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sasakamaDec. 24, 2012 - 12:34PM JST
Clarifying what went wrong.....the mistake by human or the cause by Tsunami?. I think either of them should be root cause of worst nuclear incident in Fukushima. Regardless of the government, LDP or DBJ, Japan should develop the independent sink tank which set the policy of the electricity...
Posted in: Abe to review Fukushima crisis before deciding on restarting reactors
sasakamaOct. 02, 2012 - 07:40AM JST
This argument is quite relevant to the risk of disasters like in case of a big earth quake. After the big quake last year, Japanese companies started thinking of alternatives in terms of components, raw materials and etc. If you expect to see China risk again, it's very natural to seek for back up solutions in terms of production sites.
Regarding countries as alternatives, companies should have much more discussion. in addition to a moral level of a country, they should investigate carefully basic infrastructures when it comes to producing the goods. It should include not only material wise but also skill sets toward good quality, motivations, learning curve and so on....
Posted in: Japanese firms look at other countries as alternatives to China
sasakamaSep. 26, 2012 - 08:15AM JST
The strong arguments from both side are becoming one of political tools before elections. In China, new president will be assigned in meantime Japan is getting into a lower election mode. I mean it's just performance. Whether the historical track records that they're claiming are true, it doesn't matter. I hope politicians are under the unofficial talks to settle this dispute.
Posted in: China warns of 'further actions' in Japan island dispute
sasakamaSep. 10, 2012 - 08:08AM JST
This is a good movement that SONY has just started promoting 4k TVs in the market. However, for me, it's unclear if they've performed a survey to make TVs which capture a market requirement, demand and etc. Otherwise, it may easily come down to a pricing at the end of the day.
Posted in: Sony to begin phased global launch of 4K LCD TVs
sasakamaSep. 02, 2012 - 12:41PM JST
It's really disappointing situation that the conflict bet DPJ and LBP is giving citizens disadvantages of welfare. I want to see the situation recovering as quickly as possible. Unlike Greeks, Japanese officers are not a kind of people who want to parade in the street....
Posted in: Politics pushes Japan toward fiscal cliff
sasakamaAug. 27, 2012 - 08:30AM JST
They should have investigated the tendency of Japanese shoppers first. You have a lot of case like IKEA.... Whether they buy or not, they're entering into a store and enjoy.... finally end up at cashiers.. sometime they're just looking. It should cause long-que make it crowd..
Posted in: Danish variety store Tiger in Osaka can’t keep up with shoppers
sasakamaAug. 26, 2012 - 04:43PM JST
There is a conflicts even in US regarding Japan's participation in TPP. For me, looking at the number of a car selling, it's covered by 70% of a production in US. So, it means there may not be such big impact that Obama should push Japan to keep considering TPP.
Posted in: Study sees U.S. auto job losses if Japan joins trade pact
sasakamaAug. 23, 2012 - 08:31AM JST
As China is losing the power in terms of a cost of making something, they appear to shift the country that is focusing on natural resources like rare metal. Unlike Japan, they might want to be in good position in high tech industries even after most of production shit to another countries where a labor cost should be much more cheaper.
Posted in: China increases rare earths export quota
sasakamaAug. 17, 2012 - 09:26AM JST
There should be two reasons to expand JCB brand in the worldwide. One is if the transaction fee is attractive for retailers. Another one is what interests the card users to take the card in the world wide. If the transaction fee is cheaper than other big names like VISA, Master card, the number of the acceptance will definitely increase. On the other hand, 2nd reason is a little bit complex. If you're in Europe, you' ll not be engaged in using JCB card. Only scenario is that european travelers should may use JCB card when visiting Japan. I don't think it's profitable not only for JCB but also for card holders.
Posted in: JCB International, Bank Verlag sign license agreement
sasakamaAug. 16, 2012 - 12:40PM JST
How fun Nuland's comment was...saying "through peaceful means"... even though US is always taking un- peaceful means to resolve the conflicts.
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan, neighbors to avoid provocations
sasakamaAug. 15, 2012 - 01:53PM JST
Visiting Yasukuni is alomost as same as landing in the island from the points that these are kind of icons of conflicts against asian nations.
Posted in: 2 cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine
sasakamaAug. 14, 2012 - 02:13PM JST
The most important thing for them to win is that hamburgers should taste as same as it used to be since most of lovers of Wendy's should put the priority on the taste..which differs from the Mac. It's a kind of branding. If the taste is nearly same, most of funs should willing to pay for expensive hamburgers.
Posted in: Wendy's to open 2nd Japan restaurant in Roppongi on Aug 17
sasakamaJul. 28, 2012 - 11:42AM JST
Before getting excited, residents and Japanese government should investigate the rate of crush among each types of aircrafts. Having results, we should be cool to make a conclusion on which crafts are most danger for residents. Otherwise, it doesn't work.
Posted in: Noda tells Diet Osprey will not fly in Japan until their safety is assured
sasakamaJul. 22, 2012 - 10:42AM JST
Using electric vehicle for such logistic applications like FEDEX is quite practical solution because of very limited distance for commercial use only in urban area. That would be fascinating. If you look at home use case, you should think about where electric power stations are. It seems there're only few stations available even Tokyo area. The more popular EV is getting, the bigger number of stations are necessary. Before expanding into home use case of EV, this trial for logistic services, where they can get a lot of data from, would be benefit for Nissan.
Posted in: FedEx Express to test 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 in Yokohama area
sasakamaJul. 15, 2012 - 10:24AM JST
Looking at this report, interesting points are...(1) Natural resource companies are dominating the list. (2) The number of China based companies jumped from 11 in 2002 to 73 in 2012. (3) Japan is losing the number from 88 in 2002 to 68 in 2012. (4)New rising sun from India. Two companies are listed within 100. Given this result, it seems to me that a lot of companies may be listed within 100 in coming 10 yrs.
Posted in: China overtakes Japan in Fortune 500 ranks
sasakamaJul. 15, 2012 - 10:13AM JST
As far as we know, we could not imagine more tougher situation that what's we're seeing today. That's partly because there's an uncertainty in the current regime. With much more uncertainty regarding nuclear power, it might not last for a decade. Why not ask Jong-Nam, who is a realistic person, to be a top of leader in N-Korea!? Only bad thing is the rumbling that he tends to be a bit of a playboy.
Posted in: N Korean leader's brother told to be quiet, Japanese paper reports
sasakamaJun. 18, 2012 - 08:22AM JST
LED lighting has just started to look feasible in real case at the home, the office, outside and the factory because of technical innovations. Other than asking LED lighting manufacturers to help the government, they should make commitment to provide money to them to boost the technical innovation more to be more feasible. That would lead to further cost down and bright lighting. Cost and less lighted are downsides to LEDs. I'm using LED lights all the time but the level of light is not enough.
Posted in: Gov't aims to make all lighting LED-based by 2020
sasakamaJun. 16, 2012 - 05:37PM JST
Whatever industries are, every companies have been focusing on China for long time. But recently, somehow, the outlook is changing... meaning Africa and Middle Ease has emerged as new target where you can expect further growth. When you look at Japanese companies, I think no companies are looking for both market. Every body devalue such market.
Posted in: Burger King plans big expansion in China
sasakamaJun. 14, 2012 - 07:21AM JST
No doubt that the tax hike will help Japan secure the budget for the welfare system where older people can live with the minimum living cost. As far as the government draw "no tax hike" line, Japan should be downgraded by rating agency, which lead to another crisis that is downgrade of Japanese bond. I assume that the interest rate will soar definitely if the bond is downgraded.
Posted in: IMF says Japan must raise consumption tax to show fiscal commitment
sasakamaJun. 12, 2012 - 07:48AM JST
First you need to understand SONY is not domestic company, aiming at only Japanese market. If I take the case of another foreign electronics company, they have a lot of factories, R&D center and sales office. In addition, from the past, there were a lot turbulence of exchange rates among countries. It's under fair competitions in the market. It gives a lot of meaning that , like SONY, most of Japanese electronics giants are getting less competitive in trying to make something creative. If you look at Apple, it's obvious that SONY is behind them. Apple doesn't have own factories. How come? due to the lack of marketing strategy.
Posted in: Sony execs give up performance bonuses
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