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

@gaijinpapa

people are arrested and detained for long periods of time and then released before indictment. In my case I told the truth from beginning to end. I wasn’t interrogated. I was told someone was going to come to talk to me but was released. I had done nothing wrong. But a week of my life and dignity was taken from me.

So you are innocent, but instead of being held overnight, or told to answer questions on another day , you can be there for days or weeks, and lose your job and reputation.

> @sensei258

I like to recount this story when I read articles like this. Our family experienced Japanese Justice first hand. My step-son was incarcerated for more than 2 weeks, and subjected to multiple interrogations and drug test (all of which were negative) simply because someone else in trouble mentioned his name. We had to hire a lawyer and threaten to sue just to get him released.

gaijinpapa and sensei258 tell stories where people being detained for weeks then being released without any indictment at all. There are plenty stories like this, since official claim that only 37% of accused person being proceed with indicment. That means 63% can be detained for weeks like gaijinpapa that's not went to any interogation at all. In case of sensei258's step son wen to detention was only because someone mentioned his name, no more than that.

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

The floor was plywood covered in tatami colored paper and the lights were on all the time. I didn’t sleep the whole 8 days.

McIntyre said that he can not sleep well too, while in detention.

The checks and balances were a total joke. The DA and the judge just rubber stamped my continued confinement even though it was obvious I was innocent. They searched my cell every day at all hours of the night sirens blazing and wouldn’t let me talk to anyone in English because I didn’t have a translator. The asked me details of my life and kids which they turned around and twisted and published in the paper in a sick, false way.

Ghosn wondering while he still in Japan, how come information about his case is being leaked all the time, while he can not reach to reporter at all.

They even made me volunteer for dna testing even though they new I was to be released (I didn’t know).

That collection is voluntarily base since they just want to try their luck to see whether you were involved in the past crime or even future crime.

After a week I finally requested a lawyer (seemed like a total scam although he did get me out) He worked a total of about 2 hours and shook me down for 5000$. Everyone, especially my lawyer, wanted me to confess and they would let me out in a day, or keep being innocent and spend 2 years in jail for crazy charges.

Most of appointed lawyer unless you choose yourself your lawyer, they'all ask you to confess.

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

If anything, Kelly Luce is a case where the system worked - even after she made a false confession,

System worked? If you mean the system able to make Kelly Luce break mentally so she confess for things that she didn't do then you can say that system works.

But that's not system that should exist in modern world.

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

@Kazuaki Shimazaki

Every time we get into a discussion about the Japanese justice system, we get the inevitable unsubstantiated whines from several people, 

In Japan you have to fight for something that's should be your right from the beginning like fair trail, speedy trial and presumption of innocence, things that should be exist modern justice system. Like Ghosn's Lawyer mentioned that prosecutors still try to preparing their case and evidence indefinitely while Ghosn is being detained.

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

One man was arrested for assault a month of detention interrogation turns out from security camera footage he is 45cm taller than the assulter. Lost his job his Japanese in laws never again trust him. They had the footage from the start but insisted he confess. 

Same like Kelly Luce's case at Kawasaki Kmart where there is a footage that easy enough to clear her allegation within hour but they just detained her for weeks until she confessed to things she didn't do.

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

@Akie

if you are not sure, then don't charge and don't accuse and don't assume, OK ?

That's not the case in Japan. Just check Kelly Luce's case where she was being accused for committing a crime in Kawasaki Kmart where she didn't do at all.

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

@kazetsukai

However, it is a detention center, a prison of sort, so one cannot expect to live as if confined to a home or an apartment. One is placed there for a reason.

Reason? Some innocent people end up there because outdated system, where people need prove their innocent as mentioned by MOJ.

That reason is determined by laws and not at the whim of any individual. When one commits a crime in a any country, one must abide by such laws .

If there were being red handed being caught in act, won't argue about there kind of case. But there are cases where innocent people even have no clue charge brought against them, all they got is constant coerced confession during detention.

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

We can use the Ghosn case as an example of how untrue the above statement is. He was interrogated for up to 8 hours daily. He was threatened with, "Confess or things will get worse." They then punished him by keeping him in solitary confinement, disallowing him any contact with the outside world with no internet or media and banned him from any contact with his family. And, he was only permitted to bathe once a week. This is totally contrary to the above statement. If this statement is untrue, it is logical to conclude the rest of the Q & A is also a load of defensive BS!

 8 hours even more, Ghosn's Lawyer, Takano put Ghosn interrogation detail in his blog post.

http://blog.livedoor.jp/plltakano/archives/65953931.html

Scott McIntyre detention condition is being described

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/19/former-sbs-reporter-scott-mcintyre-arrested-in-japan-reportedly-over-search-for-his-children

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

@BertieWooster

a foreign detainee who didn't speak Japanese. He had been held in solitary confinement for several months, interrogated for hours on end, in conditions described above. He had been staying in a friend's apartment when there was a raid and the police had found drugs. He maintained that he didn't know about the drugs and that it was nothing to do with him. They were trying to get a confession out of him. The guy was in a terrible state, jumping at the slightest sound. He was one step away from being a gibbering idiot.

@sensei258

I like to recount this story when I read articles like this. Our family experienced Japanese Justice first hand. My step-son was incarcerated for more than 2 weeks, and subjected to multiple interrogations and drug test (all of which were negative) simply because someone else in trouble mentioned his name. We had to hire a lawyer and threaten to sue just to get him released.

You should proud with your step-son, he doesn't do drug and he doesn't break to coerced confession. They don't care his test result, they only care to get as many people to be convicted even they know what's going on. Unfortunately your son is one of them. 

Both count from BertieWooster and sensei258 are similar like recent case of Marc Cavazos' case where he assert he is innocent up until his verdict.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

"can" ask for ID in the form of a passport or a reisdence permit in the event they have a well founded suspicion of criminal activity, but you are under no compunction to provide ID in the absence of a reasonable explanation as to why.

That's right usually they just don't have legitimate reason to stop foreigner. If they are being asked the reason, usually they just made it up which you can tell right away.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

What is bothering me most, is that someone was able to forge a realistic Japanese Self-Defense Forces ID for 2000yen...

In Japanese news its stated even less than that, it cost only 1800 yen.

Too bad cosplayer always try to imitate things without aware legal limit what they can imitate. Since he has legal problem with that card, he'll just have to miss whole semester of his school, since they detain him from October. Months of detention with everyday interrogation just like they did to Ghosn, to check whether he has used that card for other than cosplay.

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Posted in: There are cases where provisional leave cannot be granted due to security concerns. But the length of detention and conditions at detention facilities in Japan have been criticized internationally, and there needs to be improvement in regard to human rights. See in context

In Japan, being accused of a crime is the same as being guilty of a crime. Otherwise you wouldn't be accused.

Especially law enforcement Japan has wide discretion whether they will proceed or not with indictment.

Just go ask a regular Japanese person what they think about it, you'll be surprised.

Regular Japanese have no idea about coerced confession, long detention and rubber stamp.

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Posted in: Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report See in context

Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report

Let's hear Ghosn side of story. If Ghosn still waiting for trial he wasn't free to said things while Nissan and prosecutors can make leak and statements whatever they choose.

"personal expenses of Mr Ghosn and unrelated to the (venture's) corporate purposes."

While in Japanese companies this thing is not new, they have expenses to make partners or clients happy like dinner and drinking, golf clubs and many others. Also expense for amakudari that just add to business cost.

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Posted in: Renault chairman says there is 'real desire' to make Nissan alliance work See in context

there was a "real desire" at the helm of the carmaker's alliance with Nissan to make it a success

So can that happen? After Nissan already spend 200 million dollar to get rid of Ghosn, only Nissan who knows the actual reason why that amount of money is worth to use for that purpose.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife slams Japanese justice See in context

"I'm done with Japan," 

Unfortunately Nissan made them, finally done with Japan, the whole thing have been arranged way before he landed in Haneda in November 2018.

When Ghosn claim there is a conspiracy there are plenty evidences that support that, arrangement between Nissan and law officer, Nissan put some budget to get him and Greg Kelly also report that there are some plan to split between Renault and Nissan that discovered by media.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

Japan already join Hague convention, not until last year Japan still in the list of Hague Convention Noncompliance .

Implementation and enforcement still long way to go. Where last year Tokyo court judge said that UN treaty was "merely an agreement to respect" those rights but had no binding power.

https://news.yahoo.com/japan-rules-against-divorced-parents-073118512.html

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife slams Japanese justice See in context

The Japanese justice system is very tough. This has both positive and negative results.

Positive in that it helps keep crime levels very low in comparison to other countries.

That's because Japanese justice system? Japanese society are contributing even more to make crime level really low.

As far as Ghosn goes, I would say that if he was guilty of those accusations then he should be punished. 

Being in solitary confinement for months facing harsh interrogation everyday including on Saturday and Sunday for 7 hours, while being coerced to make confession and plead guilty.

If being found guilty because all of that, is that really fair system?

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

It was also not clear why he was arrested more than a month

He was released on bail last Friday after pleading guilty to the charges.

Not clear? Arrested for more than a month, while inside it can be non stop interrogation, solitary confinement and other things. After several weeks then he plead guilty, that's similar method they try to use to Ghosn. Plead guilty even you are not then get suspended sentence.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife slams Japanese justice See in context

"What they're accusing me of is a bit of a joke," said the 54-year-old Lebanese-American national, who spent many years as a fashion designer in New York and whose children live in the U.S. city. "I testified for hours and they told me you are free to go, and now, nine months later... this comes up. They are vindictive. This has nothing to do with the law."

Her arrest warrant just come just before Ghosn starting his first press conference after his escape. While in April last year Ghosn was re-arrested for new charge just when he tried to arrange his press conference while he was on bail. So coincidences?

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife slams Japanese justice See in context

Tokyo prosecutors have said his allegations of a conspiracy are false 

It's already verified by media and more to come. Ghosn also mentioned that Nissan 200 million dolar to set up him. Why would any company spend that much money unless there's a actual reason.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-01-13/nissan-executives-step-up-plans-for-possible-renault-split-ft-video

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Posted in: NHK to begin simultaneous online streaming in April See in context

Let's see if our cable and cellphone bills will automatically go up with some involuntarily added NHK fees.

Let's see if NHK collector will use reason that household that has internet connection need to pay their fees.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

he would take two weeks of paternity leave, the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country.

Give a speech climate fight must be sexy while no significant progress with power companies and then take paternal leave.

Taking paternal leave alone will give set good example and deliver good message, since most of minister and top bureaucrats in Japan consist of old people that never take responsible in their home, so they just won't becoming role model for this.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic ticket designs unveiled See in context

The tickets also include the official Tokyo 2020 sport pictograms, designed to subtly communicate the characteristics and athleticism of each sport, as well as artistically highlights the dynamism of athletes.

It's better for them to improve their ticket registration system rather than try polishing their ticket.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Tokyo-Olympics-ticket-site-jammed-with-traffic-on-launch-day

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Posted in: Ghosn says French envoy told him of inside plot See in context

Nissan has already pleaded guilty, mooting this point.

Not only that, they spend 200 Million dollar to handle Ghosn. So when Ghosn being arrested they already and Nissan go to press release no more than 3 hours, they already prepare for that. No other Japanese companies can give press release that fast.

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Posted in: Ghosn says French envoy told him of inside plot See in context

His account is far more believable than theirs

Also least some of Ghosn's side of story already being confirmed by media, of course more to come. Nissan always said that Ghosn arrest has nothing to do with alliance but more facts are emerge.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-01-13/nissan-executives-step-up-plans-for-possible-renault-split-ft-video

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Posted in: Ghosn says French envoy told him of inside plot See in context

Ghosn was set up and arrested getting off a plane, and so therefore was already in the system.

Or that what they thought until he showed up in news conference, now they still have that problem.

https://japantoday.com/category/business/ghosn-escape-proves-fresh-headache-for-ailing-nissan

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Posted in: Ghosn says French envoy told him of inside plot See in context

Why is Saikawa not arrested?

Ghosn mentioned names that involved behind inside plot they are Hiroto Saikawa, Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Masakazu Toyoda, Hidetoshi Imazu and Hari Nada. Of course none of those plotter being arrested, not only that Nissan spend 200 million dollar to get him.

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Posted in: Ghosn says French envoy told him of inside plot See in context

"Frankly, I was shocked by the arrest and the first thing I asked is make sure Nissan knows so they can send me a lawyer," Ghosn told Reuters in an interview in Beirut. "And the second day, 24 hours from this, I received a visit from the French ambassador who told me: 'Nissan is turning against you'. 

Even after he being sent to detention facility, he still had no clue what's going on. Only after French envoy told him that Nissan turned against him then he realized there is a plot. After that he still need to figure out things by himself to find out what is really happening, inside detention faculty with minimum communication to outside world.

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Posted in: Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020 See in context

In addition to tendering your resignation, Takehara and his staff will also handle the meetings and discussions related to any as-yet unpaid salary or overtime fees, and also see to it that you receive any legally mandated severance pay, three streams of income that not all employers are cooperative in letting flow to an individual who’s planning to leave the company. Your job-quitting proxy will also act as your agent in making sure you are allowed to use, or otherwise compensated for, any vacation time you’ve accrued but not used, and also negotiate for favorable terms as far as when/how you’ll need to vacate any company-supplied or subsidized housing, a perk that’s not uncommon in corporate Japan

Just telling to quit it's not that difficult but what need to be done afterward like unpaid salary or overtime fees, big companies usually they already procedure in place and no hard feelings. Smaller one that can be really different, can end up in endless meeting that end up with less amount that should be able to get.

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Posted in: Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault See in context

Financial Times, citing "several people with knowledge of the matter", said Monday that said senior executives at the scandal-hit firm were speeding up work on secret plans for a potential parting of ways with France's Renault.

There are already rumors about this by the time Ghosn got arrested. During interview and press conference after his escape Ghosn also mentioned about this. Now foreign media also able confirmed it. While Japanese media busy with his box.

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