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    albaleo

    The Phil Silvers Show

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    albaleo

    Look who has come and gone because of ridiculous ways of doing business in Japan.

    Which ways of doing business caused these companies to give up? How are Unilever doing? How about GlaxoSmithKline? PriceWaterhouseCoopers?

    Posted in: Abe says Brexit would make UK less attractive for Japanese investors

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    albaleo

    In England the police would say that the driver was ONE-AND-A-HALF TIMES, or TWICE, or even THREE TIMES the drink-drive limit.

    Before the case had reached court? I don't think so.

    Posted in: Drunk driver arrested after fatal accident in Hokkaido

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    albaleo

    For those who like the sun to be at its highest at noon, Okayama seems pretty close (currently 12:01). Tokyo is about 20 minutes earlier. Fukuoka is about 15 minutes later.

    Posted in: Should Japan adopt daylight saving time in summer?

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    albaleo

    Unfortunately, the delicate Japanese rice would be confused by the time change...

    I'm not surprised if the sunrise is later and the sunset is earlier. Are you sure you've worked this out?

    A better time change system would be to put the clocks forward eight hours every Friday morning, and then put them back again on Sunday evening.

    Posted in: Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan

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    albaleo

    Employers have to contribute their part (half) to the social security administration, insurance, unemployment and disability insurance, etc.

    Are you suggesting that employers and high income tax payers are the same thing. They aren't.

    you yourself are likely paying more than half of your income in tax, and aren't even aware of it.

    Are you saying I'm one of the 1% because I pay over 50%? You seem to be changing the topic. Things such as fuel tax are born more evenly than income tax.

    Assume your salary is reduced by 10%. Do you continue to spend as much as you did before? Of course not. And those people who sell the goods you regularly buy end up selling 10% less. And since they sell less, they earn less, and have less to pay for their own goods, wages, etc. Your pay decrease is felt by more than just you.

    But if that 10% reduction due to tax is spent wisely by government to create wealth (e.g. low cost housing, better schools, better health care, etc.), other people are employed and have money to spend. Also, I may need to spend less to enjoy the same quality of life.

    Posted in: Japanese money in offshore tax havens could solve a lot of problems at home

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    albaleo

    In America, the top 1% of income earners pay more than half of all tax collected.

    I understand that figure applies only to federal income tax. (43.6% in 2015 apparently) If all federal taxes are included, the figure drops to 27.9%. (I don't know what happens when state and local taxes are included.)

    This is because the rich are the largest producers, service providers, and employers, and any increase in tax they receive is immediately passed on to their customers in the form of higher prices, and their employees, in the form of lower wages and fewer jobs.

    It's a cute theory, but I don't think it can be described as a "simple fact". Some evidence would help.

    Posted in: Japanese money in offshore tax havens could solve a lot of problems at home

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    albaleo

    You will get an intensive course in Japanese and furniture making courtesy of the Japanese taxpayer.

    I once went to one of those furniture sales at the annual open day in Sakai. It takes a long time to make stuff of that quality.

    Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting 13-year-old girl on street

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    albaleo

    It's a colloquialism applied to singularities

    Are they the same? I thought the singularity was thought to be at the center of a black hole.

    Posted in: Japan gives up on failed black hole research satellite

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    albaleo

    looking for signals from black holes is pointless

    I wonder if people said the same in the past about researching electromagnetic radiation or even watching the stars and planets in the sky. A few days ago, JT reported that the government has allocated several hundred billion yen for relief efforts in Kyushu. These relief activities will take advantage of technology that has developed from all kinds of scientific research.

    Posted in: Japan gives up on failed black hole research satellite

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    albaleo

    But certainly where I come from they would be able to tell very easily the cause of this fire.

    So where do you come from, clueless? A Hollywood film studio by any chance?

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    albaleo

    So, tell me again how the nuclear plants in Kyushu are not on active fault lines.

    Decide for yourself. Look at a map of active fault lines in Kyushu. You can find one here:

    https://www.numo.or.jp/en/reports/pdf/TR-09-02-3.pdf

    Then look at a map of nuclear power plants in Kyushu. You can find one here:

    https://www.oecd-nea.org/news/2011/NEWS-02.html

    But perhaps that's not what you were really asking.

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    albaleo

    I trust the EU and the ECHR with my human rights and protecting my way of life far more than I trust the Tories

    That's an interesting point of view, and one I'm coming round to more and more. In general, I'm against large bureaucratic institutions such as the EU. However, the alternative of an increasingly south-east centric UK that panders to the rich and powerful is worrying.

    So are you an innie or an outie?!

    Some more navel gazing to do yet. :-)

    Posted in: The EU: In or out - what Japanese firms think about Brexit

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    albaleo

    Perhaps someone can tell us why the competition law prevents recruitment of an engineer from another company.

    I was wondering the same. The article provides no information about whether the recruitment was unethical or not. The court's decision focused only on the company's subsequent treatment of Hamada.

    Posted in: Michael Woodford’s fellow whistleblower ends Olympus battle

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    albaleo

    In Harold Wilson's 1975 renegotiation the British people were asked to suport or reject the re-negotiated terms. That is not asking a direct 'Yes or No' to staying in or coming out.

    The question on the ballot paper was, "Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?" That seemed fairly direct to me at the time.

    Posted in: The EU: In or out - what Japanese firms think about Brexit

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    albaleo

    @shallots

    I wasn't thinking of the Indonesia connection as coming under the "peace" part. But perhaps I should have added "CIA Agent" to the epithets.

    Posted in: This may be Japan saying, 'We can do the technology, so consider us for international consortium projects' such as the one that developed the F-35 stealth fighter.

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    albaleo

    @SenseNotSoCommon

    It's easy to find fault with Sasakawa, but it's hard to deny he was one unusual and interesting character. Famous for fascism, gambling and peace. There's not many that could put that on their gravestones.

    Posted in: This may be Japan saying, 'We can do the technology, so consider us for international consortium projects' such as the one that developed the F-35 stealth fighter.

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    albaleo

    Just for the sake of moving on, I'll be glad to see this happen. No apologies or justification required. Acknowledging that a lot of people died there is fine.

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    albaleo

    Japan needs to send a message to all these clowns who think that simply saying that they "don't remember" will get them a lesser sentence.

    Do you know of any cases where the courts in Japan pay heed to such excuses?

    (By the way, it should be Nishinari-ku, I think.)

    Posted in: Man arrested over hit-and run in Osaka

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    albaleo

    Is she the first woman on paper money in 100 years?

    Not if we include the world outside the USA.

    Posted in: Historic makeover: Harriet Tubman to be face on U.S. $20 bill

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