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

    Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary schoolgirl

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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

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    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.

    Posted in: Abe says N Korea to deepen probe into abductees

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    ...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

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    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

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    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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    women being tied up with ropes and male patrons whipping them

    "This is not what I meant by 'womenomics," said Abe.

    Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal

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    Interesting that the driver's main reaction at that time was not panic or "please save her life," but a totally irrational response of accusation and calling the authorities. Very interesting set of priorities in that person's mind.

    Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads

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    I'll never defend NK for all it does, but if you're a tourist and your idea of a good time is to head to NK to spread your religion and drop a bible on a table every now and again in hopes of saving souls, knowing full well that sort of thing isn't tolerated, you kind of deserve what you get.

    Posted in: N Korea frees U.S. man; 2 more still detained

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    Two observations: Why did the cops take the time to weigh this dropped load? Second:

    unloading 17 sacks

    Something tells me a lot more than 17 sacks were unloaded given the amount of porn we're talking :-)

    Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park

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    How does the magazine expect to effect any change at all to this alleged behavior if it doesn't even identify this Company X? One wonders why it even bothered to publish it at all.

    Posted in: Kansai taxis flout laws in quest for more lucrative business

  • -1

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    "Pull my finger," said Abe.

    Posted in: Abe in Italy

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    Obuchi’s political funding oversight body had spent about 3.6 million yen over five years from 2008 at a clothing shop run by her sister’s husband

    Wait, so the funding oversight boy was the one that misused funds? What's next, a story about a criminal that's actually a cop? Oh, wait, that happens all the time... Never mind.

    Posted in: Obuchi apologizes after political funds misuse reports

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    I've seen a lot of criticism of U2 since this incident, but not a lot of criticism of Apple, who in my opinion is the primary party to blame. It's their platform, they funded this scheme, and used the album "release" to promote their products during the iPhone 6 launch. Lots of bands would have jumped at the chance to shove their music down the throats of hundreds of millions of people but it was Apple that allowed U2 this prize.

    Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts

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    Tanaka was hoping for the Cy Youngest award but due to injury he'll have to settle for this. He also wasn't eligible for the Goldest Glove award.

    Posted in: Yankees pitcher Tanaka, model Rola among winners of 'Best Jeanist Awards 2014'

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