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Posted in: Abe nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi See in context


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Posted in: Abe nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi See in context


A true statesman would not board about his/her exploits and would not ask another head of state/government to nominate them for such a prize. The man would garner more respect and/or votes if he just did a proper job of running the country. And that goes for politicians everywhere.

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Posted in: Itochu worker detained in China for 1 year over espionage See in context


Do you think before you post?

What was he tried for? What are the facts? Arrested in February, tried in June, no facts released?? What kind of justice system is that?

I will never visit China.

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Posted in: Actor Liam Neeson fights to recover after sharing racist episode See in context

I don’t understand why he is being so vilified! The man has the guts to tell the world how he felt bad for thinking the way he did many years ago. It’s not like he admitted saying it and left it at that (and I could understand the outrage) but he has expressed remorse.

Good on you Liam Neeson, you’re more of a man than some others are.

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Posted in: Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: report See in context


Have been following this story from Australia and I’m sure people would get a fairer trial in the US compared to Japan.

Why does everyone think he is guilty? Do you know something we don’t or are you only going on tidbits of information from his former employer?? The man hasn’t even had the facts tested in court!

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Posted in: Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: report See in context

Nissan was seeking "evidence to support allegations against Carlos Ghosn after his arrest" and failed to consult its French partner, according to the newspaper.

Isn’t this the role of the investigators? By Nissan sticking their noses in doesn’t make them impartial to the investigation.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

Agree with other posters, just treat them like fellow citizens, respect each other, make an effort to learn about them and their culture. I hope I am right in that those workers want to contribute to Japanese clsicirty as well as look after themselves and their families just like the locals.

Hey, it’s been happening in the west for years!


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Posted in: Man arrested for injuring police officer with machete in interrogation room See in context

If he was taken into custody then ideally he should have been searched prior to going in a vehicle/police station.

Common sense policing procedures really!

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Posted in: Henry Winkler enjoying a run of very cool coincidences See in context

Heyyyyy! Gotta love ‘The Fonz!’

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Posted in: NZ flight turns back mid-air after discovering it lacks permission to land in China See in context

Probably Chinese bring obstructive? Surely it could have been rectified whilst enroute?

If it was the other way around I’m sure it wouldn’t be an issue..

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Posted in: Japanese city to use AI to predict seriousness of school bullying See in context

Japan, drop the AI and reliance on computers, how about having some mature conversations with the students?

Perhaps in junior and senior high there could be a class on appropriate behaviour towards fellow students or case studies on bullying and it’s affects? Call it the ‘Junior/Senior High Code of Conduct’ and have each student sign to it? Drastic perhaps but might be a start..

Just my two cents

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Posted in: Thousands without power as storm lashes Sydney See in context


Tell that to the residents who lost power/got flooded/had cars and proved damaged.

On Channel 9 news in Perth tonight and it looked bad...

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Posted in: Ex-policeman gets 22-year prison term for fatally shooting boss See in context

@Brian, I doubt that would work. They need to have the same accoutrements as their colleagues at all times.

Hopefully the investigation/inquiry will lead to some positive changes in the training system to prevent a reoccurrence.

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Posted in: Japan to ban use of plastic straws, cutlery in gov't cafeterias See in context

Now getting used to paper straws at most eateries here in Australia, although I think Maccas didn’t get the memo!

Anyway, it’s a start I guess to reduce plastic waste in the environment.

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Posted in: Japanese police to use new holsters to prevent disarming of officers See in context

@Jones, you may want to rethink that if there is a crazy with knife/sword/firearm bearing down on you.

There are plenty of holsters out there which offer varying levels of retention, given sufficient training Police can become quite proficient in their use.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

So, property damage and (possibly) assault police. This would be done and dusted here (he’d be out on bail and not locked up for such matters here) in about 4-6 weeks. Honestly, I don’t know why it takes so long in Japan - court backlogs??

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Posted in: 'Invasion Day' protests draw thousands on Australia's national day See in context

Correction, ‘Dominic’

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Posted in: 'Invasion Day' protests draw thousands on Australia's national day See in context

And millions more around the country will be celebrating who we are as a nation. Yes there were injustices in the past which are acknowledged but such protests only serve to further divide us. We have to move on together or we won’t move on at all.

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Posted in: Ghosn again asks for bail; promises not to flee, pay for security guards See in context

@Peter ellis - coming from a barrister that is a bit far fetched....come on! As defence would you support this system if he was your client? Even if he agreed to sign a bail undertaking?

I think the man wants what we would all want, his day in court sooner rather than later! If the prosecution has enough evidence, which sounds like they do, then put it before a court/judge and go from there.

Everyone, put yourself in his shoes.

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Posted in: Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies See in context

Our governement banned Huawei from bidding for the 5G network upon advise from the nation’s intelligence agencies...I’m sure if the shoe was on the other foot the Chinese would do the same.

I don’t like China, I don’t trust them and I certainly don’t think their diplomats are being very professional. If it was the Chinese then would say something along the lines of “We are a sovereign nation and will not be lectured on internal matters”.

Stay strong Canada, don’t let them push you around.

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Posted in: Chinese court sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling as diplomatic row deepens See in context


”arresting Chinese citizen without any evidences...”??

There was an extradition warrant for Meng, if she was in Canada then the Police there are able to arrest her where she is brought before court to face extradition to the US.!

I have way more faith in the judicial system of those countries than your own!

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Posted in: Nissan CEO calls for Renault board to review Ghosn findings See in context

@Akie....your comments are not really well thought out..

”guilty is guilty you don’t have to prove it...”????

If you were arrested for a crime you felt you did not commit wouldn’t you want the state to prove their case? If you like the inquisitorial system of justice then China and NK might be good places to move for you.

For Pete’s sake give the man his day in court and allow him the opportunity to defend himself publicly!

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

@seadog, I find that hard to believe, he would have been charged by the Police but awaiting trial where he will either be found guilty and convicted or acquitted. People detained without 'charge' does not really happen in this country unless it is on mental health grounds.

I think the biggest issue with Carlos' case and the Japanese justice system as a whole is the apparent opaqueness of it as well as the fact that defence are not entitled to be present during interviews and what appear to be some human rights issues as well (interview/interrogation at any time, family visits not allowed etc). I have no idea about the machinations of the allegations (as we all do) but it appears the odds are stacked against the man.

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Posted in: Court rejects Ghosn release bid See in context

@Tina, and what do you base that on? The same documents may very well exonerate the man.

Just wondering what the reaction from Renault/France/Lebanon/Brazil is in relation this matter?

The only reason he is in custody appears to be that he is a flight risk because he is a foreigner. The ‘Tampering with evidence’ excuse is losing traction I think.

Obviously the man’s word he would return if given bail and allowed to leave the country isn’t enough..

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Posted in: Man to be arrested for murder of Tokyo vocational student See in context

RIP to the young lady, she had her whole life ahead of her.

@Harryo, seriously? Think before you post next time, the population is declining for a number of factors not due to an incredibly high homicide rate.

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Posted in: Yasukuni protesters from Hong Kong to face trespassing charges See in context

Arrested two weeks ago and first appearance before court in February???? Crikey, talk about the glacial pace of the justice system up there!

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Posted in: ANA to begin direct flights connecting Tokyo and Perth See in context

Woohoo! Sort of!

Haneda is more convenient for us but since there have been no direct flights since Qantas stopped their service in 2011 perhaps this may make fares on the indirect routes a bit more competitive. Thanks ANA

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Posted in: China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 detained in shrine protest See in context

Yes, kind of ironic China asking japan to ensure rights of their nationals in custody when they’ve tit for tat arrested a Canadian for what?

Absulutely have no desire to visit that country at all, I wouldn’t feel safe.

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Posted in: Policeman leaves pistol in Osaka convenience store toilet See in context

Must have taken it out of the holster or the holster off the belt whilst doing his business? Either way, not a good look!

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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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