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Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles See in context

@timbo

My point might best be summed up, then, as 'much ado about nothing'. This woman's complaints will continue to receive much support, but I can't say I side with her views much. [...] If non-nude material featuring girls of very young ages is a hot commodity, and fuels erotic fantasies of the men who buy it, so long as they are not rabid rapists and child molesters as a result (take a good look at the adult porn here in Japan, first, and make your correlations between it and public behaviour; to date, rare example anywhere in the world of images spawning anti-social bahaviour have been clearly and validly documented), what is the problem?

The problem is one of consent. If someone wanted to take a photo of an adult in their underpants with their legs splayed open, they would have to have that adult's permission to do so.

Your attempt to make your pseudo-intellectual comment appear as a rational argument is laughable.

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Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles See in context

@timbo

My point might best be summed up, then, as 'much ado about nothing'. This woman's complaints will continue to receive much support, but I can't say I side with her views much. [...] If non-nude material featuring girls of very young ages is a hot commodity, and fuels erotic fantasies of the men who buy it, so long as they are not rabid rapists and child molesters as a result (take a good look at the adult porn here in Japan, first, and make your correlations between it and public behaviour; to date, rare example anywhere in the world of images spawning anti-social bahaviour have been clearly and validly documented), what is the problem?

The problem is one of consent. I assume that if someone wanted to take a photo of you in your briefs with your legs splayed open, they would have to have your permission to do so.

Your attempt to make your pseudo-intellectual comment appear as a rational argument is laughable.

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Posted in: Woman found stabbed to death in Shiga home See in context

I used to live in Omihachiman. I'm shocked to read about this because it is (was) a very safe place. So sorry for her husband and family. Tragic.

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Posted in: We take a luxurious trip to Aomori in the first class section of the bullet train See in context

Sounds like a really relaxing way to travel. Hope to try it some day!

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Posted in: Diet rocked by dispute over justice minister's red scarf See in context

"The committee could not reach a conclusion and agreed to continue discussions," he said, adding the next executive committee meeting was set for Tuesday.

And there you have it. Good thing there isn't anything more pressing to discuss.

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Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates See in context

@LFRAgain gets it. Well said.

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Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote See in context

@Elizabeth Heath

If it's a close vote the losing side will be screaming it's a fix. It won't end tomorrow. This nastiness will go on for years, the damage is done.

That's exactly what I'm afraid of.

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Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly See in context

I agree with @Kazuaki Shimazaki. Nojima just opens his mouth and says what he thinks, even if what he thinks is pretty stupid. That's better than some slick politician who's smart enough to keep his mouth shut and not let on what he really thinks. It should make it easier to choose on election day.

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Posted in: Tensions surface between middle-aged men, daughters-in law See in context

Smacks quite a bit of the old Penthouse Forum, "You'll never believe what happened next." The article's title and first paragraph suggests a somewhat serious topic, the generation gap between in-laws, only to deliver some pathetic run-of-the-mill male fantasy. What a joke!

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Posted in: Gangster, arson-murderer hanged See in context

They should have spent the rest of their lives in prison without the possibility of parole. That way, if they were guilty, they would forfeit any chance of a normal life, and if they were innocent, there would still be a chance to be cleared. I don't support capital punishment. And that is speaking as someone who has had family members murdered. We are serving a life sentence; the murderer should too. Death is too easy.

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Posted in: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball See in context

sleazy

adjective ( sleazier , sleaziest ) 1 (of a person or situation) sordid, corrupt, or immoral. (of a place) squalid and seedy: a sleazy all-night cafe. 2 dated (of textiles and clothing) flimsy. DERIVATIVES sleazily - adverb, sleaziness - noun ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: of unknown origin.

Sleazy is a perfectly good adjective to use in the context of this story. Perhaps some people misunderstand it's meaning and use, or listen to too much Kesha.

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Posted in: A fast food delivery guy gave me 10 yen and it made my day See in context

Wow, very nice. It's a little thing, but I can't imagine it ever happening in my home country (U.S.).

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Posted in: Obama says that after 9/11, 'we tortured some folks' See in context

At least the U.S. Government is investigating and making their findings open for public debate and international review. That doesn't excuse what has gone on before, but it is an attempt to move forward with the goal of never allowing torture to be used again. For those commenters here who come off a bit sanctimonious, I would suggest you learn the history of your own countries and governments. I don't think anyone can claim the moral high ground; we all have blood on our hands. It's where we go from here that counts.

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Posted in: Stalker jailed for 22 years for killing ex-girlfriend See in context

Life without parole at the very least. Why should he ever be allowed to be in society again enjoying his life? Her family will never know true peace again. They are the ones with a life sentence without parole.

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Posted in: Father arrested after 14-year-old son commits suicide See in context

@gokai_wo_maneku

Japanese press reports that every day the father shouted "Die!!!!!" to the kid.

@Adrian Beard

Flame me all you like, but I'lll bet that this Father loved his son.

I seriously doubt this person loved his son. It's too bad someone didn't do something about the man during the past four years when he was abusing his son. No grandparent/aunt/uncle noticed? No teacher noticed? No neighbor noticed? No friend's parent noticed? It might have only taken one person to step up and report him. I don't know the mother's situation, so I can't comment on her actions, but surely during the past four years, someone noticed something. Can anonymous reports be made in Japan? He sounds like a very violent man, so maybe people were afraid to report or confront him, but that's what the police are for, surely.

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Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car See in context

So lucky they caught this guy. From the description of his room, he was well on his way. The alert mom and neighbor who contacted police nipped something quite nasty in the bud. Glad the little girl was found so quickly and hope she'll get the help she needs. Be aware and speak up!

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Posted in: Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms See in context

The perspective in the photo is interesting!

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Posted in: Rola changing DNA of Japanese pop culture See in context

"Being of mixed race was once looked down upon," said sociologist Takashi Miyajima. "Now foreign entertainers are admired in Japan as something untouchable. You could even say they benefit from positive discrimination."

How about just being thought of as a fellow human being, is that too much to ask? When that happens, Japan will truly have come a long way. It's too bad that it seems it has to be either of those two ignorant extremes.

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Posted in: Kimono bottle covers See in context

Cute idea!

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Posted in: 28-year-old man arrested over theft of 300 high school girl uniforms See in context

Maybe he meant to sell them rather than keep them for personal use.

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Posted in: Body found in Kumamoto believed to be that of missing girl See in context

@serendipitous @Kittychosen

"We don't know exactly what the murderer said."

"And none of us know what he did until he tells us."

Police found the body after a man, already under arrest for sexual assault, told police he killed the girl and dumped her body on the mountain, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Seems like we know what he said and did because the reporter told us, didn't he?

Besides, what's flowery or inaccurate about writing, "left her body on the mountain", or "took her body to the mountain and left it there"? You have to actually be reminded that he's an animal?

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Posted in: Body found in Kumamoto believed to be that of missing girl See in context

I hate the use of the expression "dumped the body" in these kinds of reports. It's bad enough what happened to the victim without making it sound like they were disposed of like garbage. The murderers show no mercy, but maybe journalists could show a little more compassion for the victim, family, and friends, and not use those particular words. There are other less disrespectful choices; it shouldn't be necessary to exactly quote the words of the murderer.

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Posted in: Hokkaido experiences highest temperatures in 90 years See in context

As the American "climate change is a hoax" line...

Why American? I believe many Americans support the science behind climate change.

We certainly are seeing more and more unusual weather. Time will tell if it is climate change, but I believe it is. Unfortunately, many scientists think there isn't much we can do to reverse it or stop it at this stage. All we can do is prepare and try to adapt.

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Posted in: Husband of bludgeoned Pakistani woman strangled first wife See in context

Calling them animals is an insult to animals. Perhaps sub-human is a better term.

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Posted in: Stalker jailed for 16 years for killing ex-girlfriend See in context

Her family and friends must be heartbroken again. Clearly premeditated because of the stalking prior to the attack, and he tried to escape to his relatives. Should be life in prison. 16 years is not a serious sentence for this crime. It's an insult to the victim and her family, added to the tragedy of the police not doing their job in the first place when she came to them for help.

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy drowns in Shiga pond See in context

I don't know why this tragedy has to be blamed on anyone. The children were old enough to know what they were doing was "wrong" - going through a hole in a fenced off area to get to the pond. The fact that they could get though the fence easily makes me think they probably weren't the first kids to see it and crawl through it. On any other day, with any other kids, maybe nothing bad would have happened, but this day, the boy lost his balance and fell in. He shouldn't have been there, but it was an accident. His parents, sister and friend must be heartbroken and blame themselves, but it's not their fault.

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Posted in: 78-year-old woman dies after X-ray at hospital See in context

This kind of tragic thing happens everywhere, unfortunately. I've been back and forth to doctors and hospitals quite a bit with my 87-year-old mom (in the U.S.), and there have been several times that potentially life-threating mistakes have been made. A few examples:

*Drug allergies not listed correctly on the medical record.

*Sent home from hospital with I.V. needle and short tube still in her arm.

*Wrong medical record sent from doctor's office to hospital. (It was for a different patient.)

*Wrong drug treatment for suspected stroke almost given in the ER. (On follow up, her regular neurologist said it could have caused a massive stroke.)

All these happened at a well-known, well-respected hospital. It's very lucky that my mom was able to communicate with the doctors and nurses, or that I was there, in order to stop these mistakes from progressing too far. But, if she'd been unconscious or had had no patient advocate present, it could have ended very differently. Doctors/nurses are too busy, standard procedures are not followed, no one listens, careless mistakes by untrained staff - lots of areas need lots of improvement.

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Posted in: A fetish for full body suits in Japan See in context

I think a burka would be more comfortable, especially in the summer.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy stabs 22 at Pennsylvania school See in context

There is something deeply, deeply wrong with a society in which this kind of mass attack keeps happening. The challenge is to find out what that is and try to fix it. I know my parents' generation didn't have these kinds of events. I know the answer is complex, and there is not just one thing we can point to and say, "That's it. That's why these things keep happening," but I sure wish there were. It makes me feel sad, sick and a bit hopeless.

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Posted in: 'Japanese Only' banner sparks intolerance debate See in context

Last week, more than a quarter of the 20,000 Reds fans who turned up for the first open-door home match since the incident signed a declaration condemning discrimination.

Is "more than a quarter" really a lot? I wonder why more didn't sign.

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