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Craig DandridgeJun. 02, 2013 - 11:37AM JST
Unbelievable. Someone at TEPCO really needs to go to jail.
Posted in: TEPCO seeks yet more cash for Fukushima payouts
Craig DandridgeMay. 17, 2013 - 07:49PM JST
More than 2.5 million people live in Osaka. Is Mr. Hashimoto really the best they can do?
Posted in: Hashimoto says he lacked sensitivity to U.S. perception of prostitution
Craig DandridgeMay. 15, 2013 - 11:14AM JST
Sharp Reshuffles: Different Cards, Same Old Deck
Posted in: Sharp reshuffles management after record loss
Craig DandridgeMay. 13, 2013 - 08:32PM JST
This "Opinion" piece is based on a nonsensical premise: Why you should not expand your mind or learn about another culture.
Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese
Craig DandridgeMay. 13, 2013 - 07:43PM JST
More evidence that Japanese government officials should never be allowed to name anything...
Posted in: 'Mother, help me' fraud: NPA, public select new name for bank transfer scam
Craig DandridgeMay. 11, 2013 - 12:18PM JST
How much free time is too much free time? I think we have the answer!
Posted in: Man arrested for cutting off women's clothes as they slept
Craig DandridgeApr. 20, 2013 - 12:57PM JST
More lip service from Mr. Abe. How about some concrete legislation on the matter?
Posted in: Abe says women are key to Japan's economic revival
Craig DandridgeApr. 18, 2013 - 09:23PM JST
With Captain Abe at the helm, I fear the good ship Japan is doomed... Giving Abe a second at the apple was clearly a desperate gambit by a moribund Japanese political system so completely out of new ideas that it reached deep into its back pocket and pulled out the ABC gum that is Abe. Seriously, is there really no one who can lead Japan forward? Do you mean to tell me that out of 128 million people (336 per square kilometer), there is not a single person who can lead the Japanese people into a new era of prosperity without falling back on bad 20th century economic policies that never really worked in the first place?
Posted in: Japan logs Y362.4 billion trade deficit in March
Craig DandridgeJan. 14, 2013 - 01:01PM JST
When SoftBank Corp. took over Vodafone K.K., the company had many employees skilled in English. Unfortunately, most of these employees left for better paying jobs as SoftBank Mobile lowered salaries and other compensation over the first few years of the company's existence.
If SoftBank Mobile wants employees skilled in English, it is going to take more than a one-time bonus payment. The company must compete on the open market for employees with English skills: this means paying a better annual wage, and coming up with other innovative incentives that adequately compensate workers with the skills the company needs.
Posted in: Softbank offers employees Y1 mil incentive to master English
Craig DandridgeJan. 10, 2013 - 06:12AM JST
Really, Mr. Abe? Really? How exactly will increased military spending "stimulate" the Japanese economy? Smells like a political payoff by the Abe administration.
In these dire economic times, this money would most obviously be better spent on childcare or other welfare programs to support average working people.
That the Abe administration feels it can get away with this type of political free spending would seem to indicate that nothing has changed in Japanese politics:
Form over function, and plenty of good old fashioned dirty, not-so-sexy, money, money, money to spread around to political supporters. Really?
Posted in: Japan to boost defense budget by more than Y180 bil
Craig DandridgeNov. 10, 2012 - 04:04PM JST
Protect and Serve: Aside from providing street directions, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department does not seem to be particularly helpful or useful. Under Japanese law, criminals seem to have more rights than victims of crime. The police and the courts seem to exist in a world apart from the rest of us. They protect and serve themselves, not the people.
Posted in: Stalker learned victim's married name, address during police questioning
Craig DandridgeNov. 01, 2012 - 10:46PM JST
By telling its citizens to just keep warm the "old-fashioned way" it seems like the Japanese government wants to kill two birds with one stone...
Instead of just telling people to grin and bear it, how about taking concrete steps to raise construction standards for homes and apartment buildings, or mandate improved insulation of existing structures for greater energy efficiency throughout the year?
Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan
Craig DandridgeOct. 26, 2012 - 08:29PM JST
This sounds like business-as-usual pork barrel spending to benefit construction companies and other government contractors... How exactly is this type of spending supposed to stimulate the economy as a whole?
Posted in: Cabinet approves Y423 bil new stimulus for ailing economy
Craig DandridgeSep. 23, 2012 - 02:20PM JST
Throwing good money after bad... Whoosh!
Posted in: Consortium comes together to save Renesas
Craig DandridgeSep. 19, 2012 - 11:17PM JST
4 x 2.5 million yen: Now that's a fundraiser! Book 'em Danno!
Posted in: Man who cooked, served his own genitals sent to prosecutors
Craig DandridgeSep. 16, 2012 - 10:08AM JST
This sort of illogical, politically motivated, and economically costly maneuvering is merely one more symptom of the continuing decline of modern Japanese politics. Among other things, this decision, which will affect the lives of millions of people for years to come, is more evidence that the Japanese government will never effectively reduce the enormous budget deficits that accumulate year after year: White elephants, white elephants, white elephants on parade...
Posted in: Japan to complete 3 new reactors despite no-nuclear policy
Craig DandridgeSep. 11, 2012 - 02:41AM JST
As prime minister, Noda has been a complete disaster. Yes, Noda has managed to pass his personal legislative agenda. However, succeeding at passing bad legislation does not make one a good leader--master political manipulator perhaps, but not a leader.
Simply increasing taxes will not solve Japan's short term nor long term problems. To the contrary, the tax increases Noda has managed to push through the legislature will have a negative impact on the Japanese economy, serving only to further suppress domestic consumption at exactly the wrong time.
Under Noda's continued leadership, the average Japanese person will suffer a double punch to the economic gut: Household income will continue to shrink due to increasing wage deductions for social security taxes, while domestic prices rise due to increased consumption taxes.
If Noda is allowed to continue as prime minister, Japan will suffer lasting economic consequences for years to come. At this point, almost anyone would be better than Noda.
There must be someone out there with creative solutions, who can pass legislation that will unshackle the Japanese people from oppressive government controls that continue to weigh down the domestic economy.
Posted in: Noda faces 3 challengers for DPJ leadership
Craig DandridgeAug. 31, 2012 - 04:11PM JST
Looking for Justice? Well, you've come to the wrong place...
Posted in: Tokyo court rejects Apple patent claim against Samsung
Craig DandridgeAug. 29, 2012 - 10:08AM JST
Sayonara, Mr. Noda. Your time is nearly up...
Posted in: Upper house passes censure motion against Noda by 129 to 91 votes
Craig DandridgeAug. 21, 2012 - 08:27PM JST
This type of international economic/political tit for tat is a slippery slope. Though these reindeer games may work in Nagatacho, it is unlikely anything positive will come from such actions in the international arena. I fear Japan is greatly overestimating its own geopolitical position in the 21st Century...
Posted in: Japan hints at economic action in S Korea isle feud
Jun. 19, 2013 - 05:21PM JST
I think this latest event puts an end to any option of TEPCO dumping low contaminated…
Posted in: TEPCO finds highly toxic strontium in Fukushima plant groundwater
Jun. 19, 2013 - 05:19PM JST
At least half a dozen of this summer's "blockbusters" are end-of-the-world, apocalyptic space war claptrap. What…
Posted in: 'World War Z' draws massive crowd in NYC
Jun. 19, 2013 - 05:17PM JST
CGB SpenderJUN. 19, 2013 - 02:56PM JST
The difference is that most Japanese are welcoming other…
Posted in: Hooterville
Jun. 19, 2013 - 05:15PM JST
I think once the summer election is over, win or lose, the gov't will restart 8-10…
Posted in: Nuclear watchdog outlines new safety requirements for nuclear plants
Jun. 19, 2013 - 05:12PM JST
What's the appeal with zombies anyway? I never got into that whole "brains... brains...." thing. I…