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Posted in: Asia to dominate Davos virtual forum as virus-hit West struggles See in context

Yeah, we have zero idea of how China's doing with the pandemic, so the first paragraph if extremely inaccurate.

absolutely!

Now it is certain that only stupid people would say that Japan is a west nation.

agree

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Posted in: In tracking virus mutations, most countries flying blind See in context

UK warns new coronavirus variant could be more deadly | DW News - YouTube

apparently the UK is saying that the new strain could be 30% more deadly.

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Posted in: Do you think China is a military threat to Japan? See in context

well said Peter14!

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Posted in: Kremlin accuses U.S. of meddling in its affairs, but says it is ready to talk See in context

Kremlin accuses U.S. of meddling in its affairs

My, my, my. How the tables have turned!

Yep!!

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Posted in: Do you think China is a military threat to Japan? See in context

China is a threat to pretty much everyone. They're thugs. The CCP I mean.

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Posted in: At least 15,000 virus patients waiting for hospitals, accommodations See in context

 So it is up to the journalists to embarrass them with the right questions and the voting public to retire the lot of them

HAHAHAHA! Good one mate! Where do you think you are? A proper functioning democracy?! This is Japan!

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Posted in: At least 15,000 virus patients waiting for hospitals, accommodations See in context

Japan needs urgently implement full lockdown.. Otherwise ,More lives will be lost and Health service will definitely collapse. After that,, it will spin out of control..

Agree 100%. Its bizarre that the gov can deport PR foreigners and uproot them from their Japanese families for breaking quarantine, BUT can't or don't want to implement a lockdown, or at least a proper SOE like before, to properly quell the virus. Their response to this virus has been abysmal. 0 leadership on their part and leaving it to the Prefectural Governments to decide what to do. This time around, it'll be very difficult for the Prefectures to implement any proper response and it won't matter anyway as long as the SOE or LD is not on a national level. Add to that, the ABISMAL testing and you have a recipe for disaster.

Just canceled the Damned Olympics once and for all and you can use the facilities for patients instead

Or don't cancel the Olympics and watch that number multiplied by 10.

That’s about half of the total number of active cases. Well done Japan, not!

That's at a conservative estimate. The number of active cases could in fact be WAY higher. If you are one of the 40% whose job is not permanent, barely enough to make ends meet, AND is not a fixed income, are you really going to go and get tested knowing that you will be forced to quarantine for 2 weeks and with minimal financial help from this asinine gov if you have symptoms? I wouldn't. I'd just try to ride it out.

The people waiting for hospitalization is only going to increase the lethality rates, and the people waiting for isolation will increase the spreading of the disease. This is a double punch for public health and something everybody saw coming, everybody except the science deniers that endlessly repeat the pandemic is nothing and the government, that did absolutely nothing to prevent it from happening.

Not to mention the sockpuppets who constantly praised the gov response to the pandemic and insisted that Japan didn't need to test, the hospitals were fine, and that everyone else who expressed worry and concern were just Japan bashers.

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Posted in: Not-guilty verdict for man in women’s toilet: he had to go so bad it clouded his judgement See in context

“That kind of thing happens all the time. I’ve even done it and quickly darted out when I saw a urinal.”

I can relate to that-

This happened to me a couple of times. I absentmindedly walked into the women's toilet and immediately darted out.

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Posted in: Man arrested after wearing wig to enter women’s bathing facility See in context

I swear- just when you think you've seen it all...

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Posted in: For our readers who wear lipstick: How do you deal with the problem of face masks messing up your lipstick? See in context

Where I wear lipstick I don't need a mask

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Including his suggestion that the Taylors will be released not because of the mandates of the law, but because of popular opinion

I believe they will be released because of the light shone on Japan's Justice system through Ghosn.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Bokuda- Excellent points!

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

A prosecutor is not an attack dog there to harass the suspect until the judge tells him to stop.

You're half right. The Judge can't tell the prosecutor anything. The prosecutors hold all the power. that's what makes this a fundamentally bad system

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

To take an extreme example, if I arrest only murderers, and you arrest everybody including the pickpockets and jaywalkers, then my average arrest regime can be harsher than yours and still be justified.

It doesn’t matter. You’re missing the point. What’s important is what happens to these people once they get arrested. That’s all that matters. Not their crime. Just simply how you treat them in custody

The ability of a prosecutor to recognize his case is weak and drop it or cut a deal is generally considered an honorable, rather than dishonorable trait. A prosecutor is not an attack dog there to harass the suspect until the judge tells him to stop.

That’s because of the flawed system that is used in Japan which Relies on forced confessions

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Posted in: Biden faces a more confident China after U.S. chaos See in context

Biden needs to come out swinging. China is the world's biggest menace.

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Posted in: Cathay Pacific adds WhatsApp to customer service options See in context

CP are not the same caring company they used to be. On a flight from HK to LHR, they were really rude to my 16 year old son and an Australian policewoman. And their prices have gone through the roof!

They were absolutely horrible to my wife and I. I will NEVER use them again. EVER.

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Posted in: Escaping coronavirus lockdowns, tourists flock to Dubai See in context

My brother lives and works there. Although he's mainly been working from home. Hope Dubai will stay safe

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Posted in: Go To Travel push linked to surge in COVID-19 infections: study See in context

Jeff- well said!

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Posted in: Suga says Japan will not join U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons See in context

As the only country to have ever suffered atomic bombings during wartime, Japan has a responsibility to take the lead in efforts by the international community to realize a world without nuclear weapons," Suga said in parliament.

"But the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons does not have the support of nuclear weapons states nor many non-nuclear weapons states," he continued. "In line with our position that it is necessary to pursue a steady and realistic path toward nuclear disarmament, Japan has no intention of signing the treaty."

Typical LDP idiocy.

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Posted in: Police officer's loaded gun, handcuffs found in Osaka convenience store See in context

> "how about installing toilets in the kobans so that the cops don't have to go somewhere else to use the toilet"

Does the west have kobans????

Does the West have cops who forget their guns??!

By the way, kobans have toliets. 

So why was he using the convenient stores toilets?

Incidentally, the cop was not from a Koban, he was on patrol near the US consulate. 

So the cops that are patrolling the consulates forget their guns in the convenience store toilet????

It might have something to do with its location, which is close to Osaka’s U.S. consulate, and thus the increased security requirements for the neighborhood. More police officers in the area means more police officers stopping by to use the toilet than at other convenience stores, and so more chances that one of them might be forgetful. The heightened security may also mean more officers in cars than on foot

Whatever. There is no excuse for forgetting your gun in a convenience store toilet for god’s sake.Especially when you’re tasked with protecting Embassy’s for god sake Just more proof that you are incompetent

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Ask the JFBA. They assembled the data and I don't see this accusation from them.

The reason you don’t see the accusation from them is because he didn’t watch the YouTube video I sent you. Watch the video. You’ll see the accusation from them

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

If you had been choosy about who you arrest, then the ones you do arrest are more likely to qualify for the later detention stages. That pumps that statistic up but doesn't necessarily mean a poor overall condition.

Are you saying they should arrest all those 732,563 people and only keep 90,359 after the 3 day arrest period? That would drop that statistic to just over 12

That’s the problem right there. Your method of logic is flawed. You only worry about The statistic. It’s not about the statistic. It’s about flawed justice system. I don’t care about 12% 80% whatever. I care about the process that people have to go through here in Japan after they are arrested.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Oh, so when a nice statistic comes out you say it doesn't count? Not being arrested doesn't mean they weren't "put through the system". The ones that weren't arrested were still suspects.

Of course! The whole thread here is dealing with the people who got arrested. It has nothing to do with the people that are not arrested. I don’t understand your logic.

It suggests that the Japanese placed their "human-rightedness" in the arrest department.

No. It means that when they feel like the prosecution is going to have a very weak case they just don’t bother. That too is evidence of a flawed system.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Actually, they are the formal legal categories and terms, not made for PR.

And the end result? Everybody who gets arrested stays there for 23 days.

Further, even the JFBA's provided statistics refutes this. In 2019, 111,402 arrests were made, of which 90,359 were allowed their first 10-day detention (~81%), and only 58,210 were allowed the second ten days (52% of 111,402). So the odds are really about half and half among those arrested.

And why were they let out? Because they confessed didn’t they?

Of course. If you admit your guilt whether you’re guilty or not you can be let out anytime. Theoretically if the charges are not too bad. But why should someone have to confess to a crime they didn’t commit just so that they don’t have to be detained for 23 days or longer?

Plus, you have to consider all the people who weren't even arrested - the total number of people processed was 732,563, so only ~15% of the people they want to check out were ever arrested.

But those are not a part of this discussion. Because they were not arrested they’re not put through the system. We’re talking about the people who get put through the system and suffer as a result.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

This is categorically incorrect. The arrest 逮捕 period is three days. The pre-indictment detention 勾留 period follows that and is 20 days (10+10). Even the JFBA is awake enough to realize that - in their Grand Design of Criminal Justice Reforms, Arrest is section 2-2, Detained suspects is 2-3.

Just semantics made to make Japan look good. Everyone knows if you get arrested they will keep you there for 23 days

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

While he does keep a Lebanese passport, was Lebanon really ever Ghosn's "home" right up until the moment he decided to escape from Japan? When he isn't in Japan, he was in France, and they even had to excuse him for having gone to Israel against Lebanese law.

Its his home as long as he has a passport

The UNHRC, unlike real criminal justice systems, does not bear the burden of keeping a society working.

You don't have to violate human rights to keep a society working

Oooo, piercing ... until you remember that the "arrest" period is 3 days in Japan. Any appeal against the "arrest" at best only affects 3 days of your life, and in the time it will actually take you to put together the appeal, the 3 days will be up!ust one:

the "arrest" period is 23 days in Japan not 3.

If you want to appeal to authority, I think I have the right to at least insist these authorities demonstrate basic critical thinking skills.

Personally, I'll take their critical thinking skills over the corrupt Japanese Justice Ministry. The idea that the backward Justice Ministry knows better than the UNHRC is laughable at best

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Posted in: Police officer's loaded gun, handcuffs found in Osaka convenience store See in context

how about installing toilets in the kobans so that the cops don't have to go somewhere else to use the toilet

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court upholds ban on dual citizenship See in context

now if your point is that SK has not completely warmed up to immigration and don't see immigrants as Koreans the way the west does that's fine. That takes time. Racism and general discrimination exists everywhere. What is important is that SK is slowly dismantling its INSTITUTIONAL racism, and that's a start. But they are moving in the right direction, which is more than I can say for Japan.

behind the facade of modernism it's probable, yet so restrictive the vast majority of "supporters" would not want to have it once they know the full implications of obtaining it."

One could take this quote and apply it even better to japan.

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Migrant:

a person who moves from one place to another, especially in order to find work or better living conditions.

From Google's Dictionary. Which part of this definition doesn't refer to Ghosn, who moves from Japan to Lebanon to find better living conditions (I assume to him meeting his wife is "better").

How can he be a Migrant when he moved BACK to his home country?

I think we have to be careful against over-diluting that word called "torture". Remember that the prohibition on torture is theoretically total.

When the UN human rights commission denounces that system, and your own lawyers do as well, you don't have much of a leg to stand on

There's no balancing test. If we define torture so broadly as to include detention and interrogation, there won't be many non-torturing countries left.

There are ways to detain and interrogate suspects without violating their human rights.

As for forced confessions, they happen at a certain rate in all jurisdictions - at the very least, they certainly do in the US.

Sure they do. But NOT at the scale of Japan's. Those are isolated cases- NOT Standard Operating Procedure as in Japan's case.

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