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Posted in: Lebanon receives Interpol wanted notice for Ghosn See in context

An interesting book "The Enigma of Japanese Power" (Karel Van Wolferen) published in the late 1980's goes into great depth into all the criticism of Japans legal system. Nothing seems to have changed. Incidentally Karel Van Wolferen is a highly acclaimed journalist.

I read this book over 20 years ago and while critical of Japan, it is the best book by far I've ever read on how Japan works. It covers everything from education to advertising and the intimate relationship between business and government.

Throughout the whole Ghosn saga I've seen it through the perspective lent to me by this book.

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Posted in: Lebanon receives Interpol wanted notice for Ghosn See in context

I realize that this comment is going to be dislike-bombed by the Ghosn supporters who only see this as a "Japan bad, foreigner good" issue, but evidence strongly indicates Ghosn is in fact guilty of everything he has been accused of in Japan and France.

I never made any claims about Ghosn's status, but observed that it would be impossible to assess either way whether he was guilty or innocent because he would be found guilty - his guilt was predetermined. It was essentially a political case where the interests of the state and Nissan's executives aligned.

The case also highlighted the backwards nature of the Japanese justice system. Most people would expect Japan to have a mature justice system, whereas it is still stuck in the 19th century.

Ghosn should go to France and face trial on the condition that he is not subsequently extradited to Japan.

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Posted in: Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial See in context

Shouldn't every single one be charged with at least the following:

1: Carry a weapon without a license.

2: Entering the country without submitting a passport to Ukrainian immigration authorities.

3: Trespassing.

Perhaps they should if they catch them, but how about focusing on those who committed war crimes before worrying about misdemeanours?

Of course, you are not being serious, but just trying to deflect to defend a war criminal.

Imagine going onto an internet forum to make obscure arguments to somehow lessen the seriousness of war crimes. Glad I don't do that.

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Posted in: Russian soldier pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial See in context

Shooting a single civilian to prevent detection of a mobile team is allowed under the laws of war.

They obviously weren't doing much to conceal themselves. After all, if it was just a single civilian, how do they know who the shooter was. And given that everyone has cell phones, they were hardly going to be secret for long.

I don't know about this detail of the ruleseof war - I've never really needed to research the exact circumstances in which you could kill innocent civilians. But I think you are trying a bit too hard to justify the murder of this man.

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Posted in: Spanish govt proposes wider abortion rights, menstrual leave See in context

.so, what is the expansion? Currently 14 weeks

It didn't claim an extension beyond 14 weeks, but rather an extension of rights. Read the article.

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Posted in: UK raises stakes in EU feud with threat to break Brexit deal See in context

Just exactly how many people who voted Leave ever thought about consequences like the Northern Ireland problem? After Scotland and probably Wales leave the UK, the DUP will still want to cling onto England who have moved on.

NI will join the South at some point in the 30 years once the Catholic population outgrows the Protestant. For the rest of the UK that will bes relief of sorts.

Scotland may seek independence again, but the same border questions will emerge if it tries to join the EU.

There is minimal appetite in Wales for independence.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance to mark new subway line See in context

A much needed me tube line too.

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Posted in: Man mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds gambles it all away See in context

The dude can sit on the money all he wants, but as soon as he starts spending it above a certain threshold, the IRS will come down on him like a tonne of bricks.

I guess he's better move to Thailand or somewhere and love beyond the reach of the Japanese tax authorities.

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Posted in: Twitter defends anti-bot efforts, Musk replies with poo emoji See in context

b) extremists that want to be able spread misinformation

I guess that would include overtly racist posts as well. Having just been over to the Buffalo shooting thread and seen what hasn't been removed by the moderator, I would hate to have to read what has already been been removed.

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Posted in: Twitter defends anti-bot efforts, Musk replies with poo emoji See in context

Twitter in its current situation without any freedom of speech is the real disaster,

Tell us, what's is it your like to say on Twitter that you can't? Of the hundreds of posts of mine that have been deleted by the JT moderator over the past 20+ years, I can't think of a single one that works have been moderated on Twitter.

Have you ever had a post removed on twitter, and if so, what were you saying?

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

46 million JPY sounds like a lot, but it will be gone within a year, I guess,

A year? You must have quite expensive tastes.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooter targeted Black neighborhood, officials say See in context

Until we stop the diversion of chasing guns and start really focusing on the shooter, we will not be successful in addressing this problem.

Perhaps there should be a specific tax on guns and ammunition that goes directly towards funding the mental health teams.

It is clear from this incident that it is the shooter and not the gun that is the problem

Access to firearms is always part of the problem.

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Posted in: Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision See in context

Rigged.

Are any Ukrainians playing at Wimbledon this year? The others may as well go home.

it's voted for by members of the public as well as judges. The votes of the public overwhelmingly went to Ukraine. Everyone was expecting it. Even bookmaker's odds for a Ukrainian victory were absurdly short.

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Posted in: Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision See in context

No surprise that they won, and even though it wasn't the best song, accoridng to the judges, it was OK.

More importantly, it was a sign of solidarity of European people with Ukraine - an important message both to Ukrainians and to Russians.

The positioning of the Russian trolls and other Putin apologists in reaction is amusing.

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Posted in: Kremlin warns of retaliation after Finland moves toward NATO See in context

the Kremlin warned anew in chilling terms Thursday that the aid could lead to direct conflict between NATO and Russia.

“There is always a risk of such conflict turning into a full-scale nuclear war, a scenario that will be catastrophic for all," said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russia’s Security Council.

History shows that Russia will fold when faced with war. It did during the Berlin blockade and during the Cuban Missile crisis.

The rest of the world knows that it is still a danger, especially to smaller countries, so the only logical step is to support them.

Russia is a great bear -strong and wild, and dangerous if you get too close. But we don't let bears roam in our society and we know that they still sh*t in the woods.

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Posted in: As Putin marks Victory Day, his troops make little gains in Ukraine See in context

“Russia has given a preemptive response to aggression. 

You almost have to admire this Orwellian justification for an unprovoked attack on a smaller neighbour.

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

Seriously...phonetic spelling is nice. We have different letters for different pronunciations for a reason. If

Have you not noticed that we don't always have phonetically spelt words in English? "Know" springs to mind, for example.

And it is not your place to pass judgement on how someone of a completely different heritage and foreign name.

After all, even in England a place called Woolfardisworthy is pronounced "Woolzery".

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Posted in: Taliban order Afghan women to wear all-covering burqa See in context

Been a bad week for women's liberty around the world in the face of religious extremism. First the US Supreme Court decision and now this.

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Posted in: Man who stormed Capitol in caveman costume gets prison See in context

“I hope at this point you understand that your indulgence in that fantasy has led to this tragic situation,” the judge added.

While most people know that the stolen election is just a fantasy, it is not just expressed by delusional politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene a s Donald Trump, but increasingly by a much wider cast within the Republican Party, which appears to have become totally unhinged over the past 5 years or so.

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Posted in: Major companies stay mum on thorny abortion issue - for now See in context

Lots of big companies are now offering to pay for abortions for their employees. At least some big companies have morals.

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Posted in: Study predicts mass marine life extinction if warming continues See in context

I have read studies...

When engineered with a climate change denier and they say this, take a large pinch of salt.

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Posted in: Japan to require listed firms to disclose female manager ratio See in context

No your not being realistic because i clearly stated that men and women are not equal.

Yet in other countries women are a much higher percentage of managers compared to the woeful number in Japan. Are women in Japan particularly feeble and if so, why? Are they encouraged by a male dominated society to be high-pitched servants?

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Posted in: Japan to require listed firms to disclose female manager ratio See in context

Men are the predominate gender that choose to study and work in STEM positions. Men are not to blame for that.

Did you miss the scandal of the Tokyo Medical School, by any chance?

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Posted in: Japan to require listed firms to disclose female manager ratio See in context

And next year the number of disabled, LGBTQ and left handed managers?

Given that women will be grossly under represented in management positions, can you give any reason why this would be, other than giving facile whatabouteries?

And why shouldn't the above groups be equally represented? Do you have concern about barriers to the above groups getting management grades, as there clearly are for women?

Personally I never found my left handedness an obstacle, except at Japanese calligraphy.

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Posted in: Japan to require listed firms to disclose female manager ratio See in context

We should set goals for gender equality for bricklayers and construction workers, too. 99.9% are men. Let’s force women to equally do the dirty, hard labor that men do.

As you know full well, bricklaying is a physically demanding job that few women could do. However, there is no such physical restriction that should prevent a woman being a manager.

Running through the first few comments, I see that it is one of the first of this kind of facile argument.

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Posted in: Report: Draft opinion suggests U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe See in context

No one is banning abortions. Just letting the states make the laws themselves.

And half of states already have laws in place to ban abortion which remove the ability of women to determine what to do with their own bodies. Surely self-autonomy is a constitutionally protected right?

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Posted in: Report: Draft opinion suggests U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe See in context

So when they have a heartbeat isn’t that considered life to you?

Not necessarily. We can see that this is already being defined as an electronic pulse prior to the formation of the heart. It is an arbitrary factor that has been used to basically ban abortion in certain states.

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Posted in: Report: Draft opinion suggests U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe See in context

Can you name states that allow abortion up to nine months?

Alaska, DC, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida

Disingenuous - you know that in these states there has to be a threat to the mother's life to allow a third trimester abortion.

Keep up with your straw man fallacies if you want, but you'll be called out on them.

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Posted in: Report: Draft opinion suggests U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe See in context

While I don't hold the following position myself, it can argued that the woman retains property rights over her womb and can therefore evict anyone who is not wanted.

However, you use terms like "life" and it is entirely debateable whether a fetus can be called "life" in any meaningful sense, especially in early weeks.

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Posted in: Report: Draft opinion suggests U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe See in context

Not if both people use it and use right.

Yes it can. And frankly, do you really think that forcing a woman to give birth to an unwanted baby is a good outcome?

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