Alan Harrison comments

Posted in: Even before the coronavirus, were you in favor of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics? See in context

By now everyone in the world knows Japan and Tokyo but sadly also, in 1964, Japan was a country on the rise, an exploding market, now it is an economy in decline. Even an iconic designed stadium was replaced by a bland Japanese design, with the excuse of cost saving but a, in the end, it cost more than if we had stuck to the original. All in the name of nationalism.

Actually, Japan still owes money for the designs of the original stadium.

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Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

Looking at Japan's history and culture of hostage taking and blackmail, I'm sure that the ocupying Japanese authorities would make life very difficult for the family of those who did not comply, at that time.

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

Psychological therapy required.

I asked for one word.

OK. Fair enough. Therapy.

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

Somehow, "naive" isn't the word that comes to mind when I hear her speak.

What is the word that comes to your mind when you hear her speak?

3 words.

Psychological therapy required.

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Posted in: Japanese media urged to address male dominance following Mori uproar See in context

Japan’s media is as much of a joke as Japan’s “justice” system. The media simply regurgitates what it is told lest it be excluded from the press clubs, which means it won’t have any information.

Echo's of the 1930's.

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Posted in: Women speak out about sexual violence after Great East Japan Earthquake See in context

Sexual violence in the wake of disasters has been widely documented around the world,........

Where?

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Posted in: Japan's children of the tsunami shaped by tragedy See in context

Media coverage emphasized polite evacuees and national solidarity, but Ganbe saw adults jump lines for food, pushing children aside. For several days after the tsunami he ate nothing.

Shameful behaviour.

Appalling. For many years Japan has always portrayed themselves as one big happy family, but I have known otherwise for quite a long time now.

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Posted in: 163 jockeys, others in horseracing get virus rescue money improperly See in context

Why have they not been arrested?

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

Sorry Alan, but bail-jumping from a country and then inviting those same prosecutors to visit you in the country you currently reside is not the actions of an innocent man.

Sorry Charmaine. Until he is proven guilty in a court of law he is presumed innocent. (Note, when I say court of law, I do mean proper courts of law, not Japans definition of a court, and for that matter, Japans definition of bail conditions).

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Posted in: Ethics scandal involving communications official linked to Suga widens See in context

Why have they not been arrested?

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

@dan

Meanwhile Nissan executives receive no punishment for any misdoings!!

One rule for the Japanese and another one entirely for the 'gaijin'.

Playing 3 Card Monty (ie. deflection) doesn't change the truth behind what I stated... Ghosn is hiding in another country, letting everyone else take the fall. Kelley, the pilots who flew Ghosn out of Japan, the father/son who orchestrated the details of the escape, the companies involved, etc. Everyone except Mr. Clean.

Mr.Ghosn is not hiding. He has invited Japanese prosecutors to Lebanon to answer any questions they may wish to put to him.

Curiously, they (Japanese prosecutors) have not responded.

Maybe that is because in Lebanon he is not a hostage. This isn't Japan, is it?

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

Lots of down votes for people that are in support of justice and fairness for Ghosn and Kelly I think we a few too many trolls in our midsts ..

Pathetic.

Well, I suppose this whiole circus must be hard on the Japanese. Let's look at what was supposed ti happen.

Mr.Ghosn would be arrested, confess to his "wrong doing", be given a suspended sentence, but would have to pay an embellished, (because he is not Japanese) amount of fine and compensation. Japan would say, Oh look how kind we are. Saikawa would take over and say, I forgive Mr.Ghosn.

It might just have worked, but Japan made a fatal error. They had forgotten Pearl Harbour. Pearl Harbour tactics just don't go down well in the world.

As a result, let's look at what has happened Japanese justice looks a complete international ass.

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

In Japan, lawyers are more trustworthy than the US.

No more trustworthy, no less trustworthy

This assertion is backed up by lawyers not being involved in scandals or fraud as in other countries.

A sweeping statement. Lawyers in any country must have an extremely high degree of integrity.

There is a different mindset here.

Yes there is a different mindset. It woulsdd seem thatv ilnnocence has to be proved, and not presumed. Prosecutors seem to be the corrupt ones in Japan (backed up by a UN report on the unlawful detention of Mr.Ghosn). Judges are the prosecutors poodle's.

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

In Japan, it is common practice to admit guilt and apologize in front of cameras for white collar crimes. Foreigners dont get the memo or they do but their pride doesn't allow them to follow Japanese "custom". White collar crime is not punishable by law if you just apologize and admit whatever they want you to admit.

Not strictly true. If you are a foreigner and you admit guilt, a harsher sentence is demanded, if more money is not paid.:

Ask the question, why are their prosecutors who deal with foreigners and prosecutors who deal with Japanese. Probably to scam more money out of foriegners.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault, robbery of visually impaired woman See in context

Baroque:

Something needs to change so Japan can be as safe as Singapore, Korea, Mainland China, and Taiwan and go back to the way it is as the Edo era and/or the Japan of the 1970s and 1980s.

Are you claiming that Singapore, Korea, Mainland China, and Taiwan safer than Japan? Any figures to back that up? (And discount whatever the mainland China CCP government says, please).

Having lived in Taiwan for a while, I conclude that Taiwan is safer than Japan. Taiwan's younger people seem to have better standard moral and social responsibility than Japan, therefore there is not the growing level of juvenile delinquency and recidivism that Japan has.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault, robbery of visually impaired woman See in context

There has been a myth for a long time that Japan is a mecca of safety, but that is not quite the case. There has always been crime in Japan. (there has always been police stations in Japan, there has always been prisions in Japan).

But years ago, there seemed to be a code. You would never threaten or attack an old person or a visually impaired person, or steal from them.

(Even with an alcohol fuelled fight on a Saturday night, if a person went down, never kick a person who is on the ground).

There seems to be a new kind of viciousness about now.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault, robbery of visually impaired woman See in context

Why leave your doors unlocked?

Because there was a time (obviously a different era) when people in Japan could leave their doors unlocked in perfect safety.

But those days were before this 34 year was even born.

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Posted in: Coast guard searches for 5 crew from capsized Chinese fishing boat See in context

Very high price to pay for Chinese encroachment into Japanese waters. Or disputed waters.

The article says "near". Very tragic.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister Kawai granted ¥50 mil bail in vote-buying case See in context

Of course he gets bail. He's a member of the club.

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Posted in: Naomi Watanabe moving to U.S.; switching base of operations to outside Japan See in context

Another one adding to Japan's brain drain. I have noticed more recently, that the best and brightest of the Japanese leave Japan to live elsewhere.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

*It cannot be understated how important remaining silent is. Anything you say cannot help you. It will only hurt you.*

Under no circumstances trust the translator. They will often say during interrogation break "off the record .......". He / she, although claiming to be impartial, work for the police / prosecutor.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to stop anal COVID-19 tests on Japanese citizens See in context

At least China is testing. More than can be said of Japan.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Obviously, the end game is to get Ghosn back in Japan, so probably they'll hold them until they get some dirt on either Ghosn's son or wife, who both have American citizenship and can be extradited. Ghosn won't give himself up for the Taylors, but he may do for his son or wife if either of them is dragged over to Japan.

Could be risky. Japan has already proved itself as a coward. The UN is probably watching this carefully too. (Incidentally, Japan still owes Ghosn compensation for unlawful detention). If Japan shows the contempt for the UN that it has done, that is risky. Japan is now a Division 2 country and will probably run squealing to the UN someday.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

You never know, Japan might ask them to join the SDF and work for Japan, since the USA has sold them out.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Whatever happens they will always be martyrs to many.

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Posted in: 2 American men wanted for aiding Ghosn's escape arrive in Japan See in context

Dear Taylors, welcome back to Japan, now that you have come back through the front door this time, and with lots of Cameras and law men, I have some advice for the two of you,

1- Remain Calm

2- Respect all rules

3- Respect the personal around you, including those who may end up locking you up.

4- Respect the culture and its people

5-Do NOT compare your homeland with Japan, this could really do some harm to both of you.

6- Be extremely Patient

I pray for both of you, and I hope that you prevail, Good Luck

Probably the best peice of advice, along with all the good advice above is : Stay SIlient.

Good Luck also. Remember, the prosecutor is only a bureaucrat.

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Posted in: 2 American men wanted for aiding Ghosn's escape arrive in Japan See in context

I hope their lawyer advises them to plead guilty. If they do they'll probably get a suspended sentence.

Yes, but then they would have to pay an embellished, exorbitant fine.

It is worth noting that foriegners in Japan are expected to pay more. Japan still thinks that the world is it's cash cow.

(Generally, when Japanese pay compensation amongst themselves, the judge will drop the amount demanded by 10%. That does not happen with people of "non Japanese status", and the amount is often doubled).

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Posted in: 2 high school students sent to prosecutors for shoving shopping carts down mall escalator See in context

Juvenile recidivism had been on the increase in Japan for a number of years.

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Posted in: Japan asks China to stop anal COVID-19 tests on Japanese citizens See in context

Distasteful as this testing method is, if China are doing it to all foriegners entering the country, then they can't really give Japan an exemption.

As the Japanese often say, this is Japan, our rules.

I guess if you don't like China's rules, then don't go to China.

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Posted in: 2 Americans wanted in Ghosn's escape now in Japanese custody See in context

I suspect prosecutors are hoping that the Taylors provide information implicating Ghosn's wife Carole or son Anthony in planning and financing the escape. Carlos himself is probably resigned to spending the rest of his days in Lebanon, but it's something else entirely to subject your family to the same fate. If his wife or son can be charged and extradited while traveling overseas, will Ghosn return to Japan to testify in their defence?

Probably right. If you can't get the man, intimidate his family. This tactic was used by the Japanese in occupied territory's in WW2. Once cowards, always cowards.

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