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Posted in: 4 found dead in car in apparent group suicide in Saitama Prefecture See in context

KurukiToday  09:12 am JST

Really sad to hear young people driven into a situation where they want to end their life.

I hope they're resting in peace now, and that society will work towards a better world for everyone.

The world today, even with COVID, is a million times better place to live than ever so blaming the world is kind of ignoring the underlying lack of mental health. Suicide is down overall in Japan (and worldwide) and humans are evolving to a kinder less egocentric environment both internally and externally.

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Posted in: 4 found dead in car in apparent group suicide in Saitama Prefecture See in context

What did the letters say? Why are those taking their lives mainly young women? Is this due to career difficulties? Financial difficulties? This needs to be addressed so that many of us can keep an eye out for those in trouble. This can't be prevented by simply having suicide hotlines only, in fact we as people can also help those in need starting with those around us.

The cause is not the external events but the way people process those events that 'cause' suicide. In other words, the internal voice (narrative) in their head has taken over and convinced them to take their own lives.

All humans are possessed to varying degrees in this way (not just about killing themselves) but probably never realise it (see ego, or the 'pain body').

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

Japan would have to be one of the worst places to work if you are non-white or from another Asian nation.

The Nihonjinron doctrine remains in parts of Japan as remnants of the colonial era.

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Posted in: Expect more worrisome variants after Omicron, scientists say See in context

If the virus is evolving it will eventually become an annual flu variant because killing hosts is not an efficient way to spread.

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Posted in: Japan's Pacific coast hit by tsunami after Tonga eruption See in context

It has caused some damage here in New Zealand too.

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Posted in: Toyota tops global auto sales in 2021 for 2nd year in row See in context

Sadly, the Japanese car industry may go the way of the Japanese electronics industry and go into decline as it misses opportunities (e.g. TV's, PC's, smart phones etc.). Japan car makers have a weak and very late EV strategy that will never catch up just like the iPhone destroyed the Japanese phone market.

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Posted in: Australia's New South Wales sets new high for COVID deaths See in context

BlacklabelToday  03:28 pm JST

i can stop talking once the false "pandemic of the vaccinated" narrative stops.

Vaccinated people and unvaccinated people are exactly the same as far as getting COVID, transmitting COVID and as a threat to "society"

Just vaccinated people have more personal benefits in that if they catch it they wont get as sick as an unvaccinated person may get. So save the sanctimonious "Im doing it for everyone else" story.

Vaccinated people are just taking the vaccine because they thought it will help them not get COVID and not get sick if they do. its not some great sacrifice for the world that a

Sounds like you got this info from an unauthorised source (e.g. Facebook), which means spreading misinformation (a crime in some countries if you are in a position of authority). Just stick to the science (and I don't mean some obscure no-name antivaxxer).

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Posted in: Australia's New South Wales sets new high for COVID deaths See in context

Sven AsaiToday  02:56 pm JST

That widespread no-ZeroCovid strategy, now also implemented in Australia that was on the right path, is in fact a no-ZeroDeath strategy. Or also call it an intentional killing policy if you like.

I don't think any nation now has a zero COVID policy since DELTA is too contagious to contain. What they do have is a containment policy. It has worked better in NZ. In Australia's case the problem is mismanagement and a lack of public compliance.

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Posted in: Man arrested for locking 2-month-old son in freezer See in context

To all those saying; throw the book at this guy!', 'lock him up!' You realise you are encouraging the same behaviour as the father in this case, right?

That's regressive thinking. Can you see that? I hope you do.

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Posted in: Man arrested for locking 2-month-old son in freezer See in context

therougouJan. 11  04:57 pm JST

wow. I hope they lock this guy in a freezer until he freezes to death.

So react in the same way the father did. Great, humanity s progressing.

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Posted in: Man arrested for locking 2-month-old son in freezer See in context

So react in the same way the father did. Great, humanity s progressing.

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Posted in: Number of pachinko parlors in Japan decreasing rapidly; down 12% in two years See in context

Horrible places without a single good thing I can think of.

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Posted in: Okinawa reports 623 new coronavirus cases; 390 in Tokyo See in context

New Zealand has again almost reduced their case numbers to zero after dealing with DELTA through mandatory face masks, tracking and testing and isolation and the economy and mental health are none the worse for it.

Japan could have easily done the same, but they lack the will and leadership.

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Posted in: Teenager 1st to use hospital's 'confidential birth' system See in context

A good solution to an old problem.

Now, how to deal with the unwanted children in a nation where adoption and is almost unheard of and, from many accounts, the orphanage system is horrible.

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Posted in: Father, son found dead in Oita likely killed each other, police say See in context

> Michael MachidaToday  08:13 am JST

Amazing how the end of the year and the beginning of the year brings out the best and worst in people.

The 'best' is our true selves without the egocentric social conditioning (which is our 'worst'),

We are capable of both, but we 'are' by nature the former. Have a lovely day.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese New Year traditions you should follow See in context

Here, let me correct that for you;

5 Japanese New Year traditions you s̶h̶o̶u̶l̶d̶ could follow

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Posted in: Tokyo police admit to losing 38 citizens’ personal data…that was stored on floppy disks See in context

Japan has done an excellent job over the years of marketing itself as a modern tech centre.

Those of us who have lived in Japan know that, apart from a few exceptions, Japan is one of the lowest-tech places in the developed world.

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Posted in: Omicron variant reported in 22 of Japan's prefectures See in context

DisillusionedToday  07:58 am JST

Yesterday there was report stating 'Asia' had avoided Omicron. Someone is telling fibs to sell newspapers.

New Zealand is the only place I know that has avoided Omicron in the community.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 64 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 516 See in context

CaptDingleheimerToday  02:34 am JST

Japan's daily case count is statistically zero. This would change, perhaps drastically, if the borders were reopened.

90% of the populace supports the strict border control measures currently in place.

Therefore, I'd be quite surprised to see tourists allowed in before 2024.

How would tourists coming in increase COVID cases if you already have COVID in the community in Japan?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 64 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 516 See in context

A pretty constant number between 30 and 70 in the past few months. Given the likelihood that this represents only the tip of the iceberg, what are the estimates for true numbers? Has research been done on this?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for pushing 9-year-old son to death from Tokyo hotel See in context

I think given that infanticide is not a rare occurrence, all 'falls' from buildings should be investigated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 46 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 387 See in context

Ha! NZ had 46 cases today too.

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Posted in: China expands lockdowns as COVID cases climb See in context

AntiquesavingDec. 28  08:12 pm JST

JCRToday  03:56 pm JST

Not sure what to believe when the news comes from China

I guess we can say the same about the west and Japan.

China reports just over 200 cases a day, Japan also reports just over 200 a day.

Then you read the news from western countries, with Australia reporting over 11,000 new cases in just one day,

My home province in Canada reporting 9,000 new cases in one day (population of 8.5 million well spread out).

We have what is clearly a strange divide going on.

Indeed, and New Zealand had only 18 yesterday. There has been suggestion that North East Asians carry a gene that protects against COVID, while in NZ case they're are just better at managing the virus in the community with strict measures and high levels of compliance.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 35 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 214 See in context

NZ had 34 today and they have free testing for anybody at all who wants one.

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Posted in: Community transmission of Omicron spreads in western Japan See in context

Without mandated tracking and tracing Japan has little hope of being able to control or manage any COVID outbreak. It's not that hard to do as is shown in some nations like NZ .

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Posted in: Two brothers arrested after keeping remains of father in house for 2 years See in context

This kind of behaviour which has been going on for decades is what partly inflates Japan's longevity rankings.

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Posted in: Japan hangs 3 death-row inmates; 1st executions in 2 years See in context

> Sindhoor GKToday  05:47 am JST

@letsberealistic

How about a comparison with somewhere in Europe or New Zealand, Canada etc.?

Okay, have you read this?

Japan is ranked 15th most fair Justice System in the world(2nd in g7) and 9th most fair in Criminal Justice subcategory (2nd in g7).

I mean the fundamentals of the system, not some random ranking from a dubious source based on unreliable reporting in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan hangs 3 death-row inmates; 1st executions in 2 years See in context

Sindhoor GKToday  03:17 pm JST

@Letsberealistic

the paper found that Japanese prosecutors have a far more pressing need to be selective. In the U.S., the federal government employs 27,985 lawyers, and the states employ another 38,242 (of which 24,700 are state prosecutors). In Japan, with about a third of the U.S. population, the entire government employs a mere 2,000. Despite Japan having a low crime rate, such numbers create a significant case overload for prosecutors. In the U.S., there are 480 arrests (96 serious cases) per year per state prosecutor. (The actual figure is lower as some are prosecuted in federal court). In Japan, the figure is 700 per year per prosecutor. In the U.S., a rough estimate is that 42% of arrests in felony cases result in prosecution - while in Japan, the figure is only 17.5%.

In murder, U.S. police arrested 19,000 people for 26,000 murders, in which 75% were prosecuted, and courts convicted 12,000 people. In Japan, 1,800 people were arrested for 1,300 murders, but prosecutors tried only 43%. Had the allegation that Japanese prosecutors use weak evidence mostly based on (forced) confessions to achieve convictions been true, the larger proportion of arrests would have resulted in prosecutions and eventual conviction. But the opposite is true. In fact, the data indicates that Japanese prosecutors bring charges only when the evidence is overwhelming, and the likelihood of conviction is near absolute, which gives a greater incentive for the accused to confess and aim for a lighter sentence, which, in turn, results in a high rate for confession.

The Japanese criminal justice system, despite retaining the death penalty, is relatively lenient in sentencing by the standard of the United States. Outside capital cases, many of those sentenced to life sentences are paroled within 15 years. Those convicted of less heinous murder and manslaughter are likely to serve less than 10 years. Those convicted of rape will often serve less than two to five years. It is even possible for someone convicted of murder to serve a suspended sentence if the defense successfully argues for mitigating circumstances. Moreover, in Japanese criminal proceedings, the conviction and sentencing phases are separate. In the Japanese criminal justice system, these are distinct phases, echoing that of common law jurisdictions where sentencing is usually remitted to a later hearing after a finding of guilt. The court proceedings first determine guilt, then a second proceeding takes place to determine the sentence. Prosecutors and defense teams argue each phase. Defense lawyers, given the predictability of the outcome in term of guilt once the charge is brought, together with the leniency of punishment (except in death penalty cases), often advise the accused to confess their guilt in a trial. Remorse is seen as a mitigating factor that tends to bring reduced sentences.

Ever heard of the word " research " ? Japan is ranked 15th most fair Justice System in the world(2nd in g7) and 9th most fair in Criminal Justice subcategory (2nd in g7).

This is just a comparison with the US justice system which has to be among the worst in the Western world.

How about a comparison with somewhere in Europe or New Zealand, Canada etc.?

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Posted in: Japan hangs 3 death-row inmates; 1st executions in 2 years See in context

Ever heard of the word " research " ? Japan is ranked 15th most fair Justice System in the world(2nd in g7) and 9th most fair in Criminal Justice subcategory (2nd in g7).

Based on what?

How can you claim it's a fair justice system when they have a 99% conviction rate, no right to a lawyer or even to contact family and friends after being arrested and the police can detain you for weeks without any charge.

There is also no requirement to video record interviews.

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Posted in: 200 teachers disciplined for sexual assault in fiscal 2020 See in context

I taught a year at a Japanese girls school and I was shocked that they expected me to have a relationship with students.

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