Mirai Hayashi comments

Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

@Browny1

You call these things "extreme technologies" but they're really not. They are quickly becoming the norm. Pretty soon, you won't to buy any car without these features installed because people won't know how to drive without them.

Remember when most of the cars on the road had manual transmissions and EVERYONE knew how to drive them? Look at where we are now. There are tons of people now who cannot drive manual -so much so, that in Japan, you practically need a special provision on your license to able drive a manual transmission car, which is ridiculous. You can thank Toyota for championing car made for dumb people. And now people often -way too often -mistake the accelerator or the brakes, so we have to put these stupid cameras and sensors on the cars to make sure that they don't run into walls or into people.

I don't think it would be too far fetched to say that pretty soon you'll need a special provision to drive any car that can't park itself or stop you from being an idiot driver.

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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

And I don't mind missing at all writing a letter by pen, putting it in an envelope, putting a stamp on it, posting it and waiting for yonks for the reply. 

Again, false equivalence. You are comparing apples to oranges. If you tell me that you don't miss having to shift gears, or strain myself trying to steer a car with no power steering...or even worse, go back to the days of the horse and carriage, well that's an argument that can be made. But your argument about TV remotes, snail mail, and writing with pens....that's not in the same class.

Speedy delivery of messages and using electronic writing utensils are a necessity in this day in age. We cannot go back to using the older methods otherwise it will adversely affect the way we do things. Whereas, not having a car that can park itself, or one that applies the brakes when there is an object in front of me, isn't something that is necessary (for most drivers at least -although if we keep dumbing down society with these stupid things, people won't know how to drive anymore)

Moreover, analog cars that you actually have to "drive" still exist and work, and hopefully they'll continue to exist and work in the future.

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Posted in: Manager of adult entertainment shop arrested for kidnapping 16-year-old girl See in context

Police said she was not harmed.

The police need to redefine their definition of "harm", because I think she plenty harmed.

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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

If your targeting the younger driver, why do they have to associate it with the corolla? 

If you're targeting the younger driver, the driving experience matters, not the name. Build a car that you have actually drive, not just just sit in and press down on the gas and brake pedals. Although speed is good, its not essential. I have had plenty of fun in a Honda Beat, which only has 660ccs and barely makes 60hp, but the engine revved up to 11,000 rpms and felt like a cross between a go cart and a sports bike. That car wasn't fast. but it was tons of fun and looked really cool. You get more turned heads in that car than anything "sporty" that Toyota makes.

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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

Toyota aren't for everyone

But they are suppose to be for everyone, THAT'S their problem, and that's why they are so boring. Their sports cars (when they made sports cars) were fun and sexy in the mid to late 90's, but now they've made them comfortable and slow, because a lot of their customers wanted to "look" cool, but didn't care for the uncomfortable ride that comes with sports cars. So now you have an amalgamation of boring slow cars that try to look cool. And the coolest car that they have made in the last 20 years, the LFA took ten years to build and develop, and yet was not regularly available to anyone.

I guess you're talking aesthetics here, not quality right?

It depends on the model. Lexi's aren't too bad, though I'd argue that most of them are just BMW or Mercedes knock offs, albiet pretty good knock offs. But for the regular joe who can't afford to pay 6 million + yen for an overpriced Toyota, they have to buy the cheaper Corolla or Prius, which have about the same build quality and finish of a Tamiya plastic model.

Also, keep in mind that Toyota don't really create their own technology anymore. Most of it was acquired through buyouts or mergers with other companies. For example, most of their performance engines are made by Yamaha or Subaru which they had bought shares in. Toyota does not have their own Kei car division, so they bought shares in Daihatsu. And most of their body stylings are copies from other manufacturers (example the older Prius looks like Honda's Insight or CRX, Toyota Wish looks like the Honda Stream, and most of their crossover SUVs look like the Subaru Forester).

The drivers cars are still there, but they're a more niche market than ever before

Please give me an example of a drivers car that Toyota makes. And please please don't say the GT86, because its not. Its a luke warm attempt at a reboot of an old icon made to stimulate the nads of the Initial D fanboys. 200hp? In this day and age? That car would have been awesome in 1995, but in the days when the family wagon averages 250hps, its very anemic. I would have more enjoyment driving a Nissan Stagea Wagon with the detuned GTR engine.

Who'd want to go back to jumping out of their lounge chair to adjust the volume, contrast or change the channel on their black and white 20inch tv.

False equivalent. I would rather drive a fully analog 150hp 1986 Trueno AE86 than a 200hp fully digital but boring 2016 GT86 any day. If I wanted a fully digitized, computer governed, all looks but no fun car, I would just buy a PlayStation and save me a lot of money.

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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

@browny1

We're not talking about the days of yesteryear. Like I said earlier, Toyota use to be cool, when they were innovative and original like the gull wing doors on the Toyota Sera or the gen 2 MR-2 that looked like a mini Ferrari, not to mention the iconic AE86 . Now its all crap. Not a single car in their lineup is appealing. Yeah, they do their job, but so does a bike and a bus. Toyota has turned into a marketing company, and as much as I like Honda, they've also started going in the same direction -boring, ove-engineered econoboxes that are an absolute bore to drive. Bring back the manual transmission, pop-up headlamps, mid engine layouts....bring back the soul!!

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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

Late 80's and 90's were when Toyota was still cool, and they had cool and interesting cars like the Supra and Celica. I had a 2dr rear wheel drive Corolla hardtop in highschool, and it had a lot of pep and soul compared to the crapbox Corollas they make today. Toyota has completely lost their soul when they recognized Honda as a serious competitor, because Honda was snatching up the sports compact car market. Toyota then started copying Honda's designs to win back the market but their designs were so inferior. Front wheel drive Celica? Really??

Now they make boring econoboxes that practically drive themselves for old people who have a hard time telling the difference between the accelerator and brakes, and employ aggressive marketing strategies designed to doctor sales and performance figures.

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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

"Worlds Best Selling"...hah! Riiiight!

These are inflated numbers concocted by ToyBoata's marketing department. Toyboata, has many different models with the "Corolla" badge on it (example Corolla Ractus, Corolla Fielder, Corolla Sports...etc., but in their sales figures, they lump in as one model "Corolla".

What a joke...Toyota has a good marketing department, but their products are crap.

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Posted in: Man charged with killing 7-year-old girl, leaving body on railway track in Niigata See in context

@serendipitous1

To some anti-social psychopaths, that would be heaven! They don't have to interact with people around them, they do a little work and get three meals a day. Yes, its no resort, but for some people who have given up on life, like this rabid animal, its an escape.

I like the idea of letting the parents decide his fate. They are the victims now, and their lives are ruined because of this monster, so they have every right to decided whether he gets to live or die.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl falls to her death from 3rd-floor apartment See in context

My daughter started walking at 9 months old and started climbing on furniture at 11 months only. After she took her first steps, we child proofed EVERYTHING. Made sure that all doors and windows were locked, and never took our eyes off her.

With 3 older siblings, you'd think that the parents would realize that toddlers will get into EVERYTHING. But I get some people never learn

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Posted in: Man charged with killing 7-year-old girl, leaving body on railway track in Niigata See in context

Sorry, in most cases I do agree that life in prison should be sufficient, but what this swine (which is an insult to all swines) did was so heinous and brutal. If I were the girl's parent, I would want to see this man fry! He hit her with a car, RAPED her, STRANGLED her, and if that wasn't enough, he didn't even allow her to die with dignity. He had to brutalized her further by putting her lifeless body on the train tracks to be more mutilated even further.

Life in prison??? REALLY??? His victim probably BEGGED for her life and he stole it from her. And when he BEGS for his life in court, we are just suppose to just hand it to him???

NO, NO, NO, NO...he does not deserve the luxury of living in any prison. That's reserved for people who can be rehabilitated and coexist peacefully with others. This MONSTER has a sick and diseased mind that cannot be treated. A rabid dog cannot be cured. They need to be put down, before they hurt others.

He knew the consequences of his actions and yet he killed her any way. This is NOT the way a normal mind works. All of you parents out there, just think for one second that this person got to your child.

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Posted in: Man charged with killing 7-year-old girl, leaving body on railway track in Niigata See in context

I nearly cried reading this story. This pig needs to be slaughtered for what he's done. No lesser punishment is acceptable.

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Posted in: U.S. military may house immigrant children; Melania's jacket causes stir on border visit See in context

*the first lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said "there was no hidden message."*

And DJT tweets:

*....*refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"

So which is it? Is there a hidden message or isn't there? I don't think that Melania is as stupid as her husband, and the message was quite intentional. She clearly does not want to be FLOTUS and is clearly forced into a cause she doesn't not care about.

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Posted in: 18-year-old youth arrested for stabbing 9-year-old boy outside school See in context

bullied when younger

what to see what it felt like killing someone

I was angry

I was depressed

I was unhappy

I was mad at myself

I didn't like the way I was looked at.

He smiled at me funny

He didn't return my good morning

the list just grows...

You missed the most common one:

I was drunk and don't remember a thing

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Posted in: Father of slain Vietnamese girl demands death penalty See in context

I TOTALLY don't blame him! If the lenient J-Justice system gives him a light sentence, it would be an outrage! I wouldn't accept anything BUT death for this scum!

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Posted in: 23-year-old man arrested for killing older sister See in context

Such a stupid and childish reason

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Posted in: Woman killed after car hit by train on crossing in Saga See in context

That wouldn't explain why it was stopped.

But if she heard alarm and saw the gate coming down, maybe she might have abandoned the car to safe herself

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after being locked inside TV stand cabinet by father See in context

If neutering humans was a thing, these two would be a good candidate for it

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Posted in: Marijuana tops paint thinner as most abused substance in Japan See in context

Paint thinner and glue are abused on a regular basis by teens in Japan, and yet are readily available to anyone including kids. Whereas, no one has ever died from marijuana usage, and its considered a dangerous drugs.

And consider this, there are substances called "legalized herbs" in Japan, which are several time more toxic and dangerous and yet are allowed for recreational use.

Japan: please get a clue already. Parts of the US and Europe have legalized marijuana with great success. If you cannot lead, at least follow!

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Posted in: Man who stabbed four relatives, killing 6-year-old girl, to undergo psychiatric evaluation See in context

I think we can safely assume that anyone who does this is insane...so what's the point? So he can plea insanity...sorry he needs to be put away because he obviously poses a huge danger to society.

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Posted in: Woman killed after car hit by train on crossing in Saga See in context

There are no crossing gates or alarm at the site and police are trying to determine why the car was stopped on the crossing.

Maybe because there are no crossing gates or alarms??? Nobody ever thought this would be a safety concern?

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after being hit by car driven by mother See in context

People are so careless here. I just had a go at the police the other night for giving ME a warning, when a woman ran right in front of my car (while moving). No common sense.

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Posted in: Marijuana tops paint thinner as most abused substance in Japan See in context

So legalize it already!!!! Wake up to the 21st century JAPAN!!!!

with some believing marijuana is less harmful than other types of drugs.

This is such an absurd statement! Marijuana IS less harmful. Do you honestly believe that its just as harmful than snorting PAINT THINNER?? And the stupid thing is that the more dangerous chemical is legal!

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Posted in: Man gets 23 years for beating stranger to death outside park toilet See in context

and just wanted to kill someone so he could go to prison and get away from his workplace. He also said he was in debt.

So, essentially the (non) justice system just gave this lazy bum exactly what he wanted - a way out of a miserable pathetic life so that he can mooch off tax payers and waste away in prison...nice! And in 23 years, he can kill another person so he get another lenient sentence.

It times like this, I believe that the death penalty is not such a bad idea.

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Posted in: Knife rampage aboard bullet train kills 1, injures 2 See in context

Raid his apartment and I bet you find a room full of AKB paraphernalia

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Posted in: Shinkansen rampage revives debate over safety and convenience See in context

I certainly hope that the DOT doesn't overreact to this nutter's stabbings by 'airportizing' shinkansen stations. Its already a major pain in the rump to fly, it would be really bad to make taking the train just as painful.

If guns are banned then incels and other nutters turn to knives.

I'm pretty sure that if he had a gun, MANY more people would have died. Not even a viable argument so don't even start.

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Posted in: Game arcade operator found guilty of fraud by rigging claw machines See in context

I thought they were all rigged

Exactly what I was going to say...they're all rigged!! The springs in the claw are so weak, they probably wouldn't be able to hold a feather. If you're going to imprison this guy, you've got to imprison all arcade operators!

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Posted in: Canadian man goes to court alleging paternity harassment See in context

OMFG...this is so utterly ridiculous. Is there any humanity left in this work. US financial firms are so fricken corrupt and evil. And I am so GLAD that I divested from MUFJ. They were horrible to begin with, but now even more horrible for participating in this harassment.

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Posted in: Man gets 19 years in prison for arson murders of wife, two children See in context

Killing 3 people is mass murder...and only 19 years? It makes me wonder how serious of crime do you have to commit to end up on death row in Japan/

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Posted in: Police arrest graduate students for Kyoto intersection 'kotatsu' stunt See in context

I guess they were trying to prove Darwin's theory for their post graduate thesis.

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