I am pretty confident that this will make a great article in The Rising Wasabi.
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The Tokyo prosecutors are emulating the Chinese secret police, the North Korean secret police and the Gestapo with a dash of vindictiveness and defensiveness characteristic of passive/aggressive behavior. Japan is really becoming a police state and their treatment of Ghosn is a bleak display of this jackboot behavior by the prosecutors. Of course, the French will do nothing about this. Ghosn's lawyers will speak out and they really need to go all in a la Saul Alinsky (wonder how many readers know about Alinsky) to isolate, divide and polarize individual prosecutors and police. So much for reiwa....
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Read today's Wall Street Journal article instead of this lame Associated Press article. Saikawa admitted (probably when he was drunk) that the main motivation against Ghosn was to make sure the French did not take over Nissan or continue control over Nissan. The corporate governance story is a silly illusion fostered by the Japanese oligarchy elite.
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The French government is here in Tokyo discussion Renalut/Nissan and needs to deliver the unequivocal message to the government to release Ghosn in the form of "This is not a request but an instruction and Japan will face dire consequences if Ghosn is not released." Of course, the French do not have the guts to do this though they have many means in their arsenal (economic, moral and military) to force Japan's hand. The international community should not accept this new imposition of the Gulag in Japan.
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Welcome to the Japan Gulag Archipelago. This is exactly how the Soviet commisars would extract confessions from political prisoners and others-- harsh conditions, constant interrogations, no lawyers. Pretty much the same in China.
Incredible that the French and Brazilian governments continue to do nothing and it is left to Ghosn's wife to beg Human Rights Watch to help.
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The silence of the ACCJ and similar organizations is deafening....
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As an expat and executive, I am very concerned about the growing Japanese jackboot reminiscent of Japan in the 1930s. Welcome to the Japanese Gulag. Solzhenitsyn wrote about the same thing in the Gulag Archipelago and Cancer Ward. Ghosn is a French and Brazilian citizen. France and Brazil are betraying their citizens by not insisting that Ghosn be released from jail. As feckless as the US Government has been regarding Kelly at least they exerted enough pressure to have Kelly released on bail for medical treatment. The guy from Daiwa Securities is clueless-- HK and Singapore are better options.
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The judge is now an accomplice along with the prosecutors and Nissan in leading the devolution and regression of the Japanese justice system back to the 1930s in Japan. The system is now taking the form and substance of the Japanese and Soviet show trials of the 1930s and 1940s and the Chinese show trials from 1948 to the present. Second, if I were French I would get out of Japan. It's clear that the French Embassy and Government will do nothing to help Ghosn.
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The judge's comments are the type of blather that one reads and sees on TV in China when they hold their periodic kangaroos courts or, in the old days, when one would watch Soviet commisars in the Gulag blather away about enemies of the people. Japan is indeed regressing to the 30s and early 40s.
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Ghosn is a smart guy and if he sees that the best thing the prosecutors have is some nonsense with the Saudis in 2008, then he (and at least his Paul Weiss lawyers) will know that the only thing that Saikawa and the Tokyo Prosecutors are holding in their hands is nothing but thin air.
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Saikawa and the Tokyo Prosecutors tried a surprise attack on Ghosn with the desperate hope of knocking him out quickly. But they have not thought through the consequences. In addition to Ghosn's defense team, Renault, the French and Brazilian governments and the US governments are all waiting in the wings and will counterattack.
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Hopefully Kelly is flying in his own doctor and/or the US military is providing medical assistance rather than Japanese doctors who would just as soon slit a patient’s throat if so instructed by Japanese secret police.. sorry I mean Japanese prosecutors. All the more disturbing is the silence of the US Embassy and State Department in this matter- I hope they are acting behind the scenes though thus far does not look like they have accomplished anything.
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