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High court quashes ruling on fatal road rage case, jail term on technicality


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insane, who paid under table? he should be going in for much longer time

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Hmm, not sure to think about this. The guy totally deserves the time if not more, but it's possible that the media attention and public outrage caused some loose procedures and gave him a strict sentence to appease the public. Well, hopefully this time they will do it properly and lock the guy up for a long time with no chance of appeal!

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@ article: The Tokyo High Court upheld the ruling of the Yokohama District Court that Kazuho Ishibashi, 27, caused an accident resulting in the death of a couple and injuries to their daughters, but ordered the case be reheard by the lower court.

IMO this is an injustice to the entire legal road system. However one has to keep in mind if there are behind the scene deals being made by others who may be in trouble and find themselves looking at precedent case, i.e. the rich bureaucrat where it took the victims surviving spouse to file a petition and public outcry for the police failure in making an arrest though overwhelming evidence proves the case solidly enough.

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entire legal system in Japan is known as Chaban a farce

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Ah, Japan! Justice at its finest!

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Sometimes I feel Japanese laws are still in the Feudal period and rely too much on payments and dodgy deals to keep people sweet...

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He should have a picture of the dead parents and two orphans hanging on the wall in his Hotokesama. Can he go to bed comfortably thinking he’s not guilty? Sounds like cruel and unusual punishment but we’ve entered an age where lives matter as do sincere retribution. I’m sorry for all involved.

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*Ishibashi became enraged after being warned by Hagiyama about the way he parked his car at an expressway parking area just before the incident. Ishibashi pursued Hagiyama who was traveling with his wife, Yuka, 39, and their two daughters.*

That’s why you mind your own business and do not ever tell some stranger how to park his car. If you’re over 40 resist the ossan urge to tell off some young guy. You never know what they’re going to do. Think of your wife and children and walk away.

The entire legal system in Japan is known as Chaban a farce.

Feudalism takes centuries to change. Have to be patient.

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Presiding high court Judge Yoshifumi Asayama said the district court illegally overturned a view expressed at a pre-trial hearing that Ishibashi's act did not constitute dangerous driving under the law.

He overtook their car in a state of rage, then braked hard, forcing them to stop in the outside lane of the Tomei. He got out of his truck, then tried to drag the father out of the car. They were then hit by a truck, killing both parents and orphaning their daughters.

Apparently because he was not drivng his car at the time he cannot be convicted of dangerous driving, which is what he was convicted for.

I've seen men like this on the roads here

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No one should ever stop in the passing lane. When I was 12 years old, a truck without hazard lights blinking was stalled in the middle of the toad. We only realized that it wasn’t moving. We were able to swerve away from it but in turning back on the Kane hit its side. Fortunately we just had slight cuts seen at the hospital not large enough to be hospitalized. The car got totaled in front.

It is not allowed to stop in the middle of the road without your hazard lights on.

The Driver who did this should lose their license. Must go back to driver’s school.

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That’s why you mind your own business and do not ever tell some stranger how to park his car. If you’re over 40 resist the ossan urge to tell off some young guy. You never know what they’re going to do. Think of your wife and children and walk away.

Bingo. You win the prize. Unfortunately you have rightly described today's society regardless is whether you live in the U.S. or Japan. Me personally, I would have to get involved if I saw children or the elderly potentially being in danger - but only for that. Just one guys opinion.......

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The headline says "High court quashes ruling". But the article says the high court "upheld the ruling".

From what I can read, the man's guilt has not ben quashed - it's a technicality about the sentencing, and he will be re-sentenced.

Let me know if I'm wrong about that.

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Talk about having friends in high places, the guy must have been a yak

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“entire legal system in Japan is known as chaban”

Even now, 150 years after opening up, there is a huge disconnect between how law actually works as a thinly disguised instrument of constraint and the ideal, an impartial arbiter and safeguard against oppression.

In his Introduction to Japanese Law (1976), Noda makes the point that those tasked with drafting the new Meiji laws, using firstly the Napoleonic Code (later, German models) as their template, “had to invent terms for concepts that were totally alien to Japanese thinking.” Another has made the point that if Western democracies relied as little on law as Japan does, they would be rocked by incessant civil commotion and probably witness a collapse of the authority structure. While conversely, if Japan were to use the law as it is used in the Western democracies, and as it is supposed to be used under the Japanese constitution, the present Japanese authority structure would collapse.

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Maybe, I have too much exposure to traffic but I will usually see one incidence of extremely poor driving each time I go out.

Thete aren’t enough cops out there...

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Evidence of bad driving everywhere in the world, evidence of lenient sentences for fatal crimes are everywhere in the world, so why all the comments on here as if this only happens in Japan

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A bereaved relative (front right) ... Did you insert the image the wrong way around?

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