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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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Posted in: Transgender professor fails to win mayoral election See in context

People here assume a lot about this person based on their identity and also take the opportunity to comment on the discourse from trans issues that has nothing to do with the article or even the campaign. There is no "nonsense" mentioned. People with their critiques should have the integrity to recognize where their critiques are irrelevant.

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash See in context

Linda Park on her role as a Japanese person on Star Trek:

Park: I answered this question when the show first aired and I actually am offended, to be honest, by that question because it’s (a) different (situation). It’s not the same as saying Uhura being played by a Caucasian. It would be same to have an Irish character being played by a British person. And, if I could, Lord, I would put myself in a Henry James adaptation film. But I can’t because I can’t be bought as that in a film. No one is going to believe that I’m English or German or French unless I’m mixed, possibly. But I can do that with Japanese or Chinese or go so far as Filipino or Thai. I’ll take whatever I can get because I’m an actor. I hope that people would be broad enough to look at casting where it says “Open to all ethnicities.” My character in Raines, the original casting was for a blond surfer guy. They said, “Well, we’re having a hard time figuring this out. Let’s just open it up.” They do that for characters. My character on Raines, they ended up changing the name to Michelle. It was Michelle Lance. It wasn’t Michelle Kim. And God bless (Raines creator and executive producer) Graham Yost. He’s an incredible person and so talented, and able to see that far outside the box.

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash See in context

@katsu78 Granting that they are an extreme minority and that only a percentage of that minority can flawlessly pass as the gender with which they identify, yes, there is still prejudice and bias. However, competing fairly means that artists who make movies should be free to cast in a way that fits their vision and that the big companies will want to appeal to their audiences. Caitlyn Jenner still appears masculine, despite the make-up, cosmetics and enhancements. If there are transgender that really look and act the part, they should get consideration based on their individual talent and suitability. I agree though that the should get fair consideration and show up in productions as much as, say, ambidextrous people, or other extreme minorities normally would. I think performing arts are, by nature, biased in terms of aesthetics. You could have a 400 lb man playing James Bond, but it's unlikely, for example. In other fields, equality of opportunity should be much more an expectation.

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash See in context

I find myself drifting more and more away from the "progressive" ideal on this issue. I believe, of course, that trans people deserve respect and dignity. But, that doesn't mean that activists get their way a hundred percent or that they don't have to enter a dialogue about, or ignore the difficulties of, these issues. By the way, there IS diversity in the trans community and not every trans person demands that other folk see them exactly as how some of them want to be seen. It is a question why a trans woman should be accepted as a woman in all circumstances, a big question. Should a trans woman be allowed to lead a women's organization, participate in women's sports and competitions, be treated as a woman by medical staff, etc.? People who question this are not necessarily bigots and not all trans people think the same way. Furthermore, it's an insult to actors to be told they cannot act. It's irrational and anti-creativity, anti-freedom. If trans people want to play the role of non-trans in movies or TV I have no objection. However, let's not pretend that the public will always see them as they believe in their heads that they should be seen. If they can succeed in a role, that's great though. I don't think trans woman are strictly women. Not all trans people believe that either, though "liberals" have made it a sort of dogma. I do believe in kindness but there has to be some give and take too. Being decent and compassionate does not man ignoring differences or pretending diversity of identities do not exist. There are trans people who accept this too, who are aware that they are "different" and who don't expect everyone to buy the dogma of a liberal fantasy. I say this as someone on the left.

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Posted in: 'Pregnancy rotas' add to working women's woes in Japan See in context

"against the law but inevitable" : the law is useless and meaningless then.

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Posted in: Man pleads not guilty to murder of 9-year-old Vietnamese girl See in context

The prosecution better not mess this up. This guy has to go down hard. The HAVE to be especially harsh as this is an international issue. Vietnamese expect no mercy and there's no reason to disappoint them. Convict him and then all the way with sentencing. Don't get soft!

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Posted in: Cry if you want to: 13 governors back bawling babies See in context

A key plank of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies has been to encourage a more family-friendly society, partly to encourage mothers back into the workplace but also to boost the country's slumping birth rate.

Bunch of liars. They really don't care about this issue.

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Posted in: Woody Allen to attend gala season opener at Milan's La Scala See in context

I hear Mia Farrow, a child abuser, attends galas as well. She's even a UNICEF ambassador (the "C" is for "children!") while too many of her kids end up mysteriously dead. #Himtoo ?

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Posted in: Former aide to Abe corrects Diet remarks over cronyism See in context

"corrects remarks" means he admits to lying. Jesus. Just say what it is.

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