How long will the west stand by and watch this happen?
The west? The US announced sanctions a week ago, targeting junta members's financial interests. Japan, by contrast, has announced nothing apart from recommending "discussions" between the 2 sides.
The Japanese are the biggest investors in Myanmar by far, bigger than all others combined, and will not do anything that risks their huge financial stake in the country...like sanctions.
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Posted in: As an increasing number of people use motorcycles to avoid the three Cs -- closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings -- amid the coronavirus pandemic, the initiative is also aimed at creating an inviting environment for motorcyclists. See in context
Private cars are also good when carrying family members. How about an incentive for them as well to ease the crowding on trains and buses, which has nearly returned to its crushing level of the pre-Covid era.
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Long term interest rates go higher because investors think there will be more inflation ahead due to an economic boom in the US triggered by massive stimulus plus a solid recovery from covid. That reduces the risk premium of stocks, so the investors get out of stocks. It seems like a short term trend, as the economic recovery will eventually lead to higher earnings for companies, and then watch stocks rise again. The lesson: buy now, when prices are at bargain level.
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Japan only cares about its corporations' massive investment in the country, which is more than any other country's combined.
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Foreign tourists? It is heartening to know that international travel will be back on track in Japan by this summer. I'm dying to get away to a tropical beach in Thailand.
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An American, he has been charged with financial misconduct in failing to fully disclose Ghosn's future compensation.
I'm no tax accounting expert, but such future compensation was non-existent at that point in time. So it's illegal to conceal something that doesn't exist? That's a very onerous obligation, it seems to me.
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defeat covid first, and then worry about "gender equality."
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I checked Toyota's PR and it stated, “using traditional Japanese wood joinery." So some of this project reflects a certain amount of nationalistic pride, rather than being just about science, technology and efficiency. There's a reason modern joinery superseded the old types - because it's better. It's called evolution.
And nary a mention made of the buildings' thermal performance, which should be a priority, given the tendency of homes here to leak energy like sieves, becoming freezing inside in winter, boiling hot in summer and gobbling up unnecessary amounts of energy.
Other Japanese "smart cities" have been criticized for little more than commercial showcases for selling electricity-consuming Japanese gadgets. This appears little different.
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Why isn't the company named or at least the companies that put in bids. Some info on the tender would be good too, as this story almost indicates an opaque selection process.
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They didn't come to Japan illegally (information garnered from the article)
Not come, but staying illegality -- "she came to Japan in March last year on a temporary visitor's visa."
Vietnam is one of the poorest nations on earth and is the cheapest.
No it isn't.
Worldbank: "Vietnam’s development over the past 30 years has been remarkable. Economic and political reforms under Đổi Mới, launched in 1986, have spurred rapid economic growth, transforming what was then one of the world’s poorest nations into a lower middle-income country."
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Poor people, they were just trying to get by.
They come from the world's fastest growing economy, (which has also done the world's best job at fighting the coronavirus), with a jobless rate of around 2%. They came to Japan illegally because they wanted to make more money than they could at home.
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What a Kafkaesque hell.
Which can happen when you illegally enter a country (as a tourist but for the sole purpose of working). People who do that need to realize that what they are doing is not only illegal but highly risky.
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Kono also cast doubt on the idea of using COVID-19 vaccine certification for official purposes, including using it as a kind of vaccine passport to permit international travel, saying to do so would discriminate against those who cannot be inoculated... because of allergy.
Oh, for crying out loud. What an insane idea. Let's have a medical expert, and not a politician, in charge of this program.
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The courts can be manipulated.
That's not an issue. The Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale–New Haven Hospital determined that Allen did NOT molest Dylan, after a month-long investigation.
If Allen can "manipulate" that kind of process, - not once but twice - then he has more power than anyone on Earth.
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The film strongly implies that he might have successfully derailed the two official investigations....
If you make that kind of allegation, you need proof and evidence. "Implying" and "might" aint gonna cut it. Or it shouldn't cut it. Sadly, today we live in a time when people's feelings supersede evidence and proof, as seen with Trump's "stop and steal campaign," the Yewtree probe's attempt to destroy the reputations of innocent men and other purges.
Prove it with evidence or shut up.
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Household income is really strong, with the median figure seeing a big increase, so an incentive travel scheme isn't really needed.
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I dont get it. The official PM's residence is a huge modern glass clad structure built in 2002, not a 1929 structure.
I see it often on NHK news.
Sell both properties if they aren't being used. Use the proceeds to fund more recreational and greenery projects in the capital. And let the PMs live in their own little apartments.
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killing two people aboard including a member of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force...
How about writing instead, "killing a member of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force and his American instructor.
Nah, why bother.
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This report doesn't make much sense. If there are a lot fewer reactors online since Fukushima, maybe less than half,?, then there should be a surplus of labor, not a shortage.
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There will a point in time soon when it will be too late to cancel, for political and logistical reasons, etc., even if the science says it must be cancelled or very radically scaled back for the sake of public health. This is going to be interesting.
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They refused to give substantive wage hikes pre-COVID, while they earned record high profits and suffered from a severe labour shortage. Why would they give hikes now?!?
The wage-suppression model is part and parcel of neo-liberal style globalization, which in Japan is a result of the market reforms everyone (except me) was cheering about. Hello?
Meanwhile the BOJ folks are scratching their heads over why inflation stubbornly remains so woefully low. LOL.
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I assumed the grand Mori vision of cramming vast numbers of people and businesses in tall towers was dead, killed by COVID.
They may suffer a dearth of tenants in the post-covid world, as people seeki literally greener pastures and space and safety.
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People like us, here on JT, do make a difference. Let's recall, a week and a half ago, the IOC arrogantly proclaimed the Mori "case was closed," Mori refused to resign, the tapped his 84 year old friend as successor, and the power elite was prepared to carry on as before.
They only bowed down because the public, including us, wouldnt give in. Many of us slammed Mori as a dinosaur many years ago, and pointed to Tokyo's summer heat, problems the officials don't realize until too late and often learn about from the chatter on the internet and other public forums. That is why I post and express my opinions. The archive shows I've been more often right than the policymakers on a wide range of key issues, many of you have been too.
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"....his resignation inflicted indescribable damage to the preparation process for the Olympic Games"
i believe a much bigger factors causing "indescribable damage to the preparation process" was Abe's decision years ago to appoint an elderly man known for his bigoted views that run clearly counter to the Olympics' stated principles, and then the government's deliberate decision to delay the vaccine rollout.
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Isn't he supposed to get a public jab like Biden, Johnson and others did? Or is he afraid of possible side-effects?
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it would help if millions of people's homes didn't leak energy like a sieve. Once I turn off my wall amounted air conditioner, placed near the ceiling beside a big window, naturally, the room gets cold again within 30 minutes, in my newly built unit. So gotta keep cranking it.
Japan's weather is getting colder,
Not in Tokyo. It's been getting considerably warmer. 17 degrees last weekend, 21 degrees from Sunday! Unheard of for February.
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Another good reason NOT to hold them
Reality check: Boris was London mayor and an Olympics cheerleader when that city held its highly successful Olympics, and is credited for much of the event's success. Tokyo needs all such support it can get.
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