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Posted in: 40% back Abe-proposed approach to revise pacifist Constitution: poll See in context

This guy putting Japan back on a path to war..Really don't like him.

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Posted in: Japan eyes law to tighten control on gene editing of human eggs See in context

this is probably the only hope for our species, to be honest

humans are built in with some incredibly destructive tendencies that threaten the global safety.

editing out or toning down genes that cause extreme aggression, mania, depression, etc. could significantly improve how humans cooperate on a whole.

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

I find it amusing that some people are professing the virtues of Japanese prison/detention food.

Let's get a few things straight: Food for prisons is not the same as the food for detention centers. The sources may be the same, but they may also be COMPLETELY different. It's possible food in one prison may be cooked by inmates, but it's also entirely possible that it's completely contracted out to a third party.

In the case of detention centers, detainees are almost never allowed out of their cells. In Carlos Ghosn's case, you are looking at someone who is in solitary confinement for close to 23 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can forget about people doing kitchen duty in a place like that. His only time out of a cell is to see the lawyer or brush his teeth, and once a week, have a 5-10 minute bath or shower.

Let's talk about the nutrition of these meals. If you have ever met someone who's been in detention a long time, you'll notice right away that they're approaching Auschwitz levels of malnourishment. I interviewed a guy who had been in custody at a detention facility for 8 months (Without trial, just like Ghosn). He was nothing but skin and bones.

The types of food, and the quantity of food, served at detention centers seems to assume everyone being fed has the absolute lowest basal metabolic rate of the average Japanese citizen. Between the morning meal and evening meal, you're looking at perhaps 1,000 calories of energy, most of it coming from white rice. The remainder of the calories are provided at lunch in the form of pure carbohydrates, mostly sugary jam packets and juice boxes. Daily average is somewhere between 1,500 and 2,100 calories, it varies depending on the food served on a particular day. For diabetics or people with medical conditions, there are alternative foods provided, but the alternative foods do not take into consideration the calorie and nutritional deficit created by not having sugary or high starch items. So you end up with some people gradually withering away into walking skeletons, and developing internal organ problems because they're just barely sustaining themselves on small portions of protein and grease.

If you contact the MOJ about what the nutrition of meals provided to detainees or prisoners is, they'll block you at every turn. They will tell you that the meals have been designed to sustain a person and keep them healthy. However if you analyze the content of the average meal it is clear to see that the meals are not even close to healthy, with the majority of items being expired bento boxes full of deep fried, breaded foods, and it is impossible to get even a general figure on what nutritional guidelines are actually being met with these meals. If you follow up with the contractors who supply and make these meals, you may get some nutritional information out of them, and it becomes very clear that you cannot keep a person healthy by feeding them such food for extended periods of time. You have got to remember we're talking about people being detained for months or years at a time, and this is the only thing they can eat to survive. They need to be given decent enough food to prevent muscle atrophy and organ damage.

The reality of the situation is that the MOJ doesn't know nor care what detained people are being fed, so long as they don't die of starvation before they're moved to a prison where the meals actually are regulated and managed by a nutritionist, or in the rarest of cases, just released back to society.

The MOJ provides itself with an escape route: It's possible for detainees at some (Most?) detention facilities to purchase bento boxes made to a higher quality and nutritional standard. They're generally high in price so only those who were carrying a lot of cash at the time of arrest can continue purchasing these for long, or they'll need to have a lawyer bring cash to them.

TLDR: Japanese detention standards are a throwback to the 1800's. Only superficially does it look like modern standards are being met. In reality the conditions are similar to those of third world nations, and slow starvation does occur in certain people detained for long periods.

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

I have no way of determining whether his condition is real, doctors will be able to determine that and provide documentation if it is.

That being said, this angle is a very well used one in cases of detention in Japanese facilities. It is generally the last trick up the sleeve of any person being detained without chance of release. Which is why we didn't hear about it until now. It's fairly rare for people to be let out of Japanese detention facilities on medical grounds.

You can read several stories per year where people being detained in both immigration centers and police detention centers are extremely ill. They're then released and die within several days. Removing them from the custody of the facility absolves the MOJ of any responsibility for denial of basic health care.

IIRC in 2013 or 2014 a man with a cancerous tumor was held in an immigration facility until 1 week before his death. He was routinely denied medical treatment. When the tumor was finally discovered he had only days to live and was unable to walk.

This is the reality for people being detained in Japan.

Even if he manages to secure release from police custody, unless he has PR in Japan, it is likely his original travel visa has now expired, thus when he's released from police detention, the immigration authorities will be there to arrest him for overstay of his visa and he'll be placed in custody at an immigration detention center. This is how the MOJ operates, it's standard procedure. There's no way to extend your visa while in custody, it is purposefully designed so that any foreigner put in custody can not be freed. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

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Posted in: Nissan revs up growth efforts after Ghosn's removal from board See in context

I'm never going to buy a Nissan again, and I was a long time fan of Nissan cars and have owned several high end Skyline models in the past.

Whether Ghosn is guilty or not, it is clear that the management have strung up their CEO to take the fall for something it seems clear they're all involved in.

In the process of doing so it also appears that they have set precedents that all foreigners living in Japan are going to have to live with for the rest of our lives, things like having our passports confiscated without being charged with any crime, and unlimited detention periods while people directly related to "investigations" are allowed to consolidate their story and destroy evidence.

Nissan can bite me as far as I'm concerned, they'll never get another purchase out of me. Sometimes it's not only the quality of the car that matters, but the corporation's ethical responsibility to the community and humanity in general.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife back in Japan for questioning See in context

shouldn't have come back, she's going to be jailed by the clown court and denied any chance of a fair trial or chance to. defend herself.

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Posted in: Japan repatriated more than 400 prisoners over 16-year period See in context

they'd sound swell if it wasn't the case that japan still institutes forced manual labor, basically unpaid (it's paid at the rate of something like 1,000yen per month). prisoners are required to buy their own basic toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, etc. which are all sold at normal consumer prices.

then there is the problem everyone is starting to realize is true - that the japanese justice system incarcerates anyone, regardless of whether they've had a fair trial or not. with the conviction rate as high as it is, it's pretty much a certainty that many foreign prisoners in japan are actually there without having committed a crime. perhaps they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or perhaps they committed a minor infraction and had the book thrown at them, perhaps false confessions, who knows, but since the prosecution has a carte blanche and police interrogations are not recorded, we'll never know.

you won't find a lot of iranians begging to be transferred back to iran. the iranian embassy actively protects its citizens from being deported from japan to iran in many criminal cases. turkey as well. from what i understand, some of these people face life in prison or death if they ever return to iran for whatever crimes they've committed or are accused of. most of them are in for drug trafficking.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

I predicted his arrest just hours before it happened..

anyway, he should have fled. he is never going to receive justice in Japan, the system is a farce.

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Posted in: Ghosn tweets he'll 'tell the truth' at April 11 news conference See in context

The authorities will probably find a way to arrest him for this tweet, be it made by his lawyer or a representative or not, as a violation of his release conditions.

Anything to prevent the corruption that is the J(ustice) system from being exposed in a way that cannot be doubted.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese teenagers found drowned in Australian lake See in context

another case of Japanese kids who don't know how to swim playing in water.

it is extremely sad but it keeps happening over and over. if you can not swim, stay the hell away from water or you are going to die.

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Posted in: 759 foreign trainees in Japan disappeared after unjust treatment: survey See in context

the government of Japan is the broker

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Posted in: 'Abenomics' architect predicts Japan will go ahead with sales tax hike See in context

failed prime minister unable to achieve any semblance of success, and a failed economics advisor who despite dozens of examples from around the world spanning over a century, still believes that stimuli and tax increases will actually help his nation.

this guy must also be best friends with the justice minister, currently scratching his head as he wonders where those thousands of slave laborers (scratch that: international students) disappeared to.

sometimes this country is too much.

how is it that people with so little talent and such a lack of common sense are able to get so far? these people are in fact the bottom feeders of the intellectual pool, why are they shaping how we have to lead our lives?

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Posted in: Closing time? Japan's convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid labor crunch See in context

LDP policy to fix this:

1) Raise retirement age to 75.

2) Issue at least 500,000 "trainee" visas only to workers from Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

3) Reiterate the duty of women, to make babies.

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Posted in: Trans debate rages around the world, pitting LGBT+ community against itself See in context

what a circus

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Posted in: Abe suggests he won't seek 4th term as LDP president See in context

watch out for heart attacks and ischemic infarctions there abe

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Posted in: Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of See in context

God, he is such a dirt bag. His company needs to die.

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Posted in: Swimming star Ikee says battle against leukemia 'harder than I thought' See in context

I hope she will beat this. I hope science and medicine can help her beat it. Really do. Win this one Rikakochan.

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Posted in: Ex-LDP lawmaker resigns Diet seat amid rape allegations See in context

Here's hoping he sees jail time.

You must be joking. Why would he face jail time?

He's Japanese, male, and a politician in Japan. Nothing will come of this. Laws don't apply to them.

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Posted in: Gov't to conduct body scanning experiment at subway station in Tokyo See in context

So when they decide to make this mandatory, which they will, what happens to the laws that prohibit unlawful searches?

Ah, that's right, the authorities do not care and already routinely break them.

Hope you like your dystopian police state folks, this is just the beginning. These will likely be in place and mandatory to go through by 2020 and laws will be put into effect for "Olympic safety"

What an awful shame for a democracy to fall like this.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet rate support rises to 45.6% despite data scandal See in context

I don't see why people keep attacking the poll.

The problem is that the voters of Japan lack either the intelligence or foresight to recognize that sticking to Abe and the LDP is going to ensure the destruction of the nation, first by the loss of most of its population, then, far later, probably by a cultural and economic takeover by China or Korea.

This is the heart of the issue. It took me a few years to get it, but I finally do. Japanese people just don't care what happens to them, especially if it's not going to happen to them right NOW.

Enjoy the fireworks. I am content to buy a secluded property in the countryside and not need to deal with the coming destruction of social infrastructure once the aging crisis peaks. Only 10-20 years away folks.

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Posted in: Amid tensions with Japan, S Korea to boost world awareness on wartime sex abuses See in context

I find it odd that many of those who support the #MeToo movement just as vehemently defend Japan regarding this issue, repeating the points that the governments signed an agreement x years ago, Japan apologized x number of times and that the issue is too old for anyone to care anymore.

I'd like to remind you people that these women were the victims of very personal crimes by a military well known for committing some of the worst atrocities against anyone in all of recorded human history.

Given the fact that Japan still refuses to accept the reality of things which most people accept as fact such as the rape of Nanking, is it such a leap to accept that some direct victims of similar atrocities may still be alive, may not be represented nor consoled by whatever deal two governments struck decades ago, and may want Japan to actually atone for its sins like Germany did?

If you think these womens' plight ought to be forgotten I would say that you need to rethink exactly where you stand on human rights. Just because these women are old and the number of survivors is shrinking does not mean we should accept that governments conspired to buy them off for a few thousand dollars in hush money. The same people who bash Japan Inc for its hush money practices are telling these women and the nation of korea itself to shut up and be happy with the hush money. Grow some spines and stand up for what is right, or at least don't let Japan try to rewrite history as it is currently doing with it's most undemocratic government in recent memory.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

Anyone need more proof that Japan is reverting to extreme right wing governance?

Government mandated sterilization is back in Japan after a 15ish year pause.

I dont understand trans people very well but forced sterilization of people undergoing their change is against global human fundamental rights.

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Posted in: S Korea says Japan showed no definitive proof of radar lock-on See in context

If SK will not comply with Japan’s request for the radar data, quid-pro-quo; there is no reason Japan should reveal the detection capabilities of the P-1, or risk angering nations like Italy, Portugal and Spain, who use the same radar system.

this is only an issue to laymen with no understanding of the systems involved.

every single aircraft assigned to missions like this is capable of receiving FCR threats and recording the frequency of the radar. you do not even need a military vehicle to do this, you can go buy equipment that will do this for you on ebay for under 50 USD. people used to have radar detectors in their cars. far simpler maybe, but with additional components built in, it is not at all difficult to identify the frequency of the source radar.

japan's reluctance to hand over the frequency of the supposed radar lock makes it very difficult to believe they were actually locked on to. according to the audio, the crew of the aircraft determined the "lock" by looking at the direction of the antenna or sensor array on the ship (exactly what they were looking at is unclear). this is not a reliable way to determine a radar lock. optical sensors can track aircraft and i'd imagine on a ship like that an optical sensor can be used to slew the radar to it without the radar actually emitting anything.

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Posted in: S Korea says Japan showed no definitive proof of radar lock-on See in context

i'm not sure what samit basu's comments are being downvoted so much, bots maybe?

pretty much everything he's saying is backed up by verifiable fact, all of these radar systems, and radar warning systems have a certain amount of information available freely on the internet. anyone who can be bothered to study them can learn the basics of how they operate.

if japan can't provide the frequency for a fire control radar, it means there never was a radar lock.

warships have a number of radars onboard. some are used for surface navigation, some are used for air search. a low flying aircraft WILL be painted by surface search radar energy, but it is not a fire control lock. there is no real way to avoid this other than to turn off the radar.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

People routinely die in these detention facilities.

Human rights watch, amnesty international etc. All know about what Japanese police are doing as well as the immigration centers. Which is the next place ghosn is going to be sent for unlimited detention.

He should take his money and break out. He is never going to receive justice and statistically he as at a much higher risk of premature death inside one of those detention facilities. I forget the actual stats but IIRC simply being in one of them increases your risk of death by a major amount

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Posted in: Son of ex-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn predicts court surprises on Tuesday See in context

Hope he drops a bombshell on the dirty Nissan execs that conspired to create this situation

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Posted in: Japan most popular choice for Vietnamese laborers in 2018 See in context

report for nuclear waste cleanup duty!

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

japanese detention centers routinely restrict access to pens and may restrict access to paper depending on the person.

cells are not heated. blocks of cells are heated but all detention centers in japan are built in the same way, a + shaped building with cells on the inside and two corridors for guards, one in front and one behind the cells. those areas are heated.

i don't know why ghosn doesn't just use his money to bust out and leave. he is never going to receive justice in japan.

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Posted in: Ex-M'bishi Hitachi Power executives admit to bribing Thai official See in context

Anyone still think the Japanese justice system is anything other than a steaming pile of something?

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Posted in: Taliban dismiss Afghanistan's peace talks offer See in context

Yup, every last one of the Taliban just needs to be put down. Their entire regime has got to be wiped off the planet and anyone responsible for radicalizing / talibanizing people taken with them. One of the most disgusting groups of people to exist in modern times. Never forget what they were doing to their own people in the 90's - the mass executions of innocent children and women in soccer stadiums, skinning people alive. Disgusting group of animals.

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