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    This isn't a new tax law, it's just a new reporting law. U.S. citizens have ALWAYS had to pay taxes when living abroad, but only if they make over 100K or something. This is just to force banks to report amount to U.s. authorites. .Before they had to rely on U.S. filing.

    This mainly for big corporations (like Google) who are parking huge amounts (like billiions) overseas to avoid U.S. taxes.

    Posted in: Attention U.S. taxpayers: Are you ready for FATCA?

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    Wasted money isn't the issue. It's all that radioactive material they can't seem to find.

    Posted in: Auditors say billions of yen wasted in Fukushima cleanup

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    they both look pretty good, in their latest shows. Plenty of interesting TV with older folks in main roles.

    I'll watch it.

    (I suppose this is why Netflix is yanking all seasons at the end of this month.)

    Posted in: 'X-Files' to return after 13 years

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    Not saying this particular company is doing, nor am I saying that diversity in the workplace is in any way unwanted.

    HOWEVER, any company that's big enough to have a "diversity department" AND operates in several companies can generally cook their books to show any profit / loss they want.

    One sample does not make a study.

    Posted in: For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

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    YOU! In the back! Stop looking intelligent!

    ok, let's take another one...

    Posted in: Tokyo Idol Project

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    Please please please please DON'T hold your first up in the ridiculous "fight" gesture.

    Posted in: Abe's visit to U.S. generating a lot of interest, controversy

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    I'm thinking about a horse and a barn door, but I'm not sure why...

    Or maybe something about a dollar short or something...maybe a day late?

    Posted in: Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis

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    Radical Islam is the religion of "they have more than us so let's kill them."

    Posted in: Australia a hotbed of Islamic State recruiting

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    This is definitely NOT some grass roots protest. Those signs cost some cash to make. I suspect political opposition is behind, not any kind of rational, self generated choice by Joe Sato on the street.

    Posted in: No to Abe

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    Who exactly are they going to service? Since nobody can speak English here, they'll just service each other?

    Don't they need to actually make something?

    Won't that kill their whole "export based economy"?

    Posted in: The days of cheaper electricity are over and probably won't be coming back. It's time for the Japanese economy to make the transition to a less industrial, more service sector-oriented economy.

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    On the economic side, the high expectations for Abenomics have been bogged down by an increase in the cost of living triggered by the falling yen.

    This is an utterly ridiculous statement. Abenomics, at its heart IS PRECISELY the devaluing of the yen.

    It's like saying, "I'm a big fan of gravity, but I just don't like it when things are pulled down toward the Earth."

    Let's see, WHY would Japanese not trust the powers that be?

    -Blatant Lies About Radiation Levels

    -Laws Passed To Keep Secrets

    -Tax Goes Up 3% But Stores Raise Prices 8%

    -Cops Being Perverts

    -Teachers Being Perverts

    -Non Stop Bullying Under Teacher's Nose

    Posted in: Trust continues to plummet in Japan

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    I really don't see anything different any other foreigner who's started their own school (met a few in my time here) who's decided to "show 'em how it's done."

    Hope he succeeds.

    Posted in: Turning English learning on its head

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    Russians are almost as bad as Japanese when it comes to the "We Russians..." angle.

    Posted in: Tsar Vladimir Putin is always right

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    It’s no surprise that Western features are considered beautiful in Japan.

    Why is this relevant? She doesn't have any Western Features. She has Japanese and African features.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    All politicians are crooked, and they've all got something to hide.

    Posted in: The real lesson from the Hillary Clinton email imbroglio

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    The idea that people don't (need or want to) learn anything unless it leads to a 'larger goal' (=professional career) is rather sad and depressing. Stuff you learn for fun, because you enjoy it, because it gives you an immediate 'high', because it strengthens the bond with significant people in your life, is easier to learn and assimilate.

    You're missing my point. My point is this: If people in Japan want to learn English, they'll learn English. If their goal is to have fun, then that's the "larger goal."

    I seriously doubt there're anybody in Japan who wants to learn English, but doesn't, because Japan's educational system isn't "Enlishized" enough.

    The mistake is thinking that if they are FORCED to learn English, then they'll magically become more global and have a better career.

    People aren't robots. You can't force them through an English education factory. If Japan is lacking in English skills, it's because Japanese don't want to learn English.

    You guys make it sound like everybody in Japan is dying to get international jobs and become globally competitive, but they shrug their shoulders and give up since they aren't taught English in public schools.

    Maybe it's because foreign English teachers in Japan see themselves as saviors of Japanese society.

    Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?

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    Nonsense, all of it. Learning English guarantees nothing. What happens when their daughter becomes fluent in English and decides to become a housewife?

    The people that want to learn English as a TOOL to help them achieve their LARGER GOALS (like international business, etc) figure out how to learn English. And they speak English WELL.

    Most people aren't interested in English because most people aren't really interested in ever leaving Japan.

    Until Japan sees itself as one country among MANY in the Global Village, and not some super unique special private island that no foreigner can possibly understand, few people will put in any effort to actually learn English.

    Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?

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    Planespotting.

    Posted in: Close look

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    I'm 48 years old. I listened to KISS BEFORE I was in Junior High School.

    Are these guys for real? Or are they more like the Harlem Globetrotters, who would change members every few years?

    Is Gene Simmons really Gene Simmons? Or is he just the "current' Gene Simmons (kind of like Meadowlark Lemon...)

    Posted in: KISS-signed Japanese calligraphy works on sale

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