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sfjp330Oct. 25, 2014 - 04:50AM JST
We know three of Japan’s electronics giants, Sony, Sharp, and Pasanonic are stumbling. Japan’s electronics companies are suffering from failure to read dramatic changes in their core markets. Few years ago, Sony decided to streamline the company and do massive restructuring. When Sony say, 'restructure' in Japanese-they really mean get rid of people. Sony put together an early retirement plan and strongly encouraged people to use it. Well, that didn't generate a lot of good feelings. When a company starts promoting early retirement, most people take that as a sign to get out while they still can. And many did. Maybe the idea was that by getting rid of the middle aged and older employees they'd encourage innovation and bring in some young blood. The effect was more like shooting yourself in the foot. The middle-aged engineers and technicians that left were the same ones that brought Sony to greatness. They left behind a younger generation that was insecure, afraid of failure, and only willing to work with technology already in place, not build from the ground up. What was even worse is that during this period, South Korea and Taiwan immediately welcome the experienced Sony techies with open arms. It was better than industrial espionage. Samsung could openly 'buy' the technology that Sony had developed simply by rehiring their best and brightest.
Posted in: U.S. billionaire's hedge fund dumps Sony stake
sfjp330Oct. 25, 2014 - 04:07AM JST
wtfjapanOct. 24, 2014 - 11:16PM JST LOL what a load of BS. Japanese women are going back to work because there husbands/ partners dont make anywhere near what they made 20-25years ago. the average salaryman wage is nowhere near enough to pay the mortgage, bring up the kid(s) put them through college and save for retirement. dont think the J pension will be enough to live on in the future.
What choice do they have? Today, about 75 percent of women are active in the U.S. workforce. Japan is still around 60 percent. But the big hurdle for Japanese mothers face is childcare, or rather the lack of it. There are 20,000 children in the Tokyo waiting for places in day-care centers. The inexpensive public nursery can cost Y70K-100K yen a month per child and expensive private nursery Y150K-200K yen per month. This is the reason why roughly 70% of Japanese women quit working after giving birth to their first child. This compares to around one-third of women in the U.S. All of this adds up to two things. Many women who are having children are not working and women who are working are not having children. Both are terrible for Japan's future.
Posted in: Top court rules in favor of pregnant woman who was demoted
sfjp330Oct. 24, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
But Japanese women are not staying away from work because they can’t get ahead; only one in 10 working women want to be promoted to management because it would be hard to juggle housework with the long working hours associated with management. Mothers in U.S. work because they need the money. That is not the case in Japan.
sfjp330Oct. 24, 2014 - 08:15AM JST
In Japan there is a wider gap between scandalous political conduct and specifically indictable offenses and it helps explain why the bad guys sometimes appear to be sleeping all too comfortably. There is no self-evident way to distinguish a gift from a bribe. The distinction between gifts and bribes is especially murky in Japan. Japanese seem to be giving gifts constantly, to physicians, teachers, bosses, co-workers, relatives, and all other potential benefactors whose good graces they want to enjoy. Most importantly, gifts are given in Japan not just to express feelings of affection, but also out of an expectation of reward.
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
sfjp330Oct. 24, 2014 - 07:44AM JST
Alex80Oct. 24, 2014 - 05:42AM JSTYou can't be sure most of France tourists arrives from the neighboring countries. I bet there are more Asians that visit France than Italians.
Maybe fewer visits from Italians, but from the two of the biggest economies in Asia, only 2 million visited France. Approximately one million Chinese and one million Japanese visit France last year. Not much from rest of Asia. You have more Brits going through English Channel on tunnel rail system, and others from nearby Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, etc.
Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million
sfjp330Oct. 24, 2014 - 05:16AM JST
Alex80Oct. 24, 2014 - 04:58AM JST And if you compare the US number of tourists to France's, that is a small nation compared to the US, the US are doing really bad. US = less than 70 millions of tourists France = almost 90 millions of tourists.
The statistics are misleading since France is about 1/15 size of U.S. Many of the visitors that visit France arrives from train or plane few hours away from many of the neighboring countries. Some of these visitors can drive across the border. If you count the actual number of out of state visitors (people that actually live in U.S), and vist places like New York , Chiago or Los Angeles, the number can double or triple the actual tourist figure easily.
sfjp330Oct. 24, 2014 - 05:03AM JST
The investigation by the U.S. attorney's office is in very early stages. Takata has not been accused of any wrongdoing. I would wait until investigation is complete with facts before drawing a conclusion.
Posted in: U.S. probes air bag maker Takata after 7.8 mil vehicles recalled
sfjp330Oct. 24, 2014 - 04:20AM JST
Increase in foreign visitors to Japan in 2014 has alot to due with the U.S. dollar - yen exchange rate. Compare to last year, the dollar is worth 10-15 percent more in Japan. You get more for your money.
sfjp330Oct. 24, 2014 - 03:25AM JST
There seem to be a problem that U.S. have gotten convince that free market globalization is to their advantage somehow, or will be in some distant future. Think of all the great words that have come out of the think tank in Corporate offices and Washington the last 30-40 years. Things like outsourcing, globalization, service economy and emerging markets. As a business plan, corporations raced to cut the only real cost they could control and that was labor. So, at the expense to their citizens, they outsourced the manufacturing to third world countries offering slave wages. When they finally hit the point of no return, where the unemployed and underemployed could no longer afford even the "cheap imports", their new corporate strategy is the "emerging markets" which there are 1.3 billion consumers in China and only 300 million in the U.S., the numbers work for them. Throw the jobs, income and ability to spend in the U.S., bankrupt the system and concentrate on the "emerging markets" and the CEO's and their companies will in theory increase their business and profits 10 times. This is actually a flawed theory, but, never the less that is what there doing. This is also what Japan is also doing inside China, copying the footprints of U.S. The economy has been destroyed from the inside out and U.S. goverment have allowed it to happen. The "free market" doesn't work and history has shown that after NAFTA and other treaties were implemented, the workers in U.S. were screwed. Same thing will happen to Japan.
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets
sfjp330Oct. 23, 2014 - 06:29AM JST
kiyoshiMukaiOct. 23, 2014 - 06:17AM JST Tessa. 2.5 million airbags and 2 deaths. Imagine how many people will die going to the service shop. Or how many will die because the lower quality installing the replacement.
I wouldn't take this problem lightly. Takata airbags is blamed for close to 140 injuries, including approximately 40 people who reported airbags that exploded. Airbags made by Takata, have been one of the biggest and longest-simmering problems.
Posted in: Faulty Takata air bag warning expanded to 6.1 million U.S. cars
sfjp330Oct. 23, 2014 - 06:20AM JST
If you look at the history, Honk Kong was not properly democratic under the British, and the Chief Executive was elected by a select committee, just the same as the current proposal. But the problem is that China is relentlessly hollowing out any structure that could offer any avenue for an acceptable civil society in Hong Kong. To the result that the electing committee is today only rubber-stamping the choice made in Beijing. For example at the last election some members of the committee openly complained that Beijing was taking too much time to give them instructions as to whom to vote for. They were afraid to vote for the wrong candidate, with all the possible consequences for their business or interests. Before 1997 there was nothing preventing a party to offer a candidate for the Chief Executive election. If he could convince enough members of the committee then fine. Nobody would go and harass committee members with administrative chicanes, threat to contracts, or even personal threats though the Triads (all being used today by Beijing). Add to this the fact that the that the Chief Executive must be a member of the Communist Party as this is just too important a political position for Beijing.
Posted in: No end in sight to Hong Kong protests after talks
sfjp330Oct. 23, 2014 - 05:57AM JST
For any recall, the rate at which cars are actually fixed can be low. Many cars are included in varieties of earlier recalls that are not fixed. Most of people that purchase a car second-hand have no knowledge of the airbag’s status or other recall repairs. There is no law stipulating that a used car have any recall repairs made before it is sold again. Most likely more rupture cases could be going unnoticed, or underreported, leaving affected cars on the road.
sfjp330Oct. 23, 2014 - 05:09AM JST
The FTA negotiation between Japan and U.S. clearly do have a corporatist dimension that is highly vulnerable to pressure from special interests. The problem is that majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance, especially over the lack of transparency of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. corporations are being consulted with details of the agreement. The secrecy surrounding the talks makes it difficult for the congressional approval. The FTA will go well beyond traditional market access issues of tariffs and quotas to become practice in industrial policies, and will provide for increasingly complex regulations governing trade.
sfjp330Oct. 22, 2014 - 05:03AM JST
CrazyJoeOct. 21, 2014 - 07:15PM JST The first time you get hit, leave. And take the children
She must've gone through continue physical and psychological violence and verbal dehumanization. Women are vulnerable when they are not economically independent. Even if women are sheltered from abusive husbands for few weeks, they have no house to return to other than their husbands.
Posted in: SDF member arrested over murder of wife
sfjp330Oct. 22, 2014 - 03:26AM JST
Simon FostonOct. 18, 2014 - 07:13PM JST Not when it comes to the Nazi regime - anyone who tried the same sort of thing as the right-wing pro-Yasukuni historical revisionist crowd in Japan would end up in prison, and as for someone with a background like Abe's becoming chancellor, forget it.
You have a short memory. in 1985, German Chancellor Kohl and Reagan visited Bitsburg Military Cemetary which contained the graves of 49 members of the Waffen-ss. In fact, however, ever since coming to power in 1982, the conservative Kohl had endeavored to rehabilitate as many Germans who had served the Third Reich as possible. In 1983, for example, his government had removed the veterans' organizations of the Waffen-SS from a list of extremist right-wing groups on which the West German Ministry of Interior was required to make annual reports to Parliament, and Kohl had repeatedly blocked demands by the opposition Social Democrats to ban the highly controversial reunions of former Waffen-SS members. Kohl's request to have Reagan go to Bitburg was thus part of a strategy to rewrite recent German history and curry favor with the most reactionary elements of the West German electorate.
Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering
sfjp330Oct. 21, 2014 - 05:10AM JST
This politics is at worst in Japan. If you dissect any politican in Japan, they have baggage. The opposition Democratic Party has been targeting new cabinet ministers in parliamentary debates in the hope of denting Abe's popularity. These opposition groups don't care about working together for the future of Japan.
Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers
sfjp330Oct. 21, 2014 - 04:49AM JST
Mark and his wife have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, an entity established by Congress to aid in combating the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. What other CEO have donated anything for any cause? Mark actually likes Asian culture. He is married to Chinese-American lady, who is a pediatrician.
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sfjp330Oct. 18, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
JeffLeeOct. 18, 2014 - 08:08AM JSTThe decision-makers at the time were clueless as to how their actions would ripple right through the landscape, seeping into unexpected areas.
How do you prepare for 3/11? As such, Fukushima was not just a disaster for the nuclear industry or the finances of the TEPCO, but for the country and economy as a whole. The increase in fossil fuel imports and the money paid to secure them has outweighed economic growth and gains in income. The situation has been exacerbated by depreciation of the yen, which has made energy commodity price imports, much more expensive. Japan is the world’s largest importer of LNG, the second biggest importer of coal and the third largest importer of oil.
Posted in: BOJ to stand pat even as inflation stalls, global markets tumble -sources
sfjp330Oct. 18, 2014 - 08:03AM JST
scipantheistOct. 18, 2014 - 07:58AM JST Alright, humiliation accomplished. Can we get back to ignoring China?
For Japan, China is a major trade partner that accounts for over 20 percent of Japan's total bilateral trade and you cannot ignore that. Continue bad relations is affecting all sprectrum of the bilateral trade and many will look for alternative suppliers other than Japan.
Posted in: Abe meets Chinese PM amid furor over lawmakers' Yasukuni Shrine visits
sfjp330Oct. 18, 2014 - 07:48AM JST
kwattOct. 18, 2014 - 07:36AM JST because freedom is the greatest thing of all and people are guaranteed they can do anything they want in that way.
Then can you tell me why German Chancellor Merkel does not visit Nazi Cemetary? There is also freedom of expression in Germany too.
Oct. 26, 2014 - 03:43AM JST
NO! NO! NO! Japan must remain neutral and live by article #9. Do this would open…
Posted in: Japan may deploy minesweepers off S Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says
Oct. 26, 2014 - 03:39AM JST
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Oct. 26, 2014 - 03:09AM JST
@BRandon: Sorry. Kevin was not born yet.
Posted in: Cabinet OKs changes to law that bans late-night dancing
Oct. 26, 2014 - 02:56AM JST
A lot of comments here on this story. I guess now his friend's neighbors know why…
Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park
Oct. 26, 2014 - 02:55AM JST
@judy: First time I found this article, I thought what's abput S M Chocolate.
Posted in: Minister hit by bar scandal also under fire for owning TEPCO shares