Ken Holcomb comments

Posted in: Don't move See in context

The graphics arts department ht came up with this needs to get with the times. None of those figures are wearing masks and they are touching the handrail. No wonder Tokyo's numbers keep going up. (Slight sarcasm intended)

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Posted in: Japanese elementary teacher busted for hiding students’ shoes; writing 'die' on their belongings See in context

Strange? Yes.

But be happy Japan that this is the top story in your "Crimes" section today. Just sayin'.

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Posted in: Kono instructs SDF what to do on UFO sightings See in context

Just sayin'.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after daughters, aged 6 and 3, die in overheated car while she goes drinking See in context

Hog tie her, throw her in the back seat of the same car, park it in the most exposed, sun beaten area one can find. Put in a tape recording of her two kids crying on continuous loop. Don't let her die, the first time. Then rinse and repeat.

Makes me sick to think what those two innocent children went through.

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Posted in: Typhoon injures 20 in Kyushu as stronger storm approaches See in context

After having lived in both Kyushu and southwestern Honshu for over 35 years, it still amazes me how many Japanese citizens do NOT prepare for storms like these. Its ridiculous to assume the population "knows" how to react and prepare to major, repetitive disasters, when the data on injuries and deaths caused by each succeeding disaster clearly shows many are not prepared or just not paying attention.

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Posted in: Man arrested for urinating in beer cans and leaving them on side of road See in context

A someone who drives long distances on south western Japan's highways for work, I'd like to see the law applied to truck drivers who often throw their urine filled liter sized PET bottles out as they're driving. Witnessed the dumping violation many times. Disgusting.

I get it on long haul routes they need to relieve themselves and many have devised what military aircrew call "piss tubes" into empty plastic bottles. Just take the damned bottles with you to the next SA/PA and dump it in the toilets there.

But no, easier to adopt the same ignorant and selfish attitude as the guy in this story, "Someone else will clean it up." Fine. Any driver caught dumping gets a fine and a punishment of cleaning up a 10 km stretch of heavily trafficked highway.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of older brother See in context

Family values. Used to be something aspire to. Guess times have changed........even here. Sad!

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Posted in: 89-year-old woman stabbed to death at home in Hiroshima See in context

Mocheake   07:59 am JST

You know who the prime suspect should be but maybe he has a legit alibi. 

Pray tell, just exactly what could possibly be the legit alibi for stabbing a elderly woman several times. I'd be very interested to read your legal explanation.

Also, no forced entry doesn't mean much in Japan. Especially in rural areas, homes are often left unlocked and visitors frequently walk right in to the genkan while shouting out, "Gomen nasai!"

Happens sometimes at my home in a very rural area here in Hiroshima, and usually is quickly followed by a scream and the sound of the visitor doing their best to escape when my 60lb Doberman enters the genkan to welcome them. The dog has never bit anyone, but the surprised reaction is priceless.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting movie-goer at theater in Aichi Prefecture See in context

above posters he was not operating in a professional capacity

Right. He was acting in the capacity of a normal person who is fed up with the absolute selfishness of some twit playing with his item of addiction to the detriment of other's movie going experience. I wouldn't be surprised to learn others in that theater were at least silently applauding this guy.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing drinking acquaintance See in context

The man murdered his friend with a knife. It was NOT an accident and using alcohol or COVID stress as an excuse is weakminded and foolish. Whats next? "Oh im so sorry I beat my wife/child/elderly parent to death while I was drunk and worried about a virus."?

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Posted in: Man shot by police after threatening them with knife See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  08:42 am JST

2 shots? Stomach? 1 shot in the thigh would have been enough.

Yes, and this how that would work.

Cop 1 "Sir could you kindly step back a couple of steps so I can aim at your skinny thigh."

Cop 2: "Looks like he's not going to step back, and since he has a knife and is close enough to slash my throat, I'm going to shoot him in the way I was trained."

Tw/o shots, center mass.

It's not a video game. Real life adrenaline and a real life threat.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot after attacking police officer in Kyoto See in context

As for the shot hitting the shoulder intentionally, probably not, unless the range was within a meter. Expert training or not, after being slashed with a knife and while bleeding, the adrenaline was pumping in that cop. Shooting in that situation is nothing like firing your weapon on a range.

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Posted in: Japan now scrambling jets against Chinese military aircraft taking off from Fujian See in context

Vanessa Carlisle: Everyone's claims to those uninhabited rocks is completely bogus.

Nearly every war fought in the history of the world was based on "bogus" claims. It has never been a deterrent before, and it won't be this time.

As for the argument about Japan's ASDF having the capability to defend Japan, I don't think that's even a matter of consideration. The first Japanese fighter that gets shot down will have the US military backing the ASDF with everything they've got, which is substantial. (Well, a little less so now that the USS Bonhomme Richard is a burning hulk of scrap metal in San Diego harbor. Wouldn't be at all surprised to find out China had a hand in that little Naval fiasco).

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Posted in: Human remains found on Iwate mountain identified as woman missing for 11 months See in context

Went missing May 31st and the husband reported her missing June 4th. Hmmm... makes one wonder if she had "gone missing" for more than a day or two in the past.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing 17-year-old daughter with sword See in context


Honestly, can you imagine the carnage if Japan ever allowed its citizens to arm themselves?

Yeah, can you imagine? Wait. No imagination necessary. Just look directly to the east. An entire huge nation armed to the teeth.

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested over hit-and-run deaths of two people See in context

Unemployed and not licensed for that vehicle. Not quite dark still at 7:55(?) p.m. Did he steal the truck? Was he intoxicated? Or was he just looking for a way to end up in jail for a free bed and meals?

Condolences to the family(ies) of the couple that were killed. Terrible to be taken out while just doing some gardening, or any time for that matter, for no apparent reason at all.

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Posted in: Fireworks explode across Japan to cheer up virus-weary public See in context

My sincere appreciation to the hanabi manufactures and organizers of this "secret" event. While I was unable to see or hear any in my very rural community west of Hiroshima, friends a little farther west in the Shunan area did hear and maybe(?) saw a little bit of it.

The unselfishness of these companies, expending their supplies for the good of the public and on their own dime, is indeed a positive and welcome relief, even if only in the intent for most.

Thanks, hanabi masters and your crews, for your thoughtfulness.

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Posted in: U.S military at Japan base shows it can function during pandemic See in context

Anyone who has ever worked on or near and airport or aircraft know that it is imperative that clear communication is maintained at all times for safety reasons and to do so, due to the noise of aircraft engines and support equipment operating nearby requires maintainers and crew to be very close to each other in order to clearly hear instructions. Social distancing in this case could cause an accident and/or death.

Japan is a sovereign nation as is England, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Spain and many others who have diplomatic and shared defense agreements with the US and other nations. If Japan ever decides it no longer wants to host US military personnel who provide for the defense of the host country as well as extend America's long range defense, the Japanese government can and that relationship. And, BTW, why would another nation want to invade Japan? Hmmm...Senkaku Islands and control of sea lanes ring a bell?

The Japanese government, per long-standing diplomatic agreements, does pay for a large portion of the US bases and their maintenance and improvements. The Japanese government does NOT pay for the US personnel stationed at these bases.


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Posted in: Truck driver abandons body of suicide victim, claiming he thought it was a doll See in context

Considering the high number of liter size plastic bottles filled with what looks like urine, discarded bento boxes and other trash on the sides of the highway I drive often between Hiroshima and Fukuoka, it's not surprising this truck driver, like so many others feel the roadsides are their personal trash receptacles.

I understand driving "long haul" routes is hard work, I've driven trucks in the US, coast to coast. (Hence the quote marks around long haul above). But the arrogance and ignorance in driving skills and common decency demonstrated by many, not all, truck drivers here is truly disgusting.

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Posted in: Lower house passes bill allowing delayed pension payout See in context

The current law on the country's public pension scheme sets the payout age at 65 in principle, though it allows people to start receiving benefits between 60 and 70. The bill expands that age band to 60 to 75.

Seems like some missed the point here. The new law does not require a person to wait until they are 75. It merely allows those that decide, based on their personal health and wealth issues, to wait until few years later to start receiving their benefits at a higher, (however slightly), rate.

The overused and extremely inappropriate term "slavery" is hyperbole at its worst. Actual slaves are not allowed to retire, nor receive benefits. Nor can they chose to leave their work at any time as is the case with virtually every citizen here. Dial it back a few clicks, folks.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pit bull attacks police officer at BBQ attended by 30 people See in context

Correction to my earlier comment.

Dobies, (not Copies), are also considered vicious attack dogs.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pit bull attacks police officer at BBQ attended by 30 people See in context

I've bred and trained Doberman Pinchers here in Japan for over a decade. Copies are also considered vicious attack dogs by uneducated and highly biased people, some of whom have expressed their ignorance here.

Nearly any breed, including Pomeranian, can be taught to attack. In fact, many of the small breed dogs from Asia were originally bred for just that purpose. These very small, but aggressive dogs were kept in the long sleeves of their wealthy female owners to be released to attack robbers.

Blaming the entire breed for the stupidity of one dogs owner is canine bigotry, pure and simple.

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Posted in: Abe, Trump agree to cooperate on COVID-19 fight See in context

“It was extremely meaningful to be able to reassure Japan-U.S. cooperation via telephone talks between the two leaders just as the international society is expected to unite and tackle the (pandemic),” Suga said.

No. It would have been extremely meaningful if the two "leaders" had come to some agreement followed immediately by a well thought out plan that was also immediately implemented, months ago.

But several months after a global pandemic was announced with NO coordinated global plan of action, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, loss of of untold trillions of dollars in revenue and millions out of work equals a total FAILURE on the part of the supposed leader of the free world and his Japanese lap dog.

If that's offensive, too bad!

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Posted in: Japan, faced with criticism, scrambles to do more coronavirus testing See in context

You can bet that just like in the US, the senior Japanese pols and uber rich are getting tested - frequently.

Unfortunately for the US Pumpkin Headed President and his Snow White Dwarf VP, they didn't bother testing the lowly valets, staffers and other lowlifes around them, who are now testing positive, after having been in very close proximity to both, uh, "leaders"?, without masks or practicing social distancing.

Arrogance and ignorance rules the ruling parties.

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Posted in: Call centers expose fault line in Japan's pandemic fight See in context

A ministry official said the request was meant to reduce human contact, not as an order to keep call centers open.

"We hope the carriers contrive ways to prevent infections," the official said.

My father used to say, "Hope in one hand and shat, (not his word), in the other and see which fills up first.

While the central government continues to navigate this crises by hoping their big business bosses and donors make moves to comply, the virus continues to spread. Although no one knows how far its spreading since universal testing is not being done. A vicious circle benefiting the do-nothing pols.

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Posted in: Workers, parents feel strain as state of emergency extended See in context

Several comments providing 'statistics'about the number of deaths vs. the general population, and how the numbers are so small as to be insignificant.

I wonder how insignificant it would be to these statisticians if it was their family members lying in a hospital bed gasping for their last breath...

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Posted in: Stimulus steps cannot easily buoy coronavirus-hit economy: Abe See in context

"If we engage in economic activity, it will affect people's health and life. Unfortunately, we're not in a situation in which stimulus steps will immediately work," Abe said

On the other hand, taking no action at all, but continuing to simply talk about it, is also NOT immediately, or EVER, going to work.

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Posted in: Man arrested over death of common-law wife See in context

Walk away. Period.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing real estate agent while being shown apartment See in context

Social distancing may have prevented this.

Seriously, this guy needs to have his head my size 12 combat boot.

I sincerely pray for the young woman's full physical recovery, but I can't imagine her being psychologically able to resume her job as a lone real estate agent any time soon.

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Posted in: Japan to boost stimulus to ¥117 tril due to cash payouts to ease virus pain See in context

Like many others, when I file my Japanese taxes I include my bank account info for direct deposit of my return. Seems like an easy way for the gov to figure out how to "speedily" get these funds into the hands of those that need it.

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