Paul Scott comments

Posted in: Going electric: Carmakers make the switch See in context

Japanese automakers seem very reluctant to go all electric. We have a solar powered house and an 'eCar' would be essentially free to run for us, but finding one in Japan is no easy challenge (the Nissan Leaf excepted).

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Posted in: Art event featuring 'comfort women' statue postponed due to protests See in context

I tried to see this in Nagoya 2 years ago but didn't get there in time!

Are there 3 comfort woman statues? I know there is one in Berlin and one in Korea...is this one different or the same?

I think there should be a campaign to mass produce these and drop them at various parts all over the world!

But. disappointing that this article makes no mention of the artist's name! The creator of this statue is completely forgotten...

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

Perhaps in another country the ruling party would be fearful of political fallout from this and of losing their place of power. There is an election coming up this year after all. But, we can simply expect to see some deep bowing, an apology for the dead, and then everyone will be voted back in.

The Japanese people are just as much to blame here, because they have given their politicians carte blanche to do what they want.

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Posted in: Japan to study cases of people infected after coronavirus vaccination See in context

by adding checkboxes to a document that doctors are required to submit 

More faxes!

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

I used to post a weekly virus status video online where I commented continuously on the lack of testing. I was repeatedly attacked, bullied, harangued, whatever you want to call it, by Japan Inc supporters as me over-reacting. This was from March to June last year, and then I just gave up. It wasn't worth the hassle.

To say caught off guard is ridiculous.

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Posted in: Police still hoping killer's DNA will break 20-year-old Setagaya multiple murder case See in context

he choose a slender knife, used for slicing sashimi, called a Yanagiba hocho. Its blade is unsuitable for stabbing humans.

Seems to have done the trick though. What a bizarre thing to say!

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

Japanese cyberattack countermeasures = fax machines

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Posted in: Coronavirus and natural disasters turning home ownership from dream to nightmare See in context

If the trains ran better between Yamanashi and western Tokyo, problem solved.

But the trains have never done that, and as we all know, the most important thing in Japan is to do things as they have always been done!

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Posted in: Coronavirus and natural disasters turning home ownership from dream to nightmare See in context

Surely the title should be 'Turns owning an overpriced Tokyo Mansion into nightmare'.

All we are seeing is the inevitable from the Japanese lack of demand of quality housing. Living in a dog-kennel was always going to become a problem. I'm so tired of hearing 'but Japan is a small island, that is why the places are small'. The places are small because developers build them and people buy them.

I am building a new house (not in Tokyo) and it is literally a daily battle with my wife and the builder who want to make the house smaller and smaller. It is utterly bizarre.

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Posted in: Tokyo Stock Exchange officials promise to get trading back to normal by Friday See in context

There is definitely something fishy here. I find it almost impossible to believe that their system is as fragile as they are claiming.

To me there is a clear pattern on hacking happening in Japan's (seemingly insecure) financial systems. First the DoCoMo app was hacked, then the trading accounts were hacked, and now the exchange. All in the space of 8 weeks.

I look forward to the hard-nosed investigative journalists of Japan getting to the bottom of this.

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Posted in: Yahoo! Japan bans ads that 'create inferiority complexes' about weight, physical characteristics See in context

Will they ban ads that mock foreigners too?

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Posted in: Japan to pitch Osaka, Fukuoka as int'l financial hubs after pandemic See in context

No international business in their right mind would relocate to Japan - unless they had a contract with the Japanese government that required them to have a presence here - because you have to look at the history of a country and how receptive and accommodating they are to your business and your workers.

There are a HOST of reasons why Japan is a BAD CHOICE to locate a business in. HK was a much better option until a few months ago - much better tax rate (read: 0% on non-HK sales if you qualify), and cheaper local workers who actually speak multiple languages that are used around the world. Singapore is becoming a better option now (though a lot more expensive).

Maybe the Japanese government thinks that no one will look into the past, but unless they take concrete LEGAL steps to correct past issues then of course past behavior is still possible in the future.

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