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Posted in: Honda recalls over 628,000 vehicles in U.S. to replace fuel pumps See in context

Japanese "quality"

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Posted in: Rush to bitcoin? Not so fast, say keepers of corporate coffers See in context

no, what’s really funny is how a currency that proponents pride as being secure keeps getting stolen and people keep losing passwords for it.

The blockchain network is secure and has never been hacked, yet.

People being careless has nothing to do with bitcoin's network security.

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Posted in: BOJ Gov Kuroda spotlights climate change as key theme to guide policy See in context

@ Wise Person - I like TESLAs. I really do. But the problem I have with them is they are moving to have the bulk of their biggest seller - Model 3, (except for Performance Model) - built in Communist China.

I think that this expansion of production lines in Communist China is a business model built on quicksand. The evil totalitarians running that place can dictate terms. There is no such thing as a 50-50 partnership producing in Communist China.

It's actually 100% owned by Tesla. First foreign factory that doesn't have a joint venture with a local firm.

China won't take it. They are letting Tesla train their civilians and hoping that their civilians aid their domestic firms. It's a shady business practice, but the same thing happens all the time, even here in the US.

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Posted in: BOJ Gov Kuroda spotlights climate change as key theme to guide policy See in context

For anyone curious, look up "The Volkswagen ID.4 Is A Disappointing Electric Car (For Now)" on youtube. It just shows how far behind everyone is compared to Tesla.

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Posted in: BOJ Gov Kuroda spotlights climate change as key theme to guide policy See in context

This seems a stretch. The BOJ's mandate is to maintain full employment and stable prices. not a lot of climate change implications there, apart from green bonds, which he was negative on. Let others deal with it.

Japan should focus on cleaner energy, specifically EVs. For the first time in a long time, people are interested in American cars (Tesla). We also build the best EVs and no one is even close.

Anyone who thinks the Germans and the Japanese will lead the auto industry 10 years from now are in for a rude awakening. If Tesla achieves what I think they'll achieve, they will damage Japan's economy so hard.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

South Korea has sold K-9 Thunder howitzers to India but nothing else. Australia has not bought any arms from South Korea but has named Hanwha Defense Australia the preferred bidder to build 30 howitzers and ten reload vehicles in Australia. Their army operates M-1A2 Abrams tanks. South Korea relies heavily on the Germans to design their subs based on the 214 class and assist in their construction with SAAB providing their electronics. Australia is buying a French designed sub (or not, the French are over budget and not meeting the local content rules of the original contract and there is talk of cancellation) . India is going in two directions, buying French Scorpene class diesel boats and their own in house (with Russian help) nuclear subs. South Korea's tanks require German power packs as the Korean designed power packs are not meeting reliability requirements yet. Scroll down this to see the box score of South Korea's military exports.

> https://www.trade.gov/knowledge-product/korea-defense-industry-equipment

This is a good post. I wouldn't consider South Korea (Or Japan) as military powerhouses. Korean weapons can be easily substituted.

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Posted in: U.S. trade deficit with Japan shrinks 25.9% in January See in context

Not convinced about that. TESLA sold just 2000 cars in Japan last year. 

You're only looking at one-half of the trade deficit equation.

Tesla will dominate the automarket world-wide and Japanese auto exports to the US will crumble. The Import side of the equation will come down once we no longer import foreign cars.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

The US won't leave Korea even if asked to.

I'm not so sure about this.

ie the US missile defense(and Japan's) depends on ballistic missile radar feed that Korea provides to the US.

This is correct. The US is in Korea for Japan and the US' benefit. Anyone who thinks we're there for altruistic reasons is a nut.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that the relationship between Japan and South Korea has a tremendous bearing on the US ability to confront China. If North Korea were to attack South Korea, an act which could not happen without the support of China, the only way that the US could effectively protect South Korea is with the logistics provided by Japan, which houses the largest US military presence in Asia and serves as the gateway to regional operations. South Korea can not be protected from Guam.

Alliances don't have to be contingent on the status of the CW issue. There is no connection. Neither South Korea nor Japan would want North Korea controlling the peninsula and having an easier time hurling ballistic missiles and nukes your way. You are not a politician or a military commander, so you have a difficult time seeing the bigger pictures.

Keep thinking that the trivial CW situation is going to lead to a breakdown on alliances. lol... It won't.

South Korea's use of anti-Japan sentiment as a diplomatic and political tool is a thorn in the side of US strategic policy, as evidenced by the Moon administration's willingness to risk GSOMIA. It serves South Korean domestic politics, works in favor of North Korea and China, but works against the U.S. and Japan and all nations willing to stand up to China's unilasteral territorial expansion.

Wrong. Read the following from The Diplomat:

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Seoul considered its relations and cooperation with the United States before deciding to extend the agreement [GSOMIA] with Japan.

South Korea will treat the US well and work with them. Japan is a different story, and honestly, the Japan should not expect kindness from the Koreans considering their history.

Unless South Korea changes it's policy, and I don't see it happening, the writing is on the wall that eventually South Korea will be be treated for what it is. The United States will have no reason to station troops in South Korea or defend it. It will be South Korea itself preventing the US ability to do so. This is not what the US or Japan would want, but it is South Korea itself heading in that direction. Korea has a long history of playing both sides for it's own survival and current policy is in keeping with that tradition.

Answer my question about a North Korea-controlled peninsula.

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Posted in: U.S. trade deficit with Japan shrinks 25.9% in January See in context

This is good news.

Trade deficit will shrink further once Tesla takes over the automarket.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

The ball is in their court so what are they whining about?

Another one that makes no sense. Can you please write a convincing argument why the CW situation is related to policies that will contain China? The CW problem is between Korea and Japan, not China.

Trade agreements with the goal to contain China can be ratified despite Korea and Japan disputing over other issues.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

To any Japanese person here, can you please explain to us how exactly the CW or Liancourt situations are related to economic measures to contain China? I noticed this pattern on every article about the US trying to mount a coordinated measure on China. The same people continue bringing up the CW or Liancourt problems.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

Biden administration is back to Obama's position on comfort women; Japan is 100% wrong on comfort women, Japan must apologize.

Yeah, I'm sure he just said whatever is the most politically correct thing, but this is a minor issue, if you can even call it that, for America.

China is the problem, not the spat between CW or Dokdo/Takeshima. Neither of these issues are relevant to measures the US can take to contain China. Japan and SK's historical issues can be fought or resolved in tandem with trade deals. I don't understand how they are relevant.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

No, Biden administration is already condemning Japan on comfort women issue.

I'm skeptical Biden cares much for the issue regardless of what his public statements on the issue are. The US government virtue signals on any issue relating to human rights violation, much like how Biden mentions police brutality whenever there's a police incident here.

What I'm confused about are ReasonandWisdomNippon and OssanAmerica trying to bring up the CW issue and deal on an issue pertaining to China. Neither America nor China is going to launch military or naval strikes against each other, so their war will be an economic one. Trade deals, like the TPP, will be needed to contain China's economic influence. I do not understand what the CW situation has to do with trade agreements.

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Posted in: Ethics scandal involving communications official linked to Suga widens See in context

Tried to understand what this is about during Suga 9pm speech on NHK tv at my English speaking friends house. Neither of us could understand because the two translators English ability is unintelligible.

Probably more excuses about why corruption is okay in Japan.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

Good enough proof that they aren't on our team. The country that always lies to have it both ways.

The Quad sounds more like bureaucratic non-sense than an actual plan to contain China. Guarantee you that nothing significant comes out of it. South Korea is right to be skeptical about it.

Please stop pretending to be American. The Obama adiminstration cared enough about the CW issue and the damage it was causing to the US-JPN-SK military alliance that it pressured President Park Geun-hye to conclude the "permanent and irreversible" 2015 CW Agreement with Japan. Which of course Pres Moon ripped up. So President Obama was a weird Japanophile? LOL

I think you're overstating the 'importance' of that deal. Americans will, of course, support that kind of deal just to foster harmony between allies, but its existence does not determine how we fight China economically.

A regional or international trade agreement between major economies that disadvantages China can be implemented, and I don't understand how the CW deal is related to a trade agreement. That's some pretty impressive mental gymnastics.

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Posted in: China announces over 6% economic growth target; boosts defense spending by 6.8% See in context

The biggest threat to world peace has been, is now and will be the US.

> China is just taking sensible precautions to stand up for its own interests against US hegemony.

You have got to be joking. The US may be aggressive with authoritarian competitors like China, but it has done more to help other countries than anyone else.

China goes from strength to strength, America goes from bad to worse and Japan goes nowhere.

lol... Okay. CCP agent, I'm guessing.

So is South Korea the country that stole Takeshima away. #1 most Anti-Japan country on Earth.

Dokdo/Takeshima issue aside, South Korea has never invaded or colonized Japan (Or any country, for that matter) while Japan has done it twice. South Korea does have good reason to be wary of Japan, especially with the rising far-right popularity.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

Will you bring up the fact to South Korea that they are Not part of Quad alliance and have refused to do so?? Important if you want to balance China.

South Korea didn't refuse to join the Quad alliance. They expressed skepticism about it and that's about it. Don't distort facts.

Will you bring up the 2015 comfort women deal which the Korean went back on in 2017 under Moon administration?? Biden and Obama supported the deal.

To be frank, I doubt any American politician cares much about the comfort women situation. America's priority is containing China. Regardless of whether a CW deal exists or not, trade deals like the TPP can be formed to counter China's rising influence. The CW problem isn't really relevant to the China situation.

Will you hold S. Korea responsible for breaking the 3 way alliance between Japan, USA and South Korea because of historical issue which the Korean refuses to move on from?? We signed agreement, compensation paid. 55 apologies on top.

This is a North Korea problem, not a China problem.

Will S. Korea ever be hold accountable for stealing Takeshima from Japan?

Not a China problem. The US already decided to remain neutral on the issue.

I want to know when will South Korea be hold accountable for it's actions, land grab, breaking agreements and promises made on multiple occasions! ! !

Again, not China problems.

Excluding weird Japanophiles, we Americans don't care about your dispute with SK. China can be contained economically with or without the CW deal.

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Posted in: Blinken, Austin to visit Japan, South Korea this month See in context

So Biden kept the Trump sanctions on China and is trying to mount a coordinated effort to contain China.

Trump supporters told me Biden was a Chinese agent. Could they have been wrong?

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Posted in: U.S. probing engine fires in nearly 1.9 mil Toyota RAV4 SUVs See in context

Japanese quality

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Posted in: Ethics scandal involving communications official linked to Suga widens See in context

SOP in Japan. Should not be news to anyone.

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Posted in: Goodbye gas: Volvo to make only electric vehicles by 2030 See in context

*Japanese automakers are in danger of following the footsteps of Japanese electronics industry**, that is failing to keep up with paradigm shift and become irrelevant.*

Japanese are way behind Europeans, GM, Koreans, and Chinese in transition to EV.

Tesla will win it all in the end. They are too far ahead of the competition.

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