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Posted in: Nagano police mark one year since two colleagues and two women were murdered See in context

I’m glad we cleared that up and that you’re not in favor of junking the justice system on account of ‘on the balance of probabilities’, being an insufficient safeguard when determining guilt, not only in the first instance but also the inevitable appeals process for capital crimes.

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Posted in: Nagano police mark one year since two colleagues and two women were murdered See in context

Stuart Gale

You readily concede there are “cut and dried”, presumably deserving of the death penalty cases, yet want to deny use of the penalty in ALL cases. Presumably, just to be consistent, you’d be fully in accord with the proposition that “beyond reasonable doubt”, the principle upon which our criminal justice system is based, is not fit for purpose and should therefore be junked. After all, who would want a justice system that instils doubt?

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl dies after falling from walkway at mall in Aichi Prefecture See in context

Details forthcoming?

Don’t bet on it, unless it was an accident.

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Posted in: Nagano police mark one year since two colleagues and two women were murdered See in context

An overwhelming majority of Japanese people support capital punishment. Proponents of its abolition would do well to ponder the reason why this is the case, and why for the most heinous of crimes, there is negligible public support for removing it from the statute books.

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Posted in: Former politician Super Crazy-kun gets 4 1/2 years for sexual assault See in context

In an interview with the Tokyo Shimbun in 2021, Nishimoto said he ran in the race to “increase my popularity.” It was also reported that Nishimoto’s father was a member of an organized crime group, and that his mother left the family when he was 1 year old. He then became a member of a gang when he was in junior high, and was sent to a juvenile detention center three times.

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Posted in: 3 children, mother found dead in Tokyo home after fire See in context

Looking forward to hearing all the reasons why this piece of trash deserves to be housed at public expense and one day allowed to go free, instead of being consigned to a swift demise at the end of a rope.

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Posted in: 'Flying car' makes Tokyo debut at international tech event See in context

Very cool, is it made in Japan? No.

It hardly matters. Given the West’s myopic inability to properly think these things through, others will be happy to sit back and allow Western taxpayers to shoulder developmental costs. The technology will then be stolen, copied, bought out and further developed behind high protective walls, commercialized, then eagerly lapped up by complacent Western consumers, seduced by too good to be true prices enabled by industrial policies predicated on the assumption that business is war.

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Posted in: Fringe group members arrested for obstructing rival Diet candidates' campaigns See in context

Article 10 of their policy platform. Realization of a society that confronts sex head-on……….. In Japan, where the birthrate is declining, we will earnestly pass on the importance of sex and work on it.

Like promising free ice cream for life; no wonder they’ve got Nagatacho in conniptions.

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Posted in: 2 Vietnamese nationals arrested amid spate of burglaries See in context

Japan does not need a foreign criminal underclass.

Competition ain’t always a good thing

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Posted in: 2 Vietnamese nationals arrested amid spate of burglaries See in context

be deported immediately so they can go back to Vietnam and work hard and build a better future for the country of their origin.

In other words, do something they’ve already deemed impossible; hence their getting out of Dodge in the first place, for somewhere, anywhere, cynicism didn’t reign supreme.

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Posted in: 64-year-old woman arrested for fatally stabbing 76-year-old husband See in context

This ladies nationality added nothing to the story/article.

Au contraire! News is news; it has no agenda, despite what you seem to imply.

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Posted in: Fewer domestic travelers seen in Golden Week See in context

There is a long history of disaffection in Japan eventually culminating in spontaneous insurrection. Apart from the fear of themselves getting busted for rorting, what keeps the movers and shakers up at night, is this latent and ever present potential for one of these nightmare curve balls to rear up and force concessions. For those who have eyes to see, the barricades are being drawn and the fuse lit.

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Posted in: Japan city councilor quits over harassment of Australian mayor's daughter See in context

Culture Rules for Women #42: When a lewd ojiisan sexually harnesses you, just laugh shly and act demure.

https://ja.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%B7%8A%E7%B8%9B

A harnessing we will go……….

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Posted in: Japan says it will respond appropriately to disorderly yen movements See in context

The US doesn't rely too much on physical exports for economic growth.

Japan too is far less dependent on exports than what many mistakenly assume to be the case. But such is the sensitivity of politicians to threatened job losses as a result of declining export competitiveness, that before long we are likely to notice ructions in the US camp. Undoubtedly, Japan is playing the long game; for the moment benefiting handsomely from soaring tourism and enhanced export competitiveness that will eventually result in currency appreciation.

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Posted in: Japan says it will respond appropriately to disorderly yen movements See in context

US companies that rely heavily on exports can’t be happy about the extreme weakness of other nations’ currencies vis a vis the $US. As more and more jobs are lost in the heartland due to the damage a strong $US is doing, we’ll see blowback.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy in deradicalization program shot dead by Australian police after he stabs man in Perth See in context

The problem, or advantage, depending on how you look at it, is that in Islamic societies, the State is the religion. Everyone is answerable to the mullahs. Unlike in the West, where the parallel situation has gradually given way to what we have now, a professional political class that has usurped the prerogatives of the churches. If the secular state is unable to reconcile the tension it has invited into its societies, in the form of large numbers of people who cannot or will not embrace the secular vision, there remains the option of forcible conversion or expulsion.

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Posted in: Abe murder revealing religion's role in Japan's child abuse problem See in context

Unless constrained by checks and balances, power so often corrupts. The problem is not religion per se; the same susceptibility to abuse dynamic applies throughout society. The best safeguard is to strive for a mutually supportive society that inculcates in its citizenry a duty of care and vigilance.

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Posted in: Weak yen boosts tourist wallets in Japan See in context

It may have been apocryphal, but on the eve of the Great Depression, the signal to head for the exits was when the taxi drivers and shoe shine boys started dispensing stock tips. It’s deja vu parallel universe insanity all over again when Aussies are the world’s #1 spenders, Japan’s the world’s theme park, and social welfare sponges elsewhere are receiving more than what many here make for working 40 hour weeks. Nuts!

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Posted in: Yakuza lieutenant arrested in Tokyo for stealing Pokemon cards See in context

Don’t dignify these guys by bestowing corporate titles on them. Then again, with all the corporate malfeasance that goes on here, equating them with 幹部 of legit businesses isn’t a far stretch at all.

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Posted in: Man arrested after filming up skirt of high school girl on escalator See in context

According to women’s rights advocate Mariko Mitsui, Japan is a paradise for drunkards, sexual harassers, or molesters.

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Posted in: Japan startup reveals close-up image of space debris image See in context

……….it will be traveling thousands of kilometers per second.

For an object that’s well on the pay to approaching the speed of light, they’ve done an exceedingly good job of making it appear stationary.

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Posted in: Former PM Taro Aso looking to meet Trump during New York visit See in context

In an idealistic summation of the meaning of politics, utilizing the latent power of the group to achieve generally commendable ends would be the template J politicians subscribe to. In Trump, they see something of a mirror reflection of themselves. While America’s ailments are legion, the antidote to its despair has been there all along, in the untapped potential of its people. As cynical and expedient as Aso’s jockeying for preferment is, we can recognize where it’s coming from.

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Posted in: Nikkei leads Asian market retreat as Middle East tensions flare See in context

Fools and their money are easily parted.

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Posted in: 6 stabbed to death at Sydney shopping center; attacker shot dead by police See in context

Thankfully, the cop had the gun, not the other way around.

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/live-experience/cps/624/cpsprodpb/vivo/live/images/2024/4/13/d407fca8-8552-4283-9d57-06dbf7512175.jpg

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Posted in: Kishida addresses Congress amid skepticism about U.S. role abroad See in context

Kishida told them. “Although I could never translate, ‘Yabba dabba doo.’”

It’s great to see Kishida “having a gay old time”.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter negotiating guilty plea: New York Times See in context

For there to be trust in the investigation, there must be absolute transparency, whatever the conclusion it leads to. Mizuhara may indeed be the bad guy and his fall richly deserved, but it is incumbent upon officials to ensure that the evidence trail is fully traced and that there be no doubts about who’s responsible and how it all transpired.

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Posted in: China conducts 'combat patrols' as U.S. holds drills with allies in disputed waters See in context

If only we saw a commensurate refusal by consumers to go on funneling the money that underpins China’s ability to back up its bullying tactics with it’s unbridled military expansion.

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Posted in: Shizuoka governor to resign after gaffe insulting vegetable sellers See in context

And all he really wanted to say was: 花は桜木人は公務員.

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Posted in: Shizuoka governor to resign after gaffe insulting vegetable sellers See in context

Most of the time, the deep contempt for the masses is kept under wraps; empty platitudes and virtue signaling the order of the day. Every so often, however, the gears slip and in a moment of candour, we learn what the elites really think. The masses can at least console themselves that, although damned, they’re better off than you and I, forever consigned to a nether region beyond the pale.

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Posted in: Japan health supplements linked to 157 hospitalizations See in context

Since the low point, the stock price has been going gangbusters; up nearly 4% today.

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