Mike Dashler comments

Posted in: Did you think that in March 2020 when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until this year because of the pandemic, that even 2021 would be too soon to hold the Games? See in context

No, a year ago, I still had faith that the government would actually do what is right to protect us. I believed in humanity; that a vaccine would be developed, which it has. I also believed that the government would do everything they could to distribute that vaccine and inoculate in mass. We have seen that in some countries, but certainly not in Japan. If I have learned anything over the last year, it is that those in power within Japan are only concerned about saving face and increasing their personal wealth. The government dragged/is still dragging their feet on the vaccine role out because they were hoping a Japanese company would produce one and they could all increase their wealth. Hosting the Olympics is obviously much more important than the livelihood and health of the people...how many times have we heard a government official or the IOC say something like the games will go on at all cost, or the games will go on no matter what. Yes, I was a much more naïve a year ago. I believed in our leaders. I believed people were mostly good-hearted and wanted to do what is right. I know better now.

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Posted in: 2 Americans accused in Ghosn escape to go on trial June 14 See in context

"The Taylor's were not available for comment." Wonder what they could possibly be up to which would make them unavailable? They were denied bail, so they should have all the time in the world right? Could it be 18 hours a day of questioning without an attorney present? Wonder if they have been physically assaulted by police/interrogators and perhaps were not presentable enough or coherent enough to speak to the media?

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Posted in: Raised fists, kneeling during anthem OK at U.S. Olympic trials See in context

If you are so ashamed and embarrassed of your country that disrespecting the flag and anthem are ok, why would you choose to represent your country in the Olympics to begin with?  There are other more appropriate venues to protest.  This just encourages even more division.   The Olympics are supposed to be about pride in country, and unity among athletes.

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Posted in: 3 men jailed for murder of 80-year-old woman in Tokyo See in context

Does it solely depend on the judge how long a custodial sentence is passed down?

I was wondering the exact same thing. It seems that there is no standard and must be entirely up to the presiding judge.

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Posted in: Man gets 17 years in prison for killing ex-girlfriend See in context

I am honestly shocked that they gave him this much time considering most cases where people kill their children, they only seem to get a few years. I agree with you all that he should have gotten more time.

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

Every athletes in their home countries do start the event in the same time, then we compare the results at the end. It would be possible for marathon.

Don't think that would work. They could all start at the same time, but it couldn't be made fair if they are running in different locations. Sure they run the same distance, but elevation changes in the race, altitude, wind speed and direction all come into play. The only way they run the same race is if they are in the same location.

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Posted in: Domestic violence consultations in Japan a record 82,643 in 2020 See in context

What is the definition of domestic violence (DV) and how many claims of DV turned out not to be true? My Japanese spouse and I separated almost a year ago. As I was packing my bags to leave, she asked where I was going and I wouldn't tell her. She said that not telling her was DV. I never touched her or even raised my voice, but she made a DV claim against me. I even had a witness there watching me pack my bags to make sure that she didn't get out of hand because she had several times before.

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Posted in: Suga inspects coronavirus vaccination program at Tokyo hospital See in context

This reminds me of "Kim Jong Un Looking at Things". The only thing I am missing is our PM being surrounded by people taking notes.

I thought the exact same thing. People taking notes, clapping, and crying to be in the presence of Dear Leader.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating 8-year-old stepson in 2019 See in context

It took six months for the boy to recover from his injuries, but 19 months for this monster to be arrested? How does this make any sense?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games organizers to raise opening, closing ceremony budget See in context

Give it a rest and let the Olympics go. Continuing to throw taxpayer money at this is such a terrible waste. This article should be in the Crime section. This Olympics has nothing to do with sports. It's just about money and saving face.

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Posted in: Turkish court keeps travel ban for pilots charged over Ghosn escape See in context

Turkey is a country as corrupt as they come. Turkey knows that Ghosn threw a bunch of money at the airline folks to help him get through the country. The court is upset that they haven't been paid off like everyone else, and now they are prosecuting them just trying to get their piece of the pie.

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Posted in: Do you think the media reporting details of suicides, especially by celebrities, causes an increase in suicides among the general public? See in context

I definitely see how someone who is having suicidal thoughts or is on the edge could be led to go through with it if someone they idolized did. I still think the media should report it. However, I think the media needs to be responsible with what they report. Anytime a suicide is reported, the media should include a paragraph about the many ways people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts can get help.

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Posted in: 74-year-old woman with dementia killed in hit-and-run See in context

The poor driver has to live with this now. 

What about the poor lady who was hit and left for dead on the side of the road? This is tragic for both parties, but why empathize only with the driver who couldn't even be bothered to stop and see what he had hit? The accident is forgivable, but leaving the woman there to die is definitely not.

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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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