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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Japanese Names: So Hippie Trippy, Man

I never paid it much never-mind while I was in Japan, always listening carefully as some beautiful Japanese woman made sure I knew her name.

I never studied the Japanese language prior to being selected into the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme, and because of my laziness the first time I heard real Japanese spoken, it was traveling at the speed of light, relativity-speaking.

Every person’s name was aid incredibly fast, and was so alien to my ears that any word spoken by the Japanese could have been a person, a place or a thing, let alone an action of some kind.

Hell, even asking a question was alien to me. Desu ka… whaddya mean you added it at t he end of a sentence to imply a question? Can’t i just make my voice rise up like i do in English, so the intonation implies a question? 

After a few weeks in Japan with intense studying of the language… I realized that while I could recognize alphabets, I couldn’t effing put together the words to create real Japanese sentences, instead relying on the fact that the Japanese knew I was a gaijin (foreigner) and thus could excuse my confusion when I created baby-talk sentences - a fact I sadly reveled in for the next three years,  solving my problems by dating gaijin women who had better Japanese-language skills until such time as I could date a Japanese women with excellent English skills.

In between, I spent lots of time being picked up by Japanese woman at my local bar. I learned all the pretty female Japanese names, because anything said in a war, breathy way into one’s ear sounds sexy.

While not an exclusive thing, most first names for Japanese women have the word ‘ko” at the end of it.

While “ko” can mean lake thanks to one kanji (Chinese) alphabet, for the women of Japan it means “child”.

In fact, I have come across quite a few Japanese men who have the kanji “ko” as part of their name, causing me one embarrassing moment.

I knew that Naoko was a female name, so when I learned that one of my new English teachers fresh out of university was named Naoko, I was hoping for some sexy young woman. This Japanese man I had never seen before comes up to me in the teacher’s lounge and begins to talk to me in perfect English.

Now, I’m surprised, because perfect English is tough to find in Japan—certainly at the school I was currently visiting, which was a very rural institution. 

We chatted about Canada and Japan, and were having a real good time when the bell rang and I excused myself that I had to go find my new Japanese teacher of English—Fujiwara (not the real surname) Naoko. I added that I hoped she was pretty.

He looked at me funny, sighed and said he was Naoko…. I apologized a hundred times in 10 seconds with more head banging than at a death metal concert… but he slapped me on the back and said it was okay, because it happened all the time.

And he was telling this to a guy whose name is Andrew Joseph. Or Joseph Andrew.

I suppose that happens to guys named Ashley, or people named Sam, Pat, Frances/Francis et al.

Anyhow… 

Ko means ‘child’… and:
  • Yoko =Snow Child;
  • Hanako = Flower Child;
  • Hoshiko = Star Child;
  • Akimiko = Beautiful Autumn Child;
  • Ameko = Rain Child… luckily I never had one of those;
  • Chieko = One thousand Blessing Child;
  • Emiko = Smiling/Laughing Child;
  • Ishiko = Stone Child;
  • Kuniko = Country Child;
  • Kyoko = Today’s Child;
  • Maiko = Dancing Child;
  • Michiko )many versions, but includes Beautiful Child;
  • Reiko = Grateful Child;
  • Umiko = Sea Child;
  • Yamako = Mountain Child
There are plenty more, of course, but notice how the names tend to have an Earth Mother crunchy granola feel to them?

It’s not weird, Japanese tend to pull names from nature.

Do you know what YOUR name means?

Andrew means “masculine” in Greek. In Japanese An-do-ryu means “peaceful-leader-dragon’ based on the kanji I chose to represent the syllables of my name. I’m also a Scorpio born in the Year of the Dragon if that helps clarify what type of a person/beast I am.

Caroline = Strong (that fits); Julien = downy-bearded (I’ll assume that fits); Matthew means gift of Yahweh (that’s the name of God); Vincent = to conquer.

Let’s assume we all have names that match our personality, or have matched our personality to our name.

Our western names aren’t as hippy dippy… but I do have a nephew named Raven, and know a boy named Raven.

I went old school and gave my own son the strong middle name of “Hunter”.

Kanpai,
Andrew Joseph

Friday, September 30, 2016

1871 Japan - A Troubling Time In The News

From the Boston Traveller (published as the Daily Evening Traveller) newspaper of Boston, Mass., U.S.A, in the January 18, 1871 edition comes a short bit of news discussing how a small pocket of Japan was becoming dangerous to the foreign contingent.

Thanks to Vinnie for the heads up on the story from the Readex "America's Historical Newspapers" database. Click HERE for more on Readex, an important library of historical knowledge.

I am confused by the Boston Traveler is spelled with one "l", while the Daily Evening Traveller uses two... but I suppose that' a bit of English grammar I'm not hep with. 

While the Japan of 2016 is very safe for foreigners (generally speaking), it appears that in 1871 - some 20 years after Americans first forced their way into becoming economic trading partners with Japan, the initial fascination for all things western was not as strong amongst the average Joe Suzuki as it was in western civilization where all things-Japanese were in the midst of a full-scale cultural revolution.

It would be. In the U.S. and Europe, for example, seeing Japanese people and experiencing bits of their culture would have seen fantastic to the people of the day, what with the fact that until the 1850s, Japan had closed itself off from the rest of the world (except for a wee bit of foreign trading).

Most people outside of Japan would have been highly curious of the Japanese and their culture.

You would expect the same thing in Japan. And it did occur among the people… and while Japan and the west were setting up political relations, it’s people were fascinated by the westerners.

And then culture clash. While the government of Japan may have gotten over the initial forcefulness of the U.S. wanting to be an economic partner, it used western technology—especially after the end of the shogun-led Edo-jidai (Edo period) to build itself up, quickly in the technological department.

But the regular folk of Japan began to resent the forcefulness of the western visitor… their aggressiveness—which may have been quite common and accepted among western countries, was seen as culturally insensitive by the Japanese.

Of course, Japan was openly violent among themselves at this time, as there were still pockets of infighting as many refused top accept the new, western-style of government that Japan had adopted, effectively putting the warrior-class samurai out to pasture.

I’m not saying violence in Japan at this time was caused by samurai, but I am saying that Japan in the early 1870s was still a volatile place to be.

Enough preamble, here’s the brief article located on page 2:

Various Matters.
The roads in the vicinity of Yokohama are again becoming unsafe and foreigners are frequently attacked.
An English-Japanese railroad loan negotiated by H.A. Lay, is not giving satisfaction, but the negotiation is still progressing.
On the 20th of December, half a square mile of houses were burned in Yeddo, and on the same night the premises of Gadown, Walsh, Hall & Co., took fire, but the flames were extinguished after considerable damage had been done.
On the 29th of November a powder magazine exploded and several lives were lost.
Granert, an old merchant of Yokohama, committed suicide in a fit of despondency, caused by losses in business.
Portman, the interpreter at the United States Legation, had been suspended by Minister De Long, owing to complaints made by the Japanese and an angry correspondence had passed concerning it between De Long and Portman.
The rice crop had suffered severely in the southern provinces from unfavorable weather and an earthquake.
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Yeddo is an archaic spelling of Edo, or what we call Tokyo


What the heck, here are a few more articles from the same edition and page concerning Japan.

They are just news tidbits and don’t man much in 2016, but it still provides an interesting peek into just what was going on in Japan.

Japanese Noblemen En Route to New York.
San Francisco, Jan. 17/—The steamship America; from Hong Kong via Yokohama, arrived to-day, with 40 passengers or San Francisco, 14 young Japanese noblemen, who go to New York to attend college, and 160 Chinese. She also brings a full cargo of teas and miscellaneous goods.
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What’s interesting here, is that despite the higher number of Chinese passengers, it’s really about the 14 Japanese noblemen going to school in New York. What about the 160 Chinese? At this point in time in the U.S., news about Japan—infrequent though it was—was of keen interest to the general public.

American Business in Japan.
was utterly stagnant. Minister De Long and Sir Harry Parker have been on a visit to Kystin, where a strong disaffection against Satsuma exists. The latter had amassed a number of troops there, and it was feared that a civil war could not be much longer deferred.
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I have no idea what Kystin is or where it is.

As for Satsuma - it's not a person... rather a group: The Satsuma Rebellion (西南戦争, Seinan Sensō aka Southwestern War) was a revolt of disaffected samurai against the new imperial government, nine years into the Meiji Era. Its name comes from Satsuma Domain, which had been influential in the Restoration and became home to unemployed samurai after military reforms rendered their status obsolete. The rebellion lasted from January 29, 1877, until September of that year.

I like how the newspaper editor was too lazy to create a full opening sentence, instead relying on the headline to continue directly into the copy. You can’t do that nowadays!

Of keen observance was the fact that the media still fared a Japanese civil war to explode soon.

Drowning of British Officers and Sailors.
Commander Snooks, Paymaster Bowles and some sailors of Her Britannic Majesty’s ship Ringdove were drowned in Yokohama bay by the upsetting of a boat on the 20th of December.
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Okay, the loss of life is tragic anytime and anywhere, but the guys who drowned were sailors! Sailors who can’t swim. 

Anyhow, even nowadays, say in the U.S. Navy, you do NOT have to know how to swim, but they will teach you until you can swim I think 100 meters without having to grab the side of a pool.

I understand that nowadays there are plenty of jobs in the navy where one doesn’t ever have to dip one’s toe in the water… but in the 1870s…

Of course, I am only assuming those guys couldn’t swim. It is possible that they were concussed when the boat flipped over and drowned… or perhaps something more nefarious occurred.

There were plenty of Great Britain ships in the Royal Navy designated HMS Ringdove. The one mentioned in the article above was a wooden screw gun vessel (designed for naval warfare, and a troop carrier) launched in 1867 and sold in 1882.

It’s why I suggested something nefarious…

Kanpai,
Andrew Joseph

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nissan Introduces ProPILOT Chairs

Building upon its own Intelligent Parking Chair—see HERE—that allows offices to work more efficiently by removing all of that wasted time and effort required for people to push their chair back to their desk after a meeting, or even for cleaning staff to ensure chairs are back in the right cubicle after the office’s daily clean. Apparently the daily clean does not exist yet in my work space—but whatever, here comes the new Nissan ProPILOT Chair

While Nissan is not suggesting that the Intelligent Parking Chair is the next step in the evolution in office management efficiency, it, and the ProPILOT Chair are meant to demonstrate Nissan’s autonomous driving technology.

The new ProPILOT Chair was designed to showcase queuing… that it can maintain a set safe distance between your car and the one in front of you.

In the case of the ProPilot Chair… how many times have you been standing in line waiting patiently to get into your neighborhood strip joint, when you are accidentally jostled by the person in front of you because, well, he just wasn’t paying enough attention to his surroundings in his rush to get inside the strip joint to begin passing out $20 bills to women young enough to be his daughter, should his marriage have lasted long enough for him to have had kids.

Well, Nissan knows nobody enjoys being jostled while in line, and neither does anyone appreciate a fender bender, unless said rear-ending is done with your wife or significant other. It’s Japan, so let’s say significant other.

To demonstrate its autonomous driving technology with superb queuing action, the Nissan ProPILOT Chair has motorized wheels and a camera installed, where the camera looks in front of the chair to ensure other chairs in front of it remain at a safe, non-crotch/stomach-jostling distance.

In the test, when a person at the front of the queue leaves their chair (presumably to enter the strip joint in my hilarious example), the ProPILOT Chair senses that the person has left (it no longer feels your a$$ on its back, I assume), and moves itself to the back of the line.

The second chair in the line now detects that there is space available in front of it, and moves forward. Ad infinitum.



Supposing that the chairs are nice and comfy, every person in the line can now arrive at the strip joint (the joke is beginning to wear thin, like the socks I am wearing today, darn it) relaxed and ready to have so much fun that when they arrive home, cologne needs to be drunk in order to cover-up the eau-du-embarrassment perfume wafted all over them by that 21-year-old exotic dancer who looks just like your wife used to look if you had ever married that girl 30 years ago.

The Nissan ProPILOT Chair can only guarantee the riders safety to and from destinations, but not from your wife or significant other.

While we should know this experiment is just for Nissan’s actual automobile safety assurances, apparently they ARE also testing the ProPILOT Chair between now and December with an eventual safe roll-out in 2017 for restaurants who apparently feel such technology will help its patrons arrive at their dinner tables in a safe manner thereby eliminating all those unfortunate deaths that seem to occur when walking customers bang into each other.

Somewhere envisioning a world with no functioning legs and a decline in women’s high heels (… Hey! Stop Nissan now!),
Andrew Joseph
PS: Just having fun here, my dad owned a Nissan, and the car was great! I may also have visited a strip joint or two in my youth and did indeed watch a married buddy splash cologne all over himself before he went back home to see his wife who was better-looking than any of the dancers he was putting through college. Ahhh, the good old days.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Japan National Parks: Sanriku Fukkō National Park

We’ve finished looking at the six Kantō area National Parks of Japan, so over the next few days, lets take a look at the three (3) National Parks of the Tōhoku area: Towada-Hachimantai National Park; Sanriku Fukkō National Park, and the Bandai-Asahi National Park.

The first thing you may want to learn, is where the heck the Tōhoku area is! See the map below, noting that it’s the dark green area., which comprises 66,889.55 square kilometers (25,826.20 square miles).

What is a national park in Japan? See HERE.

The key for me, is that it has beauty that surpasses “normal, average” parks.

And, when it comes to Sanriku Fukkō National Park (三陸復興国立公園, Sanriku Fukkō Kokuritsu Kōen)—which translates to Sanriku Reconstruction National Park—it’s like a slice of heaven.

Hopefully you looked at the name of the park and noticed it had the word (in the English version, if you are like me) denoting “reconstruction”.

The Sanriku Fukkō National Park was only established on May 24, 2013… after the devastating March 11, 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake caused massive walls of water to damn near wipe out much of that Tōhoku area… with death and destruction, physical and mental anguish that continues to this day.

Right now, the Sanriku Fukkō National Park consists of the former Rikuchū Kaigan National Park and Tanesashi Kaigan Hashikamidake Prefectural Natural Park, with further plans to add in the  Kesennuma Prefectural Natural Park, Kenjōsan Mangokuura Prefectural Natural Park, Matsushima Prefectural Natural Park and the Minami Sanriku Kinkasan Quasi-National Park.
Tanesashi Coast (種差海岸) - 2004 by Forrest O. Or, the world's worst water hazard in Golf For Giants.
The current national park goes along the Sanriku Coast of Japan from Hachinohe in Aomori-ken (Aomori Prefecture) through Iwate-ken (Iwate Prefecture) to Kesennuma in Miyagi-ken (Miyagi Prefecture), totaling 146.35 square kilometers (~56.51 square miles) in area.

Let’s see... if we add in the other would-be parks to the Sanriku Fukkō National Park area, we get: 146.35 + 139.02 + 54.1 + 99.33 + 210.79 = 649.59 square kilometers (~250.81 square miles)… which is a heck of a lot.

One of the more spectacular vantage points of the park is the view of Jyoudogahama. The image at  the very top was taken in 2007 - before the destruction of the area. It’s near Miyako-shi, Iwate-ken

The Jyoudogahama is officially nationally designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty, as its white sandy beaches were said by an early 1600s priest to be like paradise mentioned in the Buddhist scriptures.

Banzai,
Andrew Joseph

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

aXis Marks The Spot

On this day, September 27,  in 1940, the Axis powers are formed as Germany, Italy, and Japan become allies with the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin. The Pact provided for mutual assistance should any of the signatories suffer attack by any nation not already involved in the war.

This formalizing of the alliance was aimed directly at “neutral” America–designed to force the United States to think twice before venturing in on the side of the Allies.

The Pact also recognized the two spheres of influence. Japan acknowledged “the leadership of Germany and Italy in the establishment of a new order in Europe,” while Japan was granted lordship over “Greater East Asia.”

The Tripartite Pact aka, the Berlin Pact was signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop of Germany, Galeazzo Ciano of Italy and Saburō Kurusu of Japan.

Two months later on November 20, 1940, Hungary joined the military alliance, followed by Romania on November 23, 1940; Bulgaria on March 1, 1941, Yugoslavia on March 25, 1941… the German client state of Slovakia on November 24, 1940, and the Independent State of Croatia on June 14, 1941.

Here’s what the pact says:

The Governments of Japan, Germany, and Italy consider it as the condition precedent of any lasting peace that all nations in the world be given each its own proper place, have decided to stand by and co-operate with one another in their efforts in Greater East Asia and the regions of Europe respectively wherein it is their prime purpose to establish and maintain a new order of things, calculated to promote the mutual prosperity and welfare of the peoples concerned. It is, furthermore, the desire of the three Governments to extend cooperation to nations in other spheres of the world that are inclined to direct their efforts along lines similar to their own for the purpose of realizing their ultimate object, world peace. Accordingly, the Governments of Japan, Germany and Italy have agreed as follows:[1]
  • ARTICLE 1. Japan recognizes and respects the leadership of Germany and Italy in the establishment of a new order in Europe.
  • ARTICLE 2. Germany and Italy recognize and respect the leadership of Japan in the establishment of a new order in Greater East Asia.
  • ARTICLE 3. Japan, Germany, and Italy agree to cooperate in their efforts on aforesaid lines. They further undertake to assist one another with all political, economic and military means if one of the Contracting Powers is attacked by a Power at present not involved in the European War or in the Japanese-Chinese conflict.
  • ARTICLE 4. With a view to implementing the present pact, joint technical commissions, to be appointed by the respective Governments of Japan, Germany and Italy, will meet without delay.
  • ARTICLE 5. Japan, Germany and Italy affirm that the above agreement affects in no way the political status existing at present between each of the three Contracting Powers and Soviet Russia.
  • ARTICLE 6. The present pact shall become valid immediately upon signature and shall remain in force ten years from the date on which it becomes effective. In due time, before the expiration of said term, the High Contracting Parties shall, at the request of any one of them, enter into negotiations for its renewal.
In faith whereof, the undersigned duly authorized by their respective governments have signed this pact and have affixed hereto their signatures.


The signing of the Pact was done in triplicate on September 27, 1940 in Berlin, in the 19th year of the Fascist era (Italy) or on the 27th day of the ninth month of the 15th year of Showa (the reign of Emperor Hirohito).
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With this signing, the so-called Axis of Evil was formed.

Interesting, isn't it... all those other countries that signed the pact... Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, et al...

Finland, Thailand and Russia also considered signing the Pact, but all did not.

Japan attacked Thailand on December 8, 1941 at 2AM, with the Japanese ambassador, Tsubokami Teiji (surname first) explaining to Thailand's foreign minister, Direk Jayanama, that Japan only wanted permission for its troops to pass through Thailand to attack the British in Malaya and Burma.

While a ceasefire was quickly brokered, the Japanese offered Thailand a few option:
  1. to conclude a defensive–offensive alliance with Japan;
  2. to join the Tripartite Pact;
  3. to cooperate in Japanese military operations
  4. to agree to the joint defense of Thailand. 
Thailand opted for #3 - military cooperation but did not sign the Tripartite Pact. The Thailand prime minister did want to sign the Pact, but the foreign minister convinced him not to.

Although Thailand eventually became a puppet-state to Japan, Thailand did attack its neighbors and extended its own boundaries to China. At this time, Thailand was a member of the Axis.

However, most of Thailand disagreed with the actions of its government, and a pro-Allies army of underground fighters disrupted things in their own country until 1944, when he was finally ousted.

While the Allies wanted the Thai prime minister brought up on war crime charges for aiding the Japanese, the Thai people rebelled saying he had merely acted in the best interests in protecting the people of Thailand from Japanese aggression. Plus Thailand had expanded its own territory by annexing parts of Malaya and Burma.

Banzai,
Andrew Joseph
PS: I actually wrote this one two months ago or more... one of the rare times I didn't accidentally publish it ahead of time!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Snake On A Mutha-Fuggin’ Train In Japan

With apologies to Samuel Jackson, Japan had a snake on a shinkansen “bullet train” on Monday.

Here’s the thing that was so Japanese, however: After making an unscheduled stop to remove the snake, it left one minute earlier and arrived at its destination exactly on time.

Originally thought to be a python, the snake turned out to be a rat snake only 30 centimeters (12-inches) long.

Found wrapped around a armrest on a super-express bullet train on the JR Tokai (Central Japan Railway Co.), a passenger in a reserved seat was apparently unaware that the rat snake was wrapped around his armrest - possibly for about 50 minutes - until a passenger behind him saw it and notified the conductor.

The snake did not belong to that passenger, and is suspected of having been brought onto the train accidentally in someone else’s luggage or perhaps wit the maintenance equipment.

The train crew made an announcement in the train asking if anyone had lost a snake—but no no one responded… so the unscheduled train stop was made at Hamamatsu-eki (Hamamatsu station) some 25 minutes later.

As mentioned, after the one-minute delay, the train was off and running, arriving on time at Hiroshima-eki (Hiroshima station).

Five years ago, a similar incident occurred with crew spotting a snake on an unoccupied seat.

It’s not know if either snake had purchased a ticket. :) 

The Japanese rat snake (Elaphe climacophora) is a medium-sized Japanese snake known as the aodaishō or "blue general". It is a non-venomous snake... but looking at the photo... it doesn't look blue... maybe a little sad at being stuck in a Tupperware container. 

Banzai,
Andrew “I effin’ hate snakes” Joseph

University Sexual Assault Club Gets Suspended Sentence

I am currently reading a book published by Stone Bridge Press called Womansword... which I am pretty sure is meant to be read as 'womans word'... but I think could also be read as 'woman sword', because I think it just might be more appropriate. I’ll provide my thoughts on that when I’m done ready the book in its entirety—but essentially it points out that when you are a woman in Japan, you are a still a second-class citizen.

Case in point, the male-only members of a university molestation club essentially getting a slap on the wrist after a gang-sexual and physical assault of a woman.

We’re not talking about someone with low mental capacity has difficulty distinguishing right from wrong, we are talking about five Japanese men at one of Tokyo’s top universities who thought it would be cool to form a club and sexually-assault women gang-style.

Now… I don’t mean to imply that smart people don’t commit violent crimes. They’re the ones who think they can get away with it.

University of Tokyo student (I assume an ex-student now), 21-year-old Matsumi Kensuke (surname first) brought shame upon himself, his family, his victim and real men everywhere for—with four club cohorts—forcing a female University of Tokyo student to get drunk so that they could then sexually assault her.

Called the (translated) University of Tokyo Birthday Research Group, the club’s goals were to get women drunk and then molest them.

Who the fug has goals like that? How do you find other people who think like that and agree that this is a good idea? Posters put up around the campus? Friendly chatter talking to fellow students at the bar?

Seriously, if I heard something about forming a club that was harmful like that, I’d beat the crap out of them all.

Did not one of these people think - hey, that’s not cool.

And if these people heard about and joined the club, surely someone else who didn’t join, heard about the club.

Was it it all a smokescreen? Did the members who joined the University of Tokyo Birthday Research Group think there was actually going to be scientific research about birthdays, but when they found out it wasn’t thought - what the heck, I’m here anyways, let’s go abuse some women?

The club was formed in April of this year, with what was hopefully (sounds stupid) it’s first and only assault on a woman occurring in May of 2016.

May 11, 2016 - midnight - the group managed to coerce a female student to go with them, where they forced alcohol into he until she was fully intoxicated, forced her to strip.

They then groped her upper body.

They took turns lying atop her back and twisting her face around to kiss her.

Matsumi—along with being the ringleader—was accused of slapping her on the back numerous times, using a hair dryer to blow hot air on her genitals and pouring a cup of hot ramen noodles on her breasts.

I’m a pretty imaginative guy when it comes to consensual sexual relations between myself and a woman, but a cup of ramen noodles?!

That takes time to make. Did Matsumi say - hang on guys - you continue to squeeze and fondle her even while she resists, while I go and make some hot ramen noodles.

Did the others question why he wasn’t making a snack for them? Or did they already figure that Matsumi was a weird fug and that they figured he would pour the hot liquid on her breasts? Did he add the flavor packet? Was he that fugged up? I’m sorry - that sounds insensitive, but I’d like to know just how screwed up this guy’s mind really was.

So… while I am unsure just how long the physical assault continued on this poor person, and if it truly was just relegated to upper body attacks, without penetration of any kind… not that that matters as fare as the abject helplessness the victim felt and probably still feels, we can rest assure that Japan’s fantastic justice system will make things better.

Oh wait… is this the same Justice System that takes into account just how pathetically remorseful one is for he crimes (not helpful if you show defiance because you aren’t actually guilty)?

What did they do now?

Matsumi - the ring-leader - received two years in prison, suspended four years.

Presiding judge Shimada Hajime (surname first), when passing sentence agreed that Matsumi’s behavior was worthy worthy of strong condemnation because it disrespected the victim…

(did you see the …?)

However, judge Shimada says that because Matsumi had shown enough remorse for his actions, there was room for rehabilitation.

On September 20, 2016, another defendant—Komoto Taichi (surname first), 22—who was part of the sexual assault received 18 months in prison, suspended for three years.

Matsumoto Koko is reported to be another club member, standing trial under another judge.

Back in 2006, members of the Kyoto University American football team were convicted of forcing female university students to drink to the point of unconsciousness so they could rape them. Holy fug. What is wrong with people?! Committing a felony with all these witnesses around you… hell, not having the balls to stand up and say this is wrong? Oh that the race of men could sink so low.

Oh… and how about these beauts—the ring leader a former student from the famous Waseda University named Wada Shinchiro (surname first), who formed a rape club known as Super Free. It wasn’t just for one to rape a woman and then brag about it, no, it was the gang-rape mentality.

Should you have the stomach for it, I wrote about the Super Free rape club HERE.

Kanpai,
Andrew Joseph
PS: If you are wondering about the photo above, Google "No Not Happy Birthday" and see the Warner Brother's cartoon. It's just about assault, not sexual assault.