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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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Posted in: Lower house OKs record ¥101.46 tril budget for FY2019 See in context

Indeed there is absolutely no need for record defense spending. The Aegis missile system is being paid for on the backs of both the young and old. Only crazy right wingers dream of Japan fighting another war. This is the most peaceful time in this part of the world since the 1800s.

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Posted in: S Korea to work with U.S. and N Korea after failed nuclear talks See in context

Trump loves theatre and turns on a dime. He acts like a guy who storms out of a used car dealership because he didn't get enough discount. The smart dealer knows the customer wants the car and will be back soon enough. Re-election time is looming and Trump will be back to close the deal. Kim knows this.

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Posted in: Nuclear weapons on menu at Trump-Kim dinner See in context


Obviously you don't realize that Vietnam is also a communist/socialist dictatorship. Obviously it is at peace with the US or Trump wouldn't be there.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un arrives in Hanoi for summit with Trump See in context

Democrats will not win the next election by just fixating on calling Trump an idiot and ridiculing everything he does. No one is wrong all the time and to a lot of us non-americans living in Japan he may be getting this one right. I for one am happy not to have missiles whizzing overhead. Dems, stick with attacking Trump on him on his lunatic decisions like denying global warming and building the wall.

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Posted in: Expectations low as Trump looks for win in N Korea summit See in context

This is a typical anti-trump article posing as an objective assessment of the NK situation. Lemire hasn't got a clue about the situation on the ground and is obsessed by US domestic politics. The reality is that every small step that binds Kim closer to the outside world is a step away from war and towards peace. Give Trump some credit on this one.

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Posted in: Okinawa base referendum may deal nationwide electoral blow to Abe See in context

Abe is fixated on the Korean threat, so let's move this base to where it belongs, Yamaguchi-ken. Lot's of space so no need to destroy beautiful coral reefs. I am sure Abe's constituents will enjoy the extra jobs and American soldiers, and soon get used to the sound of jets screaming overhead.

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Posted in: Emperor thanks people for support during 30-year reign; urges Japan to open up to world See in context

In fact the photo just shows how ridiculously out of touch Abe is with everything the emperor has stood for. The communists are right: Abe wants to use the emperor for his lunatic rightwing ambitions. The emperor looks on with disdain.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor eager to use expo venue to host Formula One Grand Prix See in context

"cannot be seen anywhere else"

Sorry Yoshimura, try going to Montreal, they did this decades ago. Expo 67 on a man made island followed by a casino in the French pavillion and the Grand Prix du Canada around the island. Makes me wonder where you got the idea. LOL

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Posted in: Global coal phase-out raises viability questions about Japanese plants See in context

The Abe regime wants to restart nuclear reactors. To get the public to accept this they push forward the ridiculous proposal to open 50 new coal plants, flying in the face of global warming. They hope a panicked population will have to accept nuclear. We won't. We want renewable energy, from solar in Kyushu to wind in Hokkaido.

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Posted in: China could gain, U.S. lose from Japan-S Korea feuds, says Abe adviser See in context

Why do Japanese planes keep flying so ridiculously close to Korean military vessels without prior agreement? Do Korean planes keep buzzing Japanese warships? This is a dangerous game just asking for trouble.

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Posted in: U.S. airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists See in context

Why is the US involved? Has Somalia attacked the US?

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Posted in: Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies See in context

”China's ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies" is the title and theme of this piece.

In a previous post which the moderator said was 'off topic' I pointed out that

Japan is an ally of Canada (and certainly not of China)

Japan has remained silent and not supported Canada on this issue

The reason may be that Japan's legal system has more similarities with China than with Canada, eg the Ghosn case.

Expect Abe to get 'rallied' to support Canada at Davos.

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Posted in: No. of foreign tourists to Japan hits record high 31.19 mil in 2018 See in context

8.7% growth is in fact a terrible result if they expect 40 million they need another 30%. For 2014,2015,2016,2017 the number of tourists increased by 29%, 47%, 21%, 21% respectively. Tourism has peaked, started declining, and apart from the Olympics will continue in this direction. Thank god.


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Posted in: Brazilian consul: Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers See in context

A good movie to watch concerning the Japanese legal system and its detention centres is Kore-eda's marvelous thriller The Third Murder. It won 4 Japanese academy awards. I hope they bring a copy of the book for Ghosn.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn to be served with fresh arrest warrant See in context

The new accusations are the same as the old ones just for different dates. Obviously they should have included the full period in the original arrest warrant. I fully expect the Tokyo court to deny this outrageous cynical abuse of the justice system.

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