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  • 5

    Brainiac

    smithinjapan

    You need to learn something about the law. Yes, she called the police in January and June but there is nothing in any Japanese story to indicate that she filed a complaint against Shirakawa. So under the law, all the police could do was warn him off. Calling the police is not a formal complaint as you seem to think.

    Furthermore, the police do not have the manpower to park outside her house all day, every day, or keep an eye on the ex-husband all day every day either.

    The police are not to blame in this case, unless, and it's a BIG unless, the victim filed a criminal complaint and they did not act on it. But so far, that has not been shown to be the case.

    Posted in: Man assaults ex-wife, fatally stabs her mother in Sapporo

  • 2

    Brainiac

    fishy

    Yes, I just saw some info on that on NHK. But apparently, she didn't file a complaint, so unfortunately, the police could not arrest him.

    Most people don't realize that stalking is a powerful form of addiction, much stronger than substance addiction. The fixation with the object of one's addiction is far more powerful than being told no, or being given a warning by the police. I can imagine the ex-wife saying to the police something like, "Well, I don't want to get him into trouble. Can't you just tell him to leave me alone?"

    Posted in: Man assaults ex-wife, fatally stabs her mother in Sapporo

  • 10

    Brainiac

    Actually, this is one of those unfortunate cases that happened too quickly for the police to have been able to prevent it. The woman contacted police for the first time on the day of the murder to complain about her ex-husband's behavior. I can only guess but most likely she asked them to warn him off and they did. They could only have arrested him if she were willing to file a complaint. The chances are that as soon as he hung up after to talking to the police, he became enraged and went over to his ex-wife's place.

    So everyone, please don't be too hard on the police. If the woman had repeatedly consulted with them about her ex-husband's behavior, that would be different. But it appears that wasn't the case, unless there is more to the story than what is written here.

    Posted in: Man assaults ex-wife, fatally stabs her mother in Sapporo

  • 1

    Brainiac

    One possibility is that it was a suicide pact made by three people who met online, which is, unfortunately, quite common in Japan. But it looks like the guy couldn't stay put and got out of the car while on fire.

    Posted in: Three die in suspected suicide in car fire

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Unusual outfit for a Japanese government representative to wear at a signing ceremony at such a big international event. I doubt Amari would have dressed like that.

    Posted in: Dressed up for TPP

  • -1

    Brainiac

    There is nothing wrong with wanting to amend the constitution, especially considering that it was imposed on Japan 70 years ago by another country. But it has to be done legally and transparently. Abe is right about one thing. The world is a lot different now compared to the postwar period. During the 1990 Gulf War, the Diet had to enact a special law just to let the SDF help with refueling activities - absurd when, at that time, Japan was getting 90% of its oil from that part of the world. Japan has to play its part in the international community; it can't stay wrapped up in a cocoon.

    Personally, I have no problem with the right to collective self-defense because I understand it. But most people who opposed it at rallies did not really understand that legislation when it was rammed through the Diet last summer. The world has changed and we all have to realize this.

    Let there be thorough and open debate first.

    Posted in: Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

  • 3

    Brainiac

    I just got back my tax forms in the mail yesterday. It's getting more complicated very year, trying to claim exemptions. I haven't received a refund in years.

    Posted in: Claiming multiple exemptions in Japan for non-resident relatives? Well, the jig is up

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I only use about 10% of the functions on my iPhone 5 now anyway, so I'm not interested in an iPhone 6, 7, 8 or 100. The only thing I'd like to see them develop is a phone battery that doesn't need recharging every day. Once a year would be nice.

    Posted in: Apple this week reported the slowest sales ever of its market-leading iPhone, after years of rocketing growth. Has Apple peaked and what does the company need to do to find new sources of growth?

  • 2

    Brainiac

    There have been quite a few of these incidents in recent months, mainly at Japanese schools, forcing them to cancel festivals on weekends. The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Tokyo also had a bomb threat on Christmas eve. I guess this is how some sickos get their thrills.

    Posted in: 1,200 evacuated after British School in Tokyo gets bomb threat

  • 4

    Brainiac

    This will get ugly and won't work. They'll be dragging families out of their homes or shelters and forcing them onto buses, trains or planes, as if they were cattle. They won't want to go; the countries they are sending them back to probably won't want to accept them. Then what?

    Posted in: Mass expulsions ahead for Europe as migrant crisis grows

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Yes, I have heard more than enough. Both governments agreed to end the issue once and for all last December and that should be an end to it, whether some disagree with it or not.

    Posted in: Are you tired of reading or hearing about the World War II sex slave issue?

  • -1

    Brainiac

    Just once I'd like to see the emperor and empress give their kids a hug when they depart on a trip.

    Posted in: Bon voyage

  • 0

    Brainiac

    It's a shame Nishikori couldn't have been in the other half of the draw so he could have avoided Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

    Posted in: Djokovic, Nishikori, Sharapova, Williams advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open

  • 7

    Brainiac

    To anyone who thinks it is better to run, don't. First, it is dangerous to jump onto railway tracks. And even if you did get away, just what are you going to do? Go to work as normal and pretend nothing happened? You'd be looking over your shoulder all day every day in the office, on your way home, wondering if the police were going to find you. You'd end up staying at home all day. You could not possibly function in your job under that kind of stress.

    If you are innocent, insist on it, even if they take you to the station. Ask to call a lawyer or your embassy. Groping cases rarely end up in court or with the offender spending much time in a cell at the police station, so try and keep your cool and let your lawyer or embassy rep help you.

    And yes, I know all about how police treat suspects in Japan, so I don't need to be lectured. But running is stupid.

    Posted in: Accused groper hit by train after jumping off platform onto tracks

  • 9

    Brainiac

    I despise people who prey on the elderly. My then-83-year-old grandmother was once knocked down by a punk who stole her handbag. She was badly shaken, although not hurt. But the damage was done to her trusting nature. She was always afraid to go shopping by herself after that.

    Posted in: Fake delivery man robs 71-year-old woman

  • 12

    Brainiac

    At least, on a grass roots level, relations between Japan, China and South Korea are pretty good. It's the governments that cause trouble. Now they have to figure out what to do with all those tour buses that are double-parking in Ginza.

    Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2015 reach record 19.734 million

  • -2

    Brainiac

    I can't believe how many readers hate SMAP. They have millions of fans in Japan and are immensely popular. It's interesting to note that most of the user names that hate SMAP are also Japan-bashers on other threads.

    Posted in: SMAP members say they will remain together

  • 4

    Brainiac

    A lot of train services (except subways) have already been stopped in Tokyo and outlying areas. Tokyo has one of the most advanced mass transport systems in the world. Yet there is a little bit of snow - and that's all it is in Tokyo - and transport is paralyzed and schools closed.

    NHK news last night showed people rushing to home centers to buy shovels. You'd think most households would be prepared for at least some snow each winter.

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  • 2

    Brainiac

    Damn, another loss to cancer. He was superb in "Die Hard." I watch it every Christmas.

    Posted in: 'Harry Potter' star, 'Die Hard' villain Alan Rickman dies at 69

  • 6

    Brainiac

    Do firefighters normally ride in ambulances? Aren't there paramedics? And since when did ambulances become taxis for drunks? Why couldn't the ambulance driver or one of the firefighters put him in a taxi and send him home?

    Posted in: Firefighter arrested for stealing wallet from drunk man in ambulance

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