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marcelitoMay. 30, 2016 - 06:35PM JST
I could not agree more with some of the comments.
Surely, the opposition leadership can't be so stupid as to call for Abe,s resignation because he wants to DELAY the tax.
To argue this angle will just result in Abe positionin Tb himself as a champion of the everyday Taro, when he is the exact opposite. Opposition has to hammer the fact economy, consumption and consumer confidence is screwed due to failure of Abenomics and that's why the tax should not be raised. Just calling for Shinzo to resign cause he is not increasing the tax is digging opposition, s own grave come election day.
The idea of covert political operatives in fact working to destroy the opposition from within ( ala Noda) as suggested above certainly seems more plausible by the minute.
Posted in: Opposition demands Abe's resignation over possible tax hike deferral
marcelitoMay. 27, 2016 - 09:31PM JST
Cleo - I love your post, well said,lol.
Charo -agreed.....btw, 55? your pic looks 15 years younger, wow!
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marcelitoMay. 27, 2016 - 07:55AM JST
Agree with Disillusioned.
Abe announces the increase now - LDP wins the election.
Announces it after the election - LDP wins, possibly with the two thirds majority Abe wants for his pet constitution changes.
Either way the average Taro needs to get ready for more " gaman " and " gambatte " times ahead.
Posted in: Abe to forgo planned sales tax hike in April 2017: sources
marcelitoMay. 27, 2016 - 07:48AM JST
She sure looks fantastic for her age.
marcelitoMay. 25, 2016 - 09:33AM JST
Instead if caring about international trust, how about showing some concern for the average Taro and Keiko.
Posted in: Abe aide says raising sales tax would win global trust
marcelitoMay. 24, 2016 - 01:04PM JST
Obama should bring this POW with him to show that this whole thing was not as one sided as the J-govt is trying to brainwash it's population into believing ( and has largely succeeded).
The suffering of Hiroshima civilians was horrible, as was the suffering of others at the hands of JIA.
Posted in: White House: No invite issued to ex-POW for Hiroshima visit with Obama
marcelitoMay. 24, 2016 - 01:01PM JST
So, IS attacks Assad regime hospitals, bus stops, power station etc. and Kerry calls the Lavrov to " urge Russians to press regime to stop attacking the islamists, because Russia has special responsibilty to reign in Assad,s forces?
So essentially US wants breathing space for the islamists?
Posted in: Islamic State blasts in Syrian regime heartland kill more than 148
marcelitoMay. 22, 2016 - 06:05PM JST
Cutting 10 from 475 to 465 is not " slashing ".
It's " micro trimming" at best.
This is the actual outcome of LDP agreeing to cut between 40 to 80 seats in exchange for Noda calling an election when DPJ was still in power. I vividly remember their promises of cutting those number to show " self sacrifice " in exchange for the sales tax increase going ahead.
Of course those promises mysteriously evaporated, ..kind of like Abe,s MIA 3rd arrow.
marcelitoMay. 22, 2016 - 06:00PM JST
" A goup of lawmakers "
Your average LDP blue blood princelings ,born with a silver spoon into privileged families who have never been on struggle street and have no fricking clue about what it's like for the families on the average and below average wage, single parents, contract workers etc....
Here is a proposal - let these lawmakers urging the tax increase forgo their overblown salary packages and accept a national average wage as remuneration for the duration of their next term in parliament ( 3 to 4 years ?) and see how many will persist with their "urging " to increase the tax.
Do it, you know " for the nation " !
Posted in: Group of lawmakers urge Abe to stick with sales tax hike
marcelitoMay. 19, 2016 - 08:53AM JST
Government here us always " calling for....such and such ".
That's just an empty meaningless sounbite.
You really wanna do something about the problem? Then make new laws / legislate.
Otherwise like UN this case this is just empty posturing for the electorate. ( which of course will work just fine in this country)
marcelitoMay. 19, 2016 - 08:18AM JST
Opposition in any other country worth its salt would see this as a huge Christmas present to take to the election campaign.
Vote for Abe and you,ll get the tax hike" guaranteed scare campaign should normally hurt a government going to elections with this. But here in Japan...? Probably won't make any difference.
marcelitoMay. 18, 2016 - 04:27PM JST
Gosh...is there any big company left in Japan that is not involved in data falsification, report faking, mislabelling, consumer deception, corner cutting and corruption at all?
J- Inc has truly put to rest any notion of the " honourable Japan" myth that was cultivated in the past and that so many foreigners misguidedly admired in the years gone by.
The number of scandals in here is getting ridiculous.
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marcelitoMay. 18, 2016 - 01:20PM JST
" you did something when you did very little "
Oh no, are you saying this whole thing is just another huge waste of millions in taxpayer funds spent on organising this wine / dine boozefest trip for the officials and the hundreds of " hangers on " in their official entourages? Say it ain't so.
" *Japan needed to focus more on structural reforms " instead of monetary policy.**
Boom, spot on...maybe they could all try to find Abe,s missing third arrow as part of their ice- breaker opening activities.
Smith & fxgai - exactly.
Posted in: Japan faces struggle to overcome G-7 rift on yen, fiscal policy
marcelitoMay. 18, 2016 - 12:41PM JST
Other news sources mentioned the consumer spending as lacklustre as it was, was also helped a bit by an extra day figures included due to a leap year. geez...not much there to celebrate, is there Shinzo.
When is that mysterious third arrow finally gonna be fired?
Posted in: Japan's economy grows at 1.7% annual pace in Jan-March
marcelitoMay. 18, 2016 - 12:29PM JST
Hotzenplotz, thanks for your post
Agree with you and the others 100%
marcelitoMay. 17, 2016 - 04:57PM JST
There would be no upper level LDP politician left standing if fund misuse was ever investigated and punished properly.
It seems to be their standard code of conduct, crooks.
marcelitoMay. 17, 2016 - 07:33AM JST
In refusing the guys appearance, this LDP oyaji twit displayed his true colours on the issue. Obviously he has next to zero understanding and compassion for people with disabilities and should not be on the panek, let alone chairing it. His apology is no doubt fake and forced by his LDP PR team to limit fallout and damage control caused by his insensitivity. Another hopeless LDP fossil.
marcelitoMay. 15, 2016 - 06:31PM JST
There is no territorial threat to Russia from NATO whatsoever, and no existential threat so long as Russia refrains from a first strike. Putin is paranoid.
And you have knowledge of and guarantee this on your authority as.....?.. who exactly in the NATO hierarchy?
I think Putin ,s " paranoia " is anything but.
Posted in: Putin warns Russia will respond to NATO missile shield
marcelitoMay. 15, 2016 - 06:20PM JST
I don't think Russia can make it any more clear than that, end of story. Right-wingers might be deluding themselves otherwise in the meantime though.
" New approach " is just another slick sounbite by Abe and his PR team to present to gullible public before the summer election. Hot air.
marcelitoMay. 14, 2016 - 09:18PM JST
When USSR back in the day wanted to station missiles that would reach US in Cuba we all know the response.
Why would anyone not expect Russia to respond to missiles being stationed on its doorstep in Poland ?
Because the system has a fuzzy " defense shield" in its name?
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