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Posted in: Shohei Ohtani: Japan's baseball 'Frankenstein' enjoying monster success See in context

Just about every athlete, in just about every sport, shares pride with her/his hometown...

Just take a look at how well received Manny Pacquiao, Fernando Tatis, Djokovich, Ronaldo, Olympic gold medalists, Tiger Woods, Pele, (the list is endless) are celebrated by their fans. In fact, many of these athletes are literally quoted as saying that they are happy to bring pride to their countries.

Which is weird, since it is HE who accomplished it, not the nation, and definitely not the people sitting at home watching. Why do people become so proud of things they have zero to do with?

? uh, what are you on about...

he guy is amazing (not sure "Frankenstein" is apt -- makes it sound like he was created rather than running off his own talent), but saying that to Old Man Taro downstairs shouldn't make him beam with pride and pat himself on the back anymore than if I said Babe Ruth was amazing too... and yet, Old Man Taro DOES beam with pride, as if he himself were Ohtani, or the latter's talent has something to do with his passport.

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Posted in: Japanese chain CoCoIchi making inroads in curry's toughest market See in context

Go there and ask the locals. Or you could try actually reading the article

Why would anyone eat that slop in the home of some of the worlds most delicious curries, with such a vast array of regional variants to boot.

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Posted in: Kevin Durant leads U.S. men to 4th consecutive Olympic basketball gold See in context

USA FTW!!!

GG France

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Posted in: Japan's cumulative coronavirus cases top 1 million See in context

@Aly Rustom

I politely suggest that you look up the definition of excess deaths.

That is virtually impossible. how can a nation's death number go negative? Do you mean that the number of births exceeded the number of deaths? Do you mean that less people died in 2020 than in previous years? If so that is also IMPOSSIBLE. Even without a pandemic the number of deaths and the population decline INCREASED EVERY YEAR. Japan has a rapidly aging society, so pandemic or not, the deaths will increase. Not even sure what you mean by negative death number...

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Posted in: Frenchman's hunger strike over 'abducted' kids enters third week See in context

This is so sickening of Japan.A Japanese wife only needs to rush to the whoever and say anything and they will believe her religiosly.I have so many friends who are in the same situation.I can never trust the Japanese systems and vowed never to have kids in Japan.And most of this kids live miserably just so that the selfish J wife can go around bragging about the kawaii hafu to her friends.

Amazing. The lack of joint custody laws is an issue that also affects Japanese spouses, but for some reason you people have managed to turn this into a racial issue. Lol, stay classy y'all.

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Posted in: TV viewership for Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony 56.4% in Japan See in context

There's nothing else to do for some, so watching the Olympics it is.

Nothing else to do? Lol, the rest of the world is enjoying the Olympics and supporting the many inspirational athletes breaking records. Meanwhile, a few of you are left hanging around JT every day making bitter comments.

Maybe you should have said:

"There's nothing else to do for some, so complaining on JT it is."

Let people do what they want. In general, people are bland

Lol, okay buddy. Whatever you say

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Posted in: Skateboarders hope Olympic gold changes minds in 'strict' Japan See in context

Seems like if anyone wants to improve, they have to go abroad.

Abroad? Okay, just fyi MANY skateboarders (FROM ALL COUNTRIES) move to California after turning pro. Not just to improve, but also because the pro circuit is mostly held on the West Coast and because SoCal is the capital of the industry. And Yuto was a phenom even before he moved here.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

And btw, if you are going to preach to the Japanese about criminal justice reform, maybe you should use a better stage to promote your cause. You are defending a millionaire who was originally charged with committing white collar fraud. And you are doing it in the name of criminal justice reform. Ghosn himself knows this and is manipulating a worthy cause for his own benefit.

Do you even hear yourself? You're trying too hard to defend the corrupt system. We all know that the law is largely skewed towards protecting that precious 99.99% conviction rate. What we're saying is it is wrong and needs to change.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

Except he wasn't talking about sentencing. He was addressing Bokuda's claim that there was no crime was committed in the first place...at least thats what I think Bokuda is trying to say (I can't make sense of his/her posts)

Except precedents are not used in rulings and sentencing.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

I agree that Lebanon government is terrible

Sorry, I just have to make it clear that I never said Lebanon's government was "terrible."

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

Sigh* just FYI I obviously know the standard criteria used to define a failed state.

Are you sure? Cuz to be fair, this is what you said in your post:

"I guess it depends on how you define “failed state”. Have you ever been to Lebanon? If crime is a criteria then perhaps you should do some research."

However the way this all went down, and the comments made by the judge, certainly ring of revenge.

What exactly do you figure the judge is supposed to say? The judge's comments about how Ghosn will never stand trial is exactly the result of the crime they are being charged with. I see nothing malicious nor personal to indicate the judgement is based on some sort of personal Japanese vendetta.

Furthermore, if the judge was acting out of spite, why did he not give them maximum sentence?

Judges do not write the laws re: sentencing or credit for time served. They are to apply judgement and interpret the law as it is written (and not the way you or I think it ought to be). If you (and many others) are going to accuse the judge of misconduct then you owe it to his court to provide the legal code that was breached and evidence that his judgement was unfair.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

Sigh* just fyi, No. Crime is not the only criteria for a failed state. The definition of a failed state has more to with government, not the crime level itself (if that were the case then I'd be living in a failed state).

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/lebanon-failed-state-when-will-world-step-in

I guess it depends on how you define “failed state”. Have you ever been to Lebanon? If crime is a criteria then perhaps you should do some research.

https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/Lebanon/United-States/Crime

I'm having trouble trying to make sense of your comment. Are you saying that the Judge's sentence was based on his need to get revenge for embarrassing Japan?

Anyway, it wasn’t their “crime” so much as Japan losing face over the whole deal. This brings to mind a short proverb Japan should remember.

Revenge is but a small circle.”

This whole idea that the Taylor's are innocent victims is funny. A lot of you seem to feel that we Americans should be free to go abroad and act with immunity from the local justice system. It is embarrassing to the rest of us Americans whose entitlement doesn't oblige us to attack another country's legal system meanwhile defending the Taylors, who themselves admitted to breaking the law.

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Posted in: Brisbane tipped to be awarded 2032 Olympics See in context

I've been to Brisbane. My impression was that, overall, the people were very civil, very educated, polite, very reasonable, and not to mention some of the most genuinely nicest people I've had the pleasure of being around. Not fair to call them naive because a few of you have a weird grudge against the Olympics.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

I've seen you say this before, and I can't figure out WTH you're you talking about? There are no Asian countries that are not members of the U.N. IF I'm wrong and there are in fact Asian countries that are not members of the U.N., I guaren-damn-tee that it is not because they have a "peculiar" justice system.

The thought of Japan withdrawing from the U.N. is so utterly ludicrous I'm not even sure if you are being serious, but if you had even a basic understanding of International Relations, you would know that Japan's withdrawal from the U.N. would be extremely detrimental to the U.N. and international relations on the whole.

If Japan doesn't want to honor the "Innocent until proven guilty" premise, then Japan should leave the UN.

Most Asian countries have a peculiar justice system, just like Japan, and they are doing fine.

Japan should do just fine out of the UN umbrella.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

...or maybe because the Taylor's defense team requested a speedy trial?

(it's literally noted right in the very article you are commenting on)

Amazing how quickly the wheels of justice can turn when it suits them.

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Posted in: Pakistani man reaches out to those living on margins in Japan See in context

@drlucifer

”The Broader Japanese Society and Homeless People

On balance, the general Japanese public tends to ignore homeless peopleand “give them space.” By this, it is meant that homeless people in Japan are rarely harassed by anyone, including law enforcement. 

Courts in Japan have provided homeless people in that country a far broader set of rights than is seen in the United States. For example, a considerable percentage of Japanese homeless people live in what commonly is called homeless encampments in the United States. 

These tent communities tend to be located near rivers or in parks. Japanese courts have ruled that these homeless tent communities on public land cannot be merely dismantled by the police or anyone else. Homeless people in these tent communities are protected by the same due process rights that apartment renters have. In other words, in order to dismantle a homeless person’s tent or a tent community, the regular eviction process must be followed.”

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Posted in: Pakistani man reaches out to those living on margins in Japan See in context

@drlucifer

you didn’t debunk anything. Re-read your posts. Also, the claim you supposedly debunked is based on the unproven assumption that all Japanese simply dismiss the homeless as being lazy, which ironically, is pretty ignorant.

https://ecobear.co/knowledge-center/homeless-people-in-japan/

We are talking about Japan and the perception of homeless as being lazy which i debunked as not true. I don't know where he is from or what the situation regarding the homeless is in his country. I won't spend my time arguing about something I have no knowledge about,

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Posted in: Nagoya police take down knife-wielding man at train station without using lethal force See in context

@expat

This is what they are trained to do - use judgement and non-lethal force. Us cops could take a lesson, here: think before you shoot

to be fair, law enforcement in the US are operating in a much more violent environment than what the Japanese police have the luxury of working with in Japan. It is very sad but, statistically speaking, there is a reason they are quicker to use lethal force.

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Posted in: Ohtani gets All-Star win for AL; bats, too See in context

I didn't say they had no right. I said they had no cause. They have a right to feel any way they want, even if it's not justified.

Uh okay... then I invite you to come down and explain to them why they have no “cause” to be proud of him and let me know how they respond.

They have plenty of cause to idolize him. They have no cause to be proud his accomplishments, as they had nothing to do with them.

by this logic, literally no one can be proud of anyone else.

Seriously? You've never heard a Cleveland fan predict they were "going all the way this year"?

what are you talking about? I hear people say stuff like that all the time. What I’ve never heard until today, is a fan telling another fan that they have no “cause” to be proud of their players’ accomplishments. Imagine telling some young Dominican kid that he has no “cause” to be proud of Tatis, lol! I’m finding it hard to believe your a real Mets fan.

Shohei has the entire cease all world excited and every one of his fans have “cause” to feel proud of him

and btw:

Dominican pride

-Fernando Tatis Jr.

Tatis has no doubt shown amazing loyalty to his country, returning to baseball to raise funds to build a church in his native San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, and his countrymen are all very proud of the players that will be representing them in the Classic.”

-Bleacher Report

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Posted in: Pakistani man reaches out to those living on margins in Japan See in context

@drlucifer

Your comments have nothing to do his post. And to be fair, there is some legitimacy in what he is saying. In cities where public spaces were dedicated to the homeless they saw an immediate spike in drug related deaths, violent crimes against the homeless, and most importantly, those who took refuge in these areas were less likely to agree to medical treatment, social welfare services, and counseling. Basically, they’re utopian yet naive ideas to help the homeless actually resulted in the creation of govt sanctioned shanty towns, which essentially disincentivized many homeless in these areas from admitting themselves into govt assistance programs. So not only did this kind of idealism absolutely fail to address the root cause of homelessness, it also left thousands of homeless worse off than they were before.

Glad you answered your own question.

It is utter naivety to believe that those in better positions worked hard to be there while

those at the bottom of the ladder didn't or are not working hard. I am sure alot of people

who felt the same when people like Bill, Gates, Steve Jobs, Bezos just started out.

We have a saying that "no condition is permanent" which to some extent is true.

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Posted in: Ohtani gets All-Star win for AL; bats, too See in context

*can’t

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Posted in: Pakistani man reaches out to those living on margins in Japan See in context

@Tokyo-m

I actually think Japan is not too bad towards the homeless compared to some places I’ve been. In the county I grew up in here in the States, you can be cited and possibly arrested just for sleeping at a bus stop. In certain municipalities they actually spend hundred of thousands of dollars to physically modify public spaces just to prevent the homeless from lying down. And at least in Japan you don’t see people going out of their way to harass or even assault the homeless (something that happens daily where I live). On the bright side, more people are starting to understand that chronic homelessness is a factor of mental illness and substance abuse and the attitudes towards helping the homeless (at least here in the states).

I often ask Japanese people why there are no benches or other public seating in the streets and station concourses of Japan, and they answer I get is that homeless people might sleep on them. So, in order to stop the homeless from resting (which is cruel in itself) Japan stops everyone from being able to rest. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. The attitude of many in this country towards the homeless is really ugly.

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Posted in: Ohtani gets All-Star win for AL; bats, too See in context

@garypen

Are you really saying Japanese people can be proud of Shohei’s success??

At my old job all of my Filipino co-workers love Manny Pacquiao, referring to him as the pride of the Philippines. Maybe you can come by some day and lecture them on how they have no right to be to be proud of him? Maybe while you’re at it, you can also go ahead and tell all of the young Dominican kids who idolize Tatis that they have no right to reason to be proud of him either?

Honestly, I’ve never heard a supposed baseball fan say anything so ridiculous

The only Japanese people with any cause to be proud, other than Ohtani himself, are his parents and a small group of people including his coaches, teachers, friends, and JP teammates who actually helped influence and guide him. Nobody else had anything to do with his success, and thus nothing to be proud of.

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Posted in: Suga upholds Japan's apologies for wartime aggression, comfort women See in context

this has nothing to do with the point he was making. Japan’s intention was to make them part of the empire and make them Japanese. Hitler wanted to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth

Over 90 % of Allied POWs held in German POW camps survived the war and returned home to their families. Less than 50% of Allied POWs held by the Japanese survived the war

psssh, don’t be too proud of yourself. All your mother’s work did was kill a bunch of women, kids, and old people who had nothing to do with Japan’s miltary.

It is comments like yours that make me very proud my mother was part of the Manhattan Project.

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Posted in: Mother in Arizona accused of killing her 2 kids had been under scrutiny See in context

I work under UK Law therefore, ours is not the American system.

In the US, we have the 4th Amendment, which, guarantees protections against unreasonable search or seizure.

I think it varies by state, but I’m guessing the Police/Arizona Child Protective Services had to prove imminent harm before they could remove the children. I’m guessing they would have needed a warrant.

It may not make sense at face value but these protections are put in place for a reason. Removal of a child from their parents does a lot of harm to a child’s development and dubious reports of abuse by a scorned parent are more common than it should be.

I could be wrong though.

very tragic.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't drops bill to revise immigration law amid opposition See in context

This is an oversimplified exaggeration. Conditions in Europe vary (even within states) and life for the average refugee in Europe is arguably no better (or worse) than what they would have experienced in Japan. Please also note that (sadly), organized opposition to these refugees in Europe is very widespread and hate groups targeting refugees are so extreme that their movements are associated with incidents of violence and yet they still have so much backing from some in the public that they even have their own political parties in certain areas of Europe. The tragedy and struggles of refugees are not exclusive to those who seek asylum in Japan.

There’s the recent example of the millions fleeing Syria as well as a grab bag of other impoverished countries, given refuge and sustenance in Europe and elsewhere in the West. 

Also note, the choices of the average refugees in the situation you mention (escaping civil war) are based mostly (but not entirely) on travel logistics (this includes consideration of fiscally viable options that allow them to one day return to their homes) and feasibility. Essentially, they want the quickest path to the nearest stable state (preferably a state with a healthy economy, where they can find work or continue their education). Government Visa requirements and citizenship requirements play less of a factor in these these situations (again, many Syrian war refugees left with the hope that they would return when the fighting ceased). This is why you have millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon and far less in Canada for example. Japan was likely not a feasible choice for many of these refugees, and it probably had very little to do with Japan’s visa policies.

Or, the millions over the preceding 50 years making a beeline for those same places precisely because they knew they could look forward to being treated with a little dignity and respect.

just want to note that Australia’s acceptance of Indo Chinese refugees was motivated less by humanitarian concern as it was a political maneuvering (it was also a response to the fact that up until that point, Australia was under scrutiny for its poor record of accepting refugees of color). Also note, that during the migration of Indo Chinese, Australia almost immediately enacted stricter rules on incoming refugees (hardly a “welcome mat”)

No prizes for guessing why tens of thousands of Indo Chinese who ‘illegally’ entered Australia after 1975 chose to make that perilous voyage rather than try their luck with places like here where they knew no welcome mat would be waiting.

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Posted in: Mother in Arizona denies killing 2 children with meat cleaver See in context

”Excuses” like this are actually common and when accompanied by Psychiatrists’ evaluation, do in fact play a big factor in the court’s ruling. In fact, her recanting of the events (not remembering anything) is very consistent with many other cases that involve insanity pleas. And yes, more cases than you’d like so that the defendant is ordered into a treatment facility. But for what it is worth, being ordered into the these facilities is basically a lifetime sentence and for those who have faked insanity to avoid prison, it turns out that living in these facilities is a nightmare and many end up preferring to be moved to prison. I have a friend who was sent to the State Hospital and he said it was worse than his time in county jail.

If Inoue is sentenced to prison, she will most likely not be assigned to General pop.

Excuses like these just dont work in the USA good luck with your excuse. The Jury will likely find her guilty and life with out parole and perhaps on death row in Arizona once all the evidence are presented.

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Posted in: Mother in Arizona denies killing 2 children with meat cleaver See in context

Pretty “interesting” comment, but since you mention it, I’d like to point out, the obvious fact that this problem is not one that is isolated to Japan. In fact, in my hometown, the problem, per capita is more than 10x as bad as it is in Japan. But these are not statistics to be proud of, nor are they statistics to be used to make sly and inaccurate statements about Japanese parentage and suggest that their nationality makes them more prone to killing their offspring (which again, is statistically false)

Clearly we see a pattern here about killing your own children in Japan. It made it all the way to Arizona.

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Posted in: Serena Williams posts 1st victory in more than 3 months See in context

The photos were taken during a tennis match, not a modeling shoot. Worrying about her belly being exposed was probably the last of her worries at the time.

Why is she exposing her belly?

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Posted in: 6 gang members arrested after brawl in parking lot of convenience store See in context

...if you take this definition literally sure

but then really, no country, state, or neighborhood on Earth is “safe”

Definition of safe : protected from or NOT EXPOSED to danger or risk

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