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  • 5

    Kronos

    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

  • 6

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 0

    Kronos

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 12

    Kronos

    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

  • -12

    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

  • 14

    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

  • 1

    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

  • 2

    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

  • 1

    Kronos

    @ 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

  • 4

    Kronos

    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

  • 2

    Kronos

    Another money making scheme. It seems there is some sort of event almost every two months.

    Posted in: What do you think about the way Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan?

  • 2

    Kronos

    What I feel is not pressure. But I feel the expectation from a lot of people

    Actually, that is pressure.

    Thanks for your efforts Takanashi-san. Looking forward to seeing you jump in the coming competitions.

    Posted in: Vogt takes first women's gold in ski jump; Takanashi 4th

  • 0

    Kronos

    Sad thing is Nikkei is highly affected by foreign investors' trades which shows that domestic investor demand not strong (or has flattened). No worries though. Once Abe forces the Japan Pension Fund to buy stocks and ask BOJ to print more money, they will rise again.

    Posted in: Stocks close 1.62% lower

  • 0

    Kronos

    Interesting comment from Mr. Harner.

    It is really debatable whether with only 20% of production in Japan and majority of the executive positions held by foreigners, Nissan is truly a Japanese company, albeit what the Japanese might think. They already have plans to increase their capacity abroad (especially in Mexico) substantially. They have already been quite global but whether this will impact the quality and image of their products any more than it already does, time will tell.

    I, for one, believe that Mr. Ghosn's shine has worn off recently after his wrong bet that electric cars would gain market share quickly and his aggressive project 88 targets. I would be very interested to learn who his successor would be. I highly doubt he/she would be Japanese.

    Posted in: Under Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has been aggressively forming overseas joint ventures, locating new plants and R&D outside of Japan, to a degree that threatens to dilute and weaken the Japanese stylistic, quality, and “feel” characteristic that make Japanese cars competitive.

  • 4

    Kronos

    Softbank was aggresivly renting people's houses' rooftops for its solar panels. I wonder if that project is succesful..

    Posted in: Japan's solar dream shatters as projects fail

  • 11

    Kronos

    Personally, I am quite happy with the fact that Japan is not under the effect of other main stream religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc...). Those bring nothing but headache. I hope Japan never falls under the sway of such religions.

    Posted in: How religious are Japanese people?

  • 1

    Kronos

    The government punished JAL for not choosing Boeing.

    Is it not the other way around? I thought the JAL's decision to purchase Airbus came after the government's decision over Haneda spots. Perhaps it was JAL's response to the Haneda decision.

    Posted in: JAL eyes legal action against gov't over Haneda landing slots

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