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gaijintravellerApr. 19, 2014 - 09:39AM JST
Is this Abenomics at work? At least, it seems to be Abe at work as Abepolitics that is making China a less attractive and friendly environment for Japanese companies to operate.
It seems that Japanese companies want to invest where labour is cheap. Now if Abe can print enough money to devalue the yen to such a low level the Japanese Labour becomes cheaper than Vietnamese labour, he might succeed in bringing jobs back to Japan. Abenomics might work if that happens. The average person would be much poorer, but companies could invest more in and expand their Japanese operations, which seems to be the theory of Abenomics.
Posted in: Japan's investment in Southeast Asia surges
gaijintravellerApr. 15, 2014 - 08:16AM JST
Is this any more wasteful than digging up (destroying) good roads so that they can replace them with an equally good road? This happens all over Japan near the end of the financial year. Why? Everyone knows the answer to that? To use up the budget so that can get more money than they need the next year.
If they do not spend all their budget, they get less the following year. A reduction in budget means a reduction in power and status. This kind of wastefulness is commonplace in Japan. The problem is it has become endemic and is generally accepted.
Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine
gaijintravellerApr. 11, 2014 - 07:17AM JST
Posted in: International School of the Sacred Heart Family Festival Olympics
gaijintravellerApr. 08, 2014 - 06:54PM JST
It should be noted that few of the people who paid for wagyu at some famous department stores, hotels and restaurant even noticed that what they got was ground up cheap cuts mixed with lots of fat and stuck together with meat glue. That scandal was only a few months ago.
Posted in: Inside the mouth, 10 seconds, it is melting to nothing. Japanese beef, they eat the texture. American and Australian beef, the main thing is the flavor.
gaijintravellerApr. 07, 2014 - 07:56PM JST
Between 8,000 and 9,000 a 30kg sack of genmai where I live.
Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries?
gaijintravellerApr. 07, 2014 - 06:27PM JST
We have rice in Britain just like Japanese rice. We call it pudding rice and cook it with sugar and milk. If we eat rice as a vegetable rather than a dessert, we use some other kind such as basmati, patna, Thai Jasmine or some other long grain variety. Japanese rice may be good for sushi but it is bland and stodgy and useless for fried rice. It is better as genmai. For sticky rice I like the Thai or Lao type.
Japanese rice may be easier than Thai to eat with chopsticks.
Many Japanese who say Japanese rice is the best have probably never tried any other kind.
gaijintravellerApr. 02, 2014 - 07:11AM JST
On JR the cheapest ticket was 130 yen, 3% of this being 3.9 yen, which has been rounded up to 140 yen. Is JR rounding up every ticket price by the nearest 10 yen instead of rounding up every increase of 5 yen or over?
If this rounding up to the nearest 10 yen on a single ticket price what they are doing on all single ticket prices represents a huge amount of money for JR. Think of how much the price of a teiki, a season ticket, could increase. The next scam will come in October when there is another 2% tax increase and another 10 yen added.
Will JR receive a price gouging warning? I doubt it. The Consumer Affairs Agency has no teeth.
Posted in: The Consumer Affairs Agency will strive to ensure that prices are properly indicated and that the consumption tax is reflected in prices appropriately.
gaijintravellerMar. 24, 2014 - 10:13AM JST
In Yokohama there is Kotobukuchi. I have seen rubbish being burnt there in the streets in winter so that people could keep warm. It is the other side of the tracks from Chinatown, about 5 mins walk. I haven't been there for some years. I believe it has changed a bit as has Sanya. They are trying to build cheap guesthouses for backpackers in these areas.
I believe such areas are also a source of workers for Fukushima.
Posted in: Japan's biggest slum not on maps or in film festival
gaijintravellerMar. 24, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
It is good to see that some people on the train use their time constructively when so many people just sit, looked bored and do absolutely nothing.
Posted in: Does it bother you when Japanese women do their makeup on trains?
gaijintravellerMar. 21, 2014 - 08:13AM JST
I think this applies to most single men in Japan once they leave home and their mother's cooking.
Posted in: Many elderly men cannot cook, so they became unable to maintain a balanced diet as they did before the disaster, or they develop a habit of turning to alcohol to alleviate psychological pain. As a result, they can easily fall ill.
gaijintravellerMar. 21, 2014 - 08:10AM JST
"Apart from debt-servicing" which is enormous. Omitting this from calculations makes a huge difference. Such creative accounting.
"Public spending projects" = corruption.
" Upgrade Japan’s defense forces" = Abe's true agenda. Note that this will encourage China to upgrade theirs. In other words, let's start an arms race.
Posted in: Japan passes record Y95.88 tril budget
gaijintravellerMar. 13, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
The introduction of "like" or "style" on labels seems an excellent idea. Perhaps, "coloured" would also be useful for "orange-coloured" or "coffee coloured" drink. Accurate labelling is important when so many products cannot be tested or even seen before purchase because they are enclosed in cardboard or a can. It should also be noted that large food companies have a history of misusing descriptive terms such as natural.
Posted in: Europe wants its Parmesan back; seeks name change
gaijintravellerMar. 12, 2014 - 09:14AM JST
Building for the Olympics also builds politicians' egos. I wonder if that is why it seems to have precedence over rebuilding Tohoku.
Posted in: Construction crunch slows Tohoku rebuilding
gaijintravellerMar. 07, 2014 - 11:19PM JST
But would the right wingers like to repeat history?
Posted in: Our country never tries to reverse history. Japan has consistently followed the path of freedom, peace and democracy.
gaijintravellerMar. 07, 2014 - 11:43AM JST
Where did he study history? That could well explain his beliefs.
gaijintravellerMar. 05, 2014 - 06:42PM JST
Oh dear, not good. It could lead to trouble like most of America's recent exploits.
Posted in: Obama thrust into role as leader of West
gaijintravellerMar. 05, 2014 - 11:31AM JST
"I guess anyone who would invest in a virtual currency deserves to lose their rear end. Sort of like saving all your critical documents to a cloud based server with no backup hard copies."
Isn't all paper money a virtual currency? It seems to be be when governments can reduce its value. Paper money is just a promise to pay and who trusts a government's promises?
Posted in: Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts after theft
gaijintravellerMar. 03, 2014 - 11:48AM JST
"There’s propaganda to depict Japan in a way that’s far from the truth. "
This equally well fits much of Abe's rhetoric.
"There is danger emerging, where such propaganda will have a huge influence on our children’s generation."
So does this.
Posted in: There’s propaganda to depict Japan in a way that’s far from the truth. There is danger emerging, where such propaganda will have a huge influence on our children’s generation. I would like to think of a strong public relations strategy going forward.
gaijintravellerMar. 02, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
More amakudari, no doubt.
Posted in: Bridge and tunnels to be inspected every 5 years
gaijintravellerMar. 02, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
He was Japanese and Japan is a safe country. That would be what she believed and that is what most Japanese believe.
Posted in: Utsunomiya woman swindled out of Y150 million
Apr. 21, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
@pointfview: You are stereotyping that all Japanese are idiots ! Right?
Posted in: Michelle Obama's absence likely to be felt in Japan
@hokkaido for Japan a weak currency is better as it makes imports more expensive and exports…
Posted in: Japan's trade deficit quadruples on-year in March to Y1.45 tril
Apr. 21, 2014 - 10:54AM JST
Rosberg is still ahead in the championship.
Alonso seems to be good at wringing every last…
Posted in: Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP
No "global warming" since 1996. 65% increase in ice on Polar Ice Caps. Hurricane frequency in…
Posted in: Global warming: Fact or fiction?
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Apr. 21, 2014 - 10:53AM JST
What with Russia flying bombers close to Japan as well now, this is a wise move.…
Posted in: Japan steps up surveillance capabilities on Okinawa