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    albaleo

    CNN? Seriously?

    Their poll was not an online poll like the others listed above. It was a poll of of people who watched the debate. So somewhat more serious.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 2

    albaleo

    Perhaps Fukui should erect a statue in commemoration of those killed at the Bình An massacre.

    Posted in: Fukui mayor cancels trip to S Korea over 'comfort women' statue

  • 1

    albaleo

    I imagine many in the UK are happy with both May and Corbyn being leaders of their respective parties. They make a change from the recent Blair-Cameron types. Debates in the House of Commons may even become interesting. Only time will tell whether it works in the country's interest.

    I wonder how many in the US wish they had a choice between the likes of May and Corbyn rather than what they are being offered.

    Posted in: Jeremy Corbyn re-elected leader of divided UK Labour Party

  • 2

    albaleo

    It's not fear mongering to tell people to be prepared.

    @Aly, I don't think anyone will disagree with that, or the general idea that the big one is coming. But using a pattern of smaller earthquakes as some kind of precursor is not very helpful. "we just had one the other day" has been the typical situation in Tokyo since goodness knows when.

    Posted in: Strong earthquake hits off Chiba

  • 0

    albaleo

    @Morris135

    It seems it is more than that. You can see the report at the link below. It describes their definitions and methodologies at the end. It doesn't appear to be based on card usage.

    https://newsroom.mastercard.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/FINAL-Global-Destination-Cities-Index-Report.pdf

    Posted in: Bangkok edges out London as world's top travel destination: Mastercard

  • 0

    albaleo

    Does anyone remember Prodigy? Netscape Navigator? AOL? MySpace? VoIP? Callback services? Iridium?

    You seem to have forgotten Compuserve already. :-)

    Posted in: Twitter enables longer tweets as part of growth push

  • 0

    albaleo

    What happened to the sokaiya? They weren't slow to criticize. (But really, is that kind of thing now over?)

    Posted in: Japanese investors are weak in activism. Only a fraction of shareholders are actively involved with the company management.

  • 3

    albaleo

    brings to mind Obama's description of the Fort Hood shootings as "workplace violence"

    Except Obama didn't say that. It was the Pentagon that used that description.

    Posted in: Blast injures 29 in upscale New York City area

  • 0

    albaleo

    Just because someone taught English at some Japanese company doesn't mean they know squat about a company or business.

    It doesn't mean they don't either.

    Posted in: Japanese investors are weak in activism. Only a fraction of shareholders are actively involved with the company management.

  • 0

    albaleo

    Thankfully, I'm from a country which doesn't get into too much of a patriotic lather over this silliness

    @Jimizo, sadly, I think there are signs that 'patriotism' is coming back into fashion in the UK too. Remembrance services in November have taken on a more triumphalist tone than those I remember as a kid. Soldiers are called heroes. And the BBC reporting always makes it clear that drugs in sport is something done by foreigners.

    I sometimes chuckle of the memory of my dad being the only person (except for me) standing for the national anthem at the cinema as others rushed for the exits. Oh, the embarrassment, but he did what he thought was right. And I remember when Tommie Smith and John Carlos became my heroes at the Mexico Olympics. They also did what they thought was right.

    Posted in: America divided on flag, anthem, other symbols

  • 0

    albaleo

    Anything that looks like a minivan shouldn't be marketed at single people.

    I was thinking the same. My first car in Japan back in the day was a Daihatsu van (Atrai). This model looks much the same in size and configuration. Ours was used for carting around the family and various junk. Performance sacrificed for space. What does the single 30 year-old need the space for? Maybe it's for the insurance sales ladies with all those free gifts and such to hand out.

    Posted in: Daihatsu targets new light car at single women

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    albaleo

    The only thing NEC won't do is actually hire candidates with educations in electronics, engineering, or computer science, instead of French literature, agriculture, and social science. Like all big Japanese companies, NEC hires the most helpless of new grads it can find

    While I've never worked at NEC, I'll assume their hiring policy is not so different from other electronic and tech companies in Japan. While the types you describe might be hired in the business divisions, the tech divisions absolutely hire candidates with engineering and scientific qualifications.

    Posted in: We plan to upgrade the program so that it can analyze the body language of applicants during interviews and use this data to help decide whether they should be hired.

  • 0

    albaleo

    This is just plain stupid.

    Which is perhaps why they are doing it. Easier to do stupid than do difficult. Who's going to say whether the outcome was good or not? Building robots for something useful as you suggest is a different matter. It's all too easy to know whether that works or not.

    Posted in: We plan to upgrade the program so that it can analyze the body language of applicants during interviews and use this data to help decide whether they should be hired.

  • 3

    albaleo

    Sorry to be a pedant, but more importantly, Renho is the first woman to lead any major political party in Japan.

    Doi Takako?

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  • 0

    albaleo

    They weren't hornets, they were yellow-jacket wasps, according to the Japanese news.

    The article I read in the Mainichi said they were キイロスズメバチ which translates as Vespa simillima or Japanese (yellow) hornet. I think wasps have the scientific name of Vespula. (Vespula vulgaris = common wasp, Vespula sulphurea = California Yellow Jacket)

    Posted in: 115 marathon runners stung by hornets in Gifu

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    albaleo

    The customers of the aerospace firms you mention tend to be wealthy and peaceful countries like Norway, Singapore, Canada, etc., and the hardware tends not to see a lot of battlefield action.

    Do you have any data on that? It's difficult to find clear information. But, for example, I find one source that says Norway imported $18 million of arms in 2014. Other sources tell me that US firms export 1000 times that amount in military goods.

    Posted in: Smart weapons, dumb armies

  • 0

    albaleo

    This has to be the scandal of the century

    Do you mean the defective Takata products or the whole concept of fitting airbags in the first place? I just read that GM have recalled 3.6 million vehicles for a different airbag fault, in this case in the software. You have to wonder how many of the enforced safety enhancements in vehicles over the years are in our interests or the interests of various groups of manufacturers.

    Posted in: BMW recalls 110,000 cars in Japan over Takata air bags

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    albaleo

    @OssanAmerica

    Thanks. I'd assumed the sword was ceremonial. But it still seems at odds with the previous article about swords in an emblem. Ceremonies and emblems are similar in that they are generally symbolic things. Is there any ceremonial occasion where katana are used?

    Posted in: Inspecting the troops

  • 1

    albaleo

    In an article in yesterday's JT, there was this part:

    However, unlike certain military organizations, such as the United States Marine Corps, none of the GSDF uniforms have personnel wearing a sword. The last time soldiers in Japan carried swords was in World War II, during the days of the Imperial Japanese Army.

    So who are these guys? JASDF, JMSDF, or JGSDF?

    Posted in: Inspecting the troops

  • 0

    albaleo

    Today's all about the Old Firm, not politics.

    So it would seem. I can find this article in JT, Al Arabiya, and the Telegraph but not in any Scottish news outlets.

    a professional soccer player before becoming a politician,

    His football career wasn't exactly glamorous (East Fife). He was also a town planning officer for many years after he quit football.

    Posted in: Scotland will not hold another independence vote for five years, says former leader

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