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TravelingSalesFeb. 01, 2015 - 03:28PM JST
A reminder to ISIS:
Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded
TravelingSalesJan. 31, 2015 - 03:23PM JST
Romney would have made a good president. Unfortunately he wasn't a good candidate.
Precisely opposite to the current incumbent.
Posted in: Romney says he will not run for president in 2016
TravelingSalesJan. 30, 2015 - 11:48AM JST
There was a Soviet combat brigade in Cuba from 1962 to 1991
Posted in: U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea
TravelingSalesJan. 28, 2015 - 05:38PM JST
Leaving the US to do the heavy lifting as usual. What a weasel!
At least some of the Europeans are helping out this time. And Canadians and Australians as well. Meantime the allies who are most dependent on Middle East oil - Japan and Korea - sit back and insert their thumbs ever more deeply.
Posted in: Abe: Japan won't join U.S.-led military operation against IS
TravelingSalesJan. 28, 2015 - 05:35PM JST
At least this is something the President & Congress can work together on.
Posted in: U.S. says final contours of TPP pact coming into focus
TravelingSalesJan. 24, 2015 - 07:10PM JST
What kind of country can't (or won't) even defend its own citizens? How shameful.
Posted in: Abe briefing document rules out Japan strike on Islamic State
TravelingSalesJan. 23, 2015 - 11:37AM JST
The Islamists don't hate Japan because Japan is rich or because Japan is an ally of the US. Islamic terrorists have killed Russians, Chinese, Indonesians, Indians, Nigerians, Congolese, etc., etc, They even happily kill each other over differences of sect, or opinions on historical events.
They hate Japanese (and all the rest) because Japanese don't submit to Allah, because Japanese do not live under Sharia, because Japanese believe (to varying degrees) in tolerance, pluralism, fair treatment of women & minorities and individual liberty and, most of all, because the Islamists believe that it is the will of God that they hate and destroy infidels.
Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts
TravelingSalesJan. 23, 2015 - 11:27AM JST
The IS army is estimated to be about 20,000. A better use of the $200 million would be to pay $10,000 to anyone who kills one of them.
Posted in: Do you think Japan will pay the $200 million ransom to Islamic State for the release of the two hostages?
TravelingSalesJan. 22, 2015 - 10:22AM JST
Does the Asahi Shimbun seriously think that the hostages would be materially better off if there was still a Japanese diplomat in Syria? IS does not tend to be big on diplomacy.
Posted in: Abe fighting against time to find way to free hostages
TravelingSalesJan. 20, 2015 - 06:58PM JST
These people don't care about Abe. They will happily kill any infidel. Just like the 10 Japanese they killed in Algeria two years ago, or Salman Rushdie's Japanese translator.
Posted in: IS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 mil ransom
TravelingSalesJan. 18, 2015 - 11:59AM JST
It's the smoking - you can't go eat and have a drink without sitting in a cloud of smoke emanating from some foul-smelling primitive. Most other civilized countries got past this years ago
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
TravelingSalesJan. 18, 2015 - 11:56AM JST
That didn't stop them in 1962.
In any case, the Chinese have recently built an all-weather road to the top of the mountains - the Indians still have a dirt track.
Posted in: Japan seeks closer maritime defense ties with India
TravelingSalesJan. 12, 2015 - 04:12PM JST
funkyboy, the market will go up (albeit with some thrills and spills along the way) but more because of the Bank of Japan than because of this budget
Posted in: Gov't to propose Y96.3 tril budget for coming fiscal year
TravelingSalesJan. 12, 2015 - 02:23PM JST
In most of the restaurants you can't taste the food because of the clouds of smoke and foul smell. Might be acceptable to mainland Chinese or Russian tourists, but Westerners are not going to appreciate it.
Posted in: Revitalizing the inbound tourism market
TravelingSalesJan. 12, 2015 - 12:28PM JST
sf2k - At this point best to write off all debts should anyone wish to have anything left of a local or global economy at all.
The debts are effectively being written off. That's the point of negative real interest rates.
So long as the Japanese public will give the Bank of Japan effectively unlimited free funding by buying its perpetual zero coupon bonds, the Bank of Japan can buy up all the outstanding debts - starting with the government's - and sit on them indefinitely while making a profit.
TravelingSalesJan. 08, 2015 - 01:20PM JST
So Tokyo will stay dirty, primitive and noisome indefinitely?
Posted in: In some ways the barriers would be too high if we try to impose regulations with punishments for noncompliance.
TravelingSalesDec. 29, 2014 - 10:16AM JST
How mysterious. All these foreign executives declining to be taxed at 55% and instead wanting to pay 15% (Hong Kong) or 20% (Korea or Singapore).
Posted in: Abe’s plans for a global business hub earns low marks
TravelingSalesDec. 22, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
Restrictions on speech are almost never OK. The cure for objectionable speech is refutation and counter-argument, not government intervention.
Posted in: There can be no such thing as a developed country without anti-racial discrimination laws. I feel angry about organizations promoting xenophobia using public facilities for their activities.
TravelingSalesDec. 19, 2014 - 10:15AM JST
I think we all need to do what we can in our personal lives to fight back against these people who poison our surroundings and our children.
Don't hire smokers. If smokers work for you, don't give them bonuses or raises. Don't go to restaurants that allow smoking. Don't use personal services (barbers, salons, etc.) where you have to get close to smoker employers. If you're a landlord, don't rent to them. If you live in a condo, call votes to make your building non-smoking.
Every day, wake up and resolve to do something to help Japan become a cleaner country.
Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance
TravelingSalesDec. 19, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
I didn't see any examples of extreme behavior in the article.
I think nicotine users should be allowed to indulge their habit, but they shouldj ust inject themselves, like the other druggies, so that they don't harm those around them.
Feb. 01, 2015 - 04:08PM JST
RIP Goto-san. Justice will come.
Feb. 01, 2015 - 04:07PM JST
hezubollah are waiting for their imam along with the house of saudi and iranis to eliminate…
Posted in: Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
Feb. 01, 2015 - 04:05PM JST
Bravo! This is the kind of soft power that Japan should focus on.
Posted in: NEC delivers infrared thermography cameras as a countermeasure against Ebola
Feb. 01, 2015 - 04:04PM JST
I had little respect for plenty of teachers when I was a kid growing up…
Posted in: Record number of teachers disciplined for corporal punishment
GCC countries holy book ( in their prophet religion fought against many christian innocent people and…
Posted in: Iraq Kurdish forces retake oil field, villages from IS