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Posted in: 14-year-old boy stabs mother after she confiscates video game See in context

I think the real problem with situations like this is that as children are growing up, the parents fail to realize the necessity of teaching their kids "This is just a movie/video game/cartoon/etc." It seems like common sense to adults, but children can grow up without realizing that there are consequences for violent actions, and that people don't just bounce back after getting stabbed or bludgeoned with an anvil like in movies or cartoons. It may seem silly, but seriously, I really want to know how many parents of kids who act this way actually stressed the difference between reality and TV, movies and video games as their child was growing up. A simple "It's just a movie honey, you know if you try stabbing someone that the person won't be ok and big scary police will come get you yadda yadda yadda" every now and then can't hurt.

Sure, kids who stab their parents may have psychological issues, but perhaps if parents focus on properly educating their children from an early age about what happens when you try to be as violent as your favorite action hero or whatever in real life, kids will have a better grip on reality. Maybe not, but it can't hurt for parents to try while their kids are still young and developing their world view.

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Posted in: Noda vows to tackle debt, calls for end to indecisive politics See in context

It’s impossible for young people to believe that things will get better tomorrow in a society where debts resting on future generations continue growing, Noda said. There’s no time to put this off any longer.

You said it Noda. Good luck going through with all that, I'll remain skeptical and bitter towards Japanese government until I see some actual follow-through.

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Posted in: Police haven't ruled out suicide in severed penis case, media report See in context

The reasoning behind the case for suicide seems pretty weak. How about letting us know if the wounds appeared self-inflicted or not? Lack of bloody footprints or defensive wounds don't really add up to much.

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Posted in: Japan to name islands in disputed area See in context

Just share the goddamn things and stop fighting over them, jeezuz. Better than continuing to fight over them like a bunch of 2 year olds over toys.

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Posted in: Man attacks emergency rescue team workers, steals ambulance See in context

This is one of the weirdest stories I've seen, and there's nothing about the reason for this guy going on his guitar wielding, ambulance joy ride other than he became "aggravated." C-R-A-Z-Y.

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Posted in: Defense, consumer affairs ministers to be removed from cabinet See in context

I doubt removing these two guys will make much difference. Too bad there don't seem to be enough competent people to replace ALL these old farts in politics.

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Posted in: Noda's public support plunges See in context

The Japanese government needs to suck it up and work together to come up with concrete strategies for cleaning up and rebuilding the Tohoku area, not to mention the mountain of other issues they should be dealing with rather than bickering like a bunch of grade schoolers over who's to blame.

It's too much to ask that these old farts grow a pair and actually do their jobs.

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Posted in: Bodies of woman and baby son found in Shiga forest See in context

If the baby was in the car seat with no visible injuries and the mother was found in a dry riverbed, there is the possibility this was just some horrible, unfortunate accident, say if the mother left the car for some reason and fell. Is the husband still alive, assuming he didn't go with his wife and son to visit family?

Still, without knowing all the facts, it's still incredibly sad.

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Posted in: Newborn girl left at Chiba nursery See in context

I'm just echoing above comments, but at least the parent didn't do the baby any harm.

Though I think Japan does need to better educate people on contraceptives, accidents do happen. It's unfair to judge the mother of this girl without knowing all the facts.

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Posted in: Mother cycling with 2 daughters run over at crossing; both children die See in context

I've been hit by a car riding my bicycle and the woman simply tittered and drove away. I can't count how many times people have nearly hit me since they failed to look both ways before driving through an intersection or leaving a parking lot. Last month, I saw an old woman clip a grade schooler on a bike with her car while the kid was crossing the street. My mother-in-law broke her arm after a car hit her bicycle. Most recently, carrying my 3 month old in a baby sling last week, crossing the street during the "walk" light, a driver came within a foot of hitting us during their turn, screeched to a stop when they realized I was there, but then continued plowing on after raising their hand at me as if I'd said "Hey, go ahead." All of these incidents happened during the day in good visibility.

I'm probably just bitter, but for how much money people here put into driving schools, I think drivers here should be a little more careful.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for putting plastic bag over 3-year-old son's head See in context

Seriously, do these kinds of parents lack common sense or are they just stupid? Of COURSE putting a bag over your kid's head for a prolonged period of time is going to make him pass out, and what the hell kid of lesson would that teach the kid anyway? That mommy might try to kill him if he makes a mess? Ugh, use your brain. I get irritated when my baby won't stop crying or throws up on himself but y'know what, I deal with it since I'm supposed to be the adult.

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Posted in: Japan returns remaining 1,200 Korean royal archives See in context

A nice gesture, but wouldn't it be even better to fix the problem with Japanese history textbooks? The education system here fails to teach younger generations about the magnitude of Japan's wartime aggressions not only in Korea, but in China as well. Returning these documents is full of good intentions, but fails to solve the problem of Japan glossing over wartime their attrocities.

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Posted in: Joji Takahashi, Mika Mifune chosen as 'Partners of the Year' See in context

Aside from the moral outrage, how is this "headline news?" -_-

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Posted in: Sakura Police nab student for taking upskirt videos on escalator See in context

Why is it expected that men control themselves no matter what, but suggesting women dress less provakatively is highly offensive? Balance and fairness are obviously two words alien to you.

Are all men REALLY that primative that they "can't control themselves" when they see a bit of leg or cleavage? I'm not a man, but I'm sure this is an offensive comment to a lot of males, insinuating that if there is a provocatively dressed woman they HAVE to "go for it" or wank off or whatever it is they "can't control."

If I see a guy wearing a shirt unbuttoned to his navel or clearly inadequate underwear under loose fitting pants or any kind of similarly revealing clothing, I don't find myself scrambling for a camera, nor do I feel that he is "inviting me" to grope him on the train. It's his choice what he wears and he should not be victimized for it. Wether I find it arousing or disgusting is my business, I'm not going to attack him or demand that he change his clothes. The same goes for women exposing some leg, cleavage, etc. Saying that a mere change of clothing will dissuade sexual predators is incredibly naive, by that logic no one would get raped/sexually assaulted if they wore burkas or snow parkas.

If a man (or woman for that matter) cannot control themselves, there's something wrong with them, not the person they victimize, no matter how the victim is dressed.

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Posted in: Sakura Police nab student for taking upskirt videos on escalator See in context

A woman's clothing has nothing to do with her consent. A short skirt does NOT invite invasion of privacy such as these up-the-skirt photos and videos, just as a short skirt does NOT invite sexual assault.

These comments that women should change their style of dress to dissuade these kinds of perverts are incredibly ignorant. The blame belongs to the one who committed the offense, not the victim.

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Posted in: Noda's blog now available in English See in context

It'd be nice instead of this whole 3rd grader level "This is what I did and saw today" diary style of blog, he actually conveyed some of his, I dunno, ideas/plans/goals rather than these "exchange of views" and "reflections" he keeps talking about. Useless.

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