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    Kronos

    The bank’s latest board nominee probably doesn’t yet have a strong view on monetary policy, say people who know him, but he’s already preparing for the job by reading a book by outspoken former BOJ deputy governor Kazumasa Iwata.

    Reading to catch up on what he does not know. Not sure if he is the right man for the job.

    Posted in: 'Man from Toyota' may give BOJ's stimulus a reality check

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    It is difficult to believe Japan has noble intentions with this infrastructure project. As the article indicates, this looks like a competition with the China led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which Japan did not join.

    Japan is late to the party and trying to catch up.

    Posted in: Japan to increase investment in Asian infrastructure

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    People expect blood and get disappointed when they don't get it. Many still think boxing is what it was in 1920s.

    Mayweather is the best at what he does.People may not like his boxing style. They may find him boring. But it gets him wins and that is what it counts at the end of the day. He won this fight fair and square.

    Pacquiao knew what kind of boxer he was facing. He should have prepared accordingly. If you cannot beat your opponent's play style and outwit him in the ring, then you have no right to win the fight. Winning is about forcing your style of fighting on your opponent and dominating him, not expecting your opponent to fight the way that will best suit your style.

    Pacquiao should just retire. He had a brilliant career but it is very clear that his best years are behind him. He was simply outclasses in this fight.

    Posted in: Mayweather beats Pacquiao by decision

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    @ Strangerland

    "...and she came back that the law says that handsets sold after May 1st are provided with this option, and that my handset was purchased before May 1st."

    Similar to what I was told in Docomo. When they say after May 1st, they mean for new generation models, not current ones - at least for iPhones.

    According to J.Farmer's post, Galaxy phones seem to be different.

    Posted in: Mobile phone service operators lift SIM locks

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    He obviously does not know that the rules have changed.

    I asked my wife to call the Docomo store again. I thought my Japanese was not enough.

    Basically they said that they cannot make the iPhone models they are currently selling simfree. They are apparently not built like that (not sure what this means). They said that the next model (i.e. generation) iPhones can be made simfree but not the current ones.

    Posted in: Mobile phone service operators lift SIM locks

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    Kronos

    I am very surprised to read this.

    I just had a talk with a Docomo store about an hour ago to switch from my old garake to an iPhone 6. The guy at the store said there is no simfree option.Very confusing...

    Posted in: Mobile phone service operators lift SIM locks

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    Kronos

    Love him or hate him, Mayweather knows how to win. He fought a smart fight. Pacquiao was simply not good enough to beat him.

    It was a decisive win. No need for a rematch.

    Posted in: Mayweather beats Pacquiao by decision

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    According to BBC and other news sites, the French prosecutor are saying that after the pilot leaves (most probably to go to the toilet), they hear the co-pilot pushing flight control buttons and assume that he started the descent deliberately. They also hear from the flight recorder that he is breathing normally and did not lose consciousness.

    What is even sadder is that the passengers realize what is happening in the last minute as their screams can be heard in the background before the plane crashes. It is just heartbreaking.

    I am not sure what kind of controls an airliner can take for a crazy pilot crashing the plane. Even if you make them take psyc tests, these people can see normal until one day they go over the edge. Very sad indeed. RIP to the victims.

    Posted in: Co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed plane, says French prosecutor

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    Kronos

    Actually this is serious news. Due to extremely close relationships with the business, Nikkei becomes an extension of the companies themselves which is not good from an independent journalism point of view.

    It also raises a lot of question marks if they would publish a "scoop" first if was bad news for the companies they are reporting on. If the company gets upset, they may not "leak" any information in the future, whuch would be bad for business. I do remember they were not that quick on picking up the Olympus news even when foreign press first started talking about it...

    Posted in: Foreign complaints as Nikkei scoops Japan's inside line

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    Kronos

    ...42% of firms plan to raise wages at least as much as last year. Still, many are cautious with 44% undecided.... Last year, monthly average cash earnings rose 0.8%, posting the first gain in four years and the fastest growth in 17 years.

    Should be something similar. Some firms will give a raise but it will not keep with the increase in prices. Then the government will trumpet this as a great achievement.

    Posted in: Gov't pressures companies to raise wages

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    Jordan is not going to accept to exchange the prisoner with Goto. They will prioritize their own citizen. IS also knows this. I fear the pilot is already dead. IS is getting the publicity they want, which is a great shame.

    I am getting very uncomfortable with the way the press is handling this crisis. I would have preferred less exposure and let the governments talk behind closed doors instead of giving these terrorists the satisfaction.

    Posted in: Islamic State issues new threat via Goto to kill Jordanian pilot

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    Kronos

    Amazon then pushes hardest to promote books from publishers who agreed to the most favorable contract terms, which directly impacts how a book sells, they said, confirming a report by the Asahi Shimbun last week.

    Unlike many posters, I actually think this is an issue. Amazon is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sales platforms. Locking small publishers out of the market or directly affecting their sales, is a big market issue. Small publishers do bring variety to the market. Just because consumers are getting lower prices does not mean at Amazon can act this way.

    Posted in: Japanese publishers blast new Amazon book sale rules

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    Kronos

    USD 2 billion is overkill as compared to the sales of other franchises in NBA (Bucks USD 550M, Kings USD 534M, etc...) Even if the Clippers are a better franchise, it is difficult to recover this investment. Ballmer was not a good CEO in Microsoft. This offer proves this fact over again.

    Posted in: Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer to buy Clippers

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    Language barrier is huge problem. In Hong Kong and Singapore, it is easier to do business in English. And note that he mentions "intelligent", by which I assume, he is only talking about qualified candidates.

    Japan had demographics issue, which you cannot fix by deregulation. I would also argue that Japan is already an important financial center.

    He can try, I guess. Got nothing to lose...

    Posted in: Tokyo governor unveils plan to lure foreign business talent

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    Kronos

    Pot, please meet kettle.

    After the NSA fiasco, the allegations are a bit ironic.

    Posted in: U.S. files first charges on hacking, infuriating China

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    Kronos

    Spending money to meet the expense budgets is a very common practice. In my company advertising expense increases towards the year end since the marketers try to use all their allocated budget before year end. Everyone knows that if you do not use that money, you will be allocated less in next year's budget.

    It seems that someone is trying to get back to RIKEN in this STAP debacle and this is the best they can come up with.

    Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine

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    Kronos

    I'd love to know what was going through this captain's head when he decided that it was a good idea to just sail off. I suspect he was more concerned about the storm damaging his precious boat then the lives of the divers.

    Actually there was some news that the police had information that the captain may have left the scene because the boat was running low on fuel. I am more interested in why they are investigating the instructor though. Perhaps it is standard procedure.

    Posted in: Bali boat captain arrested for leaving Japanese divers

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    Kronos

    So, what happened exactly - when will we learn this?

    According to the testimony of the survivors in Japanese newspapers, currently missing Takahashi-san and the deceased Miyata-san got separated from the rescued 4 people as they were trying to climb the reef. Apparently they got swept away by some big waves and never made it to the reef. There were some other news earlier in the day which mentioned that these two had started to show signs of great fatigue before the climb attempt and that Takahashi-san's shoulder (or around her shoulder) may have been injured as well. Considering she is still not found, I think chances of finding her alive are slim to none. I am still keeping some hope though..

    Posted in: Husband joins search in Bali for missing Japanese diver

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    @ tmarie

    I checked the diving company's website and I also think one of the instructors was a man (picture is on the website) but the news keep on saying all of them are women.

    Posted in: No trace of 7 Japanese divers missing off Bali

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    It is very strange that all seven are missing.

    According to the Japanese news, all seven of them including instructors had a lot experience in diving. So I am really curious about what happened.

    According to a local Japanese diving shop owner interviewed by the Japanese press, that location is famous for drift diving, and he points out that it is possible that there may have been a miscommunication between the divers and the boat captain for the dive. But still all seven of them?

    Posted in: No trace of 7 Japanese divers missing off Bali

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