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Posted in: Tsunami-hit town demolishes old office despite preservation calls See in context

I found it. Her name was Miki Endo, announcer for the disaster prevention office of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture. She stayed at her post telling people over a loudspeaker about the tsunami until the end. It's thought she saved 10,000 lives.

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Posted in: JAL unveils tougher rules to control crew's alcohol consumption See in context

you have to design a system that stops punishing people by including safety margins instead of the opposite or else accidents are essentially the design

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Posted in: Japan eyes forcing governance reforms at firms after Ghosn's arrest See in context

Major companies in Japan should be compelled to appoint at least one independent board member in order to ensure proper corporate governance, a government panel recommends.

what is their board for ? It isn't governance . Sounds like one actual board member. Investors should walk

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Posted in: JAL unveils tougher rules to control crew's alcohol consumption See in context

0.00 milligram of alcohol per liter

that doesn't sound very practical. What's the error level of the machines? If the measurement error level requested is higher than the equipment capability, then everyone is going to fail. Whole planes will be shut down unless they have the staff to cover, which I doubt. Most airlines have staff shortages due to the stupid gruelling hours which forces people to quit and prevents new staff from joining. Once again it becomes just another story about terrible working hours

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit town demolishes old office despite preservation calls See in context

How about a project for this thread. Find the name of the office girl who issued the tsunami warnings, and the video of her making the warnings. I had seen it on Youtube before but it's hard to find or maybe it was another town.

Doesn't she deserve to be remembered? Let's try

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit town demolishes old office despite preservation calls See in context

I remember the tragic story of the young city office girl in this building who issued tsunami warnings to others, until she died. RIP to all.

Maybe that's what I'm thinking of. Thank you.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit town demolishes old office despite preservation calls See in context

it would be great if Japan would stop deleting its history all the time.

Is that the mayor who stayed and broadcast the tsunami warnings at peril to her own safety, who eventually died, so that her broadcast saved her residents?

Shame

You can go and forget your heroes Japan, but I will not

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Posted in: Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies See in context

Over a dozen Canadians arbitrarily detained now. One on trial as an accessory to drug smuggling upgraded overnight to main culprit and the death penalty.

We need to ban Chinese 5G immediately. China's kill the chicken to scare the monkey tactic has gone too far.

What did the 1% expect when it moved all its manufacturing to a dictatorship? Madness. We should get out of China and support democracies

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Posted in: Trump stops Pelosi from using military plane for overseas trip in shutdown fight See in context

Delicious. We have to actually explain that airplanes can fly over walls.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi board considers new allegations of unreported payments to Ghosn See in context

allegations yet again. In the West, allegations are meaningless unless proven in court

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Posted in: Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies See in context

China and threatened retaliation if Canada bans Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for security reasons.

Which clearly means we need to ban Chinese 5G immediately

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Posted in: Aso urges G20 to renew commitment against protectionism See in context

The trick with international relations is to say more useful things and fewer dumb things

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Posted in: Nissan to file civil suit for damages against Ghosn: source See in context

There hasn't even been a trial yet let alone any convictions so this civil suit literally has nothing to work on.

This makes it look like Japan hasn't a clue what it's doing and Japan Inc. should probably rein in Saikawa's ongoing blunderings.

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Posted in: Nissan to file civil suit for damages against Ghosn: source See in context

They don't understand their corporate governance so they will show the world they don't have any, just to condemn one man out of spite, and take down the rest of the company with them. No wonder Renault board won't talk to Saikawa. This was probably timed after that rejection. Also this confirmation of a lack of governance of Nissan should ruin any future prospects and again give gaijin executives more than just pause when considering Japan but outright withdrawal.

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Posted in: Grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo See in context

Wakanohana back in the day was a better Ozeki and even he crumbled under Yokozuna promotion. It's a hard level to attain and maintain which should garner more respect for the position. Kisenosato's promotion was unfortunately just wishful thinking.

You'd think with the former Takanohana around, a former Yokozuna himself and younger brother to Wakanohana, the JSA would have learned that lesson

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Posted in: Google Japan unit found to have underreported ¥3.5 bil in taxable income See in context

Interestingly this wasn't filed under the Crime section

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Posted in: Nissan CEO calls for Renault board to review Ghosn findings See in context

Nissan has already been denied twice to the Renault board due to not following its evidence requirements. Hence this plea through the media, again. Looks like there are too few to care what Saikawa has to say. As long as Ghosn can't defend himself Saikawa can't present to the board, and vice versa

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Posted in: Kisenosato's career in peril after 2nd straight loss See in context

Losing to No. 1 maegashira Mongolian. Time to retire

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Posted in: Do you think the corruption investigation of Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda by French authorities, involving Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, may be in retaliation for the prosecution of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has French nationality? See in context

Takeda's corruption investigation by the French started in 2016 based on events in 2013 when Tokyo won the games. There is pressure to conclude that before the Olympics. That Japan decided to detain Ghosn without charge for more than 50 days now in order to destroy its international business reputation is their own private decision and has nothing to do with France.

Japan has so many corruption investigations going on, similarities were bound to happen

How's that stadium lawsuit going?

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Posted in: Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics See in context

You're not getting this

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Posted in: With career in jeopardy, Kisenosato fails to impress See in context

Everyone knows Kisenosato was a poor choice for promotion. Other Yokozuna would have been forced to retire long before now. He should resign immediately

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Posted in: Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics See in context

They have to define "bribes" payment. JOC is saying it was consultant payment. What is the difference of consultant and bribes?

Are you joking? If not this would explain why Japan remains an ethical backwater

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Posted in: Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics See in context

More likely there are so many corruption scandals and investigations, that for two to riff off each other was bound to happen eventually and is not a conspiracy

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Posted in: Traffic ticket against monk driving in robe stirs online protests See in context

Do police make up their own laws or enforce them?

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Posted in: Pacific trade deal spurs Canadian farm sales to Japan as U.S. watches See in context

Sounds like the US already has the market share with that name. Can Canadians call it Toronto-style instead of new York?

Haha! No. Alberta would be apoplectic if it became known as Toronto-style. It would be hilarious, but no, 100% not likely at all.

Toronto has too much variety in meals due to culture and styles including vegan so as 8th top vegan city in the world (funny enough New York is 3rd) there would be better candidates for a Canadian cut of beef name. It wouldn't define the city at all. 100% in Western Canada where the beef comes from would make more sense. I don't see it being Calgary either. Some other town or marketing term would be needed.

If you don't know Alberta ( a province 4 mil) is only slightly larger than Toronto (a city 3 mil) but smaller than the Toronto/GTA (region 6 mil) and the powers that be refuse to allow Toronto to be a province even though the powers that be amalgamated it into one in all but name. Alberta is not one thing or another and certainly deserves to change, but has more conservative climate deniers etc.

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Posted in: Pacific trade deal spurs Canadian farm sales to Japan as U.S. watches See in context

So enjoy those meat exports, Canada. Because soon, your tech and advanced industry will disappear, buried by vast amounts of cheap Asian imports. Slaughterhouse jobs ain't profitable or fun.

CPTPP! It's a good story, not often we get out from under USA's shadow. Hopefully more to come, not just for us but all the signatories, since that will allow all of us to do well and find new shared opportunities without China or the USA, which was the entire point.

But this is one industry this article is talking about. We have plenty of programmers and other value added services here that get paid well and don't have to worry about by how much.

The real entrepreneurs in Japan you see at those indie gamer shows that don't get a lot of news. Artists that make their own games or students making their own small businesses.

We can all do something, or make something new

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Posted in: Real-time translation devices step closer to reality at gadget show See in context

Or you could use Esperanto, specifically designed to be easy to learn (100 hours versus +2000 of a native language) has a unified grammar without exceptions, and whose purpose is a utility language. Anything easier and it's that icon t-shirt you can point to.

Esperanto doesn't represent any one country, and has speakers in every place. Still plenty of time to learn. And after the Olympics you don't need to keep it up. It's suitable for the communication gap and time requirements

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Posted in: Real-time translation devices step closer to reality at gadget show See in context

Or you could use Esperanto, specifically designed to be easy to learn (

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Posted in: Japan forced to amend budget over dodgy labor data See in context

another case of the extremely regrettables

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