Ken Holcomb comments

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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Posted in: 'LIBERATE!': Trump pushes states to lift virus restrictions See in context

The US will LIBERATE ourselves of the moron now in the White House in November this year.

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Posted in: Osaka asks citizens for raincoats amid shortage of protective gear See in context

Were the city and national politicians living under a rock for the past several months when these exact same issues were playing out in virtually every other nation on earth?

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Posted in: Ready for screening See in context

Unfortunately because the Commander, US Forces Japan has not put out clear guidance to all US bases, leaving each base commander to figure it out on their own. While personnel aboard NAS Atsugi are pretty much in total lockdown, with anyone going on or off base must have certification from the command for their trip, just a few miles away, US Army Camp Zama has almost no measures employed.

Seems the generals and admirals are following their CiC's lead. No concise and coordinated leadership, therefore avoiding personal blame later.

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Posted in: 60% in Japan feel gov't handled early stages of virus poorly: poll See in context

Imagine that, the Japanese poll regarding how the government here has responded to the crisis is right in line with a US poll asking Americans how they feel about Trump's administration's handling of the crises there.....hmmmm...

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Posted in: Barbers, 'izakaya,' dept stores, DIY shops to be off Tokyo's closure request list See in context

Izakaya, however, will only be allowed to open until around 8 p.m., according to the source.

Because the virus only infects people after 8 p.m.........

Yeah, that makes total sense. (Heavy sarcasm intended)

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Posted in: Watery welcome See in context

Maybe they will live stream it so people can watch it from their locked down homes...........yeah, probably not.

Come on down folks. See the staff swim in thier Sunday best, shop at our gift stores, crowd into the viewing room to see all the fish.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

Even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

Trump needs to focus on the US situation. If he's so interested in the Olympics, why did he not say he would be pulling the US team from the competitions? Because he always wants give himself a way out. All talk, no walk. Private Bone Spur once again playing General.

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Posted in: 5 famous foods you’ll find in Hiroshima See in context

Unlike the conventional dish popularized in Osaka...

I guess it depends on where one was first introduced to this delicious, beer drinking, gaijin favorite. I first came to Hiroshima in the early 70s. Never had the Osaka-soup style until many years later. The difference is equal to New York City vs Chicago style pizza. I prefer the more "conventional" Hiroshima way, thank you.

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Posted in: Canceling Tokyo Olympics would cut Japan GDP growth by 1.4%: estimate See in context

Coronavirus is still spreading out all over the world. Nobody wants virus back home after Olympics is over.

Bit of an oxymoron, isn't it. If the virus is already "spreading out all over the world", the athletes will just be bringing it here from their home countries. No escaping it so let the games begin!

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Posted in: Japan's 1st female paratrooper See in context

Jonathan Prin She looks frail.

If she can carry 60kgs, I can carry 100kgs then.

Good if it is her passion but beyond enemy lines, itwon't be soft for women.

And you base your assessment of her stamina on a photo? Or have you actually gone on training exercises with her?

After 23 years in the US Marines, twice on combat tours, it's my humble opinion there are plenty of women who can do just as well as the average grunt in the field.

And yes, humility is a relative word when talking to a Marine.

Good on you Sgt. May you and your fellow soldiers never have to prove your skills in actual combat and may you succeed with honor if you do.

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Posted in: Virus spreads to more countries as new cases slow in China See in context

Hmmm.......I just watched a live stream of US VP Putz say there are only 43 cases confirmed. Someone is spreading viral BS.

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Posted in: Rocker Neil Young calls Trump 'a disgrace' See in context

The decades of drug abuse have destroyed his brain. In the words of Lynryd Skynyrd, "I hope Neil Young will remember, us Southern men don't need him around anyhow..."

At least he has a brain to have been affected by your false accusation of "decades of drug use". As fot those Southern men, of course that would be the white, racist self-desccribed Evangelical Christians southern men who have completely and absolutely denied their claimed Christian values by supoorting the lying, cheating, draft dodging, multiple failed business mob boss, His Royal Assness, Lord Trump. You may want to try some of those drugs to reopen your mind to reality instead of the reality TV fantasy world Trump wants you to believe in.

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Posted in: U.S. approves plan for Rouhani visit to japan See in context

Trump wants an after action report from Abe. Ok, just as soon as he releases the transcripts from his meetings with Putin, and the Russian Foreign Minister and ambassador in his office.

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