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Ghosn family seeks U.N. help against 'judicial persecution' in Japan

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By Behrouz MEHRI

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It's interesting that the Ghosn Family, having lived in Japan for quite a long time,are only now complaining about the "violation of rights" and "arbitrary detention" which reportedly are an integral part of Japanese Law. That they are now directly affected must be playing a big part.

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The stipulations behind his bail conditions are inhumane. There's no doubt about it. Japan needs to be held accountable for its 99.9% conviction rate, which it gets through a myriad of bullying tactics from the prosecution process and inhumane judiciary.

10 ( +26 / -16 )

Good on the Ghosns. Japan should be absolutely ashamed at its so-called justice system.

13 ( +27 / -14 )

One thing Japanese/Japan inc hate is to be shamed, which i guess the family are trying to do on a global scale. What with the olypics around the corner its not painting a pretty picture.

FREE GHOSN!!

5 ( +21 / -16 )

Seadog538, “It's interesting that the Ghosn Family, having lived in Japan for quite a long time,are only now complaining about the "violation of rights" and "arbitrary detention" which reportedly are an integral part of Japanese Law. That they are now directly affected must be playing a big part.”

Well, to be fair, his wife really hasn’t lived here a long time. They’ve only been married a few years. And his children, lived here as children but I believe haven’t really lived here as adults. They went off to university overseas and seem to have businesses etc overseas. Not sure how much time they’ve spent here as adults.

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The treatment of Ghosn is disgusting. Really on a par with North Korea and China. The UN must get involved to order Ghosn's immediate release and allow him to get out of the japan hell hole.

16 ( +24 / -8 )

The treatment of Ghosn is disgusting. Really on a par with North Korea and China.

Exactly. And its time to name and shame. Good on the Ghosns! Thank you!

8 ( +17 / -9 )

"it is still a matter of image for the Japanese".

Takata was terrible for the image of Japanese industry, the new Nissan-Renault engine scandal will be worse. The J-prosecutors appear as super-heros for getting Ghosn out of action.

the Ghosn Family, having lived in Japan for quite a long time

These people have lived on "planet one-percent" all their lives.

-2 ( +10 / -12 )

Japan has a history of not responding well to international intervention and condemnation. This could result in his bail being revoked by this pathetic legal system that can only win cases by torturing arrestees until they breakdown and confess regardless of guilt.

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Only Trump could help. UN is crap.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

UN is irrelevant.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Macron dropped the ball on this. The treatment of a French citizen like some international terrorist shows that Macron and France are completely emasculated. Ghosn should apply for US citizenship asap!

1 ( +7 / -6 )

It's about time the UN gets involved. This is a human rights violation.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Because tbe French President was useless to save his own citizens, it shows how weak the French are..

2 ( +10 / -8 )

> Macron dropped the ball on this. The treatment of a French citizen like some international terrorist shows that Macron and France are completely emasculated. Ghosn should apply for US citizenship asap!

Agree 100% the man is a lightweight.

It's about time the UN gets involved. This is a human rights violation.

Absolutely

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Imarine once he's out, he becomes CEO of GM, that would be interesting, he was actually offered tbe position back in the 90s but declined cause of his loyalty to Nissan.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

*Imagine

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It's about time the UN gets involved. This is a human rights violation.

Yet even involving the UN will do nothing, other than possibly harm the image of the Japanese "justice" system. On the other hand Japan has leverage against the UN with funding, so if push comes to shove, watch this too get brushed aside and ignored by Japan, and the UN as well!

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Good place to seek help since Ghosn family can spread some money around to purchase sympathy.

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Meanwhile Kelly is a free man, the Americans raised their eyebrows their own countryman was imprisoned by this espionage by Saikawa and in less than a flash the gov here released him.

Perhaps if Macron took out the crossaint from his mouth and spoke up, Ghosn would of been released from this corporate espionage.

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Perhaps if Ghosn didn't conduct shady practices he wouldn't have found himself in this situation.

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Kenji Fujimori, “Meanwhile Kelly is a free man”

Kelly and Ghosn are both out on bail with various bail conditions.

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Perhaps if Ghosn didn't conduct shady practices he wouldn't have found himself in this situation.

Arturo, you should work for the prosecutors office .... or do you? Seems as though you have solid evidence of guilt that we haven't seen yet.

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Perhaps if Ghosn didn't conduct shady practices he wouldn't have found himself in this situation.

And perhaps you can let him have his day in court before lynching him. The process is just as important as the outcome, and right now, the process is screwed up big time!

How you may ask? Because it has manged, with the willing assistance of the media here, to try and convict this man in the court of public opinion.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

I really don't know what to make of all this, but one thing is for sure, I won't ever buy a Nissan or related product as a direct result of this matter.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

This case is a very bad example to the world that Japan is a big bully and still very ungrateful to any foreigners

that had help saved a public bankrupt Japanese company. for sure now, no foreigners will help Japan anymore.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

This case is a very bad example to the world that Japan is a big bully and still very ungrateful to any foreigners that had help saved a public bankrupt Japanese company.

Very true!

for sure now, no foreigners will help Japan anymore.

They shouldn't.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Give it a rest and let’s move on. The Japanese justice system may not be the fairest in the world at all times but the truth will come out and Carlos will very likely be put away for several years. Bring on the dislikes...

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Japan needs to be held accountable for its 99.9% conviction rate

Other countries like USA or France also have high conviction rate, 96% or higher.  Japan's prosecution rate is very low, more than 1/3 of the arrested are not in fact prosecuted,  whereas in USA prosecution rate is very high.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

I love Nissan.

Since I was 8. I'm 46 now.

But this episode is something that one cannot condone. The treatment of Carlos Ghosn in this whole affair has been unacceptable. Not to mention highly embarrassing and of corporate failure, regardless of who wins and who doesn't.

If Carlos Ghosn is found not guilty then Nissan is going to be in very bad position on all fronts.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

“for sure now, no foreigners will help Japan anymore.”

My guess is that your statement is merely wishful thinking.

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@seadog - you think? It has become an issue of course as it directly affects him. Good luck to them, might as well give it a go.

For the posters espousing the system, if it was you in his place how would you really feel?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

U.N. probably won’t do squat.

The only positive thing about all this is the more exposure of the ridiculous Medieval Japanese “justice” system and how people are treated guilty before found innocent.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

For the posters espousing the system, if it was you in his place how would you really feel?

I would probably have quit while I was ahead and had gotten away with the first $100million (or whatever it was)...allegedly.

Then again, it’s probably hard to stop at any number.

Give the system a chance. He is no choir boy and as I said before, the truth will come out.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

He is guilty, wait and see.

And as for shady practices...let's see...paper company with wife as president, off-shore accounts sending money to and from shell corporations, Nissan money sent to son's "company", and the list goes on.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

no foreigners will help Japan anymore

In any country, the host country is helping foreigners, if anything.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

The Japanese government and especially immigration and judicial systems are famous for ignoring everything the UNHCR and OHCHR have ever said. Both agencies have put out official reports blasting Japan for its treatment of foreigners and its failure to abide by treaties and agreements regarding standards and rules of care of people being detained which the nation signed.

Japan just doesn't care and the UN has zero power.

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As Mr Ghosn is under suspicion of financial malfeasance on a grand scale surely it would be remiss of the Legal Authorities to base the treatment of Mr Ghosn entirely on the opinions of the Court Of Public Opinion.

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