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Posted in: CEOs get $800,000 pay raise, leaving workers further behind See in context

I wonder if Carlos Ghosn's prosecutors are reading this article, puts a light on the various renumeration packages leading CEO's get, and the reason such large amounts are payed to them. Ghosn's case should have been an internal matter for the Nissan alliance group and their shareholders. Hopefully the Japanese legal system will realize that corporate governance should be handled internally.

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Posted in: Abe meets with U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton See in context

Abe , my mistake not all caps.

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Posted in: Abe meets with U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton See in context

Trump and his cabinet have disgraced the office of the USA, personally I think ABE acting on behalf of the new Emperor and the Japanese people is wrong to give Trump a State visit, it is certainly lowering the bar.

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Posted in: U.S., China exchange barbs over Huawei as trade tensions flare See in context

Has anyone told Pompeo and Trump and his cult followers, China is a communist country, or however you think of communism , and all Chinese companies have links to the government and all those Chinese employees have links to the government, so everything that is exported from China has made in China stamped on it, making all those products communist made, similar to Russia. Seems those facts don't matter to the rest of the world who trade with China, most consumers don't really care as long as the price is right. Has Trump ever considered that the worlds consumers might not want expensive American made products. The world we live in today offers the consumers a huge variety of choice and price from products that are made from all over the world, by workers who consist of various colors , ethnicity and religions and are most thankful that they have a job and thier quality of life has improved. Trump trying to hold the world to ransom with his protectionist policies, is not only illegal but really childish. As for Huawei spying, a poster already mention the American governments unsuccessful attempt to get Apple to put a back door in its phones, which I think FB is another agency of the US, but thats another matter. Plus products, ie:Japanese car parts, that Trump considers a national security threat, what , are you kidding me. The only threat to America's national security is Trump, Pompeo, Bolton and the rest of the lunatics in the WH that are running America.

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Posted in: Huawei unwanted: Asian shops shun phone trade-ins on Google suspension worries See in context

WTO has been to silent on Trumps whims to dictate illegal penalties against anything that isn't American made.

Whatever happened to peoples choice.

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Posted in: Brexit crisis: Minister quits, piling pressure on May See in context

UK and Euro politicians running around like headless chickens, time to call a general election, put the UKs future back in the British publics hands. This in or out of the European union has become a farce, plus Trump and America, good politics and democracy has been cast into the wilderness, in its place the comedy club, where personalities and self importance are more important that the public that put them in office, where the rule of law and constitutional rights are being trampled on, Armageddon is nearer than we think. How do I explain this fiasco to my children and grandchildren, time to grab a few good books a bottle of wine and try and find a deserted beach, with no wi-fi of plastic trash, but then again both of those options are only a dream.

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Posted in: Two Japanese mobile carriers postpone release of Huawei phones See in context

What's with the Japanese, Canadians .Europeans the UK , Trump says jump and they all jump, this is all about jealousy and the rise of China as a technological powerhouse. Seems everyone believes all the spin that comes out of Trump and America's mouth. America believes it should always be No 1, at all cost, remember Libya and Gaddafi's plan to ditch the metro dollar for gold and look what the US did there, and the EU floating the idea as the Euro to run along side the petro dollar, that idea 's fizzled out, why ? Venezuela the same, and America's sanctions which are mostly illegal and hurting millions, just so America can stay No1. ? China was abused for years by the west exploiting China and its workforce for its cheap labour, and everyone seems to forget how Japan was in in the same position once. Well America all your tariffs and sanctions, wars and regime changes are not going to keep you at No1 any longer, Asia is the place to be now , its exciting, its has a younger more intelligent workforce, with a hunger for knowledge ,technology is growing at such an alarming pace, so Trump, singling out Huawei is childish and is a battle you won't win.

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Posted in: Abe orders measures to secure road safety for preschool children See in context

"Abe also called for measures featuring advanced technology such as automatic braking systems to enhance the safety of vehicles driven by the elderly amid concern over the number of accidents caused by senior citizens behind the wheel" I have a question, why do the elderly in any major city require a car, I surrendered my driving license out of common and a moral sense and from the continuing reporting of the elderly in driving accidents and the negative responses . My reasoning was, if I was in an accident, everyone concerned would be thinking it was because of my age, wether the accident would have been my fault or not. I do recognize that those elderly living in the countryside or in the remote areas, a car being the only means of transport, especially those working well beyond retirement age this is a necessity. Japan has a system in place for all those who wish to renew their license after the age of 70 must take a test and each renewal after that. So this is a moral decision, as we get older, we are not always as sharp as we think we are, so as much as the government tries to help and place necessary laws regarding the elderly, the decision lies with license holder.

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Posted in: Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict See in context

Why was the main player, Israel, missing from this article. It's Israel who want the war, by dragging America and the Saudi's into a confrontation with Iran, will give Netanyahu what he has been trying for years to do an all out war with Iran. I only hope the citizens of all these countries concerned realize there will be huge losses of life military and civilian, and more body bags arriving back in America. How ironic, that whatever destruction that might take place in the middle east, no bombs will fall on America. I really wonder if the American population cares about what America does with its military actions, they'll never experience the terror that comes with wars, the loss of life , the destruction of cities. About time American political representatives started acting responsibly and take steps to reign in the likes of Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams, Rubio and Trump. There should be no military interventions against sovereign countries unless sanctioned by both the House and Senate.

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Posted in: 13 teen boys caught peeping into girls’ hot spring bath during class trip See in context

I've had more fun reading the comments, some . I even question the intelligence of some of the people writing the comment. Can we get real , these are healthy 15 year old boys with the same thoughts running round in their heads as the 15 year old girls. Would there be the same outcry if it was the girls looking over the fence at the boys, I doubt it. Just teenagers being teenagers, thank goodness there are still some fun left for the kids, especially in the society that we have today.

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Posted in: Trump order clears way for barring Huawei from U.S. telecommunications networks See in context

American motto "No one else will collect data or spy on our citizens but us" can't have someone else interfering with our police state.

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Posted in: Saudi oil tankers among those attacked off UAE amid Iran tensions See in context

Looks like this has CIA and Bolton and Pompeii's MO all over this, and I agree with RichardPearce how long before the EU abandons the dollar for oil transactions. Plus the price of oil has ridden dramatically since the sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, question is , who benefits from the oil price rise, America and certain ME countries, amazing how its been reported how America has now become the world leader in oil exports. Politics is a crappy dirty business, with no regard for the worlds population or their quality of life. So many other emergencies facing countries worldwide that need attention, instead, war mongering and conflicts seem to be the order of the day.

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Posted in: China says it will retaliate if Trump raises tariffs See in context

This I like , coming from the US -"Washington is pressing Beijing to roll back government plans to help Chinese industries become global leaders in robotics and other fields." Why, because the Chinese are far more advanced , younger far more intelligent and educated than Americans. Chinese are encouraged to innovate, and in the field technology it's changing so fast. Look how far the Chinese have progressed in technology, its infrastructure, it's high speed rail network, etc. Doesn't the US government help its own industries, by deregulation, by opening up public lands for the fossil fuel industries, granting permits for offshore drilling in what used to be protected seas. America could be doing the same if it wasn't so controlled by vested interests , the military complex and America's fixation of trying to instill its American doctrine on other sovereign nations. The only thing America likes is war and regime changes , the only thing is they aren't all that good at winning the wars they start or at successful regime changes. Sanctions are the only way for the US, dialogue , Nah, thats not the American way. So China just you continue on the path you're going, from what I see your doing it right.

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Posted in: Japan expects limited impact from U.S. move to scrap Iran oil sanctions waivers See in context

Strangling sanctions on Iran oil and Venezuelan oil only drives up the price of oil, now I wonder who gets the economic benefit from this illegal move, could it be the US and the Saudi's, price has already risen. How selfish, because this only punishes all the countries that have to rely on oil imports for economic survival. Once again the US using its bully boy tactics, for what eventual outcome.

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Posted in: Fast Retailing to raise salary for new recruits by 20% in 2020 See in context

" considering a wage hike for employees who entered before this April" stating you are going to raise salaries for new employees and only considering for present employees, must leave those employed at present with a bad feeling towards the company, any raises at any corporate company should be for all, and not a select few.

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Posted in: Suicide leading cause of death among Japanese children aged 10-14 See in context

Very sad statistics, but has anyone tried to annalise the groups. How about latch key kids, going home to an empty house every night after school and then there is the holidays, with both parents having to work to make ends meet.. Single parent families , where the parent has to work, and many time unsocial hours. Kids experiencing severe loneliness, not a good diet or fatigue through to much studying, worried all the time about their grades. The internet, social media, bullying, online abuse, I could go on, this is a worldwide social problem. So is this ridiculous, children in elementary school with smart phones, c'mon parents, wake up you need to be responsible, parents can't just expect their children to do it all, everyone seems to have missed the point, they are still children, they need to play, they need care and affection , a big hug and lots of praise, make them feel wanted.

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Posted in: U.S. looks to get more cash from allies that host its troops See in context

I think the US has got it wrong, should be the other way around, those countries hosting US military and installations should be requiring the US tp pay for their presence. The US wants to be in the countries were they are stationed, for reasons we all are aware.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_bases.

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Posted in: Trump says he would be 'very disappointed' in Kim if reports about N Korea launch site true See in context

Bolton and his NEOCON cronies filling the main stream media with more fear rhetoric. Fact, correct , the satellite images do show renewed structures at a launch site, alternative reason, the same model rocket and structure is needed to launch a satellite. Oh, maybe you thought the North Koreans couldn't launch a satellite, why not, all other countries with nuclear weapons launch satellites, also other countries who have tested Nuclear weapons have launched satellites. There is more space junk flying around the earth at the moment that we don't know the reason of. I've said it before North Korea isn't a threat, it's just using its ability to protect itself, from what North Korea sees as a threat from America. Some other countries don't have alternative ways of protecting themselves from US interference.

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Posted in: N Korea rebuilds part of missile site it promised Trump to dismantle See in context

More ramping up of the fear mongering rhetoric from the US government and the main stream media. This is the best they could come up with after Trumps failed summit. Don't be fooled, North Korea isn't a threat to anyone, the one everyone should fear is the US. Just look at those surrounding Trump, Pompeo, Bolton,and now Abrams, the man Bush pardoned after his conviction for the Contras fiasco, all right wing NEOCON's. Keep the US away from this part of the world and it will sort its own problems out.

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Posted in: Trump-Kim rift over nuclear weapons underlines threat to Japan See in context

I wish Japan and the US would stop war mongering, North Korea isn't a threat, just using North Korea as an excuse to ramp up US arm sales and for the US to keep a military presence here in the Far East. Best scenario is accept North Korea as a nuclear state, and reach a multi national agreement to monitor North Korea like the agreement with Iran, regarding Iran the agreement is working even with the US pullout . Sanctions are a criminal act , trying to force the US agenda on the countries it has placed sanctions against. Personally I would like to see multi national inspections on all nuclear states plus those countries capable of producing nuclear weapons. I don't think Israel would agree to inspections, but if sanctions were placed on Israel we might see more transparency and maybe a peace deal and the scrapping of Israel inhumane apartheid policy against the Palestinians. Sanctions should only be used if any country has broken any of the many UN agreements, and should only be used with a majority vote in the UN and sanctioned by the UN, and not just by the US or the EU just because they don't like a countries political system.

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Posted in: Trump hails North Korea's 'awesome potential' See in context

Denuclearization or hypocrisy , either words ,what do they actually mean , and who does it best serve. how come the US wants to create its own rules, by deciding who shall it serve best. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_states_with_nuclear_weapons. The hypocrisy lies with the US foreign policy, if you check out the link you'll see that India, Pakistan and North Korea have the capability having successfully tested Nuclear weapons. But I can' t seem to find Iran on that list, and yet, Pakistan, a haven for terrorists and an unstable political system has, but is not part of the US strategy , why I wonder. North Korea doesn't harbor terrorists but it is deemed a threat but Pakistan isn't, confused !!. Getting back to Iran, who are considered funders of terrorism, that is questionable, correct me if I'm wrong or have made mistake, but Iran has not produced or tested a Nuclear device, and is abiding by a treaty that the US pulled out of, much to the delight of Israel. So is this really about the US wanting North Korea to denuclearize or is this just a PR stunt for Trump and the Trump organization to further their business interests, here in the far east, remember Trump tower Moscow.

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Posted in: U.S., China open trade talks in Beijing See in context

"They're showing us tremendous respect," he added. This coming from Trump is his typical arrogance. Respect has to be mutual and earned and not expected just because your America. Does he not think that China also deserves respect, in this Asian region Trump and America out of thier league, China has the upper hand regarding trade and investment in Asia, America knows this, and if they go into negotiations with the bullying American attitude they are going to lose. We keep hearing from America about how China is suffering, who are they trying to impress, the American public, certainly not the Chinese. Asia is the hub of the world now, in so many fields they are leading, plus they have a younger, more educated, more switched on labour force. The problem I personally see, is what ever the outcome, Trump will take center stage and say how he alone won and China lost.

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Posted in: Trump says he will meet with China's Xi to try to seal trade deal See in context

This picture says it all, Trump angry faced , wagging a finger at China's representative, another media photo shows only two Chinese representing China and yet trump is surround by all his cabinet, all right wing white men. Trump does not understand this part of the world, or protocol or good manners. Finger wagging is insulting and not the correct way to address anyone from this part of Asia. If Trump thinks he is going to get everything he wants from a Chinese trade deal, showing anger and disrespect to the Chinese he is going to be disappointed.

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Posted in: Trump slams his 'naive' intelligence services; says they should go back to school See in context

Trump, Pompeo, Bolton and now Abrams, it looks more like a war cabinet, full of NEOCON right wing warmongering lackys. They want a war with Iran edged on by Israel, plus the attempted coup in Venezuela, America is not looking so good now on the world stage. This week it ignored the UN charter regarding intervention in Venezuela, makes up its own rules as it goes along, with Trump thinking more like a dictator. The mentality of Trump has to be questioned he seems more deranged than the leaders of the countries he accuses.

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Posted in: Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions See in context

So here we go again, the crazy NEOCON's raise their ugly head, Trump, the CIA, Pompeo, Bolton, and now Elliot Abrams and we know who he is (In 1991, facing a multi-count felony indictment, Abrams agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts for withholding information to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. He was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service, and later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush.) this is how the pardon privilege works. So you want to threaten the EU, I find that hilarious, America getting quite busy, tariff war with China, already has political involvement in , Iran, Venezuela, and now the EU, already fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and many more African countries, trying to put Americanism wherever it can. And I thought colinization had ended. The US is losing its mo jo and its terrified , no longer the overall superpower, the President no longer the most powerful man on the planet. 2 trillion dollars in debt, a divided nation, so many domestic problems, plus immigration, and the clown in the WH asylum wants to build a wall. Well I raise 2 fingers to Trump and his right wingers, and the present US foreign policy, because all I see is a download spiral in the security of the world, I worry for my children and grandchildren, the world is in a worse state politically today, than since the end of WW11, and the rise of the far right is troubling.

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Posted in: U.S. calls on world to 'pick a side' on Venezuela See in context

Ironic ,with all its domestic problems Trump can't even run America. Whichever way you look at this, it's a coup orchestrated by the US and the Republican party, namely the NEOCON group. Trump gave Rubio the task of Venezuela and now Elliott Abrams( has been appointed envoy by Pompeo, (https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/26/americas/elliott-abrams-venezuela-special-envoy-career/index.html ) This intervention by the US is nothing new, since the 60's the Republican political machine has been interfering in the policies of other countries,(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservatism ) , their ultimate goal was to instill American conservatism on other countries, the middle east, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Central and Latin America. Pompeo and Bolton are two of that group and are a danger to world peace and stability. America is hypocritical, the world knows it was behind this failed coup and yet it appeals to the rest of the world to take action. Guaido is just a puppet being used by the CIA and the US, this is all about big OIL. America has been punishing Venezuela and its people since Chavez came to power and nationalised its oil industry, kicking out the oil companies. Prior to Chavez , the Venezuelan people were already suffering under Caldera, mainly because of the corruption by the elite and ruling classes. I agree Venezuela has its problems, the drop in the price of oil didn't help Chavez or the lack of professional people running its huge oil deposits, but intervention by the US or any other country is not acceptable, including Russian and its neighbors.

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Posted in: Trump moves ahead with plans for State of the Union speech See in context

The position of an American President is supposed to represent America and all Americans, Trump doesn't fall into either catergory , Trump only represents Trump, president in name only , and he only has the backing of lesss than a third of all Americans. Trump doesn't care about the partial government shutdown or those 800000 plus workers or their families, Trump is avoid of any empathy. There is a quick solution to get the government open and up and running without Trump and either parties. What does Trump thrive on most, TV and media coverage , just to inflate his enormous ego. All it needs is the unions representing those government workers to get the unions representing those TV and media camera crews to back their members and withdraw all TV and media coverage to Trump and all government politicians. Trump without TV and media is nothing. So if Trumps want to do his state of the union speech , he can Twitter it.

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Posted in: JOC chief 'did not know' of lobby firm's links to middle man: investigators See in context

So much hypocrisy and contradiction regarding the way the Japanese system uses the law to protect or deny accusations toward Japan or Japanese nationals or how the world views Japan. The justice system in Japan is flawed and dysfunctional , now is the time to join the laws of the 21st century, you can't keep hiding behind cultural views , and the using, " Well this is Japan, and this is how we do things". you can't expect to be a major player on the world political stage and push for globalization if you are not willing to accept facts that come from both inside and outside of Japan. Japan Inc is facing so many problems internally, but we see very little action regarding those Japanese being held accountable, but see a quick reaction to unfounded accusations and jailing against a leading foreign CEO. Time for the laws to be changed, to fit in with the 21st Century.

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Posted in: Pelosi accuses Trump of endangering U.S. troops, lawmakers See in context

Yet the same day, Milania Trump was flown to Miami in a military aircraft, ?? not mentioned in this article.

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Posted in: Suicides in Japan down for 9th straight year to 37-year low in 2018 See in context

Roughly 56 suicides a day, what a horrendous statistic. Every year they produced statistics, but no question and answers why, or how to prevent. They will probably just create another committee like previously , to look into the findings of that committee. More has to be done to bring awareness of mental health issues, starting in schools. No age group is exempt from these findings, and Japan has to overcome this cultural issue of shame. There is no shame in asking for help, and there should always be someone to listen, wether it be a parent, a sibling, a family member, a friend or coworker. People should be encouraged to come forward if they have a problem, I admire the volunteers that man 24 hour hotlines, but they to need more help and resources, they can't be expected to do it alone. Ten minutes of your time to listen to someone, just might save a life. Mental health issues are not just a problem in Japan, but a worldwide problem.

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