Kronos's past comments

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    Kronos

    How nice. Soon, companies like UBER do not have to bother with employees - sorry, contractors - anymore.

    Posted in: Google, Uber form coalition to promote self-driving cars

  • 0

    Kronos

    Creepy. I would not want one of these in my neighbourhood. If there is no space in crematoriums, please use a morgue.

    Also

    Unlike other such morgues-in-disguise, which try to blend in by looking like hotels, Sousou doesn’t refrigerate corpses, relying on air conditioned rooms instead

    What about summer when the heat is unbearable?

    Posted in: Japan's corpse hotels upset some of the neighbors

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    Kronos

    BOJ should deposit money to each person's account directly.

    The cash made available to banks and companies are not passing to the public, which are the intended recipients. Just remit it directly.

    it should also be a decent size of payment so that people's mortgage and child raising expenses are eased. That will free up cash for other consumption.

    Time for unorthodox measurements.

    Posted in: Consumer prices, household spending fall in March

  • 0

    Kronos

    I am a bit surprised to hear that they are used as evacuation shelters.

    Posted in: Parents troubled as nurseries remain closed in quake-hit Kumamoto

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    Kronos

    I think one has to read the between the lines here a bit.

    First of all, there is no way of knowing whether he gambled or not. It is just his word. And I don't think illegal casinos will provide any evidence about their clients.

    Then there is the question that how he knew about these places. Since - assuming - these places are run by the Yaks, you need to have direct connections with the Yaks or need to know someone who does. These are not comfortable thoughts.

    On top of that, doesn't Japan have strict laws regarding not to have an dealings with those who are connected to organized crime? In my company, we have such a specific clause with all the employees and clients.

    And national team players are held to higher standards than the normal public.

    It seems quite logical to me that he is removed from the team.

    Posted in: Another badminton player yanked from squad as casino scandal deepens

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    Kronos

    Should we assume that the software firms will take full responsibility in case of an accident as well? At the end it is the software that tells the hardware what to do. How about moral decisions? Sacrifice the passenger instead of causing more casualties in an accident.

    I think driverless cars are in humans' future but not anytime soon.

    Posted in: Driverless taxi start-up eyes partnerships with automakers

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    Kronos

    The committee, however, said the former executives received a report by June 2009 that the plant could be hit by tsunami as high as 15.7 meters and that they “failed to take pre-emptive measures knowing the risk of a major tsunami."

    If the only charge they face is for the tsunami, they will acquit.

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    Kronos

    In court, Muto admitted to all charges against her and also reached an out-of-court settlement with the victims family.

    It seems that the court may have considered the settlement in their decision.

    Posted in: Company president gets five years’ probation for killing employee

  • 4

    Kronos

    What is the impact on cars in Japan? Are they being recalled as well? If so, which brands and how many? It would be nice to know. I assume Takata supplied the airbags to local cars as well.

    Posted in: Up to 90 million more Takata airbag inflators may face U.S. recalls

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    Kronos

    Collaborative consumption is a more accurate potreyal of this rising economy. A good trend I think that takes power away from large companies and distibutes it to the people. Yes, Airbnb are making huge profits but joe pulbic running the guest houses, rooms etc are getting a much larger share of the profits than they would if they were simply hotel employees.

    Not hotel employees, hotel owners. Joe Public is also sidestepping regulations which other honest hotel / guest house owners are abiding by. It is unfair competition. The playfield should be the same for everyone. Other people who are abiding by the rules are honest, hard working people. They do not deserve their hard work to be undermined by those who have no regard for rules and regulations.

    Every company wants free labor and no rules, but it does not mean that it will be good for the society in general.

    Posted in: 'Sharing economy' surge creates labor conundrum

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    Kronos

    Just make sure they account for it properly.

    Posted in: Toshiba releases 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor for smartphones and tablets

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    Kronos

    In the original news, the sentence after this reads

    "The real challenge for the stadium has been agreeing an acceptable construction cost against the backdrop of steep annual increases in construction costs in Tokyo and a fixed dead."

    It is difficult for us armchair critics to know exactly how much of the overrun is coming from the design and how much from the corrupt Japanese politicians and construction industry. However having lived in Japan for a long time, it is probably more of the latter than the former.

    Posted in: It is not the case that the recently reported cost increases are due to the design, which uses standard materials and techniques well within the capability of Japanese contractors, and meets the budget set by the Japan Sports Council.

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    Kronos

    Not much comment if anyone is also looking into whether the auditors had any fault or not. Booking of revenues and expenses should have been vigorously checked by the auditors.

    Still Toshiba's auditor is Ernst & Young. After Lehman, Olympus, and Noble there is this. Serious questions should be asked as to how they are conducting their audits.

    Posted in: Toshiba accounting errors may be over Y100 bil

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    Kronos

    Actually, I find it quite logical that Turkey does not want to get involved in this mess directly. They would be marching into war with opponents right across their border, where crossings are very difficult to control. They are already dealing with the immense number of refugees almost by themselves. Why should they go into open war on top of that?

    Those countries who are cheering for war are sending troops across the world to fight enemies they see on television, not those across their borders.

    Posted in: Thousands of Syrian refugees flee into Turkey

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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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    Kronos

    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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    Kronos

    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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    Kronos

    @ 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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    Kronos

    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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