AustPaul comments

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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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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