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RealJapanApr. 30, 2013 - 09:44PM JST
Inose should resign immediately from the Olympic Committee and allow a real leader to lead Tokyo 2020.
Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe
RealJapanApr. 25, 2013 - 07:30PM JST
Confusing. Was it an accident or negligent homicide? A criminal case, civil case, or both? Does a mother have to sign for her son to get a driver's license in Japan? Not sure why they found the mother legally accountable. Surely in Japan they have driving schools. Perhaps the driving school could have been held fined. Why go after the mother? It's like punishing her for her son having epilepsy.
Posted in: Mother, employer of epileptic crane driver ordered to pay compensation over fatal accident
RealJapanApr. 19, 2013 - 08:02PM JST
Sue? The woman along with her attorney should be held in contempt of court. In over 60 years can she honestly claim that she has never watched a violent movie or TV show? Get real. The judge should send her straight to jail where she will have plenty of time to sleep.
Posted in: Female lay judge to sue over stress caused by crime scene photos
RealJapanApr. 03, 2013 - 10:20PM JST
Deposing - Disposing
Posted in: Woman puts skeletonised brother in trash after realizing he's dead
RealJapanApr. 03, 2013 - 10:10PM JST
Sad story. However, the sisters need a defense. I deem it "suicide by door lock" and "confidential eviction (kando)." Deposing of the body was fulfilling the wishes of the decease by allowing him to stay "hidden" from society. The real issue on trial should be hikikomori.
RealJapanMar. 27, 2013 - 04:03PM JST
@all4faj - I believe that is why bar owners are required to check for id, first. Dah!? Was the girls involuntarily or voluntarily intoxicated or comatose like the prosecutor stated? Surely, a taxi driver would not allow groping in the back seat of a taxi to two comatose females unless it was customary in Japan to do so. The taxi driver said nothing. Prosecutors claim they have evidence from a video. Provide the audio to it then. Don't assume Hinds rented the room. Let the public know in detail WHO rented the room or rooms and provide the toxic report. 5-10 years cannot be considered justice when the case has more holes in it that would put a major doughnut shop out of business. Provide the toxic report now. If Hinds did it, release the toxic report, appeal the judge's ruling, and get more time added. Why be afraid to release the toxic report. Let the media scruntize it.
Posted in: American to serve 5-10 years for murder of Irish student
RealJapanMar. 26, 2013 - 09:29AM JST
The LDP proposal is ludicrous. Just another test students will be forced to memorize and regurgitate with no real learning or critical thinking involved. Although I have lots of ideas on the subject the first two things Prime Minister Abe, repeat Prime Minister Abe, should focus on is making sure young students understand Japanese and possibly be able to share their culture with the world in English, and improving Japanese universities so that they are comparable with world class academic environments. Due to technology most Japanese are losing their understanding of kanji or do not understand or want to share their culture at all. While most Japanese universities with the exception of Tokyo University or Kyoto University, are mere open space catwalk fashion platforms and sport centers, so that university students can take a hituas from their families, until they join the workforce. The TOEFL is only an indication of how the student might be able to read and write in an academic classroom in English. Prior to forcing students to study for another test the LDP should focus on Japanese kanji and improving Japanese universities so that Japanese have a better understanding of self and be able to communicate academically like a real university student does on a global scale. Currently, Japanese universities are failing Japan and must be reformed.
Posted in: LDP education proposal includes TOEFL prerequisite for univ entrance
RealJapanMar. 26, 2013 - 02:45AM JST
A bar serves a minor drinks. The taxi driver allegedly allows a passenger to get molested. A hotel provides a comatose woman a wheelchair so that Hinds can allegedly take advantage of her in the room. The media claimed it was death by asphyxiation. Later officials change it to strangulation. Prosecutors then claim Hinds did it with his hands. Then they said he did it with a towel. A 9 panel member of judges claim it was murder with intent although they admit Hinds tried to help her. Her friend does not file rape charges against Blackstone. And no one as of today has released the toxicology report to the media.
RealJapanMar. 25, 2013 - 02:55PM JST
Sue the bar too for serving a minor (Richard Hands) drinks.
RealJapanMar. 23, 2013 - 10:20AM JST
However, it all depends, if Furlong had standing to be at the hotel.
The hotel appears to be negligent based on the facts so they MUST be sued. At the same time, the "toxicology report" and details of "who rented the room in which the crime was committed" needs to be released. Justice needs to be done from all angles. The parents should have the right to know if it was in fact murder or a reaction to something else. Not a one-sided trial that appears to be justice.
RealJapanMar. 22, 2013 - 01:22PM JST
@The Chronic: The quote you posted from the newspaper implies that the "hatred of women" in rap had a part in Furlong's death. However, the women attended a "female rap" concert. The race of the rapper should not be a factor. If so, the same "freedom of speech" theory can be said about the House of Pain, Eminem, Iggy Azalea, etc. As for Elvis, background research should be helpful since he was surely influenced by gospel, soul, R & B, other genres of music, and, of course, blacks - making him the "King of Rock!"
Providing news articles that give a focus on the "toxicology report" and "who actually rented the room in which the crime was committed" should be what is posted first. The issue of "rap music" in the fray should come after the "taxi driver" and "hotel staff" are also sued or prosecuted.
RealJapanMar. 22, 2013 - 01:26AM JST
@ The Chronic and @All: The newspaper article you are quoting is mistaken. Firstly, for the discussion at hand the concert Furlong and her friend attended was Nicki Manji - a female. Secondly, the same thing was said about "Rock and Roll."
The subject of rock ‘n’ roll has been controversial and a source of conflict between parents and children ever since it first appeared on the scene in the mid 1950’s. When Elvis Presley performed on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in 1956, the cameras only showed him from the waist up, because adults were offended by the way he shook his hips. The kids loved it! - Fr. Paul O'Callaghan
On the issue of the females being drugged released the full "toxicology report" to the public and provide full details of who rented the room in which the crime took place. Only then should comments about the case be made - not a one-sided trail favored towards the prosecution.
RealJapanMar. 21, 2013 - 12:01AM JST
Was Furlong's friend molested in the taxi? The prosecution claims she was. Therefore, the taxi driver is culpable and can be sued as an accessory since he neglected to stop it. The hotel as well for providing a wheelchair. The information is one-sided and only supports the prosecution side. No evidence has been presented to date - other than a wheelchair and a self-confession. Was it a towel? His bare hands? asphyxiation or stragulation? The facts or evidence seem to change in every article. I agree Furlong's parents should sue in US court. Hinds might have some defense. If the OJ Simpson case is to be used as an example, after most convicted him, it is turning out that possibly Jason, OJ Simpson's son, may have actually committed the crime(s). Furlong's parents should seek out justice - not a mere self-confession based on the guy previously dancing on the train.
RealJapanMar. 20, 2013 - 06:56PM JST
I agree with Cramp. Furlong's parents should sue the taxi company and hotel in a civil suit and the parents of the two boys should sue the defense attorney for malpractice.
RealJapanMar. 20, 2013 - 06:31PM JST
@ House Atreides: My point exactly - Where is / was the "defense attorney?" How about an "Objection?" It should be the defense attorney's job to provide medical evidence to dispute Dr. Yoshida. Release the toxicology report, taxi video, etc. to the public. I would agree with Jack Stern that the two should had been sent to Ireland. Maybe just through a fair trial would have been served.
RealJapanMar. 20, 2013 - 04:55PM JST
@kimuzukashiiiii: Camera issue is debatable. Fair point there. However, you cannot have a very strict privacy law like in Japan and then have cameras everywhere. Should be a crime. The same taxi camera should also be used to prove or disprove that she and her friend were "forced" in the taxi or not. Thus, the issue is not concrete and the parents should want justice - not a forced, self-confession that is "normally" the case.
RealJapanMar. 20, 2013 - 04:34PM JST
@Lowly: I agree on issues of circumstantial evidence. However, where is it? I see nothing provided so far that it exists. If so, where's the intent? Sorry, i forgot he used a "wheelchair" first. It should be a crime too for taxis to have video cameras in a taxi and not inform passengers (especially with Japan privacy laws) in place. No need to protect "Hinds" since he has been viciously convicted. Surely, everyone wants justice for Furlong. Yet, at the end of the trial it seems to be another "forced" and "self-confession" to me. "If I misjudged my pressure, I humble accept it." - Hinds Case closed.
RealJapanMar. 20, 2013 - 04:17PM JST
@House Atreides: I believe the statement perhaps should be corrected. It appears the statement you provided is from both Dr. Yoshida and Dr. Hamel. However, the statement is "according to Dr. Yoshida," with an end paragraph that Hinds "self-confessed." I find nothing credible about the statement as written and surely NOT a "self-confession." Again, where's the evidence? OR jury or defense attorney for that matter?
RealJapanMar. 20, 2013 - 01:27PM JST
Is there such a thing of defense attorneys in Japan? Why not let a defense attorney speak? Cases seem to go from police, prosecutor, judge - GUILTY. Happens to both Japanese and foreigners. Was there a jury this time involved? Where's the evidence?
RealJapanMar. 20, 2013 - 01:18PM JST
Did he actually commit a murder? The only evidence they point to is a "wheelchair."
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