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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 1-month-old daughter See in context

How can anyone harm a child?

They guys need a good ass wooping!

Then maybe they would think twice before they laid a hand on a child.

But, this was a baby, that's even sicker.

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Posted in: No need to rush Games decision, say U.S. Olympic chiefs as splits emerge See in context

Abe is digging himself a bigger and bigger hole as is starting to appear the world as "stubborn" (for lack of a better word.)

HIs thoughts should be with the athletes and their ability to train properly.

As it stands now very few can. If Abe still holds them it will probably go down as one of the most boring Olympics with the fewest number of records being broken.

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Posted in: More Americans think U.S.-Japan relations improved under Trump: poll See in context

I am not a big fan of Trump, but I have to admit I was very happy and proud when he entered the Sumo ring last year.

Luckily, I had a seat on the ground floor near the back. It was a very emotional experience for me.

So, yes in spite of a lot of Japanese folks I meet who can't stand him, I think he has does something to contribute to US-Japan relations.

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Posted in: Father gets 16 years in prison for fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

Evidently the life and worth of a child is judged by a different standard in Japanese courts.

Very sad.

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Posted in: Parents get 13 years for letting 33-year-old schizophrenic daughter freeze to death See in context

I love Japan, but the medical establishment here, while super efficient in most areas, are really behind when it comes to understanding and accepting those with some form of mental illness.

There still is a widely-held perception that some how it is the patient's fault or something one has to be ashamed of.

Good luck trying to get a prescription for depression, schizophrenia ADHD, or any other mental illness.

I feel so sorry for the daughter who died, all she needed was to see a competent MD.

Glad the parents will be going away and have many years to reflect on what they did.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

Postponing it for one year is not a bad idea.

Folks could make preparations and concentrate on fighting this virus worldwide.

The Olympics are a needless distraction now, (no offense to Japan.)

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Posted in: Sumo tournament begins without spectators for 1st time See in context

@SerranoMar. 8  11:54 pm JST

What's the point? Cancel the tournament.

I just finished watching the first ten or eleven bouts (前半戦)and it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

I agree though, that cancellation would have been a lot cleaner.

I had felt that if they cancelled it entirely the guys would have two months to rest and help heal some of those nagging injuries that causes all the 休場、or guys taking off due to injury.

As long as they have gone ahead with the tournament, I thought it might be fun if NHK teamed up with Toho or some movie studio and super-imposed a fake audience on the screen and controlled the applause like they due on sitcoms. They could use the crowds of previous tournaments all sorts of possibilities. The folks at home might like it.

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Posted in: Guy deliberately bumping into women regrets it when he tries it on pro-wrestler See in context

Reading this makes me so happy.

I wish I could have witnessed this.

That should teach the guy a lesson.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

These Korean politicians complain about everything when it comes to Japan......I doubt if anyone takes them serious any more.

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Posted in: #MeToo author slams publisher for estranged father Woody Allen's memoir See in context

The cops investigated the charges and found no credible evidence that Woody Allen abused his children.

I am not sure if Mia Farrow is a child abuser, but she certainly seems to have brainwashed both children, into thinking that Woody abused them.

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. watching Japan closely for possible travel restriction See in context

SINCE 1981

Let's not bash country leaders trying their best to stop this virus from spreading. In my life time, this has never happened at this magnitude. If you find the need to do any bashing, remember who started this mess!!! 

That is one of the best posts I have ever read.!

Thank you.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. watching Japan closely for possible travel restriction See in context


Is the word "very" the only adjective he knows?

In this case "very" is an adverb not an adjective.

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

Coughing aside, if you notice the young man is sitting in a seat reserved for folks with certain disabilities, pregnant women, and senior citizens.

The young man:

Did not give up his seat to the older guy. This is what prolly ticked the guy off.

Prolly has a sense of entitlement the size of the Sky Tree. This too would get me upset.

Sapporo has a sign on the special seats that says 専用席 which means as most of you know "reserved exclusively for" Tokyo and some other cities still use the somewhat vague term, 優先席 which means "priority seat". Normally younger folks will give up their seats to those who have priority.

Occasionally you get a jerk like the young man in this incident. Who are stubborn and selfish to the core.

That's what I think triggered this confrontation and is what this confrontation is really about. The mask and the cough were just a pretext to call out this selfish person.

That's my two cents.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will announce more measures on March 10 to counter virus See in context

Just a few thoughts....

I would forget about the peeps from the vessel.

940 nationwide cases minus 705 from the vessel leaves only 235 people as of this week.

That's not too bad. Hokkaido is a bit worrisome but that is probably because people were inside due to the cold and in closer contact than in warmer places.

Let's see how many we have next week.

If the number goes down that is good.

I hope everyone will be okay.

I remain optimistic.

It will be interesting to see Sumo with no fans.

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Posted in: Polanski wins best director at Cesars, prompting walkout protest See in context

The below article from Wikipedia took me 30 seconds to find. Please get your facts straight. He's not an admitted rapist.

"In 1977, Polanski was arrested and charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. He subsequently pled guilty to the lesser offence of unlawful sex with a minor. After spending 42 days undergoing psychiatric evaluation in prison in preparation for sentencing, Polanski, who had expected to be put on probation, fled to Paris after learning that the judge planned to reject his plea deal and impose a prison term."

The film for which he won the awards is about anti-Semitism. Polanski, who is Jewish is Holocaust survivor. His Mother was murdered by the Nazis, and his wife, Sharon Tate was murdered by the Charles Manson gang.

These are facts.

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Posted in: Trump scoffs at 'Parasite' Oscar win See in context

Parasite was great!

A big s/o and a "Chuka Hamnida" to Bong Kantoku.

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Posted in: Man admits responsibility in fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

Thank you Japan Today for not using the word "father" in your headline. This terrible man does not deserve to be called "father".

I only wish he was sent to prison in the United States or the UK where child molesters, and wife-beaters do not have a long survival rate.

What a horrible person!

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Posted in: Japan plans HIV drug trials for coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue See in context

Save the Gaijin san,

And being in Japanese waters (docked in a Japanese port, more accurately) is literally being in Japan in every sense of the word except they are currently touching Japanese soil. They're subject to Japanese laws and regulations and Japan is "responsible" for these people as much as anybody on Japanese main land.

Repeating the same mistake over and over again is not going to make it true.

The vessel is registered in GB, which makes it British soil. End of story.

This is GB's responsibility.

I do not think that GB has done anything to help alleviate the squalid conditions on board. I am sure they have representatives in Japan.

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Posted in: Number of infections on virus-hit ship in Yokohama up 70 to 355 See in context

According to Maritime Law the ship is British soil, what has GB done to help its citizens, including those of the Commonwealth?

Please stop bashing Japan. The targets of your vitriol should be the politicians who are handling this in Great Britain and Japan. You can bet is they had relatives on board they would be home safe and sound by now.

Unfortunately the average political anywhere (there are a few exceptions) is a self-infatuated, egotist whose only goal in life is to be reelected.

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Posted in: Sawajiri pleads guilty to illegal drug possession, says she won't return as actress See in context

As some of you have pointed out, there really is no crime here. The managers or agents that made money off of her were probably aware or should have been aware of her desire to get high. That would be the only crime, that those guys did not do their job in protecting her.

After she was arrested I had always thought that she should have come to the US too. She could have seen a psychologist or psychiatrist and been legally prescribed the ADHD drugs for adults. One would think that they would have a hard time convicting her of using a legally prescribed drug even if it was by an American doctor.

(ADHD medications approved for adults include methylphenidate; Focalin, Focalin XR; Concerta; Daytrana; Metadate CD; and the amphetaminesAdderall XR and Vyvanse.)

Too late now, though. What a waste!

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Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for abusing 3-year-old stepdaughter See in context

Why has it taken so long for this coward to be arrested?

I hope he gets an appropriate prison term.

He would last about 24 hours in a foreign prison.

Fantasy of Mine

(It would be nice if Japan had a neighborhood vigilante watch group comprised of adults who would teach this guy a lesson. It would also be nice if they could find some sympathetic cops who would look the other way. )

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

OssanAmerica and BigYen

While Japan has a heavy handed conviction rate, it also has an aburdly weak incarceration. It's far from impossible that Ghosn may have bee found innocent, or found gulity but given a very weak sentence, even suspended.

I couldn't agree with you guys more. Thank you making those well-reasoned points. One thing is that Mr. Ghosn had the right to remain silent, which apparently he did not do.

A retired Japanese cop friend of mine told me that back in the day when members of the infamous Japanese Red Army were being interrogated they would stare straight ahead, not say a word, nor change their facial expressions for hours on end. The cops would give up after a couple of days. It was a waste of their time and they knew these guys would never break.

Not sure how Mr. Ghosn behaved during interrogation but his indignation tends to suggest that he did not have the discipline of the Japanese Red Army and could not keep his mouth shut. These guys and gals were terrorists who eventually got what they deserved, but they were disciplined.

Mr. Ghosn on the other hand is not.

The hypocritical thing about him is that he availed himself of the protections of the Japanese police for the years he lived here without complaining about them. But the minute he gets his caught breaking the law, he attacks the very system that protected him for the years he lived here.

He either got terrible advice or ignored the advice that he got. I agree with OssanAmerica that If he had negotiated a deal with the prosecutor's office, he, in all likelihood would have gotten off with a slap on the wrist. He might even still be here drinking "namas" at this favorite yakitori place.

Most people don't understand and don't care about white collar crimes. Admitting guilt and "hansei" go a long way in Japan. He apparently did not understand that.

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Posted in: Angry Iranians question authorities for concealing truth on plane incident See in context

A regime change would be nice.

Peace in that area would probably follow in a few years.

Iran and South Korea are two of the only developed countries that have never invaded another country.

The Iranian people deserve better.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday  06:01 am JST

"Still can't believe anything he says. The fact he ran away from his only opportunity to clear himself speaks volume about the consistent dishonesty."

Well put!

Couldn't agree with you more.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Regardless of the Japanese judicial system, if Carlos Ghosn didn’t want to go to jail he should have avoided behaviour that got him there.

It is not in Japan only that he’s regarded as a figure of dubious integrity.

He fled France to Japan for questionable expenses worth 11 million Euros. Settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over claims of failing to disclose more than $140 million in pay to him from Nissan. Now fled Japan for more questionable expenses and tax evasion. He seems to be a greedy crook but then again another rich man evades the justice system.

Hopefully he will have to answer for consorting with Israel while he was in tenure at Nissan. It is a crime in Lebanon to have any dealings with Israel, Lebanon's sworn enemy.

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Posted in: Do you think Carlos Ghosn did the right thing by fleeing from Japan while out on bail? See in context

Toasted HereticJan. 6  09:22 am JST

I suppose if you're an elitist used to getting what you want, he did the right thing. But overall, it's another example of trust. The higher up the ladder these corporate types are, the less trustworthy they are. They become corrupted with greed and a lust for power, believing themselves to be above the law.

Amen to that!

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Posted in: Binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption may damage the heart See in context

I try not to drink on an empty stomach and try to abstain on Mon Wed and Fridays.

It seems the more I eat the less I want to drink.

Other than that unfortunately I binge drink a few times a month.

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Posted in: NHK's annual 'Kohaku' music show sees rating fall to record low See in context

Why would they ever put KISS on Kohaku? Takeshi Kitano best days are behind him and is boring.

The singers can't sing, some of the costumes are supposed to impress, but are really ridiculous.

The lip-syncing is insulting, don't these guys ever practice any?

This board the only place I can vent, if I pretend like I don't like it or don't act interested my wife will get upset, so I just go along, smile and have a few drinks.

But yeah, thank god for Netflix.

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Posted in: Forcing people to go to a drinking party is sometimes seen as harassment. In the past, it happened all the time. It was part of normal corporate culture in Japan but now it's seen as power harassment. See in context

As many posters here have pointed out, forcing any employee to go to a company-sponsored party is close to harassment.

But, Japan is still Japan and going out with "Minna" once in a while isn't going to kill you. After all it is free booze (if you choose to drink) and free food on the company's dime. Nowadays there are many non-alcoholic alternatives. So go and have fun!!

The thing that should be abolished is the "Nijikai" (party after party).

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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

"O wise young judges how I do honour thee!"

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