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Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for abusing 3-year-old stepdaughter See in context

Why has it taken so long for this coward to be arrested?

I hope he gets an appropriate prison term.

He would last about 24 hours in a foreign prison.

Fantasy of Mine

(It would be nice if Japan had a neighborhood vigilante watch group comprised of adults who would teach this guy a lesson. It would also be nice if they could find some sympathetic cops who would look the other way. )

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

OssanAmerica and BigYen

While Japan has a heavy handed conviction rate, it also has an aburdly weak incarceration. It's far from impossible that Ghosn may have bee found innocent, or found gulity but given a very weak sentence, even suspended.

I couldn't agree with you guys more. Thank you making those well-reasoned points. One thing is that Mr. Ghosn had the right to remain silent, which apparently he did not do.

A retired Japanese cop friend of mine told me that back in the day when members of the infamous Japanese Red Army were being interrogated they would stare straight ahead, not say a word, nor change their facial expressions for hours on end. The cops would give up after a couple of days. It was a waste of their time and they knew these guys would never break.

Not sure how Mr. Ghosn behaved during interrogation but his indignation tends to suggest that he did not have the discipline of the Japanese Red Army and could not keep his mouth shut. These guys and gals were terrorists who eventually got what they deserved, but they were disciplined.

Mr. Ghosn on the other hand is not.

The hypocritical thing about him is that he availed himself of the protections of the Japanese police for the years he lived here without complaining about them. But the minute he gets his caught breaking the law, he attacks the very system that protected him for the years he lived here.

He either got terrible advice or ignored the advice that he got. I agree with OssanAmerica that If he had negotiated a deal with the prosecutor's office, he, in all likelihood would have gotten off with a slap on the wrist. He might even still be here drinking "namas" at this favorite yakitori place.

Most people don't understand and don't care about white collar crimes. Admitting guilt and "hansei" go a long way in Japan. He apparently did not understand that.

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Posted in: Angry Iranians question authorities for concealing truth on plane incident See in context

A regime change would be nice.

Peace in that area would probably follow in a few years.

Iran and South Korea are two of the only developed countries that have never invaded another country.

The Iranian people deserve better.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Sh1mon M4sadaToday  06:01 am JST

"Still can't believe anything he says. The fact he ran away from his only opportunity to clear himself speaks volume about the consistent dishonesty."

Well put!

Couldn't agree with you more.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Regardless of the Japanese judicial system, if Carlos Ghosn didn’t want to go to jail he should have avoided behaviour that got him there.

It is not in Japan only that he’s regarded as a figure of dubious integrity.

He fled France to Japan for questionable expenses worth 11 million Euros. Settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over claims of failing to disclose more than $140 million in pay to him from Nissan. Now fled Japan for more questionable expenses and tax evasion. He seems to be a greedy crook but then again another rich man evades the justice system.

Hopefully he will have to answer for consorting with Israel while he was in tenure at Nissan. It is a crime in Lebanon to have any dealings with Israel, Lebanon's sworn enemy.

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Posted in: Do you think Carlos Ghosn did the right thing by fleeing from Japan while out on bail? See in context

Toasted HereticJan. 6  09:22 am JST

I suppose if you're an elitist used to getting what you want, he did the right thing. But overall, it's another example of trust. The higher up the ladder these corporate types are, the less trustworthy they are. They become corrupted with greed and a lust for power, believing themselves to be above the law.

Amen to that!

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Posted in: Binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption may damage the heart See in context

I try not to drink on an empty stomach and try to abstain on Mon Wed and Fridays.

It seems the more I eat the less I want to drink.

Other than that unfortunately I binge drink a few times a month.

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Posted in: NHK's annual 'Kohaku' music show sees rating fall to record low See in context

Why would they ever put KISS on Kohaku? Takeshi Kitano best days are behind him and is boring.

The singers can't sing, some of the costumes are supposed to impress, but are really ridiculous.

The lip-syncing is insulting, don't these guys ever practice any?

This board the only place I can vent, if I pretend like I don't like it or don't act interested my wife will get upset, so I just go along, smile and have a few drinks.

But yeah, thank god for Netflix.

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Posted in: Forcing people to go to a drinking party is sometimes seen as harassment. In the past, it happened all the time. It was part of normal corporate culture in Japan but now it's seen as power harassment. See in context

As many posters here have pointed out, forcing any employee to go to a company-sponsored party is close to harassment.

But, Japan is still Japan and going out with "Minna" once in a while isn't going to kill you. After all it is free booze (if you choose to drink) and free food on the company's dime. Nowadays there are many non-alcoholic alternatives. So go and have fun!!

The thing that should be abolished is the "Nijikai" (party after party).

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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

"O wise young judges how I do honour thee!"

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Posted in: Beating, homesickness: Tough path to the top for Georgian sumo star See in context

Thanks for the well-researched article and the background info on his life in Georgia. Very moving.

Tochi has always been one of my favs. He was injured in 2013 and fell down to Makushita 55 but fought his way back up to Ozeki. Great determination and a huge heart.

I hope he is fully recovered and can work his way back to Ozeki one more time.

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Posted in: Former top farm ministry official admits killing reclusive son See in context

If I lost my temper and murdered by son I would say exactly what the suspect Hideaki Kumazawa is saying.

This is not self defense nor heat of the moment. This is cold blooded murder.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to summit next month See in context

"The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva."

Unfortunately the Human Rights Council has no legal standing and cannot adjudicate matters such as you described. Whatever they may have allegedly "found" is meaningless from a legal point of view as it cannot be enforced.

I highly doubt that they would waste their time on issues from WWII that had already been adjudicated. If you have a citation or a date that this was "found" please share.

Comfort Women: While there may have been some women that were kidnapped by the Japanese military and forced into prostitution, there also were many young Korean daughters who were sold to brothels by their parents. There were also many young women who voluntarily offered their services to the Japanese soldiers. As there are many Korean women who to this day work in bars and brothels near the U.S. Military bases. These facts need to be distinguished and brought up when discussing the issue of so-called "comfort women" and the world's oldest profession.

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Posted in: Extension of S Korea-Japan intel pact likely to irritate N Korea See in context


Good post.

This was settled back in 1965.

The article below authored by Taro Kano Minister of Defense of Japan and pretty much sums up this whole debacle. South Korea is a great country and one of the few developed countries that has never invaded another country. But it has to learn to stand by its word. A deal is a deal.

"In 1965, after 14 years of hard negotiations, Japan and South Korea concluded the “Agreement on the Settlement of Problems concerning Property and Claims and on Economic Co-operation between Japan and the Republic of Korea.” Under the terms of the 1965 Agreement, Japan extended $500 million in grants and loans -- a sum that totaled 1.6 times as much as South Korea’s national budget then. All problems concerning claims between the two countries and their nationals were confirmed to be “settled completely and finally.”

Among the eight items in the “Outline of the Claims of the Republic of Korea against Japan” that were raised during negotiations, “accrued wages of the requisitioned Korean[s]” as well as “compensation of damages by war to the requisitioned Korean[s]” were included. The Agreed Minutes to the 1965 Agreement clearly state that the claims that were “settled completely and finally” included any that fell within the scope of these eight items.  

Furthermore, when seeking compensation for Korean workers “requisitioned” by Japanese companies during the war, Korean officials explained that their claim included damages for psychological and physical suffering. In response, the Japanese side proposed that its payments be made to individuals. But the Korean representatives asserted that they were putting forward the claims for compensation as a state and that their government would be responsible for distributing any money received from Japan.

Four decades later, in August 2005, South Korea reaffirmed that the $300 million in grants received from Japan had included compensation for the “historical fact of suffering” of the victims of “forced mobilization.” In so doing, the Korean government made it clear that it bore the moral responsibility to allocate an adequate amount of the resources received to provide relief to those victims."

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Posted in: One year after arrest, Ghosn seeks to throw out case against him See in context

Henny Penny,

Bravo, great post!

No, you are not the only one that has noticed that France and Renault want nothing to do with this person nor the case the Japanese prosecutors are building against him.

I agree that he has been treated like royalty compared to the average Joe in Japan and by comparison minorities in other countries, especially the United States.

I thought the comparison of other jurisdictions was a valid comparison since many folks have been unfairly criticizing the Japanese criminal justice system. Under which, by the way he has always had the right to keep silent.

It's not like he was being tortured or in solitary confinement, which had happens more often that one would expect in the United State to a disproportionate number of minorities, especially young Black men.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea weigh creation of fund amid spat over wartime labor See in context

There was a great article by a British professor long-time resident of South Korea that proposed basically a similar solution. (Sorry, I can't remember his name.)

Instead of involving companies his idea was citizens should be involved. His point of view what that there is enough good will among the younger generations of both countries to overcome this no-win situation brought on by the ridiculous decision made by Korea's Supreme Court.

He proposed that the Korean government would take the money they already received from Japan, put it in a kitty to which ordinary citizens of both Japan and Korea could contribute. From there the payments would be made to those, and only those who had been forced to work during the Japanese occupation of Korea. 

Descendants of those folks would not be eligible. 

To date it is the only proposal that I have heard that makes a little sense.

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