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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context


Many East Asian & Southeast Asian countries (Singapore, S. Korea, China, Mongolia, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and so on) prohibited dual citizenship. Some that do not (Vietnam), only allow it in limited cases.

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Posted in: Toyota to invest $3.4 bil in U.S. battery production See in context

You also forgot CATL and other Chinese giants. Japanese firms have been crushed by Chinese solar companies in the last decade, so I don't have any confidence that Japan can make a comeback in semiconductors or batteries.

Japan is in the semiconductor sector at the high end, precision & advanced segment. China is still playing catch up.

"The Japanese electronics maker Sony ended 2020 with a 40% market share in the CIS market, 2% lower than 2019. Meanwhile, Samsung witnessed an increase of 1% in its market share from 21% in 2019. In 2020, Samsung held a 22% market share in the CIS industry."

Well, Japan is still number 1 in CMOS sensor market share

"The chart shows Silicon Wafer Market Share in 2018. The Silicon Wafer Market is fragmented among many regions. The leading Region in the Silicon Wafer Industry was Taiwan with 22% market share in 2018, followed by South Korea with 21.3% Silicon Wafer Manufacturers market share, Japan with 16.8% Silicon Wafer Manufacturers market share, North America with 12.8%, China with 12.5%, Europe with 6%, and the Rest of the World with 8.7%"

China is nowhere near at the top

Japan has two big lithography technology machine makers. China has none.

These are only a few high-end & advanced semiconductor segments where Japan is one of the big players. China? Haven't reach that level yet.

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Posted in: Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape See in context

By the way, do you trust the U.N. Human Rights Council which partly consists of non democratic countries.

What is so democratic about Japan's long, extended, & unfair detention of its suspect?

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Posted in: Golden temple See in context

Utsukushii 美しい !!!


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Posted in: AI quality inspection robots playing bigger role at factories in Japan See in context

Shouldn’t the quality control experts be checking the quality of robots?

Yeah, only for the first time during commissioning and acceptance of the robots from their supplier.

The most important or key actors in the up-time, maintenance & continuous improvement of the robots (for the whole of its service life) are;

1) Maintenance Department (first responder, routine trouble shooter)

2) Engineering Department (engineering support/improvement/kaizen)

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Posted in: Japanese firms shift focus to Southeast Asia due to U.S.-China dispute: JETRO See in context

Really promising news. Good to hear Japanese companies are following the Abe Cabinets advice to exit Communist China.

Japan has already A LARGE TRANS-FACTORIES foothold here in Southeast Asia.

Automotive vehicle & parts manufacturing, semiconductor, machinery, name it. Of course, many advanced & high tech parts e.g. industrial robot gear parts, sensor are still mostly made in Japan.

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Posted in: Thousands of S Korean church members quarantined over virus See in context

Obstinate, pig-headed & difficult. Anymore words to describe stubbornness?

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Posted in: Melting 'frozen memories,' AI helps Japanese recall war days See in context

Oh, the irony of those coming onto a Japan related website and complaining about news articles about Japanese remembrance of WW2 and the atomic bombings. If you don't like it, then don't come to this website. Incredible how this seems such a hard concept for some to grasp. I bet these same people would not complain if their home countries had constant reminders of how their nation dealt with world wars. Hypocrisy as usual.

Oh boy, i've to agree with this.

It is an irony (blatant hypocrisy), that the majority of weapons & military equipment produced are from the "Western hemisphere".

Japan, even China, & the rest of Asia (excluding the middle east) are relatively pacifist for the past few decades, compared to many "actors" & "agitators" from that very region. I wonder why.

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Posted in: 2 dead, 8 wounded in South Carolina nightclub shooting See in context

No longer news

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Posted in: Nissan executives face angry shareholders See in context

Serve you right Nissan!

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Posted in: S Korea to demand removal of Japanese sites from World Heritage list See in context

Hence Japan's neighbors can never forgive Japan

Funny. Japan's neighbors (& victims during the WWII) that would include Taiwan & a few other countries in East & Southeast Asia have pretty much moved on.

Even China doesn't dwell much or raise unnecessary complain to Japan regarding this for the past few years.

Because why? Because Japan did apologized continuously for the past half century thru its many statesman.

That'll leaves only......the sulking & ungrateful Koreans?

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Posted in: Hollywood mogul Steve Bing dies after falling from 27th-floor apartment balcony See in context


So money could buy you anything, or could it not?

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Posted in: Tesla signs 3-year pricing deal with battery cell maker Panasonic See in context

I'm surprised by the lack of comment on Tesla related news.

Well, they did really open the eyes of everybody on EV vehicle, but the challenge remains...

A true mass manufactured EV car for the common people around the globe (not just for the developed, rich countries).

While the benchmark currently is around (for those rich countries) USD 30,000, the real global price should be in the range of USA 10k to 15k. Then we'd be talking about EV replacing the conventional NA, fuel consuming car.

Good luck everyone!

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Posted in: Women sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coaches See in context

Well, well, well

2020 might just be the hardest year for the USA with Covid 19 disaster, George Floyd killing, racism & now this.....

And you add up the gloomy economy outlook, Boeing, "cheap" oil, risk of further trade friction with China etc....

Wait, they still have Elon Musk's SpaceX & Tesla..the only saving grace

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Posted in: Pandemic deaths in Japan low, but future success uncertain See in context

Corona mortality rate has definitely been proven to be equal if not inferior to flu... and it was determined also by and equipe of Japanese researchers! Wake up!

"....and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season" refer to

In less than half a year, before end of May, the USA covid 19 death toll already surpassed 100,000. Literally almost 3 times and at a shorter period than the flu's death toll. Link

I'm baffled by the unscientific & lack of fact-based statement by some of the commenters here.

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

Yeah, sure....if people want to believe these people...

Better Abe, than Trump, Boris & the likes...

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

What i'm trying to say is, there are multiple factors at play, that contributed to the fortunate current situation for some of those Asian countries (with 421 million population) & the same variables were making some western European countries (352 million population) at a disadvantage!

Positive factors

Face mask is already part of Japan, Taiwan, & Hong Kong culture

The majority of Asian countries are more accommodating to the lock-down/quarantine/stay at home order

I honestly believe the higher temperature & humidity also help slow down the transmission of the virus in some Asian countries (e.g. Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia)

General healthcare preparation & alert due to past global outbreak e.g Sars 2003, Swine flu 2009

Negative factors

The same temperature & humidity factor actually works in reverse for the European nations, because the virus thrive in lower (5-15'C) temp & less humidity

Older citizen make up a larger proportion of the population for the European nations

And most of these elders are in a concentrated nursing / care home, perfect breeding spot for the virus

Closer skin / human contact

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

Some perspectives

Data as of 14th of May 2020, 2.30 pm GMT per

Have a look a the data; total death, death per 1 million population for the following region & countries

*i'm deliberately excluding China & other less developing asian countries with questionable facilities (e.g. Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar)

**Total POPULATION** **Total DEATH** **Death per 1 million** (million)

A. East Asia

South Korea 51 260

Japan 126 678

Taiwan 24 7

Hong Kong 7 4

B. Southeast asia

Singapore 5.6 21

Malaysia 31.5 112

Thailand 69 56

Philippines 106.7 790

ASIA* TOTAL 421 1928 4.5


UK 66.7 33614

FRANCE 67 27074

SPAIN 47 27321

ITALY 60 31106

GERMANY 83 7861

BELGIUM 11.5 8903

NETHERLAND 17.3 5590

WESTERN EUROPE* TOTAL 352.5 141300 400!!!!

The Western European countries* have a 100 times more death per 1 million population than the selected Asian countries!!!

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Posted in: Coronavirus fears shut bars, borders; WHO urges world to ‘test, test, test’ See in context

Chip Star, hahaha, you never been to Chinese filthy wet markets, have you ?

Well, the majority of wet market in other countries doesn't have or nurture any strain of corona-virus, didn't they?

Wuhan wet market closes amid pneumonia outbreak

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Posted in: Putin approves changes allowing him to stay in power until 2036 See in context

A necessary move, as sanctions against Russia prove that the West wants to harm the Russian people and they need to stand united to defend themselves.

The delusion in this remark is very strong indeed. What are you smoking?

Oh, smoke from your username

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

That's 50% of the visitors to Japan.

That's gonna hurt.

There will definitely be a big decline in foreign tourist arrival in Japan for year 2020. Even the Olympics couldn't make it up for it, i reckon (if it is even allowed to go ahead!)

I am fed up hearing about what Japan did 50 or 60 years ago, we cannot change the past only learn from it and move on. Every country has their skeletons, every country and so look in your backyard to find your own and reflect.  There is no Garden of Eden anywhere in this world, and so, in this time of crisis everyone needs to pull together and respect the decisions of one another countries and pray.

The Korean government especially, is immature. They'll never move on (there is a political motive behind this, domestically speaking there, i suspect).

We have SB, still active as armchair all-Japan critic, & now we have SJ xD

Amusing to say the least.

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Posted in: Ukrainians hurl stones at evacuees from China See in context

Both the extremists from far left & far right group are ignorant & immature!

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Posted in: Over 50% of single Japanese women in their 20s struggle to make ends meet, survey says See in context

They are consider lucky, despite struggling, still be able to live in single & private rented house / apato.

Many young working adult (if not the majority) in the other developing Asian countries are living in a shared house or even room!

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Posted in: GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand See in context

Thailand is a stronghold for Japanese Automakers, & also a major base of trans-factories for their market in Southeast Asia.

Indeed, GM's global sales is in decline for the past 5 years. Sensible decisions when your volume go down by 25% for that period.

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Posted in: IMF urges gradual consumption tax hike in rapidly graying Japan See in context

I can say that for sure. That the IMF is much more flexible with Japan compared to other first world countries.

Japan is an economic powerhouse, one of the leading, technologically advanced country in Asia Pacific, & 'bigger" country than Spain, all aspects considered.

Of course Japan can "flex" its muscle much more than what Spain is capable of.

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Posted in: WHO names deadly virus from China 'COVID-19' See in context

Like the Spanish flu of 1918-1919?

100 years too late.

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Posted in: Japan is an anomaly among developed economies. The era of coal is ending, but for Japan, it’s proving very difficult to give up an energy source that it has relied on for so long. See in context

so materialistic

I can name at least 5 other developed countries/economies that fare far worse than Japan in this aspect

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Posted in: Brexit finally arrives Friday: A momentous yet quiet moment See in context

comedy value

Brexit has been a farce & low quality comedy for the rest of world too.

Northern Ireland and Scotland to leave the UK

Amen to that!

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Posted in: Apple's banner holiday-season quarter tops projections See in context

Apple is definitely a luxury brand in the developing countries

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Posted in: Brexit finally arrives Friday: A momentous yet quiet moment See in context

Under Brexit Britain will be smaller, whiter, older, less powerful internationally, less prosperous, less relevant, and provide fewer social services. On the other hand, they still have that silly, multi-billion dollar reality show known as "The House of Windsor."

Just roughly 100 years ago, the British Empire was still the largest of its kind before the 21st CE, actively involved in advancing science & technology (while at the same time plundering the resources of its colonies).

But now look at them. No longer a giant in technology or high tech producing country. Politically a divided nation, and seemingly at lost in global political stage.

But it is only natural. Nothing will stay at the top forever. It is cyclical.

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