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Posted in: Ghosn planned to oust CEO before his arrest: report See in context

Nissan is old news now. Its a one-sided case against Ghosn. He has to walk the plank and be tossed overboard now. Let the Pirate ship o'Nissan sail away without him.

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Posted in: SoftBank aims to raise Y2 tril on Japan mobile unit IPO See in context

Probably not... as it's only a Yen figure.... but....

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Posted in: SoftBank aims to raise Y2 tril on Japan mobile unit IPO See in context

They're raising a lot of Capital - should Apple be worried ?

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Posted in: Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine: CEO See in context

There's no Cost Benefit for entering the Chinese Market for Google or any other outsider when you consider the Censorship/controls that need to dynamically be applied.

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Posted in: U.S. military declares five missing Marines dead after crash off Japan's coast See in context

I'm surprised that the surviving crew member was from the refuelling craft... what position was he in, how did he manage to escape. There's a lot to learn from that alone.

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Posted in: 災 chosen as kanji character best representing 2018 See in context

Why cant they choose a Character at the start of the year to at least... give some of us hope ?!

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Posted in: 3 men use stun gun in ¥500,000 robbery See in context

Paper bag ?! Oh... kay......

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Posted in: Man throws bike from 2nd-floor parking area, injuring woman below See in context

Whose Bike was it ?

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Posted in: Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn See in context

The Lawyers and their respective Companies, involved in this case, should never be hired again, as they're all totally useless... that's why he's still stuck in detention... right ?! Please publish the list so we know who not to engage in future.

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Posted in: Town in Niseko ski resort area to tax lodgers See in context

What happens if you hire a camper van ?

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Posted in: Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S. and free Huawei exec See in context

China is holding 2 Canadians hostage now, plus 2 America's from an earlier matter.

If this keeps on going, Foreign Nationals will probably be advised to leave China, along with Money etc. The US should freeze all US assets belonging to Chinese Persons of interest, and block Chinese access to the Capital Markets, then lets see what happens.

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Posted in: Five foreigners arrested in Bali drug sweep See in context

They should not allowed to execute Foreign Nationals. Deport them instead to face justice within their own Countries.

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Posted in: May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government See in context

I still stand by my original stance, Brexit needs to be Hard, and we deal with the mess afterwards upon an equal footing. No messing around in between where one side looses more than the other. And if Ireland doesnt like it, join the British Commonwealth.

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Posted in: May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government See in context

The current UK Government Political Party allowed the Brexit vote to dictate Policy, and have over the past 2 years driven the Country to the ground over it's indecisiveness. If they back track, then they should resign en-masse and one by one be forced to jump into the river Thames.

As a result of the Brexit vote, we've lost our sole money making engine - the City of London, and the major Manufacturing exporters dotted around elsewhere in the Country are in disarray not knowing whether they should be coming or going. Simply turning around and saying, "ok we've cancelled Brexit" wont work. It's already happened, long ago - the Damage has been done, and any attempt to return to "Europe" will be met with what you'd expect between Kids who break up with much disagreement between them, and when one side tries to get back again.... if the Tories try to back peddle, then they should resign, due to the calamity they've brought upon the Country - we've lost the City, we've lost main Industry trust, so we should loose them.

Sadly, for the Tory Government, its a matter of plough ahead and make the best of what you've started, or commit suicide for the Country, have the Labour Party take control and rejoin with Europe as a 2nd rate citizen (regardless as to what Lawyers say)... would you, as a European trust the UK anymore for not holding another vote in future to leave again as it suites them, and causing trouble within the whole of Europe ?

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Posted in: Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict See in context

One wonders whether this Peace prize needs to be split into separate categories - perhaps Humanitarian and actual Peace ?

I don't wish to belittle this Person's great achievements, though I do need educating in terms of what it stands for... and seek your thoughts - I don't see how being a forced prostitute and subsequently raising awareness of it helps with "Global Peace" ? However, it is most certainly a Humanitarian issue, that deserves the recognition of her efforts, but shouldn't it be separated from the action of those who actually break barriers in order to establish Peace between Waring Factions or brings about change to a conflict situation ?

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Posted in: Japan's economy shrank at 2.5 percent annualized rate in July-Sept period See in context

Of course it shrank!

Everyone is cutting back, Tax hike means, if you need to make a big purchase then you basically need to build up Cash right up to the big day, and make the transaction as close as possible to it ... so no spending between now and then. Oh, and throw in the odd Natural disaster to help push down growth... well you get your answer. Doesn't need a Trump to do that to us here. The Japanese Taxation system unfortunately reflects the Governments attitude towards to Technology - they could implement a fairer taxation system, but instead its a flat rate across everything from Condoms to Houses.... which essentially brings a new meaning of being screwed to the man in the street.

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Posted in: Law enacted to create 10-day holiday around 2019 imperial succession See in context

Not everyone will get those days off... and I wonder if they who are effected, will be allowed to take 10 days off during the rest of the year. This could be interesting.

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Posted in: Elderly owners having to put their aging pets in care See in context

Ah, but this is Japan. You pay for the room per occupant, beit Human or mouse, so I guess, allowing pets would be prohibitively expensive.

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Posted in: Elderly owners having to put their aging pets in care See in context

Would perhaps made Care homes better places if Pets were allowed....

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Posted in: Panasonic unveils camcorder equipped with 8k organic image sensor See in context

Business use ? I guess that means, no one will be able to afford one - let alone want one in that configuration.

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Posted in: Language skills remain major concern for foreign nursing care workers See in context

With the aging population, and all that, what percentage of eldery will be non-Japanese in a few years, and what Language skill sets will be required by the Care givers... ? English / Japanese only ?

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Posted in: Language skills remain major concern for foreign nursing care workers See in context

How many Kids back home in the UK speak more than 1 language fluently (ignoring the non natives ) ? I think Japan is doing quite well, with its English Language teaching, and yes, there's always room for improvement.

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Posted in: SoftBank mobile services disrupted ahead of IPO See in context

I guess I should read the small print in Softbanks Service agreement.... I wont be surprised if it has a clause saying it's not liable for expenses incurred due to "glitches" that are beyond it's control.... yet, at the same time, I would really like to see how much it, gets. from Erricson over this issue. ....

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Posted in: Ericsson apologizes for software glitch that hit mobile services in Britain and Japan See in context

O2 subscribers now get compensation.

What about Softbank subscribers ?

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Posted in: Nissan hit by new inspection scandal See in context

They will blame it on Ghosan, and that this will be used to extend his stay in detention...

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Posted in: Household spending in October unexpectedly falls See in context

Why unexpected ?

Christmas coming, Forthcoming tax rises coming, increased age of retirement, job insecurity coming due to the pending influx of foreigners. Take your pick.

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Posted in: Foreign Ministry official reprimanded for drunken violence See in context

The photo in the other news story would appear to suggest strong violence:

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Diet-passes-bill-to-accept-more-foreign-workers

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Posted in: Japan to bar Huawei, ZTE from gov't contracts, sources say See in context

BTW ... just how did Turkey have Sound recordings from the inside of the Saudi Embassy ?

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Posted in: Japan to bar Huawei, ZTE from gov't contracts, sources say See in context

Plain and simple. If it's made with Chinese Tech products then consider it a risk, just as if it were made with Russian or Iranian products.

Now that said, one can extrapolate, that the technology exists, for countries to spy upon each other should they choose to do so simply by telling their home-grown manufacturers to open the back-door.

I guess then, that there's nothing new here.

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Posted in: Rakuten smartphone app payment service to be made available at Ministop stores nationwide See in context

Its troubling, that people still nowadays easily give away their credit card details so easily to just anyone. Apple, Rakuten... what guarantees do they have in place, to compensate you for fraudulent use of your details, and what amount is it "capped" at (i.e. what is the maximum amount that they're willing to pay you back, if they messed up and your card details were used to purchase something).

And, If you put all your "eggs" in one basket for example, your Softbank iPhone, then last Thursday you'd have to have been relying upon paper cash, a Credit Card or an alternative Credit form ...

Japan is too trusting. They're slow to adopt new technology - it needs to be understood precisely, and because of this, when they do, people assume that everything works... but sadly... it does not from time to time, so one has to wonder why Japan is so slow, in adopting new technology.

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