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    A Brit friend of mine loved to restore old Range Rovers. He used to joke, "Why don't the British make computers anymore? They couldn't figure out a way to make them leak oil."

    Posted in: Jaguar Land Rover drives to success in Japan

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    All currency is imaginary. It's value is worth as only as much as society thinks it's worth. The same thing is true about precious metals and gems. The value of currency can drastically change day to day. Anyone who was in the currency trading and hedging in the 90s will remember the Russia currency crash.

    Bit coin really isn't all that different from precious metals. It's value is based on the market says it's worth. It changes day to day.

    Posted in: Failed Mt Gox exchange finds 200,000 bitcoins in old wallet

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    American Mark Cerny is the guy in charge of the PS4 development and more or less the overall success. He was appointed to the position by Shuhei Yoshida who is the president of Sony Computer Entertainment World Wide (and I would assume Jack's boss.)

    Jack is likely responsible to the "Perfect Day" commercials from BBH Creative. Which I think did contribute to the PS4 kicking the XBox One butt.

    Be that as it may Mark Cerny is likely a bigger deal to the organization than Jack.

    Posted in: U.S. Sony chief out amid restructuring

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    He's reportedly got over $500m in bitcoins. Even if not true that's enough untraceable money to make him a target.

    Posted in: Nakamoto denies he's bitcoin creator

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    I think they are talking about Nikka distilleries founder. One of my favorite single malts of all time is Nikka's Yoichi 15 year. In 2009 is won best single malt in Glasgow.

    Posted in: American actress to star in NHK’s morning serial drama 'Massan'

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    Bit coin was created by a person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto (中本哲史). He is believed to have over 1 million bit coins and has a net worth in excess of $1bn USD. Although if it's unknown if he's actually from japan as none of the code of documentation contains any Japanese language or so-called Engrish.

    Even with the Mt. Gox blow up the coin price is still trading around $400USD per coin. The issue is the exchanges are unregulated and folks out money really have no recourse. I can't imaging the Japanese Police getting involved either.

    Posted in: MtGox website disappears amid huge bitcoin theft claim

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    China Mobile has more than 760 million customers

    What is missing from that statistic is the vast majority of China Mobile customers don't have any kind of smart phone. They have cheap feature phones and cheap phone plans.

    Apple may equalize the price a bit, but they aren't going to make it cheap in China.

    What to cheap smart phone? Buy an android phone. Want a phone that keeps getting OS upgrades? Then buy a Nexus or Motorola phone.

    Posted in: Apple fights for bigger slice of China smartphone pie

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    Whale was one of the few ingredients I saw Iron Chef Japan judges turn their noses to. I think there's some assumption that it's not a controversial subject in Japan, when it is. It goes beyond just lack of interest.

    Posted in: Japanese whalers driven from hunting ground, says Sea Shepherd

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    Every now and then they hit one some delicate spots for China. I would expect they have an assigned gov't censor that would demand edits and cuts. For example the sketch involving "peasant factory laborers" who make iPhones. "Oh you mad it take you to JC Penny instead of Macy. We just lucky we don't need working maps because we sleep where we work." Yeah, that would go over well in China.

    Posted in: 'Saturday Night Live' comes to China's Internet

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    Someone needs to help the Japanese do the maths on the F-35. It's almost $200M USD per plane. All the Chinese need is one more plane than the F-35 has missiles. Given the Chinese can pump out planes for less than 1/10 the cost, that's not much of a problem.

    Posted in: Japan to hike mid-term defense spending by 5%

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    @ReformedBasher It baffles me as to why the Japanee government should care what the Chinese and South Korean governments think.

    First world countries these days are linked just too deeply linked. It's about $400bn in trade between the two countries and China is the biggest creditor on the Japanese bond market. Economically they could both do serious damage to each other. In particular because the the treaty obligations from the US.

    Korea is a smaller concern. They have a common friend, but strategically and economically they are competitors.

    I personally think China is a bigger distraction to the main problems of the area which are Russia and North Korea.

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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    As China said this is, in the beginning at least, a psychological war specifically against the US the only real power who can actually stop China in its imperialistic tracks.

    It's only psychological war if people in the US actually cared about this issue. They don't. The barely made news in the US when it broke and has more or less disappeared from the US news cycle.

    Is the US going to strong arm China? No. They hold too many US Treasury bonds. Does that mean China would flood the market with them? Not really, the US is the biggest consumer of Chinese goods. Tanking the US economy also tanks the Chinese economy. Neither side can do more than make minor moves. Fiscally speaking the US and China are in a position of mutually assured destruction.

    The main problem I see here I don't see an end game for China.

    Posted in: China gives no ground to Biden in air defense zone dispute

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    Okura hotel chain, which has hosted foreign VIPs including U.S. President Barack Obama

    The President of the United States doesn't eat the food everyone else does at State dinners. A secret service chef gets the menu and recipes from the local chef, sources ingredients, and makes an identical dish.

    Posted in: Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in food-label scandal

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    My friends who were agricultural specialist in the US Embassy Beijing advised me to never eat anything from China. They've been to farms, and know how the regulation (or lack there of) works, more or less you don't want just how bad it is, just steer clear.

    Posted in: How much attention do you pay to the point of origin and ingredients listed on labels of food and drink that you buy?

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    You could find a place like that in New York, London, Berlin, etc. This isn't something unique to Japan outside the creative charges from the police.

    Posted in: Dominatrix arrested for practicing medicine without a license

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    Sadly the film is going to be overshadowed by the anti-gay statements and activities of the books author Orson Scott Card. I think the boycott will do some damage to the US and European screenings.

    Posted in: Harrison Ford can't escape Han Solo, Indiana Jones

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    They don't care for the Japanese in Singapore either. I've witnessed clerks gleefully playing dumb Japanese customers over the years. I've been told from locals that part of it is WWII, but the other part is when Japan pulled way ahead of it's neighbors in the 70s - 90s they really threw their weight around.

    Posted in: Chasm grows between Japan, neighbors: study

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    T-Mobile make out rather well when the AT&T deal fell through. They pumped that extra money into their 4G roll-out.

    Posted in: SoftBank eyes T-Mobile US as 'Plan B'

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    China is a manipulator because they don't have a transparent currency market. It's not market driven.

    All that being said, Japan's currency problem is a combination of South Korea being even more undervalued paired with some unsettling manipulation of Japanese FX markets by large hedge funds. Japan was facing crushing long term economic set backs with large brands like Sharp on the verge of insolvency.

    So yeah, Japan was going to fight back on FX. As far as the US? It's been a long time since Japan has been a threat to US jobs. The cost of living and input costs are just too high. If the concerns are jobs then Chinese Yuan is the target we should be looking at followed by the South Korean Won.

    Posted in: Lawmakers urge Obama to act on currency manipulation by Japan

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    @gaijinfo I doubt the Sagawa guys are making the same kind of wages that a UPS driver makes (Average pay for UPS driver is $75,000 USD).

    Posted in: Ladies, don’t be disappointed with your Sagawa delivery man's looks

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