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SchopenhauerDec. 11, 2014 - 07:58AM JST
Democracy has a good thing and a bad thing. People demand more welfare and less taxes - two contradictory requests. They don't understand the government cannot do more than the taxes they receive from people. The politicians do not take hard policies to their constituences in fear of losing elections while in America and Britain, the governments are sometimes more ruthless and people accept it rationally. Japanese people are sentimental.
Posted in: Japan's looming benefit cuts an unspoken, unsettling election theme
SchopenhauerDec. 08, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
He is a lot better than other politicians who do not speak truth or against the grain of the constituents. There are many who share with his comments. We enjoy his unique opinions and his sense of humor.
Posted in: Gaffe-prone Aso criticizes women who don't give birth
SchopenhauerDec. 01, 2014 - 08:38AM JST
We have to be careful about premodern country China.
Posted in: Chinese leader vows to protect territorial interests
SchopenhauerNov. 20, 2014 - 07:34AM JST
It appears this is an unnecessary election. If they are raising taxes, the election must be necessary to ask opinions of the people but they are putting off raising the taxes. Why do they have to ask opinions for that? Some explain that the majority of LDP are against putting off raising the consumer tax but if the tax is raised on schedule and economy slumps, Abe will be in a difficult situation and it will give chances for Aso and Ishiba who want to become the prime minister. Abe decided to dissolve the lower house and if LDP wins and his intention of putting off raising the tax approved, he will be able to stay as a prime minister.
Posted in: Gov't defends election over 'waste of money' criticism
SchopenhauerNov. 18, 2014 - 07:15AM JST
This guy became the governor getting support from Japan Communist Party, Socialist Democratic Party and People's Life Party (Minna no To). Where is he heading for? What are Okinawans thinking? Are they serious?
Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts
SchopenhauerNov. 16, 2014 - 07:38AM JST
The candidates can not win the election unless they show their anti-base stances in one way or other to answer the sentiments of the people living there. Okinawans are always in a dillema they want money from the Japanese government in return for the U.S. bases there and they don't want the U.S. bases which cause nuisances for their daily life. There is no answer to satisfy both.
Posted in: Okinawans vote for governor with Futenma base as focal point
SchopenhauerNov. 12, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
Correction: Do Chinese people **hate **Abe or the Japanese people?
Posted in: Japan and China need each other: Abe
SchopenhauerNov. 12, 2014 - 08:14AM JST
Do Chinese people Abe or the Japanese people? Politiicians and the general public are not the same. Politicians on both sides do not necesarrily represent the public in that sense. Most of the Japanese people do not hate Chinese and the business people as well. In the same manner, if they are not instigated by their government, the majority of Chinese people do not have strong reason to hate Japan, I think. Politicians are creating and utilizing crises and hatred. What a nuisance for people of both countries!
SchopenhauerOct. 22, 2014 - 07:58AM JST
Democracy has to listen to voices of voters. If not, they will lose in elections. The government cannot ignore voices who will be affected. The country is not made of big global businesses only. Egoism of giant countries cannot be accepted sometimes.
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets
SchopenhauerOct. 21, 2014 - 07:20AM JST
I am glad this eccentric lady is gone. Assigning her to the position of the justice minister was a big blunder. Her uchiwa is now priced at 16,000 yen in the Yahoo auction.
Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan
SchopenhauerOct. 20, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
There is a problem also on the side of voters. This was the fashion Japanese politicians were expected to do by thier supporters. The trend is strong in the counry side. This is a minor evil. I guess bigger money is moving between politicians and businesses.
Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns
SchopenhauerOct. 18, 2014 - 06:15PM JST
When I wrote here that she was only elected a member of the diet for a reason that she was a daugher of the prime minister who died while he was on his job. After her father's death, she succeeded all her father's staff and the system his father used for elections. And in the elections, she left all the matter involving the election to them. I don't know she wanted to become a diet member and she is entitled to be a member of the diet but she had to run for elections. If not, all the staff lost their jobs by his father's sudden death.
Posted in: Obuchi under pressure to resign over political donations misuse
SchopenhauerOct. 15, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
Maybe in Korea newspapers and television cannot bitch about their president which happens everyday in Japan.
Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter
SchopenhauerOct. 08, 2014 - 08:02AM JST
The biggest surprise for me about the LED lamp was it did not produce heat. I touched the bulb and it was not hot at all. It was a magic!
Posted in: 2 Japanese, American win Nobel Physics Prize for blue LEDs
SchopenhauerOct. 06, 2014 - 07:52AM JST
I am sorry to hear the news. Did not U.S. Forces Okinawa warn their people about the danger of approaching the rough sea? Anyway, Japan is a stressful country full of natural disasters.
Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall; 2 U.S. airmen missing, 1 dead after being swept out to sea
SchopenhauerSep. 27, 2014 - 09:13AM JST
I had a chance to talk to a former imerial army soldier before. He said he liked his military life since there was no discrimination in there. He was poor and no educational back ground and had a hard time in the society while in the military, it meant nothing what people were doing in the society. All were all treated equal - rich or poor, educated or uneducated, etc. Why so many people in the world believe Islam? Capitalism is a cruel idea - the strong devour the poor.
Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State
SchopenhauerSep. 20, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
Increase domestic consumptions? When prices and tax go up and salaries remain the same. How?
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to stick with 'three arrows' economic plan
SchopenhauerSep. 17, 2014 - 06:38AM JST
Dolphins belong to whale species and for the people of Taiji they were the same. Dolphins may be eaten only in the district of Taiji as a local tradition. I have never eaten it. In the past, whale meat was sold at fish shops in Japan. For long Japanese people believed whales were a kind of fish since they live in the sea and ate without any sense of guilt. The time has changed. We have to give up an old idea.
Posted in: Season's first dolphins slaughtered at Taiji
SchopenhauerSep. 16, 2014 - 01:11PM JST
What would happen in New York if the same scale of an earthquake which hit Tohoku in 2011 occur? Will hightowers of New York be safe?
Posted in: M5.6 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert
SchopenhauerSep. 16, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
Correction: Pork consumption is 2,341,000 tons
Posted in: Nations square off at whaling conference
Dec. 21, 2014 - 01:23AM JST
Seize their assets in the US. LOL
Seize their bank accounts in the US. LOL
Posted in: Anti-whaling activists found in contempt of court in U.S.
Dec. 21, 2014 - 01:13AM JST
Why are these folk killing whales?
Have they no humanity?
You folk are making yourselves more…
Dec. 21, 2014 - 01:08AM JST
I felt that here in Yokohama.
Posted in: M5.9 earthquake hits off Fukushima
Dec. 21, 2014 - 01:01AM JST
I see the thumbs down clowns are back, J trolls at their finest
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:55AM JST
Movie releases and 1st weekend recipes are highly important measurements. With most theatres refusing to show…
Posted in: Obama scolds Sony; vows U.S. response to N Korean cyberattack