ThonTaddeo's past comments

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    ThonTaddeo

    Stop inflating the money supply and the value of a fixed-income pension will rise in real terms.

    Abe and Kuroda create these problems and then their lapdog media suggest solutions that completely ignore the fact that the problems were the direct result of their actions.

    A 0.1% decline in consumer prices means a 0.1% increase in the real value of any fixed income.

    Posted in: Pinched pensions limit Japanese consumer clout

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    ThonTaddeo

    So it was rather startling to hear Toyoda referring to Hamp with the term "shi" 氏

    Educator60, this actually isn't that surprising -- "Yougisha" is something that the media, not the representatives of a suspect's employer, attach to a person's name. While she looks pretty guilty, she is still legally innocent until proven so, and I support her company's continued use of a respectful title for her.

    Posted in: Toyota in damage control mode after American exec arrested

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    ThonTaddeo

    I guess this new legislation will only increase a number of people who decides who to vote depending on who older generations (i.e. their parents) vote to, which would mean more votes for major political parties like Liberal Democratic Party.

    This was the LDP's plan from the start. Get young people thinking about politics and voting for the first time while still living at home under the heavy influence of their 50+ parents, not when they've already been in college for a few years and exposed to lots of anti-establishment influences.

    I could be wrong, of course. Given that all through this century, the 20-29 and 30-39 voting blocs have shown significantly different opinions from everyone older than them (they voted against Ishihara in droves, for example), it will be interesting to see how the 18-19 segment votes next year. Now let's just hope that the media actually does break down votes that way, and doesn't just shove them in with the 20-29 year olds.

    Posted in: Diet OKs legislation lowering voting age to 18

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    ThonTaddeo

    "We also expect real wages to turn positive."

    You could have this right now, BOJ, if you just let consumer prices fall very slightly and let companies keep wages flat. Everybody's a winner... except for Abe and the indebted Bank of Japan.

    Posted in: OECD says Japan needs spending cuts; not on track to meet fiscal targets

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    ThonTaddeo

    The Ravenous Blatterbeast (sorry, Douglas Adams) is gone!

    Posted in: Captain Blatter's fantastic voyage comes to an end

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    ThonTaddeo

    CPI weak at 0.6%

    Once again the "higher consumer prices = growth" nonsense pervades the article, this time right in the headline.

    For the average taxpayer and consumer, a CPI increase of zero, or a small decline, is ideal. When prices drop, people buy more. Every shopkeeper since the dawn of civilization, from ancient Greek fishmongers to the department store moguls at Matsuzakaya, has understood this. Yet Abe and Kuroda think they can brainwash the public into believing otherwise. It's like Tom Sawyer tricking his friends into painting his fence -- only this time it's an entire nation doing labor for no reward.

    Note also that it's not the CPI itself that is 0.6% (that would have no meaning), but the increase in the CPI that is 0.6%.

    And of course they are trotting out these numbers 1 year and 1 month after the big consumption tax increase, so that they can compare prices to post-increase prices and take the 3% jump we all had to endure right off the books.

    Posted in: Japan CPI weak at 0.6%; jobless rate drops to 18-year low

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    ThonTaddeo

    Excellent posts, Supey. My hat is off to all of you who have made money off Abe's disgusting wealth-looting scheme -- I myself was able to rescue $50,000 at 87 yen in early 2013, but the vast majority of my wealth is in yen savings accounts, being destroyed daily by inflation and devaluation. (I work in the finance field, and as an employee cannot open an account anywhere else, but as an American cannot trade using my own firm, which bans Americans. So it's all-cash for me.)

    Can't invest, can't borrow (no permanent residency). It's like watching your own house go up in flames armed only with a little water bucket.

    With a strong yen and steady consumer prices, I felt so confident about everything back in 2012. Made a respectable salary, my savings was growing... then Abe and the LDP came back to power. Even in 2013 it didn't look like things would ever get this bad. I can't believe they've been allowed to destroy their currency like this. As I've said before, the only thing saving Japan from total ruin is the low oil prices that we're now seeing. Next time oil hits $100, consumer prices will zoom upward. Abe and Kuroda will cheer and the common people will suffer. But seemingly half of them have already been brainwashed to think that this suffering is good for society.

    Posted in: Rush to dollar assets costing Japanese investors dear

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    ThonTaddeo

    "Volatility"? Isn't that a word for when the price seesaws dangerously upward and downward?

    I didn't know you could apply that word to something whose value only ever goes down, and by government design.

    As the saying goes, this must be some new meaning of the word "volatile", of which I was not previously aware.

    Posted in: Policymakers warn against excessive yen volatility

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    ThonTaddeo

    If economic growth and consumer prices improve in line with policymakers’ forecasts, it would be natural for bond yields to rise, Kobayashi said.

    I wonder what the original Japanese word was here. An increase in consumer prices is the polar opposite of an improvement for the general public. Economic growth is great -- but this false connection between growth and higher consumer prices, which the Abe government has been propagandizing for the last 2 1/2 years, is nonsense.

    Posted in: Business lobby head urges gov't to cut spending

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    ThonTaddeo

    Self-driving cars will also make it possible for visually impaired people to finally regain the ability to function fully in society, something that was taken from them when the automobile began to dominate society (and rural transportation began dying, a process that is still going on worldwide). They will once again be able to live in the suburbs, travel on the publicly-funded highways, and work at any of the large number of employers whose locations offer no access to public transportation.

    Right now, on the main JT page, is a story of a man who is paralyzed from the waist down, and could be walking again if not for government officials who are slow to allow technology that could ameliorate his handicap.

    I say more power to Google (and the company making that exoskeleton walker for that paralyzed man). Who are we to tell people that they must accept their lot in life as second-class partially-mobile citizens?

    Posted in: Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

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    ThonTaddeo

    Clearly the answer for Mr. Imahata is to move to a society that allows this device and doesn't prevent him from regaining his physical ability. Japan can blame the over-cautious health ministry for losing a productive citizen (and with a kid, to boot).

    It is reprehensible that a new invention like this, which is clearly helping a member of society regain the functions that 99% of the rest of society takes for granted, is considered to be forbidden until it is specifically approved. This isn't some kind of futuristic augmentation that gives its wearers superhuman powers; it's something that lets handicapped people become "normal" again.

    How can officials like Mr. Yaginuma keep a straight face? "Yeah, sorry about you not being able to walk, but we haven't yet figured out how to siphon all the profits into the pockets of the big corporations, so until then, enjoy your wheelchair. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going out for a jog."

    Disgusting.

    Posted in: Exoskeleton that helps paralyzed walk faces barrier in Japan

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    ThonTaddeo

    Can we stop saying "conservative" for the LDP already? There's very little that's 'conservative' about a party that wants to tear up its constitution, debase and devalue its currency, undo long-standing labor and human rights laws, and raise taxes even further. They basically want to remake the country: the radical left in historical terms; there's nothing 'conservative' about that.

    I would like to see "real" conservatives -- people who want to maintain the peaceful, prosperous nation that Japan has become since WWII -- in power rather than the dangerous Abe and his minions. Who will stand up to conserve and keep modern human rights advances, keep Article 9 of the Constitution, keep stable consumer prices, and keep the forward progress that Japan has made? Anybody?

    Posted in: Conservative Japanese want to rewrite the U.S-drafted constitution because they say it does not reflect the realities of the modern world. Would you support a revision of Japan’s constitution?

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    ThonTaddeo

    Japan has much too much concern about 権利 (rights), and it clogs up business terribly.

    Peter, I thought you were ni the import business, not working as a koban cop!

    Posted in: Should media be able to take photos of, or film people in public, and then use it without asking their permission?

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    ThonTaddeo

    These phone providers' shenanigans have to stop.

    I signed up for an iPhone 5 right after launch in October 2012. Paid the whole thing off over 25 monthly installments. Softbank wouldn't unlock it when I was done, saying that that phone is forever locked to them and that if I want a sim-free phone, I should get an unlocked phone in 2015 when the new law comes in.

    Then just a week or so ago this old, paid-off phone developed a bulge in the front screen. Turns out the battery had a problem that was pushing the thin front screen outward. Apple acknowledged that it was a production problem, and offered to either replace my battery or give me a whole new unit.

    I took the new phone, of course. But... this new phone, which was obtained after the unlocking law went into effect and which is not subsidized by Softbank in any way, is also locked to Softbank, who refuse to unlock it.

    Their logic, such that it is, is that when I signed my contract back in 2012, it was for a locked phone, and I'm still on that contract, so any future iPhone 5 handset that I use my Softbank SIM card with must also be locked to them.

    The cheek of these people! And they wonder why people are leaving for MVNOs in droves... as I soon shall be.

    Posted in: Mobile phone service operators lift SIM locks

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    ThonTaddeo

    The best way to avoid these kinds of accidental deaths is to ban alcohol as this is THE mother of many of the problems in this world.

    This argument ignores the fact that it's the driving part, more than the drinking part, that makes drinking and driving so dangerous. There are plenty of sober but reckless drivers who put innocent lives in danger. Get drunk while commuting by train and the worst that can happen is that you stumble home red-faced and perhaps humiliate yourself by vomiting on the street. It's when that drunk gets in a car that things become dangerous.

    Posted in: Man jumps to death from 4th floor of Nagoya police station

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    ThonTaddeo

    Frankly, I don't see why discrimination by location is worse than discrimination by race.

    Kazuaki, surely you understand that while one can change one's location, one can never change one's race. (You can change your name and claim to be "Mr. Tanaka" when making the reservation, which would then be accepted, and when paying the bill once you arrive, but this is a drastic solution.)

    I must also point out that while the official solution is to use a hotel or credit card company as intermediary and guarantor, am I the only one to notice the UNofficial solution of using any random Japanese with a credit card to make the booking and any prepayment? ... If you can't get ANY Japanese to do you this favor, what does this say about you?

    It says that I have a healthy respect for personal boundaries. You would seriously ask someone to reserve a table at an expensive sushi restaurant on their credit card just because their name won't get them rejected like yours would? If you were entertaining clients? I would feel flushed with embarrassment having to ask a friend to borrow 200 yen for the train if I were suddenly without cash, let alone for a sushi restaurant costing tens of thousands.

    No, I would find a restaurant where my name, birthplace, and money were as good as my neighbor's.

    And I would write to Michelin to have that discriminatory restaurant de-starred post-haste.

    Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules

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    ThonTaddeo

    For visually impaired people and for epileptics, who would normally be forbidden from attempting to drive cars and who are thus closed off from innumerable social and employment opportunities, self-driving cars will be a godsend. The sooner this development happens, the better.

    Posted in: Self-driving cars hold key to future highway: Google exec

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    ThonTaddeo

    I wouldn't want foreigners who believe this inhabiting my country

    Don't worry; no such "foreigners" exist. Once they start inhabiting your country, they become immigrants.

    Posted in: Diplomatic pressure on foreign reporters raises media hackles

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    ThonTaddeo

    Compared to when the Games were held in Tokyo in 1964, the average summer temperature has increased approximately 1.3 degrees, the ministry said.

    This is a pretty deceptive sentence with which to end the article. Summer temperature may have increased 1.3 degrees since 1964, but what is relevant is the difference between October 1964 temperatures and July-August 2020 temperatures. I bet that's closer to 10 degrees.

    When the Olympics were in Australia in 2000 they timed them perfectly: March. Summer was just ending in the southern hemisphere and the heat of January was long over. It is shameful to watch these Japanese organizers disregard comfort and safety like this.

    Posted in: Gov't discusses ways to keep streets, sidewalks cool during 2020 Olympics

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    ThonTaddeo

    So the big, rich companies are raising wages (by less than the increase in consumer prices, mind you) and we're supposed to be happy.

    Yet the huge Abenomics-generated increase in consumer prices -- which itself being cooked by the Abe administration (because it doesn't include food) -- is being borne by everyone in Japan, whether they work for a Keidanren-connected company or not.

    Thank your lucky stars that the price of oil has plummeted in the past year. Next time oil goes over $100 (which is Y12,000 now!), and the prices at the supermarket make another big jump, I shudder to think of what Abe has planned to take our minds off what his policies are doing to us.

    Posted in: Large firms to raise monthly wages at fastest pace in 17 years

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