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sfjp330Jun. 15, 2013 - 05:21AM JST
NHK News of English version lacks creative reporters and analyst. Maybe NHK is on a shoe string budget and it might not be desireable place to work. If you listen to most of these reporters, you end up with predictable boring and sometimes very amaturish reporting. Most of Japanese reporters definitely lack of command and some have no confidence in English language skills. You expect high profile NHK news quality to be much better, but they are not. The Japanese reporters and analyst that they hire need to take ESL classes and improve their English skills. I would skip on paying anything for NHK when you can get much better news coverage elsewhere for free.
Posted in: NHK may charge viewer fees for Internet, smartphone usage
sfjp330Jun. 15, 2013 - 03:55AM JST
Article states: "No accidents have been reported but the company has received three customer complaints, a Honda spokesman said,"
So three customer complaints out of 380,000 Honda cars and they decided to recall? No accidents? Is this a major problem for Honda? Am I missing something? You have to remember that all cars have 20,000 to 30,000 parts and all the manufacturers try to make these parts as cost effective as possible. Some parts will eventually fail even though all the specs are met.
Posted in: Honda to recall over 380,000 cars in Japan
sfjp330Jun. 15, 2013 - 03:42AM JST
weapon Jun. 14, 2013 - 05:15PM JST We do not know the replacement cost of the battery at this point, all speculation about the battery cost is just that speculation. With that said, Tesla Model S 85kwh comes with 8 year unlimited miles no fault warranty. So there is no reason to really care for the consumer. Can you drive from LA to Vegas? the answer is yes, many have already done just that on their Model S. As far as from LA to SLC, by winter 2013 you will be able to.
Assuming someone can pry a 900lb energy storage system out of Tesla and that your insurance won't pay. Perhaps change insurance company. Tesla has said that the replacement cost is about $30,000. The expected life of the battery is about 10 years. With 15-20mph Tesla S could go 400 miles in good conditions. With 75mph, the range is only about 170 miles. In other words you get a lot bigger range in slow city traffic than in highways. In Tesla, 30,000 dollars battery cost for a 50,000 dollar s-model is absolutely insane and will loose potential customers.
Posted in: Panasonic delivers over 100 million lithium-ion battery cells for Tesla Model S
sfjp330Jun. 14, 2013 - 08:29AM JST
ultradarkmelvin,Jun. 14, 2013 - 07:38AM JST Matsui played in Tokyo Dome the most hitter friendly park in Japan.
That is nothing but an excuse. Then why should the baseball world take the home run record of Oh seriously when the right field porch was 302 ft? Matsui only played half the season in the dome and rest outside of Tokyo dome.
Posted in: Japan baseball chiefs admit lying over ball change
sfjp330Jun. 14, 2013 - 07:34AM JST
ultradarkmelvin, Hideki Matsui hit 55 home runs for Japan's Yomiuri Giants and the most he could hit in MLB with the Yankees with the short right field stands is only half of that. I guess Matsui is saying balls used in MLB travels shorter.
sfjp330Jun. 14, 2013 - 07:16AM JST
ka_chanJun. 14, 2013 - 06:05AM JSTWith the 85kwh pack, 0-97 km/h in 4.2 sec with a top speed of 210 km/h. Supercharger charging time is 30 minutes for 240 km.
The battery car like Tesla is a waste of money. It's more of a fashion. The replacement of the battery can run you $30K on Tesla. Can you drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas or Salt Lake City? You might be stuck in the desert with Tesla looking for a tow truck. Putting gas in the the internal combustion engine takes 5 minutes and the range is 500km. And the performance of $55K Corvette is equal or better than Tesla. Compare Corvette, BMW M3, or base Porsche 911, Tesla is worthless.
sfjp330Jun. 14, 2013 - 04:23AM JST
Few years ago, Toyota has learned from the pressure of U.S. goverment when they took over GM as the number one car sales in the world. No evidence has been found linking any Toyota product or part as responsible, so says the NHSTSA. After recalling an unprecedented 14 million cars, the only problem found was a floor mat "might " move and "could possibly" interfere with normal acceleration. This all started in 2010 with the U.S. administration desperate to show something positive from the massive taxpayer bailout of GM. Destroy the reputation of the world's best selling brand and GM benefits. Now, Toyota is more content with being quiet number two or three without goverment interference.
Posted in: Best days for Toyota's U.S. market share look over for now
sfjp330Jun. 14, 2013 - 03:46AM JST
The credibility of the Japanese players inflated statistics will suffer the consequences if they want to play in the MLB. The U.S. teams will look at the players accomplishments in Japan similar to steriods statistics.
sfjp330Jun. 14, 2013 - 03:31AM JST
Dog Jun. 12, 2013 - 05:13PM JST Nope, utterly untrue. The japanese quota limits on US auto imports was introduced in 1967, when the US had 60% of the Japanese car market.
In 1967, the exchange rae was 360 yen per U.S. dollar, so what your saying is that if the average car in the U.S. cost $3,000, the Japanese had to pay Y1,000,000.00 yen for average U.S. car. And had 60 percent of the Japanese market? How ridiculous. Nobody made that kind of money in 1967 in Japan.
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers voice concern on TPP pact over job losses
sfjp330Jun. 13, 2013 - 08:26AM JST
Yubaru Jun. 13, 2013 - 07:43AM JST What should YOU do if by some miracle you were suddenly given the power to oversee the situation with the duty to keep the country safe from all enemies "foreign and domestic"? What would you do? Keeping things "transparent" works both ways.
Obama said he would be a transparent president. After all, Obama is the one who said he would stop these programs, right? Which means he knew about them before taking offiice, so why is he so upset? Is it because he had no intention of ending them, but now the fact that he allowed the same things Bush allowed is known to the entire public? They have all known this was happening for years and the the goverment had no intentions of ending it or even talking about it. The only reason we are talking about it now is because Edward Snowden exposed the problem.
Posted in: Is Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on vast surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency that trawl through telephone and Internet records a hero or traitor?
sfjp330Jun. 13, 2013 - 07:06AM JST
Yubaru Jun. 13, 2013 - 06:44AM JST It's a different reality, and the citizens of the US have to accept that for them to be "safe" they will have to give up many of the "rights" that they so dearly hold. Nobody considers the alternatives, they only think about themselves, and "their rights".
The U.S. government has built a national security and intelligence system so big, so complex and so hard to manage, no one really knows if it’s fulfilling its most important purpose: keeping citizens safe. Subsequently, U.S. government counter-surveillance networks have become huge, supported by thousands of government employees and private contractors, many duplicating work. There are now tens of thousands of U.S. government counter-surveillance agents, employees and private contractors monitoring U.S. citizens’ private records and communications with no U.S. Congress or public oversight.
sfjp330Jun. 13, 2013 - 06:30AM JST
It's all economics. The unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $11 billion dollars a year. Nearly two-thirds of unintended pregnancies, roughly a million births are publicly funded by Medicaid and other government programs. That's where your tax dollars are going so women can have these babies. If you don't like paying for poor women's babies, stop trying to take away their access to affordable birth control and family planning facilities.
Posted in: U.S. to allow morning-after pill for girls of any age
sfjp330Jun. 13, 2013 - 04:34AM JST
DogJun. 12, 2013 - 05:13PM JST Nope, utterly untrue. The japanese quota limits on US auto imports was introduced in 1967, when the US had 60% of the Japanese car market.
I doubt U.S. had 60% market share then, because gas prices were already too high not many people in Jpaan could afford large V8 American cars. Besides the roads were too small and underdeveloped. The Japanese were alreading building reliable gas efficient Toyota Corona, Toyo Kyogo's Mazda, Datsun's Bluebird, and Subaru 360. In 1967, the exchange rate was 360 yen for U.S. one dollar and the strong dollar may have contributed to trade inbalances in interntional market.
sfjp330Jun. 13, 2013 - 04:18AM JST
Spain currently has 26 percent unemployment and they might be asking for Japanese investments in their country. Spanish government often tries to squeeze all the revenue it can out of the already limp middle class, through taxation. In Spain they tax the food, which all people need. I hope these Spaniards get fed up enough to where they can create a change in their institutions, so the system does not so easily throw them aside.
Posted in: Royal chitchat
sfjp330Jun. 11, 2013 - 08:37AM JST
She's aleady close to 80 years old. Can she retire from the spotlight and enjoy more of her quiet private life? Best wishes to her.
Posted in: Empress suffering from fatigue
sfjp330Jun. 11, 2013 - 07:11AM JST
Many young Japanese view the traditional marriage as unappealing. But they also view it as inflexible, conformity, and unchangeable. When Japanese marriage is undesirable but socially conpulsory, people will do it because they have to. The traditional marriage may be killing traditional marriage because of the persistence of inflexible and undesirable roles. Majority of single Japanese women still live with their parents, and use their free rent incomes to shop. Their mother stays home, cooks her meals, cleans her room, does her laundry, domestic chores and caregiving that they’d otherwise have to do for a husband. In comparison, the traditional marriage script in Japan is extremely unappealing. Modern Japanese women who have jobs don't want to spend their lives cooking and cleaning for traditional thinking Japanese men.
Posted in: Middle-aged males suffering from epidemic of wife-induced disease
sfjp330Jun. 11, 2013 - 06:22AM JST
You don't hear anyone from U.S. politicians apologize for the mess they had created, and they keep on doing it. In a recent years, U.S. has been the biggest currency manipulator. Is it not clear to everyone that the Federal Reserve and Treasury have been intentionally weakening the dollar? And this is been detriment of the Europeans and Japanese, who are none too happy about this. Japan had nothing to do with this mess created by the U.S. and a few other countries. Now we want to blame Japan for the mess that U.S. created?
Posted in: Lawmakers urge Obama to act on currency manipulation by Japan
sfjp330Jun. 11, 2013 - 05:30AM JST
If they build Casinos in Okinawa and make it a resort island destination, it will create alot of jobs and there will be many visitors from Honshu and surrounding countries. Japan goverment will benefit from huge tax base.
Posted in: Implications huge for Japan if casino legislation passes
sfjp330Jun. 11, 2013 - 04:13AM JST
smithinjapan Jun. 10, 2013 - 08:04AM JST BS. German Chancellors have literally prostrated themselves at the Auscwitz Memorial Museum and continue to apologize on a yearly basis, give money to victims, and pray that the past is never repeated.
In 1985, President Reagan visited the German war cemetery in Bitburg with German Chancellor Kohl where some 2,000 German soldiers lie buried, including almost 50 Nazi SS grave sites. Bitburg visit is probably the biggest mistake of Reagan and Kohl.
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers visit 'comfort women' memorial in New Jersey
sfjp330Jun. 08, 2013 - 08:12AM JST
Most people in Japan have no way of knowing their real level of exposure. Japan goverment has been doing it's best to hide the facts right alongside Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Posted in: 11,000 displaced residents yet to ask TEPCO for compensation
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:53PM JST
And the daily dose of stupidity is in. I mean, is it NOT common sense that…
Posted in: 5 children swept out to sea in Miyazaki; one drowns
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:46PM JST
@wakarimasen, that was tone deaf Mitt Romney bragging about being unemployed to his own countrymen in…
Posted in: Obama in Berlin renews call for nuclear disarmament
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:43PM JST
Yobi, that just shows how pathetic this is - the design is incorporated into a larger…
Posted in: Korean campaigns for removal of Japanese flag from French stores
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:39PM JST
Many US universities have mastered the concept of entering at the beginning of any quarter or…
Posted in: University of Tokyo gives up on plan to start academic year in autumn
Jun. 20, 2013 - 04:34PM JST
is this even worth commenting about, of course this is art as much as all the…
Posted in: Yes, but is it art?