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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

To be honest, I reckon had it in December. I was knocked out for 4 days with a weird flu that had the same symptoms as Coronavirus. It was like someone had sucked the energy out of me. It was definitely different to the run of the mill, standard flu. Tough to explain but it was a bit more energy zapping and a bit more intense. Anyway, bed rest, paracetomols and lots of warm water and 5 days later no problem. I'm in the minoroty that thinks this CV panic is a way to a) bring in restrictions against personal freedoms that will never get rolled back 100% (like 9/11) b) crush small businesses so big corporations can step in and profit and c) finally push us into a cashless society so we can control everything. Sure CV isn't great, but to me it's being used as an excuse to erode our personal freedoms unlike other massive flu epidemics that killed way more people in the past. I'm with David Icke on this one.. at 3.1M views in 6 days, it seems a lot of others are as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMTZu6_TjU8

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Posted in: Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservatives See in context

At 'theFu', if you look at Iranian history, both my country (the UK) and the US did really bad things to Iran to try and get their oil. We helped over throw a democratically elected government and the US armed Saddam Hussein and encouraged him to attack Iran. About 500,000 Iranians died because the US encouraged Saddam to attck. If I was Iranian, I wouldn't be going 'Yeah UK you rock, yeah US, you mean freedom!' So, I get it.

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Posted in: 44 more people on cruise ship test positive for virus; some elderly to be allowed off See in context

Meanwhile in south London, a Chinese woman with the virus ignores advice, calls an Uber and strolls into a public hospital. Nice.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/london-coronavirus-patient-turned-up-hospital-uber-taxi

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Posted in: In an increasingly partisan media environment, do you believe journalists have lower ethical standards than in the days before social media? See in context

To be honest, it's more about lazy journalism rather than lower ethical standards. There's just no money to pay people to go knocking on doors, sifting through hours of research etc. due to the majority of the press giving away their content for free. I haven't bought a newspaper in years. Where's the income to pay the wages coming from? Most journalists now sit at their desk surfing twitter because there's no budget to send them anywhere. In the UK, it now costs £27,000 in tutution fees for three years at university. Add on another £25,000 in living fees and are you really going to go £50k in debt for an industry that's low paid and with a shrinking job base? If I could go back in time, I'd learn coding and work a £70k a year job!

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Posted in: After Brexit: UK leaves EU but what's next far from certain See in context

This is exactly me! 'Voted leave in 2016, and on the day of the result, I thought that it was certain that remain had won. I was astounded that the result was for leave. Three and a half years later, I am almost equally shocked that Brexit has been allowed to happen by an establishment that is thoroughly opposed to it'.

It won't be so bad after things settle down. If Canada can have a trade deal with the EU that doesn't include freedom of movement, I'm sure we can also do that. 'CETA does not involve Canada paying into the EU budget or signing up to EU rules on the free movement of people in return for increased market access'.

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Posted in: Prosecutors probe 2 Americans for allegedly helping Ghosn escape See in context

It's not going to happen. The US has just refused to extradite an American woman who drove into a British 19 year old causing his death. 'The car was being driven, on the wrong side of the road, by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US government employee working at the United States Air Force listening station at RAF Croughton'. Can you imagine the anger if the US then hand over two people who only 'helped an escape'.

From two days ago: 'Harry Dunn: US refusal to extradite suspect a 'denial of justice' – British PM

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/28/harry-dunn-us-refusal-to-extradite-suspect-a-denial-of-justice-pm

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

'McIntyre said the lights were on 24 hours a day, making it impossible to sleep more than an hour each night'.

Greta..Get on this! Multiple by everyone inside awaiting trial and...It's an outrageous waste of electricity.

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

'The suspects do have access to lawyers. In case of Ghosn, he had meetings with lawyers almost every day (120 days out of 130 days) 2hours/per day without any observers in the meeting room'.

Utter rubbish and you have no proof for that statement.

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

It'll be interesting to see if it happens. There will definitely be a legal challenge before extradition on the grounds of not getting a fair trial. As a Londoner, I say try them in the UK because at least they'll get a legal defence and whether guilty or not, everyone is entitled to a defence and not spend 105 days in isolation without access to a lawyer.

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

@Tokyo-m.

'Yes, but did your mate spend a month and half in prison for the "crime" of looking for his kids? I agree that things are bad in this area in the UK, but to say it is "kind of the same" as Japan is just not true'.

Well if the mother gets a restraining order in the UK, then of course it could easily happen. In fact, fathers4justice have highlighted many similar cases to this. Bottom line is, dad's don't have the parental rights they should have. And on that note, I is off to bed cos it's 01:07. Night all!

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

It's kind of the same in the UK. My mate lost access to his two kids after his ex wife ran off with his two sons aged 7 and 2. This was 7 years ago. She said he had hit her (he claims he didn't and I don't know the truth) so the UK family courts wouldn't grant him access based on her testimony of domestic violence. After 3 appeals, he ran out of money and gave up 4 years ago. All he can do now is wait until his children are 18. Cases like this is why Fathers4Justice became a well known UK organisation. So, sadly, it's not just Japan. At the end of the day, it's the children that suffer. I should know. I never knew my dad. Good luck to the bloke.

'“By the end of today, another 200 children will have been cruelly separated from their fathers in secret family courts.”

https://www.fathers-4-justice.org/

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Posted in: Taiwan's pro-Japan young people back Tsai's re-election See in context

Nice one Taiwan. With the amount of 'friends' Taiwan is now losing due to Chinese pressure, it's good to see Taiwan not fueling anti-Japanese sentiment or using it as a diplomatic tool as Ossan said.

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Posted in: Washington turns down Iraqi call to remove troops See in context

'The US is officially an occupying invader'.

Stop talking about Japan, what about Iraq?

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

Well see, but fingers crossed. Two Japanese links regarding Japan's 'Hostage Justice'.

Kaku Imamura: 'Legal Professionals Call for an End to Japan's 'Hostage Justice'

http://www.fccj.or.jp/news-and-views/club-news-multimedia/1955-kaku-imamura-legal-professionals-call-for-an-end-to-japan-s-hostage-justice.html

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations

https://www.nichibenren.or.jp/en/about/activities/Criminal_Justice.html

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Posted in: Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners See in context

'Not ordinary foreigners. Illegal foreigners. There's a difference. If foreigners feel that these are "extreme measures", than they should do more for Japan by whistleblowing those people that they already know are here illegally.'

Grass.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Good opinion piece in The G: 'The former Nissan boss is right to point the finger at a legal system that the UN has described as ‘medieval’. In Japan, laws are used as weapons against targeted people and not applied equally. One example of this is the “hostage justice” (hitojichi-shiho) system. Hostage justice boils down to the accused remaining in custody until they incriminate themselves by signing a confession. Often this is drawn up by prosecutors who browbeat the accused without defence counsel. Knowing that the playing field is tilted in favour of the prosecutors and that they could spend a very long time in jail even before going to court, many innocent defendants confess. Ghosn spent more than 120 days in detention'.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/08/carlos-ghosn-nissan-boss-japanese-justice

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

From The Guardian Live Feed:

Ghosn: Plot was like Pearl Harbor

In a highly provocative, and distasteful move, Ghosn is comparing this alleged plot to remove him to the Pearl Harbor attacks!

He says his friends have asked how he didn’t notice he was being set up -- and he reminds them how the Japanese air force caught the Americans by surprise in 1941.

That is going to cause fury in Japan, we suspect.

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal team accuses Nissan of 'perversion of truth' See in context

Try this one! (edit function please!)

https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2020/jan/08/gold-oil-as-us-iran-markets-carlos-ghosn-nissan-escape-business-live

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal team accuses Nissan of 'perversion of truth' See in context

Carlos Ghosn press conference is live

https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2020/jan/08/gold-oil-as-us-iran-markets-carlos-ghosn-nissan-escape-business-live#comment-137223507

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Posted in: Renovated Shibuya subway station with M-shaped roof begins service See in context

Woo, looks good. I used to use that line a lot when nipping in to Shibuya to play open mics.

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

Plus 5 hours..edit button please JP lol!

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

Here's the Guardian UK article from 5 hours ago

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/02/japan-issues-interpol-wanted-notice-for-carlos-ghosn

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Posted in: Ghosn carried spare French passport while out on bail in Japan See in context

I don't know how you can have two passports from the same country. I have an Irish one, and if I want, I can get a British one, but I can't have two Irish passports at the same time. That's illegal.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

So..a deputy Japanese foreign minister visited Beirut 10 days ago....And then Ghosn ends up in Beirut. Hmmm!

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Posted in: Japan to launch project to boost farm productivity in Myanmar See in context

In today's Guardian UK, there's a story on Kirin and Myanmar.

'Brewer’s parent company, Kirin, provides foreign currency to military accused of genocide'.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/29/australian-craft-beer-brewer-faces-criticism-over-partnership-with-myanmar-military

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says he is stunned his client left country See in context

Reuters are suggesting the jail break is face saving for everyone. 'Carlos Ghosn jailbreak is all-purpose face saver'

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-renault-nissan-breakingviews/breakingviews-carlos-ghosn-jailbreak-is-all-purpose-face-saver-idUSKBN1YZ099?f

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says he is stunned his client left country See in context

There's a good BBC World Service radio documentary called 'Japan: Forced Confessions' from 2013. In it, they interview a man who spent 29 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. The prosecutors were even going to take a copy of his fingerprints and place them at a crime scene if he didn't confess. Apparently, it's too embarassing for the police to admit when they're wrong so they have to push on with the conviction. You have to download the documentary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02rrwxd. On a personal note, I wouldn't have run. Now everyone thinks he's guity and he'll probably have to stay in the Lebanon for life now.

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Posted in: Do you enjoy spending the Christmas-New Year period in Japan? See in context

I landed on Christmas day 2013, met the J girly and her son (now ex J girly lol) and had a great Christmas! Now, it's Christmas in London today - wehay! I've also done Christmas in Denmark (you dance around a tree singing songs on the evening of the 24th!) and Christmas in Ireland (few beers for that!) Japan Christmas will always stand out as it was my first time in Japan! Merry Chrimbo all!

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Posted in: Prisoner rehab program documentary shows Japan there is another way See in context

Norway, (and Denmark and Sweden) have really low reoffending rates due to their approach. Prisoners can even go home sometimes and see what they're missing out on. It's good to see a different approach being tried. Thanks for the YT link ebisen, I'll defo watch that. Now, back to working on my radio documentary course...It's gonna take me ages!

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Posted in: Japanese boxer formerly on death row for 46 years attends pope’s mass See in context

Growing in 1970s London when the UK police routinely framed innocent Irish people such as the Guildford four, the Birmingham six, and the Maguire Seven to name but a few, I've always been against the death penalty. If the UK had the death penalty, they would have all been hanged. The death penalty has never been an effective deterrent. It's just cheaper.

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