Michael Morris comments

Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 3 people, although 2 bodies still not found See in context

"Well, you see. We haven't found the minimum required evidence to convict a person of committing a crime of murder, but 'person A' said that it was true, so... basically, we're just going to go with that..."

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Posted in: Nissan asking shareholders to vote to oust Ghosn as director See in context

since your not a prosecutor then your argument is just plain speculation. If prosecutors had mountains of concrete evidence to assure a guilty verdict in court why the need to detain Ghson for 108 days to try and force a confession which they never got. Irrefutable evidence = no confession required.

You are absolutely correct. In my experience working law in Japan, the vast majority of prosecutors lack the modern understanding of "investigation", and defense attorneys fail to pressure courts to require indisputable evidence in a reasonable time frame. These are key aspects that define the term "justice". However, in Japan the concept of evidence being undeniable is far reaching and unless it's a painfully obvious 'red-handed circumstance, hard to come by. This has created the mainstream process of obtaining a confession in place of the lacking evidence. The legitimacy of the confession is never questioned. Because who would fake a confession under extreme stress, right?

Let me just be clear about one thing before its brought up again, you can be held prisoner in a palace with all the lavishings and still have a breach of mental fortitude. The reason I'm state this is because I noticed that everyone is concerned with his living conditions while in detainment. I want to make sure it's clear that the processes of the investigation can be significantly more stressing and torturous than living in a dirty room deprived of food and water. The process is what brings about the confession. Japanese prosecutors and investigators have mastered the technique of squeezing a confession. But unfortunately it really only works best on someone who thinks in a more 'Japanese' manner. For a tenacious foreigner, not as much. Unfortunately, for my own protection I won't delve much more into this. However, I will finish by station that, in Japan, honesty and justice do not often go hand-in-hand. It's more of a battle witts to prove innocence of find guilt. Please keep in mind that the Japanese government was originally built on a system of corruption and dishonesty, and since change/difference is frowned upon in Japan, nothing really has.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting woman on her way home See in context

Hmm. I wonder. I hope he really is the culprit. But... well, now that we know how shady the criminal "justice" system is in Japan, I can't honestly say that I trust them anymore. I mean, this happened a year ago and he's confessing now? Where's the rest of that story? Is this another "Ghosn" type of investigation? They even admit that they ID'd him from CCTV, with his face partially covered. It would have to be a VERY slight covering to still make a positive identification. Has anyone else seen how low the CCTV quality is in Japan? My late 90's flip phone camera has better quality... It's like they're trying to say they can ID a fingerprint in a snow storm form 30 feet away. There's too many holes in this story and not enough "proof". This stinks of 'wrong place, wrong time', and Japan trying to satisfy the public with a conviction. Yep, I'm gonna play it safe. I'll still continue to consider that the culprit is still out there. It's just too risky to put that much faith in Japanese law enforcement at the present time.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's regional banks to join hands in cashless payment See in context

I expect there is ripoff somewhere.

Well, this IS Japan... I mean, substantial cash flow and a self-centered, self-serving, individualist society?

Yes. Corruption, of course.

Right now, one hasn't been found but once it's been discovered, we'll all acknowledge that we're being cheated, then follow Japanese tradition and pretend it doesn't exist by staring at the ground or into our iPhones.

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Posted in: Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men See in context

Ha ha ha. Wow... these guys are just too much. #crymuch #youmadbro #wutapuss #emomonster #highschoolregrets

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Posted in: Prince's remarks become hot topic in Japan See in context

You know, the island of Japan is roughly 15,000,000 years old. It's incredible. But that's not the most astounding thing. In those 15 million years, Japanese civilization still has not learned that difference in opinion should be embraced and not chastized. Now that the younger generation is becoming more cultured and educated about the workings of the world, I hope for the benefit of Japanese citizens, that this falicy of individualism corrects itself in time. While it may not be everyone, there are just too many people in Japan that are unhappy in life simply because they cannot be who they really are and just have to follow the crowd and "be like water". I feel for those individuals that struggle.

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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

It could be worse. There's also these options from the DMV it seems...


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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

Ok, I'm back! Been about an hour since my last comment, did I miss anything?

Are J, A and P still allowed in the alphabet?

Man... I hope they calm down. How the hell am I supposed to order jalapenos for my Whataburger if they keep this up?!

By the way, I know it's not quite as crazy as these licence plates issues, but did anyone hear that someone is hanging nooses in trees around the capital building in Mississippi? Now THAT is a real racial issue. An actual symbol of of hate.

"J-A-P" ...is really just bad English grammar from a time of lower education. If someone called me J-A-P, I would just give them a hug and flash cards.

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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

This is dumb anyway. The people that really want it are gonna start using iAP on their plates anyway. What's Kansas really gonna do? Change to glyphs?

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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

But seriously though... are we really trying to shut down "word plays"? You have a better chance of tripping over a million bucks.

You can't even let teenagers get a hold of the words "to" and "it's". They're gonna generate some completely unrelated context like "toits" and then say some rediculiosness like that's when an Asian treefrog mates with and African bever and start using that to describe someone with with "Dark Asian Fever". Trust me, I here crazy stuff like this every day. You simply can't win this. The best you can do is stop making a big deal about it, and then people won't treat it as such.

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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

I am not sure that this is always obvious. If my name were Clare Ursula Morgan, I would think twice about putting my initials on my numberplate.

Well of course, that's because you didn't proudly graduate Magna Cum Laude. Not everyone spends their day searching for derogatory plates. The JACL has obviously already resolved allllllll the other important Asian minority issues in the US and has nothing else left to do.

And dont get me start that J in JACL is for Japanese and not Asian citizens. If your only in it to help Japanese American Persons (...see what I did there?) then your no different than the problem your complaining about.

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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

"There is still much work to be done in eradicating the use of slurs from our language,"

Yeah, I can see the English dictionary of 2050 now... 3 whole pages of approved 5 letter words with no constructive potential.

What a shame. The original Americans fought for freedom. The ones born to that freedom just want to give it back no matter what.

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