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Posted in: French gov't presses Japan to accept Renault-Nissan merger See in context

How did the French not get the memo? Ghosn was arrested and taken into custody on spurious charges precisely because the Japanese govt, Keidanren and Nissan couldn't countenance an existential threat of this nature. The loss of a major Japanese brand run by a foreigner to a foreign competitor? The French should tell the Japanese govt to either release Ghosn, or else offer to sell the shares to Hyundai, Kia and Daewoo - or maybe the Chinese.

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Posted in: Trump proposes wall-for-DACA in bid to end U.S. gov't shutdown See in context

He excluded the Dems from participating in discussions, knew that as a result of excluding them that the plan was DOA, and proposed it anyway. More distraction, more smoke and mirrors, more bait and swithch, more kabuki.

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Posted in: Here’s what Japanese people really think about Marie Kondo See in context

Most people likely don't think about her at all...

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Posted in: Gov't puts off plan to extend retirement age of public servants See in context

If those threatened with a reduction in pay decided en masse to reject the offer and retire, the government would play hell replacing them, and the bureaucracy would grind to a halt. One of the biggest barriers facing workers here is their inability to band together and see that they potentially have great power. Years of operant conditioning tend to have that effect.

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Posted in: Abe, Putin on collision course over islands See in context

Which of the 4 are they going to collide over?

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Posted in: Japan to release new evidence on S Korea's radar lock on plane See in context

Like a dog with a bone, they just won't let go...

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Posted in: 'Short skirts cause sexual assaults,' according to Japanese school uniform poster See in context

Let's not overthink this. Men cause sexual assault. Even in countries in which women wear burka or hijab. Do more sexual assaults occur when women wear swimsuits? Leotards? Men. Not clothing.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds out fiance she met when he 'found' her lost phone actually stole it See in context

Life in the modern world tells us that as long as they're willing to suspend their disbelief, things will go fine. Like any other marriage.

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Posted in: New Volcanic Japanese KitKats See in context

Chocolate covered rock?

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Posted in: Gay couple to join legal challenge in Japan after marriage bid fails See in context

A less satisfying arrangement that could potentially protect them legally might be for the partner with Japanese citizenship to adopt her partner. Adoption laws are pretty flexible here. Not ideal, I know...

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Posted in: Mueller disputes accuracy of BuzzFeed report on Trump, Cohen See in context

Somebody in law enforcement jumped the shark, and forced Mueller's hand - my bet is that he had to weigh in unwillingly to protect some aspect of his investigation of Russian collusion during the campaign.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi board considers new allegations of unreported payments to Ghosn See in context

"There have been no formal charges on the latest allegations."

Then why is it on the Crime page?

"only Ghosn and a handful of aides knew about the money, Mitsubishi Chief Executive Osamu Masuko told reporters after the meeting..."

Right, nobody in the accounts, payroll or auditing section had any knowledge of this, and millions disappeared w/o a trace. Happens all the time.

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Posted in: Traffic light push button devices at pedestrian crossings vandalized at 11 places in Saitama Pref See in context

...and what would be the rationale for installing devices nation-wide that do not work? Any other conspiracy theories you have you'd like to share?

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Posted in: Banksy in Tokyo? City launches probe See in context

Where is the photo that should accompany the article?

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Posted in: Trump stops Pelosi from using military plane for overseas trip in shutdown fight See in context

Pelosi wanted the SOTU address to be submitted in writing to spare the country the sound of his voice, but Trump countered that he would tweet it instead, referring to the speech as the "State of the Onion Address"...

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Posted in: Many boats likely from N Korea left neglected on Sea of Japan coast See in context

Remove materials that are toxic or non-biodegradable, tow them out to sea and and scuttle them.

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Posted in: Ghosn appeals against bail rejection See in context

What happens if they fail to find evidence? How are they going to give him his time back?

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Posted in: Female imperial family members to be barred from key succession rite See in context

"But excluding female members could be viewed as being out of touch with the times." I love tongue-in-cheek humor...

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Posted in: 10 Halloween revelers referred to prosecutors for overturning truck See in context

Thanks, guys - you've just made everyone's life just a little more difficult.

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Posted in: Car driven by 79-year-old man runs onto sidewalk near Tokyo's Shinjuku Station; 5 injured See in context

People over 70 involved in single-car accidents should have their licenses suspended, and have to pass a driver's ed course and a driving test to have them reinstated. Problem solved.

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Posted in: Lavrov asks why Japan only country in world that can't accept results of World War II See in context

Valid question. It all goes back to Japan's thwarted colonial ambitions beginning in the Meiji era, the role of the Showa Emperor in WWII, and the fact that the historical revisionists of the LDP have been in power since the occupation ended.

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Posted in: No-shows wreaking havoc on restaurant business See in context

So stop allowing them to make reservations online without putting down a deposit based on the number of guests on a credit card. If no deposit is paid by a certain deadline, the reservation is forfeit. Within x amount of time before the event, the cost of cancellation goes up. No-shows get charged full price. Not rocket science.

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Posted in: There are many mentally unwell girls in AKB48, claims ex-member See in context

...and there are only 48 of them. Imagine the number of mentally ill among their fan boys.

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Posted in: Prison guard arrested for causing injury due to reckless driving See in context

Road rage is on the increase. Men use their vehicles to take out their frustrations on others because there are so few places they can vent.

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing sauce on young woman’s kimono on Coming-of-Age Day See in context

Is this even newsworthy?

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Posted in: Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia See in context

Blast away - it just makes you look guiltier. For a sitting leader of any country to be asked - on the basis of a large amount of evidence - whether he is working as a covert agent for a foreign power is beyond the pale. The fact that there are no records of his private conversations with the leader of that country, written or otherwise, in the hands of the US govt because he has made every effort to conceal them speak to his culpability. Tick, tock...

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Posted in: Two suspected N Korean fishermen rescued off northern Japan See in context

Were they suspected of being North Koreans, or of being fishermen?

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Posted in: Nailed it: How a manicure master clawed her way to the top See in context

"...helping her clients express their individuality…". Seriously?

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Posted in: Merkel, Abe, other leaders to attend Davos forum as Trump sits out See in context

Davos - where the world's .01% go to plan how to further enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else, and the planet.

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Posted in: Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian See in context

Possession is 9 points of the law...and these islands, which were originally populated by Ainu, have been in play since the Meiji era. The treaty of SF gave 2 of the 4 to Japan, which insisted on all 4 and ended up with nothing. And when's the last time you remember Russia willingly giving up real estate... Crimea? Look how that turned out.

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