ThonTaddeo's past comments

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    ThonTaddeo

    Maybe I'm stupid and economics just aren't my cup of tea. What's wrong with less stimulus, a stronger yen, stronger consumer purchasing power (like the Chines renminbi or Korean won so Japanese can afford to travel again), and buy cheaper imports, go to restaurants, and enjoy life again?

    Nichikolohe, your understanding is perfectly fine. All those things are great, if you're a regular member of the wage-earning public. As Mr_JGB has explained, mild deflation and a strong currency are ideal for working folks.

    The problem is that the government wants to devalue the huge debts it has run up (be stealthily confiscating the value of the people's savings), and transfer as much as possible of that wealth from all those middle class people to the ultra-rich and connected, while spouting nonsensical justifications that will fool just enough people to prevent the public from getting angry.

    With seemingly every media platform fully on board, his propaganda is working better than that time when Tom Sawyer (or was it Huck Finn?) convinced all the neighbors to whitewash the fence for him and see that as fun rather than labor. Pro-Abe/Kuroda language is everywhere; even in this article, the negative-sounding word "tepid" is used for the lower-than expected inflation rate, rather than what the public should be thinking, which is more along the lines of "thank God, prices didn't go up as much as those thieves wanted them to!" Look between the lines when reading articles (including those on this site) and listening to television reporting. They all treat inflation and devaluation as positive things when this is clearly not in the public interest. Once you see it, you can no longer un-see it.

    Posted in: Japan inflation tepid, spending falls in June

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    ThonTaddeo

    I just looked up the logo for the Theatre de Liege, and they really do look too similar for it to be coincidence.

    And, knowing that the original logo is a T and an L, I can't stop seeing an L formed by the black vertical bar and the gray foot at the bottom right of the Tokyo logo. Why is that gray part even there? The gold part and the red sun combine to form the top of the T, but what is the gray part doing?

    Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo design ruffles feathers abroad

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    ThonTaddeo

    Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda (front R)

    Would things really be worse if we switched the BOJ governor to front (L)?

    Posted in: Junior bankers

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    ThonTaddeo

    "She should be, for claiming what costs 252 billion yen could be made at 130 billion yen."

    I imagine -- correct me if I am wrong -- that Zaha Hadid formulated her designs in 2012 and early 2013. In late 2012, at about 125 yen to the pound, 130 billion yen was just over £1 billion. But thanks almost exclusively to Abenomics, it now costs almost 200 yen to buy one pound, making 252 billion yen today just over £1.3 billion. In US dollars, the figures are similar. That's only a 30% overrun when priced internationally. How can anyone expect a British architect to price in the effects of an intentionally-engineered currency crash that would make the costs of "her design" soar?

    And yes, she should sue. Her payment goes beyond just the £ she is paid in: she is also expecting to be "paid" in the form of fame and prestige when her design is used by the world's best athletes and seen by millions of viewers. Dumping her design because of soaring costs that are largely the fault of Japanese government policy is putting blame where it most emphatically does not belong. Dump the design because it looks hideous? Sure. But because of cost? She has plenty of people to share the blame with there.

    Posted in: Warnings on Olympic's cost rises were ignored say Japan stadium designers

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    ThonTaddeo

    I'm just hoping that the FT doesn't start exporting BOJ/Abenomics/Kuroda nonsense to their discussions of the rest of the world. It is bad enough that the Japanese media is all-on on inflation, currency devaluation, and other middle-class-destroying policies that are making the average Japanese person miserable; I'd hate to see this line of thinking applied to other economies too.

    Posted in: Nikkei pledges to respect Financial Times culture

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    ThonTaddeo

    It wasn't like this 50 years ago, so what has changed?

    Much more mind-altering drugs and medication addictions.

    Posted in: 3 dead, 7 wounded in Louisiana movie theater shooting

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    ThonTaddeo

    Sam, great idea with the existing stadiums. Japan already has plenty of world-class facilities, as anyone who has attended a sporting event here knows. Is it too late to move the Games to October as they always should have been?

    Posted in: Abe chairs task force on Olympics with 5 years to go

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    ThonTaddeo

    There were multiple shouts of "abunai!" as people began to pile up behind the apparently clueless gentleman.

    A personal observation: the word "abunai" might be the one that, above all others in the language, drives me to fits of rage.

    In other cultures I've lived in, when you want someone to pay attention to something dangerous, you tell them what to look for, and/or where to look. "Watch your step", "behind you", "heads up", "look out below", and variations on these, inform the oblivious person exactly where they need to be looking.

    "Abunai!" doesn't tell the person anything. What are they supposed to do, freeze in their tracks and then look around them to discover where the danger is? And the person shouting "abunai" has clearly seen this danger -- why not tell the clueless person where it is, and what to be looking out for?

    Sometimes I think the extreme levels of public obliviousness and cluelessness stem from this. People are barraged with voice-recorded guidance and warning signs about unimportant things everywhere they go, but then when another person's attention really is needed, the custom is to utter a single, uninformative word. Even when you're not the one being spoken to, hearing some stranger tell another stranger to "watch your head" clues you in that maybe there's a beam or low ceiling to be aware of.

    I would love to see a campaign to get people to use more informative language in these situations.

    Posted in: Consumer Affairs Agency urges people not to walk on escalators

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    ThonTaddeo

    Utter garbage trying to appeal the masses with emotional rhetoric.

    What this bill essentially does is to support U.S. Forces who are trying to prevent the enemy from conducting such air raids on Japanese soil.

    Nigelboy, you really have no idea what war is, do you?

    Posted in: Mr Abe, you really have no idea what war is, do you?

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    ThonTaddeo

    Kaynide's answer, which the 28°-fanatics will deny, is the right one.

    If you spend most of your day in a small space, air condition that small space, and keep it enclosed. Make those small 4 1/2-tatami rooms work to your advantage if you're just sitting at home watching TV or online.

    When the time comes to step out of that space, you'll be blasted by heat, but you won't start sweating for several minutes, which should be enough to get to the train station or convenience store or wherever you're going. If you had stepped out of a 28° environment, you would actually sweat more and sooner (if you weren't sweating already).

    And there will be no loss of productivity due to lethargy, no increase in laundry and water consumption because you're going through two or three T-shirts a day, and no embarrassing sweat stains on your thin "Cool Biz" clothing.

    Posted in: What is the most environmentally friendly way to keep cool in summer?

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    ThonTaddeo

    Deflation may sound good for shoppers, but it means people tend to put off buying because they do not expect prices to rise and hope they might even get goods cheaper down the line.

    A sentence this biased would get edited out of an article in a high school journalism class, but here we see it not only making the editor's cut, but copy-pasted verbatim into article after article.

    Growth would turn around by the third quarter, Kuroda said. “Prices will likely pick up at a significant pace some time during the end of this fiscal year” to March 2016, he said.

    Growth will "turn around", Mr. Kuroda? So the positive growth of 1.7% (well above the inflation rate), is going to go into negative territory? And then you follow this not with something about how the economy will grow, but how prices will increase.

    Price increases are not growth. They're the polar opposite of growth: they represent a decline in the value of workers' savings and labor. If your savings is taken from you, you can't buy as much in the future.

    Of course, the ones doing the taking merely pay lip service to your future. What they want is to devalue all that debt they piled up by debasing the currency. The currency which they issue, and which you are paid in.

    While Abe destroys the legal and constitutional base on which modern, peaceful Japan was constructed, Kuroda does the same thing with the economy. The arrogance of these two is just breathtaking.

    Posted in: Bank of Japan cuts economic growth, inflation view

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    ThonTaddeo

    Let me guess: the price of Abe Honey goes up 2% every year, and the size of the bottle gets smaller, regardless of the consumers' ability to pay, and the customers are expected to keep on buying as usual.

    Posted in: Political sweetener: Abe to get branded honey

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    ThonTaddeo

    A congested residential area might not have that much space for multiple exits.

    @Ulysses - It's not the number of exits (those are abundant, thankfully); it's the number of ticket gates to reach the platform after you have entered the underground area of the station. The three stations I use regularly each only have one gate despite having many exits. This means that someone in the frontmost or hindmost car has to get off the train, walk to the center of the station, then double back to reach the exit, instead of getting off the train, exiting right there, and then going up the escalator/stairs.

    Even whether it's better to have a train line or not is not so clear. Imagine (sorry to get so Tokyo-specific here) someone who lives between a Metro station and an Oedo station, and works in the famous Roppongi Hills complex. Their employer will presumably have them commute using the Oedo line, which will leave them with about a 10-15 minute walk from the train platform to their office, after climbing many escalators. They could have taken the Metro and had the Hibiya line exit deposit them right at their office door. This is a contrived example, but that person is ruing the day the Oedo line was completed.

    Posted in: Tokyo to get two new subway lines amid redevelopment boom

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    ThonTaddeo

    I hate the whole concept of self diving cars. Just another way of sucking all the pleasure out of life. For a LOT of us, driving is one of our greatest pleasures

    Perhaps for you. How about for people with impaired eyesight or epilepsy, who must live in a world designed around the automobile, but who can never enjoy what is such a pleasure to you? Who are you to deny them the social and employment opportunities that are taken from them because they are denied the privilege of driving, which you seem to take for granted?

    Posted in: 2 visions emerge for getting self-driving cars on road

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    ThonTaddeo

    @Ulysses - As an Oedo line user -- I live right near an Oedo line station myself -- surely you have noticed that the problems with the Oedo line go further than just their depth underground. That is unavoidable given that previous lines got to the shallower depths first.

    What makes the Oedo line infuriating is its penny-pinching design that adds even further inconvenience rather than trying to mitigate its problems. When I lived on the Chiyoda line, even on one of the less-used stations, there were two exits, one on each end, with a ticket gate at each. At my Oedo line station there is only one ticket gate, right in the middle of the station, so if you live at the east end of the station and want to be in the easternmost car, you still have to walk all the way to the middle of the station, enter, then walk all the way back to the east end of the station to get on.

    There really is no excuse for not having more than one ticket gate in an already-deep station. Leave it unmanned during the off-peak hours if you're worried about personnel costs; my Chiyoda line station did this.

    I'm left with the impression that rather than trying to offer better service to offset the unavoidable natural obstacles that come with this line, they instead decided to anticipate fewer customers and thus to cut costs wherever they could.

    Posted in: Tokyo to get two new subway lines amid redevelopment boom

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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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