Alan Harrison comments

Posted in: Do you think China is a military threat to Japan? See in context

Japans paranoia is a bigger threat than China.

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Posted in: Life of A-bomb-hit Hiroshima girl and family being made into film See in context

Victim playing trash. In my opinion using children is cheap.

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Posted in: Not-guilty verdict for man in women’s toilet: he had to go so bad it clouded his judgement See in context

20 days!!! For this???Unbelievable!!!

Only in Japan.

Posibilities :

1) The once hard working Japanese now have too little to do.

2) The signs are unclear.

3) He pleaded not guilty. That is crime in itself in Japan.

4) Japanese prosecutors are "thick".

(Ment retrospectively. Japanese prosecutors, although "thick" are extremely nasty.

5) Japanese judges are even "thicker" for not throwing the case out in 30 seconds.

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Posted in: S Korea seeks 'amicable solution' to comfort women issue with Japan See in context

A strong ruler is always able to disregard or strike out blatantly corrupt court rulings. 

That's an interesting one, coming from Japan. Clean up your own backyard. (Judiciary).

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach floats possibility of no fans at Tokyo Games See in context

I don't understand why it matters when it is held. It's a simple scheduling issue. The players, the venue, the courts, and the fans aren't going away from Earth.

Agreed, the world will still be here in 2032 when Japan can re-apply. Between now and 2032, the good people of Tokyo can enjoy their new stadiums, and updated infrastructure, (when the pandemic is brought under control, of course). It's been a public investment.

It also gives Japan time to instigate other reforms which Japan so desperatly needs.

I think that from time to time in our lives we say, "there's more to life than money".

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Posted in: Suga says Japan will not join U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons See in context

With respect, Communist China's Navy is rubbish. Rusting ex-Soviet carriers and outdated Chinese knockoffs of them. Easy pickings for the worlds Naval big hitters like Japan.

As for PLAs standing Army. Having millions in a standing Army is 19th century stuff. China could raise an Army of 5 million men easily. Theyd be wiped out in one afternoon by US Stealth bombers.

More echos of the 1930's.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan will not join U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons See in context

Nobody is saying the Japanese were “angels”. The ( same old ) government and its “brainwashed” people ( small percentage of the population) are the ones “trying” to “ play the victim “. When you use the kind of language you used, you’re basically saying there is a justification for what happened. My grandfather in law who was in school in Hiroshima that morning would like to say a word. What happened was wrong, period.

There is plenty of justification in any language for what happened. An end had to.be put to one of the the most disgusting regimes in human history. Ask the grandchildren of the victims of unit 731. What happened was justifiable and right, period.

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

Foreign media spreading lies and misinformation about Japan.

This is not new. Happens often on many issues related to Japan.

The Times must have got it's information from a reliable source, otherwise a world renowned newspaper with a high reputation would not print it.

I think that many foriegn newspapers do not spread lies or misinformation about Japan, but write things which many Japanese people (and government) just don't want to hear.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to penalize people who do not comply with antivirus measures See in context

oh give me a break. No jobs, pathetic salaries, and most Japanese companies don't even believe in remote work. Now they want us to stay at home. What should i eat? tree leaves? Just take me to jail.

A jail in Japan is probably the safest place to be right now, sinse the Japabneseehal system just loves keeping people in solitary confinement.

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Posted in: Japan says no truth to Times report on canceling Tokyo Olympics See in context

Right now, I think that the whole subject of the Olympic Games is just much for this nation of 12 year olds.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Soon the Taylors will be coming to Japan and after the Taylors give up Ghosn's wife, to save their own necks, Mrs Ghosn will soon be sitting in a Japanese jail. I wonder if Mr. Ghosn would come back to Japan to save her?

I was not aware that Mrs.Ghosn has been indicted for anything, anywhere. The above comment, again sounds like hostage taking.

I hope that US authorities have considered the UN report in regards to Mr.Ghosn's ilegal detention im Japan before making a final decision regarding the Taylors.

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Posted in: When you hear about the dark side of people like Phil Spector, Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey and so on, can you still appreciate their work? See in context

I think that everybody has a dark side, and have skeleton's in the closet in one form or another, so I often reserve judgement on such issues if it is gossip. As the old saying goes "nobodies perfect".

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Posted in: Tokyo unwavering on Olympics but fans not guaranteed: CEO See in context

Each athlete could hold an event in their own native country simultaneously, and it could all be connected on zoom.

Joking apart, could something like this be the future.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Alan, agree with you 100%

Thank you Aly. I would also like to beg the question - under any jurisdiction, is it morally wrong to rescue any hostage?

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

They didn't commit any crime in Turkey...

Interesting point, assuming any crime was committed at all, as is now being decided in a Turkish court. I would have a million times more faith in Turkish legal system, than I would have in Japanese legal system. On a personal note, I think that they are all hero's.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

If the govt really want the olympics as we keep hearing then the logical thing to assume is that they are doing theyre best to contain the infection.

Japan has always been very good at whitewashing reality. However, Japan is not very good at managing reality. Surely the IOC can see what is happening here.

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Posted in: Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands See in context

@Alan HarrisonToday 06:12 pm JST

The senario you have cited would not constitute a court of law. Law requires the parameters of Actus Rea and Mens Rea

In other words, you agree that just because it purports to be a court of law doesn't mean its decisions must be correct and legal, and there are objective elements an outsider can assess to decide whether the decision is lawful or not. Similarly, the lawfulness of the South Korean court's action can be assessed via such parameters as Sovereign Immunity, or how well it matches up with the closest case law on the subject from an international court (ref the ICJ judgment on a similar issue after the Italians, just like the Koreans, tried to "test the limits")

Not all legal decisions can please everybody. That is why SK, like most developed nations have a Court of Appeal.

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Posted in: Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands See in context

The term "illegal" demands seems rather peculiar. The decision has been made in a court of law, so I don't see how it can be illegal.

All right. Suppose the police arrest you and take you in front of a judge. He immediately declares you guilty of murder and sentences you to capital punishment. Is that "not illegal"? It would also have been "made in a court of law".

If you are not willing to say that would have been legal, then we must accept that there are other parameters to determine whether a decision is legal, even if it is made "in a court of law".

Hi Kazuaki.

The senario you have cited would not constitute a court of law. Law requires the parameters of Actus Rea and Mens Rea (although your senario seems to be applicable when it comes to Rule of Law in Japan ie. guilty, detain, defendant must prove innocence).

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Posted in: Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands See in context

Japan's foreign minister accused South Korea on Monday of worsening already strained ties by making "illegal" demands for compensation for the sexual abuse of Korean women and use of forced laborers during World War II.

The term "illegal" demands seems rather peculiar. The decision has been made in a court of law, so I don't see how it can be illegal. The word "demand" seems a bit exaggerated, other translations use the word "should". Unlike Japan, SK do not take hostages to obtain compensation, and therefore I cannot see how or what international law is being violated here by SK.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

There are many times we need to talk business over drinks. That kind of communication is necessary to do business,"......

If these people cannot conduct business without a drink, I think that something must be wrong with this business (or possibly these people).

All over the world, millions of people conduct business without needing an alcoholic drink.

If you are teetotal, then perhaps it's best to avoid this business.

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Posted in: New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan See in context

New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan

Looks like SK is holding out an olive branch to Japan. SK always seems to be the most statesman like of the two countries, and show the most initiative.

At the end of the day, young people will decide. It's really nice when you see young Koreans and young Japanese having fun together, totally uninterested in political bickering.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

I think that the peole listed in this article are a disgrace to Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's envoy to Britain appointed as Supreme Court justice See in context

Before he leaves London, he should visit the British Museam whete one of the copies of the Magna Carta is on display. He should learn what proper rule of law / law is.

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Posted in: Former IOC vice president says U.N. could decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is the IOC getting ready to pass the buck.

can just hear it now when the law suits start “it wasn’t our decision”

let this be a lesson to any city crazy enough to bid for the Olympics.

I don't think that the Tokyo bid was ever about sport primarily. Sport has always seemed to be secondary to the Japanese economy and Japanese nationalism

Well even if these games are cancelled, Japan has upgraded it's physical infrastructure for future bidding.

However Japans mental and cultural infrastructure might require change.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter

Japan has not been caught off-guard. Japan has been caught out by plain downright arrogance, with a sense of superiorty and immunity.

This coupled with incompetence, complacency, by pigheaded bureaucrats (remember Japan has no real leadership, only a bureaucratic system), of whom have a culture of "everything is under control" when it's blatantly obvious that it is'nt under control. These bureaucrats have no accountabilty and rarely accept responsibility.

To add to this woeful dossier of ineptitude, there is the greed factor which has surrounded the Tokyo Olympics.

Japan is always on-guard to anything "alien". But this is a new situation that Japans bureaucrats has'nt dealt with before. Headless chickens.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

The fear of Japan was real. My wife still tells me to never trust the Japanese, they will turn on us.

I agree with your wife.

I sense a lot of echo's from the 1930's in Japan.

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Posted in: Popular Japanese pub chain shuts 20% of its locations due to virus See in context

Do Japanese people have a problem drinking beer at home?

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

The British Royal Navy is in a sorry state. Cut backs and wrong decisions by consecutive governments.

The British Navy is in a very healthy state, and is more skilled now than it has ever been. I hope however that mistakes of 1904 are not repeated. Don't share too much military technology with Japan.

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Posted in: Ex-farm minister Yoshikawa indicted without arrest on bribery charge See in context

Why is he not in a detention center by now?!

Answer :

1) He is an ex-minister (bureaucrat).

2) He is Japanese.

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

Maybe if the prosecutors had allowed him to be with his wife, he would have stayed. It was pretty cruel treatment for an “alleged” nonviolent crime.

A nasty, smutty, little ploy from what are obviously cheap, pathetic little bureaucrats. (Prosecutors). What an appauling exhibition of a culture.

Of course it was a "judge" who santioned this, obviously too scared to refuse the prosecutors cowardly demands. Keep degrading your country.

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