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paulinusaNov. 21, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
"state-sponsored cyberespionage" "an increasingly hostile environment for U.S. business" "military modernization"
Xi is playing the ultranationalist card by casting the US and the West as trying to subjugate China. It's the most effective tool to keep a mostly uninformed population in control and keep the Chinese political elite in power.
Posted in: Congressional panel predicts China will keep confronting U.S.
paulinusaNov. 20, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
Walk down the street in Tokyo's Harajuku district and you'll see plenty of sunglasses.
Posted in: Why aren't sunglasses as popular in Japan as they are in Western countries?
paulinusaNov. 20, 2014 - 09:37AM JST
"Why now and not during Dems control of Congress, even before the midterm?"
Dems only controlled the Senate, not the House, which is populated with politicians (mostly Republicans) who pander to bigoted constituents.
Posted in: Obama to unveil plan to fix 'broken' U.S. immigration laws
paulinusaNov. 20, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
Doubt the deal will happen unless the big Japanese breweries get a piece of the action. Think they (and the politicians in their pocket) will sign off on a deal without some form of compensation?
Posted in: EU urges Japan to open up its beer market
paulinusaNov. 19, 2014 - 10:21AM JST
An article with a promising title but strikes me as embarrassing. Japan is one of the richest countries in the arts and this is what they come up with?
Posted in: 5 traditional Japanese arts that are distinctly female
paulinusaNov. 19, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
How in the world did this guy become finance minister?
Posted in: Aso says sales tax hike delay must not happen again
paulinusaNov. 19, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
"...Japan has set a new annual target of 333 minke whales, down from some 900 under the previous program, the government said in a statement."
Here's a question: What about other whale species beside minke whales?
Posted in: Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch quota
paulinusaNov. 18, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
"...Dreamliner, which has been hit by a series of troubles..."
There goes AFP again. This is supposed to an article about Toray's deal with Boeing but they just can't resist rehashing Dreamliner problems, small or large.
Posted in: Toray to supply carbon fiber to Boeing in $8.6 bil deal
paulinusaNov. 17, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
Nobody gets in his face or criticizes him at home so he probably wanted to get out of there as quick as possible.
Posted in: Putin denies he left G-20 summit early due to criticism over Ukraine
paulinusaNov. 17, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
"The Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries decided to downsize the number of dairy cows in 2006-2007 due to a decrease in milk consumption."
And to increase milk prices.
Posted in: Seasonal celebrations threatened by nationwide butter shortage
paulinusaNov. 17, 2014 - 08:05AM JST
So of course the question is how many male announcers have in the past frequented hostess clubs or places of a more sexual nature? A double standard to be sure.
Posted in: Your history is not appropriate to work as an announcer, a position that requires a person of integrity.
paulinusaNov. 17, 2014 - 07:59AM JST
A no-brainer. The tax hike would have been a disaster for him politically and also for Japan economically.
Posted in: Abe expected to announce election, sales tax hike delay on Tuesday
paulinusaNov. 16, 2014 - 12:40PM JST
Coming back at me with English doesn't bother me. What's more annoying is answering "Wakarimasen" when they fully understand what I'm saying.
Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?
paulinusaNov. 16, 2014 - 12:27PM JST
"The sanctions have worked as planned, right? Not."
Please post any evidence otherwise.
"Compare that to the photo at the meeting in Beijing where Putin was on Xi's right and Obama was very far to the left (symbolic?). Which pic is more telling to you? BRICS rising.'
Is being to Xi's right something to be proud of?
Posted in: Western leaders confront Putin at G-20 with threat of more sanctions
paulinusaNov. 14, 2014 - 09:18AM JST
If it's going to be raised (and I don't agree with 10%) it should be stretched out over many years by maybe a quarter or half point at a time. Doubling the tax over this short a time period is just crazy.
Posted in: The government raised the sales tax to 8% from 5% in April and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to announce in December whether he will raise it to 10% next October in a bid to rein in massive public debt. What do you think he should do?
paulinusaNov. 14, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
No children should be unaccounted for but 141 out of millions of children is an infinitesimally small percentage.
Posted in: Whereabouts of 141 children nationwide unknown
paulinusaNov. 14, 2014 - 08:40AM JST
They needed scores of riot police to "prevent confusion"?
Posted in: Riot police raid Kyoto University after 3 activists arrested
paulinusaNov. 12, 2014 - 09:47AM JST
"For a moment, I thought it read the lovely Eva Longoria!"
She can't hit a fastball.
Posted in: Longoria grand slam powers MLB Stars in Japan
paulinusaNov. 12, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
"Sorry Mr.Sekiguchi - I promise you I would not find your coffee tasty with all those nasty pipe and cigarette fumes being forced into my respiratory system!"
"No I do not want to increase my chances of getting lung cancer (among other diseases) and making my breath and clothes smell foul after a cup of coffee."
The old saying is "With age comes wisdom" but for 100-year-old Sekiguchi Oscar Wilde's version might be more appropriate: "With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone."
Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success
paulinusaNov. 12, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
How do they keep those smiles on their faces for so long?
Posted in: Bevy of beauties
Nov. 22, 2014 - 03:56AM JST
What the President is doing makes sense in the real world -- Kick the criminals out,…
Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders
Nov. 22, 2014 - 03:55AM JST
Shinzo Abe offers neo-liberalism while Yukio Edano proposes what? Not "trickle-up." It is not "trickle-up" when…
Posted in: Abe dissolves lower house, seeking mandate for 'Abenomics'
Nov. 22, 2014 - 03:44AM JST
Does anyone know whether all problematic Airbags were made by just Mexico’s Takata factories or all…
Posted in: After 4 hours of questions, U.S. senators get no clear answers on air bag safety
Nov. 22, 2014 - 03:36AM JST
"and reportedly recovered cyanide from her trash"
Cyanide is present in acetonitrile false fingernail remover, and…
Posted in: Police find cyanide at home of 'black widow' suspect
Nov. 22, 2014 - 03:34AM JST
She's an adult, in most other countries in the world.
But she is in Japan, so…
Posted in: Parents arrested for starving 3-year-old daughter to death