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Posted in: Japan-South Korea trade dispute threatens global tech market See in context

The failure was by the SK court that ruled for forced reparations by confiscation of Japanese corporate assets.

This has damaging implications for all foreign investment in SK in addition to the now escalating SK-J trade friction.

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Posted in: Japan population declines at fastest pace to 124.8 million: gov't See in context

The global economy is in a low growth era which means in countries like Japan having low population growth, per capita income will remain constant. Workforce headcount growth is not needed for economic growth in an age of automation and AI.

While not in an economic boom with an increasing standard of living, Japan has an advantage over economies that are leveraged upon growth to maintain financial & social stability.

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Posted in: Trump jokes to Putin: 'Don't meddle in the election, please' See in context

Manipulation and mud slinging for political gain are perennial, only the players and methods change.

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Posted in: Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S. See in context

Trump is an unabashed Saudi sympathizer and Zionist. Belligerence towards Iran is payback for their support.

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Posted in: 16 schoolgirls, 2 adults stabbed in rampage in Kawasaki; 1 child, 1 man dead See in context

Japan is comparatively much safer due to gun restrictions than the US.

Society can't predict the actions of deranged individuals.

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Posted in: Pro wrestler arrested for assaulting man in parking lot dispute See in context


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Posted in: Car plows into Yoshinoya restaurant in Nara Pref; driver flees See in context

if done deliberately, it was due to a beef

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Posted in: Gov't lifts evacuation order in parts of Fukushima nuclear plant hometown See in context

Plastics degrade, tanks corrode. The plan by officials is the same as the default plan by nature: Over the long run, contaminants will erode/drain into the Pacific.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing at least 100 metal grates from roadside gutters See in context

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

― Anthony Robbins

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Posted in: Chinese basketball fans shock with Nanjing massacre death chant See in context

Collectively, those fans don't seem to fear the repercussions such as degrading their Social Credit scores.

One might conclude it was a sanctioned, premeditated act.

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Posted in: China demands Canada release Huawei executive See in context

China is a nation of law and order. Just remember that their laws are selectively enforced and maintaining order is their pretext for the suspension of law.

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Posted in: Going solo: 'Ohitorisama' or the Japanese art of doing it alone See in context

I went on a solo koyo trip recently to visit Lake Onuma, Oirase Stream, Lake Towada, Naruko Gorge, Kurobe Gorge, and onsens with a 7 day Japan Rail Pass.

The scheduling was rather tight so it would have been difficult to achieve with others due to "lowest common denominator" ie. one group member's problem(=delay) is everyone's problem.

Swarms of yammering Chinese tourists made me wish that they would travel solo(=silently).

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Posted in: U.S. federal agencies clash on cell phone cancer risk See in context

RF exposure depends on usage factors.

Handsfree (speaker, headset) mitigates the proximity of the head to the phone's antennas of which radiated power is proportional to the distance from base statons.

Using headsets by default is advisable.

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Posted in: Unclaimed burial urns pile up in Japan amid fraying social ties See in context

Memories of our existence will vanish with our loved ones and the value in containing our remains similarly fades.

Cremation and then mixing the ashes into a couple of bricks will leave something tangible yet allow the return to the Earth, molecule by molecule.

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Posted in: Japanese TV show 'Densha Otoko' to be remade in U.S. See in context

The US version of Death Note was adapted from Japan and The Hunger Games series was "inspired" by the Japanese movie Battle Royale.

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Posted in: U.N. report on global warming carries life-or-death warning See in context

those who can, will not

tragedy of the commons

those who will, cannot

gomenasai, 季語 がない

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Posted in: Grim warnings for White House, Republicans ahead of election See in context

Collective inaction enabled Trump to hijack the Republican party. Endangered Republican candidates have only themselves and their leadership to blame.

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Posted in: Myanmar defends Suu Kyi's silence over jailed reporters See in context

She has abandoned the democracy principles of her house arrest era in a cynical calculation. Popular support (from anti-Muslim majority) is in her favor to cling to power yet she demonstrates the lack of power with inaction.

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Posted in: China's 'Silk Road' project runs into debt jam See in context

Debt trap tactics are a form of "soft imperialism". Debt default enables the next level of intrusive entanglements. Project development is often conditionally awarded to firms of the creditor country which recaptures much of the project's value chain.

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Posted in: U.S. accuses China of 'super aggressive' spy campaign on LinkedIn See in context

Recruitment is a tool to vacuum up technology. Nothing new, except web makes it easier.

Foreign controlled firms act as the agent or agents target firms where infiltrators get access to trade secrets, patent proposals, and proprietary code.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting guy he thought was a woman See in context


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Posted in: Solar cookout aims to woo traditional chefs, cut carbon See in context

Solar to compete with gas for cooking?

It's a non starter with shady prospects.

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Posted in: Trump-Putin summit leaves wake of confusion, outrage in U.S. See in context

If a true crisis arises, how can Trump effectively lead when no one trusts him?

Nobody will storm Takeshi's Castle on orders from Trump.

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Posted in: 4 firms made foreign trainees do Fukushima decontamination work See in context

Need to determine if there was coercion, full disclosure of the hazards, and provision of adequate protection from hazards.

Perpetual exploitation of the disadvantaged is universal. In the 3rd world, the poor exploit those even poorer.

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Posted in: Outcry as Japanese winemaking couple ordered to leave France See in context

The story has a bouquet of a government official acting on behalf of a envious competitor.

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Posted in: Trump trade war to become reality as China tariffs hit See in context

I suspect Trump's tariffs are an attempt to foment destabilization to negotiate with a weakened/preoccupied adversary. Doubtful that he understands the risks in this game.

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Posted in: N Korea to close nuke test site in May See in context

did anyone imagine a few months ago a revocation of Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize while DT might receive one for his threats of nuclear annihilation?

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Posted in: Kim says he, Moon are on starting line of new Korean history See in context

The merge of former East and West Germany succeded because of common culture (language, traditions, cuisine etc.) and it economic sense - cooperation was more profitable than conflict. The same applies to the Koreas.

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Posted in: Japan pushes renewables, but keeps nuclear in energy plan through 2050 See in context

Some electric power consumption can be exported such as for IT operations. Cloud DCs, AI back-ends, web services, etc. are easily deployed across virtualized DCs that can be located anywhere. Regions such as Norway, Iceland having hydro (cheap, green, and reliable) power and naturally available DC cooling are tapping into this trend.

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Posted in: 5 strange Japanese office occurrences See in context

A number of Silicon Valley tech firms have switched to Japanese style open workplaces and management processes like Kanban. Tables are grouped end-to-end to form a column, 2 facing columns joined, and a multitude of double columns groups per floor. Managers and directors are also in the open, no offices. This has greatly increased worker density and creates peer pressure to not be seen leaving early. There is a ready supply of cheap calories so that one might forget to leave earlier due to hunger. A problem is that the high wage disparity remains yet little individual recognition and reward since it is all about the team!

The novelty is already wearing off as the US, unlike Japan, is not comprised of polite, compliant, and culturally homogenous peoples.

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