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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. https://www.diffen.com/difference/Civil_Law_vs_Common_Law
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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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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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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Japan definitely has a low birthrate, but it's not the lowest. As people have said this is an issue in many developed nations, especially ones with a social welfare system like Japan has.
The issue is that the largest population of females in Japan (read: people who can actually give birth) are already in their late 40's to early 50's. Which means no babies from them. This would roughly be in line with the bubble collapse (27 years ago) which is when these people would've normally had babies. Because of this collapse there was a large population of people who could not afford to have children, which led to the prevalence of the "me-first" mentality.
Because these people didn't have children and are now starting to enter the age where younger generations take the responsibility to pay for them through taxes and welfare remittance, these younger people are starting to financially feel the strain. Meaning they likely also can't afford to have children, let alone want to.
Wait until the current 50's/ 75's to die out, and then you'll likely see the population at least slightly recover.
These two points on the population pyramid at the biggest hurdles for Japan to overcome and a better way to do that would be a better social welfare system.
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This is terrible. I really hope and pray for their survival.
I mean, the missing were part of a group walking in the crater when the eruption happened. Its EXTREMELY unlikely that they'll even find any bodies... let alone survivors
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The servers have been leased from Fujitsu Leasing Co, which commissioned Broadlink to scrap the hard drives after they were replaced.
This means that they aren't servers that are readily accessed or even stored in the government building. Chances are these servers are in secure datacenters which only a few people have access too. Quite a process to get in, as part of my work I have to do that. It's not like these harddrives are being put in the mail and sent to the recycling firm.
The government did absolutely nothing wrong here. They followed all security practices to the enth degree. Which included leases on servers in secure facilities to handle data with a prevelant server company (Fujitsu).
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Are many examples of terrible groups/people that are “able administrators” and nobody would defend those groups/people. The prime example are the Nazis.
However if you study the situation in Afghanistan, the time where the Taliban were in control (while not perfect) was a lot more peaceful than the current situation has been for the longest time. The Taliban are an interesting group often turning to violence to govern, however they left the general population relatively alone. It's once they were ousted that they became a lot more violent. That and the various leaders have all had their own philosophies about it, some more brutal than the others.
It's kind of like the Yakuza in that they generally kept the other splinter groups in check.
The Taliban have denied responsibility, saying that no member of that team is a target. The close grouping of those three shots on the windscreen look at first glance like an assassination.
I thought that too. This was likely a targeted hit by trained gunman. They knew what they were doing. Since the ouster of IS from Syria and the such, the remaining cells have started popping up in Afghanistan. Wonder if that's what this was.
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Rakuten needs to do something about their very complicated site which I'm sure puts many off from using it.
On the contrary. This is what Japanese consumers expect to see. Different cultural norms in how information is presented but the average Japanese consumer prefers to see a lot of information at once, where-as western societies tend to put emphasis on the absence of information. Trust me, it drives many a developers crazy as well.
But it's the same reason that places like Don-Quijote as so chaotic.
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The only problems i have with these Japanese online services is the site designs, they always try to fit every single little information into whatever space they have. With the merger i wonder if it will get more cluttered then it already was.
@Kag, as a developer and UI/UX designer in Japan I feel with you. But it comes down to cultural differences. Asian countries' consumers tend to put more emphasis on showing all the relevant information at once, where as in the west, customers see a lack of information/overload to be pleasing.
That's why in Japan and China etc, there are a billion signs on the street. Just different cultural design philosophies. It's slowing changing in Japan though. But I assure you it's not that the developers want it to be this way.
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Say what? What do LINE and Yahoo sell that can surpass Rakuten? Stamps and auctions is the only thing that comes to mind.
Do you actually use LINE? Line payment services, investment services, delivery services, insurance, advertising, corporate LINE accounts, bitcoin etc.
LINE has a ton of revenue streams. They have their hand in almost everything.
As for yahoo, advertising, auctions, PayPay, Yahoo Wallet, the tie up with TPOINT, there are literally too many to count..
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Are parents aware their kids are being led around bust streets by these facilities? I'm often free during the day, and there's a constant parade of kids being led around the streets...shouldn't they just stay in the daycare building/grounds?
Umm yes? Are you inferring that the nefarious daycare centers are randomly just taking the kids out for walks without any permission? Of course they know...
Quite a difference to the other article on JT today about the 88 year old retired "elite" bureaucrat being served with a warrant just now after the accident he caused back in April killing the poor mother and child.
The two tier system here , with one set of rules for the "elite" and the other for average Taro on full display.
Not defending the system, but lets be real. This happens in any country where someone is a well known public figure.
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That was about 6 weeks ago she went missing, something tells me that this is not going to end well, I hope she is found safe and well, but her parents must be very worried.
Not only was it 6 weeks ago, it was before Typhoon Hagibis hit the country. Even if she was the best survivalist I doubt she would survive through that type of weather without being prepared.
I feel for the parents, but their girl isn't coming back to them. My guess is she got injured, lost, passed away and then the animals got to her. They aren't going to find much if anything.
More than 1,700 police, Self-Defense Force personnel and volunteers searched for her, using tracker dogs and a drone equipped with a sensor capable of detecting body heat but so far no trace of Misaki has been found.
The area she was lost is pretty remote, contrary to what Do the Hustle says. Tons of unforgiving mountains, filled with bears getting ready for the winter..
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How come this pervert isn't named? But if it were a foreigner coming into Japan with anything he or she shouldn't have, EVERYTHING would've been available like their job, reason for coming to Japan, where they're from in whatever country they're from and how many times they've been to Japan.
Because the AUSTRALIAN border force decided not to release it? It doesn't matter what would happen in Japan, its completely irrelevant to this story. Stop trying to start something.
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The bus I usually ride still has wood panelled floorboards, if that helps. And, judging by the smoke, it runs on coal.
I am actually extremely interested where you live. Yes there are still buses that are quite old, but generally they exist in more countryside fleets than they do in large urban centers. But in the grand scheme of things, Japanese buses are pretty new.
Though I must say, I have ridden on some of those coal burners as well, quite a sick inducing experience. I have yet to see a driver get a gear every time they shift.
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Given that Japanese buses are still based around 1970s' tech (I mean, they still don't have automatic transmission, and even my clunky old Bristol VR school bus sported a semi-auto), I don't know how the driver could mistake the brake and the gas pedal.
This is just completely false. Do you even ride buses? Any major cities' fleet are generally new, automatic transmission buses.. Considering the bus he was driving was an Isuzu Erga it most definitely had an automatic transmission...
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Is it legally enforceable to have a law about taking photos in a public place? Can the police legally arrest someone for not following it?
of course not. It’s just silly people making silly rules that have no meaning.
They can't arrest you but they can issue a citation. A public ordinance is a fancy word for a bylaw. Cities and municipalities in Japan as capable of making bylaws which are legally binding just the same as national laws.
A city that has a no dumping ordinance (which I'm pretty sure all of them do) can legally issue a fine for anyone caught doing so. Refusing to pay the fine can lead to arrest or a court appearance.
Are the people fined per incident?
Considering its a public ordinance they would be fined per incident. Think of it like a parking ticket. They work in the same ways.
Wholly owned private roads in a city are quite rare. They are talking about public roads with "private" dwellings.
@Yubaru, no they are not. They are talking about private roads (私道) which in Kyoto are fairly common. Though they may look like public roads in as they are connecting streets, many of them are actually privately owned driveways.
At 3:00 minutes into the video they explain this and show a map.
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I have seen cars doing lots of crazy things, but pedestrians also. And I don't know who is to blame here, but ever notice the police NEVER blame the pedestrian? This is because they never really investigate and they ignore the laws of physics....just like some pedestrians that get themselves nailed.
Police never blame the pedestrian because under the Japanese Road Traffic Act, regardless of the circumstances (except for extenuating ones) the driver is always at fault. A pedestrian could be standing in the middle of a road just waiting to get hit and IF you hit them, the driver of the vehicle will always be at fault because as the driver of a multi-ton machine capable of severely injuring someone, the onus is on you.
*Wife is a police officer in the traffic division.
Now, that being said, the charge may be dropped once in court due to the circumstances.
If the police inforced laws and not just for show this maybe wouldnt have happened. You stop at zebra crossings or just get rid of the bloody things. Taxis also constantly stop on them here in Kobe that gets right up my... nose.
Um no, you don't. According to the Road Traffic Act, Article 38 you only stop at a pedestrian crossing if a pedestrian is crossing/about to cross.
Article 38 (1) When approaching a pedestrian crossing or a bicycle crossing lane (hereinafter referred to in this Article as a "pedestrian or bicycle crossing"), a vehicle or streetcar must proceed at a speed that will enable it to stop immediately in front of the pedestrian or bicycle crossing (or immediately in front of any stop line indicated by road signs or markings; the same applies hereinafter in this paragraph), unless there are clearly no pedestrians or bicycles (hereinafter referred to in this Article as a "pedestrian or cyclist") ahead of the vehicle or streetcar. In such a case, if a pedestrian or cyclist is crossing or about to cross the pedestrian or bicycle crossing ahead of the vehicle or streetcar, the vehicle or streetcar must come to a stop immediately in front of the pedestrian or bicycle crossing and must not prevent that pedestrian or cyclist from proceeding.
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