Peter Payne's past comments

  • -2

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 0

    Peter Payne

    +1 great idea.

    Posted in: U.S. orders calorie labeling for chain restaurants

  • 0

    Peter Payne

    Oceans rising? Move to Gunma!

    Posted in: How to avoid the climate change storm

  • 2

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 4

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 10

    Peter Payne

    "Everyone knows South Korea invented Buddhism 40,000 years ago."

    Posted in: 5 South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha statue in Japan

  • 4

    Peter Payne

    I've got a bad feeling about this...

    Posted in: 'Star Wars' trailer to be released this week

  • 1

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 3

    Peter Payne

    Shukan Post = not a reliable news source in any possible way.

    Posted in: Hanky-panky in kobans leave police blushing

  • 0

    Peter Payne

    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'

  • 2

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 10

    Peter Payne

    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

  • -2

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 1

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 1

    Peter Payne

    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

  • -3

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 1

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 0

    Peter Payne

    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

  • 0

    Peter Payne

    Fascinating, I just visited Alaska and read the james Michener novel, which was excellent.

    Posted in: Remains of Ice Age infants uncovered in Alaska

  • 0

    Peter Payne

    I tweeted this picture and got like 1500 retweets. Thanks, NHK!

    Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users

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