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    gonemad

    Today it's fingerprints, tomorrow it will be iris scans...

    Posted in: Security researcher cautions against striking Japan’s favorite picture pose

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    gonemad

    I wonder why employees still have to report working hours at all? Why don't they check-in/out electronically and working hours are reported automatically? Aren't we in the 21st century?

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    gonemad

    First, he has to revoke NAFTA. Like other treaties of this kind, NAFTA probably has defined transition periods for this case which should be long enough for Toyota not to care. Just more hot air from the Donald...

    Posted in: What do you think about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's threat to slap punitive tariffs on Toyota's Mexico-built cars that are imported into the U.S.?

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    gonemad

    I wonder how people can value vengeance and costs higher than the life of innocent persons, which get convicted erroneously?

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    gonemad

    It looks like Trump prefers different sources for his briefings...

    http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/19322/Mossad-Shin-Bet-heads-brief-Trump-team

    Posted in: Mr Trump, here's what other presidents learned from the CIA

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    gonemad

    Japan isn't giving away billions of yen. It's decommissioned boats from it's overaged fleet. The scrap value can't be high. The intention behind this deal is probably more to make it easier for politicians to grant money for new boats for the Japanese coast guard.

    Posted in: Japan gives Malaysia two patrol boats

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    gonemad

    This (the addendum) is a clarification, the actual treaty does not change

    So in other words, it is a useless piece of paper. Let me see how my bank reacts when I add a unilateral 'clarification' to our house loan contract.

    Posted in: Belgium breaks deadlock over EU-Canada free trade pact

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    gonemad

    Kishimoto, who was in charge of the Tsukiji market, will be demoted to the administration officer of the Bureau of General Affairs and assigned to investigate the problem including compiling reports on the matter, Koike said.

    Do I understand this correctly that the main responsible for the mess now gets the task to continue the investigation about what went wrong? I this a joke?

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    gonemad

    Fortunately, no one in our family watches prime-time TV nonsense any more. That said, there is no restriction in any form regarding the media consumption of our daughter. It doesn't mean we don't care, we do keep an eye on what she watches. The important point is that she can always talk to us when she gets into contact with disturbing (not only violent) content. When you put up barriers, children will try to circumvent them just out of curiosity, but as a result they will not be able to talk their parents easily, because they first have to admit they broke the rules. Leaving our children alone digesting excessive violence (both physical and mental, btw!) is one of the worst failures we can commit in education.

    Last but not least, many programs aimed at children are incredibly violent as well, albeit typically in a less striking form. It's important to talk about this violence as well.

    Posted in: What's your view on violence in prime-time TV shows? Do you try and restrict what your young children watch?

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    gonemad

    “Supposedly we all want the same goal. I’ve heard that again and again,” a visibly angry Kerry told the council. “Everybody sits there and says we want a united Syria, secular, respecting the rights of all people, in which the people of Syria can choose their leadership.

    How can he say this when it doesn't even reflect the position of the US, let alone it's allies?

    Posted in: U.S., Russia abandon diplomatic niceties in testy Syria debate

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    gonemad

    They had also agreed to keep the nuclear fuel cycle intact and would set up a committee to decide a policy for future fast-breeder development by the end of the year.

    Seems you guys haven't read this line. There's your next trillions going...

    Posted in: Japan likely to scrap Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor

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    gonemad

    From where are they generating money?

    @Schopenhauer, this money is from decades of surpluses in the balance of trade. Japanese politicians like to boast about the huge surpluses, but all this money has to be invested into foreign assets or given as a credit to foreign entities. The sum of trade surpluses or deficits of all countries is zero. So when you have countries with an (almost) permanent surplus, there must be others with a permanent deficit, which at some point will default on their loans. This is what happened here, just that Japans spares Cuba the loss of face.

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    gonemad

    but are young ready to vote?

    Why don't you ask the same question when it comes to older people?

    Posted in: Japan lowers voting age, but are young ready to vote?

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    gonemad

    Yamato and his sister should be taken away from the parents immediately, as they almost killed him.

    We have now read about this case daily for two weeks. The parents have gone too far, that's sure. But abuse is still another category and from what I have read so far I don't feel in the position to judge it. There are a lot of important details missing which make the fine line between a (terrible) mistake and abuse. The fact that the boy almost got killed as a consequence is not relevant per se. But even if come to the conclusion that this case actually constitutes abuse, it doesn't mean that the children should be taken away from their parents. That would probably place a much higher psychological burden on them than what has happened so far. What we have to judge against is the danger of a repeated abuse in future. I'm glad that this difficult decision is not with a self-righteous crowd in the net lusting for vengeance at any cost.

    How often do we have to read about this, parents locking their kids in plastic containers, leaving them at pachinko parlors, or in cars while they go into said parlors, tying them to trees, putting cigarettes out on them, etc., before something effective is done?

    The mere fact that I don't remember ever having read any of this shows me that you're heavily exaggerating. For what purpose?

    Posted in: Abandoned boy reflects Japan's attitude on discipline, abuse

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    gonemad

    “They might buy one piece; if it’s very special, it’s very valuable, has a memory of a trip somewhere,” Quinlan said.

    And this won't happen when you sell the same boring stuff everywhere.

    Posted in: Luxury brands struggle to attract Internet generation

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    gonemad

    Yes, Abe should visit Pearl Harbour, but only after going to Nanjing.

    Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima?

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    gonemad

    As others have mentioned, Japan's productivity is already quite low when compared to other western countries. With an increase of only 15% (not 13%) in 29 years, which is less than 0.5% increase per year, Japan would be left behind in the dust. Actually, much higher increases in productivity are required if Japan wants to keep up with the rest of the world. Japan has much bigger problems than the population decline.

    Posted in: By 2045, there will be 13% fewer workers per person in Japan. That means each worker would need to produce 13% more in terms of economic value to offset the decline and maintain current living standards.

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    gonemad

    If torture is part of the price you pay for targeting our law abiding communities with terror

    @Akula, how come you don't see the inherent contradiction?

    Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to prevent a terrorist attack or capture criminals?

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    gonemad

    Takata acknowledged the concealment but told the Journal that the instances were not related to the airbag explosions.

    Then what else do you hide?

    Posted in: U.S. Takata employees warned of airbag issues: report

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    gonemad

    the quality of fruits shipped from the prefecture is “fully vouched for.”

    What does this mean specifically?

    @Heda_Madness

    Even the farmers said they did not eat the rice** in 2013.**

    137Cs has a half life of 30 years, so the radiation level is practically the same today.

    But as you know things have changed a lot since then and now rice from Fukushima is below the acceptable Japanese levels (well below European acceptable levels).

    What exactly has changed since 2013?

    That said, I still agree with you that most of the food produced in Fukushima should be safe. It's a matter of control and trust in the controls. Just some oyaji politicians munching Fukushima food in front of a TV camera doesn't help to inspire trust...

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