A series of complaints were reported in the past, claiming the church forced people to buy expensive pots and seals.
The reason why nothing came of these complaints, despite the church being involved in flagrantly illegal behavior, is that the church has been protected by the LDP, including Abe, most likely in exchange for providing them with votes and unpaid campaign workers.
The mainstream media is trying to make it seem like the shooter only targeted Abe because of his grandfather and that there is no direct connection between Abe himself and the church, but anyone who wants to do their own research can find out the truth.
Japanese tabloid calls Abe's 2019 Cabinet the "Cult Cabinet" for containing TWELVE members associated with the Unification Church:
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Those in the comments accusing her of lying should read up on the actual details of the case. A taxi driver testified that Ito appeared to be severely intoxicated but asked to be dropped off at her home before passing out in the cab. Yamaguchi then told the driver to take them both to his hotel, where he basically dragged her out of the cab. There was also security camera footage showing Yamaguchi dragging the incapacitated Ito to his hotel room. The problem is that Japanese law only recognizes "rape" if the victim physically resists. Obviously an unconscious person cannot do that, so in that case it is considered a different crime, "sexual intercourse without consent."
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Wow, a Japanese politician actually showing some modicum of integrity-- this is newsworthy indeed. Good on Edano for deciding not to water down his party's platform with LDP rejects.
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Whenever I see Bolton's face he looks like some wild rabies dog.
Because he is a rabid animal (warmonger) and should be treated like one.
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"We are all concerned about China and by the way that China is entering those countries," Pompeo said at the Group of 20 meeting of major economies in Argentina in December. Such projects are not always driven by "good intentions," he said.
Yes, because as we all know, the US has always been purely driven by "good intentions" in its dealings with Latin America, and never supported coups of democratically elected leaders or funded death squads or anything nasty like that...
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Washington's decision to throw its weight behind Guaido, a virtual unknown in Venezuelan politics until recently, came only after it became convinced that the 35-year-old with a U.S. education was a democratic-minded leader they could trust and work with, U.S. officials said.
So "democratic-minded" that he unilaterally declared himself president without receiving a single vote. What they really mean is that he will serve as a useful US puppet and allow multinational corporations unfettered access to Venezuela's oil and gold.
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The more the left has a meltdown, the more I think it’s a fantastic decision.
This exemplifies everything that's wrong with Trump supporters. They themselves admit they have no desire to make the US a better country; they simply want to cause maximum suffering to their fellow Americans who happen to have different views. Truly a nihilistic cult of destruction lacking any sort of moral compass.
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The Japanese guy is mentally ill and I feel bad for his poor kids. They are going to grow up with major issues. Very unethical.
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The girl is obviously duplicitous, having willingly gone with two adult men for what would presumably have been financial gain. No mention of that, is there...?
I agree; grown men trusted with the defense of the nation shouldn't be expected to have control over or take responsibility for their actions. The blame clearly lies with the middle-schooler.
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Wow, that's what happens when your country is located next to the world's biggest market for drugs.
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Posted in: One of the difficulties of translating Trump’s tweets is honestly that he uses such childish and informal grammar that the translator is almost at risk of not sounding entirely credible. [You’d lose face]. He also has a tendency to use a lot of buzzwords and even slang that could be tricky to translate coherently into Japanese. See in context
As another professional translator chiming in, I agree that there seems to be some misunderstanding regarding the translator's role. The translator is not a copy editor; their job is not to polish the writing, refine the word choices, add things that are missing, etc. Their job is to convey the original content, tone, and style as FAITHFULLY and ACCURATELY as possible. In the case of Trump, that means the Japanese output may sound childish, disjointed, illogical, etc. Naturally, many readers will blame this on the translator because they could never imagine that an important public figure would have such a poor command of language.
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Whether he was knowingly deceitful or just pathetically spineless, his negligence needs to be prosecuted; otherwise, every embezzling employee in the service sector will have the perfect excuse come 2020...
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The fox in charge of the chicken coop. God help us all...
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labels like "rapist" and "pedophile" are misguided. He is in trouble over photos of a 12 and 14 year old. Yes, they under-age and that is wrong, but it is entirely different category.
Are you kidding me? Of course he is a pedophile. No healthy adult is interested in erotic pictures of 12 year-olds, which is elementary-school age in Japan. Many commentors seem to have very sick minds, calling this guy a "stud" and "amazing" for exploiting thousands of women and young girls, many of whom were probably sex trafficked.
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Well, at least he is not a pedophile, just loves women in general whether they are young or old. Since he paid for the services he didn't even commit a crime either.
Yes, he "loves" them so much he raped little 14 year-old girls. What a bizarre definition of "love." And of course child rape is perfectly fine as long as money makes its way into the hands of a pimp...
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"A dumping ground for the rest of the world"... That explains how Trump ended up there, at least.
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Let me ask this, for any school that you may have gone to, did you or did you not support any team that the school may have put forth? If so, does that not make you a patriot and proud of that school? If not then I guess you don't care about the rest of the world around you.
Encouraging and supporting members of a community with whom you probably have at least some degree of personal affiliation or acquaintance has nothing to do with patriotism. Neither does "caring about the rest of the world around you"---that's practically the opposite of patriotism, which dictates that you should care more about people in the politically-defined region you just happened to be born in than those in any others.
they will have no problems selling out Japan just to justify their own self interests.
As the loudest advocates of "patriotism" are already happy to do.
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"Patriotism" and "nationalism" are the last resorts for people who want to feel superior but have no virtues of their own to be proud of.
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Yes, they look ridiculous but at least they are not a nuisance to others like the parasols.
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I'm assuming that by-prefecture survey above is based on Japanese cup sizes which, as anyone who has bought bras in this country can attest, do not match those used in the rest of the world. A Japanese "D" is basically B-sized cups filled 70% with padding.
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They should just ban tour groups altogether since they create the biggest nuisance: massive groups of inexperienced hikers who clog the trail, bring hugely unnecessary amounts of gear and snacks (leading to garbage everywhere), and don't exhibit even the most basic hiking etiquette such as moving to the side of the path when taking a break.
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Don't they have bigger problems to address?
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The most sickening part of this whole ordeal is all the sympathetic press he's getting. I really don't need to see another dramatic reenactment of his "confessions" or an interview with a former boss praising how "hardworking" and "serious" he was. It's only a matter of time before he makes the plea that Hawker seduced him because everyone knows that foreign women are harlots and damaged goods. Wonder how this trial would play out if he had raped and murdered a Japanese woman.
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His crime was horrific, but he IS a minor. It's ironic that he gets the death penalty while that monster Ichihashi probably won't even serve a full sentence.
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Yeah, he felt sooooo guilty that he got PLASTIC SURGERY to evade capture, Definitely sounds like he was consumed with remorse.
I don't really support the death penalty, but I do believe he should receive the harshest punishment available under the law, and in Japan that just happens to be the death penalty.
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Ah yes, I'm sure the vacant, dead-eyed gazes of a troupe of robotic, hypersexualized child-women are exactly what will give these suicidal people the strength to continue on with their miserable lives.
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