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Posted in: Toyota launches new Sienta in Japan See in context

@Zoroto may be surprised to know:

World's first mass produced electric car

= Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2nd most popular electric car in the world

= Nissan Leaf

World's first hydrogen-electric cars

= Honda Clarity & Toyota Mirai

Back on topic: The original Sienta was dreadful. Let's hope they've learnt from the past two decades.

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Posted in: Japan plans to send SDF plane for Ukraine refugee aid this month See in context

It’s the least we could do.

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Posted in: Honda, Sony joining forces on new electric vehicle See in context

Well, the fonts match.

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Posted in: Do you think Russia is going to invade Ukraine? See in context

I reckon Putin's aim was to divide Europe, but the US and UK made Germany a good enough to counter that threat.

Now that Plan A has failed Ukraine is now in an even more dangerous predicament, because Plan B is harder to read and Putin does not want to look like a chump.

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Posted in: WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries See in context

Average age in S. Africa is 27.

In the USA it's 38.

The UK is on 40.

And in Japan it's 48.

It's quite possible that the relatively mild symptoms observed in S. Africa are due to the strength of the infected, rather than the strength of the virus.

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Posted in: Toyota defends skipping COP26 emissions pledge See in context

Thank you Yoshida-san, for mentioning what has thus far remained unsaid.

The developing world - and that's most of it - will not be switching to BEVs in 2035. Or 2055 for that matter.

Of the four that have made the commitment (Ford, GM, Daimler-Benz and Volvo), on the latter Geely owned brand stands a chance of abiding by their word.

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Posted in: Australian prime minister attacks French leader's credibility See in context

France and Turnbull backdoored the deal Abbot had made with Japan.

Now the USA and Morrison have backdoored the deal Turnbull made with France.

And France and Turnbull have the gall to whinge?

What goes around comes around chaps.

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Posted in: Lagging youth vote still a concern in Japan elections See in context

Minimum age to vote has been reduced to 18. Imagine how different things would be if the maximum age to vote was 65.

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Posted in: Judge loosens Apple's grip on app store in Epic decision See in context

Superb headline.

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Posted in: Yokohama withdraws bid to host casino resort due to local concerns See in context

Oh well.

I suppose I'll have to continue paying the highest city taxes in the country to the most wasteful politicians Japan has on offer. And that's saying something.

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Posted in: Man arrested for indecent behavior with high school girl See in context

"The man's a pedophile."

Is he?

Paedophile: an adult who experiences sexual attraction to pre-pubescent children.

Hebephile: an adult who is sexually attracted to pubescent children.

Ephebophile: an adult who is sexually attracted to mid to late adolescents.

Pedant: an adult who feels the need to explain the above (possibly).

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context

The Afghan section of UnoCal's TAPI pipeline (from Kandahar to Herat) was finally completed earlier this year and the Taliban have agreed on a price for gas from Turmenistan to transit their territory.

Mission accomplished folks. Time to go home.

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Posted in: Toyota launches all-new Aqua hybrid electric-only compact car See in context

The rest of the world knows this car as the Prius.

The Prius "c" overseas.

The first model used previous generation Prius running gear to keep costs down. That was almost a decade ago so I'm sure the full fat Prius has come on a bit since then. I'd imagine they've followed the same mantra with this one: sub- 2M Yen is a bargain.

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Posted in: Olympic Village safe place to stay, Games organizers insist See in context

Churmans got their towels on the balconies first I see.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for a surreal Olympics, and plenty of questions See in context

the disconnect between sports and sickness, rhetoric and reality, visitor and local will be hard to miss for many here

Bravo. An excellent article.

Thank you Mr Klug.

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Posted in: Honda changing course; will build its own electric vehicles See in context

Headline is misleading.

Honda are already building the "e" for Japan and Europe (but not N. America) in Saitama. And they've been building hydrogen electric vehicles in Tochigi since 2008 - years ahead of everyone else bar Toyota.

Anyone who can see Honda in the rear view mirror is about to get lapped.

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

Going via Suez or Panama would make sense. But I wonder if they'll go round Cape Horn, for old time's sakes.

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Posted in: Suzuki Motor chairman to retire in June after over 40 years See in context

He DID groom a successor (his son-in-law obviously) but said prodigy selfishly died of cancer way too early, just as Osamu was ready to grab the golf clubs. I get the Japanese dinosaur bashing; I often do it myself. But this case is a bit different.

I wish Toshio luck. He's got big shoes to fill.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

Don’t blame him. I wouldn’t want to pay the key money either.

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Posted in: Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19 See in context

I had three Zoom calls with three different companies in the UK on Friday. All were in their offices, but not one of them was wearing a mask.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context

"Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's "suggestion Monday that the government may* soon declare a state of emergency"

"Opposition parties criticized the decision as too little, too late"

Decision? What decision??

"Suga's pledge at a press conference Monday that the government will consider issuing such a declaration"

This is stretching vocabulary, let alone credibility, to the very limit.

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Posted in: Japan to let in 250 foreigners per day from Australia, NZ, Thailand, Vietnam under eased travel curbs See in context

The United States??? Are you kidding me?

MontyToday  04:28 pm JST

Depending on the situation, the government will expand the list later to other countries, including China, South Korea and the United States.

China??? Are you kidding me?

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

If the govt. guarantees a percentage of salaries, as is happening in other nations, things will change. Until that happens they can request that people stay home till they're blue in the face; folks will still go to work.

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Posted in: Virus-striken Diamond Princess leaves Yokohama Port See in context


The headline is a tad misleading seeing as it just sailed just 1 km across the bay to Honmoku (still very much in Yokohama).

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Posted in: Non-infected Americans from cruise ship in Yokohama to be taken back to U.S. See in context

Is this evacuation mandatory for the US citizens on the Diamond Princess?

They can sit in a tin can, breathing recycled air, with 190 other passengers in extreme proximity for the 10 hour flight back to the US; then restart another 14 days of quarantine on a military base. Alternatively, finish quarantine on the luxury liner and be free as a bird, possibly as soon as next Wednesday. Hmmmmm.

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Posted in: TEPCO to decommission Fukushima Daini nuclear plant See in context



It will cost $90bn (and rising) to decommission a NPP in the UK


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Posted in: New Chinese islands don't settle sea disputes: Japan See in context

The official line is that these new facilities are for air-sea rescue.

So what's to stop US and Japanese ships and planes using them? Just send a couple of C2s down to set up a Japanese coastguard station, "in the spirit of international cooperation".

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Posted in: Japan overturns midnight dancing ban See in context

But after decades of turning a blind eye to the clubs, a police crackdown began following the 2010 death of a 22-year-old student after a fight in an Osaka club.

Codswallop. The ban was widely enforced before 2010 in Osaka, Fukuoka, Yokohama and Tokyo.

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Posted in: British actor Christopher Lee dead at 93 See in context

Somewhere in London last night there was a very worried night watchman in a mortuary.

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Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015 See in context

I'll be honest and state that I have not read all the posts above; the first 30 did my head in.

But the folks who don't understand the 1/2 + 1/2 = 1 should know that: I'm half English, a quarter French and a quarter Dutch. My girlfriend is half Okinawan, a quarter Italian and a quarter French but has Peruvian nationality.

So, a question to the "Double Brigade": Am I triple? Is she triple plus one? Quadruple? If we have kids, what will they be?

As I said, this is doing my head in.

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