Mike Dashler comments

Posted in: Number of suicides among Japanese jumps in August See in context

Depression is a serious motional sickness. It's not easy to live with this fate. I hope these poor souls may find peace where they are now.

@Mike Stone, well said. Most concise and sympathetic comment on here.

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Posted in: Koike says coronavirus situation improving; Olympics on track for 2021 See in context

Why is this in the politics section and not in sports? Oh right, the only valid reason to say that the Olympics will go on next year is politics.

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Posted in: Jerry Stiller, comedian and 'Seinfeld' actor, dies at 92 See in context

I think my favorite episode with him was definitely a Festivus for the rest of us! RIP

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting 2 young girls in park See in context

My 8-year old daughter went to school in Musashimuriyama up until October 2019. She was walking home from school one day when a man in a white box van pulled up next to her. He said that it was hot outside and that she should get in so that he could give her a ride home. Fortunately she sensed the danger, started screaming, and ran into the nearest 7-11. We filed a police report, but were told that since he didn't try to force her into the van, that they couldn't do anything about it and weren't going to investigate it. This incident and one other led us to putting our daughter in a different school. I wonder if this is the same guy. If it is, I can't help but blame the police for not taking more action in my daughter's case.

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Posted in: Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs See in context

If they want to earn their own income, why don't they cover their own security costs? I'm not Canadian, but if I were, I would definitely be upset about $650K of my tax dollars being spend protecting three people who are not giving back to society. I can think of so many better ways to put tax dollars to use.

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Posted in: Woman walking her dog killed in hit-and-run incident; driver arrested See in context

Perhaps he was driving directly into the sunrise (since it was 7am) and couldn't see her and the dog.  Still no excuse for leaving the scene and not attempting to render aid.  The fact that he returned proves that he knew he hit something and should have immediately stopped.

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Posted in: Ex-Saitama prefectural assembly member arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend See in context

Not blaming the victim here, but if she was getting calls and messages repeatedly, why didn't she just block his number?  If she wasn't responding to any of his messages, this definitely seems like a case of harassment or stalking.  However, phrases like "I won't forgive you," don't sound very threatening.

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Posted in: Man who served 10 years for attempted murder goes on trial for 2006 killing See in context

It's been 20 months since it was determined that he could be held criminally responsible.  What on earth could make this process take so long?

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Posted in: Chauffeur arrested over hit-and-run death of 87-year-old woman See in context

It seems that nearly every day we have a story about a pedestrian being injured or killed in a crosswalk.  What is the solution?  I propose to stop allowing cars to move at the same time as pedestrians/bikers.  Stop all vehicular traffic and let all four (or more) crosswalks be green at the same time.  After enough time has passed, stop all pedestrians/bikers and then let the vehicles go.  We will still have problems with cars and people/bikers running their lights, but the number of incidents should drop, and it should be easy to determine who is at fault in each incident with the proper video surveillance.

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Posted in: Car hits, injures 3 children on crossing; driver arrested See in context

The way everyone complains about Japanese drivers and people running red lights makes me wonder what other countries you have lived in.  I do agree that people not stopping and running red lights is a bad thing, but this problem is hardly unique to Japan.  The driving here is much better than South Korea, Eastern Europe, Turkey and the middle east, and of course better than the USA.

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Posted in: Nadal beats Wawrinka again to reach Paris Masters quarters See in context

Odd that the headline is "Nadal," but the picture is Djokovic.

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Posted in: Man arrested over stabbing incident outside train station in Tokyo See in context

That sounds like the "victim" was bullying the attacker/defender for no reason! You don't blatantly make fun of a stranger because you don't know what they're capable of doing or how they're going to react! Lesson learned, I hope!

Seems more to me like we are only hearing one side of the story. I will reserve judgement until we hear what "the victim" has to say. Unfortunately, there will not be a follow up story, so we will never know.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy in serious condition after being hit by car See in context

Very sad story.  Hope the boy recovers.

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Posted in: Japan physicians group sends official to N Korea See in context

I hope we can all agree that this is a good thing. The people of North Korea have suffered tremendously at the hands of the Kim dynasty. Any goodwill that the outside world can offer them helps to debunk the propaganda they are continuously fed that every other country wants to conquer and enslave them.

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Posted in: Australian hiker rescued after crawling for two days with broken leg and wrist See in context

Wow! Amazing story.  Hope he fully recovers and is able to get back out there again!

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Posted in: Some cities in Chiba Pref to remain without power for two more weeks See in context

What a shame.  If Tokyo had been hit harder instead of Chiba, the government would have brought in every possibly resource to have power restored within a few days.

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Posted in: Medvedev, Serena Williams reach U.S. Open semifinals; Federer out See in context

It seems that so many of the women's matches are lasting under an hour or just over an hour.  Is it time to have the women also start playing best of 5 sets?

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Posted in: Gauff gets U.S. Open showdown vs. Osaka; Townsend stuns Halep See in context

Great to see Naomi winning again!  Ganbatte!

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Posted in: 70-year-old driver arrested after running over man on crossing See in context

Could definitely use more information before saying this is the fault of the driver, or due to his advanced age. This happened at 11:30PM.  What were the lighting conditions like? If the road wasn't well lit, was the guy in the road wearing dark clothes? Was the crosswalk on a straight patch of street, or was it in or just around a curve?

I almost hit someone once who was passed out drunk in the street close to midnight. It was not well lit, not in a crosswalk, and was just as I came around a tight curve on a narrow two-lane road. The guy was dressed in dark jeans and a black shirt. I couldn't stop in time, but was able to swerve around him. Lucky for both of us that there was no oncoming traffic. Had I blinked, sneezed, or been even the slightest bit distracted, I wouldn't have seen him in time.  As it was, I thought he was a dead animal until I got past him. I used my car to block him from traffic while I woke him up and then carried him to the sidewalk.  He was incoherent and bleeding from his fall. I called the police to assist him, but was terrified as a gaijin that they would assume I hit him with my car, or got in a fight with him or something. Luckily that wasn't the case for me. 

So while I understand perhaps not seeing someone laying in the road in the middle of the night, I still find it hard to believe that anyone could not realize that they hit something.

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Posted in: Longer, wetter than usual rainy season ends in Tokyo area See in context

TIL: No rainy season in Hokkaido??? Why did i choose to live in Tokyo again?

Perhaps because Tokyo doesn't have six months of snow?  I lived in Aomori for four years before moving down to Tokyo.  As an avid golfer, I definitely appreciate the nearly year-round opportunities to golf in the Kanto region.

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Posted in: The kids aren't alright: Japan struggles to protect its most vulnerable children See in context

I agree with most of the comments above, but in my opinion, there is one critical piece of information missing in this article...what was Miwa's Mother doing after she was taken from her?  Was she fighting each and every day to get her back?  Did she get on her feet, and then start fighting for the return of her daughter? She was taken away because her Mother needed to find a place to live away from her partners including Miwa's Father and she remained in government custody for 8 years.  Yes, the system in Japan of taking care of foster children is terrible, but the Mother seems to be the root cause of the issues for Miwa.

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Posted in: Would you like to see Emperor Naruhito visit South Korea at an early date? See in context

If the Emperor is nothing more than a figure head, what is the purpose of him visiting any foreign country? He can't negotiate or agree to any deals, treaties, etc. What purpose would his trip serve other than to spend taxpayer dollars?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom See in context

some women find out about their pregnancy when they give birth.

What an incredibly ridiculous statement. How could a woman carry a baby in the womb through gestation and not know she is pregnant...or at least not realize that something strange is going on? A woman wouldn't notice not having a menstrual cycle for nine months, and wouldn't ever feel the baby moving/kicking? I don't think so. I agree that it is sad that she didn't feel like she had any other option, but she had several several months of pregnancy to come up with a plan. Let's not forget, the baby is the victim here, not the 24 year-old child who abandoned the baby in a toilet.

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Posted in: Court extends Ghosn's detention until April 22 See in context

@Goodluckto you...Tepco is in court now, minus Shimazu. I agree with what you say, but you can’t let every single criminal off just because some get let off.

Agree with the second part of your statement 100%. As for the first part...TEPCO is in court, but their CEO is not in jail which is a glaring difference in the "justice" being carried out here.

@Yoshimi Onishi...agree that he has been very greedy. However, greed is not a crime. I don't support Ghosn at all, but I'm not against him either. I support a fair trial and will reserve judgement until all the facts are revealed.

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Posted in: Koepka, DeChambeau share first-round lead at Masters; Woods four shots back See in context

Just the first day Tiger is just warming up.

Tiger is currently tied for 11th with 8 other people. There are 10 other guys you should be talking about first.

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Posted in: Japan slams WTO ruling on South Korean Fukushima food ban See in context

In free societies, isn't it the right of any consumer to decide where they purchase from? Under what basis could this even be contested by Japan?

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Posted in: Fleet returns from Japan's last 'scientific whaling' in Antarctic sea See in context

Japan will continue nonlethal scientific whale research in the Antarctic Ocean, such as counting the number of whales by visual inspection, the agency said.

Counting whales by visual inspection? That sounds like an inherently scientific method. Surely there is no way that any of the sighted whales could have been counted more than once. (Sarcasm)

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Posted in: Mother served fresh warrant over another assault of girl before death See in context

I have a 7-year old daughter.  My eyes teared up a bit when I read about the father beating her head against the floor with his knees pressed against her back.  I closed my eyes and saw my daughter's face thinking about that.  I can't imagine any of my children ever doing anything that could possibly make me want to hurt them like this.  Regardless of the upbringing that the parents may have experienced, there is no excuse for this.  This little girl Mia was tortured under the guise of discipline.  The only fitting sentence for the Father is the death penalty.  That is much more merciful than he ever was to his poor little girl.

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Posted in: 'Simpsons' breaks TV record but faces controversy See in context

As a middle-aged husband, father, and white male, I am offended that Homer is portrayed as an idiotic overweight drunk who is a horrible husband and is physically abusive to his son.  If that is how Homer's character is portrayed, surely the writers are saying that every white male is exactly the same as Homer. 

Oh wait, I'm actually not offended.  I just remembered that the show is supposed to be a comedy.  It is supposed to be funny.  So I can laugh and enjoy the things I find comical and can brush off the things I don't.  If I am really offended by any of it, I can exercise my right to watch something else.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan? See in context

Hirosaki is amazing. The views are breathtaking and the crowds are not as bad as in the more crowded regions of Japan.

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