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    Not an expert on the Japan legal system so I have an honest question here... If he indeed pleaded guilty to the assault, what is the trial about? Is the entire thing just a penalty phase? (Just realized that you could kind of, tongue in cheek of course, claim that *all *Japanese criminal trials are just a penalty phase...)

    Posted in: Man goes on trial for kicking customer to death in ramen shop

  • -2

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    Once a pedophile, always a pedophiles - so YES to that part of the question. I don't think these 2 categories of criminals (minors with a violent offense) belong in the same category.

    Posted in: When pedophiles or minors convicted of violent crimes are released from prison, do you think residents in communities they move to should be informed of who they are and where they are living?

  • 1

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    If he kills again on camera, the element of surprise will be gone and the reaction may well be, “Oh, him again.”

    I think a lot of us have already felt this reaction long ago. What a coward, killing people who've got their hands tied behind their back. Nothing menacing at all once you've seen it a couple times. He really does think he's tough, too, the way he looks into the camera. Total moron.

    Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

  • 0

    combinibento

    I've been waiting and waiting for this game... Rumor has it the date is September 1. Still 6 months away... Give me a break, Konami!

    Posted in: Is 'Metal Gear Solid V' finally getting a release date? Mysterious countdown appears on website

  • 11

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    It's funny because the prosecutor's questions sound less like those of a prosecutor and more like a nagging wife. And his answers are just like a husband caught cheating ("I was really stupid," and "I felt excited, and just wasn’t thinking what I was doing.").

    Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials

  • 2

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    ...saying he had been in a very special mood after having consumed a lot of alcohol, and that he had liked some designs he had looked up online, so he decided to copy them by spraying graffiti on buildings.

    Low IQ and high BAC is never a good combination...

    Posted in: Man arrested for spraying graffiti near Yotsuya Station in Tokyo

  • 7

    combinibento

    The voices of the Japanese complaining about this stuff can be translated as follows: "We are happy being isolated and insignificant and watching our TV shows about food and celebrities unknown the world over. We are blessed with convenience and a plethora of canned coffee varieties. Who would want to leave this utopia? Shame on those meddlesome folks that wish to travel or contribute to international causes, as this poses an occasional risk and is totally unnecessary."

    Posted in: Some Japanese see slain hostages as troublemakers

  • 1

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    Congrats to him. I credit 'Akira' with getting me interested in Japan in the first place way back when I was a teenager.

    Posted in: Otomo first manga artist to win top French prize

  • 18

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    These guys were being held for several months, captured long before Abe's recent $200 million pledge. Which just goes to show you these punks have no true vision or religious/philosophical belief. They probably have numerous captives, of nationalities not remotely connected to those that have waged war on IS, and are simply waiting for a convenient time to use them for personal gain.

    Posted in: Abe cuts short Middle East trip to deal with hostage crisis

  • 3

    combinibento

    Don't worry folks, I'm sure he'll be arrested again.

    Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary schoolgirl

  • 7

    combinibento

    It made the headlines cause it doesn't happen very often.

    It made the headlines because they caught the guy. The crime itself definitely happens often. It happened twice, within the span of a year, to my own eight year old daughter. Yes, this exact same thing! A guy on a bike rode past and grabbed her. And I get similar such "incident alert" types of emails from the local elementary school at several times in a school year. This never made headline news though. It may have if they had a perp to walk past the cameras.

    Posted in: Man arrested for molesting student on her way to school

  • -1

    combinibento

    Wow, assuming all the speculations in this article are correct, only 69 kids are missing? Very impressive, Japan. I think there are thousands missing in most developed countries. And by "missing" I mean runaways, kids kidnapped by parents, strangers, others, etc.

    Posted in: Whereabouts of 141 children nationwide unknown

  • 0

    combinibento

    Can't put my finger on it but when an artist, particularly an extremely wealthy artist with millions of album sales, refuses to make their music available on streaming services it just smacks of arrogance, stubbornness and greed. The technology enables millions to hear your music who otherwise wouldn't take the risk of spending $10-15 on a particular album. For an artist to insist that the public take such a leap is selfish. Their shows are so rare and so expensive it's not like you can just use the live setting to learn about an artist. And the argument that radio is a fairer alternative doesn't work - commercial radio is horrible and plays one song from an artist - in this case "Shake it Off" - ad nauseam. If I hear a few other songs from an artist on Spotify and like it, I will spend the money on that artist and buy the album - many times even their past work as well. And like it or not streaming services will be here forever - it's the Internet, stupid!

    Posted in: Music streaming under fire, but soaring

  • 0

    combinibento

    This is a star whose biggest hit of the year so far was "Anaconda," a song solely made to promote a video which was made to promote her butt. Folks shouldn't set their expectations too high in terms of her having a grasp of historical sensitivity.

    Posted in: Nicki Minaj apologizes for Nazi imagery in video

  • 11

    combinibento

    It's ironic because while these old folks scoff at Starbucks and non-smoking chains, claiming people can take their time and enjoy a cup of coffee in these smaller places, many go to Starbucks precisely to avoid the cramped, smoky atmosphere of these often overpriced caves. And one more thing, I don't buy into the legitimacy of Japan being the 4th largest coffee consumer as the number includes the stuff bought in vending machines. That stuff shouldn't count as "coffee."

    Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success

  • 9

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    The Institute of Statistical Mathematics solicited responses from 6,400 people, but only received 3,170 answers.

    So roughly half of those solicited didn't see the point of effort in terms of filling out the survey.

    Posted in: Survey shows one in three Japanese young adults doesn’t see the point in effort

  • 10

    combinibento

    I really wish Japan wouldn't waste so much time on this issue. Does it really expect NK to do an about face and say, "Yeah...we were totally pulling your leg back in 2002 when we said they were dead. They're alive, LOL." Twelve years later NK is clearly still not nterested in doing anything about it and Japan has gotten nowhere. Money well spent.

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  • 8

    combinibento

    ...the IHA beat her into depression and seclusion.

    That could be right, and probably is. On the other hand, maybe she had some mental health issues in the past that weren't disclosed. Or she could have ended up depressed regardless of her lifestyle. These JT pages are filled top to bottom with horror stories involving Japanese people from all walks of life that suffer from depression and other mental health issues.

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

  • 6

    combinibento

    I'd be surprised if China's media efforts have any positive impression on the US - at least in terms of folks at "street level." It has failed miserably in whatever claim it has in Tibet; Americans have always been sympathetic to Tibet and China has tarnished its image with what it's done there. And China's attitude towards Taiwan and recently HK? Not a positive impression. There are simply too many more important territorial disputes out there - West Bank, Kashmir, etc., for the US to care much about these Islands...

    Posted in: Japan’s PR battle for U.S. hearts and minds

  • 9

    combinibento

    To get off on this sort of thing you have to be a sad, lonely loser of such epic proportions it is simply not even fathomable to even the most lowly members of society.

    Posted in: Man arrested for pouring urine from PET bottle on girl

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