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samwattersFeb. 03, 2016 - 11:48AM JST
"Meanwhile the sleazebag "artist" Kawatani still performs live with his band and generally goes about his business--what's his punishment??"
My vote for post of the year.
Note to Becky; I have always been a fan and don't care what you do in your private life, but since you are now a fallen angel---and very few if any of these companies will call you back--- maybe it's time for you to complete your journey to the Dark Side. I suggest you call a news conference and announce that you have had it with the maniacal control agencies hold over their stars and with the double standard offered to men (some astitute poster mention that Tsuyoshi of SMAP was buck-naked and drunk in a park and nary an endorsement was cancelled). Then announce you are going to write a book---here's the title, "THE DIRT"---and tell of all of the sleazy deals and bargains and deeds that go on behind the lights and buzzers. Don't name names in your book. The busy-body Japanese public will wet their pants over trying to guess who-did-what that the daily news shows will have to invite you back to discuss these "issues."
Just a suggestion....
Posted in: Becky loses sponsors, regular TV appearances over affair scandal
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 05:07PM JST
@Strangerland. I don't have any particular criticisms of the Democratic party, but I'm entirely fine with criticizing certain democrats when they do something that deserves criticism.
Posted in: Without Trump, Republican debate has 2nd lowest rating
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 04:52PM JST
Again I have to be careful but I noticed items in previoius posts (not related to this current Trump thread). But even admitting that "both parties" have problems does suggest an attempt at fairness in my opinion. I have yet to see any criticism of the Democratic party by a liberal---not saying it hasn't happened just that I haven't seen any.
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 03:47PM JST
"But when you talk about Bill Clinton, you give a pass on all of his transgressions or any of Hillary's failed blunders, when she was ducking from sniper fire and had a Brain Williams moment (where is he these days?) That's all under the rug, right?"
So well said!
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 03:20PM JST
"None of the emails, including those originally created by the spy agencies, had been marked classified at the time they were sent. The harder question is what will happen in the course of the FBI investigation. The laws regarding the mishandling of classified information are generally aimed at preventing and punishing espionage. No one has suggested that Clinton or any of her aides or employees at the State Department intended to harm the interests of the U.S. in their handling of the classified material. Proving that in a court, however, requires evidence that Clinton had a “guilty state of mind.” This is much harder to prove. It's becoming more of a circus."
All statements are totally or partially true but they miss the bigger points:
1.) Hillary said---repeatedly---that she was not using a private server to handle Sec. of State business.
2.) Then she said that the emails she did have were not sensitive.
3.) Then she scrubbed her server clean.
Doesn't look good.....
Posted in: Gov't finds 'top secret' info in Clinton emails
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 02:00PM JST
"Wow! A devastating retort."
From NBC News, dated 12/31/2015. Top issues for 2016 campaign.
Like health care, the issue of immigration is an issue that continuously comes up on the campaign trail and one that is concerning to the electorate for different reasons (see Rubio v Cruz). Republicans are more likely to want to control immigration and increase border security while Democrats are often more interested in a plan to address the undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
That is evidenced on the campaign trail when Republican candidates have adopted an enforcement and border security approach while Democratic candidates discuss ways for immigrants to assimilate and stay in the U.S.
My note: #7 was the environment and #8 was guns.
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 12:49PM JST
"Fact is, Americans don't care about immigration."
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 11:17AM JST
@SInce1991. The conditions you describe could be applied to many parts of Tokyo. Tokyo is a loud, dirty city which is to be expected when you have 12 million-plus people living in a small area. I doubt very serioulsy that any of the laws being proposed by the government have anything to do with noise of garbage. Rather I believe it is government's innate hatred of anyone making money that they cannot tax and/or control that is the real motivation.
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 11:10AM JST
@Black Sabbath. Bill Clinton. Twice. And yes, I have also voted for Republicans. I vote for the person, not the party. I'm independent and an Independent.
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 08:13AM JST
I'm not Republican (nor Tea Party) and I am also sometimes disappointed and disgusted with comments that Trump make. But we make trade-offs with anything we choose and I (and many other Americans) think immigration and the porous border is the number one concern for many reasons.
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 07:40AM JST
Well said katsu78. WIsh I could give you more than one thumbs up.
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 07:38AM JST
Folks criticizing Turmp as a carnival sideshow don't understand that his popularity stems from 1.) recognition that the single most important issue for this election is immigration in its many forms and amnesty for illegal aliens, 2,) Trumps willingness to end the PC aura that has made debate about immigration all but impossible and 3.) Trump is not a lifelong politician and therefore not beholden to special interests.
Trump-versus-Sanders is a real possibility---Hillary might be going to jail as 22 top secret emails were found in her computer, whoops!
samwattersJan. 30, 2016 - 07:29AM JST
Well said, shonanbb. They'll probably also want the visitor(s) to give their MyNumber, too, and if they don't have one because they are from another country then the air-sucking-between-the-teeth will be heard all the way up here in Hokkaido.
"An increasing number of private citizens in Japan have been renting rooms and apartments through online services such as Airbnb."
A new industry that is not the result of government picking winners is emerging....the horrors!
"But the practice has caused problems, such as concerns that it violates the hotel business law as well as trouble with neighbors about noise and garbage disposal."
Complaining about noise in Tokyo? I don't think so. Garbage? Don't believe it.
Translation: someone may actually make a buck that we can't overtax and that cannot be allowed to happen.
samwattersJan. 29, 2016 - 08:21AM JST
This is assuming, of course, that this report is not a fraud.
samwattersJan. 28, 2016 - 11:24PM JST
I saw the book; it's crap and garbage but she should have a right to draw/write it. It's free speech; it's a shame that some of the same people who cried "free speech" when the Muslims were screaming over illustrations of their make-believe prophet are now calling book stores and asking a book to be banned.
samwattersJan. 28, 2016 - 02:23PM JST
@Sillygirl. Not quit, not pushed but figuratively shoved out of an open window. Can't find the newspaper but the JapanTimes Sunday, January 24th edition had an article I believe was written by Jeff Kingston of Temple, Japan, that said ever since Hiroko Kuniya pressed Abe's press secretary, Suda, at a press conference that she was a marked woman. Suda was furious that---get this!---Kuniya had wandered from the scripted questions reporters are allowed to ask! This tells us all we need to know about "the press" in Japan. Luckily we have social media so we can keep each other informed on some level. Anyway, the above quote is an understatement; anyone who disagrees with the Abe Clan gets the axe.
Posted in: There must be differences behind each station's move, but if three journalists quit in succession, the audience would get the impression that it was the result of their criticism of the administration.
samwattersJan. 27, 2016 - 08:48AM JST
“There’s no doubt the pro-growth policies of Abenomics will be hit” if Amari resigns, one of the officials said."
I guess then we have nothing to worry about since there has been no meaningful growth from Abenomics. Lie away, Amari-kun. Just business as usual for incestous Japanese politicians.
Posted in: Amari to explain bribery accusations on Thursday
samwattersJan. 25, 2016 - 04:15PM JST
"They negotiated with the subprime cowboys and credit rating agencies....all private sector. They deliberately kept the SEC and others in the dark."
Oh, c'mon now! It's the SEC's job to know these things---and they did! The FBI knew about the mortgage fraud, the SEC knew, etc. And assuming the impossible for a second and believing that they didn't then they are incompetent and should be shut down anyway. Private sector entities don't have the moxie or the muscle to bend government to that extent. The only time government gets hurt by the private sector is when someone inside of the government is getting paid off. But you will say that's not so and so I would ask why have these bureaucrats in the first place if they are not capable of doing jobs that are paid oh-so-handsomly to perform?
Posted in: Why bureaucrats' salaries keep rising regardless of state of the economy
samwattersJan. 24, 2016 - 10:36AM JST
"Wall st.'s dealings with the lightly regulated subprime sector -- and the credit rating agencies' collaboration -- causing the global meltdown, were done behind closed doors and without regulators' knowledge."
Well, who then did the Wall St. negotiate with? The answer is higher-up bureaucrats. It's easy (and lazy) to paint the bankers as evil people who acted alone but it's not true. A certain number of bankers were evil people who acted with government bureaucrats to enrich themselves. Again, we agree; there is corruption in the private sector but---unlike the public sector---there are usually consequences for it.
"The govt did intervene afterward....in order to fix the disaster."
Did the government fix the problem? With the exception of professional athletes, government workers/bureaucrats and politicians, the economy never recovered. But we can go back-and-forth on that and we would both have legitimate points. What cannot be intelligently denied however is that this is going to happen again because government and the bureaucrats empowered the banks to do so.
samwattersJan. 23, 2016 - 09:19PM JST
@JeffLee. Couldn't agree with you more about investment bankers--did you hear about Jamie Dimons huge raise after laying off huge numbers of workers; would love to see him and many other bank CEO's shot---but if you cannot intelligently deny that the reason those banks do these things and get away with them is because of government intervention. Without the intervention of politicians and government bureaucrats alike, many of these businesses would have been shuttered years ago. Sure, there is corruption in the private sector but---unlike the public sector---there are usually consequences for it.
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Feb. 11, 2016 - 06:47AM JST
Wood? I can no longer sit on anything hard for long periods of time. Wood. Concrete.…
Posted in: If all seats are made of wood to realize the concept of a wooden and greenery stadium, the costs are expected to increase to 5 billion to 6 billion yen.
Feb. 11, 2016 - 06:39AM JST
"When did you predict the yen would strengthen? Just last month you predicted "decent upside"…
Posted in: Yen surges as global market rout continues
Feb. 11, 2016 - 06:32AM JST
Um, MyNumber is in the tax office people's files. Think about that.
Posted in: Tax agency's website hit by possible cyberattack
Feb. 11, 2016 - 06:30AM JST
Sangetsu: Spewing out numbers with nothing to back it is absurd.
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Feb. 11, 2016 - 06:23AM JST
smithinjapanFEB. 10, 2016 - 11:26PM JST
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