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Posted in: In Japan, women find rare parity in the prosecutors' office See in context


Is there a gender pay gap in those professions?

What does "gender pay gap" have to with anything here? The article is about a gender parity and not a "gender pay gap", which is a red herring anyway.

And the question why "gender parity" is never brought up in regard to dirty and dangerous jobs is relevant.

Seems like a very right-wing thing to do when you don't want to debate the issue.

By switching the topic, it seems YOU do not want to debate the issue. If that is a "very right-wing thing to do", wear the hat if it fits you...

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for breaking into woman’s apartment See in context

Police quoted Nishio as saying, “I entered the apartment with the intent to steal money.”

Hey, at least that is better answer than "I was drunk" or "I dont remember".

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Posted in: Woman gets 3 1/2 years in prison over deaths of children left in hot car See in context

These sort of of accidents are so frequent, so preventable and so inexcusable. Heart breaking.

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Posted in: 86% fear Japan could be involved in war as tensions mount See in context


I know you Chinese shills have a hard time understanding the term “sovereignty” but all of these nations invited US troops to be stationed there.

I am no friend of the CCP, but seriously.... are you claiming that the Syrian government INVITED the US to occupy one third of the country and sell the oil produced there? Please show references.

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Posted in: Bar employee arrested for ripping off man she met on dating app See in context


I mean typical bills at the kabukicho bars are actually higher than that, I dont really think that this is much of a case.

This guy clearly don't understand the price system.

If 400,000 is a case, then what about host clubs that typically runs 4,000,000 ~ 10,000,000 bills?

I do not know how you define "typical" and how often you visit host clubs, but according to female friend of mine who went to a couple out of curiosity, the first visit is really cheap. The thing becomes expensive once the women get attached to a host and start promoting them by by buying Domperry pyramids and similar nonsense.

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Posted in: Bar employee arrested for ripping off man she met on dating app See in context


Some extra information from Japanese News sites for those interested: They woman suggested they play a game where the loser takes a shot. They reportedly drank around 100 shots. 

Err what? 100 shots between the two of them, or was he inviting the whole bar?

Anyway, it is clearly a ripoff joint.

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Posted in: 86% fear Japan could be involved in war as tensions mount See in context

Seth M

If China wants Taiwan, let them go for it. Don't get involved. Taiwan can defend themselves. It's all flatland between Russia and Ukraine and look at how the Russians haven't really got anywhere after a full year. Taiwan is a hundred times harder to invade.

China absolutely wants Taiwan, but are not going to launch a bloody war about it. Unless the US pushes them to do so. If the US invites Taiwan into NATO and puts nuclear missiles on the island, then yes, you can have your blood bath.

Same for Ukraine.... the whole mess could have been avoided if the Minsk agreements had been been followed. But both Merkel, Macaron, and Porochekow admitted in recent interviews that they had no intention of following what they signed on.

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Posted in: 86% fear Japan could be involved in war as tensions mount See in context

Well, if Japan follows US neocon warmongering, there is alas a fair chance they are right.

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Posted in: Japan's own 'embarrassing ways to die' challenge Darwin Awards See in context

Yoshida continued to invoke the privileges of upper management by enjoying a longstanding extramarital fling with Natsuko, his 40-year-old secretary. But one day, while in a room in Tokyo's Yushima love hotel district, Yoshida collapsed, gasping for breath. Natsuko summoned an ambulance, but Yoshida expired before reaching the hospital.

Embarrassing?? I would say this is a great way to depart. And he is certainly not worried about embarrassment at this point.

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Posted in: Japanese Self-Defense Forces, Tokyo police hold anti-nuisance YouTuber drill See in context

Ground Self-Defense Forces and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police coordinated on a training exercise for how to deal with a very modern problem: YouTuber pranksters.

What?? They need the military to deal with Youtube pranksters?

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Posted in: Yakuza boss arrested for making supermarket point card See in context

Machinaga applied for, and was issued, his supermarket point card in 2020. 

Oh, he just applied for one? From the headline I thought he "made" one, i.e. encoded the magnetic strip. That would been impressive for a Saitama oyabun.

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Posted in: Poor nations' leaders unleash anger and despair at U.N. summit See in context

Many made pointed calls for the developed powers to come good with billions of dollars of promised aid to help them escape poverty and battle climate change.

There is a simple solution: They should declare themselves part of Ukraine and invite Zelenski. Then unlimited billions of dollars will flow to them.

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Posted in: Man arrested after fight to get police officer’s gun in Nagoya koban See in context

Aly Rustom

Police said the man, Kengo Ono, entered the koban and said he wanted to borrow a gun from one of the officers.

LOL yeah, that floored me too. A plus for confidence!

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Posted in: 170 evacuated as fire erupts in Hong Kong skyscraper See in context

Scary. I would not want to live in one those things.

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Posted in: Child abuse cases in Japan reach new record See in context

That is so sad. Child abuse is inexcusable.

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Posted in: Youth arrested after knife attack on teacher at school in Saitama See in context

Sadly, since he is under age he will be free to roam again.

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Posted in: Justice Dept: Trump can be sued by police for Jan 6 actions See in context

Just goes to show to what degree the current regime has politicized the justice system. The politics of a banana republic.

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Posted in: U.S. approves selling Taiwan munitions worth $619 million See in context


Fascist Russia is sitting on recently stolen territory and has an eye for more.

Can you remind us who violated the Minsk agreements? I guarantee that if the US invited Taiwan to join Nato and planned on putting US missiles there, the mainland Chinese government would forced to react. Just like the Russian government had to.

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Posted in: U.S. approves selling Taiwan munitions worth $619 million See in context


No, Taiwan has been independent from China for over 70 years.

De facto, yes, but not de jure. If the US wants to arm Taiwan, they should first revise the "one China policy" that they signed under Nixon. But then, the lucrative use of cheap Chinese manufacture would go out of the window for US businesses.

Does it look like someone wants to have it both ways?

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Posted in: 93-year-old man arrested for killing 78-year-old acquaintance with hammer See in context

Sven Asai

We are back in Iron Age, aren’t we? Knife attacks, hammer attacks, tank attacks. What’s going on here on planet Earth?

Same as always. The news of course do not report all the normal days that most people have. That said, a hammer attack at age 93 is not something one hears about often.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to take every step to resolve N Korea abduction issue See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Wednesday that his government will take every possible measure 

But he does not say what these "possible measures" are. Hot air.

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Posted in: China dismisses FBI statement on COVID-19 lab leak theory See in context

China dismisses FBI statement on COVID-19 lab leak theory

Hmmm... a lot of us said from the start that a Corona virus emanating from a Coronavirus Lab is much more likely than coming from a fishmarket nearby. However, at the time we were lambasted by the local self-declared experts for being Trump fanatics and conspiracy theorists. Seems that now our experts are suddenly in complete agreement with the CCP....

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Posted in: Japan births hit all-time low in 2022; below 800,000 for 1st time See in context


I see many comments about poverty in japan. Are you kidding me? Japanese are all very rich. I have been looking for a high end nice hotel vacation for school holiday, and all of them fully booked 2 months ahead.

They are certainly not "all very rich" as a short walk around town will show you.

The reason for low child birth is that couples sleep with others outside marriage so they can’t make a child. The known rate maybe around 35%, the reality is around 100% with 1% error chance. There is no family and values in japan as in other countries.

And your basis for this ridiculous claim is what exactly?

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Posted in: Man found guilty of fraud over ¥46 mil COVID relief town gave him by mistake See in context

 a town official mistakenly submitted to a financial institution a single transfer request of 46.3 million yen to Taguchi, whose name was at the top of the list.

Kind of par for the course for the people working at the Kuyakushou. Just the crowd to entrust with taxpayer money.

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Posted in: Man gets 3 1/2 years in prison for Tokyo subway station acid attack See in context


Details are lacking here: what was the reason?

He had a grudge against the main victim and had planned the attack carefully. Others got injured, as the threw the acid at the exit of the station. I remember the victim cried he could not see, and one young woman had her legs disfigured, probably permanently. Does the detailed reason really matter? If he was mentally competent at the time, there is no excuse.

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Posted in: Japan births hit all-time low in 2022; below 800,000 for 1st time See in context


Not necessarily a bad thing.

A lower population = less strain on infrastructure, a cleaner, quieter environment - and more resources and space for everyone.

Well yes, but if it sinks to zero, there is nobody to enjoy that infrastructure and environment. What the government should aim for is a stable population, not a shrinking one.

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Posted in: Inn apologizes for changing communal bathwater only twice a year See in context


Ive been to many hot springs and sento and Ive noticed that the older men DON'T shower first !!!

Same here! I remember getting the usual lecture about sento etiquette years ago, and in my local sento they have posters in the place describing it, but most old guys hop right into the bath to warm up BEFORE washing themselves. Well, one of them at least sprays his behind with a little bit (thank you), but nothing else. It is weird.

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Posted in: Putin orders Ukraine border tightening as drones hit Russia See in context


If Ukraine gives in, Ukraine will stop existing!

The Ukraine state budget is almost 100% funded by US tax payers, so how do you come to the belief that the Ukraine has anything to with it? The current fighting stops the moment the US stops funding it. This is the most blatant example of a proxy war you will ever see.

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Posted in: Putin orders Ukraine border tightening as drones hit Russia See in context

Desert Tortoise

I think Ukraine forces will re-take Crimea this summer. That drives a wedge through Russian forces isolating those to the west and politically would doom Mr. Putin.

If that is what you believe, you are advocating for nuclear WW3. There is no world in which ANY Russian government could accept Sevastopol as a Nato harbour and the Black Sea a Nato lake. Experts (including US diplomats) have warned about this for many years, and Putin has nothing to do with it.

Fact is, this whole current disaster could have been avoided if the Ukraine regime and its Western backers had followed the Minsk agreements, which were signed precisely to avoid this.

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Posted in: Man gets 3 1/2 years in prison for Tokyo subway station acid attack See in context

Man gets 3 1/2 years in prison for Tokyo subway station acid attack

That sounds very lenient. He threw strong sulphuric acid at people and could have easily blinded them. I do not understand the Japanese justice system.

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