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Posted in: China cutting rare earth output, unnerving global manufacturers See in context

According to this (kinda old) infographic http://business.inquirer.net/files/2012/08/rare-earths.jpg;

China has less than 50% of the world's rare earth reserves, but they are the overwhelming producer, with more than 95% of the global share for the past decade http://www.beachminerals.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/rare-earth-elements-production-history.jpg

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

Ensure that you (user) have flush out all the traces of substance from your body before you arrive (in those countries)!

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Posted in: ANA apologizes for flight delays due to pilot's drinking See in context

How about a big no-no to alcohol for flight crew (especially pilot & co-pilot) the day before they have an early job? Give warning for 1st & 2nd offence(s), after that deduct their salary & up to a certain limit dismiss them already

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context

Trump blowing hot & cold! Haha

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Posted in: High court denies Korean school's right to Japanese gov't funds See in context

A few comments here that focus on Japan's hypocrisy is rather hypocrite themselves.

You should focus whatever your complaint or criticism on;

The links of such school to known external threat (North Korea).

There are not many countries who subsidized a foreign language based school at the expense of their own national language. Learning a foreign language is no doubt encouraged all over the world but to give big assistance is a dangerous embrace of multiculturalism, & may jeopardize one's own national language. The far right western hemisphere groups would definitely be against this. (the most obvious exception is English of course)

The facts that should've been known from almost a 100 years ago that Japan will not allow the grow of element of other culture in its own land especially from its contentious neighbors i.e. China, Korea

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Posted in: Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won't make hatchback in U.S. See in context

This tit-for-tat Trump & China trade war is rather amusing. I'd like to see who in the end will be having the most pain :D

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Posted in: WWF urges Yahoo Japan to restrict ivory trade on auction site See in context

wtf Japan, please ban ivory trading outright!

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Posted in: Bringing the roof down See in context

Glass is brittle, it is only around 1/30 in fracture toughness as oppose to low carbon steel.

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Posted in: Redemption for Japanese history-maker Momota See in context

Keep up the good work Momota! If you want to emulate Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan, you must be consistent & humble. おめでとう!

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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

They might be boring to some of you but, but,

7 out of the top 10 cars, the most reliable of them all, according Consumer Reports (2017) are all Toyota. See the full list here https://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability/10-most-reliable-cars/

Toyota achieved 2nd placed for engine reliability per Warranty Direct via Telegraph UK https://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/picturegalleries/9816454/Engine-reliability-the-top-10-brands.html?frame=2457909

And they are after all the world's most valuable automotive brand for six consecutive years http://www.autonews.com/article/20180528/COPY01/305289981/toyota-tesla-mercedes-bmw-brand-ranking

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Posted in: Israeli forces kill 55 protesters in Gaza as U.S. Embassy opens in Jerusalem See in context

The rest of the World (except for Zionist-loving Americans), let us welcome the new Nazis, the fascist Zionist Israel!

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Posted in: Japan's factory output rises 4% in April See in context

Japan is dependent on it export for economic growth, while others (especially developing countries i.e. China, South East Asians) are very much dependent on Japan's high tech, globally-dominating & advanced manufactured components such as stepper motor (for industrial robots), CMOS sensor (for Camera from Sony), Li-ion battery (Panasonic, Sanyo, competing with S. Korea), precision gear, linear motion guide, ball screw & servo motor (for CNC & High Tech equipment), high quality & reliable electronic components i.e. Capacitor (by Murata) & many others.

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Posted in: Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide See in context

I thought AI is already here to do these type of jobs ; )

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Posted in: Japan losing its manufacturing edge to South Korea See in context

So, after 5 years since this article came out, has South Korea really surpassed (in overall terms) Japan in Manufacturing (or in advanced / high tech manufacturing for that matter)?

The clear answer is no. Not in the past five years, not now, not in the next decade. Maybe, just maybe after that.

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Posted in: Japanese carmakers' overseas output soars 5.8% in FY 2016 See in context

They are after all, the single-largest automobile producing nation in the world. Around one third of the volume annually, for the past 2 decades. Congratulation

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Posted in: Toyota to buy 13 million air-bag inflators from Takata rival See in context

How do you know with an increase in production there would be decline in quality control? Have you been to any of the japan-based factory / manufacturing site? What are you implying?

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Posted in: Fresh violence in riot-hit Missouri town; new autopsy ordered See in context

Similar case happened here a few years back. A male teenager was driving his family car without a driving license (he was under the age to qualify him for a license) was asked to stop his car by the policemen. But he didn''t. The policemen gave a chase, gave a warning but the teenager would not pull over. And then a few shot were fired & the teenager was finally, unfortunately dead.

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Posted in: Samsung, Apple agree to drop lawsuits outside U.S. See in context

@Magnet

Couldn't agree more

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Posted in: Islamic State surges in N.Iraq, near Kurdistan border See in context

More self-righteous Muslims bringing shame to Islam! Shame on you...when will all of you are going to wake up?

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Posted in: Japanese TV makers bet on super-HD as World Cup looms See in context

@Asian2014

People were already buying more Korean-made TVs before Abe came in. Meaning Sony & its fellow Japanese TV makers were already losing sales more than 5 years ago! What's this obsession on blaming others for their downfall?

Fact: Japanese makers (Consumer Electronic Appliances) could not compete with the Korean makers' price started from around 10 years ago.

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Posted in: As big automakers go electric, Mazda squeezes more from gasoline engines See in context

sfjp330, your comment is actualy irrelevant to the article because if you read it properly "Mazda squeezes more from gasoline" meaning Mazda is putting its effort & focus in maximising & pushing the performance (in this case for fuel economy aka FE) of normally aspirated engine. The article also stated that Mazda confessed to lacking in resources unlike other "Bigger players" & due to this they had to innovate with whatever they had in their coffers.

No mention or indication of whatsover for mazda trying to challenge head on with the "mighty" Toyota (for market share, patents etc.). They are just trying to make their car more "fuel efficiency", at least on par with others in the market.

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Posted in: Japan losing its manufacturing edge to South Korea See in context

IMHO, & based on my experience, i can summarized which industry that Japan has lose out to or starting to lose influence & which are the ones that Japan is STILL among the top leader or more dominant.

Electronic industry (consumer appliances)

I think this is very obvious to everyone. Japan industry is pretty much stagnant (with many news on yearly losses, help@rescue from peers/government, plant closing down & acquisition by foreign companies, however in 2013 there are some improvements after abenomics). Example are Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sharp & a few others. Maybe electronic producers for other segment (energy & auto for instance) are still going strong, but the ones that are directly competing with South Korean & Taiwan rival had felt the greatest impact. (losing a big slice of pie from the world market share)

Shipbuilding

Japan (together with the European & USA) were once the major players in the industry. But that is not the case for already more than a few decades. South Korean are the leader, closely followed by the relatively inexpensive Chinese-make.

Robotic. (industrial robot & consumer robot)

Japan is pretty much still the leader (with Euro?) in this area, no doubt about it. But the south korean is in this field too, progressing rapidly.

Machine Tools

This is the most (arguably) critical & vital industrial area where Japan (with Germany) is the indisputable leader (innovation etc). The machine that makes other machine. Up until last year, Japan has produced the most in term of value, followed closely by Germany (if im not mistaken, the report is from --> https://www.gardnerweb.com/cdn/cms/.../2013wmtocs_SURVEY.pdf‎) while China is producing most of machine tools in the world (they're also the largest consumer, unsurprisingly given its size & growth rate). Machine tools in hi-tech & advance engine manufacturing, aerospace, precision component & other, are dominated by the Japanese (& German). But Nippon should not rest on its laurel, because the south korean is also fast catching up in this sector.

Automotive

Not much comment, except that the Japan & Germany are also the more dominant (in overall terms). But then again, the Koreans are also in this field (push by Hyundai & KIA)

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