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Posted in: Nissan says it will make next-generation EV batteries by 2028 See in context

Oh, and BTW the insurance rates are climbing rapidly due to the significantly higher costs of repair/replacement of the EV/hybrid vehicles. 

Better not tell my Insurance company that dropped my rates going from a I.C.E. Nissan to a 2024 Nissan EV. The reason this is incorrect is because there are a considerable number of safety features in new Nissan EVs that prevent front and rear collision by an EV driver. My EV have stopped on there own saving me from a couple low-speed collisions already. The tech works and saves everyone money.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

get some decent teachers who are paid a decent wage!

in Japan? lol

for an ALT?! LMFAO

it'll happen when the Tigers win back to back NPB championships aka never

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Posted in: Japan's inflation slows to 2.8% in Sept as energy impact lessens See in context

Meanwhile the Bank of Japan had previously said it would consider raising interest rates only once inflation hit 2%.


Do they understand that even a modest increase could send the USD (and energy prices for Japanese importers) lower helping to reduce supply driven inflation? Its like amateur hour at the Finance Ministry aka Bank of Japan.

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Posted in: Beer factory leak turns Okinawa port red See in context

Although the FDA “generally recognizes” propylene glycol as safe, the EU had no hesitation to place a ban on the chemical because of the harmful side effects in large doses, such as the case of this man who experienced central nervous system depression after ingesting too much whiskey that contained propylene glycol.

I can't imagine much marine life surviving long in that.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka subway websites hit, apparently by pro-Russia hacker group See in context

Until today, I didn't even know the Metro systems had websites.

And a closer look reveals they also still have FAX machines.

In all seriousness though, I'm concerned at how prepared Japan actually is regarding cybersecurity given the previous minister had NO experience operating a computer.

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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

Japan sent out invitations to the world with an RSVP by August. Over half apparently haven’t responded.

Likely because they don't want to be chaperoned in a group tour ;)

¥1.6 billion is no persimmon seeds and peanuts, but we have more urgent problems to solve. Save your breath and leave these petty topics for the minor parties.

We’re stuck and can’t raise interest rates because the book value of existing bonds would drop. Leaders don’t tighten the belts and take the hit like Xi can.

You see though, this sort of unwanted and unwarranted use of public funds is EXACTLY what got Japan in debt to begin with. No one including the media is holding the LDP to account for all their spending and it is going to cripple the country.

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Posted in: Japan's top court rules gov't not liable for Fukushima disaster See in context

As was said, Anyone alive when this happened will remember it was TEPCO and TEPCO alone that caused this by refusing to use sea water to cool the reactor. Instead they felt they could have their cake and eat it too.

it’s no surprise that the government isn’t liable because the government wasn’t liable at the time. I remember clear as day that they even told TEPCO to do something to secure the safety of the reactor.

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Posted in: Tokyo cancels Sumida River fireworks festival for 3rd straight year See in context

Classic Japanese logic.

has the city done anything to improve social distancing on trains and subways in the capital? As far As I’ve seen, trains are as packed as ever , but we can’t sit OUTSIDE to watch fireworks. SMH

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Posted in: Nissan plans 'game changing' electric car batteries See in context


Yes, the tech has already been invented by a Japanese researcher and former Nissan engineer. It uses Resin and is 25x more compact/lighter so essentially it could allow the cars to drive further/faster.

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Posted in: Gasoline price in Japan rises for 6th straight week See in context


your assessment is pretty accurate. Another reason Japan won’t go to Russia for oil is because Russia snubbed Japan a decade ago when Japan was lobbying for a pipeline to be built to Vladivostok as opposed to Harbin. LDP pride took a serious hit and ever since, Japan shunned Russian oil and LNG offers. SMH … so yes Pride is another stupid factor.

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Posted in: Gasoline price in Japan rises for 6th straight week See in context


It's a great time to not be a car owner.

EV cars can still charge for the same price both at home and on the roads.


Does someone will be satisfied with this inflation now? It's been waiting for years in Japan all this time.

demand driven-inflation and supply-driven inflation are two very different beasts. This, scarier of the 2 inflation types, is the latter.


The article fails to mention the 50% government Tax on fuel sales. If the government lowered the Tax by 5% or more that’s would ease things overnight.

100% agree! Sadly for us plebs the LDP is a political machine for all the big businesses they and their supporters own stock in.

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Posted in: Petition for online overseas voting signed by 26,000 sent to Japan See in context

If they are paying taxes to Japan they deserve a vote much like the PR living in Japan.

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Posted in: Household electricity, gas bills to rise in March See in context


The electricity bill for an average household will increase by 283 yen for TEPCO, 292 yen for Chubu Electric Power Co and 55 yen for KEPCO.

Is this per day? Per week? Per month? Let's assume is it per month. So my bill is 5400 yen (if it is about the household gas bill per month). It will become 5683 yen. 

If this is all they are able to increase prices by, it shows how little leeway they actually have. Proof that your average household is struggling WAY more than authorities are letting on (as per usual).

no, there is also a per KW usage going up by 40% in the evenings when usages is the highest from 11yen/kWh to 15.4

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Posted in: Japan to increase 5-year budget for hosting U.S. troops to ¥1.05 tril See in context

¥1688 per person per year is the cost of this expenditure. An increase of 5%. If my wage increased 5% or my taxes decreased by 5%, I’d be fine with it. Otherwise the LDP can screw off.

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Posted in: U.S. urges Japan not to join nuclear ban treaty meeting See in context

Japan aspires to a world free of nuclear weapons as the only country to have suffered the devastation of atomic bombings.

And yet won’t join the treaty.

argh! Don’t you hate it being someone’s lapdog?! You want to go out for a walk, but master won’t open the door. You want to eat, but you don’t have opposable digits to open the cupboard and get it yourself. You want to rid the world of animal cruelty but the master that crippled you twice won’t let you tell anyone and handicapped your constitution making it almost impossible to have an assertive military that can preemptively attack under cases of imminent threat. Hashtag $uckstobejapan

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Posted in: Inflation a worry for most economies, but not Japan See in context

So many arm-chair economists in here its unbelievable.

So long as the BOJ and govt force the Yen to stay low (over 100yen/$1 USD there will be no inflation. If inflation hits and the Yen isn't allowed to increase in value we are going to see a sharp snap down and things will go the way of Turkey/Argentina/Zimbabwe. It would be great if the BOJ would let the Yen mature in value but people should be grateful we aren't seeing the Yen drop to pre-bubble 300yen/$1 rates.

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Posted in: Shigeo Iizuka, ex-head of N Korea abductee families group, dies at 83 See in context

voiceofokinawaToday  12:07 pm JST

North Korea, on the other hand, says "eight have died and the other four never entered the country." North Korea's claims may be right, but it must be clarified under what circumstances death occurred. 

Remains returned to Japan were DNA tested and showed they were not the remains of the individuals stated by North Korea. Its no wonder NK can't be trusted.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes over ¥30 tril economic stimulus; restarting Go To Travel program See in context

If you give people a cash handout in Japan it generally ends up in the bank, and does very little in the way of economic stimulus. It has been shown to happen time and time again.

Fact: parents are more likely to use the handouts than pensioners.

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