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Posted in: Antonio Inoki feeds 1,000 homeless in Shinjuku park See in context

It's wonderful to wake up and read this kind of news. Selfless people giving their time and energy to help others.

Also please check out MMA fighter Enson Inoue who's running his personal missions up North to Tohoku to provide support for the people living in shelters due to the 2011 tsunami. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enson-Inoue/178254262213276

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Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable See in context

on Nov 18 someone posted a photo of an elderly woman seated on one seat, her purse and shopping bag on the seat beside her, blithely ignoring the standing throng – among which, apparently, was a pregnant woman.

It goes both ways. I have been on the train several times seeing perfectly fit and active young men and women hogging seats, even seats that are supposed to be reserved for the elderly and disabled, and the elderly people are left standing, struggling to maintain balance as the train moves along. In times like this we must speak up and ask the young ones to get off the seats. It's just the right thing to do, stand up for those that can't defend or speak up for themselves.

An elderly man sitting next to him on a train suddenly addressed him: “I have nothing to do at home. They all think I’m a nuisance, so I went out. My eyes are bad, I can’t even recognize my own brother. It’s a dangerous world. I have a knife on me…”

Not always but a lot of times, many men like this have worked all their lives giving every single pay packet to the home. Upon retirement and once they are all cashed out, the truth arrives and of course if a family treats another elderly member like this, do you expect this man to be sane and trust anyone ? He probably found out after 40+ years that his family needed him just for financial security. So he's lost it. If he was a decent hard working guy all his life, I actually feel sorry for him, and he needs some help and know there are also good caring people out there.

Problem is in this country it is very difficult to find comfort, warmth and love from someone.

Now this is not always the case, there are some bad and abusive husbands out there too so those ones should have what's coming.

I heard back in the day if a teenager or young child would misbehave, complete strangers or people from the neighborhood would discipline the child the good old fashioned way.

Just a well deserved spanking to set the child straight so he/she understands certain types of behavior is not tolerated in society.

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Posted in: Construction worker killed by beam falling from crane See in context

What a horrible way to go. Very sad to hear such things. R.I.P

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Posted in: Making sense of China's meager typhoon aid See in context

I was always taught give as much as you possibly can. Contribute as much as you possibly can. Money, time, energy. Just don't jeopardize yourself.

$100K is way too stingy for a country such as China. Certainly not a country to learn your code or practice to helping your fellow men and women.

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Posted in: The secrets behind 10 Japanese food pairings See in context

Japanese food is #1 without any single bit of doubt. Too many variations and pairings from Island to Island, prefecture to prefecture, town to town. Every place you step, you get something different and unique. If you think this is not true, then you're certainly not getting out and about.

People who call Japanese food bland is laughable. Chicken vindaloo anyday ?

Lol I'm Indian and I was eating that type of food every other day of the week. I lived in Australia with Greeks and Italians. Loved their food when I was with them. And they laughed at Australian / British food. ~ meat pie and some bread rolls. Fish n chips thanks!

The Japanese chefs put all their heart and soul into the dish. Satisfying the palate seems to be their primary goal in life.

Mediterranean cuisine, Indian cuisine, South east Asian cuisine, French cuisine and food from European Nordic countries are the best in the world. Japanese food is definitely unique and special and part of the best of the best without any doubt

World of meat pies, hamburgers and fish n chips have a long way to go. Although I get my Mos burger once a week :)

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Posted in: 'Hafu' tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society See in context

NovenachamaNOV. 15, 2013 - 08:18AM JST You cannot sit around and wait for approval from others. Therefore work on accepting yourself and be the best you can.

You said it beautifully!

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Posted in: Is Japan really racist? See in context

Some expats have made entire careers writing — or ranting — about the problems of discrimination in Japan.

These "expats" should look in their own backyard when it comes to racism.

Japan is a unique country and locals here are very wary of outsiders and that's absolutely understandable. I don't care what any Gaijin thinks or believes. < Oh how dare I said the G word!

Gaijins will never be a real Japanese like so many try or want to be when they come and live here. Get over it. Japanese people are total different from every other race and they should protect their identity and culture. In fact every race should protect their culture and unique identity. It's not racism.

I have no problems when I end up in some places where it say's Japanese only. I get it. I really get it. Some foreigners simply don't know how to act or behave. Like the Maori lady at the Onsen who created a ruckus because they did not allow her in for her tattoos. Don't create a ruckus, this is Japan. Follow their rules and respect their way of life.

Your's Sincerely 35 old black male in Japan

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Posted in: In U.S., is it rude to ask guests to remove shoes? See in context

Some guests find the request irksome — especially at holiday parties when they’re dressed up.

... or fear to reveal thy dirty socks and stinky feet.

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Posted in: Blade lodged between subway seats cuts 2-year-old boy See in context

nandakandamandaNOV. 08, 2013 - 12:08PM JST There are some pretty dark and lonely people around. This may seem to them to be their only way to get back at the body of society, the pain of others giving them some strange satisfaction.

I think you hit the nail on the head. I agree. Some real dark evil people around.

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Posted in: 3 men arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old girl for ransom See in context

Wow shocking the nature of these guys intent. It could have been much worse.

I recall the case of Rie Isogai in Nagoya some years back who was kidnapped in the exact same fashion. 3 guys met on the Internet and plotted to kidnap someone at random to get money. Unfortunately she did not survive as those 3 barbarians killed her.

Thanks God the little girl is with her parents again. Good job on the cop too! This was pure luck but this cop had the right instinct and made the proper moves.

These thugs wouldn't dare kidnap someone who would fight back because they are too coward. Scum like this should be given the death penalty. I have no mercy for people who terrorize and have no problems destroying families.

Children have the right to be safe and parents should not have to fear about this kinds of things.

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Posted in: Private investigator’s job takes him to darkest depths of juvenile crime in Japan See in context

Bullying is indeed a major concern in Japan. But hardly anything is done about it.

I see real issues of concern being swept under the carpet all the time. The bullying mentality carries straight through from School to the work place. It's crazy, you'd expect adults to realize the errors in childhood.

I don't see much happening anytime soon to fix the issues. This problem is really embedded in the society.

I actually feel sorry for kids growing up here because if you they get singled out, their life can become big doo doo because the bullies operate in a "pack mentality".

Some times you feel like taking weak kids who get bullied and abused, teach them how to fight, turn them into another kind of animal and send the whole crew with them to fix up the daily inconvenience being caused, because sometimes you can't be nice to nasty people.

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Posted in: While ‘hafu’ is a familiar word in Japan, they are still a minority in the Japanese society. I want viewers to feel the diverse aspects of ‘hafus’ in the film and deepen their understanding of them. See in context

USNinJapan2OCT. 15, 2013 - 12:38PM JST I'm 'hafu' and have never been offended by the term nor have I ever experienced an instance where it was used in a derogatory manner. To the contrary, my being half has always been a reason for curiosity and admiration from Japanese people so I just don't get why some evidently think it's offensive. My father was a caucasian American and my mother was Japanese, so I'm culturally/ethnically half American and half Japanese as well as racially half caucasian and half asian. I am indeed 'hafu' so why should I be offended by it?

That's really good to hear! I was surprised when I first got here, my wife told me some people get offended by the term "half". Because I come from Fiji and we have a lot of folks who are mixed race and we always refer to them as "half cast" , and we never have any problems about this term and everyone is cool with it.

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Posted in: Stalker hid in closet at girl's home before killing her See in context

The ChronicOCT. 11, 2013 - 08:59AM JST The father should have taken a few weeks off work and stuck to his daughter like glue until this POS was brought to the police for questioning. Personally, after the first death threat came, the father should have put this punk down.....permanently.

That's the thing Chronic, most people are just way too passive. Lot's of people wouldn't take it seriously enough. Many wouldn't even go as far as to report to the police "hoping the problem will just go away".

I understand not everyone is strong and this is sad because these types of folks become defenseless.

I say any male member of the family be it the Father, Husband. Brother, Uncle, Cousin need to man up and protect their families.

Stalking is serious stuff. Nobody knows how far these nuts can go. It's like having a psychopath around. This case proves it and so many others.

In this situation you nobody can blame the police. 1) The police followed all proper procedures 2) Time between the first police complaint and the crime was just hours apart 3) The stalker already planned to commit the crime.

Like someone above said, if anyone would have seen him climb in and report it, the cops could have arrested the guy earlier before he had the chance to commit the crime.

But looking at this nut, he probably would have been released after a few months/years for breaking in and commit the crime in the future.

So if the police is the law, and the law sometimes can't protect you well enough. You gotta be proactive and deal with these problems personally.

Just like Chronic stated "the father should have put this punk down.....permanently"

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl killed by stalker hours after seeking help from police See in context

The ChronicOCT. 09, 2013 - 11:27AM JST Article says, the stalker accosted the family on several occasions??? WTF???? Speaking only for myself, as a father I would turn that punk into mince meat the first time he ever tried anything with, or said anything threatening to my kid.

Mr Chronic i'm with you all the way on this. I would do the same without any hesitation or fear of prosecution. Loved one's are most important. Everything else does not matter.

Parents should understand the police have procedures in place and in some cases like this it can backfire. The law is useless sometimes. That's the way the law is created. Just like using excessive force to protect yourself or someone else.

Stalkers are total nuts and they should be handled immediately before these types of tragedies occur.

I just don't get how could the parents let their daughter walk around by herself knowing full well that the nut was stalking her. It's just beyond me. Some folks are just so much in a passive reactive state of mind. And this type of mentality can be very costly.

As i said before, anyone try something funny with loved ones and it will get 100% physical - serve and protect your family!

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Posted in: Hokkaido onsen bars Maori woman over her face tattoos See in context

I got some tattoos from the past before arriving to Japan. Have been told I can't enter some establishments quite a few times due to respect of other patrons. No problem. Absolutely no problem! I don't start making a big stink about it. I'm in Japan now - not back home. I respect and follow the rules of Japanese society. This case is nothing racial or childish. If this was racial, the other foreign folks would have been barred from entry too.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do and don't try to push your own ways when in another land. It's that simple really. How hard is this to understand ?

I find it fascinating many folks jump on the "Grow up Japan" "Japan is racist childish" bandwagon when these types of things come on the news, but some also have no problem living in Japan :)

I realize many people are intimidated by visible tattoos and find it offensive. Absolutely understandable from a guy with tattoos.

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Posted in: Safety tips for foreign women in Japan See in context

Good article for the ladies. All are valid points made by the writer.

Overall Japan is a pretty safe country compared to other places in the world, especially when you consider Japan's population, you'd expect much more crime here.

But no matter where you live, there will be crime and problems and Japan is no exception.

I think the most important thing is you have to be smart - street smart. Use you hunch and always listen to your inner feelings. Don't trust strangers, and always always talk to your friends, the police, whomever you know if you feel any danger.

It is very important to talk so people around you are aware.

Just keep your guard up at all times. A bit paranoid maybe, but you get used to it and being street smart just becomes a part of you. You always have to be aware of your surroundings.

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Posted in: Fukuoka slasher strikes again See in context

would be great to set this guy up so he gets the unexpected devil from hell. this type of nut needs to be toyed with just like cats play with snakes before eating em.

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Posted in: Manga legend celebrates 60 years in the business See in context

Wow 60 years. Many people don't even make it through life that long. Rock on my Japanese brother!

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Posted in: Okinawa cancels plan to use young women’s thighs as advertising space See in context

Just goes to show that we have some real stupid people in power. Who comes up with these kinds of dumb dumb ideas.

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Posted in: AKB48 singer shaves her head as act of contrition for dating See in context

Who was the boy band member ? He needs to shave his head too.

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Posted in: Man throws himself, ex-girlfriend into path of oncoming train See in context

Mental illness is a real serious issue that needs a lot of government support. This problem is not going to go away unless serious changes are made so people can be educated and seek help for their problems however big or small.

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Posted in: Does violence in movies, TV programs or video games contribute to violence in society? See in context

When you're dealing with billions of people. The simple answer is yes, violence from movies and video games will spur some people in the wrong direction. Very very few people but definitely it does have some impact. A blanket statement of no is foolish with or without any scientific evidence.

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Posted in: 'Gangnam Style' parody 'Gaijin Style' hits the web See in context

jus watched half of it. 1 word. Garbage

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Posted in: Are you addicted to your smartphone? See in context

yes i am. my bro sent me a samsung s3 as a gift just last month. prior to that i used an old school japanese phone from au which i was happy with. this new smartphone is driving me nuts! i can't stop downloading all these apps, it's like a drug. someone please help. every hour i shoot some photos and upload to facebook, for what? i need to stop

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating 84-year-old mother to death over breakfast dispute See in context

How sad to be killed by your own son. This is a person whom a mother would trust most for safety. This man is a garbage.

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Posted in: In Japan, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right See in context

Japan got this Gun Ownership thing absolutely right, nobody can doubt or argue against this. The stats do the speaking.

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Posted in: Why are so many super-rich children so out of it? See in context

It just goes to show that too much money can make some wealthy people incredibly stupid.

I very much admire some of the rich wealthy folks who live ordinary lifestyles and send their children to local schools with no real special treatment. It's a very good thing for their children. Wisdom comes from experience in life.

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Posted in: Day to remember See in context

Great picture. Wedding are wonderful! Sad so many end up in divorce.

Tessa most of the time Japanese men look much younger than their actual age just like their female counterparts.

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Posted in: Japan’s singletons list kinds of people they’d hate to marry See in context

Okay i gotta say overall some real good responses here by both sexes. I think these types or responses would be pretty similar in many other countries and not just Japan.

Big, round takoyaki cheeks. Unforgivable. (46)

But this guy above has some serious issues with himself.

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Posted in: Teachers, police rush to quit before retirement pay cut See in context

“The problem is with the system. We would like to see a system that supports and encourages our teachers.”

Exactly and this is the problem with the world. People who dedicate their whole lives to work in the most important areas of society are usually treated like trash. These teachers are FULLY entitled to the 1.5 million cut.

Unfortunately they are getting screwed over "legally" because government makes and breaks the rules.

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