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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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Posted in: Ghosn leaves detention center; agrees to limit contact with wife See in context

A waiting Toyota Alphard van whisked him past the dozens of reporters, ...

Sly of the writers to slide the automobile make and model in there. :)

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Posted in: Ghosn granted release on ¥500 mil bail but can't contact wife See in context

Ghosn is also not allowed to meet his wife Carole ...

Ridiculous! This harassment is absurd!

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Posted in: Carole Ghosn criss-crossing world in emotional media, political campaign for husband See in context

Carole Ghosn criss-crossing world in emotional media, political campaign for husband

... in response to smear campaign in Japan highlighted by nearly 120 days of "hostage detention" and not one confession (ahem, conviction).

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Only half?

In a country where apartment owners openly accept pets but not foreigners?

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Posted in: Retiring late: More Japanese opt to prolong employment See in context

"I have no choice but to work," said Furuse, 62, a senior adviser ...

If the senior advisors of Japan Inc. “aren’t entirely happy with their pension incomes,” aren’t the rest of us screwed?

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Posted in: Court extends Ghosn's detention until April 22 See in context

126 days now — and it’s Ghosn who’s guilty of abuse of power? Hmm ...

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife questioned in closed-door hearing at Tokyo District Court See in context

Skype works.

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Posted in: Ghosn's detention extended until April 14 See in context

Prosecutors had ... argued he was a flight risk.

And they were wrong.

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Posted in: 'I have names' - Ghosn vows to clear his name in trial See in context

"A lot of lies have been told and these lies have come one after another,"

This fiasco in a nutshell.

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Posted in: American man arrested over murder of wife at Tokyo Family Court See in context

Keep your money in an account in your name ...

@Reckless This advice is a bit reckless. All property and savings acquired during marriage are divided equally upon divorce regardless of whether the husband or wife is listed as the owner. Having written that, the existence and location of the asset would need to be known by a claimant to make a claim.

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Posted in: American man arrested over murder of wife at Tokyo Family Court See in context

Japan’s system of divorce — and the terminal separation of child and parent (usually the father) that often sears the heart of a loving caregiver — unfortunately drives some to engage in horrific acts.

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Posted in: Japan Times president apologizes for turmoil; warns of legal action against leakers See in context

It’s become “Cool Japan Times”! (Eye roll)

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Posted in: Prince graduates See in context

Love the bowl haircut!

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Posted in: Abe suggests he won't seek 4th term as LDP president See in context

I wonder who Aso will chose to replace him.

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Posted in: Ghosn case makes Japan's 'hostage justice' system more visible See in context

Prosecutors have defended the system. "Each country has its own culture and systems," said Shin Kukimoto, a deputy public prosecutor.

Sorry, Mr. Kukimoto. You don't speak for all Japanese. In fact, most Japanese are not happy with how you terrorize suspects -- not convicts, but suspects -- by keeping them hostage.

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Posted in: Tired Ghosn recovering, as lawyer works on defense See in context

Delighted to see that Ghosn is out of that silly mask and uniform the policed put him in yesterday to parade him before the press like a remorseful criminal ashamed to show his face.

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Posted in: Ghosn posts ¥1 billion bail; released after 108 days in detention See in context

They dressed him up and paraded him in front of the press like a remorseful criminal ashamed to show his face. The “games” Japan plays with the reputations of the accused are absurd. Absolutely absurd.

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Posted in: Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show See in context

None of this, however, means that Mr. Ghosn should be denied elemental legal protections, or bail. As the weeks have passed and Mr. Ghosn’s requests for bail have been rejected, that is exactly what the Japanese legal system seems to be doing.

– New York Times Editorial Board, 21 February 2019

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Posted in: Ghosn's new lawyer takes aim at Nissan and prosecutors See in context

He also helped free a senior bureaucrat Atsuko Muraki on corruption charges fabricated by prosecutors.

Hmm … sounds all too familiar.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka loses 2nd round match in Dubai See in context

Too many Nissin Cup Noodles?

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Posted in: Japan to revise child custody rules to enforce handovers See in context


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Posted in: Father held over fatal abuse of daughter rearrested for earlier assault See in context

While government officials who ignored the girl’s pleas for help walk free and point fingers.

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Posted in: Tokyo to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

Better idea: ban government officials from making excuses after the pleas of abused children are ignored.

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Posted in: In Japan, Valentine's Day gives women chance to treat themselves See in context

Afternoon tea, spas, nail salon treatments, ... When are Japanese women not treating themselves?

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Posted in: High court rejects claim of wrongful domestic violence certification by ex-husband See in context

The man’s claims of being wrongly accused could still have great merit. In this case, the high court has basically stated that a claim of domestic violence, false or not, can elicit protections, and the authorities are under no obligation to verify those claims. And since the authorities did not breach any obligation (because they don’t have an obligation), monetary penalization cannot occur.


Presiding Judge said the man used violence such as "pushing the former wife's buttocks by foot"


Such claims are not independently verified in Japan. Judges, who typically have very little real-world experience, simply believe the plaintiff, who makes the charge, or the defendant, who generally denies it. Moreover, no medical certificate was submitted to verify any injuries in this case. However, such certificates can easily be obtained from doctors by simply requesting one. If a doctor were to give me a certificate reiterating my claim that my wife bruised my hand, has any real evidence been presented to verify that she was the cause of that injury? Absolutely not.

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