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Stevie Says:
May 29th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Hello LB.

“Shodoman’s (and others’) claim that Japan’s legal system is not accountable and enables torture is, demonstrably, wrong.”

Could you demonstrate it for us please?

For some reason Mr Arudo blocked the following LB's respond

The Shibushi Jiken
Or just google "志布志事件", or 鹿児島事件(Kagoshima Jiken, 鹿児島選挙違反事件(Kagoshima Senkyo Ihan Jiken) or 鹿児島県議選買収事件(Kagoshima-ken Gisen Baishuu Jiken.

There is an entire blog devoted to the issue, with case stories of the
judiciary in various parts of the country penalizing the police or
prosecutors for overstepping their bounds:

For example, go to the archive for September 2007 and click on the first two stories that pop up.

These only took a few minutes to find, and I know for a fact there are more cases like these out there (unfortunately). The point is, the legal system does NOT give the police carte blanche to do whatever they want, and WILL pass a decision against them if they abuse their powers.
See the comment section

Instead Mr Arudo allowed the following comment.
45 Si Says:
May 31st, 2008 at 11:06 am

LB are you being deliberately obtuse? The very reason this site exists and contains a large number of people with a similar mindset to how Japanese treats its foreign guests should be sufficient to assert the assumption that Japan rarely plays nice when it comes to non-Japanese. I notice you quoted one or two cases where wrongly accused came to justice, and you are using that as a basis for an argument. Do you not think it is ridiculous to do so? Consider for a moment how many cases go unmissed, how much corruption there is in Japan, how the Japanese mindset will instantly shift all blame and guilt and tuck it away where it will be found years later, if it is even found at all.
Are you honestly under the impression that Japan is at all easy for foreigners to live without hassle and discrimination? Why do you bother even to post here?

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that its extremely likely our Japanese guy here wasn’t thinking straight because foreigners are not people. In all my years of living in Japan I have seen ’stupid’ actions comitted by Japanese towards foreigners because they do not think we are the same as Japanese people. I imagine the person who planted it was unable to comprehend he was doing anything wrong because it was “only gaijin” - and not in a malicious way but simply in an oblivious one.

“…Japan’s legal system is not accountable and enables torture is, demonstrably, wrong.”

Yeah, I think you are just trolling for attention now…

Mr Arudou's moderation policy seems clear. But I leave the judgement to the readership.

BTW in this regard it might be amazing to note Mr Arudo's what seems to be hysterical ressponse to HO on another post.
5 Mark in Yayoi Says:
May 29th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

HO, very helpful post!

Amir, have you made retroactive contributions for your preiod as a student? How are they calculated (if you have no income)? I’d like to do this as I was here as a student for half a year, and then worked for a company for one year, without participating in the plan. Since I’ll need to collect this in my old age.

And does anyone know which countries now have bilateral pension treaties with Japan? My company tells me that the US now does, so I don’t have to worry about losing all my contributions if I move back there.

May 30th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Mark, this page might help you.

–HO, you’re doing it again. Stoppit. Stop just sending us links without telling the rest of us what they’re for.

Well, the link is written in English.


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tornadoes28 Says:
May 28th, 2008 at 12:02 am
The article only states that the customs officials asked for it to be returned if found? If this happened in the US, the article would always state that officials are conducting an investigation into what happened or are taking measures to prevent it from happeneing or even that they will discontinue this type of exercise.

Apparantly not in Japan. the only statement from customs is “please return it”.

Let me answer your question. And since he blocks my comment, I'll write it here.

Customs lose hash stash planted in traveler's luggage to train sniffer dogs

NARITA -- Customs officials have lost 124 grams of hashish they planted in an unknowing traveler's luggage to train drug sniffing dogs, the head of Narita Customs said Monday.

Customs officials are banned from using travelers' luggage for training practices, but one worker said it was common practice.

"We want to improve the sniffer dogs' ability, so we have practiced this way several times in the past," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Manpei Tanaka, head of Customs' Narita branch, apologized for the incident.

"It's extremely regrettable that we have invited this sort of situation on ourselves. We will investigate the facts behind the case, provide thorough training and deal strictly with those involved," Tanaka said.

Customs said the hash was stored in a metal container stuffed into the pocket of a soft, black suitcase belonging to one of 283 passengers traveling on Cathay Pacific Flight 520 from Hong Kong to Narita, which arrived at 3:31 p.m. on Sunday. The owner of the suitcase is unknown and passengers were not informed that their luggage would be used to train the drug-seeking dogs.

Customs officials said four customs officials had two sniffer dogs working a luggage conveyor at Narita, but neither was able to find the drugs. Police are asking passengers on the flight about the missing drugs.

Customs regulations require customs officials to prepare luggage for training exercises like the one carried out on Sunday and specifically ban travelers' baggage from being used.(Mainichi Japan) May 26, 2008

Does that answer your question?
(If you feel this is not specified enough, give me some examples from the U.S.articles which will answer your question.)

Actually if you can read Japanese, and if you look at LB's post, I suppose you didn't ask these questions, because they have answered your question.
Mr Arudou, for some reason, didn't translate them for you despite your question.

I am a bit surprised that somebody read Mr Arudou's articles at face value and I am a bit disappointed that somebody jumps to the conclusion based on Mr Arudos post alone.

What this customs official did was unforgivable.

But I am inclined to agree with LB, I wonder how Mr Arudou's conspiracy theory holds.
Notice Mr Arudou wrote his article based on CNN's article alone. The CNN article does not mention Cathay Pacific Flight.In other words, the CNN article does not give any clue as for whether the custom officer intentionally chose foreigner's suitcase. And yet he concluded the custom officers used foreigners as Guinea Pig . It was purely his speculation.
Now later it turned out the flight was Cathay Pacific. Does it follow that passengers were foreigners? Sure there might be foreigners, but I guess a Cathay Pacific flight from and to Tokyo is also filled with Japanese businessmen.
So far there is no reasonable ground to infer that the customs officer intentionally selected a foreigner's bag.
So Mr Arudou has drawn his conclusion based on his bias.

Mark in Yayoi says
Baggage usually has a label on it indicating the owner.

But if the he knew the label, it must have been much easier to find out the passenger. But the fact is that Tokyo customs office got contact with 283 passenger who were on board to find out the luggage.(ANN News on Japan probe(Incidentally notice nobody holds the conspiracy theory on Japan Probe))

Mark in yayoi also says
It’s inconceivable that the customs official didn’t have some idea that their free training dummy was non-Japanese.

It's inconceivable either that the customs official didn't have some idea that their free training dummy was Japanese.Because there must have been many passengers, Japanese and non-Japanese. Rather it is most likely he didn't think of nationality when he put a bag of marijuana in the luggage.

Is itcommon practice in USA that a customs official set a foreigner up by putting a bag of marijuana in a suitcase? Is that why they hold such a conspiracy theory?


Mr Arudou, is it another liar? why?

33 Rob Johnson
December 17th, 2007 at 12:54 am

I’m the director of the foreign language division in the Minato Board Of Education.I’ve followed this story with great dismay and will report this situation to all of the PTA presidents for each elementary and junior high school in Minato-ku.

 Mr Arudou, do you remember the Ballet school you accused of as "no foreigner"  Ballet school in Azabu,? ---you had people blame the school by e-mails and later after it turned out it accepted foreign students but rejected the foreign girl because the class was full, you changed the title without notice to the unproblematic one, but still boasted of " STARING DOWN AN EXCLUSIONARY BALLET SCHOOL IN TOKYO. Yep, that post, do you remember?
I want to point out another liar in your comment section.

 Mypost about another error on your blog, which you have blocked, was honored to be linked by a blog. It reminded me of the comment above.
A Japanese person who felt fishy about the comment checked if there was such a division and such a person with the Minato board of Education. The answer was no.
I have also checked the site
and called the Minato board of Education and confirmed there was no such division as he mentioned. And the staffs of the division related to international students were Japanese.

Mr. Arudou, Why do you approve of the liar's comments but reject the comments revealing their lies?
And why does your blog have people who pretend to be the person concerned himself ,telling lies while supporting your posts? This is not the first time, isn't it?

Or is Rob Johnson for real? You are supposed to have his e-mail address, and you can also call Minato board of Education to check. It IS easy.

Anyway, if you start accepting my comments, let me know. You have my e-mail address, and you can write down on my blog here.

It is ironical your blog is exclusioary.
(How many times have you rejected Japanese comments?)
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His blog is notorious for its inaccuracy and suppressing opposing opinions.
Check the following articles and the comment sections.
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