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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter to plead guilty over $17 mil fraud See in context

Here is my question is how did Ohtani not notice 17 million dollars missing out of his bank account?

It's hard for us commonfolk to fathom because the uber rich live in a different world than us. However, this kind of thing occurs more often than we think. Robert De NIro, Kevin Durant, etc. have all been victims of fraud at one point in their lives and never noticed millions of dollars missing from their bank account until it was too late. The more money you have, the more controls you need to have in place. Ohtani may have been a bit too trusting and gullible, but that's why he is such a good player. He spent all his focus on training, nutrition and sleep in order to be the player he is. If he spent some of that time on watching his finances, he may not be as good as he is today.

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

I feel that the irony in it all is that most tourists visit (although they may not admit it) because Japan is not loaded with immigrants. The Japanese culture and Japanese people who follow such customs make it so unique. Tourists want to go to somewhere that is not like their own country, and Japan fits the bill.

I agree with many posters here that even though a country may be filled with immigrants, it doesn't mean that they aren't xenophobic. Just look at America. Feelings against people different than them still exists there, and often times blatantly and violently so.

Again, it should be stated, that Japan does accept foreigners to live and work in their country. It's just that it has measures and procedures in place that people who want to come here have to meet. Nothing wrong with that. Most countries have such a process in place.

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

99.9 % of the countries in the world has some form of immigration rules. Even the U.S. has them. It's just that countries like Japan does a much better job of enforcing those rules. Biden should spend more of his time ensuring that Americans are taken care of first by not letting in anyone who wants to be let in, without making sure that they will abide by American laws and actually do honest work first. I bet you that if you ask any American, pretty much the majority would say that it does make them mad that any immigrant who comes in the country can automatically get benefits like disability, unemployment, etc, before they have even prove to be a contributing member of society. Heck, even hardworking Americans who have been born, raised and worked there all their lives are often left out of benefits they sorely deserve.

At least with countries like Japan, they make sure you have a proper visa, will actually pay taxes, follow Japan's laws, and contribute to making society a better place. How is that so wrong?

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Posted in: Judge orders ex-interpreter for Ohtani to get gambling addiction treatment See in context

I still don't get how Otani wouldn't notice $16m 'missing' from his accounts..

That's because for most of us, we don't make that much money. Him trying to notice 16 million dollars missing is like the rest of us trying to notice a few dollars missing from our bank account. People think this kind of thing doesn't happen, but forget that there are so many famous athletes, movie stars, and CEOs who have had millions of dollars stolen from them from people they once trusted. It happens. It's just unbelievable for us ordinary citizens since we live in a different world than the ultra-rich do.

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Posted in: Ohtani hits 175th home run in Major League Baseball, tying Matsui for most by a Japanese-born player See in context

He’s never taken questions from the media.

Well, put yourself in his shoes. You're in a foreign country where you barely speak the language. You don't know what kind of questions you will be asked. Every answer you give, even though it's the truth could be construed or mistranslated as something that could sound incriminating. There is a reason that police will tell you that you have the right to remain silent since anything you say, even though you are innocent, could be used against you in a court of law. Heck, I'm a native English speaker, and I would rather take direct questions from the federal investigators with a lawyer by my side, rather than from the media.

Also, as the DOJ has stated, Shohei has been fully cooperating with them. He has answered all questions posed to them by them (not the media), turned over all his phones, computers, tablets, texts, etc. If you read the 37-page affidavit filed by the United Stated District Court, it states that in all text messages, emails, phone calls between Shohei and Ippei, not once has gambling been mentioned; not once.

https://www.espn.com/prod/styles/pagetype/otl/2024/240411_ent_mlb/2-24MJ2125-complaint-mizuhara.pdf?consent_mode=ccpa

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Posted in: Ohtani hits 175th home run in Major League Baseball, tying Matsui for most by a Japanese-born player See in context

Wow! Three multi-base hits in this game. His OPS and XBH are going through the roof. He's really spotting the ball well and making good contact on it.

I hope it isn't true that he has thrown his former best buddy under the bus to save his career.

I'm pretty sure that's not true. He's been very transparent and honest throughout this process. I think many people are exhibiting confirmation bias. Just because the amount of money which Mr. Mizuhara has stolen is so huge, we think that it just seems so far-fetched that there must be some kind of conspiracy. For most of us, we don't live in that world and don't have that much money. However, I bet if you ask the top 1% of the richest people in the world, or those who do rely on people to handle all of their finances, not to mention interpret for them, I'm sure this kind of thing is not so strange. It happens. It's why even though I would like to be rich, I wouldn't want to be super-rich because the amount of scrutiny you have to have with choosing people to trust goes way up.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

They read thousands of text messages and phone calls between Shohei and Ippei, and not once was there any mention of gambling or betting in any form whatsoever. It should also be noted that when Shohei arrived from Japan, it was Ippei who set up the bank account for Shohei, so of course, Ippei had access to his pin codes and could easily access his account. Ippei also made it so that Shohei would not receive any notifications of that account. Of course, Shohei had access to his other bank account or accounts; probably where he received money from endorsements, etc. But the one in which he received his salary was in total control by Ippei.

We should also remember that throughout this whole investigation, Shohei has cooperated fully with the IRS, DOJ, and DHS by surrendering all his phones, computers, etc. and answering any and all questions they have had. Still, they were able to find nothing related to any form of gambling whatsoever. Yet, I'm surprised (maybe I shouldn't be), that there are still those who would rather believe that the DOJ, IRS, and DHS are in cahoots with MLB to cover all of this up and make Ippei the fall guy. Some people still can't get it into their heads that the Feds don't compromise. They just don't. If it was purely a MLB investigation, then I can understand it could be a conspiracy, but not when it becomes a federal investigation.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

Again, I can't stress this enough: If there was any incriminating evidence on Ohtani, then the IRS, DHS, and Justice Department will find it and use it to bring in a big fish like him. They don't mess around and can't be bought. Just ask all those high-powered CEOs, celebrities, etc. who were investigated and caught.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

I know for a fact that gambling can be a serious problem. it changes people. Once addicted, it drives people to great lengths and extremes to keep their addiction going. It's just as bad as drugs and alcohol, if not worse. So, I'm not so surprised that Mr. Mizuhara would do some of the things that he did. I just am surprised at how many bets he placed each day, and how much he wagered. Wow!

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

Is Ippei taking one for the team?

And some people believe that U.S. election was rigged and that the earth is flat.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

I can guarantee that the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS are not interested in covering up a crime for anyone, so what their report says has to be true. It doesn't matter if you're a nobody, or a famous athlete, they will investigate you thoroughly. The facts are all there in their 37-page report.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter charged with stealing $16 mil from baseball star in sports betting case See in context

People act like something like this happens rarely. Tim Duncan lost money this way. John Elway, Usain Bolt, Kevin Garnett, etc. have all lost millions by trusting the wrong people. Even movie stars like Robert DeNiro have gotten money stolen from people they had wrongly trusted. It happens. It just underscores the fact that you need to use good judgement of who to trust.

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Posted in: Osaka Prefecture eyes collecting fixed fee for inbound tourists from 2025 See in context

Imagine if Hawaii charged Japanese tourists, but not American tourists, a fee in order to enter the state. The complaints would be deafening.

They actually do have something like that. It's called ESTA. I know several people who travel into the U.S. who hate it. The system to apply for it often breaks down and is too convoluted. It also costs a lot and is a ripoff.

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Posted in: Suspect in Tokyo train attack says he adores Batman villain Joker See in context

Typical Japanese response: train is is 50 cm away from the exact position. Keep doors closed and let people die cos it is shouganai.

I'm actually glad that the train has that automated mechanism not to open unless it is aligned with the doors. I'm sure if the doors suddenly opened while in between, people may get trapped or crushed on the home doors and then you can bet there will people saying how unsafe the system is.

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Posted in: Suspect in Tokyo train attack says he adores Batman villain Joker See in context

Typical Japanese response: train is is 50 cm away from the exact position. Keep doors closed and let people die cos it is shouganai.

I'm actually glad that the train has that automated mechanism not to open unless it is aligned with the doors. I'm sure if the doors suddenly opened while in between, people may get trapped or crushed on the home doors and then you can bet there will people saying how unsafe the system is.

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Posted in: Gunman kills doctor, wounds 6 others in Bronx hospital rampage See in context

I need mine for hunting.

Hunting with a gun is for wimps. I've always chosen a compound bow. Much more exciting and sportier to hunt with.

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

Some might say that myth, but others would be happy that the butcher of Baghdad is no longer with us

As a result, we're stuck with ISIS.

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Posted in: Ichiro gets 4,257th career hit, surpassing Pete Rose's total See in context

If anything, the one thing I remember about Ichiro which stands out with me, is how he always respected the game and played it the right way. He once visited the Negro Leagues baseball stadium in Kansas City and came away so touched by it that he donated a nice sum of money to help keep it running. I even remember Ichiro visiting the grave of George Sisler (who he broke the single season hits record, back in 2004) to pay his respects. He felt that it was only appropriate for him to pay homage to the past.

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Posted in: N Carolina man charged with assaulting protester at Trump rally See in context

If I was "asking for it" and provoking, inciting a potential flare-up, then Yeah -I guess I'd just have to take my lumps.

The video clearly shows Mr. McGraw running from a far distance to sucker punch the guy. That was both uncalled for and cowardly; even the sheriff said so himself. I could see if Mr. Jones was throwing punches too, or even yelling and spitting directly in Mr. McGraw's face, but he did no such a thing. In fact, he said nothing to Mr. McGraw at all. Since when does free speech in America give others the right to respond with violence? Yet that is what Trump wants; an America where free speech is not allowed (unless it agrees with what he says). He said that if you don't believe in and follow what he says, he'll "punch you in the face".

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Posted in: N Carolina man charged with assaulting protester at Trump rally See in context

But with all this political drama in 2016, sometimes our emotions get the better of us. He only got elbowed in the face. He'll live.

So if someone had elbowed you in the face, I guess you'll just brush it off as innocent playfulness in the heat of a 'political drama' then. As for me, I would punch that person right back in their face.

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Posted in: Trump or Cruz? U.S. Republicans face tough choices as primary race churns forward See in context

In either case, the U.S. in the eyes of the rest of the world would be doomed. Cruz is too conservative and Trump has already burned too many bridges with Latin, Asian, and Muslim nations with his racist rants and promises of death and destruction to all who oppose him. Even the leaders of European nations are turned off by him. That leaves only a handful of countries who would possibly engage him in any form of diplomacy, if elected as President.

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Posted in: Trump signals flexibility on key issues after party attacks See in context

I'm not, I think people around the world probably can see this guy ain't a punk, so most people will probably tread lightly before doing anything stupid.

Then there is no difference between Trump as President and Kim Jong Un, as they both love to use violent rants to get their way. Trump is like the schoolyard bully who will force you to do what he says and if you don't will call you names and impose physical violence on you until you do. I wouldn't be surprised if Trump declares martial law when protesters in America rise up against him. Then you'll see the U.S. become as "democratic' as North Korea is.

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Posted in: Trump signals flexibility on key issues after party attacks See in context

Trump really scares me as a potential President as he has no clue, and will be totally scary with a nuclear arsenal at his disposal. I still remember last year when he stated that he wouldn't be afraid to use nuclear weapons, and yet, didn't understand what the term 'nuclear triad' meant. When he was asked which leg of the triad was his top priority, Trump responded by saying that "nuclear, the power, the devastation is most important". WTF?

And let's not forget that although he said that he would use the nuclear weapons at his disposal, he also stated that those said weapons are old and ineffective.

Plus, who would follow such a person who has to resort to name-calling, as in calling undocumented immigrants 'rapists', and issue unwarranted threats, such as threatening to kill all relatives of ISIS terrorists because he claims they should "know what's going on with their relatives".

I also don't trust Trump because he makes his campaign about making America great again, but has no concrete policies or plans to accomplish such a feat. At least other candidates make an attempt to create policies (even if some of them are terrible). With Trump, all you have is powerful slogans and "rah rah" speeches.

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Posted in: Romney calls Trump phony, fraud; urges Republicans to shun him See in context

The problem with Trump is that he is all say and no substance. He says that he'll do this and that, but offers no real policy. He is also a racist who wants to get rid of Muslims, keep out Latinos, and likes making idiotic 'broken English' comments to mock Asians.

Yet, I have to admit that Trump is very smart in realizing that being controversial can make you more popular. He is simply being like a false prophet or televangelist who screams and shouts against the world to make his blind sheep follow him.

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Posted in: Bail denied for Michigan Uber driver charged with killing six See in context

Guns on the other hand are not necessary for society whatsoever, and serve no positive purpose at all.

Exactly! The only purpose of guns are to kill. Gun-rights advocates squeal incessantly about their right to own a gun, but fail to pay attention to the right of non-gun owners to live in a country where they don’t have to worry about being shot and killed by one. I refuse to believe that this gun owner’s right was more important than his victims’.

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Posted in: Nishikori beats American teen for 4th straight Memphis title See in context

Congrats to Kei Nishikori. It's not easy to win a title four times in a row; especially against a hometown favorite and promising teen who beat Steve Johnson. Bash Taylor Fritz all you want, but the kid has game. He kind of reminds me of teens like Andy Roddick and Micheal Chang who both came out of nowhere beating tennis greats until they got well-known. Kei was also in Mr. Fritz's shoes at one time; shocking the world.

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Posted in: Broncos, Panthers set to deliver super finish to NFL season See in context

So many sports writers, athletes, Vegas bookies, and so-called experts have the Panthers as overwhelming favorites; so much so that many feel that the Panthers should just be crowned champs already. I for one am of the minority that feel that the Broncos will show up focused and embrace their role as the underdog. Go Broncs and win one for Mr. B!

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Posted in: Hanyu breaks 2 more of his records to win GP Final See in context

Smithinjapan said:

and needless to say the Russians for getting first and third.

I guess you missed reading this part in the article:

Also, one year after winning the junior Grand Prix Final, 16-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was crowned the senior women’s champion.

Skating on the same rink in Barcelona, this year’s junior world champion coasted through her routine to Rene Aubry’s “Allegro.” She added to her leading short program with 147.96 points for a total score of 222.54.

“I didn’t really expect this result here, but I worked really hard for it,” Medvedeva said through a translator. “I am very pleased with my first senior season.”

In any case, I'm just amazed at how Yuzuru Hanyu has such nerves of steel and never ever seems to give into any pressure he faces; whether it be from the hoards of Japanese and foreign media, to the thousands of 'Yuzurists' (fans from all parts of Asia). He has simply mastered not only the physical aspect of figure skating, but the mental part as well. There's probably only a handful of figure skaters, both male and female, throughout the history of skating, that have achieved this kind of sustained level of perfection. Absolutely amazing!

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Posted in: Trump cancels Israel visit after uproar over his comments See in context

Trump is such a tool. First it was Hispanics, and then the Chinese, and then the Japanese, and now Muslims. Who is he going after next?

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Posted in: Clinton pitches new gun control laws following Oregon shooting See in context

No. What it really means is that liberals want to live in a world where there are NO repercussions, where there is No accountability and where traditionalism is something of the past and needs to be stomped out in order to push a progressive liberal agenda over the entire country. Check California.

That pretty much describes conservatives who could care less about the repercussions of the right to bear arms and how much blood is shed by crazies with guns. And a Republican's idea of accountability is blaming the victim for not protecting themselves with more guns in the first place. That kind of accountability is one I could live without. If being called a liberal means that I choose to enjoy living in a place where I never have to worry about the possibility of being caught in a crossfire at a public place, then a liberal I am.

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