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Posted in: Renault taps interim chairman, COO to replace Ghosn, but doesn't fire him See in context

"Renault taps interim chairman, COO to replace Ghosn, but doesn't fire him"

Ambiguous. How could they fire him and have him replace Ghosn at the same time?

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Posted in: Japan airs concern after U.S.-China feud causes APEC disarray See in context

"Japan airs concern after U.S. causes APEC disarray..."

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Posted in: The Rolling Stones plan 13 U.S. live dates next year See in context

They haven't recorded a really great record since the '70's...

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Posted in: 3 Keio University students arrested for sexual assaulting, robbing unconscious woman See in context

"Times have changed, but these schools are STILL extremely difficult to get into for an "average" student."

No longer true, demographiscs have seen to that, and even sub-par students can find a place at a once "reputable" private university - if the parents can afford it. Keio, Waseda and Todai are still top-tier. The others' stock has fallen, and the largest 2 of the remaining group are essentially diploma mills.

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Posted in: Ghosn arrest shakes Franco-Japanese alliance See in context

From the Japan Times:

Nissan's Ghosn suspected of using firm's overseas houses for free without reporting benefit as income

The chairman is believed to have used multiple residences purchased by the automaker in the Netherlands and three other countries...

Seriously? No other CEOs have ever done this, or played golf, or gone to dinner, or travelled overseas, or... this is looking more and more like a palace coup.

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Posted in: Attacker in bullet train rampage indicted for murder See in context

Every time the DoJ feel the need to make an example of someone, he's found competent to stand trial.

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Posted in: Naked man found in coin locker at Sendai Station See in context

If he'd locked the door, he'd had to have been Houdini to get in...

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Posted in: Ghosn's arrest casts doubt on Renault-Nissan alliance future See in context

Both Nissan and the Japanese govt see him as a threat and an embarrassment, and find the idea that the French people own 42% of a Japanese first-tier company an existential threat. They'd rather die than adapt if it means putting "foreigners" on an even par. The same goes for women.

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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn and another top exec sends shockwaves through Nissan See in context

Overseas press reports (NY, France) are saying that because Renault (French govt & taxpayers) owns over 40% of Nissan stock and France is in the process of reviewing its corporate laws that Nissan insiders saw one way to blunt the impact of this was to get rid of Ghosn, and buy back their stock to reduce their number of votes. There has also been controversy in both Japan and France for years over his wearing 2 hats and drawing 2 salaries, one from Nissan and the other from Renault. He makes about 4x as much as the president of Toyota - and he still makes peanuts compared to his EU and US counterparts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/business/nissan-carlos-ghosn-misconduct.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Posted in: New electronic mirror recognizes distant vehicles with high accuracy See in context

Overkill. Frankly, the more features like this they put on cars, the more dependent drivers become...soon people will actually find themselves in need of driverless cars... anybody else remember manual transmissions, chokes, ignition coils and carburetors?

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Posted in: Trump sets off storm by criticizing retired Navy admiral for not capturing bin Laden sooner See in context

He really had no choice - after insulting the Pope, Gold Star families, heads of state, war heroes, celebrities, and members of the media - as well as every thinking person on Earth - he's got no one left to insult. It had to happen sooner or later, as people like him always get to the bottom of the barrel pretty quickly.

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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn and another top exec sends shockwaves through Nissan See in context

Motivated by a palace coup? Hard to imagine he was culpable, guys like him don't usually do their own taxes, and he's got too far much to lose to do something stupid.

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Posted in: Abe fails to bridge U.S.-China divide at APEC summit See in context

Great farmer's tans all around, though...

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Posted in: Rubella spreading across Japan, raising concerns about inbound travel See in context

The net result of refusing to be vaccinated is disease. How anyone thinks they have the right to send their unvaccinated kid to school to endanger other people's kids is beyond me. At least Japan is beyond that at this point.

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Posted in: Chinese city urges those 'poisoned by extremism' to turn themselves in See in context

Just imagine how they must feel about representative democracy...

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Posted in: Man attacks woman after cutting power to her apartment See in context

Lock and bolt your doors and windows. Get a compressed air alarm. Fill a squirt gun with vinegar, lemon juice and red pepper. Take a self-defense course. Get a dog.

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Posted in: Trump plans key staff changes at crucial point in presidency See in context

What makes this a crucial point and not just another crisis point?

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Posted in: An increasing number of companies in Japan have banned employees from smoking during their work hours, aiming to resolve low productivity caused by their smoking breaks. Do you agree with this policy? See in context

Adults should be allowed to do what they like, as long as what they do doesn't harm others. Their insurance rates should reflect these voluntary risks, whether they are speeding or smoking. Behaviours that endanger others (speeding and smoking) should be regulated by law.

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Posted in: Nearly half of dementia patients in Japan put in restraints: study See in context

Restraints are cheaper than meds...

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Posted in: 11-hour waiting time at Mickey Mouse attraction at Tokyo Disneyland See in context

waste of time...

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Posted in: Man tries to fraudulently use Aeon loyalty points by pretending to visit its stores 2.7 mil times See in context

“Even if he went to Aeon 100 times everyday it would take 74 years to do what he said.” LOL.

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

It is about protecting the Imperial legacy, nothing more. Anything that remotely threatens to implicate the Japanese government of the period, which was led by the Showa Emperor, is never going to find purchase while the revisionists who are in power - and, other than a very brief period under PM Murayama back in the '90's, the revisionists have been in power since the end of the war. They're known as the LDP. Immune to the principles of democracy, the LDP, sees itself as playing the role of a latter-day ruler. This is why the people of the country are treated as subjects, not citizens. The word 国民 hasn't changed in centuries, and is reflective of LDP views - blood and soil.

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Posted in: Fabrication allegation rocks popular Japanese TV variety show See in context

Neither the first nor the last incident of its kind. Japanese tv viewers are extremely credulous when it comes to any information about "over there”... They actually believe what they see on tv, even NHK news.

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Posted in: Trump says he came to California to see fire scars See in context

He was confused. He meant "drive fire cars".

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing woman off train station platform See in context

"Just a reminder, 27% of Japanese adults were diagnosed with some kind of mental or emotional illness in 2009."

Source?

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Posted in: Trump under fire after cancelling WWI cemetery visit See in context

The rain plays hell with that thing on his head, and causes his spray tan to drip onto the lapels of his suit.

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Posted in: The '8050 problem' - 'hikikomori' people entering 50s as parents on whom they rely enter their 80s. See in context

...and now that the media as assigned a random label to this minor phenomenon for everyone to go "tut tut" at, it will never again mention this, and it will disappear along with the herbivore males, parasite singles, and other non-existent social subgroups of yore...

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥30 from Shinto shrine’s collection box See in context

Frankly, the cop should be reprimanded for having no common sense.

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