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Peter PayneApr. 16, 2014 - 12:31PM JST
Next year the top tax rate goes to 45% for national, which means 55% with local and prefecture added in. I love Japan dearly and want to be buried here, but as the tax rates rise and they want to take 60, 70% of my money, they'll end up with nothing as I won't be here.
Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%
Peter PayneApr. 16, 2014 - 12:12PM JST
Obviously government serves a role and one of those roles is to back its industry in times of trouble. GM and Citibank worked out well, I believe the U.S. made a profit actually.
Posted in: When big companies look like they are going under, should governments use tax money to bail them out?
Peter PayneApr. 16, 2014 - 12:11PM JST
This is like an episode of CSI.
Posted in: 7 babies found dead in Utah home
Peter PayneApr. 16, 2014 - 12:10PM JST
I disagree. I am an iPhone and Apple fan but don't wear Apple clothing for a reason, it'd be stupid and I'd be embarrassed. If I had an Apple watch I'd always be conscious of people judging me for being a fanboi. If it serves no useful purpose that my phone doesn't already serve, I won't even buy one as a curiosity.
They are free to try to get me to change my mind of course.
Posted in: Wearable tech gaining momentum
Peter PayneApr. 16, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
Police or teachers.
Posted in: Which profession in Japan seems to be in the news the most due to deviant or unlawful sexual behavior by its members?
Peter PayneApr. 16, 2014 - 12:06PM JST
Disgusting. Every muslim female should be issued a small knife she can hide on her person and be trained how to use it.
Posted in: Muslim extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria
Peter PayneApr. 11, 2014 - 11:16AM JST
Shameful. It's like this that make me remind my wife to bury me in Japan, not my home country of America.
Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi
Peter PayneApr. 11, 2014 - 11:10AM JST
He is a fan of Japan. If you haven't seen the movie Hachi, you should. It melted my cynical, cold little heart.
Posted in: Richard Gere appears as Tora-san again in Orangina ads
Peter PayneApr. 05, 2014 - 03:06PM JST
1) This is about Virginia lobbyists loving money from Korean lobbyists, and Koreans being smart enough to try this route.
2) It's already supported by Google, so it's meaningless.
3) There are already 2-3 bodies of water called the East Sea.
4) For their next trick, Korea will demand that the letter K no longer come before the letter J in the English alphabet.
Posted in: Addition of Korean name for Sea of Japan becomes law in Virginia
Peter PayneApr. 03, 2014 - 01:22PM JST
Good for Abe. This will only help Japan's standing in the world.
Posted in: Disappointed Abe says Japan will abide by ruling on whaling
Peter PayneApr. 03, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
Go outside. Wash your hair. Don't be a full on otaku. Don't buy into the cynical crap about becoming a wizard if you manage to maintain your (male) virginity til the age of 30. Being awkward socially is sad, try to fix it if you can. It's not cool. Your 2D waifu is not a real wife.
Posted in: Poll on number of male virgins in Japan not all bad news
Peter PayneApr. 03, 2014 - 03:03AM JST
I use my iPad instead of my Macbook Pro. Laugh if you want, it's quite relaxing by comparison.
Posted in: In our plugged-in culture, with all its devices, how often each week do you switch off, tune out or enjoy some time alone without any electronic distractions?
Peter PayneApr. 03, 2014 - 02:35AM JST
Though she's on her way out, being pushed out by properties like Kantai Collection.
Posted in: Japan’s biggest pop star is not human
Peter PayneApr. 03, 2014 - 02:27AM JST
Posted in: Russia tries to curb Crimean prosecutor's Internet fame
Peter PayneMar. 31, 2014 - 07:35PM JST
a) Tweepi, the replacement for Google Reader
b) when I'm on the iPad, usually Flipboard.
Posted in: What is the main way you get your news?
Peter PayneMar. 30, 2014 - 02:13PM JST
So, you know, stop doing it.
Posted in: Biggest threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites
Peter PayneMar. 24, 2014 - 08:38PM JST
Well, that escalated quickly.
Posted in: Egyptian court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death
Peter PayneMar. 24, 2014 - 10:36AM JST
@Mitch and @Nigelboy, it's funny how perception goes. I've heard Indians rail angrily about Britain's occupation despite the reality that Britain built hospitals, roads and modernized the country in ways that can only be said to be good for India now. Yet Indians (maybe older Indians only, I'm not sure) are often jumping mad about Britain.
Yet Taiwan has genuine love for Japan and is thankful for "saving" their country from the barbarism of foot binding etc. From a blog post I made after my trip to Taiwan:
Taiwan is unique as the Asian country with the most positive relationship with Japan, and there’s very little negative feeling left over from Japan’s Colonial Era. This comes from the general impression that Japan did good things for the island during its 50 year rule (from 1895 to 1945), introducing modern industry and compulsory education for all children, eradicating diseases like malaria and curbing archaic customs like foot-binding of girl children and the use of opium. One taxi driver I talked to had nothing but kind words for Japan, going out of his way especially to praise Yoichi Hatta, a civil engineer from Japan who built many great engineering works in Taiwan, including the largest dam and an extensive irrigation system, which enabled the island to avoid the starvation other countries experienced in the aftermath of World War II. When an American submarine sank the ship Mr. Hatta was on in 1942, his Japanese wife sent her eight children back to the home islands then climbed to the top of the dam her husband had built and jumped off, leaving a note that read, “I am following my beloved.” It’s quite a romantic story of wartime love, and a famous story in Taiwan. There is a temple and a memorial park dedicated to Hatta-san and his wife today.
Bottom line, history is a bunch of stuff that happened, and politics affects how we view it after the fact. If SK and China hadn't discovered that beating up Japan for all eternity was a great way to control their populations and avoid criticism of their current policies, Asia would be in a much better place.
Posted in: S Korea, Japan to hold breakthrough summit with U.S.
Peter PayneMar. 24, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
*many to Korea
Posted in: Abe says he wants Tokyo and Seoul to put wartime enmities behind them
Peter PayneMar. 24, 2014 - 10:26AM JST
SmithinJapan, you do know that no matter what Japan does it will never be enough for Korea, right? And you do know that Japan has made something like 44 official apologies, including many to Japan? When it normalized relations with South Korea, Japan paid $800 million (nearly $6 trillion in today’s dollars) as reparations for Koreans killed or forced into military service by Japan, asking to pay the money directly to the victims; the then-military government said no, give it to us instead, whereupon it used most of the money for economic development without passing it on to the actual victims. At the time Korea's government was a non-elected military government headed by the current president's father.
The comfort women thing was not brought up at the time because Koreans hadn't made it into a meme (which is what it really is) yet. And because they had a booming sex tourism trade in which everyone, Japanese and Americans included, were encouraged to come to Seoul and enjoy the legal prosititution. But let's not look at actual history, only the one Koreans want to create today.
Apr. 16, 2014 - 01:33PM JST
we are expected to believe that the same company that had to publicly apologize for conspiring…
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Apr. 16, 2014 - 01:32PM JST
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Apr. 16, 2014 - 01:31PM JST
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