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Posted in: Toyota decides not to air Olympics-related TV ads in Japan See in context

Wise call - contrarian and they will possibly lose all the sponsorship money. However the brand has more to lose than gain given current sentiments.

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Posted in: Fujifilm finds new niches, record profits amid pandemic See in context

What an inspiring story. Given the deathblow that the decline of film has on Kodak. The innovation of Fujifilm is outstanding. Gambatte.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO tells Tokyo court Ghosn had too much power See in context

Nissan Chief Executive Makoto Uchida told a Japanese court on Wednesday that the company's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, had held too much power, failed to listen to others, and stayed on for too long.

Indeed !. Clearly Ghosn did not get the memo that the highest position for a gaijin in corporate Japan is - head of all gaijins .

Brilliant defense Uchida & Co.. why not admit that it was a power grab - while you are at it. The only power they may get is the ruin of Nissan.

While Ghosn is no saint - he walked the talk - revived Nissan from $35 billion in debt and sure bankruptcy. not to mention the GTR. Good luck attracting overseas talent with this line of defense.

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Posted in: Shareholders oust Toshiba chairman See in context

This incident will set back perceptions of the Japanese market to the 1980s bubble era when it was assumed that it was systemically rigged against investors by backroom cabals. 

I encourage you to read the detailed analysis by the financial times :

https://www.ft.com/content/825f549f-2a56-4bab-bf7f-157649eeb45d

It does not bode well for share holder confidence in B J C.

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Posted in: Japan to work with U.S., others to improve process for AI patents See in context

As anyone in the AI or software industry will tell you. AI patents are worthless... simply because their detectability is very low.

The only purpose this may serve is to offer jobs to the vast army of IP professionals of corporate Japan.

Gambatte.

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

I respect this lady & wish her a speedy recovery. She is working against an archaic system.

Recall that this was the first mayor to give announcements in English for the English speaking residents of Tokyo. That takes guts to break the hanko rules. Especially for something that has no benefit in elections.

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Posted in: Indian diaspora in Japan comes together to aid homeland See in context

Their efforts are worthy of praise and being highlighted in the news. Indians always struck me as a disadvantaged lot - they thrive in developed nations - often meteorically rising the ranks of private companies. A truly dynamic lot.

Yet their home country offers them so little. Despite being #6 in gross GDP among nations. It ranks #146 in per-capita GDP. A cruelly jarring statistic.

This too shall pass. But may the giant rise to its true potential from these ashes.

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Posted in: U.S. warns its citizens against travel to Japan due to COVID surge See in context

And the games stand cancelled in 3, 2, 1 ....

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Posted in: Google says 20% of workers will be remote, many more hybrid See in context

Corporate Japan has a lot learn from FAANG companies. Trust you employees, else they do busywork while your profits plunge.

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Posted in: Nintendo logs record profit but outlook cautious See in context

This is a nice spot of sunshine in the Japanese tech industry. Nice to see.

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Posted in: Indian government faces lockdown calls, contempt charges See in context

Despite producing 2/3rds of the worlds vaccine. The vaccine acceptance was slow due to rumors and fallacies. Now they rush to secure oxygen and vaccine from black market at exorbitant prices. This is a tragic cautionary tale for any anti-vaxers world over.

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