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Do you believe Carlos Ghosn will receive a fair trial in Japan?

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Ridiculous question. Of course not.

20 ( +24 / -4 )

I see I'm in the 60% who say no.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Asking the question is in itself recognising that there will be no fair trial!

16 ( +18 / -2 )

I would have said maybe, if he was Japanese.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Nope, No way, Never.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

What does fairness have to do with it?

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

@Deadforgood - if he were Japanese (and thus didn't have the international media keeping this case in the spotlight), I suspect his odds of getting a fair trial would be even worse.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I'd say the trial itself will be as fair as one might expect in many countries. The problem, however, is that it's largely a show trial. Guilt is all but assured long before a trial commences. What's unfair in Japan is hostage justice, forcefully extracting a confession from defendants. Judge and jury are left with little to do once prosecutors have worked their magic.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

if he were Japanese (and thus didn't have the international media keeping this case in the spotlight), I suspect his odds of getting a fair trial would be even worse.

Maybe, but I see plenty of old japanese guys get out of jail time, all the time. Especially if its a white collar crime and they are "big" players. Pay a fee, bow on TV and apologize profusely to the public. Sure he'd lose his job and nobody would touch him again, but he'd be on the streets.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

White collar crime in America is running at $400 billion per year.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

deadforgood: "I would have said maybe, if he was Japanese."

If he were Japanese, he would already have gotten a golden parachute and be working for a subsidiary.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

No, he will not get a fair trial here. I actually think he is innocent of charges.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

If he was Japanese, he never would have been charged! Remember, Nissan was on the brink of bankruptcy (no Japanese banks would extend them more loans to stay afloat) when Ghosn took the helm of the company. Now in Nissan's arrogance they will throw Ghosn under the bus and the dinosaurs who took charge will drive the company into the ground, again...

5 ( +6 / -1 )

He’s a foreigner. Spent over a month in solitary confinement for something he didn’t do. Still in the Stone Age and not progressive on any fronts in this country, hopefully this court case will make some heads roll in a positive light.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

He will receive a fair, speedy trail. All the evidence will be revealed and he will quickly stop profession his total innocence and will plead out or be convicted. The guy is soooooooo NOT innocent.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

they'll just keep rearresting him indefinitely

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Fair trial is an oxymoron on this archipelago.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I see that 71% now say no. ShavedNuts is not among us:

He will receive a fair, speedy ( trial ).

He was arrested in November. His trial won't be until September. So much for a speedy trial. It won't be fair either. He can't even talk to his wife.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Folks here need to remember only the CONNECTED Japanese get to run free while committing crime, those of lessor status are ROUTINELY jailed after forced confessions, after all the jails are mostly filled with Japanese!

Only the big wigs in Business & politicians routinely skate

As for Ghosn…..he doesn't have a hope in HELL of getting a fair trial, that should be patently obvious by now

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Ghosn only has one person to blame for all of this...Ghosn.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

jcapan

I'd say the trial itself will be as fair as one might expect in many countries.

The 99% conviction rate begs to differ.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Again, if Ghosn didn't partake in the choices he's made over the years - very questionable money transfers, paper companies which his family members are listed as the heads of, and who knows what else - he wouldn't be in this current state of affairs.

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