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.
-7 ( +7 / -14 )
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.
1 ( +11 / -10 )
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.
-8 ( +9 / -17 )
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.
-11 ( +5 / -16 )
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.
-6 ( +4 / -10 )
It could be a bubble before a major crash. You’d better settle your long positions.
-3 ( +2 / -5 )
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.
-5 ( +4 / -9 )
The ties between the two countries should not be back on a “normal track” until China stops persecuting Tibetans and Uyghurs.
3 ( +8 / -5 )
Testing driving skills of all elderly drivers would cost a fortune and taxpayers would be paying for that.
-12 ( +0 / -12 )
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.
19 ( +30 / -11 )
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.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
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.
5 ( +10 / -5 )
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.
-1 ( +9 / -10 )
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.
11 ( +18 / -7 )
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.
-11 ( +1 / -12 )
Let Afghans take care of Afghanistan.
3 ( +9 / -6 )
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.
2 ( +4 / -2 )
“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.
-4 ( +2 / -6 )
The Chinese students that participated in the assessment tests were from the prosperous coastal cities. They hardly represented the entire nation of China.
7 ( +12 / -5 )
Women can fight and kill on battlefield. No doubt about that. But can they command a Navy ship and make right decisions in life-and-death situations?
-11 ( +1 / -12 )
The character RIN has too many strokes in it. Children given the name will have a hard time writing their name.
1 ( +3 / -2 )
Princess Mako, please stay away from Komuro. He isn’t good for you.
-4 ( +3 / -7 )
So the U.N. is committed to abolishing all coal-fired power plants for environmental reasons, let alone nuclear power plants. Is the U.N. General Secretary prepared to go back to the Neolithic life?
2 ( +10 / -8 )
Some of the detainees have been held in the detention centers for months simply because their home countries refuse their repatriation. And the members of the Bar Association are know to have extreme views on human rights.
-5 ( +4 / -9 )