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Posted in: Toyota to replace Akio Toyoda as president and CEO See in context

If you knew anything about Akio Toyoda, you would not say "nepotism". In the auto world, they guy is a legend.

Akio is one of the most knowledgable, focused, car-loving people around who didn't just climb the ranks like anyone else, but did so by personally creating their renowned Gazoo Racing Team as a race driver himself, and he developed the team from zero up to now being top-ranked performers despite his father (and the rest of Toyota) shunning his efforts. 

Actually, at first he had team work in secret so as not to get shut down by the head office, using discontinued models nobody cared about, creating the name "Gazoo" to fly under the radar, and driving in races himself (including the 24hr Nurgurgring) under a fake name so he wouldn't get caught.

But Toyota eventually realized how important and effective the race engineering was for innovation, and they now uses Gazoo racing team as the main testing platform for their standard vehicle development.

I learnt more from this comment than the article itself. Keep an open mind people.

Btw .. My take is new guy is merely fall guy for upcoming failures. To publicly acknowledge market share degradation. Then Akio will re-join & share go ka-boom.

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Posted in: 64% disapprove of tax hikes to cover Japan's rising defense budget: poll See in context

Olympics followed by defense spending..while we have largest percentage of elder care burden !

is this the best use of taxes ?

young Japanese have a huge load to bear with no safety net. Not a good look.

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Posted in: Brawl involving 100 customers breaks out at Tokyo skyscraper restaurant See in context

Kill bill : Vol 3 is being shot there ?

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Posted in: Canon to invest ¥50 bil to double chip-making device production See in context

Perhaps its a ploy to attract an investor for a JV. Just like Sony did a few months back.

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Posted in: Robot security guards patrol Tokyo metropolitan government building See in context

Attn: Mayoshi San - Please fund this ridiculous startup idea !

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Posted in: At 75, India’s democracy is under pressure like never before See in context

This is a rather one-sided article. There is no supporting argument in the entire article for its grand title. "At 75, India’s democracy is under pressure like never before"

Perhaps the writer needs to be reminded of the 21 month emergency imposed in 1975 by Ms.Gandhi when quite literally democracy was suspended.

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Posted in: Renowned fashion designer Issey Miyake dies of cancer at 84 See in context

A maker, a genius extraordinaire. He will be sorely missed.

I truly hope they immortalize his works by creating a museum or exhibit for the key works.

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Posted in: Elvis image bans shake, rattle and roll Las Vegas chapels See in context

Replace Elvis with Martin Luther King or Muhammed Ali. Individuals who never sought to claw money from the masses. Not that Elvis did .. but it sends a message that licensing companies are dispensable.

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Posted in: Intruders assault man with hammer in his apartment See in context

The most feasible explanation is Sven Asai's. Looks very much like a loan shark case.

Sadly the trolls downvote it. Lately I notice the number of downvotes upvotes. Time for the platform to start rationing downvotes.

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Posted in: Musk warns Japan will cease to exist if birthrate continues decline See in context

Japan will soon face a perfect storm.

The wealthy business owners will love the depreciated yen as it benefits their export oriented business. They themselves are impervious to the inflation induced by the depreciated yen. However they have no interest in procreation - preferring poodles instead.

The working class who toil for their low salaries are further burdened from inflation. They want to procreate - but it will have to wait.

The only way out of this is wealth creation -via startups- but at a startup execution is everything. And execution requires a good talent pool. ... which is scare because of ... .

Any way out of this cyclical vortex ?

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Posted in: Mark Wahlberg piles on the pounds as boxer-turned-priest See in context

I sense a spark between them :)

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Posted in: Japan accepts 8 people displaced by Russian invasion of Ukraine See in context

Ok. Its a start. .. Nice to see a non-zero number.

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Posted in: Google to overhaul ad tracking system on Android devices See in context

Consider this a meta-warning

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Posted in: TSMC to increase investment in chip plant in Kumamoto See in context

Nice spot of positive news. Japan sure could use the employment this alliance will bring. Plus these are long-term industries.

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Posted in: Japan's border policy keeping hundreds of thousands of foreigners in limbo See in context

Politically the border policy is very beneficial for the govt. Polls overwhelmingly show that locals want to continue the border ban. Especially so outside of Tokyo.

In the short run it may the right response to the pandemic.

But in the long run it will deter highly qualified workers (tech) from choosing Japan. These cohort will choose Germany or Switzerland and slowly create wealth there. The effect is almost imperceptible in the short run. But in the long run when there is no new companies and new jobs. Everyone will feel the pinch. While they may choose to retreat into a shell, the cost of goods will escalate & others more prosperous than Japan will have the means to purchase & influence the price of these goods.

The frog in the pan .. boils slowly...

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Posted in: Faith in the metaverse: A VR quest for community, fellowship See in context

Note the placement of the bed next to the altar. How thoughtful & convenient.

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Posted in: Ready to race See in context

That's a gorgeous car ! Photographer to the right please.

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Posted in: WHO staff accuse Japanese director of racist, abusive behavior See in context

The detail and volume of allegations are concerning. There is bound to be a lot of truth in these allegations. it doesn't sound like like a matter of perception.

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Posted in: As McDonald’s Japan restricts French fry sales, rival boosts its fry sizes by 25%, at no extra cost See in context

A masterpiece of creative writing ! I had as much fun reading it as perhaps the author did writing it !

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Posted in: India's year of the unicorn: Startups in spotlight of 2021 tech boom See in context

The choice of heading picture for the article is remarkable. It serves to re-iterate stereotypes of India & is a start contrast to the picture the article paints. We should learn about diverse upcoming countries like India. Not perpetuate past stereotypes.

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Posted in: Sega builds 'world’s fastest gaming PC' and giving it away for free (processor speed unknown) See in context

This is a master pun. Fastest PC indeed !

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Posted in: Chocolate maker thrives with many disabled staff in workforce See in context

What a spot of sunshine ! My eyes welled up reading this. Newsworthy venture.

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Posted in: Why global tech turns to Indian talent See in context

US corporate culture is the most result oriented environment in the world. It accepts and elevates performers.

Both US management principles and Indian IT need to be commended here.

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Posted in: Nissan investing in electric vehicles, battery development See in context

Nice to see some diversity in their C-suite.

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Posted in: Sony upgrades full-year net profit and sales forecast See in context

Nice spot of sunshine in corporate Japan.

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Posted in: Company to implement salad-making robots See in context

Filed under - solution for a problem no one has.

Right next to the hanko robot from last year.

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Posted in: Samsung starts mass production of most advanced 14nm DRAM See in context

This will cement South Korea's place as the lion of the memory industry. Between Samsung & Sk Hynix they have nearly 70% of the industry. Toshiba memory/Kioxia ... .. have a long catch up game now.

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Posted in: 10 Afghan evacuation seekers enter Pakistan to head for Japan See in context

Does not bode well for any future collaborators in vulnerable nations. Good luck recruiting sympathizers in Taiwan.

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Posted in: Always there: The AI chatbot comforting China's lonely millions See in context

China is leading the world in AI. Look at any conference in AI.

They also seem to be pioneering the - lets build it & figure out ethical and humane implications later - mindset.

Given the skewed gender demographics, its more likely that many men may only have AI partners.

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