@semperfi "... Empress Michiko managed the transition with seamless grace" ... and "unparalleled serenity & majesty."
You need to study up before posting. Michiko's marriage and rise to Empress was nothing close to "unparalleled serenity & majesty." It was one of the biggest struggles ever documented.
And as an FYI, there are dozens of intriguing backgrounders on why Masako said no, and it was not only the Imperial Household, but her family, several universities, and some professors who were involved and had issues with the marriage. The story is much deeper than what is played up in the media. It might be the second biggest struggle ever documented.
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Hamamatsu has been known for its eels for a long time, but there is a story behind the story.
Even 20 years ago, there was news and rumor that eels were being brought in live and “processed” in Hamamatsu. Here’s why.
The area of “processing” determines origin under Japanese food processing law. Some sellers with low to no scruples were selling Hamamatsu eel from Taiwan even 20 or more years ago.
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＠StrangerlandToday ”I don't know what the exchange rate of credits to yen/dong is.” Reallly? Type it in Google and your answer is 232,100,000
But where do you know it was in VDN? The report says $10k so unless you have some inside knowledge, keep your opinions to yourself.
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Leo Palace had a decent reputation for mid/levels apartments so who would have guessed? Who could know, and fire retardant materials? How nice to know that your 10 story apartment is not up to fire codes... This too was a story during the bubble, which precipitated each stage of construction requiring pictures to be taken at each stage. With Photoshop, who knows if the pictures are real. If you are living in an apartment, you’ll never know.
When a friend was having a house built, he told me members of his family took turns and pulled up a lawn chair, and took his own pictures along with the company names, construction workers, and all of the construction and materials.
Still no guarantee.
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I hope this hasn’t surprised anyone; this scam been going on for twenty or more years now.
Some foreign students were even sharing bank deposit certificates (submitted to the same or different school) and other documents, and the forgery ring was (and still is) quite sophisticated.
It has been making it very difficult for honest exchange students to get a visa, admitted to a university, find an apartment, and not be considered a flight risk.
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Typical drivel. Other House members have been censored for similar or less. Omar should be stripped of her committees and then she can have more time to pow-wow with Farrakhan about her world views.
As for “views are shared by an ever-growing portion of younger generations in the U.S., including Jews” bad writing makes for a good point. If one Jew believed this and his friend joined it is a 100% increase. “Ever-growing proportion” is NOT a fact, it is simply a way to bs when you have no proof.
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Otsuka Kagu has been a lost cause since the bubble era. They sell fair-quality quality products sourced cheaply overseas and marketed as "upscale" here. Now that any item can be easily priced over the net, the masses have seen how Otsuka Kagu has been ripping off customers.
Both the father and daughter ignored IKEA and Nitori and they should have opened Otsuka Light, instead of continuing to raise rices and hope that the image would carry them through. Most of the generation who bought from Otsuka are well into their 80s, and their children and grandchildren are enjoying meatballs at Ikea.
The Otsuka showrooms are drab, boring, and if you want to just take a look, you are REQUIRED to register with ID so they can keep your name and phone number.
On one level the employees will be the ones that suffer but I hope the battle brings down both the daughter and the father.
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@AkieToday Japan is awakening.
Awakening as Rip Van Winkle, from a nightmare of cost overruns, poor designs, bad understanding of aerospace realities, into a living hell in competing in a market which is already saturated with better products.
The Mits jet has nothing special to offer the market unless it so heavily subsidized that it is dumped. Even then, parts, maintenance, and other issues which would need so much work for so few planes it would not make it an attractive purchase, say for a few Japanese feeder routs.
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Sex is not something that can change. Gender might be.
All the hormone therapy in the world will not change a man into a woman as it is chromosones, not clothes and long hair, that determines sex.
If and until chromosomes (not genes) can be interchanged, and the Y chromosone can be removed from trillions of cells, then sex cannot be changed.
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*"The ministry will beef up airports and railways' quake resiliency to ensure the rapid return of foreign visitors."*
Does that mean they will an extra train for the rapid return to my home in Saitama? "Return" seems to be the key word here.
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The title is; “Japanese Firms Wary” but the article does not support this.
Some 52 percent of respondents said they would not change their capital spending amounts next fiscal year versus this year, whereas 12 percent said they would cut. Meanwhile, 22 percent planned to increase investment, and 14 percent said they would do likewise but only moderately.
So 89% will maintain or increase capital spending. So why the focus on China-US relations when about 90% will continue or increase investments in 2019?
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The suit never went out of style.
Most of the Great Unwashed just never figured that a suit can be comfortable, good looking, and stylish as well.
Everyone in the know have been wearing suits all the time. Nothing like throwing $2000 at a well tailored suit.
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The Nissan Headquarters in Yokohama does not have an airport.
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@RecklessToday "In defense of Japanese women, I find that they are well-traveled compared to many Westerners, so the point of the woman's letter above may not so much be about complaining about visiting his family as not being able to travel as she had done before. "
She has more than 49 weeks in which to travel. No need to defend Japanese women, they do just fine, and in this case, is simply a gold digger. Let it go.
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Most Japanese will go home twice a year, in July and December. I am sure this guy has to endure watching TV, eating mikans and drinking the same old beer.
If she cannot "endure" taking a free trip to Canada, he should simply divorce her. How ungrateful.
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"Takano, who is credited as the inventor of pressed flower nail art, has spent half of her life helping her clients express their individuality through their fingers and toes, letting their nails speak on their behalf."
So what does plain pink represent? lol
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Both sides are being rather stubborn and are pointing fingers at each other.
They deserve each other, and both are guilty.
Move on, nothing to see here.
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"a condominium rented out to tourists"
Come on! Just call it what it was, and AirBnB. I am tired of seeing Japanese media trying its best to not say AirBnB. I am sure AirBnB had a say in this too. AirBnB's reputation is so low here anyway that it really doesn't matter.
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"Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and J1 League professional soccer team Vissel Kobe will roll out fully cashless payment systems under the “smart stadium concept” at their respective home stadiums"
This is not being done out of kindness or any reason to do with making things easier. All customers will be required to download "Mickey's" App, and pay directly to Rakuten. They avoid the middleman and collect all the money themselves, and will have all the funds available for investment until settled 30 days later.
There is no new "concept" here--it is as old as the earth. It is called greed.
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"While admitting it has corrected its tax declarations, the Japan unit said in a written statement that it did not intend to avoid paying tax and that it will continue to pay tax in accordance with Japanese law."
They DID intend to avoid paying tax, otherwise they would have not shifted this money without reason, and the reason would have been upheld upon auditing by the NTA. Where are the auditors in all of the cases?
This occurred in 2015, and it is just being found now? The auditors should have found this well before taxes were even filed. An auditor is hired to find these kinds of errors, and should not be signing off on fraud. Since auditors can withhold signing and approving the final books, they should also hold legal responsibility for these mistakes.
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" It [Nomura] is trying to build up businesses there without taking on bigger risks."
That is why the economy is stagnant. Risks will rewarded. This guy just wants free money.
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For fun, Renault should be buying as many shares of Nissan to increase their hold from 43% to 50.1%
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This phenomenon is older than the hills. “Stable” jobs at bigger and more established companies are the first to disappear, leaving smaller companies to fight over the remaining talent pool, and this process continues all the way down.
Fourth and fifth rate companies such as CyberAgent and Mercari are bit players mascarading as legit , and if they were paying a fair wage based on talent they would certainly be happy to have it disclosed.
Yo be fair, Japan’s old guard is not much better, with refrains if the sky falling, is just covering up a more systemic problem of not hiring for talent but for university name.
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@M3M3M3: This practice of resetting the clock with a new charge is incredibly common in every western country too. Police and prosecutors are very sensitive to the time limits. Terror suspects, for example, will initially be charged with weapons possession while evidence is being gathered for a more serious charge.
The systems are not comparable, especially when compared to the United States. The prosecution in the United States generally has up to 48 hours to charge suspects, and if there is not enough evidence, they ae released. If they are charged, they get to see a judge, with representation, to determine bail. Suspects have the right to talk a lawyer and are Mirandized. Japan can hold a suspect for two, ten-day terms, even more if the judge agrees, limits access to a lawyer for less tea 30 minutes at their discretion, Legal representation is not allowed to be present during questioning, and suspects cannot meet with, or call, friends or family.
I don't understand how the systems are even remotely related. Ghosn is not a terror suspect.
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Please explain your comments. “It comes from the differences of the systems of corporations and societies - Japan and the West. Japan borrowed the system but we are Japanese. At the bottom, we are different.”
How does being Japanese excuse you and the rest of the population from oversight the the rule of law in Japan?
Japan is part of the world but gets a pass on ethics and law?
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An internal investigation? How?
The article says “Why would (internal financial staff) go in and check one-million-dollar transactions in a subsidiary.”
I certainly would. In the real world, a few of those make a big difference. That amount buys a lot of car parts, or even partial running costs for an assembly line.
If they don’t look at a US1M transaction, do they look at 100 1M transactions? 500 of them? When do internal safeguards kick into place?
Sounds like Nissan was keeping things from Ghosn long before they started the plan to frame him. Maybe he was set up to hide the numerous million dollar transactions that nobody decided to monitor.
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Nissa is what is called a “fair weather friend.”
When facing bankruptcy they would have and did anything for Renault, including giving them 43%. Psykawa and his cronies were saved from humiliation by Ghosn. No favor goes unpunished.
Renault taught Nissan well, and now Nissan is successful because they were shown a new way to be successful. Now the ungrateful want to bankrupt themselves again morally, which is obvious. Give them their wish, and when Psykawa brings his company down again, it will be the Japanese taxpayers who are forced to cough up the billions to bail them out again. They will be are the new “coalition of the (un)willing.”
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