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Posted in: Consumption tax hike may be delayed depending on June data: PM aide See in context

The end of our elaborate plans, the end. Of everything that stands, the end. No safety or surprise, the end. Driver where you taking us?

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: Motegi See in context

yuriotani: Simply more deflection. Nobody is talking about forcing your countrymen to buy American. The point I made and which you refuse to address, because you simply have no come back against it, is that consumers here are severely circumscribed in the exercise of their right to freely choose. You can pretend all you like that there is no manipulation and distortion of markets, no cartel like maneuvering to erect strategic barriers against foreign cars, manufactured goods, and agricultural products. The evidence however is overwhelming. No matter how good foreign products are, your betters have decided that it’s too dangerous to allow the exercise of free choice to any significant degree. A comparison with Germany is instructive. As you can see in the link below, the market there is far more hospitable to imported cars than Japan’s. Time to get off your high horse and start engaging with the reality based community.

https://www.best-selling-cars.com/germany/2016-full-year-germany-best-selling-car-manufacturers-brands/

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: Motegi See in context

“Trump is wrong it is the American brands that refuse to adapt to the Japanese market. Japanese vehicle makers conformed to the American market.”

YuriOtani, you just don’t get it do you! Or should I say, you just don’t want to get it. Japanese people choose Japanese cars, NOT because they have any real choice in the matter, but because that’s the way things have been organized for them in furtherance of an industrial policy designed to favor Japanese manufacturers and penalize outsiders. Relentless social conditioning impresses upon your countrymen that it is their patriotic duty to buy Japanese wherever possible. In order to deflect foreign criticism, the drawbridge is lowered just enough to allow a token few (mainly German) foreign cars in. Such largesse is purely expedient, done not out of any sense of fairness and belief in reciprocity, but simply out of a justified fear that unfettered access to markets overseas is not likely to continue if foreign firms are not afforded similar access here.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: Motegi See in context

@Jamc, you inadvertently validate my own argument whilst simultaneously skewering your own. I have no doubt that Korean cars are very good. Indeed, one of their, in your words, “top manufacturing” companies (Daewoo) just happens to be a fully owned subsidiary of General Motors. For some reason I can’t quite put my finger on, Japanese garages are strangely bereft of those quality vehicles.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: Motegi See in context

No matter how much evidence you provide to the contrary, Japanese people refuse to believe that the big two American auto makers are in the business of making anything but gas guzzling, inferior quality behemoths that could not possibly have any appeal to consumers here. Incontrovertible evidence of American automotive excellence in the form of healthy foreign market shares (both left and right hand drive), attesting to competitive pricing and performance, is swatted away with arrogant contempt. For the first time in a long time, we have a Commander-in-Chief who isn’t afraid to challenge the cherished illusion and who wants to put an end to Japan’s elitist inspired beggar thy neighbor industrial policy and replace it with something more sustainable.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom See in context

What possible justification or good can come from naming the young woman? If it’s to shame her, shouldn’t the gentleman too be made to suffer the ignominy?

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hold 'frank and good' trade talks: Motegi See in context

“Japan doesn't want to compromise on farm products and can't accept auto export restriction."

Tone deafness will get you nowhere!

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Posted in: Court extends Ghosn's detention until April 22 See in context

Even now, 150 years after opening up, there is a huge disconnect between how law actually works as a thinly disguised instrument of constraint and the ideal, an impartial arbiter and safeguard against oppression. As the Ghosn debacle demonstrates, elite contempt for the Western view of law and a Tokugawaesque preference for dealing with things in the ‘Japanese way’ is only thinly masked. 

In his Introduction to Japanese Law (1976), Noda makes the point that those tasked with drafting the new Meiji laws, using firstly the Napoleonic Code (later, German models) as their template, “had to invent terms for concepts that were totally alien to Japanese thinking.” Another has made the point that if Western democracies relied as little on law as Japan does, they would be rocked by incessant civil commotion and probably witness a collapse of the authority structure. While conversely, if Japan were to use the law as it is used in the Western democracies, and as it is supposed to be used under the Japanese constitution, the present Japanese authority structure would collapse.

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Posted in: France respects Japan's judicial procedures regarding Ghosn: Le Drian See in context

“Given that, we must also remember that the judicial system is not much different than what we see in the US or Britain, upon which the Japanese system is based.”

One could easily and with great justification go the opposite extreme and argue that any similarity is purely coincidental. Even now, 150 years after opening up, there is a huge disconnect between how law actually works as a thinly disguised instrument of constraint and the ideal, an impartial arbiter and safeguard against oppression. As the Ghosn debacle demonstrates, elite contempt for the Western view of law and a Tokugawaesque preference for dealing with things in the ‘Japanese way’ is only thinly masked.

In his Introduction to Japanese Law (1976), Noda makes the point that those tasked with drafting the new Meiji laws, using firstly the Napoleonic Code (later, German models) as their template, “had to invent terms for concepts that were totally alien to Japanese thinking.” Another has made the point that if Western democracies relied as little on law as Japan does, they would be rocked by incessant civil commotion and probably witness a collapse of the authority structure. While conversely, if Japan were to use the law as it is used in the Western democracies, and as it is supposed to be used under the Japanese constitution, the present Japanese authority structure would collapse.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

How could this NOT be happening. They need only observe their parents with the stuffing knocked out of them, brow beaten weary resignation written all over their faces, to understand what lies in wait should they venture down that same path. Things could be very different. For starters, the education system needs a complete overhaul. The hyper-competitive test based system, far from being the meritocracy it’s lauded for, is a scam, gamed by those with the wherewithal to afford the extra tuition fees which ensure entrance to the better schools and better life outcomes. The contented, myopic elites 知らん顔 out of existence, vast swathes of their compatriots to also ran status, out of mind out of sight penury.

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Posted in: France respects Japan's judicial procedures regarding Ghosn: Le Drian See in context

Respect or not, Carlos Ghosn is a person.

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Posted in: France respects Japan's judicial procedures regarding Ghosn: Le Drian See in context

Japan’s inability to read genuine international outrage will likely cost it dearly. If it was simply a case of dealing with their own, a compliant media, house broken judiciary, and credulous populace, can all be relied upon to remain silent and not question the absence of a presumption of innocence and safeguards against judicial abuse of power such as habeas corpus. It’s another matter when the target is a foreign national, someone seen as a threat to be neutralized. Cutting the uppity foreigner down to size and safeguarding the nation hubris may play well to a domestic constituency. But beware, a more than proportionate blowback may well lie in wait.

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Posted in: Insurance industry to set guideline on 'genetic discrimination' See in context

Pre Crime, it works!

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Posted in: France refers to Ghosn's rearrest in talks with Kono See in context

“If you go to jail, something must be very wrong, as simple as that”

Japanese who disagree with Ghosn’s atrocious treatment are very thin on the ground. Barely a squeak emanates from anyone except his own legal team. Where is the righteous anger directed toward a justice system that increasingly seems to have more in common with a Star Chamber than anything else. Conniving in their own disempowerment, there’s no shortage of willing dupes prepared to excuse, condone and cheer on odious legal maneuvering that is frankly medieval. Pastor Niemoller would’ve been appalled at such pusillanimity.

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Posted in: France refers to Ghosn's rearrest in talks with Kono See in context

“There is no point in talking to Kono about it. He has nothing to do with it nor does he care.”

Au contraire. The Japanese Government, of which he is part, cares deeply........very very deeply. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have organized this farcical stitch up.

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

One does wonder, politically incorrect as it no doubt is to entertain such thoughts, whether HAN was motivated to do said deed out of an atavistic desire to avenge the ill treatment wrought on his ancestors. Just speculating.

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Posted in: 30% of young Japanese say Diet not helping people's lives See in context

One feels for these forgotten millions. Fed up with the paucity of ideas and hidebound rigidity characterizing their country’s leadership, especially in contrast with the youthfully exuberant societies to their West, these young people are simply calling it like it is. But is anybody listening?

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Posted in: Deputy land minister quits over comment on favoring Abe, Aso See in context

When the curtain finally comes down on this shambolic graft ridden administration and its cynical ends justifies the means playbook, you’ll be hard pressed to find anybody with anything good to say about it. Indeed, everyone will claim not only that they knew it all along, but also that their own vote was not one of those responsible for foisting the equivalent of 20 years hyper sleep on us.

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Posted in: University associate professor arrested for killing pigeons with insecticide See in context

”His motive has not yet been established”

厭世, there’s a lot of it around.

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

“The long hours are primarily in domestic service industries, not in export oriented manufacturing industries. Further, in many export-oriented industries Japan is competing with Korea and China. Neither country is known for strong worker protection laws.”

Long hours are endemic across the entire economy, including the export oriented firms. The service industry, being the most visible, is especially egregious in its exploitation of and disregard for workers rights but the export oriented sector is replete too with examples.

Imposing tariffs equal to the value of the unpaid ‘service’ overtime, which firms in other Western nations CANNOT avoid paying, will focus Japan’s Todai educated elites on the new reality, either they get with the program or they’re out the door. Not only the obvious exporters, but also serial abusers such as Dentsu, which has parlayed overtime cost savings into foreign market share should be put on notice.

To argue that export oriented firms are NOT serial abusers, only to then excuse them for being exactly that because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to compete with Asian sweat shops, you’ve completely undermined your own argument.

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

They can go on passing emasculated laws and ‘guidelines’ all they like. The reality is that it’s just a sop to let people think they’re serious about addressing the situation, knowing full well that apart from a very brave few, the majority will fall into line and not rock the boat. Real change will only come when the international community puts them on notice that unpaid overtime is a structural impediment whose value can be calculated and then linked with tariffs that will be imposed on Japanese exports to the same value. There is no legitimate reason why Japan, which unashamedly flouts it’s own laws in order to gain an unfair competitive advantage should be allowed to continue undercutting foreign firms which are obliged to act in accordance with laws that have real teeth! Build that tariff wall!

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

Was enjoying 冷コー ☕️when 令和 was announced.

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Posted in: Kono suggests need to end reversal of Japanese names in English See in context

“More of a problem is that Chinese people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia, used (and still use) a mishmash of romanization, often incorrectly spelled. Also, without a single official system in any of those locations, people could spell their names in English however they chose”

Same issue in Korea where, depending on personal preference, someone with the common surname Park, is perfectly entitled to write their name (which is printed in their passport in romaji) as Bak, Paik, Pak, even Bark. Mr Lee’s neighbor, who shares the same surname, written with the exact same Chinese character and Hangul, writes his name Rhee. He could have chosen to use Li or Ri, or Rhie. The same Chinese character can even be pronounced “ee” and written just I. Mr Kim’s cousin calls himself Gim, while the Jung family have relatives who prefer Jeong or Chung, and Mr Choi could just as easily have chosen his romaji name to be Choe.

The real issue we are seeing here however is that the Japanese want to have their cake and eat it. If it’s good enough for a Korean such as Ban Ki-Moon to go by his surname first in the West, then so too should Westerners get used to addressing Japanese by their surname first. By the same logic then, those of us in Japan who hail from surname last countries, should be automatically accorded the same privilege and not have to adjust to Japan’s insistence that on official documents we write our surname first. And to be addressed that way too, at all times. I know, unworkable!

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Posted in: Brunei's new Islamic criminal laws including stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft See in context

Imagine the uproar by this regime and other hardline Islamists if the collective West were to proscribe behaviors it considered culturally inappropriate and mandate the observance of behaviors considered to be in keeping with the maintenance of its identity. The West can no longer afford to go on being a cat’s paw to people that wish to have their cake and eat it.

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Posted in: Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions See in context

The decision is totally of a piece with what he’s done and what he represents. There’s no disguising the stench of rancid and rotting liberalism.

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Posted in: Nikkei drops more than 3% over global economic slowdown fears See in context

A tanking stock market and rising yen, more bad news for Japan that could very well lead to a third, or is that fourth (I’ve lost count) putting off of the consumption tax increase.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic chief Takeda to announce resignation: sources See in context

The ends justifies the means, Japan’s idea of mitigating circumstances.

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

In the finest tradition of 痩せ我慢 stoicism, microsize me!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nOWQjJwB8AM

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

As the effects of demographic decline and economic inertia become increasingly apparent, the masses are responding to the erosion of their wealth in predictable ways. Hunkering down, tightening the purse strings, shedding their erstwhile aversion to trawling for 半額bargains at supermarkets; even patronizing リサイクル shops where they once wouldn’t have even seen dead at.

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Posted in: JOC head Takeda likely to retire amid corruption probe See in context

Japanese news says the main problem about him resigning now is that it would give rise to the perception that he’s admitting guilt. How noble and admirable, their robust defence of the presumption of innocence.

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