Maria's past comments

  • 3

    Maria

    Some of these women are in gangs, and they have their little friends to back up their accusations, all on the pay role of course. Falsely accused Japanese men can end up spending months in prison if they won't "confess". They lose their wives, jobs, homes, the lot. Some of them commit suicide due to such allegations.

    Hullo @hampton - got any links to news articles or other evidence to back up what you have written, with information more specific than "some" ?

    Posted in: Accused groper on train escapes by jumping onto tracks

  • -5

    Maria

    One knife, two dead women, one very much alive man. And he blames them. Hmm.

    Posted in: 2 women found dead, male neighbor injured in Wakayama

  • 1

    Maria

    @Notagain: Yes, Christmas Pudding and mince pies, and syrup...

    I judge desserts by weight (not size, mind you, but weight), and Japan, sadly, rarely weighs up.

    When the Viennetta arrived in Japan, I fell upon it as a starving dog would a steak.

    The after effects were bubbly, mind you, but worth it.

    Posted in: One woman's road to changing Japan’s image of British cuisine, one cake at a time.

  • 17

    Maria

    Children will bully, it's unavoidable, but who they choose to attack comes from who they see their family and other animals pick on. The language they use is learnt. Little b'stards.

    Posted in: Fukushima child evacuees face menace of school bullies

  • 1

    Maria

    Yes. Let's judge a politician by their jokes, not by their track record.

    Ok. What's his track record?

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  • 3

    Maria

    Took him long enough. Insensitive idiot was being paid by those he mocks.

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  • 9

    Maria

    Oh dear me, this is a terribly sad story. I feel so badly for them all.

    Posted in: 10-month-old girl dies after being bitten on head by grandparents' dog

  • 7

    Maria

    Ooh. Puddings.

    Bread and butter pudding. Black pudding. Rice pudding. Yorkshire pudding.

    Trifle. Spotted Dick. Flapjacks. Victoria Sponge. Treacle Sponge. Treacle tart. Bakewell Tart. Eccles Cake. Teacake. Apple Crumble. Rhubarb Crumble.... all with custard.

    Sigh.

    Posted in: One woman's road to changing Japan’s image of British cuisine, one cake at a time.

  • 4

    Maria

    “Sexual violence happens every day all around the world...

    And the victims - those who survive - are still being doubted, interrogated, asked to provide proof of violence, accused of behaving in a way that invites attack, and disbelieved.

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' rape scene prompts star to shed light on sexual violence

  • 5

    Maria

    Available footage is distressing to say the least. There is some taken from high up a mountain or hill slope, showing people running for higher ground, the water following them at a rate faster than some of the poor folks in the video could run. It is horrific, and none of it exaggerated, unless some people think over 18,000 are dead or missing because they couldn't swim.

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  • 4

    Maria

    That's quite a tribute.

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  • -1

    Maria

    What can you do? Well, learn to spot these types of people.

    Or: What can you do? Stop raping. It's not for potential victims to take responsibility for not being attacked. It is the responsibility of people who think they have the right to force sex on people, to not rape.

    Society should be educating potential attackers, but it's not.

    Ms Fonda is brave indeed to speak out. Every time a survivor does so, it gives other silent victims he strength to speak out.

    Posted in: Jane Fonda reveals she was raped and abused as a child

  • 2

    Maria

    Why have they trapped it?

    Posted in: Trapped

  • 0

    Maria

    I just googled it. Good grief. It's massive!

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  • 1

    Maria

    At first i thought this was a party for all three-year-olds called Haruka Abeno, and was confused.

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  • 8

    Maria

    opponents claim it may encourage people to abandon babies

    Surely they've had enough time to see they are wrong?

    Since the opening in 2007 of the hatch in Kumamoto, about 10 babies are left every year. Poverty and out-of-wedlock births are some of the stated reasons for parents abandoning their babies.

    It's a shame more weren't left, given the child abuse reports through the years.

    No cases of physical abuse have been recorded but infants who needed medical care have been left.

    How many babies have been found dead during this same ten years, who could otherwise have been left in safe hands at a hatch?

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  • 6

    Maria

    I vote no. When youngsters cause accidents, which statistically they often do, do people suggest the age limit be raised? There should be regular checks and stricter penalties for bad drivers.

    Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses?

  • 4

    Maria

    If or when Emperor Akihito abdicates, where should he and the empress live, **If **again? tsk

    They should live in palace grounds of course, in a nice house they can call their own, with a car and driver for when they want to pop out, and golf buggies to get around the compound.

    what should their titles be,

    Regally Retired Emperor and Empress

    should they have any public duties

    No, of course not.That defeats the object.

    and how should the expense of their retirement be covered?

    Fully.They deserve a proper pension, poor folks and not one that's handed out to them by parsimonious IHA accountants. Expenses and daily living paid, and they get money and they do what they want with it.

    Posted in: If or when Emperor Akihito abdicates, where should he and the empress live, what should their titles be, should they have any public duties and how should the expense of their retirement be covered?

  • 4

    Maria

    partly due to a delay in construction of public housing for disaster-afflicted residents.

    Are the govt,. just going to drag their heels and wait until these poor people die, rather than actually using the money allocated for this area and building the housing?

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  • 8

    Maria

    If they put the animals first they would close down these places. Tethering and caging birds is incredibly cruel anyway - these are night birds, hunters, being kept indoors in brightness. It is abuse, pure and simple, and keeping them alive in order to maintain an industry is not less abusive.

    Posted in: Life's no hoot for owls in Tokyo cafes, activists say

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