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Posted in: 3 Japanese automakers to jointly work on self-driving car technology See in context

I wish they would just fix all the recall because of Takata, first.

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Posted in: Abe expresses shock at murder of Kawasaki boy See in context

I don't understand the shock? A few years ago a very young boy decapitated a friend and left his head at the entrance to a girls HS. He told police he wanted to know what it felt like to kill some one. So I'm not sure you can blame it on a ISIS video.

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Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary See in context

I just think there are more violent images in movies and video games. Take Azumi for example or Samurai shows. As for parents, sometimes they are more like to mess up the educational system than help it. You can not hide from what is happening in the world and sooner or later it will be on your shores if you ignore it. The German Jews didn't think the increasing violence would affect them until it was too late.

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Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary See in context

Would think the girls were faking it just to get out of class which worked. So if this documentary was so bad, what would happen if some of the WWII documentary were shown? The ones done by the BBC and US? I think the teacher should be commended, it may keeps some idiot Japanese from going to these areas and getting killed. The world is not a safe place and it really depends on where you go. You had those Japanese workers killed in Africa not that long ago. The world seems to be fall back to a world similar to the pre-WWII world where the Nazi are replace by IS but it may be worse since they target everyone who disagrees with them. Seen like we are declining into another middle ages where radical conservatives control things. Putin is more like Hitler than a Soviet.

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Posted in: In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death See in context

The story tells much about SONY as it does about AIBO. Seems that SONY has no soul even if it's workers do. Sony also didn't/doesn't understand what it created. It a pure shame. If it tried to make Aibo more affordable, it may have had a hit but it considered a luxury with no purpose, like may of Sony's CEOs.

Some here don't seem to understand or care about Japanese culture. Lately it also seems that may Japanese don't know their own culture, and it's a shame. I see nothing wrong with treating objects with love, ie dolls, aibo, etc. Better that then to treat living things as soulless objects, as we now see in the middle east.

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Posted in: Japanese automakers turn to airlifts as port strike hits U.S. production See in context

It's not a strike. Port activity is just down 18,8%. If it was a strike, the US economy would loose $19 billion a day,

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Posted in: Japan, China to resume security talks See in context

Yes, talk to wolf about security by the sheep.

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Posted in: Patient dies after ambulance taking him to hospital hits a car See in context

harvey, you are never supposed to drive over the speed limit not matter what and you are supposed to drive at speeds dependent on the weather. EVAC was a fun class. One student almost flipped an ambulance.

Not matter what country you are in, there are idiots that don't give way to emergency vehicles even police. But Japan does have some too narrow streets where drivers have no where to pull aside..

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Posted in: The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to enact new national security legislation to expand the range of activities that the SDF can engage in overseas. Would you support such a change? See in context

There is no way Japan can defend itself if it's soldiers have no real experience. They will just died in the field. Japans soldiers are like the Samurai after 200 years of Tokugawa, they were Samurai in name only.

But not sure what Abe's real aim is.

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Posted in: Patient dies after ambulance taking him to hospital hits a car See in context

I don't know what the protocol is for ambulances in Japan but it seems strange to me that they be transporting the dead. Shouldn't the coronal's office do that. Seems like a was but I not sure what the training is for those on ambulances. If they are not some grad of paramedic, it just a waste. I used to just under a paramedic in NY during my youth in college. I was able to start IVs and defibrillate, just could not intubate. I never understood EMS in Japan, just seem unsafe. They don't know what hospital they can go to before getting to the patient. We always knew what hospital was available and which ones were specialize in what. The for real bad cases we went to the Trauma center. Hate see what they would do for a an airplane crash like we had one year.

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Posted in: Honda CEO shrugs off critics; will see through his supply reforms See in context

In the 70s through the early 90s, Japanese corporation were known for quality. That seems to have disappeared with all the recalls. The Takata issue begs of multiple suppliers for the same part. Many of Japans corps have declined after the original CEO retired and died. Maybe the problem is that those who grew up between the end of the war until the late 50s received poor education compounded by Japan's seniority system. It was the young CEOs the build these companies and now they are run by old, conservative, non-risk taking CEO and boards. Probably Japan today needs a Meiji era reform, not likely though, since there are no young turks out there.

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Posted in: Holocaust exhibition commemorating Anne Frank, Chiune Sugihara to be shown in Tokyo See in context

I see that there is no mention that he had to resign in 1947 after being a POW by the Soviets.

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Posted in: Japan's global PR message could misfire with focus on wartime past See in context

Tahoochi - LOL I am sure the people of Hong Kong were happier under British rule than Japanese rule. For that matter, they may still wish that 1999 never happened.

There are documentation. The Dutch and British trialled some IJA for "comfort women". If you think that there were no force used, you should read the transcripts. But then the modern day Japanese Fascists will never accept reality as those in the 1930's. It is also interesting that Japan was afraid of the Soviets so the Army decided they wanted to attack the US over the Navy's objections. One of the problems with Japan is that they do not really understand other countries since they are so isolated. It was true then and it's true now. BTW, it is a good thing that ISIS doesn't care about history or Japan would be a major target for them. Why? Read your history.

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Posted in: Gov't defends seizing journalist's passport over Syria travel plan See in context

You can not save people from their own stupidity. All this means is the other freelancers will get the documents out of Japan. There are no restrictions to travel to Turkey so they can get the documents there to enter Syria. Although I don't think you need any documents, really. Japan should just make a policy like the US then there is no problem. If you know the risks, the government has no responsibility for you if you go into a danger zone. Syria is not the only place people get kidnapped and killed.

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Posted in: 104 suffer food poisoning after eating bentos in Tokyo See in context

They said norovirus not e coli. However norovirus seems unlikely since it is highly contagious and everything would need to be cleaned and disinfected. And, only 2 employees were infected? The whole place should have been. Where did the virus come from? It didn't just appear on a pair of gloves....

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Posted in: Texas man killed by exploding Takata air bag: autopsy See in context

I am not convinced that the replacement made by Takata is any safer than the ones being replaced expect that it takes time before the problem shows up. Takata doesn't believe it is a design problem but the issue is that they change the mixture of the explosive to a more powerful one. Obviously they did not do due diligence, Humidity causes the problem according to Takata so they tried to limit the recall until area with less humidity reported the problem. Honda got in trouble for not reporting the problem in the US in a timely manner. If Takata did not change the chemical, most likely this would not be an issue. They also new the problem for years. Not sure how you can call it just an Mexican manufacturing problem since the issue goes back for over a decade. I am sure many car manufactures are looking at not using Takata since manufactures like BMW only use them in two models. Don't forget that passenger air bag, Honda says to turn it off until it can be replace. To replace all recalled cars will take years.

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Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year See in context

That is ok. The USA only give ZERO. There are something like 13 holidays but employers do not have to give their employees off. Thought Japan has 15 day.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_statutory_minimum_employment_leave_by_country http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/01/31/paid-holidaysvacation-days-in-the-u-s-versus-other-oecd-countries/

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Posted in: Abe condemns 'unforgivable' IS execution of Jordanian pilot See in context

Talk is cheap but then Abe can't do much.

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Posted in: Narita to establish 'fast lane' for passengers needing to be out of airport quickly See in context

They should make it easier to get from the gate to customs. Use people movers or something. It's a long walk, much more then most airports. There are ways around it thought.

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Posted in: Docomo to launch optical-fiber broadband service with bundled discounts See in context

Did J-Gov have an initiative to bring fiber to the home a few years ago? It's only now that they are offering GB. The fastest broadband speed is 1.4 TB. At least they are trying. Faster is better.

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Posted in: Japan's biggest airlines foresee smooth annual earnings See in context

They will loose market share unless they drop the fuel surcharge. It is only a matter of time. Last week I could fly round trip to Japan from the US for $600 or $2000 for Business class while the lowest fare for JAL or ANA was $1200 and $5000. But they aren't the only carriers that are uncompetitive for now.

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Posted in: Abe calls 24-hour hostage deadline despicable See in context

Why is this story in the crime section? It's not like ISIL kidnapped Goto from Japan, he handed himself over to them. He doesn't understand who he was dealing with. Now it's a government problem but J-gov doesn't have much bargaining power. Just dependent on the kindness of strangers, Jordan. Not sure if Jordan will go along with the deal.

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Posted in: Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis See in context

Why can't Japan come with something original?

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Posted in: Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to upset Muslim world See in context

I don't think you can say what Charlie Hebdo is hate speech, offense maybe to some but satire can offend. A legal definition is different than a simple dictionary one. Here is a US legal definition:

Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.

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Posted in: Abe briefing document rules out Japan strike on Islamic State See in context

Some time I think that the U.S. and Europe should stay out of ISIL way and let them destroy the so called coalition partner in the region. Who create ISIL in the first place. It is also strange that the U.S. is fighting Iran's battles for it.

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Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts See in context

I don't understand. Japan has been a target for a long time. Just that Japan isn't a hot target as the West. Don't you remember the attempted bombing of a JAL flight? Only one Japanese was killed because the terrorist had an old seating plan and the bomb was a couple seats from where it needed to be to bring down the airliner.

I feel sorry for the two and Goto is a Christian, more reason not to be there. First rule of rescue, don't try if it will get the rescuer killed or needing rescue. It only puts more lives at risk. I read somewhere that Goto was warned no to go but he said that he was not European or American, he is Japanese. So it seems that he did not understand the environment he had been reporting on. As for Yukawa, I don't understand at all why he went there unless he want to finish the suicide attempt he committed in Japan.

In that region they have a saying, the enemy of my enemy is my friend and the friend of my enemy is my enemy. Where do you think Japan lies?

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Posted in: Abe briefing document rules out Japan strike on Islamic State See in context

AU, unless it is design in Japan, I'm not impressed. As for a diesel sub, unless it is nuclear, there is a problem. I was glad to hear that Japan started to build their oun come rial jet, but also sorry to hear that they could make it with composite or carbon fiber. The 200 km limit means nothing since Japan has JAXA. Still, design is everything.

Sorry but giving supplies or money, just makes Japan seem less commited and a bit cowardly. I think Japan did send some forces to the Middle East for supply and humanitarian jobs but soldiers need combat experience. I'm not saying put boots on the ground now since that would be counter-productive. But sooner or later, Japan will need to do something or Japan will never have a military that can defend her.

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Posted in: Are you in favor of legalizing casino gambling in Japan? See in context

Macau topped cities as the top economic performer. Ontario Canada pays for their healthcare system with government run casinos. As for Atlantic City, they are in trouble because of badly run casinos. Not to mention that there are illegal gamble going on in Japan.

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Posted in: McDonald's earnings fall; changes afoot to woo customers See in context

I don't think Russia and Ukraine makes much difference whether Europeans go to Micky D's. Maybe they should try to put something on their menu that tastes good and won't kill you.

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