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Posted in: Ghosn vows to restore his honor in court, lawyer says See in context

The entire system needs to be reformed. From the criminal law side, family law side, etc. These so-called lawyers are suppose to advocate for equal rights and human rights for all under the Attorney Act. Looking at Ghosn’s and Kelly’s situation - obviously they don’t. Speak Carlos Ghosn - Speak! This a man who saved Nissan and Sony to be truthful. Hence, Japan Inc. Instead the throw the man in detention. Unfortunately, he is not the first one, however.,

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Posted in: Prosecutors appeal after court decides against extending detention of Ghosn, Kelly See in context

The Tokyo District Court should go back in time and throughout ever case that was due (directly or indirectly) to a force confession. For the international community in particular and the embassies in general (especially the USA and France) to allow this to go on for so long is completely shameful and a gross violation of human rights and international law. Hopefully, justice will be served and Ghosn and Kelly are being released simply because they have assets (Excuse my French).

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

Kelly is American.

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

How can you have a prosecutor question a detainee for hours without a defense lawyer being present? It’s like having a professional baseball player playing against little league players. Is it not? Second, how can courts and judges accept forced confessions? It’s like what happen in the United States during the Jim Crow Era or Apartheid in South Africa. Ghosn and Kelly should be the Ghandi and Mandela of Japan. Surprisingly, foreign embassies have allowed this to happen. Perhaps that is why the rumor mill refers to the American Embassy as the American Toshoukan (American Library) in detention. The American Embassy (like the French) does nothing but supply books once a month to detainees. Doubt if the French or American government will save Ghosn and Kelly in Japan. I wonder why Trump has not said anything about Kelly.

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Posted in: Missing Okayama girl found unharmed; 49-year-old man arrested See in context

The mother alerted police to an alleged stalker in May and nothing happen. It was only after the witness describe the silver car and the stalker that the police took action. Luckily the little girl was unharmed.

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Posted in: Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms See in context

Which is more unbelievable: his comments or married couples still using condoms?

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Posted in: IOC warns Tokyo over potential 2020 venue changes See in context

Former PM Mori must be loved in political circles. I am not sure if the average voter in Japan agrees, however. If Mori decides to change venues by himself it would be shameful act.

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Posted in: Tokyo assemblywoman heckled on why she isn't married or having children See in context

She was talking about support for child-rearing for current and future mothers, and instead her male counterparts made sexist comments. Shameful! That's okay. All the females in Japan can contact me. A real man would be happy to listen.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor unveils plan to lure foreign business talent See in context

The Governor's statement that “We badly need 'young' talented persons" is off the mark from the start. How old is young? In some countries or cultures excluding people from the work force or work pool based on a particular age is ageism. I agree with most that Singapore, the US, Australia, and even China seem to be looking for good foreign talent. The Tokyo Governor may be trying to make a good point. However, I hope it is not the same way they treated Japanese-Brazilians. http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1892469,00.html

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Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah See in context

@Nessie and all: Real Hangover IV type driving in this piece! Guess they saw too many Hollywood movies in California and try to simulate the same in Utah. The Utah police could've had them for fleeing the scene, failure to obey a lawful order, obstruction of justice, reckless endangerment, endangerment of a minor, and driving while lacking common sense (DWC). I am surprise that didn't yell "I'll be back!" after the police let them go.

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Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah See in context

@Nessie: My point is this - Do not assume they had a license with them. The article does not state it so do not make up facts. The statue YOU quoted states "immediate possession." Their is nothing in the article that states they had any license with them. Luckily, the Utah police were kind enough to let them go due to their lack of English skill and their child. Driving 101 surely teaches drivers to stop when a police car flashes its lights, blows its siren, and tells the driver to pull over. You talking about California when they were driving in Utah a different jurisdiction.

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Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah See in context

More than likely the family was driving without a driver's license and panicked. Lt. Horne handled the situation professionally. His officers had time to lay down tire spikes before the car stopped. Surely, the family had been speeding for some time. I can understand the confusion of the roads but come on. Police cars and sirens are recognized internationally. Hopefully Lt. Horne treats all citizens and tourists in his jurisdiction fairly in the future (i.e., No double-standard).

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Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah See in context

@Nessie - The statue you cited states "immediate possession".

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Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah See in context

Had mixed feelings at first when reading the first part of the article. The family's misunderstanding of the roads can be confusing. Sounds reasonable. However, they did not have a Japanese driver's license with them; did not stop after seeing and hearing the police warnings; and claim a lack of English understanding. Begs the question: How did they get / rent the car? The police actions appear reasonable as well. Yet, not pursuing chargers could led to a double standard.

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Posted in: Nago mayor pleads against U.S. air base See in context

I remember going to school in Okinawa. Enjoyed listening and showing affection to the Okinawa people. Learnt a lot. The atmosphere was wonderful.

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Posted in: Nago mayor pleads against U.S. air base See in context

Listening the right way was good. Smart.

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Posted in: Sony cuts 5,000 jobs, forecasts Y110 bil loss See in context

Love Sony! Wish they had listen to me years ago. Perhaps, I would have stayed. The top executive they had in place was only put there because of seniority - no talent or skills. The subsidiary was sold as a result. Sony was ahead of its time back in the day. Had real talented people back then on the junior level. Management was clueless and set in their old traditional ways. Darn. We had created something real brilliant. Sony sold that as well. The US, Australia, and China is where it is nowadays. Would love to see Konami and Panasonic too make a stronger come back.

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Posted in: Japan to open door further to skilled foreign workers See in context

I could be mistaken but Australia is one country that is looking for highly skilled workers and mean what they say.

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Posted in: Japan to open door further to skilled foreign workers See in context

It is all talk. I agree with isoducky. Japanese companies may need highly skilled workers to compete in a global environment but the Japanese government and residents of Japan themselves surely don't. Walk down to any immigration office and see for yourself. A joke. Nothing but talk as usual.

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Posted in: TOKYO AWARDED 2020 OLYMPICS See in context

Congratulations Japan! Well-done.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor slams Fukushima coverage on eve of 2020 vote See in context

Who is Naoki Inose? Never heard of him. Tokyo Gov. Ishihara was straight-forward and spoke his mind. Time to get him back in office.

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Posted in: Japan says it is in touch with U.S., others on Fukushima water crisis See in context

Foreign companies were shut out now Japan is asking for their help. Kind of late isn't it?

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Posted in: Civic groups angered after kids handle assault weapons at U.S. Navy open house See in context

I guess the children never went to a Game Center. Perhaps they should aim their frustration towards TEPCO. Tokyo Gas is the same. The Japanese government should liquidate both.

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Posted in: Woman found bound at home tied herself up to avoid going to work See in context

She is not too smart if you ask me. Those self-possessed skill sets could have been used to allow her to become the first modern day Houdini and quit her job.

Clever she is.

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Posted in: Zimmerman 'got away with murder' of black teen: juror See in context

Despite years of experience I felt neither the prosecution or defense team were competent. Too many SuperLawyers where I come from. However, O'Mara (the defense attorney) did a good job by pausing in silence for four minutes during the closing argument. Had Zimmermann been in Japan, though, he would have been convicted. Never heard of a defense attorney winning a case in Japan.

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Posted in: Zimmerman 'got away with murder' of black teen: juror See in context

Neither Zimmermann nor his defense team prove that Zimmermann was innocent of murder or manslaughter. Zimmermann never took the witness stand. All his defense team did was argue reasonable doubt to which the jury had to acquit. The prosecution did not have a legal strategy or plan to convict. At the same time Zimmermann received donations to pay for his legal defense. Had he received a public defender like most people the outcome may have been different.

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Posted in: Hashimoto cancels trip to U.S. See in context

The media is too modest. I think he officially stated on the record "He wants to legalize prostitution." He should be barred altogether from traveling to the US with his offensive comments. Luckily Japan and the US have a strong relationship. He should resign or be disbarred.

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Posted in: Court invalidates Y4.8 mil bill after teen takes dad's credit card on tour of hostess clubs See in context

Not a bad ruling by Presiding Judge Hashidume. Shows judicial leadership.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe See in context

Inose should resign immediately from the Olympic Committee and allow a real leader to lead Tokyo 2020.

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Posted in: Mother, employer of epileptic crane driver ordered to pay compensation over fatal accident See in context

Confusing. Was it an accident or negligent homicide? A criminal case, civil case, or both? Does a mother have to sign for her son to get a driver's license in Japan? Not sure why they found the mother legally accountable. Surely in Japan they have driving schools. Perhaps the driving school could have been held fined. Why go after the mother? It's like punishing her for her son having epilepsy.

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