ThonTaddeo's past comments

  • 3

    ThonTaddeo

    There is about Clinton an almost Shakespearean sense of destiny. The sense that yes, indeed, she is a woman of formidable gifts and probably the most qualified of all the candidates running.

    "Yes, indeed"? What amazingly transparent literary legerdemain from this Team Clinton hack. As if even one reader in a thousand was asking "Is Hillary really a woman of formidable gifts and the most qualified of all the candidates running?" Don't pretend we readers asked a question we never did just so you can answer it with a gloating "yes, indeed".

    The author is no Shakespeare, that's for sure.

    I hope she understands that yes, indeed, Hillary really is a washed-up political hack, and yes, indeed, Bernie Sanders and even Donald Trump care more for the average American worker than she ever has. When I write one of their names on the ballot, it will be with genuine hope that they will make the country better. I can't say that for Hillary.

    Posted in: Gender trumps all? Vote-shaming, slut-shaming not so far apart

  • 1

    ThonTaddeo

    Every step of Abenomics, plus world trends in oil prices, have proceeded as if they were tailor-made for Toyota's profit margin. Crash the yen, sell thousands more automobiles worldwide at lower prices (see, Abe, people buy more when prices go down!), but with super-cheap oil, you don't have to worry about people giving up driving or about worldwide initiatives to reduce automobile use.

    Things couldn't have gone Toyota's way more if they had an executive dictating orders to Kuroda.

    And after all these advantages, the brass can't even give factory workers 3000 yen more per month!? That's, what, 1% of a typical factory worker's monthly salary?

    The labor union shouldn't even have had to demand this. The executives should have budgeted for it each time the BoJ sent the yen into further freefall.

    Posted in: Toyota labor union decides on base pay rise request for wage talks

  • 3

    ThonTaddeo

    That means if they buy below-zero yield bonds now and sell them back to the BOJ at a later date when yields have gone up, they will make money.

    That seems backwards. They can make money if the yield goes down further (= bond price goes up further).

    It is exactly backwards, though given Agence France Presse's full-on Abe-cheerleading ever since he got elected, I am hardly surprised.

    As you see, they will make money if the yield becomes even more negative than it is now; for example, selling it onward to a party who might otherwise be stuck buying a bond that yields -0.050%. They would pay above par for the bond and that difference would offset the -0.035% per year that the first bond buyer had been "paying" to hold it.

    Posted in: Japan's negative yield bond explained

  • 0

    ThonTaddeo

    BOJ & MOF should decisively take advantage of the very strong Yen, and sell lots of Yen

    You can't be serious.

    Posted in: Asian stocks extend global rout as traders flee to safety

  • 0

    ThonTaddeo

    God bless Mr. Tsao for his heroic sacrifice.

    Posted in: Survivors pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

  • 1

    ThonTaddeo

    How does a train appeal liability ruling kill a family?

    When it deprives you of your entire life's savings and you can no longer afford to eat, of course.

    Posted in: Family of dementia patient killed by train appeal liability ruling

  • 5

    ThonTaddeo

    As an American, I used to find it shameful when people would sue large companies over tiny slights, hoping that the giant company, with its deep pockets, would pay off the grifters just to get them to go away.

    Now, in Japan, I see what true shameful behavior is: big powerful corporate Goliaths suing the weak, the elderly, the infirm, and (most disgustingly of all) the bereaved, and for what is almost pocket change to the big companies, knowing that those weak individuals have no hope of mounting a defense.

    The same thing happened with the kids playing soccer in the schoolyard; a ball rolled off the grounds, some elderly person on a scooter (who evidently didn't bother looking at the signs that say "school zone") fell off and hurt his leg, and the elderly person's relatives sue not the school (which has some power), not the city the school was in (which would have a ton of power), not even the manufacturer of the netting or fencing around the school. No, they chose the parents of one of the boys playing soccer.

    The weakest of all potential defendants; the one who is least capable of defending themselves. That's who gets shaken down. This time it was a 90-year-old woman and her 60+ son, who had just lost a beloved family member in the very accident they were being sued for.

    Posted in: Family of dementia patient killed by train appeal liability ruling

  • 1

    ThonTaddeo

    Here heart was in the right place, but her head wasn't. As things turned out, the government got Y480,000 (the price of the losing tickets) and the disaster victims will get Y120,000.

    She should have just handed the cash to the victims directly without The State taking most of it.

    Posted in: Woman who 'found' 2,000 lottery tickets turns out to be owner

  • 0

    ThonTaddeo

    “Japan does not engage in spying activities in any country,” Suga told reporters. - See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/china-arrests-4th-japanese-over-spying#sthash.YUEZAzVJ.dpuf

    "...except for those extensive files we had the National Police Agency compiling on innocent Muslim immigrants whose only 'crime' was to be Muslim. But, you know, other than that."

    Posted in: China arrests 4th Japanese over spying

  • 2

    ThonTaddeo

    Kuroneko is indeed amazing. I actually had to stop putting my phone number on Amazon orders because they even include a courtesy phone call to let you know that they put their package in your box, and they would call when I was sleeping!

    And they do all this as a private company, meaning that they have no input into postal codes and addresses like Japan Post could. Kuroneko is stuck with whatever the government gives them in that regard.

    I used to send books through their Mail-Bin service at their amazing thickness-based price (80 yen for up to 1 cm, 160 for 2 cm) until Japan Post used the fact that one person in several thousand would do the illegal activity of including a personal letter when sending goods (something JP has a monopoly on) and bullied them into stopping that wonderful service entirely and replacing it with an inferior service of their own. I would love to see Kuroneko get that business back somehow.

    Posted in: 10 reasons why Kuroneko Yamato is probably the best delivery service in the world

  • 0

    ThonTaddeo

    ask him for a copy of his tax return, W2, and a list of all his liabilities

    After meeting someone on an online dating site?

    Let me know how that works out.

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  • 1

    ThonTaddeo

    Here's another analogy for you: let's say you want to borrow my car for the afternoon. I agree that you can borrow it, but I stipulate that before you do this you must renew the tyres, fill it with fuel, change the engine oil and pay that year's road tax.

    A. N. Other, the situation is actually even more burdensome than the one in your analogy. If you wand someone borrowing your car to go through all that hassle, well, the borrower can always find someone more reasonable if he doesn't like your rules. Ota Ward's rules on room rental are the equivalent of the government telling you that anyone who wants to borrow your car has to do all that stuff.

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  • 0

    ThonTaddeo

    From the market reaction, plenty of people are buying into this,

    They're reacting rationally to the BOJ's cash-devaluing actions, but I don't think that means they're buying into Abe and Kuroda's snake oil about how debasing and devaluing the people's savings will somehow create a strong economy.

    Good luck to those who own Japanese stocks

    I instead wish for good luck to those who own Japanese cash (i. e., the entire population). These are the people who are going to need it! Stock investors don't need luck; they have Abe and Kuroda rigging things in their favor!

    Posted in: BOJ unveils negative interest rate policy

  • 3

    ThonTaddeo

    A falling price spiral in Japan for years put consumers off buying in the hope of getting goods cheaper down the road, denting firms’ expansion and hiring plans.

    BuBuBu, you are of course correct: this drivel is inserted into article after article by people who must be on the LDP payroll. It does not stand up to even the slightest rational scrutiny -- is anyone in the world going to not buy a liter of milk today because a year from now it might cost 0.1% less? It doesn't even make sense for durable goods, because putting off buying them means you lose out on the utility of having them sooner instead of later. (My cell phone will probably cost 50% less as soon as a year from now... but I bought it now because I want to use it now.)

    Abe, the LDP, and the BOJ are banking on the old adage that if you repeat a lie long enough and loudly enough, people will believe it. When you have an entire nation's media cowed into repeating your propaganda, it's hard for any dissenting voices to be heard.

    Posted in: BOJ unveils negative interest rate policy

  • 5

    ThonTaddeo

    I haven't seen this particular cartoon, but I do remember from a recent JT article that out of the thousands of refugee applications to Japan, only 5 were from Syria.

    This is why Ms. Hasumi's illustrations are so detestable -- she is giving the false impression that Japan is somehow being victimized by these refugees and feeding the persecution complex that the neto-uyo types do so love to wallow in.

    Even if all 5 (!) Syrians taken in by Japan were freeloading layabout con-artists, the burden on the Japanese people is tiny. I could find more grafters and embezzlers just visiting a Diet session.

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  • 14

    ThonTaddeo

    Each day I become more of a monarchist as my respect for the Emperor, who truly loves his country and the peace it has embraced since the war, grows.

    Posted in: Emperor asks youth to keep alive memories of World War II

  • 0

    ThonTaddeo

    And by the way, the Japanese address system is amazingly logical. If you understand it. Spend 2 hours with a map book and it becomes readily apparent.

    The system that the central government has imposed on most of the major cities in the last 50 years is logical enough... if you're a bureaucrat looking at a map, with most of the local neighborhood names stripped away and all its neat boxes-within-boxes-within-boxes, like one of those Russian matryoshka dolls. Block 3, sub-block 12, sub-sub-block 27. (And that doesn't even indicate a specific building, mind you; the number goes up every ten meters, so if there are two front doors within 10m of each other, both houses will bear the same number!)

    It's nowhere near as navigable when you're standing on a street corner and you've got a house marked 2-8-15 on one side of you and 1-13-11 on the other. If you're looking for, say, 2-12-9, you can home in on it and eventually get there. But what a hassle! And memorizing a series of three numbers like this is more taxing than memorizing a single four- or five-digit number, such as 21209. (One great study examining this is Stanislas Dehaene's "The Number Sense", in which he criticizes France for doing their telephone numbers in a hard-to-remember way.)

    And to think that the Japanese -- in the capital of Kyoto, laid out 1200 years ago -- had a perfectly usable system which predated Western street names by centuries! There you always know where something is: you know what street it's on, what the nearest cross street is, and what direction it is from that cross street. You then get a neighborhood name and number basically as a redundant backup. It's great. It should be the model for the entire country. I wouldn't be surprised if, even with all the tiny alleyways and cobblestones, the city of Kyoto does better than in Tokyo with emergency dispatchers just because of the straights streets and human-friendly address system.

    Posted in: Patient dies after ambulance delayed due to dispatcher getting address wrong

  • 1

    ThonTaddeo

    (xiii) A person who attempts to prepare, distribute, or exhibit printed matters, motion pictures, or any other documents or drawings to attain the objectives of any political party or organization prescribed in item (xi) or the preceding item.

    Source: http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail_main?id=173&vm=2&re=

    That's the law. You are aware of what Ric O'Barry does for a living, right?

    @Hokkaidoguy, I imagine you're taking item (xiii) as the thing O'Barry violated, given that he is involved in producing printed matter and motion pictures to further his organization's interest. But the "objectives of any... organization" referred to do not include such trivialities as preserving an endangered species; rather, if you go to your link and look at items (x) and (xi), you can see that said objectives refer to overthrowing the government, something that might be an admirable goal these days, but was not what Mr. O'Barry came to Japan to do.

    There is, of course, the catch-all "in the judgment of the Minister of Justice" at the end of the section. If that's what is denying Mr. O'Barry, then the Minister should just say so.

    Posted in: O'Barry ordered deported from Japan

  • -1

    ThonTaddeo

    the negative impact of slumping oil price

    the risks of slumping oil prices and a stronger yen

    worries about weak inflation

    The dollar rose to 118.00 yen..., giving a lift to Japan’s exporters.

    A cheaper yen boosts their overseas profitability, supporting share buying in those firms.

    This might be the most egregiously one-sided "news" article yet, shot through from beginning to end with pro-BOJ, pro-Abe bias.

    The elites really do expect us to support and cheer on our own impoverishment.

    Is the chocolate ration going up to 20 grams next week? Have we always been at war with Eastasia?

    Posted in: Tokyo investors eye Fed, BOJ meetings next week after Nikkei surges

  • 5

    ThonTaddeo

    He was arrested because he was not carrying his passport. I think arresting foreigners who do not carry passports is immigration's job.

    In much of the world, it is considered prudent for tourists to keep their passports in a secure location, such as a hotel safe, rather than carrying them on their persons. And tourists to Japan are not generally informed that they are required to carry them; O'Barry was guilty of nothing more than an innocent mistake, "illegal" as it may have been. We still don't know why the police pulled his car over.

    And you think that permanently banning someone from the country for this misdemeanor is reasonable?

    I shudder to think of what you would propose if Mr. O'Barry had been driving 5 km over the speed limit!

    Posted in: O'Barry ordered deported from Japan

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