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Posted in: Surveillance proposed by defense team likely helped Ghosn secure bail See in context

@drlucifer "Hostage Justice" to me it is "ijime or Harassment (Bullying) justice. Bullying is rife in all facets of life in japan.

I agree! You have identified the basic issue very nicely. Society in Japan, including the justice and government, really doesn't have the same understanding of what "ijime" is . The issue with hostage justice is strictly "ijime".

Glad the world is taking notice to help Japan understand the concept.

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Posted in: Ghosn posts ¥1 billion bail; released after 108 days in detention See in context

@Yubaru.....The prosecutors only take cases to court where they KNOW they will gain a conviction.

I see one very BIG difference this time. The world watchdogs are looking on, and changes in society will take a much deeper into the laws, consider deeper the human rights, and society and world ethics. I expect this will be a turning point in Japanese law and I'll do my best also to comment on the issues.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor criticized for putting her hands in pockets during Tokyo Marathon ceremony See in context

I think the expression on her face showing care for the athletes is more important.

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Posted in: Former AKB48 idol singer Mariko Shinoda gets proposed to on first date; says yes, is now married See in context

They may have met for the first time in November, but I suspect they could be texting each other for a while as part of the friends group.

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Posted in: No host? No problem. Queen, Lady Gaga bring Grammys vibe to Oscars See in context

Lady Gaga and actor-director Bradley Cooper will perform a live duet of her hit song "Shallow" 

Fantastic! Lady Gaga and Bradley singing Shallow live! Best song of the year in my mind!

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Posted in: Mother, boyfriend arrested for forcing daughter to take cold bath, binding, beating her See in context

They are just bullies and no doubt they learned their bullying skills in the Japanese education system.

Agree, very plausible indeed!

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Posted in: Father held over fatal abuse of daughter rearrested for earlier assault See in context

There is a huge problem in Japan with violence towards kids, which is almost always fished out some kind of twisted disciplinary action. 

Agree completely here. Parents tell me strong discipline (ie physical punishment) is designed to make them strong or give them "backbone". My reply is that is pre-1960s thinking! Thankfully I've also seen a number of mothers handle discipline issues by bending down to the child's eye level and discuss the problem like adults (often 4-6 year olds!). If I am with someone, I always point how well the communication is between the mother and child. Changes in society require education and building awareness through the media, society and government!

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Posted in: 24 of 50 new slots at Haneda to be given to Japanese, U.S. airlines See in context

Apparently the new slots are only available between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm so that puts some restriction on which airlines can take advantage of the openings. I'd like to see a better balance too of flights from other regions of the world.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

For me childhood is about exploring and understanding things around you in the world so that you can survive. UN report reminds us all that children are individuals and their opinions matter. The issues I see in Japan is the way parents and society look at children.

I've had parents tell me and their children that children's opinions don't matter because they are not adults yet!

Really? This attitude needs to change before the system will change.

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Posted in: Police raid yakuza office in Tokyo over Kabukicho shooting See in context

Arent the cops on the Yakuza payroll, 

Sort of, the police (and government) rely on the yakuza to handle certain parts of society they cannot. However there are a set of rules and areas. If the rules are broken such as shooting someone then the police get involved like they are now. This guy crossed the line.

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Posted in: Trump, Pelosi agree on Feb 5 for State of the Union address See in context

The speaker of the house is supposed to set the rules of the house -- isn't that what she is doing all along and not being bullied by the president to accept his agenda? I agree with the other posters - Pelosi upheld the honor of the house procedures as the post requires.

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Posted in: Trump's shutdown retreat reveals weakness See in context

It does look to me from afar that Trump admitted that he made a mistake and should not have linked the controversial funding project with regular funding of the government.

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Posted in: Trudeau sacks Canadian envoy to China after Huawei controversy See in context

But on Friday, McCallum told The Vancouver Star that it would be "great for Canada" if the U.S. dropped its extradition request.

@Kobe - After the first controversial comments to the press early in the week, Mr. McCallum continued to make comments on Friday. I would say that was the issue that did him in. You can't keep putting salt into the wound when you are told not to! Sorry to see him go but he should know better.

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Posted in: Tennis fans in Japan, Abe hail Naomi Osaka See in context

If Osaka-san does not choose Japanese nationality at 22, my guess is it will run into a problem to obtain a Japanese passport. However, this is really a personal issue isn't it?

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Posted in: China demands U.S. drop Huawei extradition request with Canada See in context

An example of grandstanding at its best!

Agree with ChipStar. It's not a given that Canada would approve an extradition request from the USA and will simply hand over Ms Meng. The request needs to go through the Canadian justice system and the decision will be justified with a reason for all to see.

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Posted in: Tokyo court denies Ghosn's latest bail request See in context

The court did not give a reason for the denial. 

I can't believe the court is allowed not to give a reason. If the court did not give a reason, doesn't this open up the system to abuse and bias?

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Posted in: Russians protest any Kuril islands handover to Japan See in context

as recognized by USA

Where did you find this information?

An opinion in the North Carolina Journal of International Law suggests the issue is not so clear cut


Amy B. Quillen, The Kuril Islands or the Northern Territories: Who Owns Them - Island Territorial Dispute Continues to Hinder Relations between Russia and Japan, 18 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 633 (1992). Available at:

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Posted in: Ghosn again asks for bail; promises not to flee, pay for security guards See in context

Excellent! I am glad to see he is challenging the system but requires seems to require some empathy and creative thinking skills on the judgement side. Japan, and indeed business organization Keidanren and education ministry recognizes more creative thinking skills are needed in society to work in the global. With the worlds eyes watching, I certainly hope the judge will recognize the issue this time!

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Posted in: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands See in context

I agree it does look like the two parties have gone back to their respective corners demanding their way is the only righteous way, and as such the dispute cannot be resolved satisfactorily without a compromise on both sides.

The justifications of both sides look to me as a rather imperialistic view. There is another viewpoint which is being ignored in the media and that is about the people who inhabited the areas before the Russians and Japanese. One compromise which could resolve and save face for for both sides would be for the region to be recognized as the territorial land of the Ainu, and let both sides negotiate with the Ainu. After all, the Ainu inhabited the area before any Russian or Japanese did, didn't they? This is another way to look at this dispute that might help both sides to cooperate and create a better life for the people living in the region and others who wish to do so.

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Posted in: Father pleads guilty to beating 8-year-old son to death See in context

Unfortunately he won't get the death penalty, which is what he deserves. Because it's a family matter he may even avoid jail time

Japanese law also seems to treat better, people who recognize their guilt. It is good to see the father recognized the fault. However, is jail or death the best punishment to deter others. DV happens regularly in Japan and a mental health issue that needs to be addressed through counselling and government support. I hope someone also recognizes the responsibility of society in this matter - as well......

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Posted in: Man waits for passing train inside crossing gates See in context

I also find it amazing that no one came to raise the barrier before the train came! Surely there are some others around that could have raised the bar or told him to climb under!

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Posted in: Osaka subway drivers win court case over right to grow beards See in context

The question behind this is about what decree of control a company has over people they hire. Many people wear beards because of their faith. Could it be that Osaka is opening up employment to more foreign workers?

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Posted in: R&B star Alicia Keys to host 2019 Grammy Awards See in context

Excellent choice! Young, talented and a person with diverse opinions is what the world needs now. I look forward to the show. A good step forward to make the industry more inclusive (and provide more diverse role models)

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Posted in: At your service See in context

I've tried these "robots" but find they are nothing more than a touch screen panel giving off prerecorded information in a fancy plastic case. Much like the automatic all answering telephones. I much prefer the "autoblot chat" features on support web sites common now in places like Canada, USA, Australia etc, where you chat with a real person. Integrating chat features in robots is probably coming in the not too distance future.

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Posted in: Merkel, Abe, other leaders to attend Davos forum as Trump sits out See in context

No matter what the reason it is good Trump is not attending because this is a discussion forum -- and Trump appears not to be able to discuss - only push for his way. I look forward to seeing how these discussions go.

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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan See in context

There was some commotion during Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi's speech 

Was this some kind of protest? Perhaps against the Mayor's speech? It would be interesting to hear about the motivation of these young people in the news report.

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Posted in: Tokyo court approves detention of ex-Nissan boss Ghosn until Jan 11 See in context

Thank you Disillusioned for filling in the details for us. Mr. Ghosn seems to be resisting the pressure and remaining silent which I see is frustrating the prosecutors. Good!

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Posted in: Tokyo court approves detention of ex-Nissan boss Ghosn until Jan 11 See in context

and over the absence of lawyers during interrogations, a norm in Japan.

By "a norm in Japan" , may I assume this also means . " as the law in Japan states". Does anyone know if this is in fact the law in Japan. to interrogate without a lawyer present?

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Posted in: 'He wore Uniqlo to meet me!' Japanese woman shares petty bad date story See in context

WTF is wrong with Uniqlo? It's like 90% of my wardrobe.

Nothing! As the saying goes--never judge a book by its cover. A Uniqlo wardrobe also shows you might be putting away a nest egg to purchase a condo or house. Smart I would say!

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Posted in: Former Nissan exec Kelly released on bail; being examined in Ibaraki hospital See in context

I am very pleased to see the Tokyo court focused on doing their job and releasing Mr. Kelly. Holding a person suffering from medical condition is a very important human rights issue.

These problems with Nissan provides an opportunity to discuss the different cultural issues / tactics in business (and elsewhere). This story is very good learning process for the country -- especially business.

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