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Posted in: Ex-Aum cult member released from prison after serving full term See in context

It seems to be a thing here that the perpetrator of a crime gets to write to the victim's family from behind bars.

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi sends everyone’s COVID-19 relief money to one person See in context

There's just something about these Sora articles and the way they're written. I always feel like the writer is winking at me. I guess they feel it works because it certainly never gets better.

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy fatally hit by car in Sapporo; driver arrested See in context

I can't muster any excuse or sympathy for the driver. I live quite near such an intersection as the one described and I have small children. Every day I observe reckless driving and it's mostly older men doing it. They just don't care. Occasionally the police stand patrol but it does little good. They still zip up and down the road. If you aren't required to stop at an intersection, then you must drive slowly enough that you can stop if you need to.

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Posted in: Sabre expands footprint in Japan with Bear Luxe partnership See in context

Jim and Pam aren't going to be happy about that.

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Posted in: 12-year-old boy in coma after being hit by truck; driver arrested See in context

People often drive recklessly in my neighborhood, including on motorcycles and scooters. They're not only endangering others but risking the ruin of their own lives as well.

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Posted in: Japan's hardcore train fans accused of going off the rails See in context

What explains these obsessions with utterly banal and shallow aspects of society? This seems like a particularly Japanese thing - this obsession with meaningless minutia.

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Posted in: Step into a manga at Japan’s 2-D cafes in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto See in context

"...escape the hardships of the 3-D world." Ha ha.

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Posted in: 'Rust' shooting victim's husband angry at Baldwin for denying blame See in context

He was handed the gun, told it was safe. He is an actor not a professional gun expert. It’s not like he loaded it.

I totally agree. As a producer, he may be liable. As an actor, I think not. No way actors are the last line of defense, in terms of liability. Why hire gun experts if you expect silly actors to take the risk.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after stabbing woman walking along street See in context

girl_in_tokyoT

When you consider that sexual assault isn't taken very seriously as a crime, this shouldn't be surprising.

Obviously the idea was that it's amazing any society would treat sexual assault lightly. I don't think the comment reflects actual surprise but, rather, indignation. In short, you're too literal.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy assaulted after asking man to stop smoking on train See in context

People often say that it's a big risk for foreigners to intervene. I would like to know some concrete, reasonably recent and clear examples of this going wrong. I'm not disagreeing with it but I am curious about the details of such situations.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Aomori Pref See in context

People drive like crap in my neighborhood. They drive too fast and recklessly. Having kids, I worry about it every day. They are simply callous.

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Posted in: 'Sanford and Son' at 50, 'double-edged' Black sitcom pioneer See in context

Americans couldn't think up their own ideas for TV shows then, and still can't today.

I don't think there's a British show in the modern era better than Seinfeld, Curb, Larry Sanders, Deadwood, Mad Men, etc. I doubt there's been a show anywhere as good as The Wire. This is my subjective opinion. British police procedurals are humorless affairs and nowhere near as interesting as The Wire (but what is?).

There've been plenty of American shows over the years that were originals, from I Love Lucy to Columbo, to Northern Exposure. I think the Late Night talk show, a la Johnny Carson and David Letterman, was an American form. A kind of Improv comedy also originated in Chicago (and was done really well outside the U.S., in Canada). Does the UK have a homegrown tradition improv comedy? Maybe? We can't forget early TV variety like Miltie, Smothers Brothers, Laugh In, and Martin and Lewis. These are originals. Of course, there were plenty of great shows in the UK (everyone loves Monty Python and The Office), but I don't think you can say the U.S. didn't or doesn't have ideas. And even shows like All in the Family aren't great because of the concept, though the concept is interesting. They actually did an All in the Family recently with Woody Harrelson and it wasn't great, concept and all. The original American All in the Family was great because of what the Americans did with it on every level, from the acting to the writing and direction. I wouldn't say the British can't think of ideas. That would be as ridiculous as saying Americans can't.

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

Makes one wonder why people decide to come to a country where they are treated as second-rate not-quite-humans... Are things so desperate for them back at home?

Um. what do you think? Just google "average salary Vietnam." It's less than san man a month.

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Posted in: 4 Vietnamese stabbed in apartment in Ibaraki See in context

I'm married to a Vietnamese and to be honest, I think Vietnamese people living in Japan aren't shocked by or disbelieving of Vietnamese crime in Japan. Certainly, they are disappointed. I still think the good outweighs the bad and Vietnamese, like other ethnic groups, will bring economic vitality to Japan in addition to filling entry-level jobs. I also agree that too much immigration isn't good, that balance is important. The number of Vietnamese has grown a lot but it's still a small number and immigration overall is still not comparable to other countries. Vietnamese know, themselves, that as a group they are likely to bring a bit more crime. They know the problems of their country. There is very little social trust in Vietnam and no strong institutions to rely on. Education levels are low and crime and violence are abundant. Again, despite such problems, the Vietnamese community is enterprising, on the whole, and good for the country. Japan cannot survive without workers. And I'll tell you one more thing: Vietnamese respect Japan even though some of the young uneducated Vietnamese that come may lack some basic sense.

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Posted in: 81-year-old driver arrested after plowing into group of children See in context

I have young kids. The neighborhood has small streets with few continuous sidewalks. People zip up and down the mountain road. Young people drive crazy fast on motorcycles. Old people don't see where they're going and don't anticipate what's ahead in turns and intersections. Trucks navigate this situation with some difficulty too. Plus, people sometimes forget to turn their lights on or their brights off. I'm scared for my family.

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Posted in: Emperor's daughter Princess Aiko turns 20 See in context

Yikes. Hope she can escape the misery. It must be a nightmare.

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Posted in: K-pop band TWICE basking in global popularity; plans U.S. tour See in context

Market-driven "music"? Songs by committee and "talent" assembled by management companies? The "image" doesn't scream "interesting." It seems like it's all been streamlined and simplified and formulated nowadays for easy promotion on the conveyor belt of production?

*Here you go: "JYP Entertainment Corporation (Korean: JYP 엔터테인먼트) is a South Korean multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate founded in 1997 by J. Y. Park. It is one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea..." (wikipedia)*

There song "Cry For Me" was written by these people: HEIZE (헤이즈), J.Y. Park, Sophiya, Ryan Tedder, Melanie Joy Fontana, Michel “Lindgren” Schulz & A. Wright.

That's a lot of people - especially for these lyrics:

Oh, on the outside I'll be all calm

Baby no more real love

Imma pretend we're going strong

Then at the end, break your heart

Bad boy, bad boy

Yeah, you really make me a mad girl, mad girl

Woah-oh-oh

And to think It only took one person to write "Sound of Silence." Wow!

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako, husband leave for New York See in context

Great life: Broadway, off-Broadway, symphonies, great restaurants, opera, jazz and every other kind of music, and lots of fashion shows, museums and openings. They can mingle with other rich people and enjoy one of the greatest cities in the world. I'm sure they'll find time to travel to other destinations and I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for the former princess.

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Posted in: Hyogo man arrested for stalking woman through her bank account See in context

I'm not sure why JT continues with Sora all these years. I guess they need some flavor of some kind and there just isn't anything else. It's startling how little there is in terms of media with something to say/tell. Think of how much is out there to delve into.

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Posted in: Alec Baldwin says fatal shooting was 'one in a trillion': TMZ See in context

No court is going to hold an actor criminally responsible for such a thing. People keep harping on this point but that line of thinking won't amount to anything. There's a reason why taking care of guns in movies is a specific job. Of course he may be open to liability as a producer but not as an actor. It's never going to happen that a court convicts an actor on a charge for firing a weapon that the crew hands him or her to use in a scene (or rehearsal). Whether he tweets or not is most likely well-considered and a "damned if you do/damned if you don't" kind of thing. Baldwin has no choice but to "be in the public eye" and I'm sure he'd rather be anything but that at this moment.

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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc on course to keep lower house majority: exit polls See in context

@ReasonandWisdomNippon

Every country has its own version of government. People like ice cream. "Western nations" + South Korea = nothing sensible ever written except maybe a pamphlet written by the Japan Foundation. Or you. I'd just drop talking about "THE WEST." Remember, it's meaningless. Remember also that if you've got nothing to say, you can't hide that behind bromides. They won't save you from the inevitable collapse.

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Posted in: University student arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend See in context

Narcissism is a disease. When you are told that your behavior is not scene as cute or romantic but threatening, you would be horrified. A normal person would wake up and think, "oh my god, I didn't realize that!." This person may be sick with narcissism personality disorder. Stay away from such people.

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Posted in: Mother, boyfriend filmed themselves abusing her 3-year-old son before his death See in context

Is this a wide-spread problem or just bizarre crackpot criminals getting on the internet for doing horrendous unimaginable things?

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako says marriage was a 'necessary choice' See in context

Lots of things to enjoy in NYC, especially if you're rich. Broadway is starting to open up again, little by little. Go see a show. You'll never run out of things to do. What a life! They are lucky to escape. Get out while you can!

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Posted in: Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting See in context

A charge of manslaughter against Alec Baldwin should be forthcoming.

Whaaat? How can actors be held responsible for props? It has nothing to do with their jobs. If he was told it was "cold" then the firing of a projectile is not his fault. You can't expect actors to know how to ensure it's clear or "cold." A professional has to do that. Now, he is a producer and there is where he could be in for some trouble. But that's speculation at this point.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

I lost my wallet a couple of years ago in Osaka with about 120,000 yen inside. I had just picked up baby-present money from my folks from western union. This being Japan, I was sure I would get it right back. No such luck.

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Posted in: Growing American football on Japanese turf See in context

A specially destructive sport in terms of health. This is proven to be extraordinarily dangerous by medical research. I can't believe this sport is growing when it should be shrunk out of existence. You have to be somewhat negligent to let your child play it.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested over sexual assault in classroom See in context

Well, doing a little research, I see there are many cases like this with suspended sentencing. What a shame. Shame shame.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested over sexual assault in classroom See in context

This is quiet common.

This is likely only the 1% or less cases that actually reached the justice system, and not covered up by the school or the police.

Because of how weak the punishments are for these crimes, this guy will highly unlikely sit a single day in prison, and likely will get a suspended sentence if he gets prosecuted at all (which is again unlikely). Especially for rapes vs. minors, Japan courts have rarely punished the perpetrators. I will be shocked if this guy gets anything more than a suspended sentence. Unless someone died or severely injured in the attack, sexual assaults/rapes do not get prison sentences in Japan.

Furthermore, he will quickly recover his teaching license after a few years and can go on the hunt again at another school. There are also pretty much zero social consequences for teachers who sexually assaults their students, which allows these cases to continue and propagate.

I don't doubt that this goes unreported often but I'd be more inclined to believe it wouldn't reach a judge than to believe it gets all the way to guilty and then the sentence is actually suspended and he ends up back in the classroom. I guess it's possible. Do you have any links to cases where that happened? I'm just curious. Suspended sentence means he's found guilty. Are there statistics on this? There must be something. Do you state all this from knowledge or just guessing?

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Posted in: 5-year-old girl dies after being hit by car in Yokohama See in context

People drive unsafely where I live. It's a real problem. Sometimes they post a cop on the corner, maybe once a year. I'm in a suburb at the foot of a mountain and people seem very much in a hurry to zip to and from their houses. The streets are narrow with traffic going both ways and vehicles often having to stop to let each other get through. I live next to a turn and it's almost blind. Cars have to be very careful to make the turn because it's narrow. We live right on the road and we have very small children. I'm worried every day about this. I was thinking of building a fence but it's costly.

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