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Posted in: Record 16.6 mil foreigners visited Japan in 1st half of 2019 See in context

Takeaway from article:

Japan, be nice to foreigners! We come bearing gifts (money)!!

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Posted in: Hokkaido ski resort tackles growing tension between Japanese, foreign residents See in context

The language complaint is exactly why I encourage every person to learn at least three languages. The world is too globalized not to.

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Posted in: Hokkaido ski resort tackles growing tension between Japanese, foreign residents See in context

The fact of the matter is both sides need to try to integrate a little harder. This article reveals quite a bit of rigidity by both Japanese and foreign residents, each wanting the other to be ‘more like us’. I would encourage foreigners to commit to learning the local language. Not everyone speaks English nor should they be expected to. And Japanese must come to terms with the fact that Japan will undergo changes more and more as foreigners support the population shortfall to support the economy. They may not realize it, but these two groups need each other. Be flexible and evolve Japan together.

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Posted in: Marvel's first openly trans actor calls for more portrayals See in context

Barack is speaking up for people who share his experience- and there’s nothing wrong with it. If you have the slightest intellectual curiosity, you will want to hear his opinions about better representation in Hollywood for transgenders. He is not promoting non-objective truths because humans are much more complex than just the genders we are born into. Nature does not operate in strict binary terms. It operates in a continuous spectrum to achieve maximum diversity.

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Posted in: Soccer star Rapinoe says she's a proud American See in context

I see a lot of people downvoting praise for Rapinoe. Well - you can downvote this!

I love this woman! She walks the walk, plays to win, and doesn’t sell out on her values as a patriot of truth and justice. She’s an athlete who is not going to turn a blind eye to the bigotry shown by Trump and his administration. And she’s bold enough to stand behind her beliefs! That’s a winner!!!

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for scarf blowing onto Queen Elizabeth II at polo See in context

What is there to apologize about to the public. Just apologize to QE at the time it occurred. There are much bigger issues in the world.

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Posted in: The Carlos Ghosn case – the return of Japan Inc See in context

Well stated. And well timed before the G20. Japan Inc. is back and this mentality is not healthy for Japan. It leads to xenophobia.

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Posted in: Graffiti found on stone wall near emperor's residence See in context

There are a number of places in Tokyo with graffiti. Is the idea to keep the Imperial family in a complete bubble from the realities of society? Not sure why this is newsworthy.

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Posted in: Trump spoke privately about ending Japan defense treaty, Bloomberg reports See in context

Although some people in Japan may be cheering, the mere consideration that America might withdraw military presence from Japan and end the defense treaty sends resounding signals to China that Asia is theirs for the taking. By circumstance, Japan would be forced back into developing a large scale military, well beyond their current Self Defense Force. And no matter how unpopular, the Japanese government would likely develop a nuclear arsenal to counter threats from China and North Korea. Maybe Donald should stop playing golf and start playing chess. Because this is a Bad chess♟move!

This is why you don’t put a “business person” in the most senior public office with no political experience at all!!! ONE major mistake can have looong lasting consequences.

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders OK governance steps, Saikawa remaining CEO See in context

Nissan is now without its rain maker, Carlos Ghosn. The controversy should have never gone to court. It should have been flagged and addressed as an internal audit issue (assuming the charges are even valid). The arrests were unnecessary. But now that Saikawa has taken the firm down this path, Nissan will need to deal with the fallout for years to come.

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Posted in: Japan Post Bank to cap int'l transfers to counter money laundering See in context

From my experience, money transfers or invoice payments to recipients outside of Japan is highly discounted by Japanese banks and accountants, not for reasons of money laundering, but to simply keep the transactions within the Japanese economy.

This appears to be another attempt to limit overseas remittances, quite popular among foreigners particularly from emerging nations like the Philippines. With Japan’s growing population of foreigners to support a declining Japanese population, the trend of overseas remittances is likely to grow significantly.

One alternative we may see people taking to skirt transfer limitation is to use cryptocurrencies. Stable coins will become the quickest, least expensive and most convenient way to transfer money or pay invoices out of Japan.

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

Jennifer, scientifically speaking, Japanese is not a race. It’s a population and nationality. To say Japanese is a race implies that Japanese are genetically very different, yet they are not.

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

Japan has always been a fragile nation, ever balancing its demand for economic resources with human productivity. But Japan grew up too quickly since the Meiji Restoration and particularly since 1950 — resulting in excessive work, repressed social interactions and significant industrialization layered on an underdeveloped political and financial system. The tipping point came with the burst of the Bubble Economy that has since pushed Japanese society well out of balance. The impacts appear in the form of hermit adult children, a low interest to marry or have children, high suicides, low salaries, and a declining fecundity. Japan will need to make hard choices to achieve balance — but the choices are ones Japanese wish not to make (relaxing immigration, treating women as equals, and allowing for work/life balance). Japan’s love for tradition has been its own worst enemy and this is why Japan is rushing toward “people zero.”

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

This is a simple economics problem. Tourists bring tourists money. They also bring many years of habits that will not change overnight. If Japan wants tourists, Japan will need to take the good with the bad and accept tourists’ habits barring those that may break the law.

If New York can handle the millions of tourists visiting Manhattan each day, then Japan can learn to handle them too.

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

Yokohama has been operating its automated trains for many years. This is unusual to hear and raises questions about its software. For instance, weren’t there fail-safes in the software to avoid crashing into the bumper post? My concern is that the software was not robust enough to handle this type of situation. Having worked with many engineers in Japan, I was often shocked by assumptions Japanese software engineers would make, such as assuming a system should never get confused, therefore, they felt no need to program for such edge cases. Time to take a second look at the software and plan for the unexpected.

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Posted in: Japan beefs up measures against workplace harassment See in context

Too little too late! Japan needs to get serious about workplace harassment and institute clear penalties for offenders. It’s hard enough for victims to speak out. Having no strong response to harassment makes it harder.

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Posted in: No gender bias in pass rate for Tokyo Medical University exam after scandal See in context

This is atrocious! For over 10 years, women applicants have been having the chips stacked against them. The amount of effort invested to sit for the exam cannot be recovered. And the impact to the careers of these women is non-trivial. I am a strong supporter of career advancement for women. This is yet another example of what women face and have been facing for centuries around the world. We need to bring an end to this behavior now! Culture is no longer an excuse.

Furthermore, the offered compensation to those cheated of their accomplishment is an insult! TMU conducted a criminal act and should be sued by all the disenfranchised women.

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Posted in: Empress Masako conducts 1st official duty in new capacity See in context

“An adjustment disorder?” She does not have a disorder! She has been reacting to the daily pressures from the Imperial Household Agency dictating practically every move she makes, including how much time she can spend with her own daughter! That would make any parent extremely frustrated and depressed. Not to mention the stress from people telling her when and how to conceive a male child with a person she declined twice for marriage. With her lever of intellect and education, I would say she’s reacting quite normally.

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Posted in: Nissan profit nose-dives 57.3% See in context


You’re not looking ahead far enough:

“Yokohama-based Nissan said profit for the fiscal year through March 2020 will drop to 170 billion yen ($1.5 billion), as its earnings are slammed by restructuring and product development expenses combined with currency-related losses and rising material costs.”

It’s already difficult for car companies to survive in this globally competitive auto industry. With projections of further profit declines coupled with rising expenses, other car companies will eat Nissan’s market share for lunch. Unless current executives use similar tactics as Ghosn (which current executives appear to criticize so heavily), Nissan will simply run out of gas!

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Posted in: Nissan profit nose-dives 57.3% See in context

Saikawa says that he will recover the company in 2-3 years. At this rate of fiscal degradation, will there be a Nissan to recover in 2-3 years?

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Posted in: Nissan profit nose-dives 57.3% See in context

As it was in the beginning it shall be in the end. Nissan was once rescued from bankruptcy only to now accelerate itself back to fiscal turmoil after ousting it’s savior and visionary. It shows that despite all of Ghosn’s efforts, Nissan could not be saved from itself, its nationalist ideologies, and its blindness by emotion over business logic. Nissan will go down in history as one of the most intriguing business case studies ever!

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Posted in: Japan's working population drops further See in context

And in terms of Japanese productivity, this isn’t necessarily keeping pace with the rest of the industrialized world. Japan still performs many job functions manually and is slow to overhaul its offices with software. No matter how hard Japanese employees work, their productivity cannot keep pace with automated systems and software being used in industries. Japan’s attempt to use humanoid robots in offices, such as Asimo and HRP4C, has not translated into real productivity gains. Japan’s inability to address productivity with appropriate technology has missed some crucial opportunities to reverse the effects of its aging and retiring population.

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Posted in: Japan's working population drops further See in context

Japan’s indigenous population is not only trending toward zero, it’s accelerating to zero. Japan’s fecundity has already been below the replacement rate, where in 2010, Japan was approaching the point of no recovery. Now we are finding that Japanese homosexual virginity rates are rising, further exacerbating the indigenous population decline. As a result, Japan is reluctantly opening the doors to foreign immigrants, but these adjustments may be too little too late. We can predict that over 100 years, Japan will become a nation made up mostly of immigrants in order to remain economically relevant.

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Posted in: Japan's working population drops further See in context

The fact of the matter is, Japanese indigenous population is declining at an increasingly faster rate.

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Posted in: France respects Japan's judicial procedures regarding Ghosn: Le Drian See in context

Japan’s judicial system is the vehicle by which Carlos Ghosn is being tried. If it is unjust, then it certainly is on trial as well. All humans (as well as other animals) have a sense of fairness. When someone is accused, we expect fairness through a just judicial process, where everyone has his/her day in court. As a first world nation, Japan exhibits a third world judicial system - a holdover from the Japanese feudal period. Anyone exclaiming that Japan is sovereign miss the point that universal fairness is being ignored. You cannot have fairness when you have a prosecution that uses psychological torture techniques and endless arrests during an ongoing investigation, yet justifies these acts by claiming it has “concrete evidence” vetted by no one other than the prosecution.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife leaves Japan to appeal to French gov't; prosecutors want her questioned See in context

We need to take a step back from the speculations. This is supposed to be an investigation where any evidence found is shared with the defense attorneys in preparation for a trial, and where the defendant is free to confer with legal counsel regarding such evidence. This endless cycle of rearrests based purely on suspicion is unjust (not to mention the unfair treatment of the accused while arrested). The prosecution’s use of the phrase, “we have hard evidence”, is a clear indication that the prosecutor alone determines what is incriminating. We must ask ourselves, “hard evidence vetted by whom?” Did the defense have an opportunity to review the evidence? Did both prosecution and defense have an opportunity to present evidence before a judge? This lack of judicial review and freedom to make arbitrary arrests amounts to a “hostage justice” system and one not interested in fairness.

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Posted in: Ghosn to be released after court rejects prosecutors' appeal; bail conditions revealed See in context


The Japanese judicial system only works for convicting people, regardless if the person is innocent or guilty. If you don’t care for democracy or the fairness of a judicial system, then you might find it attractive because of Japan’s low crime rate. But if you care about fairness and human rights, the Japanese justice system is unacceptable as a democracy.

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Posted in: Ghosn to be released after court rejects prosecutors' appeal; bail conditions revealed See in context

Ghosn was wise to change lawyers. The Japanese justice system desperately needs changing. Going to the UN was brilliant. It escalates the matter beyond a national legal procedure to an international human rights matter.

As the saying typically goes, in Japan - the nail that stands up gets hammered down. Ghosn has truly defied the odds. Ghosn is truly the nail that stands up!

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Posted in: Court approves Ghosn's release on ¥1 bil bail See in context

Akie and Hiro,

Ghosn is first of all paying an enormous bail because he deserves his freedom. Anyone can understand that. On top of that, he will see his family and his family can see him. Being with family is a major source of emotional strength for all of them as they negotiate through this ordeal. And finally, he will be able to work more closely with his defense team in preparation for the trial.

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Posted in: Court approves Ghosn's release on ¥1 bil bail See in context

I am glad to see that Ghosn has secured bail. Of course this is not the end of his legal challenges, but this is a huge victory for the larger battle against Japan’s unfair “hostage justice” system. I hope this sets a precedent for future cases and increases both internal and external pressure on the Japanese justice system to do away with such lengthy detentions. No matter what you think of Ghosn, he has not only turned around Nissan from bankruptcy, he appears to be in the process of changing Japan itself. Remarkable!

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