Alan Harrison comments

Posted in: Japanese plastics firm charged over alleged bribes to Vietnam officials See in context

I assume that they will be held in detention and denied bail.

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Posted in: Newborn girl found abandoned in Chiba parking lot See in context

"Police said the baby’s life is not in danger and that they are analyzing street surveillance camera footage to try and identify who left the infant in the parking lot."

Please don't! Or, if you do, let it only be to penalize the person who abandoned the child, not to reunite a baby with a mother who will murder it later because she clearly doesn't want it. Thank the gods we are reading about a life this time and not a corpse.

Nothing is clear at the moment regarding the mothers intentions, or what she wants or does'nt want. The only thing that is clear is that the mother is in a disturbed state. I hope that she is identified soon and given the correct psychological attention.

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

I get the feeling that the hidden agenda is to force all tourists coming to Japan to use Japanese travel companies.

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Posted in: 7 from U.S. arrive in Japan for 1st test tour before tourism reopening See in context

I would not pay a single cent, penny, yen to be herded around, visiting sites which I have no interest in (I certainly would not choose to visit a shrine). Will these tourists have to ask permission to go to the toilet?

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Posted in: Gov't warns of rising prices as extra budget submitted to Diet See in context

Japan has been the Land of the Rising Rot for many years now. The warnings were evident 20 years ago.

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Posted in: Sunken Hokkaido tour boat drops back to seabed while being towed See in context

Why the heck would they allow tourist boats to operate in water that will kill you year round after 15 minutes and only require life jackets? Why?

Similar questions were asked in 1912 at the enquiry into the loss of the RMS Titanic.

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Posted in: Town recovers most of ¥46.3 mil mistakenly sent to resident See in context

This guy is neither a politician, nor a lawyer, nor a corporation. And the stolen money didn't belong to any of these people either, it belonged to the townspeople. So what exactly are you railing on about?

Here's a "rail". He did not steal the money, he was given the money.

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Posted in: Town recovers most of ¥46.3 mil mistakenly sent to resident See in context

When I see how corrupt Japan's politicians are, how corrupt Japan's legal system is, how corrupt Japan's corporation's are, this little "offence" is a little drop in the ocean.

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Posted in: Town recovers most of ¥46.3 mil mistakenly sent to resident See in context

It's still pretty funny that they managed to find one of the few Japanese people dishonest enough to try to keep the cash. I myself would have been tempted...or more than tempted..

That's just it. Temptation was handed to him on a plate. The worst thing that should ever happen to him, in my opinion, is Community Payback.

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Posted in: Town recovers most of ¥46.3 mil mistakenly sent to resident See in context

Shafted! So he hadn’t spent it as he claimed, he was trying to move it piece by piece only to be done over and have it all sent back. Now he’s a criminal and didn’t even spend the money, unlucky fella.

I am not aware that he has been indicted yet, or even been on trail. He is not a criminal yet. (He is probably still being detained, after 48 hours judges just rubber-stamp endorse the arrest without even looking at facts).

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Posted in: The policy environment in Japan has become increasingly unpredictable and challenging. The Japanese market is losing its attractiveness. See in context

quote: Japan does a good job at keeping the prices of medicine low.

Really? Weak OTC painkillers in Japan are about 10x the cost of OTC opioids in the UK.

Basic drugs such as Sudafed are completely banned in Japan, giving people in Japan a high priced, limited market. (It probably worth pointing out here, by the way, not to bring Sudafed to Japan. It is classed as a stimulant in Japan).

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Posted in: Number of Ukrainian evacuees to Japan reaches 1,000 See in context

The government should stop this policy as it will come to the point that Japanese will be tired of foreigners and some bad things might happen.

What sort of bad things?

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Posted in: Preparatory work to salvage tour boat starts, with 12 still missing See in context

I have no idea what this procedure could be good for. That’s now only a wreck, also the remaining devices, because of the pressure at 120m depth, so there’s nothing left to be found working or giving new clues. Then it costs a lot of money, gasoline, energy, manpower, also it sets the next lives potentially at risk, and it is not even the place where they all died, because before sinking of course everyone got off the sinking ship, wearing a life vest. So please someone explain what it could be good for, whatever minimum sense it could make, what the slightest benefits are for the ship, the sea, the victims, the families or whoever else involved.

The ship is an important part of any investigation.

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

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.

This book was years ahead of it's time. I would strongly recommend this book to foreigners, foreign residents in Japan, newbees in Japan and Japanaphiles.

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

Only if they report the facts only, ...in reality, they add too much flavor of their political/whatever faith, pick only the facts with such flavor ignoring any other facts opposing to such faith, which is why they are called 4th power they acquire without going through any election, public license exams, or any public filtering processes.

Fourth rate journalists, maybe. (And I agree, there are many of those around). Karel Van Wolferen never added flavour and was very unbiased. Nothing to hide. That's what made him a first rate journalist.

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

*Well acclaimed journalist ? So a journalist rules justice in your ideal world. *

A journalist reports the facts, and rules nobody. Excellent, factual book, with nothing to hide. (With the exception of Japans Ministries of whom were very critical at the time).

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

Maybe they are well educated well principled people.

Well principled... lol, by what? Innocent until proven guilty regardless you escape the process not to be proven.

Right?

Japans Human Rights abuses / treatment of prisoner's, Japans undeveloped legal system, poor scared judges etc. etc. has actually been known for some years now. 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.

So I would say that the answer to your question (right?) Is "wrong".

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

And It is always amusing to see so many here criticizing Japanese Justice as if they have a sort of guilty conscience or something to hide...

Maybe they are well educated well principled people.

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

France and Japan should take the carrot and stick approach. Promise $Billions to be given to Lebanese politicians when they hand over Ghosn. If they won't? punish Lebanon by withdrawing all future aid.

Do you honestly think that Lebanon needs Japans aid (Japans loans)?

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Posted in: Senior Finance Ministry official arrested for alleged assault on train See in context

I assume that he will be held for 23 days and denied access to a lawyer, forced to confess, indicted, denied bail. Lets see what Japans useless judges do in the next 48 - 72 hours.

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

Japan knows full well that it's legal system is nothing but third rate. That is why Japans disgusting prosecutors / police instigated a Pearl Harbour tactic to arrest him. They knew full well that the arrest, indictment, of Mr. Ghosn and the attempt to produce him in front of a pathetic kangaroo court in front of imbecile rubber stamping so-called judges, was just pathetic. But on and on the prosecutors went, trying to save their truculent little faces. Shame on Japan.

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

For Mr. Ghosn to clear his name, which I believe he will, maybe he could voluntarily go to France where he will get a fair trail. (Unlike Japan). Any request from Japan for his return to Japan should be thrown into the wastepaper basket by France. (Or any country for that matter).

Until Japan dramatically reform it's half baked legal system, useless police, obscene prosecutors and imbecile judges and disgusting detention centres, any request for an arrest from Japan, anywhere in the world, should just be thrown in the bin. Japan also needs a good lecture regarding human rights and rule of law, such as bail, lawyers present during questioning etc. etc.

Incidentally, has Japan paid Mr. Ghosn his compensation yet for unlawful detention.

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Posted in: China blasts U.S., Japan rhetoric ahead of Quad summit See in context

@OssanAmerica if China continues it's expansionist behavior the QUAD will evolve to meet that challenge.

When you say expansionist behaviour, what do you actually mean? China has a fast growing economy, as Japan had from 1964 to 1990, China like many countries spends money on defence. But China has not invaded any country outside it's borders. (Unlike Russia). China does have the right to grow and progress as any country does.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for upskirt filming admits having done it on at least 150 occasions: police See in context

The fact that this man has admitted that he has done this on 150 occasions would suggest that he is asking for help. Maybe rather than punish the offender, the offender should be given an alternative choice of psychiatric therapy.

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Posted in: Japan to double Ukraine aid to $600 million See in context

Possibly a case of, here's more aid, don't send any more refugees this way.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spending mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds See in context

Is there any evidence that he gambled it? Quaint Japanese tactic - demonize a person by public opinion.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spending mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds See in context

If there is one thing Japanese are not very good at, it is accepting responsibility. This poor little guy who has been arrested (Heaven help him) has to be the fall guy. So a charge of computer fraud is trumped up. He never asked for ¥46.3 million to be put into his account. It is his personal a/c so surely he can do what he wants with it. (Computer or no computer).

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Posted in: Man arrested for spending mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds See in context

Sometimes when such errors are made in my native country, people give the money to charity. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the Glen.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spending mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds See in context

Can he remain totally silent for 23 days. (And beyond)? A prosecutor will stop at nothing to get a confession of intent. Well, the prosecutor now has him hostage.

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Posted in: Shanghai says zero-COVID achieved but millions still in lockdown See in context

In the CCP lockdown really does mean lockdown, zero tolerance. In a country of 1.3 billion, I do have an understanding to such a stance. I hope that the CCP get on top of the outbreak as soon as possible, and life gets back to normal as soon as possible. Having been in lockdown myself (not just a quasi-lockdown) I can empathise with the people of Shanghai.

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