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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors to launch Minicab EV electric commercial vehicle in Japan in December See in context

"The cruising range has been extended to 180 km (in WLTC mode) per charge"

"takes approximately 7.5 hours to fully charge the battery"

Japan doesn't stand a chance in the EV race.

I remember recalling some projection that the Chinese Kei EVs could take 35% of Japanese market by 2035.

While the Europeans and the Koreans won't touch Japan's Kei EV market, the Chinese might because they are shut out from the US and EU markets. Although Chinese EVs are inferior to the German, Korean, and American EVs, they are superior to the Japanese EVs, so Japan represents one of few opportunities for the Chinese to come in and take over the market.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Japan to compensate former 'comfort women' See in context


Prostitition was not illegal under Japanese Law during the time period that the Comfort Women System existed.

The rulings aren't about legality of prostitution, but the legally of forcibly conscripting occupied people at gun point.

Under international law, occupying power has no right to conscript occupied people. But since Imperial Japan did and refused the Korean offer to indemnify this illegality in the 1967 treaty, Japan is forever exposed to damages claims.

And Korea was part of Japan 1910-1945 under Japanese jurisdiction.

It's legally established in Korea that Korea was never a part of Japan, Japanese occupation of Korea was illegal, and Japan is exposed to damages claims from its illegal occupation of Korea.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Japan to compensate former 'comfort women' See in context


Big test for President Yoon here.

There is no test for Yoon since there is nothing Yoon can do.

Heck, Yoon is busy fighting for his own political survival past general election in April, where the Democratic party plans to formally impeach Yoon.

The ruling party is in a total chaos due to collapsing poll numbers and are splitting into two, the pro-Yoon party and the anti-Yoon party.

He needs to stand firm and criticise this ruling and do everything he can to allow Japan to appeal

The court to appeal is the Supreme Court packed by liberal judges who already established in 2018 that the 1967 Treaty doesn't indemnify Japan and Japan can be held liable for all the damages resulting from its illegal and criminal occupation of Korea.

So everybody and anybody who feels they have been wronged by Imperial Japan can sue for damages.

and ignore the blowback he will cop from the rabid anti-Japan masses in South Korea.

Yoon may not be in office by the fall of next year.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Japan to compensate former 'comfort women' See in context


This is just bizarre. Local courts should have no say at all in overriding international agreements.

It doesn't. The 1967 treaty says absolutely nothing about indemnification of Japan from damages resulting from Imperial Japan's criminal activities, thus Japan is exposed to damages claims.

The ruling is entirely within the scope of the 1967 treaty.

If Korean people are unhappy with the agreements the Korean government has made, they should take up the issue with their government 

Actually the Korean government offered to indemnity Japan in the 1967 treaty but Japan refused, claiming that Japan did nothing wrong or illegal during its occupation of Korea. So the indemnification clause was left out due to the mistakes of Japanese negotiators and governments at that time and Japan is forever exposed to damages claims.

So it should be Japanese people and businesses that blame Japanese government for its failings.

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Posted in: Novo to launch anti-obesity drug Wegovy in Asia with February Japan roll-out See in context

Are there needs for Wegovy in Japan, given low occurrence of morbidly obesity in Japan?

Or is it taken by 120 lbs women who want to drop to 100 lbs?

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Japan to compensate former 'comfort women' See in context


And South Korea’s Supreme Court will most likely dismiss the high court’s decision.

Huh? Korea's supreme court is packed with liberal judges who holds that the 1967 Treaty doesn't indemnify Japan from damages of its crimes and is held accountable. 


Just because one side doesnt like the outcome does not mean the process was unlawful or against any laws of the country that the suit was filed in.

Since Korea considers Japanese occupation of Korea illegal and Japan didn't contest it(The 1967 Treaty states the annexation treaty was already null and void without Japan taking any part to nullify it, meaning it was null and void from the start, and Japan is held liable for all the damages caused by Imperial Japan including the comfort women, and forced laborers.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for leaving 11-year-old son at home for 3 days while she stayed with boyfriend See in context

11 year old is old enough to microwave food in the fridge, kill time playing PlayStation, etc.

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Posted in: North Korea says it put military spy satellite into orbit on third try See in context

North Korea just fired a ballistic missile toward Japanese mainland, it appears to have failed according to the ROK military.

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Posted in: North Korea says it put military spy satellite into orbit on third try See in context

ROK military confirms the satellite is in orbit, but cannot verify if it's in operation.

Kim says it does, and he has seen the photograph of Guam base taken by the satellite.

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Posted in: N Korea notifies Japan of satellite launch as early as Wednesday See in context

Interesting there is no article on Japan Today yet.

North Korea's rocket already launched toward Okinawa, North Korea claims a successful orbit placement of the satellite.

The explosion observed on the 1st stage may have been intentional, as North Korea doesn't want the ROK to fish out the remains of its rocket from the sea.

The ROK fished out 1st and 2nd stages of North Korean rocket the last time due to the ROK's incredibly accurate ballistic missile radar network pinpointing where the rocket landed.

China also went out on fishing the rocket remains but failed to retrieve any.

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Posted in: Japanese marines conduct drill on island seen as vulnerable to China See in context

@Mr. Kipling

China is not going to "invade" Japan ever....

Japan fears Chinese invasion of Diaoyu Islands, which China has sworn to take back.

Diaoyu Islands legallys belongs to the Republic of China per Japan's acceptance of surrender terms, but Japan has failed to follow through on this obligation.

all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa, and The Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. 

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Posted in: Japan, Britain, Italy mull defense chief talks in Tokyo in December See in context


 Australia was an independent nation and has been for 122 years.

King of Australia

Charles III since 8 September 2022

Governor-General of Australia

The governor-general of Australia is the representative of the monarch, currently King Charles III, in Australia. The governor-general is appointed by the monarch on the recommendation of the prime minister.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain, Italy mull defense chief talks in Tokyo in December See in context


These fighters may well include a cheaper "export" model

Export models aren't cheaper. To the contrary, they usually cost more than domestic use models.

with less sophisticated equipment and parts for nations on a budget.

Nations on a budget don't go shopping for a $250 million fighter jet.

Nations like Indonesia

Indonesia's broke and can't afford anything.

Australia could use a fast air superiority fighter in small numbers to provide interdiction and protection for F-35's.

Australia isn't looking to buy new fighter jets, they are done with 75 F-35s and almost all available resourced are being redirected toward $50 billion AUKUS submarine project.

New Zealand may be looking at reforming its air force

New Zealand has outsourced its defense to Australia.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain, Italy mull defense chief talks in Tokyo in December See in context

@Desert Tortoise

It won't sell for that much.

Yes it will.

The current development budget estimate is $30.2 billion, which is sure to rise as time passes by.

At the production volume of 300, it's $100 million per unit just for development.

Wallace said on Wednesday that the project will need more than 25 billion pounds ($30.2 billion) over the next 10 years, with the U.K. investing 10 billion pounds.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain, Italy mull defense chief talks in Tokyo in December See in context

There is no 3rd country that Japan could sell this $250 million fighter jet to.

In a multinational program like this, partners divide up the market for which they are responsible for;

1) UK gets Western Europe and Middle East.

2) Italy gets Central and Eastern Europe.

3) Japan gets Asia Pacific excluding Middle East.

Now the question is, is there an Asian Pacific country able to afford a $250 million fighter jet?

There isn't. India is hell bent on making its own jets no matter the cost and time.

Singapore buys only US jets.

Korea has its own stealth jet already doing air shows and has countries lined up to buy it.

The rest of Asia is too poor to afford a $250 million fighter jet.

Japan's only hope appears to be Australia, assuming UK releases Australia to Japan's marketing territory which may not be the case. After all, Australia still is a British common wealth country.

So Japan really doesn't have a market to sell this jet.

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Posted in: Figure skating icon Hanyu announces divorce; blames slander, stalking See in context

Just confused. How did Hanyu register his same-sex marriage in Japan?

Did he register his marriage in some foreign jurisdiction but not in Japan?

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Posted in: Hilton Japan apologizes for 'disrespectful' ad disparaging traditional Japanese inns See in context

Staying in a ryokan is an experience by itself, it's not the same thing as staying in a hotel.

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Posted in: Yoon, Kishida vow to deepen ties See in context

Both Kishida and Yoon may not be around next year given their sinking poll numbers, so this is moot.

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Posted in: S Koreans sit for key exam as flights halted to limit distraction See in context

@Shunryū Suzuki

Why is testing still so popular in South Korea and Japan but almost extinct in many Western nations?

Because they don't have affirmative actions and legacy admissions; all admissions are decided strictly by test scores, the only absolutely fair way to do it.

And it works; in Korea, the lawyer's child and the street cleaner's child has the least score differences in the world, and only 5% of law school students' parents or grandparents were lawyers or judges.


so much so that many of them don't really work as hard when they finally make it to the top ranking universities of their choice.

Not at all in Korea, because they still have to compete for positions with big corporations post graduation, unlike in Japan where pretty much all college graduates get multiple job offers before graduation.

Due to Korea's labor law, those who make it to big corporations are set for life, like $150K/year salary, full suite of benefits package(Housing subsidy and full scholarship for children, even if it's US Ivy League schools), a retirement payment of $500K ~ 1 million USD.

The result is that the most qualified new hire at Sony isn't qualified to apply at Samsung, and you see the result; Sony can't compete against Samsung.

So Korea's infamous extreme education works well for Korea's big corporations in producing world class workers and why there is no call for a change.

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Posted in: Japan, Australia, South Korea begin World Cup qualifying this week See in context


Japan should cruise through their Group games, against Myanmar, Syria, and North Korea

Myanmar, yes.

Syria and North Korea, no.

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Posted in: Hyundai joins Honda, Toyota in raising wages after U.S. auto union deals with Detroit 3 See in context

@Gene Hennigh

Hyundai's US workers make 2/3rd of what Hyundai's Korean workers make. Hyundai is used to paying $100K + bonus for assembly jobs in Korea, so they are less hesitant to raise wages than say Toyota and Honda.

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Posted in: No ex-Johnny's singers in NHK year-end show 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' after sex scandal See in context

I can see Johnny's talents were replaced by K-Pop singers.


Stray Kids


MISAMO(Aka Japanese member subunit of Twice)

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Posted in: New island off Japan may not last long, say experts See in context

Oh, Japan will pour concrete over it to make sure it lasts, cough cough Okinotorishima.

Japan invented artificial islands, which was then copied by the Chinese in the South China Sea to make territorial claims.

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Posted in: North Korea threatens to respond to anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets with a 'shower of shells' See in context


You sold/bartered all your artillery shells to the Russians...

North Korea has a stockpile of 10 million shells and they only shipped 1 million to Russia, still got 9 million left.

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Posted in: Japan ruling parties eye talks on allowing anti-air missile exports See in context


The question Japanese reporters should be perusing is: Who’d make a lot of money off lifting the ban?

No one because there is no customer for Japanese SAMs.

Koreans literally had to demonstrate that their SAMs outperform Israeli SAMs in side-by-side shoot-out test before selling them to UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Not sure if Japan can demonstrate its SAMs outperform Israeli SAMs.

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Posted in: Japan ruling parties eye talks on allowing anti-air missile exports See in context

Not sure what the point of this discussion is, since there is no prospective buyer for Japanese SAMs.

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Posted in: K-pop star G-Dragon appears for questioning over alleged drug use See in context

FYI, G-Dragon tested negative on all drugs test, including detailed forensic ones.

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Posted in: South Korean DJ Soda reaches settlement over groping at Japan event See in context


Why is this news ?!?

While groping of women in public is a daily occurrence and non-news in Japan, it was a big news in Korea since public groping is unheard of in Korea with very strong feminism and women's rights.

Thus the outrage in Korea spilled over to Japan.

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Posted in: North Korea confirms embassy closures See in context

@Coula been

Does that mean that the employee(s) that issue the thousands of tourist visas to NK in those countries are now redundant?

There are travel agencies that specialize in travelling to North Korea who will get you the tourist visa from other open North Korean embassies in Europe, in Paris, Berlin, Bern, and London.

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Posted in: 5 iconic Japanese foods not from Japan See in context


Of course that will not stop Koreans from claiming they invented sushi,

Koreans would never claim to have invented sushi.

What's at controversy is Futomaki/Kimbab's origin.

Right now there is a Kimbab boom in the US with supplies sold out across major US supermarket chains like Trader Joe's, etc and Kimbab's origin can be the topic of debates, as it's obvious it's a variation of Fukomaki but Korean nationalists would disagree.

Same thing with Yakiniku. Japan's English dictionaries from 40 years ago listed Yakiniku as "Korean BBQ" in translated English, but Japan has started claiming Yakiniku as "Japanese BBQ" in the past 20 years.

Trader Joe’s sold out of kimbap, its latest viral offering, thanks to TikTok

The Korean rolls are out of stock until at least October — but their virality has inadvertently given Korean grocers increased visibility.

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