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    motytrah

    I love how suspects are always considerably "thinner" after coming out of a Japanese clink.

    He wasn't in real prison. Tokyo Detention House is a cake walk compared actual J-Prisons that have real documented human rights abuses.

    I've been told that the US started invoking a long unused Status of Forces provision that allows for them to provide meals to US military personnel serving sentences in J-Prision. Apparently in the some kid came out of J-Prision with organ damage from malnutrition.

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    motytrah

    These people do know there's negative population growth?

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    motytrah

    Every time I hear about drugs in bags I think of the story a few years back how the J-Cops in NRT put a couple kilos of pot in some unsuspecting passengers bag to test a drug sniffing dog. And then lost track of the bag.

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    motytrah

    Most of the incursions of airspace are never reported in the media unless civilian controllers are involved. Although sometimes there's some political gain to be made by making hay about stuff. It happens on both sides.

    Short term Russia is going back to the USSR playbook because they have new found petro money to support these childish games. Long term it's stupid because the rest of the world is racing towards alternative energy. When petro prices crash what will Russia have?

    Posted in: Japan scrambles jets to intercept plane believed to be Russian

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    motytrah

    Welcome to the Party Japan. My NATO friends have been playing "I'm not touching you" in the air with the Russians for about a decade now. Russia violates other countries airspace on a daily basis.

    Posted in: Japan scrambles jets to intercept plane believed to be Russian

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    motytrah

    The U.S. military can only remain in Japan at the pleasure of the Japanese government.

    Correct. In fact Japan pays the US a couple billion dollars annually for the protection. Mind you it's a huge jobs program for the Japanese since the US employes a substantial number of civilians.

    Posted in: Blast destroys warehouse at U.S. military base in Sagamihara

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    motytrah

    Even if Abe said "the right things" it's not going to make a dent in Chinese relationships. China is very interested in bolstering itself with nationalism. Having tense relations with Japan helps out with that greatly. No matter what Abe says it will be spun in state controlled Chinese media to serve a pre-defined narrative.

    What I think is short sighted is the rest of the neighbors. Japan should have been spending the last decade brown nosing everyone who's not China. If that means you stop visiting some war shine so be it. Instead no one really gets along too well and that creates a huge opening for China to project power. China uses that to start gobbling up other countries resources.

    At least when the US decides they want natural resources we pay royalties to whoever happens to be in charge of the country. China just declares it part of their economic zone and sends in the fishing boats and oil rigs.

    Posted in: Ghosts of WW2 haunt East Asia as Abe prepares statement

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    motytrah

    The factory makes the North American Exclusive Outlander. A charitable review said:

    Acceleration with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder won't stir your soul. If you mainly drive in town, you'll find its performance adequate, but there's really not enough power here for pleasurable highway travel. Thanks to the nature of the Outlander's CVT, accelerating up to freeway speeds has the engine at high rpm for prolonged periods of time, and the resulting noises are less than appealing.

    Union's didn't make the car slow, Japanese executives did. Honda and Toyota build a lot of cars in the North America but seem to be much more in touch with what the consumer wants. It's actually pretty sad because while the reviews decry the lack of power in the car they all are extremely complimentary of the build quality and interior fit. Spending $500 on a turbo for the 4-cylinder would go a long way.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors to end U.S. production

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    motytrah

    The only plant with UAW unions working and the only Japanese car company to shut down totally.... hmmmm...

    Mitsubishi has been doing so bad in the US that there has been serious talk about them leaving the North American market.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors to end U.S. production

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    motytrah

    The French (parisian) have the reputation for a reason, though I've never had any issues when in Paris. I have heard a number of my French contacts talk with distain about dealing with Chinese tourists. I think that's the most likely reason she was snubbed.

    Posted in: Another Japanese celebrity claims discrimination in France; netizens not so sympathetic

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    motytrah

    No offense, but studies cite that AEDs are more effective. One study showed Neurologically intact survival was 49.6 with an on-site AED while just 14.3% without an AED. Effectiveness of CPR has always been fairly low though those are real lives being saved. He is right in stating that a lot of people are not comfortable administering an AED and that's the real problem.

    Posted in: Helping to save lives

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    motytrah

    I've known several companies that have bought into the outsourcing model Accenture and IBM tout. Short term it looks good on the balance sheet, but towards the end of the contract costs become bloated and velocity slows to a snails pace. Many companies go back to in-house IT at the end of their contracts. Some cut out the middle man and bid directly to the Indian firms (Disney rather famously did that with a multi-billion IBM contract).

    Posted in: Eisai signs global IT outsourcing contract with Accenture

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    motytrah

    Nice they still make so many in Japan. they certainly would be if the yen was at 80~90yen/$1

    Most of Honda's North American car production is made in North America. Toyota is pretty much the same. Even Porsche and Mercedes makes a good chunk of their cars in North America.

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    motytrah

    I had some friends who were posted in NATO. According to them the Russians started routinely violating European Airspace about 8 years ago. It was only a matter of time before the Chinese followed suit. China is stubborn but they have skin in the game for world trade. Russia on the other hand doesn't have a lot to lose and is quite happy playing some very dangerous games. Moreover the Anti-US/West/Japan sentiment in Russia is far worse among the general population compared to the cold war days. We're in for some very bad days.

    Posted in: Japan scrambling warplanes as often as during Cold War era

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    motytrah

    My NATO buddies have been complaining about the Russians flying into EU territory ... for the last decade. It's not surprising to see Russia take advantage of the situation. Given the domestic decline in Russia then need a distraction. I would not put it past Putin to make a play in "disputed territories". If Japan wants to play in this space they're going to need a lot more planes and people. They are competing against China who is simply building their own Islands to create a tidy little military bases.

    Posted in: Japan says jets scrambling at record pace to counter Chinese, Russian intrusions

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    motytrah

    The concern for the network is if she becomes famous the story will become a scandal in the tabloids. I think this was the best play for all parties concerned. Since the story has already run it's course it inoculates the employee and employer from future bad publicity.

    Posted in: NTV settles with college girl; offers her announcer position

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    motytrah

    I'd take Japan's high speed train safety record over China's any day.

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    motytrah

    Looks like China and Japan have something in common after all, Draconian Drug Laws.

    In the grand scheme of things they are pretty lucky. There are plenty of places in Asia where the penalty would be death.

    Posted in: Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

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    motytrah

    Well they were both in a comical for the DS Ocarina of Time 3D port. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bINUfbLV_0M

    Posted in: Fans ask Nintendo to name 'Zelda' character after Robin Williams

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    motytrah

    Very true. A lot of lessons can be learned, but a lot is not. At least in Germany's case, having spent half of my younger years in Germany, there's always discussion about the war and Germans are very direct and forward and honest about their role and atrocities that the Nazis committed, unlike Japan, where you sometimes need to be careful when you engage the topic.

    In the 60s and 70s it wasn't exactly easy to find the concentration camps in Germany. Things changed in the late 70s and 80s. Many people think a lot of it was because of German participation in NATO really forced the dialog. They had to count on the member nations to stick together to defend against the Soviets. For whatever reason that hasn't happened Japan even with the large US presence.

    Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young

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