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edojinNov. 28, 2014 - 03:28PM JST
After various financial reports were released showing bad Abenomics, Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday reportedly said there is nothing to worry about because "Japan is escaping deflation because of rising prices." Don't know how he and Abe can continue praising the benefits of Abenomics when nothing good continues to happen with Japan's economy.
Wonder if the Japanese voters are following all of this because they should be handing in their verdict on Abenomics in the upcoming lower house elections on Dec. 14. Can't see how anyone in their right mind will praise Abenomics at the ballot box.
Posted in: Japan consumer inflation slows to 2.9% in October
edojinNov. 22, 2014 - 08:05PM JST
Read Koichi Nakano's words carefully. If what he says comes true, then we--everybody living in Japan--are in for a rough ride financially. Those are scary words ...
Posted in: It's like pushing a reset button. Once the election is over, Abe is likely to claim that he's got a popular mandate and now practically has a blank check from the people to continuing to govern for another four years.
edojinNov. 21, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
I've always wondered when watching baseball games from the U.S. via TV satellite ... do these guys live like this at home? Do they spit on the floor, throw their drinks on the floor, toss away their cups and other stuff on the floor at home? And the way they throw away their wads of bubble gum anywhere ... don't the players ever get this goo stuck on their baseball shoes?
From what I've seen after a major league baseball game is finished ... the dugout floor does look like a pigsty. Actually, I wonder if real-life pigs would be happy living in a dugout following a game. Probably they'd prefer their own home-like sty.
Posted in: Japanese baseball fans disappointed by filthy conditions visiting Major Leaguers left dugout in
edojinNov. 21, 2014 - 08:15PM JST
Let's just say this is a rigged election. Abe and his so-called junior party coalition member Komeito reportedly have been making plans for this election since summer. As in the last election in which the LDP trounced its opposition, the party will depend on Komeito's main Soka Gakkai membership for a massive amount of votes. It the Soka Gakkai members do indeed act as puppets for their political leaders, they will support Abe all the way. It was reported in one Japanese-language magazine that at least 40 LDP members won seats in the Diet thanks to Soka Gakkai voters in the last big national election that put Abe back into power.
Therefore, if Abe wins with Soka Gakkai's support, there will be no vote on Abenomics ... and the outcome will actually be the result of a vote that is demanded by the leadership of Komeito.
So far the opposition seems to be in disarray. After watching via TV all the party leaders give speeches following the dissolution of the lower house today, I feel that they gave rather weak statements concerning their intentions in next month's election. They had better get their act together if they want to win lower house seats.
Hopefully, voters from throughout Japan will get their act together and think things over concerning their lives at this stage of Abe's second round as prime minister. Are they better off today than they were two years ago? That is what they should be voting on. Is Abenomics helping them? They should think this over carefully. Should they go on facing higher and higher prices thanks to Abenomics?
Anyway, I could go on and on ,.. but I think you, the reader, get the picture ...
Posted in: Abe dissolves lower house, seeking mandate for 'Abenomics'
edojinNov. 17, 2014 - 07:20PM JST
In brief ... Abenomics is a failure. Abe keeps promoting his ill-advised financial program with lie after lie. It's about time the citizens of Japan realize they are being taken for dupes. They can take revenge on Abenomics by voting against Jiminto in the anticipated upcoming lower house elections. It's as simple as that ...
Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP
edojinNov. 14, 2014 - 05:29PM JST
Found all three books interesting. Haven't seen the movies yet. The books got, I guess one would say, pretty "dark" as the reading went on ... but they held my interest all the way. If the third movie runs close to what the storyline in the third book holds, it should be an interesting one.
Posted in: Darker 'Hunger Games' won't lose viewers, star Lawrence says
edojinNov. 10, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
I like the Caffe Veloce near my home ... which has not only reasonable prices but good coffee. If I'm in a big coffee drinking mood, I like Mr. Donut 'cause the refills are free. I did find one good Doutour, which is near the ANA Hotel near Tameike-Sanno and where I always stop by when visiting the nearby family cemetery. I also like the coffee at the Krispy Kreme donut place just behind Takashimaya Dept. Store in Shinjuku.
However, in many places the workers change often thus bringing in amateurs and often the taste and quality of the coffee depends on who is working behind the counter.
When Japan's first Starbucks opened behind Matsuya Dept. Store on the Ginza (in Tokyo) the coffee was great ... probably because the "coffee-making teachers" there were shipped in directly from the U.S. Soon there was the usual revolving door of coffee makers and I couldn't get that great taste there anymore.
I can't forget the old coffee shops that existed back in the 1960s. They were filled with beautiful waitresses whose looks made you forget about the strong coffee you were drinking. However, to get such lovely girls to work there, the places had to pay high salaries (with probably all of them making more money than I was). However, with the rising rents and prices of the 1970s, the high-priced girls soon became history. And so did the privately run kissaten.
Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully's, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional "kissaten?"
edojinNov. 08, 2014 - 05:50PM JST
The Senkakus were a part of the Ryukyu Islands when they were under U.S. control, and they were returned to Japanese control along with what is now Okinawa Prefecture. The situation has not changed and all parties concerned should follow this fact. China only wants the islands for the minerals that are on the seabed and for the oil that probably lies underneath the seabed.
Posted in: Chinese media claim victory after Japan agreement
edojinNov. 08, 2014 - 05:46PM JST
Hopefully Abe-san will have enough guts to tell Mr. Xi when they meet in Beijing next week that enough is enough ... China should stop stealing Japan's coral. He should insist that if those boats don't leave Japan's coral waters they will end up in a junkyard somewhere and their crewmen will be returned to China in a garbage boat.
Posted in: Nearly 200 Chinese fishing vessels return to Ogasawaras
edojinNov. 03, 2014 - 04:27PM JST
It cited Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp, a firm under the academy, as saying that small-scale, unmanned drones were relatively cheap and easy to use, making them a likely choice for terrorists.
I don't know if the above paragraph is worded correctly, but in any event that's all we need ... another weapon in the terrorists' arsenal. And so far this one is a difficult one to fight back against.
Morever, Japan had better start developing such a system so that it can counter China's advancement in this form of combat.
Posted in: China unveils laser to shoot down low-flying drones
edojinNov. 03, 2014 - 04:18PM JST
Okay guys ... how many other ambassadors stationed here have voiced their opinions on any kind of issues that have to be dealt with? How often do you see these other ambassadors out there in public making, I guess you would say, a name for themselves? Caroline is more active than any of them combined...
And ... I still say she is doing a good job as U.S. ambassador to Japan ...
Posted in: This month marks one year since Caroline Kennedy became U.S. ambassador to Japan. Do you think she has done a good job so far?
edojinNov. 03, 2014 - 04:10PM JST
Hope Abe is watching more than his ratings and his failing Abenomics. Right now there is a really big problem in the Ogasawara Islands and Izu Islands ... with hundreds of Chinese poachers stealing valuable coral from the sea floor ... which is in Japanese territory. Abe better do something really quick to prevent these thieves from clearing all the coral from Japan's front door.
As the prime minister, he is in position to do something drastic to stop this thievery. He better get on the ball ...
Posted in: Abe grapples with tax jinx after BOJ surprise
edojinNov. 03, 2014 - 04:03PM JST
Caroline has done quite well since being posted to the Tokyo ambassadorship. She is more visible than any of the other ambassadors stationed in Japan. And everytime she is seen in public by the Japanese, she is not only Caroline Kennedy ... but also the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. And, as my Japanese wife points out, with all the eyes pointed toward her and her being in the spotlight, she seems to have "become younger looking."
Not only has she handled herself quite well as ambassador, she seems to put a human touch to her work as she mingles with the locals in the numerous events she has attended all over this country.
In the past, the U.S. has had old men as ambassadors ... and I wonder how many of them had mastered the Japanese language. Probably only Ambassador Reischauer. Moreover, most of them attended mostly official functions that were held in the form of parties, etc. ... at a slower speed that older men enjoy.
The previous U.S. ambassador, John Roos, was also quite active as he, too, was an energetic man in his, I think, 50s. Caroline took the baton from him and like him, she is also very active ... probably even more.
So ... I hope she continues the good work and carries on for another year ...
edojinNov. 02, 2014 - 04:50PM JST
If the following is true, the panel is already a disaster for the average shopper: "The panel meetings will be attended by Economy Minister Akira Amari, Finance Minister Taro Aso and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda."
Putting Aso and Kuroda on the panel is like getting two votes in favor of increasing the consumption tax by 2%.
Posted in: Gov't establishes expert panel to debate planned second tax rise
edojinNov. 01, 2014 - 05:46PM JST
It is being reported that Komeito is not forcing its Soka Gakkai members to vote for Nakaima, and without their support it's doubtful that he will win. But ... as their are three candidates who support no base expansion at Henoko for the relocation of Futenma, they might split the vote three ways, thus allowing a "weakened" Nakaima to slip in as the winner. But, as smithinjapan says above, it doesn't matter who wins 'cause the ruling government has said the Henoko base will be expanded no matter what.
It would be interesting to see what would happen if candidate Miko Shimoji wins. He has vowed to hold a special prefectural referendum to see if the residents want to expand the Henoko base or not. And if he wins, and a special referendum is held, and the residents vote against expansion and the moving of Futenma to Henoko ... this should make things even more interesting/exciting on the island.
Posted in: Campaigning begins for Okinawa gubernatorial election
edojinOct. 31, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
Does this man really know what he's doing?
Posted in: This is how it works
edojinOct. 31, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
Of course there are. They are too valuable to let die ... under any circumstances. And those who are still alive are still busy training future spies how to, well, spy ... in this case, while using the Japanese language.
Posted in: Do you think there are Japanese abductees still alive in North Korea?
edojinOct. 31, 2014 - 05:07PM JST
Hope his arm holds out at those high ages, 40 & 41. He lost his fabulous breaking ball at the end of this season and ended up throwing a lot of straight stuff that was hit all over the place. If the Red Sox are in the thick of things at the end of the 2015 season, he will be under pressure to pitch much better. Hope he can earn his money with much success.
Posted in: Red Sox sign closer Uehara for 2 years
edojinOct. 31, 2014 - 04:59PM JST
The central bank said the monetary loosening would continue as long as needed to attain an inflation target of 2%. Good grief! Hasn't this goal been achieved already? Prices are shooting up everywhere ... with many of them passing their previous value by more than 2%. Can't figure these monetary experts out. They are already bleeding us of our hard-earned money ... and they want even more.
From the way the above story reads, my interpretation is that here comes the added 2% consumption tax increase whether we like it or not.
Posted in: BOJ expands asset purchases to Y80 tril to spur recovery
edojinOct. 30, 2014 - 04:56PM JST
I dunno know. I get fed up with dealing with computerized telephone connections ... more often than not a frustrating experience with a robot on the other end. Now having to walk into a store and having to deal with yet another robo bozo, I think I'd prefer dealing with a human being who is trying hard to not only sell whatever it is being sold, but who is also trying to hang on to his/her job and source of income.
Perhaps the younger generation would prefer such things as Pepper, but not me in my, I guess you would say, old-fashioned generation.
Posted in: Nestle 'hiring' 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines
Nov. 28, 2014 - 09:10PM JST
The Taliban's ultimate goal is to force everyone on the planet to follow their untra-conservative version…
Posted in: Taliban attack Kabul guesthouse and British embassy car
Nov. 28, 2014 - 08:57PM JST
the only reason it has been removed it's because this ad sucks and does not work…
Posted in: Did Sony's sexed-up PS Vita ad deserve to be yanked?
Nov. 28, 2014 - 08:54PM JST
Hey, if Komeito's Yamaguchi san says we need to continue Abenomics, then by golly... do we?
Posted in: Japanese Communist Party says it will reverse most of Abe's policies
Nov. 28, 2014 - 08:51PM JST
Deflation is without doubt the most pressing concern for the economy as prices fall wages slide.…
Posted in: Japan's war on deflation faces its toughest battle
Nov. 28, 2014 - 08:47PM JST
"The total cost of the tournament is 404.5 billion yen of which the city (Sapporo) pays…
Posted in: Sapporo to bid for 2026 Winter Olympics