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

kazetsukaiToday  09:00 am JST

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.

Why should people that the police can't build a case against be kept indefinitely in "a prison of sort" and treated little differently from convicted felons?

One is placed there for a reason.

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 .

Except that isn't just people who have actually committed crimes that end up in these places.

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

Hervé L'EisaToday  08:28 am JST

And the MOiJ proves that they are utterly BARBARIC and have no shame.

Well, they've let it go on for decades and it's institutionalised, not just a few isolated abuses. I think they're too scared to admit that anything is wrong, because then there will be very awkward questions as to why generations of politicians and officials have done nothing about it.

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

I suspect that once the police have arrested someone and put them in custody they're scared of losing face with their superiors if they can't actually charge them with something. A confession is much less embarrassing.

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Posted in: Apologetic ex-ministers, lawmakers keep quiet on details of scandals See in context

Henny PennyToday  02:06 pm JST

What I don't understand is that he admitted to a scandal, but he isn't in jail or anything like that

I'm not too keen on more taxpayers' money being spent on keeping non-violent offenders locked up when they aren't a real danger to anyone, but he shouldn't be in the Diet either. Neither should that docile muppet-head boss of his.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Switzerland as Senate trial set to convene See in context

bass4funkToday  12:33 pm JST

What you think is immaterial as the comment wasn't directed at you.

But I have the right to comment on it. Lol

Comment all you like. But don't be too surprised if someone replies with "Who was asking you anyway?"

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Posted in: Trump heads to Switzerland as Senate trial set to convene See in context

bass4funkToday  10:35 am JST

"Aren't you also looking forward to the next Republican House majority carrying on exactly the same way?"

Usually, 

What you think is immaterial as the comment wasn't directed at you. Not to mention scarcely worth reading.

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Posted in: Aso pledges to put Japan on sustainable, private sector-led growth See in context

proxyToday  09:45 am JST

Japan is still littered with zombie companies that need to be killed.

I think a lot of the owners of those companies are big pals with their local LDP oligarchs, so I don't see that happening. Getting things done like actually realising "sustainable private sector-led growth" or whatever doesn't matter if the LDP election-winning machine keeps running.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Switzerland as Senate trial set to convene See in context

WolfpackToday  09:08 am JST

Trump is off doing the business of the American people - as usual.

That could almost be a quote from 1984, except that George Orwell wouldn't have been serious.

Dems are off trying to undo the 2016 election- as usual. Looking forward to the witnesses and the acquittal.

Aren't you also looking forward to the next Republican House majority carrying on exactly the same way?

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Posted in: Trump calls for more from Japan as security pact turns 60 years old See in context

bass4funkToday  04:33 pm JST

Because you have people that love this President...

Riiiiiiiight.... I don't think that in an actual conversation I could say with a straight face that I "love" any politician.

...as much as people like you hate him.

You'll note that I don't hate him enough to spend all my time on this site writing about him. I have better ways to waste my time.

Everyone is just expressing their viewpoints.

Several times a day in some cases, if not more. What a pity Donald Trump doesn't reciprocate the love, as Shinzo Abe is finding out.

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Posted in: Gov't predicts Japan's fiscal target unattainable by FY2025 See in context

CrickyJan. 19  10:37 am JST

Been pretty obvious for decades fiscal responsibility not a strong point for the LDP.

They know it doesn't need to be. The way they game the election system it's not as if any of their jobs depend on them actually achieving something.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

sumikonagoyaJan. 19  04:47 pm JST

"All the polls? I only know of one that said that. I seriously have to wonder who they asked, and if they understood the questions."

NHK, Nikkei, Kyodo, TBS, Yomuri, Tv Tokyo,

Are you sure those news outlets aren't all just reporting on the same Kyodo News poll? This one shows a slide to 40.4% and a rise in the disapproval rate: https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2020011700931/abe-cabinet-approval-rate-little-changed-at-40-4-pct-jiji-poll.html.

It's actually quite hard to find any other polls which show Abe's support doing anything other that falling or staying the same, so that 6.6% increase looks like a bit of an odd blip that there is no explanation for.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

sumikonagoyaToday  04:47 pm JST

 I seriously have to wonder if you be saying the same thing, if the polls showed Abe losing support.

I would be saying exactly the same thing if he were losing support but actually doing a good job.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

sumikonagoyaToday  09:01 am JST

The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet rose 6.6 points in the last poll. All the polls show him gaining support.

All the polls? I only know of one that said that. I seriously have to wonder who they asked, and if they understood the questions.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

CrickyToday  10:23 am JST

My biggest problem is the additional changes he lusts for, Shinto returned as the national religion, subjugation of individual rights. The state being the sole arbitrator of the individual, children and wives classified as property. He and Nippon Kaigi want to return Japan to a "Happy Time". That worked out well. Article 9 is just the foot in the door. I'm still waiting for Abe to get the publics understanding on this and many other issues.

I think he would be happy if he only got the understanding of like-minded right-wingers, and even happier if they were the only ones who knew there was going to be a referendum on his "Happy Time" plans. As it is, elderly nazis in the boondocks probably are the only people who will be bothered to vote. The LDP don't want high voter turn-outs.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

AlexBecuToday  07:33 am JST

Changing the constitution for Japan to play a bigger role in defense is long overdue.  Even Germany has moved on and is playing a bigger role.

The Germans are competent and scrupulous enough to take on such responsibilities. On the other hand the LDP do a terrible job of running Japan. If they're in charge if a war breaks out they'll get the county nuked or invaded.

Another determinant is the future of the fractured opposition. Were opposition parties to join forces, this would prevent the anti-administration vote from splitting.

Eyes are now on whether the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People can pull off their merger. The clock is ticking after CDPJ leader Yukio Edano hinted at ending the talks on Monday if the parties do not reach agreement.

So he should. The big problem is all those right-wingers in the DPP. They should all clear off and let the centrists merge the two parties, or the centre and centre-left DPP members should leave and join the CDPJ. If they think they can all work together and get behind a credible policy platform they're seriously deluded.

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

Kazuaki ShimazakiToday  01:44 pm JST

Simon FostonToday  10:53 am JST

Well, at least in this case. the confession is good for both sides. 

Why's it good for the police and prosecutors? It looks like they had enough hard evidence to secure a conviction without a confession and I don't really see what defense lawyers could have done for him other than ask for leniency.

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

seadog538Today  08:25 am JST

It's interesting that he's complained that he was sharing a cell with a murderer ---perhaps he thinks that prison inmates should be able to choose their cell mates.

That's a very lazy inference. Who would ever think something like that? More likely he wanted to imply that there was a serious risk to his safety or that the police saw his crime in the same light.

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

Kazuaki ShimazakiToday  10:23 am JST

The dummy could have saved himself most of the month by quickly confessing. He can't escape. He has been caught in flagrante violation and charged of violating Article 130.

Still no excuse for holding someone in custody for so long. It seems that he was caught red-handed so surely the police shouldn't have needed to spend a month waiting for a confession. If the custodial procedures were at all sane he would have been charged within twenty four hours and released on bail pending a trial.

I'm surprised his lawyer did not tell him that. Did he ignore the legal advice?

I would be more surprised if he actually had much access to lawyers or legal advice.

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

seadog538Today  03:46 pm JST

He seems to be typical of the types who comprise what passes for "The left" in Australia these days.

I suppose you think that's a good enough reason for the Japanese authorities to do what they please with him.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial opens; White House faulted on Ukraine aid freeze See in context

bass4funkToday  09:08 am JST

Never met a single one.

Keep looking, we are out there. Lol

I presume you added the "Lol" because you're joking. So I won't take that comment seriously.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial opens; White House faulted on Ukraine aid freeze See in context

BlacklabelToday  09:01 am JST

Did the taxpayers pay for those fancy pens that Nancy had with her name on them? 

Don't know, but I do know US taxpayers have been shelling out for God Emperor Donald's endless golf trips. I don't suppose you mind too much when it's your dear leader wasting all your money though.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial opens; White House faulted on Ukraine aid freeze See in context

bass4funkToday  08:46 am JST

I am pretty sure that if I asked anyone that question in an actual face to face conversation it would be met with scorn and incredulity, given that I doubt I'll ever actually meet a genuine Trump supporter.

You need to look around, there are millions of them.

Never met a single one.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial opens; White House faulted on Ukraine aid freeze See in context

Mr. NoidallToday  07:42 am JST

The question isn't whether or not Trump committed a crime but whether Joe Biden did.

I am pretty sure that if I asked anyone that question in an actual face to face conversation it would be met with scorn and incredulity, given that I doubt I'll ever actually meet a genuine Trump supporter.

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

TheLongTermerToday  10:11 pm JST

Thats a pretty low down thing to do to somebody, deny them access to their children. Backwards and barbaric; cant even begin to imagine the pain and suffering that would cause.

Wonder why the international courts, Hague, etc have not pressured Japan to change such a gross human rights violation?

I don't think it's a matter of actually changing any laws. I believe judges will award custody to only one parent, usually the mother, but stipulate that the other parent should also see the children. However this stipulation is not enforced as the police don't want to get involved in domestic issues so mothers can keep children from their fathers if they want to. It's probably a surprise to the police that there are actually divorced fathers who want to see their children.

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

Osaka_DougToday  06:13 pm JST

That's what judges are in Japan civil servants who used to be prosecutors.

No, they're not. At least not usually. They might have been attorneys or prosecutors but usually they're people who have qualified straight out of university as Assistant Judges and been promoted.

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

Educator60Today  04:21 pm JST

This article and some commenters only mention that he trespassed into the coin area of the apartment building. Other sites mention more, such as that the Judge said the evidence confirmed McIntyre repeatedly called on the intercom and refused to leave despite warnings from police.

It still doesn't sound like sufficient cause to keep someone in police custody for a month and a half, let alone take them to court and give them a suspended prison sentence.

JapantimeToday  02:26 pm JST

Maybe the Japanese wife had a right to be afraid.

Pure speculation. If she had reason to be afraid, I would have thought the article might mention charges pressed or her efforts to get protection from him, like restraining orders.

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

seadog538Today  03:24 pm JST

Surely the Authorities in all countries have an obligation to look after their own citizens rather than those of other countries. That's what seems to happen in these cases in Japan.

I think that they are also obliged to treat everyone equally under the law, but I am pretty sure that the police also lock Japanese people away for as long as they please on flimsy pretexts.

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

CitizenSmithToday  01:08 pm JST

The prosecutors have ‘material’ that wasn’t relevant to the charge of trespassing, but might shed some light on the reason why his wife won’t allow him to see his children

If the information wasn't relevant to the charges brought then the prosecution had no business wasting the judge's time with it

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

smithinjapanToday  12:29 pm JST

You know Japan knows it's wrong on this. Just talk about it with someone and Watch them lower their heads in shame if they support it.

Although I can imagine some tone-deaf prosecutor making an inane statement claiming at some point it's all in keeping with Japanese legal procedures and as every country has different ways of doing things no one should criticise Japan.

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

showchinmonoToday  12:45 pm JST

Yeah it looks no more than just looking like it to your eyes only...

Is that right? I don't see anyone else getting on the prosecutors' side here, claiming that their actions appear to be justified.

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