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VicMOsakaMar. 22, 2014 - 07:57AM JST
Raise the consumption tax and give it to Ukraine. What a joke. Help your own people who are suffering in Japan.
Posted in: Japan to unveil Y100 bil in aid to Ukraine at G7 summit
VicMOsakaMar. 19, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
If you want some plausable theories, look up " Jim Stone Freelance Journalist. " He used to work at the NSA and
has extensive technical knowledge and well versed in the fields of electronics.
Posted in: Why do you think that passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines plane didn't make mobile phone calls when they realized something was wrong? Authorities say there were no phone calls, Twitter or Weibo postings, Instagram photos or any other communication from anyone aboard the aircraft after it was apparently diverted. Any theories?
VicMOsakaMar. 13, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
gogogoMar. 13, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
3500yen a month increase? Just over 100 yen a day? that is not a pay increase it is an insult. ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
If you based it on a 40 hour week basis, it works just under 22 yen an hour. It is an insult. What about all the people on the minimum wage which is one of the lowest in the civilised countries of the world ? Take in to account some of the highest prices for consumer goods in the world.
Has anyone noticed all the price increases for food items in the supermarkets lately ? Why ? What happens when the tax increases in April ? Unless the minimum wage goes up, a lot of people will be struggling.
Posted in: Major firms bow to Abe's request to raise wages
VicMOsakaMar. 11, 2014 - 08:00AM JST
Isn't that around 8 yen extra per hour ? Sounds stupid doesn't it. Japan's minimum wage along with the USA is the lowest in the civilised world. Australia, France and New Zealand are at the top. At least prices of everything in the USA are far cheaper than goods in Japan.
I guess young men in Japan on minimum wages will still have to live with mummy and daddy.
Posted in: Lawson to raise base pay for first time in 12 years
VicMOsakaMar. 10, 2014 - 07:32AM JST
ApsaraMar. 10, 2014 - 06:53AM JST
So the book-ripper's actions actually have had the opposite effect of what he/she intended- there will be more copies of Anne Frank books than ever in Tokyo libraries now, and for a while more peop================================
I would say that it has actually had the desired affect. Is it so hard to figure it out ?
Posted in: Anne Frank House makes donations to Tokyo libraries
VicMOsakaMar. 09, 2014 - 08:39PM JST
EthanWilberMar. 08, 2014 - 10:07AM JST
Have Americans sacrificed enough by putting their hard earned tax dollars to work, creating a secured environment for Japan to pursue prosperity and grow economy with low payment for defense spending? =======================
Who do you think pays for all the military in Okinawa ?
Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis
VicMOsakaMar. 07, 2014 - 10:26AM JST
roughneckMar. 07, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
Great...this should teach those Japanese greedy companies to move out of that freakland called China and invest in other asian countries.=========================================================================
You mean all those Japanese companies that give jobs to people ? I suppose you think all the workers are Japanese.
Posted in: Chinese sue Japanese companies, gov't over wartime forced labor
VicMOsakaMar. 03, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
To those accusing Japan of wasting taxpayer's money. Recent news--------------------------------------------------------------------
Japan is to give $60bn to the International Monetary Fund's effort to expand its resources, pledging to lead the global effort to ... Only since February, when the Bank of Japan weakened the --------------------------------------------------------------
Would you rather see $200 million help displaced and persecuted people or send billions to the IMF ?
Posted in: Japan pledges $200 million in aid for Palestinians
VicMOsakaMar. 02, 2014 - 10:15AM JST
Glad to see that Japan will give help to the Palestinians. I hope more countries help them so that they can repair the terrible damage that Israel has done to them.
Finally, the rest of the world can now see how they have been treated. They have land taken from them, their homes and buildings razed to the ground, their water wells poisoned and there fruit orchards ruined.
VicMOsakaFeb. 27, 2014 - 07:48AM JST
I know what they should do. Finalise TPP with the original instigators of TPP and sort out the US later on. The US only jumped on the band wagon later and took over the negotiations from the original countries who started it. It probably would be working now if the US hadn't pushed their way in.
I believe that TPP should only apply to the exchange of physical goods and items. That is my definition of trading.
Posted in: No deal in sight yet for TPP talks
VicMOsakaFeb. 26, 2014 - 11:17AM JST
No, it should not be a crime. Good news from Auschwitz.
According to official documents in the French Republic (institute for the Examination of War‑criminals) the number that died in Auschwitz was: 8,000,000
According to the French daily newspaper "Le Monde" (20 April, 1978): 5,000,000
According to the memorial plaque on the gas‑chamber monument at Auschwitz‑Birkenau (later removed in 1990 by the Polish Government): 4,000,000
According to the "confession" of Rudolf Hoess, the last commandant of Auschwitz. G.V. interrogation record and written statement [under extreme torture by his Jewish Interrogators] before his "suicide": 3,000,000
According to a statement by Yeduha Bauer, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem: 1,600,000
According to "La Monde" (1 September 1989): 1,433,000
According to Prof. Raul Hilberg (Professor for Holocaust Research, and author of the book, "The Annihilation of European Jewry," 2nd. ed. 1988: 1,250,000
According to Polish historians, G.V. DPA ‑ Report of July 1990 and corresponding public announcements: 1,100,000 According to Gerald Reitlinger, author of "Die Endlbsun": 850,000
In the autumn of 1989 the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev opened Soviet archives, and the public saw for the first time, the complete register of deaths at Auschwitz ‑ which speaks as a key document of 74,000 dead.
Posted in: Should Holocaust denial be a crime?
VicMOsakaFeb. 23, 2014 - 07:38AM JST
U.S.-led Pacific free trade area, ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
They didn't even start TPP. Who made them boss of TPP.
Posted in: Trade ministers resume TPP talks in Singapore
VicMOsakaFeb. 19, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
tmarieFeb. 19, 2014 - 08:53AM JST
Japa has to seriously do something about the cost of food here. The poor people are not going ----------------------
I totally agree. Food prices are outrageous in this country. I quite often shop at the discount outlets where food is much cheaper and quantity is greater. Also, quality is much higher as they supply to restaurants. The imported foods are so much cheaper. I blame supermarkets for excessive markups which is obvious as you can purchase same items cheaper at special stores. Not totally related to food, but look at Daiso 100 yen shops where same or similar items go much cheaper than in places like Konan shops.
I see many of the same items from China that sell here for up to 3 times the amount as in other Western countries. Just look at prices on eBay.
The other big problem is the amount of duty levied on food products like rice, butter, cheese etc. Butter 360%, Rice 778%. I look forward to the day when I can buy cheaper New Zealand Butter, cheese etc. ( if I am still here ) We would love to do more home baking and cooking but ingredients being so overpriced make it not worthwhile.
Someone stated that they would prefer to buy Japanese products. I would also, but it's the problem of price. One thing is for sure. If TPP goes through, stores here will have to drop their excessive markups. We should hopefully be able to buy food buy the kg and not per item.
Posted in: Gov't may consider concessions on farm products for TPP pact
VicMOsakaFeb. 17, 2014 - 12:29PM JST
Eiji TakanoFeb. 17, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
Japan has the lowest workers wages among all OECD nations.
And some of the highest prices for food, rent and goods. Ever wonder why so many middle aged kids live
at home. Because on such low wages they can not afford to rent a reasonable apartment and pay for
everything else and pay into an archaic pension collection system. Never mind, the powers to be, expect
mum and dad to pay out of their pensions.
Number one highest minimum hourly rate is Turkey, 2nd is France, 3rd is New Zealand, 4th is Australia. Japan is number 21out of 22 countries. Report OECD 2011.
Take New Zealand as an example. Pension system is collected through tax. Public hospitals free, accident compensation for everyone funded by company employers, Good welfare for people in need. Although GST (consumption tax) is around 20 percent people benefit by not being robbed through other taxes. No death taxes
or sales taxes additional to a consumption tax. Food is half the price or better than in Japan and coupled with a good minimum wage, people can live without hardship.
There are many skilled ex workers out of their jobs and now workiing at part time jobs at the miserable hourly
rate of 900 or so Yen per hour. I believe that out in the country parts of Japan, minimum wage is under 700 Yen per hour. Why should a minim wage differ in different parts of the country ?
Did someone say " generous welfare"-- what a joke. Go live under a bridge or in a cardboard box.
Posted in: Unions demand wage hikes but strikes unlikely
VicMOsakaFeb. 12, 2014 - 10:08AM JST
AdamInOzFeb. 12, 2014 - 09:53AM JST
I find it strange that all these posters saying New Zealand has no right asking for an apology are the same ones that support Japan when it complains about China entering its EEZ. -----------------------------------------------------------------------
Hardly the same situation is it ?
Posted in: New Zealand PM wants Japan apology in whaling dispute
VicMOsakaFeb. 07, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
Stressing the lack of scientific evidence that GMOs cause harm, -------------------------------------------------------------------------
That is a lie. There are many independent studies that show GMO food to be harmful to health. You only have to look at the poor health of many Americans to see that something is wrong.
Saw canned Japanese soy beans in the shops with distinct label " Non GMO " I hope everything gets labeled.
Posted in: U.S. farmers, food interests unite against GMO labeling
VicMOsakaJan. 31, 2014 - 11:28AM JST
Has anyone noticed that a lot of food items have risen in price recently ? Fortunately, I buy from one of these special low price markets that carry Japanese and overseas food items. Miles cheaper. It is hard to believe that they can sell the same goods as in the supermarkets much cheaper, yet their buying power would not match the larger supermarket chains.
Posted in: Consumer price hike data boosts Japan's deflation battle
VicMOsakaJan. 31, 2014 - 11:22AM JST
JeffLeeJan. 31, 2014 - 07:38AM JST
They're on the wrong track. The accident was due to failures in the cooling system. Whoever designed and sited the main and backup cooling systems are the ones who should be punished.---------------------------------------------------------
The reason there were failures in the cooling system and power supply to the pumps was due to the Stuxnet virus which was planted in the system.There was no critical damage from the tsunami or earthquake.The public have been fed a lot of disinformation over Fukushima. Contrary to what most people have been told, the generators never got swamped by water.
I recommend people search " Jim Stone." He is very well versed on nuclear reactors and design and has special information on the Fukushima power plant and it's design. I will have to archive this as JT in the past has deleted my contraversial posts. The information is extensive.
Posted in: 1,415 sue builders of Fukushima nuclear plant
VicMOsakaJan. 28, 2014 - 07:43AM JST
People certainly won't feel any benefits while the Japanese minimum wage is one of the lowest in the civilised world coupled with the most expensive food in the world.
Posted in: Over 70% say they don't feel any benefit from Abenomics: poll
VicMOsakaJan. 23, 2014 - 11:38AM JST
The 900 Yen charge for the Hanshin in Osaka is pure highway robbery. The Kinki is only 500 Yen and you can travel a long way which seems a reasonable cost for such a road toll system. Reminds me of the greedy parking fines of 15,000 yen for around 3 minutes or as fast as they can stick a ticket on the window.
These exorbitant charges only hurt everyone in the end through increased prices on goods. I would like to know how much traffic uses the Hanshin expressway now, compared to before. I know that I avoid using the highway as much as possible for my business travel. I would spend at least 10,000 yen less per week now.
Posted in: Expressway tolls to go up from April 1
Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
I agree with most views above, but think the standout point re costs is the coddling…
Posted in: Why are summer fruits, such as peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, etc, so expensive in Japan?
Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:20AM JST
I wonder how many of the protesters really understand the nature of this conflict, its source…
Posted in: Silent protest held in Tokyo against Gaza bloodshed
Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:17AM JST
"Cant we just boycott anything edible from China."
That's the trouble, isn't it. There's no label…
Posted in: China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan
This is why I prefer to take my holidays overseas. Wherever you go in Japan the…
Posted in: 400-year-old garden in Okayama to be replaced with condominium complex
Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:14AM JST
Japanese people seem to think that "gambarre" is the solution to every situation.
Slept 2 hours…
Posted in: The major cause of heatstroke is abnormal weather, but children’s lifestyle of playing games in air-conditioned indoor settings has likely contributed to the increase.