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Posted in: Man held for coercing 18-year-old woman into unwanted porn shooting See in context

afanofjapan Today 11:39 am JST

I think that is what the police want people to believe. But if that is what happened, they would have arrested him on rape charge.

DVDs containing scenes of their sexual acts and them appearing in swimsuits were sold under such titles as "Idol in the Making," and their sales reached about 147 million yen, according to the police.

"Swimsuits"? Swimsuits video can be categorized under porn video, but isn't it strange? Actually, the original Japanese Kyodo article said,


わいせつ行為 is usually translated as "indecent acts" and means sexual acts that do not amount to intercourse. So, rape is not likely.

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Posted in: Man held for coercing 18-year-old woman into unwanted porn shooting See in context

Kanazawa made women who showed up for interviews hold their driver's license or student ID with their hands and photographed them in an attempt to collect their personal information, they said.

Recording ID is required by law to prevent child pornography.

made the women sign porn video contracts with a clause requiring them to pay penalties in case they breached terms, including the styling expenses, threatening consequences if they refused to appear in porn videos, according to the police.

Such a penalty clause is invalid. There are well established legal precedents to it.

In the case of the woman in Osaka, Kanazawa is alleged to have signed a contract with the then 18-year-old in October 2014 with the purpose of shooting her porn video, likely violating a law banning soliciting for work considered harmful to public morality.

This interpretation of law is very questionable. Soliciting, as opposed to coercing, an 18-year old woman for pornography shooting is not illegal.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile that falls into Japan's EEZ See in context

J-alert was not activated this time, either. I suppose Japanese government could not catch the launch information this time either.

AgentX Today  10:13 am JST

Yet, when the U.S. or Japan tests weapons it's all good, right? Because they have never used them on civilian populations, have they...

North Korea promised to abandon its nuclear and missile programs in August 1994 when Jimmy Carter visited there.

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Posted in: LDP calls for free education among other areas of Constitution change See in context

If LDP wants free education, do it now by enacting a law. They do not need to change the Constitution for free education.

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Posted in: Japan consumer prices rise in April for 4th straight month See in context

Falling prices can discourage spending by consumers, who might postpone purchases until prices drop more or look to save money instead.

No Japanese economist would agree to this pseudo theory.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japanese immigration detention end two-week hunger strike See in context

paradoxbox Today 12:33 pm JST

You often comment on this subject, but none of your comments is backed by facts.

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Posted in: Say thank you or be identified, police tell owners of lost items See in context


第二十八条 物件(誤って占有した他人の物を除く。)の返還を受ける遺失者は、当該物件の価格(第九条第一項若しくは第二項又は第二十条第一項若しくは第二項の規定により売却された物件にあっては、当該売却による代金の額)の百分の五以上百分の二十以下に相当する額の報労金を拾得者に支払わなければならない。

Law on lost item

When the item is returned, the owner must pay the finder of the lost item a reward that is not less than five percent and is not more than twenty percent of the value of the item.

Most people waive this right, but if the finder insists, the police must tell the ID of the owner to the finder for reward payment.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japanese immigration detention end two-week hunger strike See in context

But the last of the strikers began eating this week because they had reached their physical limits

What a shame.

What exactly are they demanding? The article only say they demand "better treatment".

 to object against their repeated detention

Repeated detention is only due to repeated violation by the detainee.

one of whom swallowed a razor blade,

Is this relevant?

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Posted in: Japan protests against U.N. privacy expert's queries on conspiracy bill See in context

Goodlucktoyou Today 05:00 pm JST

@CH3 gave a link to something, but how does a 70 year old farmer find it, read it and understand all the jargon?

You mean 70 year old Japanese farmers are uneducated? I think they fully understand what is written, if the text were presented. One of the good think about Kanji is that jargon is self-explanatory when written in Kanji.

Remember, 41% of Japanese are against the conspiracy bill and 39% are for the bill.

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Posted in: Japan protests against U.N. privacy expert's queries on conspiracy bill See in context

Joseph Cannataci, U.N. special rapporteur's one of main points was,

The principle of legal certainty requires that criminal liability shall be limited to clear and precise provisions in the law, ensuring reasonable notice of what actions the law covers, without unduly broadening the scope of the proscribed conducts. The "anti conspiracy bill" in its current for m does not appear to conform to this principle given that its vague and subjective concepts could be interpreted very broadly and lead to legal uncertainty.

Japanese proposed law


Two or more persons who plans a crime shall be punished according to the following clauses, if one of them prepares for the said crime by procuring money or material for the crime, looking at the venue of the planned crime or other acts.

US law

§371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States

If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

I think Japanese proposed law is no more vague and subjective than US one.

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Posted in: Japan protests against U.N. privacy expert's queries on conspiracy bill See in context

kurisupisu Today 01:39 pm JST

Can we have a public debate on the matter and all the bill's clauses to be published in a national newspaper?

The proposed bill is here.

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Posted in: Japan protests against U.N. privacy expert's queries on conspiracy bill See in context

Disillusioned Today 08:52 am JST

Japan will never understand that, it is not the center of the earth. It is a little island and only separated by a few hundred kilometers of ocean.

It sounds quite like white supremacist, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Japan protests against U.N. privacy expert's queries on conspiracy bill See in context

While I am strongly against the conspiracy bill, I do not think UN has the right to intervene in the law making process of an independent nation.

Joseph Cannataci, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy,

Here he is.

A UN special rapporteur is not a UN official but an "independent expert" who is allowed to submit a report to the UN. His report has not been reviewed by anyone.

His web page shows his mandates, which, of course, does not include intervening in law making process of another country. He is clearly acting on his personal capacity using the pretense of an UN rapporteur.

Here is his letter in question.

It is based on "according to the information received", without specifying what "the information" was and who provided "the information."

He goes on to say,

While I do not wish to prejudge the accurary of the information

Please provide any additional information and/or comments you may have on the accuracy of the above-mentioned allegations.

to show he is not so confident of "the information." 

Why can he be so arrogant as to say,

"Unless and until corrected on any point of fact, I stand by every single word, fullstop and comma of what I wrote to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe," Cannataci wrote in his email.

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Posted in: Man attempts suicide at detention center in Saitama See in context

shallots May 22 07:19 pm JST

This is the unjust ability of cops to hold people for long periods of time. In a democracy, people should have a right to a day in court and a speedy trial.

Sherman May 22 11:23 pm JST

The police can keep you for 23 days for any offense without charge.

All wrong. You should know your rights. Police cannot arrest a person without a judge's warrant, except a crime takes place in front of a police officer, a case where citizen's arrest is possible in common law countries.

An arrest is good for 48 hours, NOT 23 days. A public prosecutor, rather than a police officer, may request a judge to issue a detention warrant that is good for 10 days, and the judge must hear the suspect before issuing a detention warrant. At the end of the 10 day period, a public prosecutor may request additional 10 day detention, and the judge must, once again, hear the suspect before extending the detention warrant.

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Posted in: Man attempts suicide at detention center in Saitama See in context

It happened in a cell in Kawaguchi police station. Calling it a "detention center" is a bit strange.

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Posted in: Ex-ASDF chief Tamogami found guilty over illegal payments to campaign staff See in context

Under the election law, paying campaign staff is banned in principle because it amounts to bribery.

By the way, this law makes incumbent and those with strong party support win elections. A candidate needs a lot of campaign staff who post election posters at hundreds of public bulletin boards, and they must work for him free. A new comer who does not have free campaign staff cannot post enough election posters at public bulletin boards and loses the election.

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Posted in: 'Conspiracy' bill set to proceed after no-confidence motion fails See in context

5SpeedRacer5 Today 01:36 pm JST

Anyway, Japan is really late to the party on this one. I think the US and European countries have similar laws, and have had them for over 30 years.

Countries in continental Europe criminalize conspiracy in very limited way, such as limiting to treason.

Japan already criminalizes conspiracy of insurrection, treason and waging a private war. I doubt we need to expand the scope of conspiracy.

Penal Code

Article 78 A person who prepares for or plots an insurrection shall be punished by imprisonment without work for not less than 1 year but not more than 10 years.

Article 88 A person who prepares for or plots any of the crimes prescribed under Articles 81 (Instigation of Foreign Aggression) and 82 (Assistance to the Enemy) shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not less than 1 year but not more than 10 years.

Article 93 A person who prepares or plots to wage war privately upon a foreign state shall be punished by imprisonment without work for not less than 3 months but not more than 5 years; provided, however, that the person who surrenders him/herself shall be exculpated.

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Posted in: Toxicity levels 100 times safety limit detected again at new fish market site See in context

Citizen2012 Today 09:13 am JST

anyway...simply amazing that nobody is looking for a reason why it is so contaminated and who should foot the bill for the decontamination.

You must be slow to the news. The site was a large gas factory of Tokyo Gas and was known to be chemically contaminated. Tokyo Gas refused to sell the site, but former Tokyo Governor, Ishihara bought the site with the agreement that any land contamination is to be cleaned by Tokyo Municipal Government.

Toxic benzene at up to 100 times the government safety limit was detected again in groundwater samples

The "government safety limit" is the limit for drinking water. This fact should be in the article to avoid misunderstanding. But the problem is that the pollutant is in the soil and we do not know where and how much it is.

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Posted in: 'Conspiracy' bill set to proceed after no-confidence motion fails See in context

Those bills proposed introducing a charge of "conspiracy," while the new bill refers to it as "preparations for terrorism or similar (acts)."

One major problem is that "similar acts" includes too many types of crimes, such as tax evasion and copyright violation.

So, if two people talk about possible tax evasion or tax avoidance (Japanese national tax agency maintains "tax avoidance" is illegal), they are guilty of conspiracy of "terrorism or similar acts", even if they actually did not evade or avoid tax.

Likewise, if two people talk about possible illegal use of copy right material, they are guilty of conspiracy of "terrorism or similar acts".

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Posted in: Kansai Electric restarts reactor at Takahama nuclear plant See in context

5SpeedRacer5 Today 08:04 am JST

So don't be a resident of Kansai. Everybody in the world lives where they live because they like it, or they just shrug and stay out of inertia, or they are in a prison of one form of another.

Silly argument. Why do people need to move out when they can shut down the NPP?

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Posted in: Shiga city trying to lower language barrier among migrant families See in context

Shiga city trying to lower language barrier among migrant families

I think "migrant" workers mean seasonal workers who move from one farm to another from season to season.

Aly Rustom Today 07:56 am JST

I've been there. Its right next to Iga in Mie.

According to maps, Konan is not adjacent to Iga in Mie.

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Posted in: S Korean envoy says majority opposed to 'comfort women' deal See in context

englisc aspyrgend Today 08:45 am JST

The Japanese elite need to fully, publicly and comprehensively accept responsibility for the actions of the past as does the Japanese public. 

Such as this Japanese Government Statement a quarter of century ago in 1993?

  As a result of the study which indicates that comfort stations were operated in extensive areas for long periods, it is apparent that there existed a great number of comfort women. Comfort stations were operated in response to the request of the military authorities of the day. The then Japanese military was, directly or indirectly, involved in the establishment and management of the comfort stations and the transfer of comfort women.

englisc aspyrgend Today 08:45 am JST

Korea needs to recognise and behave in the manner and norms of a developed country having entered such an agreement.

I only hope so.

Agreement Between Japan and the Republic of Korea Concerning the Settlement of Problems in Regard to Property and Claims and Economic Cooperation of 1965

The High Contracting Parties confirm that the problems concerning property, rights, and interests of the two High Contracting Parties and their peoples (including juridical persons) and the claims between the High Contracting Parties and between their peoples, including those stipulated in Article IV(a) of the Peace Treaty with Japan signed at the city of San Francisco on September 8, 1951, have been settled completely and finally.

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Posted in: U.S. admiral: N Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster' See in context

Goodlucktoyou Today 04:18 pm JST

Why do they call Kin Jong Un a "volatile" leader 

He killed his brother. He killed his uncle in law. He probably killed his father, Kim Jeong il. No one knows whom he kills next. He is volatile.

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Posted in: Foreign detainees go on hunger strike at Nagoya immigration facility See in context

Did not we have the same story a few days ago?

Hunger strike is something I really do not understand. Suicide is not illegal in Japan. If they want to commit a slow suicide, let them. If someone says, "I will commit suicide unless you do so and so," my reaction would be "go ahead." I wonder how other people here would react?

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Posted in: N Korea says Sunday's missile launch was new type of rocket See in context

The missile followed its preset flight path to reach an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometres and travelled 787 kilometres, coming down at the "precise location intended", it added.

The distance between Beijing and the launch base Kusong is about 750 kilometers. It is a clear demonstration of what it can hit.

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Posted in: Japan's gov't debt swells to record Y1,071 tril as of March 31 See in context

itsonlyrocknroll May 12 08:30 pm JST

Has BoJ/Government of Japan printed money? If so when?

Look at the banknotes in your wallet, if you have any.

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Posted in: Dozens join hunger strike at Japanese immigration center See in context

paradoxbox May 12 08:41 pm JST

Sharing of unsterilized razors is basically mandatory, and people with serious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV are told by guards to keep it secret and are allowed to mix with the general population and of course share razors.

Are you sure of what you said? Do you have any sense of responsibility?

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Posted in: Mayor on trial for bribery wins 3rd term uncontested See in context

Scrote Today 09:21 am JST

Given that the guy who paid the bribes has been convicted and is in prison it's hard to see how the guy who accepted the bribes can be found not guilty.

The alleged bribe-giver was arrested for other crime, and was persuaded to make a false testimony of the bribery to set up the Mayer, in return for lenient sentence. This is what the district court found based on evidence, and the court awarded the Mayer not guilty verdict. There is no evidence of bribery except the false testimony.

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Posted in: Japan's gov't debt swells to record Y1,071 tril as of March 31 See in context

itsonlyrocknroll Today 03:56 pm JST

Greece is the end game for what sovereign default actually looks like.

Greece is in Euro Zone, where the central bank cannot print money freely. So, Greece cannot repay government debt by printing money. Japan, on the other hand, can print money freely and can pay government debt by printing money. This is the big difference.

Although Japan debt dynamics/creditors explain why the Government of Japan/BoJ has been able to accumulate such numbers 934.90 trillion yen in government bonds, 54.42 trillion yen in borrowing from financial institutions, and 82.24 trillion yen in financing bills or short-term government notes of up to one year. This debt is accumulative government spending overhang.

Borrowing where tax revenues have been unable to bridge the gap. Either growth or taxes will have to reduce these figures at some point. 

No, we do not need to reduce the figures. Do you think US government, or any government, should reduce the debt amount to, say that of 100 years ago? Of course not. In addition, since the net government debt equals net surplus in private sector, if the net debt of government goes down to zero, the net surplus in private sector also goes down to zero. Who wants to see zero surplus in private sector? We live in a zero-sum world. We cannot have a situation where both people and the government have surplus.

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