ThonTaddeo's past comments

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    ThonTaddeo

    "Volatility"? Isn't that a word for when the price seesaws dangerously upward and downward?

    I didn't know you could apply that word to something whose value only ever goes down, and by government design.

    As the saying goes, this must be some new meaning of the word "volatile", of which I was not previously aware.

    Posted in: Policymakers warn against excessive yen volatility

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    ThonTaddeo

    If economic growth and consumer prices improve in line with policymakers’ forecasts, it would be natural for bond yields to rise, Kobayashi said.

    I wonder what the original Japanese word was here. An increase in consumer prices is the polar opposite of an improvement for the general public. Economic growth is great -- but this false connection between growth and higher consumer prices, which the Abe government has been propagandizing for the last 2 1/2 years, is nonsense.

    Posted in: Business lobby head urges gov't to cut spending

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    ThonTaddeo

    Self-driving cars will also make it possible for visually impaired people to finally regain the ability to function fully in society, something that was taken from them when the automobile began to dominate society (and rural transportation began dying, a process that is still going on worldwide). They will once again be able to live in the suburbs, travel on the publicly-funded highways, and work at any of the large number of employers whose locations offer no access to public transportation.

    Right now, on the main JT page, is a story of a man who is paralyzed from the waist down, and could be walking again if not for government officials who are slow to allow technology that could ameliorate his handicap.

    I say more power to Google (and the company making that exoskeleton walker for that paralyzed man). Who are we to tell people that they must accept their lot in life as second-class partially-mobile citizens?

    Posted in: Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

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    ThonTaddeo

    Clearly the answer for Mr. Imahata is to move to a society that allows this device and doesn't prevent him from regaining his physical ability. Japan can blame the over-cautious health ministry for losing a productive citizen (and with a kid, to boot).

    It is reprehensible that a new invention like this, which is clearly helping a member of society regain the functions that 99% of the rest of society takes for granted, is considered to be forbidden until it is specifically approved. This isn't some kind of futuristic augmentation that gives its wearers superhuman powers; it's something that lets handicapped people become "normal" again.

    How can officials like Mr. Yaginuma keep a straight face? "Yeah, sorry about you not being able to walk, but we haven't yet figured out how to siphon all the profits into the pockets of the big corporations, so until then, enjoy your wheelchair. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going out for a jog."

    Disgusting.

    Posted in: Exoskeleton that helps paralyzed walk faces barrier in Japan

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    ThonTaddeo

    Can we stop saying "conservative" for the LDP already? There's very little that's 'conservative' about a party that wants to tear up its constitution, debase and devalue its currency, undo long-standing labor and human rights laws, and raise taxes even further. They basically want to remake the country: the radical left in historical terms; there's nothing 'conservative' about that.

    I would like to see "real" conservatives -- people who want to maintain the peaceful, prosperous nation that Japan has become since WWII -- in power rather than the dangerous Abe and his minions. Who will stand up to conserve and keep modern human rights advances, keep Article 9 of the Constitution, keep stable consumer prices, and keep the forward progress that Japan has made? Anybody?

    Posted in: Conservative Japanese want to rewrite the U.S-drafted constitution because they say it does not reflect the realities of the modern world. Would you support a revision of Japan’s constitution?

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    ThonTaddeo

    Japan has much too much concern about 権利 (rights), and it clogs up business terribly.

    Peter, I thought you were ni the import business, not working as a koban cop!

    Posted in: Should media be able to take photos of, or film people in public, and then use it without asking their permission?

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    ThonTaddeo

    These phone providers' shenanigans have to stop.

    I signed up for an iPhone 5 right after launch in October 2012. Paid the whole thing off over 25 monthly installments. Softbank wouldn't unlock it when I was done, saying that that phone is forever locked to them and that if I want a sim-free phone, I should get an unlocked phone in 2015 when the new law comes in.

    Then just a week or so ago this old, paid-off phone developed a bulge in the front screen. Turns out the battery had a problem that was pushing the thin front screen outward. Apple acknowledged that it was a production problem, and offered to either replace my battery or give me a whole new unit.

    I took the new phone, of course. But... this new phone, which was obtained after the unlocking law went into effect and which is not subsidized by Softbank in any way, is also locked to Softbank, who refuse to unlock it.

    Their logic, such that it is, is that when I signed my contract back in 2012, it was for a locked phone, and I'm still on that contract, so any future iPhone 5 handset that I use my Softbank SIM card with must also be locked to them.

    The cheek of these people! And they wonder why people are leaving for MVNOs in droves... as I soon shall be.

    Posted in: Mobile phone service operators lift SIM locks

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    ThonTaddeo

    The best way to avoid these kinds of accidental deaths is to ban alcohol as this is THE mother of many of the problems in this world.

    This argument ignores the fact that it's the driving part, more than the drinking part, that makes drinking and driving so dangerous. There are plenty of sober but reckless drivers who put innocent lives in danger. Get drunk while commuting by train and the worst that can happen is that you stumble home red-faced and perhaps humiliate yourself by vomiting on the street. It's when that drunk gets in a car that things become dangerous.

    Posted in: Man jumps to death from 4th floor of Nagoya police station

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    ThonTaddeo

    Frankly, I don't see why discrimination by location is worse than discrimination by race.

    Kazuaki, surely you understand that while one can change one's location, one can never change one's race. (You can change your name and claim to be "Mr. Tanaka" when making the reservation, which would then be accepted, and when paying the bill once you arrive, but this is a drastic solution.)

    I must also point out that while the official solution is to use a hotel or credit card company as intermediary and guarantor, am I the only one to notice the UNofficial solution of using any random Japanese with a credit card to make the booking and any prepayment? ... If you can't get ANY Japanese to do you this favor, what does this say about you?

    It says that I have a healthy respect for personal boundaries. You would seriously ask someone to reserve a table at an expensive sushi restaurant on their credit card just because their name won't get them rejected like yours would? If you were entertaining clients? I would feel flushed with embarrassment having to ask a friend to borrow 200 yen for the train if I were suddenly without cash, let alone for a sushi restaurant costing tens of thousands.

    No, I would find a restaurant where my name, birthplace, and money were as good as my neighbor's.

    And I would write to Michelin to have that discriminatory restaurant de-starred post-haste.

    Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules

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    ThonTaddeo

    For visually impaired people and for epileptics, who would normally be forbidden from attempting to drive cars and who are thus closed off from innumerable social and employment opportunities, self-driving cars will be a godsend. The sooner this development happens, the better.

    Posted in: Self-driving cars hold key to future highway: Google exec

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    ThonTaddeo

    I wouldn't want foreigners who believe this inhabiting my country

    Don't worry; no such "foreigners" exist. Once they start inhabiting your country, they become immigrants.

    Posted in: Diplomatic pressure on foreign reporters raises media hackles

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    ThonTaddeo

    Compared to when the Games were held in Tokyo in 1964, the average summer temperature has increased approximately 1.3 degrees, the ministry said.

    This is a pretty deceptive sentence with which to end the article. Summer temperature may have increased 1.3 degrees since 1964, but what is relevant is the difference between October 1964 temperatures and July-August 2020 temperatures. I bet that's closer to 10 degrees.

    When the Olympics were in Australia in 2000 they timed them perfectly: March. Summer was just ending in the southern hemisphere and the heat of January was long over. It is shameful to watch these Japanese organizers disregard comfort and safety like this.

    Posted in: Gov't discusses ways to keep streets, sidewalks cool during 2020 Olympics

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    ThonTaddeo

    So the big, rich companies are raising wages (by less than the increase in consumer prices, mind you) and we're supposed to be happy.

    Yet the huge Abenomics-generated increase in consumer prices -- which itself being cooked by the Abe administration (because it doesn't include food) -- is being borne by everyone in Japan, whether they work for a Keidanren-connected company or not.

    Thank your lucky stars that the price of oil has plummeted in the past year. Next time oil goes over $100 (which is Y12,000 now!), and the prices at the supermarket make another big jump, I shudder to think of what Abe has planned to take our minds off what his policies are doing to us.

    Posted in: Large firms to raise monthly wages at fastest pace in 17 years

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    ThonTaddeo

    People call the LDP "conservative", but they're actually quite radical in their efforts to change Japan (and not necessarily for the better). Other parties want a strong currency; the LDP wants a weaker, and continually-weakening, one. Other parties seek to maintain the post-WWII pacifist; the LDP wants to undo it. What exactly are the LDP "conserving"? They're not conservatives: they represent radical change.

    Additionally, it is ridiculous to watch Abe's national government grasp at any possible straw in defending their society-weakening Abenomics program. These prefectural elections are not a referendum on that policy: just ask any prefectural governor how much say he has in setting policy on the national currency!

    Local voters weren't voting for a weaker yen or higher consumer prices or anything else Abe and his henchman Kuroda want at the national level. We should be evaluating the incoming governors on what they will be doing for their prefectures.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidates win all 10 gubernatorial elections

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    ThonTaddeo

    took them long enough. i understand they sued the boy's family cause they were advised they wouldn't get any money from the school (as government entity, the court will protect their own)

    There certainly seems to be a sense that in cases like this, the "victims" will go after whomever seems to be the weakest, rather than (in my litigation-happy home country) whomever has the deepest pockets.

    I was once hit by a speeding automobile while on a bicycle and was thrown into the air, landing on the hood of the car. When talking with police, I was advised that if I officially reported the accident, the driver's insurance company would probably sue me for the cost of repairing his car hood, and without an insurance company of my own to back me, they would exaggerate the costs and I would be very much out of pocket (in addition to the physical injuries I suffered).

    You see this a lot. A few years ago an elderly person was hit by a cyclist and ended up dying from the injuries -- the big, powerful insurance company that was in the elderly person's corner sued (and presumably bankrupted) the parents of the cyclist.

    It's one thing to sue a rich corporation or government in hopes that they will settle with you just to get rid of you. It's quite another to opportunistically sue someone with pockets no more full than yours, just because you think they might not be able to defend themselves. I'm very happy that the descendants of the elderly man -- who is no longer alive to enjoy any fruits of this case -- lost their attempt at a legal mugging.

    Posted in: Top court rules parents not liable after son's wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    ThonTaddeo

    Reckless, this is propaganda indeed! Look at this sentence:

    the nationwide core consumer-price index was flat from a year earlier, falling to zero growth for the first time since May 2013.

    They just tried to trick us into thinking that a rise in the consumer price index was the same thing as growth.

    I see the steady consumer prices that we have finally returned to as a thin silver lining in the terrible dark cloud of tax hikes and currency devaluation.

    How does this garbage get into print? If I submitted an article in journalism school with even half as many sentences of pure partisan propaganda, I would get an F.

    Posted in: Japan reports lackluster inflation, spending data for February

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    ThonTaddeo

    What makes this so disgusting is that the killer's name is kept secret. Kazuaki, you think he will be unemployable? That might be the case if his name were publicly available. As it is, he really does get to start a whole new life... without anyone around him ever being aware that there is a killer in their midst.

    We treat some poor sap whose arm brushed against a woman's breast on the train worse than this.

    The coddling of "juvenile" criminals has to stop. It's as if everyone up to 19 years, 364 days old has total license to do whatever heinous things they like, knowing that all they will get is a figurative slap on the wrist. I'd rather see light sentences combined with putting the killer's name in the public record than lengthening the sentence. This kid, that girl who killed her father with a baseball bat a few months ago, the Sakakibara decapitator years ago... the law gives them all total anonymity while someone over 20 who is even accused of a crime gets his name dragged through the mud.

    All guilty verdicts in murder cases, regardless of the perpetrator's age, should be public record. You can't take someone else's life and get to keep yours totally intact.

    Posted in: Youth gets 5-9 years in prison for killing Mie schoolgirl

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    ThonTaddeo

    The US is frequently castigated for retaining British measurements but doesn't get nearly enough credit for having "metric" money from the very beginning, when the mother country still had 4 farthings to the penny and 12 pence to the shilling, and even metric-inventing France still had 20 sous to the livre.

    Also -- and I could be wrong about this -- but at some point in the 1990s it was made mandatory to have metric measurement on packaging even if the contents were based on some round British measurement. So you could have "3.5 oz (100 g)" or just "100 g" but you couldn't have just "3.5 oz".

    I love the metric system and wish it would make more progress. I had thought that modern technology would lead the way -- if the default for things like GPS were metric, people would change over pretty quickly. Instead, when I use Google Maps, I have to manually tell the page that I want to use kilometers every time, because I made my Google account in the US!

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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    ThonTaddeo

    Isn't that one of the first things they teach you in driving school, that you should always be aware of pedestrians, animals, stray objects, etc., etc. when operating a motor vehicle? Why was this man exempted from such basic responsibility in riding his scooter?

    The maximum legal speed of a 50cc scooter is only 30 km/h. And this man was riding in a school zone, where the speed limit is presumably lower -- I live near such a zone, and yes, stray baseballs and soccer balls occasionally find their way past fences and netting. When I ride my bicycle or walk past them, it is my responsibility to pay attention to my surroundings. The scooter rider knows he's going right past a soccer field and should be aware. The boys have no idea that an 80-year-old guy on a scooter is suddenly going to come right down the street and swerve in just the wrong way as to break his leg. As a bicyclist and jogger, I literally can't imagine myself suing some school kids over something like this. What disgusting opportunism by the family of the deceased man.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    ThonTaddeo

    Another wonderful thing about the shinkansen and other high speed rail is that unlike with the airplane infrastructure that makes trains like this one less viable in the USA, you can just buy a ticket and get on. No passports or other papers, no security checks, no hassle. You can't hijack a train that can only run on one line!

    Posted in: Japan's shinkansen best in world at safety, punctuality, tech, but not marketing

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