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Posted in: Lexus seeks design edge over premium rivals See in context

The grill has a distinctive character, it will mature over time, so keep it! It will win and lose customers, that is life but important thing is to develop a design strategy and stick to it and develop it, flip-flopping would be a no-no! Lexus has been quite good at maintain a relatively good design development strategy where you can follow a one generation to others, unlike most Japanese car designs, even signature elements such as grills. Japan has great designers but the problem is that large corporations are filled with mediocre managers who think they should have a say in design than recruiting the correct design talent

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Posted in: Honda to invest £200 mil in British factory See in context

Honda is struggling in Europe, expensive products, limited line-up, serious competition…..list goes on. However the real problem is the gutless mediocre designs. Traditionally been a tech driven automaker but should take a leaf from Mazda and Nissan on the design side

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Posted in: Toyota: Both hands back on the wheel after recall spinout See in context

Toyota’s issue is not quality or efficiency because Japanese are great engineers! And it not a problem with the designers either which there are plenty of. it is simple case of management designing cars and as far as I know, the managers aren’t very good at their job as a manager anyway as they were put in there because they had the best university grades not management skills. The global; auto industry has doubled since the 80’s and part from US and Japanese manufactures, all others have benefited! Japanese car manufactures need to get in in to their thick heads that they need to sort out the mediocre design and let designers do the job

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Posted in: Iraqi forces, militias sweep into Islamic State-held Tikrit See in context

credit to Iran, hopefully this will lead a way all teh way ro Syria an another Iranian ally

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Posted in: Toyota names first foreign VP in diversity push See in context

it should not be a gender or race issue, if they are the best and most importantly commited to Toyota then they should get teh job

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Posted in: Nissan says it can meet U.S. sales goal with capacity in S Korea, Japan See in context

Yes all credit to Nissan with a good looking line-up, suppose it is the designers who are designing at Nissan (not the managers like at Honda and Toyota). I’m looking forward to the day that Nissan buys back its shares from Renault

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Posted in: Nissan executive known as 'father of the Z' dies at 105 See in context

Yamaha went to Nissan with their Sport car prototype originally and was rejected and the n Yamaha when to Toyota and build the GT2000, ( it was designed and build by Yamaha) then Nissan went ahead with the Z, not sure if Nissan saw what they had missed out with Yamaha or they had the Z in their pipeline prior to be approached by Yamaha, any way there are two of the greatest cars to come out of Japan!

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Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan See in context

Well let’s face it no one on earth is going to be behaving like a Japanese, certainly not the Chinese, who are loud, lacks manners and has no experience in queuing etc etc… however having the Chinese visiting japan is a great thing interms of cultural exchange that they get to see beyond the brainwashing propaganda they would get at home from the Chinese media

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy shares rise on Qatar subway deal See in context

Great news!, however it is a tough doing business out there, political uncertainties, labour shortages and the locals in control tend to treat the foreigners like dirt! But not doubt that there is great benefit in this

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Posted in: Japanese designer of soy-sauce bottle dies at 85 See in context

GK has designed some of teh best bike designes for Yamaha over the years, Vmax, R1, SR500 etc....

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Posted in: Toshiba says it is leaving North America TV business as profit soars See in context

Well it is important to note that consumer products such as TV and domestic appliance provide brand awareness to general public all over the world. Let’s not forget that likes of Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba have managed to build a reputation for themselves on back of consumer electronics not industrial products which have led to and help build up a quality reputation for themselves as well as other Japanese brands

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Posted in: Noodles spice up China-Japan tensions See in context

sales gimics for cheap contaminated food

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Posted in: China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan' See in context

china will be using these arm forces against thier own population to kill thousends and hundered of thousends far before venturing out to Japan

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Posted in: Toyota remains top in global vehicle sales See in context

I'm glad that the likes of Subaru and Mazda who are surviving with around 1million production mark are still there and making interesting cars. Just hope that iszsu will make cars again one day!

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Posted in: Japan says jets scrambling at record pace to counter Chinese, Russian intrusions See in context

russians are running out of storage space store all the oil they can't sell. sorry people!. chinese are like the kid with a new toy. sorry people! let see how long all this extravegance last

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Posted in: Japan lends $270 mil to Kenya to help expand Mombasa port See in context

Yes about time that Japan wakes up and start investing in Africa!

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Posted in: Swiss franc's staggering ascent to be felt far and wide See in context

lets not forget that this is a nation (Swiss) which has made a living by (while making trillions) by dealing in currency and being a hub for illigal first and third world money laundering. NOW it is time to pay for pay for some of that sins!

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Posted in: Indian police to hold Japanese gang rape ID line-up See in context

Surely there should be warnings issued by foreign ministries when travelling to India, this is so wide spread and this not just for single women. I do have good Indian friends through work etc but I did travel in India as a part of a world trip nearly 10years ago and I must say it was the only place I really did not enjoy. Had I known this rape situations, I would have been very reluctant to include India in the trip as I was travelling with my wife

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Posted in: Mazda unveils all-new Roadster See in context

proper car! Well doen Mazda! japan at its best.

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Posted in: Abe ends Sri Lanka trip with visit to temple See in context

there no country that has done more to Sri lanka than Japan and that is a fact. And that goes for most of Sout East Asia, it is a real shame that Japan has been taking a back seat in Asian geopolitics.

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Posted in: Honda appoints woman to board, promotes foreigner See in context

it is a start!

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Posted in: China mulls days to remember defeat of Japan, Nanjing Massacre See in context

JAPANTODAY, please whay is this news, hnestly!

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Posted in: Swiss chocolate maker opens factory in Japan See in context

foreign investment is essential, not just for cresting jobs but to gain experience in fields where traditional Japanese experience is not the strongest. Employer of any sort will struggle to find a worker of Japanese quality anywhere in the world. (no I'n not Japanese) state need to slash the bureaucracy to enable further foreign and national investment

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Posted in: Is U.S. also spying on Japanese email, phone calls? See in context

You can bet that they will pass it on to anyone including the Chinese if it suites the US

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Posted in: Abe heads to Turkey to push Japan's nuclear tech exports See in context

good or bad, he is trying, which more than can be said about mos of the predecessors!

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Posted in: Ford, Toyota fight over who has top-selling car See in context

honestly , who cares , if Fors wants, they could neme all their cars 'focus'

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Posted in: Warm Biz campaign gets under way in Japan See in context

I found that tha ther was great deal of energy wastage going in Japan, lights are on unneccessarly, there was hardly any double glazing, the helet I stayed in had the mirror herter go on when you switched teh bathroom light on!, it is about time that Japanese socity as a whole start tinking ahead

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Posted in: Japanese consortium to invest in Brazilian shipbuilder See in context

about time!

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Posted in: Vuitton luxury sales flag, shares fall See in context

useless French junk

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Posted in: Japan, Russia to jointly develop oilfield See in context

I would not trust the Russian, just out there to grab the technology and teh money , just like the chinese, two of teh most dodgy un-trustworthy nations on earth!

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