Sh1mon M4sada comments

Posted in: Japan, U.S. reach framework trade pact; no tariff cuts on Japanese cars: report See in context

One of the thing I miss the most living in Japan is an affordable aged sirloin, bring on the trade deal and some non mooing cows please.

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Posted in: Trump faces limits of go-it-alone stance at G7 summit See in context

An open message to Mr Trump.

If Google, facebook etc are being hounded around the world, where would they go? A: Back to USA, don't you want those high paying jobs back in the good ole?

BTW, don't attack the Feds, they're holding back on interest rate cuts because YOUR tariffs are doing a good job with the trade war already.

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Posted in: Trump vows response to China tariffs on $75 bil of U.S. goods See in context


Their tariffs hurt more than ours too

That's because they want to hurt, not to reach a level playing field. Trump's plan, to dismantle the current trade pact is to reach a goal, it may or may not hurt China, but it sure will achieve its goal of fair trade in the end. You seriously can't think it can keep going on the current trajectory?

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Posted in: Putin orders Russia to respond after U.S. missile test See in context

Seriously guys, INF withdrawal talks started under Clinton, continued right through Obama years. If China, which is arguably stronger overall than Russia, why ignore them? ie if China is excluded from the treaty, then it's head in the sand stuff.

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Posted in: Trump vows response to China tariffs on $75 bil of U.S. goods See in context

Going exactly to plan as I see it, a complete renegotiation of trade between China and USA, AND a new global trade alignment. Nothing new here, go and read Trump's first speech to the UN, everything else via twitter is just pandering to his base and should be ignored.

You can continue to align with China and have them slowly dismantle your democratic rights until you fit into the CCP sphere, or you accept a bit of temporary pain and keep your future freedom. Make no mistake, history has shown China has and will weaponise trade to further its political ambition.

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Posted in: G7 leaders to open summit focused on world economy See in context

If Trump wants to bring back jobs to America, he shouldn't against France's tax proposal, he should be urging France and other nations to go ahead with new tax structures on big techs. At the moment, the big techs are free to roam, ie take their earnings on a whirlwind trip until it's no longer taxable.

Countries of the world must unite and close the taxfree superhighway that leads to places like the Netherlands, the Caymans etc.

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Posted in: Trump revives suggestion he'd end birthright citizenship See in context


Japan does not allow Birth Right Citizenship, neither does any other country in the world.

Many countries in the western sphere follows the citizenship birthrights doctrine, not just USA. In the USA context, denying birthright citizenship is deeply rooted in racism. Google Kim Wong Ark.

This is another of Trump's brainf4rt that he will regret, and when you add the racist attack on the 4 Dems, it's sure to certify Trump as a deep rooted racist.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties See in context

yes Minister Kang is mopping up the mess....

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties See in context

They should have had dialigue before setting to SK (national) judicial attack dog loose on an international target. Of course it's unprecedented for Japanese companies to be hauled into the SK national judicial system.

The SK president reaped what he sowed, now that he finds the the crop rather bitter tasting.

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Posted in: Trump revives suggestion he'd end birthright citizenship See in context

Sounds like another Trump brainf4rt to me. He goes on and on about border controls and legal migration, which entails having a robust 'legal' migration framework.

Then he goes and propose to whiteant it with an unconstitutional executive order.

The issue at hand is to find legal means to accept migrants in order to deter illegals migration (which is hazardous to illegals and financially burdensome to USA). Trump seems like he would rather consolidate his racist credentials and remove a long accepted legal means (ie birthright citizenship).

If he was sincere (rather than racist), he would simply tighten up on travel visa for expectant mothers.

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Posted in: Pompeo voiced support for Japan over wartime labor issue: sources See in context

@Samit Basu

Kono san said so himself, the 1965 Treaty only covers property claims, has nothing to do with damages claim.

Your quote and your post doesn't agree, the 'only' part was not there, yet you used it as the principle of your argument.

For clarity, this is on the first paragraph of the agreement:

"Japan and the Republic of Korea, Desiring to settle the problem concerning properties of the two countries and their nationals and claims between the countries and their nationals...."

The Treaty seems rather comprehensive to me, not excluding anything, that is, properties, claims OF the people.

In any case, the SK court has made an order relating to the property of a Japanese entity.

Time for the Koreans to take politics and hotheadedness out of this IMO.

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Posted in: Trump backs off China tariff plan with delays for cell phones, laptops See in context

Don't know what to say about Trump's erratic moves. Is it a genius at work, or a mouth without legs (can't walk the talk)?

Imagine being a Chinese manufacturer trying to fulfil orders, then double down for the American importer trying to organise shipping, customs etc. IMHO, if Trump wanted to level the playing field, it should be one consistent rule, phased in over specific times to suit US industries. ATM, looks like dancing over hot coals, ie sidestepping all over the place.

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Posted in: Study debunks Japanese belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes See in context

You'd have to question the quality of data sets used for this 'debunk'. I can't see how fisherman, beachgoers would have accurately recorded deep sea fish surfacing to such an extent tgat it can be compared with earthquakes data. Then you'd have to ponder whether the fish location coincides with quake location etc.

Obviously, it's nice to have funds for research.

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Posted in: Tending bar See in context

Not Okay, Japan needs to introduce a ban on smoking indoors to catch up with the developed world, it might even encourage more patronage in izakaya's.

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Posted in: New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say See in context

So let me ask you a serious question, what and how can poor people contribute to a vibrant economy?

Funny that, Trump wants to bring back jobs, but his supporters say poor people can't contribute. Hummmm, unless you have not noticed jobs have been exported from USA to countries with mostly poor people.

A labor pool is a labor pool, every country needs a labor pool, because if you don't some one else will exploit that deficiency. Look at China and how it affects rich and poor in USA, ie it exports its spare capacity wholesale to USA.

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Posted in: High-yield rice seen as savior to Japan's rising food costs See in context

Why bother? Australia can already produce yield twice that of Japan (10 tonnes/ha), and note it's a desert!

Cutting back on excess and actually follow buddhist 'no waste' principle would be more likely to achieve food security.

Seriously, the world has moved on, Texas is no longer the oil capital, Brits don't rules the sea, and Japan trying to hold onto rice paddies is just nuts, think of all the other alternatives, I bet beef or lamb would get much better financial returns.

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Posted in: WWII Pacific battlegrounds now site of U.S.-China tug-of-war See in context

Wouldn't worry too much about these places. In a few years, with global warming, they'll be under the ocean anyway!

That's why China wants to help, it has experience with turning reefs into islands ;-)

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Posted in: Hit rewind: Sony Walkman triggers nostalgia on 40th birthday See in context

I loved my Walkmans, yes, I owned a few, one even had stereo mike for recording. They has terrific analogue sound, not like the compressed mp3s and aac of today. I listened to a friend's Nakamichi tape deck not long ago, brings back all the euphoria of the 80s.

I now think Steve Jobs is a fake, yes, of course I can tell the diference, and of course analogue is better, more natural more enjoyable.

Having said this Sony's latest hybrid digital dac amp Tazh1es and headphone mdr z1r is pretty ear syrup. Glad they're heading into the premium segment again.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant out of space for radioactive water See in context

I wish them all the best, I would not like to be the project manager on this project. So many stakeholders, none has any empathy for the other.

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Posted in: China warns of countermeasures if U.S. puts missiles on its 'doorstep' See in context

Look at trump

Did you even read the article? Quote Mark Esper, not Trump. Love how some people segue from anything, anyone to 'TRUMP'.

EIS system in eastern Europe wasn't put there by Trump was it?

Seriously people, EIS has been a model of successful deployment of missile defence system. It stopped the missile race, heck they're all so friendly now Russia is building a pipeline to Germany!

Now, if say we had missile in Japan, that would certainly neutralizes the NK threat, SK, Japan, and everyone else can stop worrying about the big guy with the weird hair cut, just like Eastern Europe.

Of course China is going to throw a hissy fit, they gave NK nuke tech in the first place.

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Posted in: Japan signals it will act to curb any excessive yen rises See in context


Why would you want to curb yen rises?

Needs to be asked alongside 'is Japanese industries that efficient that it can lower prices further and still remain competitive and viable?'

Every other major currencies is following the RMB, you as a Japanese consumer, traveller, etc only have to worry about the cost of travelling to USA or buying US goods, and only temporarily IMO, because the Feds will respond shortly also.

China is lobbing a currency grenade in the mix with its abandoning of the 7 times RMB/USD floor, everyone is running.

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Posted in: Japan signals it will act to curb any excessive yen rises See in context


Not only trade wars, but currency wars. And it's going to get worse. Watch what happens to the British pound, the Euro, and the almighty (no longer) American $

Not sure I understand you. All these currency moves have a single purpose, to lower the exchange rate between x-currency and the USD, which would make the USD more valuable.

As to whether it's good for USA, NO! Because that would make US industries less competitive, or more to the point, make Trump's tariff largely ineffective. Pop corn a ready for Trump's response, and the Fed's take on this.

The RMB has now broke the 7 ceiling against the USD, China is playing hardball, some would argue currency assault.

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Posted in: 11 dead, 5,600 sent to hospitals last week due to heatwave See in context

I was going to post something about grilled eel day and the weather, glad I didn't now.

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Posted in: Johnson plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base; pound tumbles See in context

The EU is speaking with a forked tongue. How can they say they support a backstop but at the same time use it to force UK back into a customs union?

A Hard Border is a dangerous throwback, and the EU have to remember the lives lost and the instability that a hard border brings.

I don't know what BoJo means by this " good, it's dead, it's got to go"; Everyone must proceed on the basis of no hard border, whether it's by a backstop or other means. Is Bojo prepared for a hard border as well?

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Posted in: Johnson heads to Scotland as local leader attacks no-deal Brexit See in context

Sturgeon is making stuff up as she goes along.

BoJo is making progress in the poll. No deal getting more support as I see it.

Tusk is going to be begging BoJo for a trade pact after Brexit.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

The EU is not fining the UK for leaving its requiring the UK to pay what it already agreed to pay before leaving

Subject to it being ratified by parliament. BUT, it has been knocked down 3 times. So divorce or not, no BILL in a legal sense. It was always as a goodwill gesture payment anyway, a contribution to the single market administration so as to achieve a fair Brexit. But since as the EU played hardball all the way, the EU doesn't deserve any payment. BoJo is the only politician with the balls to call a spade a spade in this situation.

In any case it was calculated as payment for UK's contribution to the running of the EU up to 2020 (despite it no longer being a member), BUT since as there is no Brexit, the BILL is reducing each day that the UK stay in the EU until 2020 when the BILL will be £0.

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Posted in: Apple buys Intel's smartphone modem division for $1 billion See in context

Qualcomm is a pivotal supplier in the rollout of 5G, particularly in the U.S. That's because President Donald Trump's administration has blacklisted another key 5G supplier, Huawei, as part of its trade war with China.

Huawei was never going to sell their 5G chips outside China nor license other foundries! They have said this publicly, I suspect because there's a lot of IP that would be challenged without the protection of the CCP.

This buy is purely for Apple to be not so reliant on Qualcomm, ie so Apple can make its own 5G modem chips as well.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context


If what you post is representative of the Brits, then why are British people so keen to leave?

EU bureaucrats on the other hand are ALL unelected but rule making dictators.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

@Alfie Noakes

Business leftie elite? What on earth does that mean? All business is against Brexit, of course.

The big end of town, the global corporates elites are painting Trump, BoJo as nationalist right wing nut jobs, so they can maintain their monopoly on global movement of capital, jobs, etc., ie what matters to corporate profits, and CEO bonuses.

Notice strangely how in a globalised world, wages are still very much cordoned off at national boundaries? Are you happy that your job can be exported to Poland for half the cost, the product or services imported back and there's nothing you can do about it? The worst part, you can get that product for half the price in Poland, except there's strict distribution rights in place to stop you from buying at the cheaper price.

The EU, with its union wide rules for everything, especially the movement of people, goods and capital, EXCEPT wages.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

@Simon Foston

No one's exactly sure what the people's will is though

Of course they know what the will is. To get out of the EU, deal or no deal. The referendum didn't refer to any deal, the people just wanted out. In fact the debate before the referendum was silent on 'any deal' as well.

The big corporates with their vested interests are controlling the exit under May, or shall we phrase it correctly, controlling the 'no exit'.

The world is an unhealthy mess because of globalisation as designed by the big end of town, people everywhere have spoken up. It's time the politicians act on the people's will, or soon we wall all look to authoritarian states for inspiration.

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