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forzaducatiMar. 31, 2014 - 12:40PM JST
Maybe it doesn't register with Mr. Hakamada anymore, after having languished away in solitary confinement for so long, but he is lucky not to have been strung up years ago. Or not, I am not sure, since the man's mind seems to be in pieces.
Because today in the news is the case of a Mr. Michitoshi Kuma, who was accused and found guilty of murdering 2 girls in 1996. He kept denying being the culprit, but was nevertheless hanged in 2008. He was convicted on sloppy DNA testing as crucial evidence, in the same manner as Mr. Sugaya was put on death row. As we all know, Mr. Sugaya was later acquitted and subsequently released from prison. For Mr. Kuma however, it is too late, his bones ain't aching anymore, they hanged him. His lawyers are trying to reopen the case, but this was turned down by the courts. Them judges must have thought, he's dead, what's the use. Another utter disgrace. I can imagine that they won't let you off the hook by merely saying "I didn't do it", but if there is only circumstantial evidence, then the death penalty should not be applied.
Posted in: Freed death row convict's compensation will probably be paltry
forzaducatiMar. 29, 2014 - 12:33PM JST
So if you need a mere 800 million yen, just sending a message with your keitai will get you the money? They must have had quite a cozy and trustful relationship.
When I first heard of "Your Party", I thought this fellow can't be kosher. These politicians always make it appear doing something for kokumin no minasan, but they are just shrewd businessmen, lining their pockets with somebody else's money, preferably Your Money. Your Party my a$$, should read My Party. Alarm bells should have been ringing, but I am pretty sure he got applauded by his fellow politicians for coming up with such a clever name.
And these other politicians jumping on his back now are likely not much better, I guess the trick is being smart not to get caught.
Posted in: Watanabe says he spent some of Y800 mil on lucky charm
forzaducatiMar. 14, 2014 - 03:32PM JST
Maybe some people here forgot that it was Abe himself questioning previous apologies, thus keeping this "topic" alive. I don't believe for one minute he is sincere about it, he just cuts his losses this time, being smart for once.
Posted in: Abe says there will be no change to wartime sex slave apology
forzaducatiMar. 09, 2014 - 12:02AM JST
Well, according to the news, there were two passengers on this flight using stolen passports. One belonging to an Italian fellow and one to an Austrian fellow, both of whom were not on this flight and are actually alive and well. Both had their passports stolen earlier, so who knows.
Posted in: Malaysia, Vietnam search for airliner carrying 239
forzaducatiFeb. 20, 2014 - 02:11PM JST
If you believe the occasional nitwit one can encounter here, it were the Americans raping their way through Japan.These same people probably also still believe that Americans have horns like devils, as the Japanese public were made to believe by Tojo & Co. Of course they know that Americans don't have horns, even the really feeble minded folks found that out in '45, and of course they are pretty much aware of the rampage Japan inflicted on their victims, the problem is, they just can't handle the truth. These weasels try to compare oranges with apples, all they can come up with is "other countries did it too". They are mistaken there as well, other countries did not. Well, the only other country I can think of was Nazi Germany, you know, your WW2 palls. Not something to be proud of. And even Nazis stationed in China were taken aback with what they saw. Or were they lying too? Or were they deemed mentally impaired, like those Japanese soldiers were made out for when describing the atrocities they had participated in? While I am pretty sure that American and allied service personal were engaged in raping here in Japan and elsewhere, it was not state sanctioned or promoted on a scale the Japanese did.
This Momii fellow, his boss Abe and likewise ilk should have their barfing orifices, both of them, be serviced by long lines of eagerly waiting men, you know, to give them an idea what it must have been like for all those girls and women who were violated then and are still being violated through these denials and ludicrous "personal opinions" by people in high places.
Posted in: NHK chief vows impartiality after wartime sex slavery remarks
forzaducatiFeb. 13, 2014 - 09:36AM JST
You can't really put the blame on this guy alone. His mother said that everytime she saw him on tv making some wild claims, she thought "mata uso itte iru no, mou yamenasai". But she didn't raise any alarm bells. His wife must also have known something wasn't kosher, unless he managed to fool her as well with his non existing hearing problems and piano skills. And of course the ghost writer, who was in on this scam go on for 18 years and for some reason finally spilled the beans.
Posted in: 'Beethoven of Japan' says he can hear again
forzaducatiFeb. 11, 2014 - 04:06PM JST
I tried desperately to watch some coverage of this event and all I saw was the same whining over and over and over again. Can't they get some objective coverage of international sports events here for a change?
Hiroyasu Shimizu, the former 500m gold medalist with the incredible thighs, claimed that the Dutch speedskaters stole the cornering technique from the Japanese. Haha, really? And he also claimed that the people in charge of preparing the ice floor are from the Netherlands and that they kept the ice soft on purpose, to give an advantage to the Dutch skaters, adding that soft ice does not suit Asian speedskaters. These sentiments were parroted by fellow former speedskaters Okazaki and Horii. Well, the fellow that designed and oversaw constructing of the Sochi ice rink is actually from the Netherlands and he might be in Sochi at the moment, but to suggest he is keeping the ice soft for the benefit of the Dutch speedskaters is a rather childish claim and certainly not becoming people with first hand experience as speedskaters. No speedskater likes soft ice and it would certainly not benefit the Dutch skaters who are about 15~20 kgs heavier than the Japanese skaters. I very much doubt that any person in the Netherlands would have expected them to win all medals in this event, since they ususally do far better at long distance events, but then, all these 3 fellows have been strong all season.
On tv they also mentioned that the Japanese skaters deserved to finish 1-2, having worked so hard for it, but what have the other 20~30 or so skaters been doing then? Just give some credit to these guys instead of this unsportsmanlike drivel.
Posted in: Mulder twins lead another Dutch speedskating sweep
forzaducatiFeb. 06, 2014 - 04:28PM JST
Hard not to feel sorry for him? How so? He wasn't exactly very sincere for 18 years and adorned himself with borrowed plumes. Worst of all, he pretended to be deaf. According to Mr. Niigaki, the ghost writer, he could converse normally with Samuragochi, never noticing any hearing problems. Niigaki also mentioned that Samuragochi threatened to commit suicide if he quit helping him out. Odd story overall.
Posted in: 'Japan's Beethoven' admits using ghost composer
forzaducatiJan. 31, 2014 - 11:55PM JST
This was not a coincidence, nor was it a surprise. I imagine that all of this is concocted by Abe when he is standing in front of the bathroom mirror dressed in his Tojo outfit. That is where his delusions of grandeur are born and then imposed on his underlings. In his first stint as pm, Abe is rumoured to have been on the phone with NHK frequently to complain about them broadcasting something not to his liking or something too close to the truth instead of Abe's own misguided views of (Imperial) Japanese history. Wonder what he told the NHK bosses. Do as I say or you will be forever demoted to NHK fee collecting duties? Just lean on this Momii fellow real good and he'll soon squeal that Abe made him say his ianfu rant. Every country did it. And Hashimoto wasting no time with parroting the same. What the hell are these idiots thinking I wonder. They are believing their own mumbo jumbo now. Well, apart from Japan's wartime palls the Nazis, I can't recall ever having read about any other country having been engaged in state sponsered rape during WW2. But that doesn't reflect well on the country, so we'll just deny it and/or shift the blame.
They should tar and feather Abe and his cronies and then run them out of town before they can do any more damage to this country.
Posted in: NHK chief apologizes in Diet for 'comfort women' comments
forzaducatiJan. 31, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
And don't forget the internal memos that were found under the rug of the Tepco Old Boys Club, mentioning that the repeated IAEA warnings and recommendations to upgrade the damned plant were put aside for reasons, and I quote, that "daijoubu, daijoubu da yo, nothing can go wrong due our Japanese superior technology". Well, that display of arrogance bit them in the a$$ real bad. Wonder what those folks have to say now.
Posted in: 1,415 sue builders of Fukushima nuclear plant
forzaducatiJan. 15, 2014 - 07:26PM JST
Well, it does seem odd that the only problems that have been reported after the system was redesigned, involves the carriers ANA and JAL. ANA experienced a battery alarm in the cockpit and now JAL experiences a battery problem during maintenance. Anyway, you can bet that the system has been thoroughly checked for overcharging and overdrawing the batteries (they seem to record these data) and even the batteries that got hot, weren't exposed to overcharging etc. I haven't a clue whether it is a battery problem or not, but if I was Boeing , I would have changed the lot for a more proven battery. Actually, the FAA approved an American (I think) made lithium-ion battery for this application, but for some reason Boeing went with Yuasa. I guess this is new for them too. Incidentally, I read somewhere that they now make a lithium-iron-ion battery, which seems to make things less volatile.
Posted in: JAL grounds Dreamliner at Narita after battery problem
forzaducatiDec. 16, 2013 - 12:45PM JST
Well, we don't know for sure if they put him out of his misery, i.e. as Nr.2 having to clap enthousiastically while looking at that bacon neck of lard lad all the time. Perhaps he is breaking up big rocks into pebbles or digging holes in the remote mountains. If not him, all of his neighbors are. His wife, lard lad's aunt, is still with us and was seen upholding this clapping charade, so who knows.
We also don't know why Nr.2 was made to leave this valley of tears and who was behind it. Some news sources mention his older brother, who could have been pissed for being overlooked by his daddy for the Nr.1 position. These commies all have one trait in common and that is that they are highly suspiciousof their surroundings, so like Stalin or Mao, lard lad could have seen demons one dark, cold night and decided to off Nr.2 just in case. Maybe the Nr.2 got his daily dose of porn/booze and Nr.1 didn't. That would not have been fair and a clear case of a possible counter revolutionary power grab. Or some other big shot could have wanted to suck up to Nr.1 by spreading some false rumours (see the Inquisition, Stalin, DDR etc.). Or, Like Saddam Hussain, occasionally shoot some unsuspecting big shot between the eyes, as a warning to others, not to get some ideas.
I for one, can't wait for this gang of thugs to be rolled up and see the Kim dynasty end at the wrong end of a piece of rope.
Posted in: Kerry says North Korea's leader reckless, ruthless
forzaducatiDec. 04, 2013 - 06:26PM JST
This morning they had a funny interview on tv with Arnie. He talked about Stallone, their ages and Expendables. Arnie is 66 and Stallone is 67, so some people say they should be doing something else. Anyway, while doing a take for Expendables, Stallone jumps down from something and then jumps onto a ladder, pulling a muscle in his leg in the process. Stallone warned Arnie to do a stretch-up before his take in order to prevent the same mishap. However, Arnie didn't make it for his take, he pulled a muscle in his leg while stretching.
Posted in: He's back
forzaducatiDec. 02, 2013 - 12:05PM JST
I think the high number refers to the estimated total catch of all tuna species, including the catch through over fishing and the lower figure for bluefin tuna only.
So Japan wants to adapt conservation measures for one species of tuna, but opposes a reduction in quotas for bluefin tuna. It's all in the 'bluefin tuna= sushi lovers' of course.
Posted in: Showdown looms for lucrative tuna industry
forzaducatiNov. 27, 2013 - 10:22PM JST
Cutting blades? What is a person of Mr. Inose's stature going to do with cutting blades? That was really a mean thing to do and it seems that Mr. Inose was very disappointed. Not finding cash in an envelope I mean.
Posted in: Inose receives envelope with box cutter blades enclosed
forzaducatiNov. 12, 2013 - 01:32PM JST
Next up, sake rice wine. Guess what, all doesn't seem to be kosher with the labeling.
Posted in: 6 Hokkaido hotels admit mislabeling steak
forzaducatiNov. 12, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
I think I would be easily fooled. When I would be chewing on whatever they had put in front of my snout, I would still be trying to get my head around that name Lake Akan Tsuruga Resort Spa Tsuruga Wings. Anyway, just put "looks like", "could be", "tastes like" etc. before every item on the menu. That's what management is thinking anyway. The only thing you san be sure of it seems, is that you will squeeze it out again in that familiar brown color. What a shame.
forzaducatiNov. 11, 2013 - 11:06AM JST
I don't read 'problem with a battery' here, I read 'possible problem with some connection'. Some maintenance worker could have improperly connected something. Daily, planes around the world experience a variety of engine related problems, cracked window shields, flat tires, faulty instrumentation, leaking fuel or hydraulic oil etc. etc. And it's not reported as news worthy. Of course, after serious incidents with some part or system you should keep an eye on it, but don't sensationalize it. It's getting tiresome. It's only newsworthy if another battery catches fire.
Posted in: JAL reports problem with 787 battery on Helsinki-Tokyo flight
forzaducatiNov. 07, 2013 - 12:38PM JST
If you switch on the tv, chances are, you'll be confronted by some restaurant owner, or any other business representative for that matter, babbling about okyakusama no tame this and okyakusama that. Just be honest for a change and say okyakusama no kane no tame.
Latest scandal involves parcel delivery services that charge almost double for cool takukyubin, but don't deliver it cooled. One small parcel can get them a profit of 2,000 yen no less. How many parcels deliver they again on a yearly basis? Pure profit. It's not going to kill anybody, but it is plain and simple stealing. You can just trust nobody anymore.
Posted in: Food mislabeling scandal spreads to department stores
forzaducatiNov. 02, 2013 - 12:05PM JST
People empathizing with Mr. Snowden are, as he is, seriously naive. I could empathize with Snowden if he had spilled the beans on China, Russia, France etc. as well, for all of these countries crying foul now, are basically calling the kettle black. What exactly would Russia do with him, if Snowden would throw their dirty laundry out in the streets?
Posted in: Snowden seeks world's help against U.S. charges
Apr. 19, 2014 - 01:40PM JST
The government said the economy was on track for a moderate recovery, in keeping with its…
Posted in: Gov't cuts economic view after sales tax hike
Apr. 19, 2014 - 01:28PM JST
The world is laughing at Japan. No regard for international law. Japan will pay and China…
Posted in: Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt
Apr. 19, 2014 - 01:17PM JST
As a country which considers appearances and adherence to conformity to be vitally important, it is…
Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s
The underground economy will flourish.
Apr. 19, 2014 - 01:08PM JST
Too bad I wasn't born a girl in real life. SOBS T_T I want to wear…
Posted in: Toy company offers glowing fingernails for those phoning home