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samwattersDec. 18, 2014 - 01:16AM JST
@WA4TKG. Send a little of that southern warmth up to us!
Posted in: Northern Japan in grip of blizzard; 300 flights canceled
samwattersDec. 17, 2014 - 03:45PM JST
Wicked winds and ice in Tomakomai but not a lot of snow. Stay warm my fellow Dosankos!
samwattersDec. 17, 2014 - 01:52PM JST
Excellent decision for all of the reasons noted by Hector Villagre of the ACLU but we need safeguards to ensure that video will be made public and not supressed when it contradicts a preferred narrative which was the case in Ferguson.
Posted in: LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015
samwattersDec. 15, 2014 - 08:35AM JST
Whatever you make think of Abe---I don't like the man--- you have to marvel at the hit job he did on the competition; Ishihara, Watanabe Yoshimi, Kaeda and Kan. The remaining opposition parties are splintered and have no real leadership. The LDP will rule uncontested for the next 50 years and that is not something to celebrate.
Posted in: DPJ leader Kaieda, Ishihara lose seats; Obuchi re-elected
samwattersDec. 13, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
I want to hear the sound of someone's hand slapping the side of this idiot's head.
Posted in: Student arrested for placing rocks on train tracks in Ibaraki
samwattersDec. 11, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
I remember the days when people had guts and courage. No wonder SONY is tanking.
Posted in: Sony CEO ordered 'The Interview' toned down; Rogen objected
samwattersDec. 09, 2014 - 12:41PM JST
I support Bach and his reforms. He seems sincere but I want to see revenue sharing as part of the plan. It is beyond comprehension that cities are paying billions---yes, billions!---to host a two week sports festival during an economic depression while the IOC pockets expand.
Posted in: Bach: IOC must change now or fall behind
samwattersDec. 05, 2014 - 12:26PM JST
Interesting article in the Japan Times today in which Gregory Clark was approached by touts who were super aggressive. Clark then went to the police station and the police returned with Clark after which they did ...nothing.
Posted in: Police crack down on bar, adult establishment touts during year-end
samwattersNov. 28, 2014 - 10:50AM JST
"Next month, climate negotiators will meet in Lima to prepare the groundwork for a meeting in Paris late next year, with the goal of reaching a global agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions."
Here is where I have a problem. You folks are going to burn a large amount of fossil fuel by taking airplanes and limosines to have a meeting (that will include lavish accomodations for you and your countless sherpas) that will conclude that the world needs to use less fossil fuel. If you folks could set an example I would be more willing to buy into the programs that you advocate. How about Skyping? Or teleconferencing? This is how those of us not blessed enough to work for government agencies do it. Why can't you? Personally, I ride my bicycle to-and-from work everyday in the Spring,Summer and Fall and then walk one way and take the bus in the winter. I walk the walk eventhough it probably won't make a difference in terms of global warming or global change. You guys should give it a try.
Posted in: How to avoid the climate change storm
samwattersNov. 18, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
"TINKERING WITH TAXES: After many years of deficit spending, Japan needs tax increases to get its battered government finances into better shape and cut its total public debt, which is more than twice the size of the economy and the largest among developed nations. A delay in the tax hike will slow that process."
Complete BS. Government needs to cut its staff, allowances and wasteful projects. Do that first then we'll talk about a tax increase.
Posted in: What Japan's recession means for the country
samwattersNov. 03, 2014 - 10:06AM JST
How about instituting the "designated driver" system in Japan? In the US bars give the designated driver a patch to wear on his or her clothes, gets to drink all the juice or soft drinks they want for free in return for driving the rest of the people home. Companies could pickup that tab and being the DD would be a great excuse for people who want to attend the drinking parties to further their career but don't want to have hangovers the next morning.
Posted in: Man arrested over fatal accident says he was drinking, fell asleep at wheel
samwattersNov. 02, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
Yes, waaaaaaaaay to early. I will be listening to music from headphones every time I enter a store from now until December 26th.
Posted in: Christmas decorations and light displays are already up in some parts of Japan. Do you think it is too early?
samwattersOct. 27, 2014 - 04:16PM JST
If you hear a slight cackle in the distance I bet that would be Yuko Obuchi.
Posted in: Trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm
samwattersOct. 27, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
"Abe raised the sales tax to 8% from 5% in April, the first of a planned two-stage increase that is the boldest attempt in nearly two decades to curb public debt that is well over twice the size of the economy."
Two words say it all; public debt. Private citizens are not racking up debt;it is the public servants who are doing that. We private citizens on the other hand look at how much money has come in from employment, lament how much has gone out in taxes, and then we make tough decisions. It's far beyond time for government to do the same. Memo to Mr. Kuroda (Bank of Japan governor) and the Finance Ministry; it doesn' t matter how much you increase the tax if you spent over a 100% of what you collect. If you want a tax increase then make sure you match it yen-for-yen with government cuts. If you want a 3% tax increase then there should be a three percent reduction in pay, bonuses, etc,for as long as that tax remains.
Posted in: Senior gov't official calls for Abe to delay sales tax hike
samwattersOct. 24, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
@Kickboard. I did read the article. I believe if a manager in Japan notices that a high number of Chinese are purchasing their (made in Japan) product then he should increase production (in Japan), maybe include a special seal or mark that proves this product was made in Japan (therefore alleviating fears this is another Chinese knock-off) and watch business boom. Increased production (in Japan) combined with increased purchasing equals economic improvement.
Posted in: 3 Chinese men arrested for buying too many diapers
samwattersOct. 24, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
Halloween is pure, unabashed fun! It lacks the pressure of the holiday season; the sense of duty that comes with gift giving, the sense of drudgery that comes with having to host and entertain family and the economic pressure of paying for it all. If you have 500 yen and a playful heart you can have enjoy Halloween!
Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?
samwattersOct. 24, 2014 - 08:44AM JST
One reason why the economy is still in toilet; you have a group of dedicated, well-healed customers who want your product and you deport them. Really good thinking. Any business manager with half a brain would immediately create a campaign directed at the Chinese, increase diaper production and then watch the cash role in.
samwattersOct. 23, 2014 - 11:38AM JST
@noypikantoku. You have in your posts referred to the (stupid) driver as "him" three times. Do you have any information that is not included in the article? I can't find in the article where the driver was indentified in either sex or age.
Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads
samwattersOct. 21, 2014 - 11:06PM JST
"Even before Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the race for the 2022 Games, the International Olympic Committee had started reviewing its bidding system to make it more appealing and less expensive for future host cities."
There is a wonderful article that highlights the greed of the IOC swine written by Dan Wentzel of Sports Illustrated on the Olso negotiations. Here is what members of the IOC demand when visiting a city that wishes to become a candidate city. Read on and prepare to get angry.
1.) First class tickets for each IOC and their "assistants."
2.) A car waiting for them at the airport, preferably a Mercedes or BMW complete with driver.
3.) A lane of traffic all to themselves (yes, I'm serious!) with red light operations stopped or police officers waiting at every intersection to stop traffic.
4.) A special entrance to the hotel that cannot be used by any other guests (no, behind the hotel, near the kitchen is not acceptable).
5.) Upon arrival the IOC team will be met by every hotel employee who should be smiling enthusiastically (yes, again, I am serious).
This is in addition to all of the under-the-table bribes that cannot be proven but we know exist. The IOC team went to Oslo, Norway, received this treatment and then said the price for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games would be...
....are you ready for this......?
.....71 billion US dollars. Makes me wonder what Tokyo has promised.....
Norway told the IOC to go to hell. When reminded of the confidentiality agreement Norway made this information public.
"There is strong interest (in 2024), Bach said in a recent interview with The Associated Press."
Bach is lying. There is no interest by any legitimate country to host the Games. No one in their right mind wants to host a two-week sports festival that costs more than a 2-year war during an economic period that resembles a depression. The IOC; crooks, liars and scroundrels.
Posted in: Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics
samwattersOct. 19, 2014 - 12:04PM JST
I've written this many times; in my native Detroit---one of the most violent cities in America---crimes against children were not tolerated. Remember, we didn't have GPS trackers, cell phones or beepers in the 1970's when the kids left the house in the morning, came home for a quick lunch and then went out again until the cars started using their headlights. The joyous adventures that I had as a child and the independence that it learned from them have helped me as an adult and I lament that I cannot allow my son the same freedom because of how society has changed.
Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?
Dec. 19, 2014 - 03:00AM JST
So - it is good , to say the truth it is really Really GOOD
Posted in: Obama announces U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba
Dec. 19, 2014 - 02:49AM JST
Good to know that Hashimoto's logic is not the norm by even Japanese judicial standards.
Posted in: Osaka court rules tattoo check on city employees illegal
Dec. 19, 2014 - 02:26AM JST
After this news, /sony;s stock eent up, CNN news It was 2 yen when Sony's last…
Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats
Dec. 19, 2014 - 02:21AM JST
70% of Japanese companies will report a loss for 2014,
You put this a lot in…
Posted in: Gov't considering 2.5% corporate tax cut from fiscal 2015: Nikkei
Dec. 19, 2014 - 02:07AM JST
dctokyo2002: ‘Team America: World Police’ should Replace ‘The Interview’ at all Theater`s for now