LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    Line has been looking to expand in bigger markets, such as the U.S., but has not been able to make significant headway.

    I suspect the prevalence of other social messaging apps in the U.S. marketplace like Skype, Apple's Messages, and Facebook are part of the reason Line can't seem to crack that particular market.

    Posted in: Messaging app Line says it is still considering IPO

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    LFRAgain

    I agree with Strangerland completely. There's simply not enough to outright condemn the parents for complacency or apathy. We don't know the circumstances of the accident. All we know is that a toddler died after falling through a window.

    I also agree with others, however, that accidents of this type are largely preventable with a relatively small investment in screen and window locks and/or safety bars. I bought and installed these on the windows in my home the day we moved in, knowing perfectly well that kids' predilection for climbing and heights can be a deadly combination.

    I feel for the parents. This is going to be hard for them to recover from.

    Posted in: 1-year-old boy falls to death from 6th floor

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    LFRAgain

    There's a chance that the fires were not intentional, but merely a result of a railgrinder being used on the tracks.

    Highly unlikely. Railgrinders have been in use for years, giving off the same sparks the entire time without incidents of the nature described in the story above. It makes no sense that the sparks that come off the rails would somehow become more robust in August 2015 than at any other time in history.

    Also, the fires themselves are not occurring alongside actual railway lines, but rather at electrical substations and cable junctions that are up and away from the actual train tracks.

    One fire is an unfortunate accident. Two fires is an irritating inconvenience. Six fires however? That's a pattern strongly suggesting arson.

    Posted in: Police probe suspicious fires on JR lines in Tokyo

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    What happened to the Japanese boycott after they found out the app is made by South Korean company?

    Because such a boycot never existed in the first place.

    The vast majority of Japanese users either don't care about such infantile nonsense, or they realize, as I do, that Line, was conceptualized by a Korean, Lee Hae Jin, and pitched to Japanese developers as a way to help people after the chaos in communications follw\owing the Tohoku Quake.

    In other words, it was born of human compassion, empathy, and a desire to help, not petty nationalism.

    I'll say it again: There was never any even remotely popular movement in Japan to boycott the Line app. Never. It was a hit from the start and the fact that it's a darned good application cemented it in Japan as the No. 1 social media platform, far ahead of Mixi, Facebook, or Twitter.

    I have no idea you would even suggest that there was talk of a boycott, much less present the idea in a way that suggests any sort of popular support for such an asinine concept, but you're either trolling or grossly misinformed.

    Posted in: Messaging app Line says it is still considering IPO

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    LFRAgain

    You've never bought anything over the internet?

    Nothing for US$6000.00. You?

    Posted in: Company ordered to suspend business for selling 'British royal baby anniversary coins'

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    LFRAgain

    Cortes Elijah,

    Bravo to you and your post. I agree wholeheartedly that it sometimes helps to simply give a damn about your neighbors.

    Posted in: Body of naked woman found in Tokyo apartment

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    WillB,

    Japan has a population of 126 million, not 110. But I agree with you. Per capita, murder in Japan is relatively rare.

    As for this poor woman, it's only a matter of time before they find the man she was arguing with. And I'll bet anyone he's the one who killed her. Jealous rage. Spurned lover. Unrequited affection: Take your pick from a long list of interpersonal relationship dysfunctions that seem to plague so many Japanese men of late and result in murder.

    Posted in: Body of naked woman found in Tokyo apartment

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    LFRAgain

    Disillusioned,

    if you are a woman or a child the murder statistics are compatible with other more famously violent countries.

    Could you provide some data or statistical evidence to support this claim?

    Posted in: Body of naked woman found in Tokyo apartment

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    LFRAgain

    They questioned and brought him in, even asked him to leave the stun gun behind. What else could they have done?

    This lunatic had two prior arrests that -- in a sane world -- should have been on his police record. If the police who stopped and questioned Yamada had consulted the nationwide database (which I can't imagine they wouldn't), they could have and should have seen that the materials Yamada was carrying added up to nothing good. Yamada had been arrested twice in the past for kidnapping young boys using handcuffs, for the love of Pete, and they let him go and, if this kernel of lunacy can be believed, let him lake not only a stun-gun but also HANDCUFFS. This is completely and utterly insane.

    I don't buy for one second that the police were powerless to do anything here. That they exercised their right to stop and question Yamada in the first place for, as best as can be determined, simply sitting in his car alongside a street late at night, it's clear they enjoy a fairly broad degree of latitude in how they investigate matters. Upon finding out who Yamada was, combined with knowledge the specific objects he had in his possession, in no plane of reality can I see any police officer with even a fraction of sense saying, "Hey, we've got nuthin'. Let's cut him loose."

    And yet, that's precisely what happened.

    It's indefensible on the part of the NPA and the Japanese justice system as a whole. The system inexplicably and unforgivably failed society, the grieving parent, and worst of all these two young children who were mercilessly butchered by Yamada.

    Barring the most extraordinary of explanations, heads need to roll at the NPA and throughout the judicial system for this.

    Posted in: Yamada was questioned by police in Tokyo 2 days before Osaka child murders

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    LFRAgain

    Wow, Bass. You're entire position is predicated on, "Well, all these portents of doom and gloom COULD be true. We just don't know."

    It's absurd.

    Posted in: Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

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    The State Department made it very clear that Kennedy violated no rules and broke no laws.

    So, what's really going on with the hate-fest? (Yubaru?) It can't really be something so petty as disdain for her storied family name, can it?

    She enjoys broad popularity and support across Japan, has managed to represent U.S. interest well (anyone seeing Futenma closing up shop?), and hasn't caused any international incidents. What else do you want from your ambassador? Japan is a friend and ally, so there aren't really a lot of opportunities for intrigue and political drama, much less hardball diplomacy.

    Unless you like to spy on your friends and allies and inadvertently get caught and need to mitigate the fallout. (Ahem! cough! cough!)

    Posted in: U.S. Ambassador Kennedy used private email for business: report

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    Yoshitsune,

    . . . however the disputed islands with China & Korea date back to earlier conflicts i.e. from 1895 . . .

    . . . China & Korea say the islands were taken as spoils of war and so should be returned. (I'm not yet convinced by any of their arguments)

    Neither am I. I'd even go so far as to call those claims petulant and absurb. If international law were in any way predicated on the idea of an eternally nonexistent statute of limitations, the geopolitical map of the world today would be an unmitigated mess.

    I like your standpoint. Clear and sensible.

    Posted in: Abe hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands

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    LFRAgain

    Why did she confess?

    Guilt can be a powerful emotion.

    Posted in: Woman kills father, then buries body in garden

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    LFRAgain

    Jeb... Sigh... What a nincompoop.

    "...I was talking about a very narrow system of fraud..."

    In which case, one has to ask why he would even let illegal immigration dominate so much of his campaign, and right out of the gate, no less. As Jeb would have us believe, it's not Hispanic anchor babies that bother him. It's not Asian anchor babies that keep him up at night. No. What he wants Americans to be particularly keyed in on is a "very narrow system of fraud" that apparently requires the kind of presidential attention only he can bring.

    Right.

    If ever there was a more flagrant example of naked pandering and populism, then I must have missed it, because Jeb has taken "telling people only what they want to hear" to a whole new level with this circus act.

    Illegal immigration most certainly is not the most pressing issue facing America today, or one that should draw so much attention from GOP presidential contenders. It's the economy, stupid. And no, illegal immigration is not what's holding back the economy. Not by a long shot.

    Posted in: Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

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    LFRAgain

    1800YOULOSE,

    If you are correct and he kidnapped boys on two separate occasions, and I mean REALLY kidnapped...

    The two incidents where an arrest was made involved Yamada using handcuffs to restrain and hold the children against their will. He "REALLY" kidnapped these boys.

    In any case, I really don't believe the Bystander Effect is a significant factor here. The actions and decisions of Yamada are at the core of these heinous murders, and applying 20/20 hindsight to the actions (or inaction) of bystanders or people who came into contact with these kids up until the moment they were taken diminishes the responsibility Yamada ultimately bears for their murder. Inattention, apathy, or fear of being misjudged didn't kill these kids. Kiji Yamada did.

    Posted in: Traces of blood found in minivan of suspect in child killings

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    LFRAgain

    1800YOULOSE,

    I agree completely that there has to be an established litmus test and a comprehensive review process in place before one exercises the most serious of options with offenders like Yamada. But he's not a first-time offender. He's a tragedy that waiting -- *begging: -- to happen.

    He was arrested and charged for two entirely separate kidnapping incidents in 2002, both involving young boys. He's been charged for carrying a concealed weapon (a knife) when he was in his 20s and he was also a member of a bosozoku bike gang during the same period, these groups being about as anti-social as one can hope for in Japan.

    This guy is most certainly not the poster child for second chances or benefit of the doubt. He's an aberration and a nightmare who somehow managed to evade the legal system long enough to butcher a little girl and (I suspect) sexual assault and kill a little boy.

    Chemical castration, IMO, is far too lenient a social response to this thing's crimes. He... No, IT needs to be be permanently excised from society for the cancer it is.

    Posted in: Traces of blood found in minivan of suspect in child killings

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    LFRAgain

    Fair enough.

    Posted in: Apple defends Dr Dre after he apologizes to 'women I've hurt'

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    LFRAgain

    Too many apple fans on this site.

    Seriously?! That's your response? I hate Apple devices. Can't stand the things. But I am capable of separating my feelings for a particular company and its products from my feelings about giving people who make an effort to apologize sincerely.

    Apparently you aren't, since you seem to be intimating one needs to not be a fan of Apple in order to see your point.

    I don't like Apple and I still think you're wrong.

    Posted in: Apple defends Dr Dre after he apologizes to 'women I've hurt'

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    LFRAgain

    How does a man who has clearly established he has a predilection for kidnapping children walk free in a modern society with a fully developed criminal justice system? This man never should have been able to move freely about the country. Never.

    What were the outcomes for the first two offenses? Was he convicted? Were the charges thrown out? Why is there not more information available on why the glaring signposts that should have warned society that this man was a menace were effectively ignored, resulting in two young lives being snuffed out in what had to be a most horrific and terrifying manner?

    Someone in a position of authority dropped the ball spectacularly with this Yamada guy and I really want to know who and why. At the very least, the parents of these two dead children deserve to know why Yamada was free to murder their children.

    Posted in: Traces of blood found in minivan of suspect in child killings

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    LFRAgain

    throwing a rock inside a glass house

    Really? Precisely what territories does Japan currently hold that belonged to other countries before the war. I'm not aware that there are any.

    Meanwhile, to the number of posters who thumbed down OssanAmerica's post regarding how the Soviets violated a number of agreements, treaties, and international conventions in what was a pure and simple land grab: Thumb-downs don't diminish the truth of his post, no matter how much you personally can't reconcile that truth with your own personal convictions about how Japan did, could, or should pay for its role in the East Asia War.

    The Soviets behaved badly, and Putin perpetuates the bad behavior on behalf of the Russian Federation by quite conspicuously choosing not to address any of Japan's legally legitimate complaints.

    Anyone who feels Japan has no right to these islands does so not because of any sound understanding or belief in international law, but rather in some sense of, "Well, Japan did XYZ during the war, so this is what they deserve" warped morality.

    You cannot on the one hand rage against Japan for violating international law and conventions on their destructive path to war, then on the other hand maintain that it's okay for international law to be flaunted and ignored if it means Japan will feel some sort of comeuppance for its crimes, satisfying your entirely subjective sense of moral justice.

    This isn't how law works. You either believe in the application and inherent fairness of law and order or you don't. You can't have it both ways, and there most certainly should not be one set of rules for you and one set for them. Law has to be applied fairly and equitably in order for it to have any degree of meaning or efficacy in the modern world. Otherwise, we all may as well go back to being hunter-gatherers scrambling for our next meal.

    Putin needs to stop d#cking around and give the islands back. But when we're taking about a man who is the quintessential thug, the odds of reason prevailing here are next to nil.

    Posted in: Abe hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands

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