Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga addresses the opening session of the 14th U.N. Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice via live webcasting in Kyoto on Sunday. Photo: KYODO
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Would have been interesting to see which countries aren’t attending. Probably those that do not want to conform to international rules of law. China, among others I’m sure.

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Qatar and Japan. Low rates of violent street crime, judicial systems with semi-medieval qualities.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told the opening session that Japan would "play a leading role" in the implementation of the declaration and "spare no effort to achieve inclusive, safe and secure societies with no one left behind."

A country where white-collar crime is endemic at the highest levels and petty theft is met with heavy sentences of imprisonment leaves many in society left behind.

Classically unintentionally ironic fluff from Suga.

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told the opening session that Japan would "play a leading role" in the implementation of the declaration and "spare no effort to achieve inclusive, safe and secure societies with no one left behind."

Said the leader of the LDP.

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Yes, indeed, how ironic that Suga is there.

> The opening also featured remarks by Princess Hisako, the widow of former Emperor Akihito's late cousin, who addressed the congress in English.

If this were any other country, you wouldn't need to stress the fact that she spoke in English.

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Japan is a good place. Japan is a leader in crime prevention. According to research, Japan has the lowest recidivism rate. The crime rate is also one of the lowest in the world. Other countries should follow the example of Japan. In Germany, for example, the Japanese commit the fewest sexual crimes out of 100,000 citizens of their origin.

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Agree with all the posts until about @5:20p. Hereon, agreement will be scattered because the ‘flag waiving” will begin with comments like: Special...., islands...., 3dr largest economy in the world, ...first of G7 countries to vaccinate,...

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Prevention of crimes by the various agencies of a high breed government against citizens should also come under consideration by the learned discussants.

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Perhaps there is an issue with the translation for @6:55pm? Who or, what is a ‘high breed’ (pedigree?) government? ‘Prevention of crimes...against (?) citizens?

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@snowymthell

He means is that the elite corrupt politicians and such like that also commit crimes ( a lot of fraud and bribery etc) should also be 'policed'.

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He means is that the elite corrupt politicians and such like that also commit crimes ( a lot of fraud and bribery etc) should also be 'policed'.

This should start with the rampant corruption in the U.N. itself. Bribery, graft, fraud, cover ups for rape, and other criminal activities have been endemic in the U.N. for 70 years.

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I’m guessing the 1,400 attending the conference are all Japanese or Japan based foreigners.

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@Wolfpack

This should start with the rampant corruption in the U.N. itself. Bribery, graft, fraud, cover ups for rape, and other criminal activities have been endemic in the U.N. for 70 years.

then this convention is a farce, isn't it? you should probably not go.

i think that UN is doing an excellent job voicing the injustices in china, japan, russia, north korea and so many others.... it's sad that their only power is the power of word.

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WolfpackToday  02:36 am JST

First off it’s not appropriate to suggest that Japan should have a standard of justice to the preferences of other cultures and/or different races. That’s multi-culturalism 101.

"First off it's not appropriate to suggest that China should have a standard of human rights to the preferences of other cultures and/or different races. That's multi-culturalism 101.

"First off it's not appropriate to suggest that the Taliban should have a standard of gender equality to the preferences of other cultures and/or different races. That's multi-culturalism 101."

You can see how easily this cultural relativist logic becomes a double-edged sword. Some concepts like justice, freedom of speech and individual rights are universally understood concepts that transcend culture. Especially if you're a country historically known for importing and adapting foreign cultures, it's a bit dishonest to pick and choose to only emulate foreign technology and economic institutions (the "good parts") while claiming that being pressured to conform to internationally agreed upon legal and social norms is somehow culturally imperialist.

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There are groups of Japanese lawyers who propose changes to the justice system including the abolition of the death penalty.

Japan is a signatory to various international treaties which they don't always respect including the problem of children both from international parents.

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@letsberealistic: But World War II is long over, and modern Japanese have nothing to do with it. And the West is destroying the world now.

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Japan has the right to do what it wants

@Katsukyun

No, Japan has not the right to do what it wants, simply because Japan is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

Japan signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in 2014. Signed about seven years ago, but child abduction by the Japan government is still tolerated.

 

If a country signs an international convention it is expected that the agreement will be observed.

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U.N. congress on crime prevention opens in Kyoto

Yes, and it will soon close after, also in Kyoto.

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No offense intended @*MuhammadNural 6:55p ”...crimes by the various agencies of a high breed government against citizens should also come under consideration....*

Thank you @dan: “*He means that ‘... elite corrupt politicians also commit crimes (fraud, bribery, etc) should also be 'policed'.”*

Agreed. Much respect.

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they are having this convention whilst interrogating 2 Americans for a volunteer confession.

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