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Posted in: SoftBank Corp to help call center workers by 'softening' angry customer calls with AI See in context

Softbank suddenly cares about customer service? That's a laugh.

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Posted in: History says tariffs rarely work, but Biden’s 100% tariffs on Chinese EVs could defy the trend See in context

China will sell to the other 7+ billion people of the world 

Exactly. The Japanese, for example, will be jumping for joy at the prospect of buying a million or so Chinese cars every year and millions of tons of their rice.

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Posted in: How often do you use self check-outs at supermarkets and convenience stores? Do you prefer them over human checkout counters? See in context

They're badly designed, so I don't like them.. I can't figure out the Lawson machines. I've just left them in limbo a couple of times after they refused to proceed to payment.

A supermarket one tried to charge me twice for milk. There was no delete or cancel option, so I just left that machine as well. That set off an alert and a couple of staff rushed to try to fix it and they struggled to figure out what was happening. So yeah, I'm not exactly an enthusiastic user.

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Posted in: History says tariffs rarely work, but Biden’s 100% tariffs on Chinese EVs could defy the trend See in context

Gotta have protectionism if you want your industry to survive or succeed. The greatest strides by countries' automobile industry in moderns times have been achieved by China and S. Korea. Both highly protectionist, and the former thru the intense efforts of a Marxist-Leninist state, which is beating the pants off the capitalists.

Of all the big economic powers in the world right now, none got where they were thru free trade or free markets: they go there through protectionism.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy See in context

The temple folks need to take a chill pill.

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Posted in: Top tennis players say they're playing too much because the tournaments are too long See in context

Tennis is a summer sport. The slams and other majors should be restricted to April to September. Sorry, Australia.

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Posted in: 2 Vietnamese nationals arrested amid spate of burglaries See in context

Every time an incident like this occurs, it chips away at the possibility of Japan adopting Western-style immigration.

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Posted in: Visitors to Japan exceed 3 million for 2nd straight month in April See in context

good news for Japan's economy

Not in an economy with a serious labor shortage. International tourism is usually promoted in countries with high unemployment. Japan is the opposite of that, and the last thing it needs are the kind of rock-bottom wages tourism pays.

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Posted in: Visitors to Japan exceed 3 million for 2nd straight month in April See in context

When I’ve made trips to Fukushima, Gumma, Tochigi and northern Ibaraki over the past year, I’ve seen hardly any of them, and yet I see soooo many in Shibuya.

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Posted in: Biden hikes tariffs on Chinese EVs, solar cells, steel, aluminum — and snipes at Trump See in context

Peter Neil

started the tornado of inflation in the u.s. greedflation

Nope. The inflation was and is global, affecting countries with no such tariffs, and was mostly caused by the twin global supply shocks from covid and the Ukraine war.

The US economy boomed after the China tariffs and continues to outpace its rivals, even with the tariffs in place.

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Posted in: Garbage truck driver arrested for fatally hitting girl in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

Very few drivers stop for the pedestrians at the crosswalk near my house.

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Posted in: Small Chinese EV called Seagull rattles U.S. auto industry See in context

@Gareth

There is no Marxism in the history of this company!

That's pretty funny. The founder and president is a member of the Communist Party and a delegate to the National People's Congress.

Most of China's automakers are state-owned, (communist owned), and are part of the world's biggest auto market and make the People's Republic of China the world's biggest auto exporter.

a very healthy dose of free-market capitalism

"Healthy"? Evergrande and Country Garden were the held up as examples of the thriving capitalism -- until both collapsed spectacularly.

Most of China's total market capitalization, 60%, is from state enterprises, a ratio the Xi administration is keen to increase. Communism is the future.

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Posted in: Small Chinese EV called Seagull rattles U.S. auto industry See in context

 I wonder what the goal is is manufacturing them in such large numbers.

They get good reviews, they look good and they're very low priced. I imagine the high production numbers are to meet demand.

The Seagull reminds us that China - which describes itself as a "Marxist-Leninist state" - will be the world's dominant industrial and economic force. I imagine Ronald Reagan and Adam Smith are looking down saying, "We were wrong all along!"

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Posted in: SoftBank Group trims investment losses but remains in red for fiscal year See in context

I wonder if Softbank is still borrowing money to pay the guaranteed 7 percent annual dividend to the Saudi and Abu Dubian investors. LOL.

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Posted in: Japanese leaders are gutless. They've always been gutless. They haven't fought for real sovereignty for that matter. See in context

Japan remains a satellite country...

The Filipinos felt the same way in the 90s. So they passed a parliamentary resolution to tell the American military to leave the country. The US complied. They all left, no more bases. But now, the Filipinos want them to return. LOL.

Oliver Stone's geopolitical sophistication is on par with Steven Seigal's.

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Posted in: In rapidly aging China, millions can't afford to retire See in context

U.S. and European officials say this policy is unfair to Western firms competing with Chinese producers.

Someone needs to remind these geniuses that they have chosen to do business in a communist dictatorship. The centrally planned economy and other fundamental things are run starkly different there, and the Chinese policymakers' ultimate goal is to bury you and your capitalist system.

"The East is red!"

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Posted in: Japan's bullet trains host wrestling, dining events in new travel trend See in context

I don't get it. A train car filled with seats and an aisle makes a terrible wrestling venue. At least, why not have a customized car with ring in the center and seats around the edge? And what's the point of going to Nagoya?!

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Posted in: Japan city councilor quits over harassment of Australian mayor's daughter See in context

"... he held the microphone close to the lower body of the mayor's daughter..." 

What?! A bit more explanation is needed to determine the nature of the alleged harassment.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers urge proper BOJ response to weak yen See in context

They also called for measures to help Japan achieve an increase in the average hourly minimum wage ...earlier than the government's target of "by the mid-2030s."

If the private sector supports it and wants it now, then what in tarnation is holding it back?!

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in March for record 24th month See in context

@kurisupisu

Companies don’t make laws in Japan, the politicians do.

So what? It's not illegal for employers to give their workers raises in line with their earnings growth. Which is what everyone wants them to do. But they refuse. So it's their fault. How obvious is that?

@Asiaman

The excessive inflation we are seeing is a direct result of the excessive spending by the Abe/Kishida administrations.

No it isn't. Japan's problem has been deflation - not inflation - until very recently while it spent way more than its counterparts and ran up much bigger deficits. Today's inflation comes from the twin global supply shocks of Covid and Ukraine, with the addition of the US Fed's series of jumbo interest hikes. It's got nothing to do with Japan's domestic fiscal situation.

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in March for record 24th month See in context

@Asiaman

...characterize the Abe/Kishida administrations...

They don't set most of our wages, companies do, so why blame them? Most of the fault is the private sector employers who are raking in the highest profits in their history yet refusing to share them with their workers. Both prime ministers have made repeated calls for them to give higher raises.

I do blame the govt for not hiking the corporate tax and cutting the consumption tax, given that most of Japan's GDP comes from consumer spending. Corporate greed is holding us back.

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Posted in: Understaffed businesses are turning to such innovations as touch-panel order devices, food-serving robots and self-service checkouts, instead of taking on new workers. See in context

@Moonraker

"Is there anything more annoying in a restaurant than a touch-panel order device?" 

Yes, restaurants where the human waiter expects at least a 20% tip even if the service is mediocre. 30% and upward if the service is decent. In that situation, I'd rather deal with a tablet than a human. Local people are getting really fed up with tipflation, on top of the regular inflation.

The approach in Canada, US, UK and Western countries to the supposed demographic/labor shortage is to bring in huge numbers of unskilled immigrants. Japan's is to leverage automation and AI. I know which will turn out to be the smarter approach.

The CEO of Blackrock recently said that developed countries with declining populations will be best poised to adapt and benefit from future AI, which will revolutionize our societies.

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Posted in: Europe's auto suppliers reach the end of the road See in context

The only thing that will save the Western auto industry is protectionism, apart from the small niche makers like Ferrari.

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Posted in: Man suspected of firing gun in fight on Tokyo road See in context

No mention of any shell casings left at the scene, etc? It would be interesting to find out the type of gun.

He appeared to be in his 40s, with a height of about 170 centimeters, and was wearing a dark-colored cap and glasses.

I'm sure the cops will be able to quickly single out the culprit with a description like that.

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Posted in: Global car giants seek tech allies in China's cutthroat EV market See in context

Buick will be out of China in five years.

Eventually, all will be out of China. That's the goal of the govt's "Made in China" initiative: to welcome foreign investment, steal its technologies, and then kick them out, becoming self-sufficient and dominating the global economy. I'm not making this up.

Gotta love Communist dictatorships. The West's overly generous globalists certainly do.

China's EV industry is flying high! Soon, the Japanese and Western automakers (with the possible The BYD Seagull at 10,000 Most of the major carmakers are state-owned, which means they are communist corporations. Even the private-sector ones are headed by members of the communist party.

This is testimony

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Posted in: Berlin senator struck on head as concern grows over attacks on politicians See in context

Germany's SPD party is hardly "left wing".

Yes it is. Wiki: “The Social Democratic Party of Germany is a centre-left social democratic political party…” 

And: “It was one of the earliest Marxist-influenced parties in the world.” 

The OP is right. Today’s left is increasingly pushing people in the middle toward the far right, particularly over their mass immigration policies. I should know: I come from Canada.

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Posted in: Japan saw over 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May-Nov 2023 See in context

The question is; how long have experts in Canada been giving politicized BS health recommendations?

I guess for the last 10 years or so, since Canada's once-great but now-pathetic public healthcare system was taken over by the far-left apparatchiks who have ideology rather than medical science utmost on their minds. We're so much better off living in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan saw over 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May-Nov 2023 See in context

I know a few people who've got covid recently, resulting in lost income and a host of other hassles. COVID is not to be sniffed at. My ward kicked me off their vax program a long time ago, and I'm not exactly sure how to get my fifth booster.

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Posted in: 12% of Japan convenience stores don't open 24 hours due to labor shortage See in context

Does 24/7 service make sense in Japan's depopulated regions?

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