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    Let me guess - everything but dairy will be included?

    Posted in: EU confident of Japan free trade deal by year-end

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    Reads like an Orwellian script! Unreal...

    Posted in: Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan

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    Too noisy, overcrowded & poorly laid out.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japanese department stores?

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    France, on the other hand, mobilised its vast and experienced military-industrial complex and hired a powerful Australian submarine industry insider, Sean Costello, who led it to an unexpected victory.

    This really was the turning point. A genius move by France, not to mention sending their delegation to both the Future Submarine forum & the ANZAC Day service. Japan certainly has a lot to learn in 21st century diplomacy & business.

    Posted in: How France sank Japan's $40 bil Australian submarine dream

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    “You see him, all he’s been doing (is) commercials, practicing eating cha han (fried rice), practicing drinking beer. I went to Japan two weeks ago, every time I turned on the television Goromaru was on. I was thinking I don’t want to see Goromaru eat cha han, I don’t want to see him drink beer, I want to see him kick goals in a game of rugby. And you can’t be doing both.”

    What can I say - us Aussies just have a way with words! He put it beautifully - and this could be applied to every other athlete that does the PR rounds in Japan (Asada, Ishikawa among others). Just sick to death of it. Flavour of the month doesn't even begin to describe it.

    Posted in: Jones critical of successor procedure, Goromaru's lack of playing time

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    The influential Nikkei Business weekly has dubbed a foreign worker-driven growth strategy “imin-omics”, a pun on the premier’s “Abenomics” revival plan and “imin”, the Japanese word for “immigrants”.

    Honestly, the media here will do anything for the chance at a new catchphrase. Are they living in a bubble? There is not going to be any growth. Adaptation, yes. But certainly no growth. Tourist numbers may be up, which is fantastic of course, but forget any notion that foreigners want to come here to work & live. We all know the reasons for this (for which there are plenty).

    Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo

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    You look at the best selling games from the past few years - GTA5, Uncharted series, Fallout et all. What do they all have in common? Adult-focused with compelling story lines. I can empathise with the predicament that Nintendo finds it itself in, but really the writing's been on the wall for years.

    Just look at the marketing they use here in Japan. Boy / girl band members playing together casually. It's extremely outdated & an unrealistic reflection the gaming community. They're nothing but casual gamers who spend very little on games. Gamers have money!

    Posted in: Nintendo announces new console for 2017 as profits dive

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    The zaibatsu - Mitsubishi being one of them - are basically the very embodiment of everything wrong with Japan Inc.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors says false mileage tests done since 1991

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    Business as usual at Japan Inc.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors scandal widens

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    At the end of the day, it's about the national interest. The Australian government wanted the combination of technology, price & of course - the creation of local jobs. Adelaide has long been the worst performing capital city in Australia. Japan was in it for Japan's interests. Protecting the old boys' club of Mitsubishi & other affiliates to the zaibatsu. Keiretsu would've been rubbing their hands in glee. This should serve as a hard lesson to The Japanese government & overprotected J Inc. that the 80s have long gone. As Steve Ballmer once said - "You have to be a shark - keep moving forward or die".

    Posted in: Japan misses out as Australia awards sub contract to France

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    WAGE HIKES. Baffling really. They'll propose anything but.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes shopping vouchers, promotions to boost consumption

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    Instead of protecting my identity, they leaked my name to the head of the personnel department and my director. I was taken away from international sales and given a special position, made solely for me. I had no staff and no work. I went to the office and sat at my desk every working day for five years.

    Disgraceful. If Japan had a functioning legal system, criminal charges would've most definitely been on the table. A shining example of Japan having laws, but never enforcing them. How many other J Inc. 'big boys' are carrying out similar practices? I'd say a large percentage.

    I realised the union has effectively been bought by the company. So I had no choice.

    A joke all round, really. Only in Japan - where unions are merely 'yes men'. What's the point in having union legislation if they're tied directly to companies themselves?

    "We demand a revision of pay rates!" "No" "Ok then!"

    This guy is a legend, and he deserves every yen (and then some) from the settlement. Let's hope this sets a precedent (though I doubt it ever will here in Old Boys' Club Japan).

    Posted in: Michael Woodford’s fellow whistleblower ends Olympus battle

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    Oh give me a break. From the yakisoba yatais outside Kokugikan to ticket sales & seating allocation - it's all run by the Yaks! Japan - the land of contradiction.

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    @Scrote

    Netflix should allow anyone to subscribe to the US service, no matter where they live. That solves the regulation/bribes/tax problems of many countries.

    It's not their call - it's a combination of draconian local copyright laws & the tightar*e-ness of content providers. Japan is a prime example of this. Look at how Netflix & Hulu have turned out here. Not to mention Spotify being nowhere in sight. They want the DVD / CD gravy train to run indefinitely.

    Until studios get in touch with reality and deliver content on demand, at the same time, they will continue to struggle. This is how it's always been.

    Posted in: In Asia, Netflix trips on regulation, content, and competition

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    The first thing that comes to mind - followed by a shudder - taxpayer money.

    Posted in: Organizers opt for harmony in new Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo

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    @MarkX

    NHK said the voter turnout in Kyoto was something like 24%! And Hokkaido wasn't much better, either high 20's, or low 30's

    And what's the bet that 80 - 90% of that number is seniors? Country is going down the drain faaaaast...

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    They have to get in quick - too many contracts up for grabs. Looks like nothing has changed whatsoever since Tohoku & Fukushima...

    Posted in: Yakuza quick to mount rescue operations in Kyushu

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    The bottom line is, none of this will work. More of the same. Wash-rinse-repeat.

    Wages have been stagnant for 20+ years, with underperforming & overstaffed corporations hiding under the protective shield of government regulation (read: anti-competitiveness). Abenomics, once a glimmer of hope in shaking up the status quo, has been a massive failure by all accounts.

    Japan is one of the most tax-rich nations on the planet, yet the government would rather squeeze the working class rather than cut its spending - not to mention all the cronyism, amakudari & kickbacks that are part & parcel with Japanese politics.

    Without a systemic overhaul, essentially a total 'resetting' of government & the way it functions, things in Japan will continue to get much worse.

    Posted in: Japan eyes double-barrelled stimulus to ease yen strains

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    Think how the father must feel - he's survived a knife attack by his own son, yet will have to live the rest of his life without his mother (or mother in-law?), wife or daughter - and with his son locked up for life. Absolutely heartbreaking this.

    Posted in: Man kills 3 family members, injures another in Shizuoka

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    If only Japanese regulators (oh wait, what regulators?) were able to dish out any more than a slap on the wrist. If only.

    Posted in: Former auto parts executive pleads guilty to price fixing in U.S.

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