ThonTaddeo's past comments

  • 5


    Who is going to defend Japan?

    Defend Japan from what?

    Japan has not been attacked by a foreign power in decades. If boogeyman China finally sends a few boats further into Japanese waters and actually starts shooting at Japanese people, the Self-Defense Forces already exist, and have the constitutional ability to defend Japan domestically.

    Am I missing something?

    Posted in: Majority oppose constitutional revision under Abe: poll

  • 4


    “The yen strengthened by five yen in two days. Obviously one-sided and biased, so-called speculative moves are seen behind it,” Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters at Haneda airport Saturday.

    Hey Taro, where were you when the yen weakened by similar magnitudes, again and again, back in 2013-2014?

    Replace "strengthened" with "weakened", and the exact same quote could be uttered by someone opposed to your destructive policies.

    Oh, wait, back then it wasn't "speculative" -- it was your party intentionally destroying the savings of your people.

    Posted in: Recent rise in yen extremely worrying, says Aso

  • 7


    CH3CHO and Fxgai correctly point out what nonsense Kaotu Tozaki's conclusions are. An untaxed hoard of 200 trillion yen might generate a one-time 60-trillion yen tax receipt for the government -- 30% of the total--, assuming none of it was taxed before it escaped the country, but that would be the end of it. Governments don't get to repeatedly tax cash holdings at the income tax rates year after year -- the money would be entirely taken away in just 3 1/3 years!

    Posted in: Japanese money in offshore tax havens could solve a lot of problems at home

  • 1


    How some people can go inside of N Korea? What kind of visa USA issue to them?

    Your country of citizenship doesn't issue you a visa so that you can leave -- at least not in modern democracies. It's the country you are entering that gives you permission to enter.

    Posted in: North Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison

  • 0


    A strong yen makes products more expensive in overseas markets and erodes the value of repatriated earnings.

    Everybody see this copy-and-paste Abe/Kuroda propaganda popping up in various articles now?

    A strong yen also makes it really easy for Japanese makers to source imported products, to ship their products, to attract the most talented and educated employees to work for them, and for Japanese consumers to buy anything they desire.

    Yet somehow this view doesn't get much play in these news articles.

    Posted in: Canon downgrades full-year profit, sales forecasts on China, yen

  • 0


    57.7%—said they feared terrorist attacks, disturbances in their daily lives because of increased security, or had other concerns.

    I'd like to see the breakdown of this 57.7%, because the probability of the first thing happening is really low, whereas the second one is a National Police Agency-guaranteed certainty.

    Posted in: More than half of residents 'not excited' about G7 Ise-Shima Summit

  • 2


    Hiro S., I don't see why Okinotorishima is being brought into this discussion. The Senkaku (Tiaoyü, etc.) islands are very far above water, are genuine islands in every sense, and have even been inhabited -- by Japanese and Okinawans -- in the past.

    Japan and Taiwan are friendly indeed and we can see this by the fact that the two countries have never really bickered over these little islands until the big, bad PRC (whose plans seem to be "get these islands attached to Taiwan and then take Taiwan back into the motherland") got involved.

    If the PRC would just stay out of this issue entirely, with Japan and Taiwan as the only two sides, it could probably be amicably resolved.

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  • 1


    No one suffers from an appreciation of the yen except Japan.

    By "Japan" he of course means not the Japanese people, who would benefit tremendously if their savings were allowed to appreciate, but rather the Japanese government, which relies on currency devaluation and inflation to steal the value of its people's savings. It is disheartening that this economist seems to only care for the wants of a rapacious government with an obscene sense of entitlement and not for the needs of the people forced to live under it.

    Posted in: No one suffers from an appreciation of the yen except Japan. Almost all nations are struggling with a weak growth and they have little tolerance with Japan after allowing the yen to weaken in the past three years.

  • 6


    What a miserable life women have here

    A man was just burned to death in his sleep, by a woman, and this is the first thing you think?

    Posted in: Nagoya woman arrested for setting boyfriend on fire

  • 2


    In addition to the perceptive comments already posted, let me also draw readers' attention to this:

    Initiatives allowing tourists to rely less on cash could help boost visitor numbers ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

    Boost visitor numbers?

    As in, there are lots of people who would love to come to Japan but only if they can pay for things using their fingerprints instead of safe, anonymous, time-honored cash?

    Just no.

    Boost spending, OK; I can imagine people making impulse purchases with their fingerprints because, like credit card payments, it doesn't feel as real.

    Boost profits for the companies who will be making this technology? Of course.

    Boost salaries for the amakudari on the boards of these companies? Well, now we're figuring things out.

    Don't want to carry cash? Japan is already a leader in digital payment systems like Waon and Edy, and these days train pass cards can be used to pay for stuff. Pre-load them at your convenience, pay at your convenience. Near anonymous, too. Or you can let the banks skim some profit off the purchase and take credit cards. But fingerprints? That's the polar opposite of omotenashi.

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  • 1


    In the absence of any evidence of them having lied, let us for now salute the safety precautions taken by Kyushu Electric Power and Shikoku Electric Power, who, unlike Tepco, built their reactors to endure the disaster that has just happened, ensuring that people in the victimized areas at least have electricity in these trying times.

    Just because Tepco lied and obfuscated doesn't mean that every power company did. In fact, if I may put on a tinfoil hat for a moment, it wouldn't surprise me if Tepco were involved in the protests against the entire nuclear industry, because it falsely draws attention to other electric companies and takes the spotlight off the one company whom we know for a fact skipped safety protocols and lied about it.

    Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake

  • 10


    Historically these islands were neither Japanese nor Russian, and were lived on by Ainu people. How about compromising and declaring them the "Ainu Mosir" (Land of the Ainu) with a Hong Kong-like semi-autonomous government? Too radical?

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  • 0


    The judge looked at it as if the guy was destroying his own property i guess. Pathetic.

    And here we have the crux of the problem. Certain parents view their children not as human beings but as the parents' property. And the law agrees.

    Even his house isn't purely his property, even if he paid for it: it's shared by his wife and their children, for whom it is their home. It's one thing to destroy something that is yours and only yours, but when others depend on it...

    Posted in: Man gets 4 1/2 years in prison for house fire in which 4 of his children died

  • -18


    I'm going to be a little contrarian today. I support the residents' resistance.

    Consider a nurse, or policeman, or firefighter, or IT worker, or convenience store staffer, who works night shifts and needs to sleep during the day. Such a person is going to go out of the way to buy a home in a neighborhood that they know meets their needs, and then suddenly some welfare organization decides to ruin their quality of life and the value of the home they have invested their life's savings in?

    Because where does this stop? How about allowing a noisy pachinko parlor with neon lights and blaring noise right next to your house? Those places bring in tax revenue, which is for the good of the nation, just like kids are, so the people should just grin and bear it, right?

    The government should have insisted that the facility be put in a zone where noise is already present, such as enar a school, on the outskirts of a shopping area, or in the vicinity of a train station. Such areas would be convenient for people picking their kids up from the facility as well. This is the kind of thing that land use laws are made for.

    Unless this neighborhood's zoning did in fact allow for the building of daycare facilities -- in that case, I would say that the residents should have been aware that something like this might happen.

    (Incidentally, my neighborhood has a great kids' facility, and it's perfectly placed: right next to the elementary school. If mid-day noise is a problem for you, you know just where not to buy a home!)

    Posted in: Plans for daycare center scrapped after residents complain of possible noise

  • 8


    “I believe this is an inter-generational issue,” he said. “This is about the future generations when you have debt to GDP of 230%.”

    It's an inter-generational issue, all right. The previous generation got by paying little (3% 1989-1997) or zero (all previous years) consumption tax, and the younger generations have to pay through the nose while already dealing with fewer job opportunities, less job stability, and corporations and governments that are more rapacious than ever.

    And yet somehow the "solution" is to make the younger generation -- who are just entering the high-spending years of raising kids (and paying consumption tax on all the food and clothing they consume), sending kids to daycare (and paying consumption tax on that), and buying bigger homes (and paying consumption tax if it's newly constructed) -- do all the heavy lifting while Abe hands Y30,000 bribes to the elderly to keep himself in power.

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  • 2


    Wages haven’t risen significantly in advanced economies even though unemployment has fallen. Inflation has remained dangerously subpar despite ultra-low borrowing rates engineered by major central banks. And those historically low loan rates have yet to encourage businesses to step up investment meaningfully.

    Did everybody catch what this sneaky article tried to do? Everybody wants wages to go up. Everybody wants businesses to take advantage of low interest rates to invest in their futures. But sandwiched in the middle is a biased sentence which implies that inflation can somehow be "dangerously subpar", and which praises central banks for engineering this situation.

    If that's not straight out of the indebted-government-looking-to-devalue-its-debt-at-public-expense propaganda wing, I don't know what is. The ideal inflation rate for the diligent, hard-working, money-saving citizen is zero, and mild deflation is far preferable to any inflation at all.

    And this reporter seems to think that he could just slip it in between two innocuous statements just as many article writers have been doing ever since Abe got elected, and to some extent ever since fiat money became the norm. Repeat something long enough and loud enough, and the public will believe it, right?

    Posted in: Finance officials facing a chronically weak global economy

  • 2


    A rising yen tends to worry government officials because it decreases exporters’ earnings and makes it more difficult to shake off deflation by pushing down import prices.

    Folks, here is your new copy-and-paste sentence which I'm sure we'll be seeing, with only minor modifications, in article after article every time the yen does anything other than plummet to the level Abe and Kuroda want it at.

    Never mind that even today the yen is more than 30% below where it was before the LDP was elected.

    Never mind that "pushing down import prices" is the last thing that consumers in a resource-poor, imported-energy-hungry nation want.

    No, it's about what Abe wants. And seemingly every news reporter parrots his desires.

    Posted in: G20 pact does not rule out currency intervention by Japan: Suga

  • 4


    “A rapid move toward either yen rise or yen fall is not desirable. It is desirable that currencies are stable at levels that match the economy’s fundamentals,” Aso told reporters

    Then how do you explain your party's actions that send the yen (and, with it, everyone's savings) tumbling by 30% back when your party got elected, Taro? Or are we to infer that Japan's fundamentals are now, under your leadership, really this much worse than in 2012?

    Posted in: Gov't officials step up warning against yen's rise

  • 4


    the victim suffered a broken neck and will be in hospital for two months.

    How long this poor man will be in the hospital does not seem as important as whether or not he will be paralyzed for life. Let's hope he isn't.

    Posted in: 63-year-old man beaten, run over in Ibaraki

  • 0


    When I had my lasik done, they stressed quite strongly that You Can't Have Lasik If You Have Cataracts

    Cleo, thanks for the response. Those capital letters are a disappointment, because I Do Have Cataracts. Still, next tim I'm at the eye doctor's, I'll ask. My vision isn't exactly gone yet, but it would be nice to have eyesight good enough to use in sports while my body is still young enough to be an athlete!

    Posted in: What do you think about high-tech surgical procedures popular in Japan, such as Lasik, hair removal, breast augmentation and liposuction?


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