highhope comments

Posted in: U.S. calls on Japan, S Korea to resolve isle dispute See in context

If Korea, Japan, and China can talk to each other, maybe the best solution is the joint offshore development of Dokdo/Takeshima and Senkaku/Daioyu. This is better than starting a war.

Very ideal resolution of the conflict. Do you think it is doable? Probably not... unless Japan sincerely apologizes, repents and compensates to some extent to Korea and China.

I think the main rreason whu Japan is so stubborn is their unwillingness to compensate. Already sinking economy may not have much reserve to do it.

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Posted in: Samsung to contest U.S. verdict in favor of Apple See in context

ubikwit, motorola is owned by Google.

Samsung case is a proxy for Google.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444130304577557002317780484.html?mod=rss_whats_news_us

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Posted in: Azumi says no decision yet on buying S Korean debt See in context

Yes, it is like the true story of a poor millionaire. The neighbor never imagined he was that rich when he was alive. He did not buy his own TV to save money but was peeking his neighbor's TV every evening through the window! His money ($ millions) was discovered in the closet after his death. Was he bankrupted or rich? You guess...

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Posted in: Samsung to contest U.S. verdict in favor of Apple See in context

I did not know the pinch-to-resize was demonstrated already in 2003.

It is called "Prior Art" that is a basis to refuse to grant patent. Even the method of doing the pinch-to-resize is different, the method has been used in other invention, it is not patentable. For example, lets say, I invented an electric shaving razor using a solar energe not the AA batteries, it is not patentable because solar energy has been used for heating the home boiler.

USPTO is capable as it has a good reputation but probably not when they are dealing with a powerful company. Watch out who was the USPTO officer granting this patent to Apple and where he or his wife is working. Working for Apple now?

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Posted in: Azumi says no decision yet on buying S Korean debt See in context

Does it mean that nations with higher rates than Korea are superior? Let me guess.

As usual, your thought process is too monotonous. One dimensional, I say.

10 yr govenment bond rates: Greece 25-35%; Italy 6.5%, Spain 7%.

Are these contries superior than Korea in terms of economy? Of course, not.

Japan: 0.8%. Is Japan superior than Korea? Yes, for now. But definitely not within 10 years.

You cannot determine the economical health of a country by the interest rates. You need to see many other index such as national debt. For instance, The Japan's debt is projected to be 239% of the size of its economy by the end of this year. http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/24/news/economy/national-debt-us-japan/index.htm

Eventhough the same sunshine, sunrise and sunset are not the same.

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Posted in: Samsung to contest U.S. verdict in favor of Apple See in context

Design patent infringement of a device having a shape of rectangles with round corners.... Hum....

First of all, how the USPTO (US Patent Office) granted patent to this vague too generalized design? Does the old style calculator have the same shape? What about the plastic credit card? Digital photo frame? An e-book? You see the USPTO was too lenient in granting this kind of design patent. Samsung should appeal to USPTO first to revoke this design patent.

Secondly, what about Motorola, Sony, RIM, HTC and others? they all infringed the design patent of rectangula round corners... They either have to shut down or pay loyalties to Apple. So, they will team up and appeal to USPTO.

Thirdly, design patents expire 14 years after the first disclosure of the design. Apple introduced Iphone in 2005, so it was probably filed 2 years ago in 2003. So it will expire in 2017.

Finally, If Samsung and other Android phone companies stop providing parts to Apple, the quality of Apple products will be much worse. Apple Inc. is like Nike. It does not manufacture or produce anything. It designs and develops the phone with softwares. But without hardwares, no softwares will function. You cannot cook a delicious meal with recipes alone. You need refrigerator, knife and dish plates for a nice meal.

Backlash against the verdict by the patriotic juries can be harsh.

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Posted in: Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple more than $1 bil in U.S. patent case See in context

For a short term, it is the victory for Apple. But for a long run, a great tragedy for Apple. Apple is like Steve Job who was not an IT engineer. He was a good designer. Without continuous innovation in technology, Apple will remain as an apple. It looks good tastes good but will get rotten.

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Posted in: Noda calls on S Korea to end 'illegal occupation' of disputed isles See in context

It is like a rich guy not investing on risky business. He just sits on his money. No need to show how much he has to a hungry and zealous neighbor.

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Posted in: Azumi says no decision yet on buying S Korean debt See in context

Thomas, I got that figure from C I A facebook. It is the purchasing power per capita GDP. Because the cost of goods are higher in Japan, it has to be adjusted to draw a true number. For instance, you cannot say J people are richer than Koreans because they can buy a big Mac for $7 in Tokyo while K people can with $5 inSeoul.

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Posted in: Azumi says no decision yet on buying S Korean debt See in context

The mere fact that people are buying at low low interest rates indicates the strength.

No. You get confused again. The very low interest rate (almost 0% in Japan) means no vitality. Nobody want to borrow money to start or invest business. They just keep the money under the carpet and take out $100 a week... Pathetic..

As soon as inflation hits in these countries, the "cheap labor" no longer becomes their competetive edge.

You are talking about China. The # of Chinease Fortune 500 companies is 73 in 2012 but was 16 in 2005. I think the gap between China and Japan will be even wider. Korean labor is no longer cheap. GDP per capita is $32,000 for Korea and $35,000 for Japan in 2011 when J-Yen has higher value for USD. Probably it will be reversed in 2012 and surely in 2013.

No, No No highhope. The difference between Korea and Japan is that Korea increased its foreign reserves to combat the possible downfall of KRW while Japan has accumulated their shares in order to bring their currency down.

You comment is absolutely wrong. Why, look at the China having 3 time J-reserve. China is unfairly trying to devalue Yuen.

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Posted in: Noda calls on S Korea to end 'illegal occupation' of disputed isles See in context

When I review some of Korean internet news, Koreans are pretty much calm about this now. But the Japanese politicians are banging the drum to make the noise louder. Why? Because there are nothing else they do. Every sector they touch turns out failure. Pension, econmomy, radiation, nuclear power, etc...They better be concentrating the well-being of their people.

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Posted in: Azumi says no decision yet on buying S Korean debt See in context

You're confused. You see, when a nation's soverignty bonds interest rate increase, this is not good news. It means that the country cannot raise money.

Nigelboy, you are the one really confused. You mixed up Korea with Greece, Italy and Spain. Moderate and stable interest rate is good for the nation providing adequate interest income to people and attracting foreign investment.

do you know how many Fortune 500 companies are listed for Japan versus Korea.

Yes, I know the # of J-companies in 2012 which is 68 and 13 for Korea. But was the # of J-companies 81 in as early as 2005 while Korea was not even listed? What about the profitability and employee strength? Japanese companies are still big as dinosaurs but many of them are struggling to survive now. The Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Elpida, etc are or were all big Fortune 500. You bet some of those companies will not exist in 10 years. In 2013, the landscape will be much more different. Without Kore3a and China, most likely Japan will not survive.

Do you know how much Japan has in foreign currency reserves?

Yes, I know. The F-C reserve of Japan is $1200 Billion and $ 3300 Bill for China and $230 Billion for Germany and $ 320 Billion for Korea as of 2012. The high reserve can be very liable especially when reserved with US currency (with the anticipating drop of its value).

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Posted in: Noda calls on S Korea to end 'illegal occupation' of disputed isles See in context

Japanese people respect the Emperor much more than they do to their politicians. It seems that Mr. Noda tries to show the J-people that he protects the Emperor. But in reality, he rides the Emperor's back. I think the emperor has severe stress now because of this. I think he likes this crisis involving him to be over ASAP becasue the responsibility and wrongdoings of previous emperor during the WWII will be exposed.

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Posted in: Azumi says no decision yet on buying S Korean debt See in context

Nigelboy overestimates his ability to convince others with rhetoric as much as Japanese politicians do with the downhill economical, political and military powers. Threatening Korea with the hint of not buying Korean government bonds? Let Japan banks buy more Japanese bonds with the less than 1 % yield instead of more than 3% Korean yield rate, raising the Yen value to 60:1 dollar! Already dwindling Japanese industries will lose more competitiveness to Korean international companies. When Japan lose automobile business (Toyota) to Korea (Hyundae/Kia), it will be the end of the game. Old success of Japan leads to arrogance which in turn leads to failure.

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Posted in: Noda calls on S Korea to end 'illegal occupation' of disputed isles See in context

A South Korean newspaper said Noda was trying a “diplomatic gamble” to shore up his dismal ratings ahead of an election his Democrats look set to lose.

Gamble? He surely knows that he will lose the next election no matter what he tries. Then why this riotous rhetoric? Sounds like Saving the Emperor's Face. But he forgets that the louder the noise, the lesser the Emperor's comfort.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

Nigelboy, I am not the reporter who can provide the source. But you cannot assume that anything does not please your taste is fraudulent.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

Nigelboy, please read this carefully.

Yoo Mi-rim, the director of the Korea-Asia Cultural Institute, said, “In 1902, the Korean Empire required the governor of Ulleung Island to levy taxes on any economic activities, including Japan’s exports of sea lions, on Ulleung Island and Dokdo.”

The tax evidence was recorded in an administration manual from 1902.These detailed enforcement regulations were recorded and enacted after Prime Minister Yoon Yong-sun approved the duty. The document is 10 pages long and has a stamp from the Prime Minister.

The tax regulations include charging 10 percent on any marine products and one percent on freight that enters the island.

The taxes on marine products usually applied to seaweed from Jeolla and taxes on freight applied to Japanese’s exports.

The evidence shows that in 1902, the Japanese started fishing abalone in Dokdo, and they began hunting sea lions in 1904.

In 1901, during fishing season in Ulleung Island, up to 550 Japanese stayed on the island and 150 Japanese resided there year-round.

A document from the Japanese’s Foreign Ministry details exports of sea lions, squid and seaweed in 1904 to 1905. In 1904, skin and oil from 20 sea lions were exported.

The amount of exports increased in 1905 with skin and oil from 411 sea lions.

Yoo explained, “The fact that Japanese paid taxes on catching sea lions means that they acknowledged Dokdo as Korean territory.” A pod of sea lions used to inhabit Dokdo, but they have now become extinct.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

Sory, wrong link.

http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2958069

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

Your comment basically is advocating taking territories by force in this current time. Does't matter how you take it. As long as you control and administer them now, right. Yes or no would be suffice.

http://mengnews.joinsmsn.com/view.aspx?gCat=030&aId=2958069

The document revealed that Korean government was the landlord. The tennant Japan cannot claim that the landlord took the land by force.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

A classic example of Korea's failed education in regards to their centuries of tributory state under China.

Nigelboy, please study the Korean history more in detail.

http://altaic-wiki.wikispaces.com/Korean+connection+to+Manchus

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-17/japan-s-korea-currency-swap-deal-put-at-risk-by-island-squabble.html

As above, Korean goverment does not care about the Korea-Japan currency swap because it is Japan that benefits from the currency swap keeping Japan currency from rising. Without it, the value of Yen will go skyrocketed to bankrup already fragil Japanese export industries. I think Korean government already calculated those effects ahead of time.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

Attention at what Lee's remarks has said Japan has no longer influences in the world

It is partially true. Japan still will remain influences in the world with culinary culture, my favorate sushi!

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

To conclufe , the Korean President directed his staff to mail back (via registered mail) the original letter that he read to the Japanese government in which it appears Japanese government will sign the registered mail.

If not, you know what is the destination of the unsigned registered mail after 2 weeks. The trash can.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

Uh, a little late, Washington.

The United States did a terrible job with Japan after WWII. While it encouraged Germany to pay reparations to Jews and Israel and tried German war criminals, it helped cover up things for Japan.

Clearly, the United States recognized that "Japan" would be limited to the four home islands and "some minor islands". But it was not clear. The United States should have stated that Dokdo and Diaoyutai were clearly not Japanese in the 1950s or 1960s at the latest. Also, it should have told Japan that the South Kuril Islands are taken by Russia and no longer Japanese.

Now, it's too late.

I quoted from other thread (by Sir-Edgar) here in JT. It is not the most diplomatic or reasonable country if Japan knows this fact.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea play hot potato with Noda's protest letter See in context

This kind of dispute between North Asian countries and Japan will be more common in the future as long as Japanese politicians overestimate Japan's ecocomical, political and military presence in the region. Instead of trying to position as if it is 1930, J-politicians should consider taking the position of Japan as if it is 2030.

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Posted in: U.S. calls on Japan, S Korea to resolve isle dispute See in context

*The United States did a terrible job with Japan after WWII. While it encouraged Germany to pay reparations to Jews and Israel and tried German war criminals, it helped cover up things for Japan.

Clearly, the United States recognized that "Japan" would be limited to the four home islands and "some minor islands". But it was not clear. The United States should have stated that Dokdo and Diaoyutai were clearly not Japanese in the 1950s or 1960s at the latest. Also, it should have told Japan that the South Kuril Islands are taken by Russia and no longer Japanese.

Now, it's too late*

Why too late? Can the US government tell Japan even now? It is never too late to learn!

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Posted in: S Korea wins another speedskating gold; Yoshii takes 5th See in context

Winter olympics used to be the sports of European countires, and the medal count of a nation is closely associated with the wealth of that nation. Asian countries, especially Korea, are catching up the Europeans'in economy, which obviousely reflects their enlarging wealth in speed skating, the sports always dominated by Europeans until now.

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Posted in: Sexless in Japan See in context

Hello, womanforwoman, I am sorry that I do not agree with you. The information I have given is very relevant to the human sex behavior. Can you tell me what aphrodisiac food you are quoting about? Even if it may briefly raise the testosterone blood levels after its consumption, by no means you can eat them almost daily like soy products. I am not discouraging those healthy soy food. I just quote the real fact that certain food is related to low sex activities among Japanese. I rather live a longer life having less sex than living shorter enjoying sex every day and night with help of testosterone injections. No wonder why Japanese live longer.. However, watch out! Japanese eat too much Tuna and Whale. The meat has high mercury content that again suppresses testosterone and sperm production and lowers sex drive and reproduction. You can easily google it to find out the fact. If Japanese cut down Tuna consumption, it may help sex life and produce more babies. 80% of world Tuna go into the mouths and stomach of Japanese, and then to their testicles and loss of libido... Is it the curse of Tuna or the natural balance? For the Tuna species to survive, less Tuna eating Japanese are preferred.

Why Japan has a dense population? It has nothing to do with sperm counts and hormone levels. A 90-year old man can make babies as long as he is given a chance to have sex with young woman in her peak reproduction age. Look at billionaire Kirk Kerkorian who is in his 90's and was in court dispute with his young ex-wife for the 3-year old daughter. If you have one active sperm, it has a potential to make a baby. The main reason why Japan has such a high population is that Japan is geographically protected from foreign invasion and enjoyed less wars and less human sacrifice and suffering, this nation has abundant seafood and rice due to humid climate. For rice farming, the number of children, the manpower,means their asset and property. They tried to produce as many as children in the past. Having been nomads in origin, Japanese adopted agriculture as there are not much prairies to roam as nomads.

In summary, Japanese food can lower sperm counts and testosterone blood levels, which in turn reduce the sex drive and reproduction rate. Those soy products (high in Estrogen chemicals) and Sushi, especially Tuna (high in Mercury content that lowers reproduction by damaging testicles) are examples.

A high population has nothing to do with sex hormone levels and low sperm counts because 90-year old Kirk Kerkorian who obviously has low testosterone could produce a girl 3 years ago. However, he could have used Viagra that does not increase the testosterone level.

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Posted in: Sexless in Japan See in context

Sexual desire can not be taught or learned because it is an instinct like appetite. So, the sexlessness among Japanese can not be explained by long and hard working hours or youngsters not given proper sex education. When time comes, it will be aroused, won't it? Then the real cause is physical. I agree with someone in the above who mentioned the low testosterone blood levels in Japnese men. Low testosterone means less libido, less aggressiveness and less ambition. When chemically castrated, sex offenders can not see women as sex target and he will not arouse sex.

I believe modern Japanese hard working urban life style lowered their sex hormone blood levels. Long sitting at school or at work while wearing those tight pants will impair circulation and raise the temperature of the testicles. Then the production of both sperms and testosterone decrease. Another reason is that Japanese consume too much soybeans or their products such as soysauce, tofu, etc. The soybean has estrogenic chemical that reduce testosterone hormone in the body. It is not surprising to see soy-eating Japanes male has lower male hormone level. But as a result, Japanese maen have less prostate cancer as there is a close relationship between testosterone and prostate cancer. Another theory is that the origin of nihonjin is northern China, Manchu, Mongolia and Korea where people were nomads. They used to ride horse, which caused lower male hormone production because long horse back riding squeezes testicles imparing their circulation. In fact, the reproduction rate among northern asian countries such as Korea and is less than 1.2 children per couple. Even underdeveloped Mongolia has the reproduction rate 1.4 per couple. I believe northern Europeans has low reproduction rate as well.

In summary, sex is not influenced by social environment. It is a human instinct, only controlled by sex hormone level.

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Posted in: Japan enters high-speed train sales race See in context

otherwise it can sell in Korea,Taiwan or vietnam

Again, it is the weakness of Japan not having the most updated infromation in the jungle of international business market. Korea is in fact the most formidable competitor for the high speed train market.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN2731564620080527?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

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