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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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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context

Japanese media certainly giving him quite the platform. Put him to death already.

Also, amusing (scary?) from the picture that a certain demographic appears to be attracted to this trial.

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Posted in: Data of over 8,000 at Mitsubishi Electric feared leaked in cyberattack See in context

The attack came as Mitsubishi Electric has been strengthening its cybersecurity business, offering services on protection at data centers, office buildings and public facilities since July last year.

Typical Japanese megacorp strategy. Move into a field you don't quite understand and sell it to people who know even less but trust your name.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing downstairs neighbor See in context

Moral of the story is to not live in apartments in Japan. Buy a house.

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Posted in: 'Designed by clowns': Boeing releases internal messages that disparage 737 MAX, regulators See in context

This is the result of a bunch of ex-GE (Jack Walsh trained numbers guys seeking efficiencies) guys coming into senior management positions, rather than the traditional engineers who actually know the airline business and understand why you don't always go for the cheapest supplier.

Unfortunately, the new CEO's background is as an ex-GE accountant and then hedge fund manager.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up barrier-free initiatives ahead of Paralympics See in context

Four workers (not counting Koike) to assist a wheelchair to get on a bus?! Hardly what I'd call "barrier free". Wasn't there a labour shortage in this country?

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Posted in: 4 years after daughter’s suicide, mother again blasts Dentsu in letter See in context

The government itself still continues to give Dentsu a lot of work, them cleaning up on the Olympics contracts being a case in point. If the government were actually serious about punishing them, they would've barred Dentsu from government contracts. But they never were serious, they just wanted to make a symbolic gesture, then get back to business as usual.

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Posted in: Truck driving wrong way hits 2 vehicles, leaving elderly couple dead See in context

They were in a "light car", meaning a Kei-car. You will be crumpled in any sort of impact in a kei-car, given the relative lack of crash-protection. The people in the minivan were ok.

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Posted in: Yamada Denki to make furniture retailer Otsuka Kagu subsidiary See in context

A merger of two losers. Nothing more than a desperate bid to stave off the inevitable.

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Posted in: K-pop singer sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos See in context

@andrew crisp

Great advice on how to better your chances of getting away with committing rape!

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Posted in: Itochu employee gets 3 years in prison in China for endangering national security See in context

The fact that MOFA isn't leaping to his defence might suggest he's guilty.

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