Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
AustPaulFeb. 26, 2015 - 11:08PM JST
From what I have read here and heard from others the system sounds absolutely disgraceful. Iron beard, did your embassy assist you in any way? I'm sure the western media would have been interested in a story like this.
Before anyone says 'it's the system in Japan..' bare in mind that it does not look good for Japan on the international stage. I think it's high time for Japan to get with the rest of the world on many issues.
Now I see why there is apparently a '99%' conviction rate! Most likely Duress!
Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report
AustPaulFeb. 22, 2015 - 10:19PM JST
It's happened a few times here in Australia with some Japanese caught trying to smuggle wildlife out. I'm hoping the Thais will send the rught message to stop any future attempts.
Posted in: 2 Japanese men arrested at Bangkok airport for wildlife smuggling
AustPaulFeb. 22, 2015 - 10:06PM JST
I don't see any issues with it, good on them! Protect and serve and keep fit whilst doing it!
Posted in: Running police keep the peace at Tokyo Marathon
AustPaulDec. 20, 2014 - 02:42PM JST
Search warrants are a tool to assist an investigation and there must be reasonable suspicion that something exists on those premises before a magistrate or judge can issue a warrant. Not every warrant results in someone getting locked up at the end of it.
As far as what set off the gunman, we may never know. The raids were a few months back now of which I don't think he was a part of, but bear in mind that his appeal to the High Court the week before to have his conviction for postal harassment charges overturned had failed.
Our nation has suffered a bit over the last week and a half and as far as the reputation of the Police and the 'state', I'd say the public is right behind them.
My two cents worth
Posted in: Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids across Sydney
AustPaulNov. 09, 2014 - 03:30PM JST
Are you serious? Why were you 'detained' if you reported it? I'm a bit confused about that, you were a witness and should technically be free to leave whenever you wish.....Oops, maybe in Japan you are 'detained' for questioning too...
It's 2014 Japan...
Posted in: Police launch 'chikan eradication' campaign at Ikebukuro Station
AustPaulOct. 22, 2014 - 05:53PM JST
With theOlympics a few years down the track the central govt should nip this sort of thing in the bud now. Not a good look for Japan in the eyes of the world
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
AustPaulSep. 05, 2014 - 01:38AM JST
Where did you read this? I agree there weren't many Japanese POWs in Australia (about 2,200 in late 1944) but not sure if there was a 'take no prisoners policy' at the time....
Posted in: Gory Japanese war film shocks, thrills Venice film festival
AustPaulAug. 29, 2014 - 08:21PM JST
Absolutely deplorable. I cannot imagine such a thing happening here.
Here there are child abuse sections of most state police forces which would have got the referral to investigate signs of abuse. Surely they would have something similar in Japan?
RIP little man
Posted in: Child welfare officials never visited home of 5-year-old boy who died of neglect
AustPaulJul. 05, 2014 - 06:19PM JST
Haven't seen anything on the TV here about this...
Budgie, aren't foreigners in Japan afforded the same rights as locals? I mean Japanese do overseas to a certain extent.
Posted in: Australian activist takes dolphin slaughter town to court
AustPaulJul. 01, 2014 - 02:53PM JST
Well the burden of proof lies with the prosecution does it not? Not surprised he refuses to talk as I'm sure most crooks would be the same if faced with similar charges
Hopefully the police can make a good case against him
Posted in: Suspect in murder of woman at Yokosuka hotel refuses to talk to police
AustPaulJun. 27, 2014 - 04:05PM JST
The Geriatric Jijis!
Gentlemen, time to step down and enjoy the golden years...
Young people of Japan, time to step up.
Posted in: Ishihara, old guard launch Next Generation Party
AustPaulJun. 11, 2014 - 08:20PM JST
Apparently he wants our laws....
From the ninemsn site.....'He pointed out that Australia hadn’t had a single mass shooting since the crackdown on gun violence in the wake of 1996’s Port Arthur shootings'
It seems to be quite difficult to push laws that would curtail such violence through the American system of government. A real shame....
Posted in: Obama urges national soul searching over gun violence
AustPaulMay. 14, 2014 - 11:02PM JST
Why is immigration viewed with suspicion? By whom? The govt or the populace?
Skilled migration may be the best solution.
Posted in: Japan should stabilize population at 100 mil by 2060: panel
AustPaulMay. 14, 2014 - 10:54PM JST
Had to look that one up! (Fringe)
It all makes sense now..
Posted in: What type of girlfriend are you? Wait a minute, let me check your bangs
AustPaulApr. 26, 2014 - 11:11PM JST
Actually Stewie I am sure in many other countries this would be treated as a terrible accident and the issue of how much the train operator lost in earnings would not dared be brought up..
The last thing the grieving family needs is to pay compo for the rail company.
J legal system baffles me sometimes
Posted in: Widow of dementia patient killed by train ordered to pay damages to JR
AustPaulApr. 15, 2014 - 09:35PM JST
Probie, that's fine if the service can straighten them out, but I wouldn't be super comfortable with those who joined because their only other choice was prison.
And yes I have served..
From what I know Japan's SDF is very capable, professional and respected and in the news lately here in Perth in the search for MH 370.
Posted in: SDF launches PR campaign to soften image
AustPaulFeb. 15, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
They "ordered" him to write a statement saying he would leave her alone? WTF??
Then again I have heard that happens in Japan...instead of them being dealt with by the courts...
Short of locking him up are there no protection orders/DVO's available in Japan?
Posted in: Woman stabbed by stalker despite consulting police 5 times
AustPaulFeb. 09, 2014 - 10:47PM JST
cwhite at Feb. 09, 2014 - 06:59PM JST
so what happens if you happen to be at a crime scene a few days before and leave some fingerprints behind?
That doesn't prove you committed the crime, it just says you were there. Depending on what it is there would be hundreds of prints, some partial some full. Now if they were on the murder weapon that's a different story..
Maybe the whole world should be printed and DNA taken at birth..
AustPaulFeb. 09, 2014 - 10:39PM JST
Elbuda thats a bit extreme and rude...
The journos may be looking to pay her big bucks for her story but if the federal government had its way she may not pocket a cent under our proceeds of crime laws. They are mainly for domestic offences but may also be applied for foreign crimes.
Posted in: Anti-drugs group slams Australian's parole in Indonesia
AustPaulJan. 26, 2014 - 12:11AM JST
Dis, get onto 60 minutes!
Reading a lot of comments here I don't have much faith in Japanese courts or lawyers up there.
Although drastic perhaps shaming Japan in the media (overseas) may make them sit up and take notice...the olympics a few years away and I am sure Japan wants to be seen in a positive light.,,
Good luck to all you guys (and gals) wish you the best.
Posted in: Japan gives final approval to child abduction treaty
CK of Australia/Fukuchiyama
Apr. 21, 2015 - 05:17PM JST
I wonder which country will be the first to extract precious minerals from the moon first…
Posted in: Japan planning moon mission
Apr. 21, 2015 - 05:15PM JST
OsanAmerica has said what needs to be said about this. Both China and Korea already accepted…
Posted in: Japan must apologise for WWII until it is forgiven: Novelist Murakami
600km + with no driver??? Are they sure they got the recipe for disaster correct? Wouldn't…
Posted in: Maglev train sets world record speed of 603 kms per hour
Apr. 21, 2015 - 05:13PM JST
Children should have male and female role models. For gay couples hopefully they have a caring…
Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo
Apr. 21, 2015 - 05:12PM JST
I think they found with the French trains that, when they start getting up to these…