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Posted in: Ousted ambassador felt threatened; Trump assails her anew See in context

i was the same testimony you did (if you even watched it). No crime, no bribery. Direct answer from her. “No” she replied.

You are absolutely, perfectly correct. No crime, no bribery under her watch.

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was sent back on May, 2 months before the July 25 Trump/Zelenskiy phone call.

*(if you even watched it) *Watching and Understanding are 2 different concepts.

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Posted in: Trump pardons Army officers, restores Navy SEAL's rank, in war crimes cases See in context

But presidents have occasionally granted pardons preemptively to individuals accused of or suspected of a crime.

Go ahead Mr. President D.J. Trump, pardon yourself already in advance.

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Posted in: Ousted ambassador felt threatened; Trump assails her anew See in context

He doesn’t even speak Ukrainian so he wouldn’t have understood anything that went on in Board Meetings and he couldn’t have reviewed any documents.

Former Nissan Motor Co Ltd boss Carlos Ghosn can read Japanese least speak 10 Japanese phrases? When you make a statement, make sure it holds water.

I agree with Ah_so in his statement;

In the real world, these meetings happen in English. Maybe not in Russia (or Japan but you may not have visited), but boards with an international mix of directors tend to conduct these meetings in English.

In case of board meetings here in Japan involving foreign members and CEO's they hire very competent I N T E R P R E T E RS of their choosing.

What a complete joke, boring as hell. Painfully boring. It’s like watching ”the Kavanaugh hearings season 2.”

I find it exact opposite and I watch it up to the end as a matter of fact.

Any information about the President accepting bribes? No

Best line of the day.

Stewart: Do you have any information regarding the president of the United States accepting any bribes? 

YovanovitchNo

Since bribery goes both ways, let me paraphrase this one;

Stewart: Do you have any information regarding the president of the United States paying any bribes? 

Yovanovitch: ( ? ) 

Analogy: Trump trying to use the USaid to Ukraine as a bribe to to have the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy investigate the 2 Bidens'.

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Posted in: 36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scam See in context

These phone scams are getting routine and you cannot even tell if they are local or not. I always direct the calls to my answering machine because the scammers NEVER leave any messages on the phone ever.

The detainees should be charged for violating a telecommunication law and serve the sentence under the P.I. law. The Japanese gov't should not try to interfere nor accept the deportation and assist/cooperate only in the process of convicting the suspects.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals struggled for profitability in FY2018: survey See in context

This absurd idea where clinics are defacto social clubs for the elderly has to stop. It is wasting money that could be better used for patients that really need care. Visit any orthopedic clinic and you will see the same people there day in day out, all so the doctor can pad his expenses.

This de facto social clubs for elderly you are referring to is called REHABILITATION. These elderly Japanese are also referred to as PATIENTS. These patients are suffering from orthopedic disorders among others such as Fibromyalgia, Knee Pain and Problems, Ligament Injuries to the Knee, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Torn Meniscus, Fractures and many more not to mention the bone disease. An average person knows that these ailments require not only 1 or 2 hospital visits to heal and even if it seems to you that they are relieved from debilitation pain, they still has to undergo rehabilitation.

You are clearly making a distinction against these persons on the basis or their age in this country where they were born. And allow me to point out to you that since the establishment of National Health Insurance Act in July 1934, most of these elderly people were health care contributors for almost their entire life. And may I also add, these people paid 40~50% premiums during 1960's. Majority of these elderly people were not necessarily hospital dependent during their prime years, most hardly visited a doctor more than 12 times a year.

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Posted in: Man indicted on drug charges escapes while being transferred to police custody See in context

@Ex_ResToday  11:10 am JST

All ports of exit have face recognition systems even if he uses a fake passport.

Well, if that's the case, maybe non-japanese on the same charge should get bail too.

I am not a lawmaker and I can’t answer that. All I can say is that Bail is the exception rather than the rule in Japan and seldom applies to short term residence visa holder. However it is not absolutely impossible for permanent residence visa holders if the charged or indicted person can afford a very good lawyer and could introduce a respectable guarantor.

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Posted in: Man indicted on drug charges escapes while being transferred to police custody See in context

It seems that they have a lax security escorts.

☆ The suspect should be sitting between the two escorts.

☆ When the left handcuffs was removed from the suspect, it should have been cuffed to the person in his right side.

The woman who escaped in the other news was not handcuffed in spite of the fact that she was arrested.

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Posted in: Man indicted on drug charges escapes while being transferred to police custody See in context

Why was he given bail in the first place? He might leave the country.

Yeah, maybe by NK submarine or stowing away on a ship. All ports of exit have face recognition systems even if he uses a fake passport.

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Posted in: U.S. F-16 drops dummy bomb off firing range in Aomori Pref See in context

While unfortuante, a bomb going 5km off target is not that much of a deviation when you consider that a fighter jet flying at near supersonic speeds can travel 5km in less than 10 seconds.

Obviously you have no clue about dropping a bomb and the instruments used in it. What’s the point of dropping a 400 meters radius destructive force bomb on a specific targets if you are saying 5000 meters (5 km) is not much of a deviation. Pls. read my first comment.

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Posted in: Police start questioning arson-murder suspect in Kyoto studio attack See in context

Even 36 consecutive life sentences or death by hanging is not enough to pay for his gruesome crime. However the family members of the 36 victims who lost their lives plus the 33 persons who survived need to know the reason why they have to undergo these horrendous experience. I think the whole nation is anxious to know too.

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Posted in: Japanese women fight for right to wear glasses to work See in context

Until a decade ago, wearing a pair of eyeglasses was considered a discomfort by Japanese women so they shifted to wearing contact lenses instead, in addition to 'being in a Fad' at that moment. However many had suffered from eye infections. And according to studies, wearing contact lenses all day can destroy eyesight  A general advice was released to avoid wearing contacts for more than eight hours a day. Since then, women in Japan in particular or the Japanese women in the broad sense gradually adopted the use of eyeglasses. They learned to embrace discomfort over possible eye infections. Maybe the fashion in Malaysia calls for the ban on wearing eyeglasses at work places but prescription eyeglasses are like medications and are safe alternatives than contact lenses. The employers in Kuala Lumpur, either Malaysians, Japanese or any nationalities should be aware of the safety and health implications of their imposed ban.

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Posted in: U.S. F-16 drops dummy bomb off firing range in Aomori Pref See in context

@Serrano

> A Dummy bomb dropped by a Dummy pilot

Would so love to see Sceptical try to fly an F-16. No, strike that, I don't want to see anyone killed.

Would so love to see Sceptical say that to the pilot's face.

I assumed the exercise was a  low altitude bomb deliveries.  Low Angle Low Drag and High Drag (LALD/HD)

In F-16C visual bomb delivery. The expected variation around the estimated average miss distances:

The predicted 25.3 and 17.8 meter miss distances are average miss distances. Some bombs will land closer to the target and some much farther away. Very few will land at exactly 25.3 or 17.8 meters from the intended target.

Points to ponder:

5 kilometers= 5000 meters

5000 / 25.3 = 197.6%

The pilot missed 197%. Even the least experienced second lieutenants have considerable by the time they arrive at an operational squadron. Much of the experience they have was gained in the Replacement Training Unit (RTU) where they had their initial exposure to all types of tactical flying in the same type of aircraft they eventually fly when they report to an operational squadron – which is the F-15E. This pilot is already flying F-16 which means he already had passed his (RTU) experience.

The pilot is risking the lives of civilians in peacetime. He should be dropping dummy bombs on the ocean targeting buoys otherwise, he should be dropping dummies somewhere in Guam or the Marianas. Besides, he must have a new call sign by now, "5 KILO DUMMIE".

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Posted in: U.S. F-16 drops dummy bomb off firing range in Aomori Pref See in context

Dummy Exercise 101 : A Dummy bomb dropped by a Dummy pilot

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Posted in: China sentences former Japanese politician to life for drug smuggling See in context

He was detained in 2013 when about 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in his luggage, the court said.

You missed this Ganbare Japan!Today  04:50 pm JST

he is very old, why would he traffick drugs.

He is a courier, a donkey for big 'dineros'. His luck runs out.

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Posted in: China sentences former Japanese politician to life for drug smuggling See in context

sakuragi you're disgrace, you are killing you're own countrymen.

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Posted in: 72-year-old man backs car into granddaughter, killing her See in context

@ChelseaToday  02:33 pm JST

The most sensible comment in this forum. And you know more about driving too. A 5 year old girl can be hardly spotted at the back of a vehicle especially if it is a van or a big car when viewed from the driver's seat. It is called Blind Spot. That is why most cars are equipped with a back cameras or a small mirror attached at the rear window of a car.

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Posted in: Snow crab fetches record ¥5 mil at auction in Tottori See in context

*Don't know where you get the idea that "this is impressive to the average Japanese person". *How many people in all of Japan dine at high end Ginza restaurants?

Only the fat politicians.

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Posted in: 10 detainees go on hunger strike at Japanese immigration center See in context

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michaelqtoddToday  03:35 pm JST

michaelqtoddToday  06:58 pm JST

Sorry to know what you've been thru, but thanks for sharing us your experience. Some of us needs to know the first hand knowledge of what is happening inside the detention centers. Very informative.

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Posted in: 10 detainees go on hunger strike at Japanese immigration center See in context

Detention centers are liken to a prison cell only it is not stricter. They are given adequate food and medical assistance just to meet their needs. Needless to say not comfortably enough to discourage them not to break the immigration law. This maybe the reason behind why there are few detainees.

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Posted in: 10 detainees go on hunger strike at Japanese immigration center See in context

Then Japan is not an open, honest, 21st century, accountable democracy.

, have been held at the facility for over two years,

Two years! Is there something wrong with the tribunal system. Speed the system up.

Grounds for deportation. Article 24 of ICRRA contains a detailed list of persons subject to expulsion from the country. These include persons who have: (1) entered irregularly or overstayed their visas; (2) committed certain crimes; (3) forged documents; (4) been involved in unauthorized income-generating activities; (5) been in involved in migrant trafficking; or (6) been suspected of terrorist activities.

Criminalization. Article 70 of ICCRA provides criminal punishments for violations of a number of immigration related provisions, including illegal entry and overstaying. Punishments include up to three years imprisonment and/or a fine up to JPY3,000,000 (USD 32,000) (ICRRA Art. 70). Officially recognized refugees and asylum-seekers who declared asylum immediately after the entrance or expiration of the permitted period of stay, are exempt from these penalties (ICRRA Art. 70-2).

Grounds for detention and mandatory detention. Article 39 provides that an immigration control officer may detain non-nationals suspected of falling into one of the categories outlined in Article 24. Officials of the Immigration Bureau are generally responsible for initiating deportation procedures and issuing detention orders. Although the law makes detention decisions discretionary, the Japanese government and Immigration Bureau apply the principle of Zenken-Shuyo Shugi(literal translation is “detention of all violators,” which signifies mandatory detention) in practice.

Length of detention. There is no maximum limit to the duration of administrative immigration detention. Immigration officials can issue a detention order for an initial period of 30 days when there is “reasonable grounds to believe that a suspect falls under any of the items of Article 24.” This can be extended for an additional 30 days (ICRRA Arts. 39, 41). Once a deportation order is issued, there is no limit on the amount of time a person can remain in detention. The detainee may be held “until such time as deportation becomes possible” (ICRRA Article 52.5).

The detention orders are issued on some or all of the detainees because (read) Grounds for deportation. They are already guilty of overstaying their visas. (or maybe) entered illegally and involved in unauthorized income-generating activities. That's the least they did already. Now, with regards to the Length of detention, Immigration officials can issue a detention order for an initial period of 30 days when there is “reasonable grounds to believe that a suspect falls under any of the items of Article 24.” Overstayed foreign residents were encouraged to appear at the regional immigration bureaus voluntarily, however, those who were apprehended were being criminalized (read) Criminalization. **

have been held at the facility for over two years,*

> Two years! Is there something wrong with the tribunal system. Speed the system up.

This may give you a slight idea as to why some of them are being held for over 2 years.

Immigration law is a LAW and not a RULE. You break a rule and you end up paying a fine, you break a law and you either go to jail, pay a fine or both. When we come to your country, we abide you laws, as courtesy, we expect the same. What is hard on that?

Maybe so, but lack of medical care and lengthy detention is disgrace. Japan signed up to the UN convention for Refugees. If Japan can't deal with it, why did Japan sign up for it.

They are neither Refugees nor Asylum seekers. They are law breakers. Asylum seekers can be detained during proceedings as provided by Articles 39–43 of the ICRRA. However, in certain cases asylum seekers may be entitled to a temporary permit (ICRRA Article 61-2-4). State-sponsored legal aid is not available to asylum seekers.

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Posted in: 10 detainees go on hunger strike at Japanese immigration center See in context

Mr Kipling and nakanoguy01 are correct.

The detainees are free to go back to their respective countries provided, they will pay for their own transportation expenses. Immigration authority is not holding them back if their cases are not criminalized. I don't see why they can not afford the airfares since the detainees are demanding that more goods be available for purchase within the facility. If they have no means to pay for their airfares, they are allowed to work for menial jobs inside the immigration centers or ask for charitable institutions for help. Besides, there is a possibility that the detainees purposely challenge the deportation so they can avail themselves for extended free 3 meals a day and a clean place to sleep instead of going back to their respective countries to work for food.

in addition to urging Japan to stop long detention periods and provide specific reasons when provisional release requests are denied.*

These people are not asysum seekers in the first place either.

Asylum seekers can be detained during proceedings as provided by Articles 39–43 of the ICRRA. However, in certain cases asylum seekers may be entitled to a temporary permit (ICRRA Article 61-2-4). State-sponsored legal aid is not available to asylum seekers.

Criminalization. Article 70 of ICCRA provides criminal punishments for violations of a number of immigration related provisions, including illegal entry and overstaying. Punishments include up to three years imprisonment and/or a fine up to JPY3,000,000 (USD 32,000) (ICRRA Art. 70). Officially recognized refugees and asylum-seekers who declared asylum immediately after the entrance or expiration of the permitted period of stay, are exempt from these penalties (ICRRA Art. 70-2). 

Grounds for deportation. Article 24 of ICRRA contains a detailed list of persons subject to expulsion from the country. These include persons who have: (1) entered irregularly or overstayed their visas; (2) committed certain crimes; (3) forged documents; (4) been involved in unauthorized income-generating activities; (5) been in involved in migrant trafficking; or (6) been suspected of terrorist activities.

Grounds for detention and mandatory detention. Article 39 provides that an immigration control officer may detain non-nationals suspected of falling into one of the categories outlined in Article 24. Officials of the Immigration Bureau are generally responsible for initiating deportation procedures and issuing detention orders. Although the law makes detention decisions discretionary, the Japanese government and Immigration Bureau apply the principle of Zenken-Shuyo Shugi(literal translation is “detention of all violators,” which signifies mandatory detention) in practice.

Length of detention. There is no maximum limit to the duration of administrative immigration detention. Immigration officials can issue a detention order for an initial period of 30 days when there is “reasonable grounds to believe that a suspect falls under any of the items of Article 24.” This can be extended for an additional 30 days (ICRRA Arts. 39, 41). Once a deportation order is issued, there is no limit on the amount of time a person can remain in detention. The detainee may be held “until such time as deportation becomes possible” (ICRRA Article 52.5).

Most of the detainees challenged the deportation. In this case:

Challenging detention and deportation.The detainee can request a hearing with a Special Inquiry Officer (ICRRA Art. 48). If he or she does not agree with the findings of the Special Inquiry Officer an objection can then be filed with the Minister of Justice (ICRRA Art. 49). When for whatever reason the detainee cannot be immediately deported, he or she may be detained or continue to be held “until such time as deportation becomes possible” (ICRRA Art. 52.5). If it is found that the person is not deportable the director of the centre can release him or her under certain conditions (ICRRA Art. 52.6).

Before 2005, Japan opened its doors to all foreigners. There were little less than 2 million foreigner who came here as a tourists and overstayed their visas. (excluding those with Japanese lineage) We had a very lax laws with regards to foreigners living in Japan. Many English conversation teachers even apply for jobs on tourists visas and then request for a change of status after 3 months. You could hardly hear the word ALTeachers those days. Many foreigners came to work for services, entertainment and constructions sectors. 90% of total visitors overstayed their visas yet, they were not even questioned by the authorities. They mingled in the society just like any local residents. But instead of gratitude, some sorted to high crimes such as murders and robberies. (many were cold cases because the suspects had fled the county) Yes, we do have crimes too but it's a crime of Japanese against fellow Japanese and not foreigners against Japanese. There is a clear distinction here. Don't blame the Japanese government for revising and implementing a stricter rule.

Now for those who criticizes Japan yet who chose to stay, what do you think would be the reactions of your own government in such a case? I know what Trump tries to do with the illegals, and I know the primary purpose of Brexiit too. Do I need to go further?

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Posted in: 47-year-old man arrested over attempted murder of parents See in context

Morimoto was quoted by police as saying he intended to kill his parents but he didn’t know why.

Check his blood sample for any traces of drugs.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted arson at municipal office in western Japan See in context

'Amagasaki'

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted arson at municipal office in western Japan See in context

Fortunate for the city of Amagaseki that suspect did carry a container of kerosene instead of gasoline with him. This could be a replay of what took place in Kyoto anime. Maybe he didn't even have an ID to show at the gas station to buy gasoline. Is the NO ID NO GAS ordinance been implemented already? ( did not care to check)

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

Going public is unwise, what she did was admission of deception in front of all the readers of Kyodo News and this forum.

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

*Under the contract, the firm would keep her passport and the woman would need permission to retrieve it after making a written request. *The office would also determine the manner and period of withholding her passport, she said.

It is clearly stipulated in the contract that the firm would keep the woman's passport and that both parties signed and agreed upon it. Usually, employer keeps the employee's passports for safekeeping but it is also used as a leverage over the employee not to change employment before the contract expires. In case of the subject woman, she chose to hand over her passport to the employer for whatever reason stipulated in the document. Therefore, there is nothing illegal about it.

Middle East is the biggest single region that employs foreigner from around the world. In Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar and in Kuwait, passport retention is illegal under the law but retention or withholding of passports is widely practiced by majority of employers in these countries. Japan on the other hand is neutral on this issue. The ministry of labor is neither for nor against against this rule.

In this case, she arrived here as a technical trainee. It says;

She arrived in Japan in April 2017. She started working in May for Advanceconsul, which she visited to renew her visa. She stopped working at Advaceconsul in early July.

In between April 2017 and May of this year, she worked as a technical trainee in some company. Either the technical program has ended or terminated, she chose not to return back to her country and instead applied in Advanceconsul as an interpreter in violation of her original purpose of coming to Japan. It can not be said that as an Interpreter, is part of her technical training course because under the Technical Training Program's general requirements, The technology, skills, or knowledge the Applicant intends to obtain in Japan must be difficult or impossible to obtain in the region where he/she resides.

Clearly she seek the employment of Advanceconsul for her own benefit in order to acquire a new guarantor for the extension of her Training Status of Residence (SOR). Technically, she is an illegal now because she's no longer considered a "trainee" . She must have made some deal with Advanceconsul for working until a specific time in exchange for a visa but the woman quits under contract. She should be intelligent enough to know that she is under contract for specific amount of time and that her employer is a LAW FIRM expert in immigration law. Going public is unwise, what she did was deception in front of all the readers of Kyodo News and this forum.

Most of these workers are motivated by greed and don't play by the book.

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Posted in: Part of newborn baby's body found in drugstore toilet See in context

This gives me goosebumps all over.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for theft after using elderly man’s cash cards See in context

@garypen

Right on the mark, excellent comparison.

You deserve 4 1/2 ⭐️ out of 5.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine pilots at Iwakuni engaged in in-flight misconduct: report See in context

Lack of discipline both on air and on land, A perfect example of overbearing pride of US military. Disgusting!

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Posted in: Man robs convenience store, then asks employee to call police See in context

Society is slowly deteriorating which can be attributed to the government's lack of good governance. Because of the national debt equivalent to 340% of GDP and counting, the elected officials are more concerned about paying the interest instead of improving the living standards of below average citizens. With low inflation but higher taxes plus the negative interest rates on savings, lesser people are making deposits. (instead of depositors receiving the interest, the banks are receiving the interest from their depositors) Sooner or later, the government will either defaults on the loans or increase more taxes or introduce new taxes which will bring to more sufferings not only to the below average but also average citizens.

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