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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn and another top exec sends shockwaves through Nissan See in context

There’s something else than personal benefit here. Another article stated “He faces allegations of understating his salary in reports submitted to the Tokyo Stock Exchange”. TSE is not a tax office!

His compensation package was considered high for Japanese standard. Could he have underreported his compensation to TSE in order to avoid share owner’s criticism? So not a tax fraud but misleading owners - and breaking TSE rules - in order to keep his compensation level?

Misusing company assets for personal use is obviously theft - likely caused by too long term as the king, making it difficult to separate own and corporate assets.

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Posted in: Woman gets suspended term for fatal bicycle crash involving smartphone See in context

While this and other similar cases are so sad to read, what about the way more frequent incidents? Similar bicyclists with smart phones in hand or even their kid(s) on passenger seat(s) show up from nowhere - typically behind a corner, riding the wrong way on a minor street) in front of unexpected car drivers.

If the law breaking bicyclist gets injured badly or dies - after riding in to the front of the car - the car driver ends up in prison even s/he did nothing wrong. Why? The car is “bigger”. Thus, the car driver’s guilt is not depending on his/her driving but is the vehicle that approaches the one way street the wrong direction a bicycle or a truck.

And I thought obedience of law is always based on following it, not luck.

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Posted in: Maglev train bidding obstruction probe spreads to Shimizu, Taisei See in context

Kyodo: ”When finished, Central Japan Railway Co will operate the world's first project using superconducting magnetic levitation technology.”

Wikipedia: ”The Shanghai maglev train or Shanghai Transrapid (Chinese: 上海磁浮示范运营线) is a magnetic levitation train, or maglev line that operates in Shanghai, China. The line was the third commercially operated magnetic levitation line to open in history. Construction of the line began in March 1, 2001, and public commercial service commenced on 1 January 2004.

I understand Kyodo’s National pride - after decades of development the JPN MagLev better be the best in the world! - but let’s not twist the history. I remember more than well comparing my experiences on the Shanghai commercial with the JR Yamanashi Test ride to my Japanese friends on board. Incheon Airport Maglev - having opened on Feb 1 2016 - is still on my list of future experiences.

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Posted in: Risky stalemate as science battles human fears at Fukushima See in context

Retire anyone getting living from the sea with lifetime compensation and release the water gradually. Start fast before it’s too late. Most economical and safest solution to all stakeholders. ThreeMileIsland took 13 years to finish a much less amount. Japan likely doesn’t have the luxury to wait for the next quake. #ActNow!

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Posted in: 'Missile launch, take cover': Another terrifying wake-up call for Japanese See in context

DPRK won't shoot at target unless they are put in a corner with no other way out than self-destruction with some of their arch rivals a.k.a. Trump&Co with them. KJU&Co know very well that their paradise will cease existing if they do. For domestic reasons, they are simply following a solid strategy to show that the big words from the West are taken back with the Supreme Leader's actions. And "fire and fury" gives an excellent excuse to do exactly that.

Instead of crying foul to Pyongyang, let's concentrate on convincing Trump&Co to listen to Rex Tillerson's broad views and act accordingly. The threat is the Japan's ally, not the enemy.

Just. Calm. Down.

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context

The Arian Germans admitted it. The Imperialist Japanese have not. Third aware vs. whitewashed generation growing in each. See the difference in the world recognition?

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context


Let's start with the fact that I had to scroll down 186 earlier comments in order to make mine = please add a new comment button at the top!

About the layout design, frankly speaking not much new. As someone said above, if t's working, don't fix it. And if you are doing it anyway, instead of readers anding up on unreachable page during the transition, please redirect to a page saying that you are revising the site! And would be nice to answer those support emails where users are asking is your site down...

All in all, not very impressed - about the layout and especially the process...

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