Kabukilover's past comments

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    Kabukilover

    Masanao married into a golden cage from which there is no escape. I hope that the French was prepared well at least.

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

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    Kabukilover

    Abe's cabin ate is a nest of crooks. Surprise, surprise.

    Posted in: 2 more ministers acknowledge political fund improprieties

  • 0

    Kabukilover

    British: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Mr Bean, Harry Potter. American: Mickey Mouse, Superman, Batman, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Rip Van Winkle, Betty Boop, Popeye, Donald Duck, Goofy, The Three Stooges, Scrooge McDuck, Jay Gatsby.

    Posted in: Who do you think are the most recognizable fictional British and American characters in the world?

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    Kabukilover

    Let us hope this is the beginning of the end of Abe.

    Posted in: Trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm

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    Kabukilover

    This guy is really sick. Glad we have strict gun control in Japan.

    Posted in: Man arrested for pouring urine from PET bottle on girl

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    Kabukilover

    It too 66 years to get rid of this utterly stupid law. In those 66 years the police were making raids and arresting unfortunate crime of dancing. This is really not funny.

    Posted in: Cabinet OKs changes to law that bans late-night dancing

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    Kabukilover

    No good deed goes ubpunished, the old saying goes. This is just the sort of incident that will convince people not to be involved when they should be involved.

    Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads

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    Kabukilover

    Doing this these clowns know they are offending not only former victims not also current allies and business parters. Blind stupidity.

    Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    Kabukilover

    These people know their Yaskuni visits anger past victims who are now Japan's allies and trading partners. Blind stupidity.

    Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    Kabukilover

    Probably recent university graduates.

    Posted in: Nobody at subway station in Tokyo for first train after two staff oversleep

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    Kabukilover

    This discussion is getting sicker by the hour. This is not an article about old people. I have read it up and down and constantly it avoids a single group of people as the complainers. The hatred vented at old people is not only disgusting it is also off topic.

    You should be aware that a lot of young Japanese are childless by choice,. A lot of these people work from home in this computer age. They might be unhappy about noise as well.

    Let me repeat that as the population drops society will be less child friendly simply because children do not leave a large enough social footprint.

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

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    Kabukilover

    None of the above. Japan ought to be a neutral nation, thus dropping the need for either the US's or its own nuclear weapons. In either case, if those nuclear weapons are used Japan would be fried. Japan ought to take cues from countries like Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. All these nations maintain neutrality without the need of nuclear weapons from any source. And their people also live better than the Japanese.

    Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella?

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    Kabukilover

    I have gone over the article again and I see no mention of old people anyway, including Setagaiya ward. Am I missing something?

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

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    Kabukilover

    There is nothing in the article that says anything about seniors objecting to day care centers. Until proven otherwise, it unfair to blame seniors for being NIMBYs.

    The article contains one poignant quote:

    "The number of children is declining so people think daycare centres have nothing to do with them and see them as something that could cause unpleasantness in their lives," Kansai University Professor Fumiharu Yamagata told NHK public TV.

    This goes back to something to what I have said here before: that with the declining population of children, social institutions are morphing to create de facto exclusion of children for public life.

    The very need for day care centers points to the demise of the extended family, once the primary social institution that assisted in the care of children. Day care centers, however necessary, are warehouses for essentially useless children. You can be sure that not all the noise coming out of those facilities is happy. There must also be cries of loneliness.

    The venom unleashed here (gratuitously) against old people, points to an analogous problem. Old people are seen as useless roadblocks to the shrinking society of youthful vigor. Old people are rendered as useless as little children and like those children have to be warehoused.

    Who are the NIMBYs? The only guess I can dare venture at this reading is that they are people with no practical experience with children, except as tantrum throws in restaurants and on trains.

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

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    Kabukilover

    A farce, exactly. A totalitarian and dangerous farce. The Abe gang is still under the impression that the Japanese public can be cowed. Not after Fukushima.

    Posted in: Japan pitches nuclear restart in tightly controlled town hall meetings

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    Kabukilover

    Right Abe. Now tell us the story about the cute little bunny rabbit whose best friend was the big bad wolf.

    In fact, whatever the law says, there will be "reinterpretations" that will get you screwed if that is what the government wants. Abe has violated Article 9 by calling what he did a "reinterpretation."

    We are in for repression.

    Posted in: The government will not use the law on protection of designated state secrets to intentionally hide information unfavorable for itself. The law stipulates a double- or triple-check system to prevent its arbitrary and improper use.

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    Kabukilover

    The poor man. The awful thing is that this could happen to any parent.

    Posted in: Father of girl who murdered classmate in Sasebo found dead in apparent suicide

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    Kabukilover

    This is a good article as far as it goes. There are other problems.

    Students stat too late. Yes, elementary schools were all supposed to be teaching English by 2002 but there is a shortage of elementary school teachers who can do it. Also it has been official government policy that students only listen to English and speaking but not read it. I think there has been or will be a policy change.

    Teaching to the exam is a big problem. The problem is that students cram for the exam and then forget what they "learned" once it is over. This also creates students with still minds. Intellectual curiosity will only get in way of cramming.

    Then there are the legions of Japanese English teachers who do not know English and teach only in Japanese. A lot of this number become "anti-English teachers," as someone wrote a while back.

    Then there is Eikawa, English Conversation. It is a great relief from learning English for the examination. But English conversation classes tend to be facile.

    It is all frustrating. Try teaching literature in English in English to English majors. They are lost. It is easier to do this for Japanese majors, who are at least interesting in literature. The Poor English all around leads to teaching to the examination in university, like it or not. Result: Students soon forget what they have learned--Melville wrote Moby Dick, that Shakespeare write Romeo and Juliet.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    Kabukilover

    What I suspect is going on and will intensify will be de facto deflation. It comes under the categories of bargain hunting and cutting back.

    Take fish. The best time to buy fish if you run a restaurant or are a gourmet is early in the morning. But the most economical time is in the evening. You can still use that good but not near-death fresh sashimi for fish strew. Result: deflation of the original fish price.

    Or take cameras. Ms Ito is a photography student who would like a Leica rangefinder camera, but even the vintage one's are beyond her pocket book. She decides on a Fujifilm mirrorless camera that is as quiet as a rangefinder, yet acts like an SLR in showing the image, and on top of that show you exactly how your photo will look. But the camera and lenses she wish to buy are yet too expensive, and made more expensive by the consumption tax. So she buys a used mirrorless camera and used lenses. Result: De facto deflation of the original price. Also, the camera maker does not profit from the sale.

    Another example, which I take from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited" (1931). Charley Wales and his daughter Honoria are having lunch at a restaurant. Charlie suggests she have two vegetables. Honoria says the family she is living with only has one vegetable with lunch. Charlie is a product of the extravagant 1920s but Honoria is a child of the Depression. If the economy-minded Honoria has only one vegetable the price of a lunch for two people is deflated by the price of one vegetable.

    The foregoing examples are hypothetical. But in a situation where real prices are inflated by the consumption tax and real wages are deflated at workplace by greedy employers you are going to cultivate a nation of bargain hunters and cost cutters. This is intern will bring down real prices (and, thus, tax revenue) creating de facto deflation. Of course some things like gas won't deflate. But people may use public transport more, or give up driving altogether.

    The problem with Abe's economic policy is that it is primitive and short-sighted. Abe wants to lower the international price of the yen and so prints more money. The exporters are happy. They make more profits in the short run. Importers are unhappy because the have to pay more for imported goods, which makes their customers unhappy because they get stuck with higher prices. And the joke is that, as Thomas Wolfe said, you can't go home again. Japan simply cannot return to the days with the yen was 200 to the dollar or 250 to the dollar. In the early 1990s to fine bicycle makers, Bridgestone and Miyata, pulled our of the US market because they could not make sufficient profits from the lower US dollar. At that time the yen stood at around 150 to the dollar. Companies like these won't be returning to the US with the yen at 109 to the dollar, unless they set up shop in the US.

    The consumer revote against the current rise of the consumption tax was greater than expected. Imagine what the revolt will like if the consumption tax goes up to 10%. Think of the poor fishmonger left with too many unsold fish by the end of the day.

    Posted in: Risks to 'Abenomics' growing, whether Abe raises tax or not

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