AustPaul comments

Posted in: Court rejects Ghosn's appeal to end detention See in context

Fair to say there is a politician nexus to all this. This case has also highlighted the Japanese ‘injustice’ system...

If he is a flight risk then mitigate it by surrendering his passports and notify the borders. I don’t see any real reason to keep him locked up other than to silence him while they build their case

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Posted in: 1 Marine killed, 5 others missing after 2 aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise See in context

A few comments here off topic.

I guess the US military around Japan would have a high operational tempo and unfortunately accidents are likely to happen from time to time as a result.

Hope all can be recovered safely.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors fires Ghosn; CEO to be interim chairman See in context

@Schopenhauer - did you lodge a wrongful dismissal claim?

I think most of the posters think this to be unfair that Ghosn or his lawyer cannot defend the accusations as well as a lack of transparency on the matter.

This is a white collar crime and in most countries the suspect (he has not been convicted yet) would be charged by now and most likely on bail. I know I know, this is Japan etc...but is the system really fair to the accused? Is there no presumption of innocence?

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Posted in: Prosecutors likely to build new criminal case against Ghosn: report See in context

Basically suspected of understating his income - a white collar crime? I guess that’s an arrestable offence in Japan unlike here but being in custody for up to three weeks doesn’t sound helpful either.

Japanese judicial system quite different to our own.

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Posted in: 4 killed, including gunman and police officer, in shooting at Chicago hospital See in context

@ kawabegawa

Seriously? Why don’t you arm every Tom, Dick and Harry while you’re at it.?

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Posted in: Mother fatally stabs sons, aged 3 and 5 See in context

RIP little men, so sad.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia agree to boost defense cooperation See in context

Hey Ossan, do some research.

The treaty says the signatories will "consult together" and "act to meet the common danger". I can only think of one occasion it was enacted and that was by us after 9/11.

Whilst we are a small nation we are still an ally and have been in all the wars the last century.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

Thank you Mr Abe, a thoughtful gesture. I’m sure we have all learned from the mistakes of the past and just want to move on making the world a better place than the one we leave it in.

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Posted in: Foreign workers who don't pay their social insurance premiums may be kicked out of the country. See in context

Just cancel their insurance coverage then...or legislate it in their visa requirements..or direct debit accounts?

Deportation should be the last resort..

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Posted in: Woman killed after her car crashes into truck during police chase See in context

@Michael G - It’s their job, not their ‘nature’

RIP to the lady, unfortunate it turned out this way.

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Posted in: ¥14 mil stolen from man after pepper spray attack at Tokyo hotel See in context

Dodgy with a capital D


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Posted in: Americans, Japanese others to get access to shorter UK airport passport line See in context


I second that. I’ve mentioned to immigration here that they should have done a ‘tit for tat’ fingerprinting with the Japanese and Americans, but that would be seen as discriminatory..

I’ve travelled to many places in this world, may be biased but I’d say our Customs/Immigration are the friendliest and some of the Americans I’ve met have been the rudest. Did not get a good first impression!

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

I don’t see how they can enforce something which is legal overseas Isn’t the offence in Japan possession/sale/trafficking and not consumption?

Australians are often reminded that what is considered legal here may not be overseas and vice versa, Japanese government should just advise citizens not to bring the stuff back that’s all.

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Posted in: Drunk man dies after being restrained by police See in context

This would be a death in custody here and would result in a full investigation, hopefully the same in Japan too.

You have to be careful when pinning someone down to avoid positional restraint asphyxia (PRA) and it’s important to always have someone checking their level of consciousness.

@Slick, the bigger and more muscular you are the better the taser works. :)

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Posted in: 3 Colombians, 1 Peruvian arrested over at least 150 burglaries See in context

As a victim of burglary a few years ago I can relate to this, not a good feeling to know someone has been through your house whilst you weren’t there.


You mention too many foreigners in Japan and imply that is a bad thing? That Police should stop and check ‘foreigners credentials’ more? I thought that’s what they do anyway but it does not send a nice message to foreign tourists/residents does it?

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Posted in: Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance See in context

I doubt I could trust Saudi Arabia in this, a government with a bit more integrity would be more transparent and open about such an issue.

Then again it is an ‘authoritarian monarchy which does not bow to foreign pressure’...

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Posted in: Far-right parties have very little support in Japan. But there are a lot more people, a kind of reserve army, who are vaguely concerned about admitting foreigners. If the government doesn’t put together appropriate policies, that unease will increase. See in context

What on earth does ‘vaguely concerned’ mean anyway?

Not holding my breath but it would be nice for the Japanese networks to maybe do a story on the benefits of immigration. It’s not all doom and gloom!

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Posted in: Uniqlo operator logs record profits See in context

Just came back from a trip to Japan and bought a few things at Uniqlo in Shin-Yokohama. Especially like the racks at the end of the aisles with discounted items. Have found the quality to be good, price also if you shop there on weekends when they have specials.

I see they have just opened a store here in Perth but would suspect prices to be a bit higher and range limited.

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Posted in: Australia assigns warship to enforce North Korean sanctions See in context

Oh and whose business is it then goodlucktoyou? Enlighten us please?

Its a multinational effort by the way.

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Posted in: U.S. curbs China nuclear exports as Trump warns Americans not 'stupid' See in context

Well put Matt

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Posted in: Australia assigns warship to enforce North Korean sanctions See in context

Good to see a contribution..

Thought we retired the Orions for the Poseidons though..

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Posted in: Japan's women sailors serve on frontline of gender equality See in context

Good on them and good to see a positive affect (shaving, ironing) amongst the male sailors!

Somewhat surprised about all the comments about her grip, you can tell all that from just one photo?

Personally I don’t see anything wrong with the image in this article and how she is holding the pistol.

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Posted in: SDF recruiters struggle as applicant pool dries up See in context

What about a part time commitment (e.g Reserves) to give potential recruits a taste of the full time life? That way people can still work/study at the same time.

I certainly enjoyed it when I did mine, made a few friends and learnt some skills.

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Posted in: Paralympic athlete plays emotive violin piece using her prosthetic arm as bow See in context

Incredible lady and amazing talent. All the best!

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Posted in: Japan returns souvenirs from N Korea to Korean school students See in context

”condemned the confiscation, urging "the customs authorities to make an apology for the brutal human rights abuse”

Gotta laugh at that one. Coming from NK that’s gold!

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Posted in: Police officer in koban stabbed to death in Sendai; attacker shot dead See in context

@Boy next door

If someone is coming at you with a knife then martial arts training may not be the answer unless your skills are pretty good. The only other non-lethal alternative to a firearm would be a taser but I see Police in Japan don’t carry these.

Just goes to show you don’t know who will walk through the door of a Koban.

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Posted in: Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia See in context

I’m actually disappointed with this article and if it was printed here (Australia) it would be dismissed as absolute rubbish.

I don’t have enough space here but will say that if anything our media is more left leaning than right!

As for the cartoon, it is a caricature. Look at the one he did of Krygios and Trump. Some real precious people out there hence the PC gone mad headline.


How long did you stay here to form that opinion?

Having said this Australia of today is a much different place than the Australia I grew up in, sure we have racist people but doesn’t every country? On the whole I’d say we have become more tolerant.

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Posted in: U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka gets hero's welcome in Japan See in context

Congrats Naomi! You played a good game and showed true sportsmanship. A few other players should take a leaf out of your book.

great smile too!

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Posted in: Osaka police officers fire shots at two cars See in context

Yep, I read the article alright. My comment about shooting the tyres was in response to your suggestion. (And I speak from contemporary experience )

Do you really think we have the whole picture here? I do agree when you say we don’t know where the other 5 shots went which is a concern.

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