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Posted in: U.S. serviceman apologizes for assaulting boy in Okinawa See in context

Just have the servicemember due 15-days of community service with the family, pay for damages, and upon completion certified by a Japanese court, 10-days restricted duty on the base. No jail time needed. The community service may even allow the servicemember and the teen to bond together. As for payment of damages, it should be deducted from the paychecks of the servicemember's top superiors (officers only). A curfew was in place. Time for top superiors to make payment to the teen.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy goes into damage control mode over latest Okinawa incident See in context

Too much stress and negativity. Japan and America are strong!. Continue to remain in solidarity. I call for a Friendship Day! Invite ALL too. America stayed during 3/11 and was the first on the scene when many left. Anyone who sacrifices themselves to rescue others is okay in my book. The 24-year-old was probably just afraid as the teen. America and Japan should let the teen and the 24-year-old meet face to face and have the 24-year-old apologize, pay for damages, and move on. Japan and America are strong. Nothing wrong with the alliance.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy goes into damage control mode over latest Okinawa incident See in context

Too much focus on security and damage control. America should have a Friendship Day.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy goes into damage control mode over latest Okinawa incident See in context

I recall during Operation Tomodachi that the US military and Japan working together during the worst natural disaster in history in order to rescue many. I also recall America working overtime to persuade a few in the Kan Administration that greater precautions were needed in order to protect all within Japan. While many Ambassadors left Japan during that tragic hour (along with non-essential personnel) America STAYED working along side and helping Japan. Nothing to be teary-eyed about the US-Japan alliance is strong. Remember 3/11.

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Posted in: Tokyo court rejects Apple patent claim against Samsung See in context

Interesting. More than likely good attorneys on both sides. America and Korea seem to have a strong legal presence in Japan. At the same time, Japanese judges are becoming more objective and neutral. My belief is that politics may not play out in the judge's decision. Whatever the outcome it will help competition and bring about more innovative products. Always good for the consumer.

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Posted in: Man arrested for threatening TEPCO employees with sword See in context

The police should have arrested the TEPCO employees for trespassing and assault. TEPCO employees are using mafia style tatics to collect fees without fear of arrest from police. Seems like TEPCO can do anything without fear of investigation or arrest.

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Posted in: Woman breaks leg after getting it caught between train and platform at Shibuya station See in context

Just because the woman had been drinking it does not mean she was intoxicated based on Japanese law. However, the train company and the owners thereof surely are responsible. Does anyone know what would be the legal requirements needed to sue the train company?

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Posted in: Saudi woman's historic judo debut over in 82 seconds See in context

Glad she was able to compete after all parties came up with a solution. Being 16-years-old coupled with the pressure of competing with other Olympians and only given the go-ahead on Tuesday to be the first female in her country to compete in the Olympics is a gold medal in itself. She has come first place in my book.

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Posted in: TEPCO to release video conference footage of disaster aftermath See in context

What a joke. They edited the video themselves and the video includes no audio. To top it off they will not release the video to the public and have pretty much censored the media. Police and prosecutors should collect it before August and use it as evidence to arrest all TEPCO executives.

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Posted in: Otsu mayor apologizes to father of bullying victim who killed himself See in context

Like the link globalwatcher. Thanks! @Yubara. I agree with you. I do not see the Mayor of Otsu being at fault here. However, her apologize was the right thing to do for Japan as a whole and the people and children of Otsu. The father needs closure. Therefore, a full investigation must take place and all parties that were responsible for the bullying and/or at fault must be brought to justice.

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Posted in: Otsu mayor apologizes to father of bullying victim who killed himself See in context

Make all of Japan in particular and the world in general stop bullying by having a "Stop Bullying or Harmony Day!" Bullying needs to be stopped (whether face-to-face or online). Let's make it happen.

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Posted in: Otsu mayor apologizes to father of bullying victim who killed himself See in context

Require the bullies to undergo a psychological evaluation, do "community service", transfer them to a different school, and peer them up with positive role models so they can reflect on their acts. These are still children in which the parents are ultimately responsible.

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Posted in: Otsu mayor apologizes to father of bullying victim who killed himself See in context

Force both the Ministry of Education and the National Police Agency Chief to make a public apology for failing to take the father's complaint initially.

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Posted in: Otsu mayor apologizes to father of bullying victim who killed himself See in context

The parents of the bullies should be forced to take "parenting classes" and do "community service" after reimbursing the City of Otsu for damages.

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Posted in: Otsu mayor apologizes to father of bullying victim who killed himself See in context

Keep it public and arrest the principal and the homeroom teacher IMMEDIATELY. If the City of Otsu is sued, collect back from the parents of the bullies. Take into account the past "good deeds" of the homeroom teacher and principal, but ARREST the PRINCIPAL and HOMEROOM TEACHER now.

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Posted in: TEPCO head baffled by criticism of utility's role in nuclear disaster See in context

Yale-educated? That says it all. Clueless.

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Posted in: Otsu school principal apologizes for not taking action over bullying See in context

I agree with your last statement Yubaru. However, the principal tried to cover up the evidence from other parents and police. As such, he should be forced to resign, be fired, and/or arrested.

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Posted in: Otsu school principal apologizes for not taking action over bullying See in context

@Yubaru. The principal is not taking responsibility for the actions of others. The bullying occured at his school and he was aware of it or should have been aware of it. It is called "withitness" in the educational profession. Was he promoted to principal not because of his teaching style and talents but because of his "time and rate" at the school? Also, the issue is not suicide but murder. Prosecutors must investigate.

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Posted in: Otsu school principal apologizes for not taking action over bullying See in context

Will be happy to comment. As a principal, he should have better supervised his teachers and schools. Second, he should have apologized to the grieving parents last October as a principal. As a principal, he should not have instructed his students and teachers to conceal evidence from the public and police. As a principal, he should be the lead teacher of his school.. As a principal, he should have resigned immediately after apologizing to the media. As a principal, he should have ensured that his students were able to learn in a safe and free educational environment. Surely, the Ministry of Education has policies in place to promote a safe and free educational atmosphere as well as the Japanese constitution.

To answer your question the principal should have taken responsibly for his actions by immediately resigning.

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Posted in: Otsu school principal apologizes for not taking action over bullying See in context

@Yubaru. All countries and cultures should be respected. "hansei" may have been applicable decades ago in Japan. However, today, it does not seem that people are making a true "act of contrition" using hansei (for example TEPCO, Olympus, etc.). Do you really believe the principal is "remorseful"? In fact, by him now apologizing it is equivalent to a "confession", I would say. Perhaps, now the police can arrest him. All in all, past generations in Japan may have taken hansei seriously. Today, people seem to be using it to "walk away" free. The parents of the young boy who was murdered needs justice and closure. Time now for prosecutors to act.

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Posted in: Otsu school principal apologizes for not taking action over bullying See in context

He should have apologized last October. In fact, he instructed the teachers and students to hide the evidence and not discuss the issue with anyone. He should be fired immediately. As for the issue of apologizing to the public make him forfeit all assets and then arrest him for criminal negligence. Dobut if the clueless, keystone protecting, common-sense-will-tell-you-that-the-bullied-student-was-murdered, incompetent, face-saving, unable to argue a case before a competent civil law attorney, prosecutors will do anything though.

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Posted in: Outrage grows over Shiga school's inaction over bullying See in context

Why is this labeled suicide? The bullies "tortured" him and then forced him to commit the suicidal act under duress. Should be classified as murder. Where are the clueless one-sided prosecutors on this? I was told that most Japanese know that school officials told all students to keep quiet about the evidence and do not say anything to anyone. School officials are now accessories to the murder. Doubt if anyone gets arrested or fired. Shameful. No more saying sorry to the public on TV with a bow. If he, she or they are truly remorseful he, she or they should give up all of their assets and their families' assets immediately and be homeless for two years minimum.

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Posted in: Outrage grows over Shiga school's inaction over bullying See in context

Someone stated that the "head bully's dad was a former cop." is that true? I was wondering why they have not arrested the teacher, principal, superintendent, or the students involved. Keystones and prosecutors at it again.

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Posted in: Outrage grows over Shiga school's inaction over bullying See in context

@Yubaru: Disagree with the statement. Why hold only the teacher responsible? Teachers cannot do everything. Fire or arrest the principal and superintendent. Police are not to blame on this one, but can surely arrest the students involved for "assault and battery" if over the age of 12. The parents of the bullies should be sued in civil court. Make an example to show Japan is really safe for all.

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Posted in: Police refuse father's complaints about bullies linked to son's suicide See in context

I recall being bullied in middle school from about 30 guys older than me. I was 12 and most of the guys ranged from age 15 to 19. They were simply jealous of girls liking me. One day the leader of the bullies persuaded the biggest guy of the group to fight me after school. Of course I was afraid. However, instead of waiting after school to get beat up I decided to fight the leader of the bullies during recess. With one punch I knocked the bully out cold like George McFly on Back to the Future. Not only did the bullies respect me after that but now ALL the girls loved me.

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Posted in: Record high number of work-related mental illnesses reported in 2011 See in context

I know of several Japanese and foreigners working for Japanese companies and they work from 8am to 11pm, Monday through Saturday. On many weeks, the boss calls them on Sunday to work. How can people have time to spend with friends, family or even rest? If the boss does not call on Sunday then a co-worker normally calls to persuade them to come in. "it's their duty," they usually say. This has to be illegal. However, has anyone ever read a Japanese work contract? Basically the company owns you once you sign. Imagine working seven days a week and then having to commute 2-hours on a crowded train. No wonder people in Japan are committing suicide or suffering from PTSD.

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Posted in: Police arrest 19-yr-old American musician over Irish student's murder See in context

@WilliB: I stated "appear that she consented". It does not mean she "consented". Secondly, I never said the guy was innocent nor did I say he was guilty. In order for justice to be served a fact-finding investigation should be conducted. Probably best that the Japanese, Irish, and American governments work together to find out the facts rather than saying that the guy has "murdered" the girl. Ok, let say he is guilty. Do you not want the person convicted to the fullest of the law? Why not let the evidence build up? Why simply convict? I never stated either was innocent or guilty. A young girl has died. However, leading someone to say "I had my hands on her neck" is not evidence or a real confession for that matter.

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Posted in: Police arrest 19-yr-old American musician over Irish student's murder See in context

@seamus78 I agree. Simply put: "confessions" without solid evidence must cease. If we use @Mayuki's comment: If she was carried in a wheel chair into the hotel without her consent (whether voluntarily or involuntarily intoxicated) it would appear that maybe she was physically ill or incapicated prior to entering his hotel room. Assuming that the Japanese police are correct and that she did not succumb to his "sexual advances" thus she was murder. 1.) Why get a wheelchair for her in the first place? 2.) Is it possible that he "had his hands around / on her neck to check for a pulse or to perform CPR? We know he screamed thus the hotel staff entered the room. Could he have been in shock after her sudden death?

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Posted in: Police arrest 19-yr-old American musician over Irish student's murder See in context

I agree it must be math: dead woman + key to the door + rubber in the toilet = 15-years. Oops did we forget: - different blood type and different semen?? thank goodness for free speech. i guess we are all guilty by the numbers.

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Posted in: Police arrest 19-yr-old American musician over Irish student's murder See in context

@TA: Where's the rope? Did he do it by the sheets or pillow case? What if the cause of death was a "seizure?" Make the autopsy report available to the public for scrutiny.

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