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    gonemad

    Takata acknowledged the concealment but told the Journal that the instances were not related to the airbag explosions.

    Then what else do you hide?

    Posted in: U.S. Takata employees warned of airbag issues: report

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    gonemad

    the quality of fruits shipped from the prefecture is “fully vouched for.”

    What does this mean specifically?

    @Heda_Madness

    Even the farmers said they did not eat the rice** in 2013.**

    137Cs has a half life of 30 years, so the radiation level is practically the same today.

    But as you know things have changed a lot since then and now rice from Fukushima is below the acceptable Japanese levels (well below European acceptable levels).

    What exactly has changed since 2013?

    That said, I still agree with you that most of the food produced in Fukushima should be safe. It's a matter of control and trust in the controls. Just some oyaji politicians munching Fukushima food in front of a TV camera doesn't help to inspire trust...

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    gonemad

    @Illyas, politics is a completely different matter than business and the fact that somebody is attacked from his political foes doesn't mean much if anything. Apart from that, I'm not familiar enough with the details of Trump's career so that I don't want to comment on this particular case. At least he's still successful with his other companies.

    Posted in: Why Europe isn't creating any Googles or Facebooks

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    gonemad

    How come that I already knew the main suspects before reading the article? I think it's time to apply the laws against organized crime, finally.

    Posted in: Swiss authorities probing seven banks for metals price fixing

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    gonemad

    I'd like to add one cultural item to the list, which from my point of view has a big impact: it's the way how society deals with failure. When you start your own company and it fails (which is not rare), in most parts of Europe or Japan you would have a really hard time to find employment again or the capital to start yet another company. Your career is burnt. In contrast, in the US, both companies and venture funds appreciate your experience. Your start-up may have failed, but you still learned a lot of valuable things. It just depends on yourself to get on your feet again.

    Posted in: Why Europe isn't creating any Googles or Facebooks

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    gonemad

    It would have been interesting to get a statistic on how many of those attacks were specifically directed at the local governments versus all the random attacks which all of us are subjected to on a daily basis and which just happened to find a victim in some of their systems.

    Regarding the IT capabilities of public institutions, well, I would be the last one to disagree that there is a lot of ineptitude. But let's not get presumptuous. I have worked in high-tech companies where every single employee except the support staff had a good education and regular update training about IT security. Yet there was always someone to commit even the most stupid mistakes. Almost every day you can read that some IT security company has been hacked - shouldn't they at least know what they're doing and protect themselves? IT manufacturers, even the most renowned market leaders, regularly build incredible flaws into their products. So, when even the tech-savvy can't properly handle IT security, what can you expect from those who still have other jobs to do? How much does it help in this context that always the lowest tender gets awarded for public contracts?

    To put it clear: I think infected systems are the norm rather than the exception these days. For the next couple of years, we will continue to read news like this in ever increasing numbers from all places on the globe.

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    gonemad

    To me, anyway, what the teen put together looked a lot like a bomb

    No personal offense, but that's what happens when people get their knowledge primarily through TV series and Hollywood films. Big red LED display + wires = bomb. I just wonder what will happen next. Will buyers of cheap LED clocks automatically be put on terrorist watch lists?

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    gonemad

    Children don't need censorship. They need parents which care and which they can talk to.

    Posted in: We need to make more efforts to inform parents about using filtering functions to restrict access to harmful websites.

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    gonemad

    Don't get fooled by the word "secondary". It indicates that the water circulation is separated from the primary cycle, but both have to work in order to cool the reactor. Corrosive salt water in the secondary cycle is a serious issue with regard to long term reliability.

    Posted in: Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem

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    gonemad

    I see, but still Japan does not need to follow Britain or any other country.

    @tinawatanabe, why follow the bad examples when there are so many better ones around?

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

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    gonemad

    So what do you stand for? If you think this world is just some big "global union" and everyone is the same, then you don't understand human nature. Let me ask this, for any school that you may have gone to, did you or did you not support any team that the school may have put forth? If so, does that not make you a patriot and proud of that school? If not then I guess you don't care about the rest of the world around you.

    @Alphaape, it may sound like a strange concept to you, but I have never supported any team just because it was the one of my school, university, company, city, country or whatever. Just because I happen to belong to that organization and someone decided to spend my taxes or fees to subsidize a certain team does not make me feel that I should support them. On the other hand, I have always supported the teams, in which my friends played in. And when they won, it made me feel happy, but not proud.

    By the way, as others have pointed out, if you don't want to respect the nation at the university level, it is these university graduates that in the future will be in charge. If all they are interested in is their "own piece" they will have no problems selling out Japan just to justify their own self interests.

    It's exactly by teaching to revere empty symbols that you get people who are only interested in their own profit. Instead, you should teach them how they can contribute to society or the organization they belong to. When they see the success of their contribution, they have something to be proud of.

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

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    gonemad

    This is the top headline in the politics section while at the same time three dead cats make the top headline in the crime section. I'm quite sure there are many more important issues...

    Posted in: Obama, Abe to dine on fusion food with Hawaiian twist

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    gonemad

    but a heartfelt apology isn't facing up to history?

    The problem is, such a heartfelt apology from Japan doesn't exist. Yes, some few representatives have apologized and while I believe their intention was honest, this isn't the case any more for the current generation of Japanese (politicians). While Abe is still beating the bush, all his comments and all his actions show that for him an apology is nothing but a lip service to appease the neighbors. I can't say how Korean or Chinese people feel about it, but for me Abe's disingenuousness is even worse than no apology at all.

    Posted in: 2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni shrine

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    gonemad

    Still, there is too much speculation here. It is unknown whether the sick leave certificate had anything to do with his mental illness. The kind of illness is not written on the certificate. Furthermore, it is unknown whether the doctor who treated him knew anything about his job. Health insurance data does not typically include the profession.

    Prosecutors in Duesseldorf, where Lubitz had an apartment, said the psychotherapy occurred over an extended period before he received his pilot’s license, and that medical records referred to “suicidal tendencies.” They provided no dates.

    When it was before he received his pilot's license, then probably doctors didn't know anything about his future profession. Whom should they have warned and how?

    All pilots must undergo regular medical checks that include a cursory psychological evaluation, according to Dr. Hans-Werner Teichmueller, the agency’s head. But such tests rely on patients being honest with their doctors, and even a seriously mentally unstable person would have been able to put a “mask” on for the investigation, he said.

    The key point is that without cooperation of the pilot, medical evaluations will find anything but the most extreme cases. Is there any incentive for the pilot to cooperate? His career will fail and then...? To me, it looks like pilots have every reason to hide mental illness from their employer. How can we win over pilots to cooperate?

    Posted in: German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies

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    gonemad

    In other words, US auto makers want to sell polluting and dangerous cars in Japan.

    While I don't agree with the "dangerous" here, the first part is right. Main concern of US makers is the progressive taxing with the strong preference of kei cars. The US is the only(?) developed country which has no progressive taxing based on engine displacement or emissions, which results on comparatively large engines developed for and sold in the US market. Although the additional tax burden over the lifetime of the vehicle is rather small compared to the price differences of different cars, cars with such large engines are almost unsellable in Japan. It shows that the psychological control effect of the taxes is more effective than the purely economical impact of the higher fuel consumption. Since the (addressable) market is obviously judged too small to justify developments specifically for the Japanese market, US makers turn instead towards complaining about alleged non-tariff barriers.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan have significant gaps on auto market access

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    gonemad

    Sorry, but this is only because Germany and Sweden threatened to mirror Japan's practice of individually inspecting each and every new car, and increasing the distribution costs of foreign cars.

    The individual inspection is only required (for any importer, from whatever country) when you don't have a type approval. Thus it is only relevant when you plan to import just a few cars, so mainly for small series luxury cars. The same kind of procedure exists in the US and Europe, btw.

    If you want to buy an American car in Japan, you will have to pay about 1/3 more for it than it would cost in America.

    You know that price is determined by supply and demand, not by cost.

    Ford has produced some of Europe's best selling cars, like the Cortina, Fiesta, Focus, and the ever popular Combi. All of these were available with RHD, yet, despite all being the world's top-selling cars, you will never see one in Japan.

    These cars were/are developed and made in Europe and it has been Ford's policy for a long time to favour US made models in many markets. It is only since a couple of years that a more globalized thinking started at Ford, and GM for that matter.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan have significant gaps on auto market access

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    gonemad

    This is completely false. Safety and emissions standards are higher in America and Europe than they are in Japan. No car made for the domestic Japanese market may be sold in America, as these cars do not meet minimum safety requirements. Japanese cars sold in America must have heavier bumpers, door reinforcements, and gas tanks relocated before they can be sold in America. No car made in America requires any modification whatsoever to be sold in Japan.

    @sangetsu03: if what you write were true, then why do US makers complain? Fact is that there are different requirements and you cannot cannot simply sell cars made according one country's requirements in the other without making modifications. It goes both ways and when you call it a non-tariff trade barrier, then the US has probably more than Japan. There are discussions ongoing between the relevant authorities in all major industrialized countries on a unification of the (emission) standards, but there is still a very long way to go.

    What I'm afraid of is that TPP will rather be a step back in this context. Maybe the partners will agree to accept each other's standards to some extent, on the basis of the lowest common requirements. On the other hand, TPP will cement existing requirements where any future improvements with regard to safety or pollution have to be agreed by all trade partners. Japan or California moving ahead with emission standards like in the past will practically not happen any more.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan have significant gaps on auto market access

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    gonemad

    Well, there are always two sides to every question. What do you do when you are small company with some patents, which you offer for license to one of the large corporations. They chose to ignore you and use your invention in their products, assuming that you are too small to have the resources to fight them in court without putting your own business in danger. Then, one of your options is to sell your patents to the so-called patent trolls. You get at least some money, get rid of the risks and can focus on your key business. This is absolutely not an unusual case.

    The problem is not the non-practicing entities, but rather the quality of the patent granting process. Especially the USPTO is known to be rather poor in terms of filtering out prior art or trivial "inventions" and it is based on deliberate political decisions, driven by the lobbies of the large corporations. You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

    Posted in: Mazda joins network to counter litigation by patent trolls

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    gonemad

    It would seem that in Germany (and probably many western countries) doctors don't inform the employers of their patients if they have a mental illness such as depression even though the patient's work is as critical as an airline pilot. Sounds like it is time for a change in the laws and if anyone disagrees then do a web search as to how many people have been killed by airline pilots going over the edge and crashing their aircrafts.

    @Hawkeye: as a result, people with depression or other mental problems will lose trust and not consult doctors any more when they fear their career may be disrupted. Things would become worse instead of better. But perhaps some regular and mandatory screening by the airline companies could be a solution.

    Posted in: Germanwings co-pilot hid illness prior to crash

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    gonemad

    “By winning the upcoming elections, let us bring the dawn, a new morning to Japan, as we emerge out of a period of darkness,” Abe said.

    Political lingo for "I don't want to tell you my plans, as the truth would just put you off..."

    laying the groundwork to push controversial legislation, including bills to expand the role of the Japanese military.

    This is his real aim.

    Since returning to power over two years ago, Abe has issued a series of big-spending stimulus programs to boost the economy, assisted by aggressive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan

    The first one is the same like Japan has tried so many times in the last two decades - without any lasting success at all. The only result was the tremendous public debt. The second is being tried in many other countries with no visible success so far. All the cheap money goes into new financial bubbles and additional public debt, but doesn't touch the earth. Companies sit on vast amounts of money. How should even more cheap money motivate them to invest more? Consumers to see any of the cheap money. No incerease in salaries. Interest rates have always be record low in the last two decades, so why suddenly take a loan now? Obviously, monetary easing just helps to increase public debt ever more. Without corresponding inflation, it's a recipe for disaster. Economic growth and inflation obviously need the 3rd arrow, but as long as that is limited to nationalistic propaganda, Japan continues to head into disaster, faster than ever.

    The Japanese government now consumes more than 1/3 of GDP

    @sangetsu: this is about the lowest of all industrialized countries, only undercut by Switzerland. Typical rates are in the 45-55% range. Just to put your comment into perspective. Otherwise I fully agree with you. Japan does not need less government spending, but different government spending.

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