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smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 10:30PM JST
Mods: "Readers, there is no evidence yet to suggest a crime was committed."
Yes, exactly! Thank you for bringing some sanity to this.
Posted in: Body of child found in river confirmed as that of missing 7-year-old girl
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 09:35PM JST
some14some: "sad to see it happening in a country with strict gun control laws (!)"
Well, that's the thing, isn't it? This would not be news if it were in the US, it'd come after the daily weather. One reason it's news here is because it is so rare. I don't even remember the last shooting death I read about here (I know there was one after the mayor in a Hiroshima town was shot... or something like that... some years ago), as opposed to the daily gun massacres in certain other nations. It happens everywhere, gun control or no, but the difference is frequency and volume.
In any case, and no doubt here, when there IS a shooting in Japan it is almost ALWAYS involving the Yakuza, and given that it was over a construction project granted to a certain construction company in the same economic zone as the Shin-Yamaguchi (again... LOVE the originality of the name!) are battling the Yamaguchi and others, this is very likely the yaks, too.
Posted in: 1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Wakayama construction firm
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 07:40PM JST
bass4funk: "Hillary has ideas? That's a new one. Hillary has to try to convince the independent voting block that she's a capable and a candidate that is trustworthy and I don't know how she's going to pass that off."
Face it, bass, you no longer need to hide in denial. Pence can barely do it, and can't do it at all with a serious face (yesterday he had to admit to a nearly empty speaking hall that he is a "b-rate candidate"), and Trump's new (after the shake up you guys need to call an 'expansion' because you can't admit it was a shake up) campaign manager even admitted Trump's comment on African Americans after the shooting was out of line.
So, bass, what do YOU think of Trump's comment?
'Trump’s first tweet about the shooting ended this way: “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”'
I'm not asking you about Hillary; I'm asking you flat out about your opinion on what Trump said, and if you support it or not. No deflecting.
Posted in: Trump stand-ins struggle to speak for and defend nominee
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 06:04PM JST
kwatt, Cortes, et al.: Until there is ANY indication to the contrary, it seems like the little girl got into trouble on her own and there is no point stating that some pervert or kidnapper, etc. is responsible until at the very least the autopsy is conducted. Where are you guys getting this from?
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 02:39PM JST
Depends on the mission. If they go in a group to protect something where there is little risk I think they will do okay. If they are dropped into a war zone as back up, and I fully suspect the government. Wants to do this and assess their abilities, I think it would be a disaster. But with the right person in charge on the ground, you never know.
Posted in: Japan's Self-Defense Forces, who have not fired a shot in combat abroad since the end of World War II, are training for rescue missions and U.N. peacekeeping operations under new security-related laws, where they may have to use force. How do you think the SDF will do in such situations? Will they be up to the task?
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 01:46PM JST
MTV is just desperate. Reminds me of when TV shows started doing "live" episodes to try and save the ratings. Just wait until Kanye gets on stage and is worse than usual, and I do t even want to think of the politics that are going to fly with Trump advocating black deaths for votes, BLM, and other stuff. Going to be a train wreck indeed.
Posted in: MTV to let stars loose in an unscripted awards extravaganza
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 01:43PM JST
Very sad indeed. Not paying attention to a child even 30 meters away can be disastrous. RIP.
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 11:51AM JST
But they don't take the public's opinion into account on any other state issues except to say, "We will convince you!", so why only speak on their behalf (without asking) on this one?
Posted in: It is not appropriate to abolish capital punishment in the country as the majority of citizens think the death penalty is unavoidable for atrocious crimes.
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 11:43AM JST
Japan does, in my opinion, as they have administered the islands for some time now -- one of the same reasons Dokdo is Korean, and the Kuriles Russian, except with the latter two they are also lived on and have been for a very long time.
Posted in: Who has the better claim to the disputed isles controlled by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus?
smithinjapanAug. 29, 2016 - 11:41AM JST
OssanAemrica: "Rule based order at Sea? Complaint from China coming shortly."
I'd say complaints coming from a lot of concerned angles, given that a lot of African nations are land-locked and this was clearly just a show of bribery on the part of Abe. PLUS, Japan also needs to abide my international law on the seas, which they have proven not to in some respects, so it is hypocritical. If you can't admit this was just money for favours, you're lost, my friend.
Posted in: Japan, Africa vow to fight terrorism, stress rule-based order at sea
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 09:40PM JST
Strangerland: "That said, Japan is safe."
So, again, where is she?
"And before you all jump to conclusions, let's wait and see what happens. Remember the kid who was waiting it out in the JSDF hut for six days before they found him a couple of months back? The kid half of you said was killed by his parents, and another third of you said was killed by someone else?"
He was found alive; I would hardly call being a child left while your parents drive ahead, abandoning you, and then having to spend the better part of a week in an abandoned building "safe". And in any case, calling this neglect, which it is, is not 'jumping to conclusions' any more than saying she is missing as a result. We don't know what condition she is in by any means, but the negligence is a given.
Japan T: "And it all could have been avoided if people placed less belief in the safety of Japan and more in their own responsibility to look after themselves and those they love."
Exactly. How many times do we have to read this kind of article before that sinks in for some people? I guess the myth is nicer than reality.
Posted in: 7-year-old girl missing in Nagano town
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 09:33PM JST
"I don't suppose the color of the people in these countries has anything to do with the shower of criticism appear here?... If Korean, US, UK, French, German, etc. companies don't get the contracts, companies in which country will? Connect the dots, guys. Connect the dots!"
Actually, the criticism isn't coming as a result of "colour", nor is it because THEY are missing out, it is because the government is using money it does not have while at the same time sacrificing the future of the nation and letting people suffer here because as it claims to have no money.
Posted in: Japan pledges to invest $30 billion in Africa over next three years
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 09:25PM JST
commanteer: "Why on earth should the Japanese police care if Chinese people are getting drugs they need in Japan?"
Probably some angle in which the government here loses money, which is the main reason. Safety is probably the guise.
Posted in: 4 arrested over illegal sale of medicines to Chinese tourists
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 09:15PM JST
How do you know he didn't drop something and thought he could catch it in time? The fact is you do not know for a fact, and that is what the poster was saying. You can only infer, and while it is the most obvious inference, it is not yet established fact. I also think it was suicide -- but I don't KNOW for a fact it was. Neither do you.
Posted in: Man falls to death from 2nd floor of Omotesando Hills
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 09:09PM JST
choiwaruoyaji: "On the other hand it might be like cotton buds (swabs) for the ear... many doctors now recommend against them."
Wouldn't that be more like toilet paper? How are cotton buds like spraying water?
"Using a washlet might be like that."
I hope you don't read the National Enquirer or subscribe to superstition. Your odd fear of washlets reminds me of a Japanese woman I know who thought many foreigners were bald because they don't use umbrellas, or people wear cologne and perfume because they eat meat (she said at a party where she was eating yakiniku... no joke!), and who honestly believed it was thanks to the goldfish predictions that Japan got 12 gold medals in Rio.
Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s high-tech toilets?
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 08:59PM JST
mlrenick: "This one was named by North Korea. Who approves these names is beyond me!"
North Korea did not name anything, nor did anyone else. They submitted a list of names like other nations, and the names are assigned in order. In any case, you need to learn a little before emphatically criticising something: "Mindulle" was the North Korean name for the typhoon that hit Japan a few days ago, before Konpasu (the Japanese name).
Posted in: Another powerful typhoon forecast to hit Japan on Tuesday
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 08:48PM JST
gaijintraveller: I have both dried and fresh (well, frozen in pieces as it was going to go bad) galangal, frozen lemon grass (and dried), kaffir lime leaves (frozen and dried... and unlike the other ingredients they are fine frozen. The others lose a bit when thawed). I also have Thai and Vietnamese chillies (green and red), frozen, and about 3kg of Thai rice left. I think this recipe was intended for use with ingredients readily available in Japan, as opposed to the items you have to import (or buy from an import company), and I agree it's not very authentic (especially with butter!!), and ginger quite different from galangal.
In any case, it seems like it would be decent. Making your own Thai curry paste is a nightmare here, and it is MUCH cheaper and easier to buy the powders and instant pastes, but making an authentic Tom Ka Gai is pretty easy if you have the right stuff. I haven't used the site in a while, but I used to often order from: http://www.ai-thailand.com
Nothing else like it if you can make the real thing!
Posted in: Scent of Thai pork curry will bring you to the table
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 08:39PM JST
Well, thank goodness his bomb did not go off! And it being Indonesia, this guy's not going to get off easily, either. Hope he gets locked up in one of those infamous prisons for a while.
Posted in: Would-be bomber fails to detonate in Indonesian church
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 08:27PM JST
Japan T: "Remember, Japan is safe."
So where is she?
smithinjapanAug. 28, 2016 - 06:53PM JST
clamenza: "Of course. That had to be it."
I think the poster was just saying it could be anything. While the explanation makes it sound like suicide, I agree that jumping from the second floor doesn't seem like the potential for success is high, though if that was his intent he did indeed succeed.
In any case, glad that he did not land on anyone.
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