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Posted in: 71-year-old woman arrested for killing husband, parents-in-law See in context

That's a lot of people to strangle. I don't think it's a particularly easy thing to accomplish. I can imagine getting pretty low. But I can't imagine killing someone, let alone strangling three people to death. I'm sure she had a hell of a life. Still...

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Posted in: School bullying cases hit record high in Japan in FY2018 See in context

Restorative justice is a system to address the circle of violence. But it's not intuitive and many people go with their gut (often unproductive). How to counter the punishing bullying? With something better that addresses harms and identifies causes and obligations.

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Posted in: Schoolteacher incited students to create chaos: principal See in context

You need restorative justice to address victims needs, offender obligations, harms and, maybe most importantly, causes. Unless y'all think this is just some bad apples. Punishment is a failed concept here. Punishment in these cases amount to people sweeping it under the rug.

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Posted in: Japanese roboticists predict rise of the machines See in context

"Look at Japanese cartoons and animations -- robots are always friendly. We have a totally different cultural background," noted the professor.

Yes, isn't it curious? There's lots of stuff for kids with friendly dancing robots but of course all the robot propaganda is created by adults. I think perhaps there's a cultural aspect of identifying with and even envying robots and perhaps the fantasy of wanting to be one. It's one step away from the ideal of losing one's self, one's stifled emotions, one's visible desires. And to be controlled, completely submissive and without self...I feel like these commentators will always give you the most literal, pat, answer to things: "robots are friendly"! But I'm more interested in why they are so pushed on young people and the society generally. To me, they're an expression of something.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for sexually molesting 4 girls See in context

This is like a rampage. Nothing in this guy's character could be detected before? There are probably lots of criminal pervs who try to get away with stuff. This guy seems begging to get caught. I'm just curious what his past was and if anything previous was swept under the rug.

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

I challenge anyone to show research that punishment is generally effective or that bullying stems from a lack of punishment and control. What is the behaviorist model? That children are a set of behaviors? It’s a failed and inhumane model. Children are human beings and instilling morals and ethics is a question of humanity, not a set of behaviors to be produced.

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

I think the system is incapable of dealing with the problem. You need to create a culture of peace through a broad conflict resolution program that includes things like peer mediation and other holistic activities. Part of the problem too, is that teachers work karoshi schedules. Right now, there's nothing to be done but accept hatred, fear and death - as long as institutions remain stubbornly and incompetently unwilling to look around and consider substantive changes.

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Posted in: Kono may move to defense in cabinet shuffle: report See in context

Yes Minister.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties See in context

did they color coordinate for this photo?

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Posted in: Man shot in Kobe in apparent gang feud See in context

This is between them. At least this guys don’t kill anyone randomly because they wake up one morning with the need to kill a stranger on the street.

Yes, they perpetrate drugs, sexual slavery, extortion, and shoot bullets in the street for profit (no skin off your nose if you're lucky enough not to have it ricochet in the direction of your sniffer), but at least you ain't no yankee!

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Posted in: Man arrested for abducting junior high school girl with intent to commit sexual assault See in context

The people that think Japan is safe for young women are delusional. This is the meaning of privilege: to be a dude on the internet declaring how safe it is to be a young girl in Japan. I guess they can go ahead and get rid of those women's only cars! All clear! Raise your hand if you think you'd even bother reporting it if you were raped in this country; just to be re-victimized by Japanese institutions?

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Posted in: Man arrested over fire that killed mother, uncle See in context

True it is very very astonishing to me to read that son killed his mother. How utterly disgusting. Worse type of crime.

I don't see how it's worse. Now the other way around, a parent killing a child, THAT'S bad!

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

It would be great to believe oneself to be all right and the other to be all wrong. If the countries/governments were two kids on a playground, I'd look for someone else to play ball with. While I'm here, can I say that the +/- system is pointless. It subtracts rather than adds to the substance.

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

Interesting how "educators" see their role as forcing children to submit to mindless (ethnic) dominance in order to get used to being totally miserable. You must be crushed. Nice to know the heart of Japanese education is a kind of sadistic socialization. What an utterly brutal and nihilistic society.

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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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