Mirai Hayashi comments

Posted in: Man arrested for murder after stabbing customer in manga cafe See in context

If this wasn't so serious its amusing

The victim was married and had small children. Their lives are ruined. There is nothing "amusing" at any level about this.

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Posted in: Kindergarten employee arrested for abusing 5-year-old boy See in context

If the child was being disruptive, I don't see this as such a bad thing to do. What was the teacher expected to do? Let the child do what he wants and interrupt the other children's right to learn?

And the police? Really? Such a huge over reaction to a small problem.

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Posted in: Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 15 years See in context

And "a Toyota Crown driven by a male driver" is not a tangible lead

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Posted in: Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 15 years See in context

She's 24 now... she could walk right by me on the treat and I definitely would not know it was her from her picture. The police should at least try to enhance the photo to show what she could look like as an adult.

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Posted in: 3 Taiwanese women get suspended sentences for smuggling gold in bras See in context

Golden arches

So how did they know that they had gold in their bras?

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Posted in: Associates shocked at arrest of suspect in 7-year-old girl's murder See in context

I find that most Japanese people go out of their way to avoid their neighbors. They couldn't tell you the family names of the neighbors on either side of their own home.

My neighborhood is really old school Japan. Everyone pretty much know each other. greet each other, share fruits and vegetables and other foods, etc. It took me a while to get use to it, because as I child, I always had the "don't accept gifts from strangers" thing ingrained in me.

My daughter also occasionally receives candy and other gifts from our neighbors, and my first instinct is to tell her to them "no thank you", but exchanging gifts is really old school Japan culture, and to go against the grain makes you look like an ass....

So, its kind of hard to want your family to be safe while maintaining a good relationship with other and to not offend them. But with that said, its these kinds of incidents that make one wonder if there are any monsters living near by who are looking to hurt your kid.

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Posted in: Group of Japanese teens busted for marijuana; say 'We wanted to be like foreign musicians' See in context

Not that I am condoning teenagers smoking anything, but I think its time that Japan joins the 21st century and consider legalizing marajuana for recreational use.

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Posted in: Associates shocked at arrest of suspect in 7-year-old girl's murder See in context

Its this kind of crap that makes you look at your neighbors a little bit differently.

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Posted in: Man arrested over 7-year-old girl's murder See in context

I don't get it...aren't these kids usually escorted to and from school in groups??? Why was this girl walking alone if there is a crazy nut on the loose! ?

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Posted in: Pop group Tokio to remain as special Olympic envoys See in context

At least they're better than the AKB bunch. Having said that, why not use an entertainer who has a more international following. Tokio has a very small international presence, no one will know who they are. Hikaru Utada, DCT, Namie Amuro, and other entertainers, who can sing in English and Japanese would be a better choice.

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Posted in: Japan's 3 megabanks consider operating ATMs jointly See in context

Such a stupid move. First of all, it took several years for Mitsubishi-Tokyo and UFJ to combine their ATMs and that was several years after their merger. Aside from the bank being labeled MUFJ bank if you had a Tokyo Mitsubishi bank card or a UFJ card, they wouldn't work depending on which company's ATM you were using. I could see a similar thing happening.

Secondly, cash isn't going out of style anytime soon. There are still SEVERAL places that won't accept credit cards so there is still a need for ATMs. The smart move would be reduce or get rid of service charges, and make it possible for more international banks to use these ATMs.

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Posted in: Police on the lookout for man offering young boys money for sneezes See in context

Sorry, but this story is so dumb...why is this even news?

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Posted in: Yamaguchi to quit pop group Tokio over kissing scandal See in context

looks as if you won't be back after all. Officially, he has resigned, but he was probably ousted by the other members. May the damage to their public image was much too big this time

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Posted in: Japanese whaling town holds annual memorial service for whales See in context

Like a mass murderer holding a memorial service for his victims

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Posted in: High court rejects man's call over paternity of child born by IVF See in context

I am not sure if I am getting this story correct, so bear with me.

I seem to recall a while back when a couple had a child, and later found out that the child was not biologically related to the father. I don't remember if the wife had cheated on him or what exactly happened, but the husband asked for a divorce and understandably didn't want financial responsible for raising the child.

HOWEVER, due to the backwards thinking of the residing judge and the archaic Japanese laws, he was told that he was financially responsible for raising that child BECAUSE he was married to the mother at the time of conception.

SO, under this stupid law, this woman could go out and have babies by as many men as she wants, and regardless of whether the kid is his or not, he is STILL obligated to financially care for this kid. SO stupid...how is this even fair?

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Posted in: Junior high school boy threatens elementary school over Armani uniforms See in context

Kids these days. If you want your own set or Armani uniforms, why don't you go buy one for yourself?

Although I don't condone violence and threats, his point is correct. If this was a private school, then fine, have at it...wear your fancy Armani uniforms. But this is a public school. Parents should not have to shell out (I think it was something like 40,000 jpy) for PUBLIC school uniforms, just because the principal thinks they look cool, and cut some kind of back room with an Armani supplier. Public school uniforms should be affordable for all income levels and should NEVER be ostentatious.

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Posted in: Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl See in context

@Wolfpack

But if the girl is 18 or 19 then that’s a different matter. In that case the payoff is for public relations purposes only.

No. No. No. Age is irrelevant! This is a matter of kissing her without consent. That's sexual assault. She could have been 90 years old, and he would be just as guilty. The fact that he did it to a minor (regardless of her age) makes things all the more worse.

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Posted in: Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl See in context

@Steven Fennel

How is HE the victim? If anything, he did this to himself! So a 46 year man forces himself on a MINOR, and she's suppose not do anything just because he's a alcoholic celebrity? BS! As matter of fact, I would commend the girl for speaking up and exposing this scum for what he really is: a washed up, no talent, alcoholic, pedophile!

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Posted in: Member of Japan pop group Tokio apologizes for kissing girl See in context

@Jonny Knoxville

Public apologies by celebrities is not just a "Japan thing". It happens everywhere (especially in the States) You often see the "if I offended anyone..." non-apologies after they did or said something highly offensive. In Japan, they just take it a step further because doing something offensive not only causes trouble for his victim, but also his publicists, his fans, his sponsors, his group, his agency...blah blah blah, and the industry stands to lose a lot of money from this. THIS is who he is really apologizing to. How the victim feels is completely irrelevant.

Also, its an effort to preserve their public image, and get public forgiveness so that they can still have a career after everything blows over. After all, without the public, these people don't have a job. Public approval is their life and their bread and butter. Without public approval, they are nobodies and they have to get a job like real people.

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Posted in: High court rejects man's call over paternity of child born by IVF See in context

This is soooo screwed up. So the man has no rights??? She can have as many children as she wants using his sperm with his consent and he's on the hook for pay child support? RIDICULOUS! This is like reverse rape! And its typical that female rules in the interest of the mother. I would definite appeal this decision and sue the mother in civil court for damages, AND demand that the remaining sperm be destroyed before this gold digging swine does more damage!

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Posted in: Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen See in context

JT why are you calling them a boy band?

All JE acts are considered "boy bands" because they start their careers when they are in their pre-teens or early teens. With that said, I think its time for Tokio to disband like SMAP did. They are getting way too old for this.

Tmarie...my bad...I stand corrected!

And as expected, yesterday's press conference was filled with tears, "regrets", and a 10 minute deep bow while the press takes about million shots of him bowing when one of two shots would suffice. He lost his sponsors, TV commercials, and regular spots, but he'll be back and no one will remember this.

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Posted in: Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen See in context

The public here has been a lot more forgiving these past few years. He'll be back whether we care or not.

Totally agree. He'll go away for a while as their so called "punishment", which is more like vacation time because he'll still get paid by JE, and receive his royalties. Then they'll slowly phase him into variety shows, then a couple of commercials, then within the next 6 months or so, he'll have all of his regular shows back. Magically, all is forgotten as if it never happened.

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Posted in: Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen See in context

I wouldnt call being nationally humiliated and having to stay out of public view and being out of work for a long period “bouncing back”.

Not to mention be lost a very lucrative beer commercial contract. Understandably, the beer company didn't want someone with a drinking problem promoting their product.

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Posted in: Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen See in context

Add this to the 100’s of cases we don’t hear about.

No Kidding! Many of the talent agencies (including JE) have ties to the Yakuza, so the othr victims we never hear about are probably bought off or threatened.

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Posted in: Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen See in context

@Tmarie

If a man invites you to his apartment at night, it's not a game of chess he's interested in.

These are not just any "men". These are big name celebrities in Japan. Tokio goes back decades, and people get star struck by them. I knew a 30+ year old woman who would spend so much money for a Shinkansen green car seat to/from Osaka to follow SMAP members to their concerts. And this was a fricken 30+ year old WOMAN.

For teenagers who are less educated, less experienced, and a lot more naive, the attraction is much more stronger to be able to get close to these people. There's even a term for it: "groupees", and I got news for you: most groupees are teenage girls. And these girls will follow these guys around anywhere they go because: they are CHILDREN and don't know any better. All they know is what they see on TV, and they assume these guys are super nice and cool.

And NO, men do not invite women back to their apartments to sexually assault them, especially underage children. Your whole write up about "assuming the worst" is preposterous, and all it tells me is that you know or have known a lot of bad men. Real men don't do that, so do make blanket statements and assume everyone is like that.

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Posted in: Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen See in context

I think you're giving the perv too much credit. I'd say MOST high school girls know better than to go to an apartment with a 46 year old pop star.

No. Most high school girls (or even many adults) DON'T know any better than to not go into a 46 year old pop star's apartment. Most of them would be so star struck that they would follow these guys anywhere. Not to mention that the "talents" at Johnny's Entertainment have this wholesome nice guy public image, that being sexually assaulted would probably be the furthest thing from their minds. The sad part is that guys like this, will sometimes take advantage of the naivety of these children, and since they have this pretty boy/ nice guy public image, their fans and other ignorant people won't believe the victims and will do and say anything to protect these talents.

If you honestly think that

trying to kiss an underage minor WITHOUT CONSENT is ok

assaulting a teenager, or anyone for that matter who enters a man's apartment is justified.

an unsolicited kiss is "no big deal"

then YOU are part of the problem!

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Posted in: NTT to block websites with links to pirated publications See in context

Stupid old farts who don't know how the internet works

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Posted in: Ex-NHK reporter gets 21 years for serial rapes See in context

Finally, some proper justice!

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Posted in: Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen See in context

Victim? It was only a kiss. She probably got $500. for that kiss too.

What an absurd assumption! This is a middle aged, self absorbed, self indulged, over the hill, wannabe

idol who himself on a minor. You THINK this is OKAY!!!??? And how do you know that it was "ONLY a kiss"? It was unsolicited, which mean is sexual ASSAULT on a child! For the girl to report this implies that he stepped way over the line. And to assume that she got paid for it really DISGUSTS me. You should REALLY be ashamed to even make such comments without knowing the facts!

IMO, questions about an underage teen going into an apartment of a 46 year old famous person, ALONE, deserves some scrutiny.

If it were my daughter, I wouldn't allow her to go into any 46 year old's apartment no matter how famous he is. But with that said, just because she was in his apartment, doesn't give him a license to sexually assault her!

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Posted in: Greetings See in context

Awfully low bow...may as well be doing a "dogeza"

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