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Witness wrote: [Iriomote]

Ishigaki Island is one of my favorite places in Japan. Neighboring Iriomote Island is probably the best scuba diving I’ve ever experienced. I tried to google pictures, but they don't really do it justice.
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I've thought about retiring down there. Ishigaki that is, not Iriomote. Iriomote is just too isolated, only about 2,000 people, few stores, mangrove swamps (thank the U.S. occupation forces for eradicating malaria from the island), goats, and their special cats. The dive shop guys said one of their biggest problems is finding housing for the people who come down to work in the tourist industry (hotels, dive shops, etc.). But it's a great place to visit. The dive shop guys also said that when they go over to Ishigaki (pop. 50,000) to get supplies it feels crowded to them. Ha. Ha.

I recognize several spots in that video. I might even have pictures of some of the same clownfish. As good as the video is, the diving seems a bit darker than I remember. Lots of sea snakes, I remember that, too. Although deadly poisonous, one of the guides demonstrated how mellow they were by taking one and tying it in a knot. He then asked us if we wanted to handle it. "Now that you've pissed him off? Hell no."
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Saw they also have a festival, but could only find this crappy video:

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I think that's more people than I ever saw on that island during all my trips combined.

We hiked up to the waterfall in this video.

Didn't see any cats.


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Shiori Ito: Japanese journalist awarded $30,000 in damages in rape case

It's an interesting story. She says she was drugged. The man she accused is a famous journalist. He says he will appeal the verdict. After the main article, see the part under the heading "Shiori Ito: In her own words" regarding how a rape investigation is carried out in Japan.
Shiori Ito: In her own words

As part of the investigation into my allegations, I was asked to come to the police station adjacent to the hotel I was taken to that night.

When I arrived, accompanied by my best friend, for moral support, I was taken to a gymnasium on an upper floor of the station. I had heard about what was about to happen, and asked for my friend to be able to come with me.

The police refused. I was taken into the gym and told to lie on a mattress, and life-size mannequin was then produced and three male officers moved the doll on top of me, asking me intimate questions about exactly what happened and taking photographs.

I was told this was essential to the investigation.

It was at this time, that I had to make the shift in my head from complainant to journalist.

The only way I have been able to continue has been to completely compartmentalise my feelings - I had to treat this as a story I was following: I was seeking the truth as a journalist, detached and dispassionate.

That is still the way I try to frame it in my mind.


Here is a longer account:
Shiori Ito: Japan’s attitudes to allegations of sexual violence are locked in the past
“What time did you come out of the hotel?”, one of the investigators asked me during what felt like an interrogation.

I could only remember that it was after 5:30am, but before 6am. I was running from what I had experienced as the worst nightmare in my life – I wasn’t taking a note of the exact time.

It felt to me that the investigator showed little compassion: “If you can’t answer the exact time, you will never win the case, so you should drop it.”

Of course I knew they could not simply take my word, and would have to investigate, especially when the man I was accusing was strongly denying my account, but all I was asking was that they commit to at least do that - investigate.

When I first went to my local police station I asked to speak to a female police officer. The desk sergeant said no female officers were available, and anyway why did I have to speak to a woman. At the time I was very distressed, and I thought it would be obvious to him, but no, despite my repeated requests, unless I could give a concrete reason, no female officer would be found. Standing at the desk, with other people all around growing increasingly impatient with this young woman who was insisting on seeing a female officer, I had to say “I wish to make a complaint of rape”. Finally the desk sergeant relented, I was shown into an interview room and a female officer was found.

When she arrived, I immediately started to pour out my heart to her (a story that the man I was accusing, has since vehemently denied) breaking down many times; the whole tale from when I first met him came out in a flood of tears. When I finally finished, she said she was very sorry, but she was a traffic officer, so could not take my statement. I would have to tell the whole thing again from the top to a sex crime officer – only male officers were available. I later found out that only 8% of police officers in Japan are female.

A male officer came in, and I once again had to give my account of what had happened. After an hour or so I finished, emotionally exhausted. He said that because the hotel where I had been taken was in a different district, he could not file my complaint. I would have to give my statement again, to an officer from the appropriate department in and the relevant police district. Not for the first time, or the last, I considered giving up.
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What fucking nonsense.

Damn, but this is one fucked up world we've made for ourselves.

Time for the asteroid impact.
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Sparky is again in his nuke-all-from-orbit mood. Here, have a quite
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Read this good and in-depth article on the Kyoto Animation studio fire.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/featu ... re-1263818
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On the one hand, I'm pretty impressed he managed to get away.

On the other, no foreigner is ever going to get bail again. Ever.

Carlos Ghosn, Fallen Nissan Boss, Flees Japan to Escape 'Political Persecution'

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Insane Japanese* art professor tries to kill colleague with fire poker, a rock, and garden shears** in case of unrequited love.

This part struck me [Ha. Ha.] as very Japanese.

As Hachiyanagi continued to rain blows, the victim said she asked why this was happening.

"Ms. Hachiyanagi reportedly said that she loved her for many years and that she should have known" ...

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mo ... e-n1111146


* Based on the quoted statement above, I was reasonably sure she was native Japanese. A quick internet search confirmed my suspicions.

https://heavy.com/news/2020/01/rie-hachiyanagi/

** Not too far off the Japanese version of "Rock, Paper, Scissors." She messed up on "paper" ... which is kind of funny since "paper" was reportedly her "art" specialty. Paper not being deadly enough, she apparently picked up the next closest "P" object at hand.
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Yup. That's a madwoman alright.
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上流階級のトイレ。排泄物を見て健康状態を確認したんだとか。
https://rekijin.com/?p=12684

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Witness wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:38 pm
上流階級のトイレ。排泄物を見て健康状態を確認したんだとか。

I've heard the Germans spend a lot of time doing this, too.
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shuize wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:27 pm I've heard the Germans spend a lot of time doing this, too.
It was part of WWI propaganda. Some crazy Froggie even wrote a book about it, proving that his (of course) "race" was superior to the German one.
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Witness wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:34 pm It was part of WWI propaganda. Some crazy Froggie even wrote a book about it, proving that his (of course) "race" was superior to the German one.

The French spend a lot of time admiring their shit, too?
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Well, rather than simply call it "shit" they have a fancy word for it.

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Toyota plans to build ‘city of the future’ with housing, robots and autonomous vehicles in Japan :dothewave:
Toyota plans to build a “prototype city of the future” on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan to test and develop new emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles.
By the by, Mt. Fuji is not extinct. It's just been dormant for a few hundred years. Worth keeping in mind.
(After 300 years, is majestic Mount Fuji 'on standby' for next eruption?)

Anyway, about that city of the future:
Akio Toyoda, president of the automaker, described the “Woven City” as a “living laboratory” that will include thousands of residents and will test autonomous vehicles, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

“Imagine a fully controlled site that will allow researchers, engineers and scientists to freely test technologies,” he said Monday night when announcing the plans in conjunction with the CES technology conference in Las Vegas this week. “This will be a truly unique opportunity to create an entire community or city from the ground up.”

The company did not announce a cost or timeframe for completion of the project, which plans to break ground in 2021.

The master plan for the city includes three sectors for research of such technologies: fast vehicles; mix of lower speed, personal mobility and pedestrians; and a park-like promenade for pedestrians.

Toyota expects about 2,000 people – from employees to retailers and visiting scientists – to initially live in the Woven City, according to Toyoda.

“I suppose you could say this is my personal field of dreams,” he said. “You know, if you build it, they will come.”

The city is planned to be fully sustainable, according to the company. That includes buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint; fully autonomous, zero-emission vehicles; and solar power in addition to power generated by hydrogen fuel cells.
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Witness wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:34 pm It was part of WWI propaganda. Some crazy Froggie even wrote a book about it, proving that his (of course) "race" was superior to the German one.
Found it:

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Not a book as I thought, but an article. Apparently the Berlin specimen was destroyed during WWII. :mrgreen:

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La polychésie germaine (beaucoup déféquer) y est alors la conséquence d’une polyphagie à partir de laquelle l’on pourrait dire « je me remplis la panse donc je suis » ; la fonction intestinale étant la raison d’être allemande.
German polychaesia (defecating a lot) is then the consequence of a polyphagia from which one could say "I fill my belly therefore I am"; the intestinal function being the German raison d'être.


Sorry Anax for polluting (!) your Japan thread… :|
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The Japanese criminal justice system in a nutshell.

The Minister of Justice announced in a press conference that Ghosn should return to Japan and "prove his innocence."

森雅子法相が深夜に異例の臨時会見を行い、「潔白と言うのなら、司法の場で正々堂々、無罪を証明すべき」と批判した。

Rough translation of her quote: "If he says he's innocent, he should prove his innocence openly and fairly in court."

If a student wrote that on my exam, I'd fail her.


https://www.fnn.jp/posts/00430032CX/202 ... SGLGY8ux0g
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The USA sucks as a country but never, ever leave yourself open to the criminal justice system of any other country. Even the UK.
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shuize wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:10 am The Japanese criminal justice system in a nutshell.

The Minister of Justice announced in a press conference that Ghosn should return to Japan and "prove his innocence."

森雅子法相が深夜に異例の臨時会見を行い、「潔白と言うのなら、司法の場で正々堂々、無罪を証明すべき」と批判した。

Rough translation of her quote: "If he says he's innocent, he should prove his innocence openly and fairly in court."

If a student wrote that on my exam, I'd fail her.


https://www.fnn.jp/posts/00430032CX/202 ... SGLGY8ux0g
Yeah. I think she's got the burden of proof backwards there.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:05 pm Yeah. I think she's got the burden of proof backwards there.

Well, it's not like she's the Minister of Justice, member of the Japanese bar, and speaking on behalf of the Japanese government and expected to actually know such things or anything.

As a friend on another site commented, if Ghosn is ever facing extradition, she may have just given him a pretty good anti-human rights predetermined guilt challenge.
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Carlos Ghosn: Fugitive ex-Nissan boss insists: 'I did not escape justice'

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Mr Ghosn reiterated his denials of the charges against him and his claim that "unscrupulous, vindictive individuals" at Nissan were behind what happened.

He also claimed he was interrogated by up to eight hours without lawyers present and that he was told by Japanese prosecutors: "It will get worse for you if you don't just confess."

Mr Ghosn said: "There was no way I was going to be treated fairly, no sign that I would have a normal life for the next four or five years.

"It is not very difficult to come to the conclusion 'you are going to die in Japan or you are going to have to get out'.
https://news.sky.com/story/fugitive-car ... e-11903734
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As I’ve said before, it’s not so much the extremely high conviction rate as how they get their “confessions.”

If you added all the guilty pleas to federal and state guilty verdicts in the U.S., I doubt it’d be so terribly different. But in the U.S. they can’t lock you up and question you for months and months without an attorney present with no prospect of ever going to trial and judges that don’t give a shit and are happy to keep rubber stamping prosecutor requests for continued detention.

An independent judiciary is a very valuable thing.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:21 pm [Oka Rocket]

More sailors died in the battle of Okinawa than either Marines or Soldiers.*

Kamikaze planes were a problem. Oka bombers, not so much.


* Wiki says 4,907 Navy, 4,675 Army, and 2,938 Marine Corps deaths in the Battle of Okinawa.
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shuize wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:10 am The Japanese criminal justice system in a nutshell.

The Minister of Justice announced in a press conference that Ghosn should return to Japan and "prove his innocence."

森雅子法相が深夜に異例の臨時会見を行い、「潔白と言うのなら、司法の場で正々堂々、無罪を証明すべき」と批判した。

Rough translation of her quote: "If he says he's innocent, he should prove his innocence openly and fairly in court."
Well, if he has nothing to hide. . . .

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North Korea denounces Japan for allowing use of imperial flag at Olympics

North Korea's official newspaper denounced Japan on Tuesday over a reported plan to allow the use of its imperial flag during next year's Summer Olympics, saying that such a move is an outright insult to other Asian countries and a mockery of sports spirit.

Japan's organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has reportedly said that it would not prevent spectators from wearing or displaying the Rising Sun Flag, citing that it is already a widely used item in the country.

Used during World War II, the flag is considered a symbol of Japan's militarism. Its display in sports and other public events has drawn strong condemnation from Asian countries that suffered from Japan's invasion.

"(The use of the flag) would be an unbearable insult to the people of other Asian countries that were forced into unhappiness and pain by Japan's invasion and a mockery of the Olympic spirit that supports peace and friendship," the Rodong Sinmun said.

The paper claimed that Japan is trying to turn the Olympics into a "political propaganda stage" and adding that the intention behind the move is to revive its militarism.

South Korea has also called on Japan to retract any plan to allow the use of its old imperial flag during next year's Olympics. Earlier, Seoul sent a letter to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, expressing "deep disappointment and concerns" over the issue.

Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula as a colony from 1910-45. (Yonhap)
http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article ... Idx=276055
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Exactly my thought.
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Doctor X wrote: Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:50 am Well, if he has nothing to hide. . . .

Yes. I don't have the link, but I've since read she backtracked and said she "misspoke", "of course Japan has the presumption of innocence," etc.

But I think her first statement better reflects the (usually) unspoken reality.

It also reflects the general assumption in Japan that if the police arrest you, you're guilty.

Overall, Japan is probably safer than the States. And I have a nice life here. But it's criminal justice and family law systems are not first world.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:58 pm Interesting. As if the German team sported the swastika?
The team will not be wearing it. It's a question of whether spectators will be allowed to either wear it or display it.

I don't think the Japanese consider it like the equivalent of a swastika. The flag is used by Japan's Navy, err, Maritime Self Defense Force. Similar flags are used by other branches of the SDF.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Mar ... ense_Force
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There was a petition last year:

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Japan and the IOC have approved the use of the rising sun flag at the 2020 Olympics. This flag is offensive to many of Asian heritage and U.S. WWII veterans. It was used as a symbol of the Imperial Japanese Army during a time in which they committed terrible atrocities and war crimes. This flag often invokes the same feelings as seeing the Nazi flag. It has no place at the Olympics, an event meant to celebrate unity and peace between nations. Using the flag will hurt relations between South Korea, North Korea, and Japan. It negatively effects the ongoing peace efforts that impact the United States.
We call upon the highest leaders of the United States to oppose the use of the rising sun flag at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and to submit a formal complaint to the IOC about its planned use.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petiti ... 0-olympics
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Nuke em again. Just so they know where they stand ...or turn to chalk...as it were. Would be exactly like Germany.....

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In Japan, foreign parents lead charge against child 'abduction'

TOKYO (Reuters) - A growing number of foreigners in Japan are speaking out against what they say is a little-known but entrenched system that allows one parent in a broken relationship to take away the children and block the other from visiting them.

The issue of what media in Japan and overseas call parental child “abduction” has regained international attention recently, particularly in Europe where documentaries have been made about European fathers whose children were taken by their Japanese wives.

Japan’s judicial system has drawn global attention with the lengthy detention - and subsequent fleeing - of former auto executive Carlos Ghosn in what critics have characterized as a “hostage justice” system.

Australian Scott McIntyre was the latest foreigner to raise his voice against the estrangement of separated parents from their children in Japan.

McIntyre was detained for 1-1/2 months in Tokyo for trespassing when he went to his in-laws’ apartment to seek information on his two children. He remains married, has no restraining order against him, retains full parental rights, but has not been able to see his children since May, when his wife left with them.

“Sitting here today, I don’t know if my children are alive or dead,” McIntyre told a news conference on Thursday, a day after he received a six-month suspended sentence.

He said he had made numerous requests to the police and his wife’s lawyers - the two are going through a divorce mediation - to let him know whether the children are safe, but that those were ignored.

The wife’s legal representative, Jun Kajita, said he could not go into specifics but there were some facts that were “not consistent” in McIntyre’s claims.

“This is only going to change when Japanese parents speak out as well,” McIntyre said, adding that he had received many letters of support from local parents suffering the same plight. “Children should have access to both parents - it’s a fundamental human right.”

No official statistics exist on how widespread the issue is. But non-profit organization Kizuna Child-Parent Reunion estimates that roughly 150,000 children lose contact with a parent every year in Japan because of estrangement from the non-custodial parent.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japa ... SKBN1ZF13V
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witness wrote:[Child Abduction in Japan]

I lived through a mild version of it. It's fucking terrible.

It is also terrible in-country as well. In the last week, I meet two Japanese fathers who, despite trying, haven't seen their kids for years.

To their eternal shame, Japanese courts/politicians won’t do shit about it.

I think the "One parent [almost always the father] doesn't get to see his kids after divorce. Oh well." attitude reflects a flaw in their national character.

I’ve started mentioning to people "You know, even Korea allows joint custody after divorce."

But, even if they establish joint custody, the courts are going to have to enforce visitation, etc. And, as noted above, much as with holding prosecutors' feet to the fire and denying continuous detention, I suspect there is very little judicial/political will to do so. It's one of those things that promises to offer a high level of "troublesomeness" for very low political benefit.
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.