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marcelitoSep. 29, 2014 - 12:12AM JST
Enough procrastination and slowing everyone down, show them the door and let them muse about how " very regrettable " it is when they are falling behind again once the yen moves off its current lows.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. blame each other for snag in TPP talks
marcelitoSep. 28, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
What's with the complaints...?
At least the club is trying to do something positive, even if it is not in the way that pleases everyone by the look of it.
Still it's better to be pro active and working towards minimizing potential idiot initiated discrimination than doing nothing.
I say good on them.
Posted in: Be nice to foreigners
marcelitoSep. 28, 2014 - 09:56AM JST
Posted in: Japanese women fight 'maternity harassment'
marcelitoSep. 27, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
It's a TV drama!!
Still, please don't take away my dream..:-)
Posted in: Ryoko Yonekura returns as Doctor X for third season
marcelitoSep. 25, 2014 - 01:42PM JST
"“The prime minister keeps reminding us that the laws that he keeps trying to pass are not about targeting Muslims but what is the practical effect? 100% of the targets are Muslims,” he said."
Well, might have something to do with the fact that the ISIS terrorists are 100 % Muslims too.
Screw a little inconvenience or a delay to these people if it helps keeping public safer.
Posted in: For Australian Muslims, security crackdown is code for racial profiling
marcelitoSep. 25, 2014 - 01:08AM JST
wtf - it's not BS, obviously QE had resulted in dollar being weaker and yen stronger over the last few years, but now since BOJ is doing its own QE obviously that is resulting in yen being devalued in relation to where it was for the past half a decade.
Besides, yen has been dropping since Abe came in and started his policies with his sidekick Kuroda at BOJ, the US QE coming to an end and Fed talking about rising interest rates only added in the additional fall in the last few weeks from the 103-4 range to the 110 mark. Don't know where you" BS "comment is coming from.
Posted in: Anti-nuclear plant rally
marcelitoSep. 24, 2014 - 10:45AM JST
@sfjp -"Without the nuclear power, Japanese citizens are paying close to ten percent more in energy cost than a year ago, and much more in the future"
I think a lot of credit for the increased cost of fossil fiels must go to Abe and Bank of Japan due to the yen devaluation.
Since Abe came in yen lost close to 20% of its value. There you go.
marcelitoSep. 24, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
@sensei258 - what a crap useless comment.
Cops did what they had to do. End of story.
Posted in: Australian police shoot terror suspect dead after two officers stabbed
marcelitoSep. 24, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
Asahi was a bit sloppy by the look of it but I for one certainly don`t believe they are the only ones.
I,m sure Yomiuri and others had similar "slips" as well but given the right wing rise to power here in Japan it is the left leaning Asahi being hounded. In fact , it is a bit scary how systematically the current LDP govt. and forces behind it are effectively eliminating any opposition, first DPJ, then Your Party, Hashimoto and now media outlets not favorable to it....does not bode well.
Posted in: Newspaper wars inviting permanent reader alienation
marcelitoSep. 23, 2014 - 09:56PM JST
N -power will never ever be 100% safe in an earthquake prone country that lies on the Ring of Fire.
End of story.
Posted in: Abe says Japan will not restart nuclear plants unless safety is restored 100%
marcelitoSep. 20, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
Agree with all of the above comments - but i think it is naive for all of us to still imagine Abenomics was about improving the J economy for all. It was always about improving things for the big business and government cronies, a typical old LDP policy of devaluing the yen and massive public spending that benefits their construction buddies. Only this time it was wrapped in a fancy " reform " coat with an easily remembered one word catchphrase to make it more appealing.
Slick PR but same old guard pulling the strings behind the scenes. The third arrow is not going to achieve any substantial reform - that much is becoming more evident by the day.
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to stick with 'three arrows' economic plan
marcelitoSep. 19, 2014 - 07:24PM JST
Do it in your own waters Suga...if the Japanese whalers / Eco vandals go down to the Antarctic sanctuary , may the Sea Shepherd fleet be there to meet them with the most robust campaign ever. Let the thick skulled, Japanese oyaji who are pushing this taxpayer money wasting farce have something " very regrettable " to whine about.
If these twits in charge had to put up their own money for the hunt instead of wasting our taxes I bet they would change their minds about " cultural tradition " real quick.
Posted in: Suga says Japan will keep on whaling, despite resolution
marcelitoSep. 18, 2014 - 08:08AM JST
The stubborn, taxpayer money wasting hopeless oyajis running this farce just don't wanna give it up. Godspeed Sea Shepherd.
Posted in: Japan to file new research whaling plan this year
marcelitoSep. 17, 2014 - 08:10AM JST
NZ proposal is fair - if you wanna get a permit for " scientific" hunt , show the scientific necessity for it.
Of course , there is no such necessity for " lethal research " so Japan will continue to defy the will of most of the international community.
And for what?.....so that a few hard headed amakudari oyajis running this unviable, obsolete farce of an industry can keep getting their taxpayer funded kickback every year. Govt should use that money to re train and support the fishing communities involved and build up a viable whale watching industry instead , which is what other whaling nations of old , such as Australia , did.
Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting
marcelitoSep. 16, 2014 - 06:39PM JST
I guess Japan is not interested in potential goodwill from abandoning the Antarctic hunt, propping up bankrupt, amakudari run, obsolete whaling jndustry obviously seems more important to the thick skull politicians in Nagatacho....Donation to Sea Shepherd is on its way...
Posted in: Nations square off at whaling conference
marcelitoSep. 16, 2014 - 06:32PM JST
Fxgai -" In our countries taxes went up and so did the wages.
Inflation has also been running at 2-3% annually in most places though, I think that has something to do with higher salaries overseas."
Yes, that is of course correct and i agree with you, I was merely pointing out that when people who go back to their home countries after many years and are surprised by the high cost of many products they need to consider that for most of the working population salaries have kept pace with the price inflation. In my country,s case, salary increases generally are in line with CPI increase or slightly higher....problem for the J population is that while prices are rising , salaries are not ( with the notable exception of some high profile exporters / manufacturers, professionals in finance etc and construction firms ).
Bulk of the population working in smaller firms has is seeing their real incomes slide.
Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%
marcelitoSep. 15, 2014 - 11:56PM JST
hidingout - there are two crucial points you left out in your comparison.
Firstly, in a number of countries ( including mine ) when sales tax goes up , other taxes get cut to compensate the working population ..
Secondly, the average salaries and conditions in developed western countries are higher nowadays than in Japan to account for the higher sales taxes...yes, in Japan prices have stayed the same for twenty years, so have the salaries ( or in many cases they decreased ).
In our countries taxes went up and so did the wages.
marcelitoSep. 14, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
"But people living around the airport seemed to point most of the blame on Ukrainian forces who had been shelling Donetsk from just outside the city "
Somehow I think people who are being shelled have a better idea of who is firing at them than Western ministers posting on Twitter.
Posted in: Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests truce
marcelitoSep. 14, 2014 - 03:16PM JST
"Top items on the agenda are likely to be a bill giving the green light for operating casinos in Japan,"
Of course, because that's where the best chance of new source of "brown envelopes" for the politicians lies.
Shouldn't fixing the economy that's taking a hit after the sales tax, firing the mythical " third arrow" , working on reversing the population decline and the soon to implode nenkin system be somehow higher on the govt. priority list than casinos?
I mean really fixing those issues, not " discussing measures " at meetings.
marcelitoSep. 13, 2014 - 04:32PM JST
So a a truce is negotiated and implemented between Russia and Ukraine and AFTER it goes into effect the West imposes new sanctions?
Seems like the West just can't help itself...or is it beacause the ceasefire deal was Putin,s initiative and not theirs so NATO wants it to fail?
Posted in: West imposes new Russia sanctions; Putin defiant
Oct. 02, 2014 - 03:16AM JST
Accident is waiting.
Posted in: Sony develops 'SmartEyeglass'
Oct. 02, 2014 - 03:13AM JST
The article explained it all with this phrase:
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Posted in: Miranda Kerr’s photo shoot for Vogue Japan stirs up controversy
Oct. 02, 2014 - 03:11AM JST
This is sports, not politics. Koreans should grow up. They are very classy these days.
Posted in: Japan protests over banner of Korean assassin at Asian Games
Oct. 02, 2014 - 03:10AM JST
StrangerlandSep. 27, 2014 - 09:24AM JST (Good post Sangetsu)
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Oct. 02, 2014 - 03:09AM JST
So basically, according to the non Japanese commentators here, its OK to have a non Japanese…