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TravelingSalesNov. 21, 2014 - 02:05PM JST
Progress, albeit slow.
Posted in: Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S.
TravelingSalesNov. 16, 2014 - 06:01PM JST
Real estate is already up 10-20% in central/southwest Tokyo over last 12 months.
Posted in: Investors are buying real estate stocks because they see a delay of another tax increase as a plus. The hope is that more individuals will buy property, which is often a person’s biggest-ever investment.
TravelingSalesNov. 14, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
Delay for a couple of years so the economy can strengthen, and then raise gradually by 0.1% per month until the government finances stabilize.
Posted in: The government raised the sales tax to 8% from 5% in April and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to announce in December whether he will raise it to 10% next October in a bid to rein in massive public debt. What do you think he should do?
TravelingSalesNov. 14, 2014 - 09:47AM JST
I'm all in favor of an election and I hope Abe wins, but I dread the thought of weeks of the "yoroshiku onegai itashimasu" loudspeaker vans. If any politician will promise to ban, or at least mute, them, I will do my best to take out Japanese citizenship & vote for him/her.
Posted in: Abe appears to have decided on poll, LDP official tells media
TravelingSalesNov. 12, 2014 - 08:09PM JST
It's time Japan stepped up and picked up more of its own defense burden. As an American, I am sick of paying taxes so they can freeload.
If this guy wants to disagree and burn himself that's up to him, but I hope he left everything he has to the US Treasury to pick up some of the costs he wants to stick us with.
Posted in: Man dies after setting himself on fire in Tokyo's Hibiya Park
TravelingSalesNov. 11, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
Starbucks because it's clean & smoke-free. Most of the local places are filthy.
Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully's, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional "kissaten?"
TravelingSalesNov. 10, 2014 - 02:55PM JST
Do any of the Japanese actually talk about this subject, or is it just us gaijin?
Posted in: Japan is still way behind in terms of anti-smoking policies, especially measures against secondhand smoke. You can still smoke in a lot of public places in Japan such as office buildings, coffee shops, restaurants and bars.
TravelingSalesNov. 10, 2014 - 11:58AM JST
The savings are already gone - they are all invested in government bonds which the government can never hope to repay
The question is only wether this fact is realized gradually and hopefully without panic, by inflation and monetization of the debt, or precipitously, by a government default, which would cause a financial implosion far worse than seen in Greece or Cyprus.
Posted in: My mission is to make sure that the Japanese economy really gets out of the deflation that has continued for more than 15 years.
TravelingSalesNov. 10, 2014 - 09:53AM JST
It is so dirty and disgusting! Always a disappointment when you come back to Tokyo from cleaner places like Manila or Seoul.
TravelingSalesNov. 01, 2014 - 02:23AM JST
In the end this is simply a mechanism to transfer money from savers to borrowers (by a strange coincidence, the government is the largest borrower) while simultaneously driving private savings out of government bonds into more productive (and risky) assets.
It is a policy of desperation, with a pretty good chance of disaster.
On the other hand, because of the incompetence of Japanese governance over the last fifty years, the only alternative policies (and there are very few) carry almost a certainty of disaster.
Best chance to make money is, buy real assets - stocks, commodities, real estate - and borrow like crazy. In other words, act like the government and the BoJ will accidentally bail you out as they intentionally bail out the government.
Posted in: BOJ expands asset purchases to Y80 tril to spur recovery
TravelingSalesOct. 29, 2014 - 05:29PM JST
Can we not have an opposition hat actually discusses policy. All this bs about paper fans and SM bars is childish and ridiculous. They should be talking about labor market reform and demographics.
Posted in: Opposition DPJ takes aim at Abe over scandals, Abenomics
TravelingSalesOct. 22, 2014 - 10:39AM JST
Videos are required these days in California, if you're a college student, in order to prove ongoing affirmative consent.
Posted in: Court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses
TravelingSalesOct. 11, 2014 - 01:45PM JST
After the Peace Prize has fallen into such disrepute over the last few years it's good to see such an intelligent and considered choice.
Posted in: Malala invites PMs of India, Pakistan to Nobel ceremony
TravelingSalesOct. 04, 2014 - 12:46PM JST
I always wondered how Japan allocates its overseas aid.
Posted in: Man gets 30 years for killing Japanese diplomat in Dominican Republic
TravelingSalesSep. 19, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
It is always so nice to travel to a clean country and so disappointing to come back to Japan.
I was in Manila a couple of days ago and could safely go into any restaurant without having to worry about sitting in a cloud of some moron's smoke. Then I have to come back here to the filth and the stench. Let's hope Japan improves soon.
Posted in: Asia's rising tobacco epidemic
TravelingSalesSep. 17, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
Much more important than the fate of Scotland is the fact that their independence will increase the likelihood of the rUK leaving the EU and of Catalonia leaving Spain.
Posted in: Should Scotland be an independent country?
TravelingSalesSep. 16, 2014 - 10:44AM JST
Just relax & go for it. How bad can it be? If she's ugly, close your eyes. If she's a smoker, turn her over. Just another notch on the bedpost.
Posted in: Female bosses not averse to sexual harassment
TravelingSalesSep. 02, 2014 - 03:34PM JST
This idea of transferring people between departments every couple of years is crazy - you can't build up any expertise.
Posted in: It's a custom among Japanese corporations to promote someone who knows the company well: people who have been with the company a long time and have transferred to different departments and places. Women tend to end up quitting before experiencing all that.
TravelingSalesSep. 02, 2014 - 11:13AM JST
It was never about the planes. It was (and is) about hundreds of phones simultaneously and rapidly jumping from one cell tower to the next while flying low over the city and so overloading the network. The typically bureaucratic over-reaction was to ban everything. Good to see the FAA finally backing off.
Posted in: Japan OKs use of smartphones, tablets during plane takeoffs, landings
TravelingSalesSep. 02, 2014 - 11:08AM JST
Home equity loans have finally started in Japan (only 40 years behind the US), so that will help - even if they are limited to 10 million yen.
Posted in: Amari: No need to be so pessimistic about household spending
Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
Good stuff. I probably won't use it as all the subway lines around Rops and Akasaka…
Posted in: 143 Tokyo subway stations to have free Wi-Fi beginning in December
Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
“focus on large-scale domestic problems with safeguarding human rights”
The human rights abused were the shop…
Posted in: Russia throws human rights accusations back at U.S. with Ferguson unrest
Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:20AM JST
I think Marie Kondo is quite smart. Less is more.
Posted in: From Japan, the joy of minimalism at home
Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:18AM JST
I think Japan would be better off focusing on GDP/person with real buying power factored in.…
Posted in: Japan's war on deflation faces its toughest battle
Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:17AM JST
And how do we know that the drugs were not administered to her under duress? To…
Posted in: 2 men convicted of disposing of girl's body in cardboard box