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Posted in: Olympic meeting in Tokyo gets off to chaotic start due to corruption case See in context

Corruption in IOC or ANOC? Why am I not surprised?

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Posted in: Imperial couple visit support center for foreigners in Shizuoka See in context

Japan is really gearing up to welcome more foreigners, even the Emperor seems to support the idea

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Posted in: Supporters of foreign workers call for same pay, permanent residence See in context

Useful idiots right out of the globalist play book. Don't fall for it Japan.

So, what's your solution then?

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan unveils new White Chocolate Snow Frappuccino for Christmas See in context

Just buy and eat refined sugar from a supermarket; will be much cheaper and tastier

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Posted in: Suicide bomber kills over 50 at religious event in Kabul See in context

I can see what PTownsend above is saying, that extremist Wahabis (think ISIS/ISIL, I am guessing) might make a public display of disapproval of this festival, which does seem to be for all Muslims around the world, regardless of the Sunni/Shiite split.

Even in many Sunni countries this festival is made into a public holiday

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Posted in: Mitsubishi CEO says it will be tough to manage car alliance without Ghosn See in context

Ghosn really did good job for years, but Crime is crime whatever. Crime can't be ignored in law-abiding country.

I agree that crime is crime and if he did anything wrong then so be it. My question is the difference in treatment to other Japanese managers of the companies that were involved in scandals.

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Posted in: Instagram ousting fake followers from accounts See in context

Instagram said it is booting fake followers, likes, and comments generated by applications tailored to make accounts appear more popular than they actually are.

Then it will be nothing left since most likes and comments are fake and shallow anyway...

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Posted in: Mitsubishi CEO says it will be tough to manage car alliance without Ghosn See in context

You can bet other non-Japanese in upper management are now assessing their situations & non-Japanese will now possibly avoid any high level jobs if Japan based

This is gonna be interesting. As Japan is now opening up to more foreigners, things like this happened and gonna be a big turn-off for many high-skilled gaijins. Only blue collar gaijins are still willing to come.

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Posted in: Ghosn arrest shakes Franco-Japanese alliance See in context

It's Nissan, short for 日本産業 (Nippon Sangyo) which means "Japan" Industries. As trivia as I might say, it's probably an embarassment that "Japan" Industries is headed by a non-Japanese, so this explains why things are moving so fast. Even in NHK news this morning, the group panel brought for live interview repeatedly referred to him as "gaikokujin" and they said that being a foreigner that has a different leadership style, there seems a resentment within the company and an internal coup is likely.

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Posted in: Arrest of Ghosn and another top exec sends shockwaves through Nissan See in context

It's Nissan, short for 日本産業 (Nippon Sangyo) which means "Japan" Industries. As trivia as I might say, it's probably an embarassment that "Japan" Industries is headed by a non-Japanese, so this explains why things are moving so fast. Even in NHK news this morning, the group panel brought for live interview repeatedly referred to him as "gaikokujin" and they said that being a foreigner that has a different leadership style, there seems a resentment within the company and an internal coup is likely.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi CEO says it will be tough to manage car alliance without Ghosn See in context

If it was a Japanese at the head that got arrested things would not be moving this fast!

It's Nissan, short for 日本産業 (Nippon Sangyo) which means "Japan" Industries. As trivia as I might say, it's probably an embarassment that "Japan" Industries is headed by a non-Japanese, so this explains why things are moving so fast. Even in NHK news this morning, the group panel brought for live interview repeatedly referred to him as "gaikokujin" and they said that being a foreigner that has a different leadership style, there seems a resentment within the company and an internal coup is likely.

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Posted in: 4 killed, including gunman and police officer, in shooting at Chicago hospital See in context

What a sad incident, but the sadder thing is that I've become numb to such incident happening in USA...

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

Just stay at a Japanese hotel chain. How about APA Hotel?

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Posted in: Nissin comes out with new Cup Noodle using … 'almost real sea urchin' See in context

The “almost real sea urchin” looks pretty yummy in that creamy thick creamy broth. And see, there are little broccoli pieces in there, so you get your vegetables too!

I bet it won't look as good as the picture when I make it

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Posted in: 340,000 foreigners may flow into Japan in 5 years under new visa system See in context

They are mostly coming from other Asian countries. It will not become a big issue. Their mentality is more or less similar to Japanese people. No serious problem will happen due to cultural or religious differences.

True. And for those afraid of Muslims coming from Indonesia, don't be, and I can assure you that they are different from Muslims from Middle East, especially the refugees.

From what I see on several Indonesian communities in Japan, they are well integrated with good level of Japanese proficiency and since they share many simliar aspects regarding culture and behaviour (like respect for harmony, respect of senpai, and rather reserved personality), they get along well with Japanese people.

I know one Japanese dispatch worker company that previously recruited Chinese people now end up recruiting more Indonesian people because of this very reason, regardless whether they are Muslim or not.

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Posted in: 340,000 foreigners may flow into Japan in 5 years under new visa system See in context

The beginning of the end for Japan.

Let me rephrase: The beginning of the end of Japanese isolation

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Posted in: 340,000 foreigners may flow into Japan in 5 years under new visa system See in context

I see many more Chinese restaurants around than Vietnamese, I wonder if we start seeing more people from India come in, whether we'll start seeing a rise in the number of Indian restaurants too ?

I really welcome this! I love curry but the Japanese version seems like a watered down version and it's just too sweet.

Yubaru: Far too many Japanese (sadly) have the idea that "only" Japanese can understand, truly understand, and communicate in Japanese, no way a foreigner can learn or master the language!

This results in countless reply of "Nihongo wa jouzu desu nee" (Your Japanese is great!) when I speak even basic conversational Japanese to many shop clerk or anyone in that matter. It's nice and encouraging, but it gets old really fast. At least I suppressed my urge to reply with "Gaijin mo Nihongo hanaseru yo, shiranai no?" (Foreigners can speak Japanese too, don't you think?) (forgive me)

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Posted in: Driver found guilty of murdering six in Australia car rampage See in context

James Gargasoulas, 28, pleaded not guilty to the January 2017 rampage on Melbourne's Bourke Street, which police determined was not terror-related.

Bourke street, a popular shopping and restaurant area, was the scene of a deadly knife attack and attempted car bombing last Friday which police called a terror attack and which left two men dead, including the attacker.

Why is the former treated as not terror-related, while the latter does? Oh right, because the latter was perpetrated by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, an Arabic sounding name...

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Posted in: After back-to-back mass shootings, America grows numb See in context

" ... mass shootings still represent only a tiny portion of U.S. homicides." 307 mass shootings and at least 1,250 dead because of them are a "tiny portion" of all US homicides. How sick is that fact?

Yeah, and that's "only" the mass shooting. When I watched local TV news in USA, there seems always a smaller shooting incident everyday somewhere, usually related to domestic violence or mental health issues.

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Posted in: 'Ababis' and 'Star Wnrs': Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce See in context

Reminds me of this quote:

"God made Heaven and Earth, the rest was made in China"

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Posted in: 2 megabanks in Japan to share ATMs to cut costs amid fall in users See in context

Under the plan, users with accounts at MUFG Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp will be able to withdraw money from either banks' ATMs free of charge on weekdays.

Only weekdays?

And why is there still a transaction fee on ATMs during nighttime hours (21.00-08.45), even though I'm using the same bank? ATMs in so-called "third world" countries are better in this regards, always open 24/7 and always free of charge.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Interestingly enough I seem to see more U.S. made vehicles in Korea than in Japan. Perhaps it is related to the location of the steering wheel. I do not think it is an issue with tariffs.

Steering wheel location doesn't affect at all. It's due to GM having big manufacturing facilities in Korea and their willingness to invest a lot there in terms of job creation, advertising and large dealership network. They even developed a car suited to Korea and Asian environment such as the small hatchback city car Chevy Aveo and Spark, which are in turn exported to many countries such as SE Asia and India, a primarily right hand drive market. And they're not US made, they're Korean made American cars.

This mirrors the strategy used by Japanese carmakers in the USA; build a big manufacturing facility there and make cars suited to local taste. That's why there are big Toyota Sienna or Tundra which are not even sold in Japan because they're too large, but they are popular with American buyers.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

I know friends here who own Caddillacs, Teslas and the same Camero from Transformers here.

The problem is that those are luxury cars, not many people buy those, and since it is a niche market, the market is always present, no matter how small they are.

What American carmakers need is the good strategy to market good normal American cars such as Chevy Cruze, Bolt, or Ford Fiesta, Focus, etc., which will suit to Japanese environment since those cars are quite popular in Europe. And the marketing is just not enough since "American cars" word often evokes big and gas-guzzling large pickup trucks, although sensible American cars do exist.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

I've driven American cars and they were just fine; plus there are actually several models that are smallish and suited to Japan with great fuel economy such as Chevy Cruze or Ford Focus; even there are hybrid ones like Chevy Bolt.

Probably the problem is due to the carmakers themselves? German makers are aggresively marketing their products here on TV, newspaper ads; even non luxury brand such as VW is doing well here with routine test-drive ads. Jeep & Chrysler is still selling car here after Ford pulled out the market, but I don't recall ever seeing their ads and have no idea about their models or features. So most Japanese consumers have no idea about American cars, and most will probably associate them with big gas-guzzling Ford F-150 or Chevy Suburban.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st AI-powered ATM developed to combat money transfer fraud See in context

They cant seem to work out how to make ATMs (with the emphasis on "Automatic") work 24-7, yet they are busy working on adding AI to them??

And don't get me started on why is there a transaction fee on ATMs during nighttime hours, even though I'm using the same bank. ATMs in so-called "third world" countries are better in this regards.

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Posted in: Japan to set up panel to tighten drinking rules after pilot scandals See in context

Just do it and stop wasting time and money!

Well, this is Japan, as expected. Devising a solution without doing a complicated bureaucracy headed by "expert" panel is impossibru.

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Posted in: Passengers to be banned from carrying knives onto all trains in Japan from April See in context

I'd hate to see the boarding process turn into the mess we're going through at airports.

Agree, one of the reason many people prefer riding Shinkansen is to avoid the hassle of airport security. Adding security check seems to defeat the purpose altogether.

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Posted in: Police investigate speeding case after driver posts footage online See in context

And, here's another one with a failed argument. Yeah, different countries have different speed limits. Therefore, why are vehicles not limited to the maximum speed limit in each country?

Domestic vehicles are to get from A to B. They are not a racing car or a show pony for someone to brag about how much money they have or fast they can drive on public roads (extremely dangerously).

Well because they can? Even small domestic kei cars with little 660 cc engines are capable of reaching 140 kph, well over 110 kph, the max speed limit in Japan, on Tomei Expwy.

Simply it's because the technology have advanced so much since the first car produced in 1885 by Benz, so that even 660 cc engines are capable of doing high speed.

So is the solution to reduce the engine then? Nope, smaller engine will make the car cannot accelerate since it must support the heavy car body. So you have to incorporate an engine that is capable to move the car body, but that engine will simply enable that car to travel more than 110 kph. You can't separate the two.

And that's only kei car. Want to carry 8 people? The engine should be 1500 cc at minimum, but that will only enable the car to do higher speed. That is an unintended consequence. I can't explain more since this will turn into a mechanical engineering lecture.

So, the solution is to add a speed limiter at 110 kph then?

Well the Japanese government only require to limit up to 180 kph. As long as there is no law that require to limit the car to the max speed limit in the country, carmakers will continue to make cars that are capable of doing higher speed. Why? Because they can. And there is no law to restrict them. This already answers your original question:

"My mind is still boggled as to why car manufacturers spend so much time and money producing domestic cars that will do these speeds when speed limits in most countries are 100-120kph."

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Posted in: Police investigate speeding case after driver posts footage online See in context

First: A car can have adequate acceleration without having a stupid top speed.

Second: 180kph is still at least 60kph over national speed limits.

Therefore, your arguments are severely flawed!

Because car makers are selling the cars on many different countries, which has higher speed limits (140 in Poland), or even no speed limits on certain parts (Germany) and its not up to the makers to impose a speed limiter. Why do car makers still produce these fast cars? Because the market is there, and the place where you could max the speed of your car legally such as racetracks exists, and those are often open to public. 

So the responsibility lies on the government, not the makers. Actually there was a time in Japan (1970's) when it was mandated that cars should beep audible warning incessantly non-stop when it exceeded 105 kph, but the public hated that so it was removed. And why 180 kph? Then you should ask the Japanese government.

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Posted in: Police investigate speeding case after driver posts footage online See in context

"My mind is still boggled as to why car manufacturers spend so much time and money producing domestic cars that will do these speeds when speed limits in most countries are 100-120kph."

What people seek on fast cars are mainly the acceleration and the joy of driving, so for example, even if you're sticking to the 100 kph limit, when you're entering a highway from a ramp, accelerating to that speed on a fast car will be a more fun experience than in a kei car (also arguably safer too since kei cars are not stable on high speeds)

Second, I saw this incident on TV that there is actually a speed limiter on Japanese cars up to 180 kph and it was removed on the car the person was driving.

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