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marcelitoDec. 20, 2014 - 09:39AM JST
Funny reading about private consumption remaining " resilient" when a previous article in JT business section talks about car manufacturers sounding alarm over the continuing slump I their domestic sales. Kuroda had been singing about recovery and resilient spending for 2 years but most of the recent data don't seem to support it. I get that it is his job to keep talking it up in hope of self fulfilling prophecy but the contradiction between the BOj assessments and reality on the ground is obvious. Still Christmas present buying season should provide a little bit of tailwind for consumer spending, but I think it will probably be softer than expected.
Posted in: BOJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures
marcelitoDec. 17, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
No problems...the average Taro will pick up the tab through the shoohizei increase.
As Abe said after his landslide ,they all strongly support his policies and gave him a mandate.
Time for a "gaman" and " shouganai" utterances.
Posted in: Gov't considering 2.5% corporate tax cut from fiscal 2015: Nikkei
marcelitoDec. 17, 2014 - 08:18AM JST
Just like last year , the only increases will be given to public servants and employees of the top 50 or so companies mainly in export & finance. Mid size and small business squeezed by the falling yen are unable to increase wages much.
So the increases will be to the same employes who are already relatively well off and the rich / poor gap is just gonna keep widening.
Posted in: Abe urges business leaders to increase wages
marcelitoDec. 14, 2014 - 10:11AM JST
Mark X - very true observation.
Posted in: Japan's weak opposition makes Abe default choice
marcelitoDec. 12, 2014 - 11:44PM JST
Not ashamed to say that a woman with high heels matched with a nice body hugging skirt / dress certainly has power over me. Leaves me practically defenseless ...now I have " science" to back me up.
Posted in: Science proves high heels do have power over men
marcelitoDec. 05, 2014 - 01:13PM JST
If the wives complain about the Christmas season, I can just imagine how much they whinge during the rest of the year.
Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas
marcelitoDec. 04, 2014 - 09:53PM JST
Spot anyone under the retirement age in the crowd?
Posted in: Tens of thousands get rare peek at Imperial Palace
marcelitoDec. 04, 2014 - 09:52PM JST
"Last week, reports said that the LDP may lose seats! Did the LDP twist their arms?"
Nooooo, of course not....but if you remember they sent all the media outlets a letter asking for " objective reporting" on the election which translated means " positive reporting on LDP and its upcoming sweeping victory " so it can become a self fulfilling prophecy. Guess none of the media want to loose access to the kissha club after the election is over so very likely we,ll be seeing next to no reporting of anything critical of the Jiminto machine. Nicely played ,comrades.
Posted in: Polls predict easy victory for Abe in Dec 14 election
marcelitoNov. 27, 2014 - 02:35PM JST
"Wage increases in the government and at the BOJ will promote raises at private companies."
One word - BS.
Posted in: The pay increase at the BOJ is another good sign that a virtuous cycle of Abenomics is spreading in Japan. Wage increases in the government and at the BOJ will promote raises at private companies.
marcelitoNov. 27, 2014 - 02:29PM JST
Is this real or photoshop?
Posted in: On a clear day...
marcelitoNov. 27, 2014 - 09:41AM JST
What? Moushiwake gozaimasen with a bow and 10 % paycut for 3 months doesn't work in the States?
Posted in: U.S. safety regulators threaten to act against air bag maker
marcelitoNov. 27, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
The only thing this proves is that the J government. Is unable and unwilling to stop wasting taxpayer funds on this amakudari run farce ( ironic as they are preaching " fiscal responsibility " left, right and centre with the election on).
Hope the Sea Shepherd will get.more donations than ever and launch their most successful campaign to date.
Posted in: New whaling plan will prove hunt is for scientific purposes: negotiator
marcelitoNov. 26, 2014 - 08:08AM JST
Just as before , the only firms that might respond are in the top 20 , mainly the big exporters plus a few others , bulk of the domestic market oriented and medium to small companies that have seen their costs rise will hold off any pay rises as long as possible despite Kuroda and Abe,s urging. Wanna really increase wages ? Legislate a rise in the minimum wage or give a income tax cut to lower & middle class but of course LDP is not gonna do that.
Posted in: BOJ Gov Kuroda urges firms to raise wages, spending
marcelitoNov. 22, 2014 - 06:20PM JST
Great...watch the competition diminish and ticket prices go up once JAL becomes a major shareholder.
Posted in: Skymark Airlines shares soar 25.6% on JAL tie-up report
marcelitoNov. 22, 2014 - 11:14AM JST
Spot on...the discussion about reduced tax rates was going on a year ago when Abe and co. flatly said it couldn't be.done as it would " confuse" the population.
Behold the miracle.. Suddenly it is not" confusing" anymore?
Posted in: Gov't to reduce sales tax on food, other items in April 2017
marcelitoNov. 20, 2014 - 02:06PM JST
Instead of coming forward to co operate in resolving the issue quickly Takata is dragging its feet in a typical old fashioned J-Inc. fashion. I guess this will cost them dearly in longer run and they are about to find out that the US politicians and NHTSA don,t pussyfot around in high profile cases such as this where multiple deaths and injuries are involved. Bad move by the Takata oyajis.
Posted in: Showdown looms between U.S. gov't, air bag maker
marcelitoNov. 19, 2014 - 11:52AM JST
"sad..... setting back science to appease the ocean terrorists"
Well said :)...You have described the J scientific whaling program perfectly.
Lucky we have the Sea Shepherd who try to stop them "ocean terrorists".
Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota
marcelitoNov. 19, 2014 - 11:43AM JST
**"raising the sales tax is unavoidable to rein in the country’s massive public debt."
How about cutting the public waste instead as had been suggested a hundred times but never implemented.
Todays article about the J- govt. continuing to waste taxpayer money on propping up the dinosaur " whaling research industry" that no one except a small hard core vested interest group supports is a perfect example of the LDP government
inability and unwillingness to cut unnecessary expenses in order to " rein in the country,s debt".
Btw, what happened to the promise of cutting 80 seats of the useless J politicians in the House?
Funny how when it affects the politicians pockets no painful measure is ever implemented.....lets just raise the sales tax on everyone instead..but no touching our 30 million plus salaries.
Posted in: Aso says sales tax hike delay must not happen again
marcelitoNov. 16, 2014 - 12:40PM JST
450 yen for a cup of coffee at KFC branded cafe seems a bit pricey...the design on the picture looks fine but not really original in any way...will be interesting to see how it goes.
Posted in: Kentucky Fried Café to offer upscale coffee, tea and sweets
marcelitoNov. 15, 2014 - 04:22PM JST
"Unfortunately, police must focus on criminal activity and therefore can't focus solely on jaywalking. Police have better things to do than ticket pedestrians "
Yes, indeed....like focusing on checking high school kids bicycles while ignoring the boosoozoku honing around in front of their stations after sunset or the legions of drivers glued to their smartphones, running red lights, kids without seatbelts jumping on front passenger seats etc...I see the same scene every day.
I just don't get the cops priorities around here.
Posted in: Signs put up to discourage elderly from jaywalking
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:39AM JST
Of course Japan is a repeat destination! Just the onsens is enough reason! But there's so…
Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination?
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:38AM JST
No but this places an implication that Discovery Channel as an accomplice in which they the…
Posted in: Anti-whaling activists found in contempt of court in U.S.
Dec. 21, 2014 - 12:29AM JST
so what are the US going to do , go down to the Antartica or Australia…
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:59PM JST
80% of Japanese TV is rubbish of course, but so is it everywhere else.
Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:58PM JST
Nonsense. The realisation that He does not exist is a mark of mental development, becoming self-aware…
Posted in: Do you, or did you, encourage your young children to believe in Santa Claus?