Aly Rustom comments

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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Posted in: Neighboring suburbs in Japan face divergent futures as one grays, one grows See in context

*Sakura has by contrast grown in the more piecemeal fashion typical of other Japanese cities, with little thought given to bringing in new blood. Residents say its government, controlled by one political party since 1955, allowed local stores to fold and did not attract new businesses.*

Sounds like Sakura is a micromodel of Japan as a whole. The lack of empathy, innovation, activity, and openmindedness that is slowly turning Japan into a backwater. The same old boys watch and shrug their shoulders while the nation slowly dies off.

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Posted in: In Lebanon, billboards declare 'We are all Carlos Ghosn' See in context

"It's just a campaign against injustice," he told AFP. "Until proven otherwise, Carlos is not guilty."

Looks like the Lebanese have a better understanding of democracy than the Japanese.

At the rate this is going it is going to become an even bigger issue for the Abe administration.

> How much does anyone want to bet that the police are already looking for an escape path which they don't loose any face, and Ghosn goes free!

Agree!

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Posted in: Mother gets 2 years in prison for abusing 8-month-old daughter who suffered frostbite See in context

Every time I read about something like this I appreciate the soldier in my house who is constantly taking care of our two treasures and never complains. I am so lucky and so are my children.

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

Sorry, but I'm skeptical. I personally think the pressure got to him and he cracked. At that stage, he probably would have signed a confession to the murder of Sharon Tate. Japanese justice is a joke.

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Posted in: Brazilian consul: Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers See in context

most likely , and when he doesn hes going to squeel for the whole world to hear, there are many in the J government and business fraternity that are going to have egg on their faces all the while crying that its Japan bashing. LOL

EXACTLY!

irony is if / when he does escape it wont be with a swim to freedom , more likely the prosecutors lack of eveidence in court since a forced confession is highly unlikely. Hell probably just stroll out the front prison gates. LOL

I hope so!

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Posted in: Brazilian consul: Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers See in context

Although Japanese detention cells are not heated and the weather can be chilly,

Only representatives of a suspect's home country and attorneys can visit suspects in detention in Japan.

3rd world conditions.

Brazilians are proud of Ghosn, Mendonca said.

This detention could turn him into a hero. I just hope that it sheds light on this backward system so that the ball gets rolling and things change. Japan responds well to name and shame.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers to change more event starting times to beat heat See in context

Neither of these 2 walruses looks like he's done an hour of excercise in his life, except MAYBE as a competitive eater, so don't expect them to empathize with the athletes or know what their needs might include. Its a sham that these 2 men are in charge of the olympics.

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Posted in: Investigations basically determine the outcome of the process, not trials. The defense is often reduced to arguing for clemency in sentencing rather than trying to win the case. See in context

Investigations basically determine the outcome of the process, not trials. The defense is often reduced to arguing for clemency in sentencing rather than trying to win the case.

That is clearly very troubling and a sign that Japan has a third rate (if that) justice system.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context

Aly Rustom, Japan does nothing wrong to put a foreigner in a jail, according to international law.

But indefinite detention IS wrong according to international law.

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Posted in: Police called in to break up drunken brawl by other officers See in context

Ordinarily, you’d call the cops in to break the brawl up, but in this case, the brawlers themselves were all police officers.

Haha! That is just so funny!

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context

This has become supremely embarrassing. 23 days of detention was absurd! Now, 46 days?

Exactly. but also remember what the article said:

However, authorities can add further charges with fresh warrants, meaning a person can be detained indefinitely if a court approves it.

Some democracy huh?

23 more days of questioning, eight hours a day without a lawyer present? The few visitors that are allowed to see him are forced to speak Japanese?

3rd world country standards, no?

Who in Japan supports this nonsense?

The rightists who actually don't want real democracy and the apologists (both Japanese and foreign) who think that ANY criticism of any part of a Japanese practice is Japan-bashing. Pathetic, but true.

Do we really desire such a hostage-based justice system?

We don't. We value a country based on human rights and democracy. We denounce and attack rules and a system that makes victims out of anyone regarding of their race and gender, because it harm all of the members of society and compromises the future of our children.

But unfortunately,  the above disagree with that.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context

it's time to start throwing away our Nissans.

I owned a Nissan once in college. I'll NEVER buy another one again.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context

This is going to really set Japan's image back. This is the sort of "justice" people might expect in China, not Japan.

exactly. I said this yesterday. I'll say it again. In the same way that Jamal Khassogi's case has put the spotlight on Saudi Arabia's human rights violations hopefully the same will be done with this case to Japan.

The circumstances are entirely different, but there are similarities:

both men were internationally famous and both were the target of a state sponsored witchhunt that made international news far past what either government expected. And in both cases, the spotlight has been shown on each country's injustice system.

The important thing here is how western media is going to spin this and for how long.

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan See in context

Possibly the prosecution is still in the "Discovery" phase of the case.

you're right but that doesn't explain why they haven't commented on nor produced some supposed secret documents that he supposedly signed. It stinks.

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Posted in: Police arrest 11 Chinese for working without visas; 47 others missing See in context

Bad foreigners, bad!

Unnamed construction companies and their owners who intentionally employed them? Crickets.

You said it!!

Interesting how the company that did not properly ensure immigration paperwork was up to date was not named in this article. Speaking from experience in the Eikaiwa Industry, is the sole responsibility of the employer to ensure its employee's visas are up to date. It's all part of the contracting procedure.

exactly. whether you are a CEO, a construction worker, or a teacher, always rely on the fact that you will be scapegoated for the simple fact that you are a foreigner.

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan See in context

Ghosn is asserting his innocence, insisting he always wanted his income reports to be legal and denying he signed secret documents.

where are those documents? present them for the public to see.

Prosecutors have refused to comment.

why?

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Posted in: Parents plead guilty to starving 1-year-old son to death See in context

The couple have admitted that they frequently ignored Haruto while they played video games.

Life in prison. I'm just shaking at this. This is just... I don't know what to say.

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan See in context

"Wait a minute. Who wrote the financial statements? The accountants. Who audited them? The auditors," Christopher Richter, auto analyst for CLSA Securities Japan Co, said of the case. "How do you do this without other people being complicit?"

exactly. blame it on the foreigner. Even when the foreigner is the whistleblower, still blame it on the foreigner.

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Posted in: Many Japanese want jobs where they can take regular holidays. Without interns, we wouldn’t be able to operate. See in context

Translation. We don't want to offer 1st world benefits so we're desperate for workers who are easy to exploit. Why can't the hinterlands get some of those unempowered foreigners? I hear you can work them like dogs.

Perfect translation. jozu des ne!

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Posted in: The internet has become a phenomenal tool for hate groups. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

The internet has become a phenomenal tool for anyone and everyone- so it is only natural that hate groups would also use it.

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

JC- EXCELLENT post!

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

@bullfighter - there are many of us who believe that this is a human rights issue for Japanese and non Japanese

I'll second that.

In this specific case it seems it is not only about just Ghosn and thus all of the attention.

exactly

There are many other foreigners who have experienced the same treatment who were not given press either.

Of course

You can look at this on the bright side - perhaps now that Ghosn is going through this and the system is being exposed maybe there will be more of a push to change this (not holding my breath though)

That is the bright side. But look to apologists to label this barbaric system as "japan bashing" LOL.

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

They may be scam artists and rightists, but that does not mean their detention was a good thing.

No argument from me there.

It's cool as long as only Japanese are on the receiving end.

You are the only one saying that. When people point out the flaws in the system they are called japan-bashers.

Let a prominent white guy get treated like a Japanese, and suddenly it's a human rights issue.

What's happening to him IS a human rights issue REGARDLESS of his race.

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Posted in: 'Divine punishment': Ancient ninja oath unveiled in Japan See in context

that were not in the "Bansenshukai", a secretive 17th-century text considered to be somewhat of a ninja encyclopedia.

Its not secretive any more. I own a copy. They also need to mention the other 2 important texts: the Shoninki and the Ninpiden. Another important text is the Iranki.

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention

Finally!

Tokyo prosecutors have argued that each country has a different legal process

North korea can argue the same thing then.

Detainees receive three meals and 30 minutes of exercise a day, and are allowed to shower twice a week.

They should be allowed to shower every day.

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board said Monday that Ghosn is "enduring a bizarre inquisition," and he is "held in detention for days without being charged, interrogated by prosecutors without a lawyer present, and fired from his post amid media leaks claiming he's guilty of financial malfeasance."

this is the real face of the Japanese justice system.

It complained about the lack of transparency of the investigations by Tokyo prosecutors and also blasted Ghosn's treatment as "more appropriate for a yakuza mobster than an international CEO with no previous record of fraud or self-dealing."

exactly.

A Lebanese friend of Ghosn said the incident must be a conspiracy to oust Renault and protect Nissan.

That's what many are saying now. And while no one has come out to say it, the issue of racism is starting to be hinted at.

I never experienced a home invasion until I came to Japan. And, I'm 100% sure the police arrested and forced a confession out of the wrong man. I don't want to get into details here, but trust me on that.

I do trust you.

Another thing, Japan is a "safe" country because crime is measured by police statistics. It's pretty hard to get accurate stats on crime when you're sitting in the koban all the time.

another excellent point.

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Posted in: JAL fires co-pilot jailed in UK for drinking excessive alcohol before flight See in context

"I hope JAL will take the sentence seriously," Japanese transport minister Keiichi Ishii said in Tokyo.

HA!

"We will consider necessary measures including administrative punishments in light of the ruling."

consider-not actually take

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