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kiboushaSep. 16, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
There's no such thing as pawahara or sekuhara in Japan, it's called sempai kouhai relationship, you just don't understand Japanese culture.
Posted in: Female bosses not averse to sexual harassment
kiboushaSep. 08, 2014 - 01:33PM JST
Reduce corporate tax, so they can take more risky investments. But, increase tax for wealthy individuals so they can't pay themselves bonuses from reduced corporation tax reported as "profit". Reduce workers tax, so they can actually buy stuffs. But, increase tax for luxurious goods, it's dumb that a Luis Vuitton is taxed the same rate as a pack of natto.
Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks 1.8% in April-June
kiboushaSep. 07, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
Corporations should never save, it should spend/reinvest all its profits. Individuals should always save. But the world is upside down, Corporations hoard cash, individuals spend too much and get into debt.
Posted in: 'Abenomics' in trouble as challenges mount up
kiboushaSep. 04, 2014 - 05:13PM JST
You know, everyone, including politicians, ALL agree with Mrs. Abe here. But, they still raise it anyway, not because they don't know better, but because the alternative
"... put a bit effort into the economy, fix what can be fixed and cut what can be cut?"
"... put a bit effort ... "
you see, that's what the politicians don't like to do, why "effort", when you can just ride it with little disturbances until you die ? "Who cares about the grand children ? I'd be looong dead.".
Posted in: Akie Abe discusses sales tax, nuclear power, life with PM
kiboushaSep. 04, 2014 - 12:27PM JST
As end product consumers, it's easy for us to judge that Japan no longer makes the things we all used to love. TVs, cameras, cars, etc. But Japanese industrial goods are still on demand all over the world. For example, an iphone, 34% of the price goes to Japanese manufacturers.
Posted in: Which industries do you think Japan still leads the world in?
kiboushaSep. 03, 2014 - 10:20AM JST
I rode everywhere with my children and I'm happy to ride on sidewalks, it's easy to avoid busy sidewalks, just go through a different road. I don't see any point in spending money to build such infrastructure. Is it really needed ? What the data/statistics are saying ?
Posted in: Tokyo governor's cycling policy needs a rethink
kiboushaSep. 02, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
Amazing logic. In this women demeaning culture, if women quit, then they didn't ganbatta enough, so its their fault, so they're not entitled to complain about how they're treated.
Posted in: It's a custom among Japanese corporations to promote someone who knows the company well: people who have been with the company a long time and have transferred to different departments and places. Women tend to end up quitting before experiencing all that.
kiboushaAug. 29, 2014 - 01:13PM JST
Posted in: Japan's economy stalls as incomes, spending languish
kiboushaAug. 29, 2014 - 10:37AM JST
Guaranteed minimum income, seriously already.
Posted in: Most single mothers become so physically and mentally exhausted from work and taking care of their children that they are unable to break free from poverty. This undoubtedly has negative effects on the child.
kiboushaAug. 22, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
It should NOT be censored, but segregated.
You may put only happy pictures on the wall in your house, but social media as the wall of the world should reflect how horrible it actually is. Not the star spangled one people "wish" it to be, where unicorns roam the land and lions hug deers. Those of us in the "free" countries would rather be sheep and doped by watching cute cat videos, as long as I'm not offended ... right ? Such is typical selfish "I don't want to think about bad stuffs" attitude of self proclaim "free" society.
Posted in: Do you think Twitter, YouTube and other social media should remove images of grisly murders, such as the execution of U.S. journalist James Foley or the 7-year-old boy holding a severed head in Syria, for example?
kiboushaAug. 17, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
We who live on "rich" countries would blame anything but ourselves. We allowed our government to go out and "secure/steal" resources for us. We couldn't care less of what happen to some middle eastern or african countries, as long as we get constant supply of electricity, abundant food, next gen phone, continuous rising stock market, etc. but somehow we feel better by blaming "evil" corporations, evil governments, and even religion which is mostly used as a reason to justify cause to steal lands and resources.
Don't be a hypocrite, if you want war to stop, you start a revolution in your own country, start by toppling your government, promote peaceful policy, etc. otherwise, you're just like me, don't really care. Call me cold or evil.
Posted in: Most people wish, hope and pray for peace in the world. So why are there still so many wars going on?
kiboushaAug. 13, 2014 - 08:39PM JST
From the point of views of the jijis, Japan became second largest economy in the world because of their hard work. All those 80+ hours spent for work, was the sole reason of Japan's success. So, if you tell them 8-hours work day, they'll just laugh it off and tell you to "get back to work".
Posted in: Japanese society has changed, and young people don’t want to spend their lives in the office -- not just women, but men as well. It’s up to private companies to wake up and realize the world has changed, and adapt with it.
kiboushaAug. 11, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
I was an Artificial Intelligence researcher during university, and yes, we will be able to simulate a human brain sometimes in the future. Since that brain is "designed", it will be a much better brain than our trial-and-error-evolution-driven brain. Of the so many advantages, it can do calculations, logical reasoning, and making emotionally-devoid decisions (which is usually better) much faster than us.
Whether that will destroy humans or not, only time will tell, but I don't worry about it, because I'll be long gone when that happen.
Posted in: Do you ever worry that robots we create will become so powerful one day that they will destroy humans? Or does that only happen in movies?
kiboushaAug. 07, 2014 - 10:16AM JST
The Japanese business love to boast about how they treat people as investment, because they hire, train and retain them. This is a bunch of lies. Ghibli is just one of those companies that has one amazing talent who gained popularity. Many people then want to work for (a.k.a. "serve") that person. This company is now setup to "accomodate" this amazing talent to do his job. Never once they stop and think about how to "nurture" another talent to create a variety of amazing products. When the amazing talent die or quit or retire, the company's slow spiraling death begins.
Nintendo is another great example. Anyone knows any "amazing" game designer from Nintendo other than Miyamoto ? Yeah, me neither.
Posted in: Studio Ghibli co-founder considering closing production division
kiboushaAug. 07, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
Have you seen the packaging on Japanese food/snacks ? It's literally a plastic inside plastic inside plastic inside plastic, and Japanese are so proud of their "Eco". This needs to stop! The sheep population will say "producers need to stop this", little do they realize that they're the one demanding such goods.
Posted in: What suggestions do you have for reducing the amount of garbage that gets thrown out each day?
kiboushaAug. 01, 2014 - 11:52AM JST
I'm not an economist, but this is what I've learned these past few months. Read "Modern Monetary Theory" if you're interested, but here's the summary:
Debt is nothing but government printed money ends up in people's savings accounts. Increasing sales tax is just forcing the populace to return those "debt" by taking out money from their saving accounts back to the government. It's simple government accounting balance sheet. A little bit different than household accounting, in which household can't print money.
Japanese government as a sovereign that issues yen by its own doesn't need to worry too much about "debt", especially Japan has a strong manufacturing industry, whose products are always in demand world wide. So when they need money, they just print more. Greece went bankrupt because it couldn't issue its own money. If you can't issue your own money, then household economy applies to you. If you don't earn income, you go bankrupt.
Don't take my word for it, go learn some more, there are things the scaremongering popular media don't tell you about.
Posted in: Japan must hike sales taxes again to conquer debt: IMF
kiboushaJul. 29, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
I blame terrible parents. I can imagine that the mother was the "brake" on her mental condition. "教育熱心", this is robbing the child from her childhood. It is the worst preparation for any child. It teaches children that other children are your enemies, you must beat them to win.
Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone
kiboushaJul. 25, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
In Japan, women workers are hired to do exactly 2 things. One, to make the company less of a sausage party and give the male workers who missed on "osananajimi" girlfriend a second chance at romance. Two ... yeah not really sure.
Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief
kiboushaJul. 22, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
Why so quick to accuse ? Russia is one of Dutch's biggest trading partners. Before you "believe" what the popular media are telling you, step back and think who would benefit from this terrible incident ? I'm not drawing any conclusions until more investigations are done ... hell, as a sheep in the eyes of the 1%, I don't think I'll ever know the real truth.
Posted in: Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire
kiboushaJul. 19, 2014 - 11:21PM JST
Japanese people will keep on "saving", yens left at the bank are not returned back to the government as tax, thus increasing "debt" of the government to keep its spending as it is. Government issues more tax increases, Japanese people save even more, and government grow more debt.
Not to mention "inflation", I'm not an economist, but how could inflation be "normal" when population is decreasing, purchasing power is decreasing, total demand is decreasing ? Isn't it just an artificial price mark up to put up a show that the economy is recovering ? Price rise, demand falls.
The final blow to Japan would be when US economy crash again, when domestic demand and export all go down, Japan will be back to pre-edo period. This is why Japan gives out "billions" of yens to developing nations, this is so that these nations can hopefully spend those yens to import stuffs from Japan, still they're relatively small compare to US and China.
Posted in: Japan's child poverty rate hits record high
Sep. 17, 2014 - 04:30PM JST
smithinjapan Sovereignty means independent, and not under the authority of any other country. As Kazuaki Shimazaki…
Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting
Sep. 17, 2014 - 04:27PM JST
I'm pretty sure its not just "white people" opposed to this tina, I think you need…
Sep. 17, 2014 - 04:26PM JST
Yukawa is listed on the website of Tokyo-based private military firm PMC as its chief executive.…
Posted in: Still no word on fate of Japanese national held captive in Syria
Sep. 17, 2014 - 04:23PM JST
Slavery, in all but name. Human rights. Japan signed up to it. Frack these middle-aged slave…
Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans
A few years ago UNESCO took the drastic step of revoking the World Heritage status of…
Posted in: Large amount of trash and waste left on Mt Fuji