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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
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
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:36PM JST
Yeah let's blame santa clause or the easter bunny
Posted in: No recovery of volcano victims due to eruption fears
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:33PM JST
To protect and se... oh wait.
Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting 2 train station attendants in Saitama
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:27PM JST
I can't imagine what their families gohng through now,simply so sad a tragedy like this happened…
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:26PM JST
OK sure. Household spending isn't the only thing that goes into GDP numbers, so I'll bet…
Posted in: Abe vows to keep careful watch on tax hike's impact
Man marries woman, shocker!
Posted in: Clooney marries human rights lawyer in Venice