ThonTaddeo's past comments

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    ThonTaddeo

    Klepinger, Nishimura did in fact use the correct phrase, which is "percentage points", not "percent'. (In Japanese this is ポイント rather than パーセント.) Plenty of other reporters get this wrong, as do politicians looking to hide the impact of their tax hikes, but this time the Vice Economy Minister was not mistaken. His organization's policies, on the other hand...

    Posted in: Vice economy minister: More caution needed on next tax hike

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    ThonTaddeo

    Scrote, I don't think it's a matter of Abe having the "guts" to raise the tax; lowering it, or refusing to raise it, would take more guts. Instead, we're going to get higher taxes and more spending and more debt and higher consumer prices and more currency devaluation -- all things that chip away at Taro Q. Salaryman's quality of life but make the government and their cronies even richer.

    Posted in: Vice economy minister: More caution needed on next tax hike

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    ThonTaddeo

    The US military was directly above the crash site two hours after it happened, and had men ready to rappel down when they were ordered to turn back, and when they returned to base, they were commended but were ordered "not to talk to the media about any of this". A JSDF helicopter arrived two hours after the Americans did, but didn't attempt to reach the site until the next morning.

    The Stars and Stripes (from which I've quoted above) reported on the incident, a decade later:

    http://www004.upp.so-net.ne.jp//imaginenosekai/yokota-ss.JPG

    I too watched that television special yesterday and was disgusted to see that no mention was made of the US Marines' quick response, or of the many other survivors (children and adult men) that Yumi Ochiai heard while conscious after the crash. Supposedly the husband and father of two of the survivors was also alive at that point.

    Disasters like this one are not the time to be standing on organizational or national pride. And that goes double when reporting on it nearly 30 years later. Shame on that TV station.

    Posted in: 29th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash marked

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    ThonTaddeo

    Under pressure from Abe, companies have raised wages and bonuses but not enough to offset the tax increase and higher prices. Wages fell 3.8% in real terms in June from a year earlier, the 12th fall in a row.

    Wow; this sentence is pure Abe propaganda. Wages actually went up this year; they just didn't go up enough to cover the inflation created by Abe (which itself is mis-represented in the article, as the consumer price index is supposed to include sales taxes, not strip them out). Presenting this as "the 12th fall in a row" is completely disingenuous.

    We've seen an awful lot of one-sided, propagandistic articles since the LDP took power that look like they came straight from the desks of loyal Party apparatchiks who don't care in the least for how transparently false their . This one, in which we're meant to cheer on companies with the biggest and greediest price hikes, and in which we're meant to sympathize with the poor beleaguered LDP and BOJ and pretend that their wrongheaded policies aren't slowly pulling the middle class down into poverty, appears to be the most ridiculous one yet.

    Posted in: Japanese firms finally get pricing power just as economic growth sputters

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    ThonTaddeo

    Now we see the real reason why these Olympic Games are scheduled for perhaps the worst (and most dangerous) two weeks of the year: construction money!

    I also wonder if it is a coincidence that the Games are scheduled so that August 6 and 8 -- the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombings that ended WWII -- are right near the end. I can see the Japan-as-victim, persecution-complex folks making hay on those dates.

    The Sydney Olympics of 2000 -- another place infamous for its hot summers -- were held at just the right time, beginning in September and ending in October. Springtime in the southern hemisphere, and here it would be early autumn. In an era of rising temperatures and stroke-inducing heat-island effects, this should be the standard.

    Technical and engineering marvels, Mr. Ishihara? How about a different kind of marvel: a bureaucrat putting the people and the athletes ahead of the corporations and moving the games to the already-established month of October?

    Posted in: Heatstroke countermeasures already being prepped for 2020 Olympics

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    ThonTaddeo

    The number-one way to prevent costs from rising -- and it isn't even close -- is to use existing ssports facilities rather than build new ones. And every world-class city (of which Tokyo is one) already has such facilities. The 1954 Olympic Stadium, the Tokyo Dome, Jingu -- these are all high-quality venues that can and should be used. Instead almost everything is in Odaiba, an area with little flavor or culture but rife with construction projects that politicians going back before Ishihara have been itching to develop and make money from.

    But existing facilities in the "real" Tokyo wouldn't be profitable for the construction industry and the politicians, now would it?

    I'm also wondering about how much money is being taken up by the National Police Agency and their over-the-top "security" which has heaped insane costs onto many recent international gatherings, sporting and otherwise, including the 2002 World Cup.

    Another entrenched organization siphoning taxpayer money.

    And still no talk of moving the games to October when people will not be passing out from heatstroke? (And if "Cool Biz is still in effect, people will even be passing out indoors.) It makes Sports Day, October 10, which celebrates the perfectly-timed 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, look like a cruel joke.

    Posted in: Tokyo governor defends venue relocation plans

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    ThonTaddeo

    Gentle deflation is the friend of the person who wants a simple, independent life living off the fruits of his or her labour: not enviously looking on as speculators make easy fortunes flipping real estate or shares

    Could not have said it better.

    At first I thought this was going to be yet another pro-Abenomics party-line piece, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the author's support for the poor and middle classes, which are being (slowly, I admit) hammered down by inflation and higher taxes.

    You are beholden to no one. You save your hard-earned money, and it looks after you.

    As recently as 2012 I was confident that this state of affairs, which has served the average Taro just fine in many economies and many eras, was what would keep the Japanese people prosperous for years to come. But that wasn't enough for Abe, the LDP, and their one-percenters, was it? And they have insulted us with facile, childish propaganda all the while. When will this thief be out of power?

    Posted in: Inflation vs deflation: Which is right for Japan?

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    ThonTaddeo

    Starting pitchers in Major League Baseball generally are limited to no more than 100 pitches per outing.

    This is only really true for younger pitchers, or in spring training. Veteran pitchers are still throwing 100-120 pitches without problems

    Posted in: Japan's high school baseball looks to save pitchers

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    ThonTaddeo

    The math on this is incorrect:

    "1722.6 million yen (US$1.685 billion)" 1,722,600,000JPY = $16,850,000

    It's actually worse than that; they used today's exchange rates for both the 2014 and 2013 figures, despite the yen being worth much in the first half of last year than it is now. Last year's 1720 oku (10^8; what the author probably meant) was closer to $2 billion at that time.

    Posted in: Despite success abroad, even Sony’s PlayStation 4 can’t inject life into Japan’s console market

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    ThonTaddeo

    Thon, can you come up with any suggestions as to where women in Japan have it better then the men? I mean, besides all that free tinme they have? Where do anything "favour" women in this country?

    Tmarie, "anything"? Well, a much longer life expectancy, the freedom to put their families ahead of their jobs (and it is infinitely easier for a woman to break out of gender roles and devote herself to a career than it is for a man to be a SAHD), a much lower chance of being killed or injured on the job (97% of karoshi victims are men), the ability to quit one's job without much social opprobrium. These are things that Taro Salaryman would love to have. And then he has to go home to read in a newspaper that Japanese society favors him.

    You yourself have commented on how these poor salarymen's wives live lives of leisure and take every advantage of a system designed to favor them. So when I read one of these surveys that purports to be about equality but then focuses only on one side of the equation, and then uses weasel words to claim that it isn't being as grossly dishonest as it pretends to be, it can be pretty galling.

    Posted in: Abe to launch women's version of Davos forum

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    ThonTaddeo

    So the police are going to go around ordering businesses to stop selling items that are perfectly legal to sell?

    It seems to me that the danger of these drugs lies with trying to operate an automobile while under their influence. This is the same as alcohol, so draw up laws making it illegal to drive while using them.

    Posted in: Police crack down on loophole drugs after spate of traffic accidents

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    ThonTaddeo

    @Hampton and TMarie - Please don't quote the infamous gender "equality" survey in which Japan consistently ranks near the bottom. This survey's scores are simple ratios where women's levels are divided by men's levels. When the gap is in favor of women, the gap isn't measured anymore, and a "perfect" score of 1.000 is assigned.

    Quoting directly from the top of page 4 of the 2013 survey:

    The third distinguishing feature of the Global Gender Gap Index is that it ranks countries according to their proximity to gender equality rather than to women’s empowerment. Our aim is to focus on whether the gap between women and men in the chosen indicators has declined, rather than whether women are “winning” the “battle of the sexes”. Hence, the Index rewards countries that reach the point where outcomes for women equal those for men, but it neither rewards nor penalizes cases in which women are outperforming men in particular indicators.

    This is propaganda that Orwell would shake his head at. "Equality" is now a one-way street where no penalty is issued when the supported side has the advantage. This can be seen in the 30-way ties for the "top" score in all the countries where women live longer than men, and where more girls go on to college than boys.

    Taken to its logical conclusion, an imaginary female-supremacist society where only women were allowed to become legislators, go on to tertiary education, and have jobs, and had twice the life expectancy of its men, would receive a perfect score, despite being a dystopia that no one of either sex would want to live in.

    Now you might say that Japan (or name another country) has plenty of gender inequality even if this survey measured it badly, but in that case conduct a fair survey with meaningful statistics. There's nothing wrong with activists setting up scales that favor their interests, but in this case they're presenting the stats as if they're neutral, and creating a convenient soundbite for the media which deserves a lot more criticism and scrutiny than it gets. Japan deserves no opprobrium at all for ranking 101st or 105th on this flawed survey's scale -- the survey itself is biased, propagandistic junk science.

    And to get back to Abe, I don't think for a minute that a real gender-free society is part of his agenda. He wants women in the work force so that he can double the consumer price index with families working twice as hard to keep up. Kids in daycare rather than at home also means more consumption and more taxes paid. A few decades from now when everyone's savings have been destroyed and it takes two incomes just to keep a roof over your head, will today's young women really be happy about what has been done?

    Posted in: Abe to launch women's version of Davos forum

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    ThonTaddeo

    Just say no to expensive stadium boondoggles. Los Angeles is still using the Coliseum that they used in their Olympic Games. Their first, in 1932.

    Posted in: Protesters march against Tokyo Olympic stadium

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    ThonTaddeo

    This article is incomplete; if you live abroad, your bank must only report on you if you have **$200,000 or more **(and double that if the taxpayer is married and filing jointly):

    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/Summary-of-FATCA-Reporting-for-U.S.-Taxpayers

    "Reporting thresholds vary based on whether you file a joint income tax return or live abroad. If you are single or file separately from your spouse, you must submit a Form 8938 if you have more than $200,000 of specified foreign financial assets at the end of the year and you live abroad; or more than $50,000, if you live in the United States."

    Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

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    ThonTaddeo

    “I hope we see new heroes play for Japan in the future, kids who are at primary school now.”

    Is 26-year-old Atsuto Uchida serious with this?

    I understand that you're exhausted after those three matches and after falling short again. But at age 26, with a least a decade of good soccer still in you, you're talking about giving up?

    And then telling us fans to look

    Remember 43-year-old Faryd Mondragon, who came onto the pitch for the last ten minutes of the Colombia game (and made a nice save against your squad)? He's someone who, after two decades of world-class goalkeeping in top-flight leagues in several different countries, would be talking about retiring. He has given his all and is still out there helping propel Colombia to the round of 16.

    It's the veterans ten years your senior who make the difference. Drogba did it to your squad; Ronaldo set up the huge tying goal against the USA, and MIroslav Klose might well set the goal-scoring record tomorrow. Japan will never have such difference-makers if they all give up while not yet thirty.

    And you're ready to throw in the towel and cede your hopes to some hypothetical schoolboys whose hopes lie 20 years in the future. Yes, Uchida-san, the road is long. A lot longer than you think -- but the players named above are showing us what lies at the end of it, and your squad will never get there if you give up this early.

    Posted in: Asian soccer power Japan suffer reality check on global stage

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    ThonTaddeo

    Abe launched an official blog called “SHINE! — Toward a Japan where all women can shine.”

    Perhaps because it was in all capitals, I read the title as romanized Japanese for a moment. Thought that old buffoon really had it in for women until I realized the whole thing was English.

    Posted in: Sexist views dent Japan push for women's rights

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    ThonTaddeo

    We’re not sure if this is because men are nobler, or because they’re just too dumb and/or arrogant to believe that any woman could be dissatisfied with them.

    With the ugly LDP heckling incident not even a week old, what is a journalist doing uttering this kind of sexist garbage?

    Posted in: Cheaters beware – 30% of Japanese women have checked boyfriend’s cell phone

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    ThonTaddeo

    a shot in the arm for the inflation that Japan so badly needs

    Is this a news report, or an editorial? It's like the concept of journalistic impartialism has gone right out the window.

    Posted in: Gov't prepares to unshackle huge pension fund

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    ThonTaddeo

    Some people use yahoo to buy, sell and trade to get a little extra income, some take on a part time job,

    So we regular folks have to take on part-time work just to stay where we were before? Sounds like a pretty good plan... if you're the government.

    Posted in: Taste for luxuries suggests Japan's tax rise hangover fading

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    ThonTaddeo

    This is pretty tough luck if you're a kid born in 1999. In 2018, everyone older than you, and people one year younger than you, but not you, will be able to vote.

    Posted in: Diet enacts bill lowering referendum voting age to 18

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