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Posted in: 2-year-old girl falls to her death from 15th-floor window in Osaka See in context

I'm terrified for my child. Is there something we're forgetting? Drives me nuts! It's worse than a nightmare. Leave these parents alone.

I presume you are not a parent. Life is not a Television drama.

Be thankful for what you have. There is something called moral luck. We're probably all beneficiaries of that at one time or another.

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Posted in: Interview with Yuki Hashimoto, former underground idol and Shibuya Ward councillor See in context

A truly awful interview. With all that's going on in the world, couldn't she be asked more substantive questions? What issues did she run on? Why is she there?

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Posted in: Empress Masako conducts 1st official duty in new capacity See in context

What's with royalty and hats always? Just a projection of some notion of royal aesthetics? I get Queen Elizabeth wears them: she's from a way different generation. The Japanese royals have a particular matching style here. Odd in a way. I see Kate and Meghan wear the little ones. Pill hats? These gals wear the big 20's-ish ones?

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Posted in: Ex-LDP lawmaker referred to prosecutors over rape allegations See in context

He offered her an apology and a million yen. He must have been shocked when she declined. Will he be found guilty though? I wouldn't bet on it. Judges see this as yet another opportunity to remind Japanese women that if they pursue these cases, they will be victimized all over again.

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Posted in: Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 mil for breach of contract See in context

Obviously none of us here know the truth. But if two of his kids and his ex-wife accuse him of molesting his daughter AND he is married to his ex-wife's daughter (who, for all intents and purposes was HIS step-daughter), you got to admit it DOESN'T LOOK GOOD.

So, I have to wonder, is this lawsuit really the best move for Woody? Doesn't it just draw him deeper into the scandal?

It doesn't look good for Mia either being accused of child abuse and having other children end up dead in sketchy circumstances. She broke up a marriage too, with her behavior. Not a nice person and perhaps capable of deceit.

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Posted in: Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 mil for breach of contract See in context


Different strokes. He made a handful of great films and a truck load of mediocre stuff. But, his great ones are really important, unique and interesting. They were part of the zeitgeist of the era, especially 70s/80s. His type of humor was hugely influential. I agree he never progressed much. Anyway, to me, His accuser is glomming onto #metoo with a case that really hasn't anything to do with it. One child says he was the abuser, the other accuses Mia. Several of Mia's kids ended up dead and she herself broke up a marriage as an extremely young girl with an older guy. The lot of them are wacky. Why does it hit with #metoo? Simply because we're expected to believe girls (Dylan) and disregard child abuse against boys (Moses)? Sadly, Farrow is still a UNESCO rep with the presumption of innocence she doesn't deserve any more than Allen's presumption of guilt.

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Posted in: Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 mil for breach of contract See in context

I believe Moses. Woody is guilty of being a narcissist. If that killed movie deals, Hollywood would be bankrupt tomorrow.

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Posted in: Official replaced over physical aggression against NGT48 singer See in context


It's a problem either way though perhaps for slightly different reasons. Are these young women autonomous individuals with agency and dignity or are they mere pawns of management, profit and a propaganda machine that caters to the fantasies of young men? This disgusting aspect of society affects all young people: it weakens and degrades their spirits and "souls." It gives men and women the wrong idea about life.

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Posted in: 13-year-old boy dies in apparent suicide leap from condo in Kobe See in context

It's disgusting that any system could let/cause this to this happen so much. People were not paying attention when they should have been.

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for stealing a roll of toilet paper from hospital toilet See in context

If he were a CEO stealing million from shareholders it would be a suspended sentence. Japan is tough on the little guy but easy on the fat cats.

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Posted in: Chinese actor arrested in Tokyo for alleged abuse of ex-girlfriend See in context

what took so long? Lock him up!

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Posted in: Man to sue former boss over yearend party assault resulting in burns See in context

Was the guy ever criminally prosecuted? Is "company boss" a category of people who get automatic immunity for assault and attempted murder? Japan has these weird little quirks of sanctioned immorality here and there. Probably "I was drunk when I burned him and almost killed him" got him off the hook?

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Posted in: JAL pilot, arrested in London before flight to Tokyo, admits being almost 10 times over alcohol limit See in context

Alcoholism in Japan is taboo so help is not on the way. Meanwhile punishment and lifetime banning from flying is a good idea. Can't take this big of a risk.

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Posted in: Foreign divorced parents fight in vain for child custody in Japan See in context

People are selfish and cruel and ignorant. They are also willing to inflict their narcissistic viewpoint on their children. The mothers, I mean - not that the fathers are necessarily all princes. But these mothers: May they see their children turn away from them. May they grow old bitter and alone.

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Posted in: Driver fleeing police, who crashed into another car, killing woman, gets 8 years See in context

At 29 he will still be young; his victim will still be dead and the victims family still missing their loved one. Is there parole in Japan or will he do the full?

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 3-month-old daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying See in context

I'm surprised he didn't use the excuse that he was drunk! Yeah, I doubt it would happen, but jail-time should be a must here. One should not be able to get away with such a horrible crime. I wonder. Does anyone know if this usually ends up with suspended sentences and the like?

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Posted in: Case dropped against mother whose son died in bicycle accident See in context

I think that they first need to crack down on this dangerous behavior as well as provide the public with clear information before prosecuting such cases. To me, it's common sense not to ride around with a baby in a sling - not to mention a 16-month old, which is quite big and well past the age of being able to sit up with a helmet. But since this behavior is so rampant, it's obviously not clear to the populace. If there was a crack down, then they could/should proceed with prosecutions based on the people being well-informed and educated about this danger.

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Posted in: Niigata school superintendent resigns over improper use of Japanese word for 'you' See in context

It really doesn't seem like the right job for this bloke. It's not the word so much as the awareness of what's going on. In such a situation, one would have to be extremely careful, reticent, and deferential. You can't miss the mark even a little, especially when you're representing a whole system that let down these parents and bears some responsibility for the loss of human life.

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Posted in: American DJ David Morales arrested in Japan for ecstasy possession See in context

Waste of my tax dollars.

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Posted in: Probe into foreigners' health insurance abuse stirs controversy See in context

Where is the waste in Japan really? What an abominable joke. friends...some day the light is going to shine on you.

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Posted in: Japanese boxer on death row keeps up the good fight See in context

Did he support the DP before this happened to him? If so, he has nothing to complain about as false convictions are a fact of the system.

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Posted in: Saitama prefectural assemblyman accused of stalking ex-girlfriend See in context


Instinct is the reason he "forced his way into the home of his 40-year-old former girlfriend" because men are just animals. Right? It's hard to overcome that drive to threaten and violate women. Better keep all the women safely tucked away.

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Posted in: Emperor Hirohito's aide criticized gov't for staging 'incongruous' ascension rite See in context

It's all a kind of dress-up play, isn't it: tailcoats or 10th century garb, it doesn't resemble reality. But if it's for tourism then why not? I guess it's better than a Disney theme or an enthronement mascot.

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Posted in: Smoking-linked losses in Japan estimated at over ¥2 trillion See in context

That's OK. Next generation (who are non-smokers) will pay for it later. No problem!

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Posted in: Released memo points to Hirohito's role in Pearl Harbor raid See in context

...when America went to war it Navy was far inferior to the Japanese, but from superior battle tactics and a number of strategic blunders by the IJN the US was able to catch and exceed the IJN might.

I was under the impression that there really was very little chance from the get-go of Japan prevailing. The U.S. was too rich in resources and people-power. What I would ask those who have studied this is: If Japan really didn't have a great chance, what was it in the mentality of those at the time that pushed them forward? I have a feeling that the leadership had a very poor judge of reality. Even the end, a big school of thought is that they were never going to give up...they were going to pull the temple down on their heads.

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Posted in: Murakumi says he can't publicly oppose death penalty for sarin gas attackers See in context

If you believe something, stick to it. How many innocent people have been put to death by the state in the history of capital punishment? Those who support the death penalty should be willing to be that mistake. We know there are mistakes, so you can't argue it's unjust if you were the one falsely sentenced. Sure, the AUM case is any easy one. Shall we ignore the hard ones? What about the loved one's of those killed by the government by mistake?

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Posted in: Legoland Japan to lower admission fee for children See in context

Legoland, huh. I'm guessing your kids are going to want you to buy their products too.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs 1st anti-smoking law, but seen as lax and partial See in context

I guess I'll stick with Starbucks. There just aren't many options one can take. In Osaka, nearly all coffee shops, pubs and izakayas are smoke havens. I guess the economics are that the majority of customers who don't smoke have a shoganai attitude that will allow owners to continue catering to minority smokers without paying any economic penalty. I don't know what this does for tourism or what it will do come Olympic time. As far as being a baby friendly country, fogetaboutit!

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Posted in: 58-year-old police officer accused of groping woman See in context

disciplinary action? not a firing offense?

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