Harry_Gatto comments

Posted in: Trump proposes 'worldwide network' to counter CNN overseas See in context

Surely someone close to him has the balls to tell him that he makes a complete ass of himself almost every time he opens his mouth?

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Posted in: Trump proposes 'worldwide network' to counter CNN overseas See in context

Trump said he wanted a worldwide network "to show the World the way we really are. GREAT!"


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Posted in: Getting around the neighborhood by bike comes with plenty of rules in Japan See in context

I'm surprised that you needed someone else to point out to you that having a bike would be a good idea given that........

buying a bike wouldn’t just make getting in and out of work easier, it would give me a lot more free time before and after work,

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors: Scandal-hit 'third wheel' in Ghosn's alliance See in context

Here are some facts and background about the Japanese firm ................

I wonder why this article fails to mention Daimler - Chrysler's almost 6 year involvement with Mitsubishi Motors and the fact that Daimler still owns most of Mitsubishi Fuso?

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Posted in: Nissan CEO says staff feels 'dismay' at Ghosn scandal See in context

Ghosn, like all major executives, did not handle his own tax paperwork, it would have been way too complex considering he was paid by several different companies in several different countries. The paperwork was handled by his company appointed staff.

Burning Bush, if he can't even handle his own tax paperwork because it is way complex for him, how could he be qualified to run a business like nissan is beyond cronyism: it is corruption.

This is not about income tax, why do you keep on perpetuating this as though it is? Any high earner employs specialists to deal with personal taxation especially when it is as complex as Ghosn's; where is he tax resident, where is he domiciled, tax treaties between Japan and France for example, It's a very complex subject and for you to think that this "paperwork" is handled by his staff or even himself is ridiculous. Once again, this is not concerned with income tax.

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Posted in: Kelly denies underreporting Ghosn's salary See in context

Ghosn probably had no idea how much tax he was or wasn't paying. In fact he had to file taxes in several different countries receiving a salary from several different companies. His company assigned secretaries handled all the paperwork.

This has nothing (as yet) to do with his income tax, why do so many posters think it does?

I have been an ex-pat since the 1970s and have always known how much tax I have paid.

His tax situation will be complex depending on where he is tax resident, where he is domiciled and how he takes advantage of any tax treaties. A man earning his kind of salary will employ the right specialists to deal with his tax affairs and will certainly not use "company assigned secretaries" to "handle the paperwork".

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Posted in: Okayama music store transforms into hands-on bar at night See in context

Easy place to find, just along the street from the GGC German bar.

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Posted in: ANA reduces fares to and from Kansai International Airport See in context

The lack of preparedness at KIX was not only an inconvenience it was financially damaging for all those passengers that had to divert to Tokyo or Nagoya!

You do have a point but, the track of that typhoon was well-known and well-publicised for many days before it hit the airport. Had I been due to fly in or out of KIX at that time I would have made alternative arrangements. I know that not everyone was able to do that but I'm sure that many were.

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Posted in: Japan, Turkey to seek early conclusion of free trade accord See in context

Abe san should count his fingers after shaking hands with that guy.

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Posted in: Mother, 6-year-old daughter killed in car crash See in context

.......then the woman turning left is at fault,.......


A light car turning right was hit by a car going straight ahead.........

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Posted in: Drone delivery of newspapers tested in Hokkaido See in context

Did anyone notice that the drone can only carry one newspaper on one flight. 


A group flew a drone carrying 10 Hokkaido Shimbun newspapers

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Posted in: France's Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests over IS tweets See in context

She should be sentenced to 6 months working in Pauline Hanson's fish and chip shop.

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Posted in: 36-year-old father arrested for beating 8-year-old son to death See in context

In the process of raising three sons I initially believed corporal punishment was helpful but I have changed my thinking mainly because it has the risk of getting out of hand and escalating like all violence.

Very true; plus the fact that one day they will all be bigger than you :-)

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Posted in: 5 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan urge gov't to legalize same-sex marriage See in context

I personally know of several cases where major companies wanted to send their best and brightest to help run the Japan entity or to introduce the latest innovations or knowledge, but the employee declined or left early because they're spouse couldn't get a visa.

For you to know of so many cases of this most unusual situation is very, impressive. What was the primary reason that the majority of spouse visas were refused?

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant caps dinner price, and after that, anything you order is free See in context

That was just taking advantage, borderline greedy, not a pleasant trait in anyone.

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Posted in: 5 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan urge gov't to legalize same-sex marriage See in context

.......aid in their joint viewpoint that marriage equality should strengthen the international competitiveness of businesses in Japan by allowing them to recruit talent from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities worldwide.

"Opening marriage to LGBT couples would help to level the international playing field for companies in Japan," the viewpoint said.

Really? A measurable strengthening of their international competitiveness gained by employing LGBT people? Just how many LGBT people with the appropriate skills do they think are wanting to work in Japan but feel that they can't because their gay marriage isn't recognised in Japan?

Someone is dreaming or has an agenda.

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Posted in: UK's Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal See in context

............but Theresa May has to speak not just for the 52 percent who voted for Brexit, she has to speak for 100 percent of the country," he added.

Worth mentioning that 52% *of those who bothered to vote** *voted for Brexit and they represented only about one third of eligible voters.

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Posted in: Mother indicted after 1-year-old son dies after falling off electric bicycle See in context

(hell, they even have electric motors many of them)

Yes, I've noticed that too, many of those electric bicycles do indeed have electric motors.

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Posted in: London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit See in context

1.6 million people were clear in their votes to leave the EU..........

Only approx. one third of eligible voters voted for Brexit based on what they were being told at the time and some innate racism. However, now that so many people are beginning to realise just how much of a disaster Brexit is going to be, a new vote now that people are better informed of the consequences is necessary. If Brexit is still perceived to be a good thing then it will be reflected in the vote so Brexit supporters should have nothing to worry about.

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Posted in: JAL, Garuda Indonesia to codeshare See in context

Garuda Indonesia will also offer codeshare flights on select transpacific routes operated by Japan Airlines.

Be very wary of this when booking with JAL and carefully check who you are actually going to fly with.

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Posted in: Russians in UK spy case say they wanted to see cathedral; Britain calls it lies See in context

If these guys were "known GRU agents", why weren't the British authorities tailing them?

Come on, tell us the source of your quote.

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Posted in: Kono says Japan will accept more foreign workers See in context

+2 on the lady on the right. Elegant and classy.

That may be true but I'd need more than a photo before reaching that conclusion; Singaporean ladies can be a, let's say, a challenge. Listen to the lady on the left, she really is elegant and classy.

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Posted in: Osaka's tourism industry hit hard by typhoon See in context

Will the owners / captain of that tanker be held responsible for it crashing into that bridge with their insurance company paying for the repairs? They must bear some responsibility for being unable to control their vessel.

Is there anyone here familiar with marine rules and regs, insurance etc.?

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Posted in: The day after See in context

........did she really win or was it given to her? With the Ump acting the he did, makes you wonder?

Did you watch the match? She massively outplayed Williams, and she's smart enough to know it.

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Posted in: Big reward for Osaka fugitive draws yakuza interest See in context

Another Keystone Cops reboot...let's hope the 3 million comes out of the operating budget for that station, or the pockets of those on duty at the time.

Did you read the article? It said the reward was being offered by a company president.

Around Aug 25, an Osaka construction firm announced via an SNS that it would offer a magnanimous reward of 3 million yen for information leading to Hida's apprehension.

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Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever? See in context

Overalls/coveralls on women. They are about the least flattering an item of clothing a woman could wear.

Not always, it depends on who is wearing them, what they are made from and what she is wearing, if anything, underneath.

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

This may not bode well for Japan.

You mean Japan might have to stop importing all those American cars and trucks?

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Posted in: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self anything, what would it be? See in context

Who is Steve?

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Posted in: Hokkaido quake disrupts business activities, hospitals See in context

Power outages also wreaked havoc at hospitals, with an infant girl briefly falling into serious condition after her oxygen inhalator stopped.

A simple UPS on such life-support equipment would give them time to sort out a more permanent solution.

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Posted in: Hokkaido quake disrupts business activities, hospitals See in context

"What do we do then?" a worker asked.

You don't wait for "then", you do something about it now. Find some diesel, try a bus company, trucking company but don't wait until the generator stops before doing something.

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