Japan’s justice system is on full display, clearly showing no consistency with people “suspected” of wrongdoing. I’m sure many are seeing Japanese prosecutors as completely disinterested in justice and simply serving as a mechanism to reinforce Japanese culture. Conform and you’re fine. Don’t and face the wrath of Japan.
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"I've been training my whole life for this (tennis)," she told reporters. "I shouldn't let outside noise -- no offense to you guys, love you guys -- but outside noise dictate how I'm feeling."
Great statement. She’s an elite tennis player and learning how to ignore distractions that come by way of the press.
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If an employee (even the CEO) were to spend company money for truly personal expenses, the controllers department will flag this quickly because those purchases could not be expensed. Executives at Ghosn’s level, however, typically mix critical business networking with “personal” events. Whether Ghosn’s expenses were truly personal is a judgement call by the Board, accounting department and Ghosn.
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Most or all of these applicants do not know Maezawa personally. That may be fine for a casual date. But we’re talking about going to the Moon. If something goes wrong, they both need to implicitly trust one another. God forbid if they face a Titanic situation where one must sacrifice his/her life for the other to live. You don’t want to find out then that the relationship is not deep enough to agree on that decision.
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Hire a Japanese CEO next time. You picked a clown from Renault who cut down on quality of cars produced, besides being a thief and criminal he did a poor job! With customers being disappointed with the shortcuts made because of this clown.
What part about Ghosn rescued Nissan from near bankruptcy don’t you understand? If it weren’t for Ghosn, we wouldn’t be hear talking about this case, because there wouldn’t be a Nissan to talk about. And the entire educated world knows that.
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Japanese prosecutors and Justice Minister Masako Mori have repeatedly defended the nation's system as upholding human rights, noting Japan boasts a low crime rate. Mori said the system follows appropriate procedures under Japanese law, stressing that every culture is different.
The Japanese prosecutor attempts to justify Japan’s justice system by asserting that all cultures are different. This is a very weak excuse. Fairness is not arbitrary. There is a science to fairness. Research shows that even other animals know when conditions are unfair (see the Capuchin monkey fairness experiment). Achieving fairness requires numerous checks and balances and procedures that do not presume guilt. This again is the Japanese government believing that just because it says procedures are fair makes them so.
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Nissan has created a public relations nightmare. Any issues Nissan execs had with Ghosn’s spending should have been addressed within the firm to avoid damage to its brand image. But based on the coordinated actions between Nissan and Japanese prosecutors, there was clear intent to remove Ghosn above and beyond the alleged financial misconduct charges. The ruse has now backfired and Nissan is likely to suffer even more losses if investors lose faith in the company’s management and if consumers find the brand unappealing because of this event.
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Bloomberg News has also reported that Nissan spent $200 million on lawyers, investigators and private detectives during the scandal, a claim that insiders dismiss.
"The figure is ridiculously exaggerated. You probably need to take one zero off," one source inside Nissan told AFP.
I love the line: “You probably need to take one zero off”!!
From $200M to $20M, I’m still falling out of my chair! But knowing legal fees in Japan, we ‘probably’ need to add that zero back in!
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I’m glad to see that Lebanon is bringing some sense of judicial normalcy to this situation. So far Lebanon has applied reasonable limits on both parties in order to re-establish fairness.
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Asserting that the Japanese "hostage system" aims to "crush the accused and not to seek truth through a fair and balanced dialogue," the lawyer said, "Mr Ghosn was one of many victims in this system."
Ghosn’s lawyer succinctly clarifies what is fundamentally wrong with Japan’s justice system. Mori’s assertion that Ghosn needs to prove his innocence reveals that Japanese prosecutors avoid the burden of proof. Instead we see a system that utilizes various types of emotional, psychological, and even physical abuse to force confessions from people “suspected” of a crime.
Japanese prosecutors can try to defend this system as “Japanese tradition”, but the fact is the system is unjust and needs drastic reform.
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Kazumichi is completely right. Two main take-aways are:
Ghosn is doing what no one else has been able to do before — challenge the Japanese justice system and become a major force of change against Japan’s current prosecutor driven process. If he succeeds in making an impact, this will surely be Carlos Ghosn’s great second act (first to transform Nissan, second to transform Japan itself).However, the effectiveness of Ghosn as a change agent will depend largely on the second take-away: What I’m hearing is that Ghosn presentation was light on evidence against the prosecutors’ allegations. I believe this was one objective Ghosn wanted accomplish. And this is definitely something many (including union members at Renault) were eagerly looking to hear. I’m sure this is the first of many presentations and interviews Ghosn will have, each of which will be opportunities to make his case. So we should all be patient and see how this end-game unfolds.
But make no mistake about it, both Japan and Ghosn are now on trial in the court of public opinion.
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Although the article has the author’s interpretations, it is the prosecutors’ actions that tell all. The author simply reaffirmed what we have all been witnessing over the past year.
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Prosecutors argue that the lengthy detention is required to prove guilt beyond doubt and they are unwilling to charge a suspect if their case is not iron-clad.
This proves that the Japanese justice system follows a “guilty until proven guilty” philosophy. Japan will effectively hold you as a prisoner until can justify holding you as a prisoner, however long that takes. This effectively makes the prosecutor also the jury, deciding what is believable. And for prosecutors to withhold evidence from the defense team means the prosecutors decide what’s right and wrong. There is no contest of interpretations. Unfair system to any person accused and highly prone to corruption.
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We have now reached the end-game. This court process is not over. It has simply moved to the court of public opinion. This is where Ghosn, perhaps singlehandedly with his new freedom to speak to the media, will become one of Japan’s greatest change agents. Ghosn will become the most vocal critic of Japan’s legal system. And with the Olympics just around the corner, Japan may do anything to avoid international condemnation. Ghosn has just checked Japan’s king.
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Zones2surf hits it spot on... the fundamental problem with Japan’s legal system is the widespread belief, even among its legal experts, that anyone detained is guilty of something. All Japanese legal processes follow from this singular belief. And this belief is largely rooted in tradition, where authority figures are all powerful and can decide your fate unilaterally. Japan evolved with a lack of objective legal frameworks. What it adopted from the West are merely overlays places atop non-objective traditions.
Japan largely supports a dominant prosecution, because Japan is not truly after justice. It is after anyone who disturbs the perceived harmony of the Japanese culture - guilty or not.
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For those who don’t understand why Ghosn (or any defendant) should be entitled to an attorney during interrogations, the answer is simple - because the defendant has rights. The defendant’s attorney who is well versed in the law knows what prosecutors can and cannot ask a defendant- because the nature of questioning could, itself, presume guilt. The defendant’s attorney also serves as a balance of power to the prosecutor that prevents forced confessions or other forms or self-incrimination.
If you believe that everyone who is detained is probably guilty, then you would consider the defendant’s attorney as someone obstructing the interrogation. But if you truly believe a person is innocent until proven guilty, then you would consider the defendant’s attorney necessary during interrogations.
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Just because withholding evidence from the defense is tradition does not make it right or the least bit fair. If the defense is not given access to the same evidence as the prosecutors, what is the defense defending against? They are simply made to react to surprise evidence presented in court and allowed little time to prepare a response. The point of a court hearing is to allow both contesting sides to present their interpretations of what happened to an impartial judge or jury. The legal process is a science we should all strive to improve - not something you make up just to fit traditions. Exercise logic.
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Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced
And Japan left half of the world red-faced when it lured Ghosn to Japan under false pretenses only to arrest him on suspicion at the airport, interrogated him without the presence of an attorney, extended his detention indefinitely, re-arrested him on fresh allegations, banned him from seeing his wife, leaking one-sided accounts to the press, turning a blind eye to Saikawa’s involvement, and most infuriating of all, withholding evidence from the defense attorneys.
Japan has indeed created an environment of intimidation and abuse to produce a forced confession, all based on suspicions. When Ghosn realized that his own defense team could not access thousands of documents from the prosecutors to prepare for the trial, he realized this was a no-win situation. Any reasonable person would realize this could never be a fair trial given that the prosecutors were withholding documents from the defense team.
I am glad Ghosn took matters into his own hands, although we can not be certain if political maneuvering was not at work behind the scenes to create a situation where Japan allows Ghosn to escape. Perhaps we’ll learn in time.
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To answer your question, it is because discrimination is utterly irrational.
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Those who commit atrocities are typically eager to move on while the victim is left to pick up the pieces of their damaged lives. Many of the comments and downvoting reflect this hasty and apathetic attitude. Of course Korean children are taught to hate Japan. The atrocities committed during the occupation, starting from the assassination of Empress Myeongseong, are extremely painful memories that will be passed down from generation to generation, especially if Japan tries to downplay its wartime past, remove it from history books, or deny it ever happened. Unless Japan gets ahead of this problem, it will remain a fresh wound for many more generations to come.
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And as for Japanese managers feeling stress because “it takes a long time to teach foreigners how to do their jobs,” the problem is that this approach is completely misaligned with how foreigners expect to work. With greater adoption of agile methods, management performs less training and provides more coaching. Currently, work styles rely on workers to approaches and collaborate to solve problems. It’s interesting that Japan, historically famous for bottom-up management, is expecting a highly top-down training approach. Foreigners are expecting just the opposite.
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These findings are not unique to Japanese managing foreigners. Severe stress exists for foreigners managing Japanese as well. I managed a highly diverse workforce in my company while living in Japan. I experienced significant stress managing a hand-full of Japanese employees who demanded more benefits, constantly complained that the company treated the foreigners better than the Japanese, refused to do work, complained that pay should not be based on a meritocracy but rather seniority, rejected annual performance reviews, and on and on. While some of the stress Japanese managers feel may be unique to foreigner work styles, much of the stress can be simply attributed to managing someone with very different cultures and expectations, no matter who’s the manager and who’s the subordinate.
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I am often astounded why some people cannot understand why this issue won’t “go away”. Atrocities create long term and even permanent damage to trust between societies. It’s unfortunate that these atrocities took place and one can only wish the Japanese military exercised restraint during the occupation. Whether you think S. Korea is making this a political issue or not, Korean citizens themselves are terribly upset with Japan. I’ve lived in both countries and have seen the frustration on both sides. The only way to work this out is for Japan to be prepared to address the actions of its military past over a long period of time- not stone wall it or consider the issue fully resolved. I know many are eager to move on and encourage Koreans to “get over it”. But that’s precisely the hasty attitude that prevents healing and trust building.
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And another thing...
Why would two women kissing warrant a higher rating? If there is anything requiring a higher rating, it would be Empire Strikes Back where Princess Leia French-kisses her brother. Because the audience didn’t know they were siblings then, George Lucas certainly knew the back story. Was this Lucas’ secret fantasy or something?? Watching this in hindsight, one can’t help but think, “ewwww”. If Singapore wanted to protect children from adult themes, this scene was clearly incestual. But no one brings this up - no one even raises the question. Yet two women kissing is suddenly “mature content”.
And what about Leia barely clothed as Jaba’s sex slave in Return of the Jedi? And the implied sexual abuse when Jaba took her prisoner and C3P0 says, “I can’t bare to watch.” This surely must be mature content not suitable for younger audiences.
With all of the heterosexual kissing in the Star Wars series and the mature themes stated above, I find it so hypocritical to take out a scene featuring lesbians kissing.
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Come on, Disney!! Where’s your backbone??? For a company that is so committed to diversity and inclusion in its films, you put profits over principle very quickly. Disney execs knew this would create controversy. Yet they weren’t prepared to go the extra mile by keeping the scene and accepting the higher rating. Disney execs, you let down the LGTBQ community by caving in so quickly. What else are you willing to compromise for the sake of profits?
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The Japanese Legal system is third rate and full of gaping holes. It falls short of logical reasoning. What’s more disturbing is the way Japan entrapped Ghosn. Luring a person to a board meeting only to arrest him at the airport is a clear indication there was a conspiracy. If Japan and Nissan felt Ghosn truly broke the law, tell him and then extradite him from France. Don’t make up fictitious meetings and bogus reasons why he needs to be there. Very disappointed in Japan about this.
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The LDP is wasting time making a decision that should be made in one minute - allow women to the throne. Because it’s the right thing to do! Some traditions need to be retired, as they serve no useful purpose. This male-only tradition is one of them.
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Unless it can carry 3-4 grocery bags, it’s likely no going to compete with the car. The driverless car IS the ultimate grocery-carrying robot.
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Not only is the passport the property of the issuing country, but any contract can be terminated- otherwise it is not a contract. A contract is an agreement between two parties which must include a termination clause stipulating the terms of notice when one party wishes to end the agreement.
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A government has failed when voluntarily giving up your freedom is the easiest road out of poverty
Well said. Poverty is a complicated global epidemic that shows up in least expected ways. Japan’s rigid employment structure coupled with ageism makes it extremely hard for those 40+ to recover from a financial setback. The labor market, although more flexible than 20 years ago, remains tight and exclusionary, rebuffing women, older Japanese and foreigners. Tradition sustains these practices even as cracks in society become clearly visible.
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