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Posted in: Ghosn again asks for bail; promises not to flee, pay for security guards See in context

When in Rome, Carlos. When in Rome.

What Carlos does not get is the fact that he is powerless in his current circumstances. While he was King of Nissan he could bend 'Japan Inc.'to his will. He could walk over weirdo unspoken Japanese rules . And it worked. But he is now, right or wrong, in the grip of the MOJ. And the Ministry does not bend to any man's will.

He should just sign the dodgy confession, gain his freedom, then, like everybody else, recant his confession and prove his innocence.

Asking for an ankle bracelet and offering to pay for security demonstrates a certain.... disconnection from reality.

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Posted in: Vegas man convicted of bilking thousands of Japanese in Ponzi scheme See in context

I suppose when you consider the investors were hoping to profit from uncollected medical bills, you could argue they reaped what they sowed. Misery.

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Posted in: Singer ASKA arrested for drug possession See in context

Obviously dobbed in by a well meaning friend........

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Posted in: Japanese World Cup visitors warned about crimes in Brazil See in context

Typical Ministerial disconnect:

Japanese foreign ministry warned: “Crimes occur in Brazil at a very high frequency by world standards, including many organized crimes involving narcotics.”

Well, I guess that blows the Japanese Narcotic Connoisseur tours out the water. Those narcotics crazy Japanese soccer fans will be so disappointed.

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Posted in: Ministry outlines Japan's preparations to mobilize for 'propaganda war' See in context

AhHa! So MoFA is in charge of Japans PR. That's why Japan is viewed as a weirdo nation of panty vending machines.

I could recommend a PR firm in the USA that would turn Japans weirdo image upside down for $6,000 / month.

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Posted in: Another gas canister explodes in Sapporo See in context

There have been attempted bombings in Sapporo for YEARS. The Yosakoi festival has been the target several times.

Sapporo. Come for the nature, stay for the bombings.

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Posted in: U.S. urged to act after Boko Haram threatens to sell kidnapped Nigerian girls See in context

I see NOTHING has changed in Nigeria.

Still a nut-house being run by the inmates.

She said other women at the meeting, allies of Patience Jonathan including officials of the government and the ruling party, cheered and chanted “yes, yes,” when the first lady accused them of belonging to Boko Haram. “They said we are Boko Haram, and that Mrs. Nyadar is a member of Boko Haram.”

Meanwhile Patience Jonathan and her husband are stuffing their pockets with stolen money.

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Posted in: Honda to double number of models in China See in context

Japan is selling soooooo many cars in China right now that it is almost embarrassing. despite the NEWS reports that Chinese hate Japanese cars, the reality is that Chinese people, when faced with spending their hard earned money on a vehicle will, oddly enough, want the BEST VALUE. That equals a Japanese car. Seriously, Japanese cars sales jump every month.

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Posted in: Experts question ice wall at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

No. They are right. Cover the angry hot out-of-control-radiation anime character (Radioactive-Kun) with the cold snow anime character (Snowy Cold Kun). Problem solved. Radioactive-Steam-Cloud-Kun is your friend. yay!

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Posted in: Why is anti-Japanese sentiment remaining from the World War II era almost non-existent in countries like Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, unlike in China and South Korea? See in context

It all boils down to 'political profit'. If there is political power to be gained by waving the anti-japan flag, then some political hack will do it. In the above mentioned countries the opportunity never rose. That and, well, the Japanese were epic dicks in China.

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Posted in: Tax hike takes toll on auto sales See in context

A bit off topic, but the Japanese Govt. needs to deregulate the Kei car engine restrictions. Tiny hyper efficient engines will be a HUGE growth market in the future.

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Posted in: Japan lodges protest against China's seizure of Mitsui O.S.K ship See in context

Allow me to translate this from Schoolyard Bully to English:

The ruling could “intimidate Japanese companies doing business in China”, Suga said, adding that Japan was “deeply worried”.

= You win.

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Posted in: U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Emperor Akihito in Tokyo on April 24. Last time Obama met the emperor in Japan, in 2009, he shook hands and bowed, which upset some members in the U.S. Congress a See in context

Only if you are an idiot republican. What are the alternatives? Should Obama place his foot on the emperors head, fire a six shooter in the air and yell Yee-HaA?? Is that more to republican tastes??

Or should he show his intelligence and knowledge of the world by greeting a person in his/her own country in the tradition of that country.

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Posted in: Biggest threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites See in context

Whale meat has always been a 'meat of desperation' largely because........it does not taste very good. A society should be proud and celebrate the fact that they have developed and become wealthy beyond having to eat horrid smelly whale meat.

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Posted in: The building will be a success, but total demand won't improve. Osaka should try special economic zones and create new businesses from those zones. See in context

special economic zones are the best way of saying 'YES, we are a weirdo nation with all sorts of weirdo laws'.

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Posted in: Yakuza gang membership falls to record low See in context

Keep in mind; less thugs under the control of organized crime means more thugs running wild on the street. Say, for arguments sake, that X% of any population are born thugs. They have the thug gene. These people (and indirectly us, the populace) benefit from organized crime taking them under their wing and keeping them reasonably civilized.

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Posted in: Razzies pick Will and Jaden Smith as worst actors See in context

I saw it as well. I honestly thought Jaden was slightly slow. Y'know, not obviously, but a bit on the slow side. And as a revelation, I saw some scenes in a Yodobashi Store on a 4K screen. Wow! the special effects guys are going to have to lift their game, because the 'alien landscape' in Super HD 4H looked like long pieces of spray painted plastic sheeting (which it was).

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Posted in: Loss-saddled Sony to sell its Tokyo 'birthplace' See in context

There you go. A company that was one mans vision slowly sinking after his demise.

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Posted in: Man arrested for scalding 8-month-old daughter with boiling water See in context

What sort of mad man has 70c baths?? How does a bath even get up to 70c??

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Posted in: Gov't to lift evacuation order for Fukushima town on April 1 See in context

Aha! No irony in that date?

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Posted in: Suga rejects claims Japan lurching toward militarism See in context

Even if they do try, my hope is that they will be ineffective in implementing it as they are with all reforms. Most likely in the form of slightly weird AC style TV commercials with a badly named mascot with a name based on NATIONALISM: Ash-holeism, or Ash-holey or just Ashley. for example.

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Posted in: Nippon or Nihon? No consensus on Japanese pronunciation of Japan See in context

If the Japanese don't want to spend even more time explaining to foreigners that, NO, they don't speak Chinese in Japan, and , NO, mud-men don't live in Japan, they should NOT change the name of their country to Zippy Zippy Zippangu.

It is what it is. Japan.

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Posted in: Customers mourning slain dumpling boss to get free food See in context

No arrests?? Seriously!! No leads?? Nothing to go on??

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Posted in: Golden jump See in context

Frenzel played Akito like a chump. He let Akito hold the lead and just chilled in second spot, till, BAM! right at the end Frenzel poured on the juice and shot by the tired leader. How did Akito not see this happening?? Strategy, man, strategy.

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Posted in: Venezuelan president wants to talk to Toyota exec See in context

Maduro is really going for the gold in the Incompetent Leader Olympics. They'll probably Nationalize the Toyota plant and further crush it into the ground. Then blame Americans when it fails utterly.

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Posted in: NHK governor praises rightist's suicide in 1993 as glorifying emperor See in context

Interesting to note that the first thing you do when planning a fascist takeover is.........take over the media. First thing a Govt. does when war starts is.........take over the media. It's a technique as old as the hills.

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Posted in: NHK governor praises rightist's suicide in 1993 as glorifying emperor See in context

"What does it mean to be "right-winged" in Japan??? When I think of the Right, I think of the Tea Party here, is it the same?"

Yes. I imagine yourself utterly incapable of seeing both sides to an argument. Only seeing your side and completely ignoring any valid arguments. If you can do this, you are now Right Wing.

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Posted in: Gov't blames translator over Abe's World War I remark See in context

Speak English, man.

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Posted in: Japan's whaling ship gets halal certification See in context

Wow! So they might sell an extra 5 kilos a year of that foul, fatty, fish-stinky stuff a year. Maybe.

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Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife See in context

I'm awesomely happy with my wife (Japanese; for the record) and our relationship. We have a great life, a great future, 2 great kids, nice house on the hill, the list goes on and on. Sex? We do OK. We have 2 young boys so not a lot of energy left over at the end of the day. But we do get our freak on reasonably often. Fights? Hell yeah. But we get over it and move on. Marrying a Japanese woman, or rather this particular woman (irrespective of nationality), was the best move of my life.

I believe people create their own monsters.

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