ThonTaddeo's past comments

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    ThonTaddeo

    “I think it’s okay even if the BOJ doesn’t achieve 2% inflation in fiscal 2015. It’s important, instead, to guide policy so that the economy can continue to grow around 2%.”

    Finally, someone talking sense!

    Posted in: Lower house approves Harada for BOJ board

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    ThonTaddeo

    Treatment of convicted prisoners and that of detained suspects are different. Suspects do not waer prison clothing.

    What we call the clothing does not matter; what matters is that the detainess cannot bathe

    How about the State of Florida in the United States of America?

    Now I think you're just trolling. Read the link you provided us with: After the arrest, you will be booked at the police station, ... you will be held in custody pending a court hearing that will be held within 24 hours of your arrest.

    Wow! Imagine that happening in Japan! And after that next-day court hearing, you can be bailed out of jail immediately! Sometimes you even get released without bail:

    If your crime is not serious, you could be released without bail and on your own recognizance or ROR. If you are in jail and cannot afford bail, the prosecutor has 30 days from your arrest date to file formal charges against you, although on the 33rd day and after notice to the state, you must be released on your own recognizance.

    So the Florida system basically presupposes that arrestees can and will be bailed out of jail.

    Then during this 90- or 175-day period which you dishonestly try to compare with daiyo kangoku, these arrestees can then, from the freedom of the outside, prepare a defense for their upcoming court date, contact a lawyer, look for exculpatory witnesses, and even get their affairs in order if they know that they're going to be found guilty.

    And they get to bathe and change clothes as often as they like.

    I'd prefer a 175-day investigation period in which I am on the outside on bail, communicating with family, working to earn money at my job, eating well, sleeping in my own bed, and preparing my defense, to a 23-day period in which I am locked in a cell, undergoing daily questioning, filthy, and unable to communicate with the outside world except in limited circumstances. How you can possibly equate these baffles me.

    Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report

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    ThonTaddeo

    What the system is called, and where the jails/prisons are located, are secondary to the conditions inside these facilities, which is what Amnesty International is justly concerned about.

    One of the most shameful things about them is that prisoners are typically only allowed to bathe once every five days, and must wear the same unwashed prison clothing for days on end. I cannot think of any sensible reason for this. If the presumption is that these people are guilty of crimes, is not keeping one's body clean an important psychological component of rehabilitation?

    Denying human beings (and remember, these people have not yet even been charged with of any crime, let alone been convicted) the right to cleanliness is a form of torture. If the issue is cost, I'm sure any detainee would gladly pay the few coins that soap and water would cost. This is a system that I simply cannot find any justification for. I would like to hear one, if one can be imagined.

    Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report

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    ThonTaddeo

    I see that teachers, too, will be required to come in one extra day each month. Will they be getting a 5% salary raise to make up for the fact that they're now working 21 days a month instead of 20?

    And if not, what are their plans to combat the likely decline in teacher quality as talented potential teachers choose other professions which don't suddenly extend the work week?

    Posted in: Kagoshima schools to resume Saturday classes once a month

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    ThonTaddeo

    I wish Japan could go back to Edo era.

    Your beloved Abe and his LDP are doing their best to bring us back there.

    Posted in: Edo-style divorce

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    ThonTaddeo

    Almost 10% of Americans couldn't get July 4th?!

    I wonder if any of them saw different dates as the true founding of the USA. You could argue that the nation began not on the date when the first person signed the Declaration of Independence, but also on the date of the first shot of the revolution in April 1775, in 1781 when Cornwallis was defeated at Yorktown, the signing of the treaty with Great Britain, formalizing independence, in 1783, or even the date in 1787 when the Constitution was written.

    I agree that July 4, 1776, is probably the best date to pick if you're choosing a single National Foundation Day for the USA< but I wouldn't say that any of those other candidates are outright wrong.

    Posted in: 8 out of 10 Japanese didn't know Feb 11 was National Foundation Day

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    ThonTaddeo

    Whenever I see movements like this, which focus on making people take more days off, and then talking about how the days should be consecutive, the cynic in me thinks that the government just wants people going on trips and spending money; we all know that the government cares far more for keeping those consumption taxes rolling in than it does for the people's well-being.

    I'd much rather see a campaign to limit the number of hours in a day. This is what's so soul-killing about Japanese companies. You get up on Monday morning knowing that with five 12-to-14-hour days ahead of you, your exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and misery are only going to increase -- until Saturday when you can sleep in (and then get a form of jetlag). When I had this kind of schedule, with 60 hours of work to do every week, I wanted to get enough sleep on the weekdays and would have been willing to come in on Saturday to make up for it. Instead, the company treated the weekends as sacred (OK) but completely ignored the health risks of being at work from 9 AM to the last train every weekday.

    The 8-hour day has become standard for a reason, and I'd like it to be even shorter. When you're home for dinner every day and always get enough sleep, you're a more efficient worker and a healthier person.

    Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year

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    ThonTaddeo

    Warispeace, you said it better than I ever could; agreed on all points. I had never seen those figures on how much of Japan's national income goes to the top 1%; thanks for them.

    I shudder to imagine what will happen when the next oil price spike comes -- and it is coming, some day. You would think that Abe, Kuroda, and the BOJ would welcome the unexpected windfall that is today's low oil prices; they mask some f the worst effects of their currency devaluation, though of course Japanese consumers are not getting anywhere near the full effect that these low prices should be bringing us. This should be the impetus for a genuine economic boom: lower energy prices means lower costs all the way around, and should mean lower prices and higher demand. But Abe and Kuroda's wrongheaded determination to have higher computer prices no matter what might mean even more money printing -- which will make the uncontrollable inflation that comes when oil once again hits $100 that much worse.

    Posted in: BOJ in bind as oil slump makes for slippery price goal

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    ThonTaddeo

    "And then I told those sheep that inflation and higher taxes would be good for them!"

    Posted in: Light moment

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    ThonTaddeo

    I just cannot see the point of this.... I would guess the majority of people who drive cars enjoy doing so. Where is the enjoyment in a driver-less car?

    Imagine your eyesight is below the legal limit to obtain a driver's license, and your employer transfers you to a location where there is no public transportation. (Unlike, say, making someone in a wheelchair work on the second floor of a building with no elevator, no one will raise a fuss if a boss does this to someone..)

    Wouldn't you be very thankful for the existence of automated cars in such a situation?

    Posted in: Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

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    ThonTaddeo

    In fact, I know lots of cases of Japanese women I personally know having affairs. I think it's fair to assume their husbands are doing the same.

    Is this really the right assumption to make? I would think that a man who was rejected by the person he had committed his life to would lack the self-confidence and self-worth to attract an affair partner. How do you mentally come back from being denied like that? Wouldn't it show through in your daily behavior, particularly around the opposite sex?

    Posted in: Is being in an international marriage any more or less difficult than a "regular" marriage? What are some issues that you think might torpedo an international marriage (or relationship)?

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    ThonTaddeo

    This article needs a correction; Kuroda wore number 18 for the Yankees (and the Carp, if memory serves), not 15. Number 15 was most recently worn by catcher Thurman Munson, who was tragically killed in a plane crash; his number was then retired in his memory.

    Posted in: Kuroda to rejoin Hiroshima Carp

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    ThonTaddeo

    GW: Things have changed; I was there a few weeks ago and picked up the brochure also available online here: https://www.citibank.co.jp/en/loan/products/pdf/housingloaninterest.pdf (or google for 'citibank japan home loan' and look for the PDF entitled 'Citibank Housing Loan Interest Rate Plans Dec 2014 ').

    You have to borrow a significant amount of money (10M or more) and the fees are not cheap, but all you need to be is a resident of Japan with a sufficient income.

    I've never tried Shinsei but have extensive dealings with SMBC and Citibank and use the former for my daily banking needs but the latter when moving money into other currencies or abroad. I'd hate to lose the superior international services that Citibank offers, though if Shinsei's are even better, I could certainly look into them.

    Posted in: Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC

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    ThonTaddeo

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Citibank is one of very few financial institutions to offer home mortgages to long-term immigrants who don't yet have permanent residency. If you're one such person, and you're looking to borrow to buy a home, get a mortgage with Citibank right now, because SMBC obeys government guidelines to the letter and will not even look at you if you walk in looking to get a home loan from them.

    Posted in: Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC

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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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