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Posted in: 'Flying car' makes Tokyo debut at international tech event See in context

I do not think we will be seeing them flying around in cities in the near future. It is highly likely you will need a pilot or other similar licenses to fly it. Then there are regulation, insurance, liability issues etc.

However, that does not mean it is useless. Emergency responders like parametic or police can have a few of these so they can beat all the traffic and get to the accident site quicker.

By the way, there is already something very similar to this. It is called "ultralight helicopter".

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Posted in: Honda revs up on EVs, aiming for lucrative U.S., China markets See in context

They are only about $11,000

From the internet:

GWM has slashed prices of its Ora hatchback, cementing it as Australia’s cheapest electric car – at least for now.

The Chinese brand has announced new nationwide drive-away pricing for the Ora range, which now opens at $35,990 drive-away for the Standard Range – down $4000 on the previous price before on-road costs.

Well, not here down under mate.

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Posted in: Honda revs up on EVs, aiming for lucrative U.S., China markets See in context

The average prices of EV are still relatively high comparing to their ICE or hybrid counterparts. Also not everyone is lucky enough to have a spot to park the EV and recharge it at night. There is still too many problems with fast charging at those charge stations.

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Posted in: Premier League clubs to discuss proposal to scrap use of video review See in context

https://www.seriousaboutrl.com/var-shows-the-video-referee-in-the-nrl-and-super-league-not-as-bad-as-people-think-63082/

Many have their problems with the video referee in rugby league which has been around much longer than the footballing equivalent and it is one of those things that will never be perfect but it is simply a case of ensuring it is as effective as possible which has been the aim of the NRL and Super League in the recent years with different methods being tried.

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Posted in: Premier League clubs to discuss proposal to scrap use of video review See in context

From the internet:

Frank Lampard's infamous 'ghost goal' vs Germany crossed the line 12 years ago today.

On June 27, 2010, in Bloemfontein, England looked to have saved their World Cup hopes by bringing themselves back level having trailed 2-0 to Germany during their round of 16 clash.

.......

After all, the controversial incident proved crucial in FIFA's eventual decision to introduce goal-line technology, which would be on display for the world to see at the following tournament in Brazil.

But even in a world where the Hawk-Eye technology was flat-out impossible to build, supporters would still be asking questions as to why the referee and linesman got the decision wrong on the day.

Besides, you can't help wondering when you watch the replay of Lampard's shot bouncing miles behind Manuel Neuer and over the line how the officials possibly managed to miss that there had been a goal.

Is goal line technology and VAR needs to be ran together or can they be used separately?

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

If you are really interested in this. ANNnews has done a report and show how the tourist is causing inconvenience to others. It is on YouTube. However, It is in Japanese without subtitles. Below is the link:

https://youtu.be/FEVdN0e10Qw

From the report, tourist has already found another Lawson store for taking photos of Mt. Fuji. It is only a 5 min drive from the old one.

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Posted in: Starbucks founder Schultz says company needs to refocus on coffee as sales struggle See in context

The Seattle coffee giant said revenue dropped 2% in the January-March period as store traffic slowed around the world. It was the first time since 2020 that the company saw a drop in quarterly revenue. Starbucks also lowered its sales and earnings guidance for its full fiscal year

Things in many countries all over the world which Starbucks has many stores are not as rosy as before. People are not spending their money on pricy coffees as often as they were.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy in deradicalization program shot dead by Australian police after he stabs man in Perth See in context

there are many in Lakemba and surroundings,Australia starts to pay for own mistakes in immigration policies from the past....

From an ABC Australia online:

The program is] for those that are exhibiting behaviours that might be religious or issues motivated.

"This 16-year-old Caucasian male was part of that program."

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Posted in: Luxury brands lure Chinese shoppers despite slowdown See in context

"Twenty years, thirty years ago, we didn't have anything," Sheng said. "We want to have these things."

Vanity. Definitely my favourite sin.

Al Pacino as John Milton (the devil) in The Devil's Advocate

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Posted in: Town to block Mount Fuji view from troublesome tourists See in context

Really? Tourism is less than 1% of Japan’s economy.

Record Japan Profits Show Nikkei Is Primed for All-Time High

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-20/record-japan-profits-show-nikkei-is-primed-for-all-time-high

Really? Tourism is less than 1% of Japan’s economy.

Big companies in Japan and people involved in investing are doing well. But do ordinary Japanese getting any of this money?

Tourism directly injects money into the local encomy.

I was in Osaka about 2 months ago. I went to a restaurant near Shinsaibashi at 1:00pm on a weekday and all the customers inside the restaurant and those waiting outside were tourist.

All the money I spent on that trip goes directly to the transportation companies that I rided, the restaurants that I went, the shops that sold me the things I wanted.

Better management is what is needed.

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Posted in: Japanese ramen restaurants under pressure from new yen banknotes See in context

A Big Mac combo meal the same size in Tokyo Japan and Sydney Australia

Tokyo approx ¥800

Sydney: approx $15 Aud (¥1,524)

What people don't realize, I that all that "convenience" of cashless, comes at a cost and in the end it is the retail customer that pays for it!

I would rather pay the ¥680 at my local cash only Ramen shop than ¥800 at some place that take cards

Your argument is wrong cause they are 2 different countries. Even all McDonalds in Australia only accepts cash the price of the big Mac combo would still be much higher than Japan.

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Posted in: AI begins to make waves at China sex toy expo See in context

I am kinda surprised cause pornography is banned in China.

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Posted in: Chinese media call Japan 'two-faced' for seeking closer ties while warning of China threat See in context

Every time any Chinese government officers or media outlet says China is a peaceful country and is not a threat to their neighbours please kindly explain the reason China is building a fleet of aircraft carriers. Modernsing your navy is fine but aircraft carriers are offensive purposes.

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Posted in: Chinese EV makers challenging market leaders at auto show in Bangkok See in context

How many abandoned EVs are there in China? There's a reason for that.

From the internet:

https://www.carscoops.com/2023/08/the-real-story-behind-chinas-graveyards-of-abandoned-evs/

The short answer to this mystery is the spectacular fall of the once-booming EV car-sharing market in China, similar to what happened with the bike-sharing schemes a few years ago. Thousands of ride-sharing companies were created during the past decade taking advantage of the generous government incentives which were slashed in 2019. This change in combination with other factors, including the lack of free parking spaces and the much-improved newer generation of EVs that made old models obsolete, forced the majority of the ambitious startups into bankruptcy.

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Posted in: McDonald's apologizes for global system outage that shut down some stores for hours See in context

Another online news article:

McDonald's ordering system suffers McFlurry of tech troubles.

LOL

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Posted in: TikTok devotees say platform unfairly targeted for U.S. ban See in context

From another online news article:

US politicians, alongside law enforcement and intelligence officials, have long expressed concerns over the app's link to China.

They fear Chinese authorities could force ByteDance to hand over data on the 170 million Americans who use it.

The fear isn't unfounded. 

China has a set of national security laws that compel organisations to assist with intelligence gathering— and this could include ByteDance. 

TikTok has denied assertions it could be used as a tool of the Chinese government.

This sounds reasonable but then I would like to know what kind of intelligence gathering TikTok can do for China? Viral videos of people doing stupid things and funny animals videos are not intelligence gathering would usually wants, right?

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Posted in: BYD to launch new EV in Japan yearly through 2026 to gain foothold See in context

It's over already. EVs are nonsensical and should never have been shoved down our throats. Toyota knows.

From Wikipedia:

The Toyota bZ4X, also marketed in Japan, US, Canada, Europe, and China as the Subaru Solterra, is a battery electric compact crossover SUV manufactured by Toyota. The vehicle debuted in April 2021 as the "bZ4X Concept". It is the first vehicle to be based on the e-TNGA platform co-developed by Toyota and Subaru,[11] and the brand's first model to be part of their Toyota bZ ("beyond Zero") series of zero-emissions vehicles

From the internet:

Toyota reveals two new EV concepts as it plods along on its path to electrification / Toyota’s wait-and-see approach to EVs may be loosening, with the automaker preparing six battery electric cars for Europe by 2026.

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Posted in: Leap year glitch disrupts driver license issuance in parts of Japan See in context

I kinda LMAO this morning when I heard on radio what happened in New Zealand:

Leap year glitch' shuts some New Zealand fuel pumps

By Lucy Craymer

February 29, 20241:10 PM GMT+10Updated 5 hours ago

WELLINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) - A number of New Zealand petrol pumps stopped working on Thursday due to a "leap year glitch" in payment software, fuel stations and the payment service provider said.

It is 2024. 24 years after the infamous Y2K bug and these still happens.

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Posted in: Lionel Messi's global tour with Inter Miami has been very messy and a PR nightmare See in context

A big scam if you are going to advertise a game with Messi as front and center yet doesn't play. Why would someone pay ¥10000+ to watch this without him or any MLS club for that matter?

Tickets in Hong Kong are double the prices of the upcoming match in Japan. The most expensive ticket in Hong Kong for the match is around HKD$4,000 which is equal to around ¥76,000.

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Posted in: Japan to allow longer stays for digital nomads to boost consumption See in context

One time ABC (Australia) did a news piece about these so called digital nomads. However, the Aussies go to Bali, Indonesia.

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Posted in: DNA tests show dead man likely 1970s bombing fugitive in Japan See in context

ABC (Australia) posted an online news article about this case yesterday. They interviewed one of his drinking buddy who met the guy 36 years ago. There are few interesting things mentioned in the article:

The pair met at a pub 36 years ago and became regular drinking buddies, frequenting the pub to see local rock bands.

Kirishima's drinking buddy, Takeshi, did not want to be identified, but told the ABC he's stunned by the news. (ABC News: Yumi Asada)

They also often went to the local bathhouse since Satoshi Kirishima's home lacked a bath.

"When I asked him, 'Why did you come here?' he said, 'I followed a friend from university and came to the city,'" Takeshi Ito said. 

"He told me that his family owned a fish shop. He said he was from Okayama. But when he got drunk, he spoke in Hiroshima dialect."

I do not speak Japanese but I do know Kanto and Kansai accent. But I did not know there is other regional accent in Japan.

Takeshi Ito is struggling to come to terms that his friend was a wanted terrorist.

"Even during those rebellious times when he was a student, he probably followed those people because he got drunk. He wasn't a leader type," he said. 

"I feel sorry for him."

Very interesting point but even it is true I do not think telling the judge I got drunk and became a terrorist would work well in court.

The family of Satoshi Kirishima are refusing to take his body.

So, the final farewells will fall to his mates.

"When things settle down, we'd like to have a farewell party for him," Takeshi Ito said.

If it really happens, good on him for doing it for his mate.

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Posted in: China overtook Japan as world's top vehicle exporter in 2023 See in context

Unlike their Chinese counterparts, Japanese automakers including Toyota -- reconfirmed on Tuesday as the world's largest company by unit sales -- also make huge volumes of vehicles in other countries.

In 2022, vehicle production in Japan excluding motorcycles totalled 7.84 million units, but overseas production was almost 17 million units

Mitsubishi, Mazda and Honda have factories in other countries, too. Their cars sold here down under are all manufactured in Thailand. Japan still is kinda no. 1.

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Posted in: Record 87% of Japanese 'do not feel friendly' toward China: survey See in context

The mail-in survey of 3,000 Japanese nationals aged 18 or older living in the country, received valid responses from 1,649, or 55.0 percent. The government started conducting similar polls in 1975 to help formulate its foreign policy.

Only 1,649 valid responses. I would say it is only enough data for a study in a perferture.

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Posted in: ‘I never lost a fight against a man’: The story of the only woman to join Japan’s notorious yakuza See in context

Why is this article congratulating this evil woman ?

Its supporting illegal gang idolization

I do not think this article is congratulating this woman. It just tells her story. Well, readers can have different opinions after reading it.

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Posted in: Disney debuts deaf Native superhero as 'woke' debate swirls See in context

But the series comes at a delicate time for Disney, whose Marvel superhero films have struggled recently at the box office after over a decade of global domination.

There are a few factors. However, I am no Marvel or superhero fan but I think the major reason this is because they retired those popular ones like Ironman, Captain America, Blackwidow etc. Antman, Captain Marvel etc are really not that popular.

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Posted in: Disney's 100th-anniversary work 'Wish' challenges status quo See in context

While Disney's tales of beautiful young princesses uniting with their "Prince Charming" have garnered tremendous support over the years, they have also been criticized for reinforcing the patriarchal stereotype of male domination and female exploitation.

Reinforcing male domination and female exploitation? Seriously? They are movies for kids.

Furthermore, he says, Magnifico, in managing wishes, mirrors the giant tech companies of today that store people's information away to use as they please. "It shows pretty good foresight into the dangers of our information society," he said.

Well everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I seriously think this guy is thinking too much.

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Posted in: China's BYD overtakes Tesla for most EV sales See in context

How much was stolen from Tesla?

From 2 different online news article:

The first Tesla Model equipped with BYD’s LFP battery rolled off the production line in Berlin, Germany. It is the first time when Berlin Gigafactory manufactures vehicle with a battery from a Chinese brand. Moreover, the Model Y with BYD’s battery showed surprising charging efficiency by adding 60% of the charge in 15 minutes.

Notably, Tesla has started using BYD Blade Batteries for its Tesla Y cars produced in the Berlin Gigafactory. While the usage of Blade Batteries has been limited to this facility for now, it is highly likely that Tesla will expand their application to other Gigafactories.

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Posted in: China's BYD overtakes Tesla for most EV sales See in context

Well, they can - they just need time to steal designs from other countries.

Google "Blade Battery".

Also have a look at the following.:

https://www.quora.com/Has-Japan-been-a-copycat-country

Looks at the 3 pictures that someone put together those Japanese copycat products.

It happened in the 60's to the 80's.

Then Japan started innovate and invented lots of awesome products.

I remember the Walkman, CD player and the awesome MD player.

Why can't China do it?

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Posted in: China's BYD overtakes Tesla for most EV sales See in context

I was too young when Japanese cars started to rise. However, my Dad one time told me they used to call Japan made cars "Kerosene tin cars".

One time I got inside a Hyundai Excel more than 20 years ago and was kinda shocked by how crappy it is inside. I still remember there was no enclosure for its handbrake handle. It was coming out straight from a hole on the floor of the car.

Nowadays Japan and Korea make good quality cars.

If Japan and Korea can do it. Why can't China?

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Posted in: China's BYD overtakes Tesla for most EV sales See in context

Do these numbers include the cars produced only to sit in an empty field and never driven?

I am no fan the CPP. From some other online news article:

The field of cars was explored by Inside China Auto on YouTube, who translated the markings on the cars to explain their origins. The site is widely purported to contain up to 10,000 unsold new EVs, for the reasons outlined above.

However, a closer look reveals the opposite to be true: These are **not new EV**s, and they only number in the hundreds. Most are five to six years old and have seen significant use, with aftermarket accessories, trash in their interiors, and other signs of wear. That's because you're looking at a fleet of retired rideshare cars that were once operated in large cities in China.

The way Inside China Auto tells it, there was an e-bike sharing bubble in 2016 that was rapidly copied by services offering short-range EV rentals. But just like in the United States, these ventures struggled, as they were far more expensive to start and maintain than bike sharing. 

Those cars are the result of failed EV car sharing business.

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