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marcelitoNov. 25, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
"Under the policy, the increased tax revenue from the planned consumption tax will be used to finance pension and medical expenses."
Yes, sure ...if anyone believes that some of it will not be "diverted" for various future LDP pork barrel adventures would have to have rocks in their heads.
LDP Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki quoted Abe as saying the government “cannot give what it does not have.”
LDP sure doesn`t have a problem with giving away billions to its cronies and vested interest groups ( farmers and big business anyone?) but naturally has "nothing to give " to the working class (except higher taxes it seems.)
The prime minister also said introducing different tax rates required “obtaining understanding from the public” so as to avoid confusing business operators and consumers
Stop with this BS line already, different tax rates dont confuse anyone in the multitude of countries that are using them already and the public "understands " fully well that lower tax rates on food is a good thing.
Now how about lowering income tax rates for the working population to compensate for the tax increases Shinzo?
You know ,like most other countries do.....i guess no chance of that as it would be too "confusing" for the sheep , but cutting the business taxes is another ball game all together that mysteriously doesnt "confuse " anyone.
How much longer will J public allow itself to be screwed step by step by the blue blood LDP princelings....?
Posted in: Abe orders study of fresh food exemption from 2017 sales tax hike
marcelitoNov. 25, 2015 - 10:03AM JST
The plane entered Turkish airspace for 17 seconds and they had to shoot it down...?
In 2012, when Syria shot down a Turkish F-4 Phantom, an outraged Erdogan said that: "A short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack.""
Exactly, but I guess now certain people in Turkish govt are pissed since Russia started bombing IS controlled oil facilities and trucks. It was reported that the Turkish company that resells the smuggled IS oil (and is now loosing millions due to the Russian strikes) is in fact controlled by guess who... the Turkish president`s son.
Posted in: Turkey says Russian jet violated its airspace, ignored repeated warnings
marcelitoNov. 24, 2015 - 08:21PM JST
Well within their rights perhaps..but how about giving the Russian plane a bit of a break. Russians are bombing the jihadis ( and let's do away with that " moderate, vetted " myth) so NATO and Turkey could co operate with the Russians a bit more. Contrast that with the Russian response in ordering it's naval forces in the area to fully cooperate with the French aircraft carrier group and treat them as " allies".
NATO is really determined to loose as much credibility over Syria as possible.
Posted in: Turkey shoots down Russian warplane
marcelitoNov. 24, 2015 - 07:55PM JST
WTF is Turkey doing?
As a NATO member it knows full well what the Russian planes are bombing..are they pissed off that Russians are bombing Isis oil tankers and someone high up in Turkish govt is loosing a lot of money as a consequence? damn...can't give the Russian plane a bit more time to get out of its airspace IF it indeed strayed over?
marcelitoNov. 24, 2015 - 07:48PM JST
It is not about Japan or the Japanese people, it is about the government acknowledging historical responsibility.”
Spot on. Great to hear this coming from a Japanese American lawmaker. This will give Abe another tummy ache.
Posted in: Lawmakers from 5 nations form coalition for victims of sexual slavery
marcelitoNov. 24, 2015 - 01:45PM JST
Posted in: 47-yr-old woman arrested over murder, assisted suicide of parents
marcelitoNov. 24, 2015 - 09:38AM JST
"Fully sick bro "
Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation?
marcelitoNov. 22, 2015 - 11:51PM JST
Frankly speaking, I am disappointed with the outcome, as Japan presented a feasible and the best proposal on the high-speed railway,” Abe was quoted
World according to Shin chan. Obviously the Indonesians begged to differ about which proposal was " best " for them.
It's all so " very regrettable " but China won based on the financing of the project and that's that. Move on.
Posted in: Japan disappointed to lose out over railway bid, Abe tells Jokowi
marcelitoNov. 22, 2015 - 06:25PM JST
Yes, I'm sure this is gonna work just wonders in turning things completely around. Especially in addition to that other " increasing birthrate" initiative gem that I,m particularly impr seed with. The " matchmaking services " provided by a number of city halls for the young. I still remember an article last year celebrating the achievements of this particular Kansai based matchmaking office - successfully matched 20 couples in the 5 years since it was established. That's 4 couples per year who may or may not have kids... Of course the office was run by 60 year + experts on public payroll. With quality policy initiatives such as these how could the J- govt. fail?
Posted in: Gov't plans fertility aid, loans for single parents
marcelitoNov. 21, 2015 - 11:12AM JST
What's the point of even publishing this asset data when stock holdings are not included and everything else is in the names of family members or companies. Supposed to be transparent disclosure?
Posted in: New cabinet ministers hold Y61.2 mil on average in family assets
marcelitoNov. 21, 2015 - 01:03AM JST
Kazuaki - " *the fact of life is that disabled people consume a disproportionate amount of resources and the probability they would be above average in productivity is low. I'm sure you can dig exceptions but as I said we are looking at large numbers here, and statistically speaking their cost benefit just aren't that good! Thus, society's interests ARE in reducing the numbers of such people."
Wow...Your thinking would certainly make Nazis proud as they used the same arguments to rationalise their treatment " of those they considered " inferior". I have some words to describe people with such kind of thinking but I can not post them on here.
@ shonanbb - it sounds like you and I face the same situation so I hear what you are saying... It is incredibly hard for us as parents. Yet seeing the smile on my little ones face goes a long way towards negating the hardships endured. Wishing you the best in bringing up your family sir."
Posted in: Education board member apologizes for comments on disabled children
marcelitoNov. 20, 2015 - 06:13PM JST
That's what you get for believing that Abe would actually deliver his third arrow and deregulate the economy.
Score - vested interests 1, J -taxpayer 0.
Posted in: BOJ's corporate call to arms a sign of lost faith
marcelitoNov. 20, 2015 - 12:47PM JST
I read her comments elsewhere and she referred to " budgets being burdened by having to have too many teachers in special education schools " and reducing number of kids with disabilities would help the budgets. I found those comments insensitive and offensive to anyone who has a family member with special needs.
Well, I "wonder " whether there are ways to stop stacking Education Boards with 70 year plus old bats who are out of touch on many issues but get paid a disproportionate salary that I as a taxpayer have to contribute towards.
If she wants to "reduce the burden the families of disabled children bear " she should campaign for improved govt. support for such families and perhaps donate some of her wealth towards special needs children schools / facilities.
Won't hold.my breath..
marcelitoNov. 19, 2015 - 09:07AM JST
"Part-timers’ hourly wages hit record highs for a fourth straight month in September, data from private-sector agency Recruit Jobs showed, with pay rising 1.5% in big cities."
Wow, so part timer wages increased a whopping 10 yen or so an hour in Tokyo and Osaka - no wonder they are fuelling the luxury chocolate and ramen boom. Seriously but, so people are buying more 250 yen chocolate bars? Maybe because they stopped buying 500 yen cakes at cafes and are" treating" themselves with chocolate bars instead...ditto for eating "value added "cups of noodles instead of a proper ramen at a restaurant.
*Kozo Yamamoto, a ruling party lawmaker and one of the architects of Abenomics, told Reuters on Monday that the latest GDP data “was a bit shocking” *
At least this guy publicly admits the obvious while others continue to lie through their teeth in order to keep the govt. line.
Posted in: Cup noodles and chocolates keep Abenomics' pulse beating
marcelitoNov. 18, 2015 - 08:53AM JST
They don`t need English?
In the 21st century? Japan doesnt need it for anything other than trade?
What about travel, research, getting info from Internet...and a ton of other reasons.
Is this guy serious?
Posted in: Japan, with a GDP more than 20% larger than Germany’s and with twice as many citizens as Italy has, can still thrive within its own ecosystem. Except for trade, it requires little overseas intercourse. Ill-informed (and often monolingual) foreigners ask 'Why do so few Japanese know English?' The answer is simple: They don’t need it...Mastering a complex foreign language wouldn’t be more useful to them than Japanese is to a Kansas farmer.
marcelitoNov. 18, 2015 - 08:46AM JST
"It's been run on paper bag cash deals, bid rigging and the Yakuza for a long long time. "
Phew, for a second there I thought you are talking about the world of Japanese politics...you know,
run by the all knowing oyajis that are supposed to keep things in order.
Oh , wait....
Posted in: Minister suspects data fabrication has spread throughout piling industry
marcelitoNov. 17, 2015 - 12:20PM JST
Abe has been big on catchy media soundbites for the masses while accelerating the transfer of wealth to the top 10% , nothing else. Now the talk of the third arrow and Abe "drilling the bedrock " and breaking regulations stranglehold has all but fizzled out , we are left with a lame attempt at " 3 new arrows" and traditional LDP policies of yen devaluation and pork barrell projects spending. Oh but we do pay more tax and higher prices at the cash register.
Abenophoneycs - what a con job!
Posted in: Abenomics' first two arrows of monetary and fiscal stimulus were meant to buy time, but Japan failed to make progress with painful reforms needed to boost its growth potential.
marcelitoNov. 17, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
Russians haven't really been attacking much where ISIS is based on central and eastern Syria yet. They haven't even yet launched an offensive to retake Palmyra, the crossroads between Assad and ISIS capitals."
And exactly what offensives had NATO launched ? They just watched Palmyra taken and the World Heritage sites blown up to bits as they did elsewhere. Why criticize Russia for" not launching an offensive yet"?
They have done much more damage to jihadists ( "moderate" ones and otherwise ) in a month than NATO did in a year.
Posted in: Do you think countries such as the U.S., Russia, France, Britain and others should continue air strikes and drone attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria and northern Iraq?
marcelitoNov. 17, 2015 - 10:18AM JST
Sexual crime victims in the battlefields by Japanese soldiers? Those happened everywhere in WARs including Japanese as victims and Chinese, Korean, Russian, American as the wrongdoers. As far as crimes by some IJA units outthere, they were punished and case closed"
Aah...the traditional " others did it too " defence line.
Irrelevant and weak, since this discussion forum is about what JIA did to its sex slaves, not about other militaries who also raped but not in the systemic, organised way that JIA did under its " comfort " station system. Organised rape ordered from the top levels down.
Posted in: Park urges Abe to resolve 'comfort women' issue
marcelitoNov. 17, 2015 - 12:58AM JST
" Give our Islands back, in exchange we can host Putin on a state visit."
Lol, you are funny...they are not Japan,s islands anymore and you might get a couple of them back if you are really nice to the Russians one day. Japan has zero cards to play in this game..
Btw, Putin doesn't give a flying hoot about visiting Japan as you guys seem to think, he is now basking in sunshine on the world front stage, courtesy of Russia,s strong performance in Syria.
On the other hand Abe is desperate to score some diplomatic points to take public,s focus from the J-economy slipping back into recession, his ( un) constitutional reinterpretation and the mysteriously disappeared third arrow.
Putin si calling the shots on this one.
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Nov. 25, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
Panel urges gov't to curtail concretisation.
Sorry, I must have fallen asleep.
Posted in: Panel urges gov't to limit hike in social security expenses
Nov. 25, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
Japan’s phenomenally handsome gorilla getting nationwide DVD release
Gorgeous gorillas, premium noodles and indulgent chocolate!
Posted in: Japan’s phenomenally handsome gorilla getting nationwide DVD release
Nov. 25, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
All hail our new simian overlords. I for one welcome the change.
Nov. 25, 2015 - 11:06AM JST
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Nov. 25, 2015 - 11:05AM JST
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