Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: Ghosn planned to oust CEO before his arrest: report See in context

Thank you for this link.

You're most welcome! Thank you for the kind words.

FYI, Japan Forward is considered the website of choice for people who do NOT want to be seen as lecturing Japanese people on wrongdoings by native Japanese in their country. So it is kind of exceptional and extraordinary that an article like this one got uploaded there.

I agree. Which says alot about how the Ghosn case is being viewed.

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Posted in: Ghosn planned to oust CEO before his arrest: report See in context

Aly Rastom - You should be reading that tabloid garbage.

First of all, please learn to spell my name right.

Second, who are you to decide what is tabloid garbage?

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Posted in: Ghosn planned to oust CEO before his arrest: report See in context

This is an INCREDIBLE article that REALLY NEEDS to be read!!

https://japan-forward.com/is-the-arrest-of-nissans-carlos-ghosn-a-case-of-japanese-xenophobia/

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Posted in: Ghosn planned to oust CEO before his arrest: report See in context

an excellent article on the subject:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Nissan-Olympus-and-fixing-Japan-Inc.-governance

I just want to touch up on some of the most important parts, but by all means read the whole thing..

Nissan and Olympus share something else: how the corporate insiders strike back. After Woodford was shown the door at Olympus, the hierarchical Japanese seniority-based culture of a company founded in 1919 reasserted itself.

The same goes for Nissan. When Ghosn arrived in Yokohama in 1999, the man now replacing him, Hiroto Saikawa, had already been there two decades. At a Nov. 19 news conference, Saikawa spoke expansively about the "dark side" of the Ghosn era. To longtime Japan observers like Kenneth Courtis, a former Goldman Sachs executive, says: "Old Japan is striking back, and is taking back control of Nissan."

Saikawa was right to have Ghosn investigated if he had good grounds to act. But it is odd, though, to hear Saikawa blaming the man who saved debt-ridden Nissan from collapse for its current troubles (including a 10.9% drop in net profit for the six months to September). Saikawa was part of the management that crippled Nissan before 1999. Equally, Saikawa has been CEO since April 2017, so presumably bears at least some responsibility for this year's downturn.

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Posted in: Japanese firms see trade war, sales tax pressuring economy in 2019: poll See in context

Foreign workers are needed for the '3 Ds'," said a ceramics maker manager, referring to demanding, dirty and dangerous work.

Lovely how they view foreigners here

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Posted in: Ghosn planned to oust CEO before his arrest: report See in context

I don't think Nissan and Japan realized what a poopstorm this would turn into. This is going to seriously damage both Nissan in particular and Japan's in general standing in the world. The really important thing is for the international media to keep on this and not treat japan with kid gloves.

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Posted in: In your experience, which city’s taxi drivers are among the best and the worst in the world? See in context

Agree with Jeff. London has the best. Worst I've ever seen are Cairo and Alexandria EGYPT.

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Posted in: In this age of streaming services, do you think going to the cinemas will soon be a thing of the past? See in context

I think that it might IN THE FUTURE. For sure, in our generation, there are more people like my good friend Bintaro who love the cinema and will go than lazy slobs like me who are netflix couch potatoes, but the question is how many in the future who grew up streaming will be willing to go all the way to the cinema? Will their numbers be enough to keep the industry going? that is the real question.

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Posted in: Japanese school explains why it won't let cold schoolgirl wear tights under her skirt See in context

JC and Osaka-

Agree 100%

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Posted in: Legal clouds over Trump grow with new disclosures See in context

Now there's a picture that will wake you up in the morning faster than a cup of coffee..

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Posted in: Police holding cells evolving to meet Japan's changing demographics See in context

Nice piece of PR overall, but the introduction alone is basically saying "we have yet to discover the concept of presumption of innocence, but the good news is we've heard about human rights, cool stuff!"

exactly. This is a BS PR article trying in vain to laud Japan's so called humane justice system after it has been cast in the spotlight for its 3rd world human rights abuses. Nice try! Anyone who has lived here knows better.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

The package is part of the Abe administration's efforts to prevent a repeat of the wild swing in spending that followed the previous consumption tax hike from 5 percent in 2014, pushing the country into a recession.

Nothing will stop Japan from plunging into another recession. You are raising taxes while keeping wages stagnant. Basically, you are diminishing people's purchasing power. If people don't have money, they won't buy. economics 101.

some economists have argued that Japan never completely recovered from the 2014 one. Abe will rue the day he raised the consumption tax. Then again, what does he care? Its not like the sheeple here are going to vote him out of office.

Bintaro

Are they stupid, insane, or do they just don't care anymore ????

Um...Is that multiple choice? Do I have to choose just one answer? How about D- ALL OF THE ABOVE

Kobe White Bar Owner

When were these clowns lobotomised?

They weren't. Medical requirements insist the subject have a brain for that procedure..

marcelito

Right....and in order to avoid the inevitable downturn , lets just come up with the exact same ' measures' that didn,t work last time, shall we old chaps?

Exactly brother! And what did Einstein say about repeating the same thing over and over again??

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Posted in: As Japan OKs law to let more foreigners in, tiny rural town wants to go further See in context

Abe is not fighting anything, he just wants people to fill positions that Japanese wont and get rid of them afterwards.

> He doesn't care about them, as witnessed by his not taking the time to ensure this legislation has proper guidelines included

> Abe and the LDP dont give a crap about encouraging foreign workers, he just wants Japan Inc to keep working.

The most accurate and best post on this thread.

Japan wants a revolving door - more new foreigners every year, but leave after a few years, to be replaced by the next batch of new foreigners

You hit the nail on the head. Exactly!

As long as they have their bags packed the next time the japanese government decides it doesn't need foreigners anymore. Hey, it's a precedent they've set numerous times.

absolutely

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Posted in: May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government See in context

May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government

well I imagine that's what the opposition wants.

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

How exactly do you want to change Japan?"

That's exactly what I'm sitting here thinking while reading through these comments.

what makes you think you can change japan? There are people here for over 3 decades that haven't been able to.

And Aly Rustom saying there's no way he'd raise his kids here, why not? Is Canada really that much better?

Yes. A HELL of a lot better.

I'm from the US (J-wife and fam too), but to me Japan seems like a much better place to raise my kids.

I agree 150%. But I'm moving to Canada not the US. just in case you didn't know, the US and Canada are different countries. Thought I should point that out..

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

slickdrifter

As for me and my Japanese wife and 2 kids, we are looking to immigrate to Canada within the next 2 years. NO WAY am I raising my kids here.

> Canada? That’s good. Why the wait then?

Because I'm not canadian and it takes about 2 years for the immigration process (fast track)

No secret Canada is riding high right now and as of now the unemployment rate is very low. At nearly 19 million people were employed in Canada in November, an increase of 0.5 per cent over the previous month. The question is when you and your family pull the trigger and go. Where will Canada will be at on the unemployment scale? And interesting write up about Canada here might give you second thoughts Then again may not.

https://www.thebalance.com/canada-economy-facts-and-outlook-3306344

 It won't. Anyway, it won't be any worse than here.

You know, I left a very good GS job with the U.S. Government to work for a very old and stable Japanese company. Why? Because it was more stable than working for my own government at the GS level and other factors.

I don't blame you. I'd rather live in Japan than the US. And I'm not immigrating to the US.

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

But they just say “sho ga nai” and everyone knows nothing will ever change. Look. How many decades & decades have the LDP held their power? It’s insane.

Absolutely!! Well said!!

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Posted in: Woman found guilty of making daughter steal toy cars See in context

this is bizarre

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

3 EXCELLENT posts I thought should be quoted so people read them again! Right on the money guys!

Cricky

Japan's sun has set, its manufacturing base has fallen behind. Yearly there are butter, potato, and other basic needs in short supply, this year another record for government spending, in a desperate move selling the water supply as it needs 130 years of maintainence. Population is rapidly declining, while national debt increasing. Importing low skilled labour is a grasping at straws idea. The LDP were told this was the future decades ago but instead of making policies to take advantage of the situation they maintained the corse and now are panicking. I believe it's called a spiral into chaos.

Do the hustle

Have a look at that photo! How embarrassing! These are you leaders Japan! What a bunch of pathetic children!

They may may have passed the bill to accept more foreign workers, but they have done nothing to improve the conditions and security of these workers. It’s the old ‘build it they will come’ mentality. They might be very shocked to learn that people are not busting down doors to come to Japan and be enslaved by unscrupulous employers.

GW

I think Cricky is correct, Japan is now too far gone to recover in any meaningful way, I preached from the mid 90s that Japan should have thought of ways to allow foreigners to stay here, LEGALLY, with the same supposed rights as locals. Not a super easy way but reasonable, but NO WAY IN HELL THAT WAS GOING HAPPEN!!

Fast forward to today!! And now we have a new very shoddy system that is very half a$ed & simply RIPE for more & MORE ABUSE!!

> Japan continues to get it wrong, so horribly wrong!

> The country is going to have to implode before it has a chance to start anew, hello then to life more like rural China or NKorea!!! BUT I think a GREAT MANY Japanese would be happy with that!!

As for me and my japanese wife and 2 kids, we are looking to immigrate to Canada within the next 2 years. NO WAY am I raising my kids here. Like the 3 above have more or less said- Japan has no future whatsoever, and they only have themselves to blame.

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

If I ever wanted to work in Japan, and saw that photograph, I would think that I am going to work in a zoo.

you would not be mistaken

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

For two decades, people thought Keiko Aoki was a cold-blooded killer.

Aoki says police interrogated her for 12 hours without a break, even though they had no evidence that she had killed her 11-year-old daughter.

She was not allowed to see a lawyer until after she confessed.

"From the beginning they said, 'You did it'. I said 'I didn't'. But they never listened," she says.

After hours of questioning, police told her that her de facto partner had already admitted that they murdered her daughter, Megumi.

Traumatised, Aoki says she gave up and wrote a confession dictated by the police.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/10/japan-forced-confessions-wrong-convictions-161010084400226.html

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

"I have overheard other prosecutors yelling at suspects and one of my bosses boasted how he kicked the shin of a suspect underneath the desk."

Another thing he regrets - aside from making the death threat - is writing up a confession statement which did not correspond with the truth.

"After I grilled the suspect for eight hours, I got him to sign this statement even though he didn't say a single word of it," he says.

"My boss was pressuring me to get his confession so I thought I couldn't go home without it."

For Ichikawa, it didn't matter if it was true or false as long as he had the confession.

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20810572

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

Reaching for straws.

Read the above article I just posted.

Prosecutors will be thrown out of court with a counter suit that will cost 5 billion yen against the state prosecutors if they have done that.

Exactly. That's why they need that confession- even if its false.

They are not that dumb you know.

I don't know about that

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

Some interrogators use moral blackmail (“Think of the shame you are bringing on your family”). A few, if they are convinced that the suspect is guilty, simply fabricate a confession and press the suspect into signing it.

One lawyer estimates that a tenth of all convictions leading to prison are based on false confessions. It is impossible to know the true figure, but when 99.8% of prosecutions end in a guilty verdict, it is clear that the scales of justice are out of balance.

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2015/12/05/forced-to-confess

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

Yeah a signed document with figures for compensation after retirement that was never reported to TSE has nothing to do with the case does it.

Or maybe it was signed WHILE he was in custody. After all, WHY didn't they produce the document BEFORE he confessed?

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

Then take it to court. Why keep the man locked up for days until he confesses? Take it to court and convict him there. No. This is BS. Its a forced confession because they have NOTHING on him.

Yeah a signed document with figures for compensation after retirement that was never reported to TSE has nothing to do with the case does it.

Again. Then why not take it to court from day 1? Why insist on a forced confession?

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Posted in: Japan enacts law allowing private firms to operate water services See in context

Privatisation of public services is NEVER good. This administration seems adamant to destroy this country.

Expect new problems with water in the near future like Flint Michigan or Minamata in Kumamoto.

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

gogogo

so why isn't Saikawa in jail if he did the exact same thing?

EXACTLY!

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

The situation is much more simple Ghosn said he doesn't know of what they were talking about and then he was shown the document with his signature clearly stating that he will be compensated a total of 50 billion yen once his retirement from the company and the prosecutor asks if the signature is his in which he cannot deny.

Then take it to court. Why keep the man locked up for days until he confesses? Take it to court and convict him there. No. This is BS. Its a forced confession because they have NOTHING on him.

No Court in the democratic world would accept this kind of BS statement.

No Court in the democratic world would accept this kind of BS forced confession.

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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during the parliamentary committee session in which the document was presented, "I heard about this for the first time now and I don't know what to say. I understand the Justice Ministry will investigate it."

Useless PM

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