Jake’s contribution to the debate starts with a Betteridge headline, and follows with his usual load of conspiracy theories and unnamed sources, and the occasional contradiction, such as:
She hasn’t been able to speak with the company directly because she has been in detention since her arrest.
Suspects are allowed one 20-minute visit per day, excluding their lawyer.
These two statements are contradictory; Toyota may have decided not to send someone round to visit her, of course, but she is able to speak to the company while in detention.
Does anyone really believe that a high-paid executive of Toyota was smuggling oxycodone into Japan in an attempt to get high
Well, I could believe that, from what I know of oxy and that it seems to get handed out like sweeties in the USA.
The comments are quite, quite full of crazy, and I note that Mr Adelstein has taken to voting up some of the even more ridiculous conspiracy theories there.
…and nothing of value was lost. Doctor Arudou writes about it, and nothing of value was gained.
none have the national and international media footprint that online news site Japan Today has.
I checked with Quantcast and its probably horrendously inaccurate figures put JT just 10-20% above the dead for many a year Japan Probe in the USA.
However, Just Be Cause has for the first time felt pressure (with this column) after coming under increased scrutiny in the editing process.
Perhaps they were worried that they could get sued for some loose words? However, I noticed that he says “Click on its advertisers“, which given that most of the ads are from Google, are against their rules. If you wish, here is where to grass them up.
Japan Times keeps running with Ms Hemp, now quoting our second-favourite academic, Jeff Kingston, on his views on elite bread-heads employed by the old-boy network:
Hamp’s treatment by the police and local media “sends a chilling message to other foreign managers who might be considering a posting to Japan.”
As I said in the comments there, surely “who might be considering posting narcotics to Japan.”
Also, a bonus in the comments, Steve Jackson suggests Ms Hemp was driven to drugs by the Toyota board.