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DoubleHelix74Mar. 30, 2013 - 04:18AM JST
I though Miyazaki wrote Kokuriko-zaka Kara in 2011? In America it is called "From Up on Poppy Hill" and is just released in larger cities like New York...
Posted in: Studio Ghibli’s newest animated feature gets official release date
DoubleHelix74Mar. 21, 2013 - 06:12AM JST
Just say yes Japan! It is so easy! Just tell these idiot senators who half will be gone in 5 years anyway that you will...
If American autos have the same playing field in Japan, they will be happy! It does not necesarily mean Japan has to buy them, right? I am an American and I have never driven an American car because of their shoddy manufacturing. I drive Toyotas because they last, don't break down, and more importantly hold their value far better than the US autos. Most in America who buy Japanese feel the same way.
It is such an easy task to figure out for the Japanese! Allow American cars to import w/o tariffs to Japan. If nobody buys them, then they will eventually go away. I have spent a lot of time in Japan and count the American cars on my fingers. That is how little I see them... Why would the Japanese buy them when their own cars are better?
Posted in: U.S. senators want no exemptions for Japan over TPP
DoubleHelix74Mar. 21, 2013 - 06:07AM JST
That is a good question... I think having their goods exposed overeas without tariffs would be a good thing...
That is why I wrote this...
And as for the farmers who are upset, it is my understanding they get preferential treatment anyway. And as long as Japanese buy Japanese agri products they will not be effected, instead these farmers will be able to sell their goods over seas to places like the US who don't grow things like Daikon.
Japan joining hte TPP and free trade agreements with EU will surely benefit Japan more so than anyone else...
Posted in: Abe's TPP gambit pays off, for now
DoubleHelix74Mar. 20, 2013 - 04:31AM JST
gokaiwomanekuMar. 19, 2013 - 10:31AM JST
Kyle Alpert is right. US 1%ers have been trying to find a way to extract all the Japanese wealth for decades, but haven't succedded (from T. Boone Pickens in the 80s to Steal Partners now). Extract it first through the stock market, and now through insurance? I hope we keep the trade impediments as long as we can (although Reagan claimed to have removed all the impediments in SII).
IS THIS A JOKE?
DoubleHelix74Mar. 20, 2013 - 04:26AM JST
Some of these comments are hilarious and shows how out of touch some are in economics and trade... One even calls it a "tornado" as if Japan having tariff free autos shipped to the US is a bad thing? And as for the farmers who are upset, it is my understanding they get preferential treatment anyway. And as long as Japanese buy Japanese agri products they will not be effected, instead these farmers will be able to sell their goods over seas to places like the US who don't grow things like Daikon. A weakened yen will only make these products more competitive too! And for those that are scared about imported agri porducts from the US, well why should you be? Don't buy it! I have been in Japanese groceries and have seen the meat section that is imported from the US and it always looks untouched! Why are so many of you upset? If wages begin to rise, Abe will look like a hero stimulating inflation. Do you prefer to keep spending money on social programs without any revenue to pay for it? Right now Japan's debt is 45 times its tax revenue. Japanese need to spend money! Otherwise it will be just like Cyprus!
DoubleHelix74Mar. 09, 2013 - 05:20AM JST
@ malfupete, the weaker Yen is going to and already has helped exports... What Japan has to watch outfor is the same thing it wants, inflation... If the Japanese begin selling JGB's, tehn wehere will the money come from? It will come from foreign investment and they will demand a lot more than what the JGB's are... Meaning it will cost more to borrow money! Japan needs to ease up on women in the workplace and foreingners working because ther is simply not enough tax revenue to pay for Japan's vast social programs. Right now debt is 45 times its tax revenue! The defecit in current account is not good for Japan because they will have to look at outside investors who will want more interest (see above)...
Japanese companies are going to have to raise wages as well otherwise the inflation will work as a counterweight on the economy. Abe and Kuroda should be applauded for what they are trying to do but the risks are enormous! Japan wil be back on nucelar because it has to! No way can the people sustain the natural gas price increases... They are up over 15% since November and the supply has increaseed over 1%...
Posted in: Japan squeaks out of recession with 0.2% rise in GDP
DoubleHelix74Mar. 08, 2013 - 05:43AM JST
We will most surely see inflation in the near future and that will affect emerging nations economies but for a country like Japan, that is the whole point. The issue with Japan is will the corporations raise wages to keep up with inflation. If not, easing will not mean a thing because people will not be able to afford goods anyway.
Abe and Kuroda are taking some risks but they are suppose to! No risjk no reward! Do you want Japanese companies to become less competitive? That is what Shirakawa's policies have done. Sure the Fed helped by QE's and sent investors flocking to the Yen and Swiss Franc but like the Swiss, Japan is now handling it. And lets keep in mind, this movement is based off of rhetoric only... Look at the Nuikkei 225 and the broader TOPIX since November!
We may have gone from a credit bubble to a liquidity bubble but inflation is always easier to tame than deflation or worse stagflation. There is no perfect solution, sorry to tell you that... Its not a game where you can just be black and white, like your comment is...
Posted in: BOJ meeting marks end of era before leadership change
DoubleHelix74Mar. 08, 2013 - 05:37AM JST
What mistakes has Bernacke made? He studied at Princeton and wrote his dissertation on the Depression. He was the perfect candidate to be there and is why he stayed there. Sure he has flooded the market with teh dollar but what was he suppose to do? Lets go back to 2009 and tell us what you would have done differently. I will be the first to admit, he may be prolonging open ended monetary policy and we should be waining ourselves off of it but I think QE's have worked wonders. Hence the markets are higher than they were before the crash and that was the Fed's move all along.
Now lets move to Japan... Abe and Kuroda have nothing else to do... The Japanese are in a two decade deflationary tailspin, wages frozen, and near zero rates. Should they adopt Shirakawa's approach? That worked so well! Look at all of the Japanese corporations who have lost tremendous marketshare globally due to a stronger Yen? When they lose profits, they lay people off... While the risks are there, Japan utilizing an open edned monetary approach si the correct thing to do. Many analysts and economists agree but we should take your word right?
DoubleHelix74Mar. 07, 2013 - 06:11AM JST
And just to piggyback, China's currency hardly circulates around the world... Nobody wants to really hold that paper because they are on the brink of the bubble bursting... Every country out there wants a weaker currency so therefore its nobody's fault! Quit pointing the finger... China could be handled so easily! Just stay out of their way and let them keep doing what they are doing! Raise the military budget 10% and yet do nothing about the toxic air that has engulfed the country. The fallout will be massive to an already backwards healthcare system. Someone up top quoted the Chinese proverb about waiting by the river long enough and eventually your enemy's corpses will float by... This could not be any more true with China! Ignore them long enough and they will destroy themselves within...
Posted in: China 'fully prepared' for currency war: banker
DoubleHelix74Mar. 07, 2013 - 05:51AM JST
Umm, How can I say this? We are already in a currency war... When you have entire continents stimulating their economies with an endless supply of liquidity, you have already began the currency war. Why do you think the Yen and Swiss Franc strengthened so much? Because it was a safe haven for investors to flock to. What Japan is doing is no different than the US and EU... And as for China, well they live on stimulus! Where would its large enterprises stand without the Central Government's endless subsidizing? Lets look at the Shadow Banking in China, where they lend like banks and do not have to adhere to regulations. The Non-Performing Loans (NPL's) in China is staggering! They, teh US, and the EU are only preventing the inevitable... A complete economic meltdown! We basically have moved from a credit bubble to a liquidity bubble worldwide! Japan wants inflation, its going to get plenty in less than a decade, we all will!
DoubleHelix74Feb. 27, 2013 - 05:32AM JST
********Kimokekahuna HawaiiFeb. 26, 2013 - 12:07PM JST
Seth was being Seth.. but he is not that funny.. what is wrong with having Jay Leno.. the average age of Oscar viewers is 20 years older than 20 years ago. I knew there would be no Japan actors anywhere in sight. I guess necklaces are out and earrings are in as fashion.. stupid.. Anne Nipples Hathaway dress was just wrong. I hated that mouse of a woman who did the red carpet segment, she made other women look fat and big and then they sing a song making fun of the losers?? No class. What is up with guys all having a taller girlfriend? There is really not much glamour other than George Clooney and Argo would not shut up and let him say something. I was glad that Life of PI won some awards. Les Miserables is what theatre is about it make me cry. Only Quentin Tarantino was cool enough to promote Peace. I hate when people thank their wives... just say I thank my family, friends and co-workers. I think I would just say in my speech ... "I only have one person to thank.. Me. Goodnight Hollywood".
WOW, Do you have anything nice to say? All you did was complain!
Posted in: Critics blast Oscars for off-color jokes, dull show
DoubleHelix74Feb. 15, 2013 - 05:00AM JST
“No one commits a crime because they saw a film. There’s nothing to support that,” Willis said. “We’re not making movies about people that have gone berserk, or gone nuts. Those kind of movies wouldn’t last very long at all.”
Really Bruce? Either you are senile or are in denial... Either way you career is winding down and nobody really wants to see ANOTHER Die hard movie! Talking about flogging a dead horse!
Posted in: Bruce Willis says he's against new gun controls
DoubleHelix74Feb. 15, 2013 - 03:27AM JST
3 in 1.
What the heck does "Valen" mean? All I get is places in Norway.
Isn't Valen plus Tarantino=Valentino (the fasion designer)?
Wish I was there Tarantino to "whip me into a frenzy"
I assume its a play on Valentine's Day...
Posted in: Happy Valen-Tarantino
DoubleHelix74Jan. 26, 2013 - 06:54AM JST
@2020Hindsight, How long do you think the Apple fanboys will conintue to buy an updated version of the iPhone that is simply regurgitated out by Apple? My guess is not very long considering the competition is building better phones to begin with...
CoolPad Quattro, a company 1 1/10th the size of Apple sells in China for a fraction of the cost and is the number one phone selling in the PRC. After Apple sold its 47.8M iPhone5's (which came in under the Streets expectations) to all its loyal followers, who else is going to buy the product? They make one phone that continues to canabalize the previous version. If they make a cheaper iPhone which tehy said they will not do in the conference call, tehn that too will canabalize other products...
Bottom line is profit margins are shrinking, compettition is heating up, and they have saturated the markets where the only people who could really afford the phone in the first place... Oh and they are no longer going to understate their earnings. Could it go to $700 again? Absolutely! Will it anytime soon? Doubtful, unless a new product launch that catches on like the other products...
Posted in: Weak outlook tarnishes Apple's record results
DoubleHelix74Jan. 26, 2013 - 05:44AM JST
Prices for Mobiles in China:
Apple iPhone 5 costs 5288 RMB utilizing newer technology
Apple iPhone 4S costs 3088 RMB utilizing older technology
Samsung Galaxy costs 1299 RMB utilizing newer technology
Now why would any person in China buy an iPhone that was released 2 years ago for almost 2.5 times the price of a modern Samsung? And lets not forget the iPhone5 price either, whic is ridiculous...
Apple either creates a cheaper phone to be sold in these types of markets and/or comes up with some groundbreaking innovative revolutionary product AGAIN. if not, the exact same thing that happened in the 80's will ghappen again... Apple will conmtinue to lose marketshare...
DoubleHelix74Jan. 26, 2013 - 05:40AM JST
@ 2020Hindsight... So I listened to the conference call, did you?
If you go buy PE, yes AAPL is underpriced but that does not stop the smart money dumping the stock because its lost its legs now is it? I can show you MSFT financials and make a point about how under valued it is. But then I will tell you the stock has fone no where in almost a decade. Apple the stock is way over valued! And it is why Smart money has dumped it while people like you still hold it and will continue to do so all the way down.
And since you brought up my comment about numbers are on iPhone5, let me ask you... After they saturate the market which they have already have, who is going to buy the phone? Too expensive in China and India? Cooke and Oppenheimer blame the supplpy side for slowing demand, yet all the suppliers cut their forecasts after the earnings. If the demand was there, they wouldn't have done so...
DoubleHelix74Jan. 25, 2013 - 05:55AM JST
Great time to buy Apple shares. Man, I wish I could have got them at 470. They are 514 now. A lot of idiots sold at exactly the wrong time.
I agree there is a ceiling to how much growth there is in the market. But sales and profit went up. They are at record levels. They just didn't go up by as much as previously.
Wow, you guys are sure naive... The profits were up because of the iPhone 5 launch... What is Apple going to do until the next iPhone? Apple is its own worst enemy and is replicating exactly what it did in the 1980's... They have saturated the market and refuse to lower prices to sell their phones in the biggest market of all... A major blunder in strategy that is already costing them... If Cooke like jobs before him thinjkks the Chinese will dumb down and buy a iPhone from 3 years ago, they have another thing coming. Android phones have continued to steal marketshare from Apple. Apple now has sold 47.8M iPhone 5's but that actually came in under estimates from the Street. And as I said before, whAt are they going to sell for the rest of they year? And don't buy the excuse that Cooke and Oppenheimer claim that sales slowed due to suppliers not able to keep up with demand. If that were true then Foxconn, Hon Hai, and LG all would not have lsashed their own outlooks after Apple's earnings... Apple will never see 700 again, lucky if they see 550 again...
DoubleHelix74Dec. 21, 2012 - 02:04AM JST
@ Herve, What's you r addess? I need to send you an economic text book... You keep buying gold and silver... Smart Japanese would be swapping Yen for USD while it is strong. Later on when the Yen finally weakens (or USD strengthens), people will be able to walk into a bank and convert the USD back into more Yen they had originally.
You, will have a bunch of gold coins that you overpaid for in a inflationary panic and will have to canvas coin shops to try and have them buy it back from you. Oh and when the USD is strong and Yen weak, gold prices will have already fallen and you will be selling at a net loss...
Posted in: BOJ, under pressure from Abe, eases monetary policy
DoubleHelix74Dec. 21, 2012 - 01:59AM JST
Its a fine line to walk, too much inflation will crush the Japanese. Too little or none, will keep Japan on its dangerous path that it has toed for nearly two decades. There has to be a change in philosophy and thinking from the top down... Acting on the same methods that Japan has been doing is clearly not working... Its only getting worse. Japan needs leaders who will buck tradition and begin thinking outside the box... Otherwise it'll just be more of the same and the tailspin will contuinue...
DoubleHelix74Dec. 21, 2012 - 01:53AM JST
If the Japanese do not contribute to the turnaround, you all give Abe and the BOJ carte blanch in spending and adding to an already ridiculous amount of debt. Eventually, the credit agencies will downgrade Japan and it will cost more to borrow, which will only fuel the debt further. If Japanese go out and spend and we see some inflation, then Abe and the BOJ will back off in its infiltration of weakening the Yen and massive spending...
May. 23, 2013 - 08:41PM JST
Hottest world leader ever
Posted in: A visit from Thai PM
May. 23, 2013 - 08:40PM JST
Another psycho boy? There has to be something in the way boys are taught or raised…
Posted in: Youth arrested for hitting 16-year-old girl with baseball bat
Playing too much violent video games. Kids are being brainwashed numbing their moral sensibilities.
May. 23, 2013 - 08:38PM JST
No we are not. For the last 10 years our boys and girls have been doing…
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks
May. 23, 2013 - 08:36PM JST
hoserfellaMay. 23, 2013 - 07:59PM JST
The Japanese government did not convict him. The bone-headed prosecutors…
Posted in: Wrongfully convicted Nepali man asks for apology from the Japanese government