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Posted in: Hitachi debacle strengthens Franco-Chinese hand in UK nuclear industry See in context

How? By scrapping the trains that have already been built, paying tens of millions in contractual penalties to Hitachi, paying unemployment benefits to hundreds of British workers who are building the trains at Hitachi's Darlington plant?

By honouring existing contracts, (unlike Japan who refuse to pay the final installment for the scrapped Olympic stadium) and maybe looking elsewhere. The cheapest deal is not always the best.

Actually, I love the Intercity 125 trains which run on UK's West Coast Line. I love that distinctive hum as they pull out of Paddington station.

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Posted in: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands See in context

Only Japan can modernize the islands, boost tourism and fisheries, and provide very high level economic benefits and healthcare for all citizens, both Russian and the Japanese who will move there.

And then the 19000 or so people on those islands would be under Japanese law. From what I have seen of Japanese law recently, I think that I would rather reman poor.

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Posted in: Hitachi debacle strengthens Franco-Chinese hand in UK nuclear industry See in context

Sadly, and for reasons unknown, the Tory government decided not to give contracts to manufacture parts for the trains to British companies. Most are imported from Japan. British manufacturers were understandably upset:

I am sure that this could be reversed very quickly.

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Posted in: Hitachi debacle strengthens Franco-Chinese hand in UK nuclear industry See in context

Having seen the behaviour of Japanese companies, and Japanese law recently, I would be far more comfortable with French / Chinese investment.

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Posted in: Japan to release new evidence on S Korea's radar lock on plane See in context

But not with SK because small countries have big egos.

South Korea may be a small country, but at least it has a sense of justice.

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Posted in: Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo See in context

Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo

For what?

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Posted in: Japan eyes forcing governance reforms at firms after Ghosn's arrest See in context

Japan eyes forcing governance reforms at firms after Ghosn's arres.

Irreverent. Ghosn should be released on bail immediately.

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Posted in: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands See in context

Abe, Putin on collision course over islands

There is no collision course whatsoever.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi board considers new allegations of unreported payments to Ghosn See in context

...but this still stinks and it has made me distrustful of the Japanese around me a bit.

This is looking more and more like a Japanese scam. A way to get some easy money.

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Posted in: Bangladeshi asylum seeker's handcuffed hospital visit sparks debate See in context

@602miko Sensei258 was being sarcastic... And by the way, he did NOT "violate the law". He is an assylum seeker, not a criminal.

Yes. And why is this story in the crime section?

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Posted in: Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi See in context

consequence of what they did to ghosn.

Well, the Japanese of all people should know the meaning of the word "karma".

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Posted in: Aso urges G20 to renew commitment against protectionism See in context

Aso urges G20 to renew commitment against protectionism

Is this a joke?

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Posted in: Ghosn appeals against bail rejection See in context

This is exactly what Japanese media is hoping for. People getting sick and tired of hearing about it, and moving along with their lives.

Of course, it's embassasing isn't it, so the Japanese people "just want to forget".

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Posted in: Nissan to file civil suit for damages against Ghosn: source See in context

Nissan to file civil suit for damages against Ghosn: source

Now we know why Ghosn is being kept in detention.

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Posted in: Tokyo court denies request for Ghosn's release on bail See in context

Tokyo court denies request for Ghosn's release on bail

Then apply again. Under Japanese law a defendant who has been indicted can apply unlimited times after being refused.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

Some commentators here keep emphasising that Mr.Ghosn is wealthy. So why should we have sympathy?

The point is, law, rule of law affects both rich and poor alike.

How on earth a bureaucrat (prosecutor) can hold judges under his/her thumb is quite astounding. It is my understanding that in Japan a defendant on demand can apply for bail unlimited times after a refusal. He should just keep applying. Surely out there, there is a judge who is not scared, who actually has a mind of their own, and is answerable to justice (law and equity) and not to a bureaucrat at Kasumigaseki.

Many articals in the Japanese constitution began "all persons.......".

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Posted in: As more foreigners arrive, how will they change Japan? See in context

I think Japan has left it too late in the day to change on matters such as immigration, to be able to reverse it's economic, international, cultural, and moral decline.

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Posted in: Nissan top exec Munoz resigns amid broadened Ghosn probe See in context

Japan's Legal system is heading towards that of China's, not surprised he wished to leave before the attention fell upon him too.

Japans legal system has reverted back to the 1930's, early 1940's. And it is getting worse.

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Posted in: Ghosn indicted on 2 new charges; Nissan cancels lease on his Tokyo apartment See in context

Dirty little Nissan.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic Committee president investigated in France for corruption over Tokyo Games bid See in context

Let's not also forget how Zaha Hadid was treated , used as a gaijin whipping boy (or girl) only for Mitsuo Katayama to then rip off her design and claim credit, still overbudget , but hey, he is Japanese so it doesn't matter.

The Japanese government still owe the late 's Zaha Hadid's company money. They refused to pay the final amount until they were granted the rights to her design's. Blackmail.

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Posted in: Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit See in context

Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit

So Abe speaks for the whole world now.

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Posted in: Ghosn case rattles Japan's expat business community See in context

This case highlights what I have said for many years.

Don't see Japan through rose tinted spectacles. It has a dark side.

It certainly highlights a third world legal system.

I think this case demotes Japan to Division 2.

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Posted in: Ghosn suffers fever; interrogation suspended See in context

Not one mention of prosecutors inadequate training or investigation techniques.

At the end of the day, the prosecutor is only a bureaucrat.

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Posted in: Ghosn suffers fever; interrogation suspended See in context

probably all that torture and trying to force a confession on him that made him ill.

Japanese prosecutors are fully aware of the stress and anxiety that incarceration causes. It would seem that the Tokyo Detention Center has been purposely built to maximise this, by enhancing isolation while incarcerated.

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Posted in: Five things we learned from Ghosn's day in court See in context

My guess is that, right now, a massive internal investigation is going on inside the Public Prosecutor's Office as to how this incompetent special investigation unit has conducted itself.

Instead of following normal international procedures such as intopol, or embassy channels, they have tried the Pearl Harbour tactic. (Obviously Japan is slow to learn).

Because right now, Japan is looking extremely stupid in the eyes of just about everybody.

Bye, bye to the days of "this is Japan" and "kawai desu ne".

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Posted in: Five things we learned from Ghosn's day in court See in context

but he had said he would prove his innocence but he didn't.

In Japan a person is assumed innocent until proven guilty. The burdon of proof is in the prosecutor, not the defendant.

All that has really been learnt from Ghost's court appear is : there are serious problems with Japan judiciary.

All that has been learnt from your comment s, Tina, is that there is a serious problem with Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says bail very difficult before trial See in context

I'm curious about the way they tricked him into coming here. If they (the prosecutors) had evidence of financial wrongdoing (which they evidently do not), shouldn't they have requested an extradition warrant?

An explanation could be the last chapter of he book "The Enigma of Japanese Power" (Karal Van Wolferen 1989).

The chapter is entitled "in the world but not of it".

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Posted in: Judge says Ghosn being detained due to flight risk and possibility he may conceal evidence See in context

I think that the Japans judiciary has reverted back to the 1920's, 1930's.

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Posted in: Emperor commemorates 30th anniversary of his father's death See in context

I've often wondered why Japans Head of State is referred to as Emperor. Japan is not, and does not have an Empire.

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Posted in: Judge says Ghosn being detained due to flight risk and possibility he may conceal evidence See in context

Looking at the above picture and reading the judges comments, a 1960's song comes into my mind, entitled "A Puppet Theatre".

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