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Moronic

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Posted in: 2 high school girls, 50-year-old man found dead in car in apparent joint suicide See in context

@snowymountainhell

"in servitude to the masters"

Close but it's more like "to your group" these days where "group" could be your family, coworkers, shareholders or just society at large. If "you" are bringing down, embarrassing, straining or shaming your "group", suicide is a viable option for many...and this harks back to the days of Bushido.

Westerns generally see it as an escape of pain or sufferings...the easy way out in some cases. This in general is not how it's seen here.

Cheers

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Posted in: 2 high school girls, 50-year-old man found dead in car in apparent joint suicide See in context

@snowymountainhell

"What ideas do you have?"

Only the obvious western efforts for this situation: more education, mental help, etc....but...

This topic is SO INCREDIABLY complex and deep here that no one or two or three changes will do much. I hope this doesn't sound glib but this is part of Japan's culture and it's interwoven on SO many levels. Simply put, it is still seen as honorable (or "acceptable" or "understandable") to do this so that might be the first big push, to stigmatize the action and promote seeking help instead (and of course, funding that help properly).

The takeaway though IMO is that looking at this from a western perspective is already missing the point...

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Posted in: 2 high school girls, 50-year-old man found dead in car in apparent joint suicide See in context

@lunheim

You are correct, the rate is a myth but the reasons are more unique. Russia for example has the highest rate for males due to many (depressing) factors where as in Japan/SK the reasons are more "regional". You are also right that Bushido still plays a part in both Japan's view of it and the west's view of Japan (on this topic) but it's not the full story.

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@The Original Wing

A huge part of the culture when it comes to adversity is the notion of not complaining, toughing it out and enduring it. You mentioned that for marriage but that is the same for everything.

It's both admirable and tragic at the same time.

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Posted in: 2 high school girls, 50-year-old man found dead in car in apparent joint suicide See in context

Amazing how some here are calling this murder. I guess that's how they process this sad loss but swearing, name-calling and blaming is not what is needed.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting high school girl hints at committing 30 similar crimes See in context

@LegrandeToday 

"If you support porn..."

And there is today's scapegoat...

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

"but why not make the cars safer "

Cars are always getting safer but it's the laws that are the problem. At some point you need to give-up your keys but if the laws are not strong enough then no matter how safe the cars are there will always be issues...

AI can't come soon enough as it's the only real solution (yet will open-up new issues too of course)

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

@wtfjapan?

If one car is singled out as being a kei then it means the other was not.

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Posted in: Tom Cruise rants at 'Mission: Impossible' crew in London over COVID safety See in context

@Peter14

Seems Tom C is fighting for jobs and the industry plus peoples safety...how is that a bad thing?

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Posted in: COVID-19 forces closure of Tokyo neighborhood ramen joint See in context

@Jonathan Prin

"Once news spread of Haga's shop shutting down, customers flocked in. "

It's not hard to understand if you read it...

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Posted in: Mother arrested after leaving 3-year-old daughter alone for week to die See in context

@TigersTokyoDome

"And this is the problem in Japan. Lack of concern from local services."

Why would social services be involved at the daycare level? That's a private business....not a school or a city run facility.

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Posted in: 13-year-old girl hit and killed by train in Yokohama See in context

Very sorry to hear this...

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

"They exist to basically prevent worldwide pandemics. "

What a moron...

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

@kyushubill

Here you go. https://www.who.int/about

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

@kyushubill

You were saying?

"What has Trump done to help? Other than front, protect, and lie for himself and the GOP. Even putting lives in states at risk by refusing all communication with professionals. If Trump has done such a great job surely pointing out his "great work" won't be difficult."

Projected dead is over 50K now...still climbing...

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@anon999

"Here is another link"

No. that is a news site. You said REPORT. Where is the REPORT?

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anon9999

"Someone else posted it above"

BS...

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

25 February

“CDC & my administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus” and “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away. They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”

How's that vaccine coming Blacklabel? Guess there was no need as it was under-control 90 days ago...

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22 January

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” -Trump

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@anon999

"New report"

Where?

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

@Blacklabel

Fixed it for you...

"I wonder when Trump will ever stop trying to rewrite history."

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

@Serrano

You are using YouTube links to FOX news opinion pieces as your "proof"....lol...ok then...

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

"I've got to say, cutting WHO funding in the middle of the worst global pandemic in 100 years is a freak'n brilliant move Donald. Just brilliant."

Luckily he didn't close or fire the people in the USA that were responsible for pandemics...oh wait that's right, he did...

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

"oh and by the way NY City is a small place with 1/4th the population of Taiwan. In a modern country with excellent healthcare."

But the didn't do anything until it was too late...unlike Taiwan...a nation with a good, strong centralized government built for the betterment of its citizens...

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Posted in: Trump cuts off U.S. payments to WHO during virus pandemic See in context

Sorry Blackwell but as the WHO is an international organization, we all can voice our displeasure.

Of course the USA can renege on its international obligations...wouldn't be the first time...and you do have so, so many sick, jobless and poor.

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@Blacklabel

"the countries that are in good positions now such as Taiwan ignored the WHO propaganda"

Taiwan is in good shape because they were hyper vigilant from the start and are a tiny (4x SMALL than Florida) with only 25M people. It's a very modern country with excellent healthcare.

"WHO propaganda"...please...

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Posted in: Driver being chased by police car hits and kills moped rider See in context

@shogun36

"According to police, Nakao did a U-turn and ignored a red light at another intersection"

How did you miss that?

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases on cruise ship in Yokohama jump to 61 See in context

@quercetum

The whole ship is quarantined. That's how it works.

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Posted in: 6 killed in Germany shooting, suspect arrested See in context

@cla68

Nobody claims that laws prevent something 100%. Laws are meant to curb behavior and they are proven to work very well.

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