nigelboy's past comments

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    nigelboy

    How I read the treaty, it is pretty clear that it states all tariffs abolished by 2015, there were no exceptions mentioned. Most of the signatories are already standing by this particular position.

    Except for U.S. as well.

    And Sangetsu again with his/her false information on NTB which was countered in a different article already.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. blame each other for snag in TPP talks

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    nigelboy

    Here in the U.S., active volcanos are pretty wired up in order to monitor for possible eruption. I know Japan spends a lot of money to try to "predict" earthquakes, something most seismologists elsewhere feel is a waste of money. Haven't read anywhere as to whether volcanic mountains like Sakurajima, Ontake, Aso etc. are similarly wired.

    Most of them were when the DPJ took power and reduced/eliminated such monitoring mechanisms.

    http://megalodon.jp/2014-0927-2219-43/p.twpl.jp/show/orig/JxwQX

    Article back in 2010 which details the budget cuts and the result of Mount Ontake's monitoring as per University of Nagoya professor states, "it's the same as not monitoring at all".

    Posted in: Recovery of bodies suspended at volcano due to toxic gases and ash

  • -2

    nigelboy

    To be fair, agreeing to cut tariffs by half is a substantive concession, especially if the US is holding back on some of its items. Frankly based on the information in this article, I don't see the Japanese as being the main obstructionists here.

    It is. The inconvenient fact is that Australia agreed to those terms so there is already a precedence set.

    And to add, there is no sense in reaching an 'agreement' with the U.S. counterparts when it could possibly be rejected by the Congress.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. blame each other for snag in TPP talks

  • -1

    nigelboy

    Yes, it is, and perhaps you should look up the meaning of 'pre-condition' if you can't see that. As for saying it would be 'refreshing' to see Japan demand things from China than vice-versa, well, that just says a lot about you for desiring something you chide constantly. Well done.

    I did. Perhaps it's you who should look up the definition. As for the second sentence, it clearly shows how clueless you have been with these past bilateral talks. Lame as usual smith

    Posted in: Abe makes fresh call for Japan-China summit

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    nigelboy

    Froman’s office said the two sides had had “constructive working-level discussions over the weekend” but that the ministers “were unable to make further progress on the key outstanding issues” of car and farm trade.

    Not this joker again. You and your boss doesn't have any decision making power. You're powerless which makes your comments irrelevant.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. remain apart in trade talks, dealing blow for TPP

  • -1

    nigelboy

    Sorry, Abe, but that is itself a pre-condition.

    No it's not.

    And if Japan 'demands' something from China, it would be something refereshing for it's always been the other way around.

    Posted in: Abe makes fresh call for Japan-China summit

  • -3

    nigelboy

    How can you say japan has a war culture after 70 years of pacifism ?

    Common sense and logic goes out the window to some posters here when discussing Japan.

    Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture'

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    nigelboy

    Well, we know YOU can't, but the team and the Japanese association that allowed it in general can and should be. The youth may not know that the flag in question causes negative sentiment, but the staff with them most certainly do, and they made the choice to wear them despite knowing that -- so it's on them, not the South Koreans who are offended. You may not like it, but that's the way it is. Period.

    Smith

    Like others have alluded, Japan cannot simply keep up with the "hate trend SK style" so your assumption of "them" "knowing that" is simply your overestimation of Korea and nothing more. Like virgo stated, the image can be found in the symbol of Unification Church and Korean's favorite "Asahi Shinbun". It's a big joke on the Koreans and the more they cry, more people in Japan are coming to a conclusion that they may not be sane.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    nigelboy

    Agreed, but it was still a pretty dumb choice to use it, and they absolutely HAD to know it would cause this kind of problem.

    Sorry smith. But I simply cannot blame the Japan Hockey Association to be in tune with Korea's propensity to create another anti Japan issue which in this case started just 3 years ago. The existence of the symbol of JHA originated MUCH, MUCH longer than this recent Korean hwabyung.

    Posted in: Japanese rising sun badge upsets some at Asian Games

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    nigelboy

    What's left out in the clueless western media (or simply they don't have a clue hence this article) is that Abe's position is that his door is always open for dialogue while instructing his personnel that he will not entertain ANY prerequisites which in Pak case would be to address the comfort women issue and for Xi, it would be to admit the Senkaku as a dispute. In case of Pak, she vowed not to meet Abe unless her request was met. Sorry Ms. Takagi. It ain't happening.

    Posted in: Abe seeks summit with S Korea's Park

  • -3

    nigelboy

    Sorry, but American cars are not sold in Japan by American dealers. They are sold by Japanese sellers, who like other retailers in Japan, set minimum prices for their goods (a practice called price-fixing). Business in Japan is based mainly upon "relationships". If I am a seller of American cars

    Lol. Let me get this straight. Are you basically implying that every single Japanese dealer outfits who also sells other foreign brands are conspiring against just American cars, exclusively?? Just for the sake of argument that your off the wall theory is true, why not just set up your own dealership like I addressed above?

    How about other imported goods? Did the prices of fruits, vegetables, or meat drop in prices as the yen strengthened? No, no, and no. The only store in Japan which dropped prices as the yen strengthened was the American retailer Costco. The prices of every single item sold at Costco, even food items at the snack bar, went down in price as the yen got stronger.

    Yes, yes yes. When it went to the highest, they even had a special sales event. Google 円高還元セール

    As for 'perishables' those items are more susceptible to crop, weather, and harvest conditions so their prices are volatile foreign and domestic.

    I own a trading company based in Japan, and I have done a lot of business here over the years. I know a little bit more a out how things work here than say an eikaiwa teacher. As an exporter, I face almost no hurdles in doing business, but as an importer, it is not worth the trouble, I gave up trying.

    And how am I suppose to react with the above? What is a polite way to state "you are full xxxx"??

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    nigelboy

    As mentioned in a related article, Japan has already concluded EPA with 8 out of 11 TPP participants. There is no hurry.

    What we have on the other fence is a President who has no fast track power (this is why he is powerless) so whatever 'agreement' that Froman and Amari can come to can quickly be rejected by the Congress. Therefore, it's akin to negotiating with a lower management personnel with no decison making power.

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

  • -4

    nigelboy

    Tragic that Deniers like Nigel try to spin and twist every truth regarding J topics.

    Spin? No. I clearly countered the BS. I'm still waiting for a response. Why don't you enlighten me with this so-called non tarriff barrier?

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

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    nigelboy

    I admire the voter turnout. This is an ideal example of democracy.

    Posted in: Early results favor 'No' side in Scotland independence referendum

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    nigelboy

    Sangetsu with his repeated BS which was countered previously.

    In regards to the alleged "individual inspection"'

    https://www.mlit.go.jp/common/000997128.pdf

    As indicated in the above link all cars go through the same procedure under (型式指定制度)except for some IMPORTED cars, there is a "Preferential Handling Procedure" for models that are low volume where they are exempt from the aforementioned procedure. This isn't a non tariff barrier. This is PREFERENTIAL that Japanese government implemented to satisfy U.S. automakers whining.

    Next, there are a limited number of car distributors in Japan, all of whom have close relationships to Japanese car companies.

    Uhhhm?. No $hit Sherlock. They decided to directly be involved with the sales to ultimate consumer. For Americans, this simple concept appears to be completely foreign for they cannot fathom the idea that an auto manufacturer can bypass the individual/private dealerships to sell their cars to the public.

    This difference in the exchange rate should have resulted in foreign cars costing 40% less in Japan. But the price of foreign cars did not decrease by one single yen.

    The arrogance of these American automakers believing that their cars are "premium" so they wouldn't stoop to currency fluctuation.

    These NTB echoed by American automakers are simply nothing more than whining.

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

  • -5

    nigelboy

    Is Froman yapping on behalf of the powerless Obama, again?

    Posted in: U.S. calls for Japan to ramp up efforts on TPP

  • 0

    nigelboy

    Darn! You have figured out the grand conspiracy behind the sign, nigelboy! Better write it up on 2-channel! And don't forget to mention that ever-pesky Japanese man in Hokkaido! haha.

    Smith. What is with you, the activist, and his followers fascination with 2-channel?

    Let's face it. Foreign 'tourists' aren't going to be offended by this. If 'Foreigners' in Japan still can't able to figure out the reality of 'Japanese English' and it's harmless intent but rather assumes that it's meant to be offensive, let them continue to keep whining.

    Posted in: Step in

  • -5

    nigelboy

    I didn't say it wasn't. If I wanted a sign, a menu or anything similar written in Japanese, I'd have it checked by a native speaker of that language. Where did I state otherwise?

    It's harmless. It's funny. The only people that will EVER have issues with this are types that follow a certain activist who use to reside in the Northern part of Japan.

    Better yet, perhaps the manager did in fact ask the native English speaker to translate but the said individual decided to translate in an awkward way so that the aforementioned 'follower' gets offended so they don't enter the store.

    Who knows? Who cares?!!

    Posted in: Step in

  • -6

    nigelboy

    Please accept the fact that I have genuine concern and vested interest about the future of Japan's finances and children. I appreciate you and Tinawatanabe explaining your views and will read for myself more about the mercury in Southern Minke whales and what Japanese government does to test meat given to children, but please, nigelboy, remember you 'catch more flies with honey'

    If you are concerned with the finances of Japan, you should be advocating the lifting of the moratorium whereby the private entity alone are at risk operating the whaling industry without government hand outs.

    Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting

  • -6

    nigelboy

    Since it doesn't state if he was convicted of murder or manslaughter, your point is moot.

    Since murder conviction carries a minimum of five years, turbotsat's comment is worth more than your response which us definitely "moot".

    Posted in: Man who beat mother to death in 2008 arrested for beating father to death

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