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Tokyo gov't ordered to pay damages for death of arrested Nepalese man

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nepalese man ilife is worth of one million jpy?

i am speechless

-3 ( +19 / -22 )

Or US $7,585 at the current exchange rate. Life apparently is cheap.

0 ( +19 / -19 )

Another dead while in custody?

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/diabetic-detainee-dies-in-police-custody-after-not-eating-for-3-days-or-being-given-medication

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/19/national/crime-legal/officials-faulted-in-death-of-ghanaian/

In some case still they'll let people live only to get false accusation

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/nepalese-man-who-served-15-years-in-prison-acquitted-of-1997-murder

-11 ( +8 / -19 )

Less than ten grand for a life. I guess life really is cheap in Japan.

0 ( +20 / -20 )

Singh, then 39, was arrested on March 14, 2017, on suspicion of stealing lost property and was secured with restraining equipment that bound his hands to his stomach the following day, according to the ruling.

Was the "lost property" that he supposedly stole ever found?

The courts seem to value life very little.

Imagine picking up some "lost property", the police restraining you, and your life ended in a moment.

A 1 million yen penalty will cause a modification of such dangerous actions on the part of police?

-3 ( +11 / -14 )

The officer's decision to prioritize taking him to prosecutors "was an overstepping of discretionary power," Fukuda said.

Bureaucratic and hierarchical procedures will almost always supersede compassion and common sense.

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

Shocking!!

5 ( +9 / -4 )

was arrested on March 14, 2017, on suspicion of stealing lost property

So any foreigners who happened to found lost property on the street, and got intention to return to nearest koban can be accused stealing lost property, even their intention is to return to rightful owner. However prejudice can turn really bad to any poor foreigners' life.

-7 ( +12 / -19 )

Again?!

There’s a clear pattern of police violence and abuse here.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

There is something VERY wrong with the police in Japan.

-2 ( +14 / -16 )

The title of this article is clearly off. It should read ”Tokyo goverment gets off with a slap on the wrist”. 1 million yen is not a penalty or a punishment.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Japanese law states that a foreigner who dies in custody should receive the same amount that they would in their homeland, which in the case of Nepal is ¥100,000.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

The lost property that was found in his possession was a credit card.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

guy had bad luck as was "just" a nepalese...so was treated like that.

very shame.

1mil is very silly joke.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Thé lost property was someone else credit card he was having with him. A claim against the Japanese government was also filed. It was dismissed by the court and the family lawyer will appeal. Images of the guys being restrained were shown on the news.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I’ve had some dealings with the cops here, some clearly operate like they’re in the Yakuza

0 ( +8 / -8 )

nepalese man ilife is worth of one million jpy?

Average salary in Nepal is around $2 a day. That is about 26 years wages if he was legally living in Nepal.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Police thuggery is real, as exemplified by this article and similar ones. But the police seem to target specific people who are more vulnerable to discrimination than the general population. It is likely that the police would not have brutally assaulted and inadvertently (?) snuffed out life of the victim in question if he was caucasian.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

The lost property that was found in his possession was a credit card.

It was found on him but no transactions had taken place.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Average salary in Nepal is around $2 a day. That is about 26 years wages if he was legally living in Nepal.

That's 2 weeks salary if you live in US. So, a Nepalese man is worth 2 weeks of a US citizen?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The Metropolitan Police Department said it will review the ruling before deciding how to respond.

We all know how the MPD and Prosecutors Office will respond, by filing an appeal which will be far more expensive for the tax payers than to just accept the decision and take steps to prevent future reccurances.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Absurdly low amount. Probably doesn't even cover the cost of the solicitor who filed the case.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

All the people who have been mistreated were from non western countries, victimized due to the lack of awareness/education.

Japanese police wouldn't dare do that to an American.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Worst police possible ever.. forced confessions on foreigners, killing foreigners in police custody, and besides this in free time up-skirts, sexual molestations.. is this really worth calling police??

Every month there is an incident when a victim asks for Japanese police help but gets killed by the person from whom the protection was requested. When it comes to Yakuza, these guys can’t even dare to speak a word !! Pathetic !!

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Bureaucratic and hierarchical procedures will almost always supersede compassion and common sense.

Well said, spot on

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

This absolutely horrendous. How can a ruling for an incident that occurred in Japan be looked at according the rule of law in another country? It pains to see poor people being dealth with in such unconscionable manner. The incident took place in Japan but the court is limiting compensation based on Nepalese law. I can't believe that this is taking place in the 21st century. Sad to see that a country badly in need of cheap labor is exploiting the very people that they are reliant up on for the provision of such labour and that justice is out of reach for them in the law courts. The man died while in custody obviously due to negligence and no justice will be served. Very sad! Japan needs to do better. It would not be surprising to see this being dragged on further to the frustration of the family members.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Being forcibly restrained that his hands were “red and black”???

In other words, circulation was cut off to the limbs due to intense pressure;

torture…

2 ( +2 / -0 )

1 million yen is pathetic. Japanese can demand at least 80 times that amount when the situation is reversed.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The bereaved family had sought 61.82 million yen in damages from the metropolitan government and the state.

A Japanese court on Friday ordered the Tokyo metropolitan government to pay damages of around 1 million yen 

A clear perspective on how the Japanese government views the life of a foreigner. Not 1 million yen. AROUND 1 million yen. And this isn't the first time the government pays 99% less than the amount originally being sought for! My heart goes out to the families who were murdered by these........

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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