Peter14: "no nuclear weapons and no intention of making any." Hey man, wake up and have a look on the real world outside - which is not your nice world of "intentions". Alas.
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Desert Tortoise: "t would be interesting to know if Australia approached France at any point asking them to allow the transfer of their nuclear propulsion for use in the subs they were building for Australia and what the French reply was." At last a good question! I was wondering how long the usual french-bashers were going to enjoy themselves at rehearsing their shortsighted anti-french formulas... Well, the answer is the exact contrary of what you seem to assume on this crucial point: The french Naval Group had actually to adapt their submarines to the Australian demand, in 2016: no nuclear powered submarines. Classical diesel propulsion was required (in full mutual understanding of both parties, by the way) that nuclear powered submarines have a range and a capacity of stealth progression not to be compared with the classical propulsion's range and missions. It was a wise and peace-oriented decision, with a full scale understangind of the strategic dimension of the whole Pacific navan zone... Actually, this AUKUS deal is making of Australia a major nuclear threat for China's military security. And this country is by now becoming a nuclear threat of first front line, should a conflict explose. Which Australia was not, until this sorry deal... It is anyway a very dangerous step enhancing the risks of a nuclear regional war. I know that the comments here are very much pro anglo-saxons oriented, but I am really very surprised that the signification of this major geopolitical event with its dangerous potential development for Japan's security is not even mentioned here.
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There's an old tale in France - with certainly an equivalent in all languages, which exactly applies to this story: It is called "The hen with golden eggs" and shows that one must never kill the hen, if you hope to enjoy golden eggs again...
Mr Saikawa killed the hen, and now Nissan is crying over its misfortune. A very stupid misdeed that Carlos Ghosn would never have provoked, as a seasoned and skillful businessman… and his possibly crooked ways, despite his obvious greed, and uncontrollable hubris (Folie des grandeurs: Think of his birthday in Versailles!)
As for Saikawa, he is so deeply involved, at least as a witness, in these more or less hidden financial arrangements, that he probably was fearing to be himself denounced. He tried to impersonate a whistle-blower. However, to be a whistle-blower, you absolutely must have, excuse my french, a clean whistle! This probably explains why he never took the risk to let Carlos defend himself. The Japanese judicial system - which immediately deprives someone of all fundamental rights - was therefore in his eyes an efficient solution. First he had his ways, but by now, he learns harshly it was not, after all... And it seems to me that Saikawas' sad story remains to be told.
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"It was also not clear [...} why he had been detained for so long. An earlier request for bail was denied on grounds that he could destroy evidence or flee the country."
It seems there's a sort of Ghosn effect here: who would have noticed this sad story and what it tells about the japanese judicial system until recently?
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Maybe the poor bloke accidentally drank a glass of an average Korean beer, like Lotte, or Max?....Therefore the chemical hazard may find a non-criminal explanation!
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**TheLongTermer:**" if a symbol has any hate connected to it, why bother using it?"
Yes, indeed, that's the real question behind all these comments ( many of them expressing contempt and even worst against the Korean people...): one cannot escape the historical fact that Olympic games are an efficient and powerful tool of propaganda for the nationalists of all countries. This flag comes at best as a blunder, and a sorry reminder of a shameful past of war, destruction and terror in the Far East...
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That said, as it sits, homosexual marriage is prohibited by the constitution.
No, it is not prohibited, and it is a typical anachronism to think so In fact, when the Constitution was written, it was simply inconceivable that marriage could happen between same-sex partners. In 2019, the mores have changed in all our democracies, and the Constitution of Japan certainly has yet to adapt to the new freedoms and social rights of our time.
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Cruelty against animals is not a specific about Japan: look at the Danes and the awful way they slaughter dolphins around the Feroe islands... It is unfortunately also true in so many countries around the world that we should at last start questioning why we, as human beings, supposedly created by a god, are so obviously delighting into blood, massacres, and killings of all sorts of innocent creatures...
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There's a political background here: the italian populist government is very anti-french ( its a tradition in the italian far right since Mussolini) and the relations between the two countries are certainly not an asset for such a complex merger... Several others industrial projects between the two countries are by now at odds, like the shipbuilding industry, or the railway tunnel under the Alps between Lyon and Milano...
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The press and business in France insist on this merger as a strategic move, carefully planned and which does not come out of nowhere: Renault and the french government have by now a far better answer for it's industrial development than what is remaining of the alliance with Nissan...
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Prosecutors are really becoming world-wide infamous! Next step in view: these "repentants" paying their ransom by "witnessing"... Disgusting method, which does stink more and more a political style of "under order justice".
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Other factors contributed to the revision, such as production not keeping up with demand for the Note, an extremely popular model in Japan
Indeed, if you remember what Ghosn said in his short video conference just before being re-arrested, the core of the plot against him is precisely to be found in the bad results of the actual management of Nissan, and the fact that they simply lied and mismanaged Nissan behind Ghosn's back!
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@paradoxbox: It's not appropriate to refer to Auschwitz in this case: talking about japanese inhuman treatment of prisoners, let's just refer to: Changi...
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The whole story is already a disaster for the image of Japan in France, since Gohsn's arrest and the unacceptable, shameful and brutal treatment he endured at the hands of the prosecutors . Even more with his being re-arrested in these circumstances, obviously in view of preventing his speaking to the press. The whole press in France is commenting the unbelievable extend of economical nationalism of the japanese government... Just wait until the news concerning Mrs Gohsn hits the fan!
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Reckless: France being a civilized country, Takeda could very well come to France without risking his being thrown into some sort of dungeon during more than 100 days with the lights on 24/24h, no visits of his family, and interrogated without a lawyer 8 hours a day non-stop at the hands of some kempetai-minded judiciaries.
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Several comments here have a distinct stench of xenophobia. It does suit very well the long time premeditate deceit of Saikawa, who dares to present himself as a whistleblower while conspicuously benefiting of his information to the authorities. As for the medieval japanese judicial system, it recently found a powerful supporter in France: the CGT, the only communist union labor which survived the cold war era. Banzai!
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"presumption of innocence."
Yes, very interesting, as you put it: a political and ethical concept, that certainly deserves to be studied in Japan, in view of joining all over democratic countries... One can always dream of a better world :-)!
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@kursupisu: "to discriminate": to say the least...
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nanakandamanda, yes, it did happen once, in a small and remote city, but this was before the violent events of last saturday. It was shown on BFMTV: half a dozen of policemen took off their helmets to express their feelings of sympathy towards... elderly people wearing yellow jackets. Indeed, many retired workers are bitterly angry against Macron's tax policy, which is very hard on retirees (and in the meantime so obviously devoted to the big corporations)...
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This guy is a tough number: imagine, after nearly 22 days in the gallows and another 22 days coming? I'm baffled at the ferocious ways of the japanese system. It's really trying to obtain admissions through heavy mistreatments... Shameful.
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