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TorafusuTorasanMar. 10, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
If all products remain at the same price after April 1, you could estimate it as a 3% across the board increase. But companies seem to be preparing for a lag in sales after the tax hike by implementing extra price increases. One small example I found was Suntory announced they are raising some of their conbini juice/soda drinks from 140 to 159 yen to be better situated for the tax increase. So 19 yen plus another 5 yen tax means that product has gone up by 24 yen, or about 17%. If this happens two years in a row, that will be a major rise in prices that trounces all the talk of it being only 3%, 5%, or 8% more to pay.
Posted in: Taxzilla's coming! What to do?
TorafusuTorasanMar. 06, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
RIP to Ms. Radtke. This story is also being reported in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is too bad that it will take her untimely passing to read what could be an exceptional story of a talented young person becoming the CEO of a currency exchange in Singapore.
Posted in: American bitcoin exchange CEO dies in suspicious circumstances in Singapore
TorafusuTorasanMar. 04, 2014 - 04:43PM JST
One faceless bureaucrat to another: "Hmm, no Maori King, so let's get backstage passes to a Lorde concert. Good call, that was a really catchy song she wrote about William and Kate. "We'll never be royals"? That's it, trip cancelled!"
I think Prince Harry must get all the party-minded bureaucrats. He always seems to have a blast in Las Vegas or Jamaica. Anybody else remember how he raced Hussein Bolt for the win? Maybe the Maori King didn't want the same treatment, having to pretend William can beat him at rugby.
Posted in: New Zealand's Maori king refuses to meet Prince William next month
TorafusuTorasanMar. 04, 2014 - 04:33PM JST
All that gun talk and scratching of nether regions at church sounds sac religious. With "burp and scratch and talk", is McAlister listing interchangeable communicative practices in Kentucky? Does a faith healer come in to rid these hillbillies of their gas and skin fungus ailments? I bet there will be loud snickering when some wiseacre belches "amen." Either that, or a volley of bird shot out of a dozen blunderbusses to shut up the gaseous heathen.
Posted in: Baptist churches in Kentucky give away guns as prizes
TorafusuTorasanMar. 01, 2014 - 01:43PM JST
I would suggest that Mr. Karpeles avoid calling his next virtual currency product "Son of a Bit Coin." No need to stir up bad memories among investors.
Posted in: Bitcoin blunder
TorafusuTorasanMar. 01, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
@Bass, speaking of translation, work on this line: "you don't want any decent"
I think most readers here would like a lot more decent from you, and a lot less repetitive dissent. Hearing you say "anointed one" over and over gets old, given that the practice of anointing people with sacred oil has no relation to American politics. To accurately explain how Mr. Obama happened to become the president, try "the elected one."
Posted in: Russian troops deploy in Crimea as Obama warns Kremlin
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 22, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
@Bass, the difference is that Bush may have clumsily tried to intervene, but Obama doesn't get dragged into it.
On balance, did you criticize Bush's interventions more than you served as a cheerleader? Here's you chance to set the record straight so we don't get confused as to where you stood and stand.
Posted in: Venezuela revokes CNN press credentials
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2014 - 11:41AM JST
If they thought the Christmas special at KFC was expensive before, what dastardly acts will they need to commit after the doubling of sales taxes over the next 14 months...
Posted in: Trio of purse-snatchers say they needed money for Christmas dates
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
Er, timeon, did you mean School of Rock? The article would appear to have it correct.
Posted in: Tokyo University engineering student injured in blast during experiment
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2014 - 11:32AM JST
For extra credit, which one of the cities is not like the others?
Chubbiness, HK real estate bubble and giant caste of maltreated domestic servants that by law must live with their employers, plus ever eroding freedoms (it is China remember) might have pushed down its favorability.
Posted in: Singapore, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Osaka voted top Asian cities for expats
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2014 - 11:25AM JST
How about Pan So Nice! by Wonderbread.
Posted in: Panasonic announces new catchphrase 'Wonders! by Panasonic'
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 20, 2014 - 11:22AM JST
They snapped when Pussy Riot failed to cover Devo's signature tune, Whip It. Literally snapped.
Posted in: Russian security forces attack Pussy Riot members
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 19, 2014 - 12:32PM JST
@AndyMac, thanks for the correction! Getting the new prime minister's name wrong is pretty embarrassing since his policies have been making the news so much the last month or two, and should continue to be controversial for years.
Posted in: One dead, 77 hurt in 2nd night of rioting at Australian immigration center in PNG
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 18, 2014 - 07:13PM JST
This article is pushing into Bode Miller/intrusive topic territory. Strange that it doesn't mention that Japan's leading skater, Mao Asada, was at an international competition when her own mother passed away not so long ago! Pretty insensitive to start asking Mao's teammate about skaters' mothers.
Posted in: 'Scary moms' power Japanese figure skating
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 18, 2014 - 02:01PM JST
@Dan, apparently there are thousands of boat people/refugees who were intercepted before reaching Australia, and transferred to detention camps in Papua New Guinea. The new prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, has made some comments about allowing the detained migrants to settle permanently in PNG, which is probably not the land of opportunity they envisioned when setting out.
The riots could be in response to the Rudd government's new hardline approach, as well as anger about what happened after spending a small fortune of $10,000 or so to pay off smugglers. It may be an attempt to speed up the processing of asylum seekers, reaction to overcrowding at the refugee camps, or some other as yet unreported issues.
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 18, 2014 - 01:02AM JST
Aw, Jean, I haven't heard so much swiftboating since the 2004 election. If Kerry was at the rear but got more military decorations than McCain, then he must possess superhuman powers. Or else medals and ribbons were handed out like candy on Halloween.
Posted in: Kerry slams Russia for enabling Syria's Assad to stay in power
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 11, 2014 - 07:38AM JST
Two for one deal? Is it too late to include Rafael Cruz and his boy on the trip?
Posted in: N Korea rescinds U.S. envoy's invitation to seek Bae release; Jesse Jackson offers to go
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 11, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
What a bunch of hysterical hyperbole, Toby. The notion that the past military dictatorships of South America's largest economies were better than their modern democracies sure sounds condescending. I see no rational way you could argue that center-left leaders like Lula "destroyed" Brazil. Can you back that up?
Posted in: Venezuelan president wants to talk to Toyota exec
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 07, 2014 - 02:54PM JST
The years-long strike by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra had a similar level of high drama before it concluded within the last month. I may find classical music fairly boring, but the union-management dynamic and the never-ending economic challenges of paying salaries for a huge number of musicians along with ruinously expensive building renovations all make for fascinating conflict. Someone should create a game called SimOrchestra.
Posted in: Ghost composer questions whether Samuragochi is really deaf
TorafusuTorasanFeb. 07, 2014 - 12:54PM JST
@voiceofokinawa, no, most pop stars don't write their own tunes anyway. The classical field is assumed to be the domain of the prodigiously talented, justifying top performers' and conductors' million dollar a year salaries.
How many politicians fake a disability to get into office? It's much more common for politicians to try to cover up disabilities and try to appeal to voters with a show of good health. Think of U.S. presidents FDR, JFK and so on.
Mar. 10, 2014 - 06:39PM JST
Then again I wouldn't allow a small child to play with four dogs -…
Posted in: Japanese girl mauled by dogs in NZ was bitten 100 times
Mar. 10, 2014 - 06:38PM JST
When we got the last increase in Germany it was quite funny, many became crazy. In…
Mar. 10, 2014 - 06:36PM JST
33 Yes votes??? some Must be Nuclear Village Groupies.
Posted in: Is Shinzo Abe doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?
Mar. 10, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
The landmark tower has more floors, however the floor to ceiling factor must be…
Posted in: Japan's tallest building opens in Osaka
Mar. 10, 2014 - 06:29PM JST
There is trouble in River City. This is one more indication that shows the Abe and…
Posted in: Japan racks up record deficit; lowers growth estimate