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Posted in: The pros and cons of software running your car See in context

Over the air updates for vehicles are considered an undisclosed recall and are illegal in Japan, as the local Tesla importer has discovered to their cost.

Also, just like a note PC or smartphone, if the car's battery voltage drops too far during a software update (they can take ages) you can consider the vehicle bricked.

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Posted in: Two 14-year-old boys arrested for robbing jewelry store, assaulting owner See in context

their movements were tracked by street surveillance cameras

aka Docomo, AU and Softbank.

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Posted in: Japanese TV personality Dewi Sukarno visits Ukraine despite travel restrictions See in context

She was his third wife

Fifth (of nine).

And US_Reamer is right: Sukarno was no angel, but he did not order the deaths of 1,000,000 compatriots.

That was Suharto, with a LOT of help from the CIA and MI6.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to hike prices for third time in 10 months See in context

I vaguely remember McD slashing their prices here to help Japan secure the 1998 Nagano Olympics (or was it the 2002 World Cup?) as the cost of a Big Mac was one of the factors used when choosing a host - and in the early '90s Japan was considered prohibitively expensive for overseas visitors.

How things have changed.

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Posted in: Philippine leader Marcos eyes Japan visit in mid-February See in context

Son of the most corrupt politician in history to visit the LDP.

He'll feel right at home.

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Posted in: Record-low 2,610 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2022 See in context

The National Police Agency attempting to take all the credit again, just after all Japanese Domestic Manufacturers fitted automatic braking and a plethora of other new safety features to all their cars, from a lowly Suzuki Alto to a Toyota Crown.

BertieWooster: +100 re. roundabouts.

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Posted in: 'Romeo and Juliet' child actors sue over 1968 nude scene See in context

This is what the brazen Hussey said just 4 years ago:

Despite being visibly topless in the epic drama, Hussey said she felt at ease on set.

“I think because it was done very tastefully,” she explained. “And in Europe, it was very different. In America, it was very taboo. But in Europe a lot of the films had nudity. Nobody really thought much of it. But it was just the fact that I was 16 that got a lot of publicity… The large crew we worked with was whittled down to only the very basic people, a handful of people. It was done later in the day when it wasn’t busy. It was a closed set...

“If you see it, the reality is these two young kids married against their parents’ wishes and have this one night together and then they die… And it wasn’t really banned in any country… And we shot it at the very end of the film. So by that time… we’ve all become a big family… It wasn’t that big of a deal. And Leonard wasn’t shy at all! In the middle of shooting, I just completely forgot I didn’t have clothes on.”

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Posted in: Japan's 'Little Trains that Could' battle for survival See in context

A train carrying a single passenger is in no way more environmentally friendly than a car carrying a single passenger.

If the line isn't profitable, or adding profits to another line by feeding it passengers, then close it. BUT, replace it with something better.

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Posted in: Japan's 'Little Trains that Could' battle for survival See in context

Britain's Beeching was a surgeon, not a hatchet man, and Japan's rail network badly needs similar surgery to stop the rot.

Beeching's error was selling the land for short term profit; those rural lines should be converted to cycle paths and automated bus routes.

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Posted in: China handed over N Korean defector to Japan in 2020: source See in context

Their is no DNA test say you Japanese,

There are plenty of DNA tests that can determine if you are related to a Japanese individual.

All the defector had to know was the name of one blood relative in Japan.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics official Takahashi granted ¥80 million bail in bribery case See in context

Received at least 196 million Yen under the table.

Bail set at 80 million.

And they say crime doesn't pay.

(at least enough for a shiny new wheelchair)

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Posted in: Snow piles deep in northern Japan; 3 dead See in context


Gee wouldn't want to be low on petrol and stuck on the highway for hours

I wouldn't want to be stuck in an EV in a snow storm at all.

The highway wombles will bring those trapped cans of fuel to ensure their survival. But they can't bring boxes of electricity.

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Posted in: Exploding Takata air bag inflator has killed another driver in U.S. See in context

Last sentence of the article:

The exploding air bags sent Takata Corp of Japan into bankruptcy.

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Posted in: Exploding Takata air bag inflator has killed another driver in U.S. See in context

the vehicle's owner asked the company about the air bag recall in 2018, but then declined to schedule service. The company said it sent 114 urgent notices to the owner for the past seven years.

Well that absolves Chrysler and Takata.

But should the car's owner be held culpable?

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Posted in: Most small SUVs flunk updated insurance industry crash tests See in context

This is an any hatchback with no boot/trunk problem. Imagine if a kei car was subjected to the rear ending test. There is no crumple zone at all.

While what KohakuEbisu writes is correct, especially for cars with three rows of seats, the test has not been updated to include a rear impact test. Nobody (NCAP, EuroNCAP, IIHS) performs such a test due to industry lobbying - they all know how badly their estates, SUVs and hatchbacks would do.

The article is merely pointing out that IIHS have started studying the effect of frontal impacts on rear seat passengers more rigorously.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors' all-new eK X EV wins 2022-2023 Japan Car of the Year and K Car of the Year See in context

This (well actually the rebadged Nissan Sakura, as I reckon the Mitsubishi styling designer must be blind, or at least blind drunk all the time) will be my next car. I commute 70km a day, 40km on regular roads and 30km highway, with an occasional requirement to visit clients in the field. 120km range is perfect and will save a fortune in petrol. For ski trips and other jaunts out of Kanto, I'll be hanging on to my trusty Jimny though.

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Posted in: U.S. reports another Takata air bag death, bringing toll to 33 See in context

Takata airbags have also saved 300,000+ lives world wide. One death for every 9,000 lives saved.

So don't pull the fuse for your airbag, as some geniuses State side have been doing. Check the website and get your car fixed if it's on the list. It's quick and free.

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Posted in: Infant’s body found in Yokohama park; 20-year-old mother arrested See in context

That's some amazing police work identifying somebody from a surveillance camera who is undoubtedly wearing a mask.

Would have been a lot harder had she not had her smart phone with her.

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Posted in: Ex-student awarded damages over high school rule that banned dating See in context


That's the school for wannabe idols and talento, right? Rules like this should prepare their students for years of similar BS should they make it in showbiz.

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Posted in: Japan asks U.S. to loosen rules around EV tax credits See in context

Tell Japan to end their taxes on American cars first.

As written above, there is a common misconception that Japan imposes high taxes on imported cars, when the true figure is actually 0%, and has been for decades.

Meanwhile the USA whacks 50% on pick ups and is now unfairly penalising EVs not made in N.America.

Such protectionist policies have made The Big Three utterly uncompetitive in international markets since the turn of the millennium and, if not reversed, will kill them off completely.

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Posted in: Japan asks U.S. to loosen rules around EV tax credits See in context

Let's face it, this rule is aimed at BYD and Geely, not Nissan and Toyota.

Ariya is unlikely to sell well in the USA, even it's bolted together in Mexico. BYD offer incomparable value for money - the Big Three wouldn't stand a chance.

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Posted in: U.S. to deploy B-1B strategic bombers to U.S.-South Korea drill: report See in context

The USAF dropped 625,000 tons of bombs on N. Korea in the '50s, destroying 85% of the buildings there - they actually stopped targeting Pyongyang because there was literally nothing left to bomb.

The chicken came first, and it looked a lot like a B29.

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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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