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Posted in: Woman arrested for fatally stabbing husband See in context

Kochikame, that's what it sounds like. 2 AM, him in a defenseless position... it looks like she stabbed him in his sleep, which is one of the most despicable ways to kill someone imaginable.

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Posted in: Coronavirus threatens revival of Japan's deflationary nemesis See in context

Analysts say the threat is real with recent sharp falls in oil costs weighing on inflation

This is ridiculous. Cheaper oil means cheaper energy, which makes every part of life easier. Environmental concerns aside -- and we all know how little most politicians and big businesses care for the environment -- cheaper energy is an unmitigated win for the people: their goods get cheaper and they can buy more of them. The only loser is the government who wants to inflate away its debts at the public's expense!

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

Gee, say she's a victim all you want but what a surprising lack of mental fortitude.

Kazuaki, I have no idea what experiences you've had in life, but I can tell you that a Japanese man with power over you bellowing at you, screaming half-truths at you, and hammering a table with his fist is terrifying. It will make you lose all sense of rationality and make you focus only on what that man wants to hear, right now. I experience it only with bullying company superiors; I can't imagine how tough it would be if it were the National Police Agency.

It's easy to talk about a "lack of mental fortitude" when you're not in the situation yourself. That's why this system is so abusive. People who haven't experienced anything like it ignorantly reassure themselves that they would never break under such interrogation conditions if they hadn't done anything wrong, so someone who does break is clearly at fault somehow.

And this statement right here:

If anything, the real corrupter of the whole legal process was Mika by a false confession under a low pressure situation. pathetic in how it makes excuses for the bullies doing the investigating. The "real corrupter" is the innocent nurse. Not the police officers who drag people off the streets, not the investigators who threaten physical violence; not the prosecutors who ignore new evidence in their all-consuming pursuit of a guilty verdict, justice and the truth be damned. No, it's that innocent woman: she's the real corrupter in this system!?

Just last night there was a TV show about a man who was falsely accused, harshly interrogated with all the physical and psychological torture, and concealment of exculpatory evidence, and everything else that we expect from the police, and sent to prison. After finishing his sentence, he sought redress from the legal system, and one of the prosecutors used basically the exact line you just did: "You were at fault too, because you falsely confessed."

People don't falsely confess because they want to corrupt the legal system; they falsely confess because they are tortured into doing so by a system that has all-powerful police and prosecutors who are drunk on delusions of their own infallibility and superiority. This system is completely indefensible and I have no doubt that its supporters will have nothing more rational to say in support of it than "leave Japan if you don't like it".

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

The problem with the system here is that the police are often more focused on finding a party to be guilty, than finding the guilty party.

NPA motto: "We always get our man! ...or a man, at least. Sometimes a woman. Just as long as someone gets tossed in jail!"

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Posted in: Athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep 2021 spots See in context

"Some said they prefer May 2021, others June ..."

The earlier, the better! (Or, if we start looking at autumn, the later the better.) Avoiding the summer heat will do wonders for the athletes' performance and for people's safety!

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Posted in: Whiplash: All at once, a steady U.S. economy screeches to halt See in context

Goldman Sachs expects the economy to shrink at a sickening 24% annual rate in the April-June quarter.

I just did some math: that 24% annualized decline is if the current quarter's trends continue for a whole year. Looking at this coming quarter alone, the prediction is a 6.66% shrinkage of the economy. Devilish!

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Posted in: IOC to start 4 weeks of discussions on Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is also a golden opportunity to move them to a more sensible time of the year, such as October/November or March/April.

The corrupt IOC may have chosen July/August so as to maximize the money they could get from television broadcasters who want to avoid the busy US and European sports seasons, but now that the spotlight is deservedly on the athletes' health, it should be clear that August is no time to be holding these contests and assembling these crowds in a place like Tokyo. Japan should have chosen a different location, too: Sendai would have been a great choice and could certainly use the economic boost.

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Posted in: IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows See in context

Perhaps Abe is insistent on the Games being held as scheduled because he is banking on a large number of athletes not coming and the Japanese athletes winning an outsized number of medals for lack of competition. And this will somehow justify his wishes to change the Constitution and debase the yen. Somehow.

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

Has the yen been "devalued"? I must have missed something, because the yen has always seemed quite strong and stable for the past 20 years that I've been here.

Surely you didn't miss the gigantic fall in the yen's value starting in late 2012 when the LDP regained power; it took about 80 yen to buy one US dollar, and over the next two to three years it soon took 110 or more.

And those aren't just esoteric numbers relevant only to currency traders -- prices at the supermarket have gone way up, with products shrinking. We're paying a lot more, and getting less, for our yen. There's nothing "strong and stable" about that. The LDP is devaluing its massive debts and making wage-earners pay for it in the form of devalued savings and devalued money.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

This is a golden opportunity to prioritize the athletes' health and safety and move the Games to the autumn (or spring 2021) and undo the ridiculous idea of holding them in the 35°C heat of Tokyo summer, which should never have been allowed.

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Posted in: BOJ ramps up risky asset buying, doubles pace of ETF, J-REIT purchases See in context

"bold, unprecedented" measures to mitigate the pain the epidemic is inflicting on the world's third-largest economy.

Unfortunately for the workers and savers of Japan, these measures will increase the pain, not mitigate it, because the only thing the BoJ ever does is devalue the people's money.

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Posted in: Japan's economic policymakers now factoring in Olympics cancellation, sources say See in context

Return to 5% consumption tax, please.

And no tax on medical care!

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Posted in: Abe critic Ishiba says Japan must plan for Olympics cancellation risk See in context

October or November, please.

The spectators and athletes will both be safer, both from the virus and from heatstroke.

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Posted in: Court scraps acquittal of man; sentences him to 10 years for raping daughter See in context

When I saw the words "scraps acquittal" I was ready to be angry at a justice system that seems bent on destroying innocent people. I'm glad I read the story in full and saw that this reversal was probably a good thing.

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Posted in: Aso warns against yen spike as investors seek safety on virus spread See in context

Heaven forbid the value of the working class's savings should go up from time to time, right, Aso?

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Posted in: How is the coronavirus affecting your livelihood? Have you lost any income? See in context

My company's cafeteria is closed so I have to go out to eat each day, which costs me a bit of money.

Really no big deal compared to the losses some people are enduring.

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Posted in: BOJ Gov Kuroda offers bleak view on economy See in context

The only solution these silver-spoon patricians ever have is to print up money, debase the currency, and devalue everyone's savings.

Then they pretend not to know why the working class continues to struggle.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

If they're going to create some kind of limited license for the elderly, I would love to see something similar created for people with impaired vision that is just short of the legal 0.6 minimum. People with 0.4 or 0.5 eyesight could easily drive at the sub-30-km speeds of local roads even if the high-speed expressways aren't safe. Right now, AFAIK, there is only one grade of license for automobiles, and it lets you do anything from putter along a local road at the speed of a cyclist or jogger all the way up to the national expressways. There should be a way for more people to drive on small local roads in places where there is no public transportation. They're paying a lot of money in taxes for all this automobile infrastructure -- but they're banned from using it!

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Posted in: Japan to send vice justice minister to Lebanon to discuss Ghosn See in context

We need to have people there understand Japan's justice system correctly," a justice ministry official told AFP

They, and the world, understand it all too well, which is why so few people outside of Japan seem bothered that Mr. Ghosn escaped to Lebanon.

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Posted in: Conventionally, traffic safety education has been irrelevant to the perspectives of children. We learned that stop signs won’t enter the field of vision of children whose line of sight is low, and that they don’t recognize the meaning of ‘stop’ written on the road. I think it would be effective if we could put up stop signs using characters that attract their attention … at least on routes where they go to and from school. See in context

One of the problems is that traffic signage and commands are designed primarily to be visible to automobile drivers, from their position, their perspective, and at their height. Look at the numbers painted on roads designating speeds: they're designed to be viewed from a moving car, and look ridiculously elongated from any other perspective.

Crosswalk lines and the lights above them are made for pedestrians, but little else.

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Posted in: Olympic crowd crush expected as Japan Inc rules out work from home See in context

My company is counted in the "allowing" group because technically we have it, but it's restricted to (1) pregnant women, and (2) mothers of small children. Wonderful for them, but for the rest of us...

Everybody else has to get on those crowded rush hour trains and come to work. There was talk of moving the standard work hours forward or backward two hours to alleviate some of the train-crowd problem, but it went nowhere.

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders blast management over Ghosn scandal, dismal results See in context

Another shareholder proposed putting a bounty on Ghosn's head

Wait, what?

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Posted in: Woman gets 4 1/2-year sentence over road accident that killed 2 children See in context

People here need to go look at sentences for vehicular manslaughter in their own countries and you won't see much difference.

Even if that's true, it's because societies are far too lenient when people are killed by automobiles as opposed to other things that can also be deadly weapons when mishandled. They all need to re-evaluate this thinking.

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes due to coronavirus See in context

So even general participants who live in Japan and have never exited the country at all, let alone to go to China, aren't allowed to run, and have put in months of training for nothing?

They deserve better.

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Posted in: Japanese economy sinks amid fears about virus impact See in context

I can't believe they're wheeling out the coronavirus excuse this early. The October-to-December period wasn't affected by this virus at all.

The tax increase was the biggest thing, along with the higher consumer prices the LDP is foisting on us, sneaky shrinkflation, and corporations continuing to make people work longer hours for less money

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Posted in: On July 1, a law will go into effect in Japan making it mandatory for supermarkets, convenience stores and other retailers to charge for plastic shopping bags. Do you think this will reduce the amount of plastic waste? See in context

I will always be disappointed that so many stores charge for bags yet offer automobile parking (something not every customer can use) for free. Are they not both harmful to the environment?

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context


With a bit of thought and planning, much could be done through the media.

With a bit of thought and planning, much is being done through the media. In the wrong direction.

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Posted in: Abe pledges to advance peace treaty talks with Russia See in context

Shouldn't that big sign in the background say 「アイヌ モシㇼ、エホシッパレ」?

Or is Abe not interested in that little detail?

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Posted in: Four road laws in Japan you’ve probably broken See in context

Cyclists kill or maim two pedestrians every week

Automobiles kill or maim two pedestrians every hour, and there's almost no chance of the driver being maimed in return, as there is with cyclists.

For some reason, we accept these kinds of things when they're caused by automobile drivers, as if it were a force of nature.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people says he was serving society See in context

As a disabled person myself, it makes me angry to hear this disgusting murderer claiming that ridding the world of people like myself is somehow "serving society". You want to serve society? Do it by breaking rocks in prison for the rest of your shameful life.

hiding the victims names and identities through shame of having a severely disabled relative and thereby making his point that society doesn’t want them.

I don't think this is necessarily the only conclusion. For most of these victims, this case is surely the biggest media attention their names ever got in their lives, and future web searches for their names would almost certainly pull up this case and not anything else they might have accomplished or wanted to be remembered for.

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