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Peter PayneOct. 21, 2014 - 11:09AM JST
Bummer that it didn't work out for them. I guess they missed mobile even more than Intel.
Posted in: IBM to pay $1.5 bil to shed its costly chip division
Peter PayneOct. 21, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
In export. whistles a happy tune
Posted in: The impact from the yen's decline has been more severe than the increased consumption tax. Combine the two and that will make for a considerable burden on consumers.
Peter PayneOct. 19, 2014 - 11:27PM JST
We're wired to be afraid of something. If everything were somehow made perfect, we'd start becoming concerned about mountain lions living in our garages or something.
Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?
Peter PayneOct. 19, 2014 - 11:26PM JST
Daughter of the former PM, the guy who announced the name of Heisei. Was elected because her father died suddenly and she is pretty. She's from Takasaki in Gunma, where more Prime Ministers have come than anywhere else. The reason they become Prime Minister is, they want to leave Gunma so badly.
Posted in: For 3rd day in a row, media expecting Obuchi to resign
Peter PayneOct. 15, 2014 - 12:57PM JST
Onsen-san, thanks for the summary.
Koreans love to be high-strung and over-react to stuff. They should be all "maa maa, iijanai" like mellow Japanese people.
Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter
Peter PayneOct. 15, 2014 - 12:51PM JST
Another great way to get to Hokkaido is the Cassiopeia sleeper car. I took my son up there and we had a blast.
Posted in: We take a luxurious trip to Aomori in the first class section of the bullet train
Peter PayneOct. 14, 2014 - 10:42AM JST
When my mother in law was sick in the hospital for a week, we took the chance to clean out her kitchen. There were no less than four (!!) broken toaster ovens which she was keeping, in case anyone needed some broken toaster ovens.
Posted in: What to do with that junk you can't bring yourself to throw out
Peter PayneOct. 13, 2014 - 02:03PM JST
Hoping or more research along these lines, since Mom died from this. Might have been latent, inside her lungs for many years.
Posted in: Scientists find lung cancer can lie hidden for 20 years
Peter PayneOct. 13, 2014 - 01:22PM JST
My wife wanted to buy a condo in Tokyo because "the Olympics are coming." I am not dumb enough to fall for that however.
Posted in: Japan must work to ward off 'Olympic Curse'
Peter PayneOct. 10, 2014 - 12:22PM JST
I hope I'm 1% as cool as him when I'm an old geezer.
Posted in: The Zen of Bill: Q&A with Bill Murray
Peter PayneOct. 09, 2014 - 11:07AM JST
Because Wahhabism has no place in any Western country, and should be ejected from those countries. Britain is such a nice place now, but 200 years from now it will be a very different place, due to its stance on allowing lots of muslims in, even ones that are dangerous to its society and future.
Posted in: Australian PM orders crackdown on visas for radical preachers
Peter PayneOct. 09, 2014 - 10:55AM JST
MarkG, I actually agree with this. It's possible to sit and have a conversation with a chimp about God and love and death using sign language. They clearly are not for us to just enslave and (in the case of Africa) kill for meat.
Posted in: New York appeals court to decide if chimps are 'legal persons'
Peter PayneOct. 06, 2014 - 03:48PM JST
The psychiatrist of the girl was warning people about her. No one listened.
Posted in: Father of girl who murdered classmate in Sasebo found dead in apparent suicide
Peter PayneOct. 06, 2014 - 01:56PM JST
Has Japan ever cut spending? Have they closed universities that don't need to exist anymore because the only way to get students for them is to grant scholarships to students in Asia and have them attend? Have they let defense expenditures fall, ever? Have they said, you know, there won't be that many people to ride this Shinkansen to Hokkaido (Shin Aomori to Sapporo, being built now), maybe we shouldn't build it? Did they stop bankrolling whaling, which would disappear overnight if it weren't for government subsidies? Did they stop building roads that don't need to be built, or bridges to nowhere? (Well yes, when the Minshuto was in power, but not the country as a whole.)
The only cost savings to the government has been changing health insurance so that it covers only 70% of expenses, instead of 80% (or possibly 90%) as it did when I came to Japan, and a token lowering of retirement bonuses for public employees a few years ago. Nothing else has indicated Japan will ever restrain its spending in any way.
I love this country but it's a basket case. I wouldn't invest here at all, other than in my own business, which I invest heavily in because I know I can trust myself, at least.
Posted in: Abe still neutral on whether to raise sales tax: Amari
Peter PayneOct. 06, 2014 - 01:47PM JST
So sad. My wife is always going off about "do not make fun of nature, nature will always win."
I wonder if anyone died because they tried to tweet a photo before evacuating. It's something I might be dumb enough to do.
Posted in: Volcano victims left photos of last moments
Peter PayneOct. 02, 2014 - 10:58PM JST
France. Japan's seems like it could be used as BGM for a dramatic movie, and no one but Japanese would notice.
Posted in: Which country's national anthem do you find the most inspiring?
Peter PayneOct. 01, 2014 - 04:30PM JST
Ack, how terrible. So much sadness in the world.
Posted in: Man stabs 4 school kids to death in southern China
Peter PayneOct. 01, 2014 - 04:08PM JST
I used to have a condo right at the foot of Mr. Asama, and I always wanted to be there right when it erupted. It'd make for an exciting J-List update.
Peter PayneOct. 01, 2014 - 04:05PM JST
JT when I want to read about the British soccer results. Sometimes Japan Times.
Posted in: What sites, besides Japan Today, do you usually visit to read news about Japan?
Peter PayneSep. 29, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
The only Japanese politician name anyone knew back in the 80s.
Posted in: Takako Doi, former head of Social Democratic Party, dies at 85
Oct. 21, 2014 - 12:42PM JST
jerseyboy: Exactly! The first thing I expected when I saw the new names was family connections,…
Posted in: Abe names replacements for trade, justice ministers
Oct. 21, 2014 - 12:41PM JST
@fIGHTING-SANl Forgot to mention. Both are against TPP. Boyj work with China in many situations. yhrn…
Oct. 21, 2014 - 12:39PM JST
Background reading shows that fighters and materiel have been moving across the border between Turkey and…
Posted in: Turkey helping Kurdish fighters enter Syria
Oct. 21, 2014 - 12:38PM JST
i watch all my US TV shows via streaming sites for free, sometimes its a little…
Posted in: With new entrants, streaming TV sees watershed moment
Oct. 21, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
Caroline Kennedy is sleeping while she is on the duty. She is unfit for ambassador duty…
Posted in: Making a point