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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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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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