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Posted in: Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison See in context

"Nishiyama was indicted after admitting to killing the patient under police questioning in 2004, but she later retracted her confession, saying she had been coerced by investigators."

coerce -

1 to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition:

They coerced her into signing the document.

2 to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact:

to coerce obedience.

3 to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.:

The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.

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Posted in: Japanese deputy justice minister tells Lebanon Ghosn should stand trial in Japan See in context

"Judges who dare to find people not guilty get punished professionally." (Hiroshi Segi, a former Supreme Court judge, in his book entitled “The Hopeless Court”). So did Ghosn really have a chance at a fair trial in Japan?

Hiroshi Ishikawa, a former prosecutor: “I was taught that foreigners and gang members have no human rights. I was taught that winning is everything. And with the de facto power to detain someone who insists they’re innocent all the way up to their trial, we usually win. However, that doesn’t always mean that justice is served.”

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Posted in: Japan may expand ban on foreigners from China amid virus outbreak See in context

Dr. Francis Boyle is perhaps best known for authoring the Biological Weapons Act. In an explosive interview with Geopolitics and Empire, Dr. Boyle reveals that the coronavirus now circulating in the wild, exploding as a pandemic, is indeed an “offensive biological warfare weapon.”

In this eye-opening interview, probably soon to be banned by YouTube, Dr. Boyle plainly confirms that the coronavirus is a biological weapon system which escaped the Wuhan BSL-4 laboratory and broke containment in the local population, spreading uncontrollably.

https://youtu.be/TsyujjitOFM

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

justice

"fairness in the way people are dealt with"

"Fair behaviour and the quality of being fair and reasonable"

"the upholding of what is fair, just, and right"

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

@ quercetum

Group E: Guilty or Innocent aside, Japan’s Legal System needs reform.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

Japan's judicial system has come under fire over Ghosn's case. Critics have for years said the prolonged detentions tend to coerce false confessions

"Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted here, in Paris, in 1948, the presumption of innocence, respect of dignity and rights of defense have been essential components of what constitute a fair trial."

Iwao Hakamada was born March 10, 1936, in Shizuoka City, Japan.

Hakamada was interrogated and, in August 1966, he was arrested based on his confession and a tiny amount of blood and gasoline found on a pair of pajamas he owned. According to his lawyers, Hakamada was interrogated a total of 264 hours, for as many as 16 hours a session, over 23 days to obtain the confession.

They added that he was denied water or toilet breaks during the interrogation.

At his trial, Hakamada retracted the confession, saying police had kicked and clubbed him to obtain it, and pleaded not guilty.[4]

"I could do nothing but crouch down on the floor trying to keep from defecating," he later told his sister. "One of the interrogators put my thumb onto an ink pad, drew it to a written confession record and ordered me, 'Write your name here!' [while] shouting at me, kicking me and wrenching my arm.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwao_Hakamada

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

"Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted here, in Paris, in 1948, the presumption of innocence, respect of dignity and rights of defense have been essential components of what constitute a fair trial."

Iwao Hakamada was born March 10, 1936, in Shizuoka City, Japan.

Hakamada was interrogated and, in August 1966, he was arrested based on his confession and a tiny amount of blood and gasoline found on a pair of pajamas he owned. According to his lawyers, Hakamada was interrogated a total of 264 hours, for as many as 16 hours a session, over 23 days to obtain the confession.

They added that he was denied water or toilet breaks during the interrogation.

At his trial, Hakamada retracted the confession, saying police had kicked and clubbed him to obtain it, and pleaded not guilty.[4]

"I could do nothing but crouch down on the floor trying to keep from defecating," he later told his sister. "One of the interrogators put my thumb onto an ink pad, drew it to a written confession record and ordered me, 'Write your name here!' [while] shouting at me, kicking me and wrenching my arm.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwao_Hakamada

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Posted in: Japan revises Fukushima cleanup plan; delays removal of spent fuel rods See in context

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s promise that the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was “under control” in his successful pitch three years ago for Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic Games “was a lie”, former premier Junichiro Koizumi said on Wednesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-idUSKCN11D0UF

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Posted in: Koizumi seeks further innovation in Japan to fight climate change See in context

What do you think ?

Climate change hoax COLLAPSES as new science finds human activity has virtually zero impact on global temperatures.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-12-climate-change-hoax-collapses-new-science-cloud-cover.html

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Posted in: Two elderly sisters found dead of apparent heatstroke in their home See in context

You can buy an electric fan (made in China) @ the home centre for 2,000 Yen.

Would have been the difference between life and death.

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Posted in: Schoolgirls chase suspected train groper and get timely assist from tripper See in context

Well done girls. Also thanks for taking the video. Also great job the guy that tripped him up.

REPLY

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Posted in: 8 years on, contaminated water remains big problem for Fukushima clean-up See in context

*8 years on, contaminated water remains big problem for Fukushima clean-up*

Big ? Maybe very big or enormous, huge problem ?

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes draft to cut plastic waste by 25% by 2030 See in context

25% by 2030

How about 50% by 2025 ?

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Posted in: Swine fever spreads in Japan; gov't warns of 'extremely serious' phase See in context

A typical pig factory generates the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, raising animals for food is the number-one source of water pollution.

The Union of Concerned Scientists lists meat-eating as the second-biggest environmental hazard facing the Earth. (Number one is fossil-fuel vehicles.) Globally, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

@AkieToday  10:34 am JST

"John, needless to say that I have full confidence in Japanese laws and all decisions based on them."

This statement gave me a good laugh - are you serious?

Or maybe you are just teasing us or maybe joking ??

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

Mark Karpeles (French businessman) also spent some time in the detention center in Tokyo.

"I wouldn't want this on anyone," Karpeles told CNN. "Not my worst enemy, not even humanity's worst enemy."

Karpeles said he lost 77 pounds (34 kgs) in custody. After the interrogation period came seven months in solitary confinement at a pre-trial detention center in Tokyo.

He remembers every detail of his windowless 6-square-meter (65-square-foot) cell, which had tatami floors, a sink, a toilet, and a small table on which he kept his journal.

Karpeles said he was forced to sit upright in a corner for some ten hours a day. If guards caught him slouching or napping, they would shout through the door. Once, when he failed to comply, he was taken to the padded "punishment room" where his hands were tied behind his back and he was kept on the floor for several hours.

He was released on bail more than two years ago, but he says he's still adjusting to life on the outside.

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Posted in: Ghosn case rattles Japan's expat business community See in context

Carole Ghosn, his wife, issued a statement Thursday

“I am pleading with the Japanese authorities to provide us with any information at all about my husband’s health,” Mrs. Ghosn said. “We are fearful and very worried his recovery will be complicated while he continues to endure such harsh conditions and unfair treatment.”

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Posted in: UK's Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal See in context

Jeremy Hunt praised for becoming first UK minister to give speech in Japanese

https://news.sky.com/story/jeremy-hunt-praised-for-becoming-first-uk-minister-to-give-speech-in-japanese-11501479

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Posted in: Japan hangs all 6 remaining Aum death row inmates See in context

"If you kill, then you must be killed"

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Posted in: Scrapping crippled Fukushima plant to cost Y220 bil annually See in context

Could someone please check my calculations ?

It doesn't sound right to me.

Y220 bil annually

= approx 600,000,000 Y per day ! (600 million)

= approx 25,000,000 Y per hour ! (25 million)

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Posted in: Fukui governor OKs restart of 2 nuclear reactors See in context

@ Stuart hayward Interesting ! "my small house is almost runs completely off grid, once I replace my old heating unit, I'll be 100% off grid. In time it can be done by anyone, homes," thanks !

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Posted in: Gov't says 70% of land suitable for nuclear waste disposal See in context

"Taking the map as an opportunity, "we hope to have communications (with municipalities) nationwide and earn the understanding of the public," he said."

LOL !!

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Posted in: Golden Week holiday travelers flood roads, train stations See in context

https://japantoday-asset.scdn3.secure.raxcdn.com/img/store/aa/b4/35ee4e4eb94c04b89e0023498305bee1f671/trainpass/_w850.jpg

they all look so happy - it's Golden Week

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

It's very impressive - love it.

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Posted in: 17-year-old girl hit by train while using smartphone on platform See in context

Not so smart

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Posted in: Brexit shock more bad news for Abe See in context

@Blattamexiguus "Cue Abe blaming the complete failure of Abenomics on the Brexit vote." I agree - I was immediately thinking the same.

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Posted in: Japanese journalists accuse gov't of pressuring media See in context

2015 World Press Freedom Index (1) Finland (61) Japan

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Posted in: Japan restarts Takahama nuclear reactor See in context

"after a court ruled it was safe despite opposition from local residents." the reality is that nothing is safe in this world. Even crossing the road, let alone a nuclear reactor.

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Posted in: Ruling, opposition parties deadlocked over proposed security bill See in context

well spoken

“Japan is now heading toward war, blindly following the United States. The bills are against the constitution,” said 55-year-old Makiko Inui as she stood in the rain outside parliament.

“Prime Minister Abe is wrong in his way of trying to build peace. We must oust Abe or Japan could be destroyed.”

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Posted in: Typhoon Goni hits Okinawa after killing 19 in Philippines See in context

We had a windy day here on Okinawa island. We were fortunate that it didn't hit us directly.

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