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Posted in: Toshiba receives ¥2 tril acquisition offer from global fund See in context

What's (shockingly) not even mentioned in the article is that the current CEO of Toshiba is a former senior executive of CVC. He was initially brought in to shake things up, and if he's going this route I can only guess the resistance he felt to change was too entrenched. Taking it private will allow for the necessary restructuring, but as one of the old-guard lifetime-employment big players in Japan, it will certainly be interesting to watch this clash of cultures play out.

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Posted in: Yellow sandstorm blankets part of western Japan See in context

I have severe chronic constantly reoccurring eye herpes

Damn.

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Posted in: Muji store operator says it is 'deeply concerned' about forced labor reports in China See in context

At least Muji is courageous enough to say something, knowing full well the indignant wrath of the online mob in China could come down at any time. Japanese apparel companies are some of the worst, in that most don't even bother with pretenses about caring, and will switch factories/countries at the drop of a hat if anyone dares increase their costs. The big Japanese shift to Myanmar is case in point, as is their overall general silence on Myanmar, as Japanese business is, generally speaking, solidly pro-military in Myanmar. But I digress.

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Posted in: Mother arrested over death of 4-year-old daughter See in context

It takes a pretty callous person to strangle a four-year old with their bare hands.

And another to defend someone who has already confessed to said child killing.

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Posted in: China concludes espionage trial of Canadian citizen behind closed doors See in context

@expat

Completely agree. Unfortunately, the Canadians are likely too busy trying to avoid offending each other.

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Posted in: Suspect arrested for fatally stabbing man at Tokyo lodging facility See in context

OR....what you could've done was acknowledge his claim and either carpet your home, wear socks or simply try to walk quiter! 

I'm living a hard life in a cheap flophouse at the age of 55, and some young punk comes and complains about me "walking loud", so I'm going to go out and spend the last few yen in my pocket to get my room carpeted?! Please. If it escalated to this level, I'm pretty sure the younger guy wasn't making a polite request.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st unlicensed tuk-tuk taxi case referred to prosecutors See in context

I saw this guy around Yokohama a few times last year, as his pristine shiny Thai tuk-tuk is not inconspicuous on the grey streets of Japan. He was clearly doing a tour guide service, not unlike the rickshaw guys in Asakusa or Kamakura. Whether he had the proper license I don't know.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy said to be freezing development of regional jet See in context

This whole project has been dogged, from the beginning by astounding hubris regarding Japan's so-called technical prowess, both from the J-gov't and from Mitsubishi Heavy, Once they realized they were in beyond their heads, they scrambled to bring in foreign expertise, in the form of rapid hiring and Bombardier, and now they are luckily handed a "divine wind" of sorts in the form of a face-saving excuse to get out without admitting their lack of ability.

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Posted in: Man arrested in Kyoto after failing to return rental car over a year past deadline See in context

Niconico's rates are about half of those Toyota rates for all classes you mentioned, with their lowest rate 2,420yen for 12 hours. That cheap enough yet?

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Posted in: PM candidate Suga: A stern enforcer who does 100 sit-ups daily See in context

Gotta wonder why the Japanese media outlets are falling over themselves with these over-the-top positive portrayals and attempts to humanize him.

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Posted in: Nikkei falls to lowest level since mid-June See in context

I think Kuroda San from Bank of Japan should do some more quantitative easing.

I think Kuroda San from Bank of Japan should stop manipulating the markets and let things fall already.

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Posted in: Gov't issues false strong quake alert See in context

Oedo line delayed for 90 minutes? Wow... that's some incompetent operating there. I'm pretty sure it would've taken them all of 5 minutes to determine nothing was happening.

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Posted in: Man arrested for ramming car into work crew, killing one; claims he ‘wanted to be a god’ See in context

Is it just me or have there been a plethora of people over the past year giving "just wanted to kill" as their motive?

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Posted in: Gov't under fire over huge COVID-19 aid contract for ad giant Dentsu See in context

It boggles the mind how nothing changes. After they bullied that girl to death there were plenty of calls for Dentsu to be barred from government contracts. Air was sucked through teeth, heads were bowed, and then they quickly got back to normal. And now this. If the government wanted to send a message they would ban Dentsu and affiliated companies for a few years from bidding on contracts. The fact that they don't indicates where their loyalties lie. Pork barrel politics at its finest.

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Posted in: Japanese service helps victims get consolation money for adultery and sexual harassment See in context

What a joke. Looks either like a scam for the up front fee, or an extortion racket. Just imagine how they plan to compel people to pay up within a week? Obviously not by politely asking them to.

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Posted in: Toyobo develops test kit to detect coronavirus within 1 hour See in context

Seems like a terrible business decision. Total tests conducted in Japan are 63,000 (as of 4/13), just over three days worth of capacity. That means there are likely hundreds of thousands of unused testing kits out there. Toyobo is simply adding new supply to an already oversupplied market where there is little demand (i.e. little actual testing conducted).

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Posted in: Stores try to stay relevant while their doors are closed See in context

Not much pointing spending on status symbols if nobody is looking eh? Wonder how all the self-professed shopaholics and "retail therapy" mavens are doing now. Hopefully seeing the folly of their ways...

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Posted in: Fear on front lines as hospital staff face threats, stigma over coronavirus See in context

Here in a nutshell is the difference between the ethically and morally advanced nations, and the rest. In Europe they applaud their healthcare workers, in Japan and other Asian nations, they shun them.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Most people will be back on the packed trains first thing Monday morning.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

Now that the number one priority has been put on the back burner, good to see they're finally starting to admit this instead of patting themselves on the back.

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Posted in: Some schools in Japan resume classes after virus-prompted closures See in context

Fully justified given Abe's data on the number of cases and his success in curtailing the spread. I mean, what else do the school boards have to go on? The leader of the country said they're making progress, that the numbers are encouraging low, and that he remains cautiously optimistic. He also expressed the hope that kids can get back to school as soon as possible.

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Posted in: Fed slashes rates to near zero, eases bank lending rules See in context

Trying desperately to keep the bourses up via artificial quantitative easing misses the point completely about this crisis, and indicates a economy that has become far too skewed on debt and consumer spending. Coronavirus isn't about liquidity on wall street, and I wouldn't mind seeing a significant drop that better reflects realities. I wonder what the fed will do next week, and the week after that, as this drags on, and after having used up much of its arsenal already...

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Posted in: Abe says no need yet for emergency declaration; Tokyo Olympics still on See in context

Not a single reporter at that press conference challenged his "data" about the number of cases in Japan. Not a single one questioned her the numbers could possibly be accurate when very few are being tested. It was a pre-scripted chaban.

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Posted in: Why did Hayao Miyazaki agree to release Studio Ghibli anime films on Netflix? See in context

Not available for Netflix in Japan though (or Canada and the US for that matter).

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Posted in: Professor denies he was pressured to remove videos on virus-hit ship See in context

Succumbing to Japanese government pressure to self-censor. For shame!

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Posted in: Two fathers in Europe demand action against Japan over parental child abduction See in context

Mothers in international marriages should not have to find it difficult to escape abuse and keep their children with them. The fathers use international law to continue to abuse their ex wives.

Huh? How exactly does one "use international law" to commit abuse? What rubbish.

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Posted in: First passengers leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Where are they going? We have a right to know.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics CEO says he is seriously worried over coronavirus See in context

The Olympics is basically a huge tax drain on the citizens of the host country. 

Every single Oympics I've experienced in my life, whether summer or winter, or other events such as the World Cup, have been preceded by comments such as this from people who want every societal ill solved prior to hosting a sporting event. And yet, every single Olympics has ended as a resounding success for the city in question. Weird eh?

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Posted in: 8 French people caught in Hokkaido avalanche; 1 dead See in context

while they were skiing off piste

Yeah.

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Posted in: Top court upholds fine on designer for child porn computer images See in context

Sounds like the key issue legal dispute revolved purely around whether the images were based on actual photos. In other words, if he had made his "art" solely from the imagination, it would have been perfectly legal. Japan's legal system totally missing the point yet again.

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