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napoleancomplexMar. 07, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
they give MMR vacines, there is a purpose for it..
Posted in: Rubella infections hit 5-year high
napoleancomplexJan. 08, 2013 - 09:34PM JST
better question is, who cares? why take it so personally about the 40 billion number?
Posted in: Apple says more than 40 bil apps have been downloaded
napoleancomplexJun. 27, 2012 - 12:20AM JST
Renting is just one means of getting shelter, as is actually buying a property. Your mortgage is pretty much rent anyways! Plus the amount of interest you pay on top of a mortgage to the bank, you're $350k house is now looking like a $450~500k piece of property. Wouldn't be a problem if you can actually sell the place for that much but way too many factors go into home prices.. and what if you are forced to sell during a slowdown in the economy?
People rent because it affords them a quick escape if need be. If you want to be a smart renter, take the difference between your rent and a mortgage (plus all the other costs of home ownership) and put that money to work.. whether or not you can get a good return in Japan remains to be seen
Posted in: To rent or to own a property in Japan?
napoleancomplexJun. 27, 2012 - 12:06AM JST
yeah sure, what did Ghosn personally do to save Nissan from near bankruptcy? CEOs are just the PR face of a company.. most of their "work" is done by delegating it to others and they just have to report the results to the public.
Posted in: Nissan CEO Ghosn earned Y987 mil in fiscal 2011
napoleancomplexJun. 26, 2012 - 12:12AM JST
when Jordan Henderson is brought on for Scott Parker.. you have to ask yourself "Is this the best that England can offer?"
England definitely lack creativity in the midfield and why on earth were they giving Pirlo so much time on the ball???
Posted in: Italy beats England on penalties to reach Euro 2012 semis
napoleancomplexJun. 22, 2012 - 11:42PM JST
there's actually a Tim's in Dubai?? I'm gonna be on the first Emirates flight out there!
Posted in: A tourist's day in 5 cities: Expensive, exhausting
napoleancomplexJun. 20, 2012 - 10:14PM JST
oh.. and let's not forget that during the buildup to the "goal", a ukrainian was offside. So if the technology was in place, the goal would have been awarded... a goal that was offside. So hypothetically, if the goal was allowed, now we have england complaining about how technology screwed them over because it only allows one portion of the play to be reviewed. Now we have a situation where we have to check offisides AND goal decisions. What are we to do?
Posted in: England, France advance to Euro 2012 quarterfinals
napoleancomplexJun. 20, 2012 - 10:01PM JST
Probie... yes, but where does it end? First you bring in replays for dubious goals.. then it moves on to see if a player was offside, then it used to see if a player used his hand.. then used to check if "he got the ball first"
Granted if its ONLY used to check goals AND it doesn't stop the game (for longer than a minute) then I'm ok with that. Once you start adding on to it.. it will become no better than the NFL
napoleancomplexJun. 20, 2012 - 12:57PM JST
bad ref'ing decisions is what makes sports fun and interesting to watch!!! Though I love the NFL, it is almost unbearable to watch because of all the replays and the absolute ridiculousness of the coach's challenge. The games are played by people, not robots...
napoleancomplexJun. 20, 2012 - 12:49PM JST
just out of curiosity, does Japan buy its oil using US dollars?
Posted in: Japan's May trade deficit jumps on soaring energy costs
napoleancomplexJun. 20, 2012 - 12:39AM JST
yeah right.. like any baseball player will ever do time over this complete farce of an issue. They could do random drug tests, but the baseball union won't let that happen.. at this point why don't they just say "take whatever you want to while playing, but don't come back to us expecting a pension when your body breaks down"
Posted in: Jury rules Clemens not guilty on all charges
napoleancomplexJun. 16, 2012 - 02:25AM JST
Pretty much since July 07, the Yen v US exchange has been on downward slope, ex July 07, we were looking at roughly $1 US = 118 yen, today.. around 78. And I'm visiting Japan in 2 weeks.. crapola
Posted in: Bank of Japan holds off fresh easing measures
napoleancomplexJun. 13, 2012 - 11:43PM JST
If China were smart, they'd work diplomatically with these countries to help them develop whatever resources are there.. instead of sending warships, flexing their muscles and re-hashing some 1000 year old claim to these islands. Unfortunate that things only get done with the threat of a gun pointed at your head...
Posted in: Firepower bristles in South China Sea as rivalries heat up
napoleancomplexJun. 13, 2012 - 11:34PM JST
Posted in: What is the best way for the government to cut the smoking rate in Japan?
napoleancomplexJun. 11, 2012 - 11:29PM JST
granted that partaking in Sports Day won't make children turn into mindless robots.. I don't understand the point of this article and she didn't really explain why it was a big deal.
North Americans (possibly being general here but I know of no other schools in my province that had an event like this) like myself who never ever had a sports day-like event at school may find this extremely bizarre, watching kids practice for a few weeks before the actual day, the marching around, etc etc.. whereas a Japanese person who grew up with this may think the same of me, that it was bizarre that I never had this.
When I was teaching in Japan at elementary schools.. I never really understood why so much time was being spent on preparing this. Why everything needed to be practiced again and again, I felt it took the fun out of it.. but thats just me. And the kids set up the event in the sense that they helped put up tents and chairs.. but to say they did everything themselves.. yeah right
I did enjoy however, going out and getting rip roaring drunk with the other teachers that evening
Posted in: Why Sports Day is a big deal
napoleancomplexJun. 08, 2012 - 11:32PM JST
Who does Elvis think he is.. Tupac?
Posted in: U.S. firm to create 'virtual' Elvis Presley
napoleancomplexJun. 08, 2012 - 11:31PM JST
This is a joke, right?
Posted in: K-pop boy groups 2PM and 2AM merge
napoleancomplexJun. 06, 2012 - 04:16AM JST
so no chance of him signing for Newcastle united? damn...
Posted in: Kagawa joins Manchester United
napoleancomplexJun. 05, 2012 - 11:47PM JST
I listened to a really good podcast from 'This American Life' called "When Patents Attack" that spent an hour talking about this issue. Got the feeling that all this litigation does a good job of stifling innovation
Posted in: What do you think about all the patent suit and countersuit battles going on between companies such as Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Apple, Samsung, Oracle, HTC, Yahoo and Facebook, among others?
napoleancomplexJun. 05, 2012 - 11:31PM JST
per capita GDP of the US is still miles ahead of China, but again these economic indicators will never tell the true story of what is happening inside a country. The US has an utterly broken political system and the Chinese have an utterly broken social system
there is no doubt that China will surpass the US as the world's #1 economy and as a poster above pointed out, China has been the most powerful country in the world previous times. This is the ebb and flow of the world. In the past, empires would last for hundreds of years.. today, thanks to the speed of technology.. what are we seeing, 50 years tops?
I just hope that when China does become #1, it acts like a responsible nation, i.e not threatening its neighbours over resource reserves, free speech and all that
Posted in: From left to right, U.S. haunted by 'decline of empire'
Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:11AM JST
Surprising the Dutch maintain such close ties and respect for the Japanese Imperial family after horrendous…
Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years
Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:10AM JST
I'm very bad at maths, but isn't the answer 'yes' ?
Posted in: Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal
Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:09AM JST
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@ Educator - reference was to an Aussie…
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In a nutshell, Masako was hikikomori.
Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:02AM JST
You may not like it, but the majority of Japanese voters would rather have Prime Minister…