CH3CHO's past comments

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    CH3CHO

    Food.

    For most of Japanese, eating the specialties of the visiting places is half of the joy of traveling. Britain has developed such a bad reputation of poor food culture among Japanese. Who would go for sandwiches and fish and chips when full course French dinner or banquet of Mediterranean seafood is offered in nearby countries?

    I hope I am wrong with my understanding of British food culture.

    Posted in: Bringing Britain to life for Japanese visitors

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    CH3CHO

    So you are saying the ward office will hand over cash to the homeless person which I guess would be a monthly amount. People claiming welfare support are usually required to be visited by a worker from the office so how would that happen with a homeless person?

    A homeless person visits the welfare window of the city hall every month to get the cash.

    Is there anything is the manual you linked that states or implies that homeless people are not eligible for welfare payment because they do not have a place of living? No, there is not.

    I still believe you haven't given a single answer in how a homeless person stops being homeless.

    You know that the social welfare payment includes allowance for rental housing.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

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    CH3CHO

    zichiOct. 30, 2014 - 01:38PM JST

    What homeless people need to do first is to see a real counselor rather than a half-baked informant, who often makes wrong advice.

    A person who has no place to live is eligible for social welfare payment. Period. City welfare officials are not the kindest people around, and they use all the tricks to turn down social welfare applications. What one has to do is to stick to the letters of the law and claim the due rights. Forget about the silly "bank account" story or "connection to the area" story. They are all red herrings. Just claim, get the forms, turn in and get the money.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

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    jerseyboyOct. 30, 2014 - 11:47AM JST

    CH3CHO -- thanks, but i"ll take her opinion over yours.

    Do so at your own risk. But believing in falsehood would contribute nothing to the better relationship between Korea and Japan.

    Posted in: We were snatched, like flowers that have been picked before they bloom. They took everything away from us. When I think back I remember only tremendous pain. We were not living as human beings.

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    zichiOct. 29, 2014 - 04:13PM JST

    Seikatsu hogo ho

    Article 19 Prefectural Governors, Mayors and Chiefs of townships or villages who maintain a welfare office as stipulated by Social Welfare Law must decide and execute the protection of following persons.

    1 a person in need who has a place of living in the jurisdiction of the welfare office,

    2 a person in need who does not have a place of living or whose place of living is unknown, but who presently exists in the jurisdiction of the welfare office.

    article 73 Prefectures must bear the following costs.

    1 One fourth of the amount of welfare payment, administrative costs and trustee costs that city, township, or village paid for a person who does not have a place of living or whose place of living is unknown.

    Article 65 National government must bear the following costs.

    1 Three fourth of the amount of welfare payment, administrative costs and trustee costs that city, township or village or prefecture paid.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

  • -3

    CH3CHO

    Who is Yu Hui Nam? Here is another report on her.

    http://news.yahoo.com/pm-abe-sees-opening-replace-japans-comfort-women-164348593.html

    "We were snatched, like flowers that have been picked before they bloom," said Yu Hui-nam earlier this year. She was 16 when she was taken from her home in South Korea to work in a brothel in the Japanese city of Osaka. "They took everything away from us. When I think back I remember only tremendous pain. We were not living as human beings,"

    Japanese military set up iansho (comfort stations) in occupied areas overseas. There were no known iansho in Japan. Prostitution was not illegal in Japan in those days and Osaka had quite a number of privately run brothels. The Japanese military had no intention to set up iansho in a city where licensed brothels were readily available.

    She may be lured into one of those privately run brothels by some pimps. But I think government involvement is least credible in her case.

    Posted in: We were snatched, like flowers that have been picked before they bloom. They took everything away from us. When I think back I remember only tremendous pain. We were not living as human beings.

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    zichiOct. 28, 2014 - 06:45PM JST

    to obtain any "social welfare payment" requires the applicant to already having an address.

    I really hate to see this misinformation keeps spreading in the internet. Having an address has nothing to do with eligibility of social welfare payment. That is what the law says.

    Now, the misinformation has spread so widely, even streetwise people tell their friends that a homeless is not eligible for the payment, contributing to certain chunk of the suicides by homeless people.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

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    CH3CHO

    Zichi, "social welfare payment" (seikatsu hogo hi) for a family of 4 in Tokyo is 269,790 yen per month. http://生活保護.biz/

    By properly filling out the forms, any Japanese can get that amount. Homelessness should not be a problem.

    Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out

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    CH3CHO

    Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan? "Today is under construction."

    Japanese has "double subject sentences" whereas English does not have "double subject sentences". Double subject sentences are not limited to Japanese but can be found in many languages. http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/bls/past_meetings/bls33/abstracts_web/Salmon.pdf

    Anyone who has learned Japanese may be familiar with such double subject sentences like 今日は天気が良い (Today, the weather is good.) or 象は鼻が長い (Elephants, nose is long.) Japanese has particles は and が to make double subject sentences. Like the author says, the original Japanese sentence may have been a double subject sentence, "Today , the waterfall is under maintenance." If the person who translated the sentence took the wrong subject for the subject of the English sentence, the outcome is something like that in the photo.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

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    CH3CHO

    The total net savings of the private sector equal the amount of government debt.

    This equation is one of the basics in the macro economics. You can see that in the "flow of funds" tables issued by central banks. http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/z1/current/z1.pdf See "Flow of Funds Matrix for 2013" on page 16.

    Now, if somehow the government balances the budget in the long run and the government debt becomes zero, so is the total net savings of the private sector. Who wants that happen?

    Posted in: Senior gov't official calls for Abe to delay sales tax hike

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    CH3CHO

    This kind of article contributes nothing to real knowledge or understanding of the situation, but rather makes people believe in oversimplified view and stereotype.

    One must be cautious to this kind of material during war time, just as during war times in the past.

    Posted in: Joining Islamic State is about sex and aggression, not religion

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    fxgaiOct. 22, 2014 - 05:36PM JST

    Yeah, no need to pay all the debt back, but letting it snowball bigger endlessly

    The interest rate of long term (10 year) Japanese Government bond is less that 0.50% pa. If you crunch the numbers, you will find that it takes 139 years for the debt to double. Whereas, with just 1% inflation rate, the price of goods goes up to 4 times of the current level during that 139 years. That means the debt is halved in real terms. So much for the snow ball story.

    In addition, the government can print as much yen as it wants through Bank of Japan. So, the government does not need to worry about the repayment. Is anyone worried about inflation? The economic problem in Japan is deflation and the one and only cure to deflation is inflation.

    Posted in: Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit

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    CH3CHO

    The problem is that there is no political party and intellectual opposition in Japan to counter the government’s claims.

    The article only mentions LDP, Your Party and Ishin. All of them are right to ultra-right wing. He should meet politicians of Democratic Party of Japan, Japan Communist Party, or Social Democratic Party to find a left wing politician.

    StrangerlandOct. 22, 2014 - 08:35AM JST

    Whenever politics come up in my business, and it's fairly rare, I just politely opt out of it.

    That is the wise way. Most Japanese business men do the same. Business is busines. Politics is politics.

    Posted in: Japanese politics: Foreign executives beware

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    jerseyboyOct. 22, 2014 - 11:09AM JST

    Are you kidding? Japan does not impose any tariff on imported cars, while US impose 2.5% tariff on cars and 25% tariff on trucks. The US is proposing to reduce the tariff on cars and trucks over the coming 30 years.

    I am not sure if I am still alive in 30 years.

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

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    CH3CHO

    U.S. and Japanese negotiators were closing the gap on trade in farm goods and vehicles

    The vehicles. Here is a good report on the vehicles.

    "Detroit Three urge 30-year tariff phase-out on Japan cars"

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/02/us-usa-japan-autos-idUSBRE96114720130702

    Detroit should open up its market.

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

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    David Franklin Delano NortonOct. 22, 2014 - 09:17AM JST

    Legality is determined by the culture. Japanese culture accepts these pictures as legal.

    You need to know the "international" definition of child pornography before singling out Japanese culture. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/OPSCCRC.aspx

    Article 2

    (c) Child pornography means any representation, by whatever means, of a child engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a child for primarily sexual purposes.

    The material that some people here keep calling "child pornography" is not child pornography under international definition.

    On top of this, the US made following reservation to the traety to further limit the scope of child pornography. Is it reflection of their culture???

    https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-11-c&chapter=4&lang=en

    (3) THE TERM "CHILD PORNOGRAPHY".-The United States understands the term "child pornography", as defined in Article 2(c) of the Protocol, to mean the visual representation of a child engaged in real or simulated sexual activities or of the genitalia of a child where the dominant characteristic is depiction for a sexual purpose.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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    nandakandamandaOct. 21, 2014 - 12:25PM JST

    Contrary to what you might believe, it is almost always the parents that make their daughter pose as a model in convicted child pornography cases, and that is for money.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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    Cortes ElijahOct. 21, 2014 - 08:00AM JST

    But you have to define what child pornography is, first.

    Some people seem to think that what he thinks child pornography is child pornography, and that anyone who produce or distribute "child pornography" should be put in jail. That is nothing but dictatorship. The argument "It is a child porn because I think it is," is both dangerous and childish.

    As you see, I am saying this to protect the rule of law, not child pornography.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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    CH3CHO

    JTDanManOct. 20, 2014 - 01:08AM JST

    Your focusing on this instance and this instance only is poor thinking

    In human right violation cases, every case is important. The victims are not just numbers.

    In addition, this case will set a precedent to the freedom of press in Korea, one way or the other. If a bad precedent is set, Koreans will have hard time to overturn it.

    Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter

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    NathalieBOct. 20, 2014 - 02:00AM JST

    the depiction of "a pose of a child who is naked totally or partially in order to arouse or stimulate the viewer's sexual desire."

    The legal definition of "partially naked" is rather contested, but majority opinion is that it means the state of a person where some of the clothes are removed from normal wearing style. So, if a sock is removed from right foot but another is worn on the left foot, she is partially naked, and we must do the arousal test to see if the picture is a child pornography. On the other hand, if a girl is wearing a swimsuit such as bikini, and if no cloths are removed from the suit, she is not partially naked. Likewise, if a girl wears a whole set of clothes but some of the underwear is peeking, she is not partially naked.

    But the definition of child pornography in the international treaty is much more restricted. By the treaty definition, if "sexual parts" are hidden, it is no child pornography.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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