Joshua Cromarty comments

Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing officer denies charge; carries mental disability certificate See in context

No gun, no crime.

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Posted in: Operator of tanker says sailors saw 'flying objects' just before attack See in context

Japanese tanker struck while Japanese PM in Tehran as guest of Iranian government fostering trade and political ties. Not fishy at all.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police on Saitama street See in context

An aging society with no social support means old people are driven to extremes. Sounds to me like he was angry at the state and wanted to go out fighting.

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Posted in: Mass stabbing near Tokyo lasted less than 20 seconds See in context

The bottom is falling out of society and the PM orders more police on the streets. The bourgeoisie only have a few moves in the play book.

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

I found myself facing more problems when I lived in Shizuoka. The police would harass me for my alien card every time they saw me on my bike and I ended up nearly being killed for being a gaijin. Not hyperbole either - a ten hour operation, a two litre blood transfusion and six weeks recovery in hospital.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom See in context

Many pregnancies show little presentation and some women find out about their pregnancy when they give birth. This is a very sad state of affairs and I wonder how much the moralists condemning her contribute to a climate where unmarried mothers fear not just the economic burden of a child but the social stigma which comes with it. Y'all make me sick.

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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context

Japan is rearming, partly in tandem with US war plans against China and partly in order to assert its own independent imperialist interests.

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Posted in: Shinkansen rampage revives debate over safety and convenience See in context

Writing him off as a "nutter" or "evil" in the way the US media routinely does only obscures the toxic social conditions which breed such events. Rising unemployment, casualization, lack of social security, alienation and an absence of any popular organization for mounting a political challenge to the status quo mean isolated and disturbed individuals are bound to explode periodically in such violent and anti-social ways. Of course in the US you can add a quarter century of war and the glorification of militarism into the mix. Japan is set to follow that path.

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Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it See in context

The bombings occurred purely so the US could demonstrate its new power to the world, particularly the Soviet Union which they were preparing to confront.

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