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Posted in: Graffiti charge against Japanese artist dropped in U.S. See in context

here's what he left in a NYC bar:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9b/Yoshitomo_nara-graffiti-niagara_bar-2009.jpg/800px-Yoshitomo_nara-graffiti-niagara_bar-2009.jpg

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Posted in: Graffiti charge against Japanese artist dropped in U.S. See in context

what? no pics of the offending grafitti???

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Posted in: Marie gives the lowdown on being 'half' See in context

what does being half to do with a movie about US immigration issues?

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Posted in: Woman murdered after argument with man over feeding stray cats See in context

that cheapskate only fed the cats when he could have captured, neutered and released more cats, and been much kinder to them.

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Posted in: Robin Hood, samurai-style See in context

Better a Robin Hood than a politician acting like a common hood robbing everyone blind!

Anyone know anyone like that today?

Perhaps gangster start out like that, but get greedy & go to gaol!

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Posted in: KDDI to release solar-powered cell phone See in context

the solar cells act as a trickle charger to top up the lithium rechargeables.

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Posted in: Supermodel Ai Tominaga announces divorce from patissier husband See in context

IMHO I also believe that gossip rags should be licensed, and their papers to have disclaimers which state clearly, "This is a rumor which we are gossipping about".

Gossip-mongers should be taxed harshly

Only truth should remain free, and unpublished.

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Posted in: Supermodel Ai Tominaga announces divorce from patissier husband See in context

i still feel they should give monthly relationship counselling to couples, regardless of whether they can be fine without.

there is still need for an objective third party, who is regulated by government to be impartial and not take sides.

IMHO in addition to social workers, Buddhist priests could perform this function and get a supplement from the government.

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Posted in: TV personality Yukiko Shimizu found dead in Shizuoka cemetery See in context

yukiko and her mother... when will japanese women get the guts to seek positive friends who can handle depression gracefully?

this murder-suicide is in essence manufactured by japanese society.

tho technologically advanced, japan needs to bring its emotional life into the modern era.

there is no shame in seeking counselling. caring for the elderly SHOULD be a community effort.

and it is as easy as just listening to your elders.

for youth is fleeting, and old age natural.

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Posted in: Going to the dogs See in context

with clothes on these dogs can no longer comuunicate with each other properly.

no wonder they look confused.

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Posted in: Japan going to pot: Celebrity busts and student smokers have authorities in a tizz See in context

Overall, this article is part of a nation-wide disinformation campaign against marijuana. Nothing in it is true, and the anecdotes are skewed in such a way as to demonize marijuana.

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Posted in: Japan going to pot: Celebrity busts and student smokers have authorities in a tizz See in context

the following from the article:

The apparent spike in marijuana usage has sparked a wave of warnings about the apocalyptic threat the drug poses to society. An email sent to Waseda students thundered that marijuana smokers “all too often end up physically and mentally ruined, perhaps leading lives of crime.”

This is a fallacy. Saké poses more of a threat to society than pot.

Moderator: This story is about pot, not sake or any other alcohol. Stay on topic please.

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Posted in: Japan going to pot: Celebrity busts and student smokers have authorities in a tizz See in context

that's a false belief. rather, alcohol is more of a gateway drug.

and more prescription drugs kill people that does pot.

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Posted in: Nana Natsume adds spice to 'Zombie Strippers' See in context

does she mean "folk" bushi or "yakuza" bushi monogatari?

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Posted in: Nana Natsume adds spice to 'Zombie Strippers' See in context

what is "bushi" style?

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Posted in: 22-yr-old woman attacked by man with scissors on street in Ibaraki See in context

obviously that loon didn't get enough natto and a crash course in how to behave with women while growing up.

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Posted in: Pregnant junior high school teacher harassed by students’ 'Miscarriage Club' See in context

Suddenly I feel blessed for being given some corporal punishment as a kid at home.

Tho these kids really need more guidance rather than spoilage at home.

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Posted in: Italy quake death toll 207 See in context

the radon method giuliani used is discounted.

everyone who's an earthquake specialist near l'aquila missed the foreshocks.

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Posted in: Man arrested for hitting 11-year-old boy with iron bar in Hiroshima See in context

paranoia in Chugoku! crazy man with iron bar assaults kid

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Posted in: Man beats pedestrian to death in Kanagawa; says it didn't matter who See in context

drunktard kills stranger, who didn't care who it was.

this guy deserves death row.

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Posted in: Horie says legal system unfairly crucifies rich and famous See in context

tax Horie some more. his extravagances mean the homeless in Tokyo are starving.

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Posted in: Saitama train conductor assaulted after asking man to smoke in designated area See in context

a punch that began in Jomon now re echoes in modern times.

but for every young man who reacts in a violent outburst towards authority, there are 999 who smoked in the appropriate spot.

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly killing schizophrenic brother at his request See in context

IMHO the brother voluntarily admitted himself to the psych hospital, since he had to pay for his medication. As well, he certainly wasn't educated about his disease, probably due to shame.

His inappropriate behavior possibly led to a form of shunning by his immediate community.

So IMHO he was originally hikikomori, and in a depressive fugue asked his brother to kill him.

You'd think that'd be a call for his brother to involuntarily commit him, but both being poor, he couldn't accept the resposibility.

This suggests that NHI isn't high enough to subsidize care, and that the lack of community involvement with psychiatric hospitals means that patients with a limited social network would not get the care afforded to patients with a large social network.

It looks to me like the poor, being considered an embarrassment to the local community, are still not getting adequate care in Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly killing schizophrenic brother at his request See in context

this article needs study, and application, but unfortunately, few Japanese doctor will apply it because a US female psychiatric doctor wrote it.

http://tokyo.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-psychadmissions.html

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Posted in: Suspect's wife apologizes over N Carolina nursing home shooting See in context

This story is similar to the 23 yr-old Haitian man's killing of his 17 yr-old and decapitation of his 5 yr-old sister in that he was acting out his inability to handle the stress of living in the US - the guy became a heavy drinker following his stint in prison.

In the above story, the man acted out his frustration at being unable to reach his wife to shoot her dead. So he killed all those old people. He was unable to handle the stress of separation, even though he was also unable to adapt to married life.

While I feel sorry for the wife for having to apologize for his behavior, she's not in the wrong. Her words show caring and compassion, both for the victims' family, herself, and her husband.

His actions only show what a miserable coward he is. IMHO the news hides details like why they married twice, and whether he had a history of domestic abuse and alcoholism.

There is no call for this kind of reaction to separation unless there was a history of violence.

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Posted in: G-20 leaders begin financial summit; London police report one death, 86 arrests See in context

cost of violence on eve of G20 summit in London: $20 million cost of one life lost at protest: priceless

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Posted in: Sex on the first date: Good idea or not? See in context

there should be at least two or three dates.

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly killing schizophrenic brother at his request See in context

This is the result of HMO -- if Japan had a national social health program, the cost of medication would have been subsidized. So in essence, running a hospital like a business is an indirect cause of this tragedy.

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Posted in: Krispy Kreme for Mother's Day See in context

nothing says "i love you mom" like sweets. not.

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Posted in: Man held for punching 50-yr-old woman on Saitama train over playing games on cell phone See in context

let's take this part of the news story one more time:

"Police said Jun Ando, a computer programmer and resident of Toda City, became angry on the train bound for Shinkiba at around 8 a.m., after the woman asked him to stop playing games on his cell phone as the train was so crowded. Ando told her to shut up and sprayed her with some colorful language, before punching her several times."

A woman asks a guy to stop playing games on his cell phone as the train is very crowded. Probably he had the sound on, and it annoyed her.

Even so, she did not address her specific issue: crowds are an annoyance, but having to listen to a noisy game is torture.

Thus is why I stated both parties are at fault: she was at fault because she used an indirect means of getting him to silence his cellphone.

It was not because the train was crowded but because the ignorance of her suffering led her to choose him, rather than to comment on the obliviousness of youth to unbearable conditions on the train.

However, his reaction is an abreaction, and out of line. It shows irresponsibility (forethought regarding your reaction to others when they make a simple request of you) and a lack of consideration for others.

It is doubtful I can read anything else into the news report.

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