Tokyo Dist. Court rules testimony invalid due to witness being African....a witness’s testimony was inadmissible because he is African. Debito
Tokyo district court
The witness was acquainted with the plaintiff and he visited the hospital after the incident to see the plaintiff etc,. ; he was considerably close friend of the plaintiff. They were mates among the black community at Kabukicho. It is far from plausible to give full credibility to the witness's --- Francis's testimony as it is as being objective
In a nutshell, the testimony was regarded as prejudiced, not highly reliable not because the witness was black, but because the witness was considerably a close mate of the plaintiff.
(Might it be that Debit is projecting his own white man's prejudice into Japanese society?---not that every white man have such prejudice---that's far from truth---- but there are some cases where people say one thing, and mean another unconsciously)
Note also there is a difference between admissibility(証拠能力） and reliability（証拠力、証拠価値）.If the document is not admissible, a judge can not read the document. After the admissible documents and testimonies are presented in the court, a judge weighs the reliability.
Note further that Debit himself quoted the ruling from Tokyo district court;He referred to it to back up his argument, but he didn't translate it , for some reason, for the English readership to judge the case.
Again there is nothing wrong with helping the minority;it should be encouraged, but there is something wrong in turning everything into racial issue.
On a side note, I wonder why Debito didn't turn the resolution 121 into racial issue;it smells like much racial issue. The U.S. blaming Japan who apologized several times for the comfort women system while the U.S. having engaged in the the same kind of crime in the backyard in Korea and in Japan and yet she hasn't issue any apology.
Debito all too Debito