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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic sponsor Toyota 'conflicted' over Games See in context

Toyota always followed the government line, which is why they invested so heavily in hydrogen.

It is why Toyoda felt so betrayed when Suga suddenly switched to EVs.

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Posted in: Toyota's annual net profit jumps 10.3%; further growth forecast See in context


You nailed it. Electricity is available everywhere hydrogen is not. Toyoda bet on the wrong horse. As goes internal combustion engines do goes Toyota.

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Posted in: Japan to establish agency to speed up digitalization See in context

No worries, it will all be outsourced to Salesforce. Kono, the minister of hankos and syringes is in charge.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

It is understandable that Japan could not produce its own vaccine, most countries could not.

However it is not understandable that Japan could not schedule vaccinations with in-house software. Kono is responsible for outsourcing to a US company. He has failed at every step as Chiapet clearly explained.

Why is he still in charge?

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Posted in: Toyota's annual net profit jumps 10.3%; further growth forecast See in context

Satoru Takada, auto analyst at Tokyo-based research and consulting firm TIW, told AFP before the announcement. "Toyota has maintained steady production while releasing timely models in major markets."

Timely models? Who is he kidding. They have almost nothing new to show. Hybrids were the technology of the last decade.

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Posted in: Australia begins vaccinating Olympic athletes See in context

Could we just mail Australia all the medals and have done with this nightmare? Hopefully they would share a few with NZ.

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Posted in: Japan gov't debt rises by record ¥101 tril in FY2020 See in context

No worries. Kuroda will buy all those new bonds with a couple of clicks of his mouse.

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Posted in: Investors chide Toyota chief for questioning combustion car ban See in context

Well said guys.

Toyoda bet on a horse but it ran the wrong way (Dylan) when Toyota supported Trump's legal action against California's new clean automobile legislation. Guess who won that battle.

Then Toyoda had the gall to say clean auto policy "broke his business model". A reasonable response would be for the shareholders to fire a CEO who was so out of touch.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context


"Kono works for Suga"

Agreed. Kono was given this job and has failed completely. Suga should fire Kono and replace him with somebody competent.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

Kono is the minister of vaccinations. What on earth has he done all these months? Suga at least has the excuse of being PM with more than one file on his desk.

Kono has absolutely no excuse, but still on TV he tries to blame the EU. People's choice for next PM. Scary.

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Posted in: Vaccine tourism: Canadians fly south for shot as U.S. demand falls See in context

Canada has given first shots to 34% of the population and any adult will be eligible from May 24? This is despite the fact that they, like Japan, have to import all vaccines.

Sounds like they are doing pretty well to me.

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Posted in: G7 calls out China over rights at virus-shadowed meeting See in context

Notice that they did not use the word genocide.

Why was everyone so tough on NZ's PM Ardern for not using it either? She used much stronger language than the G7, calling the crimes "attrocities".

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Posted in: New Zealand declines to call China's Uighur treatment genocide See in context

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I do not think the leader of any G7 country has called these crimes genocide.

For example, Biden called them atrocities. Only his secretary of state used the word genocide.

However, Biden did use the word genocide for the Armenian massacres, the first US president to do so. Better late than never.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 621 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context

@Eisenach 4pm

609 is the number of positive test results not the number of tests. At the top of that page, in Japanese only for some reason ;-), it says that the average number of tests over the last 3 days is 5341 per day, unbelievably low. The positivity rate is 11%, extremely high.

Plenty more sick people out there milling around.

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Posted in: Abe backs Suga's re-election as head of ruling party See in context

Nikai pulling the strings of his two puppets.

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Posted in: 6 torch relay staff in southwestern Japan test positive for COVID-19 See in context

The average daily number of Covid positives in Kagoshima-ken during April was less than 10 until last Tuesday's relay.

It has tripled since then.

All those meetings the relay staff must have had to to discuss Covid safety measures obviously created a cluster. Monty Python could not have done better.

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Posted in: Samsung takes back smartphone crown from Apple See in context


85% of the world's smart phones are Androids, including all those made by Japanese makers like Sony.

Take a step up next time.

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Posted in: China launches main part of its 1st permanent space station See in context

So many sour grapes in these comments.

Sure, China grabbed a few US and Russian rockets, took them home and copied them?

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Posted in: Japan's unused 14 mil doses of COVID-19 vaccines point to logistical hurdles See in context

As my good friend Sahib said,:

Let Lawson's handle it.

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Posted in: 3 nuclear reactors to become 1st in Japan to operate beyond 40-year limit See in context

Kyoto city is about the same distance from Mihama as Fukui city. Moreover the wind blows from the north much of the year, so Kyoto gets hit not Fukui. Nobody asked the people of Kyoto what they thought about the restarts.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan lifts growth forecast, keeps policy unchanged See in context


Disagree. When I look at the chart https://tradingeconomics.com/japan/inflation-cpi I see that inflation has been below 1% almost all the time since 2015. The consumption tax hike was not until October 2019. My Bazooka had 6 years before that of printing money.

Where did the money go? To finance the government's massive spending and into the stock market. None of this puts money in consumer-san's pocket. A minimum wage hike might have done that paid for by draining some of the money from the inflated stock market.

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Posted in: Suga says tackling COVID-19 takes priority over general election See in context

Japan needs leadership not someone reading tea leaves.

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Posted in: Honda aiming for 100% electric vehicles by 2040 See in context


Almost all industrialized countries are moving away from coal to renewables, which dovetail nicely with EVs and hydrogen. Presumably Japan will follow then if they listen to Koizumi.

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Posted in: Honda aiming for 100% electric vehicles by 2040 See in context

Good call, Honda. The wind is in your sails.

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Posted in: More people get boating licenses as pandemic buoys marine leisure See in context


You can take the written test in English, I did so for both the 2nd and 1st class licenses last year.

You don't need to be a millionaire to buy a nice boat either. There are lots of cheap used boats around. Picked up a beauty for 20 man last month, with 5,000 yen a month for storage on Biwa-ko. Great time of year for sailing.

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Posted in: A tale of two carmakers: GM and Toyota take different electric roads in China See in context


Japan also trails the US and Europe by at least 5 years.

EV sales in 2020: Tesla 499,950 VW 231,600 Toyota 3,330

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Posted in: Japan says it will aim for 46% emissions cut by 2030 See in context

Toyoda makes it very clear why it is indeed necessary to ban gasoline and diesel engines.

His company would churn them out forever because "that is Japan's strength".

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Posted in: China tech stampede into electric cars sparks auto sector buzz See in context

Unfortunately 5G, smart phone technology, software and digitalization (still using faxes!) are areas where Japan is seriously behind.

This is why Toyota sided with Trump to try and stop this tectonic shift. Sorry guys, this train has already left the station.

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Posted in: Toyota unveils plans for global line-up of battery electric vehicles See in context

The carmaker is now aiming for a target of 10 percent of its sales from either BEVs or hydrogen vehicles by 2025. It expects 70 percent of its sales to be standard hybrids that year...

What a miserable target. By 2025 Europe will be close to half EV sales.

Let us remind ourselves that standard hybrids are basically internal combustion vehicles.

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer for additional COVID-19 vaccine supplies See in context

Couldn't Suga have phoned Pfizer from Japan? Like 6 months ago?

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