Kronos's past comments

  • 7

    Kronos

    @ Chamkun

    Nakazawa-San does not have to be a historian. He wrote the manga based on his experiences of the atom bomb and what he has witnessed personally during those times. I think the fact that this manga is unique in describing what actually happened during those times is commendable.

    I think it is arguable whether this manga should be accessible to elementary school children considering its graphic nature. But I would also argue it should be available starting from classes where students start learning Japanese history.

    As for brainwashing, re-writing history books to exclude what the Imperial Army actually did in WW2 is just another form of it, don't you think?

    Posted in: 'Barefoot Gen' comic stirs history controversy

  • 4

    Kronos

    I just cannot get my mind around this. These are the rape news that we hear of. I'm sure there are many others that we don't know about. Not only that, the rapists either do not get caught or get away with light punishments. Is rape part of Indian culture?

    Posted in: Gang rape of photojournalist shocks Indian financial city Mumbai

  • 0

    Kronos

    I give her points for originality.

    Boss : Why were you late? Woman: I was tied up.

    Posted in: Woman found bound at home tied herself up to avoid going to work

  • -1

    Kronos

    Initially, the rise in the consumption tax would cover the shortfall in the national pensions. Is that still the purpose?

    Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government should go ahead with the planned sales tax hikes?

  • -1

    Kronos

    "bonuses" are simply delayed salary. Not real extra money bonuses. Scrap this stupid system and just include with the monthly salary

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    Not really. I believe until the financial crisis in 2008, there was a belief in Japan that bonuses were guaranteed and part of your salary. Even in the mortgage loan documents, there is the option to make double payments at bonus times. However it is still technically a bonus and in the firm's discretion. My Japanese wife's department's 2009 average bonus was something like 3 man JPY in 2009, which was practically nothing. But yes, they still got a "bonus".

    Firms love to keep these payments as bonuses since it gives them the flexibility to adjust their costs. But still it is money where employees do not know how much they will get until they see it in their bank accounts. And you cannot make a budget or plan big cash outflows when you do not know how much money you will get.

    If Japanese firms are really serious about supporting the Japanese economy, they really need to increase the wages substantially and need to hire more permanent employees. Until then "bonuses increased by xx%" news really do not mean much.

    Posted in: Summer bonuses up by 4.99% among major companies

  • 1

    Kronos

    Go somewhere else and come back when there is no or less line.

    Posted in: Long wait

  • 1

    Kronos

    If the aim is to keep an increased and sustained consumption level, then not bonuses but salaries have to increase.

    There is a big difference between getting an increased salary every month rather than waiting for a periodic bonus, which - being a bonus - may fluctuate depending on the performance of the company and is not guaranteed to be paid as many have found out in the financial crisis.

    Posted in: Summer bonuses up by 4.99% among major companies

  • 4

    Kronos

    There should be minimum limits for acceptable voter turnouts. Seriously, giving mandates with ludicrous participations is a joke.

    Posted in: Voter turnout low as Abe bids for stronger hand

  • 0

    Kronos

    Good initiative but a week may not be enough. The burden is still on the mother.

    Perhaps a good way to share the burden and also help the work force is to give 2 years of child leave to be shared between both parents e.g. the woman can take a year off and then replaced by her husband. This can also help keep the woman in workforce as well.

    I also keep wondering while companies of a certain size do not have any in-house childcare facility. I guess it is because of the cost and the red tape in Japan.

    Posted in: Nippon Life Insurance to provide childcare leave to all male employees

  • 11

    Kronos

    BTMU employees routinely removed information from wire transfer messages that could have identified the government and business entities involved as targets of sanctions, the department said.

    That sounds like obstruction of justice to me. I wonder if anyone went to jail for doing this. As far as I am concerned monetary penalties have become a cost of doing business and are easily reflected to customers and shareholders. I do not believe they are deterrents.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi UFJ fined $250 mil in U.S. for illegal transfers to Iran, Sudan

  • 0

    Kronos

    Cheaper, tradeable second-hand games, upgradeable HDD, and most importantly no requirement to be online... I am actually considering to buy a PS4 now.

    Since PS4 is going to be region-free, does this also mean that we can play US/European games on Japanese consoles?

    Posted in: Sony pulls back curtain on new PS4 console

  • 0

    Kronos

    The yen hit its lowest level in nearly four years against the dollar in Asia on Monday as traders continue to sell the unit following the Bank of Japan’s sweeping monetary easing announcement last week

    Someone care to explain this to me? If the traders are selling JPY, who is buying the stocks? You need JPY to buy Japanese stocks. Are purchases done by domestic investors who already have the cash and do not need to convert into JPY?

    Posted in: Stocks close 2.80% higher as yen further weakens

  • 0

    Kronos

    It is a shame that a company like Sharp came to this. I really hope it pulls through. But if there is no viable plan to salvage the situation, then perhaps it is better to let it die instead of losing more money on a zombie.

    Posted in: Sharp to suspend tie-up talks with Hon Hai, reports say

  • 3

    Kronos

    Time for growth seems to be over. Maybe it is time for Japan to get used to the ideas that being stable or shrinking in a self-sustainable way are not actually bad things.

    Posted in: Gov't plans to spend Y10 tril on public works in 15 months

  • 27

    Kronos

    Hopefully those Chinese traveling and living abroad will take some of the good things they see in other countries back home.

    Posted in: A Chinese perspective: Some surprising cultural differences upon coming to Japan

  • 2

    Kronos

    Being a father is not just about providing the sperm but being there to raise and mentor a child as he/she grows. Thus Kato-san's real father is the one who raised him and not the one who is the provider.

    To add to this, what is he going to do if he know who the donor is? Knock on his door and say that he is his son and expect that the guy will take him in? That also is not fair for the donor. Perhaps the donor would also like to be anonymous.

    Posted in: Sperm donor offspring call for privacy law changes

  • 0

    Kronos

    Just out of curiosity -

    Are there any cemeteries in Japan where the body can get buried instead of getting cremated? There are quite a number of foreigners living in Japan and consider it as their home. Not all of them may want to get cremated when they pass away.

    The article also mentions vast majority of people get cremated which - to me - implies that some people actually get buried.

    Posted in: More Japanese choosing fertilizer as burial option

  • 0

    Kronos

    What is this aggressive marketing campaign about this worthless song? Franky, we could do without one less stupid "artist" around. There are so many already.

    Hey JT! What is the agenda here? Are you officially supporting this guy?

    Posted in: 'Gangnam Style' second most-viewed YouTube video after Justin Bieber

  • 0

    Kronos

    @ Lowly

    I am not sure. Perhaps you would like to send it back and give it yourself some more time to think about it? I agree that it does not make sense to have two devices.

    I currently have a US Kindle (not Fire - simple version). I was thinking of buying a Japanese Kindle Paperwhite since I am studying Japanese but I think I will hold back a bit. I got a bit of a different concern about what will happen once I merge my US and Japan accounts. Can I still shop from the US Amazon with US prices or will I be forced to shop with JPY equivalent prices. Or it will have no effect at all? I will search some more.

    Posted in: Amazon to launch Japanese-language Kindle

  • 1

    Kronos

    The Kindle app for iPhone now has a Japanese/English dictionary function built-in, apparently, but I haven't seen any information about whether one is included in the software for the Japanese Kindle itself...

    Thanks for the reply Stephen. I checked the Amazon.co.jp for Paperwhite and they actually said that it will have a Japanese/Japanese and Japanese/English dictionary. FYI

    Posted in: Amazon to launch Japanese-language Kindle

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