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Posted in: Ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after 12 years in prison See in context

Japan’s despicable police force and justice system up to their old tricks.

This lady should be scathing in her criticism of them both yet I can’t see one quote to that effect.

And she should name officer’s and prosecutor’s names and sue.

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Posted in: Group therapy curbs sex offenders' recidivism: ministry See in context

A lot of real hard liners on this website, some of the things they suggest would've been severe even in medieval times.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for killing homeless woman in Ueno Park See in context

@expat

It's the same in every developed country, not just Japan.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

@smithinjapan

Right!

And in series two Jack Bauer is thrust in to action when a routine stop reveals a foreigner riding an unregistered bicycle.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

Knowing Japanese work practices and their fondness for overtime, they'd better call it 28.

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Posted in: Father of murdered 9-year-old Vietnamese girl marks 3rd anniversary of her death See in context

Can we be sure the right man is in prison? I seem to remember the evidence sounding quite circumstantial and I have zero confidence in the police and judicial system in Japan.

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Posted in: 2 men arrested after fight over vandalism to car See in context

Is this news?

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Posted in: 2 men sought over 3 bag-snatching incidents in one morning See in context

Thanks Pacificpilot, I’ll remember this advice when I’m lying in hospital recovering from stab wounds.

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Posted in: Express train knocks suicide jumper back onto platform, injuring 3 people See in context

@Ian,

No, read the comments again, People are rightfully annoyed that he injured / risked the lives of others by committing suicide in the manner he did. Plus he made them witnesses to a horrific scene that will probably live with them forever.

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Posted in: Express train knocks suicide jumper back onto platform, injuring 3 people See in context

I was sitting at the front of a train a couple of months ago when a lady jumped in front of it. It made a horrible sound and you could feel the train shaking as it went over the lady's body. It wasn't very pleasant and I felt very sorry for the driver.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting 2 young girls in park See in context

@Mike Dashler

That sounds like the Japanese police, reactive not proactive.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

What’s happening with the old retired Japanese bureaucrat who killed the mother and her daughter last year?

Has his case been brushed under the carpet yet?

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Posted in: Man who wore police uniform to rob golf goods shop arrested See in context

What was the point of wearing a police uniform to a standard threaten with a weapon robbery?

I was expecting a more elaborate rouse when I saw he had dressed up as an officer of the law for the occasion.

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Posted in: Man admits responsibility in fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

A very sad story.

@Wellington

“I only wish he was sent to prison in the United States or the UK where child molesters, and wife-beaters do not have a long survival rate.”

I’m from the UK.

That’s a lot of nonsense that you’ve written there.

Child molesters and wife beaters are not regularly murdered in prison in the UK, as you claim.

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Posted in: Noriyuki Makihara shoots to top of Amazon sales ranking after arrest for drug possession See in context

@Kenichi

Stimulatants - illegal. Will they kill you if consumed once? Very probably not.

Bleach - legal. Will it kill you if you consumed once? Yes.

This is what I can't get my head around. What right does any authority (in any country) have to tell you what drugs you can or cannot consume?

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Posted in: Noriyuki Makihara shoots to top of Amazon sales ranking after arrest for drug possession See in context

@kohakuebisu,

Haven't you noticed that Japanese TV's primary function is to tell the public what is cute, what is delicious, what is scary and what is dangerous?

Japanese people rely on it to formulate their opinions.

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Posted in: Noriyuki Makihara shoots to top of Amazon sales ranking after arrest for drug possession See in context

@Kenichi

What is a good drug and what is a bad drug? Please elucidate.

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Posted in: New Harajuku station building unveiled ahead of March opening See in context

That's a drab building.

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Posted in: Nose-blowing and face masks provide deep insight into Japan’s social norms See in context

"So, arrogance, selfishness and inconsideration for others, is now seen as having a "big personality"?"

@Wesley, what do you mean?  It's arrogant, selfish and inconsiderate to blow your nose in public?  Why?

I travel to work by train, I find it absolutely disgusting the pig-like snorting and sniffing many Japanese passengers (almost always men) do.  To me, this is way more inconsiderate to others than someone blowing their nose.  It truly is a revolting sound.

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Posted in: NBA legend Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in helicopter crash See in context

@cracaphat

“The mentioning of it was fine,but why did it have to be last?”

They mentioned it, that’s fair enough.

It was hardly going to be the first paragraph of the story.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context

Execution needed, a bloody vessel for your peace.

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

*if guilty of the crime, I should add.

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

@MSR

I did read and comprehend the article and noted that extract at the end you quoted.

However, the story starts with saying the two countries are in discussion about the handover of the suspects, as in them being returned to Japan and tried there.

I am completely in favour of them being tried in the UK and facing an appropriate prison sentence.

These three shouldn’t be allowed to get away with the crime but should be allowed a fair interrogation and trial which would only happen in the UK.

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

@Kag

And they were allowed to leave the country before they were caught, the Japanese police missed their chance to catch them.

Now that they are in the UK, they shouldn’t be sent back in to such a primeval justice system.

Who knows what other crimes the prosecutors would coerce them in to confessing to during the 23 days (at least) of sleep deprived interrogations without legal counsel present.

The UK wouldn’t extradite its citizens to Somalia or North Korea. Nor should they to Japan, under the current legal conditions there.

In my opinion.

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

I am a British citizen. Despite whatever proof there is of these three being guilty of this crime, I would be very disappointed if my country decided to extradite them to a country with such a backwards, unfair, oppressive, brutal and possibly corrupt legal and justice system.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

I trust they’ll tell the Japanese government to get lost.

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Posted in: The dark side of night life in urban Japan See in context

This is a very strangely written article. What is it trying to imply at the end?

Perhaps these regular customers have found another bar to go to, moved to another city or just stopped going out.

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Posted in: Ex-police officer sentenced to death for killing wife, 2 young children See in context

Sounds like circumstantial evidence to me.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to 28 years over 2006 random killing of woman See in context

I don’t understand Japanese sentencing.

Why did he get 28 years and other murderers got 14-17 years for similar crimes?

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Posted in: Court commutes Peruvian’s death sentence to life See in context

Always speaking wisdom.....that’s definitely a matter of opinion.

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