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Posted in: Japan's rising sun flag removed from classroom at Canadian school See in context

its a Japanese Intl School (in Vancouver) right??!!

The school is in Canada. Therefore it is under the jurisdiction of Vancouver's educational authorities.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi CEO says it will be tough to manage car alliance without Ghosn See in context

He hasn't been tried, that is if there ever even is a trial, and everyone is nailing his coffin shut!

If he is under arrest, grill have to appear before a judge around about now (72 hours). Will the judge behave like a judge, or just rubber stamp what a prosecutor demands?

I think that Japanese law, or more to the point, rule of law could be on trail here.

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Posted in: Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future See in context

Renault-Nissan can't break over a sudden jailbreak. It would be called 'thief attempt" and "economic war declaration".

Renault-Nissan could break at any time. It would be called "marriage over" and "a devoice".

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Posted in: Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future See in context

Renault won't be dragging Nissan down any longer. About time!

Nissan won't be dragging Renault down any longer. About time!

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Posted in: Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future See in context

You know, other than the fact that he admitted to the charges already.

Nobody is aware that he has admitted anything. Are you a fly on the wall in the police station.

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Posted in: News of Ghosn's arrest stuns Nissan employees, customers See in context

Look what happened to Subaru, GM, land Rover, jaguar all failed car companies

These are not failed car companies, in fact I've recently bought a new Land Rover.

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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn and another top exec sends shockwaves through Nissan See in context

Mr. Gosh I'll have to appear before a judge in few hours.

Let's hope that this judge does what judges supposed to do. Look at the police evidence, listen to the defendants plea and their side and then make a balanced judgement as to whether or not the case should proceed.

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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn and another top exec sends shockwaves through Nissan See in context

Saikawa said Nissan's board will vote Thursday on dismissing Ghosn and Kelly, whom he described as the mastermind of the alleged abuses.

"This is an act that cannot be tolerated by the company," he said. "This is serious misconduct."

I thought that in Japan one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. After all, Saikawa has used the word "aleged".

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Posted in: Nissan Chairman Ghosn arrested over financial law violation See in context

CrickyNov. 19 09:18 pm JSTProsecutors better know what they are doing, this is going to put a global spotlight on Japan's quasi justice system.

A global spotlight on Japan's justice system is no bad thing. And judges will actually have to act like judges.

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Posted in: Nissan Chairman Ghosn arrested over financial law violation See in context

Arresting him at this stage of the investigation does seem a bit over the top.

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Posted in: Russia rules out 'automatic' return of disputed islands to Japan See in context

Whatever next ? Maybe Russia will dumfounds us all and lay claim to Hokkaido...

Japanese people do not seem to understand how lucky they are that Russia did not take Hokkaido after WW2.

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Posted in: Japan's trade surplus with U.S. shrinks further in October See in context

Many people I'm Japan seem to base friendship as what can I get out of you.

Now that the playing field is levelling, Japan runs to other countries it previously showed no interest in crying free trade.

Japan behaves like a 12 year old playing that little child's game called friends and enemies.

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by car driven by father See in context

This kind of accident happens a lot more than you think. More often than not it is only reported if the child dies.

Each time I say the same thing. Sensor technology could be the answer to decreasing this kind of accident.

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Posted in: N Korean official urges Japan to apologize over forced labor See in context

Koreans are very proud people so they can't say help me, instead they blame you and demand apology and compensation. Once you apologize even though you did nothing wrong because you thought it was easier to deal with them, you will be blackmailed forever.

Japanese are very proud people so they can't say help me, instead they blame you and demand apology and compensation. Once you apologise even though you did nothing wrong because you thought it was easier to deal with them, you will be blackmailed forever.

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Posted in: Abandoned subway station in Tokyo open to the public for a limited time See in context

I think that it is beautiful. There are so few of buildings left in Tokyo with any character.

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Posted in: Japan aims to build prototype flying cars in 2019 See in context

I suppose that there is nothing wrong with dreaming.

I hope that it will not be JAL pilots testing them.

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

There are Japanese people who admit to setting up the brothels in which they were forced to work.

Yes, I have met Japanese people who were around in the war.

I have even met a Japanese public prosecutor who told me that he and his translator were in charge of allied POW's in occupied China during WW2.

Perhaps this is why as one above comment points out, Japanese law has no teeth.

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

If nothing else, Japan paints a great example of how brainwashing an entire nation can be done:

AgentX. A book published in the late 1980's, "The Enigma of Japanese Power" by Karel Van Wolferen, cites exactly this.

But in dumbing down the population, I think that this has contributed to the decline of a once great nation.

I'm very lucky at the moment. My Japanese friends are well educated, self motivated, well travelled rational people, and fully understand Japans past.

That is why, despite all my years involvement with Japan, I have many Japanese acquaintance but few Japanese friends.

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Posted in: Japan asks PNG to help recover WWII Japanese remains See in context

We are not doing too well are we moderator.

287 allied POW's are entombed in the Sato mines in Japan.

Maybe we should consider gestating this.

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Posted in: 16 JAL flights since April 2017 delayed as pilots fail alcohol tests See in context

I think that Japan likes to be the exception to international rules, laws, comventions.

I was on an airline (not JAL) 26 years ago when the smoking ban had just been enforced. There were Japanese guest crew on board. All of the crew would remind passengers not to smoke. Everybody that is except Japanese nationals. At one airport stop the Japanese guest crew were smoking while chatting to Japanese passengers on board, actually on the plane.

A club mentality even now with a drinking issue.

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

The local government has instructed the hotel in Fukuoka to correct the practice as Japanese law prohibits hotels from rejecting guests based on nationality.

I was once rejected from a hotel in Japan for no apparent reason. Then only reason I can logically deduce is that it must have been my non-Japanese nationality. Now that I know that it is against Japanese law, if it happens again I will file a complaint and demand compensation.

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Posted in: 340,000 foreigners may flow into Japan in 5 years under new visa system See in context

Even I had a problem buying my house with cash, at the ward office, playing a nasty game of how my name registeration had to be in katakana. So I said, “ok, write my name in katakana.” “No, this is impossible,” was the reply and this, there was no way for the sale to go through. Luckily one of the people who had been my student (as I had taught English there during my lunches) had now become a middle level director, and she ordered that my name be put underneath my name in Romanji. As there was no rule against it, they complied.

Some years ago, at the Ward office I wrote my name in Katakana, and the staff went into auto panick.

I also did this at the immigration office. The officer took a tantrum.

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Posted in: Have you experienced any exceptional acts of kindness or generosity from people or businesses in Japan? If so, please tell us about them. See in context

Years ago, I was looking for the KDD office make a long distance telephone call. Everybody was so helpful, but because I was new in Japan and did not understand Japanese so well in those days, I must have entered the wrong building.

They people went out of their way to get me a chair and got me connected, My conversation was lengthy. Afterwards the people would not accept any money. I was amazed, but a little puzzled.

Later I realised what had happened The kind company must have thought I was an employee or client.

I can't remember where was, but if I could remember, and it was many years ago, I would happily reimburse them the cost of the call. Trust me, I never made that call without paying intentionally. But everybody as treating me like royalty.

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Posted in: 2 Bulgarians referred to prosecutors over Hiroshima peace park graffiti See in context

Lock them up.

They are locked up. They are under arrest. A very disrespectful thing to do.

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Posted in: What do you think of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program? See in context

It's main purpose surely must be getting young Japanese kids used to being around non-Japanese people.

I cannot make head nor tale of that one.

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Posted in: Japanese ships leave for 'research whaling' in Antarctic Ocean See in context

The Sea Shepherd vessels should treated as an enemy ship if they start any more trouble. I an nervous Paul Watson will be waiting on the high seas. I would prefer if Japan sent 2 Maritime Self Defense Vessells as protection for the research ship and the Scientists on it.

Do you not think that the Admiralty have not got more important things to be doing?

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Posted in: Do you think there will be many democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now? See in context

I think that there will be. I hope that Japan becomes one of them.

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Posted in: WTO upholds Japan's complaint over India's safeguard on steel imports See in context

How much steel does Japan import from India?

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Posted in: South Korea pushes back at Japan in forced World War II labor row See in context

More attempted bullying by Korea to Japan. Enough is enough! The issue of the few so called “forced laborers” was settled in 1965. Stop always picking on and bullying Japan to win votes, SK government.

Poor victim Japan. Rather old hat.

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Posted in: South Korea pushes back at Japan in forced World War II labor row See in context

The binding court verdict is straining relations between the neighbours and could affect bilateral efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear program, analysts say.

I did'nt think that Japan was involved in any effort regarding NK's nuclear program.

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