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HiroicciJun. 13, 2013 - 01:16PM JST
What are things in common among the following organisations, TEPCO, Olympus and NPB, ?
Seriously, it's not just about this association that we should be looking at. This sort of attitude, - the we-better-not-say-it-as-it-would-confuse-others attitude - taken as a Japanese virtue of being considerate of others, can hurt people more sharply and bring bigger trouble to others in the end. How many more examples do the Japanese need before they realise this attitude often doesn't help???
Posted in: Japan baseball chiefs admit lying over ball change
HiroicciJun. 11, 2013 - 08:10AM JST
Now he has NO friends, even nominal ones.
He's not much of a maverick, is he?
I wonder if his political career is as good as finished.
Posted in: Former PM Hatoyama to leave DPJ
HiroicciJun. 11, 2013 - 08:07AM JST
One of the most important teachings by Buddha is to get rid of all desires, isn't it?
Mamma mia, he couldn't wait until he got home. Just looking at the vid packages??? I have never been THAT aroused (have you?), or I don't recall such a strong feeling rising at all.
Posted in: Buddhist monk arrested after exposing himself in video rental shop
HiroicciJun. 11, 2013 - 08:02AM JST
400 year history??? No way, Jose.
Well, there was a period between 1639 and 1854 in which Japan was an isolationist.
Also, Japan cut its diplomatic relationship with Spain in 1624. The relationship wasn't restored until 1868.
Posted in: Crown prince marks Japan's 400-year history with Spain
HiroicciJun. 08, 2013 - 08:16AM JST
95 yen to the dollar is still acceptable, methinks. I've read that most of the exporting companies will be able to make profits at 80 yen to the dollar maximum. Besides, the strong yen will buy them cheaper materials abroad, while petrol intensive industries can take advantage of better oil prices. Keeping the exchange rate within 90-100 yen to the dollar is sensible for these reasons.
Posted in: Gov't cautious over yen's spike but says no need to panic
HiroicciJun. 05, 2013 - 10:18AM JST
Great way to mobilise otaku boys for social good.
Posted in: Future idols collect 100 mil eco-friendly bottle caps
HiroicciJun. 04, 2013 - 01:55PM JST
Non-alcohol beer...Can it still be called "beer"?
Posted in: Is it safe for minors to drink non-alcohol beer?
HiroicciJun. 04, 2013 - 08:35AM JST
Why will the partying minors go for non-alcohol beers though??? I guess they will go straight to the real beer, the happosyu or the daisanno biru.
HiroicciJun. 01, 2013 - 07:49AM JST
Encouraging news, but the UN report is silent on how long it usually takes before radiation affects human bodies. Besides, "UNSCEAR’s findings appeared to differ somewhat from a World Health Organization (WHO) report published in February which said people in the area worst affected have a slightly higher risk of developing certain cancers." The WHO report seems to say, "Not yet, but one day they may..."
Posted in: No rise in cancer seen from Fukushima nuclear disaster: U.N.
HiroicciJun. 01, 2013 - 07:42AM JST
Yesterday, there was news saying that 97 water taps were stolen in Saitama, and today, so much rice disappeared in Ibaraki. What's next? Yes, rice cookers.
Posted in: 210 kilos of rice stolen in 8th such theft in Ibaraki
HiroicciMay. 31, 2013 - 08:13AM JST
Well, check Yahoo Auction or Rakuten one now, cops?
Posted in: 97 faucets stolen from four sites in Saitama
HiroicciMay. 28, 2013 - 09:28AM JST
What sort of inequality are we talking about?
As long as most people are rich enough to enjoy their lives, while others being super-rich, they'll be ok, in spite of occasional grudges about that inequality.
Many people are increasingly worried, because they've seen some evidence that some people work hard but can't live decently in Japan today. This is not the kind of inequality that people will not tolerate.
So, yeah, some types of inequality are bad, while extreme equality doesn't work.
Posted in: Does inequality help growth - or hurt it?
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.
Jun. 20, 2013 - 01:32PM JST
Why not stop all your wars and focus on your inner-cities in the US. Detroit, Chicago,…
Posted in: Top U.S. general, Kerry clash over merits of bombing Syria
Jun. 20, 2013 - 01:30PM JST
When it goes bad, I bet he will resign, BUT create a new party the next…
Posted in: Hashimoto may resign if his party fares badly in Tokyo assembly election
Jun. 20, 2013 - 01:29PM JST
jamess385hJun. 20, 2013 - 01:18PM JST
A Realist and fds, I'd gladly smash your face in…
Posted in: Korean campaigns for removal of Japanese flag from French stores
A Realist, I'd gladly cut your stomach open, or splatter your brains all over the walls
Posted in: U.S. tries saving Taliban talks after Karzai objects