Kronos's past comments

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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?

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    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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    Kronos

    All the positions listed here require a very high level - if not native level - Japanese skills.

    For compliance positions, you almost always have to be Japanese since there is lots of interaction with the Japanese Financial Services Agency. You should also be able to knowledgeable in the local compliance, labor laws, etc... Quite though for a foreigner.

    The comment regarding return of operations functions back to Japan may be true for Japanese banks (if it ever happened) but foreign banks / securities companies are still heavily invested in shared service centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and India. I know some headhunters who are seeking for people with Japanese skills in Singapore back offices to serve Japanese clients in Japan. Perhaps language barrier became too much of an issue. However I would not expect a huge influx back. Talent is still much cheaper outside of Japan.

    Posted in: Japan’s banking industry needs top talent

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    Kronos

    Honestly speaking, it was very difficult for Turkey to win due to its recent doping scandals and the tremendous amount of spending they had to make on their infrastructure.

    Posted in: IOC played safe for 2020, committee members say

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    Kronos

    Another item to add to the list: Husband takes control of the money.

    Posted in: 10 simple ways to ruin a Japanese wife’s day

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    Kronos

    Spin doctors.

    According to BBC, consumer prices actually fell 0.1 % when rise in fuel prices are taken out (fuel, water, gas - 6.4% increase in July from a year earlier)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23894279

    Posted in: Consumer prices rise at fastest pace since late 2008

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    @ Chamkun

    Nakazawa-San does not have to be a historian. He wrote the manga based on his experiences of the atom bomb and what he has witnessed personally during those times. I think the fact that this manga is unique in describing what actually happened during those times is commendable.

    I think it is arguable whether this manga should be accessible to elementary school children considering its graphic nature. But I would also argue it should be available starting from classes where students start learning Japanese history.

    As for brainwashing, re-writing history books to exclude what the Imperial Army actually did in WW2 is just another form of it, don't you think?

    Posted in: 'Barefoot Gen' comic stirs history controversy

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    Kronos

    I just cannot get my mind around this. These are the rape news that we hear of. I'm sure there are many others that we don't know about. Not only that, the rapists either do not get caught or get away with light punishments. Is rape part of Indian culture?

    Posted in: Gang rape of photojournalist shocks Indian financial city Mumbai

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    Kronos

    I give her points for originality.

    Boss : Why were you late? Woman: I was tied up.

    Posted in: Woman found bound at home tied herself up to avoid going to work

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    Kronos

    Initially, the rise in the consumption tax would cover the shortfall in the national pensions. Is that still the purpose?

    Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government should go ahead with the planned sales tax hikes?

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    Kronos

    "bonuses" are simply delayed salary. Not real extra money bonuses. Scrap this stupid system and just include with the monthly salary

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    Not really. I believe until the financial crisis in 2008, there was a belief in Japan that bonuses were guaranteed and part of your salary. Even in the mortgage loan documents, there is the option to make double payments at bonus times. However it is still technically a bonus and in the firm's discretion. My Japanese wife's department's 2009 average bonus was something like 3 man JPY in 2009, which was practically nothing. But yes, they still got a "bonus".

    Firms love to keep these payments as bonuses since it gives them the flexibility to adjust their costs. But still it is money where employees do not know how much they will get until they see it in their bank accounts. And you cannot make a budget or plan big cash outflows when you do not know how much money you will get.

    If Japanese firms are really serious about supporting the Japanese economy, they really need to increase the wages substantially and need to hire more permanent employees. Until then "bonuses increased by xx%" news really do not mean much.

    Posted in: Summer bonuses up by 4.99% among major companies

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    Kronos

    Go somewhere else and come back when there is no or less line.

    Posted in: Long wait

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    Kronos

    If the aim is to keep an increased and sustained consumption level, then not bonuses but salaries have to increase.

    There is a big difference between getting an increased salary every month rather than waiting for a periodic bonus, which - being a bonus - may fluctuate depending on the performance of the company and is not guaranteed to be paid as many have found out in the financial crisis.

    Posted in: Summer bonuses up by 4.99% among major companies

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