AustPaul comments

Posted in: Police step up campaign against drunk driving for party season See in context

@stormcrow, was that then a Japanese ‘random breath test’?

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Posted in: Australia launches anti-espionage task force amid China spy concerns See in context

Good! This comes off the back of a 60 Minutes story the other week, I fear we might just be scratching the surface.

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Posted in: Court rules against divorced parents seeking access to children See in context

Oops, 7:30 report! Got it!

If the Italian PM couldn’t help then I don’t know what else this guy can do.

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Posted in: Court rules against divorced parents seeking access to children See in context

@Wildwill, what program was that?

It seems the judicial system in Japan needs an overhaul of the family law because this seems to be a common problem in Japan. At the end of the day it is the children who suffer as a result of their parents inability to come to some mutual agreement.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist arrested in Australia over child porn possession See in context


Incorrect, he was in possession of the material when he arrived into the country - that is the offence. It doesn’t matter where it came from or if he had it in Japan when he left. The offence is being in possession of it.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist arrested in Australia over child porn possession See in context

To the downvoter, “child abuse material” or “child exploitation material” is the more appropriate term used here.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist arrested in Australia over child porn possession See in context

Can we change the wording from “child porn material” to ‘child abuse material’. The latter should be the more accepted term

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

I would have thought the passport technically remains the property of the country of issue.

In any case I’d think the legal firm has no right to retain it, report as stolen to the local police and her embassy.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Well it’s her choice really, all the best to her. Hopefully she can help change people’s negative attitudes about mixed ethnicity.

Please don’t criticise me but if the term ‘coloured people’ (and I don’t use it btw) is not acceptable then what about the term ‘people of colour’?

In a way we are all people of colour are we not? Perhaps we should just drop the word altogether!

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Posted in: Gov't tightens rules to clamp down on smartphone use while driving See in context

Fines will be increased from 7,000 yen to 25,000 yen for cases involving large cars, from 6,000 yen to 18,000 yen for standard-sized cars, from 6,000 yen to 15,000 yen for motorbikes and 5,000 yen to 12,000 yen for mopeds. Repeat offenders face prison sentences of up to six months or fines of up to 100,000 yen.

Um, how about having one fine for all vehicles regardless? It’s about $400 and 3 points in my state. Oh and better enforcement sounds like it’s called for too!

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Posted in: Couple killed in car crash; wife's body taken to hospital 5 1/2 hours later See in context

Seriously??? That’s concerning saying they weren’t sure when she died. This would be a serious coronial investigation here, I hope the Japanese Police properly investigate it up there too.

RIP to the couple.

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Posted in: Cathay Pacific CEO suddenly resigns See in context

So much for the right to express your views! As long as they are not protesting while representing the airline (e.g while in uniform etc) then who cares what they do in their private time.

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Posted in: Man stabs woman in Daiso store; says he just ‘wanted to kill someone’ See in context

Had to look up what an ‘awl’ was!

Good to hear the lady survived and hope she makes a full recovery.

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Posted in: Gov't to set up panel on stable imperial succession by year-end See in context

@no business

I agree, surely they could have stood closer to their son, even put their arms around him? But I guess that’s not protocol up there.

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Posted in: Japan's early investigation of U.S. warplane crash sites to be allowed See in context

Well, it makes sense to have bilateral co-operation in this sort of thing. They are operating in Japan..

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Posted in: Hot-spring resorts tackle tattoo debate ahead of Rugby World Cup See in context

The Rugby World Cup and Olympics would be a perfect opportunity for Japan to not only showcase its country but to also roll out the welcome mat to people of all backgrounds, even those with Tatts!

And no, I don’t have any :)

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Posted in: Hot-spring resorts tackle tattoo debate ahead of Rugby World Cup See in context

Crikey, it’s 2019! Tattoos are more than an accessory for crooks!

Just educate the locals on the cultural significance and personal choice for those with tattoos. Economically banning people (overseas tourists etc) with tattoos will be bad for business.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine, in custody for assault, also charged with attempted murder of woman See in context

@AlexEinz I strongly disagree. Because foreigners are ‘guests’ they should just take the beating??? The law should be applied to all equally, whether the suspect/victim is Japanese or foreigner. That’s how it works in most places around the world.

This marine should then be charged with several counts of assault, not sure about the attempted murder charge whether that’s appropriate.

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

So, are the prosecutors going to appeal the sentence?

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Posted in: Man stabs police officer, steals his gun in Osaka Pref; 33-year-old suspect sought See in context

Guys, go easy on the officer. We don’t know exactly how the attack took place. The offender may have been asking for help and attacked when the officer wasn’t looking or distracted.

Wish a speedy recovery to the officer.

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Posted in: Australian PM to meet national broadcaster after police raids See in context

Do you have any information to support your comment? What freedoms have been eroded the past decade? I’m keen to know! We live in a pretty fair and free country.

I suggest readers do some more reading about the matter, it’s not ‘an attack on media freedom’

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Posted in: Man, woman killed after their car goes off cliff during police chase See in context

Have to agree with others, from how it reads it looks like a murder suicide.

What’s the go in Japan for these, is there now an official investigation into the crash and the Police handling of it?

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Posted in: Lawyers say Ghosn surprised by Renault action against him See in context

Well if he has offered to provide an explanation then let him!

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Posted in: Chinese media blames Hong Kong demo on collusion with West See in context

Of course the protest wasn’t shown on Chinese news, truth hurts for them obviously!

If I was living in HK and had the opportunity, I’d be looking to get out in a few years.

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Posted in: Australian police raid public broadcaster amid media crackdown See in context

@Andy, quite an uniformed comment there, are you Australian by any chance?

I’d advise a few posters here to read up more on the story instead of this short excerpt.

In this instance the media appears to have used illegally obtained information - that’s the offence.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 18-month prison term for Pierre Taki over cocaine use See in context

I find it interesting the charge is ‘use’ as opposed to possession. How does one get charged with using? Was he suspected of using then directed to undergo urinalysis which proved the use?

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer slams bail conditions See in context

Is his wife a co-offender and also being charged?

If not, it makes no sense.

Good luck.

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Posted in: Interrogation recording in serious cases becomes mandatory in Japan See in context

First of all, JT, the term should be ‘suspect interviews’, interrogation has a different connotation to it.

Second, ALL interviews should be recorded whether it’s for a simple shoplifting to a homicide, doesn’t matter.

Third, legal representation should be offered in all cases and up to the interviewee if they want a lawyer present or not.

That in my mind would be a fairer and more transparent/accountable system for Japan.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police on Saitama street See in context

Ideally in law enforcement you don’t shoot to injure/maim etc, you shoot the centre of seen mass to neutralise the threat. Period.

Perhaps the police up there might need to consider less than lethal options such as tasers.

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Posted in: Ghosn family seeks U.N. help against 'judicial persecution' in Japan See in context

@seadog - you think? It has become an issue of course as it directly affects him. Good luck to them, might as well give it a go.

For the posters espousing the system, if it was you in his place how would you really feel?

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