Matthew Simon comments

Posted in: Woman arrested over fatal stabbing of U.S. military airman See in context

Zachary, cheating may be morally reprehensible but it does not justify murder. Also define common, tons of married Japanese men use "health services" which is just paid adultery and they manage not to be murdered.

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Posted in: Shibuya braces for more Halloween chaos after wild weekend See in context

Utorsa destruction and lack of respect for private property are not part of Amercian cilture as you put it. Peopke doing things like that should be hadled appropriately by law enforcement. But as I saw in the news last night they were content to let the revelers be unless sonething really serious was happening.

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Posted in: Journalist freed from Syria returns to Japan to relief, rice balls and criticism See in context

Regardless of whther he should have been there or not, this dude was put through hell and it will take a long time to come to terms with that ordeal for himself. Jsut looking at him I see a scarred and broken man,

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 73rd anniversary of end of World War II battle See in context

Serrano, the majority of the death toll is Okinawan civilians. Almost double the combined military fatalities were civilians deaths. 149,193 Civilians perished.

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Posted in: Man shot dead by police after knife attack in Kumamoto See in context

Seriously some of you guys are saying he should have been more restrained? He shot a guy that was cutting him up! The police man did exactly what he should have.

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Posted in: MariCar go-kart driver mounts pavement, causes serious damage in accident See in context

They drive licensed go-karts occasionally on the city streets here as well. I always thought it was an accident waiting to happen as they sit so low and are hard for drivers to see.

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Posted in: Reports of measles rising in Okinawa; damage to tourism feared See in context

You guys spouting no vaccinations or measles is not serious realize it has killed millions right? Don't be a fool vaccinate your kids.

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Posted in: 'Little idols': Japan's dark obsession with young girls See in context

Andrew Crisp, after over 20 years of living here personally I can say you weren't looking to hard if you aren't seeing girls sexualized here its everywhere you look.

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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan See in context

The age old tradition of celebrating becoming an adult by acting like a 3 year old child.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kissing sleeping woman on train See in context

He must have been under too much stress at work, or can't remember, or (insert BS excuse)

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Posted in: U.S. troops in Okinawa banned from drinking, restricted to base after fatal crash See in context

@nakanoguy01 In general it is a politically motivated action to show that "something" is being done coupled with mandatory classes for military and DoD civilian personnel about proper alcohol use etc. A curtailment of all off base activity and reflection on being good ambassadors to the troops, families etc. In the end though people make mistakes and bad decisions with or without rules and things will occur despite the best efforts to prevent them. There is always someone somewhere who thinks the rules don't apply to them and will make the bad choice. That goes for everyone not just the military.

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Posted in: Alcohol detected on breath of U.S. serviceman after fatal crash in Okinawa See in context

As much as I defend the military presence in Japan by the USA, there is no excuse for this kind of behavior and to make things worse a life was lost and it was done while on duty.

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Posted in: 9 dismembered bodies found in Kanagawa apartment See in context

Wow, sounds like a serial killer. Also does not Twitter have suicide prevention methods in place when people post death wish messages?

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Posted in: Suspect says wife's divorce request led him to kill her, 5 kids See in context

This man is a disgusting and evil person. There is no forgiveness for this.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat See in context

Kim characterized Trump's speech to the world body as "mentally deranged behavior."

Well if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black.

And after the NY Post article that came out today from the NK defector Kim has only shown the depths of his depravity and corruption.

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Posted in: iPhone 8, 8 Plus go on sale in Japan See in context

People overly excited for an over priced phone that has just added some features available on Android phones for years. This is the broken record for Apple. Oh yeah and there are a bunch of proprietary features.

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Posted in: To shoot down or not? N Korean launch brings up intercept issues See in context

A few thoughts. Why risk turning 1 dangerous falling object into 2? Also there is much to be said about not tipping your hand when it comes to capability. NK is trying to provoke everyone else into doing something so that they can claim to be the victim. NK is not going to do anything that puts Kim's regime at risk. All of this saber rattling is just a petulant child trying to gain the attention of the world. I agree that their missile and Nuclear Weapons programs need to be ended but how to accomplish it without a full scale war is the tricky part.

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Posted in: Defiant N Korean leader says he will complete nuke program See in context

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States

With the US military in 1955 maybe.

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Posted in: N Korea threatens to sink Japan, reduce U.S. to ashes and darkness See in context

Wallace Fred

Why the continuous refusal by the us to sign an official peace treaty?

The armistice was signed by the UN not the USA.

North Korea has announced that it will no longer abide by the armistice at least 6 times, in the years 1994, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2013.

North Korea largely forgets the UN took action against them in the Korean War not the USA unilaterally. Looks like most of the rest of the world forgets this too. They also forget that the only reason there is a North Korea today is because of Chinese intervention after they were pushed back to China. Their bluster is mostly aimed at the US because it is an easy target for their hatred and propaganda and because the USA backs South Korea.

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Posted in: Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse N Korean threat: policy makers See in context

I know a little gossip. USA has nukes in Japan. But a friend of mine visited a Japanese base and was shown Japanese nukes.

Yeah that seems legit, they let you "friend" just waltz into a base and see the "nukes"

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Posted in: Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse N Korean threat: policy makers See in context

I am all about stopping the NK threats and rhetoric, but I fail to see how adding more nukes to the region helps anyone out.

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Posted in: Influential Nagasaki A-bomb survivor Taniguchi dies at 88 See in context

Indeed Luca for quite a while now. 5 Years I believe.

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Posted in: Japan wakes up to N Korean missile warnings See in context


You are glossing over a huge amount of details there and making a comparison where there is none to be made. NK notified no one. NK has actively been promising to destroy the US and its allies. What would one conclude is the purpose of the launch when literally a couple weeks back NK was promising to attack Guam. I swear some people will be content to sit back and wait until their homes are on fire until they think any action is necessary or warnings should not be heeded.

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Posted in: Japan wakes up to N Korean missile warnings See in context

VoiceofOkinawa you will have a hard time selling reduced military footprint the same day a foreign country shot a missile over Japan. Those bases have a lot to do with response to a possible conflict with NK and less US military in Japan would be absolutely welcomed by NK.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile over northern Japan; Abe speaks with Trump See in context

When the Soviet Union attempted to put nuclear missiles in Cuba the American reaction brought the world to the brink of war. 

When the Soviet Union attempted to put nuclear missiles in Cuba the Soviets brought the world to the brink of war. 

Foxed it for you.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile over northern Japan; Abe speaks with Trump See in context

Kim can claim self defense and provocative US action all day but in the end it is he that is firing missiles over other countries and doing the real provocation.

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Posted in: 9 dead, 6 missing in water accidents across Japan See in context

i sometimes swim in typhoons

Why would you want to swim during a Typhoon?

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Posted in: TEPCO faces $5 bil lawsuit in U.S. over 2011 Fukushima disaster See in context

As far as the people in the case go, if they were in the military then their case should be with the military not TEPCO because that is who sent them there. The problem being of course they were under orders and were obligated to be there in harms way. That's part of being in the military. I find these actions disgraceful on their part.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for attempting to kill newborn boy by burying him alive See in context

"I didn't intend to kill him, but I think pouring earth on him amounts to having the intention," the mother was quoted by the police as telling investigators.

What did she intend for a tree to sprout from his buried body? Seriously. I hope they take the 3 year old to someone who will care properly for her as well.

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Posted in: U.S.-S Korea joint drills begin amid N Korea tensions See in context

Burning Bush, and DPRK has shown in the past they are great at keeping their word... not. They are the ones that need to cool the rhetoric. Not to mention that we (the world) probably should not be making any deals with a country that throws its own people into death camps for 3 generations just for minor infractions.

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