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samwattersJun. 23, 2015 - 10:59PM JST
"Reported ny NHK or not, Amb Kennedy was there, She is fluent in Japanese language."
She does? I don't think so.
Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle
samwattersJun. 21, 2015 - 09:24PM JST
Military action cannot stop an ideology but it can show its practioners that there are consequences for lunatic behavior.
Posted in: Can Islamic State be eradicated by military means?
samwattersJun. 21, 2015 - 12:49PM JST
One note about the pensions and lack of speding power; Abe and his cronies just past a law basically ending all chances of the younger generation getting full-time work. Before Abe gutted it, the law said that companies must upgrade temporary workers to full-time status after three years of work. The new law, that Abe claims will help part-time workers, now says that companies can keep any and all positions as temporary for as long as they like.
Now here is how this will likely play out.
1.) Number of full-time workers drops to record lows.
2.) Women most likely won't marry a man who isn't employeed full time. Number of marriages and children born drops to new record lows.
3.) Number of tax payers and amount of taxes collected by government drops to record lows (remember dear politicians; you can only tax what people make so if the average Kenji/Keiko is making less money that means you get less tax revenue).
4.) Government panics and finds that it has painted itself into a corner as raising taxes will not the situation worse but cutting government programs will be even worse.
If Japan can keep its head for 20 years until most of the Baby Boomers pass away and most of the Social Security debt with them (and I am not suggesting that the Boomers have caused this debacle) it might be OK but I am not confident.
Posted in: Pinched pensions limit Japanese consumer clout
samwattersJun. 13, 2015 - 09:38PM JST
Japan needs to; it's the only way to take back some political power from the elderly who are making disasterous choices for future generation in order to continue their comfortable lives.
Posted in: Do you think lowering the voting age to 18 in Japan is a good idea?
samwattersJun. 07, 2015 - 11:51AM JST
You guys are next! Get ready for it! Nobody wants the 2022 Games since Norway/Sweden told you to take a long walk off a short dock and then published your outrageous demands that find it's way into a Dan Wetzle column. First FIFA and next the IOC. The days of billion-dollars paydays for sports festivals while the world is in a depression are coming to an end.
Posted in: IOC leaders meet with eye on FIFA scandal
samwattersJun. 07, 2015 - 11:49AM JST
I tend to be a conspiracy theorist/nut and wonder if maybe some of the leaks aren't planted as a means to pre-empt a decision that is going to be unpopular. Take the Nenkin situation for example; it's only a matter of time before the government is going to have to cut the amount of money the program pays out but the excuse that "hackers hurt the system" will probably be easier to swallow than "we politicians wasted the money on other things."
Posted in: Hardly a week goes by where we don't hear about a massive data leak at some company or government organization. Does such news make you uneasy?
samwattersJun. 02, 2015 - 12:52PM JST
Really hoping the European and South American clubs go through with their (possible) threat to boycott the World Cup and form their own tournament (some call it the "Clean Cup"). Too many weak teams in the World Cup (this includes Japan). Speaking of which you gotta love the Asian qualifier; Afghanistan, Syria, Cambodia? Wonder how much money Sepp pocketed from these countries.
Posted in: Japan calls up big guns for World Cup qualifier
samwattersMay. 23, 2015 - 12:35PM JST
Many men also are also slipping into poverty. Japan is a dying country. The motors have been cut and we are running on momentum but that is going to end in about 10 years. It's going to get ugly, folks.
Posted in: Women sinking into poverty face bleak future
samwattersMay. 19, 2015 - 10:49PM JST
@Sensato. Thanks for the links! Now I understand why they didn't include a pic!
Posted in: Nagoya 'rubbish house' resident may boast mother of all messes
samwattersMay. 19, 2015 - 05:58PM JST
“We have been in talks with the contractors,” said Shimomura. “We hope to present a precise budget and plan by the end of the month. We would like Tokyo to contribute to the costs of building the stadium.”
Meanwhile people in Fukushima.....
Posted in: Masuzoe fumes over Olympic stadium demands by gov't
samwattersMay. 19, 2015 - 07:24AM JST
A picture would have been nice.
samwattersMay. 16, 2015 - 02:40PM JST
Yes. Get rid of the chance for a career on the pubic dime and you are more likely to attract people who care about service. That's the theory anyway and it sure can't get worse than the people who are in office now.
Posted in: Do you think there should be term limits for elected leaders, as in the U.S., for example?
samwattersMay. 12, 2015 - 01:08PM JST
Retire, Mr. Brady.
And not for the reasons you are probably thinking---I'm a Patriots hater, I'm jealous because you married a super model and you seem to win the Super Bowl every other year---these are all true but not the reasons you should retire. You should retire because you still have moutains of money, four Super Bowl trophies, the gorgeous family and your health. TV studios will throw even more money at you and give you a platform to speak of how poorly you and the Patriots were treated. But most importantly you should retire to stick it to Commissioner-turned-dictator Roger Goodell. There has never been a more smug, self-serving, inconsistent commissioner in sport. Sepp Blatter must love you for you make him look good.
The league needs you Mr. Brady. Without you there is no truly elite quarterback and no one to play the Darth Vader-role you fill (which is why "Deflategate" is such a big deal). Without you who is the league standard at quarterback? Peyton Manning? Chokes in big games more than old men eating rice cakes on New Year's Eve. Russel Wilson? Not after that Super Bowl killing interception. Younger brother Eli? Tony Romo? Nope. Aaron Rodgers? OK, he's great but talk to me after he wins three Super Bowls. The loss of you Mr. Brady will hurt the league substantially. If you retire for this unfair treatment, the backlash against Goodell would be tremendous. I mean, Ray Rice cold-cocks his wife in an elevator and Goodell tries to hide it. When it came to light (Roger claimed he never saw the video) Rice got a two-game suspension until publilc pressure forced a stronger punishment. Goodell is destroying the NFL; the recent strike was in large part because he refused to negotiate with the players, he is head of a multi-billion dollars industry that will not support a pension plan for its retired players many of whom are crippled and his ruling is completely arbitrary. Roger's salary for the 2014 season? About $45 million. That's about what you and Peyton make together, Mr. Brady.
Like I wrote earlier, you have nothing left to prove. True football fans (not necessarily Patroit fans) know what you have achieved. You can walk off into the sunset with body, mind and bank account intact. You can also give other players who have been treated badly by Goodell the revenge they seek for if you retire the ire against Roger the Emperor will result in his removal.
Please, Mr. Brady, retire.
Posted in: NFL suspends Brady 4 games for deflated footballs
samwattersMay. 08, 2015 - 06:19PM JST
Your tax yen at work; civil servants with no common sense.
Posted in: Gifu woman held for cashing dead parents' pension for 50 years
samwattersMay. 06, 2015 - 09:26PM JST
The JapanToday has a poll asking if people are tired of hearing about the Chinese and Koreans complaining about WWII. I would love to see the next poll with the same question only with "abduction issue" as the main point.
Posted in: Japan turns to U.N. to pressure North Korea on abductees
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 11:24PM JST
@luca. Got it! :)
Posted in: 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest venue in Dallas
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 10:58PM JST
Well, no Luca. In this particular case you sound a bit like people (usually from the Left) who say they are all for free speech until it's speech they don't like.
Yes, the AFDI does not like Muslims and they are against the Islamization of America. They are not disguising their views in any way, shape or form. If you are a Muslim or even religious you probably consider them bigots. But still, they have the right to say what they want to say. Same goes for Jermiah Wright, the preacher who basically says white people are evil, or the Skin-head/Nazi-types who deny the Holocaust or my least favorite, the Westboro church. Now if the AFDI or Reverend Wright or Westboro openly advocates violence; then we are talking about something entirely different. But sponsoring a "let's-draw-the-prophet" contest is not enciting violence and falls under the banner of freedom of speech.
One a different note thanks for the debate. You are one of my favorite posters on this site as your ideas are always well thought out, well written and you never revert to name-calling to make a point which is why I engaged you on this point. Thanks again!
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 10:26PM JST
@Luca. Point taken. But the events I listed above also have an agenda. The cross-in-urine group is taking a shot at Christians, the Westboro church is, well, their just nuts and the Bush-haters just hate Bush. You probably could make a case that the majority of all speech has an agenda. But the point is that the previously mentioned groups were allowed to make their voices heard---regardless of how vile some of these groups and their messages are---and did not have to fear for their lives. Muslims who wish to live in America MUST get it through their heads that religion is not sacred in regards to free speech rights in the US. And while I am no fan of Israel, I would have to agree with the AFDI that people who become violent at a cartoon are certainly acting like savages.
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 09:45PM JST
"Okay, American "Freedom Defense" Initiative, I'll take you at your word that you're not a hate group and only interested in freedom of speech.... So how about, for your next contest we all draw pictures of Moses, using pigs' blood for paint?"
WIth all due respect Luca you don't know what you are talking about. Lots of other whack jobs sponsor art contests, protests, etc. and do not have to fear for their lives. Here are a few examples:
1.) Beakers/jars filled with urine in which is an upside-down cross in the name of art.
2.) Demonstrations by the Westboro church at the funerals of dead soldiers with placards saying "God hates fags."
3.) And just type in "George W. Bush funny" into your Google image search machine for a whole catalogue of nasty stuff/funny stuff.
Yes, Luca, it's about freedom of speech.
samwattersMay. 04, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
One of the many differences between France and Texas.
"Can the two shooters challenge the government for infringing on their rights?"
@SuperLIb. Maybe but the Second Ammendment is at least as equal in Texas.
Jul. 03, 2015 - 04:31AM JST
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One thing the train companies could do and it would not slow down anyone or impede…
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