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TravelingSalesJul. 29, 2016 - 11:09PM JST
Tokyo real estate is only going up 10-15% a year. The BoJ needs to force that up to 20-25% to get the economy moving.
Posted in: BOJ opts for modest stimulus expansion
TravelingSalesJul. 28, 2016 - 10:34AM JST
The last thing we want is a bunch of ignorant self-important bureaucrats telling us what we can or can't do with our own property.
Posted in: Japan latest battleground in Airbnb home-sharing war
TravelingSalesJul. 23, 2016 - 03:25PM JST
Trump will abrogate the Security Treaty (with, say, 5 years notice) and offer a mutual defense treaty as a replacement. Then the ball will be in the Japanese court.
Posted in: Trump's 'America First' causes concern about U.S. commitment to defense of Japan
TravelingSalesJul. 19, 2016 - 04:25PM JST
As the attacker would no doubt have said, they are all infidels or apostates - what difference, at this point, does it make.
Posted in: Afghan teen migrant killed after injuring passengers on German train with ax, knife
TravelingSalesJul. 18, 2016 - 10:16PM JST
The point of refusing to give a no first use assurance is to deter an attack by a power with superior conventional force. The Soviet Union made such a pledge in an attempt to embarrass NATO into doing the same. They knew that they had overwhelming conventional superiority in Europe and that if nuclear weapons were off the table they could mount a successful invasion at any time. Once they lost that superiority due to the collapse of the communist regime, their successor, the Russian Federation, cancelled the pledge.
If Obama gives such an assurance the practical result is that the US, Japan, Taiwan and other Pacific allies will have to build up conventional forces to deter a conventional attack by China.
TravelingSalesJul. 16, 2016 - 03:37PM JST
Tokyo real estate has been going up 15-20%pa for last three years and looks to be accelerating
Posted in: No chance Japan will adopt 'helicopter money,' say officials
TravelingSalesJul. 16, 2016 - 01:13PM JST
Helicopter money vs current policy is a distinction without a difference.
As for perpetual notes, take a look in your wallet. What do you think is in there?
TravelingSalesJul. 16, 2016 - 01:10PM JST
I wouldn't see a problem with concubines, provided all parties were consenting adults.
Posted in: There's only two ways to continue an all-male line. One is to have concubines, which I don't think the people of Japan would accept ... The other would be to have lots of collateral families, which would get complicated.
TravelingSalesJul. 14, 2016 - 10:59AM JST
Plenty of other Emperors have abdicated. This is just about bringing to law in line with traditional practice.
TravelingSalesJul. 13, 2016 - 03:51PM JST
Best news I've heard all year!
Posted in: Pacific Rim moves to ease bottleneck in wine trade
TravelingSalesJul. 13, 2016 - 11:36AM JST
In countries/locales where smoking is still allowed in restaurants, TripAdvisor should make an effort to show in their listings whether a restaurant allows smoking. It would make them much more useful.
Posted in: What do you think of travel sites like TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet? Are you guided by them when making travel plans?
TravelingSalesJul. 13, 2016 - 11:34AM JST
If Trump says to Japan, either (i) step up to a comparable (as %age of GDP) defense spending level to the US, or (ii) we'll abrogate the security treaty, he would bring some much needed accountability to Japanese policy.
Posted in: There is an unspoken but unanimous consensus among serious Japanese people in business, bureaucracy and politics that Trump is a disaster. Including Prime Minister Abe — though he’s never said it publicly, officially, he’s very much concerned.
TravelingSalesJul. 12, 2016 - 12:30PM JST
stay naked whenever possible
Posted in: What do you do to stay cool in summer?
TravelingSalesJul. 11, 2016 - 12:02PM JST
Japan could end up like Italy or Germany, well-known fascist dens of tyranny constantly at war with anyone they can reach, due to their lack of an Article 9.
Posted in: That is so dangerous, and it may lead Japan into war with other nations and make it a nation without freedoms at home. We must all raise our voices and come together to protect peace and freedom.
TravelingSalesJul. 09, 2016 - 12:10PM JST
Islam is about 1,500 years old.
When Christianity was 1,500 years old it showed many of the same characteristics. Forcible conversions, the Inquisition, massacres of "pagans, Mohammedans and unbelievers", the Thirty Years War. Very similar to radical Islam today.
Christianity evolved. Let's hope Islam does too.
Posted in: The recent attack (in Bangladesh) might cause misunderstanding about Islam among those who don't know about the religion. I'll work on reaching out to people to explain that those extremists have no relation with us Muslims.
TravelingSalesJul. 05, 2016 - 02:08PM JST
I don't think the terrorists really discriminate between varieties of infidel.
Posted in: Night of terror in Dhaka left 'bodies in a terrible state'
TravelingSalesJul. 04, 2016 - 11:09AM JST
They published their goal before they died - at the same time as the photos with the ISIS flags. They said their goal was "to rid the world of atheists and apostates".
Posted in: Bangladesh home minister says gunmen made no demands, IS not involved
TravelingSalesJun. 30, 2016 - 07:00PM JST
The problem with giving him to the Japanese is they are too lenient. When we handed over the marines who raped the 12 year old, they only got seven years each. We should only give him to Japan if Japan guarantees that if he's convicted they'll execute him. Otherwise try him under the UCMJ - he'll get death or life in Leavenworth.
TravelingSalesJun. 27, 2016 - 11:37AM JST
At least in the US there are some party policies to discuss
Posted in: Which do you prefer: the Japanese or U.S. way of conducting election campaigns?
TravelingSalesJun. 13, 2016 - 11:51PM JST
100 people? you get more people than that on a morning Tozai line car
Posted in: Anti-U.S. base demonstrators march in Tokyo
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Jul. 30, 2016 - 02:26PM JST
JimizoJUL. 30, 2016 - 01:38PM JST
Let's try to cut through the erm, sophistication, and get…
Posted in: Islamic renewal
Jul. 30, 2016 - 02:24PM JST
And Muslim bashing starts.....
Muslim men don't have a head dress or specific style of…
Posted in: Missing Bangladeshi helped extremists enter Japan en route to Syria
Jul. 30, 2016 - 02:09PM JST
Is this a serious article?
Posted in: Japan to upgrade Patriot batteries for 2020 Olympics
Jul. 30, 2016 - 02:02PM JST
The guy is as dodgy as they come and he needs to prove otherwise very quickly…
Posted in: Trump says Sanders 'sold his soul to the devil'
Jul. 30, 2016 - 01:58PM JST
what about the economic drain that the Chinese are imposing on other countries around the world…
Posted in: China detains Japanese man for endangering national security
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