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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official get 4-year jail over Ghosn escape See in context


I disagree the lesson to be learned here is if you are a Japanese based company and you hire a CEO internationally do not to try and hide what you know your CEO is worth but to pay them appropriately to international standards and be honest about it and do not fear the backlash of what is a standard payment in Japan.

it is obvious that Nissan attempted to hide what they should have paid Ghosn in a devious manner and that they commanded their employes to find ways around the law and Former Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa signed of on several "draft" compensation packages which means he agreed with those ideas.

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Posted in: 27-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of husband See in context


She could try that but prosecutors will get a confession that she tried to kill her husband before she gets to see a lawyer who could advise that idea.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 275 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,083 See in context

hmm reported numbers are down yet pneumonia numbers remain high...

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

He should step down as of february 7th when his promise to get covid-19 under control failed. we are having people turn up as infected by corona even though they had no contact with anybody reported as having covid. and now his son is winning and dinning people even though there is a state of emergency flaming hypocrites. I may not have a vote but my wife does and we are not voting for LDP. She gets to cast it but I get to .... discuss who she votes for.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 272 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,032 See in context

Strange how the numbers are dropping but people are catching Covid-19 without having contact to somebody who had it... .

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Posted in: Trump's acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’ See in context

This is why the Senate’s failure to convict Trump should be seen as a sure sign of just how deep our constitutional rot goes.

I am not American but from an outsider's viewpoint it seems to me that over the last 4 years the Democrats have fought tooth and nail to oppose everything that Trump and the Republicans tried to do including impeaching him twice. So it makes sense that the Republicans will fight tooth and nail to oppose everything the Democrats want to do. Is it rot? I think it is actually democracy at it's finest. That is how it is supposed to work that's why they get paid so they can fight tooth and nail to oppose everything their opposition wants to achieve as that is why they didn't get a majority but they still get a voice to represent the people that voted them into their seat. It seems the author expects the Republicans to roll over and step aside for his party of choice but that is not how a democracy works.

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Posted in: Putin indicates Russia will not negotiate territorial dispute with Japan See in context

I don't know much about the Kuril Islands. I do understand that they were part of the Ainu homelands as the names a derivatives of the Ainu language.

However, "after over a hundred years of forced assimilation and discriminatory policies, in 2008, the Japanese government finally recognized Ainu as an indigenous people of Japan".

I just don't think that the Japanese Government Deserve the rights of any of these islands and they should be returned from Russia and from Japan to the people of Ainu descent. Anyway that's my opinion.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 491 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,885 See in context

Why test non-symptomatic people?

Because people can carry the virus and spread it even if they have no symptoms, and then somebody at risk could catch it and pass away stuck in a hospital and not be able to even say goodbye to their loved ones .

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

Whatever, I am boycotting the olympics, because of Mori and because of Covid-19 and the way the JP-Gov have handled it. I refuse to put my personal money in the pockets of these people.

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Posted in: 390 Tokyo Olympic volunteers quit after Mori's sexist remarks See in context


390 Tokyo Olympic volunteers use Mori's sexist remarks as an excuse to quit

And you are a female volunteer as well?

Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

Where is the good example or social responsibility and respect referred to in this statement from the olympics website that Mori expressed when he said "women tend to talk too much in meetings" Even though you and he may think what was said was nothing more than a simple comment but it implies a whole lot and can be read in many ways If I was a volunteer I would have walked out as well


only 150,000 people out of 120 million signed the petition

No that was the number of signatures they wanted to get so far it stands at about 130,000 signed


and less than 500 volunteers out of 80,000 pulled out.

That is so far but they do have a 120,000 additional volunteers that they may be able to ask to come in as their was 200,000 people who applied to be a volunteer.

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Posted in: Nurseries' attempts to cut operations during pandemic spark confusion See in context

Hmm not surprised it sparks confusion if they are worried about covid 19 where are their masks?

@ MaikuC

Didn't anyone notice some of the children are actually walking on the road...

I did and was about to post something about it but then i noticed they are walking with two children not just one

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 276 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,214 See in context


I am not in Tokyo, but where I am I have noticed a difference in how people are moving around during the day. During december and January i was seeing a large number of maskless people moving around and restaurants were packed, When i went to pick up some takeaway Udon and Tempura yesterday early evening I was surprised to see that there was still room for more dinners and nobody was waiting for a seat.

These sudden numbers are a non sense lie/propaganda to “save face” from the current political crisis and extremely low approval rate, and of course to try get away with the Olympics.

Yea right, that is obviously the case.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 276 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,214 See in context

Well we all (should) know by now the weekend numbers are always lower but the reason for lower numbers is due to people slowly starting to be a bit more cautious. I think it would be a terrible psychological burden on somebody who caught covid-19 then gave it to somebody at risk and that person dies. Sure you may not be held accountable but you probably should be,

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Posted in: Suga apologizes for glitch in Japan's COVID-19 contact-tracing app See in context

Another apology that seems to be all this government is doing. Time for them to step down and get out I guess Suga will apologize tomorrow for failing to keep his promise to have the covid-19 under control in 1 month https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Japan-PM-declares-emergency-vows-to-control-COVID-in-month

Or he will pretend he never made the promise and hope nobody will remember.

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Posted in: Google opens paid-for Australia news platform in drive to undercut Canberra's content payment law See in context

Yep yep now news sites will need to apply and may even need to pay google to have their online news papers listed in the alternative failure to join means no free advertising for their online news papers which means a drop in subscribers for them. it isn't that hard for google to add a no read exclusion to a website they do it all the time with "dangerous" sites which means legislation be damned goodbye to online newspapers in australia that don't agree to join the alternative visiting numbers will drop instantly and you won't find other search engines willing to pay for the news either.

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Posted in: Japan enacts laws setting fines for antivirus measure noncompliance See in context

Will enforcing the rules use up resources that would have been better spent on rolling out vaccines?

Can't imagine how it will affect the rollout of vaccines that we don't have yet.

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Posted in: Suga asks people to hold on a little longer as he extends state of emergency See in context

*Suga asks people to hold on a little longer as he extends state of emergency*

Nope 7th of February is when he promised to have it under control if he fails he needs to resign.

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Posted in: WHO team visits Wuhan research lab at center of speculation See in context

World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus

After more than 1 year do you really expect to find any evidence of anything any lab that was used has already been moved to a new secure location and the old lab 100% emptied and sterilised and probably used for something else. And any staff that would have been involved would be now at the new location.

I bet only fake staff and actors are at the location they are looking at.

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency until March 7 See in context


Sorry to hear about your business going under, I am rather curious as to what your business is.

Why harm young working people for the sake of the elderly, who can just...stay at home.

Unfortunately it is not just the elderly at risk, as we get more information the research is showing that lung scarring is occuring in a worryingly large number of people who have had covid-19 it affects people in all age groups and it is un-reversible and can cause major health issues now and in later life.

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency until March 7 See in context

I don't get it why the extension? Prime minister Suga promised on January 7th that he would have the virus under control in a month.


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Posted in: Senior lawmaker to quit Diet post over hostess bar visit during state of emergency See in context

It is not good enough that the members step down from responsibilities Since the party president can't control his members then how does he expect to be able to control the virus he needs to step down.

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Posted in: Only 37% of firms met Japan gov't target of cutting commuters by 70% See in context

When you have government officials not compiling to these very requests then why the heck should the rest of society.

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Posted in: Insurers face 'mind-blowingly' large loss if Olympics canceled See in context


Wait a minute, these guys don't have a Force majeure clause? Wouldn't this apply? I mean, either way the tax payers are screwed but at least this can't be used as an excuse to continue with the games.

No they don't have a Force majeure clause because that is what they are insuring it against. and they are paying a high premium for it as well, Olympics have a good record with no cancellations since 1944 which was because of WWII

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Posted in: Insurers face 'mind-blowingly' large loss if Olympics canceled See in context

Well insures need to take the good with the bad and they shouldn't insure something if they can't afford the payout. to bad so sad.

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Posted in: In-home COVID-19 isolation contributing to Japan's virus spread See in context

I read,was it Indonesia? Where they inject the adult aged working people before the elderly.The premise being they have to go outside to work and risk bringing it back in the home.Kinda makes sense.

It doesn't make sense and is flawed, the elderly are the people who are most at risk of dying if you wait until everybody else is inoculated the elderly and at risk will continue to die, unless that is what the country is wanting as they are seen as a burden.

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Posted in: Suga tells Davos forum Olympics will be symbol of human victory over virus See in context

Suga tells Davos forum Olympics will be symbol of human victory over virus

Until several olympians and spectators die because of covid-19

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Posted in: U.S. judge allows extradition of 2 men accused of aiding Ghosn escape from Japan See in context

they can’t be extradited because they say what they are accused of isn’t a crime under Japan law.

They didn't break any Japanese laws I don't understand how they can be extradited?

(Harboring of Criminals)

Article 103 A person who harbors or enables the escape of another person who has either committed a crime punishable with a fine or greater punishment or has escaped from confinement shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than 200,000 yen.

I am not a lawyer but that pretty much sums up what they did.

The Taylors argue argue that jumping bail isn't a crime. However breaching bail conditions is a crime

(Code of Criminal Procedure)

(3) When the court grants bail, it may specify the residence of the accused or add other appropriate conditions to the bail.

If i recall correctly Ghosn was restricted by his bail conditions in his movements, people he could see and his place of residence.

In short Ghosn committed a new crime when he breached his bail conditions and then the Taylors committed a crime when they harboured him and helped him escape.

However you want to see it a crime is still a crime even if the reasons behind it may be justifiable if you do the crime you gotta expect to do the time.

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Posted in: Dangerous liaison: New Zealand virus quarantine flaw exposed See in context

Stockholm syndrome?

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Posted in: Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout See in context

The Pfizer vaccine, the only one already under review by the health ministry, is expected to gain approval on Feb 15 when the ministry holds a panel meeting, sources close to the matter said earlier this month.

So a week after Suga resigns since he only has a week left to get Covid-19 under control as he promised to do so on the 7th of January. Time is ticking down.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan amid surge of COVID-19 cases See in context

Naturally, EU key stakeholders are very aware of the mess that is happening in Japan and how out of control the spread is here.

So the EU also don't believe the numbers coming out of Japan as truthful ... fair enough I certainly don't.

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