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TravelingSalesJul. 08, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
Tokyo real estate prices are now back, in real terms, to 1972 levels. You have to be pretty brain dead to call that a bubble. Maybe this guy used to work for the Ministry of Finance?
Posted in: There are companies that have offered unbelievable prices to ask us to sell our land.
TravelingSalesJul. 05, 2014 - 08:14PM JST
Ultimately you're worth what your employer is willing to pay you. In Japan Ghosn's salary is not as much as it sounds. The government will take more than half - he'll be lucky to take home 400 million.
Posted in: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn earned 995 million yen in fiscal 2013, making him the highest paid executive in Japan. What do you think of compensation levels for CEOs? Is anyone worth that much to a company?
TravelingSalesJul. 03, 2014 - 09:34AM JST
What party is he from?
Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds
TravelingSalesJun. 30, 2014 - 03:53PM JST
Why are the people here so dirty? Even China, Korea and Philippines are cleaner now in restaurants, offices and bars. Japan seems stuck in the '50s.
Posted in: Even if a smoking room is set up, smoke can leak when people open and close the door. I think the central government has to work on achieving a complete smoking ban.
TravelingSalesJun. 26, 2014 - 10:50AM JST
It was 70 years ago. It doesn't matter any more.
Posted in: Singapore PM asks Japan to turn page on history
TravelingSalesJun. 25, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
Why would highly skilled workers come to a country with a 55% tax rate when you can go to Singapore (20%), Korea (18%), Hong Kong (16%) or Dubai (0%)?
Posted in: Abe unveils grand plan to boost economic growth
TravelingSalesJun. 04, 2014 - 10:58AM JST
Feed him, cure him, clothe him, court-martial him.
Posted in: Obama defends deal with Taliban to free U.S. soldier
TravelingSalesMay. 28, 2014 - 10:09AM JST
Japanese families should have the same rights to hire domestic helpers from overseas that Singaporean and Hong Kong families have.
Posted in: To allow women to work to their full capacity, we will have to bring in people from Southeast Asia to help with childcare and housework.
TravelingSalesMay. 23, 2014 - 10:20AM JST
unshaven neck? Is this a Japan thing?
Posted in: Five things about male friendship that confuse Japanese women
TravelingSalesMay. 20, 2014 - 09:44AM JST
Why would anyone voluntarily sign up for a 55% tax rate?
Posted in: Tokyo governor unveils plan to lure foreign business talent
TravelingSalesMay. 13, 2014 - 01:27AM JST
Why would skilled workers volunteer for 55% marginal tax rates?
Posted in: Consultant urges 'one-of-a-kind' immigration policy for Japan
TravelingSalesMay. 08, 2014 - 04:03PM JST
Yes, and we should apologize for our lack of foresight. Fortunately we included an amendment mechanism.
Posted in: Abe adviser says revision of pacifist constitution vital
TravelingSalesMay. 08, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
We should tell Japan they've got 5 years to improve their military and take on mutual defense obligations, or we're abrogating the treaty & going home. I am tired of free-loaders.
TravelingSalesMay. 08, 2014 - 01:11PM JST
Tokyo is crazy cheap when compared to Singapore, HK, NY or London. Although prices are slowly starting to move.
In March, according to Japan Property Central, in central Tokyo’s six wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Bunkyo and Shibuya), the average apartment asking price was 57,220,000 Yen, up 0.7% from February and up 11.1% from last year. - See more at: http://japanpropertycentral.com/2014/04/secondhand-apartment-prices-in-march-tokyo-kantei/#more-22736
And most foreign brokerage houses expect 15-20% average annual gains for the next several years.
Posted in: Buying property in Japan can be daunting yet profitable
TravelingSalesMay. 08, 2014 - 12:51PM JST
Where's Japan's contribution?
Posted in: World powers join search for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls
TravelingSalesMay. 01, 2014 - 10:21AM JST
I hope he's telling Harry Reid.
Posted in: The absence of negotiating authority tends to make our trading partners less willing to make concessions to us because of the fear they would be taking political risks for nothing.
TravelingSalesApr. 28, 2014 - 12:08PM JST
The US should give Japan 5 years notice of our abrogation of the treaty and give them a choice of a real (NATO style) mutual defense pact or looking after themselves.
Posted in: New Komeito wary of security change despite U.S. support
TravelingSalesApr. 22, 2014 - 02:28PM JST
Since the PRC has opened the issue, can my wife seek compensation for the property seized from her family in Manchukuo in 1945?
Posted in: China seizes Mitsui O.S.K. ship over unpaid wartime contract compensation
TravelingSalesApr. 22, 2014 - 02:06AM JST
The Republic of China should bring suit in Japanese court to demand compensation from the Beijing regime for the 65 year illegal occupation of most of their territory.
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.
Jul. 23, 2014 - 06:31AM JST
If that's all a "tarento" has to do is hold a blow dryer, I could be…
Posted in: Beauty tips
Jul. 23, 2014 - 05:58AM JST
This comment is about palestinian rockets. Its a desperate attack by desperate people. They are cheap…
Posted in: Silent protest held in Tokyo against Gaza bloodshed
Jul. 23, 2014 - 05:24AM JST
Carpenters and shokunin in general are in high demand in Japan because most young people over…
Posted in: Falling 30-kg wooden beam kills carpenter in Tokyo
Jul. 23, 2014 - 05:06AM JST
The Ukrainian government wants to push hard on this "terrorist" label for the rebels, but there…
Posted in: Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire
Jul. 23, 2014 - 04:57AM JST
If you don't drink, don't start even if it's for your health. There are other ways…
Posted in: Light drinking less healthy than thought