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browny1Oct. 30, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
Hidingout - the world financial collapse impacted the world not just Japan.
And I see little connection between world financial collapse and gross nepotism, cronyism, pork-barrelling et al.
eg The shocking mismanagement of the Pension Fund - almost too ridiculous to believe.
Construction industry run amok operating as a private govt within the govt.
The farcical monitoring of the Power Industry esp nuclear.
The failure to establish long term workable education goals for 21st c (flip flop every few years)???
etc etc etc
Posted in: Abe's agenda challenged as scandals mount
browny1Oct. 30, 2014 - 08:56AM JST
Hiding out - while you make much of Abe's glowing report card over the past couple of years, he had a lot to work on didn't he?
The ailments of Japan were brought on not by an acknowledged sloppy DLP, but the very same party Abe presides over - the gob-smackingly incestuous LDP with all it's pockets of vested interests festering over the decades.
Japan didn't suddenly fail when DLP took power ( blundering naivety and arguably the greatest natural disaster in modern history surely aided the confusion), but the die was cast long long ago. Abe and his minions are just faithfully carrying on the work of their predecessors.
And the greatest problem to deal with, while not directly LDP's cause - the ongoing Tohoku calamity - is a sad sad indictment of the inadequacies of Abe co.and how collusion clouds clarity.
browny1Oct. 29, 2014 - 06:55PM JST
hidingout - the ldp are the masters of "cheap political gamesmanship" and have used it to full advantage to rule the country for the best part of 6 decades. Research and you'll stuff in abundance.
The ldp's relentless attacking after losing power over minor bits of fluff was puerile in the least.
I'm all for sticking it to them - no sympathy from me for gilded spooners set up for life's calling.
browny1Oct. 27, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
Nenad - thank you for your comments.
Firstly - Nowhere did I complain Kurosawa butchered King Lear. I posed a question for comment - NOT a complaint.
And it was posed as a response to your suggestion about the butchering of 47 Ronin - which I suggested has a well worn history of flexible adaptations - some of them far from the truth. Please research. And are you privy to some secret data stating whether "Japanese" wanted to or didn't want to see K Reeves?
And before commenting on Big Hero I'll wait untiil I've seen it. I'm always wary of those who comments are critical of films even before viewing. Like all art forms, movies are subjective in nature and will appeal to some and not to others, but we really need to experience the work in order to truly comment.
And I agree, as millions of others do, "Frozen" & "BigHero" appear to be different films with different characters, different story lines, different empathies etc so I suspect they will not have the same appeal.
And I also can see numerous examples in daily life here that do agree do with you on your final comment - there is no seperation between kids and grown ups.
Posted in: Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film
browny1Oct. 26, 2014 - 03:03PM JST
Coco - no probs!
Nenad - 47 ronin has a history of being a base story for a multitude of interpretations, often playing loosely with the historical account. In fact a whole industry has developed over the years - almost exclusiovely in Japan - so K Reeves movie was nothing out of the ordinary. Did Kurosawa butcher King Lear?
And I think many Japanese animation fans will enjoy the Big Hero. It appears to have elements pleasing to most, so I hope to seee it soon.
browny1Oct. 26, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
Great Game for Tiger fans. Just all coming together now these past few weeks.
JT - how about an update or game review. I'm sure many are interested.
Posted in: Japanese baseball result
browny1Oct. 25, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
Reminds me of what James Cameron the director (terminator, aliens, avatar etc) said recently - Sky Network is already here.
Posted in: Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think
browny1Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:53AM JST
This would mean cutting off the parasitic 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th tiers of labor scavengers - often with yakuza links - and taking appropriate responsibility for the overseeing and management of a crisis-borne dilemma.
And at the moment, the spooners and comp. demi-gods have neither the inclination or power to do such.
Posted in: TEPCO and the government should improve the work environment while taking into account the long-term decommissioning processes, and also make efforts to educate workers to improve their techniques.
browny1Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:45AM JST
Frungy - I agree.
The current situation of long term stays is a drain on valuable funds (of course benefiting institutuions), which could / should be diverted to establishing community health services, networks and support systems.
At the moment many beds are filled because of a lack of alternatives, and as the world's # 1 aging society, Japan should be aggressively pursuing 21c substitutes for the all-too-easy system of leaving patients in beds forever.
Posted in: There's no doubt hospital stays are too long in Japan. Shortening them would allow more patients to be moved through the system.
browny1Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:23AM JST
Coconut - strange as it may seem - Big Hero 6 is a REMAKE of a Marvel Comic. The original is set in a Japanesque mega-city with the same hero - Hiro as the animation.
I remember reading this comic about 12 years ago in an airport.
browny1Oct. 18, 2014 - 10:49PM JST
strangerland - thanks for commenting on my numbers.
By millions, I meant millions - 10mill, 12 mill, 18mill, 25mill - who knows at the mo. At any rate, all of which equates to $100, 000s. And that is just the suspected amount at this point in time for theater tickets, baby clothes, leeks, baseball tickets and other sundry items.
And I wholeheartedly agree with you re it's disrespectful to the tax payers. I'd actually take it a step further and call it theft from the tax payers.
Posted in: Obuchi under pressure to resign over political donations misuse
browny1Oct. 18, 2014 - 06:45PM JST
Stephanie - it IS a big deal.
I'll never forget how jiminto hounded Maeda of minshuto over receiving a 5 man(few hundred dollars) donation from an 88year(?) old woman who was a life time family friend, and - oh - happened to be of korean descent.It was disgusting and played up as a national security issue.
Here, Obuchi, a mere cut-out promoted by the obuchi clan machinations (as schopenhaauer pointed out), misused funds to the tune of millions of yen (100,000s of $), so she and the clan cronies should expect to get the full bench-press. The only rising star she represents is the star in abe's eyes when he mists over the good ol' days.
And the only idiotic thing in all of this, is why such corruption has gone on unabated, without heavy scrutiny over the decades - weak opposition and weaker media.
browny1Oct. 18, 2014 - 01:35PM JST
Strange going ons.
Itami is govt. owned 100% through the New Kansai International Airport Corp. Currently they are seeking tenders to take over the management(together with Kanku) so as to nullify their colossal debts.
At such a stage, why would they turn a blind eye to gang-connected standover tactics being openly and illegally used?
Smells of Amakudari.
Posted in: Kansai taxis flout laws in quest for more lucrative business
browny1Oct. 17, 2014 - 03:27PM JST
marcelito - NHK already minimized this on last nights 9:00 news. It reported it, but went into far less detail than news station @ 10:00 (which is to be expected).
But the classic comment was made by nhk's anchor when he said to the effect that " I hope she can correct this quickly so she can return to her important duties esp nuclear energy"
Investigative, questioning journalism at it's best.
Posted in: Obuchi apologizes after political funds misuse reports
browny1Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:21AM JST
MiracleM - thanks for the welcomed insight into the legalities.
Nichia had a legal obligation and not just a so called moral obligation.
So they suffered.
Posted in: Nobel winner Nakamura was salaryman who took on bosses
browny1Oct. 12, 2014 - 02:27PM JST
Nathalieb - your summary covers the case well.
Cleo - you raise the question often of why Nichia is getting flak. Well, as I posted earlier, their credibiility took a huge dive for me years ago when they trotted out the "Woe is us" claim that the LED development had reapt no windfall but in fact they had lost on it. The figures they produced at the time were absurdly huge. They publicly painted themselves into a corner over this and came out looking cheap, mean and lying.
I, as well as you and all the other posters, are not privy to details of 20 years of Nichia company life or Nakamura's same 20 years of employment, so supposition is just that, supposition.
But I do know as fact, the way Nichia handled itself, was consistent with stand-over tactics used by many companies and they backfired, losing credibility.
So I feel comfortable to view them negatively.
browny1Oct. 11, 2014 - 06:50PM JST
gaijininfo - now that's a bold statement - "businesses don't exist to give people jobs".
However - "businesses cannot exist without jobs"
Hence "jobs are an integral part of a businesses survival"
And "long term survival is certainly short circuted by panic job decision making".
Scaredy. rabbit-in-the-headlights hiring programs won't cut it in the long run.
Yoshiyona tried that and it's name is mud.
Posted in: As volumes and profits have dropped in many Japan McDonald’s restaurants, managers have tried to switch to cheaper part-time workers, to reduce hours, and generally to increase the stress level on employees.
browny1Oct. 09, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
Tessa - I agree, as I posted earlier - there are always 2 or more sides. You've heard 1 side from a person and I actually have heard a side also from a person who lived and worked in Annan town. Who to believe.
My story was Nakamura was maybe a head strong person who didn't like to hear no for an answer. This caused consternation at times esp when you're the younger junior element of the process. He had the support of some but maybe lost that after treading on toes. So he went his own way - and yes he was using Nichia funds & facilities in doing so. So it seems his disrespectful manner indirectly contributed to his success. Right or Wrong!!!
In all of this though, one thing really stuck in my craw years ago when the first hearings and trial was on. When Nakamura first claimed a % or bonus was due to him, Nichia had it's accounting / legal bods draw up reams of "evidence" which stated that actually the led has earnt us no money at all, and that this research has cost untold millions and we are in the red over it. This was publicly announced and reported repeatedly.
It seemed like such a slimy cop out years ago and still does now. An attempt to bully and discredit the "outlaw". They didn't need to go that way but they did and lost huge credibility. A joke really.
And as I and others see it, Nakamura's gripe was not just the money, but the institutionalized hypocrisy and discrimatory practices played out by the educational and corporate world. They exist everywhere, but going against the grain here, in Japan , will soon have you planed over.
browny1Oct. 09, 2014 - 01:29PM JST
Cleo - I appreciate your comments - but I believe you haven't read through much of the background info re Nakamura.
Always 2 sides(or more) to every story, but in this case I'll side mostly with Nakamura. The other side(s) have a handful of points to be respected, against Nakamura's bucket loads.
It's not new news. It's been out there for yonks. Also interesting is when he won the Millenium Technology Prize (the equivalent of the Nobel for technology) in 2006 he was not exactly heralded in Japan.
browny1Oct. 09, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
Essentially means nought - because as recently as this week the electricity supply monoliths (tepco & co) have decided to not accept energy from renewable sources.
One industry spokesperson said yesterday that solar energy production is unstable so we can't accomodate it. But no comment when the non-acceptance included energy from private thermal sources available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Too much is invested in their nuclear dream and control - can't bear the thought of change outside their sphere.
Posted in: As long as the world was dependent on fossil and uranium fuels for energy supply, Japan was a resource-poor country. On the other hand, when technologies are economically available to harvest renewable energy, Japan can become one of the energy-rich countries in the world using the large resources of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energies available among the Japanese islands.
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