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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Nishikat, “Perhaps tweak the laws so you do have the right to remain silent similar to Miranda.”

In Japan suspects already have the right to not answer questions put to them by interrogators.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Jeancolmar,“My guess is that Japan's hostage "justice" system is of no personal concern to those politicians and officials. They never have to worry about being put in substitute prisons if they commit ordinary crimes like bribery.”

There are numerous instances of politicians arrested for bribery (and other crimes). The most recent being Mr Akimoto, arrested (twice so far) in connection with the integrated resort issues.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

I have no quibble with those who criticize the justice system based on facts, and I also agree with many of the criticisms. But I’ve got no patience with those who weaken the arguments by taking a grain of fact and blowing it up into a bunch of nonsense. Such as this from the Fu:

“The right to a lawyer is only for the trial. So, when the defendant is eventually brought into a court, they get to see their attorney - after months without one? Barbaric.”

Lawyers are not allowed to be present during interrogation. Suspects are allowed to have and meet with a lawyer multiple times prior to any trial (or release with no charges).

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Posted in: How crime suspects are treated by police and prosecutors is unknown to many Japanese, who tend to trust authoritative figures and assume anyone who gets arrested is guilty. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

“How crime suspects are treated by police and prosecutors is unknown to many Japanese“

What has this statement been based on?

Stormcrow, “When discussing the advantages of a jury system with Japanese lawyers here in Japan...”

Was this before or after the lay jury system was introduced?

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

juminRheeToday  10:33 pm JST

Educator60:

“Unless theres some discount unlicensed bubba cremating, there are only ashes - no bones whatsoever.”

Apparently you’ve never attended a Japanese funeral, nor know anything about them.

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

Cracaphat, “Coulda just flushed them whilst he was there,no?”

No, actually. Skulls and other bones don’t generally flush well.

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Posted in: Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec See in context

jeancolmarToday  11:53 am JST

“Educator60: I've been searching the Internet for the source of your above quote and have been unable to find it using Google.”

You don’t need google. Just look for the below noted article in the crime section of Japan Today. The quote is the ninth paragraph. Interestingly I notice there is even a comment from you on the article.

Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report

Jan. 17  06:37 am JST  79 Comments

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Posted in: Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec See in context

jeancolmar, “I presume Saikawa got to keep his dubious income.”

Apparently you presume wrong. This is from another article on this site from a day or so ago:

“The report found Saikawa received an excess of around 96.50 million yen ($877,000) before tax via stock appreciation rights, and six other executives were overpaid under the scheme by a total of 57.72 million yen. Nissan expects the amount to be repaid by March.”

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Posted in: Koizumi, wife have baby boy See in context

“But some lawmakers have criticized his interest in taking parental leave, saying he should prioritize his public duties.”

Did they not notice that he has stressed he will prioritize his job/duties?

Kohakuebisu,

“Congrats to them and I'm all for paternity leave, but I wonder if the Finance Minister would be allowed to take two weeks off”

“so give him two weeks off and then he can come back and order some more coal”

He is taking the equivalent of two weeks off spread out over three months. Most likely a few hours here and a few hours there.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

coin area — common area

Typing at bus stop with sun in eyes and cold wind blowing, not the best idea.

Solzasco, “It seems there's a sort of Ghosn effect here: who would have noticed this sad story and what it tells about the japanese judicial system until recently?”

Plenty of us have been noticing similar stories for many years.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

This article and some commenters only mention that he trespassed into the coin area of the apartment building. Other sites mention more, such as that the Judge said the evidence confirmed McIntyre repeatedly called on the intercom and refused to leave despite warnings from police.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

JJ Jetplane, “I want to see him take real time off and do it all at once. Not split two weeks up over the course of a year.”

Welk you’re partly in luck because he’s planning to spread it over three months, not a year.

borscht, “How about he take a Year off? As Allowed by Law! A law his LDP passed to get votes.”

I think I heard the TV news say there’s no law covering paternity leave for members of the Diet/Cabinet.

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Posted in: Do you think the Carlos Ghosn case would make for an interesting movie or documentary? See in context

No, not at all. Aside from the need for a good script, direction, photography, acting etc, to be interesting to me it would need to tell me things I don’t already know. But this case is already well-known. Alternatively, it would need to be so historical that it was no longer well-known, but this case is so recent it’s not even over yet.

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

Here is an article from the Japan Times, a bit old and long, but balanced and packed with relevant and interesting points. Well worth the read.

Examining Carlos Ghosn and Japan's system of 'hostage justice'

BY EDO NAITO

APR 17, 2019

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

“Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Wonder why Takano threw those in his statement. Neither are holidays in Japan.

I’m thinking I saw a statement within the last week or so from officials that gave a different (lesser) number of hours of questioning. The discrepancy needs to be explained.

The Hakamada case, while terrible and unacceptable, is very old and I don’t see the point of dragging it in to the comments constantly.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

wobot, “I would like to point out that Japanese laws and American laws might differ so what the SEC fined Ghosn for might not be illegal in Japan.”

My earlier comment that deferred compensation is required to be reported in the compensation amounts stated on official securities reports is in reference to the Japanese regulations.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

ILoveCoffee, “Ghosn explained that no compensation was given to him. They charged him for not reporting compensation that was never given to him in the first place.”

You seem to have missed the salient point. Of course that compensation was never given to him.....yet. It was deferred compensation (to be paid to him after retirement). And such compensation is required to be reported in the compensation amounts stated on official securities reports.

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal team accuses Nissan of 'perversion of truth' See in context

“Ghosn's legal team”

Is this the Japanese legal team, Mr Hironaka etc? I believe Ghosn also has a legal team in France? No individual or country for the team is named in the article and it seems unclear to me as to which is being referred to.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says she wasn't in the loop about his escape See in context

“Speaking after Japanese prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for her, Carole Ghosn...”

The article contains no quote from Carole regarding that arrest warrant. Did she have no comment to make?

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued in Japan for Ghosn's wife See in context

juminRheeToday  10:38 pm JST

“This sounds like what Saudi Arabia and north korea would do. "If you ever wanna see your wife again, you better return."”

Except that both Carole and Carlos are in Beirut so it makes no sense.

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued in Japan for Ghosn's wife See in context

Her alleged false statements have to do with the Oman route issue.

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

Smithinjapan, “No. If I catch you, and put you under arrest, then let you walk out the door, it is my fault for not securing you well enough in the first place -- not my fault you broke in, bud.”

So I guess you think Ghosn should never have been granted release on bail as that would have been the most secure way to ensure he couldn’t flee. But then you’d be whining about the draconian system that’s wont even allow him to be released on bail.....

”I said it was Japan's fault he escaped.”

I guess taking personal responsibility is a concept lost on you.

“I know it is embarrassing to a lot of you guys who defend the nation tooth and nail over anything”

Don’t include me in that group, it doesn’t apply.

“Nice try, bud, but epic fail.”

You, boy, are entitled to your opinion, regardless of how off kilter it might be.

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

Smithinjapan,

So if I find a way to break into your house and steal your possessions it will be your fault and you should be ridiculed for that and I’ll be justified in breaking the law because you provided the opportunity?

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Posted in: Do you think Carlos Ghosn did the right thing by fleeing from Japan while out on bail? See in context

Old man, “Video cameras monitoring him turned off.”

They weren’t turned off and they showed him leaving home alone on Dec 29.

I don’t think Ghosn’s jumping bail can he considered the right thing to do.

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Posted in: Japan calls Ghosn's escape 'unjustifiable' in first official comments See in context

“Ghosn did offer to wear an ankle bracelet.”

Japan has no precedent for using gps ankle bracelets and they are not provided for by current law. I believe it’s high time they institute the use of them but requesting one at this point is disingenuous.

”the true freedom that we normally mean by bail.”

I would never consider being out on bail true freedom. There are usually various conditions depending on the case.

As for speedy trials in the US, I’m personally aware of one case in which the culprit spent six months in detention denying any involvement In what was a relatively minor and simple crime with plenty of evidence against him. The trial then commenced, he pled and was found guilty, and was released for time already spent.

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Posted in: Japan calls Ghosn's escape 'unjustifiable' in first official comments See in context

Sid, “This would mean that he would have been in custody for two and a half years before he even had a chance to defend himself.”

Wrong. Being in custody and being out on bail are not the same thing.

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Posted in: Manager at Turkish jet operator says he helped Ghosn escape because of threats See in context

Richard BurganToday  01:33 pm JST

“I did it because they threatened me... Like in "If you don't do it we won't give you this $10,000"?“

Well, it says because “his family would be harmed”. Whether that’s true or whether he was a willing participant trying to cover himself is up in the air I’d think.

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Posted in: Global warming brings Pinot Noir cultivation to Japan's north See in context

What is NARO, which pops up unexplained in the next to last paragraph?

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer just as outraged by Japan's justice system as by escape See in context

“Ghosn is known for never having missed a Christmas with his family despite the arduous schedule of an auto executive”

Seeing as how his children are now all adults, and that he switched wives at some point, somehow this statement doesn’t really tug at my heartstrings.

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Posted in: Turkish jet firm says employee falsified Ghosn records See in context

Smithinjapan, “Authorities can't go blaming Turkey or others for his ultimate escape when it started by him walking out the door when he was supposed to be under watch.”

Japanese officials have yet to comment but I’d be surprised if they blame Turkey. The blame lies with Ghosn who made the decision to jump bail, and with anyone who knowingly assisted him in that endeavor.

Was he supposed to be under constant watch? By whom? I don’t remember that being listed as one of the bail conditions.

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