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    budgie

    Though I'm not a fan of chaos, It's good to see the inkeeper standing up to bullies. Because that's what these little punks are. They sneer and act tough and finish every adjective with 'ei' and everyone just stands down because of harmony or a fear of confrontation. They feed off that and it makes them feel bigger and stronger.

    One summer afternoon in downtown Sapporo I saw two kids on one bike, slowly weaving left and right, blocking both lanes of traffic and slowing everyone down. Not one horn was honked. They then had the nerve to straddle the line revving away while waiting at the lights, and again, nobody even confronted them. Everyone allowed themselves to be intimidated by these 'kusogaki'.

    If people would stand up to the punks they'd think twice. In almost any city in Australia or NZ, someone would drag them off their bikes before the police even arrived.

    Good on him.

    Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper

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    I watched the show - overtime too - and I don't think Affleck was wrong. However what he was doing was putting up a straw man: the other guests, and Maher, repeatedly pointed out they were talking about an extremist minority, and Affleck kept going on about how that doesn't relate to all Muslims. He had a point, but it was not really the point of the conversation. It was like they were having two different debates.

    Posted in: Ben Affleck defends Muslims on U.S. TV talk show

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    If the LDP and the media are touting her maybe that's their plan all along. A sneaky way to keep pushing their conservative agenda: put a young female face on it while the old men keep making their dirty deals in smokey back rooms.

    Posted in: Obuchi being touted as Japan's first female PM

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    Have these tired old men got more important things to worry about. Honestly they should just fire everyone over 60 and set a reserved number of seats for women for the next twenty years till this virulent conservative cancer has been removed from Japanese politics.

    Posted in: Diet rocked by dispute over justice minister's red scarf

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    budgie

    The usual excuses will come forth: intestines not long enough, legs too short, not enough miso soup before the game. Or perhaps the old staple that Koreans are more aggressive because they eat meat...

    Posted in: N Korea beats Japan in women's soccer to win gold at Asian Games

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    While 'anywhere is a target' I think it's more fashionable for Jihadists to attack America and the west - so-called 'christian' nations with whom they think they have the biggest bone to pick.

    Posted in: Could Islamic State reach Japan?

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    No surprise. ISIL is a magnet for crazies worldwide. Every loser, psychopath and people who couldn't pass the army psych exam but is just itching to kill, only needs to 'convert to Islam' and go over there and they'll give him a gun an let him fulfill his fantasies - or likely die in the attempt. They're drawing malcontents and nutters from all corners of the globe.

    Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State

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    rickyveeSEP. 25, 2014 - 03:06PM JST this is one of the few times where people should turn a blind eye while the police "question" him for several weeks.

    No need Ricky. They've got the DNA and they'll find enough more. He's done for.

    As for the police they need to learn to rely on proper police work, not 'interrogations' and forced confessions, no matter how heinous the crime.

    Posted in: Murder suspect seen walking behind girl in camera footage

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    He could start by admitting Japan's past mistakes and offering a definitive apology; stop visiting their war criminals at Yasukuni and stop denying the facts.

    Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture'

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    They can assign any target they want and they'll barely make a third of it before sea Shepherd again cuts the season short. How I love to watch the mighty whaling fleet limp home with its tail tucked between its legs every year. Wonder if even more govt handouts can make up for the shortfall?

    Posted in: Japan to file new research whaling plan this year

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    Clearly choosing a 65 year old male LDP member for a 'gender equality' role is an attempt to sabotage the effort from the outset. It's not even lip service. Even if they wanted to fool the public into think they'd do something about it they wouldn't have chosen such a person. His very appointment is giving a middle-finger to any sort of progress, and they must have known this.

    Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly

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    The Osaka bar found in 2004 that Nova was in breach of the law when it forced teachers to sign no-dating clauses in their contracts. Several teachers were transferred or dismissed for relationships with students. All were awarded compensation by the courts. IIRC Nova was ordered to retract the clause in contracts but continued to keep it in there at least till the crash of 2007.

    They may still do so, anyone know about that?

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

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    While China an ROK use Japan's wartime record as a stick to beat it with, Japanese politicians make it easy by denying history. It might not shut them up completely but how much less vocal would the neighbors be if Japan just admitted its past errors. Denying history adds fuel to the fire and keeps the 'debate' alive.

    Now the political right has found itself a godsend, at least in terms of domestic propaganda. Though the weight of historical evidence never depended on this one Asahi article, neo-nationalists can seize upon it and say, 'look, we were right all along'.

    Asahi has not just done itself a disservice: by giving ammunition to Abe and his grubby little right-wingers, they do all of history and humanity a disservice.

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    budgie

    The Chikans are going to have a field day with this...

    Posted in: Sony develops new camera for taking images in dark

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    budgie

    A friend once told me it's not the rich customers who cause headaches, it's the ones who think they're rich. Guess this goes for 'gangsters' too.

    Honestly dunno what I'd do if given the choice between Dogeza and 21 days in the slammer. Without a gun to my head I guess I' have to throw myself at the mercy of the police.

    Posted in: Video showing convenience store workers being forced to kowtow to thugs leads to one arrest

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    It's kinda lame that someone who denies the comfort women would be the host for a conference on women's issues. Just goes to show the disconnect that old conservative en have with reality in this country.

    The world will judge on deeds not lip service.

    Posted in: Pick two fingers

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    budgie

    It7s good Asahi has owned up to the false report. Unfortunately it gives the right wing a chance to seize on Asahi's comfort women reportage as 'the only source' and claim it has been discredited. No, just that one story. the rest of the rather large body of historical evidence out there is still solid.

    Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports

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    budgie

    To those who say it's a 'waste of money' it actually shouldn't cost any more than the usual construction or maintenance budget. A prison has to have walls. Those walls need to be painted. Eventually they'll need to be repainted. I couldn't care less what color it is.

    Posted in: Ehime’s new women’s prison decorated powder pink 'to relieve feelings of oppression'

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    budgie

    Plenty of books have already been written and they don't whitewash history:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirohito#References

    Posted in: Japan compiles 12,000-page bio of former Emperor Hirohito

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    budgie

    Yes, this is political grandstanding by China. However if Japan had properly acknowledged its wartime crimes China wouldn't have nearly so much to bleat about.

    And if Japanese leaders can continue to commemorate over a thousand war criminals as 'heroes' who fought for the 'glory' of Japan's 'greatness' then at least China should be permitted to happily remember the day they became FREE from the yoke of Japanese imperial aggression.

    Anyone can see which cause is nobler.

    Posted in: China's top leaders remember victory over Japan

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