact in his interaction with others and that every memory disappears from his little mind.
I remember a very old case, I believe it was three or more years ago in Chiba, a young man who could not be ID because he was wearing sunglasses and face mask that had molested a boy in a bathtub doing something certainly disturbing I wish not to bring about. He was never caught as of I know.
People who harm children have no redemption from my POV. And they may have the forgiveness of God, but not mine.
6 ( +9 / -3 )