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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

Shady MOJ Math

 

8 hours / 70 days of questioning X 70 days of questioning = 8 hours/day

8 hours / 130 days of detention X 70 days of questioning = 4.3 hours/day

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

The Japanese justice minister published a long article defending Japan in London's Financial Times newspaper a couple of days ago. Very unusally, the comments section was turned off.

The Financial Times is owned by Nikkei.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Unfortunately, Japan’s Ministry of Justice is defending its troubled system instead of implementing improvements.

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Posted in: Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec See in context

Nissan says Ghosn “single-handedly" decided on his compensation.

The Nissan board of directors “single-handedly” approved the compensation for each board member.

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Posted in: Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault See in context

... he claimed the alliance was now on the rocks and directionless.

Nissan’s value certainly has direction. I wonder how many decent Japanese families will be negatively affected by this mess created by Japan’s Financial Services Agency, led by none other than kingpin Taro Aso, who has a history of creating messes.

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Posted in: Yamaha tweet on instrument case after Ghosn escape goes viral See in context

In an interview with Fox Business Channel’s Maria Bartiromo five days ago, Ghosn denied hiding in a musical box.

Speaking to Maria Bartiromo on the Fox Business Network, Ghosn told the host, “I was not in a musical box.”

He went on to add, “I have been observing all of the stories around my leaving Japan. It’s funny because I know exactly what happened. Some people are not very far from the truth, but nobody got it right.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/douggollan/2020/01/10/carlos-ghosn-i-was-not-in-a-musical-box/#165bd7657103

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

@koskuri, M3M3M3, and Shimazaki-san

The SEC investigation was completed in less than eight months. And what were the Japanese prosecutors doing at the time the SEC was wrapping up its investigation?

Well, according to the New York Times, the Japanese prosecutors were engaged in petty harassment claiming to the court that Ms. Ghosn’s criticism of Japan’s criminal justice system “constituted a form of witness tampering,” and therefore Mr. Ghosn should not be allowed to have any contact with his wife.

Months later, the prosecutors had still not set a trial date, and according to many sources were planning to try each charge separately, preventing Ghosn from interacting with his wife for multiple years.

The behavior of the Japanese prosecutors is simply undefendable.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

Ghosn has not only documents but also Legal experts. Where are the Tokyo University professors supporting the prosecutors’ claims?

“I have my doubts,” he said about the charges related to pay, saying that such remuneration would have to be proposed by the board and approved by shareholders, according to Japanese company law. “It’s difficult to say it was a done deal that he would have received the compensation, so it probably can’t be charged as falsifying records. I think quite a few legal scholars would have that opinion.” — Wataru Tanaka, Tokyo University, Department of Comparative Contemporary Law

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

The prosecutors also formally asked Japanese authorities for their file on the charges against Ghosn in order to review the case.

Yes, Japan. Support your bold claims. Turn over the evidence. They won’t.

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

An additional outrageous characteristic of Japan’s "justice" system is the practice to allow exculpatory evidence -- evidence that would exonerate the defendant of the alleged crime – to be withheld from the defense. Absolutely unconscionable!  (This fact is reported in a recent column by Colin P.A. Jones, a professor at Doshisha Law School in Kyoto and primary author of "The Japanese Legal System.")

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

The Japanese prosecutors openly claim that Ghosn is guilty, but they publicly disclose no evidence to support their claim. Yet, they criticize Ghosn for not publicly providing evidence of his innocence -- even though this very article right here states “Ghosn did present various documents he cited as counter-evidence at the press conference, saying they proved claims made by prosecutors were groundless.”

Japan’s prosecutors have unfortunately gotten too used to physically and emotionally abusing the accused with impunity. Their methods are primitive, and they no longer represent the Japan we desire. They should go.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Japanese should no longer tolerate the unevolved behavior of the people in control of the country’s justice system. Their behavior is barbaric; their actions are embarrassing.

Ghosn’s press conference made it clear without any doubt the extensive harassment that the Japanese legal system subjects its targets, including hundreds of days of solitary confinement and questioning without any formal charges and without the presence of a lawyer, continual trial delays extending multiple years, punishment for speech criticizing Japan’s criminal justice system when out on bail, and the targeting of family members. Japan has undoubtedly violated the human rights of this man and his family.

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Posted in: Nissan bolsters taskforce to prepare for Ghosn onslaught See in context

Three cheers for transparency!

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued in Japan for Ghosn's wife See in context

“Suspicion of false statements”? No evidence? Aren’t these the same prosecutors that claimed to the court that Ms. Ghosn’s criticism of Japan’s criminal justice system “constituted a form of witness tampering.” Geez! Stop the harassment!

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Posted in: Ghosn to be summoned by Lebanon's public prosecutor See in context

Carlos is free. Period. The Japanese can huff and puff, but they can no longer blow Carlos’ house down!

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Posted in: Tokyo court to allow Ghosn to talk with wife via videoconference See in context

Japanese prosecutors have claimed to the court that Ms. Ghosn’s criticism of Japan’s criminal justice system “constitutes a form of witness tampering,” according to a recent report in the New York Times (“Carlos Ghosn Hasn’t Seen His Wife in Months. Japan’s Prosecutors Want It That Way,” 7 August 2019)

When Japan’s prosecutors react to public criticism by taking punitive action, and the Japanese judges allow this to occur, everyone living in Japan should be very concerned about this attack on our freedom of speech/expression.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited deal on agriculture, digital trade See in context

Look at the Japanese in the photo: Four smirks are worth a thousand words.

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Posted in: Japan's consumption tax raised to 10% amid swelling welfare costs See in context

Nearly half of the 5.7 trillion yen ($52.8 billion) additional annual revenue expected from the tax hike will be used to improve welfare programs, centering on free preschool education ...

Japan continues to issue deficit-covering bonds to pay for swelling welfare costs, including public pensions and medical care, ...

New spending on free preschool instead of paying down the enormous pension and medical care debt?

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Posted in: U.S. fines Japan Airlines $300,000 over long flight delays See in context

I just searched the Japanese press for reports in January and May about these delays — not a one. Thank you to the free press outside Japan for keeping us informed.

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Posted in: Ghosn, Kelly appear in court; lawyer asks why Saikawa wasn't indicted See in context

@Joe Yan, Funny how everyone here is on Ghosn's side. It must be a racial thing!!

Yes, us Asian-hating Lebanese. (Sigh, major eye roll)

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Posted in: Ghosn, Kelly appear in court; lawyer asks why Saikawa wasn't indicted See in context

Saikawa ... told investigators that he signed a company document regarding payment to Ghosn after his retirement "without thinking deeply" ...

The "without thinking deeply" defense seems to work well for Japanese (“How honorable for him to demonstrate remorse”). Not so well for non-Japanese (“A crime is a crime is a crime.").

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed See in context

Applied: 11 events, 2 tickets each

Won: 1 event, 2 tickets

Hmm ...

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

@Maria Lesson - follow rules and you won’t Get fingerprinted. Obey the law. We should mind our own business so they can continue to run the country smoothly. 

Maria, the problem is that any caring person could have easily not realized that posting this flyer would be considered a criminal offense. Japanese laws are often vague, and police can be very unsympathetic, as demonstrated by this case.

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

The Japanese police can easily obtain DNA by going through discarded garbage, but referring a woman to prosecutors for a missing dog flyer is by far "police overkill" -- making us seriously question whether the Aichi prefectural police are overstaffed and overfunded.

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Posted in: Melania Trump enjoys nature-themed Japan cultural experience See in context

Mrs Trump also learned how to summon carp at a pond in the garden: She clapped her hands, following the example of Mrs Abe, and the fish raced to her.

So kind of Mrs. Trump not to roll her eyes.

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Posted in: Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court See in context

Nissan, which is allied with Renault SA of France, has seen profits nose-dive amid the fallout from Ghosn's arrest.

It bears repeating.

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Posted in: Lawyer for Ghosn slams 'outrageous' rules on seeing wife See in context

... his wife Carole, whom prosecutors believe has made contact with people involved in the case against the tycoon.

So the prosecutors can contact people involved in the case, but Ghosn cannot? Unbalanced. Unfair. Unjust. Japan.

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Posted in: New emperor expected to remain close to the people in changing society See in context

More than 95% of the people support the imperial family 

Actually, the AP reports that recent media surveys have public support for the imperial family at 80 percent. Only 67 percent of respondents to a Mainichi poll last year said that Emperor Akihito had fulfilled his role “sufficiently.” And half the respondents to the same poll reported feeling a detachment between them and the Imperial Family.

Regardless, it’s hard to justify the exorbitant expense.

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Posted in: New emperor expected to remain close to the people in changing society See in context

I agree with the protestor in the photo. Haven’t we as a society evolved to the point that we no longer require a human “symbol of the state”? It’s a tremendous waste of resources.

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Posted in: Tokyo court retracts plan to start Ghosn's trial in Sept See in context

Constitution of Japan, Article 37. In all criminal cases the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial tribunal.

Japanese prosecutors arrested Ghosn in November 2018, have detained and questioned him for 120 days, and after May, June, July, and August, these prosecutors will not be prepared for trial? And they have no idea when they will be ready?

What a genuine mockery of the protections supposedly provided by the constitution.

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