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marcelitoApr. 19, 2014 - 11:55AM JST
Bit of an overkill?
Thats a lot of nice overtime pay for standing around on street corners.
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marcelitoApr. 19, 2014 - 10:01AM JST
This catchphrase about society where "women shine " has been repeated ad nauseum.
How about the govt. stop paying lip service and finally start taking some concrete steps?
Or are they still stuck with panels and study groups "discussing and studying the issue " as always?
Posted in: It is urgent that Japan establishes a society where women shine. To do that, we have to boost measures to support households with children, and to build infrastructure to help women actively participate in society.
marcelitoApr. 18, 2014 - 06:34PM JST
Aah...the well worn "we,ll deal with it strictly and swiftly " statement followed by a 20 % pay cut for 3 months "punishment "?
Posted in: Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train
marcelitoApr. 17, 2014 - 02:01PM JST
The new Xtrail, Murano and Qashqai all have the look. It's a step in the right direction....looks.good.
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marcelitoApr. 17, 2014 - 01:55PM JST
Tragedies like this should always.be above petty politics regardless of which countries are involved ...basic humanity and common decency.
Agree with Yuri and praying /hoping for the best.
Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster
marcelitoApr. 17, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
Samuraiblue - OK fair enough, then let the whalers disperse with the " science " BS, and catch a few whales for the remaining hardcore fans of the " traditional " Edo period dishes in Japan's waters. Stay away from the Antarctic sanctuary...nothing traditionally Japanese down there.
Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program
marcelitoApr. 17, 2014 - 07:40AM JST
Practice your " unique tradition and culture " in your own waters and not in the Antarctic, twits.
And since these windbag " lawmakers are " demanding" govt. redesign the whaling farce to circumvent the ICJ ruling as a paying taxpayer here I " demand" they stop wasting our taxes on this BS and start devoting themselves to solving the myriad of other problems Japan is facing.
marcelitoApr. 16, 2014 - 04:08PM JST
@ Daniel -Macelito, Seems you haven(t set a foot in most Izakaya and sea food product places here in Japan....
Well, since I have lived in Japan for quite a while I have certainly "set a foot " in a number of izakayas here - certainly enough to know that a vast majority of them don`t have any whale meat on their menus regardless of the pro whaling supporters wishes otherwise. There is just not enough demand for the stuff - end of story.
Posted in: A taste of whale
marcelitoApr. 16, 2014 - 02:00PM JST
"So much for all he anti-whaler's arguments that nobody in Japan eats whale meat anyway. Thumbs down doesn't change the truth."
Lol...you might be correct if this was an everyday occurance at your average Japanese food court / restaurant but since this is a PR event show for the cameras it most certainly is not " truth "-)
marcelitoApr. 16, 2014 - 01:48PM JST
zenpun - "If someone can contribute 10 million dollars for Japanese retirement fund, he or she will be offered as permanent resident. It is win win for both Japan and immigrants."
If someone has 10 million dollars available , they can choose from a number of countries that are more welcoming to immigrants in every way than Japan and welcome business migrants and their mola to invest in job creating businesses and not "Japanese retirement fund " black hole.
Japan needs young, productive foreign workers who will work here, pay income taxes and buy products and services - not passive capital.
Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%
marcelitoApr. 16, 2014 - 08:13AM JST
Just a free loading mixture of fat cat bureaucrats and the fishing industry cronies with their wives/ girlfriends - not enough average people are interested in eating the whale meat.
marcelitoApr. 16, 2014 - 08:10AM JST
The politics makers " will eventually have to get off their asses and raise the retirement age in Japan instead of just raising taxes on the ever shrinking working population , or the country will not be able to pay for the elderly. Ironic that it is the oldies that are the most resistant to the " scary" increase in immigration that could help revitalize economy and increase tax revenue for the govt. Back in Australia the govt. just started pushing towards extending the retirement age to 70 if people want to keep their standards of living. Japan will soon have to start moving in the same direction but at the moment the politicians are too afraid to do anything drastic to upset the large elderly voting base, but how long do they have left to keep passing the ball I wonder?
marcelitoApr. 15, 2014 - 06:40PM JST
It's sad to see that all the goodwill and sympathy Japan had from around the world after 3.11 is being squandered by the self serving , corrupt oyajis in positions of power here be it on this whaling nonsense, WW 2 revisionism, " free trade" or any other issue where Japan refuses to.join majority of the developed world in 21 st century. What a waste.
Posted in: Japanese whaling group says it intends to resume hunts
marcelitoApr. 14, 2014 - 08:07AM JST
In the top 10% of the biggest companies yes.
The rest maybe in the parallel universe Aso seems to inhabit.
Just out of interest , wonder what kind of pay increases are the businesses run by Aso family giving its workers?
Posted in: We're about to see the kind of wage increases never seen lately. I told the G20 I welcome such moves because they help ease the impact from the sales tax hike.
marcelitoApr. 12, 2014 - 11:08PM JST
So after Obama was finally able to get Abe and Park to face each other and talk a little bit on the summit sidelines only 2 weeks ago this bad hair Shindo character comes out and sets even that tiny step towards normalizing Japan Korea relationship back. Right on the heels of the Glendale comfort women statue PR fiasco. These guys just don't want to learn.
Standby for J - govt call for talks with Korea by about next week and when ignored, expressions of " how regrettable " it is that Korea doesn't want to sit down and talk again.
Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine
marcelitoApr. 12, 2014 - 08:27AM JST
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marcelitoApr. 12, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
" Foreigners, especially citizens of the Allied nations (during WW2), tend to view the historical truth in terms of judgments handed down by the Tokyo war crimes tribunal,”
As opposed to the J- right wingers who view the historical truth in terms of " facts" presented by second rate " historians " who lack credibility and recognition outside of the black van / black keyboard circles?
Yep, those are certainly the pinnacles of credibility....cough.
Posted in: Foreign correspondents 'blindly swallowing' anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges
marcelitoApr. 12, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
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marcelitoApr. 10, 2014 - 03:23PM JST
"There is an inherent anti Japanese bias in the foreign media, compared to other Asian nations, and this conference is proof enough."
Yeah right, western media never criticizes countries like say -China, its always just the poor, misunderstood, victimized Japan, gosh...
marcelitoApr. 10, 2014 - 12:11PM JST
@ Harald - well said, plus 1.
Apr. 19, 2014 - 06:58PM JST
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Apr. 19, 2014 - 06:56PM JST
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Apr. 19, 2014 - 06:51PM JST
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