Bertel Schmitt is in Shanghai the whole week, and behind the infamous firewall. This might, and most likely will, impede the posting of news and articles during this week.
Tis the season when car executives all over the globe either go home to their families, or go on vacation with their families to far-away lands. It also is a Christmas tradition that the Dailykanban takes a week off. We’ll use it to re-charge our batteries, to scarf-up all the food in sight, and we shall return on Monday, January 2nd.
We apologize, but you will have to get by without the usual Dailykanban fare for a few days. Ed is in Paris with his true love Andrea, and lovers in Paris, what shall I say. I am off to China to hunt down a very interesting exclusive story.
I will try filling the pages to the best of my capabilities. However, doing it from China might be very hard. Our Morning News depend heavily on Google searches, but Google and China don’t get along. One used to be able to get around the firewall with a VPN, but with the help of Cisco, VPNs and China also no longer get along.
Ed and I will be back on November 4th.
This is the time for introspection in the auto industry, and for racking up a last batch of frequent flyer miles. The increasingly expatriate management of global automakers is filling the Delta flight from Shanghai to Detroit, Lufthansa from Beijing to Frankfurt, ANA from Guangzhou to Narita. In Europe, executives traditionally max out the calendar (take 5 days off, gain two weeks of holidays) and won’t be back before January 6th. In America, they celebrate the first real you-know-what since carmageddon. Even in busy-beaver Japan, they will stop working for 5 minutes , to celebrate oshogatsu (New Year) with mochi (rice cakes) and perhaps the ritual hime hajime (NSFW in the U.S.).
Only the Daily Kanban won’t rest.
Dear Ed and Bertel, I have noticed that The Daily Kanban (TDK) has no space for comments on it at all. Knowing this is a WP-based site, I would like to know why TDK doesn’t have room for readers/commenters to share their opinions about your articles and provide insights into a situation you two might be writing about. If possible, please amend this situation. Thanks, Edward Mann
I understand your frustration, but we have decided against having a comment section at TDK for now. My experience tells me that tending to a comment section rapidly becomes as much work as writing and research, and both Bertel and I would rather keep focused on our work than chase spam or slay trolls.
The good news is that we will regularly be posting reader feedback from our contact form, so please feel free to send us your thoughts on anything you read here. Hopefully this way we will have something more akin to a curated conversation, where the best comments become the jumping-off point for further research or debate. Please clearly identify any confidential feedback, and the name you wish to be identified with.
You can also share your thoughts with Bertel and myself on Twitter: our handles are @BertelTTAC and @Tweetermeyer respectively.
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