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serendipitousMay. 18, 2013 - 08:47PM JST
Hitler never made it to court.....
Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
Difficult to strangle three people without them putting up a fight. Makes me wonder if the Mum and Dad strangled one kid each and then Dad strangles Mum and Dad hangs himself on doorknob. All planned out by both parents or just the Dad's idea?
Posted in: Man kills 3 family members, then himself
serendipitousMay. 18, 2013 - 08:23PM JST
Come on! They are only war criminals because the victors said so. Read the book, "The Tokyo Trials" by Bert V. A. Roling (who was a judge at the trials) and edited by A. Cassese to find out what a farce it all was. William Webb, the chief justice, was an Aussie and, understandably, most of the judges were rather biased!
serendipitousMay. 17, 2013 - 11:01PM JST
This is the problem when nutcases get their hands on nukes. No wonder other countries want to have nukes too. It really changes the negotiation position.
Posted in: S Korea, U.S., China differ over visit by Abe's envoy to N Korea
serendipitousMay. 15, 2013 - 12:52AM JST
The undeniable truth is that fewer guns should mean fewer gun deaths and no guns would mean zero gun deaths. Let's hope the US starts moving in the right direction. It would be tough and take a long time but give it a try. Surprise the rest of the world!
Posted in: Gunmen open fire at New Orleans Mother’s Day parade; 19 wounded
serendipitousMay. 15, 2013 - 12:30AM JST
The "How would you feel...?" comments are irrelevant. Hashimoto is actually right but silly to think it wouldn't stir up emotions. He seems to want to do so. He also said that it was against the will of those women involved so he isn't denying it was bad, just necessary at the time. One would hope that soldiers around the world are better trained and disciplined than those of 70 years ago but are they? Armies that are involved in conquering other nations have always raped and pillaged. In those days it was the norm (and although it sounds terrible but what else was there to do? No electronic toys to play with etc). At the end of the day (or at the end of almost 70 years since the end of WWII) it is time to move on and move forward.
Posted in: Gov't - but not Ishihara - backs away from Hashimoto's comfort women comments
serendipitousMay. 09, 2013 - 10:14PM JST
I reckon Tokyo is still in with a chance. Spain's economy is almost dead. Istanbul is a riskier choice. Tokyo has the necessary infrastructure already in place. Istanbul should try for 2024 (although they have already failed in their Olympic bids 5 times before).... Go Tokyo!
Posted in: No more blunders, Japan Olympic chief tells colleagues
serendipitousMay. 06, 2013 - 03:27PM JST
You mean "Her" and "She" and "She's" I presume.
Posted in: Slain Japanese journalist given World Press Freedom Hero award
serendipitousMay. 04, 2013 - 09:36PM JST
In the same way that those who have never wanted or needed a gun cannot fathom the logic behind the feeling that guns are so necessary, those who have always been around guns and use them can't imagine life without them. But there is no doubt that the latter are the biggest losers!
Posted in: NRA kicks off annual convention, saying it is fighting 'culture war'
serendipitousApr. 26, 2013 - 11:26PM JST
We all convince ourselves we aren't 'heavy-set' etc. but just maybe, in fact....
The brain is powerful!
Posted in: Woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her
serendipitousApr. 25, 2013 - 10:22PM JST
"Enshrined" doesn't really mean much. The 14 Class A War Criminals' bodies or ashes aren't even there. And we are talking about victor's justice in that Japan's enemies at the time (the Allied forces etc.) decided who should be hung. China always says it doesn't interfere in other sovereign states' business and tells other countries to do the same so they should butt out. Korea too. I'm sure there are some pretty dodgy soldiers buried in many war cemeteries around the world. If some people want to go and pray for peace at those places, let them. I don't think it glorifies war at all. Lest we forget......
Posted in: Abe defends ministers' visit to Yasukuni shrine
serendipitousApr. 15, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
No, he'll automatically be deported when his sentence ends. No Roppongi or Shibuya nights for him. You don't actually think they are going to give him permanent residency when he gets out, do you? Makes me wonder if they did need to give him a tourist visa in order to get him into the country for his court case. Or is there another visa status like 'Suspected Pirate'?
Posted in: Somali pirate gets 11 years in prison
serendipitousApr. 13, 2013 - 08:47PM JST
NK is going too far this time. But this is the problem when so-called rogue states manage to create nuclear weapons. The rest of the world hesitates because of it, hence these countries like NK and Iran realise they can use them as negotiating tools. Imagine if any other country said they were going to test missiles that might fly over other countries. There would be an uproar. Time for NK to shutup or face the consequences of their stupid actions.
Posted in: N Korea threatens nuclear retaliation against Japan
serendipitousApr. 08, 2013 - 08:39AM JST
Credit to TELL for doing this kind of work but was surprised that, according to the above, they only get '6000 calls annually', which averages out to about 16 a day.
Posted in: TELL marks 40th anniversary in Japan with 'Forty for the Future' campaign
serendipitousMar. 19, 2013 - 01:15AM JST
Need to click on the external link for the pics.....
Posted in: Criminals of Edo era were often punished by getting face tattoos
serendipitousMar. 13, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
Posted in: Mating pandas off to good start at Ueno zoo
serendipitousMar. 11, 2013 - 08:47PM JST
I stayed up all night last night wondering if there really was a dog then realized I must be an agnostic, dyslexic insomniac!
Posted in: Life after death? Yes, says one doctor
serendipitousMar. 06, 2013 - 06:17PM JST
Some people have a Mickey and Minnie doll, some may have two Mickey dolls and other may have two Minnie dolls. Different strokes for different folks. Get over it. Homosexuality has been around since humans have been around. Nothing new there, just more open now.
Posted in: First gay wedding held at Tokyo Disney Resort
serendipitousMar. 06, 2013 - 02:02AM JST
I got on a Women Only car on the Toyoko line a couple of years ago by mistake (it's one of the cars towards the middle of the train on that line, I learned that day!). I'd just had a haircut and thought that must be the reason these nice ladies were looking at me, not in an unfriendly way, just sort of looking. I recall smiling to myself but my brief reverie was suddenly interrupted by one lady who told me in very good English that this car was for women only. I was so surprised but, glancing around, noticed she was right. There were women everywhere! I moved toward the door feeling rather disappointed that it had nothing to do with my new haircut at all and then sheepishly got off the train at the next stop.
Posted in: ‘Women only’ train cars: Is it a crime for men to ride in them?
serendipitousMar. 06, 2013 - 01:36AM JST
Good on her. Quite an achievement. Sad but soon there will be no one left on the planet who was born in the 19th century.
Posted in: World's oldest woman turns 115 in Japan
May. 24, 2013 - 09:48AM JST
Mr Kuroda seems unusually dense for someone in charge of the Bank of Japan. If he…
Posted in: Spiking interest rates may torpedo Japan's recovery
May. 24, 2013 - 09:47AM JST
231? That seems really low, for the amount of trains and passengers that use the train…
Posted in: Violence against train station staff still rife
May. 24, 2013 - 09:46AM JST
C'mon JT. Surely I can ask whatever question I like? How can it be "off topic"?…
Posted in: If you could ask one question at Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's press conference Monday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, what would it be?
May. 24, 2013 - 09:45AM JST
The president's opponents distort the truth with each passing hour. No president has received more death…
Posted in: White House: Obama is no Nixon
May. 24, 2013 - 09:44AM JST
There are less than 20 Muslims in prison because of terrorist attacks, out of a…
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks