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    Suzu1

    Reminds me of the Munich shooting. The image of the shooter that was released by authorities is rather grainy, but good enough that anyone who knows the shooter will recognize him and help law enforcement capture him.

    Posted in: 5 dead in shooting at mall north of Seattle

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    Setting aside the debate on whether the dolphin hunts are right or wrong, the fact remains that the publicity of them has been a net negative for Japan's image.

    Posted in: Queen guitarist Brian May protests Taiji dolphin hunts

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    Concur with Sensato. Barakan is a class act.

    Posted in: Music stalwart Peter Barakan looks back on his illustrious career

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    But I was very impressed with New Zealand, not just for the facilities - ALL the buses accommodated wheelchairs, but you could often see handicapped people working in shops and offices. They are part of the community.

    Actually, New Zealand officially discriminates against disabled persons. Entire families are denied residency simply because of an autistic child or one of them is in a wheelchair.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/16/prestigious-academic-to-quit-new-zealand-after-autistic-son-refused-residency

    So this is clearly an issue that is not limited to Japan.

    Posted in: Japan confronts disability stigma after silence over murder victims' names

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    DeBlasio's description of the bomb as "a deliberate act" brings to mind Obama's description of the Fort Hood shootings as "workplace violence". Their unwillingness to address reality corrodes the public trust in politically-correct elected officials.

    Posted in: Blast injures 29 in upscale New York City area

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    Literally every gym in Japan requires that you change from your outdoor shoes to shoes specifically for the gym. Don’t show up empty-handed, or you’ll be forced to rent a pair of indoor gym shoes for an added fee.

    Can anyone help clarify this? Just it mean you have to bring a new pair of sneakers (Adidas, Nike, whatever) that aren't also worn on the streets? Or do the gym specify a certain type of shoes beyond that? Is this something that is checked on entry, or how strictly is this enforced?

    Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide

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    Broken ribs are incredibly painful. It is disgusting that an elderly woman is attacked this way. The guy needs to serve a reasonable, but real, jail sentence - no suspended sentence as too often is the case.

    Posted in: Man beats up 75-year-old woman in Tokyo for 'staring at him suspiciously'

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    JET is a good experience for a new graduate to do for a couple of years and then move on to bigger and better things. As someone noted above, the starting salary is similar to a federal government entry level position in the U.S. (GS-7 step 1). The difference is that in Japan the salary will not change much over the years, whereas the pay scale in the U.S. moves up much more quickly.

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    climate of xenophobia

    No, Europeans have just woken up to reality.

    Posted in: Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe: U.N. refugee chief

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    Nakamoto said the dignity and the constitutionally guaranteed right to the pursuit of happiness of a minor are not terminated with the finalization of a death sentence.

    Well, they should be terminated upon the murder of two persons and the attempted murder of a third.

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    Why don't the host city ban the serving of alcohol in bottles or glasses during these events that attract hooligan violence. Just serve up beer, wine and spirits in plastic cups. Make it more like a off-campus kegger.

    Posted in: Hooliganism scars Euro 2016 as England, Russia risk expulsion

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    One way to reduce the crime rate in Okinawa would be to bring in more SOFA-status personnel. Since 1972 Japanese government figures show the rest of Okinawa’s populace has a crime rate more than twice as high as SOFA-status personnel — 69.7 crimes per 10,000 people, compared with 27.4 by SOFA members. The SOFA crime rate also has been dropping. In 2014, Okinawa saw the lowest level of crime committed by SOFA-status personnel since the reversion. Out of 3,410 arrests prefecture-wide that year, only 27 involved SOFA personnel. There also was just one charge of a heinous felony, a rape, which was later dropped by prosecutors. SOFA members are generally young, and with the steady turnover, the overall age remains frozen. Younger populations usually commit more crimes than older groups so their lower crime rate compared to the general Okinawan population is remarkable.

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    The family's home needs to be searched. That is the likely crime scene, not the remote mountain area.

    Posted in: After 5 days, no clues to missing boy's fate in Hokkaido

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    The police need to interview the older sister, away from the parents and with the interview conducted by a female detective familiar with child abuse cases. The story (stories) told by the parents just don't add up.

    Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy

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    The odd thing in the discussion about tax rates is that almost half of U.S. workers do not owe or pay any federal taxes. The amount taken from their paychecks, if any, is refunded when they file their taxes. On top of that, a family of four earning up to about $55K per year can expect to receive refund of the Social Security taxes they paid - and still retain their right to claim the full amount of Social Security when they qualify to receive it.
    Moving up into the middle incomes, a family of four making up to $125K per year will only pay 6 or 7 percent of their income in federal taxes after taking the standard available deductions and getting credit for property taxes and mortgage interest paid.
    The reality is that the rich already pay almost all of the federal income taxes collected by the government. Poor and lower middle class people are largely exempt from paying federal income taxes - so how can the rich be "not paying their share"?

    Posted in: Trump says he's open to raising taxes on wealthy Americans

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    It is disingenuous when the women selected each year by People magazine express surprise or false modesty. It was their own publicists and PR teams that lobbied People for the "honor".
    Jennifer Aniston is one of several actresses that are attractive, but not nearly as gorgeous as the media continually assures us they are. Others include Kate Hudson, Chelsea Handler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Renee Zellweger, Kristen Stewart, and most of all, Sarah Jessica Parker.

    Posted in: Actress Jennifer Aniston is world's most beautiful woman: People

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    Not a brilliant campaign move by Sanders to leave New York four days ahead of its critical primary election.

    Posted in: At the Vatican, Sanders blasts 'immoral' wealth inequality

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    The Issa family were members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Glendale.

    Posted in: Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay

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    About 50 Okinawa-based Marines were on the flight, which had no air marshal. The Marines responded to flight attendant request for assistance and managed to restrain this man "without a scratch":

    http://www.stripes.com/news/okinawa-marines-help-restrain-unruly-passenger-on-pacific-flight-1.401932

    Posted in: Man arrested after doing yoga, meditating on Japan-bound plane

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    Local governments need to eliminate the "foreign" part and just treat all children as precious resources that need to be treated and looked after equally.

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