Ken Holcomb comments

Posted in: Sapporo man arrested for kidnapping 14-year-old girl he met on social media See in context

YohanToday  12:15 pm JST

You have no idea what I know about children, do you?

Nevermind, I'm truly not interested in your response. Children's minds are not developed enough to at the age of 18, much less 14, to fully be cognizant of their decisions and actions. This is a proven, scientific fact.

Apparently in some, this lack of cognizant ability extends past the age of consent.

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Posted in: Sapporo man arrested for kidnapping 14-year-old girl he met on social media See in context

Anyone thinking the girl is at fault at ANY level in this case needs to reexamine their own sense of morality. A 14 year old child has 0 sense of the realities of the world. A 36 year old man knows EXACTLY what he's doing when communicating with a child who may be dillusioned by her home life. Why is he even talking with this child to begin with? Does anyone think his intentions were honorable, in any stretch of the definition of the word?

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop case against man accused of assaulting woman in hotel See in context

Call it what you like, paying for her companionship or outright prostitution, neither excuses this scumbag from beating a woman. But as is always the case, his money gets him exactly what he wants.

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Posted in: Outdoor drinking party in athletes village being investigated See in context

The athletes have a far greater chance of getting the virus from the local populace than spreading it to them, because the Japanese government, at every level, completely failed in getting the Japanese fully vaccinated prior to the Olympics starting and are continuing that failure to this day.

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Posted in: Nursery school head may face charge over boy's death in bus See in context

8th paragraph in the article, for those commenting on the class teacher's actions, or lack thereof:

A teacher in charge of the boy told city officials that she was aware of his absence, but did not contact his mother.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman as she slept in her apartment See in context

 It appears that the woman was unaware of the incident while it occurred.

Well, when that word gets out, he'll never get another date.

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Posted in: Tokyo's real life Paw Patrol keeps crime on short leash See in context

Wow, so many negative remarks about a simple and sensible community solution to a very real problem.

Do I think a small dog being walked win school kids on their way to of from school would had prevented a drunk truck drive from plowing down a bunch of kids? No, probably not. But will that same small dog, along with it's alert, or at the very least awake, adult walking with a small group of kids prevent some pervert from approaching. Yes, I do.

The very fact that the community is involved in ANY way with looking after their neighborhood's most vulnerable is a positive thing from any angle - except that angle from which the naysayers view anything, which is criticize, scrutinize and whine.

I am going to petition my community for a similar approach although my full sized, police dog academy trained GSD may not be as cute and cuddly as a toy poodle, he certainly will be a deterrent to would be criminals.

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Posted in: Man gets 9 years in prison for killing woman with drink laced with stimulants See in context

Should have been a life sentence, but then 9 years for a 72 year old may well turn out to be just that.

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Posted in: 25-year-old man arrested over murder of father, sister See in context

Yet another family tragedy. I'm sure there will be plenty of conjecture posted here on the "probable" cause from "experts" in crime and social ills. But only those immediately affected will know the true cause. The rest of us can only hope our own lives aren't someday likewise ripped apart.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop indictment against woman arrested over 4-year-old daughter’s death See in context


We'll never know if it was a forced confession.

So many forced confessions, you don't know what to believe anymore.

So why read the news at all and comment on articles you don't believe? The whole outcry of "fake news" claims are themselves fake.

This is a sad story of a woman with obvious mental health issues that ended in tragedy for the entire family. Maybe show a little human compassion rather than passing judgement.

And, yes, we may never know exactly why the prosecutor's office decided to drop the case, but we can hope that this woman receives the treatment she will need, as well as her husband, who is likely as much a victim here as anyone.

Prayers for the soul of the little angel who is the center of this tragedy.

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Posted in: Mother, 4-year-old son killed in car crash See in context

though maybe not such a factor in a massive side impact like this.

Sounds like it was the kei car that hit the side of the other vehicle, so that would be head-on damage to the kei car, and with such small crumple zones on most kei cars, it's no surprise the mother, who was likely holding the toddler in the front passenger seat died along with the child.

Also, the fact that the accident happened at 12:30 a.m. on a Sunday, (Monday?), morning indicates they were returning from a weekend family outing. Dad, (the driver), may have been asleep at the wheel or at least extremely tired. All guesses based on the story as presented.

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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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