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    ThonTaddeo

    ifd66, it means that just 22.7% of eligible voters actually went to the polls, and that last year this figure was about 27.7%.

    These are mid-day totals and many more people are expected to vote until the evening, so we might still see half the voters show up.

    Posted in: LDP set for big win despite low voter turnout

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    ThonTaddeo

    I really wish he'd follow through on his original promises of reform with his "3rd arrow" which seems like it will never see the light of day.

    It is increasingly becoming clear that there was never a third arrow. We were supposed to think that there was so that we would accept the higher taxes, massive devaluation of our savings, and higher prices at the supermarket, tempering our anger with the expectation that something good would be coming to offset these disasters. If any such thing existed, it was presumably the increase in nationalism that would make one segment of society feel good about themselves and look the other way while their savings were being looted. For everyone else, Abe and Abenomics have been nothing but a steady diminution in quality of life..

    Posted in: Abe's base aims to restore past religious, patriotic values

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    ThonTaddeo

    Look at all the whiners complaining about 380 yen ($3.19 US) for a lunch. You could not buy any kind of a lunch at all for that price in any advanced country. A sandwich costs over $5.00.

    Not long ago, during the brief peak when 76 yen bought a dollar, 380 yen was $5.00, exactly. We can thank Abe and the BOJ for taking away our purchasing power.

    Posted in: Japan's beef bowl - symbol of deflation - to get price hike

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    ThonTaddeo

    Unbelievable. "A much-needed win"... for a cabal of thieves debt on destroying the middle class and making them pretend to enjoy the suffering. In any other environment, a 27% (!) price hike would be the sign of a serious crisis.

    And with the price of energy plummeting! (We're somehow supposed to see this as bad for us, too.)

    "It takes a lot more labor to buy a beef bowl now! Hooray!"

    ...is that what you want us to say, Abe and Kuroda? How long do you think you can keep fooling people into cheering on their own impoverishment?

    Posted in: Japan's beef bowl - symbol of deflation - to get price hike

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    ThonTaddeo

    I still can't get over how the Japanese media will gush over Japanese soccer players succeeding in the Premier League or Serie A or baseball players in the major leagues, but can't see that, with Japan being the center of the sumo world, aspiring wrestlers will come here because this is where the world class competition is. They should actively be cheering international wrestlers on -- each one only proves that Japanese sumo is the ultimate level of sumo.

    If sumo ever got really big worldwide and another country (Mongolia, say) set up a sumo league which was open to the whole world, and that league started getting more attention than the venerable Japanese bashos, what do you think the Japanese media's reaction would be?

    Posted in: On the verge of breaking sumo's all-time record, Hakuho ponders his long-term future

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    ThonTaddeo

    If Abe hadn't been so obsessed with devaluing his currency and stoking inflation, and had instead encouraged falling prices (which, any store owner knows, is the one thing that brings customers in droves), we might have been able to weather a tax hike that helped turn the government deficits around.

    Instead he's done just the opposite, with inflation-sparked price increases making the tax increase that much worse. People would have been willing, grudgingly, to pay 8% tax on a 97-yen item (105 yen, 'tax in') that was once a 100-yen item (105 yen 'tax in'). But as everyone knows, the petty monarch Abe has gone so far as to send out surveyors to make sure that businesses aren't lowering their prices to make up for the higher taxes.

    (I bought a beer yesterday at the 7-11 for 201 yen. What rational business sets a price that ends in "-01" and not a round number or something like "-99"? A business obeying Abe's price diktats, that's what.)

    Who knows how little the yen will be worth, and how worse off everyone under 50 in Japan will be, when this monster is finished wrecking things? How many brilliant minds will have left the country? How many smart young people will be making plans to have a future somewhere else? All so Abe's generation can enjoy their golden years. We won't even have to ask anyone to turn out the lights when they're gone -- by then we won't be able to afford to keep them on.

    Posted in: Struggling Sony to cut pay despite Abe's calls for higher wages

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    ThonTaddeo

    People who don't give birth? We'd love to have more kids, but it's hard to feel confident about the future when you have no job security, your savings is being inflated and devalued away, taxes are rising, and the government clearly cares more about the elderly than anyone still young enough to be working.

    Posted in: Gaffe-prone Aso criticizes women who don't give birth

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    ThonTaddeo

    Torasan, I would say that in northern and central Jersey it's an even split between the Mets and the Yankees. There is very little hatred or even awareness of the Red Sox; if you're a Mets fan you want to see the Mets doing better than the Yankees, and vice versa for Yankees fans, and the interleague Subway Series is where the rivalry is settled.

    Posted in: Matsuzaka returns to Japan to pitch for Softbank

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    ThonTaddeo

    大翔, read as Hiroto or Haruto. And coming in third place was the kanji for sun and the kanji for facing combined for 陽向, read as Hinata or Haruta.

    I just can't see how "Haruto" is arrived at from 大翔. The second one might, conceivably, be an alternative kanji for tobu, meaning "jump", making the first part of it to, but haru for 大 just doesn't work.

    And while the 向 character is the -nata in hinata, it cannot be ta all by itself, making "Haruta" a big stretch.

    Please, parents, don't do this. You may get well-meaning friends telling you how clever you were in naming your children, but it's the children who have to live with these names every day of their lives. Every day, explaining the bizarre reading of normal characters, that their parents once thought were cute.

    There's nothing wrong with being creative and choosing a rare name -- Rin, written 凛, is wonderful; it is the standard reading for that character. But choose one that will not put such an unfair burden on your children.

    Posted in: Ren most popular kanji for baby boys' names in 2014; Rin for girls

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    ThonTaddeo

    A lot of people are in favor of extremely high cigarette taxes because they discourage smoking. Well, here's the flip side of that: in NYC, where a pack costs $12.50, there's a thriving underground business in both single cigarettes and in packs "smuggled" in from places where taxes are lower.

    So now because city tax money is at stake, we have police officers aggressively enforcing something that might normally not even be a crime, or be handled with the cop just telling the guy to shoo.

    This is a classic case of the law creating the very crimes that it must then defend society against.

    Posted in: U.S. report fuels race furor over police killings

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    ThonTaddeo

    But I can’t tell them ‘I don’t want any turkey,’ so I force myself to eat it.”

    This kind of thinking seems to stem from one of Japanese society's unwritten rules: that you must eat whatever is put in front of you, and that adults are not permitted to have any likes or dislikes regarding food.

    This wife should remember that there is absolutely nothing wrong with expressing a dislike for a certain food. There are plenty of vegetarians who refuse to eat any kind of meat. The requirement to finish everything on your plate whether you like it or not is something that ends when adulthood begins.

    Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas

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    ThonTaddeo

    Ok so what did this bunch of morons do when they were in govt for a term to raise benefit the middle class,

    Doing nothing would have been a lot better for the middle class than what the LDP has done.

    Posted in: DPJ takes aim at 'Abenomics'

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    ThonTaddeo

    Is this for real? "My fellow BOJ members, please vote to further debase the money supply; we can give each other a pay raise and then pretend that that too is good for the public!"

    "Will there be time to sprint home and convert my savings to another currency before we announce it and the markets react?"

    "Sure! (Taxi tickets!)"

    "In that case, I vote YES!"

    Posted in: The pay increase at the BOJ is another good sign that a virtuous cycle of Abenomics is spreading in Japan. Wage increases in the government and at the BOJ will promote raises at private companies.

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    ThonTaddeo

    Kuroda to the people of Japan: "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

    Posted in: BOJ Gov Kuroda urges firms to raise wages, spending

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    ThonTaddeo

    An absolutely hilarious compendium of the most ridiculous child names is here:

    http://dqname.jp/

    There are a few that don't really qualify, because they're cases where multicultural parents are attempting to fit foreign names into kanji, but for the most part they're an agglomeration of parents assigning bizarre readings to normal kanji and burdening their poor children with having to explain this until they either legally change their names, or cut ties with their families, I suppose.

    Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children?

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    ThonTaddeo

    Abe's support rate at lowest ever

    Yen's purchasing power at lowest ever.

    Not a coincidence.

    Posted in: Abe's support rate at lowest ever

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    ThonTaddeo

    Tokyo has said from the start that some preliminary events for soccer would be held in parts of northeastern Japan affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in an effort to broaden the economic impact, but this is the first time holding events in other regions has been mentioned.

    Hold everything up in Sendai. The beleaguered Tohoku-ites will get a boost, and since they seem determined to hold the Games in sauna-like August (unlike in 1964 when they began in pleasant, non-humid October) the athletes will have a much easier time competing.

    Posted in: IOC flexible on venues outside Tokyo hosting 2020 Olympic events

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    ThonTaddeo

    A sustained drop would hurt growth by encouraging people to delay purchases in hopes of better deals later on.

    The usual debtor-government boilerplate. Not only is the truth of this statement in question -- nobody stops buying things like food because it might be a few pennies cheaper a year from now -- but so what if it is? Saving money and spending it when you choose to spend it is a fundamental human right. God forbid that the public should exercise this right instead of living on the spend-and-repay, never-save treadmill.

    Posted in: Red warning lights flashing for global economy

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    ThonTaddeo

    Note that almost no one is talking about never increasing it -- the 8% rate is here to stay -- or going back to the stable 5% that we had for nearly two decades, or stimulating the economy by lowering it to under 5%, or (god forbid) abolishing it altogether. No one is talking about reining in government spending... at all. It's all "we must extract more money from the people". Totally one-sided.

    Posted in: Abe can’t afford to put the economy at risk. Households are haunted by the sales tax and a delay would be a big relief.

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    ThonTaddeo

    Having come from a family that sends out dozens of Christmas cards, I must confess that I love nengajo. Even in this era of smartphones and Facebook, they're still a great way to send your regards to people that you might not have seen in the past year. I've mostly gone over to digital cards, scanning old unheard-of-in-Japan designs and e-mailing them at zero cost, but I still send about half a dozen to older Japanese acquaintances who aren't into computers. It doesn't cost that much to send them, and the recipients have a chance at winning a small prize. I say keep the nengajo tradition going!

    Posted in: Nengajo numbers falling, but smartphone apps offer an easier solution

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