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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
kiboushaJul. 15, 2014 - 11:19PM JST
Japan is a fear base society, how many of you have heard mothers saying "don't go there, there's obake!" ?
You don't need to "perks up" your company to attract workers, but fear instilled from childhood by the society about how you'll end up living in blue tents with cardboard boxes if you don't work 120 hours a week for 2.5 million a year. I kid you not, many Japanese I asked about why they go home on the last train, they'll make many excuses before concluding with "I'd rather do 120 hours a week than end up becoming homeless if the company go bankrupt". It's the inherent, "If I don't work hard, the company might go bankrupt, and since no shoguns want to hire ronin, I'll end up homeless".
It's changing with new companies and all, but not fast enough, not widespread enough.
Posted in: The results were unexpected. This, however, may be because many believe that the current situation is not good for women to continue working after childbirth.
kiboushaJul. 09, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
You only need to see Chinese Kungfu movies from the 70s, 80s. It was all about revenge! If you don't revenge! you're not a fillial son. If it goes on and if there will be a war between China and Japan, 100 years from now, the people won't know the real reason why they're always at war.
Posted in: Chinese newspaper posts map of A-bombed Japan
kiboushaJul. 07, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
I hope you guys got the memo, "buy Japanese stocks" ? No point doing "peaceful demonstration", they don't listen, why don't you get a little profit while at it ?
Posted in: Japan set for first arms export under new rules
kiboushaJul. 01, 2014 - 12:28PM JST
It's been proven over and over again for 40 years by economic and human behavior researchers that carrots & sticks approach doesn't work for types of jobs that require even rudimentary cognitive ability, creative people, CEO, etc. In fact, people perform worst doing cognitive tasks when offered incentives than people who aren't offered incentives.
Don't just take my word on it, search for "Dan Ariely", read his research and see for yourselves.
Posted in: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn earned 995 million yen in fiscal 2013, making him the highest paid executive in Japan. What do you think of compensation levels for CEOs? Is anyone worth that much to a company?
kiboushaJul. 01, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
Historically, has there been any "peaceful" protest that resulted in politicians reversing their intentions ? Historically, has there been any debate resulting in debaters changing their minds ? The result is mostly getting more experience to think up more "reasons" for the next debate or "excuse" speeches.
Posted in: Civil unrest
kiboushaJun. 27, 2014 - 01:48PM JST
I'm not an economist, but how would they sustain this inflation ? Ok, the current inflation comes from people rush buying before tax increase. Demand definitely increased by much earlier this year, but what will sustain it ? There's already data showing that consumer spending has fallen sharply. Oh that's right, a nicely scheduled tax increase on October next year would generate more rush buying, thus creating atleast a 2 year "seemingly sustained inflation". Great job Abe, as usual, it's all for show, and no substance.
Posted in: Inflation hits 32-year high; jobless rate falls to 17-year low
Sep. 03, 2014 - 06:04AM JST
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Sep. 03, 2014 - 05:57AM JST
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Sep. 03, 2014 - 05:45AM JST
On the Japanese morning news today... looks like there is an arrest warrant out for Mr.…
Posted in: Kamasami Kong interviews Antonio Álvarez of Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Sep. 03, 2014 - 05:41AM JST
LMFAO! Well written and so true!
Posted in: Navigating a Japanese bathroom