Meh, overblown. He wasn't really drunk and it was a MOPED.
and if he had hit someone while driving that moped? it's till can cause injuries and he still had a lapse in judgement.
I'd suggest a harakiri. Japanese federation is way too kind.
Had hit someone? 0.3 is almost nothing. I don't notice if I am that "drunk". They make too big deal out of it.
Strangely THIS was today's headline news in Japan.
He's not a politicial or a showbiz celebrity, just the no.2 male figure skater.
Maybe it was so peaceful today.
Well, he wouldn't be the 1st skater to get pulled over for drunk driving. I really hope that the Japanese federation don't penalize him for his actions. It was just a slip up.
But seriously, what he's done, wouldn't probably have been considered illegal, in my country (but it depends on for how long one has his d.l.). That public humiliation of Oda is, IMO, 5x worse than the said 0.3. I felt very uncomfortable watching that vid where he cries and apologizes. Gotta be some cultural thing, yeah
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Yes, I think he's expressing the whole "shame" thing. Heard there was even a press conference, covered by all the major networks in Japan, complete with tears.
His blood alcohol level would definitely NOT have been a DUI in many countries, including the US and if this incident happened pre-Shizuka Olympic champion...it probably wouldn't have even made the news.
God I can't believe how things get overblown in this world. My city is filled with murderers who keep getting off on technicalities while a figure skater - on a freakin' moped no less - with a quite low blood alcohol level makes NATIONAL HEADLINES. Ridiculous. Yes, if he broke the law then administer the usual punishment, but the media frenzy on this is more reckless than his act.
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Accidents will happen but when they are caused by drinking alcohol, can't help but think an accident could have been prevented without alcohol.
Nobunari has such an angelic face, it's hard to believe he was drunk.
Glad to know it is not la malaise ameriquenne which is reserved for young American actors.
A DUI does NOT mean you were drunk. It can range from "impaired" to absolutely NO discernible impairment, but that you have exceeded the blood-alchohol limit.
Poor kid. He issued a nation-wide apology today and nearly cried himself sick.
I sure was sick watching it. They didn't made that much a fuss during the freud scandal in JSF, but a kid being silly and not careful enough makes the headlines? Looking at the news clip, one might think that he got completely smashed and run over a kindergarten trip, not that he drank 2 beers, at the sauna nonetheless, waited for the effects to wear off and misjudged the time it takes.
A law is a law, and if he has to pay a fine/have points taken away, it's natural. There is no worse punishment for him that the guilt he feels. But what the JSF and media doing is just sick (and stupid, as they are shooting themselves in the knee). I really hope that this won't influence Nobu's appearance at hif GP events.
He was not drunk, he was under influence.Nobunari has such an angelic face, it's hard to believe he was drunk.
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Didn't we go through this before with Yagudin and all his fans said he didn't hit anyone. So I suppose there is no need to warn a dui driver?
I agree, Joe. Just because no damage was done and he wasn't 'over another country's limit' doesn't mean it's right.
I personally feel if you have just one alchoholic beverage you shouldn't drive. period. moped, hot rod, compact car, hummer... doesn't matter. don't do it.