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Posted in: Toyota logs record October output, sales despite production halt See in context

Toyota used to have a bad reputation for building rust bucket cars. They gradually addressed that, to the point that they actually nowadays build good quality cars, and they continue to see rising Sales - which goes against the belief that if you build something well, people won't buy another ... and Sales will clearly drop....

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Posted in: Toyota selling part of Denso stake to raise cash to develop electric vehicles See in context

Agreed it does sound like it's quite late to be entering the Electric Car Market from scratch, though I guess they're not stupid, and wouldn't be doing such a thing, unless they thought that they could make more money out of doing so, than by keeping their stake in the Component maker - Denso.

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Posted in: Greek PM 'grandstanding' in sculpture row: UK's Sunak See in context

What has Greece got to offer the UK in return ?

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Posted in: Japan suspends its own Osprey flights after U.S. aircraft crash See in context

Seems this type of Aircraft has gotten itself rather a bad reputation. Are there others ?

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Posted in: Erdogan to visit Budapest next month as Turkey and Hungary hold up Sweden's membership in NATO See in context

If the Leaders of Hungary and Turkey, are willing to do Putin's bidding of sowing discontent, then NATO should show then both the proverbial door, or at least, to not be afraid of doing so. It is better to have unity across all members, rather than dissent & distrust between some.

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Posted in: China says it is against supply chain decoupling See in context

We were stupid in the first place to involve CCP's China as a key link in our various Supply chains. Hopefully the lesson has now been learnt Globally.

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Posted in: Google to start deleting inactive accounts in December See in context

Biggest impact will be to "Gamers" - who setup accounts for various "online-games" and play those games henceforth without logging into those Google email accounts thereafter.

I know, since I do this myself.

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Posted in: UK government reaches pay deal with senior doctors that could end disruptive strikes See in context

Old Boy Networks run true to form.

Wouldn't be surprised if the current day "Supporting network" of Nurses and other Staff, Rebel at this, and we find ourselves in, once again a quagmire of Political excrement.

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Posted in: Doctors warn of New Zealand health tragedy after smoking ban scrapped See in context

The problem here is simply a matter of "Choice". Should you be forced to not "Smoke" or should you have the choice between accepting Medical advisement.

it doesn't stop with "Smoking"... to simply ban that, raises the question of where else does this go within a supposed Democratically aligned Society....

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Posted in: Line operator says 440,000 personal data items leaked See in context

This is troubling. A Japanese entity of a Foreign Company giving away Personal data to some unknown entities along with chat histories and personal data... and all they do is say "Sorry"... Sorry but NO. Line Corp needs to be either put out of business or really feal the heat of Japanese P'PI regulations and if not, the then the Japanese Governments regulations over Personal Privacy are just useless.

Put Line out of business in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

That said, for those older folks thinking that it's open season on young Girls... the Parental approval will inevitably provide Karma to the situation that you can't / won't escape from. So, to all you "Paedo's".. go live somewhere else - Ideally "attached" (Physically) to the North/South Pole by your own sick stick.

For Young Adults, (University Student age, etc.) this will be a welcome change, as too for others engaging in relationships which may be still up in the air. The freedom to choose at the early stage of an error of judgement should be uninhibited.

If anyone says otherwise, then they're basically saying after sex a Woman should stay immobile to ensure a successful birth, which would be completely useless, and a miscarriage can occur at any point of time through not through any fault of her own. "Religious" Fanatics need to get a lesson in Reality, both Medically and Socially.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

Without doubt, it's certainly an improvement upon the prior situation.

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Posted in: Retailers offer bigger Black Friday discounts to lure hesitant shoppers hunting for the best deals See in context

Black Friday is turning out to be a Sham. Tik-Toker's/ YouTuber's are simply going around to Stores and showing that the prices now are the same as they were before, and in some stores, shelves are still completely packed.....

I watched in the week before the run-up to black-Friday, the prices being hiked, or some items I was interested in, then thereafter, we're back to where we are now... it's an illusion a scam. And, little wonder people are buying into it. Black Friday is damaging to the Economy - it causes people to hold back from Purchases in the hope of finding a better price thereafter, which when they fail to materialize, ever curtails those purchase plans or simply forces potential buyers to look elsewhere.

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Posted in: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group CEO dies at 65 See in context

So much for the Corporate Health Care.

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Posted in: Terry Venables, former England, Tottenham and Barcelona coach, dies at 80 See in context

RIP Sir.

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Posted in: Hamas releases third group of hostages as part of truce and says it will seek to extend the deal See in context

There can be no peace until War mongering factions are eliminated or re-educated Globally, regardless to whom they ally themselves.

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Posted in: Hamas releases third group of hostages as part of truce and says it will seek to extend the deal See in context

Hamas are afraid, and they should be. Israel is going to wipe them out, along with the rest of those in Palestine. There can be no Peace until that is so now.

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Posted in: Russia says it downed Ukrainian drones over five regions See in context

Now wouldn't it be awkward, were Iran to calls Russia and asks whether they took delivery of the drones that they were flying over to them ?

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Posted in: Docomo to showcase diverse technologies at docomo Open House '24 See in context

Docomo .... their phone service drops periodically during the day, and even in Central Tokyo the connection level can be seen struggling at times. Apart from that, they can't even get their "Hikarii TV" to work properly, to the point that I wouldn't be surprised it's Service becoming known as "No Tv Today". Their 10G internet service no longer provides anything close to 10Gbps, let alone 5Gbps, and ... as their own speed test portal is constantly offline. So, I'd not even be remotely interested in NTTs vision of the future, unless they can start getting the current services in order.

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Posted in: Six teenagers to go on trial over beheading of French teacher See in context

The Israeli's don't go to other peoples' Countries and commit such atrocities.

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Posted in: Azabudai Hills complex opens in Tokyo See in context

Azubu-dai is actually on a hill, though there used to be a huge dip in the landscape that they've just filled in, and built a tall skyscraper upon. The Cost of private housing there is astronomical, but still not the most expensive, which is yet to come...

I do wonder, where all the Companies are going to be coming from - there appears to be quite a lot of unoccupied office real-estate within Tokyo.

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Posted in: China says surge in respiratory illnesses caused by flu and other known pathogens See in context

Another man-made infectious Disease or not ? When it comes to China, Time won't tell thus giving fodder to Conspiracy theories and the like. The Damage to China's reputation has been done courtesy of it's actions during the COVID pandemic, and the World is rightly wary of what comes out of that environment. Perhaps those Countries offering Visa free travel to Chinese citizens, should rethink that Policy, very, very carefully.

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Posted in: U.S. spy drones relocated to Okinawa despite local objection See in context

I wonder what the results of a comparison of number of smaller drone's to one Reaper by Cost Comparison, would show ?

Were it to be a matter of heavy duty weaponry deployment , then the Reaper would win, though, I think there's a place for smaller drone's in providing shielding for it, and attacking smaller targets - "swarm mode"... I'd love to get involved in such development, though I am, as an old non-native speaker and not Indian (as per the Japan-Indo agreement) am essentially persona-non-grata here in any form of Tech. I can't even return "home" due to the racist bias of my home Country.

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Posted in: U.S. spy drones relocated to Okinawa despite local objection See in context

I'm all for spy drones... ban the use of Helicopters over City centers, and instead use more cost efficient Drones to monitor the situation ... Tokyo Fire Department take note,,, Ironically... you are a useless waste of Carbon Foot-printing when it comes to such matters. Use Camera Drones, ditch your helicopters, please!!!

The Military drones are clearly, over-spec designed ... which is why the Iranian drones are popular with the Russians - they're cheaper as single use "drones" ... surgical strikes using cheap drones is more cost effective than expensive Cruise Missiles... especially when you engage AI...

Anyone interested in buying an autonomous 100$ drone capable of stealth attack, and delivering a small explosive payload over any Mobile Network range ? That's where we are heading...

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Posted in: Married manga artists tell story about life with disability See in context

Interesting article , though how does one get diagnosed as such ? Which institutions offer such an investigation ?

There's a lot of quackery within Tokyo (and presumably elsewhere within Japan) ... something, I have had experience with; all are money grabbing "fake-artists" offering falsehoods of hope, but delivering nothing, And as an unregulated Industry, its going to get worse here.

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Posted in: Japan's new foreign trainee program to enhance rights protection See in context

Actually. it has become quite common recently to see adverts written in both Japanese & English saying "Native" Japanese required... 

I wouldn't be surprised to see the "Whites" or "Japanese" Only, signs start to reappear here in due course, as was in the case back in the 70's - 'early 90's - that's where I think we're heading, unfortunately....

An example taken today, from a popular recruitment Web site (Hays Japan) for the position of "テクニカルサポートヘルプデスク" .... :


-Language skills: Japanese (native), English (business)

There's many other examples, which are plentiful to be found - especially when you're hunting for work here nowadays in Japan. Discrimination is apparently on the rise within an environment that claims it needs foreign Workers....

For those readers, outside of Japan, you probably won't know; and for those within Japan who currently have work - hopefully you won't have to experience this, though for the rest... well, you're not alone - employment favors the youth, be aware of that when making plans for a longer stay here in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan detects season's first bird flu case; to cull 40,000 birds: NHK See in context

Cat / Dog food should become cheaper with all this culling... ?

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Posted in: Japan to allow criminal checks beyond 10 years for jobs involving children See in context

This poses an interesting question about background checks in Japan, regardless whether for working with Children or not.

Just what qualifies as a Red flag in a background check in Japan ? (Anyone know for sure ?)

A Parking ticket ?

A RTA in which you were the Cyclist/Pedestrian hit by a Car ?

A false complaint of theft / damage of property against you, which involved the Police ?

A Police visit during a Domestic issue ?

A Police Arrest/Detention without subsequent prosecution ?

Having your name written down by a Police Officer ?

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Posted in: 18-year-old married couple arrested for burying body of newborn baby See in context

What is the actual cost of dealing with the dead in Japan ? And if you have no income, do you have any assistance ?

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Posted in: Putin's first prime minister and later his opponent has been added to Russia's 'foreign agent' list See in context

Talk about turning inwards upon yourself ! This sounds like a Nation imploding upon itself, and for what ?

A Single man - is a whole decent Russian Nation worth the pride of one dubious Individual who has made mistakes ?

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