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Ken Holcomb comments

Posted in: 2 men face murder charges over burned bodies found in Tochigi See in context

Unless I missed it, still no motive for the motive of this horrendous crime?

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Posted in: Tokyo police raid political group over election campaign obstruction See in context

Sounds a lot like another political group in another country.......

GOP America.

Making a lot of noise with zero reasonable campaign ideas of their own.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce online booking for Mount Fuji trail See in context

All the obviously non-Japanese commenters going on about how standing in line is so "subservient", or how terrible the mountain is, etc, etc.

I thinks that's great. Stay away and keep your attitudes about other's culture and customs.

Those of us that enjoy a physical challenge, shared with others whom we may meet on the way, won't miss you at all.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting father with wooden sword See in context

Police are questioning the family members about the cause of the dispute.

A possible cause: unemployed 24 year old man(?) still living at home with mommy and daddy.

Time to grow up and get out, sonny

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of 50-year-old son See in context

the mother has denied her son assaulting her from that admission it appears the son was not violent at all.

Or maybe mommy was just covering for her little boy, which may explain why he's still living at home....hmmm....

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of 50-year-old son See in context

smithinjapanApr. 30  05:59 pm JST

"I stabbed him because he was being violent!" Wonder where the kid gets it from.

"...the kid..."?

He's 50. Not really a kid is he?

it's GW.....he possibly is visiting his parents.

The article clearly states,

The victim lives in the house with his father and mother who called 110.

So probably not just visiting.

None of this is an excuse for the father to stab his son, but maybe asserting some slightly more aggressive discipline at a much younger age would have solved the problem by encouraging the "kid" to move out and support himself, possibly 30 years ago.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for attempted murder after stabbing 6-year-old daughter See in context

Another of the, "did not intend to kill" claims. Is there a legal defense in Japanese law that allows such a claim to be made after an arrest?

Due to the stab wounds on the mother, assuming they were self inflicted, (hard to know as it wasn't specified in the article), was this another murder/suicide attempt?

Finally, who reported this incident to the police?

Lots of information left for the reader to speculate on. Not a good standard in reporting news.

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Posted in: Japanese 'sugar baby' gets 9 years for scamming men out of ¥155 mil See in context

This story is more an indictment of the stupidity of the men than the sleazy con-woman. But maybe that's the reason for the seemingly overly harsh sentence. The male dominant judiciary would certainly feel threatened by a woman with the wits to cheat so many of their kinsmen.

I've seen far less harsh sentences passed on far more insidious crimes reported on this source.

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Posted in: Believers still pursuing Hiroshima mystery beast 50 years after sightings See in context

Another man on July 30 called out to a person whom he believed was a relative walking along a footpath to a rice field, but it turned out to be a "gorilla-type monster."

Got to wonder how his relationship with his relatives went after this story went public.....

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Posted in: Dentist arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at hospital See in context

But of course. The tried and true, "I did not intend to kill her." claim.

Really? Choke hold on one while fighting off another and having to be finally subdued by others indicates extrem, out of control anger, meaning he had no idea what his intentions were at the time. Not an excuse by any means. Definitely would not want this psycho working around my mouth with sharp instruments and drills

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Posted in: 1 dead, 7 missing after 2 MSDF helicopters crash in Pacific during night training See in context

Today 07:59 am JST

Lost two choppers at the same time. There must be something fundamentally wrong with US designed aircraft

Today 08:35 am JST

good advice-return all of faulty overpriced and unreliable US made aircraft to seller and ask for refund.

dont fly with rubbish

Absolute ignorance and likely bigotry on display here.

Flying at night over open water at likely low elevation is a dangerous and difficult task.

Also both choppers did not go down at the same time. Read the article. The second one went down 25 minutes after the first, indicating they may have been searching for the first one after losing contact.

The article says there were no weather advisories issued for the area at the time, but as anyone who has ever been to sea knows, the weather can change dramatically very quickly.

Finally, since the two America haters above are more concerned with unsubstantiated claims of bad equipment, I'd like to offer my prayers for the safe return of all 8 crew members.

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Posted in: Female home caregiver stabbed in Yokohama See in context

49 year old unemployed "man" living at home with his elderly mother.

Might be some mentally competent issues here, but the frequency of these kinds of reports where the perp is of adult age, unemployed and living with their parents is a cultural problem that's not going to improve anytime soon.

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Posted in: M6.4 quake jolts Ehime, Kochi prefectures See in context

Woke up my two Dobermans and then they proceeded to be on alert for the next two hours, making for a long night. Glad they're so protective, just need to work on their understanding of what's a threat and what's not

No Angie and Tyson, the leaf blowing across the yard is not a potential threat...

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Posted in: Woman arrested after stealing box with GPS tracker from man’s doorstep See in context

Please don't let the "porch pirate" craze take root here in Japan.

Yes. I know this is not the first time this has happened in Japan, but it's no where near as prevalent here, yet, as it is in other "1st world" countries.

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Posted in: Stolen ¥10 mil gold bowl found in secondhand store See in context

OK, reading the comments above there seems to be a concensus that the thief was none too smart.

But what about the two second hand store owners/staff that purchased, then resold the bowl likely knowing full well it was stolen?

The kid got ¥1.8M from the first store. How much did that store owner get from the 2nd shop? And how much was the 2nd store owner expecting to profit?

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Posted in: Man arrested for breaking into swimming school and stealing swimsuits See in context

I don't remember doing that, even though that is me on the security video carrying several packages that look exactly like the school's swimsuits.......hmmm.

Does this tactic actually work in Japanese courts? Rhetorical question. The answer is いいえ!

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by car; driver arrested See in context


Today 07:08 am JST

3-year-old on her bicycle without pedals nor break on public road, without her parent supervision now becoming drive fault?

Are you suggesting it was the child's fault? Of course it's the driver's fault for not being fully aware of his surroundings.

When one accepts their driver's license they then assume responsibility for ALWAYS being aware of pedestrians, animals and other driver's around them.

Should rhe child's parents have been aware of her playing in a street? Yes, but the article doesn't say the parents weren't in the area. It does say the driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. Speeding? Looking at his cell phone while driving? Just not paying attention? All the above? We don't know, and may never know. But what we do know is a 3 year old child is dead and a 25 year old man will have to live with the fact that he killed her, for the rest of his life

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Posted in: 78-year-old man arrested for killing wife See in context

..denied intent to kill...

Stabbed her in the chest with a knife, so exactly what was his intent? And where are these perps getting that excuse from?

He probably hadn't lawyered up before he was arrested, so is it just a cultural thing to attempt and/or succeed in killing another and then claim no intent to kill?

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Posted in: 65-year-old man arrested for stealing coins from donation box at shrine See in context

Ironic that this story falls in the Crime section, but the Nissan being delisted from a government handout program because they were cheating their sub contractors billions of yen over 2 years, (at least), is published in another section. White collar crime is still a crime, whether the media and government choose to see it otherwise or not.

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Posted in: Woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing boyfriend multiple times See in context

point if view

..point of view.

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Posted in: Woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing boyfriend multiple times See in context

Mayu Hasegawa, has admitted stabbing him with a kitchen knife but denied intent to kill.

Sure, stabbing someone multiple times with a kitchen knife, (paring or butcher??), is clearly not intended to kill. Merely draw attention to the knife wielding crazy person's point if view.....

Are these claimed "non intent to kill" claims actually acceptable in court?

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of killing 66-year-old brother in Iwate See in context

Shinozawa has denied the allegation, saying there was no intent to kill.

Yeah, wrapping one's hands around another's throat and squeezing tightly while extremely angry could never be construed as intent to kill.......hmmm.

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Posted in: Police officer busted for stealing women’s underwear from several residences See in context

Metropolitan Police Department said, “His behavior was unbecoming of a police officer....

His behavior was unbecoming of an adult, much less a police officer.

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Posted in: Ohtani's 'perfect person' image could take a hit with firing of interpreter over gambling See in context


There are no perfect people in this world.

A phrase I use on a regular and repetitive basis in my job as a wedding minister.

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Posted in: Freddie Mercury's home on the market for first time since 1980 minus his 'exquisite clutter' See in context

da Cunha

Today 04:29 pm JST

Jealous much?

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Posted in: Gov't to require sex offense checks for those applying to work with children See in context

It's been said, but how was this not already a requirement for those seeking to work with children?

My concern would be how accurate, inclusive and up to date will the government's records be, as there seems to be no sex offender register system in place here.

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Posted in: 45-year-old man arrested for arson after argument with mother over breakfast See in context

Mommy and Daddy(?) should have booted both of them out of the house 20+ years ago.

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Posted in: Gonoi attends White House ceremony for women of courage award See in context

Why so much focus on what she wore to the event?

To me it was totally appropriate for her to wear the gi. A clear message she is a fighter and won't bow down to male dominated and mandated norms.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stalking after breaking into home of ex-girlfriend in Hokkaido See in context

Get a job, get a life.

Makes one wonder if his attraction to her was amorous or financial support.

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