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nihoncriticMar. 12, 2013 - 02:59PM JST
Taiwan must be recognized as it is a true friend of Japan, past and present. No other nation contributed so selflessly in the time of the tsunami. I was utterly dismayed when Japan snubbed Taiwan from the list of 'countries' due to the one China policy. I do not know whether or when Taiwan and the Mainland will reunify, there is no doubt Taiwan's friendship must be recognized and honored among the international community as equals.
Posted in: China, S Korea envoys skip tsunami ceremony
nihoncriticMar. 11, 2013 - 11:39PM JST
SK may have been generous, but I am more than sure that Japanese were angered by blogs, youtube videos, and sign holding Koreans who continue to gloat and celebrate the tsunami and the death of tens of thousands. Does not take much to ruin the image of others, just like how you don't like the Japanese because of their fringe right wing.
Posted in: Americans gave $712.6 mil to disaster-hit Japan: report
nihoncriticMar. 11, 2013 - 02:15AM JST
If you think the Chinese can contain the USA, you are gravely mistaken. At this time, the US Navy has the capability of eliminating the entire Chinese navy within less than a week. Your over projection of Chinese military capabilities is somewhat laughable. Also, wars and provoking conflict are never good for domestic consumption or economics, as they tend to eliminate hard earned wealth of millions of citizens, both Chinese and Japanese. The Americans are mostly a rational bunch, but anger them and they will respond in catastrophic force.
Posted in: China's navy seeks to 'wear out' Japanese ships in disputed waters
nihoncriticMar. 11, 2013 - 02:09AM JST
Just know this, when the Chinese government usually establishes a new leadership, the words "anti-corruption" and "streamlining" means two things. Legitimately hammer down excesses to win the favor of the people (hopefully), and also eliminate your political enemies. China is at a delicate state of power transitioning from Hu and Wen's government to the vision of the new entrant Xi Jinping's. This means Xi is appointing loyalists around him and taking care of those who are not.
Posted in: China announces plan to streamline government
nihoncriticMar. 11, 2013 - 02:05AM JST
What I don't get is how a Non technology guy ended up being the head honcho of this conglomerate. A technology company needs to think of technology as the priority, not entertainment. Entertainment helps to sell the tech, but if the tech has no attractive value proposition then it won't be of any help. I guess Stringer did make Sony Pictures a high powered film production company, it is ultimately up to Hirai to recreate attractive products we want. There are some hopes though, in the form of PS4 and Xperia Z, a phone I actually gave a damn about in a while.
Posted in: Stringer leaving Sony in June
nihoncriticFeb. 10, 2013 - 01:48AM JST
"monozukuri" can still come back to Japan, not in the field of Cheap low margin electronic products, but in the field of industrial technologies. Companies like Hitachi for instance are divesting TVs and building heavy duty factory and construction related products, which yield higher margins. Japan can go the way of the US and build more companies like GE and John Deere, or be stuck in a quagmire of electronic companies which are saturated with innovative tech companies like google and low cost competitors like Samsung.
Posted in: TV drama captures public angst at 'Made in Japan' decline
nihoncriticOct. 01, 2012 - 01:19AM JST
One word to describe this scenario: Hypocrisy. Disparaging the desecration of the Korean flag without reflecting on how many times the Korean people burn flags (Japanese, American, Chinese, etc.) then calling stereotyping a culture as sick. No wonder there is no English translation. The writer ought to be ashamed.
Posted in: Japanese web newspaper returns fire over Korean daily's abrasive editorial
nihoncriticAug. 17, 2012 - 11:42AM JST
3rd Party mediation is better than none at all. This might actually solve the problem instead of prolonging it.
Posted in: Japan to ask international court to settle S Korea isle dispute
nihoncriticAug. 05, 2012 - 12:20PM JST
What was to be expected? Immature babies only capable of pointing fingers at each other and squabbling over two rocks in the middle of nowhere. A good solution would be for those two rocks to simply explode and sink, leaving nothing for both of them. Also, 1500? what a joke, a statistically insignificant number out of a population of 50 million.
Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals
nihoncriticJul. 27, 2012 - 10:14PM JST
Japan is leaning more for job satisfaction than job stability. In the past, having a job is better than having none at all, but now new hires wish to utilize their talents and feel frustrated that they cannot contribute on a higher level. I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with a COO of Viacom for lunch one time and he told me that the time for empowering youth is now. They are digital natives as opposed to immigrants from older generations who need to catch up with modern technologies. They know the trends, what is popular, and what really resonates with younger people. It's perfectly fine to have a older boss, so long as he or she understands what is at stake in the future. The worst kind of management is one which is stuck in the past and refuses to change due to selfish or misguided reasons. Japan is definitely slow in this regard but there is still some hope in its auto industry and even its traditional electronic companies. Hitachi for example is transitioning to infrastructure building over consumer electronics. The only issue is whether management can swallow its pride and treat young employees as equals and individuals with great potential instead of toady grunts who can take a beating.
Posted in: New hirees quitting in droves
nihoncriticJul. 27, 2012 - 10:01PM JST
This is nice of Pasona to do this for them, but I prefer that thousands of Japanese students go intern for other multinational companies. Granted foreign companies aren't always better (Libor fixing, etc.) but mingling with other nationalities and talent is significant. For future Japanese economic survival, looking outward is more important than ever.
Posted in: Pasona holds World Summer Festival with students from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, U.S.
nihoncriticJul. 27, 2012 - 09:59PM JST
Koreans are very nimble and adept at business. They move fast and adjust quickly. However, the other flip side of the coin is that the ability of "being nimble" mainly comes from the fact that there is virtually no competition for Korean chaebols, or zaibatsu equivalents. Samsung and Hyundai form the bulk of SK's GDP and the government will do anything it can to facilitate business for these two business groups. South Korea is doing well because of this strategy, but it also comes at the cost that should either Hyundai or Samsung slow down or lag, the rest of the SK economy will go with it. Nevertheless congrats, smart management by Samsung to invest in phones really made it for them.
Posted in: Smartphones power Samsung to record $4.5 bil net profit
nihoncriticJul. 14, 2012 - 05:59AM JST
Looks like it's not only Japan which seems to not be looking eye to eye with the good ole People Republic. In fact, the Senkaku (Diaoyutai) dispute is only one of the many territorial disputes that China is having with her neighbors.
Posted in: Southeast Asian summit breaks up in acrimony
nihoncriticJul. 12, 2012 - 08:32AM JST
Good of Mitsubishi to sell the plant without chopping up the company and laying off employees. Hopefully those workers will keep their jobs under new management.
Posted in: Mitsubishi to sell Dutch vehicle plant for 1 euro
nihoncriticJul. 08, 2012 - 10:10PM JST
@ "The Japanese, as a group, are incapable of an international mindset." comment.
Nice big brush you got there to paint 125 million people with. Tsk tsk, stereotypes aren't cool these days.
Posted in: Japanese firms' foreign deals hit record high
nihoncriticJun. 28, 2012 - 10:40PM JST
Deserves of course. Who helped Nissan turn itself around? Who made Nissan reclaim the no 2 Japanese auto manufacturer from Honda? Who revamped the Nissan Skyline series, making the GTR one of the most cost effective beloved racing cars in the world? Who combined French design with excellent Japanese auto engineering? Carlos Ghosn is a business executive who deserves all the praise and money he can ask for. He saved a large Japanese company and made it more profitable than ever. Compare that with GM's Akerson who received 7.7 million for running a defunct, still indebted car company. Ghosn deserves every penny.
Posted in: Nissan Motor Co CEO Carlos Ghosn's remuneration for fiscal 2011 was Y987 million (Nissan's net profit was Y341.43 billion). Is he worth that much to the automaker?
nihoncriticJun. 23, 2012 - 10:15PM JST
Nintendo is slumping but hey, I distinctly remember couple years back when people claimed Nintendo will collapse due to the Wii. Well, looks like the same people simply just don't get it.
Posted in: Nintendo to start selling 3DS with larger screens
nihoncriticJun. 23, 2012 - 10:13PM JST
Clearly, people don't do any research before looking at the article. I can write a whole page as to why SONY sucks, but Olympus does have the medical imaging technologies that Sony can definitely use. Might as well buy it when it's cheap and no one else wants to touch the scandalous company with a ten foot pole.
Posted in: Sony to invest in Olympus: reports
nihoncriticJun. 23, 2012 - 07:15AM JST
Agreed with USNinJapan. A pointless summary indeed, I won't even bother repeating what has already been said by USN. As a matter of fact, the majority of Koreans were celebrating and excitingly voicing approval towards the catastrophic nature of the tsunami, all of them feeling schadenfreude at the misery of their long hated neighbor.
Posted in: A Korean student's view of the Fukushima crisis
nihoncriticJun. 22, 2012 - 11:08PM JST
An interesting fact is that Japanese banks during the bubble suffered a similar situation in 89 when they were destroyed by the bubble. It seems that their efforts to build cash and pursue conservative investments in the last two decades have paid off as of now since they are not among the 15 which have been downgraded, partially a reason why the Yen remains a odd safe haven for international financiers.
Posted in: 15 banking titans slapped with Moody's downgrade
May. 19, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
@BurakuminDes. Yeah, I hear you. Still, stuff between guys is less volatile then between men and…
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
May. 19, 2013 - 04:16PM JST
Is he Korean?
Posted in: Koreeda's switched-at-birth film moves Cannes audience
Well said Chin4sailor, you speak for almost everyone in your comment.
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
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Posted in: Packed in
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