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Posted in: Nissan to recall 150,000 cars due to improper checks See in context

I think this Nissan story has a long way to run.

Obviously it was badly managed company before Ghosn took over and once they started to make money again, they didn't know how to deal with this nice new income and have to cope with a pesky foreigner in charge.

I'll bet there were numerous people at all levels, quietly looking the other way when things were going wrong - hoping he would fall on his proverbial sword - while they somehow continued to make money.

Plus they make really boring looking cars.

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Posted in: Osaka to host 2025 World Expo See in context

Why all the negative comments? Kansai has stood under the shadow of Tokyo and to some degree Kyoto for years. This will give the city a chance to show off its talents and wonderful food.

Bampaku Koen is a wonderful legacy left from the 1970 Expo, there is no reason why this shouldn't do the same.

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Posted in: Mayor of Japan’s Conan town to Conan O’Brien: 'If you want the money, come visit' See in context

Alex Einz: "atleast someone is entertained by that egotistical , slapstick lowbrow american clown"

I think you are missing the point - that this is a wonderful distraction from the Trump shenanigans and it's nice to see something in the news that isn't depressing.

And I think Conan is mostly funny.

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Posted in: Keeping an eye on things See in context

Fourthly, why would they need to pray during this protest?

Muslims pray at the same times each day regardless of where they are. Also, I have seen plenty of Christians pray at rally's and public meetings.

I don't really have strong feelings on this subject but the rest of your post seems to be full of unnecessary negative comments.

These people aren't trying to cause a problem they are trying to make a point.

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Posted in: Hear Ye, Hear Ye! 'The Great British Weekend' is coming to Tokyo See in context

You can see why the Aussies call us whinging poms. I can't believe there is so much negativity.

Surely anything that helps promote the ol' country and includes some possible food pickings is worthwhile.

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Posted in: Asians talk about expectations for Trump's visit See in context

But my American friends have said that after he became president, their lives and the economy has gotten better.

Funnily enough, I have heard exactly the opposite. I assume this comment says something about who you are as much as your friends.

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Posted in: Kobe Steel's falsified aluminum data affects more companies See in context

I think we are at a tipping point for "Made in Japan" credibility. Airbags, steel, Mitsubishi cars, Tepco, Black companies, death by overwork, Olympus - I could produce a huge list of problem Japanese businesses. In recent months I have bought new products from Sony and Daikin that were made in Japan and failed in the first couple of months of service.

I have always been a bit suspicious of this credo that Japanese products were made to a higher standard. Toyota deserves its accolades but these days, I can't think of many other companies that are much different from European/US/Asian firms. There may have been a period during the seventies, but I think its now long gone.

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Posted in: Hikers advised to get insurance against mountaineering accidents See in context

The article sounds like an advertisement for the insurance companies. 2,500 incidents sound a lot but over 300,000 people climb Mount Fuji alone.

Every weekend I see thousands swarming all over the mountains (including myself) and for those who prepare correctly I suspect the amount of accidents is very low. The ones I hear about seem to be mostly older people who take unnecessary risks.

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Posted in: 19-year-old mother, 2 friends arrested over child abuse See in context

"That is how their cultures teach them to survive. Common sense does provide an obvious answer that fighting violance with violance is insane, if not dumb, but the calls for vigilantism and capital punishments for abusers and criminals are dominating all those forums. You can not expect the society to improve with such bloodthirsty average citizens."

A voice of reason - at last. I have come to the conclusion that most people just don't understand this concept - so violence will continue to prosper.

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Posted in: What to do about mindless smartphone zombies? See in context

Wow, what a bunch of wowsers. Most Go players are normal, considerate and just enjoying the fun of catching something while being outdoors.

The idiots have always been there in some form or another, but trying to wrap everyone up in the same "dangerous" category is nonsense. Put away your pitchforks, or save them for a corrupt politician or a nasty criminal.

This article is so full of dramatic statements, I have to assume it is just clickbait.

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Posted in: 2 youths on motorbike going wrong way on expressway killed in collision See in context

Sheesh, the outrage!

Yes, I would be outraged at the fact that my family could be killed or seriously injured by such idiots. I definitely did wrong things at 17, but trying to kill someone wasn't on my list.

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Posted in: Abe's wife tells U.S. audience about pain of political life See in context

At least she is trying and perhaps setting an example for other women in Japan.

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Posted in: 3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo See in context

I think some of you have never seen someone with serious post natal depression. It can make a mother do things which are almost unbelievable. These women need help. The Japanese medical system doesn't seem to cope very well and rely more on the family to support women with problems. I know it makes us all shudder with horror when we see stories like this, but my first reaction is total sympathy for the woman to have got into such a state to do such an awful act. Google post natal depression and you will see what I mean.

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Posted in: Australia, Toyota at odds over manufacturing halt See in context

Before we get stuck into the unions, Australia has not had a recession for over 18 years and if management cave into their demands its because they are furiously trying to get back into making huge profits. The car industry failed for many reasons and Toyota has been at great pains to point out its not because of the cost of their workforce (just look at the cost of labour in Germany and the many benefits they receive in that country). Its always easy to pick on the closest scapegoat.

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Posted in: Review: Tech in Galaxy S 4 doesn't come together See in context

@lostinnagoya LOL. Those poor people thinking they look smart with this oar-size phone...while they're actually seen as, well, poor people.

I presume you are a troll, or perhaps lost somewhere in techland? I switched from an iphone to the S3 and suddenly I can use smartphone features. The extra size makes everything you do online so much easier. I will leave aside the flexibility that I now have using android and that I am not constantly having to update my apps.

Oar size phone indeed. I am assuming you have never actually used one.

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Posted in: Two more U.S. servicemen arrested in separate incidents See in context

We have to remember the US Military has been willing to hire almost anyone for the last couple of years. There is a good chance that these incidents are carried out by people who would get up similar situations at home and could be close to the edge of the law in their normal life.

I would guess that most of the US Military in Okinawa are as embarrassed as everyone else by these events.

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