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Peter PayneNov. 28, 2014 - 12:47PM JST
There'll be a lot of negativity here of course, but considering the importance export has to Japan, and needing to support the companies that will now sell more overseas (Panasonic, Sharp, Toyota). Now these companies will sell more, not be in the red and will actually pay taxes. I know my company is expanding and set to hire 2-3 new people. Hopefully it will work out better this way.
Posted in: Japan consumer inflation slows to 2.9% in October
Peter PayneNov. 28, 2014 - 12:44PM JST
+1 great idea.
Posted in: U.S. orders calorie labeling for chain restaurants
Peter PayneNov. 28, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
Oceans rising? Move to Gunma!
Posted in: How to avoid the climate change storm
Peter PayneNov. 26, 2014 - 10:07PM JST
That part of the world is going to be even more of a basket case when we no longer need their oil.
Posted in: Four polio vaccinators shot dead in Pakistan
Peter PayneNov. 26, 2014 - 10:46AM JST
Cricky, agreed. Confessions are often wrong for bizarre reasons, not the least of which is Japan's loving to force one from any suspect. Remember the guy in Matsumoto who was made to "confess" to using nerve gas on his wife, when it was really Aum?
You cannot kill a person without leaving physical evidence. Find the evidence...if you got 3-4 pieces of corroborating evidence, you have your man or woman. If there's no evidence, keep looking.
Posted in: Man retracts confession; pleads not guilty to killing ex-girlfriend
Peter PayneNov. 26, 2014 - 10:44AM JST
"Everyone knows South Korea invented Buddhism 40,000 years ago."
Posted in: 5 South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha statue in Japan
Peter PayneNov. 25, 2014 - 07:05PM JST
I've got a bad feeling about this...
Posted in: 'Star Wars' trailer to be released this week
Peter PayneNov. 24, 2014 - 10:35AM JST
In this day and age there should be no doubt if rape charges. If we have DNA (sperm) from the accused, and evidence (2-3 corroborating pieces) of forced sex, that should be enough. If we don't have these things (and Japan is 5-15 years behind the rest of the world in all areas, I'm sure they're behind in CSI type skills), then the bar to convict should be very high.
If a woman falsely accuses a man, she should get the sentence he would have gotten, naturally.
Posted in: Man jailed for rape released after accuser's testimony proven false
Peter PayneNov. 24, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
Shukan Post = not a reliable news source in any possible way.
Posted in: Hanky-panky in kobans leave police blushing
Peter PayneNov. 24, 2014 - 10:30AM JST
Of course, if we were to apply the logic being applied by modern day feminists, this kind of article must be banned for ever. To promote equality and all that.
Posted in: People magazine names Chris Hemsworth 'Sexiest Man Alive'
Peter PayneNov. 24, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
Japan can't redevelop land occupied by bankrupt pachinko parlors near me, how could they ever do this?
Posted in: Japan sees modern Atlantis spiral deep into ocean
Peter PayneNov. 24, 2014 - 10:22AM JST
Reasons why I no longer live in the U.S., #172.
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
Peter PayneNov. 20, 2014 - 02:11AM JST
OTOH, Europeans are laughing at the over-reaction to a mere 3% increase. They pay 18-25% sales tax on everything, and have terrible economic growth to show for it.
Not sure what point I'm trying to make, but I love Japan and am sad it will be the next great basket case of the world.
Posted in: Aso says sales tax hike delay must not happen again
Peter PayneNov. 18, 2014 - 12:34PM JST
One problem for Japan is that the top rate is now 55% (45% national + 10% for local governments), on incomes of ４千万円 or higher. This means that every talent on TV, every successful businessman or investor, every landowner, is now in danger of paying more than 50% of his income so that Tokyo can waste at least some of the money on bridges to nowhere, supporting the whaling fleet with tax dollars, and so on. While they might be okay with this while they're working and earning, the number of people who will "vote with their feet" and head to Singapore or somewhere else with a more reasonable tax structure when they retire will be very, very high.
As an American I have basic protection against unreasonable estate taxes below $5 million, but Japan feels entitled to 50% of all my property upon my death, despite the fact that this month has all been taxed already, at a rate potentially higher than 50%. When people realize they have a choice in this matter (e.g. Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia), do you think they'll just sit around and drink green tea and let this happen?
It's hilarious to try to explain Japanese politics to my American readers. Yes, the conservative government raised taxes on the rich. No, really!
Posted in: What Japan's recession means for the country
Peter PayneNov. 17, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Hate to sound like a typical American, but we should drop 1000 bombs on militants for every person they murder like this. Maybe 10,000 bombs.
Posted in: Beheading of U.S. aid worker in Syria draws condemnation
Peter PayneNov. 17, 2014 - 10:36AM JST
One thing I never understood was, why doesn't the government ever try to use patriotism to get people to support stuff? They never say, look, Japan is a great country, please love it and support things like small tax hikes, which we need in order to provide services. People have no patriotism here...or they have too much, but that's only a small group.
(In America, a certain number of people absolutely do have "one or two more children" to support America's progress, or perhaps their religious group or sect. There's awareness that America is in the best position in the world right now because its population is not crashing, like Europe and Japan)
(And I'm not defending the great waste that goes on in Japan, like "build a shinkansen to Sapporo that no one will be around to use in 40 years, because why the hell not?" Just pointing out that the government could maybe appeal to its citizens in different ways than they've done in the past.)
Posted in: Japan's economy contracts 1.6% in July-Sept quarter
Peter PayneNov. 16, 2014 - 07:21PM JST
Moment of silence for a great man who shaped much of pop culture in the 70s.
Posted in: 'Magnum, P.I.' creator Glen Larson dead at 77
Peter PayneNov. 12, 2014 - 03:27PM JST
Olegek, maybe it was some kind of paid cable or satellite service for foreigners living in the country.
Posted in: CNN to suspend service in Russia
Peter PayneNov. 12, 2014 - 03:25PM JST
Fascinating, I just visited Alaska and read the james Michener novel, which was excellent.
Posted in: Remains of Ice Age infants uncovered in Alaska
Peter PayneNov. 10, 2014 - 11:55PM JST
I tweeted this picture and got like 1500 retweets. Thanks, NHK!
Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users
Nov. 28, 2014 - 07:56PM JST
Just as well our honeymoon was so far back in time - I got to see…
Posted in: Mt Aso eruptions continue for 4th day
Nov. 28, 2014 - 07:53PM JST
Both of them?
Posted in: Two police officers commit suicide in Osaka, Miyazaki
Nov. 28, 2014 - 07:51PM JST
Probably good cops silenced by corrupt ones.
Nov. 28, 2014 - 07:39PM JST
Some of what is written above is not science but bending words to fit an agenda.…
Nov. 28, 2014 - 07:37PM JST
Even though there are only supposed to be 2-3 ingredients, there is often flavouring or sweeteners…
Posted in: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers