AustPaul comments

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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Posted in: Japanese firms resist hiring foreign workers under new immigration law: poll See in context

Very disappointing, I would have thought companies would have at least made more of an effort. After all, these are people coming to not only further themselves in life but also contribute to the Japanese economy.

Japan, it’s 2019..!

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Posted in: Prosecutors decide not to indict man over killing of Tokyo foster home head See in context

Where’s the rest of the story?? Not indicted on mental health grounds...and...? Is he to be committed to a psychiatric facility? Charge downgraded?

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Posted in: China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman See in context

@Siew Yee - I’d rather face justice in the US or Canada any day. I’m also sure the PM isn’t briefed on all pending arrests..

At least the system is transparent, you have certain rights, access to a lawyer and it is relatively fair....compared to China!

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Posted in: China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman See in context

@sourpuss, hit the nail on the head. Despite being an important trading partner China is one country I’d stay away from.

Impossible I know but would be interesting if the Canadians could give Meng the same treatment.

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Posted in: Child fatally assaulted by father was earlier released from custody despite his sexual abuse of her See in context

Absolutely disgusting, I hope some heads will roll big time on this.

RIP little Mia, hope this leads to serious and much needed change in the system.

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Posted in: Ghosn leaves detention center; agrees to limit contact with wife See in context

Interesting that the prosecutors still think there is a risk he will ‘tamper with evidence’ when the mentioned the other week they already had enough to convict on! Clutching at straws guys...

Stay strong Carlos, guilty or not you and all others brought before this system deserved better. Absolutely disgraceful system.

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Posted in: Ghosn granted release on ¥500 mil bail but can't contact wife See in context


I think most readers tend to comment on the system itself - do you think it’s fair?

In any case no-one has access to all the evidence and being drip-fed bits and pieces from the prosecution doesn’t help either.

The man is protesting quite vociferously his innocence, I think that’s a good sign.

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Posted in: Body of Japanese woman killed in Sri Lanka bombing arrives at Narita See in context


Agreed, very respectful of them. RIP to all those killed in this attack.

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Posted in: Ghosn granted release on ¥500 mil bail but can't contact wife See in context

I doubt they can prevent him having contact with his wife unless she is a suspect/co-offender, even then I doubt it could be enforced.

Guilty or not, this whole thing has been quite a farce and possibly tarnishing the image of the 2020 Olympics host country. One hopes this may lead to legal reform in Japan...then again perhaps not!

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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


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


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


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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