Let me get this straight:
When Joe Biden was the vice president, his son Hunter lands a $50,000-per-month job with a Ukrainian company -- a job for which he is totally unqualified.
A Ukrainian prosecutor investigates that company.
Then-Vice President Biden gets $1 billion in aid to Ukraine held up unless the prosecutor is fired.
But Trump gets impeached for simply asking the new Ukrainian president to look into all this.
This is truly stuff from an alternative leftist universe.
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Good for him.
I applaud President Trump for speaking up in defense of the right to life of unborn babies -- who are undeniably, as confirmed by science, human beings.
And to anyone who thinks otherwise, apparently you must think that pregnant women have two sets of DNA (the baby's exists from conception), two hearts, two sets of chromosomes, two hearts, two brains, two pairs of arms and legs, and approximately half the time, a penis.
Yes, you have a right to control your own body. But that does not extend to the "right" to kill someone else's body -- which an unborn baby's body undeniably is.
It's high time to set aside the ideology and shrill angry emotion of the pro-abortion crowd. It's time to get with logic and science. Unborn babies are human beings -- fact. And killing human beings is murder.
Again, I laud Mr. Trump for defending, by his words as well as his actions, the weakest and most vulnerable human beings there are -- unborn children.
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I don't believe this. He's gotten rich and famous via a genre of "music" (I hesitate to call it so) that frequently glamorizes and glorifies violence, including gun violence. What hypocrisy.
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No surprise there.
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MrHeisei Today 10:45 am JST
It looks like most people who read English news articles in Japan are sympathetic with Ghosn - baffles me why. The guy was screwing the system for years to amass and keep his fortune. But you don’t want to hear the truth..
Seems Mr. Heisei isn't a big fan of that "innocent until proven guilty" thing.
The good news is that Mr. Heisei, presumably, isn't part of the Japanese judicial system.
The bad news is that some people who share his mindset do seem to be a part of it.
I'm neither sympathetic nor unsympathetic to Ghosn, Mr. Heisei.
But I am sympathetic to the idea that people should get a fair trial -- and Japan's way of doing things, judicially speaking, doesn't seem to make way for that.
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BigYen Today 10:23 am JST
Far too many posters here have been using the Ghosn case solely as an opportunity to whack the Japanese legal system
Does that surprise you? It does not surprise me. When a judicial system is "whacked," it's usually done by pointing to particular cases as examples. Cases such as Ghosn's.
And it's even more natural to turn to specific cases as examples of judicial system flaws when the defendant is such a high-profile person like Ghosn. So, why would using his case be surprising?
while assuming solely based on that criterion that Ghosn must therefore be innocent
Nobody's assuming anything -- well, at least I am not assuming anything.
Is it possible that Ghosn is guilty of something? Of course it is.
But whether he is or not, his case still serves as an example of how Japan's judicial systems needs some pretty major shoring up if it's to be brought up to modern international standards of human rights. Standards that are included in international accords to which Japan is a signatory.
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BigYen Today 10:23 am JST
Japan's judicial system and Ghosn's guilt or innocence of the charges agaisnt him are two completly different issues
No they're not. His guilt or innocence was going to be determined within that judicial system.
If there are flaws in the judicial system, then obviously the determining of a person's guilt or innocence within that system is going to be very much connected to it.
Your comment is sort of like saying, "The dirty air in your city, and your ability to breathe in a normal manner, are two completely different issues."
In fact, the latter has a great deal of bearing on the former -- both in your statement, and in my analogy.
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Educator60 Today 07:27 am JST
“Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
Wonder why Takano threw those in his statement. Neither are holidays in Japan.
But Christmas would be a holiday for him and his wife.
For Christians in Japan, Christmas is very much a holiday. It does not matter that the Japanese government doesn't designate it a holiday.
And Thanksgiving would possibly be a holiday for Mrs. Ghosn; she has American citizenship so it's quite possible she celebrates it.
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When questioned about the incident, the customer told officers “I haven’t done anything wrong.”
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Wakarimasen Today 04:27 pm JST
He jumped bail from an Interpol member country. I think that is all that is needed for a Red Notice. He will end up back here.
If that's what you think, then no offense, but your nickname was chosen well. Again, no offense.
Interpol only refers cases to local/regional police agencies. Lebanon and Japan have no extradition treaty, so for the local police to arrest him would be a waste of time.
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Reckless Today 02:35 pm JST
Attorney client privilege is the absolute foundation of the profession.
These prosecutors are out of control and need to be brought down a peg or two for sure.
Yes, although if they have genuine and reasonable cause to believe that Ghosn's lawyer helped to aid his escape, then that's a different story.
The question is, do they? Or is this just an attempt to intimidate or to save face?
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In what other civilized country / modern democracy do prosecutors raid defense lawyers' offices?
This is deeply disturbing. It suggests that there is no respect for attorney-client privilege.
What if, just surmising, it was learned that Ghosn had seen a clergyman while out on bail? Would that mean that the clergyman's home, office, or church would be raided?
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Disillusioned Today 08:56 am JST
any foreigner that finds himself or herself on the wrong side of Japanese law can forget about any chance of gaining bail
Hopefully that's not going to be the case.
Surely the Japanese authorities would realize that the typical foreigner doesn't have the financial resources to arrange the sort of elaborate (and expensive) escape that Ghosn arranged.
Then again, maybe not.
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kwattJan. 2 10:51 pm JST
Ghosn has a spare French passport. Why did not he go to France?
One reason, I guess, is that he's hugely popular in Lebanon. Also, he perhaps has more friends and relatives there.
How he entered Lebanon without official passport?
He did have an official passport -- a French one. People enter countries with other countries' passports all the time. Nothing remarkable about it.
Maybe he also has a spare Lebanese passport.
Maybe, but probably not. And if he did, he didn't use it to enter Lebanon; he used his spare French one.
As a citizen of Lebanon, I'm sure he can now easily obtain a replacement passport from that country.
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kwattToday 09:40 am JST
No doubt Ghosn used fake passport to enter Lebanon because his lawyer still keeps all his real official passports in Japan. Another passport means "fake". I heard the passport's name is not written Carlos Ghosn.
News updates say he had a second French passport that was valid, which was to be kept locked in a lock box.
It's good to wait for news updates rather than leap to "no doubt" conclusions.
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MrHeiseiJan. 1 10:30 pm JST
We now know how justified his bail conditions were, especially the banning of communication with his wife (who I assume was behind planning all of this).
It is really ridiculous that the goods leaving his house were not thoroughly checked and the company and individuals that arranged it should also be suitably punished.
I would truly love to see both Carlos & wife back in Japan and wearing handcuffs - they are making a mockery of Japan.
He is now a criminal, a liar and a fugitive - the press should not give him any air time.
I for one am not thrilled that he escaped. I'm in no way celebrating this.
But let's take stock:
a) He was lured to Japan under false pretenses of an "important meeting" that was probably never intended to be held.
b) He was interrogated for several hours a day without a lawyer present.
c) He was not allowed to consult with his own lawyers for more than just a short time each day, if even that.
d) He was charged with one crime, let out on bail, then re-arrested on a fresh charge and had to go through the whole sit-in-jail-and-get-bailed-out thing.
e) Upon his second release on bail, he wasn't allowed to contact his wife -- an appallingly inhumane prohibition.
f) His wife had police raiding her residence and seizing her passports (though, fortunately for her, they missed one) ... even though she had not been arrested or charged with any crime.
g) The prosecution refused to hand over evidence to his lawyer, which in any other normal civilized country would be par for the course. People are supposed to have a right to face their accusers -- and that doesn't just include human accusers, but also evidence that must be disclosed to the defense prior to trial.
So, again, I'm not thrilled that he fled. But given all the above, on a certain level I can't blame him either.
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Educator60Today 12:27 pm JST
Have you forgotten when Carlos was re-arrested and taken from their residence, and the police confiscated some of her passports but she skipped the country using one she hid from them, her American if I recall correctly.
She was not under arrest and she had not been charged with any crime. So under what authority did the police confiscate her passports?
That the police can just willy-nilly seize people's passports when they haven't been arrested or charged with a crime should disturb everyone.
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John S. WhitfordToday 07:23 am JST
I look forward to seeing his name on an Interpol red notice soon. He won't be able to travel outside of Lebanon ever.
Yes he will, as long as he avoids South Korea and the U.S.A. Those are the only two countries with which Japan has an extradition treaty for the type of crimes he's accused of.
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RecklessToday 05:01 pm JST
I am curious if whether Lebanon made him a diplomat he could travel freely, even to Japan, under diplomatic immunity.
Probably not. I would think that immunity would not apply to alleged crimes prior to becoming a diplomat.
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The anti-Ghosn "activists" quoted in this article are a professor, a filmmaker, and a musician. That's says it all.
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I don't do "buzzwords." Too copycatty and conformist.
When did it become "cool" to do all the same things -- like say the same words, wear "hipster" glasses, grow big bushy beards, get tattoos, and so on -- as everyone else?
Being "cool" used to mean being different, an individualist. Now it seems to mean just being a copycatting drone.
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It's known as a fact that he raped a 13-year-old girl, and has probably sexually assaulted other girls and women. But Hollywood loves him, which is why I never again want to hear them virtue-signal about how much they care about women.
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How can you be driving and not notice that EVERYONE else is going in the opposite direction, swerving to avoid you and waving or honking their horns at you?
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A survey wasn't needed to determine this
Not to determine it, but to confirm it and to provide scientific evidence for it.
Even when it comes to things that "everybody knows," studies still need to be done.
Otherwise, there would be no evidence when we're asked, "Where is the evidence of that?"
Such studies provide that evidence.
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Meaningless virtue-signaling. They're still going to play music using instruments that are petroleum-based products. And they're still going to record that music on electronic equipment that is also petroleum-based, and that emits energy into the atmosphere.
This idea that we can destroy the earth just by living like civilized human beings is ridiculous. These enviro-alarmists have been so entirely sucked in by emotion and political ideology that they can't think logically.
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Everything that Trump does angers Democrats. Trump's very existence angers Democrats. I've never seen a bigger bunch of easily-triggered crybabies in my life.
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It is impossible to act on homosexual feelings within a marriage. The second sentence there is a contradiction.
From a Catholic moral standpoint, that is -- which is really the only standpoint being discussed here. Just to clarify.
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Hopefully he will also evangelize, inviting people in Thailand and Japan to accept Jesus Christ and receive baptism into His Church.
In fact, that should be his primary reason for traveling anywhere -- yes, even more important than the issue of nuclear weapons, as important as that is.
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Do the hustle Today 04:28 pm JST
One of my foreign friends was sentenced to 8 months in prison for having less than a gram of pot on him. His visa was cancelled by the company he worked for and he was forced to leave Japan. This was his first and only offense This joker gets arrested five times for possession of ‘heavy’ drugs and has done very little jail time at all. Japan definitely is a land of contrasts.
I wouldn't say that he "has done very little jail time at all." He has been imprisoned twice, for a total of six years.
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