Sh1mon M4sada comments

Posted in: Japan defense chief, Okinawa governor remain apart over U.S. base See in context

I don't know why Denny the time thief is even being consulted, the guy has no contribution whatsoever to the process other than 'no'. This is a national defense responsibility, not local prefecture politics.

Perhaps it's time Suga punishes Okinawa for electing Denny.

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Posted in: 2-hour virus test to be available at Narita airport See in context

I'm surprised it has not been available earlier. This is the kind of proactive measures the economy needs.

BTW, it costs $NZD120 for a test (which includes doctor's consultation fee) if you don't qualify for a free one in New Zealand. Somebondy in Japan is making a killing at 40,000 Yen.

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Posted in: Halloween revelry in Japan to take new forms during pandemic See in context

the more celebration the better in my book. Any excuse to crack open the scotch.

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Posted in: Suga, in Indonesia, says Southeast Asia key for Japan See in context

I hope PM Suga has the courage to ask the hard questions whilst in Indo. Foremost:

Why, despite being the lowest tender Japan didn't win the Jakarta to Bandung rail projects, and how did China, despite spending little to no effort on the tender, won the project?

Why has China still not able to build the project? Delays after delays (four years on), excuses after excuses, and yet no one is responsible?

Why after all this time has Japan been invited back to complete the project, AND to cooperate with China on an even larger project spanning from Jakarta to Surabaya?

Someone in the indo government is on the take for dirty Chinese money. Out him/her, them and lock em up.

If Indonesia was not so corrupt, it could be an extremely good partner with Japan to take advantage of Chinese distrust. Many countries in SE Asia wants high speed rail, but they don't want Chinese CRRC to be involved.

Here's Japan's and Indonesia's opportunity to cease the moment and help build asia. Get rid of corrupt politicians and get on with the task of building your country.

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Posted in: Singapore's world-first face scan plan sparks privacy fears See in context

It's OK, the technology is mature and trusted and tested by our partner the CCP on 1.4 billions people, including onerous verifications on 2 millions Uyghurs, and counting.

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Posted in: Trump, Biden go on offense in states they're trying to flip See in context

I don't know what kind of Catholic Biden is but his camp's attack on Amy Coney Barrett is absolutely appalling, even before she has presided over a single appeal, or even appointed.

It is abhorrent for a person of influence like Biden to stoop so low. For all we know the republicants might have appointed her to get a reaction out of Biden. He bought it.

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Posted in: Japan invention QR code wins award for global impact in electronics See in context

Yes totally fly, especially for ease of use in covid tracing. Seen them everywhere in recent times.

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Posted in: U.S. influence in Pacific wanes; Japan considered 'smart power' by think tank See in context

I would take it with a grain of salt, more of a one man's opinion piece (probably based on nothing more than his taste in ethnic foods). Thailand higher than Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam? LOL....

Surely based on USA and China retreating to a national rather than international stage (ie they are NOT interested in international power) means they shouldn't be at the top. Japan, UK on the other hand are upping their international engagements, yet rank below Russia.

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Posted in: Suga sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

As PM, it's his obligation to respect and remember sacrifices of his own veterans.

War crimes is a separate, and independent issue, Japan's neighbours should respect that.

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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

Good to see a healthy democracy functioning as it should. I can only say, getting rid of the Nats was a god send, a few more years of the Nats and Kiwis would be speaking Chinese and renting their good farming land from Chinese landlords.

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Posted in: With eye on China, Suga seeks tighter ties with Vietnam, Indonesia See in context

Suga needs to ask Hitachi et al about Indonesia and its corrupt system of goverment. Is Japan willing to go lower than China? I doubt it.

China's totalitarian state with no accountability no anyone but itself will always be willing to stoop to the lowest of morals and ethics (if any at all). Just look at China's friends around the world, all psychopathics dictators, and loony totalitarian states full of cronyism and corruption.

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Posted in: Japan won't join U.S. plan to exclude Chinese firms from telecom networks: report See in context

Japan told the United States that Tokyo cannot join a framework which excludes a specific nation but will reconsider if there is any change to the current U.S. plan, according to the report.

How can Japan wish to join 5 eyes when it can't even understand strategic plans with global security implications?

It's not a framework to exckude a particular nation, it's a framework for reshaping national and global relations based on reciprocity.

Can Japanese companies operate as freely in China as Chinese companies operate in Japan?

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Posted in: From iPhones to e-axles: How one Japanese tech firm is pushing into electric vehicles See in context

Nidec's Nagamori has said he believes the way to become a market leader in e-axles is to focus on making the technology inexpensive.

??? Toyota is giving away the technology, how inexpensive is 'free'?. Nagamori san's company was lucky to be in the right place, at the right time. But that game is almost over. Nagamori san will be yesterday's man sooner rather than later.

The deeper you engage with China, the harder, quicker you will fall.

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Posted in: From iPhones to e-axles: How one Japanese tech firm is pushing into electric vehicles See in context

More evidence of why Japan industries are in decline or will be in time, Japanese execs just can't read the tea leaves. Globalization, volume dominance is yesterday's game. Friends of USA, should look at USA's lead and its efforts to re-nationalizing industries.

You can't compete freely globally if the biggest player -China- has an iron cage around its commerce and internet borders. Worse still it's a border fortified with weapons (just look at how hard Australia has been targeted by these weapons).

Those with a global supply chain will find in the future that instead of it being a competitive advantage, instead will find red tapes and complexities as nations reciprocate trade arrangements bilaterally to deal (especially) with China and other authoritarian states who put up barriers to true free trade.

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Posted in: BOJ chief warns climate change among biggest challenges facing global economy See in context

Most major sources of emission has taken a massive dive due to covid, why is no one commenting on that?

On the other hand, at the last climate conference, all the 'stakeholders' want to talk about was the carbon credits certificates. The planet wasn't even on the agenda. ALL the talks was on carbon credits and how to trade, how to devalue old certificates (make them worthless) and how to buy expensive new ones to 'save the planet'.

Sigh...what a scam.

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Posted in: Budget requests hit record ¥105.4071 tril, fueled by pandemic spending See in context

I don't know which is better/worse.

Japan 1.6 times over budget or

USA facing the abyss with the president hellbent on holding up economic rescue stimulus (until he is reelected).

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Posted in: Okinawa governor asks Suga for dialogue on U.S. base transfer See in context

Denny is a time waster. Just have this played to him when he rings the bell.

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Posted in: Pompeo uses Tokyo visit to slam China, seek Asian allies' support See in context

It would be easier to take him seriously, if his mask wasn't so ridiculous

Agreed, sends the wrong message. a medical aid is better communicated as a medical aid.

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Posted in: Global central bankers say fiscal aid crucial in new phase of pandemic battle See in context

Stop the politics already. Central bankers need to provide the right environment (monetary policy) for government to provide the necessary fiscal aid. Or sue China and both. You can't shut everything down and argue and do nothing else.

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Posted in: Pompeo uses Tokyo visit to slam China, seek Asian allies' support See in context

Trump cancelled it, for no other reason than it occurred during the Obama administration

What is it about anti-Trump people that the chip/s on their shoulder/s so affect their ability to remember or see things as they were, and as they are now.

TPP was an expansion of TPSEP which started in mid 2000s. Not Obama, either. If there's one thing that you can blame Trump for it's his stance against globalization.

Obama released $100 billion to Iran, and ever since the money has been used to fund terrorists all over the middle east. Iran money - Europe gets the refugees.

Communists de$pots and drug lords in South America desperate for controls of people, USA gets the refugees.

Communist China desperate for control of information, the world gets the plague.

Less than 2% of global dirty money gets flagged and less than .5% stopped from money laundering. Global banks complicit.

You want to continue on this globalization thing that only Communist China, totalitarian states and criminal syndicates wants? Vote Biden then.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to begin talks on host nation support, possibly this week See in context

all know how the U.S. acquired most of its land which was by force, just as you say the U.S. acquired Diaoyu/ the Senakakus. Now you say the threat of force is out? So, then only real force should be used?

that chip on your shoulder is affecting your typing. USA, was attacked by Japan, it reluctantly entered the war. It ended up the victor, rights of conquest, it gave most of its conquest up post war.

China on the other hand was the looser, it has no legal rights to anything. It is now using force, during peace time, to steal territories.

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Posted in: Toyota, Nissan to seek reimbursement from UK if Brexit talks fail: Nikkei See in context

The world has learnt from free trade, it's time Japanese corporations did too. There's no returning to globalization, not after covid, not after Chinese slave labour camps.

Japan's foreign ministry should get going and negotiate as many bilateral trade deal as possible, That's the future. Bring manufacturing home so your own government can negotiate for you.

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Posted in: Pompeo calls Suga 'force for good' during visit to boost solidarity against China See in context

Quad should seek collaboration with China for the benefit of all countries concerned. Why persisting on a lose-lose scenario?..

LOL, isn't that past tense? Look at the result.

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Posted in: Pompeo calls Suga 'force for good' during visit to boost solidarity against China See in context

4 vassal states of the US gather only to discuss China??

Given China has been stealing Japanese seafood, started conflict causing deaths with India, illegally barred Australian trade, and killed thousands of American with the plague, could you think of a better topic of discussion?

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Posted in: Group protests to NHK over tweets considered prejudiced against Koreans See in context

Poor communication from a supposedly public broadcaster/communicator.

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Posted in: Tokyo Stock Exchange resumes trading after technical outage See in context was only a few weeks ago that the LDP was trying to position Osaka as an international financial centre. Better beef up redundancy etc.

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Posted in: 'Will you shut up, man?' Repeated interruptions, insults mark fiery debate between Trump and Biden See in context

Trump won easily, but the constant interruptions made by him and Biden look like school yard bullies.

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Posted in: Suga, Putin agree to promote territorial talks based on 1956 accord See in context

You can never trust anything he says or turn your back on him for a second.

You don't have to trust him, you just have to guess what he desperately need. No one is saying it, but that $15 billion worth of 'reported/public' Chinese arms export last year is at the direct expense of Russia, how long before every thug and despot rulers stops buying Russian arms altogether? Putin will sooner or later realised he is being squeezed by China. Remember all the Chinese assault rifles captured with ISIS fighters, they would have been Russian assault rifles in days gone by.

IMHO, with the global shift away from China, it wouldn't be half bad to offer something to the Russian in exchange for the islands. I could even see 'some' synergy in Russian engine in an indigenous Japanese 6th gen fighter.

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Posted in: UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire See in context

If the EU bureaucrats were forced to suffer democratic repercussion like UK's politicians, they would act very differently, and a deal would already have been done.

The EU is killing itself, and wants to drag every one else it can latches its hands onto with it.

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Posted in: Suga, Putin agree to promote territorial talks based on 1956 accord See in context

China's rise is squeezing Russia geopolitically and financially (even if Russia doesn't know so). Russia is desperate now, hit with covid, a cold reception from Europe, more trouble in the middle east, energy export revenues down and NO ability to print money without affecting inflation. Suga is in the driver's seat to get result.

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