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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors say they will detain Ghosn as long as needed See in context

I went to 2 very short meetings with judges and a police prosecutor both were conducted in quite formal Japanese and I was not allowed to have a lawyer present. The police and the judges involved made it very clear from the start that they were "rubber stamping" meetings. The purpose of the meetings were permission to detain me and to extend my detention. For breaching immigration regulations regarding visitor visas presumably but I am not even sure that they have to state exactly why you are being detained. I was allowed to speak but they gave no indication that they were listening. No notes were taken and I am not even sure if anything was recorded. I was urged to plead guilty at both meetings but I did not.

Being detained is different from being charged with anything. The policeman who took me back to my cell told me he had never seen a judge turn down a prosecutor's request to detain or to extend detention.

After I was finally released after 53 days I went to a lawyer to enquire about a false imprisonment claim she told me that there was zero chance of success as no rules had been broken and that all I would do was piss off the Japanese police and the immigration authorities and make my future in Japan more difficult.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors say they will detain Ghosn as long as needed See in context

6 years ago I was detained in solitary confinement for 11 days then in a 5 person cell for another 43 days after that. I was never charged with anything. I was never actually even close to being charged with anything I do not think. During the 11 days of solitary I never met anyone, the food was terrible and it was cold. I had nothing to read so the days were fairly long. Police were merely trying to give me a hard time. I eventually got allowed out on bail and never heard anything more about it. I had lived in Japan for over 10 years and had zero previous contact with police so it was quite a shock.

I travelled to a town to interpret for a Canadian TV crew making a documentary about dolphin killing but I only had a visitor visa. They kept trying to get me to confess to taking money but they did not have a scrap of evidence. This is the Japanese way and is unlikely to change. Like other countries you just take the good with the bad in Japan.

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Posted in: Hundreds of migrants push on to U.S.-Mexico border bridge See in context

Trump's support base of 23.9 % of the voting public who scream "build the wall" at his rallies will be watching how this plays out closely. He will not dare let the down so it may well get ugly. These guys have come a long way from Honduras and will not be planning on returning. Did someone feed the idea to these people that America would somehow just let them walk in?

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Posted in: More than 1,000 still missing; 71 dead in California fires See in context

Have been about as many buildings burned down in California in the past year as in all other years combined. Warmer and stronger winds which will get warmer and stronger each year from now on. Need regular work bees and people employed to go out and thin forests to 100 trees an acre and to clean up dead trees and branches and leaves. New strategies for the new reality of climate change.

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

This problem can be fixed so easily. Start putting the faces and names of chikans or up skirt photographers randomly in newspapers and on the TV news. Will eliminate 95% of the incidents overnight don't you think? Ditto for those selling drugs to children or shoplifting.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

Copied from Wikipedia. People in Australia lived in terror from multiple Japanese attacks against civilians for 2 years.

Japanese aircraft made almost 100 raids, most of them small, against northern Australia during 1942 and 1943. Land-based IJN aircraft took part in many of the 63 raids on Darwin which took place after the initial attack. The town of Broome, Western Australia experienced a devastating attack by IJN fighter planes on 3 March 1942, in which at least 88 people were killed. Long-range seaplanes operating from bases in the Solomon Islands made a number of small attacks on towns in Queensland.

Japanese naval aircraft operating from land bases also harassed coastal shipping in Australia's northern waters during 1942 and 1943. On 15 December 1942, four sailors were killed when the merchant ship Period was attacked off Cape Wessel. The small general purpose vessel HMAS Patricia Cam was sunk by a Japanese floatplane near the Wessel Islands on 22 January 1943 with the loss of nine sailors and civilians. Another civilian sailor was killed when the merchant ship Islander was attacked by a floatplane during May 1943

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

Everybody in Australia knows about the Japanese attack on Darwin do not worry about that Ossan. Massive damage was done and over 300 killed.

If you ask any Australian or New Zealander about Japan they will probably say that they kill whales and make good cars. Japanese have zero idea about just how much bad publicity their whale hunts bring them in Australia and New Zealand.

Japanese submarines also entered Auckland harbour in New Zealand during WW2. A lot of Japanese spies entered Australia by submarine and parachute. The sinking of the Australian red cross ship and the terrible treatment of the prisoners of war will not be forgotten for several centuries. Japanese kids need to be taught all of this to understand why they are so disliked.

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Posted in: Despair as crippling drought hammers Australian farmers See in context

90 day forecast for Tamworth shows prospect of maybe 30 -50 mm of rain which is barely anything. Maybe the farmers who have not already done so can get some money by selling their land to fracking companies who will poison all the aquifiers and raise CO2 emissions and fill the rivers and streams with chemicals. Fire season is also coming up in Australia and this summer will be brutally hot with El Nino conditions from November. Australia needs to focus on planting trees and developing renewable energy and ditch beef and dairy farming and fossil fuel exploration. But they will not because this is the age of stupid

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Posted in: Rescuers search for survivors as flood death toll reaches 110; 79 still missing See in context

This is terrible and is becoming almost annual. There are literally millions of empty houses in other parts of Japan maybe some people from these danger zones could head there for a couple of weeks at this time of year?

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Posted in: ‘Jisa Biz’ campaign to ease overcrowding on Tokyo trains starts Monday See in context

London in the mornings is far worse I have lived for several years in both. At least in Tokyo people are polite and shower regularly and there are no picket pockets. You can even get some floor to stand on sometimes.

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Posted in: HBO website and comedian John Oliver censored in China See in context

"Liberal sjws" are social justice warriors.

In 2018 to say what is right and good is to get hated upon and censored. Everything has changed.

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Posted in: JR Central employee overcharged foreigners for bullet train tickets See in context

Surely the headline should be that JR has not reported this to the police. This is their company policy? Makes you wonder what other similar behaviour is swept under the rug?

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Posted in: Only 1% of Japan's biggest coral reef healthy: survey See in context

Oh well so much for coral reefs then. They were out of sight out of mind for most of us. Just a shame that we need the oceans for oxygen to breathe with though

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Posted in: Education minister visits 'sexy yoga' studio by official car See in context

Great publicity for the yoga studio. Is actually not so over the top expensive once you have paid the initial joining fee.

I am sure his wife knows that he attends these places and that this is a great morale booster for everybody involved in education in Japan who look up to him as a role model. He must have known that his car would be followed everywhere?

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Posted in: Detainees go on hunger strike at Ibaraki detention center See in context

Please do not be too quick to judge.

All of the 1300 people in these centers have different stories. I was held in one for 43 days after doing 11 days in solitary confinement in prison simply because of a mistake by the Immigration office with a visa extension on a new passport after my previous one was stolen . They had granted me an extension but posted the appointment time to get the stamp to the wrong address. Once I learned that I could pay a bond I was released that day and once I was able to visit the Immigration office I was given a visa. I had lived in Japan for over 10 years completely legally and trouble free it was a small administration error. Another guy had split with his Japanese wife and had his visa removed and had 2 kids in Japan. Even though he was in full time work he was stuck in the center. Another guy had lived in Japan for 35 years straight without a visa. Another guy was a student whose sponsoring university back home had failed to make the necessary tuition payments. Many stories.

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Posted in: Bluefin tuna sold for Y36.5 mil at Tsukiji market's final New Year auction See in context

These tuna are chock full of mercury and goodness knows what else right? Japan was promising to limit fishing them 25 years ago when only about 50% had been wiped out. China and other countries are developing a taste for this too. Will be gone by end of the decade

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Posted in: Five of the worst areas to live in and around Tokyo See in context

Maybe there is something wrong with me but I have always liked classy restaurants. And as for Kamakura what about the beach and the relative closeness to Shibuya by express train and the many great shojin ryori restaurants, clean air and forests ? We have things pretty good if this is all people can complain about.

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Posted in: Japan accepts 3 refugees in first half of 2017, despite record number of applications See in context

I spent 43 days living with refugee applicants and others in an immigration detention center. It was pathetic watching their hope of being given citizenship here despite the massive odds against them. With just a few a year being allowed Japan would be doing everyone a service by just saying that Japan does not accept refugees. They would save themselves so much time and money and the refugee applicants would go to places where they have a reasonable chance.

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Posted in: Japanese falls for bitcoin scam in Canada after deportation threat See in context

outlawed or lose popularity overnight.

Cannot see how Bitcoin can be outlawed as it is decentralized. Even if it is there are dozens of currencies waiting to be used instead and many of these are completely secret so zero chance of any outlawing of them. Market capitalization of these currencies "altcoins" had risen from $3 billion USD to 83 billion since March of this year. Kind of popular?

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Posted in: Taxi fares in Tokyo to start at Y430 from Jan 30 See in context

Not a response to Uber they left Japan a while ago

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Posted in: Kyushu Railway skyrockets on Tokyo trading debut See in context

Kyushu Railway is building a huge apartment building next door to me in central Tokyo nowhere near Kyushu. Now I understand how and why. Thanks!

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Posted in: All Blacks overcome Australia for record 18th straight win See in context

37-10 with a lot of missed licks and a near try at the end. Could have been 50. New Zealand has some special players right now. Notably Ben Smith, Read, Retallic and Coles who are consistently outstanding. Is all about finishing off attacks with tries. "playing well" means doing this 4-6 times a game

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Posted in: Clinton expanding her campaign into 'red' states See in context

Yes FizzBit over 2 million views on this video released today showing Clintons staff bragging about fixing the election with criminal acts. Democracy is all but dead unfortunately https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IuJGHuIkzY

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Posted in: Japanese fishermen say they are portrayed as 'sadists' in Oscar-winner 'The Cove' See in context

Actually what they are doing has only been going on since the early 1970`s. Up until then a random few fishermen caught dolphins and ate them. It was rare. Then when aquariums grew in popularity they begun slaughtering large numbers of dolphins in order to avoid having to sift through the ones they capture the next day for young females. This is purely a sadistic commercial operation there is nothing cultural nor historic about this.

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Posted in: Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board See in context

I have just been to Nikko for 3 days and was treated wonderfully by every Japanese I met. They could not have been more eager to please. Had an amazing time there. Japan ain`t perfect but it is pretty good.

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Posted in: Nick Kyrgios booed in Shanghai; Rafael Nadal loses See in context

Who does Kyrgios think pays him gazillions dollars a year? In the end it is the fans who are paying and without them he gets nothing. Does he think the money just falls out of the sky?

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Posted in: Masterful All Blacks hammer Springboks 57-15 See in context

All Black forwards have better passing, catching and tackling skills than the South African backs. Is down to hard work. South Africans can get better just have to train harder

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Posted in: Japan to sign global climate pact as soon as possible: minister See in context

Climate change needs urgent action. We are watching politicians rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic right now. We all need to cut back radically on the amount of energy we use. Politicians have no interest in helping.

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Posted in: Robots galore as Asia's biggest tech fair opens See in context

Awesome event will go again on Friday. Too much to see properly in just one day

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd unveils new high-speed ship against Japanese whalers See in context

Very very few people around the world support Japanese whale hunting.

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