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Posted in: Brexit costs UK its spot among top 5 investment destinations See in context

The title of this article is misleading, unless you equate investment to simply be international M&A activity. And evaluating Brexit from this perspective alone really is one dimensional and quite meaningless.

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Posted in: Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres dies See in context

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

Is it JAF's job to educate the public about this? I guess it's better than nothing.

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Posted in: Intruder leaves tap running in Chiba junior high school classroom See in context

This is worthy of national news?

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Posted in: Japan warns Brexit may drive banks, pharma investment to EU See in context

@Japan Violet - Sure it's obvious, but it has a huge bearing on the terms under which the UK leaves the EU. Many people think the UK will get screwed, the EU and Angela Merkel want this to happen, but corporate Europe does not. And nobody is comparing the UK to Greece, you do know the difference between the EU and the Eurozone, right?

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Posted in: Japan warns Brexit may drive banks, pharma investment to EU See in context

@Japan Violet 'I have been in business a long time. A universal truth that spans generations is that nobody likes doing business with the British. Brexit will allow everyone to put them aside where they can do as little damage as possible.'

I'm quite sure the German automotive industry does not share this view considering the UK is the single largest importer of German cars, about 20% of the total. There is also the German engineering industry, for whom the UK is the 4th biggest export market. Despite the brave face put up by Angela Merkel, German industry would sooner see Greece leave the Eurozone than the UK leave the EU.

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Posted in: Japan warns Brexit may drive banks, pharma investment to EU See in context

I would be far more concerned about the long term stability of the EU and the euro than that of the UK and the pound. Just look at Europe: The refugee crisis, the ongoing Eurozone debt crisis (bailouts of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and more to follow) the continuing economic crisis in Greece, the impending Italian banking crisis, youth unemployment of 45% in Spain, discontentment leading to increasing popularity in far right political parties in the Netherlands, France and now even Germany. All of this is not going to end well and the flight of capital may well be in a direction opposite to what many people think.

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Posted in: FamilyMart, UNY merge, creating Japan's second-largest convenience store chain See in context

Educator60 "Was the government involved in this merger? "

I most definitely hope there was some sort of governmental review and approval. Oligopolistic competition is common enough here, allowing the likes of Softbank, AU and Docomo to gouge everyone, and it seems to be happening in more and more industries.

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Posted in: Driver, playing Pokemon Go, hits and kills pedestrian, injures another See in context

The underlying problem is a near complete lack of traffic enforcement in this country.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japan's health insurance system? See in context

If you are not a full time slave it can be very expensive, especially if you earn decent money (¥40,000 - ¥50,000 every month, ouch.) If you are lucky enough not to be on the system don't join it, just pay cash whenever you have to go to a hospital.

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Posted in: Japan’s securities industry moves to tackle material information leaks See in context

Japan has always been very light on insider trading, both in terms of enforcement and penalties. I doubt if this is something that will ever really change.

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Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner See in context

I'm all for being contrarian and dispelling common misconceptions, but Japanese TV has few redeeming qualities.

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Posted in: Japan's first 'naked restaurant' to ban overweight diners See in context

What ridiculous prices, can't see this lasting.

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Posted in: Toyota forecasts 35% profit dive on strong yen, slower emerging markets See in context

This story is akin to a Wall Street hedge fund manager complaining about making only $80m instead of $100m.

If Toyota actually shared their astronomical profits with their employees and their suppliers I might have some sympathy for their 'predicament'.

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Posted in: Organizers opt for harmony in new Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo See in context

What a mess. Just looking at this and trying to comprehend what the hell it is meant to represent is enough to give me a headache.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing bag from 77-year-old woman in wheelchair See in context

She was waiting for her husband inside the entrance of a pachinko parlor. Good to see seniors using their pensions so wisely.

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Posted in: Pricey gold samurai helmets on sale for Japanese boys See in context

Most things related to the growing up of children in Japan are huge rip offs; omiyamairi, shichi-go-san photographs, hina dolls, kabuto helmets, koi nobori, randoseru, study desks for the bedroom, all the way up to coming of age day kimono rentals. The prices of these things seem to reflect the large number of doting grandparents with deep pockets there are, not what a normal family can realistically afford.

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Posted in: Opposition party's new name seen as risk ahead of election See in context

Experts said relabeling could be a strategic mistake, especially since voters will have little time to grow accustomed to the new name by a July upper house election.

These 'experts' must really have a low opinion of the mental faculties of voters.

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Posted in: Becky remains secluded at home following enforced leave from show biz See in context

I can't understand why, but a lot of Japanese people really enjoyed bashing her.

People with empty lives, having been raised not to stand out, taking pleasure in the misdeeds of someone who did stand out. The people who are entertained by the kind of trivial variety shows Becky appeared on are pathetic, but as mindless drones they fit in nicely in Japan Inc.

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Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park See in context

Taking a truck to a small park and dumping 17 sacks of garbage and not being charged with illegal dumping? This makes absolutely no sense.

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Posted in: 66-year-old driver kicked to death in Osaka; motorcyclist arrested See in context

interuni321: It's one of the areas Japanese behavior fails in. Drivers here are just so often not paying attention, can't remain calm and make unnecessarily dangerous maneuvers.

The general lack of police presence on the roads here is the main reason you see such poor driving. When they are out they always check the same places. In the 9 years I've been living here I have yet to see them out when it's raining, during rush hour, or at night (except for drinking and driving checks during bounenkai season - but these are always at the same location).

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Posted in: Man arrested for starting forest fire after barbecue in Hyogo See in context

This closed down the Sanyo and Harima Expressways for 7 hours. I wonder if NEXCO will go after him for lost revenue like JR does when anyone disrupts their trains.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for calling police over 15,000 times in six months See in context

She is clearly in need of help, hopefully she'll get some now.

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