The lockdown is coming soon. Probably early next week, I think. It should happen tomorrow, but even if Abe's govt. decides to do it right now, it'd take them 4 days to implement. Only when the famous get it will someone like Abe move.
He must have been totally shocked when Ken Shimura got it. 'What? Not just the run of the mill citizen, someone important is sick! We must do something, now!'
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People are dying because he claimed a particular substance would cure the virus.
Specifically, Trump said chloroquine, of which a certain formula is used to treat malaria, was a possible coronavirus 'game changer' in the fight against the virus. He failed to mention any facts nor the idea that chloroquine is found in other things with a different formula, such as fish tank cleaner. Duh.
So a Trump supporting couple follows his words and self medicates with chloroquine because the label of fish tank cleaner said it contained chloroquine and, well, Trump said chloroquine is a game changer, so by golly, that couple is gonna believe him and take a small swig.
Game changer is sorta true, in a Trumpian way. It killed the husband and put the wife in critical condition.
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Now Trump is saying he knew all along it was a pandemic? Completely, Gas lighting. How many times did he say the opposite? It's a hoax is one of the things he said. It'll clear up by itself is another. He lies so often, if this was kid at a school, he'd definitely get kicked out. But a number of people listen to his lies, believe them, and condone his behavior. I can't imagine anyone allowing their children to listen to him and idolize him as a good man.
But, obviously, there are people who have a low standard and want their kids to be liars, like he is, and run around calling the coronavirus the Chinese virus. Appalling.
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They gave you antiBIOTICS for a VIRUS? Why?
Antibiotics are not to cure the virus.
They're likely given to counter symptoms from the virus, which can affect a number of weakened areas a person may have thru bacteria perhaps already present, or more susceptible to after getting sick.
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Trump waited, hopefully ignoring the ramifications of the virus, he could spin everything positively for himself, but could not, so he declared a national emergency. His narcissism and self congratulatory attitudes are only for those who want to be mentally manipulated. He can't take any responsibility, par for his lack of integrity and grace, but we've seen this all before from this buffoon.
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The entire team knew of the cheating and either went along or were participants. When a player like Carlos Correa lacks contrition and defiantly cries against accusers, I wonder how any player or fan of an opposing team will not want to ridicule Houston as cheaters who cannot deal with being caught, and fail to understand their World Series win is tainted as greatly as any champion who cheated in the history of sports.
Their title should be taken away, and the organization should be suspended for an entire season. As is, there are going to be a lot of anger and possible eruptions this coming season. The difference between past MLB cheats, is this is about an entire team and organization knowingly breaking rules, and acting like it was proper to boast of winning a World Series. Unreal, but not so unbelievable in this era of blatant lies.
4 ( +4 / -0 )
Trump the dictator wannabe spews again!!
3 ( +6 / -3 )
Driving in Japan is an exercise in high stress. It's expensive, crowded and actually quite inconvenient in larger cities like Tokyo. I got sick of the shaken, the gas prices, kousoku payments, parking prices...home and away... and overall cost of riding and maintaining a car. Today I have a couple of nice road bicycles and use public transport. Every time I read a story on driving problems in Japan, I just smile, these days, it has little to do with me, anymore. Not having a car is limiting, but way less stressful. The other thing is because I haven't had a car of late, my driver's license is gold, whatever that means...
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Instagram and social media...take it all with a grain of salt, at best. Getting bent over some stupid comments is a waste of time. Those who make it a big deal are just enabling the trollers, and guilty of getting reeled in.
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Knives Out is a fun, well made, film.
I liked it better than 1917 or Parasite. But I didn't think those films were nearly as good as the hype.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
Just let the film go through its motions and not bring attention to it, the film would go to video quickly, and would be dismissed as a stupid movie, no one watched. I mean, released films have included Centipede and turning Justin Long into a walrus. Those who want to watch it, will, anyways.
Just let it go, as some freezing woman once said.
Bringing attention just gives it legs to make some money.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
It is quite incredible to see a trial not allowing witnesses against the accused. Democracy and decency could be finished in the United States if Republicans further damage what was the United States of America. It'd be funny if it wasn't so sad that Republicans call for the Bidens to the stand, when it has nothing to do with the actual impeachment trial of Trump. Juvenile behavior by Republicans is something I'm glad they don't readily teach to kids where I live. The reasoning of Trump's quid pro quo, contrary to what Dershowitz says, is not OK, even though Republicans want to say illegal activity is all right with this presidents, whom they are non caring whether America becomes a demagoguery of Trump's insanity.
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You guys are Trump, Trump, Trump, Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, I’m telling you this, we are ALL tired of this, put a fork in it already, so happy when this wraps up!
Of course you're tired of it, but it's not really about us saying he's guilty, it's about allowing the United States being allowed to have witnesses, so a fair trial can be done. The unbelievable arguments of Dershowitz, which essentially says this president can do anything he wants to, because the office deems it so...how ridiculous a defense! Other GOP/Trump supporters like Ted Cruz are saying who cares, even if he's guilty, he isn't! This is dictatorial country ideas, not the United States of America.
No one wants a guilty Trump without witness' testimony, which is normal for any court case, yet, Trump's team want innocence without a trial. If you believe this is fine, you are not advancing the ideal of the democracy of the United States. You are promoting fascism for a dictatorship. It would be tantamount to treason, years ago. Just be fair, listen, have an open mind and put your country above Trump. Not having witness' allowed is unpatriotic to the American constitution and flag.
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Let the Dems call Bolton or Mulvaney and then Mitch can call the Biden’s and even the whistleblower, betcha the Dems won’t allow it.
Democrats are calling for witnesses directly involved in the subject matter of impeachment. This is not a trial on the Bidens and certainly isn't proper to expose a whistleblower, it is about the verification of the impeachment of the president.
It follows if he has nothing to hide, the Republicans would want the truth, and allow for witnesses to Trump's wrong doings concerning the Ukraine, but they obviously have such a problem with finding truth, it doesn't matter to them, anymore. As in the idea of putting Biden on the stand, it is the policy of the Republicans to continually have straw man arguments and fallacy of logic, ubiquitously, so they can follow the demagoguery of Trump, which is based on lies.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
You idiotic narcissist, Donny. Davos isn't an economic summit. He again manages to say nothing about the issues at hand, only embarrassing himself and the US by being arrogant, dismissive and completely showing disregard for the realities of science, which go over well with his cultish fools, but making up his own stories is juvenile, damn stupid and dangerous.
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Here's reality, I have been in Japan for over 17rs and as long as you do not break the law, no harm to you and even foreigners live in harmony. Don't break the laws that's it and all these feelings don't exist. If you do break the law, then pay the price.
In a vacuum, this is a correct statement, and how foreigners need to adhere to laws.
But outside the reasoning of not breaking the law, if everyone is obedient, what it leads to is loss of self expression and individualism. It's probably why hikikomi is such an issue, as well...you can't get into trouble if you don't leave your dwelling.
In essence, people have to take some chances and do things that stretch the limits. In Japan, people are encouraged to stay within the circle and work from there, not daring to go outside that circle. It all is part of the culture of obedience and while I understand why you have written what you did, it does hinder the mind to declare obedience and always follow the rules, leading to the salary man type lemming behavior and inability to think for oneself that many foreigners find difficult.
Ultimately, this trait of the Japanese is one of the main reasons people in Japan do not find the justice system a problem, nor challenge it. They believe anyone who is arrested is guilty, and if they were good, law abiding people, they wouldn't have gotten arrested, in the first place. No mistakes people lead to rather dull people, imo. But if they do wrong, they should get a fair trial.
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One thing I feel strange is that so many people here are on the side of Ghosn while you must be living on small salaries, I presume with your permision. Ghosn earned hundred times more than a Japanese company president could earn. So long as there are people who think Ghosn a hero, capitalism is safe.
Ghosn is a hero for many because he has been the only person who has brought the unfair Japanese justice system into focus. It did take money on his part to escape, but the possibility the Japanese will actually be forced to and perhaps admit a mistake of their ways is no small feat. You are taking one part of his life...his CEO position...believing it has to do with the unfair practice of justice in Japan, and it is actually mutually exclusive of the reason as to why Ghosn's side is taken by many. In fact, vilifying him because he is a CEO and a capitalist in this matter is actually quite prejudicial, as it has nothing to do with why he jumped bail.
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Reading statements from the prosecution side of this Ghosn case is akin to what the Democrats are doing do President Trump. Where are the FACTS and hiding possible EXCULPATORY evidence. I was so glad CG showed the is wasn't HE did it, it was the company, NISSAN. We saw Saikawa's signature and that is enough to show it wasn't Ghosn alone, it was the company. As for the under reporting of compensation, as Ghosn explained, it wasn't decided, had not been approved and not PAID. Total sham and shame on Nissan and the prosecution. The talk in MSM about merging Renault and Nissan...FALSE. Ghosn wanted to establish a holding company so Renault and Nissan have equal say....Nissan was pissed that the French government has double voting rights and Nissan ZERO. Plus, Nissan was opposed to a planned addition of FCA into the Alliance. Truth was said last night.
Excellent, Senkan. 100%.
EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE, MORI SAN!!
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Mori and Japan need to face the reality the system of justice is not fair. They'll be under scrutiny and should want to change. The Japanese people should be standing up for Ghosn, but likely will not. There's something about the educational system and culture that makes standing up for integrity and the right thing a difficult problem for the Japanese people, who get staunch and stubborn in issues where it would seem obvious an intelligent, caring person would want to rethink things.
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Here I need to say that there is no good one at all in this entire story; both sides did wrongdoings and likely breached the laws.
First of all, the Japanese justice system is the law, they're being questioned in their fairness and execution of the law, but they can't breach the law, they're not the accused, and no one else at Nissan, in this case, was, except for Mr. Ghosn.
Ghosn's conference is mainly about wanting a chance to a fair trial. To be considered innocent until proven guilty, and was not given the chance to do so. Rather, he was put in a small cell with no windows, and not given a court date or access to his wife's visits, for six months plus, and interrogated up to 8 hours in an attempt for prosecutors to get him to admit something he believe he did not do. That's not justice. I would completely disagree with the assessment he wasn't articulate and clear in his strong statements. I understood him, perfectly fine, and he didn't come off as some English teacher whatever, at all.
He did flee, which goes against Japanese law, but his reasoning made a lot of sense. If you're dealing with injustice, do you just sit and wait for your death? He's a brave guy for not waiting for Godot, and doing something about it.
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Ghosn is a hero for his courage, clarity and intelligent actions and words. He doesn't hate the Japanese people, at all. In fact, one gets a sense of his love for Japan, and only despises a justice system that is egregious in its unfair and often cruel ways. A justice system that brands and treats a person as guilty before trial, with pretty much torturous attitudes should not exist, in what is a very modern country in many ways.
The image of Japan of omotenashi, which means to wholeheartedly look after guests, and is thought of as a microcosm of Japan, representing the Japanese mindset of hospitality centering around care rather than expectation gets completely lost in the justice system. In fact, just the opposite. An accused, before a fair trial, is treated inhumanely but even more so, fairness and decency rights are taken away. It becomes a nonsensical guilt sham.
When what Mr. Ghosn experienced happens, Japan shows its hypocritical side, and would be better off to admit her wrong doings. An accused is not guilty before a fair trial, and the 99%+ conviction rate in no way can possibly be fair, but they rely on POV of their omotenashi side and say, 'see, we are the most hospitable humans on earth, how can our reasoning and actions be wrong?' The hypocrisy is shameful.
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Trump is so full of himself.
Ain't it great?!
No, not at all.
It just means he's a narcissist, and it ain't great.
People who are in love with narcissists buy into the lies and don't realize narcissists think they're Einstein and all others are idiots. When people who love narcissists finally move on, they realize how much happier and stronger they are away from them, but with a gain of perspective and intelligence, tend to berate themselves for believing the lies in the first place.
4 ( +5 / -1 )
Absurd is as absurd does.
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“We have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,"
An idiotic madman tweets with disregard for intelligence, international understanding and, just plain human decency. What a horror of an individual.
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What you and many people here fail to realize is that Japan is not a common law country. Its a civil law country so therefore the role of lawyers is more along the lines of advisors. They dont prepare cases here, that is the job of the judges. The role of the judge is exponentionally more important in Japan, therefore the time is not really for preparing a case, but rather enough time for the judges to get ready to hear the case.
Due to this, what alot of people here keep spewing which is absolute hogwash, is that Ghosns lawyers dont get to see evidence before hand. Thats because they dont need to in a civil law system.
So, this makes little sense to me. What is the use of a defense or prosecuting lawyer and how does a person get a fair trial, if they don't make a case and the judge sides with guilty judgment 99% of the time? With a 99% conviction rate, this idea of judges being the reason it takes time to make a case exacerbates the idea there is no fair trial, in Japan. It follows that it is not just reasonable, but logical that Ghosn fled the egregious Japanese justice system.
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”Not sure what legal reason Japan would have to prevent Carole from leaving Japan.”
Have you forgotten when Carlos was re-arrested and taken from their residence, and the police confiscated some of her passports but she skipped the country using one she hid from them, her American if I recall correctly.
That still doesn't answer to not having a legal reason to prevent her from leaving Japan, and the Japanese attempting to take all her passports. It further's the case that Japan's justice system is unfair. Being Ghosn's wife is not a legal reason.
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why is everyone blindly defending this man? Justice system may not be perfect but it doesn’t mean he is innocent.
Not blindly defending him, and not judging whether he is innocent or not. This is a matter of the justice system not allowing for fairness in determining whether Ghosn may be innocent or guilty. If Ghosn were found guilty, through a fair process, I wouldn't be defending him, at all.
Everyone wants the criminal justice system to be fair. Whatever one’s values, political affiliations, or ideology, an unfair criminal justice system is a faulty criminal justice system. While what is fair or not is subjective, objectively, Japan should be looking for fairness. It isn't about being perfect, in Japan's case, it simply is too unfair to believe jailed individuals stay jailed until they admit guilt. That's crazy. That's closer to a form of torture to admit guilt, than justice.
Many think Japan's justice system is unfair in its treatment of Ghosn. Ghosn fleeing is what anyone *should* do, if the justice system isn't fair.
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I don't care if he is innocence or not. That he is able to escape is the serious issue.
Whether he is guilty or innocent is not the issue here, the issue is was he being treated fairly by the Japanese justice system? He wasn't. His escape was a consequence of it.
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Perhaps Japan knew he left and was their way to avoid an embarrassing long drawn out court case that they know is weak.
Either way, letting him go or keeping him locked up, Japan is looking like a fool in its inability to have a fair justice system carried out properly.
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