Mike James comments

Posted in: Airbnb touts Japan recovery, bolstered by hotel listings See in context

AirBnb skirts and flaunts laws, takes a large cut, but never takes any responsibility for their thievery. . They flaunted Japan’s laws and left honest hosts hanging. Have they changed? No.

The best reason to completely ban AirBnb in Japan is obvious, as espoused by the chief propagandist.

““Airbnb is leading the industry in terms of compliance,” Airbnb co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Nathan Blecharczyk said.” I would prefer a bed-bug free, clean and comfortable Conrad room anyday.

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Posted in: Is there a way out of the U.S.-China trade fight? See in context

Anything made in China and exported to the US is replaceable. Textiles from Southeast Asia, hi tech from Japan, and tourists from Europe. Other countries will gladly fill in if China decides to sit this one out.

Jet engines, rudders, anything wirh multiple moving tech (yes the billet trains work based on foreign technology), chips, and other high tech products which only the US can supply? China needs it badly and the technology to put it to use and make it run correctly. China needs to give a lot to make the partnership equal. China needs the world more than the world needs China. We can suffer if the price of sweat shirts rise at Wal Mart and as for tech, I trust DARPA.

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Posted in: Incoming emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition See in context

@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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Posted in: 80% of young eels farmed in Japan may have been smuggled from Taiwan See in context

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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Posted in: Vietnamese workers, streaming to Japan, face risks as labor system opens up See in context

@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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Posted in: Leopalace21 probe finds ex-president directed changing wall materials See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't investigates 700 foreign students AWOL from Tokyo university See in context

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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Posted in: Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel See in context

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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Posted in: Otsuka Kagu head calls for father-daughter cooperation amid feud See in context

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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Posted in: Mitsubishi jet starts test flights in U.S. to gain safety certification See in context

@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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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't to bolster steps to help foreigners in event of massive Tokyo quake See in context

*"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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Posted in: Japanese firms wary of boosting investment amid intensifying trade war See in context

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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Posted in: Dowdy no more: Men in suits storm back into style See in context

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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Posted in: Nissan to file civil suit for damages against Ghosn: source See in context

The Nissan Headquarters in Yokohama does not have an airport.

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Posted in: Letters From Japan: 'Why must we visit my Canadian husband’s home every year?' See in context

@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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Posted in: Letters From Japan: 'Why must we visit my Canadian husband’s home every year?' See in context

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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Posted in: Nailed it: How a manicure master clawed her way to the top See in context

"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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Posted in: S Korea says Japan showed no definitive proof of radar lock-on See in context

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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Posted in: American man pleads guilty to killing, dismembering woman in Osaka See in context

"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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Posted in: Rakuten announces fully cashless smart stadium concept See in context

"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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Posted in: Google Japan unit found to have underreported ¥3.5 bil in taxable income See in context

"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."

BS

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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Posted in: Nomura aims for increased deal-related business in U.S. push: CEO See in context

" 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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Posted in: New allegations against Ghosn concern payments to Saudi businessman See in context

For fun, Renault should be buying as many shares of Nissan to increase their hold from 43% to 50.1%

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Posted in: In Japan, a scramble for new workers disrupts traditional hiring practices See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo, Seoul clash over S Korean warship's fire-control radar lock-on See in context

Nice airplane!

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Posted in: Ghosn re-arrested for aggravated breach of trust See in context

@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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Posted in: Ghosn re-arrested for aggravated breach of trust See in context

@Schopenhauer

Are you living in Japan? The law here is that suspects are innocent until or unless proven guilty. Perhaps it is strange to you only because you lack an understanding of your constitution.

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Posted in: Nissan probe into Ghosn turns to 'CEO Reserve' fund, Dutch unit See in context

@schopenhauer

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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Posted in: Nissan probe into Ghosn turns to 'CEO Reserve' fund, Dutch unit See in context

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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