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    borscht

    Can someone explain to me these two figures? Thanks.

    21.84 billion yen net loss last year.

    6.71 billion yen last year.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan forecasts Y38 billion net loss for 2015

  • 0

    borscht

    Will Kato's passport be invalid for South Korea now? Because he caused distress to the Japanese people by his arrest etc?

    Posted in: Sankei journalist meets Abe after return from South Korea

  • 2

    borscht

    If the unemployed person has the desire to be a health care person, sure. But if they'd rather sit in an office with no responsibilities, no. Except for PM Abe, everyone probably realizes it's up to the individual and not the State.

    Posted in: The government is encouraging unemployed people to consider becoming health care workers because there is a chronic shortage in the nursing care business. Do you think that is a good idea?

  • 0

    borscht

    Bertie & Cleo,

    I meant, Has anyone gone to a university ceremony in JAPAN without the national anthem or flag?

    Posted in: It is not something that we should be forced to do. Universities are public organizations for students, and how they, their parents and society think about the issue is what counts.

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    borscht

    I wonder if we could get this expanded to sending our tax money to projects we like rather than cities.

    For example, if you're like PM Abe, you'd send your tax money to the military; others would send it to education or tourism or road construction. Maybe some people would even send it to survivors of the 3/11 disaster who are still living in temporary homes while they wait for the Olympics to be built.

    Posted in: Hometown tax scheme seems to be taking off

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    borscht

    Every entrance and graduation ceremony I've been to, including private and national elementary schools, junior highs, high schools and universities, have had the national flag and anthem in attendance. This request means I've missed schools that don't have them?

    Has anyone gone to a university ceremony without the national anthem or flag?

    Posted in: It is not something that we should be forced to do. Universities are public organizations for students, and how they, their parents and society think about the issue is what counts.

  • 4

    borscht

    Don't these foreigners realize that during Sakura season they're supposed to vomit on the trains, not dance? And they should never pull a branch down for a better picture; that's sacrilegious; they're supposed to get stupid drunk, sing karaoke loudly off-key, rip off their clothes, and throw up. Much more respectful. Sheesh, foreigners.

    Posted in: Group of teenage Thai actors punished for dancing on Japanese train

  • -1

    borscht

    DaDude, too,

    I was rear-ended and the police who came upon the crime took all of one minute to say I was 0% at fault as I was stopped and the other car was changing lanes at too high of a speed.

    As to this article, as afanofjapan stated, the head injuries to the two in the back of the car probably could've been prevented had the driver insist on them buckling up. Just a guess on my part. I hope their minor injuries are not too bad. It's also a pity a human lost his life in a very preventable accident.

    Posted in: Man driving stolen minivan killed in crash following pursuit by police

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    borscht

    Responsibilities of the special forensics unit will be mostly concentrated on cases in which there are female victims who have been subject to sexual and other violent acts.

    more than 500 sex crimes

    One: does this mean the all-female team will have 500 cases this year? And the all-male teams 0?

    Two: If the purpose of forming an all-female team is to allow female victims to talk to female cops, why don't all the forensic units have at least one female member?

    Posted in: Saitama police set up Japan's first all-female forensics team

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    borscht

    If there are age-related restrictions on driving there should also be sex-related restrictions on driving (males cause more accidents and are more likely to speed than females), and, more importantly, competency-related restrictions. If any driver (not just the elderly) is easily confused, for example, by simple instructions from the licensing officer, that should be a warning sign. (And might also get those ditzy females who insist on slathering on make-up while driving off the road.)

    Consider these factoids from wikipedia vis-a-vis death related to cars:

    In 2008, for the first time, more pedestrians than vehicle occupants were killed in Japan by cars.

    Maybe we should have restrictions on walking. Especially in the middle of the street on a rainy night while wearing black clothes?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_motor_vehicle_collisions

    Number of car deaths in Japan in 1970 - 16,765. In 2011 - 4,612

    Posted in: Should there be an age limit at which point driving licenses will no longer be renewed?

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    borscht

    Just curious. My engineering students wish to know which is it: cement or concrete?

    400-kilometer chain of cement sea walls

    the massive concrete barriers

    Posted in: Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis

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    borscht

    The Hitcher (1986) with Rutger Hauer.

    Posted in: What are the three scariest movies you have ever seen?

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    borscht

    Aren't people who go to Japanese restaurants already interested in Japanese food? Do they need a poster in their language to tell them to go eat Japanese food when they're already In a Japanese restaurant? Of course, McDonald's worldwide probably won't let them put a poster up in their stores but surely some place other than a Japanese restaurant to promote Japanese food to people who don't know/like/appreciate Japanese food?

    Maybe a couple of international hotels, airports, upscale shopping malls, the street_

    Posted in: Actress Rei Dan appointed 'washoku' ambassador

  • 9

    borscht

    difficult for people with different lifestyles to live together

    Let's put Sono's plan into action. 'Comfort' workers are hauled in to take care of aging Japanese & do industrial work in Tokyo and Osaka. Indians here, Philippinos here, Nigerians over there, et cetera.

    And the Japanese must live over there; right wing Japanese here, moderate Japanese there, young Japanese way the f-- over there, and old Japanese here.

    And in about 100 years, what will happen? Tokyo and Osaka will be huge enclaves of foreigners with very few Japanese. And a tax revolt (No taxation without representation) basically bankrupting Japan as a country. Okay. Only writing

    from my personal experience,

    of course. And

    I was drunk so I don't remember.

    Posted in: South Africa slams newspaper column praising apartheid

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    borscht

    What frightens ISIS and Taliban-esque fundamentalist Moslems most? 1. 12-year-old girls who can read and 2. Adult women who can think for themselves. Therefore, to combat their ideology other nations and people need to educate females. In a generation or two either all the women will be dead or fundamentalism will be. Either way fundamentalists will be gone.

    Posted in: Fighting Islamic State by military means is one thing, but how do you fight their ideology?

  • -1

    borscht

    Ramzel

    It's about setting precedent.

    That horse has already left the barn. Back in 1999 or so Japan paid $2,000,000 for a kidnapped businessman; earlier, in Peru, a $500,000 was paid for another businessman.

    I suspect Abe et al are negotiating for a percentage of the ransom and non-disclosure. Between two and five million and ISIS will say the hostages were released for 'humanitarian' reasons.

    If Yukawa and Goto are still alive.

    Posted in: Do you think Japan will pay the $200 million ransom to Islamic State for the release of the two hostages?

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    borscht

    Speed is correct. Only the medium of distraction has changed.

    Back before cell phones were available, gentlemen of this age would be reading newspapers, younger people would be reading comic books or staring into space with blank expressions on their faces; high school girls and housewives would be the only ones talking & screaming in high-pitched squeals.

    The only difference? Now we can't be sure if people are keeping up with Abe's attempts at paying a ransom or playing Angry Jewel Mania.

    Posted in: Modern life

  • 1

    borscht

    just under the threshold.

    JT seems to have cut this quote short. Under the threshold of what? I can answer that. Under the earnings threshold. The government decided to tax people who make X amount of yen per year. I believe that is ¥1,000,000. If you make one yen more than that, the tax basically consumes what you made. Wise part-time workers attempt to earn ¥999,999 so as to avoid any tax.

    This is obvious to almost anyone concerned with taxes, finance, and government. Except in 'unique' Japan. If the government opted to tax people who make more than ¥2,000,000 a year, guess what will happen? That's right. Part-time workers will attempt to earn ¥1,999,999.

    And Sechiyama is wrong. It's not a subsidy for housewives. It's a tax break for part-time workers (who may want to earn more but the tax hinders that.)

    Posted in: It’s rational for them, but it discourages work. It’s basically a subsidy for housewives.

  • 4

    borscht

    Given modern communications technology, Abe needn't have come back to Japan from the Middle East (where the hostages and ISIS are) to 'take charge of efforts'. He could have had his lengthy hostage meetings with his cronies via Skype (or something more secure) and even, if he had the stomach for it, arrange to actually meet the ISIS leaders (not that that is likely to ever happen). Proximity, in other words, to the situation rather than run halfway around the world. But I get the publicity angle, too.

    Posted in: Abe cuts short Middle East trip to deal with hostage crisis

  • 9

    borscht

    Great program poorly administered.

    When I first got here I heard 'gaijin, gaijin' from every elementary school kid and his parents. After a billion years of the JET program, I haven't heard 'gaijin, gaijin' in maybe 15 years. Plus, when I walk into a coffee shop or small grocery store I don't hear a stampede of the staff high-tailing it out of sight.

    I can only attribute this improvement to the number of foreigners the average student is forced to come in contact with during their 16 years of so-called 'education.' 'Course, it hasn't improved anyone's English....

    Posted in: What do you think of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program?

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