• Nishinosho, Wakayama

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The April 14 article “Ex-justice taps body for easy loan, raise” reports that retired Supreme Court Justice Yasukazu Kagawa helped himself to a non-repayable “loan” of ¥15 million (of taxpayers’ money) and doubled his monthly salary to ¥1 million (of taxpayers’ money). The official verdict of the Justice Ministry-linked public service body that he heads, and that provided him the money, was that nothing illegal occurred.

The following day, the article “Guilty — of stealing ¥2.5 in electricity” reports that the Osaka District Court convicted an unemployed man, Yasumasa Hirai, for stealing ¥2.5 worth of electricity and sentenced him to a year in prison, suspended for three years.

Ah, the wonderful world of the Japanese judicial system! Charles Dickens himself couldn’t have made it up.

ivor paul

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