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Posted in: Woman arrested for beating 8-year-old daughter with belt See in context

Mr. Kishida, you made this the cornerstone of your acceptance speech Oct 2021 yet many families in Japan are at reaching a breaking point:

Japan Police Report Record High Number of Child Abuse Cases in 2021

Mar 24, 2022: -https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h01277/

Domestic Violence Consultations Hit Record High in Japan

Mar 3, 2022: -https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2022030300507/

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Posted in: Woman arrested for beating 8-year-old daughter with belt See in context

Sorry those were your experiences @ChristopherJ.Thomas. You seem to have dealt with them and adjusted for your own course with life.

“I seem to care about this more than I thought after reading the story....” -

Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t but, perhaps sounding off with a professional will help put it all in perspective. Good luck and wishing you and your family the best moving forward.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for beating 8-year-old daughter with belt See in context

Understood @letsbereaslitic, it use to be the primary focus of such “Crime” news headlines.  Rarely am I known to defend an editors’ choices here but, on this occasion, they seem too have purposely left the mother’s country of origin out of the headline rather than sensationalizing it.  

It was perhaps included in the body of the story to show there are going to be some significant sensitive issues around handling this case, the child’s current welfare and eventual disposition as well as the possible deportation of the mother. 

Despite the large population of working ‘foreigners’ in Gifu and Aichi, it’s doubtful those prefectures have adequate resources and are prepared to handle the child’s special needs while decisions are being made about her mother.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for beating 8-year-old daughter with belt See in context

This story doesn’t mention ‘protective custody’ of the child? The mother’s actions are in no way acceptable.  Regardless of nationality, this is another of Japan’s familes in crisis.

Child abuse in Japan is gradually increasing year upon year and/or people, schools and doctors now feel the legal responsibility to report it more often.

For this child and any others in the home, hopefully, there other family in Japan and local Brazilian community members than can provide for the child’s care.  

In North America, a special guardian ad litem is appointed immediately to act as an advocate, only in the child’s best interest, before any decisions and dispositions by the state and courts are finalized.

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Posted in: Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' and 'Field of Dreams' star, dies at 67 See in context

Mesmerizing LIVE streaming Ray Liotta’s final interview right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbWkDDKsJoM

Too funny. Feels like this is the real Ray Liotta and not an act for Kimmel or one of the current late night hacks like Kimmel.

Rest In Peace, Ray.

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Posted in: Miyazaki City mistakenly sends over ¥2 mil in meat to 140 people; instructs them to eat it anyway See in context

Laughable. More Jgov’t misteaks! Slight beef with the editorial choice to put this in “Food” rather than the more well trafficked “National” headline it equally deserves.

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Posted in: Delivery robot See in context

No smoke & mirrors? - Still, would be hilarious if Mini-Me fell out exhausted after a long day of deliveries. (Rest In Peace, Verne Troyer.)

Best wishes to Seiyu and Rakuten. Keep at it!

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Posted in: Ellen DeGeneres ends daytime show with plea for compassion See in context

Enjoyed her early days as a host. Yet her plea for compassion for all comes is tainted on the revelation of her behavior toward others.

Everyone can have a chance at redemption. Good Luck, Ellen DeGeneres. Use it to help everyone, not just a few.

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Posted in: Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' and 'Field of Dreams' star, dies at 67 See in context

Rest In Peace, Ray Liotta. You brought a unique degree of charm and terror to many iconic roles. Just too young to have passed at 67.

Would have been interesting to have seen Ray as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

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Posted in: Sunken Hokkaido tourist boat salvaged, arrives at port See in context

Condolences to all the grieving families. The sight of the Kazu I above the surface is no consultation to the avoidable loss of their loved ones but it perhaps gives them some degree of solace their families are being returned home.

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Posted in: Man arrested over abduction of minor he met online See in context

Sorry, guy. You found a “teenage girl” online, apparently under the age of majority and age of consent. Regardless of what you may have thought, what you planned, what you may have coerced, it all doesn’t matter. It’s time to pay the piper.

“The girl’s family contacted police later Tues and police arrested Osawa at his home on Wed aft. The girl was taken into protective custody and was not harmed, police said.” -

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Posted in: Ex-minister convicted for receiving bribery from egg producer See in context

Not eggxactly rocket science to have calculated this outcome: Another SUSPENDED sentence for a disgraced minister AND those colluding with corrupt officials in Japan.

*- “Former J farm minister Yoshikawa was sentenced Thurs to 2 years and 6 months in prison, suspended for 4 years, for receiving bribes from an egg production company while in office. Akita was found guilty last Oct at the Tokyo District Court, which sentenced him to 20 mos in prison, suspended for 4 years, for bribing Yoshikawa.” -*

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Posted in: Accused groper dies after jumping out of train station office window See in context

Must be the translation. Was it more of a ‘dove out’ head-first versus ‘jumped out’ feet-first ?

Will yield to the architects and more learned here but isn’t it normally 3.3 meters per building “story”?

The man was taken to a station office on the second floor. The man then jumped out the window and fell about 8.5 meters, hitting the platform roof first, before ending up on the platform. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries.” -

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Posted in: Accused groper dies after jumping out of train station office window See in context

That’s some fall. Another one decided to bypass the Japanese “Justice” system?

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Posted in: 2nd attempt to salvage sunken Hokkaido tourist boat begins See in context

Safe journey to all involved in these salvage efforts and to the others at sea continuing their search for the others still lost.

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Posted in: Married couple convicted for forcing single mother into prostitution See in context

So now, what of the victim and her child? No follow up to their story? Hopefully, Japan has state-sponsored housing and subsistence programs for her & the child to move on their own plus, mental and vocational rehabilitation programs to help get her still young life back on track.

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Posted in: Married couple convicted for forcing single mother into prostitution See in context

2.5 years prison (suspended!?!) for 2.5 years forced prostitution, kidnapping, extortion and slavery. Where is ‘justice’ in the Japanese legal system?

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Posted in: Gov't warns of rising prices as extra budget submitted to Diet See in context

More like “Government warns public: YOU need to go on a Diet and live on a budget as we will also be raising the consumption tax again real soon.”

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Posted in: Newborn girl found abandoned in Chiba parking lot See in context

Just a few more steps to the local fire station would have been better than leaving the baby in a parking lot, especially on a hot afternoon like Monday. No firefighter would turn away a newborn. Seeking help is not a crime. Abandoning a child is.

Looking forward to the followup story and the mother’s account of why.

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Posted in: Newborn girl found abandoned in Chiba parking lot See in context

Thank goodness the baby is alive & well. A second hero story in today’s Crime section. This boy needs a commendation from the local government for not being afraid too speak up. Japan needs more Good Samaritans.

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Posted in: Feeding time See in context

Poor Mr. Modi, upstaged within a few short hours by a Maverick for ‘Picture of the Day’. Though, the fish here seem to have appreciated your kind gesture.

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Posted in: Cruise control See in context

Many fault Cruise for taking charge of production, the marketing, etc but have laud his continued drive to give his fans, and in this case via theaters first, a chance to see some exciting.

Well done, Tom and Good Luck. Will see Top Gun: Maverick this opening weekend.

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Posted in: Patient arrested after starting fire in hospital rehab room See in context

Let’s see this hero/patient gets an Osaka City/Fire Department commendation for their quick thinking and action. No mention here of an evacuation and that there were adequate additional escape routes and sprinklers in this building. Perhaps lessons were learned and policies were changed since that other tragedy in Dec 2021. Well Done!

“A fire alarm went off and another patient used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out.” -

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

ALL are welcome! Time to get the Japanese tourism economy up and running again. Japan needs U.S. dollars!

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Posted in: Japan tops world tourism ranking despite COVID restrictions See in context

All are welcome! Time to get the Japanese tourism economy up and running again. Japan needs dollars!

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Posted in: One-person instant ramen pot may be the one and only cooking gadget we need See in context

So, No “Thank-o”. - While it looks well-made, most people that eat instant ramen are looking for both convenience and to save money:

- “The My Ramen Pot is available through Thanko’s online store, priced at [only] 7,980 yen.” -

Sorry, times are tough and getting tougher for the average consumer.

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Posted in: One-person instant ramen pot may be the one and only cooking gadget we need See in context

So, … ‘not-so-instant’ ramen ?

Before tossing your noodles, fill the pot with water, turn on the power, boil the water about six minutes. Then add your noodles and seasonings and let the noodles cook for however long they need.” -

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Posted in: Patient arrested after starting fire in hospital rehab room See in context

Another fire and potential tragedy in another clinic in Japan caused a disgruntled individual. Thankfully, none of other 18 were injured or died.

- “Yokota has admitted to the allegation and quoted him as saying he was trying to ease the pent-up stress of hospital life.” -

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy arrested after stabbing classmate with scissors See in context

Still seem to be indistinct lines in charging between the routine “attempted murder” and here today, “aggravated assault”. Must be left to individual police interpretation of the laws on a case-by-case basis or, based on the implement employed in the assault?

- “The boy stabbed his classmate twice in the back [with scissors]. The victim was taken to hospital where doctors said his wounds were not life-threatening.” =

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy arrested after stabbing classmate with scissors See in context

Another youth unable to control his anger. And perhaps, another unable to forego an opportunity to bully others. Two wrongs don’t make any of it right. Japan’s schools need to tighten up their supervision of students.

“Police quoted the boy as saying the victim had said something mean to him, which made him angry.” -

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