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marcelitoAug. 22, 2014 - 03:30PM JST
How about cutting the damn wasteful spending instead of raising the sales tax again?...
Oh...right...that would mean no pork to amakudari buddies and other cronies, so that wouldn't work. OK, let's just tax the crap out of the average Taro because let's face it, the J public will just grumble a bit before uttering the inevitable shooganai and gamman shinai to " and will dully re elect the same blood sucking useless LDP oyajis at the next election anyway.
That there is virtually no pushback by public, consumer and social groups or opposition against this govt. tax policy beggars belief.
Posted in: Gov't considers setting aside Y1 trillion for stimulus next fiscal year
marcelitoAug. 19, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
Don't see why rebels.would attack a convoy leaving the city that they control. More likely Ukrainian army fires on them and is trying to blame the rebels ( especially as US is " unable to.confirm who fired" , usually they finger the rebels categorically.) Also interesting how they have info that dozens were killed straight away, yet no proof about the destroyed
military convoy last week. Truth is the first casualty of the war?
Posted in: Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy
marcelitoAug. 18, 2014 - 04:55PM JST
Agreed...where is the" proof " of the destroyed Russian armored column ?
It seems to be just another propaganda sound bite then?
Posted in: Ukraine troops enter rebel-held city
marcelitoAug. 16, 2014 - 10:17PM JST
If its true that 2 dozen Russian military vehicles were destroyed by Ukranian artillery on Ukranian soil than Ukraine and NATO will no doubt have photo and satellite images to prove it..( i mean the destroyed armour , not APC vehicles on the move, pictures of which were apparently taken inside Russia and show reinforcements for the Russian border guard units )..
If they don*t produce anything to support the claim than its just propaganda. Either way it should become clearer in a day or two. Lets see.
Posted in: Tensions soar as Ukraine says it destroys Russian armour
marcelitoAug. 16, 2014 - 12:00AM JST
Looking at the photo from Yasukuni , Japan Today has in the other article published today it doesn't seem like the right wing is there to " pray for peace " all dressed up in WW2 uniforms carrying replica swords, guns,flags etc.
Posted in: Dozens of politicians visit Yasukuni shrine; Abe sends ritual offering
marcelitoAug. 14, 2014 - 09:54AM JST
"NATO chief expressed concern on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambition went “beyond Ukraine,”
Lol...as opposed to NATO that doesn`t have any expansion ambitions right?
Pot calling kettle....
Posted in: NATO chief fears Putin's ambition goes beyond Ukraine
marcelitoAug. 14, 2014 - 09:36AM JST
"Amazing, this individual counters the stereotypes of all Japanese as ignorant, racist, xenophobic war mongers, continually white washing its past (especially those that were in the war)”
Actually, as you say -this guy and a lot of others who served on the front lines are not war mongers but turned strongly anti-war, in Japan as in other countries.
The problem are the "ignorant ,xenophobic war mongers" that were born later, were never in the conflict, harp on with their denials and white washes and unfortunately too often occupy positions of power in politics and society.
Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young
marcelitoAug. 14, 2014 - 09:22AM JST
*“We have filed a stern protest with the Russian embassy,” *
Yeah,,,Russians must be shaking in their boots with fear now
but obviously as ossan says in the end they didn`t have much choice other than falling in line with the US.
So much for Abe hoping to have improving relations with at least one neighbor.
Posted in: Japan protests Russian military drills on disputed islands
marcelitoAug. 14, 2014 - 09:15AM JST
What kind of a#&%les would do this?
Posted in: Robin William' daughter gives up social media due to abusive messages
marcelitoAug. 14, 2014 - 09:10AM JST
This is a perpetual scenario with J-cops being caught filming women bathing or up skirts on trains / escalators or stealing underwear etc......Id like to know when is the police force upper brass gonna get off their ass and actually enforce some discipline regarding this perv behaviour instead of just trotting the worn out " we will take steps to ensure it doesnt happen again and regain public trust " useless statements after each case. TIJ so my guess is never.
d like to know when is the police force upper brass gonna get off their ass and actually enforce some discipline regarding this perv behaviour instead of just trotting the worn out " we will take steps to ensure it doesn
Posted in: Cop arrested for filming woman taking bath
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 11:06PM JST
" Dagestan and Chechnya'.
Precisely.. that is correct...and the Western media was consistently "outraged" during that conflict wasnt it?...so why is there no similar outrage when Ukranian army is bombing the crap out of the rebel cities?
Thats my point...the double standard.
Posted in: Ukraine says Russian aid can enter with Red Cross
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 10:53PM JST
Bottom line is as much as they hate it Japan has no trump cards in this dispute with Russia and since Japan turned down the Russian offer of the 2 islands return, they will get zilch. As you so often say to others " get over it " :-)
Posted in: Russia begins military exercises around Pacific islands also claimed by Japan
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 11:47AM JST
Not good for individuals, but good overall because it means wages will rise, too."
Yeah, but you,d need substantial wage rises to cover the increased prices of everything...not the piddlies most j -businesses offer ...like the resent decision to raise minimum wages by 16 yen per hour..........I mean ffs...160 yen per day if the worker puts in 10 hour days on average....what a joke...yeah , that will surely increase spending and create a virtuous circle.
Posted in: Japanese firms finally get pricing power just as economic growth sputters
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 11:41AM JST
They also raise questions about whether the government will usher in another tax hike next year"
Makes no difference - the statistics will be selectively cherry picked to present an optimistic picture that defies on the ground reality and the tax will be raised to 10%, no doubt. Substantial proportion of the extra revenue meant to be "exclusively " used for the social security expenditure will be then pork barelled out for projects under the guise of "revitalizing and strenghtening the regions and J- economy.
TIJ , nothing changes.
Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks after sales tax hike
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
Oh no....you mean after Japan put sanctions on Russia over Ukraine , the damn Russians are being so nasty and conducting military exercises on the Kuriles as a payback. How "extremely regrettable ".
As for the right wingers here harping on about this great injustice of Russia taking the islands from defeated Japan at the end of the war - whats are the lines that you guys use so often when talking about the other WW2 injustices such as the comfort women?..."get over it ? it was 70 years ago so move on ?"......right.
Remember that Putin was meant to be coming to Japan to have a meeting with Abe and the expectation was there was going to be a deal regarding the Kuriles. That was until Japan started slapping sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. Regrettable.
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
Japanese technology - at least it will have much better odds of not breaking down and being "plagued by problems and issues" as some others.
Posted in: Japan to test first stealth fighter jet
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
Bush - indeed.
If it was Russians shelling and starving a city in an area that wanted to separate from Russia we would hear no end of "humanitarian outrage" from the western politicians and media. The double standards are blinding.
marcelitoAug. 13, 2014 - 08:56AM JST
Who wouldn`t be thrilled at a prospect of rising prices while wage rises remain mostly stagnant ( with the exception of the large corporates mainly exporters, finance and IT). Apart from some temporary increases due to summer bonuses at selected companies the expected boost in household spending is not going to happen as they become more selective in how they allocate their discretionary funds. But hey, will be interesting to hear the selective statistics and reasoning when Abe increases the tax to 10 % because everything is just ...so dandy , you know.
marcelitoAug. 12, 2014 - 03:43PM JST
" " Japanese.businessman " ... I think everyone knows what kind of " business" corporation this " businessman" belongs to. "
No, everybody does not know that. Care to enlighten us?
Yes, I can enlighten you ...obviously this is an unfolding case of baby trafficking so he most likely belongs to the kind of " corporation" whose "businessman employees " tend to drive around in a Benz with blacked out windows and often sport dark sunglasses and bad perm haircuts. Kind of pretty obvious I think.
Posted in: Japanese businessman fathered 13 surrogate babies in Thailand
marcelitoAug. 12, 2014 - 02:14PM JST
What a comedian.
Posted in: We would never consider dumping the water into the ocean unless we received the consent of local residents.
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:33AM JST
The superbowl ring, yeah, Putin said he could kill somebody with it, put it in his…
Posted in: Russia detains Japanese whaling research vessel
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
Anxiety makes Japanese stingy L+OL what a load of BS, its lower wages and bonuses compared…
Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist
Shonan Maru 2 is a also used as a so-called "security vessel", not just a research…
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
Interesting period in history, so many millions of Japanese peasants benefited from the war-driven rapid industrialisation.…
Posted in: World War I: Japan's ill-fated 'gift from the heavens'
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
the US has been trying to encourage closer cooperation between Seoul and Tokyo
By criticizing Japan?…
Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions