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davidnorellJan. 13, 2015 - 05:43PM JST
Los Angeles 1984 was profitable and came in under budget. Lots of licensing. Gives me some ideas on how this can be spun for Tokyo.
Posted in: 2,020 days to go until Tokyo Olympics
davidnorellDec. 01, 2014 - 03:47PM JST
Real trees are planted for the specific use as Christmas Trees. Banning sale just means no trees are planted for Christmas sale. It is just like planting groves just for making paper. No old growth forests are killed to be made into paper.
Posted in: What’s better for the environment: a fake or real Christmas tree?
davidnorellJan. 30, 2014 - 11:51PM JST
Does ANYONE realize what China's and South Korea's ""ULTIMATE"" goals are in demonizing Japan Diplomatically? (I have an answer to this in twelve hours or so from now (Arizona, USA time is now 7:50 AM.)
Posted in: China, S Korea, Japan spar at U.N. over Abe's Yasukuni shrine visit
davidnorellNov. 15, 2013 - 10:04AM JST
****Arizona's State Government****has done this also. There were several locations that cost too much to do regular cleanings of refuse, and this was the most economical to use. The state has been near broke for the last five years because of the financial crisis.
Posted in: Condo ditches lawnmowers for grass-munching goats
davidnorellSep. 10, 2013 - 09:13AM JST
The biggest market for Sony right now is USA and Europe. Even though Japan is its core market, there is just too much at stake to sell in Japan First.
Posted in: Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in U.S., Europe first, then Japan on Feb 22
davidnorellJan. 25, 2013 - 05:51AM JST
I do not ''see'' Japan doing this ''water cannons'' if it was China's coast guard?
Posted in: Taiwanese boat leaves disputed islands after water cannon duel
davidnorellDec. 31, 2012 - 07:18AM JST
the Abe Government will be spending a lot to offset the problems of deflation. This will help in the long run.
Posted in: Are you optimistic for Japan under the new Abe government?
davidnorellDec. 07, 2012 - 08:04AM JST
Just remember, your average Japanese is like any American(USA) they have short term goals. But you get them riled up and keep on getting them upset and there is an end game in this. Only a small percentage, most that read all that is listed in these articles, are philosophical enough that they would see the ''writing on the proverbial wall'' that nationalism is not the way to go. But passions are not based on Logic.
Posted in: Nationalism gains ground in election campaign
davidnorellDec. 07, 2012 - 07:37AM JST
Correction, it was supposed to read ''WWII''
davidnorellDec. 07, 2012 - 07:36AM JST
As long as outside countries like China and South Korea keep on being so ''looking down'' on Japan and reminding Japan of its responsibility of war crimes from WWI(as a way to win any argument against Japan.)I then there will be more moves to the far right. Japan has had 50 years of saying ''it is sorry''. To push this for so long when Japan has been the quiet neighbor can only go so far. Many moderate Japanese are now saying ''Enough!''. If this goes any further, China and South Korea will have to deal with a militant Japan for their(China's and South Korea's ) nasty behavior. If they push Japan too far, then Japan could easily lash out, develop nuclear weapons and take the fight back to them. We could see a ''go back'' to old Imperial ways as well.
davidnorellNov. 26, 2012 - 05:05AM JST
WoW! Did not expect to be the first person to vote on this ideas section!
Posted in: Which issue do you think will be the most important in the Dec 16 lower house election?
davidnorellNov. 12, 2012 - 04:43AM JST
I live in the Phoenix Metro Area in Arizona. It is now comprised of about ten cities. Each city is independent. With its own elected mayors and legislators. All these cities, Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Apache Junction(there are a few more that I will gloss over, please forgive me) comprise a megalopolis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalopolis(citytype) when seen from a mountain or raised area looks like one very big glob of light at night. Each city has grown so large that one cannot make the difference where one city ends and another begins. For all outsiders the Phoenix Metropolitan Area looks like one very big city. Same as Tokyo. Please, do not get into that the Japanese have gotten anything wrong, it just works this way.
Posted in: Some interesting tidbits about Tokyo's 23 wards
davidnorellNov. 01, 2012 - 12:43AM JST
Actually, Star Wars is a THREE BOOK SERIES. Chapters 1,2,3, is book one. Chapters 4,5,6, is book two. Chapters 7,8,9, is Book Three! If you SEE the way this all goes, the big connection for all three books is Senator Palpetine! This Master of the Sith will show up again in the Third Book and will continue the story arc. It will be interesting what happens. Remember, Palpetine(Lord Sidious) has cloning technology, who says the one that was plunged down the Second Death Star was the REAL Lord Sidious? ''Everything has proceeded as I have foreseen'' was what he said. Another is ''My Design''. Lord Sidious has been manipulating events in the Star Wars Universe to a great degree. He needs to have the Rebel Alliance let down its guard so they can be manipulated and corrupted from within. When there is no enemies then people, in general, go back to old practices.
Posted in: Disney buys Lucasfilm; new 'Star Wars' film in 2015
davidnorellOct. 20, 2012 - 03:28PM JST
How about using the 'Big Mac Index'? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BigMacIndex this may help provide a more balanced cost to what it is compared to other countries and Japan? or Starbucks Tall latte index? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasingpowerparity#Starbuckstalllatte_index
Posted in: Life on a budget: How salarymen and women make ends meet
davidnorellSep. 24, 2012 - 11:45AM JST
**** Japan is forbidden from taking military shots. Except if Chinese ships fire on them, then they can return fire as a defense. China is not restricted by that.
Another thing should be noted, Japan has not sent ships to confront the Ships of China. If they did, it would be an escalation of both sides. China would love this since it would allow it to deploy its navy against Japan directly. Japan would not be able to respond. The USA would have to instead, but that would potentially start a spiral effect the USA would probably not like to see since it could include North Korea, South Korea, Russia as well.
Posted in: Japan protests after 3 Chinese ships enter waters near disputed islands
davidnorellSep. 23, 2012 - 07:48AM JST
The reason China goes after Japan is because of Japan's constitution against using WAR as a means of solving problems. Same goes with South Korea. These two nations take advantage of Japan's constitution and it is a Coward's way of extending their dominion. China is good at especially. They have successfully taken over Tibet and Parts of India and other countries threatening even more problems if they fight them on this. China and South Korea wish for Japan to just give up on its outlying islands so they can expand their dominion of Sea control without firing one shot!
China, organized its protests through their proxies bussed in from other locations throughout their country. Japan is not as organized, and that is good thing, this protest was organized by individuals which took longer than state sponsored protests. If Japan was like it was before World War II it would have been very similar in practice like China's.
It is sad to say that Japan may revert to a more aggressively constructed constitution if the voting public decide that present government is not strong enough to stand up to its more aggressive neighbors. The big problem is that Japan is a country of extremes. It seems that either Japan is peace loving or too aggressive. The pendulum seems to be now swinging back to a more assertive Japan. Much of this is caused by China and South Korea and they will be ultimately to blame for the shift back to this more aggressive nature.
It is my hope that this will be a Japan that will be mindful of its past and try to be a better country than its neighbors. It should be more assertive but not going back to the style that existed up to the end of 1945.
Posted in: Hundreds in Tokyo rally against China
davidnorellJul. 07, 2012 - 03:00PM JST
GM, Ford and Chrysler are doing very well selling American Cars that are produced ****DOMESITCALLY**** in CHINA. Ford is building 5 new car manufacturing plants in mainland China. It has been surmised by media in the USA that the market in China will be 30 million new cars this year alone(I believe that was the number). Making MAINLAND China the largest car market in the world. GM, i think, currently has 10 factories making different brands in Mainland China. Chrysler may be the only one that has one or none in Mainland China. It is really ''apples and oranges'' in this dispute for restrictions on trade when North American (USA) firms are so aggressive in Mainland China and taking the politics and saying China is being unfair. China, if it was really unfair, would have kept North American (USA) firms from building plants in China to keep all the competition from the Mainland.
Most of the total profits of the USA big three car manufacturers is from Mainland China. So, 3 billion dollars in restrictions is paltry. I am no supporter of either side, but you can see where this is so silly.
Posted in: US accuses China over duties on auto exports
Jan. 30, 2015 - 10:57PM JST
Drug trafficking is a heinous crime. So is execution condoned by the state.
Posted in: Indonesia rejects clemency appeals; ready to execute 7 foreigners
Jan. 30, 2015 - 10:54PM JST
Matsuko had the cojones to actually say it, props!
Posted in: Cross-dressing Matsuko Deluxe: AKB opening Tokyo Olympics 'would embarrass Japan'
Jan. 30, 2015 - 10:47PM JST
Social anxiety disorder does seem extraordinarily prevalent here. The number of people I meet who start…
Posted in: Woman attacks group of young boys with knife
After reading her work, you will be ashamed of yourself saying, "The idea of citing the…
Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories
Jan. 30, 2015 - 10:44PM JST
Yes, it is a good thing we don't have guns here. Last year there were 1004…