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gaijinfoNov. 27, 2015 - 02:08PM JST
The oldest con in the book.
Doing it for the future.
Doing it for the children.
If they really cared about the children of the future, Japan wouldn't have the HIGHEST DEBT TO GDP RATIO IN THE WORLD.
Posted in: Our children will still be around in 2100, and that’s the perspective we need to remember.
gaijinfoNov. 27, 2015 - 02:07PM JST
If you want to get technical, there actually ARE far more and better indicators of economic health.
Money Velocity (higher is better)
Capital Expense (higher is better)
Percent of Working Class Age People who are full time employed (higher is better)
number of small business startups per year (higher is better)
free market interest rates (lower is better)
individual savings rate (higher is better)
Housing Starts (higher is better)
Privately held debt (lower is better)
Posted in: Economists are fools
gaijinfoNov. 27, 2015 - 08:09AM JST
Economists aren't fools. The people that hire them and pay them are. To wit:
A very rich employer wanted to hire a right hand man. He first interviewed a mathematician.
Interview: What's 2 + 2 ?
Mathematician: 4. (wtf?)
Then he decided to interview an engineer.
Interview: What's 2+2?
Engineer: Well, that depends on the constraints of the system, what's going on at the upper and lower threshholds, etc.
Then he decided to interview an economist.
Economist: Well, what would you like it to be?
gaijinfoNov. 27, 2015 - 06:56AM JST
They are rising while Japan is doing the exact SAME THING they've been doing the past three decades.
Not exactly a leading strategy. In fact, Japan's strategy ONLY worked when Japan was the ONLY Asian game in town.
They've NEVER in their entire history done well when there's ever been significant competition.
Posted in: In 1995, Japan’s GDP was seven to eight times larger than ASEAN. Now it’s only two times larger. When we look at investment, trade and tourism, Japan’s role in ASEAN is becoming relatively smaller because of other countries emerging.
gaijinfoNov. 26, 2015 - 02:26PM JST
Wouldn't a few months of her pension payments pay for the funeral?
Posted in: Man says he left mother's body at home because he couldn't afford funeral
gaijinfoNov. 24, 2015 - 02:07PM JST
Certainly the judge will have mercy? I can't believe they'd sentence her to prison.
Posted in: 47-yr-old woman arrested over murder, assisted suicide of parents
gaijinfoNov. 23, 2015 - 06:06PM JST
There's too much cash out there floating around. All the gummint can do is not accept it for taxes or fees or fines.
paper money will still exist and will be traded.
It's also interesting to note that the American Revolution was largely fought because the Bank of England wanted the colonists to pay taxes in silver, when they'd set up a different currency.
Molon Labe baby!
Posted in: Do you think digital payment options will ever completely replace cash?
gaijinfoNov. 23, 2015 - 06:57AM JST
This stupid article makes me so gosh darn mad....
Posted in: We could all use anger management
gaijinfoNov. 21, 2015 - 06:30PM JST
Some Other World Leader: PM Abe, what are your thoughts on the matter?
Abe: (tilts head, sucks through his teeth) muzukashii na!
Posted in: How well or poorly do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing at all the international summits he has been attending recently?
gaijinfoNov. 20, 2015 - 07:10PM JST
Japanese can't "bop" from one dish to the next because as RiskyMosaic said, they have rice, and they have fish, and.., um...
Posted in: The quiet pursuit of perfection — that unwavering dedication to a single ideal — is what I think is the most beautiful element of Japanese culture. It’s a far cry from the Western kitchen model, where cooks bop between stations, learn a wide array of techniques and change employers every few years. That’s what drives chefs to go to Japan — they recognize that the level of dedication there exceeds anything we see in the Western world
gaijinfoNov. 19, 2015 - 06:41PM JST
I'll bet all the JH girls who get felt up regularly on the train don't feel like Japan is a safe country.
Posted in: 10 factors that make Japan a safe country
gaijinfoNov. 18, 2015 - 11:56AM JST
The damaging effects from an impending economic collapse are more real and present and potentially devastating (when you consider the massive wars they'll spur) than any storms or slowly rising seas.
In Economics, you MUST ask the question: "At What Cost?" Unfortunately, politicians have convinced themselves they have an endless supply of funds to pay for whatever pet projects they want.
Everybody that claims "something must be done" about global warming are always expecting OTHER PEOPLE to pay for it.
I say let the Earth win. If it wants to wipe us out, let it wipe us out. Why are we humans so special we think we can control the weather because it suits our political aims?
Posted in: Global warming: What if we do nothing?
gaijinfoNov. 18, 2015 - 06:22AM JST
Set an example.
Mass immigration is a bad idea.
Posted in: What do you think Japan, as a member of the international community, should do in the fight against Islamic State and other terrorist groups?
gaijinfoNov. 15, 2015 - 06:26PM JST
Yea, but for every one of these "feel good" stories there are thousands of dudes who are completely ignored by pretty much everybody.
But some lucky guy can cook for others. Yay for him.
Posted in: Homeless guys happy to 'rent' themselves out
gaijinfoNov. 14, 2015 - 01:52PM JST
Maybe the government should stop trying to hard to make everything more expensive. It's not hungry people's fault the idiotic government borrowed too much money to build roads to nowhere and now they need to create hyperinflation to avoid having to default.
Maybe they should build cafeterias instead of all these useless construction projects.
But I guess the Yaks don't control cafeterias, so it won't happen. Sorry kids.
Posted in: Organizations tackle problem of childhood hunger in Japan
gaijinfoNov. 13, 2015 - 06:39AM JST
Shouldn't this be called "Best Leggist?"
Posted in: Most Beautiful Legs
gaijinfoNov. 08, 2015 - 07:21AM JST
Regardless of what this author would like to believe, gun sales have increased every month in the last six months.
Posted in: NRA may be losing its grip on the public's imagination
gaijinfoNov. 08, 2015 - 07:19AM JST
How about the obassan in the suupa that acts like she's in the national museum and needs to spend twenty minutes inspecting every vegetable while standing smack dab in front of you in the famously narrow Japanese supermarket aisles?
Or the "I can't survive unless I have a cigarette hanging out of my mouth" salaryman who always happens to be standing next to you?
Posted in: 6 types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan
gaijinfoNov. 07, 2015 - 06:22PM JST
Old dudes generally change their tune once they get closer to death.
Shame he didn't feel this way when he was calling the shots.
Posted in: Company leaders should seek to make all their employees happy, both materially and intellectually. That's their purpose. It shouldn't be to work for shareholders.
gaijinfoNov. 05, 2015 - 07:09PM JST
Sounds like somebody wants to be in charge of a HUUUUUGE government boondoggle.
Posted in: The proliferation of mobile phones gives children a sense of security that they can call for help if anything happens. This has led ordinary kids to roam about. To avoid further tragedies, facilities where children can go must be made available, even late at night.
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Nov. 28, 2015 - 07:35AM JST
Any science based primarily on number of 'samples' taken like this is an absolute crock of…
Posted in: Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic Ocean by end of March
Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'
NATO, rein in your pit bull.
Posted in: Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'
Nov. 28, 2015 - 07:33AM JST
Posted in: Japan plans extra budget, handouts to pensioners to pump up recovery
So Japan takes a different interpretation of the IWC guidelines. Will they reconsider their decision? Is…
Nov. 28, 2015 - 07:32AM JST
S Korea, U.S., Japan to hold nuclear talks next week in Washington
US to give up…
Posted in: S Korea, U.S., Japan to hold nuclear talks next week in Washington
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