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

Now Carlos Ghosn cannot flee to Britain.

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Posted in: Abe strikes conciliatory note on S Korea See in context

No matter what this lame PM says, most Japanese are now sick and tired of perpetual lies and backstabbing from Korea. The sad fact is that Korea will always be one of Japan’s closest neighbors unless there’s a gigantic geological change.

17 ( +25 / -8 )

Posted in: Japanese firms join global calls to ditch coal-fired power See in context

Wind power and solar energy will not replace oil and coal as reliable sources of energy. Building coal fired power plants in Vietnam and Indonesia is sensible because those countries can import cheap Australian coal.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

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

Hydrogen produces water when burned and is supposed to be a clean energy source. But few people know how much energy it takes to produce hydrogen. Promoting hydrogen fuel is a relatively cheap way to buy an environmentally correct corporate image.

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Posted in: Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report See in context

Greed is good. That’s what Ghosn thinks.

-17 ( +18 / -35 )

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

Too little information is available for this case, so it’s a bit too early to feel sympathetic to this Australian (soon-to-be-ex) husband. I’m curious why his Japanese wife left him.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

I believe Ghosn’s remark that he can have a fair trial in Lebanon. The country is so corrupt that its judiciary always favors the rich and powerful. Meanwhile I’m still appalled by the breathtaking incompetence of Tokyo prosecutors in letting Ghosn flee to another country, making themselves a laughing stock abroad and no one’s taking responsibility.

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

Of course she married Ghosn for his money.

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Posted in: More details emerge on Ghosn's escape from Japan See in context

One thing is certain. Ghosn is now finished as a global executive.

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

The Lebanese authorities’ claim that Carlos Ghosn entered the country on a valid passport hence no need for his extradition is lame. Ghosn is not just a fugitive; he’s an indicted criminal suspect who paid 1.5 billion-yen bail to earn his freedom out of detention. He betrayed his lawyers and all those who helped him. The whole world is watching. He will get a fair trial in Japan.

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

Carlos Ghosn is not your hero. Before his flight, he was a criminal suspect. Now he’s a common criminal who broke the law by skipping bail. Absence of extradition treaties Is not a problem. There’s none between Japan and Brazil, but the Brazilian authorities extradite Brazilian criminal suspects at the request of the Japanese government.

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Posted in: Ghosn met Lebanese president after fleeing Japan See in context

Now Lebanon has put itself in the league of rogue nations by assisting Ghosn to escape. I suspect that the Lebanese government played a role in helping the suspect leave Japan without going through passport control, hence there was no record of Ghosn leaving Japan. The relations between the two countries will be strained in the near future but I don’t think Japan will sever diplomatic ties with the Middle East country.

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

The rich and powerful can get away with anything after all. But Ghosn’s habitat will be severely restricted as he cannot set foot in countries that have extradition treaties with Japan and also he will be on a international wanted list. Lebanon is reputed to have a nice Mediterranean climate. An ideal place to live in retirement.

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 29-year high in final trading of 2019 See in context

It could be a bubble before a major crash. You’d better settle your long positions.

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Posted in: Death-row inmate hanged in 1st execution since August See in context

The Chinese killer should have been sent back to his native country to face a summary execution (a bullet in the back of the head) instead of languishing for years in a Japanese prison.

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Posted in: Abe, Li agree on need to open new era for Japan, China See in context

The ties between the two countries should not be back on a “normal track” until China stops persecuting Tibetans and Uyghurs.

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Posted in: Abenomics sputters as trade damage spreads See in context

Consumer spending accounts for 60 percent of Japan’s GDP. How Mr Abe is planning to achieve economic revival through his government’s tight fiscal policy and after two consumption tax hikes is a mystery.

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Posted in: Putin calls Japan-U.S. security alliance a threat See in context

Just remember, Vladimir. Japan has a security treaty with the US because Russia remains a major threat.

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Posted in: Japan to test driving skills of elderly who commit traffic offenses See in context

Testing driving skills of all elderly drivers would cost a fortune and taxpayers would be paying for that.

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Posted in: Death penalty a sticking point in Australia-Japan military agreement See in context

If Australia is so concerned about the possibility of its defense personnel eventually facing death penalty for crimes they commit in Japan, perhaps it should recommend Australian tourists not to visit Japan.

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Posted in: Osaka likely to hold referendum on metropolis plan in November 2020 See in context

People of Osaka had a referendum on the metropolis plan in 2015 and rejected it. Their decision should be respected. Having another referendum just because you don’t like the result of the first one is a tactic often used by dictators who want to create semblance of democracy.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate at 42% amid cherry-blossom viewing event criticism See in context

Abe’s approval rating will fall even further as negative effects of consumption tax hike will come into the full swing in the next few months. My bet is that he’s not seeking a fourth term so he can let his successor take responsibility for his tax hike disaster.

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban See in context

It seems like there’s something really wrong with the Japanese judiciary system these days. But not to worry. The government will probably appeal the district court’s decision and it will be overturned at an appeal’s court.

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Posted in: S Korea wants 'rising sun flag of hatred' banned at Olympics See in context

Are there any national flags that are not stained by blood? Take, for instance, the Stars and Stripes. It’s ruined by the rape and annihilation of native Americans, slave trade, genocide at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the list goes on and on.

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Posted in: Gov't postpones debate on imperial succession as divide surfaces See in context

It’s deplorable that even LDP lawmakers don’t understand the importance of keeping up the centuries-old tradition. True, there have been several female emperors but they were all patrilineal emperors and were succeeded by a male emperor without exception.

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Posted in: Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan See in context

Let Afghans take care of Afghanistan.

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Posted in: Japanese firms brace for economic contraction after Olympics See in context

Japan doesn’t have an export-led economy. Personal consumption makes up more than half of the GDP while export accounts for less than 15 percent. The reason for the two decades of zero economic growth is that government after government they have stuck to tight fiscal policy and reduced public works spendings to the lowest level.

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Posted in: Japan's households tighten purse strings as sales tax, typhoon hit See in context


“Japan is the most indebted nation in the world”

Indebted to whom? Japan is not indebted to other countries. All government debts are in the Japanese yen, which the government can issue when it wants to. Government debt equals private sector assets.

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Posted in: Court commutes Peruvian’s death sentence to life See in context

The Peruvian killer used insanity defense and it worked. Let’s see if the prosecutors will appeal the high court’s decision to the Supreme Court.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Posted in: Japan drops in OECD scholastic ranking; China leads in all categories See in context

The Chinese students that participated in the assessment tests were from the prosperous coastal cities. They hardly represented the entire nation of China.

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