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Posted in: Japan posts first trade deficit in 22 months See in context

Deflation is causing us all to buy cheaper cheaper cheaper and the Japanese manufacturers cannot compete for that market.

That's not true for me. I buy my cloth all at my local Japanese tailor and my shoes at the local shoemaker.

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Posted in: The Stress-Free Guide to Leaving Japan See in context

I was so busy dealing with so many things that I could not enjoy my last weeks in that great country. This book could have helped me...

Same with me, though I am glad to have left after 10 years of madness.

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Posted in: If Japan had had nuclear arms, there would not have been any Chinese encroachment on the Senkakus and North Korea would not have abducted our citizens. See in context

The same could be said if Japan wouldn't have lost the war ...

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Posted in: Ultralight video camera See in context

How light is "ultralight" in grams?

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Posted in: Recalls erode value of Toyota's global brand See in context

Although China has surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy, Japan had more of what are considered top global brands than did China, it said.

Looking at the fact that only 10 years ago China was considered a third world country in need of support, building a global brand will take some more time.

Ironically the Japanese, as one of the biggest investors in China, enable the Chinese to --rather sooner than later-- kill the Japanese brands on the global market.

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Posted in: Japan is blocked and paralyzed by the politicians and bureaucrats who don't have the political will and courage to restructure the country. There is no new energy. There are days that you can't sell a See in context

Looking at the daily news on Japan, now that I am back in Europe, there is nothing, whilst one reads about China, and other Asian countries, on a daily base. The world has lost its interest in the once admired and feared Japan.

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Posted in: Toyota sells 8.4 million vehicles in 2010 to hold top spot See in context

“Our objective is to become No. 1 with the customers,”

This should not be too difficult as Toyota is already number 3 in the list of most hated companies in the US, right after BP and Nokia.

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Posted in: Toyota CEO says he'll listen to customer concerns See in context

Toyota CEO says he'll listen to customer concerns

That seems very much necessary, as Toyota (beside Nokia, McDonalds and BP) is the most hated company in the US.

Source: Online-Magazine "24/7 Wallstreet"

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Posted in: For Japan, 2010 was a year to forget See in context

History has proved that the Japanese can adapt easily to any kind of situation.

If history is a lesson, then Japan's radical chances never came easy and always at horrible cost for society.

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Posted in: Japan is full of pent-up feelings. Everyone's looking down and whinging. I would rather seek chances outside this stagnated country. See in context

Everyone's looking down and whinging. I would rather seek chances outside this stagnated country.

That's the very reason why I left Japan, just one week ago. Though I go one step further and claim that the country is not stagnant, but in terminal decline.

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Posted in: Lawyer's widow disputes police version of husband's murder See in context

Disgusting case. I hope she prevails.

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Posted in: My husband thinks of me as the children's mother, plus his mother. When you think of a woman as your mother, you don't make sexual advances to her. See in context

40% said they have or would like to have extramarital affairs.

There is obviously a market.

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Posted in: Your shout See in context

The same bunch of people as in the recent picture of the day nationalist "demonstration". Again the lady in the white jacket takes the lead (last time she did wear a "staff" batch and a black dress). At least this time she left her kids at home.

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Posted in: Airline wars: The battle for overhead bins See in context

Well, I've heard this myth about overstuffed overhead bins, but in all my flying days, I've never had a problem. It this a US problem?

Same with me, never had a problem; but --despite flying all over the world-- I've never been to the US.

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Posted in: Honda recalls 1.35 million Fit subcompacts globally See in context

It almost seems the Japanese manufacturers compete over the most numbers of recalls, with Toyota leading the pack.

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Posted in: The day may come in the near future when we will have to start our morning meeting with ‘Ni hao.' See in context

I do not understand the purpose of this kind of fear-mongering. I do not see that people at Sony start their day with "good morning" or at FUSO with "Guten Morgen" just because their boss is foreigner, or that they are foreign owned.

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Posted in: Spam downloads surge among WikiLeaks supporters See in context

I'm saying that these companies don't want to aid and abet a crime so if they see fit to suspend their dealings for wikileaks they are free to make that business decision on their own.

BS.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks See in context

Regarding Amazon, see ellsberg. net/archive/open-letter-to-amazon (remove the space after the dot) for the open letter by Daniel Ellsberg to Jeff Bezos.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks See in context

WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks

Here the IP of WikiLeaks: 213.251.145.96

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Posted in: Which of Tokyo's commuter rail lines have the best babes and worst habits? See in context

So, this article is confirming that, in general, the male population of Tokyo are just sexually deprived perverts

Nicely summarized.

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Posted in: Which of Tokyo's commuter rail lines have the best babes and worst habits? See in context

On the next page, the Spa! report shifts to a second section on train manners, and reports that the most unpleasant experiences are likely to be found aboard trains linking Kanagawa and Tokyo Prefectures, specifically the Keihin Kyuko line and JR Keihin Tohoku line.

Tell me about it. I see the behavior every day.

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Posted in: Noose tightens around WikiLeaks' Assange See in context

Sarah Palin likened Assange to an al-Qaida propagandist and accused him, without offering any proof, of having “blood on his hands.” [...] “Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaida and Taliban leaders?” she asked in a message posted to her Facebook page. [...] “I think Assange should be assassinated, actually,” Tom Flanagan [...] told the CBC.

There is something very wrong in the US (and Alaska).

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Posted in: Noose tightens around WikiLeaks' Assange See in context

WikiLeaks has turned the governments sales pitch, "You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide" used all over the world for erosion of liberties in the name of security, against them.

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Posted in: Almond Cafe reopens at old spot in Roppongi after 2 years See in context

I haven't been in Roppongi since 2 years now. The last time even the former hot spot bars had been empty on a Thursday night, after midnight. Something unthinkable when I lived in "Pongi" 10 years ago.

So I was stuck to wait for the first train home; alone with the staff who told me that --since the financial crisis-- during the week, there is not much action after midnight. I wonder, if that has improved lately?

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Posted in: Time for change See in context

Lovely picture.

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Posted in: 27-year-old man dies after being found beaten, stabbed in Tokyo park See in context

Matsue called a friend at 6:30 a.m. and said he was in trouble in the park in Higashi-Shimbashi. His friend and a companion got to the park around 7:30 a.m

One hour ... must be a hell of a drive. The phone provider's call-log could be a good start to check this claim.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks: Espionage? Journalism? Something else? See in context

The world has a right to know.

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Posted in: Taking it easy See in context

Multipath, thanks for your contribution and insight.

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Posted in: Taking it easy See in context

Comfortable middle class people can easily judge people from the comfort of their PC chair

Spot on!

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Posted in: Happy birthday See in context

That wife has the creepiest fake smile ever...

It's not only the fake smile that is creepy about her. There are a number of rumours that she is behind the bullying of the current Crown Princess Masako. Kiko obviously wants to be the mother of the future tenno; at any costs.

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