dcog9065's past comments

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    dcog9065

    Jees, seeing as the ship is virtually upside down and mostly underwater, I think people are going to have prepare themselves for the final death toll being in the hundreds.. What a tragedy

    Posted in: Fears rise for 287 missing after South Korean ferry sinks

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    Elizabeth Warren would be fairly decent I reckon. Her, or Rick Santorum, that guy is hilarious

    Posted in: 2016 presidential race off to an early start

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    Yes, but under very specific conditions only

    Posted in: When big companies look like they are going under, should governments use tax money to bail them out?

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    dcog9065

    Gender quotas are a terrible idea, as you're always going to have arguments like the one from this magazine article and a very hostile workplace.

    Posted in: Women execs ruin companies, magazine claims

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    Japanese women and men need to just step up and fight for these changes, but this will never happen in Japan.

    Posted in: IMF's Lagarde urges Japan to increase women's participation in work force

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    The population is too high already, let it naturally fall to about 80 million before worrying about getting the growth up again.

    Posted in: What changes are needed in Japanese society to stem the falling birthrate?

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    An American reporter with cameramen drove along borderline berween Ukraine and Russia, visiting various places on Russian territory. FSB agents allowed them to see whatever they wish. Yet they have found no troops "ready for invasion of Ukraine". Maceda is an American reporter, not from Putin's massmedia. Is this too much complicated to realize ?

    I'm not sure if you're joking or not, but did you actually read what you just wrote? Tell me where you're not understanding why that sounds so stupid..

    Posted in: NATO suspends cooperation with Russia; sees no troop pullback

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    I spoke to a number of my colleagues about this and quite a large number of them were against the ban and cited attacks on Japanese culture even though they hadn't themselves ever eaten whale or knew anything about the whaling industry in Japan. Again, the Japanese media is showing they have some sort of silly agenda in their reporting over whaling.

    Posted in: Disappointed Abe says Japan will abide by ruling on whaling

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    Jesus, that must have been horrific. On Monday night there was a man who fell on the tracks of the Chiyoda line at Omotesando station, but luckily the train stopped in time as he was at the far end of the platform and I don't think he was hurt too badly, although there was a bit of blood so he might have knocked his head or broken something.

    Posted in: Man hit by train, flung into commuters on platform

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    I have just read a report of Jim Maceda from NBC, re-posted at Yahoo.com. Recently he travelled with cameramen alongside with that long Russo-Ukranian borderline and found no significant amounts of Putin's troops. He said that Putin's FSB agents allowed them to go here and there while observing and filming.

    So some guy walked along the border guided by Putin's FSB and saw no significant amounts of Russian troops? Wow, then there must be none at all.

    Posted in: NATO suspends cooperation with Russia; sees no troop pullback

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    Just a load of uni graduates having their first day at work of their pretty incredible jobs, probably being paid far higher than the national average for their age group..?

    Posted in: First day on the job

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    Well most of the valuable property is owned by the older generation so this is probably true for the moment, but in a few years time as more of the older generation die and their children are left with huge inheritance tax bills to retain possession of their parents' real estate and property, there's likely to be a growing glut of real estate on the market, lowering prices. Although, I reckon this would be countered almost immediately with more regional migration to places like Tokyo and Osaka to take advantage of falling real estate prices, so the prices will stabilise at similar level but the rest of the country will wither away.

    Posted in: Non-regular workers with lower pay simply can't afford to buy homes. It is a harsh reality.

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    Good stuff, the West shouldn't let up an inch on Russia. Crimea probably isn't going to be reversed, but in order to prevent the same thing happening in the future, the West should be prepared to completely kneecap the Russian economy and really give them some pain. They've already joined the ranks of North Korea and China, so don't give them a thing until they get in line

    Posted in: G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates

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    Good to here, that's a very generous financial aid package and definitely much needed.

    Posted in: Japan confirms $1.5 billion aid offer to Ukraine

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    I really hate tipping, I've never felt good giving anyone a tip as you never know if it's enough or too much and you spend too much time thinking about it at the end of an enjoyable meal or whatever. I'm sure it makes employees greedy and selfish as well, not to mention keeping labour as cheap as dirt.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants in New York introduce ban on tipping

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    Wow, I get JT in a news feed with a preview of the first few lines of the article, so I had no chance of not seeing this spoiler.. Thanks

    Posted in: 'Good Wife' leaves viewers shocked, bereaved

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    dcog9065

    Our company pays for all our transport and we had to submit our updated transport costs a week ago. If you're holding a teiki now, it'll run out at some point in the future so you'll have to buy another at the adjusted cost.

    If you really want to squeeze any value out of it, you could in theory put about 100,000 yen on your Suica or whatever now, that way you'll have paid the non-adjusted price for loads of transport and theoretically be making money from what your company reimburses you with.

    Posted in: All's fare

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    dcog9065

    @zaldaus: I'd suggest maybe taking a course in Econ 101 and you will soon realize what you're saying is completely ridiculous.

    Posted in: Ukraine severs key ties with Russia over Crimea

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    dcog9065

    @zaldaus: The international system is the global economic and trade system. You say that Russia can survive by itself but look what happened to Iran only after 2 weeks out of the Western system; it's economy and currency became worthless and the economy was sent back 50 years. You mention it built it's own system before, as in the Soviet Union? Fair enough, but they would be doing it without virtually all it's previous satellite states, starting off with a smaller domestic industry than the Soviet Union, it's population already living in squalor, and the wealth of all it's upper tiers eliminated. Furthermore, you don't need to have studied econ to know that the Soviet Union's collapse was always coming, even with a larger economy than Russia has now.

    Regarding internal strife, you don't have to look any further than Russia. There were mass protests all over Western Russia when Putin elected himself President. What do you think they'll do when they become the pariah of the world, $1 USD is worth 10,000 roubles, the only place overseas they can go to is Kazakhstan, censorship and repression increased to counter these forces? They'd be more likely to tear the Kremlin to the ground and lynch Putin in the streets than sit back and be treated as serfs.

    You mention self sufficiency of Russia? No intelligent person would agree that self sufficiency exists in today's world, unless you want to have poorer living standards than North Korea. International finance by itself could take Russia's economy back to when they were wiped clean by the Mongols. Do you really think Russia is stupid enough to voluntarily turn inward and ruin their country for the next 100 years? Although considering Putin's handicaps, it's plausible I'll agree.

    Posted in: Ukraine severs key ties with Russia over Crimea

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    dcog9065

    If Russia invades the Eastern regions of Ukraine, that has to be the last straw before complete isolation from the international system. This would raise tensions to unbearable levels, but internal strife would tear apart the Russian government in time.

    Posted in: Ukraine severs key ties with Russia over Crimea

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