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marcelitoMay. 20, 2013 - 11:56AM JST
Yubaru - I bet the farmers will not be all that upset since Abe is promising to double their incomes over the next decade...and if anyone can expect payoff for their electorate clout - it is the farming lobby.
Besides , there is no alternative party for the farmers to really vote for.
Despite their grumblings they are firmly in the LDP,s bag....July will be another landslide for Abe.
Posted in: Abe's 'Third Arrow' reforms short of overhaul
marcelitoMay. 15, 2013 - 04:04PM JST
Better get over here soon dcog - high grade Japanese green tea is awesome.
Posted in: Tea buffs gather in Japan for global festival
marcelitoMay. 15, 2013 - 03:52PM JST
Honestly ,what the heck is wrong with so many cops in this country..this is getting ridiculous.
Since this guy is an " ex cop" in his thirties - he was obviously kicked out for some other offence..
Seriously , the police recruitment process in this country needs to be majorly restructured to keep all the perverted sickos out...how can one have confidence in the cops here with this kind of news resurfacing so regularly here.
Posted in: Ex-cop arrested for attempting to abduct 15-year-old girl
marcelitoMay. 13, 2013 - 07:55PM JST
This is ridiculous....how about getting off their bums and instead of doing " surveys" to come up with a best name for the crime actually focusing energy and effort on catching the bad guys.
Posted in: 'Mother, help me' fraud: NPA, public select new name for bank transfer scam
marcelitoMay. 13, 2013 - 12:40PM JST
I agree - stop using 3.11 for sympathy vote...so hypocritical...Tohoku would see next to no benefits from the games.
This is all about money for the boys ( construction companies et al...no doubt Mizuno would just happen to be the official supplier of uniforms /equipment etc.)
Btw, let Ishihara / Inose duo step forward and test that "preparedness for every twist and turn " :)
Posted in: Tokyo Olympic bid prepared for every twist and turn
marcelitoMay. 13, 2013 - 12:29PM JST
I really like Starbucks here...not for the coffee ( its definately not the best coffee around ) but for the atmosphere...its a nice place to come and unwind if you go outside of peak times and avoid their busiest stores.
They are also generally pretty clean and well looked after in terms of presentation - which was often not the case back home.
I remember their CEO once famously stating in an interview that their mission in marketplace was not that of providing the best coffee but the best place / environment to enjoy it. In Japan I think they are pretty good at providing that. Their "cool" American brand image here is also a big plus in the eyes of the brand loving Japanese consumer.
Overall I have to say I do enjoy the Starbucks Japan experience.
Posted in: Starbucks on track to open 1,000th store in Japan
marcelitoMay. 12, 2013 - 02:46PM JST
Nice guy....need more like him.
Posted in: 13-year-old boy commended by police for rescuing woman from train groper
marcelitoMay. 12, 2013 - 09:30AM JST
Posted in: What do you think about parents who give their children names like Pikachu, Bakudan (bomb), Messiah and so on?
marcelitoMay. 12, 2013 - 09:21AM JST
No surprises there - LDP has always supported big business and their cronies before anything else.
That's what Abenomics is about - lowering yen, driving stocks up, restarting the reactors, cutting corporate taxes - all to help their big business buddies.
Meanwhile the little people face nothing but increases in the taxes they pay and higher costs of living through the coming stagflation. Will be interesting to watch what happens once the consumption tax goes up.
Yet, with the media cheerleading LDP ( no surprises there either ) the hordes will ensure another LDP election landslide.
Posted in: LDP to pledge to restart nuclear reactors in policy platform: Nikkei
marcelitoMay. 09, 2013 - 04:12PM JST
" Forced" to consider restarts by an unintended side effects of the sliding currency" ?
Make no mistake - the LDP would have been very well aware that the energy imports will rise in price with the weak yen. One would have to have rocks in their head to think otherwise.
But it all just ties in so nicely for their long term plans - the reactors will be restarted for one reason only - to provide profits for their amakudari buddies running the energy companies , however the sceptical public will be fed lines such as " it is crucial for the economy " and " your living standards will be threatened if you don,t allow it".
Sound bites for the sheep.
Posted in: A cheap currency may drive energy prices up beyond the threshold of pain for consumers and businesses. In that context, the government may be forced to consider restarting the country's arsenal of nuclear power plants, which provide affordable juice for the nearly $6 trillion economy.
marcelitoMay. 02, 2013 - 01:38PM JST
sengoku - what kind of BS logic is that " If it weren't for the anti-nuke crowd the monju reactor would already be replaced by new technology."?....they cant even get the monju in a proper working order after decades passed and billions spent on this particular elephant, let alone leap to the next generation technology.
If it weren,t for the pro -nuke crowd we could all be living in a country supplied by green energy sources developed with the help of untold billions in subsidies which as it were went to the N industry instead.
And we would not have to worry about whether another reactor will be able to withstand another " unpredictable " and " once in a hundred years " event when ( not if ) it comes.
Posted in: Black smoke detected from Monju reactor during test operations
marcelitoMay. 01, 2013 - 10:14AM JST
Agree that there is nothing at all unusual about this...women like Ms A are a dime a dozen all over the place.
And as for - "although Ms A is a woman of striking beauty, she has surprisingly been single for three years."
She is obviously just enjoying her single days and shopping for the right "rich husband potential type " through her dinner routine.
No worries , when she is tired of the game there are plenty of well off guys in Tokyo who will be willing to marry a young "striking beauty " nurse / nursery teacher type. She will be just fine.
Posted in: Women use smartphone games to lure men into paying for their food expenses
marcelitoMay. 01, 2013 - 08:04AM JST
JAL pays no taxes yet ANA,s profit growth is still 6 times higher than JAL?
Guess JAL ,s management hasn't changed all that much...?
Posted in: ANA profit soars 53.1%; JAL's profit falls 8%
marcelitoApr. 30, 2013 - 03:20PM JST
Lol -If I had a dollar for every time I have seen an oyaji just walk out from a cubicle after doing no.2 without washing his hands here -all my money worries would be over.
This particular national obsession is definately not uniform.
Posted in: National obsession with cleanliness bodes ill for health
marcelitoApr. 30, 2013 - 02:38PM JST
It crystal clear - Abe about to touch down in Saudi Arabia to talk oil business, Japanese French consortium on the verge of securing a contract to build a Turkish nuclear power plant, potential lucrative Olympic infrastructure contracts for J construction giants in jeopardy if Tokyo looses = Inose has no choice but to apologize.
Money talks. No misunderstanding.
How "extremely regrettable" that the media did not understand his "intention".
Posted in: Tokyo governor apologizes to Muslim world for gaffe
marcelitoApr. 28, 2013 - 02:58PM JST
marcelito - How has doing nothing solved the problem?
Well, until the windbag Ishihara decided to stir the pot doing nothing has left the Senkaku,s on a backburner for decades as a non issue.
Posted in: Chinese military planes flew near disputed isles 40 times in one day
marcelitoApr. 28, 2013 - 10:12AM JST
" Japan needs to be built on those islands NOW"
Yeah, because that will REALLY defuse the situation.
marcelitoApr. 27, 2013 - 07:32PM JST
"Promising to talk about what happened in the past two years " - Wonder how many people actually want to read about it.
Posted in: Tomoko Nakajima restarts blog, promising to talk about what happened during past two years
marcelitoApr. 26, 2013 - 08:02AM JST
Wish it was only pedestrians ...not a day goes by when I don't see a car driver using a smartphone / keitai staring at a screen or typing while driving ( often through a red light ) cops dont seem to care much around here.
Way more dangerous than pedestrians.
Posted in: Smartphone users who text while they walk becoming a hazard
marcelitoApr. 26, 2013 - 12:15AM JST
I agree Paul - great post from as-the-crow-flies there.. I,ll thumb him up too.
Posted in: Gov't plans to increase number of foreign English teachers to 10,000
May. 25, 2013 - 08:10PM JST
Vote this scum out of politics !!!
Posted in: Hashimoto regrets meeting cancelation; wants to apologize to U.S.
May. 25, 2013 - 08:03PM JST
Funny feeling there's more detail we should be getting.
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
May. 25, 2013 - 07:50PM JST
To pay 1.6m yen for a pair of Yubari Melon (Rock Melon)? If you pay me…
Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.6 mil
May. 25, 2013 - 07:47PM JST
Are they serious about this crap? Ghosts? Lol...
Posted in: Gov't denies ghosts keeping PM out of residence
May. 25, 2013 - 07:43PM JST
From the BBC, according to a childhood friend MI5 asked Adebolajo if he wanted to work…
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks