hidingout's past comments

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    hidingout

    I walked past the Apple store in my town yesterday. People were lined up four blocks deep. They all looked chinese to me.

    It comes as no surprise that they are buying the phones to resell them back in PRC. Get a job.

    Posted in: Chinese buyers in Tokyo lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut

  • 0

    hidingout

    Nojima's words are being maliciously misinterpreted for the sheer glee of doing it.

    Nailed it. Its a nice try Jack, but as you said in your first post, little chance of being heard while the feeding frenzy is going on.

    I think its perfectly OK to ask a person (male or female) with whom you are acquainted why they aren't married. Its obviously not OK to ask the question of someone you have just met or don't know at all.

    Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly

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    hidingout

    Just say no to the TPP.

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

  • 0

    hidingout

    It will be interesting to see if the courts rule that this was a "suggestion" or a "ban". I suppose that since exceptions were made for weddings, and employees were free to get as plastered as they wanted - at home - that he will lose his case. Good on him for trying though.

    they were strongly encouraged to opt for soft drinks such as oolong tea instead

    Oolong tea is not a "soft drink". Nor are juice, tea, ice coffee or many of the other drinks found on the "soft drink" menu.

    Posted in: Civil servant suing Fukuoka for one yen over employee drinking ban

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    hidingout

    We are not freaking "gaijin" or "foreigners" I hate seeing this label.

    Good grief. Grow a thicker skin. You are a visibly identifiable minority living in a country where 97% of the people look the same. You are a foreigner. In Japanese, a gaijin. Why deny reality?

    You cannot just judge because I am white. I could know Japanese more than you, and have been born here.

    There is no judgement implicit in the use of the term "foreigner". None. And your comment here is evidence enough that you were not "born in Japan".

    They need to accommodate for all races and stop being so RACIST.

    They are "accommodating all races". This sign, printed in English and specifically welcoming people of all races is evidence of such. Your claim to the contrary is amusing.

    Posted in: Step in

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    hidingout

    The inflows in China have maintained steady growth every year since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001

    Yes, I know. PRC has done very well for themselves running the sweatshop of the world.

    Perhaps you didn't read my comment carefully? I said "if" PRC starts a war the investments will disappear. And they will find themselves facing sanctions on top of it. And they will most likely be booted out of the WTO - an organization they don't deserve to be a party to anyway given their abysmal record of environmental protection and worker's rights.

    Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

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    hidingout

    China will get by other EU and U.S. and Korean companies filling in the shoes left by Japan.

    If they start a war with Japan? You are dreaming.

    I think you underestimate the simmering hatred of PRC that exists around the world. If PRC starts firing shots they will lose all foreign investment - except of course from their little pet ROK.

    Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

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    hidingout

    The black bun looks OK. The cheese, not so much.

    Posted in: Black burgers

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    hidingout

    The paper is setting up a new panel of outside experts to examine its coverage of the comfort women issue.

    Oh ffs, really? How many times is this issue going to be "investigated" by "experts" (on either side) who just come up with a pre-ordained conclusion.

    Its now reached the point where I doubt that either side is treating this matter as anything other than a propaganda tool. The Japanese government should just stop talking about this. They have already admitted that their soldiers used some undetermined number of women (of various nationalities) against their will for sexual gratification. Setting aside the exact number of women, or the manner in which they found themselves enslaved, that in itself is bad enough. For those crimes they have apologized and paid compensation.

    Most sensible people realize that ROK, PRC and their various lapdogs (like the Asahi) are exaggerating the issue for their own political purposes. No good will come of trying to parse words as Abe does above. From now on every J-pol should confine themselves to one simple comment when this topic is raised.

    "Yes. We realize people were unjustly victimized by Japan during WW2. We have done everything possible to see that those victims received the apologies and compensation they deserve. Since WW2 we have worked hard to make ourselves a nation that respects peace and human rights."

    And leave it at that. Don't get drawn in by people with an agenda.

    Posted in: Asahi tries to restore prestige after admitting errors, retracting stories

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    hidingout

    @enough_rope Maybe ISIS will be in Xinjiang next. Are you still going to consider them freedom fighters then?

    An excellent question. I expect you will get nothing but crickets in reply however.

    Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?

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    hidingout

    "I challenge anyone to find a first world economy with lower sales taxes than Japan." - LMAO. Nice joke, hahahaha. Japan has some of the HIGHEST taxes in the world. I see that you have bought the propaganda by the Japanese government that Japan's tax is "technically low" (i.e. on paper). I'm sure that it won't work on the regular people who can hardly get by with their current earning and high tax.

    The fact is, the Japanese consumers indirectly pay for the price that the corporations pay, such as debts from unlimited borrowing from a bank, and inefficient practices and overproduction. Japan's housing and apartments are some of the tiniest, most cramped in the world, because the land price is so ridiculously high, because they are reserved for corporations. Big corporations pay next to nothing for everything, while the consumers have to pay extra for the burden. Pork-barreling policies allow the Japan Agricultural Association to maintain the status quo, making its practice inefficient and hence jacking up the price of fruits and vegetables.

    Trillions of yen are being wasted on pointless public construction work projects that nobody ever uses. Wages haven't gone up like Abenomics had promised. Still support Abe? LOL...

    Blah blah blah .... still having problems with reading comprehension I see. Here is what I said;

    I challenge anyone to find a first world economy with lower sales taxes than Japan.

    I didn't mention anything about corporate tax, land prices or pork barrel projects. So as soon as you can find a first world economy with lower sales tax than Japan I will entertain the rest of the o/t nonsense that you posted.

    That is fairly straight question, and I hope that he can honestly answer this simple question without citing highly classified national security clearance.

    Mind your own business vanker.

    Secondly, the average salaries and conditions in developed western countries are higher nowadays than in Japan to account for the higher sales taxes

    Its a valid point marcelito. No doubt wages in Japan need to come up. This doesn't negate the fact that Japan still has some of the lowest sales taxes in the free world.

    Overall, I personally suspect my tax burden is lower in Japan than it might be elsewhere. It's not that I want to pay higher tax in Japan. I'd rather spending was cut to balance the budget. But my biggest fear is that the government's finances collapse, which would really cause a massive mess. Given the choice I'd still rather pay higher consumption tax. Not like I am a voter though, I'm just a hoper.

    Thanks for that fxgai. This is my view of the situation as well.

    Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%

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    hidingout

    When was the last time you paid $200,000 with $100 bills? Or 20,000,000yen in 10,000yen notes and please tell what it was you bought as it was not a packet of gum. Possibly a car or a house or a bribe?

    OK. When I bought my first apartment in Japan I paid some 30 million yen in cash. I met the previous owner at the bank with my lawyer, the real estate agent and a judicial scrivener. The bank counted out all the money, wrapped it up and placed it in two shopping bags. The seller was a woman in her late fifties. She was planning to carry the cash back to Tokyo on the shinkansen. She had brought a young man with her who, while he looked rather nondescript, I assume was her muscle.

    Some people like cash. What's the problem with that?

    Posted in: Company exec robbed of Y20 mil by three men

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    hidingout

    And there it is. If you really don't see the problem with doing whatever you want in the world, then you have no idea about how the world feels about bullies. This attitude will eventually lead to the downfall of your country.

    While I'm partly sympathetic to your argument in that I think the USA has a tendency to stick its nose in where it doesn't belong, can I assume that you believe it is OK to sit back and watch religious fanatics murder completely innocent people indiscriminately for no reason whatsoever other than the fact that they belong to the wrong religion, or the wrong sect of the same religion? Aren't you one of the crowd always going on about the "civilian" casualties of US drone strikes? Where is your compassion for the civilian victims of IS?

    Lets not forget that before any foreigners were murdered IS was murdering random people by shooting them from the windows of their vehicles and posting the videos on youtube. They were "arresting" the legitimate police officers of Iraq and Syria and executing them en masse. Posting those videos too.

    You can argue that the USA has a problem with minding their own business, and that's a legit stance imo. But IS has gone well beyond anything we can afford to tolerate. If you leave them to set up their little sharia caliphate you are condemning millions of people to a life of utter and total misery. Are you really OK with that? I mean I am, because its none of my business, but I just assumed that you were way more liberal than me and wanted coca colas a for everyone.

    In this global economy, and global community, no one can succeed if they p*ss off everyone else.

    And this is the reason IS will never succeed. My answer to the poll question is, kill them all.

    Posted in: What do you think is the best way for the global community to deal with the Islamic State?

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    hidingout

    @ enough, ethan and others who can't read

    Clearly nigelboy messed up his quote. Anyone can see that his contribution was this sentence alone

    No offense but this guy should of go out of business simply on stupidity alone.

    The rest of it is verbatim what edojin posted.

    As for the sales tax ... look around people. I challenge anyone to find a first world economy with lower sales taxes than Japan. And don't give me weepy excuses about exemptions for carrots and broccoli. Taxes in japan are among the lowest in the free world. Its indisputable.

    I recently returned to my home country on vacation (after a seven year absence). I was shocked to see how high the prices were on everything. I mean I couldn't find anything (except food in the grocery store) that was even close to as cheap as it is in Japan. The opposite was the case several decades ago when I first came here. So for the last twenty five years prices in Japan have remained fairly stagnant while they have gone (to use edo's phrase) "up, up and ...away" in other first world countries.

    I get that people want to pay as little tax as possible. So do I. But let's be realistic. The sales tax in japan needs to be brought into line with taxes in other first world economies.

    That said, I believe Abe will hold off on raising the tax. Not because its the right thing to do, but because he wants to win another term and knows that his political future is uncertain if he raises the tax again and angers all the poor people.

    Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%

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    hidingout

    The west has no moral high ground here and the reality of war is now in your face and it's not very pretty, is it now?

    Wow. Wimps and cowards and liberals can't handle "the reality of war" - that's our biggest problem. All these ******* terrorist scum claiming that war against them is "unwinnable". And people like yourself reveling in every setback.

    The honest truth is that these losers are going to get what's coming to them. They are going to keep pushing and pushing until they have outraged the entire world, and there are only an insignificant number of people left who hold the insipid views you hold. Once that day arrives the gloves come off and America and her allies stop worrying about "civilian" casualties, "collateral damage", or what some socialist rag publishes on the editorial page, and start fighting war like it was meant to be fought. Once that happens there will be nothing but craters where these fools live.

    Posted in: Video shows beheading of British aid worker

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    hidingout

    And it's we the consumers who are to blame - we want everything cheap, cheap, cheap, and the cheapest way to build is to build in China.

    To a point, but I think that's really only half the story. Sure people want cheap stuff. But in reality, the consumer, if they want the item badly enough, pays whatever the price is on the price tag. I think the lion's share of the blame goes to corporations who want to sell more stuff to more people so they try to find the price sweet spot that will entice the greatest number of customers to buy their stuff. Quality of product be damned. They also want to avoid costly and "troublesome" things like labor unions, worker's rights, environmental regulations and so on. And finally, most corporations would sell their souls for a ten percent bump in profits and a corresponding rise in their stock price. PRC and its lawless, money grubbing government has provided these greedy corporations with the perfect environment to achieve all their goals.

    Personally, I never buy made in PRC items if I can possibly help it. I will pay more, much more, to avoid supporting PRC or companies that do business there. I realize its like tilting at windmills at this point, but articles like this give me hope that one day corporations will see the light and move their operations elsewhere. Of course my first choice would be to bring back the manufacturing to North America and Japan, but I realize that ship has probably sailed by now. I still think that there are other viable alternatives to supporting belligerent communists. Ooops ... sorry, fake communists. ;)

    Posted in: Two years after protests, 'China risk' still haunts Japanese firms

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    hidingout

    “Do we see any ray of hope?” asks Azuma, who has spent more than 20 years in China, mostly building factories for Toyota. “To be honest, none at the moment. Japan’s full of risk-birds chirping, ‘China risk.’”

    Risk birds. What an idiot. Why would any Japanese company want to do business in PRC? Sell your goods there, fine. But produce them somewhere else. Anywhere else. PRC is a totally unpredictable country. Anything could happen there. They abide by no international norms and the "law" is whatever the CPC says it is. I would go so far as to say that any company stupid enough to still be "investing" in PRC deserves to lose their shirts.

    It was not really Ishihara's fault.

    Of course it wasn't. But don't disturb smith with the facts. He's happy in his fantasyland.

    Posted in: Two years after protests, 'China risk' still haunts Japanese firms

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    hidingout

    I can guarantee if I had been caught with 90 ecstasy pills - plus more powder - Id be put in the slammer for a VERY long time on the charge of trafficking

    I never agree with Burakumin on anything. However I don't know how anyone can dispute this statement. ASKA clearly got a sweetheart deal because he's rich and famous. Any random pleb busted with that kind of weight would be facing some serious jail time.

    Posted in: ASKA gets suspended sentence for drug use

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    hidingout

    As a long-term resident of Japan, I've had to wait before most major innovations come here, after they've already caught on in the rest of the developed world. Cell phones, internet, email, wi-fi, mp3 players, e-commerce, smartphones, streaming net TV, etc., etc., etc.

    Utterly false. Cell phones in Japan were better than anywhere else in the early days. They stupidly resisted the move to smartphones and fell behind, no doubt. But in the early days my Japanese cell phone was waaay better than anything in North America. Back in the early nineties, friends back home were amazed when they saw my phone.

    Internet and email are the same thing. And Japan was not late in adopting either.

    Wi-fi. You may have a point there. I don't use it so , I don't know.

    mp3 players? You must be kidding. Japan had the best mp3 players in the world no contest.

    The rest of your list is just repeating the same thing.

    Meanwhile Japan has been a leader in green automobile technology for years. And won several Nobel prizes for advances in medical research - like the stem cell article on the top page right now. Not all innovation refers to your phone or the internet.

    Just shows how deceptive numbers can be. Yup, Japan has lots of universities, is urbanized as hell, and is world-class at filing patents for incremental improvements. So what?

    Pitiful. Just pitiful.

    Finland is higher than South Korea. What it invented???

    The question should be what has ROK ever invented. They just rip off Apple and Sony and Panasonic. Since you seem to be living in a bubble, let me tell you that Finland is one of the world's hottest tech markets. Last year they had something like 1/5 of the top 100 successful start ups in the world.

    Silicone Valley

    lmao

    Posted in: Index ranks Japan as Asia's most efficient innovator

  • -1

    hidingout

    The eyes of the world are upon Scotland

    Indeed they are. And the world is wondering how such a dumb idea ever gathered this much momentum.

    Posted in: Scotland ready to make history; banks say they'll head south if it's a 'Yes' vote

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