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ScroteFeb. 11, 2016 - 10:33AM JST
It's a lot to pay for a couple of mediocre beers, neither of which I would choose to buy.
Posted in: Asahi offers $3.5 bil for lager brands Peroni, Grolsch
ScroteFeb. 10, 2016 - 09:31AM JST
When she talks about bias Takaichi of course means anything that does not conform to the LDP party line. There is no problem if broadcasters just repeat what the LDP says, as evidenced by the output of the LDP propaganda channel NHK. If any channel should be shut down for bias it is NHK.
Abe really is learning from tyrants like Putin and Erdogan, both of whom have taken control of the media in their respective countries. Opposition voices are jailed or murdered: Abe has introduced laws to jail those who publish "secrets", i.e. anything which harms the LDP. TV stations which broadcast items critical of the government are closed down: Abe now has his henchwoman threaten to do the same in Japan. Next, Abe wants to change the constitution to eliminate free speech.
Isn't it strange how reports about the allegedly crooked olympics minister have completely disappeared from the news, to be replaced by trumped-up hysteria about North Korea's rocket launch? Abe wants to take away basic freedoms and rights and still the dopey people follow him like a bunch of mindless zombies.
Posted in: Cabinet minister looks at possible suspensions over politically biased broadcasts
ScroteFeb. 09, 2016 - 01:12PM JST
I can't understand why the Japanese are in hysterics about this rocket launch. If it is intended to be used as a missile the target will be the USA, not Japan. North Korea already has rockets that can reach Japan so this launch changes nothing.
Of course, Abe will use the launch to push for militarisation of Japan and the introduction of conscription whilst the media are following the LDP party line as instructed.
Posted in: N Korean rocket launch may spur debate on Japan's Constitution
ScroteFeb. 09, 2016 - 01:02PM JST
It's interesting that NHK's poll yesterday claimed a majority of people think Abenomics is good, but they also think it won't work. Abe is too obsessed with militarising Japan to spend much time thinking about the economy. All he does is spend money, just like every other LDP prime minister, and he has been too cowardly to implement any real reforms. Meanwhile, Kuroda is out of his depth and doesn't appear to have a clue what he is doing.
Still, I'm sure the Japanese people will re-elect the captain of the sinking ship in the summer. They will vote for any idiot as long as his relatives were politicians too.
Posted in: Market close to reading last rites over Abenomics
ScroteFeb. 08, 2016 - 08:58PM JST
In the case of ANA it's gradually going down for flights from Japan, but has already been eliminated for flights to Japan. So in this case ANA are ripping off their Japanese customers.
Posted in: Oil prices have been dropping for the past few months, so why aren’t fuel surcharges on airfares coming down?
ScroteFeb. 07, 2016 - 06:11PM JST
It's strange that the EU is pressing Turkey to admit the refugees but at the same time they are complaining that Turkey doesn't stop them from leaving for the EU. Possibly the best solution at the moment is for the refugees to be cared for within Syria, near to the Turkish border.
As for Saudi troops fighting in Syria: I hope they are bombed out of existence by the Russians. Make them pay a heavy price for their support of IS. I can't see the Turks invading Syria after all the fuss they made about the Russian plane entering their airspace. The Russians will be looking for an excuse to bomb Turkish troops "accidentally" or otherwise.
Posted in: Turkey under pressure as Syrians mass at border
ScroteFeb. 07, 2016 - 04:34PM JST
It all depends on the quantity of mercury consumed and, clearly, consuming too much mercury is not good at all. For example, the people in Minamata who ate seafood containing high levels of methlymercury suffered terribly.
We eat seafood, but rather less of the larger fish as they are the ones in which mercury tends to accumulate. It has been shown before, in peer-reviewed research, that dolphin and whale meat on sale in Japan contains mercury in excess of permitted levels. Too much of that stuff can't be good for you, not that the government cares.
Posted in: Mercury in seafood not harmful to brain: study
ScroteFeb. 06, 2016 - 11:27AM JST
I doubt the threat of being sued is what is preventing people from naming the company. If you are sued in Japan you might have to pay Y300000 in 20 years time, if you lose.
It's probably pressure from the LDP trying to keep this out of the news that is responsible for the lack of detail.
Posted in: Olympics minister denies doing favors for donator over teachers
ScroteFeb. 06, 2016 - 11:25AM JST
How do they come up with tax rates of 32.11%, 29.97% and 29.74%? Why not round to the nearest percent, or 0.1%? I can imagine a room full of old men quibbling over whether the rate should be 29.73% or 29.74% as the meeting drags on into the night. Tax income forecasts are certainly not accurate to 0.01%.
Posted in: Cabinet finalizes bills for changing taxation rules
ScroteFeb. 05, 2016 - 08:12PM JST
It can be left as it is. This reminds me of the half-wits who got upset about the use of the word "niggardly". The world is full of ignorant people, there is no need to change things in order to pander to their lack of education.
Posted in: Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi swastika confusion
ScroteJan. 31, 2016 - 05:53PM JST
ANA still impose a fuel surcharge on flights originating from Japan, but not those from elsewhere.
I have a copy of an old ANA web page that states the fuel surcharge will be withdrawn if the price drops below $60 a barrel. Well, it has, but ANA are still charging it. They sneakily moved the goalposts and that's why their profits are so high. They are also packing more seats in their aircraft, now 10 seats across in a 777 and 9 across in a 787.
Posted in: Japanese airline profits jump on tourism surge
ScroteJan. 31, 2016 - 05:45PM JST
Before thinking about merging with other parties why doesn't Okada come up with some policies first? Then, if members of other parties agree with those policies, they can join him.
Okada seems to think that merging first and then deciding policies is the way to do it, but that's because he's an idiot.
ScroteJan. 30, 2016 - 11:30AM JST
A Japanese student was telling me the other day that he would like to live and work abroad. The main reason he gave was that he does not want to support all the elderly people in Japan.
Posted in: 5 reasons why Japanese expats say sayonara to their homeland for good
ScroteJan. 29, 2016 - 12:36PM JST
The key word here is "could". In reality almost none of the invaders will be deported as the politicians lack the will to enforce the law. They preen and posture whilst their countries are raped and pillaged before their eyes.
Posted in: Mass expulsions ahead for Europe as migrant crisis grows
ScroteJan. 29, 2016 - 12:32PM JST
This woman sounds like she is one of those people who spend their weekends driving around in a black van screaming abuse. It's ironic that she is complaining about (non-existent) infringements on her right to free speech as those people are usually the first to attempt to silence opponents, often using force or threats to do so.
Still, she has the right to write whatever she wants (as long as it doesn't depict her genitals) and we have the right to slag her off. If she can't take the slagging she should write about something else.
ScroteJan. 28, 2016 - 01:42PM JST
People who travel to North Korea are supporting the murdering despot Kin Jong Un. It should be made clear that any foreign visitor who is arrested there is on their own and can expect no help whatsoever from their government.
Visitors to North Korea are not free to walk around and go where they want. All they get is a diet of propaganda and lies. Why would you waste your money on such a thing?
Posted in: U.S. student's arrest renews scrutiny of N Korean tours
ScroteJan. 25, 2016 - 02:17PM JST
The reason only 27 people were accepted as refugees is because most of the applicants were not refugees at all, but chancers looking for a way to remain in Japan. For example, the largest number of applicants last year were from Nepal. I understand that Nepal is a dump and the standard of living is very low, but there is no war there and people are not persecuted by their government. Thus the applicants from Nepal are not refugees and the Japanese government was right to reject their applications.
The same argument can be applied to most other applicants: just because your country is a miserable dump doesn't make you a refugee. Merkel has foolishly allowed Germany to be invaded by hordes of these people. Most of them are not from Syria and cannot be considered refugees under any sensible definition. Even those from Syria are not really refugees as most of them were already living safely in Turkey and should have stayed there. Unless action is taken to prevent the invaders from entering Europe the entire EU will soon collapse. All thanks to Merkel.
Posted in: Japan accepts 27 refugees last year; rejects 99% of applications
ScroteJan. 23, 2016 - 09:22AM JST
The article is misleading. You cannot say bureaucrat's salaries "keep rising" when this year was the first year for 24 years when salaries have risen in two consecutive years. I think the rise this year is a whopping 0.27%; why this makes the author seethe with resentment is not clear.
In fact, salaries, bonuses and other allowances have been cut again and again in recent years and are generally set in line with private sector salaries. At the university our pay closely follows civil servant salaries and it's lower now than it was ten years ago. I very much doubt that my pay will "soar" when I reach 50 either.
Posted in: Why bureaucrats' salaries keep rising regardless of state of the economy
ScroteJan. 21, 2016 - 08:40PM JST
The Korean airport this guy flew from denied he had gunpowder with him, yet the Japanese police insist he did. Perhaps an independent party could analyse the substance to determine the truth?
Posted in: S Korean re-arrested in Japan after Yasukuni shrine blast
ScroteJan. 21, 2016 - 12:01PM JST
Muslim pilots do not leave the plane to fly itself if prayer time happens to fall during a flight. There is no good reason why these workers cannot wait until their shift finishes before they pray. They are just trying to get out of work.
Posted in: Wisconsin manufacturer stands by policy on Muslim prayer breaks
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Feb. 12, 2016 - 10:58PM JST
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Feb. 12, 2016 - 10:52PM JST
A new hope remake VS cowboys and Indians in space not much in it really.
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