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zabutonsenbeiOct. 18, 2014 - 08:51PM JST
If they find that she knowingly broke the law, then she has to be prosecuted. If it was the people running her affairs, then she should probably step down, and the people responsible should be prosecuted. Then I say they should put every single member of the Diet, including the accusers, under a microscope. If wrongdoing is found, more prosecutions. Of course the latter will never happen...
Posted in: Obuchi under pressure to resign over political donations misuse
zabutonsenbeiOct. 08, 2014 - 04:26PM JST
Governments should not be involved in labeling foods as healthy or good for high blood pressure (as some teas are in Japan). Bad idea. Could be held libel.
Posted in: 'Health food' certification mark to be placed on prepared foods
zabutonsenbeiOct. 02, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
I'm a little surprised at these results, with all the news about how bad it is for senior citizens in Japan. Years ago I would agree, but not now.
Posted in: Norway named best place to grow old; Japan 9th
zabutonsenbeiSep. 20, 2014 - 02:39PM JST
I am glad they finally caught this guy! There are still others out there though. I hope the judge will be able to charge him with something that'll give him a long time to think about what he did. Alas, I am afraid that he will get off with a much lighter sentence than we would give him...
Posted in: Man arrested for poisoning over 40 cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward
zabutonsenbeiSep. 11, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
If they are going to try out new players, they should start with the goalie. Kawashima is ok, but it's time to bring in some new blood. These internationals are great matches to test the next generation.
Posted in: Goalkeeping blunder by Japan lets Venezuela grab 2-2 draw
zabutonsenbeiSep. 11, 2014 - 08:40AM JST
I really can't believe nobody saw this. It was 8am, train stations are usually pretty busy. I hope they find him, and charge him with assault.
Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama
zabutonsenbeiAug. 13, 2014 - 10:42AM JST
Thanks to turbotsat and timeon for the info. I'll have to check out the Discovery documentary.
Posted in: 29th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash marked
zabutonsenbeiAug. 13, 2014 - 09:28AM JST
A horrible accident. Does anyone know if there was a design problem, or if it was a maintenance problem, or just metal fatigue that caused the damage?
I didn't know about the U.S. Marines being the first to find the wreckage. If they were, they should have gone in anyway. I'm sure they were thinking screw saving face, let's save people. Watching the documentary last night on Fuji, it appears that there was a lot of confusion as to where the plane went down, and I'm sure the Marines told them where it was, but they probably had to confirm it.
According to my wife, the first on scene on the ground were the locals, because they knew the mountains. The JSDF in their helicopters showed up later. Of course the JSDF were given most of the credit. I couldn't believe that the JSDF weren't in the air that evening, at least to locate the wreckage.
Come to think of it, the JSDF response to the Kobe Earthquake was very similar. They have to cross all the t's and dot all the i's before anything can be done. It has gotten a little better since then. I'm not saying the men of the JSDF are bad, far from it. The bureaucracy and red tape at the time was bad.
zabutonsenbeiJul. 27, 2014 - 10:17PM JST
Because the suspect is 15, her name will probably never appear in print, much like Kobe's Sakakibara, who at the time was known just as Shonen A in the press. His real name and photo did appear on the internet, but not officially. Then again, in 2000, the Diet lowered the age for criminal responsibility from 16 to 14, so maybe they'll release her name and photo. Both are horrible cases.
Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo
zabutonsenbeiJul. 24, 2014 - 08:09PM JST
The McDonalds inspection team is shown in one of the videos. After they leave, the reporter asked, "It must be hard to work when they are here." The factory worker said, "Yeah, we can't do what we usually do when they are here." So, the inspection teams seemed to have been fooled by the factory. They even had special yellow clothes. rather than the standard white clothes. I imagine so that all the workers in the factory would know that there were inspectors in the factory. Madness.
Posted in: More Japanese firms withdraw Husi-supplied products; 5 detained in China
zabutonsenbeiJul. 17, 2014 - 03:24PM JST
Justice has been served, and he's happy with the outcome. I don't think the girl was trying to get him, for cash or anything, I think it was a case of mistaken identity. Someone else probably touched her buttocks, either on purpose or by chance, and he happened to be behind her. It's an honest mistake, but I can't believe the video was not used before by the defense. It would have avoided a guilty verdict in the first place. HIs statement at the end really says a lot about his character, "Almost anyone could find themselves caught up in such a misunderstanding. Although there was no real case, that girl genuinely believed she had been sexually assaulted, and her feelings are real, which I believe makes her a victim of sorts. It must be difficult to believe that such a thing has happened to you, so I do feel for her." I'm glad he was found not-guilty, but as many have said, he will have to start rebuilding his life now.
Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court
zabutonsenbeiJul. 16, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
She may have been abducted in a car. Whatever the case may be, I hope that she is found and is safe. Unfortunately, I fear that may not be the case.
Posted in: 11-year-old girl missing in Okayama
zabutonsenbeiJul. 03, 2014 - 01:24PM JST
Is Pierre Littbarski available? He speaks Japanese, and I think he'd fit in great!
Posted in: Japan's soccer chiefs play hardball with Aguirre
zabutonsenbeiMay. 15, 2014 - 02:06PM JST
Australia was playing well, but Nadeshiko were lucky this time around. If it hadn't been for the own goal, NJ would have lost. I hope the remainder of their games will be much better. Go Nadeshiko Japan!
Posted in: Japan fights back to draw 2-2 with Australia in Women's Asian Cup soccer
zabutonsenbeiMay. 11, 2014 - 11:31PM JST
Gaijin Dilemma, agree with a lot you said, but I think you're confusing Greenpeace with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. SSCS is the group that is responsible for the "appalling, aggressive and confrontational methods" you spoke of. (They are often called eco-terrorists.)
Posted in: Japan imports 2,000 tons of whale meat from Iceland, Greenpeace says
zabutonsenbeiMay. 07, 2014 - 04:42PM JST
Posted in: More than 170 sharks caught, 50 killed in Australia's cull policy
zabutonsenbeiApr. 06, 2014 - 11:35PM JST
I love this quote in the article: "Some Internet users in Japan have already commented on the steep price, saying that it would be more economical to buy the individual Blu-rays for just the movies that you really like."
Yes, of course it would be cheaper to buy only the movies that you really like. Why would you buy this set if you are not interested in it? There are plenty of fans who would love this set at this price. Fans may have already purchased the blu rays of their favorite movies, but they might be enticed by the extra content.
Posted in: Miyazaki Blu-ray collection to be released with special bonus content but won’t come cheap
zabutonsenbeiMar. 26, 2014 - 09:40PM JST
By the way, they are not all girls, hence the name Tempura KIDZ. His stage name is Pi-chan...
Posted in: Video of dancing girls revisits Japan’s weird ’90s street fashion
zabutonsenbeiMar. 25, 2014 - 12:18AM JST
Posted in: Sea Shepherd campaigners return after anti-whaling mission
zabutonsenbeiMar. 19, 2014 - 10:02PM JST
I think a petition to get rid of Mori would be a better idea...
Posted in: AKB48 creator joins Tokyo Olympic board; petition against him circulates
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:52AM JST
women being tied up with ropes and male patrons whipping them
"This is not what I…
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:29AM JST
How could I get a couple of thumbs down for my response above? The sentencing of…
Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:23AM JST
No Ebola cases have been reported in Rwanda, which is in East Africa. The U.S. Embassy…
Posted in: U.S. expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:20AM JST
The app should also be able to calculate the calories you are burning while chewing and…
Posted in: Chewing too much hassle? Here's just the thing
Oct. 24, 2014 - 06:17AM JST
If you care at all about what you eat, don't go to McDonald's in the first…
Posted in: Worried about McDonald’s chicken in Japan? Don’t be! Free McNuggets ease your fears