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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

I hope he can stand up to the inhumane incarceration that forces so many to make a false confession.

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Posted in: Gov't to earmark ¥1.15 tril for infrastructure in 2nd extra budget See in context

2 trillion yen on infrastructure? From the article they are only going to do maintenance on existing infrastructure that should have been done years ago. I’ll bet none of the schools get a coat of paint of professional cleaners.

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

The Japanese justice system? That should be, the Japanese injustice system! Locking somebody up until they confess has resulted in hundreds of forced confession and false incarcerations.

In this case, the is no reason for Ghosn to remain in the lock up. They only need to withhold his passport. Add that there is no heating in the cell and he is only allowed to shower a couple of times a week and is not allowed visitors or contact with the outside world and you have a huge human rights issue. Furthermore, I am sure he is getting ‘special treatment’ due to his ethnicity.

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for stealing a roll of toilet paper from hospital toilet See in context

I understand that theft is theft. However, it’s most likely he stole the toilet because he couldn’t afford to buy it himself. Giving him a ¥200,000 fine is only going to put more financial pressure on him and he is likely to steal more goods as a result. Japan does not have a system of public service for petty crimes. I think these sort of petty crimes are perfect for public service. He should be cutting grass at the local temple instead of wondering where the heck he’s gonna find (or steal) ¥200,000.

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Posted in: Local governments struggling to secure childcare workers See in context

So, where is Abe’s promise of fixing the daycare crisis? Oh, that’s right, he postponed it (again) to 2020. It’s very clear the reason they cannot get staff is because people are chasing higher paying jobs. I sincerely doubt if Abe’s fix will include salary subsidies for childcare workers, which is the only way the problem can be solved. You cannot expect parents to pay extra for daycare. It’s already too expensive. Japan likes to boast its a rich country, but achieving this by being stingy and not spending it on infrastructure is false logic. Japan is a poor country with very little assistance for the majority of its people.

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Posted in: Vegas man convicted of bilking thousands of Japanese in Ponzi scheme See in context

So, he is actually Japanese (or first generation US). Why did so many people give him so much money over such and extended period of time? “A fool and his money are easily parted!”

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for stealing a roll of toilet paper from hospital toilet See in context

“I’m surprised that we live in a world where people think it’s okay to steal toilet paper from a public toilet.”

I’m surprised that we live in a world where authorities can give such ridiculous penalties for petty crimes and make them national news.

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Posted in: Japanese court orders YouTube to cooperate in shutting down 'manga spoiler' videos See in context

Wow! It’s so nice to see the Japanese government helping children this way. It must make the children very sad having the endings and the plot of their favorite children’s story being exposed on YouTube.

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Posted in: Hostess club manager arrested for running prostitution racket See in context

Police are strengthening a crackdown on these places being used for prostitution

Oh, what a load of BS! Many (if not most) of these girly clubs are running prostitues on the side. Many of the girls are doing it on the side too. The police won’t close them down because they are patronizing them too.

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Posted in: JAL fires co-pilot jailed in UK for drinking excessive alcohol before flight See in context

He should have been fired. Flying a plane drunk with hundreds of people on board is a gross neglect of responsibility. However, there have been others caught doing the same thing and they were not fired. Operating vehicles, planes and machinery will drunk does carry hefty penalties in Japan. However, it is very loosely enforced, which results in many breeches. I saw a taxi driver skull down a 500ml cannif sho-chu outside the convenience store the other night. He got into his cab, turn the available light in and drive off.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed while walking along street in Chiba Pref See in context

expat - A lot of these crimes would not occur if the places they occur were properly lit. There is a large park near a commuter station in Chiba that serves an upscale neighborhood about 30 minutes out of Marunouchi that is pitch dark at night. People have no choice but to walk through it to reach their apartment blocks, and it is a magnet for these creeps.

This is actually quite true. Since the 2011 quake most municiprlies have removed 50% or more of their street lighting in order to save electricity. Many of the remaining street lights have been replaced with LED lighting, which use around 10% of the electricity compared to their incandescent counterparts. However, it hasn’t stopped the city offices increasing city taxes.

Its becoming very obvious that, Japan is not really the ‘safety country’ it is plugged to be. It is becoming very dangerous to walk the streets at night alone, especially if you are a woman. However, being a middle aged man, my only fear at night is missing the last train. None of these cowards are gonna pick on me.

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Posted in: Man caught after sharing his drift driving videos on Instagram See in context

oldfordmangaijin - The guy should be commended and receive sponsorship from the K truck manufacturer. Way to go unnamed dude from Fukuokka! I know many people that would love to learn how he set up his truck and copy so they can drift their k truck too.

I’m always bemused by people who support illegal modifications and reckless driving on public roads. Perhaps they have never had a relative killed by one of these reckless hoons. Or, perhaps, they themselves are reckless hoons in illegally modified cars. Cars are transport from A to B. If you wanna race, put it on a track.

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Posted in: Former Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa gets suspended sentence over hit-and-run See in context

 the former singer has promised not to obtain a driver's license again even after the revocation period ends, and that she and the two victims have already agreed to settle out of court.

Cash has has been exchanged, remorse expressed and promises made = Suspended sentence.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed while walking along street in Chiba Pref See in context

Another random and cowardly stabbing. If he is caught, he will surely say, “I just wanted to kill someone.”

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Posted in: Man caught after sharing his drift driving videos on Instagram See in context

canigetawhatwhat - Looks like a road in the middle of nowhere. No big deal.

Yeah, no big deal until you happen to be on the same road traveling in the opposite direction, of course.

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Posted in: Man caught after sharing his drift driving videos on Instagram See in context

There are many videos of idiots drifting on public roads in Japan on YouTube. I often see extremely modified drifting cars driving around the streets too. The cops really need to clamp down on these menaces.

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Posted in: JAL pilot, 10 times over alcohol limit, jailed for 10 months in UK See in context

I’m quite sure this is not the first time this pilot has flown under the influence of alcohol. His claim of stress from long haul flights is a very weak defense. Serving ten months in prison does seem like a fair punishment, but it should also come with a lengthy suspension from flying. I hope his time in prison is enough for him to dry out and get over his stress.

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Posted in: Japanese rice increasingly shipped abroad as domestic demand wanes See in context

The domestic market for Japanese rice has not changed. There is just as much rice being produced as has been grown in the past due to the price fixing and farmers being paid not to grow. This means, the demand for Japanese rice has decreased. However, has the demand dropped bevause of imported rice or has it dropped because people are not eating as much rice? This is what they should be worried about.

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Posted in: Organizers of 2020 Tokyo Games admit extreme weather a major issue See in context

I’m sure there will be many new records set at the Tokyo 2020 games. They will include, the amount of spectators hospitalized for heat exhaustion and the amount of athletes that died in competition.

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Posted in: 50-year-old son staying at internet cafe arrested for abandoning body of bedridden mother See in context

And, the loser of the week award goes to this guy! Congratulations!

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Posted in: Japanese rice increasingly shipped abroad as domestic demand wanes See in context

Wow! No doubt this is a result of the protectionist policies keeping the prices higher than imported rice. I buy jasmine rice from Thailand. It’s much nicer and is around the same price delivered to my door by Amazon.

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Posted in: Founder of staffing firm gets suspended sentence for speeding at 147 kph on expressway See in context

He promised he would never drive again? I find that difficult to believe. It reminds me of the lyrics from the Henry Rollins song, I’m a liar.

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Posted in: Father arrested over death of 2-year-old stepdaughter See in context

Another day, another family murder. Very sad for the mother

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Posted in: Osaka to launch disaster info service for foreign tourists before Expo See in context

Why don’t they have one already? It’s not as if these will be the first foreigners to visit Osaka.

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Posted in: Storm dumps month of rain on Sydney in one morning; gale-force winds fan fires in north See in context

Strong storms in spring in Sydney (or most of Australia) are nothing unusual. It’s unfortunate some people were killed.

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Posted in: Imperial couple visit support center for foreigners in Shizuoka See in context

Of course they asked them if they are adjusting to Japanese life. Dawg forbid Japan should actually bend to make the transition easier for foreigners.

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Posted in: Nissan executive pay may have topped ¥3 bil cap in FY2017 See in context

Yep! I have always suspected Ghosn was only one of many skimming funds from Nissan

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Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes bill to expand foreign labor through lower house See in context

They expect it to bring hundreds of thousands of workers from overseas? People are not gonna come in their hundreds of thousands for low paying jobs. “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”

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Posted in: 5 cats poisoned to death in Kanagawa area in past week See in context

Five stray cats? This person needs commending not condemning. He’s doing the job that local councils are not doing. Stray cats are a menace. They carry disease, kill any local and native wildlife they can catch and, on occasion, attack people. They are a huge problem in many parts of Japan and should be controlled.

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Posted in: Police probe murder of 6 in Miyazaki Pref See in context

Such a tragic end to a whole family. These family mass-murders seem to be very common in Japan and are increasing year by year. I have no doubt it is due to the flailing economy, declining salaries and uncertain future putting a lot of pressure on people and they just snap. It seems like every day there is at least one family murder and two or three family mass-murders every month. Couple this with murder suicides and youth suicides and it’s easy to conclude there is a huge problem with mental and emotional health of many Japanese people that is being totally ignored by the government.

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