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Japanese man sets self on fire over military rule change
BBC ^ | 29 June 2014

Posted on 06/29/2014 3:51:31 PM PDT by kingattax

A man set himself on fire in central Tokyo in protest at a proposed law which could allow Japan to deploy its military overseas.

The man was taken to hospital after being hosed down but his condition was not immediately known, officials said.

Japan's government could make the change to its pacifist constitution as early as next Tuesday.

The US-drafted constitution bans war and "the threat or use of force" to settle international disputes.

Witnesses said the middle-aged man, wearing a suit and tie, climbed onto a pedestrian bridge at Tokyo's Shinjuku station.

"He was sitting cross-legged and was just talking, so I thought it would end without incident," one eyewitness told Reuters. "Then all of a sudden his body was enveloped in fire."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nomoretojos

1 posted on 06/29/2014 3:51:31 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: GOPsterinMA; NFHale; Bender2; sickoflibs; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

It’s probably time to let Japan back in the sandbox.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 4:06:53 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: kingattax

I guess he showed them!


3 posted on 06/29/2014 4:19:29 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: kingattax
The man was taken to hospital after being hosed down but his condition was not immediately known, officials said.

He burst into flames, and then fell about 40 feet onto the roadway after he was hit with the fire hose. I'll go way out on a limb here -- he's not in awfully good condition.

4 posted on 06/29/2014 4:32:26 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sooth2222

The police may be trying to figure out a way to do the honorable thing and rule this a drowning accident.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 5:00:43 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: kingattax

The people of Japan are good enough to build a strong defense and watch out for their security. With nations like Iran and North Korea building nukes, the Japanese should get ready to defend themselves in that way, too.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 5:25:31 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: kingattax

A man with principle.


7 posted on 06/29/2014 5:48:56 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: Impy; NFHale; Bender2; sickoflibs; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

I agree, it’s time. They’ve been obedient since Harry T. dropped the 2 biggins on ‘em.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 6:03:47 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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To: kingattax

Japan is one of the safest places on Earth, why the hell would they want to spend a dime on a deployable military???????We have their butts covered and the whole world knows it.............now that I think it over, with Obama in charge, they should probably be building up....sad.


9 posted on 06/29/2014 7:19:26 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: kingattax

??? I’ve been deployed with Japanese in the middle east and Africa.


10 posted on 06/29/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz

He’s a little late - The Japanese SDF were deployed to Iraq in 2005


11 posted on 06/29/2014 7:34:09 PM PDT by AbnSarge
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To: AbnSarge

Yup!


12 posted on 06/29/2014 7:44:12 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: kingattax
Witnesses said the middle-aged man, wearing a suit and tie, climbed onto a pedestrian bridge at Tokyo's Shinjuku station.

Hmmm, location of a Krispy Kreme.

13 posted on 06/29/2014 7:45:02 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: NonValueAdded
I guess he showed them!

I wish leftist protestors here in the USA would protest in the same fashion. Speaking of fashion, the guy wore a suit and tie. If you're going out in a blaze of glory, do it neatly dressed.

14 posted on 06/29/2014 8:25:22 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: GOPsterinMA; Impy; NFHale; Bender2; sickoflibs; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

Apprently since the post-WWII constitution, they’re not even ALLOWED to have a military. It called the “Japanese Self-Defense Forces”


15 posted on 06/29/2014 8:47:52 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: kingattax

Sukippi* is not allowed to set himself on fire to avoid deployment.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 8:57:11 PM PDT by RichInOC (Skippy lives!)
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To: BillyBoy

It is a military though. It’s like if you renamed the IRS the Department of Sunshine and Puppy Dogs.


17 posted on 06/29/2014 9:00:23 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: kingattax

What a stupid way to try to make a point.


18 posted on 06/29/2014 9:01:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; NFHale; Bender2; sickoflibs; fieldmarshaldj

Correct. They could/should change their constitution to allow a military.

I very highly doubt they’ll get the imperialist bug again.


19 posted on 06/30/2014 5:06:06 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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“...I very highly doubt they’ll get the imperialist bug again...”

It may have been less “Imperialist” and more just plain insecurity. They’d kicked Russia’s ass - a Western power - in 1905, and were feeling their testosterone on the Big Boy Stage of world players.

Sort of like Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany - he was incredibly jealous of his cousins - The Duke of York of England and Czar Nicholas of Russia - and wanted to be as powerful as they were thought to be.


20 posted on 06/30/2014 5:19:26 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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I think their main motivation was a desire to be a major world power.


21 posted on 06/30/2014 4:54:57 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; NFHale; GSP.FAN; BillyBoy; Bender2; sickoflibs; fieldmarshaldj

Exactly!

Now, they should be a main point of interest for men looking for semi-traditional wives.

¡¡¡GIGITTY!!!


22 posted on 06/30/2014 5:36:26 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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To: KC_Lion

PING to 22.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 5:39:01 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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To: Impy

Yep and that worked out well..


24 posted on 06/30/2014 7:44:30 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Impy

That too, for sure. I think, though, they took a long, hard look at China, and saw how that country was carved up and divided by the Europeans, and said “No effing way are we letting that happen to us...”

So they set about the task of building a massive Navy and Army to prevent even the remotest chance of that happening.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 5:10:58 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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