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wanderlustAug. 28, 2016 - 01:48PM JST
68.8 billion - 1.4 billion (Zaha Hadid) -3.8 billion (Domestic JV) = 62.8 billion. Where or to whom did this all go to? Why can't they account for this? A 0.6 billion rise is less than 1%, and they are worrying about!
Politics at it's finest; focus on the small rise, and ignore the giant loss.
Posted in: Unrecoverable cost total rises to Y68.6 bil for new Olympic stadium
wanderlustAug. 28, 2016 - 01:29PM JST
The Saudi economy is in dire straits; their plan to invest 2 trillion dollars in a sovereign investment fund has hardly got off the ground; 10,000 Indian and TCN workers in Saudi have not been paid for 6 months and are stuck in the kingdom, afraid to leave in case they lose their back pay. Maybe he should start with reform at home first, and use some of those dollars to pay them before Saudi Arabia drops off the employment horizon and people stop going there.
Posted in: Saudi prince to discuss reform drive in visits to China, Japan
wanderlustAug. 24, 2016 - 09:27AM JST
Whatever happened to Lady Barbara Judge, the UK/ US nuclear expert who came over to advise TEPCO and provide UK expertise? Since the massive PR over her appointment, she has been noticeably absent from anything to do with Fukushima or the Japan nuclear village, her UK experts have a minimal role in any decommissioning; and is now an advisor to the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission!
Posted in: 10,000 tons of toxic water pools in Fukushima nuclear plant trenches
wanderlustAug. 20, 2016 - 04:43PM JST
The IOC earn billions from the sponsorship, media rights, tickets, grants, tax exemptions, and general largesse of the Olympic games; why can't the Lords of the Rings show a little generosity and help out their sister event?
Posted in: Deeper major budget cuts enforced for Paralympics
wanderlustAug. 19, 2016 - 01:02PM JST
Good that they follow the Emirates example of standardising the models of airplanes in their fleet, to reduce maintenance costs, staff training, parts inventory, and logistics. (Emirates only fly A380s and 777-200/300s).
It seems that the initial teething troubles of smoking batteries and electrical troubles have been finally solved.
Posted in: Boeing delivers 50th 787 Dreamliner to ANA
wanderlustAug. 19, 2016 - 09:17AM JST
'Pour' is the optimum word here; it describes the outflow of money from the government coffers, and inflow of concrete into massive foundations and tunnels. The homonym 'poor' also comes to mind!
wanderlustAug. 19, 2016 - 09:14AM JST
Why not include a foreigner or two in the study group? Too logical? A Japanese-only group of advisors is almost guaranteed to fail. And one can suppose that Dentsu have already lined up the advertising and PR contracts that will follow; after all, they have to pay for the 2-3 floors of the Dentsu building dedicated to the Olympics.
wanderlustAug. 18, 2016 - 01:05PM JST
Free tickets to the members of the 'Olympic Village', those committee members, sycophants, sponsors and others who line the pockets of the Lords of the Rings, and of course their families. They they just don't turn up, preferring to stay in their secure, air-conditioned hotels and party, watching the games on TV. Meanwhile the locals can't afford a month or even a year's salary for a ticket high up and away from the action. That's the modern Olympics!
Posted in: Vacant seats down to no-shows, say Olympics organisers
wanderlustAug. 17, 2016 - 09:19AM JST
Next up, Ghostbusters, the LGBT re-make....
Posted in: Rihanna, Anne Hathaway expected to join female 'Ocean's Eight'
wanderlustAug. 17, 2016 - 09:14AM JST
A common remark is that the USA comprises around 300 milion people, and all they come with to run the country are these two!
Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world?
wanderlustAug. 15, 2016 - 09:48AM JST
The 'Lords of the RIngs' will demand priority travel and special lanes for members of the 'Olympic village', the IOC, committee members and families, officials, sponsors, VIPs and athletes to get from their hotels and accommodation to venues; everyone else, such as spectators will have to take their chance with either public transport or cars.
That's the Olympic way...
Posted in: The biggest problem in Tokyo will be traffic congestion because there are many narrow roads in the city.
wanderlustAug. 12, 2016 - 08:23AM JST
Although it goes against your natural sense of preservation; it is always better to not fight against their power and tire yourself out, and let the rip currents take you out to sea; then swim parallel down the beach/ coast until you can get inshore again.
Unfortunately, although there are warnings here, there is little information what to do if you are caught in one.
RIP Grandad and Miho
Posted in: 8-year-old girl, grandfather drown at Ibaraki beach
wanderlustAug. 10, 2016 - 06:31PM JST
Big pharma also use social media to reach out to patients and potential patients to inform them of available treatments, and if people access websites in other countries, they can by-pass local restrictions on professional access only. This enables 'pull' marketing where the patients then demand these treatments from the physician, as opposed to 'pushing' the physician to prescribe it. Few would argue that these company supported websites are not biased in favour of their own medicines.
Although patients are generally better informed nowadays, it begs the questions as to who is responsible for their treatment, if they go outside of the physician's comfort zone, or develop side effects or an adverse reaction to the treatment. There is often more to the care of a patient than just having the latest and allegedly 'best' medicine.
Posted in: Patients on social media cause ethics headache for doctors
wanderlustAug. 09, 2016 - 10:28AM JST
Pretty sure that GCHQ (UK's version of the NSA) would check all of China's code for back doors and problems, they already do it for other Chinese IT products. This is just an over-sophisticated kettle for generating steam for power, not a nuclear weapon producing plant, that is done elsewhere. And it is for only 7% of the UK power.
Posted in: UK ties with China at risk over nuclear plant deal
wanderlustAug. 09, 2016 - 10:21AM JST
Amazon's almost monopolistic economies of scale and global reach can bring benefits to buyers, but at the same time can exert undue pressure on retailers to lower margins and profits with the threat of not selling their goods. Looks like their abuse of power is about to backfire.
Posted in: Amazon Japan offices raided in antitrust case
wanderlustAug. 04, 2016 - 09:47AM JST
It's just a token gesture to the local (Japan) organisers, to give them a better chance for some medals, and try to justify the costs of dealing with the Lords of the Rings.
Posted in: IOC approves addition of 5 sports for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
wanderlustAug. 03, 2016 - 02:43PM JST
Which Japanese soldier will decide on his or her own judgement to launch an anti-missile missile at one of Kim's Rodong missiles to defend their country?
By the time the warning goes back to Kasumigaseki, they find all the committee members, assemble them, discuss it, and make a decision; the missile would have landed.
Do they have practical ROEs? (Rules of Engagement)
Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile into sea near Japan's territorial waters
wanderlustAug. 03, 2016 - 02:13PM JST
@blocpartymuse - have to second that. I bought multiple copies of 'Being Mortal' for my family members, to help them understand the issues and support the decisions which we had to make.
Posted in: How far we're prepared to go medically to prolong life
wanderlustAug. 03, 2016 - 10:07AM JST
Lets hope that the passenger protection air bag works with the usual Subaru reliability, part of it comes from Takata, though not the inflator, that's from AutoLiv.
For car geeks, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd will change its company name to “SUBARU CORPORATION” with effect from April 1, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the company. It's come a long way since Chikuhei Nakajima established the Aircraft Research Laboratory in 1917.
Posted in: Fuji Heavy unveils new Impreza sedan/hatchback
wanderlustAug. 03, 2016 - 09:59AM JST
Sounds very similar to Toshiba with employees unable to say 'No'. Perhaps some of the management and business consultants who used to drool over Japanese companies' management, performance and staff might like to review their notes?
Posted in: Mitsubishi scandal probe finds unrealistic goals, conflicts
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Aug. 28, 2016 - 05:32PM JST
Oh, god, here it is again, a massive stupid waste of taxpayers' money. Before getting any…
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Aug. 28, 2016 - 05:30PM JST
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Aug. 28, 2016 - 05:25PM JST
I hope they find her alive and well. As for why we went missing... Why would…
Posted in: 7-year-old girl missing in Nagano town
Aug. 28, 2016 - 05:24PM JST
Could've been a burglar that missed his footing. The 2nd floor seems a little low for…
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