Ken Holcomb comments

Posted in: Former pro baseball pitcher Murata released after assaulting security inspector at Haneda airport See in context

I'm 67. It's not age that prompts these ignorant events. It's arrogance spawned from a myth that age is wisdom. It is, of course, NOT! Wisdom is developed through a variety of experience, personal failure and success.

Always blaming the "ojisan" specter is nothing more than age bigotry.

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Posted in: Mazda in talks to end car production in Russia See in context

Ken HolcombToday 10:31 am JST

Correction to earlier post:

2nd paragraph: "stand strong and united..."

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Posted in: Mazda in talks to end car production in Russia See in context

Eventually the people of Russia are going to revolt. The current government can't continue throwing people in prison while at the same time forcing mandatory military service, both of which are near certain death sentences.

While it would be a really bad idea for any other country to be overtly involved in Putin's ouster, (there's no doubt many are subvertly encouraging this), it is important that the rest of the world stand string and united in their defiance, in action and rhetoric, against Putin's criminal agression.

Japanese companies joining in that global effort should be applauded.

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Posted in: Japan to launch domestic travel subsidy program on Oct 11 See in context

tokyo_mToday  08:49 am JST

Middle class people getting subsidized holidays, paid for by the taxes of the poor. Awful.

Uhh, sorry, but doesn't the middle class pay taxes too?

It seems to mean lot of the naysaying on here is done just to whine.

Here's a thought: if you don't approve of this campaign, simply don't participate.

I, on the other hand, appreciate and will participate in any such plan in which some of my hard earned taxes are returned, even in a small way.

Osaka in October for a Night Ranger I come!

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested over murder of wife in car crash See in context

GobshiteToday 10:02 am

Nothing surprises me any more in this "safety country"

Are you suggesting Japan is not a safer country than many other highly industrialized nations based on the reporting of a dual suicide attempt? This would not even had made the front pages of most local papers in virtually ANY city of most industrialized nations on any given day.

Is there crime and danger in Japan? Yes, of course there is.

Please name a single other major country on earth that does not have the same, and many times over..........

I've been living in Japan for over 40 years. I've traveled to many other nations in that time and before. In my opinion, relatively speaking Japan is still safer than many others.

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Posted in: Man arrested for possessing gunpowder near U.S. Embassy in Tokyo See in context

A potentially highly inflammable, (probably not explosive if it wasn't packed tightly), substance carried in a cloth covered "cup". ??

Ok genius. Stand here in this open field, away from any structure or other people, and let's see how your 'bomb' works.

Fire in the hole!!!

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Posted in: How the strong U.S. dollar can affect everyone See in context

proxyToday 08:25 am JST

The burning question is where is Japan's line in the sand? Is it 150 or 155?

It was 360 when I first came to Japan in the early '70s. I doubt the line is that far away, but it is a reference point.

As a retired US military member who also collects US social security benefits, I'm ok with the current trend. My "day job" pays in yen and equals my other income so rise or fall of the dollar doesn't really impact me, personally.

Both my sons and their wives are paid exclusively in yen. Neither have complained either way, except about fuel and food price increases which have been ongoing for at least a couple of years now.

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Posted in: 'Japan’s Got Talent' coming to screens in 2023 with Japanese comedian as judge See in context

bass4funkToday  08:01 am JST

I’m not sure about this one. It definitely won’t be anything as big as it’s American or British counterparts.

Neither are Australia, Canada, Italy, Poland, Russia, or the more general Asia's Got Talent shows. But that doesn't mean it can't be good for the domestic market.

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Posted in: 'Japan’s Got Talent' coming to screens in 2023 with Japanese comedian as judge See in context

My Japanese wife of 47 years has just recently began watching the Got Talent reruns on YouTube. She absolutely loves them, as do I. While it may take awhile for the show to warm up and settle in, I've no doubt it will become a hit here, as it has in many other countries.

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Posted in: Nurse arrested for vandalism after scribbling kanji for ‘death’ 47 times on car See in context

Work stress or demonic possession?

Either way it's definitely time for this nurse to take an extended vacation.

However, if the victim turns up dead in the future, and the nurse is found to be in no way related to his passing, will she be considered a prophet?

Seems like a plot for a mystery movie.

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Posted in: Yen tumbles to lower 144 range against U.S. dollar See in context

¥360 - $1.00 when I first came to Japan in the early 70s.

¥88 - $1.00 in the 90's

And yet here we are still living our lives. All this "the sky is failing" rhetoric does nothing but cause anxiety and depression amongst those that aren't able to think for themselves. Lighten up, people. For those that can, try putting away some money in dollar/gold based investments. Find a good, well known investment firm and assess your financial risk tolerance conservatively. Then go on about your lives.

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Posted in: 71-year-old woman arrested over attempted murder of son See in context

Considering the high number of reported familia murders going the other way recently, (kids killing parents), maybe she was just being proactively self defensive?????

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 75-year-old mother in Nagoya See in context

GaijinjlandToday 08:19 am JST Just actually name his company

Why? What does his company have to do with him killing his mother?

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting woman See in context

baroque1888Today 09:08 am

Relatively speaking, Japan is still one of the safest places in the world. Instead of focusing on one headline, that would likely not have even made the news in most industrialized nations' major cities, try taking a look at actual statistics of sexual assault crimes, murders, kidnappings, rape, armed robbery, etc, in other so called "first world" countries, then comparing those statistics, per capita, with Japan. Maybe start with your own country of origin, if it's not Japan.

I'm not sure where JT ranks among top news outlets in Japan, but when the top crime story of a national news agency is about some drunk grabbing a young woman's breasts, (I'm certainly NOT degrading the physical and emotional toll on the young lady), my sense is things could get way worse here before they even come on par with my own home country.

As for those that seem to lay the responsibility of the attack at the feet of the woman, merely because she was walking home on a public street at night, unaccompanied, c'mon man!

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Posted in: 2 men arrested over theft of cash, valuable rings from house in Chiba Prefecture See in context

JTCToday 11:14 am JST

Recession = More Theft/Crime

The article says both these guys had jobs, so blaming the current economic situation for their criminal behavior is weak, to say the least.

That said, I also don't understand why so many people keep large amounts of cash in their homes these days. It seems to be a carryover from the past here, when crime was not so prevalent and banks were less trusted.

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Posted in: 9 men sent to prosecutors over alleged orgy with high school girl See in context

Disgusting and immoral to be sure.

Those commenting on how terrible Japan is because of these kind of reports, I strongly recommend you take a good hard look at your own countries. This is a global phenomenon and will continue to be as long as men are allowed to commit these crimes without very harsh punishment being the result when caught.

Case in point: Jeffery Epstein and the still to released list of his international "friends".

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Posted in: Extra for Ohtani See in context

What a great accomplishment by a true superstar.

Although, as a Mariners fan, I was happy to Shohei fall to Seattle pitching in their last series. Sorry Shohei fans, but I can appreciate individual players around the league but have to get behind my team when it counts.

By the way, Seattle beat the Yankees in the final two games of their series at home yesterday, (an amazing 13 inning, 1 run game), and a comeback win today.

Go Mariners!!!

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Posted in: Man questioned for possessing 'gunpowder' near U.S. Embassy in Tokyo See in context

theFuToday 07:14 am JST

I'd call this freedom of speech,

Making threats and backing them up with materials intended back this threats up is not protected by free speech laws.

But don't take my word for it. Grab a large, dull knife or an airsoft gun, and go to your local government office, stand outside and start screaming. Pretty sure you'll get a firsthand lesson in "free speech".

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Posted in: Man sleeping on street arrested after head-butting police officer who woke him up See in context

What part of "sleeping IN THE STREET" are some of you missing? Unlike many places in the world, there are few Japanese houses that have nice wide lawns in front of their homes, for the owners to nap on.

So while it may not be a crime to sleep in front of one's home, passing out in the street is not only illegal, but potentially dangerous for both the drunk and any driver who may not notice a supine body in the middle of the road at 2 a.m.

The cops were merely doing their job, which is not only to arrest idiots, but also to protect them against their own idiocy.

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Posted in: Son arrested after 75-year-old mother found strangled at home See in context

Got to wonder if mom ever felt "worn out" from looking after her selfish son whenever he was sick while still a child. I would have wrote 'while growing up', but it's obvious he never did.

And no,

AlongfortherideToday 09:30 am JST

A good argument for euthanasia laws to change.

this is most definitely NOT a good argument for euthanasia. There is nothing in the article that hints the mother wished to die.

What this case, and the many others like it highlighted on this site, might be a good argument for is a more available and affordable hospice service in Japan.

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Posted in: 'Leave It to Beaver' co-star Tony Dow dies at 77 See in context

Apparently fake news:

UPDATE: Just hours after announcing the death of Tony Dow on Tuesday, the Leave It to Beaver actor’s management has retracted its statement.


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Posted in: 3 charged over death of 37-year-old man who was handcuffed and confined at home See in context

So they had no other recourse than to physically restrain and apparently starve him to death? Absolutely no social resources available in their area? No way to contact the local social services office to seek advice and/or assistance? The son was likely mentally ill and apparently dangerous to himself as well as others. Is the perceived familia embarrassment over having a mentally ill member of the family so overpowering that the only possible solution is to tie that person up, keep them indoors and stop caring for them in even the most limited way? Japan needs to look deeply at it's "traditions" and start looking at individual human rights starting at home. There's lots for the Japanese culture to proud of in the way of family. There's also plenty of room for improvement.

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Posted in: Man gets 2 years in prison for assaulting 17-year-old boy who asked him to stop smoking on train See in context

@ letsberealistic

Prisons are archaic and useless and cause more harm than any good.

Really? How about in regards to the guy that murdered Abe-san? Got a "good" alternative to prison for that one? Ok, maybe the comparison is a bit far reaching, so let's hear your "better" alternative to jail time for this punk. And 'let's be realistic' about the data that shows your way is better.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. conduct joint drills involving 52 aircraft See in context

All those crying foul regarding the quite necessary show of force, might I suggest you will be crying much louder if China, N. Korea and/or Russia decide Japan is an "easy" target. Peace is not free as long as there are those that covet what they do not yet control. Case in point: Ukraine and Taiwan.

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Posted in: Twitter's future uncertain as it faces messy breakup with Musk See in context

Great! Shut it down and take (un)Truth Social with it.

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Posted in: Bear literally gets its butt kicked by Japanese man after sneaking into his house See in context

RodneyToday  08:47 am JST

Do you really think the bear was just going to help himself to a few bananas and them walk out the front door? It's likely, although not indicated in the article, that the bear broke something getting into the house anyway.

Kudos to this guy for 1. Taking action immediately, and 2. Not getting hurt in the process.

Although, since shoes are not worn in Japanese houses, I wonder if launching your barefoot at the bony backside of a bear was a great idea. No broomsticks, canes or other hard objects at hand?

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Posted in: CBD oil drinks now available in Japanese vending machines See in context

Here's a thought: if you don't think it's worth the money for whatever "rush" you imagined the CBD tag was going to give, Don't Buy It.

Otherwise, unless your negative comments are based on your scientific expertise, no one cares.....,;-(

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Posted in: Japan eyes hosting G7 Hiroshima summit in latter half of May 2023 See in context


Today 09:37 am JST

Victim time.

Meaning what? The victims and families of victims still suffering from senseless murder and war should not have a voice? And yes, I know "Japan started the war.", "There was no better option to ending Japan's continued fighting."........blah, blah, blah.

It is still useful to show those in power the potential, and quite real, consequences of their decisions. It is possible that shoving the noses of the ruling parties in the muck may prevent future muck making.

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Posted in: Yen slides to 24-year low against dollar See in context

....if the yen goes strong again....


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Posted in: Yen slides to 24-year low against dollar See in context

As a retired US military member and SS beneficiary, about 1/3 of my annual income here is in dollars. I'll be pumping up my JN bank accounts over the next several months. Then, if the yen goes string again, I'll just reverse the flow. Watch and adjust.

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