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Posted in: Over 7,200 Japan firms employing foreign trainees broke law, gov't says See in context

Apparently the practice of good business ethics is not a Japanese trait.

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Posted in: China retail sales growth slows, falling below forecasts See in context

Although they won't admit it in public, China's economy is in a state of decline and the future doesn't look bright. There is no good domestic news coming out of China. The communist government has overextended itself and the national debt has reached a borderline.

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Posted in: Japanese economic growth for April-June smashes expectations See in context

It has been reported that the EV market has hit a plateau because the early adopters have already purchased their EV's. The next market segment, traditional car buyers, will be a challenge because they are leaning towards purchasing hybrids instead of going all in on EV's. The biggest objection is range and frequency and availability of charger locations. Up to now, only Teslas have the superchargers and locations.

Toyota is the leader in hybrids and they will remain the leader unless the hybrids are outlawed in the U.S. market. You never know what President Biden will do to eliminate the use of fossil fuel. Yes, he is that dumb!

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Posted in: Tokyo area enters power-saving period amid tight supply forecast See in context

Planning and building capacity to meet demand is no longer being done? Have they become a should do instead of a must do?

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Posted in: Packages from China surging into United States. Some say $800 duty-free limit was a mistake See in context

China is our enemy, they want to destroy our country. Why are we allowing this? Also, China needs to be dropped from the WTO. They do not deserve being a member.

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Posted in: Chinese public sees Japan, U.S. as least trustworthy: survey See in context

No surprises here. China's indoctrination of their people has worked and is working. To maintain control over its people, China needs common enemies i.e. the U.S. and Japan. This will ensure control.

China's economy has deteriorated from the days of double-digit growth. National debt and real estate foreclosures have become commonplace. Without bankruptcy laws, many of its citizens have lost their homes but are still on the hook for the mortgages.

Mini-protests against the government are popping up across the country. Unemployment is at an all time high with major foreign companies leaving for neighboring countries. Recent college graduates can't find jobs.

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Posted in: Chinese EV dominance hastens end of petrol engine era See in context

"I think this show marks the end of the internal combustion engine and the beginning of the EV era," he added.

Don't bet on it. EV's are not practical at this time for interstate travel. Intrastate travel is also iffy. City driving and commuting OK. You can always depend on your home as the primary charging station.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile; Japan retracts take-cover alert See in context

Kim Jong Un wants attention. Ukraine and Taiwan are hogging the news cycle and he is feeling ignored. His people are starving to death and he needs to keep their attention focused on their mortal enemies instead of their empty stomachs.

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Posted in: Does capital punishment make Japan a 'barbaric' country? See in context

Is incarcerating an individual for their natural born life is humane or barbaric?

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Posted in: 3 killed, 3 injured in shooting at Oklahoma City bar See in context

Again blame the gun and not the shooter.

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Posted in: Trump indicted on criminal charges; appeals to supporters for legal defense funds See in context

What a joke! This is going to backfire on the Democrats big time! The Democrats are making a mountain out of a molehill. It's called desperation because the Democrats will do anything to stop Trump from running and winning in 2024. President Biden is performing badly and his handlers are at their wits end. They have gone so far as to mark the stage so that Biden knows where to stand. However, Biden messes up when it comes to reading a prepared script.

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Posted in: China threatens retaliation if U.S. House speaker meets Taiwan president See in context

And, what are you going to do about it?

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Posted in: Comedy suffering because 'you have to be careful' now, says Aniston See in context

Aniston is spot on! Offend the woke and your career is over. The woke preach tolerance for others but in reality are intolerant of others.

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Posted in: China threatens consequences over U.S. warship's actions See in context

"in a move Beijing claimed was a violation of its sovereignty and security."

The "new" bully on the block? Is China replacing the U.S. as the super police to the world? You would think so.

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinian gunmen in West Bank See in context

Palestinian suicide by Israelis?

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Posted in: SVB's demise a sign of worry, but limited financial contagion risk: analysts See in context

Another problem is in the hit to bank bond assets, which decline in value when interest rates increase.

Biden, Yellen, and Powell did this. They are not responsible and accountable?

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Posted in: 70% of Japan flight attendants report photos taken of them secretly See in context

With everyone carrying smartphones equipped with a camera, this should not come as a surprise. In addition, taking pictures of people in public places has become commonplace. As for an airplane, is the passenger cabin considered a public place?

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Posted in: North Korea warns of 'overwhelming nuclear force' to counter U.S. See in context

Mutually Assured Destruction, MAD! However, unlike Middle East terrorists, they do not practice suicide bombing.

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Posted in: China suspends visa issuance to Japanese travelers, industry sources say See in context

Unless the trip to China is to conduct existing business, now is not the time to go. COVID is still rampant and the risk of getting an infection is high. Also, if you are elderly or have a pre-existing condition, you may be risking hospitalization or your life.

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Posted in: North Korea slams Japan's military buildup; vows counteraction See in context

The people of the DPRK can look forward to a new round of starvation when their government diverts more of their country's scarce resources on military spending.

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Posted in: North Korea passes law allowing for nuclear first strike See in context

"The law will allow North Korea to carry out a preventive nuclear strike "automatically" and "immediately to destroy the hostile forces" when a foreign country poses an imminent threat to Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said."

Not the smartest strategy to make public. Instead of serving as a deterrent, it will provide their enemies with justification for nuking them first without warning.

Why wait for them to strike first?

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Posted in: Energy crisis spurs nuclear comeback worldwide See in context

Nuclear energy will always have proponents and opponents. 3-mile island, Chernobyl, and now Fukushima are examples of how dangerous nuclear energy can be and therefore, it is a genuine concern.

However, putting those examples aside, how has nuclear energy performed over the past several decades when it comes to providing safe and reliable electricity for countries worldwide?

Solar energy works only on sunny days unless storage batteries are used. Hydroelectric energy works only when water levels are sufficient. It has been reported that China's Three Gorges Dam has insufficient water levels caused by drought.

Wind energy needs wind and storage batteries.

The biggest drawback of nuclear energy is what to do with nuclear waste. However, new technology to process nuclear waste is on the horizon.

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Posted in: Trump's angry words spur warnings of real violence See in context

From day 1 when Trump was sworn into office, the Democrats have thrown everything at him including the kitchen sink e.g. Steele Dossier, 2 impeachments, and inciting an insurrection on January 6th.

Now it's an FBI search of Mar-a-Lago for classified documents.

Will the Democrats give up? No, Trump is a clear and present danger to their platform of socialist ideas. These ideas allow them to support social programs which will get the beneficiaries voting for Democrats for the rest of their lives.

The understaffed and unprepared Capitol Police allowed the protest to get out of hand. Why did the persons responsible for the Capitol Police retire immediately after January 6th?

Were they brought before the special hearing as witnesses?

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Posted in: Yen slides to 24-year low against dollar See in context

Do you blame Putin and his special operation in the Ukraine, or do you blame America's President Biden for the inflation in the U.S.?

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Posted in: N Korea launches missile toward sea; Kishida calls it threat to peace See in context

Kim Jong Un is feeling ignored. He's re-seeking attention on the world stage.

Firing missiles is his way of getting attention.

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Posted in: Russian invasion shows urgent need for U.N. reform, say scholars See in context

One word best describes the UN, feckless. Former President Trump called the UN out in public but no one would listen.

He also called out NATO allies for not paying their fair share in the percentage of GDP.

We now have a war going on in Russia's invasion of the Ukraine and whether we like it or not the US and NATO are being drawn in.

When your enemy perceives you to be weak, it's when they attack.

Russia's mistake was to underestimate the resolve of the Ukrainians to fight for their country and overestimate the competence of their professional military and the conscripts.

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Posted in: 68-year-old woman arrested over murder of bedridden 46-year-old daughter See in context

Where were the caregivers to assist the mother? Unless a social system is setup to support caregivers, incidents like this one will be occurring more frequently.

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Posted in: France tries Chilean accused of murdering Japanese ex-girlfriend See in context

"a biased accusation with no scientific proof... based on suspicions and conjecture".

When there is no confession by the suspect and no body, circumstantial evidence is used to get a conviction.

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Posted in: Japan overturns decision to cancel U.S. drone acquisition See in context

Reading this article had me confused.

The original decision was to purchase the drones.

A subsequent decision was made to cancel the purchase.

However, the decision to cancel the purchase has now been reversed.

Japan will purchase the drones.

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Posted in: Hamilton wins 3rd straight in chaotic Saudi Arabian F1 race See in context

Verstappen drove like a mad man. His driving bordered on reckless. His style of driving was not entertaining.

It was amazing how Hamilton kept his cool driving on hard compound tires and drove around Verstappen when Verstappen's medium compound tires wore out.

Hamilton's consistency and patience won the day.

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