Stewart Gale comments

Posted in: Man arrested over hit-and-run death of motorcyclist See in context

Life in prison? Come on.

In what developed country anywhere in the world would you get a whole life tariff for a hit and run death?

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and assaulting police officer See in context

Ha ha, innocent until proven guilty.

I don’t think the Japanese police and legal system have heard of this.

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Posted in: Peruvian man's life sentence finalized over 2015 mass murder See in context

It could also be argued that in many countries he would carry out his sentence in a mental hospital but Japan as a country does not seem to recognise mental illness amongst its population. That’s going off topic though.

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Posted in: Peruvian man's life sentence finalized over 2015 mass murder See in context

@WA4TKG,

That’s not true, a quick Google search revealed only 53 countries in the world have the death penalty.

And most of them are developing countries.

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Posted in: October to bring various price changes for Japan residents See in context

As a non-drinker who drinks non-alcoholic beer, I’m disappointed by the price hike in haposhu (which covers non-alcoholic beer).

They should be encouraging people to drink non alcoholic beer, not making it more expensive. 

It might help stop drink-driving, domestic abuse, public disorder, people vomiting in train stations etc.

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Posted in: The reason why Japanese students don’t pronounce English properly See in context

@David

I agree with you on your second point.

I have been overseas with a Japanese colleague and, while I could understand what he was saying in English because I live in Japan, a lot of the locals we interacted with could not.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque shooter to face survivors at sentencing See in context

@ulysses,

He will never be released from prison.

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Posted in: Prosecutors decide not to indict 4 firefighters arrested over gang-rape of teenager at karaoke parlor See in context

That’s just not good enough in a democratic society. These prosecutors and the police seem to have no accountability

Do Japanese people just bow down to authority so much that no one even questions these mysterious legal decisions?

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Posted in: Competition between streaming services heats up in Japan See in context

Yes, Japanese TV is completely mindless drivel, from what I see being broadcast on prime time in the evenings.

Good to see young people having the good taste to seek out more well-made, stimulating product on the likes of Netflix.

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Posted in: Automakers see untapped market as Japanese 'paper drivers' ease onto roads See in context

"The 32-year old engineer, a self-described "poor driver"

He'll fit in well here then.

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Posted in: Man found dead at home; bodies of father, grandfather found in nearby mountains See in context

The man killed his own son and own father.

That’s a new low, when for the crime pages of this website.

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Posted in: Japan's crowded trains spark fear of new coronavirus cases See in context

How did I guess normal service would be resumed in Japan in no time....?

There’s no way working online from home would be allowed to catch on.

Things will be done as they have always been done.

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Posted in: Japanese politician gets caught watching crocodile video during Diet session See in context

Fair enough, it probably gets pretty boring in there.

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Posted in: In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism See in context

*look at

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Posted in: In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism See in context

You only have to log at how cruel and heartless Japanese were during the war. These character traits still remain, to an extent.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of woman in her apartment See in context

What does “blame it on the water trade” mean?

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Posted in: Murderers on the lam, police abuse-incited riots all part of life for Osaka’s day laborers See in context

Clumsiest headline I've ever read on a news website.

Does anyone ever say "on the lam"? I'm from the UK, we say "on the run."

I had no idea what "on the lam" even meant until recently.

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Posted in: Supermarket in Aichi robbed of ¥10 million after store closes See in context

@rgcivilian1

Cash is best until you get robbed and it’s all gone.

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Posted in: Supermarket in Aichi robbed of ¥10 million after store closes See in context

That’s the risk shops take only dealing with cash and not accepting credit or debit cards.

Time to enter the 20th century.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over murder of husband in Iwate Pref See in context

Strangled with a kitchen knife. Yes, that's right.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for strangling 9-day-old son See in context

"Death penalty by hanging.

Nothing more needs to be said."

Yes oldman, the state killing a 22 year old woman will make everything ok, that'll even up the score.

Great idea.

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Posted in: Convenience stores use plastic sheets for social distancing See in context

However careful you are, it’s virtually impossible to go through life without touching something that other people have touched.

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Posted in: The desperate lengths that chikan perverts will go to See in context

And what punishment did the apprehended perverts receive? There is no mention of it in the story.

Based on articles I have read in the past I would imagine they received very light punishment and herein lies one of the problems. If these people are not being made examples of, it does little to discourage others from committing offences.

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Posted in: Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison See in context

Japan’s despicable police force and justice system up to their old tricks.

This lady should be scathing in her criticism of them both yet I can’t see one quote to that effect.

And she should name officer’s and prosecutor’s names and sue.

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Posted in: Group therapy curbs sex offenders' recidivism: ministry See in context

A lot of real hard liners on this website, some of the things they suggest would've been severe even in medieval times.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for killing homeless woman in Ueno Park See in context

@expat

It's the same in every developed country, not just Japan.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

@smithinjapan

Right!

And in series two Jack Bauer is thrust in to action when a routine stop reveals a foreigner riding an unregistered bicycle.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

Knowing Japanese work practices and their fondness for overtime, they'd better call it 28.

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Posted in: Father of murdered 9-year-old Vietnamese girl marks 3rd anniversary of her death See in context

Can we be sure the right man is in prison? I seem to remember the evidence sounding quite circumstantial and I have zero confidence in the police and judicial system in Japan.

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