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Posted in: 18 trainee doctors who ignored dining ban infected with coronavirus See in context

Why isn't it the fault of the trainees? There is nothing stating this was a work related event. Chances are it was just a gokon, or since they are resident trainees, a gathering of friends.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for killing homeless woman in Ueno Park See in context

While in this case it's a good thing, is there any public space in Japan that doesn't have surveillance cameras?

Very few. That's what makes Japan one of the safest places though so.... yeah.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context


@ksteer She can declare a 'state of emergency' but it would have no legal standing whatsoever. You really haven't read up or followed the news properly have you?

I have been following the news properly. Not sure where you got that. What I was saying is that Koike, in her role of Governor of Tokyo, has the legal authority and responsibility to call for (sic; request) a lockdown. Sure she can't legally enforce one, but she can legally request that the parliament does. That's literally part of her job. And as @Tokyo-Engr said, declaring a state of emergency like the Governor of Hokkaido did can play a huge part. Sure it's not legally enforceable, but she can still declare it.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

she is the mayor of Tokyo, what do you expect her to do? She legitimately does not have the authority to put the city into lockdown. At least she is actually showing up and pleading with the public as strongly as she legally can.

Huh? No she isn't... there isn't a "mayor of Tokyo" considering Tokyo is actually made up of many small cities. That's why it's a special administrative zone. Shinjuku? That's a city. Chiyoda? That's another city and they all have their own mayors. (In reality they're special wards; semantics)

Koike is the Governor of Tokyo. She absolutely has the legal ability and responsibility to call for a lockdown.

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Posted in: Line admits over 4,200 accounts were hacked in February See in context

why I haven't done a Line in 25+ years and even then it was total crap

LINE was created in 2011 as an internal company communication network so people could talk to each other in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking police motorcycle in Kawasaki See in context

18,000 yen for a rear view mirror......

Don't own a motorcycle I see. That's about average for a decent one.

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

I mean, this will sound harsh. But Japan doesn't have an obligation to treat these people. It's not a Japanese vessel so Japan is doing them a favour in the first place by testing even a few people. They could easily just send the ship on its way somewhere else.

So while it might suck, I understand the logic for these kits to be reserved for actual people in this country.

Regarding the accumulation of kits, one would think the crisis in China makes it difficult for the other producers ( whom likely have factories in China ) to create a sufficient supply for the market.

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Posted in: WHO names deadly virus from China 'COVID-19' See in context

A little late with this one. Everyone I know just calls it "The Wuhan".

Typical WHO, late to the game because of bureaucracy

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Posted in: Abe orders gov't to take steps to mitigate virus impact on economy See in context

Japan is now the #2 country in the world in terms of outbreak, and that's not including all those on the cruise ship.

Just to correct this statement. Actually Japan is #6. The 86 people infected IS including the people on the ship (which Japan isn't adding to its national count which stands at 21).

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Posted in: 3 Japanese returnees from Wuhan test positive for new coronavirus See in context

I can't be the only one who thinks this has all been blown up to ridiculously hysterical levels, just like SARS and MERS were. More people die from the flu than this each year. If you have a regular immune system, and are not elderly, you have nothing to worry about. Even if you get infected, so what? Looking at the symptoms, it's just like a bad cold or mild flu.

Thats not entirely true. The truth is we don't know the extent of the disease for otherwise healthy individuals. The only reason it seems like elderly people are only affected is because they die easier. It could just be that the younger people take longer to get to a critical level. The truth is that we don't know the ramifications for young people, but we do know that it affects old people.

It'd be a good idea to stop spreading falsehoods.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context

People who are saying bigger is better just clearly do not know how physics work. Yeah, the kei is inherently more dangerous than say a hummer, but in either situation youd likely be dead or severly injured even with a volvo. I see the worlds science curriculum is letting people down again...quite sad really.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context

Yeah, third world countries. There are no ‘modern’ countries that will accept these death traps. 

Huh, never knew that Australia, US, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia and many more are all third world countries. Here I was thinking they were at least second world.

You learn something new everyday.

Do the hustle, I suggest using google. Its amazing and lets you search things!

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Posted in: S Korean mother honors son who died trying to rescue stranger on train tracks See in context

No platform barriers at Shin-Okubo station? Even after all the suicides and now this horrendous accident?

Now?? This happened 19 years ago... Pretty much no where had platform barriers.

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Posted in: China building a hospital to treat virus; expands lockdowns to 25 mil people See in context

This is definitely more serious than China is letting the world believe, even though they are trying to show an air of transparency.

The fact that Beijing is indefinitely cancelling all public gatherings make me suspicious. That and they are making a field hospital (or multiple ones) that hold more than 1000 beds?

Not much of a conspiracy theorist but they know more about this virus then they are letting on... Possible research center breach in Wuhan?

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Posted in: French investigators to move ahead with Ghosn prosecution over palace party See in context

However, a spokeswoman for Versailles Palace said it was clear at the time the party took place that the event was presented as corporate in nature, and that the ultimate client the venue was dealing with was Renault-Nissan.

"There was nothing which would allow us to believe this dinner was anything other than a corporate event."

She said that Versailles had documents demonstrating the parties were presented as corporate events, and said that Versailles was ready to share them with investigators. She declined to disclose the documents to Reuters.

Wonder what Ghosn's excuse is for this one. The doors are starting to close. He better get to enjoying his life in Lebanon, he won't have much of one left soon.

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Posted in: Mother, son arrested for canceling hotel reservations 2,200 times See in context

It would seem their actions were just unethical, not illegal. They are within their rights to create and cancel bookings. There obviously are no limits to how many times they can book and cancel. The fact they were able to do it thousands of times and earned points for the cancellations is the fault of the organisers who left such a gaping loo hole in their structure.

If you knew Japanese law you would know that doing anything that obstructs the free operation of a business/ causes undue harm to a business etc falls under obstruction of business and is a criminal offence. Not to mention that the use of those sites to accumulate points in that way constitutes fraud and is also a criminal offence. Since point systems in Japan are highly regulated and tied to real world currency. What do you think a point is? Its not some gimmick, when a point is used it isn't free money. The company operating the point system pays the equivalent amount in real money to the vendor. Or, in the case of in house systems, the company takes the hit for covering the actual cost of the product.

If a product costs 500 yen and I use 200 yen worth of points, the product still costs 500 yen. Just the company selling the product pays the 200 yen to cover my point usage. So yes, it's fraud if the accumulation of points goes against ToS

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

Police "can" ask for ID in the form of a passport or a reisdence permit in the event they have a well founded suspicion of criminal activity, but you are under no compunction to provide ID in the absence of a reasonable explanation as to why.

Actually, you ARE OBLIGATED to provide ID when a police officer asks you. And they don't need suspicion of criminal activity to ask for it in Japan. It's literally in the law.

Article 13 (2) of the Alien Registration Act states:

The alien shall present his/her registration certificate to the immigration inspector, immigration control officer (meaning the immigration control officer provided for in the Immigration Control Act), police official, maritime safety official or any other official of a state or local public entity prescribed by the Ministry of Justice Ordinance, if such official requests the presentation of the registration certificate in the performance of his/her duties.

In performance of his/her duties

This means that 職質 (shokushitsu = questioning) which a police official is allowed to due to anyone at anytime with or without reasonable cause, is part of his/her duties.

So yes, you DO need to present your ID when asked by a police officer. Whether or not they have any suspicion you did anything or else you risk being detained for violation of the Alien Registration and/or Immigration Control Act.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas opens new hydrogen station ahead of Olympics See in context

Hydrogen is a battery. If i wanted a battery then make it a real one. Then it can be recharged with a variety of sources. Fossil gas is not a renewable resource

Um... no it isn't. Someone doesn't know how hydrogen fuel cells actually work... The only current benefit for BEV over HFCEV is that the battery tech has gotten to the level where it's cost effective to make it. However, making those batteries is 1000s of times more harmful to the environment than making hydrogen.

Batteries are an electricty storage medium.

Fuel cells are an electricity generation medium.

Hindenburg on wheels, hydrogen is a very dangerous gas

Not even remotely close. Hydrogen CAN be a dangerous gas. The Hindenburg disaster happened because the design was flawed from the beginning and hydrogen wasn't stored in a safe manner.

Hydrogen under pressure is much safer than current BEV battery packs. Should the tank ever rupture the pressure it's stored under would mean it would dissipate into the air relatively quickly. And, hydrogen gas stored under pressure (meaning it's not a gas anymore) isn't flammable.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context


Its nice that you've explained it so many times, but you are actually incorrect. The police and prosecutors in this country have a huge amount of discretion to consider factors - including why a suspect committed an offence - at various stages of criminal procedure. In the majority of cases they exercise that discretion to release suspects from detention and not proceed to trial. So it isn't just "detention or bail" (and note that these aren't two choices either but rather come in sequence, first you are detained, then if the prosecutor decides to indict you can apply for bail), but rather "indictment or release (not on bail, but completely free to go)".

I know this is just picking at semantics here, but you and I are on the same page. I meant more along the lines that, once the police have deemed that what he has done has indeed constituted an offence then they follow the predetermined statutes relating to that offence.

You're correct in stating the have a huge amount of discretion and they usually will do so, but in this case it seems that in the end they decided what he did constituted an offence. Hence why I mentioned it's probably not the first time doing it.

And yes, my wording was incorrect; Indictment or release. In this case he was indicted and for a trespassing offence that means being held. The discretion that is exercised by the police here was to proceed to indictment and trial.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

"McIntyre was arrested on Nov 28 for entering the common area of the building where his wife's parents live in late October in a bid to find his children."

Can someone please explain to me how entering a "common area" is trespassing? I think we're a puzzle piece or two short of the picture.

Contrary to popular belief, even though an apartment room might have a common area that is open to the public (ie, unlocked and on street level) it's still private property. People seem to mistake that this 'common area' is a publicly accessible area when that isn't the case. It's for residents, not just anyone coming off the street. If a resident complains to building management about it you can get in trouble with the law.

It's common sense. If it isn't a public building, you don't have a right to be there. Something tells me this isn't the first time he's shown up either...

This happened a couple of times but once was for simply waiting outside a kindergarten at 3 pm with a video recorder* Two cops came on bikes while a cop car turned up with its siren blaring.

Because that's weird... I highly doubt it was because you were waiting for your children. Mainly just, there is a weird foreigner standing outside a kindergarten with a video camera. Teachers probably thought you were a pedophile. Use some common sense jeez...

Also, likely your wife had told the teachers to call the police if you showed up.

I've explained this more times than I can remember on this site but people don't seem to get it. Japan is a civil law system. Meaning they don't weigh each infraction individually they follow a set of predetermined statutes.

I.e they don't take into account why he trespassed, the fact that he did trespass = X. In this case 'X' is detention or bail until his trial. It's the same as any other trespassing case.

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

The GR (*Gazoo R****acing***Yaris shown is a high-performance variant of the Yaris which is powered by a Gazoo Racing-built, turbocharged and direct/port-injected 1.6-litre G16E-GTS engine. Toyota going outside again for engines, as with BMW for their Supra and Subaru for their GT86.

Explain to me how going to their in-house racing team is "going outside again for engines"... Its the same thing BMW does with their M badge, would you claim that they are going outside of BMW for their engines?

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

The Yaris is exceeding popular in Japan as a car to run around the neighbourhood doing errands. The photo and selection of the car is newsworthy because all the parts are made by Toyota. This is an interesting development. No doubt to counter some of the quality issues Toyota has been having. The Toyota brand in Japan is focused on reliability and has been a key to the success of the company. TheLexus brand is for those who want more excitement!

The Yaris hasn't been sold in Japan ever seeing as it's been a foreign market only badge, and isn't for sale yet. The Vitz is not the same as the Yaris.

Even then, the Yaris is said to replace both the vitz and the aqua. (The aqua sells heeps more than the vitz just so you're aware.)

Source: Brother in law works at Toyota.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he will reveal names of Japan gov't officials behind his arrest See in context

As people have said. His evidence is going to be mostly speculation and it won't mean crap all coming from a fugitive. He can beat the drum all he wants, but in the eyes of the world he is the one in the wrong here. Regardless of what individuals think of this case and what led up to this point. No country is going to support the flagrant disrespect of a countries justice system by an individual. Even the people of Lebanon aren't huge fans of his coming back. France? Prosecutors there want him for the same charges.

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued in Japan for Ghosn's wife See in context

I literally said this was going to happen. Now watch them put out an Interpol red notice for her. My guess, she'll be picked up and used as a bargaining chip to get Ghosn back to Japan. Just gotta watch the timing of it, she'll probably be on her way to a country that has an extradition agreement with Japan when it happens.

Mark my words, Ghosn isn't winning this one. He gave Japan a new deck of cards and they aren't afraid of using it.

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Posted in: Iraq wants foreign troops out after air strike; Trump threatens sanctions See in context

Iran would be foolish to retaliate, the US would obliterate them, the military might of the US is incredible, Im glad theyre our allies. If Iran didnt want conflict, maybe dont attack a US embassy? What did they think would happen?

I think your faith in the US military is a bit unfounded, there strength is purely in how large they are. But there are many other countries in the world that have much smaller militaries and are leagues ahead in effectiveness.

Iran didn't attack an embassy. Protesters in Iraq did, whether the militias that protested are supported by Iran or not is irrelevant.

All of this over the killing of a General? It's called war for a reason. Every Iranian I have ever spoken to have all expressed to me that Iran was 1000 percent better when the Shah was in power and allied to the U.S.A.

@yakyak, Clearly have no idea what you are talking about... The US supported the coup in 1979 to replace the Shah with the Ayatollah... The US is the sole reason why the islamic republic exists..

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Posted in: Ghosn to be summoned by Lebanon's public prosecutor See in context

Carlos is free. Period. The Japanese can huff and puff, but they can no longer blow Carlos’ house down!

I think you'll find that he will be arrested pretty soon. Someone like Ghosn isn't the type to stay in one place. He'll attempt to go somewhere and get arrested again. Mark my words.

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Posted in: Turkish jet firm says employee falsified Ghosn records See in context

We have grand jury in America, who are appointed by judges, who prosecutor go before and present evidence against defendant, the grand jury have special investigated powers, they can issue court order, to summon witness to testify, they can accept the prosecutor case or reject, the power to try a case rest in their hands

And this is relevant how? I've mentioned it before and I'll mention it again. Japan is a civil law country not a common law country that the majority of people here seem to immediately think is the only valid type of legal system, since that is all they are exposed too.

Let me expand on this statement. Judgements in Japan do not mention how the decision was reached so this opens up a biased claim, and if a confession is made this takes precedent over the law investigation. It is rarely possible to track the rationality of the judgement which is felt as biased and not fair.

Judgements in Japan are based on statutes and codified laws not case law (in other words what happened in previous cases). So yes, if someone make a confession it is taken as de facto evidence by the preciding judges. That being said, should Japan change their legal system to stop the automatic extension of detention? Probably.

But there are many countries that have civil law (France, Germany, Spain, most of Europe), so Ghosn should know how it works.

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Posted in: Lebanon receives Interpol red notice for ex-Nissan boss Ghosn See in context

So, this makes little sense to me. What is the use of a defense or prosecuting lawyer and how does a person get a fair trial, if they don't make a case and the judge sides with guilty judgment 99% of the time? With a 99% conviction rate, this idea of judges being the reason it takes time to make a case exacerbates the idea there is no fair trial, in Japan.

I suggest you look here for the difference.

The conviction rate is also a misnomer that too many people fall into the trap of believing. There are many reasons for it, but reluctance of prosecutors in Japan to bring to trial a charge that might fail, means generally only the ones they think will win get brought to trial.

Also there are many countries with a 99% conviction rate. Canada being one of them, and yet we dont complain about that.

However the majority of Ghosn defenders here conveniently leave out all logic and random nonsense. Ghosn has an obligation to abide by the legal system in the country he is doing business, whether he thinks its unfair or not. Anything other than that is naive and elitist at best.

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Posted in: Lebanon receives Interpol red notice for ex-Nissan boss Ghosn See in context


What you and many people here fail to realize is that Japan is not a common law country. Its a civil law country so therefore the role of lawyers is more along the lines of advisors. They dont prepare cases here, that is the job of the judges. The role of the judge is exponentionally more important in Japan, therefore the time is not really for preparing a case, but rather enough time for the judges to get ready to hear the case.

Due to this, what alot of people here keep spewing which is absolute hogwash, is that Ghosns lawyers dont get to see evidence before hand. Thats because they dont need to in a civil law system.

Ghosn is literally screwed here. He cant leave Lebanon or other friendly states. A red notice by interpol will compel most signatories to arrest him when he lands there. Then extradited to Japan where is 100% a criminal now, of he wasnt before. I also wouldnt put it past Japan to request a red notice for his wife, if they have enough evidence to think ahe could be involved in aidimg and abetting a fugitive she can now be arrested and extradited to Japan. Putting pressure of Ghosn to give himself up. He literally handed japan a new deck of cards!

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Posted in: 4 years after daughter’s suicide, mother again blasts Dentsu in letter See in context

Sad to say but Dentsu is probably untouchable; their tentacles run deep in government and they are the major player in advertising, which is the lifeblood of any mass media.

Dentsu is also the largest advertising agency in the world. Their connections don't just run deep in the Japanese government, but many governments around the globe.

Her death was cause by her inability to deal with her situation, excessive overtime being a major factor in her stress. Bad choice.. quit? Ask for reassignment? Take medical leave? Or jump off the roof?

As much as I hate to admit it, there is a sort of logic here. Being someone who has gone through stress like this woman has, it's very much up to an individuals ability to handle a situation. You can't fault a company when someone decides to take their life because of the sheer workload, you can however fault them for creating an environment where that's a likely outcome (long overtime, not reporting overtime, etc).

Mr Kipling does bring up a good point, the other 60,000 or so Dentsu employees have managed to survive even though they likely have faced the same pressures. On top of that, the work culture at Dentsu has been popular knowledge for a very long time. This is reimbursed by a huge salary(by Japanese standards)

Some people deal with these things differently, and it's a shame that this girl thought the only way out was suicide. But on that note, it's a choice that she made on how to deal with the situation.

I should note that it's not as easy to quit a company as people may think though, they have to accept your leave (but sometimes they won't, so you technically can't work until they do).

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