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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

And the doomsday clock ticks ever forward..

Does nobody else remember that both the US and China are nuclear powers, and that a war between the two means the end of life on the planet as we know it?

Doesn't matter whose side you are on - EVERYBODY loses if those two go to war.

Not good.

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Posted in: Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea, media report See in context

This seems stupid. But I'm no nuclear physicist.

1) Can the water be fractionally distilled to ensure that no radioactive particulate is still in the water?

2) Can the remaining radioactive concentrate be put into long term nuclear waste storage inside or outside Japan?

3) Can the water be repurposed for use in the nuclear industry inside or outside Japan if no other alternative is viable?

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea ties need mending, Suga tells Moon in phone talks See in context

Both nations were on a path to increased trade and friendly relations with each other before Abe became prime minister. Abe completely derailed the budding Korea-boom that was occurring all over Japan, and effectively squashed the increasing acceptance of Japan in Korea at the same time. Right up to the moment Abe came to power, both nations seemed to be much more willing to leave history to the history books and move forward with economic and cultural exchange. Young people from both countries were making trips to their neighbor at record levels, without any concern of things that happened 70 years ago.

Not that I think Suga is any better than Abe, but if his intentions on mending relations are real, I wish him the best.

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Posted in: British Airways to retire entire 747 fleet after pandemic travel slump See in context

4 Engined planes still have their place - BA may not fly them on passenger routes anymore, but Lufthansa has renewed their fleet with plenty of 747-8's, and 747-400's going out of passenger service will almost certainly find their way into cargo fleets around the world where they are perfectly capable of performing their role with distinction. Carrying high volumes, bulky cargo that can't fit on narrower airliners, tall cargo that only the cavernous nose section can accommodate, etc.

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Posted in: Europeans see no quick fix to U.S. ties See in context

Why on earth would anyone want to restore ties with China.

Trump is a horrible president, but if there is anything good coming out of his presidency it has been his insistence on cutting the cord with China. The government of China is horrific and western nations should be doing their utmost to sever all ties, not improve relations with such an insane regime.

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Posted in: With one year to go, experts warn of high-risk Tokyo Olympics See in context

These Olympic games are dead.

While the COVID situation is a tragedy, I find it hilarious that Abe and his crooked gang, as well as most other JP politicians, made these games such a pillar of their careers.

I also find it somewhat amusing that the JP public allowed crooks like Abe to modify national security, privacy, and international policy laws specifically for these Olympic games that will never end up happening. But the public will be stuck with those new laws allowing for increased invasion of privacy.

You reap what you sow.

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Posted in: Trump urged Abe to mediate U.S.-Iran standoff, knowing it would fail: Bolton See in context

To be fair to Trump, Japan has a much better relationship with Iran than the US or most other western nations do. Among US allies Abe probably had the greatest chance of making any progress in any kind of negotiation with Iran.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

Nobody cares.

Nice precedent to set - didn't he have an initiative to stop this kind of work culture nationwide?

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Posted in: Nissan cuts more shifts at car plants in Japan due to low demand See in context

Nissan in Japan is doomed.

However they may be kept alive by their overseas sales since outside of Japan, very few people care about the Ghosn debacle.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 47 new daily coronavirus infections on Sunday See in context

18 cases from a single establishment.

Businesses open as usual.

Yeah, 47 cases out of 30+ million people seems about right.

Is anyone reading this article stupid enough to believe these figures?

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

5/14 1,035 (people tested), 30 (positive)

5/13 887 (people tested), 30 (positive)

5/12 1,169 (people tested), 36 (positive)

5/11 1,165 (people tested), 49 (positive)

These numbers speak for themselves. An average of 2 to 4% of people being tested have symptoms. Very crude extrapolation - 372 new infections / day at 3%.

With so many people going untested, I do not see how the number of cases can actually be decreasing. The number of tests being performed is obviously being kept low to artificially lower the number of reported infections.

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Posted in: Mysterious blood clots are COVID-19's latest lethal surprise See in context

Well that's just fantastic news...

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Posted in: Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic See in context

How could Japan be expected to work from home? It has the lowest PC literacy rate of all developed nations. Even if the dogmatic culture of "Must be at work" was not an issue in Japan, only a small percentage of workers are tech-savvy enough to configure their laptops to connect to their company VPN, hold teleconferences etc.

This pandemic is a wakeup call for sure.

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Posted in: Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone See in context

Nah.

Agree with Ebisen, for the money my Galaxy S9+ provides a way better experience. I miss some things from the iPhone - Japanese language support is horrible compared to the iPhones..But the functionality of almost everything else is superior and at less than half the purchase price for a comparable iPhone model when it was new.

One thing Apple beats Samsung at is customer support - when something on an iPad or iPhone breaks due to manufacture defect or design flaw, Apple will usually own up to it with a bit of haggling. Samsung's customer support is beyond useless - to the point that I'll probably go back to iPhone for my next device.

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Posted in: IMF: Global economy will suffer worst year since Depression See in context

Failure to understand investment is the fastest way to stay poor.

Investment is what drives the entire world. Does not matter if it's stocks, real estate, or bubble gum. Someone's got to put capital into something to make a product available to the public on a large scale - the stock market is the fastest and one of the most reliable ways to do that. When you have a good company with good products and good management, the company's worth goes up - regardless of what its stock price is doing - there's no tether holding the two together.

Companies that were profitable, had good products and good management will not suddenly cease to have those qualities because of COVID. The best of the bunch will have ample cash on hand or credit to weather this storm. When the economy begins to pick up again, so will their stock prices. Buy while Joe Shlob is panic-selling because someone on TV told him to. Just make sure you're buying the right things. Warren Buffet's advice is golden, but his approach is extremely long term. Peter Lynch has very similar advice applicable to shorter timescales - 3-10 years more often than not.

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Posted in: IMF: Global economy will suffer worst year since Depression See in context

And despite the economic havoc currently happening around us, a quick check of just about any stock index will quickly show you that compared to the great depression, we're not doing that bad.

Agree with GS, the time to buy is times like these. Just do your research diligently, don't throw money around thinking it will magically grow..!

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker's secretary contracts coronavirus See in context

With the average age of these politicians, COVID could potentially wipe out 15% of the top levels of the Japanese government.

You'd think they would take lethal threats a little more seriously.

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Posted in: Back to school See in context

Seems quite outrageous to be holding ceremonies like this. Schools are already a bad enough place as far as transmission of viruses is concerned, and -now- of all times? When the entire world is locked down trying to stop the spread? You put children into ranks and files?

Japan.... Yeesh..

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Posted in: Increasingly desperate single women bear brunt of economic inequality See in context

Women who are willing to become technically and business savvy are able to succeed. There are not many famous female CEO's in Japan, but there are tens of thousands of successful businesswomen who run their own small and medium sized businesses.

The majority of young women I've spoken with in Japan are completely uninterested in business and technology.

How do they expect to get ahead in life if they have no in-demand skills? Playing puzzle dragons on your phone won't cut it.

Schools should make computer literacy mandatory, and young generations need a smartphone detox, they can't do anything other than swipe away at their glass screens.

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Posted in: Carnage on Wall Street, but some companies thrive or recover See in context

Mr Market strikes again

the real value of these companies hasn't changed a penny just because of a virus. Well, maybe those involved in virus research may be gaining in actual value.

stop speculating like idiots and this volatility disappears overnight. then again, keep at it so brighter folks can capitalize on the idiocy of dumping perfectly good stocks, and buy good but overvalued stocks at less inflated prices.

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Posted in: Japan Inc wary about wage hikes as Abenomics sputters See in context

We've now got kids finishing up grade school who weren't even born when Bozo the LDP Clown started making all his economic promises.

How long does it take to realize he's full of crap and that the nation has been voting wrong all this time?

Yeesh Japan. Think harder. Vote smarter.

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Posted in: Boeing's 777X jetliner successfully completes maiden flight See in context

The 777 is without a doubt one of the best airplanes ever built, but Airbus gained a lot of ground with the A350. I hope that the 777X will meet all of its performance targets right off the bat. From a pilot's perspective it is a fantastic airplane to fly. Not too shabby as a passenger, either.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context

While everyone is arguing about the safety of kei cars you might want to consider that the driver was apparently not wearing a seatbelt, was probably speeding, and collided head on with a BUS.

I don't care what you're driving, if you collide head on with a bus at any kind of decent speed, your odds of walking away unharmed are not good.

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Posted in: Skymark Airlines still using Windows XP See in context

Many banks still use code written in the 70's or early 80's.

Plenty of servers are running ancient distributions of some form of unix or very old linux.

If it's working, and if a better solution hasn't been made, why risk an upgrade?

Yes there are security risks, but if the devices running old software are not connected to the internet and are physically secure from tampering by random citizens, ancient servers and software can run for decades without issue and still serve their purposes well.

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Posted in: Hot water: Pressure to move Olympic open-water venue from Tokyo Bay See in context

what a circus.

it's embarrassing how Japanese politicians show their corrupt nature and ineptitude to the foreign media through their handling of the Tokyo Olympics.

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Posted in: Brazilian man sues Japanese gov't for injuries at immigration center See in context

You will find the vast majority of people in these facilities are not illegal overstayers.

The Japanese government has set up the system so that if you are ever charged with anything, you are jailed by the police and held in police custody until a final judicial decision is made. Whether you are found innocent or guilty, it does not matter - if you are in police custody and your visa expires, you are deemed an overstayer and even if you are judged innocent of whatever you've been charged with, you will be sent to an immigration camp and forcibly deported.

I always find the comments on incidents like these to be incredibly naive. Japan is the worst of the developed nations when it comes to things like this. The policies are outright fascist in nature. If you are a foreigner in Japan accused of any kind of violation of law, you had better watch out. You have absolutely no rights, and there is basically guaranteed double jeopardy in place to ensure that foreigners caught up in the police net are expelled from the country, innocent or not.

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Posted in: Abe's mission unaccomplished: Pushing to revise Japan's pacifist charter See in context

abe needs to just disappear. he's the biggest failure Japan has experienced in decades. clown pm, clown politics. ridiculous small man bent on sending what little of his remaining young population is left into Chinese machine gun fire.

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Posted in: Nissan names new finance chief; some managers to leave in latest shake-up See in context

too late. I'll never buy a Nissan vehicle again after the outrageous behavior of the company over the past two years.

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Posted in: Japan's biggest opposition party shuns merger with rival ahead of election See in context

Yet another party merger designed from the beginning to destroy actual opposition from having a voice in politics.

Japan is effectively a dictatorship. How many times have we seen this scenario play out with Abe in power?

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Posted in: Japan fares well in U.S. report on human trafficking See in context

lol, kabukicho, need anyone say more

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