I don't understand that more than half the people who have posted their comments above still seem to be supportive of Ghosn. But I would hope to believe that there are very few people who do not think he has been very, very greedy. Even if they find him not guilty at the end of his trial, which is a possibility, what he did is absolutely inexcusable and he should be penalized accordingly.
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It is possible that Ghosn might be found not guilty on some legal technicality at the end, but I can never have any sympathy for this guy. Being a little bit greedy might be okay by most people. In fact it is perhaps within the range of decency. But being extremely greedy like he's been is just as bad as a crime.
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The court is right in not allowing Ghosn to attend a board meeting. He might use what might remains of his power to intimidate other board members in order to make things look good for him.
Ghosn might eventually be able to get out of this whole messy thing with the help of his new team of lawyers on some legal technicalities without actually going to prison. Yet the facts still remain that he did use his power to spend an incredible amount of company money for his own personal purposes on multiple occasions. I have no respect for a guy like that.
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I hope people in Osaka will say a clear no to them this time around. Or least one of them won't get elected.
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I keep wondering why Trump's approval rate doesn't really go down much, no matter what.
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Is his name is written in kanji, or katakanized like Yoko Ono in the Japanese media.
Just to answer the question above, his name is written in katakana.
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"North Korea's missile tests are an "imminent threat" to Japan"
Trump and Abe are far more imminent threat to this country as well as to South Korea than North Korea's missile tests themselves. They've been using the missile tests mostly to promote themselves as strong leaders and also to make it easier for them to increase their respective military spending.
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We've been getting many of them in the past couple months. I hope this is not the beginning of their country collapsing all of a sudden.
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an online survey by Japan’s Nikkei business daily found that Abe’s support fell to 36.1% in a survey conducted from March 4 to 7 from 63.7% in the previous week.
This is the best news I've heard in quite a while.
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I totally agree with Makoto Koga when he says the following.
“Frankly, I have doubts about the idea of him playing golf,” Makoto Koga, a retired lawmaker from Abe’s party, said on a weekly TV political talk show last weekend. “It may not be necessarily a good idea to get too close or friendly with someone like Mr Trump, who seems to be impulsive or simple-minded.”
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Moscow has deployed new anti-ship missiles on Pacific islands that are controlled by Russia but also claimed by Japan.
This just shows Putin is not thinking the way Abe is thinking. Is there still any point in Putin visiting Japan next month? Or is Abe just interested in economic cooperation with Russia for the sake of his supporters from business sector and not interested in getting back the northern terrritory?
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They could and should have settled for a lot more so that they would get back all their money and at least some for the damage the plaintiffs must have had to endure through all this. Trump sure got away with this fraud of his far more easily than he ought to have.
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I'm so disappointed, frustrated, sad and angry that I feel like it's the end of the world. Is there any way to stop Trump from becoming the next President or kick him out of the White House when he does become President?
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I don't understand why so many people still support Donald Trump. He shouldn't have been running for any kind of public office in the first place. I'm now really, really scared at the increasing possibilty of Donald Trump winning the election. I'd be very ashamed of my country if someone like Trump would ever lead my country. Come on, wake up, American people!
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He will soon forget his promise and start cursing just like before, but don't worry because very few people are now taking his words seriously anyway.
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Trump admits he didn't pay (or hasn't paid) Federal income tax for many years and he is proud of it and boasting his smartness. Then why does he still not release his tax return like every other candidate? I think he is trying hide something really really bad, which is other than the fact that he paid no Federal income tax for many years. What's he afraid of?
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We've been seeing the worst posiible form of populism since Trump started his campaign. I'm super glad we don't have a presidential system here in this country.
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Abe has increasingly been showing his true color lately, even while a lot of people are still trying to make ends meet.
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Just urging companies to raise the wages of their employees is not going to make it actually happen, even when this comes from Prime Minister. It looks like Abe is just trying to please people with his empty words. If he is serious about it, there has to be some concrete law to make it really happen.
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Your name isn't just something personal or private. People use it to call you or refer to you and this happens all the time throughout your entire lifetime. Parents should not really give their child a name most people don't know how to read. I'm saying this from my own often unpleasant experiences of having my name read mistakenly for countless times in places like schools, hospitals, banks, and whatnot.
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The idea is absolutely fantastic. Hurray for the lady! I simply couldn't admire her more.
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Hurray for the hecklers! I'm very happy to know most of the people who posted their comments support the hecklers. Abe should get heckled more often and more loudly, so that he will get another bout of stomachache and step down from his office.
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">Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said late on Sunday that he would leave politics when his term as mayor expires in December."
Why doesn't he quit now? Why does he have to wait until December? He must have a very good reason for staying on. It could be because he needs time to analyze how the public and his party will react to his announcement, and if everything goes well for him, he will perhaps make some plausible excuse for running in a national election. This time around it's possible that he might run not on his party's ticket but on the LDP's ticket, if Abe is still in office then.
I just hope I will be proved wrong.
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Good but not the best outcome. This plan to disband Osaka City and create 5 semi-autonomous wards should have been voted down a lot more thoroughly. Few can deny that Hashimoto is an exceptionally good orator and negotiator. And what he says (or more like how he says it) is often very convincing. But (and this is really, really, a big but) he is a liar through and through. Just to take one example, a few years ago when this plan was first proposed Hashimoto and his cohorts said they could generate 400 billion extra yen annually. After a lot of questions were thrown at the figure, that figure went down sharply and towards the end of their campaign they said they could create a total of 270 billion yen in the 17 years after the plan was carried out. From 400 billion yen a year to 270 billion yen in the 17 years! That figure of 270 billion is also very doubtful, according to may experts. I just hope he will keep his promise this one last time.
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"Oh please! Says a commie. A weak one at that, making the JCP and its supporters looking like Mr. Bean in political circles both here and abroad." by Wc626
The comment above is extremely derogatory and insulting to many people of this country. It also shows the writer's total ignorance of what JCP has actually been doing and what it stands for. Or could it be that Wc626 has been away from this part of the world for about half a dozen decades or so?
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