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Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter See in context

If I were in Japan's position, I'd be making a HUGE ruckus over this.

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Posted in: Bullying suspected in Aomori high school girl's death See in context

So sad to hear things like this. If only one person had noticed, s/he could have told her that everything is going to be ok. I hope they find those bullies and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

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Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter See in context

Next thing you know, they'll start firing their guns in the air.

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Posted in: Mother, 2 children found dead in apparent murder-suicide leap from cliff See in context

My heart goes out to the children, mother and family. Just a terrible tragedy.

I don't have enough information to go any further than calling it a murder-suicide (in all likely hood it is), but if I were the father, I don't know if my first instinct would be to call the police. I think I'd go to the lighthouse first, take a look to see if I found anything suspicious and then call the police, or call the police while in route to the lighthouse. A bit suspicious.

Again, I don't have any information and for all I know he did exactly what I just described.

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Posted in: N Korea threatens to boycott Asian Games See in context

So they hit an impasse because of the size of the flags? Really now?

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Posted in: Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead' See in context

And this is why people with a lot to lose should not have social media accounts. One wrong expression can cost you you're livelihood.

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Posted in: Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest See in context

She just wants to make a kayak. Don't know what the big deal is.

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Posted in: 19-year-old mother arrested after car crash kills 1-year-old son See in context

Ironic how that one worked out.

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Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF See in context

Refusing service to customers is the hotel's business, so whatevs. However, assuming this party is something of a large event where preparations are made way advance and the number of guests expected to be in the hundreds, only to be canceled the day before...terrible. If you don't want to rent your facilities out to certain groups (a totally different argument in of itself), don't do it from the beginning.

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Posted in: Teacher disciplined after slapping and pushing student down stairs See in context

That boy really had it coming.

In all seriousness though, I can understand how the man feels especially when teaching JHS students. They can be real brats. With that being said, there is absolutely no excuse for the teacher's actions. Physical violence to youth is never the right action. As the "adult" you really have to keep a level head and he should be facing criminal charges and jail time.

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Posted in: Chicago stunned by outbreak of weekend shootings See in context

I think John Oliver said it best, "One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns."

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Posted in: Pregnant woman killed by train in Shiga See in context

A very terrible freak accident and an incredibly sad tragedy. My heart goes out to the woman, her unborn child and her family.

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Posted in: Pop singer ASKA released on Y7 mil bail; trial to start Aug 28 See in context

Detained for 48 days for MDMA and he hasn't even had a trial yet?! I'd hate to see what would happen to him if he murdered someone or some other more heinous crime.

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Posted in: China's Xi highlights Japan militarist past in Seoul speech See in context

Despite history, In a world where you have to choose a "side" do you really want China as your main ally?

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Posted in: Saudi Arabian TV tempts would-be thieves in Tokyo to test Japan’s honesty See in context

"immigrants bring their overseas crimes here and force us Japanese to be even more vigilant against crime." Kind of sad to see the short-sightedness of some and the apparent xenophobia, especially when the intention of the tv program was completely lost. Anyhow, everyone has the right to feel the way they do. To each their own.

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Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1 See in context

The thing that bothers me the most about this is that the US would be better off fixing its corporate tax system instead of going after a small percentage of people who hold offshore accounts and putting foreign banks out of business. The real crime is that companies can employ large accounting sectors to write off millions (if not billions) in taxes each year.

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Posted in: Cheaters beware – 30% of Japanese women have checked boyfriend’s cell phone See in context

If you have doubts about your partners fidelity, then that person is not right for you. Everything else is just an excuse.

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Posted in: World Cup brings global trail of carnage See in context

So the answer to this problem is if your country's national team is playing, then the following day is a holiday? Too bold?

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Posted in: Rola looking for boyfriend: 'That’s why I dress in skimpy outfits' See in context

This has to be the most shallow piece of journalism I've ever read... with that being said, I'd still date her.

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Posted in: Car stolen with two young children in back seat See in context

A lot of people don't seem to understand (as crazy as it sounds), it's the norm in Japan for people to leave the car running while they run into a convenience store. It's actually pretty rare to see people actually turn their car off and lock the car door when making a quick stop.

Personally, I do it occasionally, but being from the states, it's instinctive for me to turn the car off and lock the door even when making a quick pit stop.

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Posted in: Husband of bludgeoned Pakistani woman strangled first wife See in context

I'm so confused. Let me get this straight, it was revealed that Mohammad Iqbal (the husband) had strangled his first wife to death on Tuesday, and afterwards Farzana Parveen (his second wife) was pummeled to death with bricks by bystanders for the crime of her husband? Incredibly appalling.

Either way, if I was a woman in Pakistan, I'd never want to get married.

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Posted in: I'm 73, going on 74, and I've never had a long stay in hospital. It's not fair that the tax I pay covers all the medical expenses of slouches. See in context

And this guy is complaining? Just saying that when I turn 74, I'll be more thrilled that because I'm in such good health that I don't have to depend on medical welfare.

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Posted in: California gunman 'not a danger' pre-rampage, police say See in context

@WilliB I think you're being incredibly insensitive toward the issue at hand. Yeah, I agree to an extent that even if the US had stronger "gun control" laws that this still wouldn't have prevented this individual to go on a random killing spree. Yes, there were other issues present that deserve just as much attention. However, at the same time, for crying out loud, from media reports he was under the guidance of multiple health specialists and he was still legally allowed to purchase multiple guns. What kind of BS is that.

Yeah, it wouldn't have prevented the stabbings, but it certainly would have prevented the 3 other deaths and the wounding of others.

Likewise, you can't just pick random countries to support your argument. Mexico is not the first world country that Japan is, nor is it any other leading nation like Canada or Western Europe. But for the US, the so called "leader of the world", to be lagging behind other industrialized nations in this area is a joke.

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Posted in: California gunman 'not a danger' pre-rampage, police say See in context

As a UCSB Alum and former resident of Isla Vista, it really saddens and angers me that this has happened. My love goes out to all those involved.

Maybe now we can start to take a seriously look at gun control and mental illness.

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Posted in: Nago mayor takes anti-base case to U.S. See in context

I understand that having a base in Okinawa is a huge burden for the local government and the people living there, and if the country doesn't want it anymore then let's get rid of it and be done with the mess. What I don't understand is why Okinawa is left with shouldering this huge burden? It's as if these ongoing relations are strictly between the US and Okinawa while the rest of Japan is absent from the conversation.

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Posted in: Kinki University to change pervy English name See in context

I thought they were going to say something like, "We're tired of English speakers snickering at our school name, so we're going to change the name from Kinki University to F*!& University!" (Or some other blatantly obscene word)

But in all seriousness, I understand the desire to be taken more seriously, but at the same time, you have to embrace the name. It's the perfect opportunity for some creative advertising.

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Posted in: Jetstar Japan to cancel 101 domestic flights June 3-11 See in context

Peach has canceled up to 2,128 flights through October

A bit off topic but this confuses me. Your company had to cancel that many flights because you don't have enough pilots? Did they all go on strike or something? Or is this a cover story for something else going on?

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Posted in: Five things about male friendship that confuse Japanese women See in context

we know that a lack of female companionship condemns us to a life filled of exclusively fast food meals, an unshaven neck, and an empty bed.

Am I missing something because even having a girlfriend, I still live this way. (Just a little self depreciating humor for everyone.)

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Posted in: Do you think the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening in most countries (if not all) around the world? If yes, what do you think the consequences will be for societies? See in context

I can only really go off of what the media has been saying and that's a definite yes. However, from first hand account, my girlfriend recently graduated from college and has bounced around a few different jobs and despite being able to work, it seems like she is getting poorer and poorer. She has student debt to pay back and yearly income taxes seem to be taking their toll. While I do think her current state is temporary as she gains more working experience and hopefully better pay, it makes you think about others who don't have as many options and are as fortunate.

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Posted in: Body of newborn baby girl found on Shizuoka shore; 20-yr-old mother arrested See in context

I'm surprised that killing and dumping your child's body in the ocean is a much better option than your friends and family knowing you have a baby. I don't get it and I don't want to understand.

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