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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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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

The time has come to arrest, lock up and interrogate the entire Nissan board. Seems like they have approved false financial statements, bought fancy houses around the world and lied to shareholders.

Watch how many confessions we'll get as those guys fold.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

The Tokyo prosecutors look more and more ridiculous each day. After all the wrong doing the media claimed Ghosn had done, they have not been able to lay a single formal charge. They just keep making new unproven accusations.

The guy grew up in Lebanon. Think he'll buckle? No way. Tokyo prosecutors you have met your match. Get your evidence before you arrest people, not afterwards.

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Posted in: Auditor said to have questioned Nissan on payments to Ghosn See in context

Nissan felt the noose tightening which explains those pathetic whistle blowers trying to save their necks and Saikawa's totally in-advised and increasingly panicky counter attack. Doesn't he know he is not supposed to comment on a criminal case currently under investigation, let alone proclaim the accused guilty as (not yet) charged? Compare this with Renault's silence. Ghosn has assembled an incredible legal team. One group will get him off legally and the other will prepare the biggest civil defamation suit Japan has ever seen: Ghosn vs Nissan. Renault will be able to buy the wreckage of Nissan for peanuts. What merger?

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Posted in: Auditor said to have questioned Nissan on payments to Ghosn See in context

Not so fast, semperfi. Ghosn was hired as CEO not as a tax accountant. If he can prove Nissan's accounting department approved these financial moves he is free and clear. It is their job to read tax codes not his. I suspect Renault knows this, which is why they have not fired him. This could backfire nastily on Nissan.

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Posted in: APEC summit ends with no communique as China, U.S. differ See in context


Everything you accuse China of was pioneered by Japan in the 1960s and 70s. It was copied and refined by S. Korea, speeding up the process, and then copied again more recently by China, speeding it up further.

This included state aid for big Japanese corporations combined with prohibitive input tariffs and cheap labour, with not a care for the environment. I remember the horrendous pollution in Tokyo when I first came in the 70s. There was a Japan-US trade war in the 80s with Toyota's getting smashed. Plus ça change...

It lifted Japan out of post-war poverty, followed by those Koreans and Chinese. That is a lot of people taken out of misery. The living standards in the West have not noticeably suffered over this period.

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Posted in: Kyoto aiming to disperse crowds to ease 'overtourism' See in context

The only saving grace of tourism in Kyoto is that they have all the tourists herded together in relatively few places. These places were always full of tourists, albeit Japanese before. So now they want to screw up the entire city and surrounding areas. Idiots.

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Posted in: BOJ lowers inflation forecasts again See in context

Raise the minimum wage and give lower paid workers money that they wiill spend, Abenomics raised stock prices but stockholders just hoard money. So of course there's no inflation except asset prices.

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Posted in: More affordable iPhone X model goes on sale in Japan See in context

Yes, hilarious, but people will still line up to get one. Drop by Bic camera and you can pick up a fabulous sim-free for under 30,000. This is the only country where Apple leads Android, because the most expensive item is always the most cool here.

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Posted in: Shikoku Electric restarts nuclear reactor See in context

Scrap it and move on.

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Posted in: China, Japan show united front on 'free and fair' trade See in context


Obviously you didn't read the article. It is full of positive developments. These 500 business agreements are all going to fail? I won't hold my breath waiting for that.

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Posted in: Japan, China to resume fleet visits for 1st time since 2011 See in context


Japanese administration of the islands is recognized internationally, but not its sovereignty over the islands. There is a big difference, please look up the meaning of these words. If Japan wants international acceptance of its sovereignty it should go to the ICJ and get it confirmed. Whether China accepts the ICJ ruling or not is irrelevant, Japan would have won the case. The US only very reluctantly and recently agreed to defend the Senkaku islands. They have never recognized Japanese sovereignty over them, at least not publicly.

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Posted in: China, Japan pledge to forge closer ties at 'historic turning point' See in context

@Dango bong

The US dealt itself out. That is what America first means.

Can't have it both ways.

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Posted in: Okinawan assembly votes to hold referendum on U.S. base move See in context

If these bases are so benign, then why is it that nowhere else in Japan will take them?

US bases are supposed to be good for local business, right?

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Posted in: Japan, China to resume fleet visits for 1st time since 2011 See in context


Relations with China turned sour because of Ishihara's idiotic and highly provocative proposal to buy the Senkaku's and make them part of Tokyo in 2012. This was followed by Japanese nationalization of the islands. China also claims the islands and Japan refuses to take the matter the international court of justice, evidently afraid it may lose.

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Posted in: After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world See in context


I doubt it. Have they been giving urine samples to everyone arriving from California then ?

Not on the flight I took from San Francisco earlier this year. Not even a question about dope on arrival.

Pot can be bought from shops all over the Bay area.

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Posted in: Around 70 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Since the war criminals were enshrined at Yasukuni the Showa emperor stopped visiting.

The current emperor has never visited and the emperor to be almost sure won't either.

Take that you right wing emperor worshippers.

Bravo post war emperors of Japan!

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Posted in: Men as the real victims? After Kavanaugh, #HimToo gains attention See in context

In Korea a senior provincial leader had his penis examined in a hospital to show it had no mole, as claimed by famous actress Kim Boo-sun. She has been making sexual allegations against him for years.

Time for guys to get a discrete tattoo down there for possible future cross-examination purposes?


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Posted in: What do you think of bicycling etiquette in Japan? See in context

The bicycle is the best method of urban transport ever invented. Here in Kyoto there are far more bikes than cars, thank god. Love the flexibility of legally being able to ride the wrong way on all oneway streets. Bicyclists here are mostly considerate and rarely have accidents. Amazing really when you see the 100s streaming into Kyoto university in the morning.

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Posted in: Kyushu Electric restricts renewable energy supplies for first time See in context

The way to store solar power is through plugin EVs. Most cars are parked in the daytime when solar peaks and can be recharged. They can put power back into the grid at night if needed. Japan had a lead with hybrids but has fallen far behind in PEVs since the government pushed Toyota to hydrogen.

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Posted in: Carmakers brace for shocks as electrified future looms See in context


Where do you think the hydrogen comes from? Electricity of course.

The Japanese government made a terrible call pushing Toyota and others into hydrogen. Japan may be rich enough to install hydrogen filling stations but the other 7 billion people on earth aren't. Most of them do have electricity and will install solar to charge their cars. Toyota is now scrambling in China to get into EV. They should have been the leaders given their headstart with hybrid. Thanks again Abe.

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Posted in: Japan swallowed voluntary export curbs in the past, so Washington may find this as an attractive option. But this is something Japan must absolutely avoid. I can't think of any sector in Japan that can replace its giant auto industry as a key driver of growth. See in context

Muto is right. On steel, Korea accepted a quota and Japan did not. Now Korean mills are idle while Japan has full production. Those tariffs are paid by the Americans, it is a new tax.

Plenty of US consumers will still buy Japanese cars even if they have to pay a tariff. Wonder which way they will vote next time.

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Posted in: Japan uneasy over Trump pressure on auto as summit, trade talks loom See in context


Really? So Washington is going to invoice US households instead of the importers to cover the tariffs? Man, you learn something new every day on the JT forum.

2020 is right. Those importers are US companies that supply US retailers. They pay the import tariff and pass it on to the retailer who passes it on to the US customer. The foreign company pays nothing. An import tariff is a tax on US consumers.

So today you did learn something.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Trudeau over 'false statements' See in context

Who is a reliable ally then? Japan? Thought they attacked you when you weren't looking.

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