AustPaul comments

Posted in: Woman, 3-year-old daughter killed, 8 others injured after car, garbage truck collide in Tokyo See in context

Very sad, RIP to the mother and her daughter, my heart goes out to the family affected.

I would expect the Police to take away his licence now after this.

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Posted in: Father rescues toddler from dingo's jaws on Australian tourist island See in context

Joe, we get the reference (which is cited more overseas) but your comments are still insensitive given the fact a child could have been killed.

I’m sure most of my countrymen would agree.

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

Yeah good luck with that

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

@goodluck

My post was partly modified by moderators. What I am asking is why were her documents seized by the prosecutors when they were there to arrest Ghosn? Unless there was a warrant for the premises it seems they went ‘fishing’ whilst there. What’s the point of having a defence team if the prosecution is seeing their hand pre-trial?

I speak from experience.

This trial will be interesting indeed, I know that’s Japan and all but if it happened here half the stuff would have been thrown out.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

@gooodluck

My query was under what power were those items seized? I thought they went there to lock Carlos up.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

“seized her cell phone, passport and documents that defense lawyers had been preparing for the trial.”

Were they seized under a warrant? What was the basis for this seizure?

I doubt too it would be a fair trial with all the leaks and comments from Nissan, court of public opinion probably already made up its mind.

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

@TIJ

Not sure if you’re trying to take the Mickey. In any case my comment was simple really, not rocket science.

The things that happen in Japan regards to discrimination (and it exists everywhere I understand) would not happen as much in Australia due to our laws, period.

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

Hey how about this..?

It would be nice for Japan to treat foreign guests/residents in the same way they (Japanese) would like to be treated overseas.

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

People, I’m sure we have all had different experiences living in Japan. Some of us have been discriminated against perhaps more than others. I experienced it mainly when I went to real estate agents looking to rent an apartment.

With the Olympics next year and more foreigners coming to work and live in Japan I think it is imperative that Racial Discrimination laws be introduced and enforced. I know racism exists everywhere but the issue is whether those affected by it have protection under the law. In the case of Japan, I doubt it.

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Posted in: These are some of the craziest questions ALTs of color in Japan get asked See in context

Good point Jenni

Although I think it’s more of an American term. Personally I think we should do away with it all.

We’re all ‘people of some sort of colour’ but at the end of the day we’re all humans! Just different shades!

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Posted in: New York Chinese eatery heats up cultural appropriation debate See in context

To be honest I don’t really understand the furore over ‘cultural appropriation’. I mean, if someone wants to look/dance/dress/cook etc like that from another culture then what’s the big deal if it is done in a respectful manner?

Look at the fashion now, very Western-inspired isn’t it? Knives, forks, lifestyles...I’d like to think we have all borrowed from each other!

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Posted in: Major showbiz agencies urged to address long working hours See in context

What the hell is this ‘urged to...’ business?? I want to hear ‘directed to..’!!!

Companies will ‘make efforts’. Jeez, sounds so wishy washy..

The regulator should impose fines for all companies in breach of the labour laws, period.

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Posted in: Man fires gun snatched from police officer in Yokohama See in context

Thanks ChipStar, not sure why I got the downvotes...

I think I’m more than qualified to back up my comment...If that happened here I am sure they would be doing the same.

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Posted in: Japan slams WTO ruling on South Korean Fukushima food ban See in context

Ultimately the South Koreans are responsible to their people for food safety/security. I know Japan is complaining from an economic angle but the court has issued their ruling so move on!

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Posted in: Man fires gun snatched from police officer in Yokohama See in context

Scary! Perhaps time to review the type of holster they use and refresher training in firearm retention.

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Posted in: Ghosn says in video statement he is innocent and a victim of backstabbing See in context

Interesting viewing, good luck to him in court. As I have said before if he was guilty as sin do you think he would vehemently deny charges laid against him like this?

Additionally he is not going to show all his cards in a pre-recorded video message, as much as he wants to. Some things you have to save for the court room.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

He is vehemently denying the charges and has stated he looks forward to his day in court. If he was guilty as sin then he might, just might, not be as vocal?

Just hope he gets a fair trial and not a trial by media/Nissan (which is not impartial anyway)….

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife leaves Japan to appeal to French gov't; prosecutors want her questioned See in context

Too bad so sad, if she is a suspect then announce it. Don't ask her to come in voluntarily (which she wouldn't)then chuck a wobbly when she refuses. Oh and being a spouse ordinarily she would not be compellable to give evidence against her husband anyway

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders vote to remove Ghosn as director See in context

Well they are the shareholders and are basing their vote on what they are reading in the media I guess.

The other guy Saikawa, he should fall on his sword too.

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Posted in: France refers to Ghosn's rearrest in talks with Kono See in context

@zones, well said.

@Akie, very insightful...

@Lindsay, Kono is the Foreign Minister so I’d say as Japan’s highest representative overseas (after the PM) he would be the right person to speak with.

Absurd the man was tear rested and bail revoked as he was considered a ‘flight risk’ after the new charges...why don’t they just chafe him before the court at his next appearance? Why does he have to be taken into custody, again??

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

This has become quite a farce and does not make Japan look good on the world stage. I don’t have much confidence in that system and I work in the field here.

Regardless of where the posters on this forum sit on this debate (and it appears there are many on both sides) take a close look at what is happening and ask yourself is this reasonable and justified in the circumstances? If this was you how would you react?

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Posted in: New Zealand holds national memorial service for mosque massacre victims See in context

The NZ PM has handled this very well, good to see and I am sure the nation is behind her as well.

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Posted in: Kamakura passes ordinance against eating on the go See in context

Part and parcel of living in a tourist area really..just take care when walking and get the city to install more rubbish bins (I noticed the lack of both here and in Kyoto) then it should all be good.

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Posted in: Suicide leading cause of death among Japanese children aged 10-14 See in context

That’s incredibly sad. If this was the statistic in my country I’m sure we’d be up in arms about it and there would be serious questions asked.

I hope it gets addressed and the attention it deserves up there, children are our future.

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Posted in: Australian PM blasts Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments See in context

Hey riperez, can you back up those claims? I highly doubt it..

What Erdogan says was insulting to both NZ and Australia, particularly to those of us who have served.We have come a long way since WW1, would be a shame for him to undo all that goodwill between the two countries.

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Posted in: New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, drawing some online criticism apparently from U.S. See in context

@Jenni

My point was that it is the role of the Police to deter and detect crime, not for the citizenry to take matters into their own hands, with firearm in hands.

Btw, I too had a licence here in Australia but surrendered the rifle post 96 as it was a semi-automatic, and I’m still here!

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Posted in: New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, drawing some online criticism apparently from U.S. See in context

@Laguna, I agree.

To the poster in the US, “Who will protect you?”

Well, hopefully the Police!

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Posted in: Australian senator faces censure for anti-immigration stance See in context

@Tooheysnew

I wasn’t aware they could leave the room during the anthem, that’s not really respectful and inclusive!

As far as Christmas and Easter pageants, they have been going on for years in Australian schools but I guess now with our more diverse society and depending on the school they don’t hold them anymore...

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 3 people, although 2 bodies still not found See in context

Commute it to life in prison if he discloses where the bodies are.

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Posted in: Tokyo great-grandmother proves it's never too late to learn English See in context

Good on her for her volunteer spirit!

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