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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context

He is the most honest Japanese I ever came across. He takes responsibility for his actions and puts himself at the mercy of the courts to mete out any punishment they think it fit for him. So much unlike the " drunk- can't-remember" types and forgetters-of-convenience.

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Posted in: Helping hand See in context

Not looking at a gift-horse mouth. Grateful too for Japan's contribution in this calamity. A tard late but better late than never. Thanks again Japan.

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Posted in: Aso apologizes for remarks about Japan's historical unity See in context

Talking history, I don't think there's a country that even comes close to the lies being taught by this country. Aso ? He Is the Grand Marshall of foot-in-mouth gaffes.

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Posted in: Abe warns conflict with Iran impacts entire world See in context

There's an economic bigger picture hidden somewhere in the back. The Saudis want to keep Iran oil out of the scene. They tried to publicly float the world's biggest company - the Saudi Aramco -in an attempt to diversify their economy. Problem is, they overvalued the company and because they weren't steadfast in book keeping, experts called them out.

The US, with a petrodollar based currency is joined at the hip with Saudi, and they need a few more years to hold Iran down so the Saudis can rectify the Aramco mess before making the company public.....for lots of money. Until then, Iran, with its national - as opposed to multi-corporation - sweet, cheap, easily extractable oil would have to be suppressed - by any means necessary - till the Saudi-US objectives materialize, and heck, any mis-step can cause them to lose it all in a " bringing-democracy-and-freedom-to-the-people-of-Iran " adventure by the US..ala Iraq, ergo Libya etc. The lesser evil is palatable, I'd think.

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Posted in: Abe meets Saudi king amid tensions in Middle East See in context

Sitting as though overwhelmed by the opulence and majesty of A master of material property.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

In a news conference in Beirut lasting more than two hours, Ghosn reasserted his innocence, and accused Nissan and Japanese government officials of plotting his removal.

TThey're akin to the Australian devil, once they clamp on you they never let go till their evil mission is done. Right or wrong - regardless.

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Posted in: Taiwan's pro-Japan young people back Tsai's re-election See in context

Sometimes, we have to try and discern when people are just being gracious. That is, keeping themselves in check not to fight/ rouse unnecessary squabbles.

young people, who are favorably disposed toward Japan, may have been one of the major contributors to the re-election of incumbent.

Really ? They just had to be favorably disposed toward Japan to make that call ? Say Not even Anti- Mainland China ? Whom I'd think is their* *here & now nemesis ?

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

I think Japan will stop giving ODA, a nice big "Aid Package", to Lebanon.

This ODA thing is highly overrated!! Japan gives ODA to my country too, with LOTS of fanfare, but , they slink away container loads of money. They should know that we know!!

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

Justice Minister Masako Mori denounced Ghosn's comments as erroneous and credited Japan's extremely low crime rate to a judicial system rooted in “its history and culture.”

History and culture good for Zinjanthropuses.

“only himself to blame” l

Just listen to this hideous conceited notion !!

"They really believe that this system is functioning efficiently and correctly,” he said.

We once believed the sun revolved round the earth. Didn't make it right **just because we believed.**

Cho was worried about a backlash, with release on bail getting tighter.

Because of stung pride ?

Japan’s conviction rate is higher than 99%, a number that critics, including Ghosn, say indicates unfairness.

The world's worst dictators didn't make that percentage.

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

> “It has become now my duty to defend all those people to change this regime that the Japanese are hiding and they claim is a democracy,” he said.

This, is the clincher for me. Expose the sham democracy.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

Today, it's an unusual change of diet from their usual Staples of diffident people from India, Africa and some S. Americans. The ones whom they kick around with no comebacks. And, as usual with all bullies who are suddenly faced with a formidable adversary, they don't know how to react,, after all , they are so used to walkovers.

Ghosn, shine one ray of light and disperse a thousand shadows, none needs its darkness shone more than the decrepit system of Japanese Justice system.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors condemn Ghosn's remarks in Lebanon See in context

What hyperbole !! All In defense of their evil selves.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Tell the truth Ghosn and shame the DEVIL !!

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker admits accepting ¥1 mil from Chinese gambling operator See in context

Sadly, they , the Japanese, will shamelessly bribe various government officials of my country, starting from the Ambassadors all the way up for contracts, opinion- shaping and other purposes, without an iota of shame. Some of them are as immoral as they come !

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Posted in: Japan to strengthen border checks, review bail conditions after Ghosn's escape See in context

They are compelled to deal with foreigners because they need us , otherwise the mentality is the same today as it was when commodore Perry docked his " black" ships, confrontational, albeit sometimes covertly. It's always the " us" vs " them " thing here and woe unto a foreigner who dares cross their paths!

Ghosn's gone away. Most of us know he wouldn't get justice, especially that, even from beginning one could see the mis-handlement of his person and family. I'd ask Japan to look in the mirror.

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Posted in: Take a step back in time at Hiroshima Castle See in context

A " beautiful " rendition of a castle but not the castle.

Like many others, it's a beautiful castle made just the other day for commercial and glory of Japan. It's been given an " acquired " hi - story to reinforce its believability. Still, a nice piece of work with a nice story.

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Posted in: Japanese media blasts 'cowardly' Ghosn after escape See in context

. @ oldman 13

I pretty much shredded the argument that his death was the result of a 'xenophobic' and 'unjust' Japanese justice system, when in fact the Nigerian himself refused to be extradited back to Nigeria, and was a multiple offender in Japan.

You really are full of it !!! to the brim !!!

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Posted in: Japanese media blasts 'cowardly' Ghosn after escape See in context

The usually staid Japanese media lambasted the "cowardly" Carlos Ghosn on 

"Running away is a cowardly act that mocks Japan's justice system," said the Yomiuri Shimbun

By leaving the country, Ghosn has "lost the opportunity to prove his innocence and vindicate his honor," the paper added, 

I'm sure Ghosn won't lose sleep over the media lynching. The whole Japanese judicial system, in the eyes of most foreigners, is not credible and may fit well in the medieval inquisitions period, not in today's world.

After his term in the dungeons and punitive bail terms, I'm sure Ghosn had lost any love and respect for Japan and its systems. The media is free to label him anything they choose while he's savoring some levantine baba ganouj and falafels ...watching it all on TV a free man.

I'd think not many of us would want to subject ourselves to an unjust and Flinton-esque judicial system, which we have no trust or confidence in. Mr.Ghosn, a corporate decision maker, used his prerogative and brought to light that hell hath no fury like some country mocked of. They have his bail money, Nissan should sort out its mess in the usual japanese style of bows and apologies, given that the pesky foreigner is not there and the judiciary..... Well, well, well.. they can blame-shift till the cows come home.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

@ TumbleDry

Apparently the people moving the band instruments from gig location to the jet were special forces of some kind... so it's said.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

@ Tumble Dry

Guilty or not guilty, I’m more interested how that happened and the connections needed to escape.

There are huge security holes in Japan.

Apparently they invited a music band to play somewhere in Japan,( still don't know location) . When the musical gig finished the band group packed its instruments with Ghosn inside one. A private jet was waiting at a remote airport ( Don't know where/ which) All the instruments, Ghosn in one of them went into the jet and ..psshhhhh...

All this ? Courtesy of a wife who's seen her husband mistreated and had had enough. A modern day Joan of arc of arc in the person of Carole Ghosn...planned all this and caught today's versions of Samurai warriors with their Hakamas down .

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

Another LDP lawmaker, Masahisa Sato, said: "If this is true, it was not 'departing the country', it was an illegal departure and an escape, and this itself is a crime.

Unjust laws will be broken without evoking any guilt . I'm sure in the eyes of many people around the world, especially those who know Japan's justice system, know how criminal itself is , and sympathizes with Ghosn's action. I urge lawmaker Masahito Sato and company to realize that as much as they are Japanese, they are NOT living in another universe, but with the rest of us. Therefore make laws in tandem with that universality.

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Posted in: More convenience store operators eye shorter hours, closures for holidays See in context

Fascists tend to have a highly prized tradition of doing things in a regimented way. Give leeway for businesses to chart their own course because it's imperative that they'll always do what's in their own best interests.

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context

Ghosn is gone !!! I'd have thought breaking out of Alcatraz is much easier than breaking out of Japan !!! Quite a feat I'd say. Yet, I can't help but think that the authorities, in some kind of hush-hush deal, might have chosen to look away, especially given that , other Nissan honchos have been found wanting every day !! It all begun looking like a judicio- corporate circus !!!

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Posted in: What is your mood usually like during the time between Christmas and the New Year? For example, do you feel flat or is it a quiet time of reflecting on the past year? Or something else? See in context

@ Zichi

. I have serious health issue I'm dealing with but that should be sorted in February.

I wish you Godspeed recovery and a healthier future.

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Posted in: Merry Christmas See in context

Thank you and Merry Christmas to all JT staff too .

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Posted in: Police looking for man who flashed woman in Sapporo on freezing cold night See in context

 ..occurred at around 10:30 p.m., at which time the temperature had dipped down to about -1 degree Celsius.

At minus one ( -1 C) I'd think the " junk yard " would be just a " yard ".

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Posted in: N Korea threat looms as leaders of China, Japan, S Korea meet See in context

I would think the best way for peaceful relations with NK is , again , inclusivity. Lift the sanctions and grant them rights to participate in free trade after these donkey years of hurting the population. With trade , other aspects of interaction will easily manifest themselves, and with them, more options of a lasting solution.

I surrender myself to the fact that Kim will not destroy his nukes -- a dream from Granddaddy to him, and he's seen both Saddam and Gaddafi literally taken out in gutters/ holes . Don't forget, also that, they're borrowing from the Chinese playbook where China built nukes then, only then did Chairman Mao negotiate with Nixon. ( position of strength).

Given the opportunity to freely trade and associate, he will have a stake in the well being of the relationships , but , I don't see him being friendly to people who deny his country basic necessities. Keep this up and you'll lose sleep over the missiles flying overhead. Peace is a luxury of people with a full stomach.

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Posted in: Japan demands swift release of fishermen detained by Russia See in context

Yet, based on these shaky foundations (kinda like South Korea's claim about the Japan sea or Takeshima), the usual crowd sees fit to blindly side against Japan as is typical.

I welcome every body's views on any issues. They can be contrary to mine too. I have no need to conform to anybody's view to be " acceptable ". I'm able, mostly with some modicum of intelligence, express my views and welcome everyone's perspectives too. In the end, we are tolerant of one another exactly because we are different.

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Posted in: Japan demands swift release of fishermen detained by Russia See in context

Russia is a sovereign state,I don’t agree with it’s politics.

Sovereign and civilized . They're both cognisant and assessive of- the multifaceted prongs in human relationships, like humanitarian, social, economic, political, military e.t.c. hence treat each prong on its merit. They therefore won't sink so low as to sink peasant-fishetmens boats as if they were an invading force, like one country did recently to other foreign peasant- fishermen simply eking out a living.

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Posted in: Japan demands swift release of fishermen detained by Russia See in context

Talk of "humanitarian". Remember what they did to the NKorean vessel recently ? Russians are above such I morality.

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