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KabukiloverAug. 29, 2016 - 07:49PM JST
When you need an excuse use the public. Whether the majority of Japanese want or do not want the death penalty (an open question) it should be abolished as it violates contemporary international standards of justice. The reason truly civilized countries (and states in the U.S.) have abolished capital punishment that it is ineffectual in stopping capital offenses and can in fact be as cruel and unjust as any capital offense. Poor innocent people are executed, who are either innocent of the crime they are accused of, or are mentally challenged, or in fact never committed what would constitute a capital offense.
Capital punishment poisons the body politic, as it helps make what could be a humane society into a vengeful society.
Certainly criminals must be punished. But when punishment is given there should be an open question if the person might be innocent or at least mentally diminished.
Consider also who is executed and who is not. In the majority of cases it is someone without wealth or power.
Posted in: It is not appropriate to abolish capital punishment in the country as the majority of citizens think the death penalty is unavoidable for atrocious crimes.
KabukiloverAug. 26, 2016 - 04:19PM JST
Duterte was elected democratically. Yet, his extrajudicial killing have made his country equal to or worse than North Korea.
Posted in: Kill drug lords, Philippines' top cop tells addicts
KabukiloverAug. 25, 2016 - 10:27PM JST
The question boils down to this: was the university in question negotiating in good faith? The Panel's indicates it was not. Question of about speaking Japan because this is Japan are beside the point. The Panel was, I assume, following Japanese labor law.
Posted in: Panel bans Tokyo university's Japanese-only labor talks policy
KabukiloverAug. 23, 2016 - 11:46AM JST
Thank you gun nuts for creating problems for those of us Americans who visit Canada without guns.
Posted in: Canada to U.S. tourists: Please leave your guns at home
KabukiloverAug. 21, 2016 - 06:01PM JST
China has not been entirely peaceful. Here is a list of China's wars and skirmishes since 1962 from Wikipedia.
Sino-Indian War (1962)
Nathu La and Cho La incidents (1967)
Sino-Soviet border conflict (1969)
1969 - Zhenbao Island
Sino-Vietnamese War (1979)
1974 - Battle of the Paracel Islands
1979 - First Battle of Lang Son
1979 - Battle of Lao Cai
1979 - Second Battle of Lang Son
1979 - Battle of Cam Duong
1979 - Battle of Cao Bang
1979 - Battle of Quan Ninh
1988 - Johnson South Reef Skirmish
Frankly, if China gets into a war with Japan or anybody it is going to be a bloody mess, not just interns of human casualties but also economically, considering China's financial interrelationship with the rest of the world. The Chinese should abide by The Permanent Court of Arbitration and lighten up. Really.
KabukiloverAug. 21, 2016 - 12:54PM JST
Give equal time and publicity to female athletes as male athletes.
Posted in: What can Tokyo learn from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as it prepares to host the 2020 Games?
KabukiloverAug. 21, 2016 - 12:37PM JST
Car cases are best with to the movies. There are plenty of ways of tracking cars other than engaging in dangerous pursuits that kill innocent people.
Posted in: Station wagon being chased by police hits car, killing one, injuring another
KabukiloverAug. 17, 2016 - 01:44AM JST
All else aside, Washington does not care what Abe thinks about its no first use policy. If Abe gets too bothersome they will quietly tell him to shut up. And he will shut up.
KabukiloverAug. 16, 2016 - 03:25AM JST
Look, these right wing thugs are censors. They are there to remind you that you risk getting beaten up or killed if you publicly something about the old imperial system that they (and coincidentally the LDP) do not like. There is a lot of self censorship in Japan because of people like this.
Posted in: Yasukuni gathering
KabukiloverAug. 15, 2016 - 03:56PM JST
Meanwhile Abe is pushing militarization of Japan and destruction of Article 9. Japan has kept itself nicely out of war through adherence to Article 9 and living memory of what the horrors of war are like. Those memories need to be kept alive.
KabukiloverAug. 15, 2016 - 03:52PM JST
You ought to know this bunch is party to a violent rightwing presence that long precedes WWII. This presence has a history of intimidation, assault and murder of progressive people in Japan. You have good reason to be weary of rightists like this.
KabukiloverAug. 10, 2016 - 12:48AM JST
Remember this as well. Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered civilian bombings with advanced weapons, the A-bombs. Otherwise,it was business as usual. The bombing of civilian populations was ubiquitous. But just because everyone did it, Allies and Axis, does not excuse it. Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs have not been used in warfare. But the bombing of civilians continues as I write.
KabukiloverAug. 10, 2016 - 12:39AM JST
And there is the water pollution and mosquitos.
Posted in: Rio thieves strike faster, higher, stronger
KabukiloverJul. 30, 2016 - 10:19PM JST
No. When I came to Japan the little brats were always shouting gaijin, gaijin and similar inanities at me. Now they do not.
Posted in: Do you think children of past generations had better manners than kids today when it comes to gestures like saying "please," "thank you" and showing respect for their elders?
KabukiloverJul. 19, 2016 - 09:02PM JST
Hollande truly blew in when he joined the US war in Syria. He is also backing austerity, which has created the largest revolt since the Revolution. The alternative is Front National. The Trumps of France.
Posted in: Leaders jeered as France mourns Nice victims
KabukiloverJul. 15, 2016 - 09:51PM JST
This is pure evil at work. This atrocity will only create more evil. There is only one beneficiary from this hideous deed. The right wing Front National. They have a cultivated facade but thet are every bit as racist as Trump. Noce work You stupid dead killer. Your dead has nurtured Front National.
Posted in: Truck attacker kills at least 84, injures scores during Bastille Day celebration in Nice
KabukiloverJul. 06, 2016 - 09:47PM JST
RIP Noel Neill. You were a great Losis Lane.
Posted in: Noel Neill, first actress to play Lois Lane, dies at 95
KabukiloverJun. 30, 2016 - 09:28PM JST
That is either good or bad news. The good news is that renegotiation is unavoidable.
Posted in: In the TPP, each agreement is bound up in complex relationships with other agreements, so the entire treaty would fall apart if even just one item was brought up for renegotiation.
KabukiloverJun. 20, 2016 - 07:11PM JST
I think the FFA is nuts.
Posted in: The Federal Aviation Administration has ruled out requiring psychological testing for airline pilots, despite an air crash last year in which a German pilot deliberately flew an airliner full of passengers into a mountainside. It says psychological tests are ineffective because they reveal a pilot's mental health for only a moment in time without providing insight into whether the pilot will suffer problems later. What do you think?
KabukiloverJun. 16, 2016 - 08:59PM JST
Here is the realty. Coal is a dead industry in Japan and has been so door decades. There is no such thing as clean coal energy as there is no such thing as clean tobacco smoking. Coal, like nuclear power generation, belong to the past. Solar energy is fast coming into its own and it belongs to the future we need.
Posted in: It is not realistic to quit coal entirely. Environmental aspects alone can’t dictate the way countries set their energy policies.
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Aug. 31, 2016 - 07:31AM JST
Were there ever any charges in this case? Was there ever a law broken? Is this…
Posted in: So sorry
Posted in: Kerry warns Pakistan over being 'sanctuary' for extremists
Good. Here's hoping that more of his heartless compatriots meet a similar fate, preferably as soon…
Posted in: Islamic State leader in charge of foreign attacks killed in Syria
Yes, halt it. Halt them all. Let's slow down and make sure there trade deals benefit…
Posted in: France wants halt to EU-U.S. trade deal talks
Aug. 31, 2016 - 07:29AM JST
Notice, the US kills ISIS. Russia kills Kurds.
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