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TheInterstatJan. 20, 2015 - 03:32PM JST
@JaneM; you are making assumptions there. For your information, I have travelled extensively, by bicycle all over the country, for years. My opinion remains the same. Even in the middle of the country side, there is endless grubby concrete roads, abandoned industrial buildings and everyone smokes constantly. Up the top of the mountains you do get a long distance view, but it is hardly beautiful; merely a long horizon of hazy pollution and power cables.
I realise this is a Japan focused site, so most people will be out to defend the place, but taking a step back, it genuinely is grim.
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
TheInterstatJan. 19, 2015 - 11:18PM JST
Why would anybody really want to come to Japan, when the alternatives are so much more attractive?
Compare a holiday in Japan, with spending the same money to go around Europe, through some geniunely beaufitul areas, incredibly wide open and clean air, with people who don't stare at you, smoke constantly in restaurants and on the street, etc., and you can see why people don't want to come here. If I didn't work here earning money, I would not be here. None of you would, given a free choice of anywhere to live or travel to.
It is a smoke-filled grim concrete xenophobic factory; literally the mirror opposite of somewhere like the south of France, or the Spanish islands.
TheInterstatJan. 07, 2015 - 10:02PM JST
Traders get profit. Brokers get commission.
Posted in: Nikkei ends 2014 at 15-year high
TheInterstatJan. 07, 2015 - 09:58PM JST
The biggest 'debts' here are not money.
The biggest debts have been created by the culture itself; tenuring idiots into positions way above their brain computing power, refusing to entertain the idea of immigration, creating a crushing culture where people don't have kids, etc. All of this is the real debt. It has been building and building and we are now seeing the interest payments becoming too much to handle. Like any massive debt, when it gets too big, like it has now for Japan, there is no way out. You can't just file for cultural bankruptcy, because there is no alternative and nowhere for them to go.
Personally, I have watched the whole thing with mirth, as CLEARLY it was going to end up like this. They are reaping what they have sewn, and I really have no sympathy whatsoever. As soon as I have rinsed them for as much money as they will give me, I will stop putting up with their crap, get on a plane and swan off, leaving them to their fate.
They brought this on themselves.
Posted in: At some point it will become clear to everyone that Japan has rung up debts that it has no ability to pay back other than through printing money: there simply aren’t going to be enough economically productive citizens.
TheInterstatJan. 06, 2015 - 06:52PM JST
Nothing wrong with Toyota taking the lead and forcing their technology to become the standard, if it works.
There comes a time when we need to forge forward into the future, and if these guys are standing up and saying 'follow us', then they are the alphas who get to say how things go. Completely fine by be and I applaud this move by them.
There will be some twisting and turning for sure, but it is overall a benefit, and pretty exciting stuff.
Posted in: Toyota to give away fuel-cell patents to boost industry
TheInterstatDec. 31, 2014 - 02:54AM JST
Does this article really need to say Bloated bodies? That is way too graphic for no reason.
Posted in: Bodies found near site where AirAsia plane crashed
TheInterstatDec. 31, 2014 - 02:27AM JST
How does my comment deserve a downvote? I was literally just talking standard trading stuff. Weird. Anyway, this volatility is ace for making money on the market. Celebrating the fact that the nikkei is a bit higher than before is a little odd, but sensationalism sells I suppose.
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 11:45PM JST
Amazing the need for something like this, whatever it actually is, when everyone is carrying a multi-core touchscreen computer in their pocket at all times.
Posted in: Sign of the times
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 11:43PM JST
Posted in: Japan's self-professed 'omotenashi' (spirit of selfless hospitality) is often misinterpreted to force pre-determined services on foreign visitors with a different set of values to behave the way Japanese people expect.
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 11:11PM JST
Fadamor; yeah, some good info in there, but it should also be considered that when an anonymous (lower case a) attack comes from a country like North Korea, the country is implicated as an administrative whole. When it comes from a group who admit the attack, which also happened to Sony and Microsoft with their PS4 and XBOX networks over xmas when Lizard Squad went on the rampage, there are no blockages of connections from wherever they come from, as they are not government affiliated. In that particular case, Kim Dotcom stepped in and sorted it all out, amusingly, because he was annoyed he couldn't play games at Christmas. Haha
Posted in: Doubts remain on North Korean role in Sony attack
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 11:03PM JST
What actually is this service for? No indication given other than some random idiom that the guy who wrote it must have found in a knackered old English dictionary propping up the table in the smoking room, and tried to impress his mates with.
Is it a phone line for emergencies when on a train? For financial help? What?!!
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 10:50PM JST
No doubt from me over this. They did me a favour, allowing me to sell short on my Sony shares and make some quick cash.
Cheers Kim Jong Un, you lunatic!
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 10:48PM JST
Haha, that makes it even more cringe. They are writing the review of their own service themselves, by flowering up the meaning of the word.
Plus all this Omotenashi jibberish don't mean jack if you ain't got no money, or you are not Japanese.
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 10:35PM JST
^Oh yeah? Which one is that, and what do they falsely and hilariously consider themselves to be unique in?
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 10:30PM JST
The US has always led the way. No idea where this idea that they don't has come from.
Posted in: Why the U.S. will power the world economy in 2015
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 10:28PM JST
There are unique aspects, indeed. Just not the ones that they would dearly with to be the only nation in possession of.
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
This insular mutual appreciation society thing they have going on here is pure undiluted cringe, it really is. The amount of platitudes that fly around is insane, and spooks me in the same way that meeting a really really religious person who seems completely unable to comprehend even slightly different realities, or lifestyles. It is even more insane given the fact that the country has the best internet connection ever, so they can instantly access complete and thorough information in text and ultra high definition video form, 24/7, which prove in a millisecond how un-unique they truly are.
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 10:01PM JST
"I felt more welcome in Japan than any other Asian country close to Japan."
LOL, as if that is a sign of quality.
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 09:56PM JST
Yeah it was a bullish year, commercially. Would be good if consumer confidence could catch up.
Made some pretty good returns with the volatility of the Nikkei this year. Rollercoaster all the way, and pretty exciting.
Sold short on the USD/YEN too which was excellent!
TheInterstatDec. 30, 2014 - 12:57PM JST
^Yeah I noticed this immediately when I arrived in 2005.
It is simply what happens in extremely nationalistic areas, where the people allow themselves to be brainwashed by the common concensus, don't question anything, and believe what they are told. Very similar to a place like Argentina.
If you are around a group of Japanese people, listen out for how often they make observations, or comments about 'nihonjin wa...'. It is an unusually high amount, and is mainly always followed by banality or outright nationalistic nonsense that is not unique to Japan at all.
A lack of cultural sophistication, essentially.
Jan. 26, 2015 - 01:15AM JST
The Syrian disaster is a result of the war Bush started. Obama has been…
Posted in: IS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 mil ransom
Jan. 26, 2015 - 01:12AM JST
do they have enough dresses for the team?
Posted in: Baseball players like 'Frozen' too: 'Let It Go' chosen for Spring Koshien baseball tournament
Jan. 26, 2015 - 01:11AM JST
Yukawa was a militant of the Islamic Front, and was captured in battle, and…
Posted in: Obama offers condolences to Abe over slain hostage
Jan. 26, 2015 - 01:08AM JST
Language was the biggest problem when we visited. We could find English speakers here and there,…
Jan. 26, 2015 - 12:57AM JST
I'm not surprised to see people blaming Abe here on Japan Today.
ISIS is 100% responsible…
Posted in: Abe says video claiming one hostage killed likely authentic