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    ThonTaddeo

    You might say they're going in... different directions.

    Posted in: One Direction 'to go separate ways' next year

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    ThonTaddeo

    Echoing the points made by Strangerland and Ah_so.

    People like to say that the unpaid internship eventually pays off in the form of experience and networking.

    What they forget is that only certain people can even attempt an unpaid internship: you have to either have enough seed money (provided by parents) that you can afford to rent a short-term residence near the employer, or be close enough to your job to commute there while living at home.

    The typical college student, scraping by on minimum wage or a work-study program during the school year and whose parents live in a suburb far from the centers of power, cannot even attempt an unpaid internship. Save money during the year to finance it, you say? Good luck; these days people graduate with debt that starts accruing interest right away.

    I can't think of a better way to keep the children of the rich ahead of the children of the ordinary while pretending that everyone still gets an equal opportunity. Down with unpaid internships!

    Posted in: Internships: To pay or not to pay?

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    ThonTaddeo

    I'm always surprised to see Tokyo, and only Tokyo, ranked highly among Japanese cities -- many other Japanese cities are much more livable than Tokyo, such as Kyoto, Sapporo, and Osaka: lower real estate prices, lower food prices, salaries not much worse, much easier-to-understand street system, people a little friendlier, more history less stressful atmosphere. I'd live in any of those places if the employment prospects were there.

    The Japanese government-sponsored promotional groups also seem content to let Tokyo be Japan's only representative in these kinds of surveys and they never try to urge the pollsters to consider the rest of Japan.

    Also very happy to see Kathmandu rise in the rankings after that terrible earthquake they had. I wonder what Dubai did to improve so much.

    Posted in: Melbourne rated world's most liveable city; Tokyo ranked 15th

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    ThonTaddeo

    Looking forward to a Sanders vs. Trump election in 2016. These two may not have many political views in common, but the country needs a shakeup; let's put one of these outsiders in and see what he can do.

    Posted in: Clinton's lawyer says her email server was wiped clean

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    ThonTaddeo

    So there are substantial penalties if you have epilepsy and get caught causing an accident, but there are no incentives to just not drive to begin with?

    Why is this? We need to use the carrot, not the stick.

    Today's society is designed to favor automobiles and to get as many people as possible to drive. (Japan is actually much less of an offender in this regard than, say, the USA or Australia.) Many residences, businesses, and employers offer free parking. Property taxes offer incentives to have a garage rather than more living space. A driver's license costs only a few thousand yen per year - not enough for many people to voluntarily not obtain one.

    We should instead be making the roads safer by offering incentives for people with epilepsy, impaired vision, and old-age-related slow reflexes to not drive. How about a substantial tax break in exchange for never being allowed to drive? Make it high enough that people who might be just barely able to drive, like Mr. Kaneko, will think seriously about giving up driving. Enough to make up for all the opportunities he will lose, and the increased costs he will bear,

    Then watch how much safer the roads become with people like him (and the 85-year-olds who mistakenly step on the accelerator, and the folks with 0.601 eyesight, and anyone else whom the roads would be safer without) not driving.

    Make it Y500,000 per year. Maybe Y1,000,000. The entrenched automobile industry will fight tooth and nail, but it's worth looking into. When you consider all the services that non-drivers cannot consume, I don't think this is too high. Then these people will be made whole and will not have an incentive to get behind the wheel and cause fatal accidents like this one.

    Posted in: Ikebukuro fatal accident puts spotlight back on epileptic drivers

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    ThonTaddeo

    Apparently the other option, which was to define noon as being wherever Kim Jong Un happened to be standing, was deemed too radical even for them.

    Posted in: North Korea celebrates new time zone, 'Pyongyang Time'

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    ThonTaddeo

    booty-covering booty

    The cherry on top of a hilarious story.

    Posted in: Two families brawl in Kobe home center over diapers

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    ThonTaddeo

    "“As the only nation in the world to have suffered a war-time nuclear attack..."

    Abe can't even complete the first sentence of his speech without resorting to the Japan-as-victim, persecution-complex rhetoric.

    Posted in: Abe renews pledge of nuclear weapons free Japan

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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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