Rob comments

Posted in: Ghosn determined to restore his reputation See in context

Foreigners in S. Korea and China don't complain half as much as foreigners here.

I don't know about Korea but in China if a foreigner has trouble with locals, cops proceed from the point the local is at fault. Obviously if investigation proves otherwise the foreigner is penalized.

In Japan it's the opposite though there needs to be overwhelming evidence the local is at fault and will be penalized more lightly than foreigners. It encourages young guys to get aggressive when they otherwise wouldn't.

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Posted in: Ghosn determined to restore his reputation See in context

Ghosn was/is corrupt as they come and utterly incompetent if his job was to increase Nissan market share. All he did way cut costs by way of laying off or reducing the salary of hard working, honest Nissan workers.

No wonder USA and some other countries have leapt to his defence.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to make online insults punishable by jail time See in context

Everyone should get used to using a VPN.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

Can't wait for the new ambassador to present his credentials and behind closed doors make a good economic threat.

Who do you think is going to threaten who? Japan is in a strong position to threaten USA but why would they? Even though China is a far more important trade partner, Japan still has a healthy surplus vis-a-vis USA.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

Most people defending Ghosn and Kelly have been beaten down and abused so much by the super-rich, they simply can't fathom such criminals actually being arrested and jailed.

They would also be the type to meekly hand over ID when Japanese cops ask to see it 'because you're a foreigner'.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

In civilized countries like USA, super-rich white collar criminals aren't prosecuted. Japan's criminal justice system is so quaint.

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

So they expect as more people get vaccinated, more people will need to be hospitalized? Makes sense. That's what has happened or is happening elsewhere.

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Posted in: Main opposition party pledges to achieve growth by reducing inequality, poverty See in context

Say good bye to "free market" policies in Japan.

When the (so-called) 'free market' fails as miserably as it has failed, not only in Japan but in USA and Western Europe, isn't it a good idea to 'say goodbye' to it?

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Posted in: LDP seeks defense spending boost beyond 2% of GDP See in context

China would not turn any Island to ash, it wants to rule the people not exterminate them.

Deng told Thatcher, China will see HK burn before it continues to allow the UK occupation.

Taiwan isn't officially occupied by a washed up imperialist power but it's not exactly a bastion of independence and freedom from another washed up imperialist power either.

Unfortunately this washed up imperialist power has a lot of nukes and as we all know, no qualms using them......

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Posted in: LDP seeks defense spending boost beyond 2% of GDP See in context

In response to rising poverty, ever greater inequality, economic stagnation if not outright decline, falling real wages if not falling period, the government increases 'defence' spending. No one ever accused them of having too much originality. I don't follow religion but I'd bet the government is promoting that too.

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

I feel sorry for the people of Japan as their inward looking politicians lack any real ability to better the lives of the people they represent.

You could swap 'Japan' for every capitalist country, especially in those in Europe or North America.

Capitalism is the disease. As long as we allow the richest 1% to pretend to treat symptoms of the disease rather than we treat the disease, from a socioeconomic perspective, things will continue to get worse. Things can't but continue to get worse. A mathematical certainty.

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

So any word on what he is going to do different from the past 20 or so PMs to bring about this mystical 'economic growth'?

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Posted in: Pulitzer-winning scholar Sherwin, who challenged support for U.S. bombing of Japan, dead at 84 See in context

The Russian would of never got the bomb, sooner without the help of the Rosenberg,

USA wouldn't have had the resources to research and build nukes if they opened a second front rather than sit around the UK, screwing UK soldiers for 3 years while the Soviet Union stood alone.

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Posted in: Kishida, Putin agree to advance peace treaty talks See in context

Oh yeah, we're also heading for the end of the year, hence are going to have to go through the yearly waves of North Korean toy-boats poaching and sinking / ship-wrecking in Japanese waters. Increase the patrols to save these poor slobs and send them back.

Poor slobs? People working hard and risking their lives are 'poor slobs' now. If the running dogs of American imperialism ceased seige warfare on NK, the fisherman wouldn't need to do that.

Anyway, talking of 'poor slobs', maybe NK can send some doctors to USA to try and help Americans dropping dead of coronavirus by the 1000s each day due to poor diets, resulting obesity and the lack of affordable/accessible health care.

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Posted in: U.S. to seek close ties with Kishida in dealing with China challenge See in context

Realpolitik will win the day. China is by far Japan's largest trading parter and growing rapidly ahead of any of Japan's other major trading partners.

The occupation forces will be ejected, one way or another, and Japan will be neutral.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 2-year jail term for Kelly See in context

Kelly's real crime is that he didn't immediately confess and turn on Carlos.

Isn't it pretty normal for criminals to get plea deals for turning on his or her criminal superiors?

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Posted in: Kishida to become next PM after winning LDP leadership vote See in context

Arranging deck chairs on the 'JSS Capitalism'.

Unless one of then can reinvent the laws of math, this ship is going down.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 2-year jail term for Kelly See in context

Reports from Bloomberg are saying that Ghosn has irrefutable prove of Kelly's innocence.

So when is he going to share that (phantom) irrefutable proof?

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Posted in: Tokyo protests S Korean court order to sell assets for WWII compensation See in context

If Japan had a reasonable relationship with Russia and China, S Korea wouldn't dare such provocative actions. As is, why wouldn't S Korea do that? This is capitalism. If S Korea can steal from Japan and not face any consequences, it's only logical S Korea do that.

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Posted in: Tokyo protests S Korean court order to sell assets for WWII compensation See in context

Due to the Japanese political 'elite's' slavish deference to the American occupation regime, even Japan's much smaller neighbors treat it with contempt.

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Posted in: Japan's universities tightening background checks on foreign students See in context

I was in a program for fireign students in Japan. I had some Russian friends. Nice people but not exactly the smartest Russians that can be found in all of Russia. One who was doing his Ph.D in 'politics' told me Communism was 'invented in Russia:.

Another doing a Ph.D in economics told me, 'Marx never conidered the effect of technological innovation on the economy.' Of course technological innovation is at the very center of Marx's analysis of capitalist economy. This guy was doing a Ph.D!!!

The moral of the story is that Japanese tax payers were funding morons to study at a prestigious Japanese university.

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Posted in: Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow See in context

So if it's Japan, India, Australia along with the US, does that mean the rest of the Indo-Pacific is behind China?

If so, I hope Japan becomes neutral soon because it's on the losing side.

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Posted in: Japan opposes Russia's plan for tariff-free zone on disputed isles See in context

The border region was never a part of USSR and it doesn't matter what it is now,

ok. I don't speak Russian.

Really?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet%E2%80%93Japanese_border_conflicts

Returning those islands to Ainu is as relastic as Russia returning them to Japan.

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Posted in: Japan opposes Russia's plan for tariff-free zone on disputed isles See in context

THIS. Is BNMAU a part of Soviet Union or what? Not to mention how exactly the military collision has happened.

I don't know what 'BNMAU' is. The border region that was part of the USSR is now part of Russia. The much larger area of Mongolia which was invaded by Japan is now part of Mongolia. Has been since Mongolia gained independence from China. I think it was occupied by Japan for only a few weeks before the Red Army intervened.

As for how Mongolian forces came to collaborate with the Red Army in the Battle for Manchuria, I guess it's because the Red Army liberated Mongolia in 1939 and/or Mongolia felt threatened by Japanese armies on it's border given they already invaded once. That's just an educated guess. Does it matter?

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Posted in: Japan opposes Russia's plan for tariff-free zone on disputed isles See in context

@KennyG

Mongolia requested annexation by the Soviet Union but was knocked back. What's your point?

Does that make 1939 Japan invaded Soviet Union? What kind of brain circuit is that?

Japan invaded the Soviet Union and Mongolia. After the Red Army expelled them from the Soviet Union, they moved in and expelled them from Mongolia. After Japanese forces were expelled, the Red Army left Mongolia until the Battle for Manchuria in 1945 when the Mongolian army joined the Red Army. After the Battle for Manchuria, the Red Army left Mongolia and Manchuria.

There are more Soviet war memorials in Manchuria and Mongolia than there are in Leningrad. That means, a lot.

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Posted in: Japan opposes Russia's plan for tariff-free zone on disputed isles See in context

@KennyG

Ask Mongolians if they think they once used to be citizens of Soviet Union.

Mongolia requested annexation by the Soviet Union but was knocked back. What's your point?

Too late for North American or Australian native people to reclaim their lands. There are almost none left.

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Posted in: Parents praise Chinese rules aimed at kids' 'unhealthy' gaming See in context

I can only imagine the outrage if China developed a cure for cancer.

The safe and highly effective coronavirus vaccine from Russia drives them crazy with anger and despair.

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Posted in: Parents praise Chinese rules aimed at kids' 'unhealthy' gaming See in context

The upper echalons of the CCP are the smartest, most forward looking capitalists on the planet. Marx's basic analysis can't be avoided even for them and they know but they'll make the (relatively speaking) 'good times' last much longer than Japan, Western Europe and North America managed.

But in the end, stagnation, declining living standards and escalating social crisis is inevitable.

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Posted in: Japan may start administering 3rd COVID vaccine shots by year-end See in context

So, what's going on with Putin and acquaintances right now ?

I read that despite being around unvaccinated and infected people for a few days, Putin himself isn't infected.

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Posted in: Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal See in context

The same as any other nation that has them or is getting them.

Only Russia, China, USA have a significant number. UK and France have a few, largely reliant on US parts. They use them for nukes as UK and France are too small, geographically speaking, too make them safe from a first strike.

Is Australia also going to arm itself with nukes and SLBMs?

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