Nessie's past comments

  • 0

    Nessie

    Certainly, Zaitokukai anti-Korean protests have included some ugly incidents, including using a loudspeaker to disrupt lessons at a Korean school. But as happened in that particular case, the police were and remain able to intervene.

    For starters, this is harassment, and should've been actionable under existing laws. In addition, the rules for protests are quite strict in Japan. You need a permit, and the particulars cover minutiae like how you walk and hold your arms. If the police were unable to find a way to stop this harassment, it's because they were unwilling to, whether out of support for the right-whingers or out of fear.

    There's nothing more adorbs than when Americans make the argument that libertarian or absolutist interpretations of freedom are the only possible way to have freedom, blissfully unaware that pretty much the rest of the world has found ways to make it work, and that even the US itself doesn't have unrestricted freedom of speech.

    There's nothing less adorbs when a poster strawmans. The author never made those interpretations or said that the U.S. itself has unrestricted freedom of speech. And the world hasn't made it work, as we saw with the malicious prosecution of the Japanese journalist in South Korea, the lawsuit against Simon Singh in the UK by charlatan chiropractors (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BritishChiropracticAssociationvSingh) and the EU's anti-blasphemy laws.

    Posted in: Hate speech in Japan

  • 2

    Nessie

    Citizen, if you're flying above the sasa, you won't see much. If you're flying below the sasa, you're not flying.

    Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy

  • 0

    Nessie

    He couldn't just disappear.

    He could. For starters, it's a huge national park with large wilderness areas and water spots. And bears bury their kills for later.

    In Hokkaido, unless it's winter, you're hiking on the trail or your not hiking at all. It's very tough terrain to bushwhack, and the sasa covers everything.

    Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy

  • 4

    Nessie

    She needs to give him the heave-ho.

    Posted in: Man shoves girlfriend into sea at Yokohama’s Yamashita Park

  • 6

    Nessie

    Seems like obvious tampering. The perp should get the extra 2 years of time, and the lay judges should be dismissed for their own safety. And the max sentence should be imposed on whatever was the original charge.

    Posted in: Lay judges approached before decision handed down in yakuza trial

  • -1

    Nessie

    Kirk Lazarus will be a shoo in for the next Bond.

    Academy Award winner: Check.

    Multi-ethnic appeal: Double-check.

    Posted in: Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director

  • 1

    Nessie

    It's a pretty popular mountain for hiking. If he was on the trail, he'd have been found within 24 hours.

    Posted in: Missing 7-year-old boy left in mountains by parents as punishment

  • 4

    Nessie

    Ungrateful considering that China was the biggest winner from the atomic bombings.

    Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

  • 5

    Nessie

    If he raped them and then fell asleep, the 2 victims would've left like a bat-outta' hell and reported him to the authorities. They would NOT have been there in the bed still.

    Either way, it's statutory rape.

    Posted in: Japanese man nabbed on suspicion of sexually assaulting boys in Thailand

  • 0

    Nessie

    Couldn't he have been charged with manslaughter, seeing as drowning was the cause of death?

    Not with the evidence of drugging. Unless you think she took sleeping pills and went swimming at night.

    Posted in: American man gets 18 months for dumping woman's body in bay

  • 7

    Nessie

    Under Scottish law there is a verdict of "Not Proven".

    I've heard it defined as "not guilty, but don't do it again".

    I can't help but think that the cops' over-reliance on confessions doomed this case.

    Posted in: American man gets 18 months for dumping woman's body in bay

  • 23

    Nessie

    Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor

    Well...a surprise visit would be more appropriate.

    Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder

  • 0

    Nessie

    It really is not that difficult Joe: "Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits."

    Hindu caste systems are bigoted. Christian opposition to stem cell research and birth control is immoral. Rules prohibiting Mormons and Muslims from marrying outside their faith are regressive. Old people are relatively poor at using information technology.

    By the definition above, all four claims would be defined as hate speech. Do people still not see the problem?

    Posted in: Law against hate speech enacted, but critics doubt effectiveness

  • 3

    Nessie

    We all pay for these projects, in one form or another. Income taxes, expressway tolls, car acquisition tax, JR ticket prices, you name it.

    JR is a publicly traded, private railway company. Are you saying they're using public funds? And are you saying car acquisition taxes go to JR? I can guarantee you that expressway tolls are not used for railway projects.

    As for JR ticket prices, I still don't see what the problem is. We pay for the construction of 7-11 convenience stores by patronizing stores in the chain. Does that give us the right to sue 7-11 if they build a store that we think won't succeed? Lawsuits for environmental issues are legitimate, but suing someone because you think their business won't succeed is peculiar.

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  • 8

    Nessie

    the huge construction cost threatens to make the line unprofitable, the plaintiffs argue

    How is that grounds for a lawsuit? The plaintiffs aren't paying the construction costs.

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  • 3

    Nessie

    Since the Western powers had at that stage invaded most of the globe (Britain alone 90% of countries), and killed 10s of millions of Asians while making jokes (even today), the supposition that an agrarian Japan would be likely to come under the Western boot was not rocket science.

    "At that stage", Japan had already annexed Korea, invaded China and launched a surprise attack on Russia, all before 1905.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • 1

    Nessie

    Didn't more people die from napalm filled bombs dropped on Tokyo, which burned people alive? That's pretty much been erased in Western history books.

    More people sure did die, and this information is common knowledge and covered in Western history books.

    This is why Obama should cancel. They're already cornering him and reneging on promises. It's unfortunate,must entirely predictable.

    Japan is not the Borg. There is no hive-mind with a single position. The Abe government's position is: no apology. But the government doesn't speak for every private citizen, or even for every Japanese politician.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • 8

    Nessie

    it helped to avoid millions of deaths on both sides, ending the war quickly and decisively.

    Not just on both sides, on all sides. The biggest winners were China and other territories occupied by Japan, where people were dying is great numbers from violence and hunger.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • 2

    Nessie

    Again, a management problem. I'm still not seeing the problem in millions of investment, and job creation.

    Well, there are the same problems that are associated with gentrification, although the purported solutions may be worse than the problem itself. There's also the problem of vacant properties. This has been a problem in Japan with foreign-owned properties in Niseko, for example. And there have been complaints that foreign owners don't follow local rules for trash disposal and snow removal, for instance. But overall, short of a bubble, real estate investment is usually a plus for the community

    Posted in: Chinese pouring billions into U.S. real estate: study

  • 0

    Nessie

    So if you forget to lock your bike or car you really wouldn't care if someone else would take it?

    If my bike were stolen I'd be devastated, but I'd appreciate some quality dark humor all the same.

    Posted in: 1,400 melons stolen from farm in Ibaraki

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