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Posted in: Thailand to indict influential former PM Thaksin over royal insult See in context

grundMay 29  02:21 pm JST

Would be interesting to know what he said.

Who cares what he said in so far as it wasn't libelous. The idea that one group of people, the royal family, should be protected from comments they don't like simply by merit of having been born into this family, is grossly ridiculous and shameful on Thailand's part.

tom totoMay 29  11:37 pm JST

he should be in jail regardless for his acts while in power.

If a court can fairly prove him guilty of illegal acts, then, yes.

He's greedy for {{content}}power which is why his sister was in power and now grooming his kids to be also in power which in itself insult Thais ability to lead country because in his objective it is only reserved for Thaksin's.

It may be insulting but it's not illegal. Plenty of people "groom" their children to take over family businesses or to follow in their footsteps. If the Thai people vote for them, then that's on the Thai people. They can't really claim to be a democratic loving country as long as long as Lèse-majesté is part of the criminal code.

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Posted in: Celtics rally late again to close out Pacers for 4-0 sweep in Eastern Conference finals See in context

Bummer. The Celtics are great but I was looking forward to a Timberwolves - Pacers matchup. It looks like the Timberwolves are unlikely to make it to the final too.

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Posted in: Right now’s the best time of year for a ride on Tokyo’s often-forgotten streetcar line See in context

bass4funkMay 28  12:14 pm JST

Yes, but way more advanced than that crumbling system China has.

What's China got to do with it? While I may disagree with Chuck, because I do think Japan has a great transportation system, even with its flaws, I still don't see the need to denegrate any other country's system. It just seems negative, spiteful and petty and for what?

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Posted in: Holes poked in mesh screen barrier at popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

It just seems like such a hostile, badly-thought out, knee-jerk reaction to what could have been an opportunity for this town to have made some money and created good feelings.

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Posted in: Yesterday’s health food fad may no longer be healthy See in context

RedemptionMay 20  12:30 pm JST

Japan has a good and solid traditional diet and they should stick to that as a cultural treasure.

Many places have good and solid traditional diets, yes, even the US. Japan is not unique in that respect. Good traditional diets revolved around what was in season and available. The advent of mass food production, a lack of food self-reliance and processed food is where diets started to suffer. As for the meal at the beginning of the article, tomatoes are originally from Mesoamerica, carrots came to Japan in the 16th or 17th century and lettuce is believe to have been brought to Japan by Dutch traders in the 17th century. The notion of being so tied up in what is and isn't part of a culture's traditional diet is a bit of not seeing the forest for the trees. Super processed food is not a part of any culture's traditional diet and isn't good for anyone.

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Posted in: Man arrested for putting girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in washing machine See in context

They are questioning the child's mother on whether or not he has abused the girl before.

It's kind of hard to imagine that putting a three-year old in a washing machine and then turning it on was the first incident of abuse by this guy.

Desert TortoiseToday  04:23 am JST

Not defending the guy by any means but the article said the suspect was intoxicated at the time of arrest. That was probably later in the day. Still, the gun needs some time alone in a prison cell.

Okay, you say you're not defending him and I'll take you at your word but then what is your point? Are you just being pedantic with regards to when exactly he became drunk?

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Posted in: Kenyan Olympic marathon medalist referred to prosecutors over assault See in context

Wainaina and the woman allegedly got into a fight on a train over the use of a smartphone and got off the train at the station.

Who was using the phone? Was Wainaina angry that the woman was on the phone or was the woman angry that Wainaina was on the phone? It seems kind of relevant to the story but regardless, as others have pointed out, being on the phone whilst on the train is not a crime.

He is suspected of slapping her when she tried to stop him from walking away

How did she try to stop him? Depending on her method, wouldn't that also possibly be considered assault? If someone got physical with me to try and stop me from walking away, I might well slap them in self-defence.

...and slapping the station employee who responded to the case.

Probably should have stopped with the first slap.

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Posted in: Japanese cafe has perfectly innocent reason for its startling-looking name See in context

Nah. They know what they're doing. Clever marketing.

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Posted in: Luggage manners See in context

RotenMay 7  08:56 am JST Japanese who see the poster and then see any foreigners who are not getting the vague point can assume that the foreigners just don't care, rather than don't understand Japanese expressions and sensitivities. Let's be kind to everyone, and make posters that have some meaning! (See the little red heart in the upper right of the poster, where the English is so small)

You're probably not wrong but I do wonder what they think when they see Japanese who don't seem to care. To be fair, I'm not so sure either foreigners or Japanese don't care so much as they are just doing what works for them within the confines of crowded trains where you might get pushed past your bag if you do manage to get it on an overhead rack.

3RENSHOMay 7  08:05 pm JST

"It would be nice if trains in Japan had a dedicated luggage space."

Trains in Japan DO in fact have a dedicated luggage space, as illustrated in the Tokyo Metro poster...

Good luck getting anything larger than a small shopping bag or purse on the racks. There's no way a proper backpack or even most luggage that would fit in an airplane's overhead bin will fit on those racks.

Gene HennighToday  12:57 am JST Yes yes yes. The trains are bad, Japanese people are bad, riding on the trains is bad. At least there is this attempt with the poster there is an effort to make things better. Effective? Maybe not, but an attempt. All the posters like this one I saw when I was there had non-Japanese people. It isn't a racist thing, but like anime, Most of the characters look like non-Japanese people. It is something very typical.

If the Japanese are so bad and if the trains are so bad, then move to a rural area or go back to your countries where the people and transportation are oh so perfect.

Or, maybe accept the fact that in a democratic country with constitutional freedom of speech, people are allowed to complain. You may not like it but that's your problem. Many of the posters live, work and pay taxes in Japan. In so far as they are following the laws, it's no one's business whether or not they want to complain. Those complaints may be perfectly legitimate and coupled with attempts they've made to improve on life in Japan or they may simply be ways of letting off steam. They may be complaints I'd agree with or not but either way, they don't bother me. If they bother you that much I'd suggest going to a site where the news and comments are nothing but sunshine and lolly pops and staying off ones where the comments aggrivate you.

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Posted in: ‘Angry’ parent arrested after smashing window at high school See in context

SpeedToday  11:14 am JST

This wouldn't even come close to making the news in the US. Nice to see incidents like this make it into the news. It shows how relatively peaceful it is here.

Really? That’s your takeaway from this? This has absolutely nothing to do with the US. It happened it Japan, at a Japanese school and involving an angry, criminally violent Japanese parent . All hands clap for this making the Japanese new though, right?

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Posted in: Town to block Mount Fuji view from troublesome tourists See in context

Toon12:, An example was tourists riding the rental bicycles on the sidewalk. In Japan you do not ride your bicycles on the sidewalk when people are walking. 

You can’t be serious? I’ve lived in Japan for over two decades and have been annoyed for almost all of that time by people, Japanese, riding their bikes on sidewalks. I know very few people who have not at some point been ridden into by someone riding their bike on the sidewalk whilst the other person was walking It is very common in my neighborhood and other neighborhoods where I go walking, to have a cyclist ding their bell while riding behind you even though they aren’t supposed to be doing that either. I am so certain these cyclists are Japanese and not tourists that I would happily bet a year’s salary. People already make up enough unwarranted complaints about tourists that you don’t need to be making up lies.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl falls to her death from balcony of high-rise apartment in Hiroshima See in context

TokyoLivingToday  03:39 am JST

Avoidable death..

Parents, keep an eye on your children..

ALWAYS..

Impossible and if parents did somehow manage to do that posters would be complaining about how they are helicopter parents raising child unable to assess risk for themselves.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl falls to her death from balcony of high-rise apartment in Hiroshima See in context

Fighto!Apr. 17  05:54 pm JST

Shocking and tragic news, Rest in Peace.

I've said on here at least 20 times before: why isn't safety netting underneath ALL balconies mandated by law? I guarantee another such tragedy will happen again soon without the mandatory netting.

Where is safety netting underneath all balconies mandated by law? Is that such a thing?

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

TemyongToday  12:39 pm JST

You cannot blame the police officers for this because most of the terroristic acts and crimes are perpetrated by the people from that religion or area of the world. Case in point - October 7th 2023.

That just went right over your head, didn’t it? What act of terrorism has a foreigner ever committed in Japan? And, what religion or area of the world are you taking about? I never mentioned either in regard to my spouse.

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Posted in: Snake found on bullet train delays service See in context

A member of staff of the railway operator, commonly known as JR Central, captured the snake and handed it to local authorities, according to the company. 

Brave or dumb if this railway staff had no idea whether or not the snake was venomous.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

My spouse, who isn't Japanese or Asian but speaks fluent Japanese, has been stopped many times by the police. Each time said spouse asks why they are being stopped and the police response is "terrorism". Each time said spouse responds, the only acts of terrorism commited in Japan have been by Japanese. That usually ends the stop.

Is it the end of the world to be stopped by the police for no good reason? No. Is it annoying, embarrasing (when neighbors passing by see you being stopped), time consuming, frustrating, diminishing, unwelcoming and pointless? Yes.

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Posted in: Azalea blossoms See in context

Beautiful!

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Posted in: Japan lower house OKs bill to allow joint custody after divorce See in context

Asiaman7Today  05:57 am JST

I’m not sure we should be ordering monthly payments for nearly two decades to a parent who absconds with a toddler and consistently fails to show up for the one hour of monthly unenforceable visitation ordered by the court.

(I have actually reviewed the court judgments in the very real case presented above.)

Perhaps child support subject to significant and enforceable visitation might be a winning formula.

I completely understand the sentiment but if that's done, it's the child who suffers, not the ex. The rates for divorced mothers who end up in poverty is quite high, for many easily discernible reasons. While you may have no issue with your ex living in poverty, that's a less than ideal situation for the children, even if she doesn't have primary custody.

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Posted in: Michigan school shooter's parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for not stopping a 'runaway train' See in context

bass4funkToday  03:28 pm JST

And?

Lol. You have yourself a good day.

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Posted in: Michigan school shooter's parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for not stopping a 'runaway train' See in context

There are four dead kids whose parents will never get to spend another day with them. Why in the world would you think it’d be a good idea to “punish” these two by letting them spend the next 10 to 15 years with their son?

Or children that were brought up by the state, homeless kids, so when they run amok, who should take responsibility?

> > bass4funkToday  02:55 pm JST

I do because it doesn’t.

Well, that is your opinion then

Feel free to explain what kids brought up by the state or homeless kids have to do with my disagreeing with the notion that letting the Crumbleys be jailed with their son would be a worse punishment than being jailed separately from him.

The Crumbleys are going to be jailed. I never said anything about whether or not I agreed or disagreed with that. I never said anything about whether or not I thought they were or were not responsible for what happened. My comment was simply in response to another poster who seemed to think it would be a worse punishment for them to be jailed with their son.

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Posted in: Michigan school shooter's parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for not stopping a 'runaway train' See in context

bass4funkToday  02:47 pm JST

If you think so.

I do because it doesn’t.

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Posted in: Michigan school shooter's parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for not stopping a 'runaway train' See in context

bass4funkToday  02:22 pm JST

There are four dead kids whose parents will never get to spend another day with them. Why in the world would you think it’d be a good idea to “punish” these two by letting them spend the next 10 to 15 years with their son?

Or children that were brought up by the state, homeless kids, so when they run amok, who should take responsibility

Who or what are you responding to? You comment makes no sense with regards to what I wrote.

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Posted in: Michigan school shooter's parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for not stopping a 'runaway train' See in context

owzerToday  01:59 pm JST

They should make the parents serve their time with their son. Same room.

There are four dead kids whose parents will never get to spend another day with them. Why in the world would you think it’d be a good idea to “punish” these two by letting them spend the next 10 to 15 years with their son?

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Posted in: Princess Aiko begins work See in context

kaimycahlApr. 2  11:15 pm JST

What are her official duties?

She just started so she probably doesn't have any official duties just yet. Her initial time with the Japanese Red Cross will most likely be spent in training and learning about a variety of aspects of the operation.

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Posted in: 12-year-old student opens fire at a school in Finland, killing 1 and wounding 2 others See in context

kaimycahlApr. 2  10:39 pm JST

Had this type of incident happened in the US there would be HUNDREDS more comments, goes on to show you where ever there are guns in the world these types of incidents will happen. Its not that guns kill but people kill who have access to guns

Really? How many of the over 20,958 murders (in 2021) involving a gun, occuring in the US, do you remember seeing comments on? The sad fact is that it's too common in the US for people to know about the majority of these gun murders or to bother commenting on them.

About eight-in-ten U.S. muurders in 2021 – 20,958 out of 26,031, or 81% – involved a firearm.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of 13-year-old girl at internet cafe last year See in context

Jonathan PrinToday  05:27 am JST

He can have sex with a 16 years ago girl (rule of 5 years difference).

He is excited, she says she is 16, what should he do ? Force her to proof of age while it does not even exist in Japan Lol.

Of course wisdom shall tell him to stop but instinct of reproduction takes over.

Men and women get excited and forget basics. Rule of nature.

She regrets and tell her father.

Father should have punished her severely. Since when do 13 year old girl seek strangers for affairs, even if it would have been for fun ? Never. Parent's responsibility and authority over his child to blame.

I have two daughters and I have warned them over issues they may be caught by.

More (child) victim blaming. Gross.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of 13-year-old girl at internet cafe last year See in context

AlongfortherideMar. 25  10:46 am JST

Fault on both sides here

No, legally and morally the fault is on the side of the asailant. The victim is a child and children cannot consent to sex, particularly with an adult.

Disgusting and disturbing comments such as yours are a large reason as to why victims of sexual assault don't come forward. It shouldn't take you having a sister, wife or daughter to see how abhorent the assailant's actions were, just a little human compassion should do the trick.

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Posted in: As speculation about the next Bond grows, here's how some actors have responded to casting rumors See in context

JimizoToday  02:17 pm JST

Idris Elba has the presence and cool to do it but I can imagine the racists having meltdowns in basements. 

Persuade him to do it. Pay him over

I agree. Idris would be great and it’s kind of hilarious and pathetic to watch people get their knickers in a twist over a fictional character who lives a fictional life.

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Posted in: Japan sees record cannabis cases in 2023; 70% among young people See in context

WeiWeiToday  10:45 am JST

The devastating effects of legalization in US and elsewhere are already visible and offer us a stark reminder that we are lucky it is not so in Japan. The damage to the brain, especially growing brain is taking a toll already. Just look at the average IQ going downhill in US for the past decade.

If you’re worried about the devastating effects of something maybe try focusing your ire on alcohol. The actions of sheer stupidity and violence caused by those under the influence of alcohol are too numerous to count, yes, even on these fair isles.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Tokyo See in context

puregaijinMar. 13  05:19 pm JST

He has a debt of 500 M ? !! Leave alone paying it back, I’m really curious how he got all that money ! And the idea that a toy gun would do the trick is hilarious

Why is it hilarious? There are very realistic toy guns available in Japan and if you're a bank worker, likely with very limited knowledge of or experience with guns and someone comes in with one, why would you assume it's fake? It was likely a terrifying situation for whatever teller he approached, anyone else who saw or was involved and for the police too, because they likely have little experience dealing with people with guns. The whole thing could've gone very bad. Yeah, it sounds like a good laugh.

https://airsoft-shop-japan.com/modelguns/

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