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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.
TravelingSalesDec. 14, 2014 - 11:08AM JST
Nine of the opposition parties have offered a credible alternative to Abenomics or a solution to the debt problem.
You can't beat something with nothing.
Posted in: Japan's weak opposition makes Abe default choice
TravelingSalesDec. 13, 2014 - 05:04PM JST
Anyone opposing Abeconomics has a responsibility to suggest a reasonable alternative. I haven't seen one yet.
Posted in: Abe pivots away from painful reforms
TravelingSalesDec. 13, 2014 - 04:58PM JST
Yes, that's why the upper middle class is so much richer that the regular middle, even more than in the Gilded Age.
Oh, wait, no actually it isn't. The gap is much less. How did that happen?
I guess we just think it is when we here these mindless "truths" peddled by ideologues of little thought and less sense.
Posted in: We believe the stock market rally since Shinzo Abe came to power in December 2012 has increased the wealth of the richest Japanese.
TravelingSalesDec. 13, 2014 - 04:53PM JST
How can you expect to bring tourists to Japan when the bars & restaurants have such a foul atmosphere - filled with tobacco smoke. Some pictures on a menu will not compensate for that.
Posted in: Amid shrinking domestic consumption, foreign tourists will be a quick remedy to revitalize consumption. Such small hospitality gestures, including offering restaurant menus with photos, will certainly attract more foreign tourists.
TravelingSalesDec. 12, 2014 - 01:43PM JST
It is ridiculous to have to follow such a dangerous policy. However, the clock has run out on the alternatives. There is no ability to substantially raise taxes, so the choices are default or monetize. Default would be a disaster so cataclysmic that nobody can seriously contemplate it, so monetization is the only way. However, since the morons in Kasumigaseki have spent the last several decades stunting the capital markets, the only transmission mechanism is a Mickey Mouse banking system full of time-servers and incompetents.
Onishi-san is right to be scared.
Posted in: Market bears bet on Abe victory, then a yen disaster
TravelingSalesDec. 12, 2014 - 12:10PM JST
Lots of people complaining about Abenomics, but nobody offering a credible alternative.
TravelingSalesDec. 11, 2014 - 11:21PM JST
That's the point. Abenomics is another word for printing money. When you print money, it becomes less scarse and less valuable, so the people who have money (savers) lose, and the people who owe money (government) win.
Posted in: Japan's looming benefit cuts an unspoken, unsettling election theme
TravelingSalesDec. 11, 2014 - 03:36PM JST
You guys should read fxgai's numbers. It's too late to play around cutting bureaucrats or public works. You could cut every project and every person in the government and it still doesn't work. There is not enough money.
There are only two choices - catastrophic default or monetize the debt.
Abenomics is an immoral, highly risky and desperate policy. Unfortunately the alternatives are even more immoral and risky.
TravelingSalesDec. 11, 2014 - 02:59PM JST
I heard that Sony is not releasing this movie in Japan or South Korea.
Posted in: No coverage at 'The Interview' premiere
TravelingSalesDec. 11, 2014 - 11:51AM JST
The point about Abenomics is to take value (by monetization of debt and by holding down interest rates) from savers and give it to borrowers.
Losers will be those who hold cash, deposits, bonds and other fixed income instruments.
Winners will be the government and its beneficiaries/dependents, and, as a semi-unintended consequence, owners of hard assets, real estate, commodities, equities, foreign current assets and businesses, particularly if they are leveraged.
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.
Dec. 20, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
Floundering in a sea of untrueth, splash enough and the truth is covered, splash, splash, splash.…
Posted in: BOJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures
Dec. 20, 2014 - 08:26PM JST
Was meant to be a 3 where I am, but I didn't notice it.
Posted in: M5.9 earthquake hits off Fukushima
Dec. 20, 2014 - 08:21PM JST
by now this is a copy and paste for ne?
Dec. 20, 2014 - 08:20PM JST
From Victoria, BC, I've been to Japan four times in the past three years, each time…
Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination?
Dec. 20, 2014 - 08:19PM JST
How about sneezing into the nook of your elbow, NOT your hands? That's been shown to…
Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan