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Peter PayneJul. 24, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
"Cruel and unusual," definitely. Please don't say "he got what he deserved" or anything like that.
Posted in: Condemned man takes nearly 2 hours to die in botched execution in Arizona
Peter PayneJul. 20, 2014 - 03:58PM JST
@Frungy and others, though, the Government did raise the personal income tax to 45%, effectively 55%, on anyone with a business, all 芸能人 and so on. American conservatives would not know what to think about a conservative leader who raises taxes on it rich people.
Posted in: Japan's child poverty rate hits record high
Peter PayneJul. 20, 2014 - 03:53PM JST
I wish Japan would face this, but they won't. And not facing it (or facing it) won't matter at all.
Posted in: S Korea, Japan to resume 'comfort women' talks
Peter PayneJul. 20, 2014 - 03:49PM JST
This is the company that bought Lake, the Japanese loan shark. One of the poster children of the Great Recession.
Posted in: GE targets late July for credit card IPO
Peter PayneJul. 19, 2014 - 05:13AM JST
Maybe Gaza could, you know, stop firing missiles at an enemy that can hit back with 5x the force and shoot down said missiles anyway?
Posted in: Israel: Hamas to pay price for its 'no' to truce
Peter PayneJul. 14, 2014 - 09:28AM JST
Yeah? There are also a lot of zainichi Koreans in the entertainment world. It's a true statement, just not a very nice things to say. Pretty stupid that we're so sensitive.
He has my support since none of us is perfect.
Posted in: Gary Oldman in row over 'Hollywood run by Jews' claim
Peter PayneJul. 14, 2014 - 02:00AM JST
I happened to go drinking with a guy from Guam and he knew the defendant. Said he was famous for being unbalanced. Not that that makes what he did okay...he should be punished to the full extent of the law.
Posted in: Guam rampage suspect accused of witness tampering
Peter PayneJul. 14, 2014 - 01:58AM JST
More proof that all the really attractive men are gay. Sweet revenge.
Posted in: Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in TV interview
Peter PayneJul. 11, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
This is great. I've been wanting a cure for pancakes for years.
Posted in: Study paves way for a blood test to predict Alzheimer's
Peter PayneJul. 11, 2014 - 11:02AM JST
Is this a trick question? Japan.
Posted in: In your experience, which country is the safest to live in?
Peter PayneJul. 01, 2014 - 11:58AM JST
Gogogo and Strangerland, "most" taxes paid to one side are removed from the other side, but only ある程度 (to use the official language). Hence, you will be exposed to dual taxation (but only "a certain amount") because shame on you for being successful and all that. And the highest personal income tax rate is going to 55% next year, which will cause a huge exodus of people from Japan, anyone who has the choice of leaving.
Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1
Peter PayneJul. 01, 2014 - 11:31AM JST
You guys want fun? Try running a business in the U.S. while being a tax resident of Japan. Yeah, that's some real fun. The shenanigans I've been exposed to have forced me to move up my retirements date by at least ten years. Among the joys you get are, the inability to make 401(k) contributions to my company's IRA because "Japanese people save too much" so **** you, and I also can't make the charitable contributions I want because local San Diego organizations don't happen to be on the short list of approved organizations Japan allows. They also allow (some) dual taxation, because anyone who has succeeded in business in Japan (also known as "being the nail that sticks up straight, needing to be hammered back down") is seen in a very negative light in Japan.
Peter PayneJun. 23, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
Duh, Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma.
Posted in: What is the best onsen you have ever been to in Japan?
Peter PayneJun. 23, 2014 - 09:21AM JST
Can every woman in the world carry a couple of vials of pepper spray on their person? Please?
Posted in: Pakistan woman raped and hanged from tree
Peter PayneJun. 16, 2014 - 05:51PM JST
Now that America is set to produce tons of oil and natural gas, can we build a wall around these countries and let them blow up each other?
Posted in: Taliban warn all foreign firms to leave Pakistan
Peter PayneJun. 16, 2014 - 10:53AM JST
As the owner of one of the few companies in my city that pays this tax, this is certainly welcome news. We'll likely be a bit more bullish about the future, and hire 1-2 new employees as we go forward. I am less happy about the maximum personal income tax rate rising to 55% (well, 45% national + 10% local/prefectural), which really is a punch in the stomach to a foreigner who's already dealing with issues like a (small amount of) dual taxation between the U.S. and Japan, plus the always-fun fact of being banned from making a tax-free 401(k) contribution in the U.S. because "Japanese people save too much, and we need to punish them for doing so."
Bottom line, I'll use this to move my company forward, but unless Japan lightens up on my personal tax burden, the chance that I'll retire 4-8 years earlier than I intended to retire originally is very high.
(And let's not even talk about the death tax that await my wife and kids, which wouldn't apply in the U.S...)
Posted in: Japan to slash corporate tax rate to below 30%
Peter PayneJun. 16, 2014 - 10:47AM JST
We rented a high rise condo above Karuizawa and for some reason I knew something must have happened there in the past. When I asked, sure enough some mentally ill woman had committed suicide with her son by jumping off the balcony. Sad, sad.
Posted in: 3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo
Peter PayneJun. 16, 2014 - 10:44AM JST
You're complaining that it doesn't block you from watching downloaded movies? Really?
Posted in: Freedom Box – Watching your favorite overseas TV shows in Japan has never been easier
Peter PayneJun. 10, 2014 - 05:20PM JST
Isn't it a really bad idea to have a trial just weeks after a tragic event? I think a year or two to prepare a defense and let hot heads cool is a good idea...
Posted in: Murder trial opens for S Korea ferry captain and crew
Peter PayneJun. 02, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
Both sides are partially correct. Some comfort women were professionals who were paid, or daughters who were sold by their parents, there is evidence supporting this. But there are too many for this nice system to have covered everyone, especially as things went to hell towards the end of the war. Therefore, both sides have a point, e.g. Korea and Taiwan have points, and Japan should probably apologize. It will never be enough, and there'll be something else that crops up the minute they do apologize, but they should.
As for money, sorry, but South Korea spent it on trains and freeways. Ask them for the money.
Posted in: 6 former 'comfort women' demand apology from Japan
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:24PM JST
But I'm completely skeptical that it makes much business sense and it has a whiff of…
Posted in: Muslim visitors to Japan forecast to hit a million by 2020
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
There are thousands of religions and dozens of "major" religious out there, but only muslim groups…
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
In many of their countries, everyone is automatically born a muslim and then conversion…
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:18PM JST
@YuriOtani: Your comments/analysis do not warrant a reply. Your knowledge of the industry is clearly a…
Posted in: Airbus says no room for more talks in cancelled Japan jet deal
Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
Some economists computed that the money that the tourists spend (if the money comes from…