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    Alphaape

    In a way, this shows how even the littlest things that people do or don't do for their country eventually comes around. Case in point, the uproar that comes up from time to time about Japanese teachers not standing up, or requiring their students, for the playing of the National anthem. When these stories show up here on JT from time to time, we get the usual "Right winger" and "nationalist fanatics" who want to bring Japan back to the days of WW2.

    But what it does is not instill a sense of pride in the nations youth, those who will have to be able to defend Japan from future agressors. If there is not a national movement to at least have pride in your nation, and not just for the team in whatever sport that is going against either Japan or China, then you will loose a sense of National pride that would make young men and women want to serve.

    Not saying that they are going to become seasoned battle vets from conflicts around the globe, but if they don't see it as their obligation to want to at least serve their country, and to help preserve what is supposed the "Uniquely Japan" that we gaijin will never be able to have, then maybe it's time a few of them stepped up to the plate to make sure that if someone does decide to do harm to Japan, or some natural disaster comes up, that there are enough of them around to help preserve what is Japan.

    Posted in: SDF hopes to attract recruits with cutesy smartphone game

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    Alphaape

    I looked at the spot, and though the concept was unique, it still comes off as a bit childish. But as others have said, one tends to see a lot of childlike cartoon figures in many things here in Japan that deal with adult subjects. I remember watching old cigarette commericals with Fred Flintsone and Barney selling cigarettes back in the day in the USA, but even though they were cartoon characters, they were acting in an adult manner.

    I guess it would be too offensive to some to just leave the shots of the SDF in real life and speak to the duty of Japanese to protect their homeland, but I guess that will make too many people upset.

    Posted in: SDF hopes to attract recruits with cutesy smartphone game

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    Alphaape

    “I can’t decide what I should do.”

    I find that hard to believe. I can understand at times when this has occured to me, but not very often. For one reason, when I was the age of these men, I was living alone. What that meant was that on the weekends, it was time for me to do the mundane stuff like laundry, house cleaning, taking care of errands that I couldn't get taken care during the work week. Even then, I still had plenty of time to go out and hoot with the owls and have a social life. It seems that these guys probably still live at home (parents home) and don't live by themselves.

    Another thing I wonder along those lines is are these family men? Do they have wives and children that they can interact with? Or are they just single men who as I stated live with their parents still. It's sad in a way but even if this is not a completely true story, it does reflect on why there is a population decline in Japan. Young men should be out trying to make their mark in the world, meeting people and doing things that will hopefully lead to them finding someone to date and marry and raise a family. It seems these guys are just sitting by and waiting for someone to tell them who to marry, while similar stories about females in the same age group complaining why they can't meet men when many have some of the same social behaviors as listed here.

    People need to learn to get out and meet people, if not for dating but at least to live life and make memories.

    Posted in: Japanese men share top 10 ways their weekends disappear

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    Alphaape

    What would Jesus say? What would Jesus do? Just asking?

    @browny1: He would say what he told his diciples when they asked what laws that they should obey and he showed them a coin and asked whose face was on it (Ceasars), and came up with "Render unto Ceasars that which is Ceasars..."

    Not to get preachy and thumping the Bible, but for those who claim to be not religious and then try to use religion against others, let me explain. In the 10 commandments, it says Thous shall not kill. The actual translation from the Hebrew to Greek is more of "thou shall not murder." Murder and killing are two different things. The Bible does state that there are times for everything, and death and killing is one of them. But murder is understood to be a criminal act, and the death penalty is part of the judical process.

    To that end, there have been reformations in at least the Christian and Jewish religions (they don't stone and kill people who commit adultery these days and for many of the other things that were prohibited back then), but the payment for a horrific crime (murder) with your life doesn't seem to be going against what Jesus taught.

    Posted in: Utah's reintroduction of firing squads bucks global trend

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    Alphaape

    “As a result of Japan’s war in the 1930s through to 1945, many Asian countries became independent…

    In a way, this is a true statement. The Asian countries that became independent are the result of Japan (and Germany) losing the war, and many of those European countries that had colonies in Asia could no longer afford to go back to business as before the war and as a result, they gave up on the colonial system and the countries gained independence. If they can show me one country that while under Japanese occupation gained their independence totally and were able to ask the Japanese occupiers to leave without a fight. I don't think you will find any.

    These guys just need to get over the fact that Japan was the agressor, since the war in Asia for all purposes started in the 30's with Japan and the incidents in China and get over it. I guess that they can't really do that since the main issue is that many of the leaders of the political classes in Japan are decendents of the people who were in charge at the time and that would make them look bad as well as. That's what you get when you keep the same political powers and families in place.

    Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions

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    Alphaape

    duh....

    @ Cleo: In the US news today, there is a story of a woman from Detroit who was arrested due to the fact that two children (ages 11 and 14) were found dead in the freezer in her home that she was being evicted from.

    So do you think that this lady if found guilty should only be sentenced to LWOP (Life WIthout Parole), just because you don't like the idea of a death penalty? I have a friend who was a prosecutor, and she once told me of a person that was tried and put on death row for a horrible killing. He admitted he killed the person that day for no reason , just to kill someone. He reminded them of the worse case of Lecther from the movies.

    So like this guy who is still sitting on death row for 20 years, this mother who had her own kids in a freezer should not be sentenced to death and be allowed to live? Where is the justice in that. Not sure what your relgious beliefs are, but it does say in the Bible that we here on earth still need to have laws and punishment. We (as man) can't punish someone in the way that God can by either letting them into Heaven or eternal damnation, but we can judge and if need be punish them on the crimes that they have been comitted.

    In my opinion, this woman should be given the ultimate penalty for the horrible things she has done to her own children.

    Posted in: Utah's reintroduction of firing squads bucks global trend

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    Alphaape

    Me, I just don't want my taxes being spent on keeping people alive indefinitely when they are beyond redemption.

    I tend to agree. Not all crimes should get the death penalty. But for cases where there is not a doubt, say those people who do mass killings and are caught in the act, or cases where there is no doubt as to the person who has committed the crime, they need to be sentenced to death. So often we see and hear of cases where people do truly inhumane things to others, and we get in a huff about the light sentences that they get. If they do a very serious crime and there is no doubt in their guilt, death penalty.

    Offer a few appeals and don't keep them on death row for years.

    Will this bring back the ones that they have killed, no it will not. But just needs to be served.

    Posted in: Utah's reintroduction of firing squads bucks global trend

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    Alphaape

    Cant escape the Tax Man! Need to fund the American war of terror one way or another...

    Actually, the US spends more on welfare and Social Security and other programs for the poor than it does on defense spending. So it needs tax money to keep bribing people to keep voting their elected representatives in power.

    Posted in: Attention U.S. taxpayers: Are you ready for FATCA?

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    Alphaape

    I beg to disagree. Yes we have the right (obligation) to vote, but we have no congressman or other representative in our constituency where we reside.

    @Sensato: That's not really true. You have to be registered for a certain district in the states in order to be able to vote overseas. So, if you are registered in area in CA, then the person who is running for Congress in that area is your representative. Nothing stops you from reaching out to those who are elected to represent you in whatever district to let them know what you feel about on how the IRS and their policies seem to be unfair or any other issues.

    I am a registered voter for my home state, and I get calls (via Vonage) from candidates for local elections and asking for money as well as for congressional elections. It all depends on if you choose to keep up with the political scene on your local level while you are here.

    Since Sen. Cruz wants to abolish the IRS if elected as President, I say don't do that, just reform the tax code to make it flat across the board (depending on income level) where everyone pays. Then maybe some of these arcane tax laws and loopholes would go away.

    Posted in: Attention U.S. taxpayers: Are you ready for FATCA?

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    Alphaape

    Not my choice for a GOP candidate, and his speech was full of "imagine" and "wishes" but what I want to hear is the "how" it will be done. WIth the approaching US tax deadline approaching (15 April), it is smart to say you will abolish the IRS, but it would be even smarter to have a plan ready to be presented on what you would do and how you will enact your policies. At least then the people would have time to disect it, and the smarter politician would be able to say that as he campaigned, he took inputs from the people and could adjust his policies enough to make them effective. I am not saying be everthing to everyone, but at least be able to say you have heard other comments to your policies, and you are willing to try to collaboarte on them.

    Curz is the first of the "Promise Breakers" to line up for 2016. For those who are not aware, that's a play on the "Promise Keepers" an organization of Christian men who promise to uphold the faith and family. I like to call Cruz, Hillary, and all the rest of the candidates "Promise Breakers" since I doubt that they will keep any of the promises they are trying to sell us during this campaign.

    Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid

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    Alphaape

    According to the subsequent trials the man then immediately began to show signs of dementia and about a year and a half later he had succumbed to pneumonia.

    The question I ask is was he wearing a helment while operating the scooter? Also, did he have a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine (recommend for persons over 65) since it's not the flu that kills you, but the pneumonia you may get from it that does. If those were shown to have been in place, then maybe the family could have a case.

    But I still think it is ludicrous for them to go after a kid for playing a game on a school yard. If the kid was kicking the ball in the middle of the street in an area that wasn't a playing field, maybe I could understand, but this was a school yard. If anything the school should be at fauult.

    I hate to say it, but with a family like this, I really would be curious to know what the family dynamic was like. I am sure that they will say it was all loving and kind, but with actions like this, I believe that the family isn't anything but a bunch of self centered people who would be the types who wouldn't want to take care of him if he were still alive and only looking to make a quick buck to burn it in a pachinko parlor.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    Alphaape

    Lots of Japanese (not all of them, mind you) have a false sense of security while traveling abroad because they've bought into the whole "peaceful Nihon" idea that Japanese people don't have enemies because they haven't been to war in 70 years.

    This is not the case. As some have posted, the tourist just happened to be in a nice place at the wrong time, and these dirtbags from ISIS think that it is their religious duty to "kill the infidel" for their god. Until the rest of the world realizes this, these types of groups will continue to exist and kill.

    Posted in: Japan confirms 3 nationals among 19 killed in Tunisia museum attack

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    Alphaape

    I wonder did that guy who eluded the J-police for killing that British woman a few years back know of this guy and his case, and if that had any impacts on what he did.

    Just from my reading of this case and the one I mentioned, it seems that if a Japanese male kills white women it is somehow seen as a celebrity crime and the media is fixated. If they kill and stuff a Filipina woman in a suitcase as was the case recently, it is reported, but not as much a celebrity case. But if a foreigner kills a Japanese woman either in Japan or on vaction, there is national outrage and Japanese citizens are warned to be on guard against foreigners.

    Just curious on how the press is here in Japan in regards to these types of cases.

    Posted in: 'Paris Cannibal' Sagawa reminisces over his grisly crime

  • 8

    Alphaape

    Clearly this guy from the rape case had a history of violence against women. He should have been given a rope necktie and be done with it.

    Posted in: 'Paris Cannibal' Sagawa reminisces over his grisly crime

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    Alphaape

    •She might be Japanese, but she is certainly not "representative" of Japanese

    I think that those people who think like this need to open their eyes to the world around them. Recently, the Miss Philippines for the Miss Universe pagent was a lady of Indian decent, and she was not a true "Filipina" by ancestry. Also a few years back the same thing was said about the Miss India contestant to the pagent, she is from the norther part of the country that borders with Nepal and she is more of Chinese/Nepal heritage rather than what people normally consider as "Indian" from the lower part of the country.

    With the movement and migration of people in the world demographics are changing and people need to learn to start understanding this.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    Alphaape

    All I know is that the "fuel surcharge" that airlines charge is nothing but a way for them to get extra cash without paying taxes on it. Those added airline fees they charge are not taxed, so it goes all to the bottom line. So whatever they pay in taxes, in a way they get to recoup some of it with those fees supposedly that are being used for the high cost of fuel.

    Some say "tomato" some say "toe mato" but the bottom line, Delta gets about the same amount of treatment that Qatar gets from its government, they (Qatar) just use it better than Delta.

    Posted in: Qatar Airways boss accuses Delta of flying 'crap' planes

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    Alphaape

    For the record the US media and the majority of Americans view Obama as Black even though he is half Black and White. Regardless of his racial makeup, he is still viewed as an American. The issuei am getting from reading some comments here is that unless a person has both parents Japanese they are not seen as "full blooded" Japanese. Some in Japan need to come off the belief of a "Japanese race" that only is decided by racial makeup. I understand the concept of Japanese culture as being unique, but ther is no race called Japanese.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    Alphaape

    African-Americans or Asian-Americans and so on can run for office, be managers of a business, but how many haafu's can run for politics in Japan and win? Or blend in?

    For that mattter, when will a PM for Japan come from Okinawa or be of Korean decent?

    I hope that this young lady does well at the pagent and wins. Then you will see the naysayers who are against her all of a sudden get on the bandwagon to be her supporters. Kind of reminds me of a few years ago in Korea, when the Hines Ward from the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Superbowl MVP award, and how he was the hot item in Korean news since he is half black/half korean. The press loved him then and when he went back to visit he was well received. Never mind that not being an ethnically pure person he along with other mixed race children were subject to much prejudice.

    But I am sure that those who want to speak out against this young lady are some of the same who were against the half-French newscaster Christel Takigawa helped Tokyo win the 2020 Olympic vote as the city's ambassador for "cool".

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    Alphaape

    Good luck to her. She is a beautiful young woman, and that should be what the people of Japan should be concerned with, how well she stacks (no pun intended) against the other women from around the world in the manner in which she presentes herself and her talent.

    As far as the Haafu argument goes, Japan needs to realize that with it's shrinking native Japanese birthrate, mixed raced children will become more and more prevelant. Nothing wrong with that, but you can't just look down at someone because they may not be "ethnically pure." Some of the people in Japan need to get into the 21st century in regards to the racial make-up of the world.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    Alphaape

    Welcome to America, local governments have been driven by profits for a long time. Nothing special about Ferguson.

    That is the key fact that many in the press don't want to bring up. It's not just in places like Ferguson that the police are used as "revenue farmers" while local governments shake down residents for revenue. Take a look at places like LA where they have the street parking so rigged, that even if you follow the signs on when to park, some still come away with tickets. Many Los Angeles parking tickets are much more costly than a proposed cap of $23 which an advocate group is trying to establish. The average ticket stands at $68, $45.50 of which goes to the general fund to pay for basic city services, according to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Los Angeles has banked on parking tickets as a way to weather its budget problems. Money reaped from tickets has grown from nearly $110 million in 2003 to roughly $161 million in 2014, according to the mayor’s budget.

    The same thing occurred with the police strangle case in NYC. The cops were out in force that day due to the fact that the mayor's office wanted to start cracking down on those street venders who were selling cigarettes individually, thus bypassing the high NYC tax on cigarettes. When you start to cut in on the revenue stream, no matter how liberal the government may be, they need the money and will do what it takes to make sure that they shake you down to get the loose change.

    Ferguson is in the same shape. If you were to look around the area, I would bet you fine that there are many cases where the city will fine you for not keeping your yards cut, parking of old cars in your yard, and other fines and fees that just nickel and dime the local taxpayer. These cities use their police forces to enforce these policies. If anyone needs to resign, it needs to be the mayor of the city as well.

    I hope that the police officers are able to get well, and no major looting takes place.

    Posted in: Police, other groups try to lower tensions in Ferguson

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