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Basketballers who spent night with prostitutes get 1-year suspensions

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By Koji Ueda

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It was poor judgement and a silly thing to be caught doing, but this is kinda over doing it imo. I mean based on this, shouldn’t half the government slash their salary and stand up and be held accountable too?

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Their personal lives shouldn't reflect their professional. If they were wearing their uniforms while in the hotel that is another story.

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They think this doesn't happen in the Olympic Games? C'mon!

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Japan Basketball Association violated human rights of the four basketball players. I do not understand why they agreed to appear in the press meet.

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violated human rights of the four basketball players

They broke the law while being dumb enough to be wearing their uniforms and were suspended from their jobs because of it. How were their human rights violated?

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Exactly, tanker. If they were dumb enough to wear their uniforms they are really poor representatives for Japan.

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If prostitution is against the law in the country that they were visiting then that is grounds right there for the association's punishment.

How funny that they had to play against Indonesia for seventh place?

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They were forewarned. Japan is a nation also of image. These athletes choose to scoff at the law then they're playing hardball with other authorities. We all walk tightropes.

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Maybe they just wanted to get some extra “practice” on their “free throws “:-/

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gogogoToday  07:19 am JST

“Their personal lives shouldn't reflect their professional. If they were wearing their uniforms while in the hotel that is another story.”

Sometimes it helps to read the articles.

“They were wearing Japan-emblazoned uniforms when they hooked up with prostitutes”

Also, they were not in Jakarta as part of their personal lives. The only reason they were even in the country was that they were there as the national team.

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SchopenhauerToday  07:39 am JST

Japan Basketball Association violated human rights of the four basketball players. I do not understand why they agreed to appear in the press meet.

Saying that their human rights were violated is, no offense, ridiculous.

It also demeans and trivializes the real human-rights abuses going on around the world.

These guys knew the rules. They knew that Japanese athletes at the Asian Games were expected to carry themselves according to certain standards of conduct. Those standards were in writing and every athlete agrees to them.

And they willfully broke those rules.

Human rights violated? Please. When your employer sets certain rules, and you agree to those rules but then violate them, you can't make some false and misplaced appeal to "human rights" to be let off the hook.

Besides, I'd love to see any international human rights charter that says that paying prostitutes for sex is a basic human right.

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SilvafanToday  07:52 am JST

If prostitution is against the law in the country that they were visiting then that is grounds right there for the association's punishment.

It doesn't even have to be against the law.

The Japanese sports associations have every right to insist on a standard of personal conduct -- even certain conduct that, while legal, is unbecoming those who've been given the privilege of representing their country at an international competition.

Whether it's technically legal or not, going out and picking up prostitutes -- especially while wearing their official Japan team outfits -- violated a code of conduct that the Japanese sports authorities have every right to insist on.

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starpunkToday  07:30 am JST

They think this doesn't happen in the Olympic Games? C'mon!

Oh, here we go. -- the tired old "everybody else does it" excuse.

These guys agreed to a certain code of conduct that the Japanese sports authorities have every right to put in place. "Everyone else does it" is no justification.

I see several people on this discussion thread sticking up for these guys and making excuses for them. And to think that these people would, no doubt, hold themselves up as champions for women's rights and women's dignity.

But then they defend and excuse prostitution, which objectifies and exploits and sexualizes women like almost nothing else in the world?

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Hmmm... the article is a bit unclear what the players are suspended from. Just national games, or club games within Japan as well?

Anyone got more info?

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I might be wrong, but I can't imagine any other country in the world where the national sporting officials would take the responsibility for the misbehaviour of their athletes so seriously that they would go to the extent of giving themselves pay cuts.

At least that part of this story is impressive.

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They were in the entertainment district with women. Doesn’t mean they were prostitutes. It would be the same as if they were out with women in Kabukicho. Just because the women may have been dressed sexily, doesn’t pin them as prostitutes.

The biggest problem is that the players were wearing their uniforms and they shouldn’t have been out flaunting that they were on the team and picking up women that way.

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I usually cheer for Japan teams but have a soft spot for Philippines basketball so I am glad they won.

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kurikunToday  09:51 am JST

“They were in the entertainment district with women. Doesn’t mean they were prostitutes.”

Its already been established that they were prostitutes who were paid for their services, which were arranged for by a Japanese man.

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Make no mistake, it may only be a one year suspension officially, but these guys are done.

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Bungle: "Make no mistake, it may only be a one year suspension officially, but these guys are done."

Wrong. This is Japan. Notice how it's one year? That's because in less than two the Olympics roll around and Japan wants these punks available for play to increase their chances. And we all know how they love the "redemption" story here -- just look at the Kameda boxing family, holding pics of their day in both hands, saying how unfairly he was treated and that they box for him, despite CONTINUING to hit below the belt. You have the badminton player who commirted a crime and has "redeemed" himself.

Unless these guys really fudge things up further, they will be allowed to play and they're "We are sorry" stories will become the feel-good headlines leading up to the Olympic basketball events. They're not done... yet.

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Meanwhile, this weekend, hundreds of thousands of Japanese men will be using Japanese prostitutes!

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The penalty is irrelevant. They broke the rules and are now paying the price. That’s all there is to it.

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So what happened to the prostitutes? If prostitutes are legal in Jakarta so be it, no foul play or crime commited.

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If consenting adults want to have sex and money exchanges hands, it is nobody's business.

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Hakman, agreed. The usual Social Justice Warriorsare turning a blind eye in this case when it comes to sexual exploitation of underpriveliged women.

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H Y P O C R I S Y

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It would be the same as if they were out with women in Kabukicho. Just because the women may have been dressed sexily, doesn’t pin them as prostitutes.

Jakarta is not Kabuki-cho. A sexily dressed woman hanging on a Japanese guy she just met that night is almost certainly a prostitute.

I doubt the women were exploited - they were probably there by their own choice. But the legality is irrelevant. They were not there on their own dime - they were representatives of the Japanese team, which was financing their trip and had every right to dictate the terms. Common sense should have told them that consorting in public with prostitutes while wearing team colors is not a good idea. But they are young, and were probably a bit drunk. Hopefully, lesson learned.

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A YEAR FOR SEX SLAVING SERVICES (WOMAN CONFORT) IS NOT ENOUGH IN JAPAN

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In today's world, we call prostitute "sex slave". They rarely have the choice to say no to money and not paying the handler.

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NCM

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