Ken Holcomb comments

Posted in: Man arrested after missing 13-year-old girl’s body found on mountain road See in context

My sincere condolences to the family.

Ok, now that I've been nice, I'll add what I really think,

Why is a 13 year old thinking about suicide?

Why did the family not know this and did they try to get help?

How do these Suicide Group sites continue to operate?

This is is likely going to get me 'silenced, again I have 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons here in Japan. If any scumbag EVER hurts any of them, there will be a trial. But I will be the defendant. Charges will be serious.

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Posted in: Bogus electrician arrested over sexual assault of teenage girl See in context

I hope the young lady is able to make a full and quick recovery.

From rape? Physically, maybe. Psychologically, highly unlikely.

As for the punk that did this, castration and extended jail time. That should relieve both his work stress and his sexual drive stress.

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Posted in: Woman’s body found in car; husband arrested See in context

Brian Wheway: why the rear seat? very odd.

Older Japanese couples often ride with the wife in the back seat while husband drives. Not really that odd, actually. Cultural differences.

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Posted in: Bullet train office car See in context

All the naysayers commenting here, I have to ask: have any of you actually experieinced this service yet? My guess would be, no. But its something new to grouse about, albeit from a position of little or no knowledge other than the very limited description provided in the story.

If this service becomes available in the Chugoku/Kyushu area, I will give it a try as I am often on the Shinkansen for business between home and various contracts I have here. Until then, I'll hold my uneducated opinion.

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Posted in: Woman disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker See in context

Why were there no barriers to begin with, during this pandemic? If there had been the usual clear plastic barriers, she could have just decorated her side with cute kitty photos, etc. (Maybe with a note written on the reverse, (his side), telling him to keep his eyes on his work and not on her skirt.

Newsflash: a physical handicap does not preclude the fact that he may have been a perv.

The story does not say why she felt stressed, so assuming it was something to do with his handicap is nothing more than a guess.

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Posted in: Gov't scraps plan to imprison disobedient virus patients; penalties pared down See in context

Considering the fact that several government leaders were recently outed for their own criminal behavior violating their own pandemic rules by going out to dinner enmasse, followed by a night at hostess bars, it makes sense to not send anyone to jail now.

CYA much?

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Posted in: Two men charged after having sex at public bathhouse in Tokyo See in context

First, I believe having sex in public areas of any kind is disgusting, immoral and displays a mutual lack of disrespect shared by both participants.

But, there are several commenters here decrying the gay part of this. What if the same thing happened between a heterosexual couple at a co-ed bath house, (yes, they do exists).

I use onsen on a regular basis when travelling for work, (not so much recently. Thank you COVID.) I've never had a problem with bathing in a room with other men. Seems those that do may have an issue with sex being too close to the top of their minds. Got to wonder how those that are put off by nakedness get through a gym workout or a day at the public pool, since its usal to use a common shower in both cases.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

Do as we say, not as we do. Typical politicians. Disgusting overpaid, overpriviledged scum.

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Posted in: Trump supporters rally in Tokyo See in context

Well, isn't that cute. Now go home and start looking for some other lost cause to support. Here's an idea....Show your love for Kim Jong Un since he and Trump were such close friends. Maybe Kim will send some more of his love over in the way of more missiles.

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Posted in: Sapporo decides to sell new beer with English mistake on label See in context

Sapporo is my beer of choice, so I will be buying a case of this special offering, spelling error be damned.

And to those educational elites who commented on the error as a slam on the educational system here, I invite you to spend 15 minutes browsing any social media platform in your home country. Then come back and talk about how "decades" of teaching in your native language is working out back home.

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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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