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edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 08:47PM JST
In his speech to the United Nations this coming Thursday betcha Abe-san will include this empty statement quoted in the article above: “My administration’s growth strategy is paying off. The unemployment rate is now below 4% and the labor market is tightening.”
As he keeps doing everywhere he goes, surely he will continue to praise his three-arrow plan for the Japanese economy. He is his own cheerleader. So wonder how the U.N. members will comprehend his statements on this subject? Stay tuned ... 'cause he's probably working on his U.N. speech as you read this ... and it'll be forthcoming in a few days ...
Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform
edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
Oh yes ... forgot to add this in my previous comments ...
Those of you who watched the opening ceremony last night here in Japan ... did you notice how beautiful all the nation sign-carrying girls were? It was like watching a commercial for top-notch plastic surgery clinics. They were extremely beautiful. I kept wondering ... are these real Korean faces ... or did these girls have some kind of work done on their faces to make them so beautiful.
If they were pure Korean faces ... then ... like ... wow!! Great.
Posted in: Asian Games kick off 'Gangnam Style'
edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 10:14AM JST
Been watching via TV the men's & women's soccer games featuring the Japan teams. Empty seats galore. And the empty seats up front at the opening ceremony were quite visible. I thought they had been reserved for the athletes to sit in later in the ceremony, but nope ... If they want to make money, they had better start filling up the stadiums.
In brief, the opening ceremony was rather ho-hum.
Otherwise, am looking forward to seeing some exciting events via TV during the games.
edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew appears to be just another "instant expert" who is on the outside looking in. These idiots bug me to no end. If he were here actually living in this economy he surely would have different thoughts on those three arrows.
As the above article above states: "gloomy economic data suggest it (Abenomics) is not succeeding as hoped."
If Jack Lew were to turn around, bend over and give us a good target to shoot at, hopefully those three arrows would find a good landing place.
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to stick with 'three arrows' economic plan
edojinSep. 17, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
Coming from this area, I had to cheer for two favorite teams at once. Bet my relatives back there are having a ball ... a double celebration.
Go go Orioles ... Go go Nationals ...
If they end up facing each other in the World Series ... tough to pick only one team to root for. Would be fun, though .,..
Posted in: Orioles, Nationals clinch Major League Baseball division titles
edojinSep. 15, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
I get tired of complaining about the failures of Abenomics. However, something has happened that has really teed me off. The public bathhouse where I go to regularly here in Tokyo is closing at the end of this month. One of the reasons it is going out of business: Abenomics. By manipulating the monetary exchange rates to suit Abe's economic goals, the cost of fuel oil (which comes from overseas) for the bathhouse has increased. Moreover, the three percent that was added to the consumption tax has also boosted prices higher on other things related to public bathhouse use. So, the owner said he is no longer making money on the public bathhouse business ... so he is pulling the plug.
In addition, the aging bathhouse needs various parts replacements & repairs, and it is just too expensive to do these things, the owner said.
And now Abe says he is "neutral" on adding another 2% to the consumption tax, thus raising it to a total of 10%. He'd better pull his head out of the sand and start looking around at what is happening around all his voters. Prices are going up, salaries are still stagnant and the government keeps cutting Social Security payments for the oldsters ... plus, plus, plus ...
When asked the other day if he was going to dissolve the Parliament and call for a general election, Abe said something like it is not necessary as everything is okay. If he were to call for an election soon, the only people voting for him would be Soka Gakkai members, who vote as instructed by the New Komeito Party. So, we will undoubtedly have Abe and the LDP for another two years yet ... while the prices continue to go up, up and ... away ...
Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%
edojinSep. 05, 2014 - 06:03PM JST
While PM Abe was busy reshuffling his cabinet, he should have taken Kuroda's position into consideration ... even though he is not a cabinet member. While prices continue to rise across the board and as a result there is less money in people's pockets, Kuroda keeps saying everything is rosy financially-wise. For not knowing what is happening to the average person in Japan, Kuroda should be shown the door ...
Morever, he continues to call for a rise in the consumption tax to 10%. It has been said that the new Abe cabinet supports this move fullfold. Guess no matter what happens, there is no stopping the consumption tax from reaching 10%. And with the jokers who are now in power, some day we may see the consumption tax go even higher ... as was suggested by the head of the IMF about a year. Bye bye hard-earned yen ...
Posted in: BOJ stick sticks by rosy view of economy; backs next sales tax hike
edojinSep. 03, 2014 - 06:01PM JST
Such a mission sounds like fun. Hope everything goes well.
The first such probe, JAXA’s asteroid explorer Hayabusa, had some exciting moments and returned with at least a few samples of an asteroid.
So, we'll have to wait until 2020 to see if No. 2 can come back with at least a few more materials from an asteroid. Let's see ... that's only six more years down the road ...
Posted in: Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe
edojinSep. 03, 2014 - 05:54PM JST
Perhaps it would have been better if Abe had selected 13 women to top jobs and put only five of his male cronies in the other slots. He should have given the women a better chance to run the whole show ... not just bits and pieces of it. They would probably do better than what is happening now.
One good thing, Abe got rid of the ex-Tokyo governor's bungling son and also the TV loud-mouth politician who headed the ministry involving Okinawa. However, he kept the infrastructure minister who passes the buck, like when there were problems with the Hokkaido railroads while he was at the helm of the ministry, yet he didn't take the blame for the problems ... he said the officials up there were fully responsible. Moreover, the infrastructure minister is from the New Komeito Party, and Jiminto needs the Soka Gakkai votes to hold on to quite a few seats in parliament (according to a magazine article, they "elected" at least 40 Jiminto politicians to parliamentary seats).
I do support Obuchi's big promotion to head the trade & industry ministry ... but as she comes from a famous family I wonder how much she can relate to the common people and their employment problems.
Abe should now start grooming one of the women to some day become prime minister. Maybe a woman could be able to bring Japan out of the financial doldrums instead of a male politician.
As for the opposition parties ... where are they? I only saw bits and pieces of comments from the opposition concerning Abe's new cabinet. They are fading further and further from the attention of the average voter.
Posted in: Abe names 5 women to new cabinet
edojinAug. 30, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
Real freedom in Hong Kong took a hit when the colony was returned to China in 1997. Since then Beijing has been leaning toward full domination of Hong Kong ... and this pressure will get greater and greater until it achieves its goal. Hopefully, Hong Kongers will be able to resist complete Beijing control ... but the odds appear not to be in their favor.
Posted in: China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong
edojinAug. 30, 2014 - 04:05PM JST
When my wife and I travel around Japan in a rented car we sometimes stay at love hotels. Being on the unusual side of things, I guess, we are given first-class treatment by the love hotel staff. Perhaps it's because they rarely see married couples staying at their place. Anyway, the cost is cheap, we don't need reservations, the rooms are fantastic and the parking is free. Once in Tottori Prefecture we stayed at a love hotel in which our room overlooked the open sea. It was nice to hear the water lapping up against the waterfront just outside our window. It was much better than staying at a much more expensive hotel ... which wouldn't have put we low-paying customers right next to mother nature ... that is, the open sea.
So my advice is, when driving around Japan, or even touring by air or by train, stay at love hotels ... they are great (for the above reasons).
Posted in: Rush of foreign travelers good news for Kansai love hotels
edojinAug. 28, 2014 - 05:37PM JST
I liked playing pachinko in days gone by ... when the balls were released by a spring-powered lever. I had a knack of winning on these machines. I had won such things as a hair dryer, a necktie (which I still have) and other prizes. I never collected any money off of them. I enjoyed playing for prizes.
Enter the modern machines that use a knob-type of release to shoot the balls up the slot and into the main playing field. I can't win on these machines ... and as I hate to lose ... I have not played pachinko in years.
There is a pachinko parlor next to the place where I work, and if a "winner" is collecting his/her winnings in the little room next to the parlor, I always look at the computer in the window to see how much was won. I have seen a little old lady walk away with 47,000 yen in cash, another woman with a little over 40,000 yen and guys with anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 yen. Such winnings don't tempt me to return to playing 'cause I know these people were probably lucky on that particular day ... and in the long haul probably they lost much, much more than what they won.
And yes ... those places are smoky ... and noisy. Never could stand the smoke ... and today probably couldn't stand all that noise either.
I also enjoyed playing "smart ball." Does anyone remember those games? Each machine had a pretty girl standing beside it. And I enoyed playing ... and sometimes ... winning on them. Perhaps some old "smart ball" games can still be seen in amusement centers ... and if so, I'm sure the pretty girls are long gone ... history ...
Posted in: What do you think of pachinko?
edojinAug. 24, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
Of the 10 cities in the list above, I'd choose Matsuyama and Hiroshima. In Matsuyama, there's a super sento near the JR station that I enjoy going to when I'm in the city. The Dogo Onsen sento is interesting, but too small and too expensive for me. Matsuyama is an interesting city to cycle around. Hiroshima is an interesting city with a nice public transportation system. Plus I enjoy eating fresh Hiroshima oysters ...
Recently passed through Fujisawa and found the train going into there and out too crowded for my liking when taking long trips (such as going to Tokyo from there ... ). Enoshima is nice, but it takes a lot of time and energy to get to and from there. Maybe it would be different living there ... but never experienced this, so don't know ...
Nishinomiya is in a nice area, but staying only in hotels when visiting the Kansai area, I prefer nearby Kobe and Osaka. Kobe has excellent food and Osaka has all kinds of exciting things and people in its favor.
But I find that home is the best of all ... which, for me, is downtown Tokyo. We have everything that is needed here ... plus I don't need an automobile as the public transportation system is great. And, at my age, Tokyo's hospital system must be the best in the world ...
Posted in: Magazine survey picks Japan’s 10 best places to live in
edojinAug. 24, 2014 - 05:01PM JST
After reading this article, check out the picture at left ... the one captioned "business is bad." This scene is what is being seen alll over Japan. Everything planned by Kuroda and Abe seems to be going haywire. As prices rise everywhere thanks to Abenomics, Kuroda keeps saying deflation is still out of control. Nothing makes sense anymore. Perhaps Japan needs some new economic experts to try to dig it out of the doldrums without hurting the average citizen any more.
Posted in: BOJ may ease policy for some time to beat deflation: Kuroda
edojinAug. 24, 2014 - 04:55PM JST
I have seen scenes like this throughout my travels in Japan, from southern Kyushu to northern Hokkaido. It is eerie to walk down such shuttered streets. I feel an emptiness as I stroll along these former busy shopping districts. Closer to home, I strolled down the Ginza streets in Odawara and Atami earlier this month ... and found emptiness everywhere. In Odawara quite a few establishments have been razed and there is nothing there but the bare earth plus a few empty parking lots that have risen among the ruins. In Atami I was faced with shuttered shop after shuttered shop.
Yes ... Abe keeps saying his Abenomics policy is working successfully ... but where? I haven't seen positive results anywhere. Does he realize what the average citizen is going through financially? When he forms his new Cabinet on Sept. 3 ... perhaps he had better start looking for a good economically minded person to take over the reins of government from he himself.
Posted in: Business is bad
edojinAug. 22, 2014 - 05:23PM JST
After all of this sexist publicity, will Abe still consider Hashimoto for a post in his new cabinet? If he does give her something ... well ... perhaps it will take the spotlight off his wacky Abenomics stuff for a while ...
Posted in: Takahashi denies being victim of sexual harassment
edojinJul. 27, 2014 - 04:32PM JST
Dr. Louis Guillotine had the right idea: use the guillotine. Although such a device was used before he suggested its use, the device got his name.
While looking up information on the guillotine, I came across this statement: "There is some evidence to suggest that the head retained some life for a moment after the head was severed and so the death might not be as quick as has been supposed."
Despite this and the messiness involved, if something must be used, the guillotine must be the quickest way to get rid of someone ....
Posted in: If a country has to have the death penalty, what is the most humane way of carrying it out?
edojinJul. 25, 2014 - 04:59PM JST
I guess it can be said that Javier Aguirre's Mexican players were "hungry" ... that is, most of them came from poor backgrounds and thus played extra hard to help their team win. Here in Japan Javier Aguirre will have to deal with players that are "spoiled," that is, they have earned a lot of money along the way and are not really "hungry" when it comes to trying to post a win.
So, Javier Aguirre will have a different kind of player to deal with here in Japan ... He will have to find a way to motivate them above and beyond what exists now ...
Posted in: Mexican Aguirre named as new coach of Japan
edojinJul. 25, 2014 - 04:52PM JST
I read somewhere that this might be another political trick thought up by the whiz kids at Jiminto (Liberal Democratic Party). A big election is approaching on Okinawa and Jiminto is hoping to garner enough votes for the victory. By moving the Ospreys off the island during the election period they might "convince" the voters to vote for them. After the election: who knows what will be done with the Ospreys. When the new base is ready in the Nago area, then the Ospreys will be moved there. Politics ... as played by Jiminto.
Posted in: Local people are wondering why Saga Airport is being picked and whether the Osprey is really a safe aircraft.
edojinJul. 22, 2014 - 05:11PM JST
Just like the captain of his doomed ship ... he was scared to stick around when the pressure builds up. Too bad he couldn't have faced the music ... in a courtroom and in a jail cell.
Posted in: Body of fugitive S Korea ferry tycoon found by police
Sep. 20, 2014 - 08:51PM JST
At least this is better than that coalition of two Bush Jr. put together.
Posted in: France conducts airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq
Sep. 20, 2014 - 08:50PM JST
f they are prejudiced against foreigners, they wouldn't have put up this kind of sign in…
Posted in: Step in
Sep. 20, 2014 - 08:47PM JST
In his speech to the United Nations this coming Thursday betcha Abe-san will include this empty…
Sep. 20, 2014 - 08:46PM JST
Those expressions remind me of how Japanese women look when they're angry.
Posted in: Upside down
Sep. 20, 2014 - 08:44PM JST
That won't happen any time soon and I can't see how Japan can justify doing any…
Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution