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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

This decision is not data driven. What in the data is telling government officials it is safer to open schools now than it was a few weeks ago? In fact, it’s just the opposite. Schools are being reopened during a time infection rates are increasing, so much so that Abe will announce a state of emergency.

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Posted in: Trump says toughest weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads See in context

From Coronavirus being a hoax to being under control to this will soon be fixed to toughest days ahead, we clearly have a POTUS who is clueless and has no idea what to do.

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Posted in: Robot graduates See in context

This is nothing more than foolish optics.

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Posted in: Fukushima farmers looking forward to Olympic torch relay See in context

In our global economy, any nation not taking this problem seriously is a threat to every other nation. Japan, where is the leadership?

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Posted in: IOC to start 4 weeks of discussions on Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is not complicated. COVID-19 continues to be a growing threat for the entire world. The Olympics need to be postponed so we can focus 100% of the world’s attention to solving this problem.

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Posted in: IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows See in context

This is a global sports event facing off with a global pandemic. What gives? The Olympics must give way to human health and safety. Holding the Olympics puts so many people at risk (spectators, athletes, and Olympic officials, not to mention those who come in contact with these individuals). And it takes vital resources away from fighting the viral spread today. Moving forward with the Olympics makes absolutely no sense. It undermines everything countries are doing to flatten the curve. It forces athletes to take risks now by training in large teams. And it stresses already overwhelmed healthcare facilities in Japan and abroad. If enough elite Olympic athletes speak out against holding this event, the IOC and Japan will need to relent.

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Posted in: Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies See in context

People may stop hoarding when Trump stops giving misinformation. His misguided advice and misinformation is creating markets to react. People will continue to hoard for as long as they are hunkering down and outlets are closing.

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Posted in: Abe requests event cancellations for 10 more days See in context

Yet the Olympics is still a Go! Full steam ahead!

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Posted in: Confirmed coronavirus patient in Aichi told to go home, goes bar hopping instead See in context

Oh good grief!

The world will never get a handle on this virus if people are so cavalier about it. The doctors should not need to spell it out when they say, “go home!” ( meaning, go straight home and avoid contact with any human being).

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Posted in: Nissan net profit plunges 87% for 9 months to December See in context

I remember when Ghosn started with NISSAN and the company was near bankruptcy. The company exhibited the same tendencies as now: blaming everything and everyone. Ghosn would had none of that and disciplined his meetings to stop the blaming and focus purely on the numeasurements. NISSAN has run away the very solution to it’s problem. Now, NISSAN is back to it bad habits and blame game. But this time it won’t be saved.

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Posted in: Nissan files ¥10 bil damages suit against Ghosn See in context

Yawn!

If Nissan handled this internally through accounting and internal audit, then Nissan would continue to have healthy profits and a trusted brand. Instead, Japanese Nissan managers were more interested in making a point about Japanese nationality by bringing in Japanese prosecutors.

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Posted in: A Saudi look at Japanese arts See in context

Is this news? Two individuals who happen to be Muslim are photographed at an art exhibition and that’s considered news?

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Posted in: Ghosn used Nissan-Mitsubishi venture to inflate pay: lawyers See in context

Good grief, Nissan! Put an end to the leaks and send Lebanon your evidence (before the deadline expires) if you really want to try Ghosn in a court of law. Resorting to ‘he said/she said’ is futile and does nothing to improve your company’s image.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for slashing items in clothing store See in context

Was she terminated from her role and served a lawsuit for damages?

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Posted in: No. of court interpreters falls in Japan despite increase in foreign defendants See in context

I’ve worked with real-time interpreters in Japan and must admit they can be incredible people. The truly professional ones take their jobs very seriously. The work is extremely stressful as people’s lives and big business can ride on the accuracy of their translations. And the work is quite mentally taxing. I object to not paying interpreters for the preparatory work they perform prior to an interpretation. It often requires interviewing the main speakers and reading volumes of documents to gain context.

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Posted in: Fears of new virus trigger anti-China sentiment worldwide See in context

Let’s stop the madness of discriminating against Chinese and Asians. This is a regional virus that must be contained. Chinese nationals are just as worried about infection as everyone else, so not only is discriminating against Chinese and Asians wrong, it’s unscientific. Viruses can start anywhere in the world and do not care what its hosts looks like. If it spreads, anyone can potentially contract it, meaning xenophobia won’t help you. Only logical medical practices are the solution.

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Posted in: Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Ghosn, 3 Americans over his escape See in context

The Japanese prosecutors are confused. There’s no misunderstanding about jumping bail. Ghosn knows that it was illegal and has no intentions of returning. No new revelations there. But the idea that Ghosn is guilty simply because he fled is preposterous. That’s like blaming a woman for escaping detention in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a burka. At some point you need to question the fairness of the justice system detailing the person.

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Posted in: Trump lawyers argue Democrats just want to overturn election See in context

The House of Representatives has laid out a very clear case of wrongdoing by Trump, even without additional witnesses. Yet, Trump’s defense lawyers say the evidence is flimsy and that the prosecutors have not met the burden of proof. That’s exactly why the Senators should vote to allow more witnesses to testify and for the White House to turn over requested documents - to fill in whatever gaps are missing. Trump and the Republicans don’t want that because it would likely corroborate all the evidence of wrongdoing already presented. Republicans want it both ways - the evidence is flimsy but we don’t want to allow more witnesses or turn over documents.

Meanwhile, the biggest tragedy will be if the Senate allows Trump to continue obstructing justice by ignoring subpoenas and all requests for documents by the House with impunity. If this happens, we can no longer call America a democracy, because no branch of government could ever investigate the President’s wrongdoing. That would effectively make the President a dictator and would be the day America ceases to be a democracy as we know it.

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Posted in: Ghosn's aide Kelly stands high chance of acquittal: ex-prosecutor See in context

If Kelly is acquitted that would pretty much wrap it up for the Japanese prosecutors. It would show that the allegations against Ghosn and Kelly should have never resulted in detainment. In addition, others in Nissan were not detained for the same allegations. The inconsistency in how members related to this case are being treated and the fact that these financial matters should have been addressed internally in the first place is quickly eroding the prosecutors’ credibility worldwide. The prosecutors realized this, which is why we see defensive declarations from the prosecutors that Japan’s justice system is humane. But it’s too late. The prosecutors know Japan’s justice system is what’s on trial and that There Will Be Books!

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Posted in: Apologetic ex-ministers, lawmakers keep quiet on details of scandals See in context

Japan’s justice system is on full display, clearly showing no consistency with people “suspected” of wrongdoing. I’m sure many are seeing Japanese prosecutors as completely disinterested in justice and simply serving as a mechanism to reinforce Japanese culture. Conform and you’re fine. Don’t and face the wrath of Japan.

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Posted in: Osaka says she will block out negatives after 'toughest year' See in context

"I've been training my whole life for this (tennis)," she told reporters. "I shouldn't let outside noise -- no offense to you guys, love you guys -- but outside noise dictate how I'm feeling."

Great statement. She’s an elite tennis player and learning how to ignore distractions that come by way of the press.

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Posted in: Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report See in context

If an employee (even the CEO) were to spend company money for truly personal expenses, the controllers department will flag this quickly because those purchases could not be expensed. Executives at Ghosn’s level, however, typically mix critical business networking with “personal” events. Whether Ghosn’s expenses were truly personal is a judgement call by the Board, accounting department and Ghosn.

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Posted in: Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000 See in context

Most or all of these applicants do not know Maezawa personally. That may be fine for a casual date. But we’re talking about going to the Moon. If something goes wrong, they both need to implicitly trust one another. God forbid if they face a Titanic situation where one must sacrifice his/her life for the other to live. You don’t want to find out then that the relationship is not deep enough to agree on that decision.

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Posted in: Ghosn says French envoy told him of inside plot See in context

Hire a Japanese CEO next time. You picked a clown from Renault who cut down on quality of cars produced, besides being a thief and criminal he did a poor job! With customers being disappointed with the shortcuts made because of this clown.

@AlexBecu

What part about Ghosn rescued Nissan from near bankruptcy don’t you understand? If it weren’t for Ghosn, we wouldn’t be hear talking about this case, because there wouldn’t be a Nissan to talk about. And the entire educated world knows that.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

Japanese prosecutors and Justice Minister Masako Mori have repeatedly defended the nation's system as upholding human rights, noting Japan boasts a low crime rate. Mori said the system follows appropriate procedures under Japanese law, stressing that every culture is different.

The Japanese prosecutor attempts to justify Japan’s justice system by asserting that all cultures are different. This is a very weak excuse. Fairness is not arbitrary. There is a science to fairness. Research shows that even other animals know when conditions are unfair (see the Capuchin monkey fairness experiment). Achieving fairness requires numerous checks and balances and procedures that do not presume guilt. This again is the Japanese government believing that just because it says procedures are fair makes them so.

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Posted in: Ghosn case adds to Nissan's financial problems See in context

Nissan has created a public relations nightmare. Any issues Nissan execs had with Ghosn’s spending should have been addressed within the firm to avoid damage to its brand image. But based on the coordinated actions between Nissan and Japanese prosecutors, there was clear intent to remove Ghosn above and beyond the alleged financial misconduct charges. The ruse has now backfired and Nissan is likely to suffer even more losses if investors lose faith in the company’s management and if consumers find the brand unappealing because of this event.

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Posted in: Ghosn case adds to Nissan's financial problems See in context

Bloomberg News has also reported that Nissan spent $200 million on lawyers, investigators and private detectives during the scandal, a claim that insiders dismiss.

"The figure is ridiculously exaggerated. You probably need to take one zero off," one source inside Nissan told AFP.

I love the line: “You probably need to take one zero off”!!

From $200M to $20M, I’m still falling out of my chair! But knowing legal fees in Japan, we ‘probably’ need to add that zero back in!

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Posted in: Lebanon may lift Ghosn's travel ban if files not received within 40 days See in context

I’m glad to see that Lebanon is bringing some sense of judicial normalcy to this situation. So far Lebanon has applied reasonable limits on both parties in order to re-establish fairness.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

Asserting that the Japanese "hostage system" aims to "crush the accused and not to seek truth through a fair and balanced dialogue," the lawyer said, "Mr Ghosn was one of many victims in this system."

Ghosn’s lawyer succinctly clarifies what is fundamentally wrong with Japan’s justice system. Mori’s assertion that Ghosn needs to prove his innocence reveals that Japanese prosecutors avoid the burden of proof. Instead we see a system that utilizes various types of emotional, psychological, and even physical abuse to force confessions from people “suspected” of a crime.

Japanese prosecutors can try to defend this system as “Japanese tradition”, but the fact is the system is unjust and needs drastic reform.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Kazumichi is completely right. Two main take-aways are:

Ghosn is doing what no one else has been able to do before — challenge the Japanese justice system and become a major force of change against Japan’s current prosecutor driven process. If he succeeds in making an impact, this will surely be Carlos Ghosn’s great second act (first to transform Nissan, second to transform Japan itself).

However, the effectiveness of Ghosn as a change agent will depend largely on the second take-away: What I’m hearing is that Ghosn presentation was light on evidence against the prosecutors’ allegations. I believe this was one objective Ghosn wanted accomplish. And this is definitely something many (including union members at Renault) were eagerly looking to hear. I’m sure this is the first of many presentations and interviews Ghosn will have, each of which will be opportunities to make his case. So we should all be patient and see how this end-game unfolds.

But make no mistake about it, both Japan and Ghosn are now on trial in the court of public opinion.

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