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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine; 4 ministers visit See in context

Honoring the dead is fine but the problem is that the shrine shamelessly politicizes everything by including the war criminals and having a museum that glorifies the Japanese dead while criticizing everyone else.

I went to this “museum” over 10 years ago this was the enlightening explanation in English about Nanjing:

“After the Japanese surrounded Nanjing in December 1937, General Matsui Iwasne distributed maps to his men with foreign settlements and safety zones marked in red ink. Matsui told them that they were to observe military rules to the letter and that anyone committing unlawful acts would be severely punished. He also warned Chinese troops to surrender. But commander-in-chief Tang Shengzhi ignored the warning. Instead, he ordered his men to defend to the death, and then abandoned them. The Chinese were soundly defeated, suffering heavy casualties. Inside the city, residents were once again able to live their lives in peace."

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context

Shocking!

He should not have fled and I think the commentators on this thread who are congratulating him are misguided.

However much Ghosn seems to be a fairly repugnant individual (deeply arrogant and greedy, enriching himself through mass firings), I think most foreigners living in Japan agree his incarceration and subsequent bail conditions were out of proportion to his alleged crimes.

But it seems fairly obvious he was engaged in some dodgy activities while at Nissan (in September he settled fraud charges with America’s SEC about concealing massive payments for years on end) so I suspect he’s guilty of a similar crime in Japan.

But if he is completely innocent, then he should be able to prove it in court. Yes, Japan’s justice system isn’t great but I bet you it's a hundred times less corrupt than Lebanon's, so what a farce. If you choose to live in Japan, you have to have basic respect for the laws and systems here.

So in summary, a very powerful and rich foreigner accused of fiddling his accounts flees a developed countries justice system with the help of some diplomat buddies. Great news!

And next time foreigners complain about the lack of bail in Japan etc., they’ll have you to personally thank, Ghosn!

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't office switches to biomass source for 80% of electricity See in context

Although what TMG is trying to accomplish is clearly admirable, it's a disingenuous claim. You cannot buy some of the electricity produced jointly from renewable/non-renewable sources and claim that your electricity is only from the renewable portion.

At most they can claim that around 40% it does (roughly corresponding to the biomass portion of waste in these plants) which is still much better than nearly everyone else.

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