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Posted in: Man arrested for setting fire to bar after being told other customers don’t like talking to him See in context

Well, now people will sure want to talk to him. Way to make friends!

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Posted in: Man gets 4 years in prison for arson in Korean community in Kyoto See in context

Yrral

Willb,I am an American,we have civil rights conspiracy laws,that add extra time and punishment,if the crime was motivated by racial hatred

OK, so what? My point was only that punishing "motivation" rather than a crime is wrong. That the Americans do it does not make right.

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Posted in: Japanese junior high school girl removed from class for three days for grooming her eyebrows See in context

The school’s rules prohibit the students from cutting or shaving their eyebrows. However, the 14-year-old girl had been removing hairs at the edges of her eyebrows to give them a more groomed appearance. The school ruled this to be an infraction. 

Totally ridiculous. On the other hand, we should be blessed to live in a country where there are so few serious problems that a school has time to care about such nonsense.

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Posted in: Kyoto man arrested for throwing large plastic bottles full of batteries into canal See in context

The local regulation says to put them in the non/burnable garbage. But I hope they come with a proper collection system for these things, as they are hazardous chemical waste.

Throwing them in a canal is wrong, anyway. FIne the heck out of this guy.

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Posted in: 32-year-old woman arrested for stabbing 13-year-old boy at Fukuoka mall See in context

samuraivuny

I really really really hope the dad subdued with the maximum damage two closed fists can do because if that had been my 10 year old son I would have subdued her in a way which would require serious hospital treatment.

She looked undamaged in the video footage. Seems the father has a lot of self control.

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Posted in: Diplomatic spat erupts between Balkan rivals Serbia, Croatia See in context

Diplomatic tensions soared Sunday between Balkan rivals Serbia and Croatia after Croatia refused to allow a private visit by Serbia's populist president to the site of a World War II concentration camp where tens of thousands of Serbs were killed by pro-Nazi authorities in Croatia.

Yep, that is where we are today. Western governments and media are now asking us to support the Nazis. Incredible.

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Posted in: Unification Church corrects remarks amid scrutiny over Abe's death See in context

Desert Tortoise

For those calling for the Unification Church to be banned, doing so would violate pretty much any nation's constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion. The state has no business telling people what to believe. None whatsoever. 

Just to make sure: So what do you do when a political ideology labels itself a religion? Freedom of religion, or not?

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Posted in: Unification Church corrects remarks amid scrutiny over Abe's death See in context

Strangerland

All religions are not the same

They are all a means of social control of the masses, through framing the peace of their eternal soul as requiring the church to save it.

Nope, not true. It is a meaningless simplification to call them all the same, seeing that there are fundamental differences in the content. A bit like saying "all books are the same". Because they are called books. Or "all ideologies are the same"..... sure, like Bolshewism and Democracy?

Fact is there are belief systems that are harmless to society and others that are harmful. Should be obvious, really.

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Posted in: 32-year-old woman arrested for stabbing 13-year-old boy at Fukuoka mall See in context

Police quoted Urata as saying she thought she would get the death penalty if she killed a child.

Cant disagree with the notion. But if she a) wants to die and b) wants to stab, why not stab herself? Crazy.

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Posted in: Unification Church corrects remarks amid scrutiny over Abe's death See in context

blue

What Japan needs is to be re-secularized and pronto!

Alas, it is not that simple. When you de-secularize society, inevitably new pseudo religions spring up, which are often crazy, as you can see in the West with it its climatism, genderism, and other forms of wokeism. Alas, it seems a large section of the population needs some simple belief system. Better to stick with traditional religions, but as others said tax them once they stick their nose into secular politics.

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Posted in: Unification Church corrects remarks amid scrutiny over Abe's death See in context

If one good thing comes out of the assassination it is there is finally some attention paid to the Moonies. I had no idea they even existing in Japan until now. Shine a light on that odious organization.

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Posted in: Ukraine war shows West's dominance ending as China rises, Blair says See in context

The Ukraine war shows that the West's dominance is coming to an end as China rises to superpower status in partnership with Russia at one of the most significant inflection points in centuries, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

Alas, the partnership with China is forced by the unrelenting aggression against Russia by US-Nato.

It should not be that way.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of daughter-in-law See in context

They quoted Watanabe as saying he stabbed the woman but did not have any intent to kill.

How often have we seen that lame excuse?

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Posted in: Japan reports 54,071 coronavirus cases See in context

virusrex

Why not? the primary objective of the vaccines is to reduce the risk that comes after infection

Well, it is nice to see that you finally admit that, after propagandizing for the mRNA shots for 2 years.

Meanwhile, natural immunity is still fundamentally supior to vaccination protection (note that none of the current vaccines are immunizing). See here:

https://swprs.org/the-power-of-natural-immunity/

Personally, I am still open to get the Novavax shot (which is finally available here), but since I had Corona, I am done with this.

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Posted in: Police admit Nara security flaws See in context

On Friday, Nippon Television quoted Nara police as saying Abe was protected at the rally by one armed specialised police officer and some other local officers.

What are they "specialized" in? The footage shows the attacker walking op to Abe from behind, while specialists were standing around looking away.

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Posted in: Beat the heat with Momo More Frappuccino from Starbucks Japan See in context

"Beat the heat" by drinking a sugar and chemical-laden concoction? OK....

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Posted in: Shooter says he believed Abe promoted religious group that bankrupted his mother See in context

The man who fatally shot former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told police that his mother had made a "huge donation" to a religious body,

My immediate thought was Sokka Gakai, but why does the article not specify that? Which religious body exactly? Why is the writer so bashful?

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Posted in: China demands end to U.S.-Taiwan military 'collusion' See in context

Peter14

They lied.

The changes rushed forward in kherson region where signs changed to Russian, currency being used is Russian and a rushed referendum of pro Russian individuals to merge with Russia show

These are areas that are ethnic Russian and never wanted to be part of the Zelenski regime. Do you remember at all the Odessa massacre? The 14,000 killed by Ukrainian shelling since 2015? The content of the Minsk agreement?

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Posted in: China demands end to U.S.-Taiwan military 'collusion' See in context

lostrune2

Then why are they censoring their media? Why are they arresting people just for calling it a war?

The fact that Putin and his mob have to censor what they're really doing in Ukraine, that they can't even let people call it a war or invasion.................

I disagree with censorship anywhere, but if they are censoring, they are simply doing the same that the Western governments do, not even to mention the Zelenski regime. So that criticism applies to all.

Fact is that Russian response to the Dombass oppression is not something out of the blue invented by Putin, but something that observers have warned about for years, including American ex ambassadors.

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Posted in: China demands end to U.S.-Taiwan military 'collusion' See in context

Peter14

No! You blinkered view of trust in what the Russian invaders say about their war crimes and murderous attempts to remove Ukraine as a nation and incorporate it into and expanded Russia pretty much negates your point of view from having any validity.

The "blinkered view" is not on my side, sadly. The stated goal of the "special military operation" is not to "remove Ukraine as a nation and incorporate it into and expanded Russia", which you would know if you read direct source material and some background.

Also didnt read or listen to recordings of Hitlers many speeches.

So you are NOT reading what is actually said, and instead rely on biased media coverage. Sad. And Hitler has nothing to with this.... spare us Godwins Law.

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Posted in: Married man arrested over murder of pregnant girlfriend See in context

bokuda

Japan is becoming a boilerplate about to explode.

Nothing to do with Japan. Sadly, homicidal scum like this exists everywhere.

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Posted in: China demands end to U.S.-Taiwan military 'collusion' See in context

stormcrow

China, like Russia, is not to be trusted at all,

You should not blindly trust anyone. But the Russian government has made consistently correct statements about the current sitution.... quite in contrast to the stream of misrepresentations and lies we are getting from the US government, the Zelenski regime, and Western media. Did you read any of the many Putin speeches, such as the "empire of lies" speech? It does not seem so.

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Posted in: Japan introduces up to one-year jail time for cyberbullying, online abuse See in context

Very worrisome. I have no sympathy for cyberbullies, but this sort of law is a open invitation for government overreach and abuse. Freedom of speech includes offensive speech. Otherwise, it does not exist.

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Posted in: Married man arrested over murder of pregnant girlfriend See in context

Police said Takahashi has admitted to killing Narita and quoted him as saying that he hadn’t told her he was married and that he had led her to believe he would marry her

Disgusting. There is a gigantic hanky panky industry here where he could get his rocks off. Instead, he lies, makes false promises, and then "solves" his problem with murder. I hope he does not have kids with his wife; that would make it even worse.

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Posted in: Johnson resigns, but will remain British PM until new leader chosen See in context

Good riddance to the warmonger.

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Posted in: China demands end to U.S.-Taiwan military 'collusion' See in context

Fighto!

The supporters of Fascist Russia really need to stop pushing such rubbish and outright lies.

Where is the "lie"? Instead of name-calling, you might want to explain where exactly you get off comparing the Taiwan situation and Ukraine.

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Posted in: China demands end to U.S.-Taiwan military 'collusion' See in context

stormcrow

Remember not so long ago when Putin said Russia would never attack Ukraine and China stated it believed in a peaceful and patient reunification with Taiwan?

Putin did not "attack Ukraine", he is doing a regime change. Tell us that US has never dabbled with that...

The comparison with Taiwan is a convenient talking point, but based on completely false premises. The CCP wants to take over Taiwan, which Taiwan does not want. There is nothing comparable the NATO expansion right next to Chinas nose, the Maidan coup, or the oppression of the Dombass people in Taiwan. An apples and oranges comparison, presented by CNN et al to a short attention span audience.

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Posted in: Inflation has pushed 71 mil people into poverty since Ukraine war: U.N. See in context

Lamilly

Perhaps stop giving billions to Ukraine and concentrate more at home

"Ukraine" is misleading. Most of the money flows back to the military-industrial complex that creates the stuff that is handed to the Zelensky regime (and subsequently mostly blown up by the Russians). Raytheon, Lockheed and their ilk do not care... they are big winners in this. They are happy if this proxy war is fought til the last Ukrainian.

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Posted in: Inflation has pushed 71 mil people into poverty since Ukraine war: U.N. See in context

Blacklabel

Yeah inflation in the sanctioning countries seems to be much huger than in the ones that didn’t not participate in that.

You can say that again. India and China are smiling all the way to the bank.

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Posted in: Inflation has pushed 71 mil people into poverty since Ukraine war: U.N. See in context

Blacklabel

Inflation was not caused by the Ukraine war.

Not by the military action itself, but by the stupid attempts to "punish" Russia with "sanctions". US/NATO/EU are used to bully small defenseless countries with that sort of thing, but this time they are trying that with a major world ressource supplier that they depend on. And now their megalomania comes back to bite us.

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