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TravelingSalesMay. 22, 2015 - 12:03PM JST
With Tokyo prices at 20% of the peak - about same levels as 1980 in real terms - we're still a long way for a boom or bubble. Tokyo is about half the price of New York or Singapore and one third of Hong Kong or London.
Posted in: Building boom
TravelingSalesMay. 22, 2015 - 10:16AM JST
They need to build now because they slowed down so much after the earthquake. Last month the number of new apartments offered in Tokyo was the lowest for 23 years.
TravelingSalesMay. 21, 2015 - 08:39PM JST
Fortunately they're just a "JV team" so we don't need to pay attention to them.
Posted in: Islamic State takes control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra
TravelingSalesMay. 21, 2015 - 08:34PM JST
In many parts of Japan, Starbucks is the only clean place to eat or drink. The more they open, the better.
Posted in: Starbucks comes to Tottori; poster compares it to Perry arriving in Japan
TravelingSalesMay. 14, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
Kamikaze pilots attacked military targets. They are no different from the Marine who runs up to an enemy pillbox with a grenade in his hand, or a soldier who refuses to retreat from a post (Fort Sumter, for example) when facing unopposed artillery or a naval captain who refuses to surrender his vessel even when the odds are hopeless.
When we talk of suicide bombers, we are usually thinking of those depraved cowards who attack non-combatants. There is no comparison.
Posted in: Do you think of Japan's World War II kamikaze pilots as brave? How would you compare them with today's suicide bombers?
TravelingSalesMay. 13, 2015 - 10:09AM JST
This is a good step toward collective resistance to Chinese expansionism. Let's hope it spreads and we see Japan collaborating more with Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, India & Australia.
Posted in: Philippines, Japan hold historic naval drills in flashpoint waters
TravelingSalesMay. 07, 2015 - 06:56PM JST
Seriously? Does anyone really care if a monkey is named after a baby?
Posted in: Oita zoo under fire for naming baby monkey Charlotte
TravelingSalesApr. 30, 2015 - 03:58PM JST
The US should make it clear that if the Japanese don't fix Article 9 and stop free-loading on our defenses, we will walk away from the treaty.
TravelingSalesApr. 26, 2015 - 10:36PM JST
Aggressive paranoid countries that have designs against their neighbors should not have nuclear weapons.
Peaceful countries that want to deter aggression without building a huge military should be allowed to have them.
So NK is a no, modern Japan is a yes.
Posted in: Should some countries have the right to tell other countries that they cannot have nuclear weapons?
TravelingSalesApr. 23, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
Collective security is stronger and cheaper than g it alone.
Presumably all the tin-foil hat people who are constantly convinced that Japan is seconds away from returning to aggressive imperialism will be happy to see the Japanese military enmeshed in a Pacific equivalent of NATO (excluding China trolls like Alex80 of course).
Posted in: New law to allow Japan to supply U.S. military in South China Sea
TravelingSalesApr. 22, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
About time these free-loaders started pulling their weight.
Next they should lift defense spending to the NATO target - 2%.
TravelingSalesApr. 16, 2015 - 10:09AM JST
What have the Senkakus to do with Korea-Japan relations?
You realize Korea is a different country from China?
Posted in: U.S. says Japan-S Korea tensions distract from N Korea threat
TravelingSalesApr. 16, 2015 - 10:07AM JST
Posted in: Nuclear power can make countries more competitive by delivering the steady supply of base-load electricity which is needed to power the modern economy. It also helps to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas.
TravelingSalesApr. 14, 2015 - 04:49PM JST
So if you don't need US cars, don't buy them. The treaty is not about forcing people to buy things, it's about making them available.
This is not rocket science.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. aim for TPP progress before summit
TravelingSalesApr. 13, 2015 - 05:25PM JST
All she had to do was say loudly "No soap, no sex" - no problem
Posted in: Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet
TravelingSalesApr. 11, 2015 - 07:54PM JST
Why you be an entrepreneur and then pay 55% tax if you succeed? If you have a good idea, get on a plane to HK, Singapore or Taipei.
Posted in: Prime Minister Abe should announce new tax incentives for startups, especially in the renewable energy sector -- batteries, solar, wind and geothermal power. The government should also create a series of venture-capital pools and safety nets that support would-be innovators and incentivize them to take risks, and sponsor training programs to inspire more entrepreneurship among young Japanese.
TravelingSalesApr. 09, 2015 - 02:34PM JST
Flat tax - 10%.
Posted in: What should the Japanese government do to help working mothers?
TravelingSalesMar. 29, 2015 - 09:58PM JST
I think the same thing goes for men dating women who smoke. The women smell and taste so gross. I suppose so long as you stick to canine postures it might be OK, but anything close to face-to-face gets you that blast of death breath - it's not worth it.
Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke
TravelingSalesMar. 24, 2015 - 10:34AM JST
I am a Tea Partier and I don't have an issue with supporting foreign born citizens for President. I even voted for one once.
Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid
TravelingSalesMar. 24, 2015 - 10:23AM JST
We already settled the foreign born citizen issue in 2008.
May. 25, 2015 - 08:19PM JST
Here's another reality check. If Japan is such a horrible place why are you trolling a…
Posted in: Japan posts Y53.4 bil trade deficit in April
May. 25, 2015 - 08:13PM JST
A heartfelt thanks should go to the House of Saud. Without oil price having fallen 50%,…
May. 25, 2015 - 08:12PM JST
Wc626, maybe they had children back then who needed a mother and father willing to sacrifice…
Posted in: Man admits flushing ashes of wife down supermarket toilet
Hokkaidoguy - those links don't work.
Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery
May. 25, 2015 - 08:11PM JST
See. My point of view is better than yours. He'd be guilt free. Simple-