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Posted in: 5 of Japan's most remote islands and how to explore them See in context

I really don't see the point of this kind of article. Does it really serve anyone's purpose (especially the islanders) to have hoards of foreigners trampling all over these magnificent places? The islands are there and people can find them for themselves if they make their own efforts. But please think twice before destroying them.

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Posted in: Toyota, other automakers says Trump's Mexico tariffs would cost billions See in context


Did you read the article? US consumers will pay several thousand dollars extra for each car they buy. That is what you call "profit"? I call it a tax. Ditto for all the other Trump tarrifs.

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Posted in: Abe, Shanahan agree to bolster Japan-U.S. alliance See in context


"... fighting for freedom"!

When did Japan ever do that?

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context


China must be burning with envy... they took the absolute wrong approach to Trump...

Are you kidding?

Nobody in the world bows lower to Trump than Abe and the Japanese population will not forgive him for this disgrace to their wonderful sport of Sumo. Japanese culture cannot be traded for automobile tariffs.

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context

This was a complete disgrace for Japan and Abe looked like a smiling idiot as Trump fell asleep. The ridiculous security presence and the fact that it was all about Trump instead of a serious sports event defiled tradition.

The Sumo society came to the rescue of Japan's honour by arranging things so that everything was decided yesterday. Both Goeido and Kakuryu took one for the team by losing yesterday, so that Asanoyama could win.

Earlier in the tournament the referees wrongly gave a win to Asanoyama against Tochinoshin to ensure that the former (Japanese) unknown wrestler won the tournament.

Today was an exhibition match.

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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context


Well Renault has again renewed efforts to merge Nissan under a holding company structure, who will the prosecutors arrest now ?


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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context

The fools, they locked up the wrong man.

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Posted in: Trump tells China: Trade deal now or it will be 'far worse' after 2020 See in context

That wasn’t my point. I know that and you’re making my point for me Why China can’t go on doing what it’s doing and trying to pawn off American products as their own.

Do you seriously believe this is what Hwawei is doing? They are miles ahead in 5G and it is the US that is playing catch up in an area which it used to dominate, using every dirty trick in the book.

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Posted in: S Korea's latest big export: Jobless college graduates See in context


Schopenhaur's original post had nothing whatsoever to do with the issues you mention. He was talking about comfort women. pan-pans and the like which have nothing whatsoever to do with the original article either. Surprised the moderator lets him get away with it.

My point is that in the EU there is nothing newsworthy about workers from one country working in another, that is what the EU is all about.

By the way lots of beautiful talented Japanese women and men have moved to SK to join the K-pop industry. I admire them too. How about you Schopenhauer and T(r)iring?

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Posted in: S Korea's latest big export: Jobless college graduates See in context


Sorry, but what is your point?

This is a wonderfully positive article. Japan and (unified) Korea could be the Germany and France of an Asian economic block to balance those of the EU, US and China. Yes, Japan could be the equivalent of Germany in the EU. Don't call me a dreamer. I have lived through the unification of Vietnam, death of apartheid and rise and fall of the Berlin wall.

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Posted in: Would you like to see Emperor Naruhito visit South Korea at an early date? See in context

His father said he wanted to go but the government wouldn't let him. Probably the same applies to Naruhito, but I am sure he will try.

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Posted in: S Korean visit left as unfinished business for new emperor See in context

Wrong again. Government makes the decision where Emperor goes or does not go outside Japan. 

Thankfully it doesn't decide where he goes inside Japan, and, like his father, one place he'll never go is Yasukuni jinja.

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Posted in: U.S. might opt for quick agricultural trade deal with Japan: Perdue See in context

Before agreeing to anything Japan should demand the immediate removal of Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum. This is the reason neither Canada nor Mexico has ratified NAFTA 2.0

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Posted in: Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S. See in context

but never seen Canadian? For that matter Canadian anything?

Not sure where you live but I see Quebec maple syrup in every supermarket in Kyoto.

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Posted in: Trump pressed Abe to have Japan build more vehicles in U.S.: Hagerty See in context

All Trump has done since coming into office is break deals and other international agreements. Anyone can do that. He hasn't made a single new deal. The closest he got was Nafta 2.0 but none of the countries have ratified it. Japan should just dig in and wait it out while US farmers fume.

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Posted in: Abe plays balancing act between China, U.S. See in context

Sumitomo and its partners spent $US 1 billion dollars to revive the Molycorp rare earth facility in the US as a counter to the Chinese ban, only to have the Chinese ruin their investment and ended up selling it to a Chinese controlled entity for $20 millions. Is tgat a sustainable partnership?

No, it is just another example of a big Japanese company making a terrible investment and losing nearly a billion dollars (if your numbers are correct).

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Posted in: U.S. seeks quick deal on tariff cuts with Japan See in context

Apart from Abe, I doubt anyone else in Japan is in a hurry. America backed out of TPP, now it wants back in to the parts that favour the US. LOL

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Posted in: Far-right parties kick off campaigns for European Parliament elections See in context

Has Italy ever thrived? It's always been seen from outside as a bit of a mess

Most think the renaissance is the foundation of modern western culture and civilization. Ever heard of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Galileo and so on?

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Posted in: World's first 5G phone released in South Korea See in context


Apple is looking like a dinosaur. 5G is still 2 years away and folding screens still on the drawing board.

Still Japanese people like to think they are not buying a Chinese or Korean product. Check to see where it is assembled and where the parts come from.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

Mrs Ghosn is now prohibited from leaving the country even though she has not been charged with any crime. I believe this is called kidnapping.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

Wow, great post Chip Star, you really nailed it.

Germany is Europe's de facto leader while Japan remains friendless and mistrusted in its own backyard.

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Posted in: Japanese refiners unlikely to import Iranian oil from April See in context

The article doesn't question why Japan needs US permission to import oil from Iran. As far as I know Japan has not invoked sanctions on Iran.

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Posted in: Court turns down Ghosn's request to attend Nissan board meeting on Tuesday See in context

@Akie wrote

"Do you think that Trudeau would be arrested when he visits Japan at an airport if Abe made a request and only a request ?"

This shows you have not the slightest idea what is going on. The correct analogy would be whether US police would arrest a Canadian businessman at a US airport if Japan had issued a warrant for his arrest and requested extradition to Japan. The answer is yes, of course, because the US and Japan have an extradition agreement.

Japan's legal system dates to the Meiji revolution in 1868 whereas Canada's to at least the 1700s, so Canada's is at least twice as good as Japan's, right?

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Posted in: Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of See in context


LINE chat is end to end encrypted (each pair of users has a unique. key) so it does not matter where their servers are located. It is a concept pioneered by Blackberry for email. Completely unlike Facebook messenger and Gmail for example.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to lower mobile phone fees in Japan See in context

Precisely. A great Android sim-free phone can be bought for 3-4 man. Then a IIJ sim card will give plenty of data for 2000/month.

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel: study See in context

@Will Goode

I believe this is is why Germany and China are moving rapidly to EVs.

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Posted in: U.S. threat looms over foreign firms trading with Cuba See in context

You're not kidding it irks the US: fee education at all levels, free medical care and in spite of not being able to trade with its huge neighbour, a life expectancy that rivals the US. As mentioned above, a wonderful place for a vacation (Americans have been sneaking in on direct flights from Canada for years)

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Posted in: Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks See in context


Same policy as the LDP have followed since the 60s then: gaman.

Better than messing with the constitution I guess.

I am afraid the upcoming US-Japan trade talks, which you do not mention, may throw a spanner in the works though.

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Posted in: Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks See in context


For sure the US is Japan's closest ally, that is because it is Japan's only ally. Sadly over 50 years of LDP rule has ensured that absolutely no one else trusts Japan. If indeed the US does - look up the 5 eyes. Hint: Japan is not one of them.

The US has plenty of allies. It belongs to the 29 nation NATO which of course contains that other WWII villain Germany. This is not to mention ANZUS on Japan's doorstep. The 5000km border with Canada makes it far more important for US security than distant Japan.

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Posted in: Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks See in context

Being essentially one big US military base makes Japan one big military target and doesn't make me feel any safer in the least.

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