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Posted in: Koizumi seeks further innovation in Japan to fight climate change See in context

Junichiro Koizumi was regarded as an outsider, even within his own party. It remains to be seen how much his son has adopted the insider maverick streak from his father. And

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Posted in: Nissan chief Saikawa to step down Sept 16; successor to be named See in context

Onward to the next chapter. What a series of events.

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

This is exactly why I left Japan before my son turned school age. I have no confidence that Japanese school know how to address bullying. I do not think it’s even viewed as a problem. Teachers and school administrators hold the belief that students will simply work out the issues themselves.

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Posted in: Nissan to discuss Saikawa successor at meeting on Monday See in context

It will be interesting to see if Renault will assert strong influence on who will be appointed next CEO. So far Saikawa has turned Nissan back into a significant liability for Renault. To protect future profits, Renault will need to insist on someone who can arrest Nissan’s plummet and take firm leadership of the firm. In other words, Renault needs another Carlos Ghosn. But we’ve seen how Japan reacts to foreign execs. This next appointment will determine the survival of the alliance.

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Posted in: New prosecutor defends handling of Ghosn case See in context

Asked about criticisms of Japan's criminal system as "hostage justice," referring to prolonged detentions of suspects possibly leading to false confessions, Tetsuya Sogi said he didn't really understand what that meant.

“Houston, we have a problem.”

I’m hoping someone in Japan can please explain this to him!

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Posted in: Democratic candidates blame Trump, NRA for inaction on guns See in context

It is perfectly justified to blame Trump, leader of the Republican Party, for his inaction on mass shootings.

When Obama faced some of the most horrific acts of mass shooting, he urged Congress to pass gun reforms. The Republicans obstructed any legislative review, which frustrated Obama and many Americans. Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which claimed the lives of 6 and 7 year olds, was the ultimate shock to America. And when Republicans refused to act on that incident, I realized that America had truly slipped into a state of political dysfunction.

Now a Republican is President, a person who could push his party to support gun reform and stronger background checks. But Trump is not interested. Once again we see politics placed over country.

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Posted in: Democratic candidates blame Trump, NRA for inaction on guns See in context

Anybody who focuses on guns is misguided, and is only wasting their time. 

Wrong. Anyone not focusing on guns and all other factors contributing to mass shootings has a problem with critical thinking and isn’t good at basic problem solving. You need two factors to make mass shootings possible, a person with criminal behavior and a high assault weapon. You need to address both factors to lower the probability of mass shootings. If we are serious about addressing this problem, do the statistical analysis and address the significant variables. You can then calculate the probability of a mass shooting given the intersection of a person with criminal behavior and an assault weapon: P(A|{E1, E2, ... En})

Don’t dismiss guns because you don’t ‘think’ they are the problem. Do the math and find the significant variables. Then address them. Take a scientific approach to solving this. Nothing less will do.

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Posted in: Man stabs woman in Daiso store; says he just ‘wanted to kill someone’ See in context

I’m seriously starting to rethink how “safe” Japan really is.

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Posted in: Outrage as Trump brands mostly-black Baltimore 'infested mess' See in context

Interestingly I just did a quick search for the most rat infested cities in the US. Baltimore was number 9... Washington number 4.

Good research, Haaa Nemui!

Sounds like the American people need to drain the swamp in Washington DC by clearing out the rat infested White House. Trump and his entire administration need to go.

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Posted in: Outrage as Trump brands mostly-black Baltimore 'infested mess' See in context

The only reason Trump is attacking Cummings and the city of Baltimore is because Cummings is attacking the immigration policy and deplorable conditions at the boarder. Since Trump is not really a leader of the people, he flagrantly attacks anyone who criticizes his policies. Trump holds the presidency but does not fulfill the role (not even close). He is not an American President because he doesn’t really care about Americans. His statements are not designed to help the people of Baltimore. They are designed to insult them. And up to this point, Trump has made no effort to remedy poverty - only attack it. America has many areas in need of solutions. We don’t need a President who spouts insults when criticized, yet offers no solutions. Time to elect a real president in 2020.

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Posted in: Stalker mixed urine into face lotion of object of his affection See in context

“I felt as though I could stake a claim on her by marking her with my essence.”

Righhhhhhht! These are disturbing trend indeed.

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Posted in: Nissan to cut 12,500 jobs globally after Q1 profit drops 98.5% See in context

Twilight Zone episode:

The court rules against Ghosn but rather than sentence him to prison the court orders him to lead Nissan and recover the firm from near bankruptcy (again). Once he miraculously recovers the firm back to profitability, Japanese executives conspire and accuse him of financial wrongdoing. One of the Japanese executives takes over the firm and drives it into the ground with poor decisions while Ghosn awaits trial. The court rules against Ghosn, but rather than sentence him to prison...

Enter Rod Serling

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Posted in: Nissan to cut 12,500 jobs globally after Q1 profit drops 98.5% See in context

Ghosn was the face of Nissan at major US car shows and announcements. If Nissan is to have any chance of recovering the US market, they will need someone other than Saikawa. And without the US market, a true Nissan recovery is unrealistic. It appears the tide is overwhelmingly against Nissan. Sell, Sell, Sell!!!

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Posted in: HBO chief: Sorry, fans, no 'Game of Thrones' do-over See in context

Meanwhile, glaciers are melting at record pace due to climate change. Let’s keep our priorities straight.

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Posted in: Japan's top bar association urges authorization of same-sex marriage See in context

Good to see agents of change are speaking truth to power, particularly in Japan, a place famously known to be steeped in tradition and highly resistant to change.

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Posted in: Nissan confirms profit plunge as job cuts reported See in context

Ghosn forged a three-way alliance between Nissan, Renault and Japan's Mitsubishi Motors that is the world's biggest-selling auto group.

Why would NISSAN kill a good thing? There was clearly no thought given to the fallout from arresting Ghosn. The matter should have been resolved internally while the firm continued to dominate the global market. Did Saikawa and others supporting the reckless act of arresting Ghosn really think they were helping their company?

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Posted in: Marvel's next films will bring diversity, onscreen and off See in context

It surprises me that so many postings on this forum are oblivious to the decades of Hollywood discrimination in role casting. Until recently, women were almost never cast in roles of power, and those identifying as other than ‘white’ were typically cast as the villains who were killed off in the film. Hollywood has even made it common to replace Asian and Middle Eastern characters with actors identifying as white (provided the characters were the heroes). Historically, Egyptian characters were always played by actors identifying as white, even though Egypt is very much an African nation. If this is the Hollywood you wish to continue, you are complicit in the industry’s longstanding discriminatory practices.

And in terms of changing character gender and skin color, Marvel has been doing that successfully for some time. In the comic book back in the 80s, Captain Marvel, identified as a white male, died and was resurrected as a female identifying as black. Nick Fury was portrayed as a white character in the comics before being portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson (who identifies as black) on screen. What Marvel sees a need to do is continue diversifying its actors and the types of roles they play to counter the generations of biased role casting. I’m sure we can all grasp that.

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Posted in: Smoke spread so fast at animation firm victims couldn't open rooftop door See in context

It should not need keys to open it, just a simple push.

@Wanderlust - absolutely right. Anything more complicated than a simple push will claim those in a fire who are already exhausted or have limited visibility due to thick smoke.

There is also no mention in the article of people having access to a fire stairwell protected by brick firewalls. Speaking from experience having escaped a burning hotel years ago, the regular stairwell fills up quickly with fire and smoke. The firewall stairwell is designed not to burn and is typically the best option for escape.

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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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