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BurakuminDesMay. 23, 2013 - 11:48PM JST
@ scoobydoo - I kind of agree with what you're saying. However the fact remains that - even with massive Aussie government handouts over the years to the Fords, Holdens, Toyotas and Mitsubishis - costs (namely labour) to manufacture vehicles in Australia renders the industry non-competitive. We simply cant compete with the Thailands of the region who pay workers peanuts - or the Koreas, Chinas, Japans or Germanys who have enormous economies of scale in Auto-making. It's probably time taxpayers money went elsewhere - hopefully education and the sciences.
Posted in: Ford to end auto production in Australia in 2016 after 91 years
BurakuminDesMay. 23, 2013 - 11:30PM JST
Sad situation - but a necessity, and saving precious lives. As Smith states, this facility should be expanded nationwide. I just pray these angels don't end up in the god-awful child-prisons here (aka. orphanages) but instead adopted by loving familes.
Posted in: Kumamoto baby hatch says it received 9 infants in fiscal 2012
BurakuminDesMay. 23, 2013 - 11:14PM JST
Well done, old fella! Most of my uni students are flat out walking up a flight of stairs and prefer the elevator, let alone walking up a damn mountain. If he can inspire some of these couch-potatoes to get active - job done! Good luck to the even older Nepalese bloke - but Ive a suspicion we won't hear much in the media here when he reclaims the record in a few days!
Posted in: Miura becomes oldest person to reach Everest summit
BurakuminDesMay. 23, 2013 - 11:04PM JST
Obviously, this "hotwife" (look it up, non-naughty people) wasn't getting what she wanted in the bedroom from hubby. Maybe he just didn't measure up in that department, and wasn't kinky enough to enjoy the cuckolding scene.
Posted in: Yaguchi apologizes for illicit affair
BurakuminDesMay. 23, 2013 - 08:51AM JST
@ WilliB and Dog - Im just passing on what Ive read 10 minutes ago in the smh.com.au - Reuters/AFP. At least 2 men arrested so far, one after storming a mosque. Apparently some mob called the British Defence League is involved. I agree these events overnight are "just not the British way" - but sadly these events are very real.
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks
BurakuminDesMay. 23, 2013 - 08:11AM JST
News is now coming in that mosques throughout London are coming under attack. Islamists will cop revenge attacks unless they come out and unequivocally condemn these cowardly terrorists and their motives. Awful time to be in London...
BurakuminDesMay. 23, 2013 - 07:53AM JST
Rest in peace to the poor soldier. Footage coming in suggests these cowardly terrorists may have been home-grown British. Shame the police snipers didn't end their worthless lives: they will be "punished" with free bed and halal meals, and be back on the streets one day.
BurakuminDesMay. 21, 2013 - 10:38PM JST
Mikimouse - Hashimoto apologist. You are going to need some solid proof to back up those preposterous claims.
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
BurakuminDesMay. 21, 2013 - 10:27PM JST
@ lucabrasi - all great bands you mentioned there! New Order fanatic myself. RIP Mr. Manzarek - his keyboard work on Light My Fire will always be amazing and incomparable.
Posted in: The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dies at 74
BurakuminDesMay. 21, 2013 - 09:47PM JST
This new Xbox is gonna be yet another reason for my Uni students to sleep through class after being up all night playing the thing!
Posted in: Expectations high for next Xbox
BurakuminDesMay. 21, 2013 - 07:50PM JST
Who'd have thought a short, chubby bloke with bad skin could cause so much drama?! On ya bike, Hashimoto - please confine your bile for the Osakans. Heck - another reason not to go down to that joint!
BurakuminDesMay. 21, 2013 - 05:38PM JST
@NipponNation - "first world nations initiated prostitution".
Funniest joke I've read all day! Please keep the gags rolling, buddy!
BurakuminDesMay. 21, 2013 - 08:54AM JST
The audience has every right to boo if a movie stinks - and by the sounds of things, this does. Miike is probably lucky he didn't have rotten tomatoes thrown at him!
Posted in: Miike's action film gets booed at Cannes
BurakuminDesMay. 19, 2013 - 12:53PM JST
@ kabukilover - male-only cars may work to an extent, but then you'd have the problem of homosexual gropers - which are also a problem in Tokyo.
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
BurakuminDesMay. 19, 2013 - 10:47AM JST
You can always try the old "I was drunk and don't recall anything", if all the above fails. It's a favourite of the japanese salaryman/policeman/school teacher -- however is not always effective in court!
BurakuminDesMay. 19, 2013 - 09:50AM JST
Maybe his food was pretty ordinary and these thugs refused to pay - however there is no reason to then attack a 57 year old. Rest in Peace, and may these killers be locked up for a very long time.
Posted in: German resort island shaken over Japanese chef's murder
BurakuminDesMay. 18, 2013 - 09:16PM JST
@ Upgrayedd - who is going to grow japanese rice in 20 years? Stooped over 100-year-olds?! Bring on the TPP - scrap those tariffs!
Posted in: Abe outlines targets in latest growth strategy
BurakuminDesMay. 18, 2013 - 09:09PM JST
She wasn't so strong up in Fukushima thankfully - but my apartment shook for half a minute or so. Not liking the increased frequency lately...
Posted in: M6.1 earthquake strikes off northeast Japan
BurakuminDesMay. 18, 2013 - 09:03PM JST
@ serendipitous - you make it sound like it was a terrible thing that an Aussie was a judge in the war-crimes tribunal. Why? Who - pray tell - would have been appropriate "non-biased" judges - japanese?!
Anyway - Abe won't be visiting the shrine any time soon, which is why he can only rant about it. He doesn't have the guts - pun intended!
Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
BurakuminDesMay. 15, 2013 - 04:45PM JST
I'm pretty sure it was just a "regrettable co-incidence", however one would expect this temporary PM would have some sharper advisors. Successful japanese companies avoid situations like this to avoid any possible controversy - for example,Subaru in Australia was wise and respectful enough to rename their "Legacy" so as not to upset Aussie war veterans. I doubt Abe has such high calibre advisors.
Posted in: S Korean media slam Abe's 731 jet photo
May. 24, 2013 - 06:54AM JST
The hidden Japan is much more impressive than what's on the surface.......
I disagree, because I've…
Posted in: Places in Japan that made an impact on foreign visitors
May. 24, 2013 - 06:47AM JST
Corrections are inevitable. The stock market usually makes up the losses in few months or so.…
Posted in: Shares close down more than 7%
May. 24, 2013 - 06:38AM JST
so climb Everest risking the lives of your party, or sit in a bath chair. Are…
May. 24, 2013 - 06:34AM JST
Why doesn't the article mention his book title?
Posted in: Wrongfully convicted Nepali man asks for apology from the Japanese government
May. 24, 2013 - 06:32AM JST
CORRECTION Japan's economy is #3