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Posted in: Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda See in context

And of course ther is this already forgotton item: 40% of [Japan's] key economic statistics contain errors.

In addition: "The reliability of Japanese statistics, especially of GDP and other important data, is quite low. That was true even before this scandal," said Masamichi Adachi, senior economist at JPMorgan Securities Japan.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Abenomics-under-pressure-as-Japan-s-data-scandal-spreads

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

Just to be specific about the injuries high heels are causing:

https://www.medicaldaily.com/no-pain-no-gain-high-heels-can-lead-dozen-foot-and-leg-injuries-320096

The motivation, "acceptance and necessity", to wear high heels is not that much different from the tradition of foot binding in China. "Foot binding eventually spread to most social classes by the Qing dynasty and the practice finally came to an end in the early 20th century. Bound feet were at one time considered a status symbol as well as a mark of beauty. Yet, foot binding was a painful practice and significantly limited the mobility of women, resulting in lifelong disabilities for most of its subjects. [...]  It has been estimated that by the 19th century, 40–50% of all Chinese women may have had bound feet, and up to almost 100% among upper-class Chinese women." In other words it was considered classy. (quotes from Wikipedia on foot binding).

It is depressing that women still have to sqeeze there feet in footwear which is detrimental to their health to please mens warped conceptions of beauty and appearance in a corporate environment - class, in the 21 century.

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Posted in: Over 60% of women face enforcement of wearing heels at work, study finds See in context

Most women doesn't have attractive feet and heels hide it, makes it classy. And when they takes out, it's quite stinky or smelly.

....sounds like there is still support for the now banned practice of Chinese foot binding.

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Posted in: Over 60% of women face enforcement of wearing heels at work, study finds See in context

High heels have nothing to do whatsoever with competence and professional performance. They are just a pain in the leg which affects motivation.

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

High heels cause lower back, hip, knee and achilles tendon issues. Coercion to do anything that obviously is a threat to health is not only harassment but deliberate cruelty.

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

Nissan contributes billions each year to the Renault bottom line.

That was was until half a year ago. Sales and profits are diving since then and most probably will continue to do so.

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Posted in: Japan plans carbon emission cuts, more nuclear energy See in context

More reliance on nuclear energy you say? What could possibly go wrong!?

I can tell you what definitely IS wrong: After Fukushima, Japan, like Germany, reverted to more coal, the dirtiest, most polluting fossil and by far deadliest energy fuel. Currently 30 new power stations are being planned or built by Japan that burn coal. Coal is responsible for over 800,000 premature deaths per year globally and many millions more serious and minor illnesses. In China alone, around 670,000 people die prematurely per year as a result of coal-related air pollution. The ‘Coal Kills’ report estimates that in India coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths annually. In the United States coal kills around 13,000 people annually, and 23,300 in Europe. The economic costs of the health impacts from coal combustion in Europe are valued at about US$70 billion per year, with 250,600 life years lost.

As renewables won't be able to replace all energy on demand because you can't switch on wind and solar when and where it's needed (see above example Germany), the question is, which lunch (as there is none that's free) is the most preferable, taking into account all what we really know, and not what we assume, or fear:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_accidents

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Posted in: Japan plans carbon emission cuts, more nuclear energy See in context

@ zichi

The total world output of renewable energies far exceeds that of nuclear energy

Sure. But output and actual used energy from renewables are totally different. The big unsolved problem with renewablesis that the energy it can't be created on demand, where and when it is needed, and thus a large part of is wasted. After decades of research on storage, solutions are evasive.

@ kohakuebisu

It's freaking expensive. The average cost over-run on the construction of a nuclear power plant is 200%.

Renewables are much more expensive than anybody expected. Aside from the construction costs and the infrastructure this happens now in Germany: Irregular and unpredictable wind and solar power is increasingly becoming a problem for Germany’s power grid. Utility company Tennet TSO spent almost a billion euros last year (2017) on emergency interventions to stabilize the national grid. Tennet is responsible for the electricity supply of about 40% of Germany's total area. The costs were thus about 50% higher than in 2016 (660 million euros) and around forty percent higher than in 2015 (710 million). That's for just stabelizing the grid, not building anything.

@ nandakandamanda

 I suggest again that there is no ONE solution, but that a basket of the very best that humanity can come up with might just help us make it through

I agree. My argument is not to give up on renewables, of course not. But it is just not as simple as some of the above posters believe. That Germany and Japan are switching off their existing nuclear plants and (especially in Germany) switching back to coal, with by far the most deaths per kilowatt is irrational and the worst possible solution for CO2 output and health and in case of Germany also hypocritical.

https://ourworldindata.org/what-is-the-safest-form-of-energy

Much more effort and money should have been put into the research of Thorium reactors instead of mainly focussing on renewables which fit the current ideological narrative. Just one sample, there are many others with more complex explanations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTKl5X72NIc

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Posted in: Japan plans carbon emission cuts, more nuclear energy See in context

Unfortunately reality and facts get in the way of wishful thinking. In Germany, the infamous Energiewende didn't achieve much, if anything. After investing billions in renewables, CO2 output is twice as high as France with twice the energy price. Resistance against wind energy is rising because windfarms wipe out insects, birds, and bats. In addition, it costs millions every year to balance the fluctuating output of renewables.

Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet: https://quillette.com/2019/02/27/why-renewables-cant-save-the-planet/

This just one sample of many. You will find similar views in many other publications by engineers, physicists, scientists, economists, and increasing environmentalists, people who actually know what they are talking about.

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Posted in: Abe becomes 3rd equal longest-serving PM with 2,720 days in office See in context

Abe Shinzo is the Goat

Meh.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to ramp up accessibility efforts ahead of Paralympics See in context

Again, I don't expect Japan to do an about face 180 and suddenly become something it's never been.

No, we don't expect that. But it's the PRETENSE, the fake care, the fake welcome, which is nauseating.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to ramp up accessibility efforts ahead of Paralympics See in context

3 years ago I spend 6 months in a wheelchair and daily life in Japan compared to other countries is wheelchair hell, not because of facilities, but because of the attitude of most Japanese people. This little item says it all: "....and demanded that they pay again to convert the rooms back after the games." So during the Olympic games they want to show off how wonderful Japanese society is - asking to pay for it - and after the games they'll revert it back to 'normal' - and asking to pay for that too. That shows, that nothing is going to change, only for 2 weeks, to avoid the embarrassing reality.

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Posted in: Police question man for not looking good in a suit; turns out he bought it with stolen money See in context

Good job, but I hope the police won't start stopping and questioning all people with suits who "don't look quite right in it".

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Posted in: 27 rescued from human trafficking in Japan in 2018 See in context

The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates that on any given day in 2016 there were 37,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in Japan.... Details here: https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/2018/findings/country-studies/japan/

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Posted in: Lawyer for Ghosn slams 'outrageous' rules on seeing wife See in context

@Katarina Krakow

A notice a massive lack of understanding the legal system in Japan.

Here is a story from somebody who got educated a bit more:

http://nymag.com/vindicated/2016/11/truth-lies-and-videotape-at-the-kawasaki-kmart.html

And: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJpc2y37oU&t=892s

You may also be interested in reading the comments.

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Posted in: Lawyer for Ghosn slams 'outrageous' rules on seeing wife See in context

And I thought Japan was a safe country. But the threat to our safety is not on the street - it's from above, the judiciary. In Japan, welcome to the nightmares of Kafka.

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Posted in: Would former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest be a factor in whether or not you decide to buy a Nissan car in the future? See in context

Definitely no. Considering Nissan's management's fervour, time and resources spend on bringing down Ghosn who brought the company back from the abyss into unimagined resurgence - I believe the current management has a seriously twisted sense of priorities: selfrighteous politics before building quality cars. No thanks to any products from a company with such management.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

Long live Abe Shinzo, down with Shinzo Abe.

Who cares? Most people outside Japan wouldn't be able to figure out who that is in any order.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

Kono again proves his leadership by finding the most pressing issue Japan currently faces. A man of priorities, sure to be a future prime ministe who will lead Japan into a bright future.

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Posted in: Boeing acknowledges flaw in 737 MAX simulator software See in context

I predict all of us will be flying Boeing 737 MAX soon enough

You can count me out. There's always a choice.

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Posted in: Japan tests next-generation bullet train See in context

An while they are at it they could update their software to the 20th century and make tickets available for purchase online.

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Posted in: Gov't to urge firms to hire employees until age 70 amid labor crunch See in context

 why shouldnt Japanese continue work until 70

To have a live, enjoy themselves and not labor on like slaves until they die.

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Posted in: Nissan profit nose-dives 57.3% See in context

Saikawa, with blustering self-righteousness, drives the car against the wall.

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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context

Nissan killer Saikawa after cost killer Ghosn.

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Posted in: Japan looks to prevent water shortage during Tokyo Olympics See in context

The Sun will rise from the East, as always.

The Tokyo Olympic organisers are so incompetent, so devoid of foresight and planning capabilities, that they didn't think of the rising sun in August. Never mind related issues like water which they, just a few months ago, wanted to use to cool down the streets.

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Posted in: Japan looks to prevent water shortage during Tokyo Olympics See in context

Tokyo planners insane? Their actions to date suggest the latter.

Not insane. Just insanely childish. They want something, anything, defiant, without any thought for the consequences, responsibility, feasibility or reality.

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Posted in: ALFA-X bullet train See in context

Should be called Tengu.

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Posted in: Olympic sports leaders slam Tokyo organizers over cuts at venues See in context

sport's venues, at Enoshima, needed to improve medical facilities, and plans for providing athletes with hot food, water and shade

No plans for hot food, water and shade - that's very basic.

Nakamura also acknowledged his team lacked organizational experience.

Wow..., no further comment, just a lot of question marks.

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Posted in: Car being pursued by police crashes into another vehicle, killing its driver See in context

Yeah, you guys are right. Going through red lights, drinking and driving, committing crimes... who cares, right? This is the police's fault, not the criminals -- err... would be criminals.

If the police were competent, there wouldn't be a need for car chases like in a movie.

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Posted in: Boeing wins confidence of shareholders, prepares for key 737 MAX test flight See in context

The answers of Boeing may have satisfied their shareholders, but considering the information which was made available since those two crashes and how Boeing is dealing with it, I won't fly in their planes anymore.

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