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HiroicciMay. 22, 2013 - 11:33AM JST
Let him fall.
Thou hast flown so high with thine mouth, so thou shalt crash on the ground with thine mouth.
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting
HiroicciMay. 22, 2013 - 11:28AM JST
Making this stepping poster takes, say, 1-2 hours? Then you step on it for, what, 15 minutes? Time well spent, indeed.
Posted in: Bad eggs
HiroicciMay. 21, 2013 - 09:26AM JST
Yes, JeanValJean, but structural reform without economic recovery would mean what Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Greece are stuck in right now. It's easy to say that sugar high is bad, but I believe that salty low is worse. Let Japan be a little fat first and get it to exercise!
It's funny that an American official is warning this. The US went on a spending spree that would have shocked even Keynes a few years back.
Posted in: Former World Bank chief warns of Japan 'sugar high'
HiroicciMay. 21, 2013 - 08:58AM JST
It was Keynes who said that the time for austerity is during a boom, not a bust. That also applies to structural reform. If what Keynes is right, then let Japan reap gains from economic recovery first and then get on with structural reform (admittedly, there's a chance that the LDP will just surf on the recovery wave and forget about needed reform though).
HiroicciMay. 14, 2013 - 10:10AM JST
Hashimoto is sounding like Ishihara, so he should be called Hashihara.
Posted in: Hashimoto says comfort women system necessary for wartime troops
HiroicciMay. 14, 2013 - 07:47AM JST
With the LDP in power, TEPCO has as good as got the permission.
How does TEPCO justify doing all this? Has it been just saying that there's no space for that anymore???
Posted in: TEPCO seeks permission to dump groundwater from Fukushima plant into ocean
HiroicciMay. 13, 2013 - 12:33PM JST
You haven't obviously seen much of Eden Hazard all season, USNinJapan2. You didn't read about the row carefully, either.
Posted in: Fitting finale
HiroicciMay. 13, 2013 - 10:08AM JST
Kagawa was dropped for major games against, for example, Chelsea, Real Madrid and so on. He merely played against minnows. Did he prove so much as you say?
Look at Hazard or Benteke. They did so much better than Kagawa.
HiroicciMay. 13, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
Kagawa did OK this season. He's got to cut down on his back passes and take more on opponent defenders.
HiroicciMay. 10, 2013 - 10:52AM JST
Tochigi gyoza is soooooooooooooooooooooooo overrated, at least, now. It used to be better.
Posted in: 47 prefectures, 47 unique souvenirs: Which one will win?
HiroicciMay. 02, 2013 - 09:26AM JST
Saudi Arabia condemning Syria's human rights violation??? What???
Posted in: Abe, Saudi leaders discuss Syria, stable oil supply
HiroicciApr. 26, 2013 - 09:46AM JST
Warning these people of possible dangers often falls on deaf ears. They either say, "I have done nothing wrong!" "I've been careful enough!" "None of your business!" or "I haven't brought any trouble to anyone, have I!"
In other words, they don't think they are doing anything wrong, zero, although they answer it's dangerous, if asked. Strange enough, these two opposing feelings can coexist in many minds.
Posted in: Smartphone users who text while they walk becoming a hazard
HiroicciApr. 26, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
Some people use their mobile phones while on bike.
On a similar note, I've seen many kids reading comic books while pedaling. Have you?
HiroicciApr. 26, 2013 - 07:33AM JST
I've read a survey on this, and the survey says that more than 80% of them say it's certainly dangerous.
I guess that very many people, if not 80%, would agree, but very few people seem to care or might be thinking they are careful enough.
One time, I saw a young girl texting-walking in the street and bumping into an old man. The old man said gently, "Look where you going, OK?" The girl shouted, "None of your business! It's my right!" That's what you might get from many of those.
To be fair, this isn't particularly a Japanese phenomenon. I'm a bit of a world traveller, and I've seen the same in many countries.
I hate to say it, but these people won't stop this, until they've seen a big accident right in front of them or have been involved in one, due to texting-walking.
HiroicciApr. 23, 2013 - 11:28AM JST
They are traitors to the Japanese, because they damage Japan's national interests, just as China and Japan are trying NOT to agitate as much as possible.
Would I call ANY nationalists "traitors"? No, I wouldn't. Only those who damage national interests for the sake of their own narrow targets and cheap satisfaction.
Posted in: Over 80 Japanese nationalists approach disputed islands
HiroicciApr. 23, 2013 - 10:34AM JST
Do we have nationalists here??? Calling the nationalists in the article "traitors" has given me 3 negative points.
HiroicciApr. 23, 2013 - 08:13AM JST
Just when the things are calming down...Traitors.
HiroicciApr. 17, 2013 - 07:46AM JST
Easy: Japan borrows more to pay back. Japan's national budget is around 80 trillion yen, 30 trillion yen of which is financed by debts. Out of 30 trillion yen, the gov pays back 20 trillion yen. but 10 trillion yen of which is used to pay for interests, so Japan borrows 30 trillion yen just to pay back 20 trillion yen every year. Isn't this abnormal, Jeff? No?
Investors still buy Japanese bonds, just because they could be easily paid back if the gov taxed the savings that have reached 1,400 trillion yen. This is why Japanese bonds haven't become junk yet. But how long? The answer is clear: until the debts reach 1,400 trillion yen. Then what could the gov do? Devalue the debts by inflating the economy away. That would be a great way to destroy the national credibility.
Posted in: BOJ's Kuroda says Japan market conditions improving
HiroicciApr. 16, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
I pretty much doubt that Japan will be able to pay off all the debts reaching 240% of GDP, even if the economy picks up and the tax revenues start flowing in, Jeff Lee, partly because Japan's economic growth will NEVER go beyond 4% max, beyond which inflation will probably start kicking. There'll be always a huge gap between what Japan borrows and pays back.
Japan is relatively safe, because it's sitting on a huge amount of savings made over the decades. It could pay the debts by sweeping on them, if it had to.
OK then, should Japan forget about balancing the book and living happy on its own debts? I guess you'd say yes, Jeff, because It could, but that's just abnormal.
HiroicciApr. 16, 2013 - 09:44AM JST
Our salaries and wages are not going up, largely because both companies and we workers are really expecting future prices to rise only slowly and modestly. That really damps workers' demand for higher salaries and wages, and helps firms keep costs and prices down.
In other words, we are so used to deflation, recession and modest pay rise that we don't see a chance to raise our future expectations, unfortunately; we are all so stuck in the economic gutter that we think, "Low pay is better than no pay."
May. 26, 2013 - 12:47AM JST
Since a large majority of Boy Scouts meet in faith based buildings, this decision is going…
Posted in: Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys, but not leaders
May. 26, 2013 - 12:46AM JST
I've heard that by world standards, the Prime Minister's Residence is pretty crummy, though it wouldn't…
Posted in: Gov't denies ghosts keeping PM out of residence
May. 26, 2013 - 12:44AM JST
Did you hear the one about a melon?
Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.6 mil
May. 26, 2013 - 12:32AM JST
41 ???? She looks like 20 !!! Please tell me her secret !
Posted in: Fujiwara receives Nikkei Social Initiative Award
May. 26, 2013 - 12:31AM JST
According to Japanese Road Traffic Laws, the girl on the bicycle should have:
1) First and…
Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting and killing girl at intersection