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paulinusaMar. 07, 2014 - 01:05PM JST
"Yeah go ahead and sanction Russia, the EU and UK will have no gas or other vital commodities it relies on from Putins huge supply depot called Russia."
True, but Russia does get paid for that gas. Think they can afford to walk away from that huge income? It works both ways.
Posted in: Crimean MPs vote to join Russia; U.S. unveils sanctions
paulinusaMar. 07, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
Russia is already paying a heavy price for intervening in Ukraine, Western officials said Thursday.
Tumbling stock markets and a big currency devaluation are delivering a blow to its faltering economy.
"So far we've seen a major impact on the Russian economy and the Ukrainian economy, and some financial impact on countries that border that area," said European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. "The impact on the Russian economy is severe."
Russia's central bank was forced to jack up interest rates to 7% from 5.5% on Monday in a bid to stabilize markets and counter the impact of a near 10% decline in the value of the ruble this year.
Russia earns more from exports than it pays for imports, thanks to its role as a leading world energy supplier.
But it does buy food, clothing, medicines, machinery and transportation equipment from major trading partners such as Europe and China, and a weaker currency will make those imports more expensive.
The ruble has stabilized this week, but it still is one of the world's weakest currencies so far this year.
Shares in Russia's leading companies have fallen 7% since the start of this week, and are now down 11% in 2014. That compares with a 3% decline across emerging markets.
paulinusaMar. 07, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
"In other words, what exactly do you think the West should do to compel Russia to back down?"
Maybe not as much as you think. The days of an isolated Soviet Union economy are over. Because Russia is now intertwined with the west, it's stock market is tanking and investments from overseas are being put on hold. And Russia's dependence on selling oil and gas, while still important to Europe, is overall losing the clout it once had. So it's possible that the more aggressive Putin becomes the more his economy will suffer even without drastic sanctions.
paulinusaMar. 06, 2014 - 09:05AM JST
The locals certainly appreciate tourists like these three.
Posted in: Revelry
paulinusaMar. 05, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
Let's hope they were hired more for their musical talent than their likeness to the Beatles.
Posted in: Fab Four
paulinusaMar. 04, 2014 - 09:13AM JST
"...Lavrov meanwhile insisted that the Russian military presence was needed, stressing that the lives of ethnic Russians in the country were in danger."
Crimea is 58% ethnic Russian vs. 24% Ukrainian. Seems a bit lopsided in the Russian's favor.
Putin: "This is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots and ensuring human rights and the right to life,..."
Since when has he cared about human rights?
Posted in: Deposed Ukrainian leader asks Putin for troops
paulinusaMar. 03, 2014 - 11:12AM JST
"Pizza is Italian NOT american so what is it with all the American comparisons?"
According to Wiki: "The story of how pizza became more than a peasant's food goes as follows. A popular urban legend holds that the archetypal pizza, Pizza Margherita, was invented in 1889,..."
And then: "Pizza migrated to America with the Italians. The first U.S. pizzeria opened in 1905 in New York City."
So there IS a connection between Italian and American pizza. And I wasn't only referring to "New York Style" pizza. For a margherita very few pizzerias in Tokyo use real buffalo mozzarella or extra virgin olive oil. I'll stand by my comment.
Posted in: What's the difference between a good pizza and a great pizza?
paulinusaMar. 03, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
Bashing of the US instead of Russia here, as usual.
Posted in: Kerry to visit Kiev as Russian forces control Crimea
paulinusaMar. 02, 2014 - 01:45PM JST
Quality ingredients: cheese, sauce and dough. I know of only a few establishments in Tokyo that can compete with the best I've encountered in the US (in the NY area). Otherwise, it's more of an interpretation of pizza to satisfy local Japanese tastes.
paulinusaMar. 02, 2014 - 12:38PM JST
Anti-Semitism? Far right politics? Sorry to say it's simply a twisted lone wolf nut job obsessed with Anne Frank.
Posted in: Experts speculate on likely Anne Frank book vandal
paulinusaMar. 02, 2014 - 12:25PM JST
Sometimes I wonder who gets more pleasure from these gadgets, the Japanese guys who use them or the women they are designed for.
Posted in: Tokyo fair showcases latest sex aids
paulinusaMar. 02, 2014 - 12:11PM JST
"It looks like the cold war era is back to the future."
The insanity of this is that Putin's thinking seems to be both cold war past and future. The west has moved on. But his KGB brain can't seem to comprehend it's 2014.
Posted in: Obama warns Putin on Russian incursion in Crimea
paulinusaMar. 02, 2014 - 11:41AM JST
For his debut he looked fine. Only the first hit, a mistake pitch (when he was ahead on the count) over the plate was legitimate hit. The second hit was one of those lucky hits when the batter is fooled and he manages to just make contact.
Posted in: Tanaka strikes out three in solid debut for Yankees
paulinusaFeb. 28, 2014 - 09:24AM JST
Considering the current political climate you have to suspect the timing of this is simply to irritate Japan.
Posted in: China declares national days for Nanjing Massacre, Japan defeat
paulinusaFeb. 27, 2014 - 11:17AM JST
"...you could explain BitCoin to these ancient politicians a hundred times and they would still not understand it."
dana: You might be correct, but that still doesn't make Bitcoin the next greatest thing. The smartest guys (so called tech "geniuses") on wall street have screwed up big time on numerous occasions. Now it's possible Bitcoin has a viable future and the technology hasn't developed quickly enough. But right now it doesn't seem ready for prime time.
Posted in: Japan probing bitcoin exchange after huge reported theft
paulinusaFeb. 27, 2014 - 09:08AM JST
You're left with bits of coins.
paulinusaFeb. 26, 2014 - 12:55PM JST
I have visited the US Southwest many times. This interstate is in the desert in the middle of nowhere. The nearest population center is St. George about 10 miles away. Believe me, at 1 am there is virtually no traffic. A few trucks, a few locals and even fewer tourists are on the road at that time.
Posted in: Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah
paulinusaFeb. 26, 2014 - 11:21AM JST
"Stand by for an avalanche of "what were these people doing" comments. Different strokes for different folks."
Well, swerving from lane to lane is just bad driving in any culture. And 37 mph on a major highway probably zoned for twice that speed at 1 am was another red flag.
paulinusaFeb. 26, 2014 - 08:31AM JST
I hope that big medal has an large amount of real gold.
Posted in: Flying high
paulinusaFeb. 26, 2014 - 08:15AM JST
It would be difficult to find someone more arrogant than this guy appears.
Posted in: NHK boss forces directors to submit undated resignations
Mar. 08, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
The important thing is the "educational and PR value. Charging these minors and even going to…
Posted in: 7 high school students face charges over suicide of classmate
Mar. 08, 2014 - 07:53AM JST
So sad that he didn't have anyone who could support him just a little, because people…
Mar. 08, 2014 - 07:51AM JST
The biggest threat to peace in Asia is most definitely China, North Korea a close second.…
Posted in: U.S. defends Japan against China's plutonium criticism
Mar. 08, 2014 - 07:47AM JST
Yes, it sounds like a great drama - These mini-dramas are hugely popular - and from…
Posted in: American actress to star in NHK’s morning serial drama 'Massan'
Mar. 08, 2014 - 07:43AM JST
What? Write another check?
Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis