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ADK99Apr. 15, 2014 - 09:59AM JST
I've worked with Riken for many years and as a taxpayer was appalled to discover this system existed. I will stick up for Riken though, as I know for a fact that it's a major irritant to the researchers. As @timeon stated, they were in the ridiculous position of not being allowed to carry money over (even if they had a clear need for it in the following year) and of facing a reduction in budget if they underspent. I know people there who basically spent most of the last month of the year trying to spend exactly the right amount of money - no more, no less. It's a massive systemic fault, not something restricted to Riken - it's no wonder we have such a massive national debt.
What this nonsense means is that there is almost no way to bring down public expenditure without cutting services. Nobody within the system has any incentive to find efficiencies. Which is why, for all it's faults, the previous administration deserves credit for going through the budget line-by-line with a big red pen and eliminating a lot of waste.
Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine
ADK99Apr. 01, 2014 - 10:43AM JST
@magicmodelol - it certainly should not have been Japan in 2022. Japan co-hosted in 2002 and there is no shortage of countries willing and able to host (and with better records on human rights and corruption than Qatar and Russia).
Posted in: Japan ready to take over Qatar World Cup, JFA chief says
ADK99Mar. 31, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
Frungy, I think even in Japan the burden of proof is on the prosecution, not the defence. Would love to see criminal prosecutions if there is anyone still alive to prosecute though, this case is a horrible disgrace.
Posted in: Freed death row convict's compensation will probably be paltry
ADK99Mar. 27, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
@BurakuminDes, we might take you up on that!
Donny, thanks for your understanding. The issue is not the cost of accommodation/food as all the riders are paying for themselves anyway. I think it was more a case of having to draw a line somewhere and start saying "no" at a certain number to prevent the group size from becoming unmanageable. I've personally had a dozen people ask to join since the riders were finalized, and it's likely that the other riders are in the same boat.
Posted in: 21 'salarymen' to cycle from Tokyo to Minamisanriku to raise funds for Tohoku
ADK99Mar. 26, 2014 - 11:16AM JST
Donny, my understanding is that we're not accepting any more riders for logistical reasons, and there are quite a number of people on the waiting list in case of drop-outs. I will double-check with the organizer though, just in case.
Great job with your own cycling events, looks like they were a great success!
ADK99Mar. 25, 2014 - 09:37AM JST
In addition to the 21 "salarymen", Angela Ortiz of OGA for Aid will also do the ride.
It's a great cause so your donations would be greatly appreciated!
ADK99Mar. 20, 2014 - 11:14AM JST
It's nice that he wants relations with China to improve, but he simply doesn't have the mandate for this. Foreign policy is none of his business, nor was it that of that old buffoon Ishihara.
We have a simple system in place here - if you want to be involved in foreign policy, become a diplomat or seek national election and join a foreign affairs committee or become foreign minister. If not, mind your own business and let the foreign ministry and minister do their job (no matter how ineptly)
Posted in: Tokyo governor vows to patch up relations with China
ADK99Mar. 19, 2014 - 08:35AM JST
Rather strange of people to criticise a company for making a gift - with or without PR value - when there are many, many companies and individuals who give nothing.
Posted in: Tsunami survivor’s Y1.2 mil camera: heart-felt gift or PR stunt?
ADK99Mar. 17, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
Taj - I think one of the (many) NHK scandals was over misuse of funds. That gave people a very direct reason to refuse to pay.
Posted in: Even if viewers threaten to cancel payment because of my remarks, they still have to pay if they own TVs.
ADK99Feb. 01, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
Exactly why all national utilities should be nationalized. Essential services ought to be run - and priced - for the benefit of society, not stockholders.
Posted in: TEPCO reports Y772.9 bil profit for April-December
ADK99Jan. 31, 2014 - 08:29PM JST
It would have been really nice if, the writer had taken a moment to include the LINK that would allow us to "assist with just a click of the mouse".
Posted in: Tohoku needs visitors
ADK99Jan. 15, 2014 - 07:17PM JST
The Japanese certainly do LOVE to make announcements!!!
Posted in: Couple suspected of over 150 cases of pickpocketing in game arcades
ADK99Dec. 20, 2013 - 04:05PM JST
That in the so-called Land of the Free people can be criminalized for using a naturally occurring substance in the privacy of their own homes beggars belief. By all means throw the book at people for crimes committed under the influence - or indeed committed when sober - but a grown man should be able to do what he wants at home.
Posted in: The pitfalls of legalizing drugs
ADK99Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:17PM JST
@Lettie Lec, you might be right that Brazil might be safer than people think BUT a murder rate of somewhere between 22 and 27 per 100,000 people (wiki) compares rather badly with 0.4 per 100,000 in Japan. More than FIFTY times worse, in fact.
And then there's this:
Posted in: The heat is on as FIFA announces World Cup complicated draw procedure
ADK99Dec. 04, 2013 - 11:55AM JST
The draw isn't particularly complicated and it doesn't differ significantly from previous world cups.
Switzerland are seeded because they were sufficiently high in Fifa's rankings. Unfortunately some teams (I think Italy and Holland, for example) who might otherwise have hoped to be seeded cocked it up by foolishly scheduling friendly matches against very weak teams, thus bringing down their average ranking. It's an imperfect system but at least it's based on a formula. A few World Cups ago the clowns at Fifa were just deciding the seeds themselves. Given the corrupt nature of the organization, it's probably better to use the formula.
ADK99Nov. 14, 2013 - 01:15PM JST
1.9% annualized growth for an economy with a shrinking population actually sounds pretty good to me.
Posted in: Japan economic growth halves in July-Sept quarter
ADK99Oct. 18, 2013 - 11:35AM JST
He wasn't on that island, he was on one of the smaller islands in the chain. It seems highly unlikely that he "self evacuated" himself to a smaller nearby island to escape from the typhoon.
Posted in: Izu Oshima mayor under fire for not issuing evacuation order
ADK99Oct. 16, 2013 - 09:45AM JST
As of about 20 minutes ago at Kanda station, all the JR trains were suspended (Yamanote, Chuo, keihin Tohoku). Ginza line was running but with some delays. JR English page then was saying that almost all lines were suspended.
Keio Inokashira line is running out of Shibuya now.
(Specific information from my girlfriend's journey to work!)
Posted in: Powerful typhoon pummels Kanto; heads toward Fukushima
ADK99Oct. 10, 2013 - 10:57AM JST
5,000 to get in, which includes your bento. You're definitely paying to watch, and if you're not interested in the show then you absolutely shouldn't go.
Drinks are pretty cheap, 500 yen for namas and I think 300 or 400 for chuhi.
Posted in: Robot Restaurant
ADK99Oct. 10, 2013 - 10:44AM JST
Oh, and it's not a strip club. Bikinis, no more. (Or less, depending on how you look at it)
Apr. 23, 2014 - 05:33PM JST
How about letting groups that monitor police brutality use them in the big US cities like…
Posted in: Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass
Apr. 23, 2014 - 05:28PM JST
They'll publish a bunch of blank spaces, blacked-out sections, filling the gaps with potty-breaks and throat-clearing.…
Posted in: Gov't starts publishing minutes of cabinet meetings for first time
Apr. 23, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
Avast ya matees! Man the poop deck!
Posted in: Pirates raid Japanese tanker in Malacca Strait
Apr. 23, 2014 - 05:20PM JST
@Kakurenbo, exactly! There's a recently published study by two Princeton and Harvard economists that essentially concluded…
Posted in: Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands
Apr. 23, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
jpn_guyApr. 23, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
completely glossing over its construction with slave labor
Posted in: Obama, Abe to address negative images at summit