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Posted in: High court orders Shikoku Electric to suspend Ikata nuclear reactor restart See in context

Don't keep appealing - fix the problems!

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Posted in: Renault chairman says there is 'real desire' to make Nissan alliance work See in context

After 20 years, their business systems still do not work with each other. Renault has no clue how NIssan works, and NIssan resents what it sees as interference in the way it works. Mitsubishi is just an afterthought.

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Posted in: Olympic rings arrive in Tokyo Bay See in context

And woe betide anyone who tries to copy the 5 rings logo. The IOC tried to prosecute a little old lady shopkeeper in the UK for knitting 5 coloured rings to hang in her shop window.

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Posted in: Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report See in context

Internal corporate governance matter, not a crime, as long as the expenditure was reported as entertainment, though these usually manifest themselves under marketing, PR or consulting costs to be taxed at a lower rate.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer quits after client's flight to Lebanon See in context

Meanwhile Lebanese authorities are waiting for Japan to supply the evidence against him, IIRC less than 27 days to go...

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Posted in: Spent MOX fuel removed at Ikata nuclear plant; 1st time in Japan See in context

Someone mistakenly pulled up the wrong fuel rods during prep work.

one of the 48 control rods in the No. 3 reactor was mistakenly pulled out during the preparation work on Sunday.

This latter error was more serious - these rods have to be inserted into the reactor vessel to moderate the fission process, removal increases it. In PWRs they are inserted from above, with the control rod drive mechanisms mounted on the reactor pressure vessel head. In BWRs, due to the necessity of a steam dryer above the core, this design requires insertion of the control rods from beneath. TEPCO's are all BWR - the poorer design.

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Posted in: Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault See in context

After 20 years of 'Alliance' their business systems still do not align at all, even Japanese banks managed to do some sort of integration after 10 years.

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Posted in: We need to bolster efforts to call on geriatrics departments, internal medicine divisions, regular doctors and a wide range of parties involving elderly patients to be more careful in prescribing medicines and urge patients to reflect deeply on whether they really need to continue taking certain medications. See in context

Might want to start by including pharmacists and clinical pharmacologists in the process. Polypharmacy is very common worldwide, especially amongst the elderly, as physicians just keep adding medicines to their regimen, without thinking where the issues come from. Many hospitals now stop all medicines on addmission, except for some critical ones, and start evauating the patient from zero again, and often find that many of the medicines are not necessary.

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

Yaris - hatchback used with some success in motor sports, with extensive modifications

Varis - make of body modification kits for variety of JDMs

Names look very similar...

The GR (*Gazoo R***acingYaris* shown is a high-performance variant of the Yaris which is powered by a Gazoo Racing-built, turbocharged and direct/port-injected 1.6-litre G16E-GTS* engine. Toyota going outside again for engines, as with BMW for their Supra and Subaru for their GT86.

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Posted in: Nissan has to decide whether it more interested in pursuing Ghosn or fixing what's wrong with the company. It has already proved that it can't do both. See in context

If they had any decent corporate governance in the first place, the whole matter could have been sorted out internally, and many of the issues would not have even been able to occur, such as all the alleged non-reported future payments and extra payments to Saikawa, reimbursed after he was exposed. As it is, they have only just started working on it.

But the alliance and business relationship between the three members is fast deteriorating, as sales slow down, unsold cars build up, and new model development hangs in limbo; while the new chairman appears to have no strategy for the future other than "ganbarimasu."

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Posted in: Lebanon may lift Ghosn's travel ban if files not received within 40 days See in context

Japan has some of the quickest and most efficient photocopiers in the world, there should be no problem for them to provide the files in 4 days, much less than 40 days!

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Not reported here, but elsewhere and relevant to comments on the Justice System:

Justice Minister Masako Mori has backtracked on an inflammatory comment in which she said fugitive ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn should come to Japan to “prove his innocence.”

Some took the comment as a gaffe proving the businessman’s claim that under the Japanese justice system, he is guilty until proven innocent.

In a Thursday afternoon tweet, Mori apologized for saying Ghosn should “prove his innocence” during her media address and said that she meant he should “assert” it instead. The tweet, which went viral, increased the growing international debate over the true nature of the Japanese system, which critics have dubbed “hostage justice.”

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Posted in: Sharp gains for Hollywood actresses in 2019 but barriers persist: study See in context

One of the strongest female characters of 2019 was Alita, in the film adaption of the 1993 Japanese anime GUNNM, and she was 300 years old!

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Posted in: 176 killed after Ukrainian plane crashes near Tehran airport See in context

The video of the crash is horrific; it is already burning as it descends, some parts seems to separate, and then a massive explosion as it impacts terrain, almost certainly from the full fuel tanks. No-one could have survived that.

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki

Japan's 99% conviction rate is only for cases that go to trial. Around 66% of cases do not go to trial as the prosecutors are not completely sure that they will get a guilty verdict. And a not guilty verdict is a career destroyer and opportunity to work in a small court in the provinces.

Others have written how the prosecutors do not have to hand over their evidence, and severely limit what the defence lawyers can actually do,

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Posted in: Nissan bolsters taskforce to prepare for Ghosn onslaught See in context

Ghosn has argued through his lawyers that his arrest was part of a boardroom coup d'état and that top Nissan executives signed off and participated in some of the financial transactions that are now central to the charges against him.

Christina Murray, the former audit chief made a list of 80 Nissan employees she believed enabled alleged wrongdoing by former Chairman Carlos Ghosn and planned to create a committee to consider disciplining them, but Nissan quashed her plan after a leading target said it wasn’t necessary (report by WSJ)

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Posted in: Toyota to build prototype city of the future in Japan See in context

Mori has developed a few 'intelligent' buildings in Tokyo, tolerable to live and work in, as long as you don't mind long rides and waits in elevators, little greenery, expensive rent, parking and eating, and don't want to do anything original or individual to or in the building. Hope this proposed new place acknowledges that people are not all the same.

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Posted in: Plain Japanese key to inclusive, multicultural Japan See in context

The long-winded honorific intros and outros are are most confusing and timewasting part. With a 3 paragraph message, you can virtually ignore the first and third paragraphs, and concentrate on the second, the actual content of the message! Simply put, just get to the point!

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Posted in: Hollywood stars shine on Globes red carpet See in context

@MSR Japan

Nice to see that someone else recognises Gervais' roast of Tinseltown, which is detailed in the other Japan Today article on '1917,' 'Once Upon a Time ...in Hollywood' winning Golden Globes.

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Posted in: Beijing's new top man in Hong Kong hopes city returns to 'right path' See in context

These musical chairs might shift some of the attention off the totally inept Chief Executive Carrle Lam, though her time must be soon coming to an end.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up barrier-free initiatives ahead of Paralympics See in context

And when it's over, they'll remove them, as one hotel stated last year!

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Posted in: Turkey detains 7, including 4 pilots over Ghosn's escape through Istanbul See in context

@laguna - 2nd passports are occasionally issued to frequent travelers to facilitate visa applications and ease travel to groups of countries that have poor relations, such as Israel and some ME countries, where having an entry stamp can cause problems.

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Posted in: Ghosn met Lebanese president after fleeing Japan See in context

According to one Japanese media source this morning, he apparently he had a second French passport which he'd kept on him, as well as his Lebanese ID card. It also said he'd departed from Kansai airport - a small local airport! But he and his wife are not going to tell all the details for fear of compromising people here. Besides which, someone else might need similar services in the future!

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

Japan's 99% conviction rate is only for cases that go to trial. Around 66% of cases do not go to trial as the prosecutors are not completely sure that they will get a guilty verdict. And a not guilty verdict is a career destroyer and opportunity to work in a small court in the provinces.

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context

With another 80 persons at Nissan suspected of financial misbehaviour, according to their former audit chief Christina Murray, this may be the easiest way to sweep the whole sordid affair under the table, and get back to business.

She made a list of 80 Nissan employees she believed enabled alleged wrongdoing by former Chairman Carlos Ghosn and planned to create a committee to consider disciplining them, but Nissan quashed her plan after a leading target said it wasn’t necessary, according to an internal email and people familiar with the decision. (Source WSJ)

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 29-year high in final trading of 2019 See in context

The product of a financial 'soup' called shareholder value!

Based on a mixture of hard numbers such as sales, assets, profits and overheads; and soft concepts such PR, advertising and media manipulation.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

Back to 'mom and pop' stores!

Those little family run, independent shops that were open for extended hours, and sold a few of everything.

Did 7-11 borrow from their business model and just re-brand it?!

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Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what best job for a husband is, with architect topping list See in context

My father-in-law was a Grade 1 architect who specialised in dams and waterways. He tried to design and build a family home, it was a disaster. No right angles on most of the corners and walls, stairs that wobbled as you went up and down them like a gangway on the Titanic, a roof that leaked water and windows that let the wind through. He should have stuck to waterways!

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Posted in: Boeing document dump shows 'disturbing' picture on 737 MAX: official See in context

The replacement David Calhoun is of a similar type, ex-bean counter from GE.

"plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose?" The more it changes, the more it's the same thing.

Cleaning out the rot in Boeing is a Herculean task, akin to his fifth task of cleaning out the Augean stables,

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Posted in: Colorado bank robber throws cash in air, shouting ‘Merry Christmas’ See in context

Santa Claus meets Robin Hood?

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