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TravelingSalesMar. 27, 2014 - 11:44AM JST
When you compare rent levels to mortgage rates it's crazy not to buy. When I moved in 2008 I doubled my living space but the mortgage interest, taxes, etc., etc. came to not much more than half what I was previously paying.
Of course, you have to repay principal as well, but that's just a kind of saving.
Posted in: Non-regular workers with lower pay simply can't afford to buy homes. It is a harsh reality.
TravelingSalesMar. 10, 2014 - 09:58AM JST
Hashimoto seems to be under the mistaken impression that Japanese local governments exist to serve the people, rather than to provide jobs for the political class and hand-outs to their friends. Osaka is just the worst of many examples.
And it's not just Japan. Why does NYC need both borough and city government? One level at least should be excised.
TravelingSalesMar. 04, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
We don't need to guess - we've seen this already in the Philippines.
Okinawa will be like Angeles City but with older people.
Posted in: What do you think would happen to the Okinawan economy if all U.S. military personnel left?
TravelingSalesFeb. 24, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
If you suppress the holocaust deniers you give them credibility. Let them speak out openly and be seen for the fools that they are. Sunlight is always the best disinfectant.
Posted in: Should Holocaust denial be a crime?
TravelingSalesFeb. 24, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
They are trying to tax rich seniors by causing infllation. That's what inflation is - a tax on savers - just like deflation is a tax on borrowers.
Posted in: Interesting things will happen for consumers at midnight March 31
TravelingSalesFeb. 21, 2014 - 04:19PM JST
Good luck to him. We need some good news.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. remain far apart on TPP trade talks: Amari
TravelingSalesFeb. 19, 2014 - 12:29PM JST
We need a short-term tax on retained earnings, combined with simplification of the capital raising system and a tax exemption on dividends to force the excess capital out of the big companies and into the hands of peopple who will use it.
Posted in: Abe faces challenge to broaden recovery
TravelingSalesFeb. 19, 2014 - 09:56AM JST
Too many old people and companies are keeping their cash sitting in the bank or the post office. If there were intelligent banks offering investment mortgages (like everywhere else in the developed world) rents would go down and land prices would go up, kick-starting the economy. But while you have an oligopoly of three huge bureaucrat banks, there is little hope of that.
TravelingSalesFeb. 19, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
TPP and other trade deals are about giving people choices. If you want to buy expensive local stuff you can. If people backin the States want to buy expensive domestic trucks, they can, but neither will be forced to do so anymore.
Posted in: Gov't may consider concessions on farm products for TPP pact
TravelingSalesFeb. 10, 2014 - 10:18AM JST
Posted in: Is baby post saving lives or making it easy for irresponsible parents to dump their babies?
TravelingSalesJan. 13, 2014 - 03:05PM JST
The weird thing is that the NKs publish their stuff thru a Japanese website - http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm. Presumably their net doesn't work well enough. Always worth a visit if you need some comic relief.
Posted in: N Korea calls Abe 'militarist maniac'
TravelingSalesDec. 20, 2013 - 04:26PM JST
Any public executions scheduled in the half-time show?
Posted in: Rodman holds tryouts for Pyongyang exhibition game
TravelingSalesDec. 13, 2013 - 03:10PM JST
There is a very low recidivism rate among those who have been subjected to capital punishment
Posted in: Japan hangs two death-row inmates
TravelingSalesNov. 23, 2013 - 04:55PM JST
On an inflation adjusted basis, Japanese land prices are lower than in the early 1970s. I am not sure that the interviewee has quite grasped the concept of a bubble.
Posted in: Premium Value Bank: Taking the hassle out of investing in real estate
TravelingSalesNov. 20, 2013 - 03:11PM JST
Japan shouldn't complain. A more sensible policy would be to refuse to comment on or be drawn into discussion about events that happened more than 25 years ago.
You don't hear Americans complaining about Brits burning down the White House or Brits complaining about the Norman invasion, South Africans complaining about British concentration camps or the Tunisians complaining about the Punic Wars. East Asians should lighten up, focus more on the future than the past and get a life!
Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal'
TravelingSalesNov. 13, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
So far no Chinese/Korean whining about this being the first step in Japan's evil master plan to conquer the world?
Posted in: Japan to send SDF team to Philippine typhoon zone
TravelingSalesNov. 12, 2013 - 09:26AM JST
Let him be swiftly and fairly tried, and, if he is found guilty, let him be swiftly and fairly hung.
Posted in: Trial begins of man charged with murdering woman in Tokyo apartment
TravelingSalesOct. 25, 2013 - 05:21PM JST
Suggest being "friends with benefits" rather than a formal relationship.
Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who has a hard time accepting rejection from someone with whom they were in a relationship or from someone with whom they were hoping to have a relationship?
TravelingSalesOct. 08, 2013 - 04:32PM JST
Yes. Voltaire was right when he said "I disagree completely with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".
Posted in: Kyoto court rules anti-Korean hate speech illegal
TravelingSalesOct. 08, 2013 - 04:17PM JST
It's very dangerous to have some bureaucrat or politician regulating speech based on content . A regulation banning protests close to schools would be much better solution.
Apr. 20, 2014 - 09:39AM JST
All nations seem to be reclaiming and holding fast "their" territories. Is something coming? Whaddup?
Posted in: Russia to boost military presence on disputed Kurils
Apr. 20, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
Unfortunately it doesn't taste as good as it looks. I've had the same style burger (avocado,…
Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s new Avocado Beef, Chicken, and Shrimp burgers look surprisingly good
Apr. 20, 2014 - 09:32AM JST
Good idea to get away from the US states burgers. I often make those type at…
Apr. 20, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
The right type of foreigner, not the type who stands on the streets of roppongi continuously…
Posted in: The Japanese government remains cautious about addressing the population decline and labor shortage by accepting immigrants. What do you think are the pros and cons of Japan accepting more immigrants?
And why is China the enemy here? Because the U.S. says so? Japan does a lot…
Posted in: Stalemate remains in Japan-U.S. talks on TPP