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samwattersNov. 27, 2013 - 08:08AM JST
@livinginnagoya1983. My 2 cents worth is that China keeps the ADIZ policy but extends invitations for all countries to maintain current travel practices. For all of its bluster, China is a very insecure country and still deals with feelings of inferiority and, like the bully it is, China wants to be feared but is also afraid of conflict. Making and keeping this ADIZ policy but allowing the status quo to continue allows China to flex its muscles a bit while saving its face.
Posted in: Japan receives int'l support over China air zone
samwattersOct. 25, 2013 - 09:04AM JST
Sad. In our (understandable) hatred of TEPCO, we should all remember that the everyday workers are not responsible for the disasterous decisions made by management. Just sad.
Posted in: TEPCO employee found dead in apparent suicide
samwattersOct. 21, 2013 - 09:42AM JST
Saw KISS on Tamori's Music Station last Friday. Paul forgot one line on "I was made for loving you" but otherwise gave a stellar performance. Would have loved to have seen Eric Carr on drums but sadly Eric is no longer with us. @Jean Val-Jean: I agree, KISS rocks!
Posted in: KISS kick off Japan tour
samwattersOct. 19, 2013 - 12:08AM JST
@philly1. Thanks for insight; you made some really good points and I appreciate them! Sam.
Posted in: Perception persists that older drivers are dangerous drivers
samwattersOct. 18, 2013 - 02:38PM JST
@Commanteer. I am 55 and I visit a driving school in my native Michigan once a year when I return during my vacation. It costs about US$50 and takes about 2 hours depending on how busy the school is. I don't know if Japan offers such a service. I agree with you that 50 is quite early but my family has certain health issues that give me reason to be cautious.
samwattersOct. 18, 2013 - 10:07AM JST
"I can see great hilarity happening in about 40 or 50 years from now when a lot of the younger people here get to be elderly themselves. Do you think they will be happy about giving up their drivers license because a bunch of 20 somethings think they are old and dangerous, or will it be a case of 'Do as I say, not as I do'? or, 'What I said, doesn't apply to me, just you.' "
I can only speak for myself but, yes, I made the decision to have my driving skills tested once a year since turning 50 and plan on giving up driving for good after turning 65. Reason being it's just too risky. I may be in the minority but I know that as I grow older I am more of risk than I was when I was younger (when was the last time you heard a younger person mistaking the accelerator for the brake!?) and my actions do impede others. We pass laws forbidding using phones while driving, etc. that are directly targeting the young. It is time to do the same with anyone over retirement age with mandatory medical check-ups that focus on eyesight, eye-hand coordination and reflexes. It's not discrimination; it's common sense.
samwattersOct. 16, 2013 - 02:48PM JST
"Ah, the arrogance and ignorance of the young. I am retired, I paid my contributions for nearly 50 years, I am getting MY money back."
Ah, the arrogance and ignorance and selfishness of the elderly....I, too am paying my way and the way of my parents and part of your way as well. But I would bet you're getting more than you paid and I am OK with that but when an elderly person criticizes my generation for working for money that pisses me off. At least the majority of your generation will get a retirement; the majority of mine won't.
samwattersOct. 16, 2013 - 01:49PM JST
"And unlike a lot of drivers in their 50s, I don’t work myself beyond exhaustion just to make money."
Uh, one of the reasons we work so hard in long is to finance your long retirement. And can I assume by your comment that you are working for free?
samwattersOct. 15, 2013 - 09:51AM JST
"Unfortunately, when native-English speakers looks at this, we can’t help seeing it as, um, well, you get the point, right?" As Dave Barry once wrote, "You can't make this stuff up!"
Posted in: Fukushima Industries unveils new mascot with an unfortunate name
samwattersOct. 10, 2013 - 12:56PM JST
"REMOVE ALL EXEMPTIONS, EXCEPTIONS, AND WAIVERS TO OBAMACARE."
@JeanValJean. That's best post I have read in a long time! Should be carved into the walls of the White House.
Posted in: Obama, Congress search for way out as pressure rises in fiscal stalemate
samwattersOct. 10, 2013 - 08:38AM JST
"House Speaker John Boehner limited the group to party leaders and prominent committee chairs, lessening the exposure of Obama both to Republicans who might dissent from the leadership’s hardline strategy and to rank-and-file Tea Party members who inspired it."
This says it all. I am no fan of Obama after having such great hope for his presidency but for Boehner to obstract negotions like this is a clear case of putting party before country and should be considered an act of treason.
samwattersOct. 07, 2013 - 08:43AM JST
The only way out of this mess is to vote out all incumbents. The Rebublicans are crazy; wanting to shut the government down and throw the country off the cliff. The Democrats are crazy; wanting to borrow and borrow and borrow and taking us to the cliff. The only long term solution is to get rid of all representatives and senators after two terms beginning in 2014. NMI = No More Incumbemts.
Posted in: Congress 'playing with fire' on debt ceiling: Treasury secretary
samwattersOct. 02, 2013 - 08:48AM JST
@Mataka. Couldn't agree with you more!
Posted in: Joggers warned to mind their manners as they run around Imperial Palace
samwattersOct. 01, 2013 - 09:43AM JST
I may eat out a little bit less than before but that's nothing big. The real impact comes from my total loss of faith in government to act responsibly. I was here in '97 when they promised that one more, just one more tax increase was needed to help "the less fortunate" and kill the debt. Well, that money was wasted and now they're back for more. I have always believed in paying my fair share of taxes but now I'm beginning to wonder...
Posted in: How big an impact would the proposed initial sales tax hike from 5% to 8% in Japan have on your lifestyle?
samwattersSep. 27, 2013 - 12:24PM JST
@Probie. Thanks, I will bone up on my metal!
Posted in: Suga defends Abe's 'Gordon Gekko speech' on Wall Street
samwattersSep. 27, 2013 - 12:11PM JST
I have one question: are government employees/politicians exempt from joining Obama care like they are against school vouchers while sending their children to private learning institutions? If the answer is "yes", then I have serious reservations about the Affordable Care Act.
Posted in: Obama raises stakes in U.S. debt, spending showdown
samwattersSep. 26, 2013 - 06:10PM JST
@Probie. Is that from Metallica's "Enter Sandman"?
samwattersSep. 17, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
SInce the government is helping itself to another pound of flesh, can I have some sort of guarantee that the money accumulated by the tax increase will actually go towards its earmarked purpose of saving social security and not into the pockets of a "committee designed to further study the situation"?
Posted in: Sales tax hike will add Y6 tril to household burden: gov't panel
samwattersSep. 13, 2013 - 10:25AM JST
The problem is easy to fix; term limits. The founding fathers never wanted a king or queen so they designed term limits for the presidency. We need to get rid of life-time politicians by installing term limits which will de-fang the special interest groups, etc.
Posted in: Congress bickers as U.S. government shutdown looms
samwattersSep. 13, 2013 - 09:59AM JST
“If it turns out that these reports are true..."
I would like to nominate Mr. Davies for President; it's rare to have an American government official who thinks that the facts need to be checked and double-checked before running madly into another debacle.
Posted in: U.S. envoy says N Korean reactor restart serious matter, if true
Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:25PM JST
Vienna, London & Hong Kong.
Posted in: What are your three favorite cities in the world to visit for a holiday, and why?
Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:24PM JST
Merry Christmas, anyway!
Posted in: The true meaning of Japanese Christmas
Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:19PM JST
Yes Serrano and also its history and culture and it's never boring, there is always something…
Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:14PM JST
I thought it took days for DNA to be done but it seems not these days…
Posted in: Man arrested for pachinko parlor robbery
Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:12PM JST
FizzBit in 30 years time japan will look like one giant rest home and the young…
Posted in: Fukushima water tanks: leaky and built with illegal labor