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Prosecutors decide not to indict Abe over dinner spending scandal

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Using our tax money for self aggrandizing?

That’s ok in Japan then…

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No, that's peanuts to distract the public's attention. The lazy and corrupt prosecutors should indict him over the fookin' Abenomask!!! How about this? Corrupt bastard, knows the Japanese justice would never touch him,

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"I believe prosecutors made the decision as a result of impartial investigations," Abe said in a statement.

Shinzo Abe, unacknowledged master of self-deprecating sarcasm and inside jokes.

Turns to the side:Can you believe Kyodo is printing this? Could I be any more obvious?

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This is why Japan has such a high corruption index value year after year

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"shocked, shocked I say"

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The Devil. Tokyo Public "Prosecutors" Office's special investigations unit aren't really prosecuting much, are they? They haven't done their job prosecuting the Devil since he took office. This crook gets off again. He's walked over everybody.

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Another Japanese politician apparently getting away with it.

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Prosecutors don't want to miss the promotions coming up.

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Japan is just another Asian country when it comes to things like political corruption and driving. Rules are advisory.

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Japans (so-called) justice system strikes again.

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Oh look, bribes and corruption.

Oh no, say it isn’t so………

Same Old garbage, huh Abe?

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Abe the untouchable brought great shame to Japan on many issues and this decision by the Prosecution does not meet what Japan's justice system should be up to. I'm not saying Abe is guilty from indictment; he had a right to defend himself... but starting off from non-indictment plays foul.

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Not surprised at all. Japan and corruption go hand in hand. No different to China.

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"Prosecutors decide not to indict Abe over dinner spending scandal"

Color me shocked.

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Corruption is not unique to Japan. You can see the rich and powerful getting away in the Western countries too.

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Prosecuters got their end of the year bonus.

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Corruption is rife !!

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The costs were partially covered by a group managing Abe's political funds, although he initially denied this. Abe later said he was unaware that his group had shouldered some of the costs.

Pass the buck to your group and shuck responsibility, yeah! Pretend you didn't know, huh Abe? That only proves that you were negligent and weak, Abe. Own up to it and say it - you screwed up!

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I am very surprised.

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They consumed the evidence.

Gotchesosamadeshita.

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Can he be indicted over those stupid masks ?

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Prosecutors decide not to indict Abe over dinner spending scandal

Hahahahaaa what a surprise!

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Must be nice to be above the law. Any one of us would have been prosecuted for a similar crime.

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Unfortunate but in Japan prosecutors have never shown the integrity they are expected to have. Politicians here control justice, media and everything that impacts the population. Been like that for centuries.

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Convenient time as the country goes into holiday mode and is less likely to read this. Story will disappear by tomorrow.

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Corruption cum impunity are what hold ruling elites together enabling them to maintain unimpeded authority. The enforcement of laws is strictly for the rest of the population without power or influence: in every country, democratic or not, this is simply Politics 101, which is why Abe and his ilk will never lose any sleep over their illegal acts. In the playbook of politicians "rule of law" is a mantra for rubes and "justice" just a word, a charade to play us tax-payers for suckers.

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Its contempt, a total disrespect of a relationship within the justice system that guarantees promotes equality accordance with Judicial process.

It is not for Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office's special investigations unit to ever assume authority to predicate what is deemed an administration of law and justice.

This act is open to corrupt practices on every level.

This is not the first time, is it?

There are still important questions to be answered in the private school operator Moritomo Gakuen scandal.

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Prosecutors are as corrupt as the politicians they serve. It’s a completely rigged game here.

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Well, in a country where effective and ultimate separation of powers is non-existent in practice, as everybody is in bed with everybody with everybody "owning/offering favors" to everybody, is this result hardly a surprise.

Japan, continuing to slide down the road to a banana republic...Sad, real sad...

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Well knock me down with a feather! This must be one of those rare occasions when the establishment collude against the public to protect their own.

I expect to see an impartial judicial inquiry established to investigate this, posthaste.

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itsonlyrocknrollToday  10:08 am JST

Its contempt, a total disrespect of a relationship within the justice system that guarantees promotes equality accordance with Judicial process.

It is not for Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office's special investigations unit to ever assume authority to predicate what is deemed an administration of law and justice.

This act is open to corrupt practices on every level.

This is not the first time, is it?

No it ain't. Nor is it exclusive to Japan. Look at the UK, see how Bozo got away with his shindigs while CoVid is rampant. And he should know better, he got the virus and recovered. BOZO!

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Yet they didn’t skip a beat to arrest the guy who attempted to steal a 100 or so bouncy balls…

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The news are surprising to absolutely nobody, but still make it obvious how double standards are in place for VIPs on one side and the rest of the people on the other.

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Let us hope that enough people will neither forgive nor forget this travesty of "justice."

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It has been said that Japanese people don’t understand irony.

The irony in this case is that the person,I would’ve said man but he certainly isn’t a man,who introduced ‘moral education’ to Japan’s schools is in dire need of such lessons more than nearly everyone who lives in the country.

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starpunk, good what about,

Can we agree one naughty doesn't cancel out another.

My English grandmother would when I used to lift the biscuits scold me

I would point at my Brother and say what about him.

He lifted the carrot cake, last week.

I am sure a Boris Johnson thread is soon on the cards

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Prosecutors said Tuesday they decided not to indict former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over allegations his camp illegally paid for dinner receptions held for supporters, officially bringing to an end a high-profile political scandal that came to light two years ago.

Not even an explanation as to why they didn't prosecute. But they'll readily prosecute Ghosn on money he never received. Bloody third world banana republic is what this country is. The only reason I still live here is to enhance my own personal and professional situation. Other than that I don't give a s#it about this place and the people that run it.

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Prosecutors decide not to indict Abe over dinner spending scandal:

Politically, Abe remains a very powerful figure to be reckoned with in Japan.

He is the mastermind behind his two successors.

Who dares to touch him, let alone prosecute him..?

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Reaaaally? This is very hard to believe!

Is there anyone who expected something different?

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Now, he can return to making pronouncements about foreign policy and his version of trickle down economics. Apparently, his health concerns seemed to follow the arc of the scandal.

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Now why would they indict themselves?

Anyone?

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Japan has a 99.99% conviction rate with the .01% getting away being politicians.

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Robbery in daylight.

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This must be a first and one off occurrence in governments.

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Big surprise there.

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The enforcement of laws is strictly for the rest of the population without power or influence: in every country, democratic or not, this is simply Politics 101, which is why Abe and his ilk will never lose any sleep over their illegal acts.

There are exceptions. Look no further than our neighbor

Past presidents will attest to the fact that no individual is above the law and the country.

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The prosecutors have decided not to prosecute Abe, does this actually mean he is innocent or that they could not be bothered? Who, if any one, scrutinises the prosecutors and their corruption.

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It is not for Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office's special investigations unit to ever assume authority to predicate what is deemed an administration of law and justice.

Tokyo's Public Prosecutors Office is an absolute disgrace, and again there are echo's of the 1930's at work within that appalling department.

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Abe Shinzo is the most dangerous figure in Japan politics.

This guy must be defanged.

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The ldp is by far the largest criminal organization in japan, far larger than the yaks & they have the cops & prosecutors all safely in pocket, sadly corruption here is insanely rampant, its why so many things are so expensive & why we get such little value for our $$ here for most things.....

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As usual, not surprised.

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itsonlyrocknrollDec. 29  11:09 am JST

starpunk, good what about,

Can we agree one naughty doesn't cancel out another.

Another wayb to put it is, 'two wrongs don't make it right, nor do they make it even'.

And that logic applies to practically everything. For instance, those who bash George Floyd are missing the point. Even if he did do anything wrong, does that justify that murder that 'passed' for an arrest? No it doesn't. You don't arrest a suspect in that manner.

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expatDec. 31, 2021  11:38 pm JST

If the authorities actually indicted a former PM, it would be too much for the system to bear. Same with the US. The Bush 43 crew and 45's crew should all be in prison at this point. What Abe did is just a minor grift in comparison.

All the misdoings of the administrations of Bush 43, Clinton, everybody before means zilch compared to the crimes of the Traitor 45. And what Abe in this case was just reckless and stupid.

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