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kiboushaAug. 14, 2015 - 11:37AM JST
I read that some economists have the opinions that UK and France got rich through a combination of manufacturing & protectionism policies. German & US copied UK policy. Japan copied US after WWII, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea copied Japan in 80s, China in the 90s. They argue, all these miracle countries were using similar policies of manufacturing & protectionism, letting local industry mature before opening the country for free market competition. They also present cases of countries that directly allow free market without giving local industry the chance to mature, these countries have very little growth.
Posted in: WWII aftermath: How did Japan and Germany become global powerhouses?
kiboushaAug. 11, 2015 - 03:22PM JST
I'm all for nuclear power, but I don't trust the ass hats running them, TEPCO, KEPCO, or whatever EPCO they have here in Japan.
Posted in: Nuclear reactor switched on in Kyushu despite protests
kiboushaAug. 07, 2015 - 06:37PM JST
I have a "weird" Japanese friend whose motto is "ganbaru doesn't solve problems", he built a company of 200 before he was thirty and still is leading it now.
Posted in: Education ministry urges all schools to make greater efforts to deal with bullying
kiboushaAug. 05, 2015 - 07:12PM JST
Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer, keep your dogs even closer.
Posted in: US tries to reassure Japan after documents reveal spying
kiboushaAug. 03, 2015 - 09:57AM JST
The good side, plenty of libraries and children halls, plenty of nature around where I live, plenty of children classes in the local "culture center" or sports club, plenty of second hand stores/flea markets for toys and clothes, medical costs for non-major diseases and small accidents is minimal.
Kindergarten teaches good mannerism, kindness, orderly. Though some might argue that teaches them conformity, but they do allow much creativity with arts & crafts, etc.
The down side, it's hard to find "family friends". My first starts elementary next year, not sure how she would fit in, how she would handle being "different", bullying and what not, but this happens everywhere, not just Japan.
Posted in: Is Japan a good place to raise children?
kiboushaJul. 27, 2015 - 07:28PM JST
So what ? Just don't watch it, the same way you don't watch many movies made by the Chinese for themselves. Also, get used to movies made for Chinese, just like the world has gotten used to Americans saving the Earth, and humanity from all sorts of "evil" people and aliens that want to destroy it.
Posted in: How Sony sanitized Sandler movie to please Chinese censors
kiboushaJul. 24, 2015 - 07:21AM JST
Asking sincerity from a society of "image is everything" is like asking cats not to be jerks.
Posted in: Bowing is an important outward sign of contrition by Japanese company executives caught up in a scandal. But how sincere do you think the act of bowing is, as an apology?
kiboushaJul. 22, 2015 - 07:19AM JST
It's not a blow when reputation is already in the toilet drain.
Posted in: Toshiba scandal: A blow to Japan Inc's reputation
kiboushaJul. 17, 2015 - 07:08PM JST
A company I worked for have the same exact process when working on projects. Plan something, got approval, budget doubled, scratched and re-plan, less time now, everyone proudly works 20 hours, 7 days a week, for a year, project finished, rinse and repeat.
Posted in: Abe says Olympic stadium to start from scratch; Rugby World Cup misses out
kiboushaJul. 16, 2015 - 10:11AM JST
Abe made a promise to some really important and very powerful people, if you think a little demonstration will change that, LOL.
Posted in: Democracy in action
kiboushaJul. 15, 2015 - 07:15AM JST
Please let it be The very hungry caterpillar, please.
Posted in: Miyazaki's 1st fully CG film is story of tiny caterpillar
kiboushaJul. 14, 2015 - 09:03AM JST
"dating" and "mistakes", like it's a job interview or taking exams. The plaque of the modern dating scene, fooling the other to believe that you're the ONE, only then to be disappointed after the vows are uttered on top of a pile of debt. It's a date for goodness sake, don't be an ass, be yourself, and if you're having fun, great!
Posted in: What are some first-date mistakes to avoid?
kiboushaJul. 08, 2015 - 06:09PM JST
Welcome to Cool Japan where bullying is considered normal, and necessary to "toughen" up children. They'll launch "investigations" and maybe conclude that bullying is a problem, but I wouldn't bet for anything to change, unless anyone has better alternatives, training my kids in martial arts is the only thing I can do right now, let them come!!
Posted in: Boy hit and killed by train left note saying he was bullied
kiboushaJul. 07, 2015 - 11:14AM JST
tldr; Do not fear, unlike those EU cowards, we can and are willing to print more money, it's just numbers in the computer after all.
Posted in: Japan policymakers to guard against market volatility after Greek vote
kiboushaJun. 25, 2015 - 10:36AM JST
They're bored, when humans have no common enemy, they turn to hurt each other. My suggestion is to give them a common enemy, send them to war, let them experience what they sign up for in the first place.
Posted in: SDF said to be rife with bullying, mental illness and suicide
kiboushaJun. 23, 2015 - 08:24AM JST
"seishain", lol, Japanese people need to wake up, seishain is a scheme to keep wages low during the "good times". What happen when bad times come ? no more "seishain", you're now absolete, because you only know how your galapagos company operates, you lack general skill in anything, good luck finding a company that will require your galapagos skill.
Posted in: I don't think there would be many companies that will directly hire temp workers after three years. Switching jobs is really tough for those who leave their jobs in their 40s and 50s, even if they were once regular employees.
kiboushaJun. 20, 2015 - 05:31PM JST
In a company I worked for, my boss in our team was on track to be promoted into a position (not to replace but to work together) with another manager that was already holding the position years earlier. The manager threaten to quit if my boss got promoted, the company listened to him. THAT'S why Japanese companies will continue its steady decline, old jijis not allowing younger guys to take chances and risks for the company, fearing it will jeopardize their retirements.
Posted in: Japanese electronics makers failed partly due to internally promoted top managers; I hope Honda won’t fall into the same rut.
kiboushaJun. 17, 2015 - 12:48PM JST
Nothing cures insomnia like watching tiger woods playing golf.
Posted in: Which sports, when they are played well, do you find the most exciting to watch, and which sports do you find so boring that you can't understand how anyone could find them interesting?
kiboushaJun. 13, 2015 - 06:08PM JST
Any serious martial artist can beat an untrained person in a duel. The problem with criminals, they usually attack in packs, no amount of martial arts can safe you from 3 guys with knives.
Posted in: Which martial arts would you recommend to someone wanting to learn a means of self-defense?
kiboushaJun. 05, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
I don't blame the director, I blame movie goers. Most of them can't accept anything but white-blue-eyed leads as characters they adore. No offense to white-blue-eyed people, you guys are great :)
Posted in: Cameron Crowe apologizes for casting Emma Stone in part-Asian role
Aug. 30, 2015 - 05:56AM JST
This is the second time Ban has failed to live up to the requirements of neutrality…
Posted in: U.N. chief Ban defends China parade trip after Japanese concern
Aug. 30, 2015 - 05:27AM JST
Alex80: @smith: I don't mean to speak with you anymore, since my replies to you are…
Aug. 30, 2015 - 05:23AM JST
The designer outlet mall of Bicester Village is set in the English countryside near Oxford, but…
Posted in: As markets drop, question is: will the Chinese still shop?
Aug. 30, 2015 - 05:21AM JST
Dan Lewis: Is it really a crime to bury a relative on your own property?
Posted in: Ehime man arrested for burying mother's body in garden of home
Aug. 30, 2015 - 05:19AM JST
The South Koreans like the Chinese know no shame so this comes as no surprise. First…