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Posted in: Appeals court upholds 'Black Widow' death sentence See in context

I'd always imagine that being locked up for one's natural life would be a harsher punishment than the death penalty.

In Japan, it is considered crueler because you don't know when you will be executed. You are not given a date in advance. It is random. You won't know until the day of the execution. It can be a few months from now, years from now, or decades from now. So each day could be your last!

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Posted in: Japanese tourist, husband charged in Hawaii sex assault case See in context

We don't know all the information or evidence about this situation. It does seem odd. It could be true, it could be a lie, or it could be somewhere in the middle.

We definitely shouldn't decide someone's innocence because they are simply a different race and/or culture because that is the only that we can verify about those two.

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Posted in: Gov't says N Korean leader mentioned abduction issue in 2nd summit with Trump See in context

Kim can't get his way, so he shoot failed missiles into the ocean. Trump fails so goes to Twitter to whine. Abe can't get his way, so he brings up the abduction issue.

All three weak leaders are playing the same broken record when their support starts to fall.

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Posted in: 120 interviews later, photographer releases book about Japanese ‘hafu’ identity See in context

Half and Haafu

Interesting! Read the comments from the posters as well as the article. You will see some familiar people.

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context


I'm not particularly sure of the intention behind the original post. But she isn't particularly wrong, and I don't see it being particularly bigoted. I have quite a few Korean friends who have moved here from Korea and work as lawyers in Tokyo. I also know a few people who are 在日韓国人, (Koreans who were born and subsequently lived in Japan their entire lives/speak Japanese fluently but just kept their Korean citizenship) and also studying to become lawyers.

I also know lawyers living and working for large corporations in Japan. They also got licensed in their home countries, but they are not practicing in Japan. They are working on projects as they pertain laws in the the country that they are licensed. They are not defending clients infront of a judge just like the people that you mentioned.

Tinawanabe is trying to say that most lawyers working the Japanese justice system is Korean who took a different test because one vice president may have Korean citizenship. Does that make detainees' mistreatment in jail ok?

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

I have never heard a single justification for forcing detainees (or even prisoners) to be filthy like this. Can anyone offer one? If anything, you would expect an obsessive cleanliness as part of the rehabilitation process.

I also heard that the lights are on 24hrs a day, so they have to sleep with the lights on!

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Posted in: Man stops train from leaving station in Japan; video goes viral online See in context

Because no one talks about their daily delays. I am writing this comment from a train that has been delayed every day of the week with yesterday and day before yesterday’s delays of over 40 minutes

This makes me so excited about the Olympics next year!

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Posted in: Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia See in context

Those countries represent higher risk of infiltration of terrorists into the U.S.

More than the countries like Saudi Arabia where the 9/11 terrorists came from or the country where they trained, and the prince ordered the killing of a journalist?

That makes no sense!

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Posted in: Mosque shooter a white supremacist angry at immigrants See in context

Rubbish. He has been labeled a terrorist by conservative media. He is a terrorist. Exactly the same things are claimed when terrorist attacks in the name of Islam happen.

The conservative networks that I have checked all said, "authorities in New Zealand has called it a terrorist attack." That is not the same.

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Posted in: White nationalist movement spreads, pushing lone-wolf attacks See in context


Not true in the case of New Zealand, Sweden, Norway...

I see what you are getting at, but this argument doesn’t really deal with the issue of conflicting cultural values and how to deal with this. I think an honest discussion on what can/should and cannot/shouldn’t be accommodated is the way forward. It will offend some, but that’s life.

That isn't true. All three countries sent troops to fight in the Middle East. I have met some Kiwis who did tours in Iraq.

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Posted in: Koike says 2020 Olympics can be springboard to transform Tokyo See in context

Well, it's certainly admirable but why does change have to wait until all the world is watching?

In Japan, social pressure carries a lot of weight. This is a good time address issues that Japanese people often ignore because they are always concerned about the usually superficial omotenashi!

If I was serious activist then I would be making some serious plans because the world will be watching.

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Posted in: Kanye West delivers surreal Oval Office show See in context

White House Aides 'Hugely Embarrassed' By Trump's Lunch With Kanye: NYT Reporter

This was Dump's answer to Taylor Swift encouraging people to vote.

FOX usually condemns entertainers as not being in-touch when they criticize Trump or support Democrats. What is FOX’s opinion of West?

Dump doesn't much care where the adulation comes from, so long as it keeps coming. Taking advantage of people with mental illness is a low-life behavior.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

Many Asian countries eat rats, and they are from a food market.

As well as many Westerners in Western countries that frequent their establishments whether they know it or not. Mostly, it is not.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

I'd like to see them let loose a few hundred cats into Tsukiji and watch the carnage.

Depending on how hungry and desperate the rats are, those few hundred cats would be a quick meal for tens of thousands of rats.

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Posted in: Washington white nationalist rally sputters in sea of counter protesters See in context


Number two could be interpreted as using power to oppress, but neither number one nor three requires power.

Silvafan is right! In fact all three of your definitions fits into his description on racism earlier. You created your own rebuttal.

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Posted in: Trump still fuels racial divide a year after Charlottesville See in context

I use the shorthand of racism for simplicity, some people call it tribalism, others call it in-group preference.

Sometimes, they can both exist at the same time, for example, Israel. They are tribal against the Palestinians and other Arab nations, but they are racist against Black Jews from East Africa (one of the original 13 tribes). Most Israelis are descended from European converts. In addition to the direct violence against Blacks in Israel, they were caught sterilizing Black mothers. Some government officials have suggested that they must stop them before they change the society. It isn't tribal because they have a culture similar enough to create bonds. That is why they are allowed in the country. There is a strict vetting process to allow foreign Jews to live in Israel. They obviously met the religious requirements to be admitted. For the Blacks in Israel, it is racism by the government and people as a whole. The irony is that the Israeli government are using the same tactics against Blacks and Palestinians used against them by the Germans which they don't want you to ever forget.

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University confirms altering scores to limit women See in context

For the students who applied for the first time this year, all the people who actually passed should be allowed entry at the school if they still want to go. Most students have a plan BCD..... It is the normal routine. If they don't want to attend then refund their application fee. For the people who applied several times, refund all the application fees from the time they originally passed and maybe tutoring fees. For the people who actually passed from years ago, if they want to go to school, then make it free or give a really really good discount. It should be like seniority thing. If they don't want to go then refund the application fee.

All parties involved have choices, opportunities and some kind of compensation.

If they never really passed then they should not be refunded.

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Posted in: Japanese supporters' habit of cleaning up at World Cup spreads to other countries See in context

Japan is not quite spotless—especially if you know where to look. There are plenty of cigarette butts where smokers hang out, and if you visit beaches during the summer trash cans will be overflowing as Japanese have a habit of picnicking and eating at the beach. By comparison, Hawaii and Seattle beaches are much cleaner.

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Posted in: One in four young people in Japan’s biggest cities thinking of moving to countryside See in context


There are many local authorities in the countryside who offer huge incentives to move there. Free land, free money to renovate an old house, public housing for nominal rent, jobs in chiiki okoshi kyouryokudan positions where the salary is paid by the national government. They will have hoikuens with openings even for babies, free jukus for schoolkids, and 100% health insurance coverage for kids (the government pays the remaining 30%).

Where can we find out about these offerings online without having to randomly call every single government office in Kanto?

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Posted in: Bag snatcher who dragged elderly woman along during getaway arrested See in context

I really don't understand the rationale in his planning of this crime.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji climbing season opens See in context

I hope to do it this year!

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Posted in: How your smart fridge might be mining bitcoin for criminals See in context

Some websites have been known to use your computers processing power to mine cryptocurrency whenever you visit their site.

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