Derrick Smith comments

Posted in: Ghosn sues Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors for breach of contract See in context

I hope he recovers every cent he spent and wins suits against all of their partners that allowed this craziness to happen since he hasn't been charged. It's been too long for them not to have done anything to prove their claims. Half of 2019 is already gone.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

So why the about face on this when before the new era he was saying that he wanted it the other way. I know some other readers noticed that article previously. He needs to work on not flip-flopping in the media. They are not going to listen to his request when he was just telling the media to do the opposite.

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Posted in: Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for six months: industry sources See in context

There is no reason that the US and Japan should have any tariffs from either end. I can see Mexico and China for sure as they have been exploiting the shipping and tariff system for a while now. There is no reason that American cars should have any problems in Japan either. It's already bad enough we can't import the older cars that we want to import without them being destroyed by politicians that do nothing to help. Mexico has too much of an advantage and they get away with driving truckloads of parts and vehicles here without really anyone saying anything about how it affects our local manufacturing. It's outsource everything because people other than Americans need jobs more than we do. It has been like that since NAFTA was created and no American corporate types were held responsible for selling everyone out and destroying Americans jobs for a profit that goes to people investing that did not earn any of it. Employees should not have to be subservient to investors. Companies shouldn't be laying off people to make false profits or expecting there to be end over end profit at the cost of people's lives. Contrary to the article there were alot of American companies that were exempted from the the tarrifs and the steel companies were still making a hefty profit on metal they had already produced. There was a meeting of hundreds manufacturers and the larger companies were all making profits and had no complaints. The only people being showcased were the small shops that did not plan for the future.

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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context

If Ghosn wins his case they will have to give him his job back and reparations on top of losing all that money. Anyone involved in that debacle is going to get merc'd at the end of the day. There is no way in hell that he would get away with doing a ton of crazy stuff unless people that were planning his demise let him do it so they could do this. They unfortunately did not think about the consequences of their decisions on the world stage. Once Chinese manufacturers quality and their electric cars get beefed up by Tesla then Nissan is going to get wiped out. You can already see it coming.

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Posted in: Lawmaker expelled from party over remarks about possible war with Russia See in context

Sounds like y'all have a freedom of speech issue. People should always be open to all possibilities in regards to reclaiming territory that was stolen. Russia is going to have to give up that territory either way. I noticed none of these posts mention US involvement in the talks. I don't think China is going to go out of their way to do anything for Russia anytime soon. They are too busy doing their own expansion into neighboring territory using exports and super rails.

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Posted in: Teen who allegedly made explosive may have traded uranium online See in context

What they are really doing is controlling who can make their own power and not be dependent on the state.

There are kids making fusion reactors out here and learning more than what the state wants them to know.

You can't keep people in the dark forever.

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Posted in: Lawson to test late-night self-service stores amid labor crunch See in context

The interesting thing about this is that there are storage container marts that use RFID and cameras to do self service in China and people are using them currently. There are videos about them on Youtube. I think this has more of a chance of working in Japan than it would in the USA. I think they probably already have a good idea of how much loss they have within the company from employees themselves to be able to pull this off. It would be better to include a security officer or some kind of facial tracking to alert the police of theft. They would basically turn into giant vending machines. The only failures I have seen have been the store like Amazon tried like the pay what you want. BTW the automation is coming to every country. The Second Machine Age is already upon us and the entire world is moving towards people free operation in the industries that don't actually need people to provide a service. In the US automated self driving trucks are already being used by Wal-Mart and they already use RFID and robotic tracking in warehouses and they are able to track the sames of individual items via RFID. So what that means is that people are going to have to move to jobs that require less physical interaction or hard labor to ones that require more brain power and remote operation. We have drone delivery being tested by Amazon. We can already 3D print buildings and objects. We already have automated fast food where pizza and burgers are ordered, cooked and delivered without a single person needing to be involved. So as we move towards more automation people really need to think about why type of work they are looking for and what work is going to look like in the future as eventually we won't need people to do anything. Skilled labor at the top and AI will be the only things driving industry eventually.

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

All this is going to do is hurt the consumer as there is no such thing as infinite profits.

Packaging needs to be cut back.

There needs to be a system managing the weights and measures to prevent shady company from sheisting consumers on product contents.

In the USA the snack companies cheat by filling potato chip bags with air and we have the same problem with shady companies reducing the toppings and contents but advertising the same weight.

They are always going to say it's about the shipping costs. That is only tied to the fuel and packaging price so they need to reduce the packaging to what is really needed.

I read a previous post that there is this assumption that people are going to inherit money. What does that have to do with purchasing right now. You can't even guarantee that money will exist. Those users may move away or simply stop buying those items.

Japan needs to make sure that these companies are regulated or the consumer is going to lose out. Even fast food places are already charging too much for their products.

Again there is no such thing as infinite profits.

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Posted in: Akita police sergeant arrested for paying high school girl for sex See in context

Enjo Kosai is apparently still popular in 2019.

FYI for those who haven't researched how the consent laws work.

Japan's statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual contact with a person under age 13. At 13, Japan's base age of consent is the lowest of any developed country. However, many prefectures also have local "corruption of minors" or "obscenity statutes" (淫行条例) which raise the de-facto age of consent to 16-18, unless they are in a "sincere romantic relationship", usually determined by parental consent. For example, the effective age of consent in Tokyo by local statute is 18. The age of marriage is 16 for girls and 18 for boys with parental permission, and 20 otherwise (as stated in " ナス邃「窶慊カ窶「ナクナスニ停?邸", the Child Welfare Act of Japan.)

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Posted in: Japan to ban physical punishment of children by parents See in context

The sad thing is that kids die because people don't do enough to take them away from abusive parents. Banning children from being physically disciplined is just going to turn them into little murderers. It's already happening in the United States since false data has been propagated on child punishment as fact. There are parents that have never hit their children and given them everything and they still turned out bad. I think they just need to do more with holding the parents accountable once they find abuse. If you find the kid has damage then lock them up. Especially if there are witnesses and evidence. Have the kids carry a wire if you have to. Use technology rather than taking away any methods that may be needed to control an unruly child.

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Posted in: 40 countries, but not U.S., China, agree cars must have automatic braking See in context

Did they not realize that the USA posted videos of hacked regular cars using regular computer controlled braking and they were able to stop a car in highway traffic to prove the point. All you have to have is a hacked Canbus or ODBII system and you are done. They can even activate your horn! ;)

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

Look Indicting the entire company. You might as well fire everyone that worked for Nissan till now if you are going to do that. I mean I don't see anyone apologizing their way out of this one. They didn't think this through when they kidnapped Ghosn. They just made everyone think 'screw signing contracts', they would have to prove the contracts were invalid to begin with and then indict all the lawyers that helped forge the document. He apparently illegally saved the company money while he was at it.

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Posted in: 42-year-old man arrested for abandoning mother’s body at home See in context

If you have ever had a loved one die on you and you were the only one there you would know how hard it is on some people. He probably didn't want to see her go. Even if he was a leech he would still be having a hard time. If it was over a year I would probably be more apt to go WTF. A weeks nothing compared to some of the other news articles where this has happened.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

There is no way he would get any money without their lawyers approving everything. Even a CEO cannot pay himself. It doesn't even matter that people were fired in France, if it did he would have been fired because of it and he wasn't. It's obvious that it's a power play to take back the company by the very same people that let it run into the ground in the first place. There is no HR department that is just going to approve someone buying homes or pay for remodeling without some corporate approval. Having been given my own credit cards, working for a company that has international business in more countries than they do their own internal checks and balances should have prevented any money from leaving the company that wasn't approved. You don't get nothing past accountings lawyers, the HR lawyers, or the Chief Counsel unless the company approved it.

So if he was getting money past them it was through employees manipulating data within the company which they can easily do now that he is physically gone. It doesn't take much to change file dates or manipulate server data. So they are going to have to be providing more than just the local evidence to prove anything. Especially if the people that masterminded the coup had access to move assets around without him being directly involved. What's eventually going to happen is that diplomatic relations are going to put Japan, France and the US at odds with each other for holding him for so long. They could easily get the U.N. involved even if he was guilty because of the fact he was supposed to have surgery. They knew he was going to be on leave for a while which is why they setup his capture. If they overpaid him money that is on the company.

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Posted in: Trump agrees to end government shutdown without border wall money See in context

Any of ya'll putting faith in the Mueller investigation need to look at the BCCI Bank scandal and then read the actual indictments for Roger Stone as posted online the day before his arrest. The fact that CNN was at the arrest shows that there are Democrats working with the FBI to release confidential information and it's not going to work in their favor as people are starting to identify that the real issue isn't the Border Wall or Trump but the new class of undercover anarchy vigilantes within government that will eventually sell out Americans even more than they already have. They moved faster to indict Republicans while the Democrats that have rigged elections and traded in shady dealings out in the open are running around free as a bird. Ballot box stuffing, destruction of evidence, refusal to enforce law already on the books, allowing non-citizens to vote in elections. Not one thing has been done about it because they are upholding the status quo just like they did with the bank, housing and automotive bailouts.

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Posted in: Ghosn's continued detention keeps Japan's justice system under microscope See in context

Nobody cares if Japan is not the US or France. You saw the French rioting by the thousands and you think holding this guy is going to help Japanese business relations you are out of your mind. He has been there long enough that they are showing their cards. They are trying to take the company back by orchestrating a coup without thinking that other people are going to assume they set him up from the very beginning to get the company back after it started turning a profit. If the UN starts investigating Japan they are going to have even more trouble because they are already in trouble for all the whaling announcements. The scientists don't even actually know how many of the whales are left and the issues with TEPCO have still been unresolved. All those people dying from cancer from radiation exposure and nothing has been done to the executives anywhere near this level.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO calls on Renault to listen to details of Ghosn allegations See in context

How is this dude that they kidnapped going to make a public comment when they didn't even allow him to see his lawyers. This totally a coup/mutiny by Japanese management that wants to take credit for all the work that he put into making that company profitable again. Screw the fact they ended up with non-voting shares. Why would anyone have wanted a company that was failing to vote on their board. They got you out of the black and now you are backhanding the French by treating him like a criminal without everyone being able to clearly review the evidence. This completely smells like this was a setup on their end from the beginning. They just waited till the company was making money. They just showed everyone that there is no point in investing in Japan if all they are going to do is sabotage their partnerships after they make a profit. Ya'll literally kidnapped a French citizen and fired him without him being provided any due process. I hope that France reduces any aid they are expecting to get in 2019. Even if he was dirty as hell he still deserves basic justice.

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Posted in: Foreign divorced parents fight in vain for child custody in Japan See in context

@Emmanuel My mom stole my sisters from my dad and she was never granted custody. They lived in two different counties in the U.S. and the court system would not force her to return them because she lied and told the court that we had been staying with her and she even went to Social Security and received financial assistance using all of our information. Meanwhile they let me leave and didn't care where I went. She put both of my sisters in mental institutions because she said they didn't listen to her. (Obviously because she kidnapped them.) I can't even imagine having to deal with bureaucrats from multiple countries to have to see my kids. That is just insane. The fact that the UN wasn't involved is crazy as well.

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Posted in: Police officer in koban stabbed to death in Sendai; attacker shot dead See in context

How in the world did he carry a replica weapon into a police box without them seeing it? That officer died because he was left alone. There has to be more to this story.

Hoplophobia is thick in this comment section. You can tell who you wouldn't want to have around you in an emergency situation because they wouldn't defend anyone if it meant killing another person to save your life or theirs. They would rather run and believe in their false pride and sense of security.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open after Serena Williams penalized a game See in context

I hope Serena provides evidence and sues the crap out of that referee. There is no reason for her to cheat. The girl who won better consult a magic 8-ball because they are not going to let that go without a fight. Especially with all of the stuff going down with the NFL. They drug test Serena more than any other female player and now they have show they are willing to throw a match for some money.

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Posted in: Japan eyes economic aid to N Korea in policy overhaul See in context

If I was Japanese I would expect Japan to economically assist the Japanese first. They owe nothing to Korea and it's not any of the UN's business either. The UN is constantly allowing crazy stuff to go down in Korea and elsewhere and the Japanese do not benefit from helping an economic competitor. It's silly. If my countries people were abducted and killed and not returned then I am not going to deal with them at all. Let them figure out their own mess.

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Posted in: Child statue in protective suit in Fukushima criticized See in context

They should move this statue to Tokyo and put another smaller one in its place. I think it's too big. Had it been smaller and not yellow there would have been less to harp about. Since it had toured already then I am sure they have gotten some feedback along the same lines.

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Posted in: Radio-controlled mowing machine to be tested at agricultural solar plant See in context

There are tons of remote mower solutions that can mow under solar panels.

Remote Control Slope Mower - TRX-48-PRO & TRX-52-PRO

Spider Mini RC Mower

Husqvarna Automower Series

Also grass meant to be mulched isn't manure. Manure is animal waste.

It would never get high enough to need anything the size of a bulldozer if the mower was programmed to cut on a rotation.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

If they set aside reparations in 1995 and acknowledged the problem then what else is there.

The people that participated are all dead probably anyway and if not its not likely that they will ever be able to atone the way people want them to. Put it in the history books. Make sure people on both sides know it happened and do better.

Let them put up the statute to raise awareness that it happened but don't blame anyone that wasn't born during that time for it. It's shaming people that never did anything.

Let China and Korea handle their own business. There is no shadow being cast over anything. This isn't drama club. They didn't dent Japan's hit points by mentioning people were killed because the entire world knows what happened. You don't see modern day Germany having any problems.

Attacking people in a news post isn't going to make up for it. People just like virtue signalling.

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Posted in: Abe, Macron discuss N Korea, Iran See in context

Was he trying not to shake hands with Putin? That is an awkward or shopped photo. France doesn't give a crap about Korea. They sold them weapons along with the Russians.

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