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Posted in: Group sues over next emperor's enthronement funding See in context

The whole "separation of state and religion" thing is obviously just a pretext for these groups :

buddhists likely want to be funded as much as the enthronement is : over the next 25 years, 27,000 of the country’s 77,000 temples are expected to close, in one of the biggest existential (and financial) crises facing Japanese Buddhism since it was introduced from Korea in the sixth century.

christians likely want Japan to get rid of its own historical traditions and symbols on behalf of secularism : see what is happening all over western Europe.

I would even say extremist secularism, because christians and specifically catholics would rather be glad to be wiped out as long as islam can overtake them.

They could have argued that the enthronement ceremony costs should be reduced, but no, their main issue is the religious nature of it ! It looks like they wouldn't say anything if such money were spent over a non-religious thing, regardless of the amount of public money spent on it.

Lastly, the "emotional distress" is the icing on the cake. But it is even worse than this. here is their true quote :

"In their complaint, they claim that Sokui no Rei ceremonies and the Daijosai ritual featuring the new Emperor and the year’s harvest “give a mythological explanation of Japan’s establishment and structure and mean the connection between Japanese people and a transcendent existence through state Shinto rituals conducted by the Emperor.”

The spending of public money on the ceremonies (...) puts psychological pressure on people believing in religions other than Shinto, they said."

There you go ! Minority and/or non-native religions trying to deny one country's mythology, history, traditions, culture !

Next step, they will surely ask safe spaces when the enthronement ceremony takes place...

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context


Japan's detention laws may be unjust, something might not be right.

but the whole Japanese justice system hasn't been drawn up specifically against Ghosn, nothing is brand new, although many people (including myself) are discovering it.

In Japan, at least from what I understand, if prosecutors have for example a financial crime on one side and something connecting it to a suspect on the other side, that's enough evidence (though it will appear quite vague compared to western justice system) to make an arrest on that charge.

I know that's not how things are done in many parts of the world, but that's how it works in Japan, whether is may be questionable or not.

So the prosecutors likely have something. Moreover, they control the narrative and are not obligated to tell everything to everyone now.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context


I'm not saying anything, I'm just reporting what other people are saying about this case trying to have an overview of the matter.

I didn't say Japanese justice system is perfect. I don't even think one country has the perfect justice system.

Of course you can criticize the Japanese justice system, that's not the question.

But when I see so many comments (since the beginning of the press articles here in JT about Ghosn's case) saying Japanese justice system is mean, is so wrong, is BS or whatsoever, only because western standards don't apply here, I feel entitled to say that is utterly wrong. Because western standards do not apply everywhere in the world, wheteher people may like it or not.

For example, as I lived quite some time in France, I can tell you that such a case in France, with the French justice system, CEO don't even get arrested in the first place. Such case would have ended in dismissal in no time before people begin to understand what was all about. Dismissal, even with deaths reported in pharmaceutical or health scandals. No kidding, really.

I wish the French way of handling such cases never ever end in Japan.

And lastly, prosecutors in Japan are not obligated to go to trial asap, because that's how the Japanese justice system works, and it doesn't mean they are necessarily lacking evidence to do so. Read the full article on japantimes which I put the link to, so interesting.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context

Many people above are viewing and criticizing Japanese justice system through western standards : that's utterly wrong to do so.

It doesn't mean that because one country has different laws, history, culture that they are necessarily wrong when they don't fit your personal views on a specific matter.

In Ghosn's case, it doesn't matter how things might have been handled elsewhere ; all that matters is to know how his case is handled by Japanese justice system, and to understand that everything until now is perfectly legal, whether rightdoing or wrongdoing you may think it is.

Here is a interesting press article from that offers an insight into the Japanese criminal justice :

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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

Shin Kukimoto, deputy chief prosecutor for the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors' Office said : "Japan is a law-abiding country and this is the way our justice system works. He doesn't see any problem with that."

"Each country has its own history and culture ... It is not appropriate to criticize a system in another country just because it's different from your own."

Japan is not USA, Australia, or whatever other country. Japan is Japan ; comply with its laws and you'll be just fine, be it Japanese national or foreigner.

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