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    Black Sabbath

    Yet to see if this vigilante massacre approach will work.

    It works all righty.

    At smashing dissent...

    Posted in: Kill drug lords, Philippines' top cop tells addicts

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    Black Sabbath

    itsonlyrockandroll

    Japanese courts do not recognize the supremacy of such treaties/agrements when they particulars conflict with Japanese law.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Black Sabbath

    Wow, now I finally understand the expression rush to judgement.

    Yep. And you know what comes next?

    The rush to punish.

    Posted in: Woman sues ex-vice head of primary school for obscene acts 25 years ago

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    The Government of Japan is a signatory to Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    UN Human Rights Instruments.....

    Scroll down .....Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217A (III) of 10 December 1948.....

    http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/human/

    Japanese actress Atsuko Takahata, public disclosures are prejudicial to articles 6,10,11,12. for her son to receive a fair trial. Atsuko Takahata is in contempt along with her management agency for aiding and abetting as an accessory.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Black Sabbath

    Again, he confessed for himself immediately after his arrest.

    According to the police, yes.

    Question: did he have a lawyer with him? At any time?

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Black Sabbath

    Here's data on party affiliation by demographics

    http://www.people-press.org/2015/04/07/a-deep-dive-into-party-affiliation/

    Blacks: 80/11 percentage Dem/Rep Hispanics: 56/26 percentage Dem/Rep

    Conclusion: Generally Blacks and Hispanics view Team Dem as best representing their interests. By a large margin with Hispanics, and a crushing margin with Blacks.

    Corollary: You ain't gonna improve your numbers with Blacks and Hispanics by lecturing them on what's best for them. Indeed, that may even drive them away. As we see with....

    Currently, Trump is at

    Blacks: 90/1< Hispanics 66/24

    -- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/13/new-polls-in-pennsylvania-and-ohio-show-donald-trump-with-0-percent-of-the-black-vote/

    http://www.people-press.org/2016/07/07/6-hispanic-voters-and-the-2016-election/

    Conclusion: Trump is doing worse than your standard Republican with Hispanics and terribly with blacks.

    Maybe because he started his campaign by going birther on Obama, and then called Mexicans rapists and criminals....? Or maybe the blatant appeal to white 'racial resentment'? Or maybe because he's a 50s guy, when everything was all right in America if you were all white in American...?

    Or maybe they don't like orange people...? Because THEY are the real racists, Who knows?

    Its all so confusing.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over who is best for U.S. minorities

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    Yoshitsune

    when did WADA check US laboratories last time?

    The reason Russia's pro-doping agency got checked was because someone blew the whistle. If a whistleblower comes forward from the US and says it's happening there, and if WADA does nothing about it - then, and only then, will you be able to claim bias.

    Nothing to say in substance

    Polonium is a substance, one which was used to murder another Russian defector. Seeing as you're labelling Rodchenkov a 'usual defector', seems you're aware that Russian defectors are a usual thing. Wonder why that could be?

    what did Putin's government steal? How much, when?

    Calling Putin's government a kleptocracy does not require it or him to have been caught red-handed with bundles of cash. Please Google the word kleptocracy, but here's a quick wiki paragraph:

    "a government seen as having a particularly severe and systemic problem with officials or a ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats) taking advantage of corruption to extend their personal wealth and political power. Typically this system involves the embezzlement of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service."

    If you don't think that sounds like the Russian government, you must have your head buried very deep in the sand indeed. Or merely be intent on deflecting any and all criticism even though you know it's true.

    Posted in: Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

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    Educator60

    Black Sabbath, "She confessed for him."

    Again, he confessed for himself immediately after his arrest.

    BTW, her visit with her son was actually a visit by three, Atsuko, her daughter, and Yuta's management agency president. The length of the visit was 15 min and they were prohibited from discussing details of the alleged incident. Most of the conversation was the president explaining to Yuta how people are jumping hoops through finding substitutes for his scheduled jobs, reshooting scenes of projects already completed (such as one to be broadcast tomorrow) or the movie in process etc.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Black Sabbath

    Hirano is right of course.

    Problem is, I don't know many *salaryman *who could handle living in Africa. Do you?

    Posted in: Japanese firms need to expand into Africa, a region with high growth potential, to be more competitive internationally. Any company can't be international without thinking of making money across the globe.

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    mukashiyokatta

    1) No, Japanese firms DO NOT need to expand into Africa. They need to stay in Japan. 2) No, Japanese firms DO NOT need to be more competitive internationally. They need to provide the Japanese with the goods and services they need. 3) "Making money across the globe" often means fleecing people with goods and services that are a sham. 4) We now know that JETRO is not concerned with the customers of its member companies.

    Posted in: Japanese firms need to expand into Africa, a region with high growth potential, to be more competitive internationally. Any company can't be international without thinking of making money across the globe.

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    Black Sabbath

    Surely it would be far cheaper in the long run to sit down with China to resolve the existing disupute.

    Right. And how do you propose this happens?

    Posted in: Japan considers building more ships to patrol areas around Senkakus

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    toshiko

    Trump. People fired more who mention the speech of Latinos are all rapists etc. He is trying to change his image to gain Hillary supporting Dem members?

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over who is best for U.S. minorities

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    DaDude

    WTF has an old hag actresses apology for her sons rape got to do with anything on this thread?

    Great response to this-

    Maybe not directly. But knowing that one's improprieties could result in their parents having to give an live apology on TV would likely stop the children of many talento from doing something that would result in that. Not all of them of course (or we wouldn't have seen that press conference today, nor when Mino Monta's son got busted for shoplifting or whatever it was a couple of years back), but you can bet that the kids know that this will happen if they get caught for something bad.

    Posted in: 4 more teens arrested over killing of boy found in Saitama riverbed

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    Jimizo

    @Strangerland

    You are being very unusually evasive here. I'm not asking how strongly you feel.

    It's a simple question. Do you think religious beliefs deserve special privilege? I have political heroes. One is John Rawls. If someone drew an unflattering cartoon of him, I wouldn't regard it at the same level as using the n-word. I'd regard it as a difference of opinion.

    If you think religious opinion deserves privileged status, just say it. Lots of people who are religious or non-religious believe this.

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

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    Black Sabbath

    The benefit to drawing Mohammad is the benefit of defying any 'blaspheme' law:

    It asserts the primacy of secularism.

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

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    Black Sabbath

    Voter fraud.

    Ah, the irony.

    Posted in: Campaign, party officials insist Trump getting back on track

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    mtuffizi

    evil crime at such young age. glad they all get caught. heavy punishment will teach them right and wrong for their future path, imagine the helpless and pain Inoue went thru in his daily life.

    Posted in: 4 more teens arrested over killing of boy found in Saitama riverbed

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    Strangerland

    It's not that I'm being vague, it's that I don't have a strong opinion on whether its the same or not. The fact that either could get you killed for no good reason, makes them similar. But I feel anger against using the n-word has more basis in realty than drawing a picture of Mohammad. But the I also don't see any benefit to drawing Mohammad, nor using the n-word. So they are similar in that way as well.

    Thumbs up if you think it is ok to criticize a religious tradition

    All religion should be open game to criticize. Belief in a god is something we should have moved past as a species. It holds us back.

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

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    Jeff Huffman

    dcog9065AUG. 26, 2016 - 10:45AM JST Haha incredible! Mulholland Drive finally gets some of the credit it deserves!

    I guess I'll have to watch it a third time to see what I missed. As LA based noir goes, L.A. Confidential was a much better movie.

    Posted in: BBC lists Top 100 films of 21st century; 'Mulholland Drive' No. 1, Japan's 'Spirited Away' ranked No. 4

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    Simon Foston

    According to various reports Donald Trump's new campaign guru Steve Bannon is registered to vote at a Florida address he doesn't actually reside at. Which may be a third degree felony punishable by prison time. Isn't that interesting?

    Posted in: Campaign, party officials insist Trump getting back on track

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    BurakuminDes

    Reports are coming in that the latest victim of this madness is a 5 year old girl, gunned down in her family home by vigilantes. The Philippines is clearly now a dangerous third-world nation spiralling out of control - fingers crossed Duterte is next up against the wall.

    Posted in: Kill drug lords, Philippines' top cop tells addicts

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    Black Sabbath

    As long as you can see their entire face and so does not interfere in the performance of their duties, AND does not allow them anything special, there is nothing necessarily wrong here.

    So long as they understand this is a privilege, and not a right.

    The bonus, of course, is the religious feel part of secular society.

    Posted in: Canadian Mounties to allow Muslim officers to wear hijab

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    Asakaze

    And WADA means world anti-doping agency, not British or American.

    Nah, it's just like the American baseball championship which is also called "World series". What countries dominate WADA? And when did WADA check US laboratories last time?

    Not to worry; nothing a cheeky drop of polonium can't sort out.

    Nothing to say in substance, I presume? I see.

    I said his government is a kleptocracy

    All right, once again - what did Putin's government steal? How much, when? Facts please.

    Posted in: Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

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    Black Sabbath

    Trump is loud and obnoxious, but he is not a racist.

    Perhaps. But he plays one on TV.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over who is best for U.S. minorities

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    BurakuminDes

    It's pretty clear they just dont wanna be there! Im going to speculate they had to do this drill in their overtime - otherwise theyd be slightly happy to get out of work for the 5 minutes...

    Posted in: If there's a quake...

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    Black Sabbath

    I think injecting athletes with steroids is inhumane.

    Posted in: Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

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    Black Sabbath

    Embattled?

    Posted in: Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation

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    Black Sabbath

    Now, as an American, I think Japan would benefit from greater due process.

    The mother's apology really makes the matter of calling Takahata's rape 'alleged' is moot.

    She confessed for him.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Lizz

    For someone who doesn't know how to secure her server, she certainly knows how to securely delete her emails....

    Gowdy: Clinton used special tool to wipe email server

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/hillary-clinton-emails-bleachbit-227425

    Hillary Clinton’s lawyers used a special tool to delete emails from her personal server so that “even God can’t read them,” House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy said on Thursday.

    Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the use of BleachBit, computer software whose website advertises that it can “prevent recovery” of files, is further proof that Clinton had something to hide in deleting personal emails from the private email system she used during her tenure as secretary of state.

    Clinton has long said that the deleted emails were all of a personal nature, relating largely to yoga and her daughter’s wedding, but Gowdy said he did not know whether the Democratic nominee considered emails pertaining to the Clinton Foundation to be personal. It’s a question he said he hopes reporters ask Clinton the next chance they get.

    Posted in: Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation

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    Black Sabbath

    FYI Everyone, I've posted multiple times a post criticizing the burka and the people who wear it, or defend wearing it.

    The Moderator finds it 'offensive/vulgar.'

    The post contained no offensive or vulgar words.

    Evidently, using the word 'stupid' to describe the the religious practice of some Muslims is deemed 'Offensive" and censored.

    This is simply ridiculous.

    Thumbs up if you think it is ok to criticize a religious tradition.

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    That is fair enough Educator60, I question the motivation and reasoning for Atsuko Takahata, 61, 70 minute press conference.

    Details of conversations between her son should never be revealed, as could provide or brief prosecution material to the media. Inevitably this will lead to decisions of guilt or innocence being made in the context of trial by media before due process of law.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Black Sabbath

    Wonderful news!

    Posted in: Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area off Hawaii

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    Black Sabbath

    Parental (familial) responsibility for the behavior of their children (members) is normal. We in the West, particularly we from the English speaking West -- with our emphasis on individual liberty -- are the outliers. In today's world. In human history.

    Not that I think it a bad thing. I am very glad to be an American. But before I judge another civilization's attitudes here, I remind myself that:

    Crime rates in Japan are some of, if not the, lowest in the world. While at the same time having one the highest population density in the world. That is quite an accomplishment.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Jimizo

    "I just wonder if you'd be prepared to say that satire of a political figure is equivalent to using the n-word."

    "I don't know if they are equivalent, but both of them could potentially get you killed."

    Unusually vague from you. It's pretty simple. You seem to regard satire of a religious figure as equivalent to using the n-word. I'm just asking if you regard criticism and ridicule of a political figure in the same way. I'd add that the figure of Mohammed is very relevant to understanding Islam and Islamism.

    If ridicule of a political figure you disagreed with resulted in violence, would you accept the reticence of the press to deal with it?

    It is a difficult question and I'm just wondering where you stand.

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

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    Educator60

    itsonlyrocknroll at Aug. 26, 2016 - 11:55PM JST "Hi Educator60, I am afraid It would in any EU or US federal judicial system for the reasons I have already stated."

    Ah but he wasn't arrested in either the EU or the US.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    sf2k

    Is there not a provision in Japanese law to try these monsters as adults? Outside of Japan if the crime is heinous enough an application is made to the court

    Posted in: 4 more teens arrested over killing of boy found in Saitama riverbed

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    katsu78

    The system in Japan has far too much dead weight in it soaking up salaries that could be going to employees who are worth a damn. I can't wait for merit-based pay to come into practice here.

    GWAUG. 25, 2016 - 08:49PM JST Why the HELL is govt getting involved in this, seems bizarre & totally unnecessary or am I missing something...

    Have you by chance ever worked in Japan? Labor standards are defined by law, and the radical right-wing libertarian notions of free-market practice that pass as middle-of-the-road conservativism in the US are pretty much unheard of here. You may as well ask why people take their shoes off when they enter the house. That's just how they do here.

    Posted in: The ruling and opposition parties are divided on a bill to revise the Labor Standards Law, which would introduce a pay system for “highly professional workers” basing their salary on performance, rather than on number of hours worked. What's your stance on this?

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    Yoshitsune

    the same side (US/UK) accuse another country (then Iraq, now Russia) in something horrible (then WMD, now doping)

    Balderdash. Russia wasn't accused by the US or the UK; Rodchenkov is Russian and he was the whistleblower. And WADA means world anti-doping agency, not British or American.

    When things began to become hot he rushed to the US. He is a usual defector who would happily say anything his handlers would like to hear and use in a propaganda campaign.

    Not to worry; nothing a cheeky drop of polonium can't sort out.

    how much did he stole, when, what?

    I didn't say he's a thief. I said his government is a kleptocracy.

    Posted in: Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    That raises the issue that some areas around the reactor are too dangerous to approach, and if the workers would have to traverse these areas to get to a sampling point, then they can't go and get a sample from that point.

    Thank you, Star Viking. So Kyodo aren't actually scare-mongering, then?

    Posted in: 10,000 tons of toxic water pools in Fukushima nuclear plant trenches

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    ThePBot

    “I should think from the victim’s perspective, imagining if she had been my precious daughter.”

    If only there were more people like here.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    garymalmgren

    James

    I agree completely with your analysis of the problems Japan and other nations face with dealing with an expanding China.

    To add to your list, Foreign Affairs magazine about 5 years ago had an article on what present day demographics means in the context of national security. They came to the conclusion that Japan in particular will NOT have the young population to field a defense force. So China can take what they want tomorrow by force or wait 15 years and it will fall into their lap.

    My question remains, What are the so many better ways to handle the issue of chinese expansionism?

    Because I don't see any. For Japan or any other country in the region.

    gary

    Posted in: Japan considers building more ships to patrol areas around Senkakus

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    Strangerland

    And some of the questions they asked her were downright disrespectful I thought. "Did you ever notice anything sexually abnormal about your son" and stuff like that.

    Turns out I'm not the only one who thought that: http://news.yahoo.co.jp/pickup/6212391

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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    Kansaicoon

    I generally would like to think so. This could be a make it or break it moment for Japan, or maybe both?

    Posted in: Are the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in good hands?

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    ThePBot

    Japan should minimize the importance of China in Japanese foreign policy.

    Based on Japan's recent militarization, it seems like they can't help but be obsessed with China.

    Posted in: Abe-Xi meeting on horizon, but thorny issues remain

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    Nippori Nick

    If someone in 1916 had done a list of the best films of that century, it would be a pointless exercise.

    Just like someone doing int in 2016 and calling it "best of the century"

    Posted in: BBC lists Top 100 films of 21st century; 'Mulholland Drive' No. 1, Japan's 'Spirited Away' ranked No. 4

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    toshiko

    I think Trump stops name calling. Every name callinng rather remind his past speech.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over who is best for U.S. minorities

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    Strangerland

    Is Zhang Yimou's "Hero" on that list?

    Love that movie.

    Posted in: BBC lists Top 100 films of 21st century; 'Mulholland Drive' No. 1, Japan's 'Spirited Away' ranked No. 4

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    ThePBot

    in an awkward encounter that prompted much mockery

    ..like everything else involving Seagal.

    Posted in: Belarus leader forces Hollywood's Seagal to eat his carrot

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    ThePBot

    Is Zhang Yimou's "Hero" on that list?

    Posted in: BBC lists Top 100 films of 21st century; 'Mulholland Drive' No. 1, Japan's 'Spirited Away' ranked No. 4

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    Hi Educator60, I am afraid It would in any EU or US federal judicial system for the reasons I have already stated.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

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