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rowiko68May. 24, 2013 - 11:50AM JST
Me thinks this survey is slightly flawed.
16 countries were ranked, and by coming out on top, that makes Germany the "most popular country in the world"?
I had the impression there were slightly more countries in the world than just 16...
Posted in: Germany most popular country in the world; Japan No. 4: BBC poll
rowiko68May. 22, 2013 - 12:24PM JST
NOW it has dawned on them that devaluing the currency to boost exports will at the same time increase import costs and consumer prices? Duh!!!
Posted in: Japan's trade deficit expands nearly 70% in April
rowiko68May. 21, 2013 - 05:54PM JST
Can't anyone shut this guy up???!!!
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
rowiko68Apr. 23, 2013 - 06:08PM JST
Can't they (both!) just stop this and grow up, for pity's sake!
Posted in: Abe vows to expel by force any Chinese landing on disputed isles
rowiko68Mar. 13, 2013 - 08:17AM JST
@kurisupisu: Really had a good laugh at your comment!
Then again, it's probably a legitimate question. How anyone can put the focus on the terrorism threat instead of quakes is absolutely beyond me.
Posted in: Abe says nuclear plants need tighter anti-terrorism measures
rowiko68Mar. 08, 2013 - 08:22AM JST
One should hardly be surprised about the lack of progress, seeing that vast sums set aside for the reconstruction were instead blatantly misused for roads down in Okinawa, for promoting Tokyo Skytree etc.
And now Abe and his cabinet are pushing to get the Olympics, stressing how much Japan deserves them after the devastation of 3/11.
Any chance some people may have their priorities all wrong???
Getting the Olympics yes, but not at the expense of all the displaced folks up in the northeast!
Posted in: Tsunami-hit towns still barren
rowiko68Feb. 18, 2013 - 12:27PM JST
The G20 finance ministers pledged not to take any action to weaken their currency in an effort to boost their exports, but isn't this exactly what Japan is doing?
I fail to see why Japan is allowed to get away with this. And although the yen has already lost 25% against the euro in the last couple of months, I keep hearing that it's overvalued and should be allowed to fall further. Down to what level?
Everyone seems to be of the opinion that the lower the yen, the better for the economy. But what about the consumers who have to pay the already excrutiatingly high electricity bills, want to buy import goods and travel abroad? Their paycheck is not going to go up until the inflation target of 2% is met, until which time they lose buying power with every passing month. And at the end of the day, pay increases will make up a fraction of the increased living expense. And how will those people then support the domestic economy, I wonder?
Posted in: Yen weakens in Asia after G20 talks
rowiko68Feb. 01, 2013 - 11:57AM JST
A complete and utter waste of money, if you ask me!
In my view, the flaw is not the lack of a 50'000 yen note, but the fact that so many Japanese people still rely on cash for large purchases in this day and age.
There are much more convenient and safer ways to pay!
Posted in: Gov't hints at issuing Y50,000 bills
rowiko68Jan. 08, 2013 - 11:58AM JST
gaijinfo, you pretty much sum it up. It put a smile on my face despite the tragedy of it all...
Posted in: Economic stimulus plans include Y450 bil for business support
rowiko68Jan. 08, 2013 - 11:53AM JST
" Big business lobbies back Abe"
Well, of course they do! After all, their stocks are soaring now.
Posted in: Big business lobbies back Abe
rowiko68Jan. 07, 2013 - 07:18PM JST
"... has raised concerns at home and abroad about a shift to the right in Japanese politics."
Concerns abroad I fully understand, and they are certainly justified. But should there be those who voted the LDP back into power and now have regrets about doing so, then I would say it's a bit late for that.
The will to punish the previous administration may yet cost this country dearly with this nutter at the helm.
Posted in: Abe sings national anthem as LDP prepares to 'take back Japan'
rowiko68Jan. 04, 2013 - 01:30PM JST
Oh yes, let's put them into mass production and dot the landscape with them. That'll keep the power companies and their shareholders happy - until the next BIG one hits, that is.
Not that the majority of the Japanese population can complain, though. After all, they voted Abe back into power.
Posted in: Abe supports building new nuclear reactors
rowiko68Dec. 27, 2012 - 11:53AM JST
Taking away the BOJ's independence, rewriting wartime history, turning the country into a military power,...... I wonder what else the new administration is going to come up with in the coming months. I'm not looking forward to it!
Posted in: Abe promises aggressive fiscal policies, strong diplomacy
rowiko68Dec. 26, 2012 - 11:36AM JST
Well said, gaijintraveller. Couldn't agree more. Surely SOMEONE will profit, but it won't be us!
Posted in: Dollar hits new 20-month high, passing 85 yen
rowiko68Dec. 21, 2012 - 08:55AM JST
Tohoku Electric claims that the plant is safe and the faults inactive, based on the verdict of an agency that has since been disbanded due to its lax supervision... Need I say more?
Posted in: Panel contradicts Tohoku Electric on whether faultine is active
rowiko68Dec. 20, 2012 - 12:19PM JST
They certainly didn't waste any time!
I guess with the further increase of public debt, another rating downgrade is already on the horizon. And I wonder how much of those 10 trillion will actually be spent on meaningful infrastructure, rather than on roads, bridges and dams that no one needs...
Certainly the construction industry will boom with this, but what about the rest of the country???
Posted in: LDP to scrap budget spending limit, launch Y10 tril package
rowiko68Dec. 20, 2012 - 11:51AM JST
It may not be a laughing matter (far from it!), but every time I see a new article like this, it makes me laugh nonetheless.
It is as if they suddenly realised one by one that all those nuclear facilities are sitting on active fault lines and are at risk.
Well, considering that this is one of the seismically most active countries, this should hardly come as a surprise.
What's interesting is that nobody seemed to care about this or would have thought it particularly newsworthy before 3/11.
Posted in: Quake risk seen at Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant
rowiko68Dec. 13, 2012 - 12:05PM JST
Yeah, SOMEONE will surely benefit from an LDP win, but it sure as hell is not gonna be us, the wider public!
Posted in: Construction industry likely to be big winner if LDP returns to power
rowiko68Dec. 13, 2012 - 11:47AM JST
Love this story!
Good for him for giving it a shot, and all the best of luck!
Posted in: Feisty 94-year-old runs for office using money saved for funeral
rowiko68Dec. 12, 2012 - 11:54AM JST
"Deplorable" is the only word I can find for this!
Something like this should not go unpunished. Confiscating his mobile for a few months or community service in the earthquake area are just two of the options that come to mind.
Posted in: Post-earthquake Twitter prank causes outrage online
May. 25, 2013 - 04:01PM JST
PS In my previous post, I forgot to say that if you know Japanese, you can…
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
May. 25, 2013 - 03:56PM JST
It would be very regrettable if the official residence was haunted
Probably haunted by the ghosts…
Posted in: Gov't denies ghosts keeping PM out of residence
May. 25, 2013 - 03:54PM JST
For some reason my sports club has greenish lighting. Any effects from that?
Posted in: Putting group fitness classes in the proper light
May. 25, 2013 - 03:52PM JST
It's still junk food, marketing is aimed towards children and poor people. A fund to help…
Posted in: McDonald's can't shake criticism about nutrition
May. 25, 2013 - 03:47PM JST
It would be very regrettable if the official residence was haunted