BertieWooster comments

Posted in: Carole Ghosn criss-crossing world in emotional media, political campaign for husband See in context

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 6 states:

Right to a fair trial. In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law.

This has gone WAY beyond any "reasonable time."

All these months in solitary are a kind of torture. He deserves a trial now.

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Posted in: Ghosn to be indicted on new charge on Monday See in context

And nobody else in Nissan knew this was going on?

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

Good idea! Use foreigners. They're expendable! (sarcasm)

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

This is an attempt to get us to think, "More than doubled? Well, ten percent doesn't sound too bad. Yeah OK, we'll go with 10%!"

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Posted in: Compensation order over Okinawa base noise upheld, but amount cut See in context

The only real solution is for the US to stop being so cheap and build their own bases on their own land at their own expense. Okinawa is no longer US territory, nor is any part of Japan.

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Posted in: Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima's melted No. 3 reactor begins See in context

And there are people who want to open up more reactors in Japan!!!!!

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Posted in: Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community See in context

Seems that there was some misunderstanding about what I wrote. Let me put it more clearly. If you're gay, be gay. Don't try to hide it. Then there is no fear from being outed. Live an open life and nothing can come back to hit you and nobody can use your secrets to control you because you don't have any secrets for anyone to control you with. Be gay if you want to be gay. Be hetero if that's what you're comfortable with. And don't worry what people think of you.

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Posted in: Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community See in context

Number one rule in life, don't do anything that you wouldn't want to be found out. Take 100% responsibility for what you do. Live an open life and nothing can come back to hit you and nobody can use your secrets to control you.

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Posted in: Trump considered daughter Ivanka for head of World Bank See in context

Gosh, that guy has so many blind spots, it's a wonder he isn't walking into walls all day long.

Perhaps he is!

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Posted in: Why do you think the ¥2,000 banknote, introduced in 2000, never caught on in Japan? See in context

It makes sense if you follow the 1, 2, 5 principle. This is used in the U.K., for example:

1p, 2p, 5p,

10p, 20p, 50p,

£1, £2, £5,

£10, £20, £50

You can easily and quickly make amounts between these numbers.

It might make more sense, if it were:

¥1, ¥2, ¥5

¥10, ¥20, ¥50

¥100, ¥200, ¥500

¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥50,000

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Posted in: Japan slams WTO ruling on South Korean Fukushima food ban See in context

Fred, it's not the whole planet. It's a few, very, very greedy people. The irony is that the greedy ones are never short of a meal.

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Posted in: Do you think the jury system is the best method of determining guilt or innocence in criminal trials? See in context

There's an alternative, traditionally used in Russia and Japan: harangue the suspect every waking minute of the day and force a "confession" out of him. The US uses similar methods, but uses "advanced interrogation techniques" that are deemed torture when anyone else is using them and "suicide watch," asking the guy if he's OK every five minutes, day and night.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London See in context

Poor guy! We need more people like him. We really need an Assange in Japan!

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Posted in: Nobel winner Honjo, pharmaceutical company in dispute over license fee See in context

Corporate greed!

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Posted in: Aum Shinrikyo spinoff group Aleph ordered to pay ¥1.03 bil to victims See in context

They have assets?

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Posted in: Increasing the proportion of nuclear energy is the most realistic way to step up efforts against global warming. Ensuring a stable supply of electricity is a challenge for society as a whole. See in context

What utter crap!

And what do you do with the waste? Leave it to the next generation to deal with?

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Posted in: Poor diet linked to 1 in 5 deaths globally: study See in context

So easy to cure. Cut out the carbs. No fizzy drinks. No Coke, Pepsi. No bread. No eating between meals. No snacks. No chocolate bars. No crisps. Sugar and fructose are the worse. Avoid foods containing them like the plague. That's MOST industrially produced food.

Plenty of vegetables. Clean meat, fish or vegetable protein such as tofu. The weight will drop off and you'll feel much, much healthier. This works, believe me. Last year I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. In three months, I was no longer diabetic and had lost nearly 20 kilos.

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Posted in: S Korean media criticize use of industrialist's image on new Japanese banknote See in context

Reading this article:’s-moral-capitalist.html

It looks like a good choice. Is there more data about this that isn't presented in the article?

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

If the Japanese road system is comprehensible, how come I constantly get phone calls from people trying to find our place of business? It's in a large shopping mall, so shouldn't be difficult to find. But with the Banchi/Chome fiasco, they don't have a clue.

How come I spend hours, having got to the general area with Google, or Waze only to find a) that the place I'm looking for is nowhere to be found or b) I have to coast the block, looking for the address, a danger to other traffic and pissing the guy behind me off because I'm driving slowly.

Those people who negate this opinion probably don't have to do much driving around. I do and searching for addresses is a right royal pain and a traffic hazard. I wonder how many accidents are caused by people driving around with half an eye on the road looking for the tiny letters "3 Chome" that are obscured by someone's "oshirase" about a missing puppy.

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

You've misinterpreted the law. It's illegal to hold a cell phon while driving. It's not illegal to use one for navigation if it is in a suitable mount or stand on the dashboard.

I was holding it. I don't have a mount for it.

Many people stopped at the lights are watching TV in their cars.

How come it's OK to watch TV, but not OK to hold a phone so you can see the map?

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

I bet there is a race on to recover this plane! It would be a quite incredible gift if China or Russia got hold of it!

Points up the fact that it's rather crazy to rely on hardware that can be stolen and used against you. You might have a splendid gun, but someone could pick it up while you were asleep and shoot you with it.

There are MUCH better ways of assuring international peace than arms build up.

They wouldn't make money for the arms manufacturers though.

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

The whole road system needs a lot of work.

The address system is useless. Nobody, including Japanese people understands the chome/banchi system. If and when this information is displayed, it's in small letters and not visible from a moving car. Sure, cell phones have maps, but it's illegal to use a cell phone in a car - even to look at directions. The solution the rest of the planet uses is to give streets names and post the name of the street on the corner. Occasionally this is done. But it's not consistent. It would help to have a house numbering system too.

There is rarely any indication at a junction where the roads go. Large roads, like expressways have them, but there needs to be a sign above the road on smaller roads indicating which road goes where. There are sometimes arrow signs on the lanes, but these are invisible in crowded traffic.

And why, oh why, are there no roundabouts? There is ONE in Okinawa, in Itoman. It's very smooth, people have no problem using it and it keeps traffic moving. I've never seen an accident there. Accidents are almost exclusively at crossroads with traffic lights. Roundabouts are much safer. Studies have proved this time and time again.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

I see so many young kids totally engrossed in games on cell phones, etc. They are living in a fantasy world and not meeting and interacting with real people. I think the problem is largely caused by computer/cell phone games and TV. Japanese school doesn't help either. All they can do is shut up and listen as the teacher drones on and on. Very different to when I was a kid. Afternoons, evenings were spent playing with friends. Saturday morning we'd clean the house and go shopping and we'd usually go out somewhere on a Sunday.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for stealing ¥10,000 from sleeping passenger’s bag on train See in context

Gosh, what a lot of suspicious and gloomy people there are around! All I wanted to say was that I thought that the theft of 10,000 yen being a newsworthy item showed the relative safety of this country. I didn't say that I thought there is NO crime in Japan, but there is considerably less than many other places I've lived in.

I never lock my car and often leave my wallet on the dashboard or passenger seat and in 45 years have NEVER had ANYTHING stolen. I've never been or seen or heard of anyone being mugged. At the everyday level, this is easily the safest place I've lived in.

I wish the same went for life at a higher level. Japanese politics is rife with corruption, but that goes for almost everywhere.

I'm grateful to be able to live in a country where it is safe, I don't have to worry which streets I walk down and who is walking behind me.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for stealing ¥10,000 from sleeping passenger’s bag on train See in context

When you this kind of item as news, it shows you what a safe country you are living in. Thanks, Japan!

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Posted in: Clever kitty: Cats know their names See in context

Wow! What an amazing discovery. Who'd have thought it? (sarcasm)

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Posted in: Deputy land minister quits over comment on favoring Abe, Aso See in context

The remarks of Ichiro Tsukada, a senior vice minister at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, seen by the public as typical patronage-driven politics, could be a potential setback for the government of Abe.

We can but hope!

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

All this says is that someone is trying very, very hard to shut him up. There is something else going on here.

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Posted in: China's construction binge spreads to Americas, rattling U.S. See in context

US control is slip, sliding away.

How about putting aside the guns and bombs, making friends and giving people what they want?

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

This guy has really got up someone's nose. He must know some BIG secrets that someone doesn't want found out!

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