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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..
Posted in: Japan, U.S. to share online fingerprint database
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
AustPaulJan. 25, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
Disillusioned, have you run your case past our govt.? (Assume you are an Aussie) as that's a bit of a raw deal.
Good to finally sign The Hague convention but as many other commenters have said it may amount to nothing because of the last clause, I guess the burden of proof (if any) for DV is not on the Japanese spouse either.. Kind if glad I am not in Japan in this situation, their laws reflect some of their prejudices..
AustPaulJan. 14, 2014 - 09:50PM JST
Very sad on such an important day for mother and daughter
Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day event ends in tragedy for mother
AustPaulJan. 14, 2014 - 09:45PM JST
If they were forced to open fire to defend themselves or others from serious injury or death then I'd say the shooting was justified.
Jaymann/Doug, what should he have done if unarmed?? I do agree we don't have the whole picture here but from what I read it sounds fair.
Posted in: Police fire at fleeing driver after he rams patrol car
AustPaulJan. 05, 2014 - 12:50PM JST
When I first tried mochi I knew it was bad news.....you can warn people all you like but unfortunately you can't make them stop eating it.
Posted in: 4 die after choking on 'mochi;' at least 10 hospitalized
AustPaulJan. 05, 2014 - 12:39PM JST
Very sad, it only takes a split second sometimes for a child to hurt themselves. Those with kids will know that you really need to know where they are at all times. RIP little man
Posted in: 4-year-old boy who fell into river while flying kite dies
AustPaulJan. 02, 2014 - 03:35PM JST
Well it may have to consider relaxing its immigration policy if that is what is needed to move the country forward.
Mike45- I don't buy into the 'mendokusai' thing, that is just laziness. If other countries can implement policies and procedures for new arrivals then so can Japan. After all, it is an advanced nation and it's 2014 not 1914....
Posted in: Japan's population falls by record 244,000 in 2013
AustPaulJan. 02, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
Good work, got the guy and sounds like it was justified. Funny car, you must be from the US as in Australia you are accountable for every shot fired, so I would expect the same to happen here as well. Why would they need to be put on an international lecture tour?
AustPaulNov. 27, 2013 - 12:48AM JST
Common sense should have prevailed though....
Posted in: Father arrested after boy brings handgun to school
AustPaulNov. 27, 2013 - 12:44AM JST
I guess cars that are fuel efficient, compact and stylish are important for Japanese consumers. Hence some of the European brands..
I note some American cars are quite the gas guzzlers and too big, I saw an F250 here (Perth) today that looked monstrous and once saw a Hummer in Tokyo which took up two parking spaces!
Posted in: Foreign brands still minnows in Japanese car market
AustPaulNov. 27, 2013 - 12:33AM JST
For many Japanese the first thing they do when they get a gun is point it and pretend to shoot it!
Rule number 1 with firearms, treat them as loaded and never point it at someone/thing you don't intend to shoot at!
Bringing a gun to school was something I only thought happened in the US...agree the school was lax with the reporting
AustPaulNov. 27, 2013 - 12:23AM JST
I'd hope the guy could be charged with act endangering health/GBH or Japanese equivalent for this.
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AustPaulNov. 05, 2013 - 10:20PM JST
That's a bit rough Cos.....I'd say we are an enviromentally conscious lot, come on down and see for yourself.
As far as granting a visa, we would have strict guidelines on cancelling/refusing to issue a visa, wouldn't happen just because he is not popular in some circles. If that was the case there would be a long list of non issuance of visas.
Oh, and I wish the rhetoric about us claiming we own half of Antarctica would stop. Where's the relevance? Oh and check the facts on the Interpol red notice too....
Posted in: Fugitive eco-warrior Watson says Australia granted him visa
AustPaulNov. 05, 2013 - 10:09PM JST
Posted in: Rock thrown through glass door of koban in Chiba
AustPaulOct. 09, 2013 - 09:47AM JST
Abe even as PM can condemn this group, it has nothing to do with separation of powers c3po...I know most other leaders would do the same thing as it would reflect badly on that country.
With the Olympics a few years away the world will be watching, now is a good time to become more in line with the international community and address this issue.
Posted in: Kyoto court rules anti-Korean hate speech illegal
AustPaulOct. 01, 2013 - 10:04PM JST
As much as I don't vote Labor I think she was ok
JT, she was the Prime Minister, a Premier here is leader of a state government.
Never understand why Premier also refers to the PM in Japan
Posted in: Australia's first female PM describes 'murderous rage' over sexism
Apr. 17, 2014 - 01:03AM JST
At least Qaddafi kept order. Tyranny is better than lawlessness.
People who keep saying that have…
Posted in: Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya
Apr. 17, 2014 - 12:54AM JST
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Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%
Apr. 17, 2014 - 12:47AM JST
'BSD: It,ll be a bloodbath.'
This is an awfully disturbing title for an event that then…
Posted in: 5 stabbed to death at Calgary house party
Apr. 17, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
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Apr. 17, 2014 - 12:39AM JST
This included operational costs as well as the funds for the comfort women themselves. So in…
Posted in: Gov't official heads to Seoul for 'comfort women' talks