Monday, December 17, 2007

Japan and the UN

Trans-Pacific Radio beat me to the punch here, by providing a very detailed rundown of the UN Charter, and how Japan has failed to meet key requirements of that charter, especially in regard to racial equality, gender equality (salary discrepanies in particular), and the criminal justice system. Read the full story here.


Anonymous said...

Japanese constitution

Article 14. All of the people are equal under the law and there shall be no discrimination in political, economic or social relations because of race, creed, sex, social status or family origin.
Peers and peerage shall not be recognized.
No privilege shall accompany any award of honor, decoration or any distinction, nor shall any such award be valid beyond the lifetime of the individual who now holds or hereafter may receive it.
Article 31. No person shall be deprived of life or liberty, nor shall any other criminal penalty be imposed, except according to procedure established by law.

Article 32. No person shall be denied the right of access to the courts.

Article 33. No person shall be apprehended except upon warrant issued by a competent judicial officer which specifies the offense with which the person is charged, unless he is apprehended, the offense being committed.

Article 34. No person shall be arrested or detained without being at once informed of the charges against him or without the immediate privilege of counsel; nor shall he be detained without adequate cause; and upon demand of any person such cause must be immediately shown in open court in his presence and the presence of his counsel.

Article 35. The right of all persons to be secure in their homes, papers and effects against entries, searches and seizures shall not be impaired except upon warrant issued for adequate cause and particularly describing the place to be searched and things to be seized, or except as provided by Article 33.
Each search or seizure shall be made upon separate warrant issued by a competent judicial officer.

Article 36. The infliction of torture by any public officer and cruel punishments are absolutely forbidden.

Article 37. In all criminal cases the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial tribunal.
He shall be permitted full opportunity to examine all witnesses, and he shall have the right of compulsory process for obtaining witnesses on his behalf at public expense.
At all times the accused shall have the assistance of competent counsel who shall, if the accused is unable to secure the same by his own efforts, be assigned to his use by the State.

Article 38. No person shall be compelled to testify against himself.
Confession made under compulsion, torture or threat, or after prolonged arrest or detention shall not be admitted in evidence.
No person shall be convicted or punished in cases where the only proof against him is his own confession.

Article 39. No person shall be held criminally liable for an act which was lawful at the time it was committed, or of which he has been acquitted, nor shall he be placed in double jeopardy.

Article 40. Any person, in case he is acquitted after he has been arrested or detained, may sue the State for redress as provided by law.

Japanese civil code
Article 710(Compensation for Damages Other than Property)
Persons liable for damages under the provisions of the preceding Article must also
compensate for damages other than those to property, regardless of whether the
body, liberty or reputation of others have been infringed, or property rights of others
have been infringed.

Anonymous said...

Japanese crimianal law
Chapter XXXIV. Crimes against Reputation
Article 230. (Defamation)
(1) A person who defames another by alleging facts in public shall, regardless of
whether such facts are true or false, be punished by imprisonment with or without
work for not more than 3 years or a fine of not more than 500,000 yen.
(2) A person who defames a dead person shall not be punished unless such
defamation is based on a falsehood.
Article 230-2. (Special Provision for Matters Concerning Public Interest)
(1) When an act proscribed under paragraph 1 of the preceding Article is found to
relate to matters of public interest and to have been conducted solely for the
benefit of the public, the truth or falsity of the alleged facts shall be examined, and
punishment shall not be imposed if they are proven to be true.
(2) In application of the preceding paragraph, matters concerning the criminal act of
a person who has not been prosecuted shall be deemed to be matters of public
(3) When the act proscribed under paragraph 1 of the preceding Article is made with
regard to matters concerning a public officer or a candidate for election,
punishment shall not be imposed if an inquiry into the truth or falsity of the
alleged facts is made and they are proven to be true
Article 231. (Insults)
A person who insults another in public, even if it does not allege facts, shall be
punished by misdemeanor imprisonment without work or a petty fine

ターナー said...

Saying and doing... two different things

Anonymous said...

"Saying and doing... two different things"

Absolutely correct.
But he is talking about Japanese law.

"Saying and doing... two different things
And that holds for other countries among UN members.

That is all I wanted to say.