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SynbiosMay. 18, 2013 - 08:06PM JST
I agree that every Japanese has the right to visit any place in their soil anytime they want, that includes politicians, relatives to the people buried there, and so on.However, there is a bigger question here than the "Can mister Abe go to Yasukuni?" and that is "Should the prime minister of Japan go to Yasukuni ignoring all the diplomatic and political impact that such an act implies?".
Japan is a country that doesn't get along well with its neighbors as we all know, and the last thing it needs right know is another burden that could affect its exports, international companies, citizens working abroad, etc. This "we do whatever the hell we want" kind of behavior is the same that China and Korea show in other matters.
Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
SynbiosDec. 13, 2012 - 11:30AM JST
Might be just my imagination but...isn't it quite easy to see if the person commenting is Japanese or not through the comments on articles that talk about AKB48, SKE48, etc.?
Just saying :P.
Posted in: AKB48 pair Itano, Shinoda appear in most TV commercials in 2012
SynbiosDec. 13, 2012 - 11:15AM JST
Exports dropping, riots in China, money wasted in Touhoku, more people than ever receiving the "seikatsuhogo" safety net money, big Japanese giants like Sony and Panasonic going down the road, etc.
But, who cares! The average person doesn't want to worry about those things right? Let's give them a politically correct kanji so common people don't get too worried about things...and therefore begin to THINK about what happens inside their country.
Posted in: 'Kin' chosen as kanji character best representing 2012
SynbiosDec. 13, 2012 - 11:07AM JST
I agree with JapanGal. It would be nice to see some empirical data regarding prices of groceries, housing, transport, etc.
Maybe even a ranking with the average monthly living cost for a person or a couple so we can also see how expensive things are here in Japan :P.
Posted in: Chinese cities becoming too costly for expats: survey
SynbiosDec. 10, 2012 - 12:01PM JST
We will have also to check the first year after release of the WiiU before we can call it a
failure or a success.
For now, third party releases are few and far between till February, and if this situation
continues Nintendo might have the same problems it had with the Nintendo 3DS and
Sony with the PSVita, where new users could not see the point in buying the console
with only a few dozens of titles on the market.
Also, it is obvious that the WiiU is not a tablet and that it is going to be difficult to get into the
blue ocean of smartphone games, but some games for Nintendo 3DS and PSVita are trying
to offer a more extensive experience with micro transactions and social game elements and
might give us a surprise.
So I think that Nintendo is trying aiming to hit the same spot it hit with the Wii:
having one on every living room offering a game experience adapted to all ages and specially to families.
Posted in: Nintendo shoots for pole position with Wii U console
SynbiosDec. 10, 2012 - 11:43AM JST
"Do not worry my dear BertieWooster! For Mr. Abe has a solution to your problem!"
"Forcing the Bank of Japan to buy national bonds "at infinitum" and let the cash flow
as if it were booze in a high class party!"
(Cute lady voice)"Say no to taxes and hello to the "Liberal Party of Japan national bond program"!"
(The LDP logo is shown) "Vote for Liberal Party of Japan! Let's get Japan "back on track"!"
I am sure that the LDP will show some commercial like this to convince the population that they
have the panacea to heal Japan...
Posted in: Latest economic data sparks recession fears
SynbiosNov. 28, 2012 - 01:48PM JST
I never understood why so many new companies, specially the ones that specializes in IT, social media, etc. keep establishing their business in Tokyo when you can basically send almost any kind of data or contact anybody via internet.
Tokyo is crowded enough as it is and its prices are higher than in other prefectures, not to mention the pollution and many other things that are also mentioned in this article.
If you MUST have a contact in Tokyo to approach other business or to do your finances or whatever, just establishing a small department in the capital for that and keeping your main resources in some other cheaper and less stressful city might not only save you a lot of money, but might also improve the motivation of your employees. Not to mention that if you manage to stand out in your business that way you might get good publicity as the "pioneer of the city of (insert small city name here)".
Posted in: For better lifestyles and lower costs, firms locate outside Tokyo
SynbiosNov. 10, 2012 - 06:26PM JST
"Gov't won't bail out struggling electronics companies: Maehara"
Many governments in Europe and also the US said the same about banks, big companies like General Motors, etc. But wait till the CEO of each company comes out and says: "Either we get financial support, or XXXXX employees will get laid off".
Then we will see if the government keeps saying the same.
Posted in: Gov't won't bail out struggling electronics companies: Maehara
SynbiosNov. 01, 2012 - 08:21PM JST
The problem is that doesn't matter what we say, many maaaaany of us would go to the cinema to see Star Wars 7 because many of us love the prequels, the settings, etc. And this applies to the old and no so old since the series began a long time ago and kids are now familiar with the videogames and tv series. Just check the success of so many Star Wars related products like mini series, merchandising, videogames, etc.
And THEY KNOW. And that is why they will keep milking the Star Wars cow (the same for so many other classic series, videogames, etc) till it is dry, because the brand name is so huge and has such a business potential that it is hard to say "well, maybe it is time to let this story rest in peace".
Posted in: New 'Star Wars' movies - dream come true, or cosmic yawn?
SynbiosNov. 01, 2012 - 08:15PM JST
In a nutshell:
-Samsung and other companies are crushing Sony in the mobile and TV market.
-Nintendo's 3DS lower price has eliminated almost any chance of the PSVita (which committed of not preparing enough 3rd party releases) to succeed in the portable console market.
-The yen is hitting hard.
-People don't have enough confidence on the economic recovery to buy Sony's quality products and prefer to spend less for a lesser product.
Add that to the forecast of Sony thinking about leaving the console market and them doing business for Olympus and you have the perfect recipe for disaster after so many years of success. I hope Sony gets back on track.
Posted in: Sony reduces loss on sales recovery, restructuring
SynbiosOct. 31, 2012 - 05:03PM JST
"Dum de dum (whistle)...lets see what JapanToday tells us today!"
(click, immediately slams head against the keyboard over and over...)
"Yup, this is Japan alright..."
Posted in: Ishihara steps down as Tokyo governor to take over Sunrise Party
SynbiosOct. 31, 2012 - 10:57AM JST
If this was a real democracy, not only the government would be ashamed of this and would take action immediatly, but also the citizens (specially the people living in the Touhoku area) would rise up and protest against this unforgivable behavior.
The public institutions that allowed this to happen are to be blamed for this, but also the citizens who just stare at how unfair and corrupt things are have their part of responsibility. People of Japan, dont let the powerful use democracy for their own good and fight!
SynbiosOct. 31, 2012 - 12:28AM JST
malfupete I know that they are not obligated to do so, but since that money is going to appear out of nothing (causing an effect on the inflation which affects not only the banks but every citizen that has a salary or savings) there should be a way to limit the use of that money.
Although we all know how central banks (which are in private hands) work and they are doing the same everywhere: lending to private banks at a low interest rate, then that bank buys national bonds or speculative products which give higher interest rates and so in the end the private banks get a profit. If only common people knew...or cared...
Posted in: BOJ launches unlimited commercial bank loans
SynbiosOct. 30, 2012 - 04:54PM JST
The Bank of Japan providing with funny money to every commercial bank for an interest almost non existent... Basically money created out of thin air.
The effect on the value of the yen is positive for the economy as a whole but, shouldnt the Bank of Japan DEMAND the other banks to offer those loans only to people and companies with the intention to create new and creative services and goods and therefore contributing to the whole country?
I really hope I dont see that money spent on derivatives, swaps or other speculatives products with the only purpose of increasing the money in the pockets of the bankers.
SynbiosOct. 30, 2012 - 02:06PM JST
I think this is only a harbinger for things to come. If the output goes down, spending doesnt get reduced, people asking for the "seikatsuhogo" safety net skyrocket and the change rate remains at a 1dolar:80yen 1euro:yen, it is fair to say that the situation is going to get worse.
Appart from that we have a government that needs a new law that allows them to sell new national bonds in order to pay for social benefits from November till the next time the tax revenue kicks in and a debt crisis in Europe and the US, which means that it is harder to "bring money from the future" through the international debt market.
But I can bet you 10000 yen that most Japanese citizens/politicians dont even know or care much.
Posted in: Japan industrial output falls; jobless rate unchanged
SynbiosOct. 29, 2012 - 03:03PM JST
It is true that Japanese Primer Ministers last shorter than a match lighted in the middle of a hurricane, but I would rather see some changes in Japanese politics (and therefore politicians) after seeing how the DPJ has handled things since it was elected (not that the opposite parties are much better though).
Posted in: Noda defies opposition, says election can wait
SynbiosOct. 29, 2012 - 09:57AM JST
This is beginning to look like when at school, you had a fight with a classmate and you broke of his pens, then he stole your meal, then you slapped him in the face and then in the end it got so ugly that the teacher had to step in in order to bring calm and balance again.
Maybe the teacher (UN) should step in and do something about all this before it escalates to something worse than just renaming chuncks of rocks. Oh wait! here the students have to call the teacher first...
Posted in: S Korea to rename peaks on islands disputed with Japan
SynbiosOct. 25, 2012 - 02:09PM JST
Wakarimasen, maybe that is because a lot of japanese people expect the stereotypical foreigner who is very kind, romantic and good in bed, but who doesnt know (or how to speak) about japanese stuff, specially political stuff.
Though I think that type of nationalistic young women are a minority, I think there is going to be a boom of new nationalistic youngsters coming up after all the disputes with China, Korea, etc. Hope I am mistaken.
Posted in: More young Japanese women showing nationalistic tendencies
SynbiosOct. 22, 2012 - 03:15PM JST
Lew Archie, I am spanish and let me tell you that our crisis has more to do with people not creating products and services with high added value and prefering to work as a public worker and getting an easy salary for life from the government. Mixed with people being afraid of risking money to create a company and corruption, etc. Also if you check online you will find that the sourthern countries of Europe work more than the average (although we are not as productive, that is 100% true.)
With that said, I really wish everyone though as you do about slackers at the workplace here in Japan. Sadly most places work this way and it is turning productive and creative people into burned out salarymen.
Posted in: Twitter comment starts online debate on working overtime
SynbiosOct. 21, 2012 - 11:03PM JST
Right now I am studying game development at a vocational school in Nagoya, The SE and software business is very very tough here in Japan and it is widely known that many people work for over 14 hours a day and also on national holidays, also even in the New Year if your program isn't made on time. Also the words "karoushi" and "gekimu" are attached to this industry.
I was talking about how workers should not allow this and how they should be claiming for the Labor Standards Law to be respected to one of my Japanese schoolmates, when he answered me: "Well, that is how things work and people should be ready for it before beginning working".
That was the moment when I started to believe that things are not going to change around here. If youngsters cannot raise their voices and say NO, there is no way people around 30 or 40 are going to risk their jobs to do the same.
May. 24, 2013 - 06:47AM JST
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May. 24, 2013 - 06:34AM JST
Why doesn't the article mention his book title?
Posted in: Wrongfully convicted Nepali man asks for apology from the Japanese government
May. 24, 2013 - 06:32AM JST
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