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Posted in: 75-year-old man arrested for hit-and-run involving 3 schoolchildren See in context

According police, Takeuchi has partially confessed to running over the boys.

Why does the story say hit and run. Did he hit the children and continue on? Did he stop a short time later and call police? It stated in the short article that citizens called police to report hurt children on the ground.

I have props for Japantoday as they have the best translation of current Japanese news available on the web. This article was either translated incorrectly and will be fixed or it had incorrect facts at the time of publication. My prayers are with the victims of the accident.

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Posted in: Yokosuka convenience store robbed of Y250,000 See in context

I guess there going to have to start enforcing people coming into the store to remove there helmets. This has been going on for the 20 years that I have lived in and out of Japan. At least no one was hurt which is good.

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Posted in: Odor-eliminating underpants a hot seller See in context

I hope they invent odor eliminating shirts. Train - Coming home after work - crowded - nauseating BO. Couple of times a month in the hot months.

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Posted in: Softbank donates $500,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts See in context

Thank You Softbank.

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Posted in: U.S. seaman found dead on train station platform in Sasebo See in context

It sounds like he was sitting on top of the train enjoying his shuuhai's and his shoulder hit the wire and sent him tumbling to the platform. He could have been chucking the cans on the platform thus explaining why they were around him. If he was killed like that I hope they send a bill to the base for littering, trespassing and cleanup of his body.

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Posted in: New AKB48 documentary to be released in February See in context


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Posted in: 5 challenges of working for a major English conversation school See in context

Comes with the territory teaching English in Japan. Your students are most abundant in the evening and Saturdays. I worked for Gaba for a very short time just because of the way they do business, terrible. You pick a schedule and sit their and if no students know pay plus no transportation. I also worked for Nicheibei English Academy, this was a good outfit and treated it's teachers and contractors very good.

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Posted in: Japan should apologize for wartime aggression: N Korea See in context

North Korea??? Is this the first time in a long time they brought up this subject. I am use to seeing South Korea bring up the subject. Wonder what the N. Korean dictators are bargaining for now. They have no right to expect anything from anyone until abductees are accounted for and hopefully allowed to return.

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Posted in: Romney says his 'heart aches' for jobless See in context

Obama-san has failed to make any progress so I am forced to look at the competition. Romney's remarks where painful and may cost him the election. Please Pray for America as we are in a world of hurt.

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Posted in: UNIQLO and Bic Camera to open new BICQLO store in Shinjuku See in context

I like shopping at BIC for my electronics, my teenagers like UNIQLO for the inexpensive slim clothes. I am curoius what they will sell. This is actually an interesting merger and look forward to seeing their product.

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Posted in: Woman held for strangling two daughters See in context

Very sad, RIP little girls. I love Japan but have personal experience with dealing with family members with mental/emotional problems . There are really good mental doctors in Japan but people feel embarrassed or ashamed to seek such kind of help. The mother needs help and a long prison sentence. I know that many like her are given short or suspended sentences which does not leave a strong reason for other depressed family members to hurt or kill their children.

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Posted in: Commuters' tolerance tested in face of declining public manners See in context

I don't feel it has changed much in the last 6 years I've been here. A few things I find annoying are Bad Body Odor, Sake Breath and Men with their Sports Newspapers with Topless Young Women for all to See. I appreciate the female body but on a train with people of all ages to see totally inappropriate.

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Posted in: Driver arrested after 7-year-old boy run over, killed in Chiba See in context

It is very scary here with kids. I feel very sorry for young mans family. For parents in Japan we have to teach our children of the dangers when walking or riding bikes near or around cars. This year has been tough with so many children and adults killed at intersections and just walking down the road. The school system should teach bike and street safety to kids due to walkers, bikes and cars are sharing basically the same space. Also the police have to start enforcing traffic laws (SPEEDING, 5 - 10 second red light runners, kids not secured in moving cars (toddlers standing in the front seats of moving cars, babies setting on parents laps) . Japan also needs to make laws on bicycles more clear and educate the public and enforce clear rules. RIP Kai.

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Posted in: Canada says 'Psycho' extradition process under way with Germany See in context

This is a very sick individual for what he did to his victim. I am glad they caught him so quickly.

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Posted in: Car hits 1-year-old girl while backing out of hospital parking area See in context

The parents where probably not being careful and let there 1 year old fall behind and she got hit (speculating only). My youngest is in elementary and I still keep an eye on him while crossing parking lots and crosswalks. They say she was injured but not life threatening. I wish the young girl a full recovery. I hope they do not prosecute the driver, their is no way to see a child that small when backing up (unless you have a backup camera installed) . I hope this accident helps make cars safer in the future with better technology which is out there. Unfortunately in today's society it seems to take bad things to happen to force companies to install available safety devices as standard.

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

Very sad, to many young children die from balcony's here. The Mother made a poor decision and will haunted by this till the day she dies. RIP little guy.

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Posted in: Japan, China, U.S. to witness annular solar eclipse See in context

Per the article the forecast does not look promising but we have 5 more day so hopefully it will be clear on Monday morning. I heard that they will be filming it from Fuji and streaming it???

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Posted in: U.S. Coast Guard monitors Japanese boat drifting northwest See in context

Like a previous post mentioned the Navy should use it for target practice since the owner does not want it. Compared to what BP put in the gulf oil wise a few hundred gallons of fuel is nothing. It would make an excellent 50 cal. training target. The US needs to be prepared on how to handle a lot more debris coming in the future. I hope not to see a lot of trouble from the US, they need to just clean it up and if something of importance is salvageable try and get it back to the owner if they want it.

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Posted in: Indonesian ferry crew rescued off Japan See in context

@smithinjapan - The additional two are the Captain and Engineer who are staying on the disabled ferry trying to keep it from going adrift. Per the article it appears that no one was hurt and the ferry was only carrying crew and all were rescued and the J Coast Guard is monitoring the disabled boat.

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Posted in: Police recruit shoots himself in head at police koban See in context

Very sad and I hope he survives. I was a little shocked at the age of 19 for a police officer. I had been curious what is the requirements for law enforcement in Japan. I know in the US it is almost standard to be a college graduate in law or criminal justice plus police academy training. The age of 19 seems very young for such a physical and emotional type job.

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Posted in: Police: 11-yr-old boy lied about being slashed in supermarket See in context

Kid made a bad choice and hurt himself and then covered it up with a lie. I am sure that most of us have been in similar kinds of situations growing up. Hopefully it will be chalked up to a lesson learned and he move forward and become a good kid/student. No harm no foul.

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Posted in: 3.11 - WHAT WERE YOU DOING THAT DAY? See in context

I was on the 36th floor of Roppongi Hills building at work. When it first started I thought it was just another quake and then it got stronger and everyone started to get up. The boss from Hong Kong came out of his office and told us "sit as their was nothing we can do, if where going to die where going to die". It was a very strange expression at the time but we all sat and waited for the swaying to stop. What I remember the most was not the swaying but the sound of steel and the glass of the building it was very surreal and have never heard or want to hear that again.

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Posted in: Teacher nabbed for using mirror to peek up girl's skirt See in context

I read this and remembered the old Pee Wee Herman skit with the mirror on his shoe (Like the first person on this thread mentioned). It is strange that a person would stoop to such a level for a look at a young women's pants. Sick? Bored? Frustrated? Very strange but I'm sure a Japan Today reader has a theory.

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Posted in: 5-yr-old boy may lose sight after man adds battery acid to eye drops See in context

The child had to have been in great pain every-time the Mom put the drops in (Neighbors hearing the screams of pain). I being a parent like all others would have questioned the medicine knowing from when are children are babies the difference between I don't like it, to agony in their cries and checked it. Very odd and I hope the investigators find the whole truth and also put away this monster who caused so much pain to a child.

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Posted in: Two more arrests made over death of Nepalese man in Osaka See in context

Very sad, I can not believe this happened in Japan. I hope all involved get long sentences and do hard time. My prayers are with Bishnu Prasad Dhamala family and friends.

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Posted in: Subway manners See in context

I've only seen a few layers during my time here, it's the ones that are standing and swaying from side to side that bother me. The one's that vomit on the train are the worst. It's a cute sign but was probably a waste of money for the train system. Happy Holidays everyone.

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Posted in: Restaurant operator held over stuffed panda trade in Tokyo See in context

@ schadfield It is all over the news today, check out channel 4 for stories and pictures of it. The Panda looks like a Panda :).

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Posted in: Transport Ministry says 2011 worst on record for passengers falling onto train tracks See in context

The train system in Tokyo make a tremendous amount of money and should start building the walls with gates that open once the train has stopped. They have them in a lot of subways and train stations in Tokyo. As for pressing the button I would do that first and if I can not see a train coming I would jump down to pull them under the platform or in the middle and hang low.

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Posted in: Naha prosecutors indict civilian employee of U.S. base after SOFA revision See in context

I agree being a former Government employee in Japan 20 years ago. If they break the law off base they must be tried thru the Japanese system. It seems to have been an accident but their was a death involved and if he was in the wrong he needs to face the consequences. This should not only apply to the local hires (AAFES, NAF and others that are hired locally but to all SOFA based residents) . The US military presence has outworn it's welcome and needs to follow all laws of Japan when laws are broken off base.

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Posted in: Cain says he won't be forced out of White House race by sex scandal claims See in context

Please Google's Cain's response to the question about Obama's dealing with the Libya campaign. Cain is only known for the executive that said to put the meat under the cheese on the Godfather's pizzas. By the way I have not seen a Godfathers pizza in 20 years on the East coat of America. Basically he started strong but proved to be ignorant in real world problems/ situations. He will not make the nomination .....

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