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Kicksville



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:05 am Reply with quote
Oh brother. Are they gonna patch him out or something?
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They had better not cancel the US release over this. Can't believe Watsuki gets a slap on the wrist for kiddie porn but this guy goes Tony Montana a little bit and they blacklist him and pull video games from sale.
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Japan needs to get is priorities straight
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:11 am Reply with quote
On the contrary to America, Japan's priorities are very straight.
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gacha wrote:
On the contrary to America, Japan's priorities are very straight.


I would like to think so. I am happy Japan has a zero tolerance policy on drugs which help keep Japan's crime rate down.
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gloverrandal wrote:

I would like to think so. I am happy Japan has a zero tolerance policy on drugs which help keep Japan's crime rate down.


Your statement is a paradox, if drugs were legal, the crime rate would be even lower.

Either way, it really is kinda interesting how draconian the Japanese authorities are handling usage of illegal drugs, considering how rampant alcohol abuse and nicotine addiction still is in the country. I really wanna look into what shaped their strict approach of East-Asia in general, as opposed to the laissez-faire approach of Western nations.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:29 am Reply with quote
gloverrandal wrote:
I am happy Japan has a zero tolerance policy on drugs which help keep Japan's crime rate down.


Yes but apparently they don't care as much to help the addict from what I hear.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2014/08/23/lifestyle/dealing-addiction-japans-drug-problem/
"Nobuya Naruse, deputy chief at Saitama Prefectural Psychiatric Hospital, says police in Japan often brag about being extremely vigilant when it comes to drugs but show little interest in treating addicts once they’re caught.

“Japan is very good at regulating drug-related crime — one of the leading nations in the world — and depends on regulation to keep the crime rate down in terms of drug use,” Naruse says. “But that is why it has fallen way behind in terms of the treatment and recovery of addiction.” -
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:40 am Reply with quote
Yet child porn is only worth a slap on the wrist.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:58 pm Reply with quote
If you guys are wondering why drugs are such a berserk button for Asians, here's the answer for it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:14 pm Reply with quote
#892798 wrote:
Either way, it really is kinda interesting how draconian the Japanese authorities are handling usage of illegal drugs, considering how rampant alcohol abuse and nicotine addiction still is in the country. I really wanna look into what shaped their strict approach of East-Asia in general, as opposed to the laissez-faire approach of Western nations.


Opium Wars in China. Asian countries historically notice firsthand how rampant drug use could ruin a country and bring it to the point of destruction. Drinking and smoking are not dangerous for society like those kinds of drugs. Just look at whats going on south of the American border right now.
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El Hermano wrote:
#892798 wrote:
Either way, it really is kinda interesting how draconian the Japanese authorities are handling usage of illegal drugs, considering how rampant alcohol abuse and nicotine addiction still is in the country. I really wanna look into what shaped their strict approach of East-Asia in general, as opposed to the laissez-faire approach of Western nations.


Opium Wars in China. Asian countries historically notice firsthand how rampant drug use could ruin a country and bring it to the point of destruction. Drinking and smoking are not dangerous for society like those kinds of drugs. Just look at whats going on south of the American border right now.


And this is not just an East Asian thing, since also Middle Eastern countries are along with their Far East neighbors on punishing drug use, sometime with death penalty.

In fact, the only Asian countries when drugs aren't heavily penalized are Yemen, North Korea and Israel, the later is basically a western country who happens to be located in Asia anyways.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:33 pm Reply with quote
I didn't know Frozen was getting a sequel. So there's that.
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gloverrandal wrote:
I would like to think so. I am happy Japan has a zero tolerance policy on drugs which help keep Japan's crime rate down.
Agreed, I have seen enough people destroy their lives with illegal drugs that I think Japan has a smarter attitude towards it than Hollywood which treats it like harmless fun. For better or worse celebrities are treated as role models so it makes sense that Japan takes this issue seriously.

#892798 wrote:
Your statement is a paradox, if drugs were legal, the crime rate would be even lower.
A high percentage of crimes are committed by people that are on illegal drugs so reducing illegal drug use has several benefits.
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ZeetherKID77 wrote:
They had better not cancel the US release over this. Can't believe Watsuki gets a slap on the wrist for kiddie porn but this guy goes Tony Montana a little bit and they blacklist him and pull video games from sale.

It's protocol for this to happen in Japan, but in a couple years, it'll be back to normal for Taki. Many high-profile celebrities involved in drug abuse scandals have been able to bounce back, most notably Noriko Sakai.

luisedgarf wrote:
And this is not just an East Asian thing, since also Middle Eastern countries are along with their Far East neighbors on punishing drug use, sometime with death penalty.

In fact, the only Asian countries when drugs aren't heavily penalized are Yemen, North Korea and Israel, the later is basically a western country who happens to be located in Asia anyways.

As far as East Asian countries go, Japan is relatively liberal on drugs compared to ones like Taiwan and Singapore, where smuggling contraband drugs is punishable by death.

The idea North Korea is lax on drugs is an urban legend based on the strain of hemp smoked, "ipdambae," as an inferior substitute for tobacco and gives less of a high.

Israel is not a Western country, geographically or culturally.

Chrono1000 wrote:
#892798 wrote:
Your statement is a paradox, if drugs were legal, the crime rate would be even lower.
A high percentage of crimes are committed by people that are on illegal drugs so reducing illegal drug use has several benefits.

It's a bit also contradictory to say legalizing drugs will reduce crime while many crimes committed are by people under the influence, no?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:26 pm Reply with quote
At least it wasn't child pornography.
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