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    Lay judges will also be given the option of withdrawing from jury duty if they feel they are unable to cope with the presentation of graphic evidence.

    Seems to me this would undermine the purpose of the lay judge system, being judged by your peers, etc., and therefore undermine the right to a fair trial. I can predict a certain segment of the population, particularly elderly women like this plaintiff, will simply cite an inability to cope with such photos and then be excused from jury duty. And then you basically have murder trials with juries that are missing a demographic - a demographic that may very well be beneficial to a defendant.

    Posted in: Court rules against lay judge in suit over stress caused by crime scene photos

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    No evidence is presented of anything brewing – which doesn’t prove, however, that nothing is.

    Interesting the word "brewing" is used in this sentence, because this type of silly statement brings to mind Bertrand Russell's teapot. (Showing that if he claimed there was a teapot orbiting the sun in outer space, it would be ludicrous for people to believe him simply because they can't prove him wrong.) Bottom line here is that if there is no evidence of a threat, as the author above admits, why even spend the time writing about this bizarre fantasy of ISIS committing crimes against Tokyo?

    Posted in: Could Islamic State reach Japan?

  • 10

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    Imanishi, who weighs 120 kilograms did nothing to help his victim after the frenzied attack, instead ordering a bowl of noodles

    So did they actually serve him after this ordeal? Even that whole "customer is god" thing has it's limits...

    Posted in: Man kicked to death in argument over ramen shop seat

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    I have gone pretty much digital only over the past few years out of sheer convenience, although I admit I still like CDs and regret I haven't bought many of them, mainly due to laziness. I have lost countless paid downloads through losing iPods, switching PCs, whatever. So I can understand the Japanese and can't blame them for wanting a physical thing. Also, something to pass onto your kids, unlike your iTunes library, for example. On a side note, with streaming music subscription services and the like, I can't understand for the life of me why places like Tsutaya still flourish... Someone on here will probably enlighten me though.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

  • 0

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    There had to have been exponentially more than that... Last year I received emails, on two separate occasions, from my kid's elementary school warning all the parents of attempted kidnappings. (Someone drives up to a kid walking home and asks them to get into the car.) And this is in a fairly good neighborhood. Of course I can't count how many times the school has emailed notices of molestations and other sexual assaults...

    Posted in: NPA says 94 children targeted by kidnappers in 2013

  • 10

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    He didn't apologize for it, he said he was sorry the media reported it. Two very different things.

    Posted in: Sun apologizes for 'ugly' anthem jibe

  • 29

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    Good prioritizing, Indonesia. Never mind that 30% of prostitutes in your country are children, "Crayon Shinchan" is a more worthy adversary to the moral integrity of your nation.

    Posted in: Indonesia to censor 'pornographic' Japanese cartoon

  • -6

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    The interesting thing that stands out in this story is that we have another Japanese swimmer and Olympic hopeful named "Kosuke." I mean, first Kosuke Kitajima and now Kosuke Hagino... I mean, what are the odds?!

    Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'

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    Hope the fans counter-sue the management companies for harassment, malicious prosecution, filing frivolous lawsuits, the whole kitchen sink. What legal basis can the management company possibly have against the fans who had no contractual relationship with anyone and most certainly cannot be called negligent for - gasp - spending time with an idol they idolize (thanks in large part to management's efforts). What nonsense.

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

  • 0

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    I probably assumed we'd have come up with cures for more diseases by now. If you asked me 30 years ago whether I thought, by the year 2014, we'd have cured the cold, cured some cancers, and cured AIDS and the like, I probably would have said, Of Course!

    Posted in: When you were younger, which inventions or technological developments did you think we would have by now, but which have not eventuated?

  • 1

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    Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizon has done the same thing to his inmates, makes them wear pink. Although it's to humiliate them.

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

  • -4

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    The guy is a perv and he knows it. I know this crowd hates generalizations, but I'll just say it: 99% of the time, when a 40-something year old Japanese guy takes a photo of a female stranger, particularly with a cell phone, there is some lowly prurient interests involved.

    Although I do find this part hilarious:

    The law...seeks to protect one thing: the safety and well-being of women.

    So this is the one time we read about a perp actually getting arrested? For taking "normal" photos? How many times have I read about folks getting suspended sentences for molesting children, taking potty photos of their students, or even killing their offspring... Doesn't seem like "safety and well-being of women" is really that much of a priority.

    Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train

  • 3

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    with just one buyer at a major electronic retailer in Tokyo.

    That's why it's called xBox ONE.

    Posted in: Japan launch of Microsoft Xbox One falls flat

  • 5

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    It just boggles the mind how lenient the law is towards sex offenders, and how forgiving employers are, particular those employers who pay this man to teach the very class of individuals he victimizes. It's one thing to hire a sex offender as a truck driver but as a schoolteacher? I'm sure everyone involved in slapping his wrist for the first offense is shocked, just shocked he did it again!

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

  • 3

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    Former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp

    It's awful generous to have that as his introduction when he only played in a single game... He was suspended for using steroids and, call me a cynic, I'm pretty sure he relies on them to remain relevant.

    Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

  • -4

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    During the 2012 summer tournament, seven players were arrested for breaking into a recycling shop.

    What is a "recycling shop" and why would anyone break into one...?

    Posted in: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball

  • 7

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    I think we all know these types of people - the ones that simply cannot resist an "oyaji gyagu" whenever the opportunity arises (and by "opportunity" I mean, whenever it pops into their head).

    Posted in: Hospital head hit for Ebola pun on Facebook

  • 4

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    Is it the violence in the games or just the glorifying of antisocial characters committing violent acts? There are plenty of violent games out there, such as the superb recent installments in the Metal Gear franchise, that are very violent but don't glorify crime (think GTA). I don't think the study should throw all violent games into one category, as it's unlikely they all have the same effect on teens.

    Posted in: Violent video games linked to risk of crime, alcohol abuse

  • 1

    combinibento

    Just curious, but how do you go about affixing panties to a car? With glue? Scotch tape? Seems like some skills are needed to turn a car into a pantymobile.

    Posted in: Wakayama man arrested for attaching underwear to cars of women he doesn’t know

  • 14

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    Killed her, hid the body, and apparently no sign of remorse. And yet prosecutors can still only demand a sentence which is less than your average drug dealer gets.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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