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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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    ThonTaddeo

    People are still buying iPhone 6

    People are buying it because it's a good product. (A good product whose price just jumped about 15% last weekend as Apple adjusted their price tables for the even-further-weakened yen. The cheapest iPhone is now just short of Y80,000, which not very long ago was $1000!)

    A good product will sell even at a higher price, but Abe's plan is to raise the prices of everything in the country, and make sure that they never stop increasing. A big slap in the face to everyone who has diligently put their money in the bank to save for their future.

    Posted in: Japan's economy contracts 1.6% in July-Sept quarter

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    ThonTaddeo

    Woman kills 1-year-old son; tries to kill herself

    But does not succeed. Same as ever. Try doing things in the opposite order.

    Posted in: Woman kills 1-year-old son; tries to kill herself

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    ThonTaddeo

    When a nation occupy another nation's territory through force then there is a dispute no matter how much the one who is administering it claims there is no dispute.

    I hope you're not talking about the Senkaku Islands here -- Japan didn't occupy them by force. Indeed, there was nothing to 'occupy', because no human beings lived there, or had ever lived there, when the Okinawans began using them in the 1800s.

    Posted in: Japan and China need each other: Abe

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    ThonTaddeo

    The bad thing about banning smoking in public is that people who live with smokers -- their children and spouses -- will suffer the most when smokers indulge in their habit inside a tiny house or apartment rather than outside in the open air.

    Posted in: Japan is still way behind in terms of anti-smoking policies, especially measures against secondhand smoke. You can still smoke in a lot of public places in Japan such as office buildings, coffee shops, restaurants and bars.

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    ThonTaddeo

    ¥18 stamps were commonplace back when they sent the letter rate soaring from 62 to 80 yen in the early '90s. People had lots of old ¥62 stamps and would use the ¥18 stamp to make up for the rate hike. It's a nice coincidence that this is the same gap between a ¥52 domestic postcard and a ¥70 international postcard.

    Posted in: Japan Post unveils ¥18 Nenga stamp

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    ThonTaddeo

    A deflation that has been at worst neutral for Taro Q. Taxpayer but has prevented yourself and your cronies from looting the public savings and devaluing the debt that you've run up.

    Remind me again why we, the public, should cheer you on when you actively destroy our savings, deprive us of financial security for our futures, and do your best to destroy Japan's admirable historical support for the middle class?

    Posted in: My mission is to make sure that the Japanese economy really gets out of the deflation that has continued for more than 15 years.

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    ThonTaddeo

    I'm still pretty suspicious of this guy, but this part has me wondering:

    “It’s true I confessed to Korean police but I regret doing that. I was scared about how long it would take before they allowed me to go back to Japan.”

    I know that this case isn't about the Japanese police, but you have to wonder what would give Tomita this idea. It couldn't have been the behavior of the police in the land of his birth, now could it?

    Posted in: Tomita denies stealing camera at Asian Games

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    ThonTaddeo

    An individual that purchased a 10 year fixed rate JGB Bond and is about to marture tomorrow didn't even think nor cared about currency rates because it's irrelevant. Buys in yen, gets principal and interest paid in yen at maturity. Hence, your 'depreciation' only matters to those who speculate on FX.

    Nigelboy, have you

    Buys in yen, gets his 0.07% annual interest paid... only to find that the prices of the things he's going to buy have increased by much more than that because the BOJ has diluted the yen in the interim, and the costs of things like imported energy have pushed consumer prices upward.

    If JGBs were inflation protected, this might be different. But as it is, everyone who prudently invested in government bonds in the past few years, accepting returns like 0.1% per year thinking that that's still a positive return if there's no inflation, were stabbed in the back.

    And these weren't players or speculators: these were the most risk-averse people in the country. When you betray them, why would anyone in Japanese society have any confidence about their future financial security?

    Posted in: Fresh monetary easing exposes cracks in Japan's growth blitz

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    ThonTaddeo

    Mizuno did not use the term quantitative easing, but what he did was quantitative easing. To cause inflation, he increased the number of Koban (coin) in the market by issuing new Kobans with less silver or gold content.

    Many previous governments have done the same thing throughout history, particularly the Romans, who debased the precious metal content of their denarius and solidus many times.

    When it first happened....no one knew what to call it in English, so they translated the Japanese word: 量的金融緩和. ie "quantitive easing." How could we invent something we didn't have a name for?

    We only lacked an Orwellian, politically-palatable word for it. In previous times, people called this "debasement", "dilution", and "watering down" -- all more appropriate words than "easing". Maybe I should manage a restaurant, add 2% water to my wine barrels every year while charging full price, and when the customers complain, call it "flavor easing" rather than what it really is.

    Posted in: Q&A: Why Japan's economy needs more juice

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    ThonTaddeo

    "Real wages fell" - a sneaky, government-favoring way to say that consumer prices soared.

    Here's a guaranteed way to make sure that "real" wages don't "fall": maintain a stable currency with no inflation.

    Or were Abe and Kuroda expecting to send the price index sky-high with employers just handing out more money to workers even if they're being hammered by higher energy and other costs -- problems that are a direct result of Abe/Kuroda policies?

    Posted in: Japan September real wages fall at slower pace

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    ThonTaddeo

    What's most unfair about these campaigns is that only one side is expected to do all the sacrificing.

    A typical workplace temperature in most of the world is 21 degrees C (70°F), yet here in Japan this is shifted down just one degree in the winter, but seven degrees up in the summer. And in practice, the recommended summer temperature is observed much more stringently than the winter one.

    Have you ever seen an indoor temperature setting lower than 20°? At my office, the thermostat will not go below 20°, though you can set it as high as 30°.

    When I first came to Japan around the turn of the millennium, my company kept things at 21° all year round. Now, with all the heat-spewing computers at everyone's desks, it's 28° in the summer and about 26° in winter.

    I say make the warm-weather lizards suffer like we cold-preferring folk do: if it's seven degrees up in the summer make it seven degrees down in winter, or 14°C. That really would require some bundling up. 20° isn't "Warm Biz"; it's short-sleeve weather!

    Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan

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    ThonTaddeo

    A shock move by the Bank of Japan on Friday to expand its massive asset-buying stimulus program - in the hope it will stoke inflation - could boost the chances of a rise in the unpopular levy from October, especially if followed by promises of added fiscal stimulus to help offset the pain.

    Abe and Kuroda's policies are bad enough for the public, but watching the news media implicitly take the side of the BOJ and the 1% is just infuriating. "Added fiscal stimulus", in addition to tax hikes and yen devaluation, does not offset the pain; it increases it, because everyone's savings will lose value and the costs of anything priced internationally (such as oil) will rise. A tax hike coupled with a rising yen could be weathered by the public because the cost of imported energy would drop. And he could "offset the pain" of a currency devaluation by lowering taxes, which would also keep the outflow from our pockets from rising.

    Instead, we get a policy that is akin to "offsetting the pain" of a punch to the left cheek with... a punch to the right cheek.

    Posted in: Abe grapples with tax jinx after BOJ surprise

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    ThonTaddeo

    Bertie, I think this was just an awkward way for the author to mention that Sanskrit comes from India, not an implication that India only has one language. Compare "when asked about his years in Zürich, he said that the Swiss city was..." as a way of telling readers which country the city is in without breaking flow.

    I can see why he wanted to study it, though. Sanskrit is distantly related to Greek and Latin and all the other Indo-European languages, and there are many, many words whose ultimate origins you can see when you see what they are in Sanskrit. Indeed, the modern subject of linguistics basically began in the 1700s when this relationship was discovered. Maybe Mr. Henriques might have been able to make some great contributions to this field had he not going into banking.

    Posted in: From Sanskrit to Schroders

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    ThonTaddeo

    his grandmother would be better in this position.

    I'd say give the Diet building janitor a try. Haven't we had enough of politicians' relatives succeeding them?

    Posted in: How much longer do you think Shinzo Abe will be prime minister of Japan and who do you think would do a good job as his successor?

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