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    sangetsu03

    Was it only four or five days ago tnat Japan Today posted a story that Japan had revised growth figures upwards?

    Posted in: Japan cuts growth outlook as exports hit, imports rise

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    Everyone knows that the black boxes cannot be opened without notice.

    This is untrue. When the Russians shot down the KAL flight some years ago, they salavaged the flight recorders and tampered with the information contained in them. Russia is a builder of airplanes and other sophisticated equipment, and they had plenty of time and knowhow analyze the flight recorders before handing them over.

    Posted in: Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire

  • 3

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    Actually nature if enough to regulate the deer population. Nature doesn't need human to regulate itself.

    You forget that man too is part of nature, and that man has always been the top deer predator going back to the days of sticks and stones. There are not enough other predators in Japan or elsewhere to regulate the deer population. Without man consuming the deer, the deer population might evetually settle to a natural number, but at the expense of other animals and vegetation.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

  • 3

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    But that wasn't enough for Abe, the LDP, and their one-percenters, was it? And they have insulted us with facile, childish propaganda all the while. When will this thief be out of power?

    Don't make the mistake of thinking that the DPJ would have done things any differently. The net effect of their policies, which were basically more spending and more taxes, would have been no different than the LDP. As much as people are loath to believe it, there is no genuine multi-party system in government. There are only politicians, whose goal is to enrich themselves at the people's expense. The people may be liberal or conservative, but not politicians, they just choose whichever side is stupid enough to elect them.

    The government's goal of increasing inflation is entirely selfish. The weight of the national debt is almost beyond bearing, and without inflation, the government's ability to borrow and squander is going to become limited. The current crop of politicians, be they LDP or DPJ, Republican, or Denocrat, are looting our countries to pay for projects and programs which benefit themselves and their friends more than they benefit us.

    Pushing down interest rates was done to allow them to "borrow" more of our money, and monetary easing policies have allowed them to pay for projects and programs by simply printing more money for them. Recent policies aimed at "adding liquidity" to the economy has fueled the recent stock boom. Companies have been keeping their money to themselves as they don't want to get caught with their pants down the next time the markets and economy crashes. With the markets up nearly 100% since 2008 when growth rates have barely touched 1% per year, many companies think that the economy is in yet another "bubble", and they are going to need whatever cash they have to get by after the bubble bursts.

    Posted in: Inflation vs deflation: Which is right for Japan?

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    It is absolutely incredible to me that a country that prides itself on being an "advanced nation" organises HUGE deer hunts. Not for the meat. Just for the "pleasure" of killing a beautiful animal.

    Man has always been the largest predator of deer in Japan (and any other country where men and deer live in proximity to one another) and has been so for as there have been men and deer. But as the hunting and consumption of deer by people has decreased, the numbers of deer have increased greatly, to the point that many deer starve every winter. Like it or not, man plays a part in the natural regulation of the deer population. When there are not enough deer culled by hunters, they are often culled through poisoning or shot by foresters, otherwise, besides starving, they destroy forage which other animals also depend on.

    I know of no hunters who kill deer for the "pleasure" of killing another living thing. There is pleasure in the challenge of trying to hunt for deer, this is a natural instinct. But actually shooting them is not such a pleasure. And after shooting and killing a deer, a lot of hard and messy work is involved in getting the deer moved, cleaned, and dressed. Deer are killed no more permantently than the chickens, cows, fish and plants that are killed evry day to feed us.

    A hunting rifle is dangerous only when handled by an incompetent shooter, just as a car is dangerous when being operated by a careless driver.

    Posted in: Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

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    They had the option of taking a 5 minute detour away from danger, but chose not to take it.

    They were following a normal flight plan, and under the direction of ground controllers. No detour was recommended, so none was taken. There were 5 or 6 other flights on the same path that morning from other carriers, weren't there? So the Malaysian flight wasn't the only one who didn't take a detour. As it was, there were flying north of their usual flight path to avoid flying over the Crimea.

    The idiots who fired the missile were trigger happy, the missile radar would have told them that the transponder of the airplane was transmitting a civilian airline signal. The pilots and the airline did not do one single thing wrong.

    Posted in: Travel agencies in many countries have already reported customers canceling reservations on Malaysian Airlines flights since one of the carrier's planes was shot down over Ukraine. In view of the second major disaster to befall the airline this year, would you still be willing to fly with them?

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    sangetsu03

    The median income means nothing,

    Nonsense, it is an average, and is a valid measurement. Otherwise you could argue that climate change is not occurring because the measurements between the extremes of temperatures cannot be used to determine the average temperature, or it's future trend. But ifyou want something more interesting to read, take a look at personal purchasing parity, or the net amount of disposable income left after paying for regular living costs and taxes. In this scale Japan rates third-from-last among all developed countries, coming in only ahead of Greece and Spain.

    If America were such a bad place to live, why have more than 12 million people gone to the danger and trouble of immigrating illegally? Income disparities exist in all countries, but no other country has fewer limits on upward mobility than America. Anyone can be part of the top 1%, and in fact, more than 80% of the wealthy in America were not born wealthy, they became wealthy on their own. No where else is easier to become wealthy or successful than in America.

    Posted in: Japan's child poverty rate hits record high

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    Japan is becoming like the US. Sad.

    It would be sad if tne median income in the US was lower than Japan, which it is not.

    The problem with Japan and other more advanced industrialized countries is mainly demographics. People with higher levels of education tend to have fewer or no children, as they carefully consider the cost of feeding and educating children before having them. People with lower levels of education tend to have more children, as they always have. As the more highly educated (and financially better off) are not having children, a disproportionate number of children are born into families with poorly educated parents who earn lower incomes, hence the increase in the number of children living in homes with poverty-level incomes. The increase has nothing to do with more children being born into poverty, it is due to less children being born into wealthier families.

    Posted in: Japan's child poverty rate hits record high

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    The fault lies at the feet of the West, who by sitting on their hands and doing nothing have allowed Putin and Russia to perpetuate this conflict. Western opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea and other parts of eastern Ukraine has been nil. Historically speaking, the main party in opposition to Russia has been America, but the Obama administration seems hopelessly inept at dealing with the crisis, and this has allowed it to grow and intensify.

    The US already knows who fired the missile, as they recorded the tracking system radar, as well as the missile itself. They know the type of radar used for each type of missile, military planes can identify and track these missiles within a fraction of a second, and predict the time remaining to impact. Putin knows this too. What remains to be seen is how America and Europe will deal with this situation. Hopefully they will not react as weakly as they have have during the past few months. Weakness is the vacuum most abhorred by nature.

    Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet

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    The decline of business at McDonald's is not related to it's business operations. Nearly all large businesses in Japan are in the same boat, and are all feeling the effects of declining population, decreasing incomes, and a saturated market. McDonald's case is more serious in that it's primary customers are younger people and children, both of which are becoming more scarce.

    The notion that selling company-owned outlets to franchisees has hurt sales is absurd. When the stores were company owned, staff complained that the company was slow to respond to problems, or to adapt to local markets, and now we are hearing that somehow McDonald's workers feel less motivated working at a franchise than they did working at company stores? Knowing the comapny very well, franchise workers have just as much opportunity for advancement as those who work in company owned stores. A good friend of mine is a managing director in the company, having worked his way up from being a part-time kitchen worker during his high school days.

    McDonald's will not leave Japan, but they will certainly have to downsize their operations to keep pace with the decline in population and resulting decline in sales.

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    Shifting jobs more to Vietnam, Brazil and Mexico... countries with not exactly high labour standards. The almighty Gates giveth some with one hand and taketh more with the other.

    Gates "gaveth" jobs to tens of thousands, and generated billions of dollars through business which helped the overall economy. He gaveth quite a lot for one person. How many jobs have you yourself provided? How many billions of dollars have you put into the world's economies?

    Microsoft has to change with the times, which, despite repeated messages about economic "recovery", has seen little growth over the last half a decade. Either Microsoft cuts staff or outsources 18000 jobs, or they continue as they are until they go bankrupt, and have no workforce at all.

    Posted in: Microsoft cuts 18,000 jobs from global workforce

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    sangetsu03

    So now the U.S.'s propaganda machine needs to get fired up again for another round of unending Russian denigration. I'm sure Jon Stewart's writers are already working on a new batch of lame guffaws.

    I remember when LA hosted the Olympics, and how they managed to do so without any extravagant spending whatsoever. The 1984 Olympic events were held almost entirely in existing facilities, and there were no complaints about the venues or the costs. But those were the days when athletes were amateurs, and the games were more about physical competition than the big names of millionaire sports stars. You could watch the Olympics on tv, and actually see an entire event, rather than like nowadays where they show 4 minutes of an event, then 2 minutes of commercials, and so on.

    Putin is looking to use the Olympics to further loot the Russian treasury for the benefit of himself and his cronies, just as Dilma Rouseff and her cronies just did for the world cup, and will do again for the games in 2016. But then that is mainly what these big sporting events are about; graft, corruption, and billions of dollars of taxpayer's money squandered, while the stupid masses are distracted by grown men kicking a ball around a field.

    Posted in: Putin inherits World Cup baton; promises 'unforgettable' 2018

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    sangetsu03

    The real problem is that the bourgeoisie and their corporate managers and talking heads in academia and the media have led the world to narrowly measure happiness or quality of life as GDP growth, which depends basically on ever greater numbers of people using ever greater amounts of energy to carry out productive and consumptive activities.

    Rather than blame "the bourgeoisie (do people less than 70 still use that word?) and their corporate managers" for the supposed ills we must endure, turn back the clock a couple of generations and look at the quality of life people enjoyed between then and the dawn of mankind. Then you should get down on your knees and thank providence that you live a life where you have heat, cold, light, food, and drink whenever you want it. Or that you can come or go when and where you please, and live to old age and in health unheard of by thousands og generations of human beings,

    Posted in: Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

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    Cutting corporate taxes is not really a bad idea: Japan's corporate rates were sky high (something near 40%). The problem is Abenomics doesn't extend that tax code largess to working people or families.

    This is not entirely true. The corporate tax rate in Japan is 38.6%, which is the second-highest among developed nations. What many people fail to realize is that the cost of the corporate tax is added to the cost of the goods and services which companies provide. A reduction in the corporate tax would reduce the cost of goods and services to consumers, so this reduction is extended to working people and families, just as an increase in the corporate tax would be extended to working people and families.

    Posted in: Japanese manufacturers, flush with cash, start spending on technology

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    sangetsu03

    If they are so flush with cash, then why does Abe and his gang want to offer more corporate goodies, such as tax breaks and cheap capital?

    Because they are not "flush with cash", the above article was written by a tool. Japanese companies have seen their stock prices and market cap soar due to the side effects of monetary easing and stimulus spending, but few have actually seen any increase in net business or sales. These companies know that their stock values are artificially overinflated, and that the increases in value they have seen this year may vanish by next year.

    Abe and his government know that regardless of the stock prices, Japanese companies have seen little or no increase in substantial value, and unless these companies can start earning real profits, there is little hope for the future Japanese economy. Most Japanese companies which can are divesting from Japan as quickly as their means will allow. Abe needs to try to stop this exodus.

    Take a look at the top domestic Japanese companies' financials for the past couple of years, these are public records. You will see that roughly eight out of ten have lost money. Despite their losses, their stock prices have gone up, giving the illusion that these companies have been experiencing growth. The lion's share of the effect of the goverment's monetary policies have benefitted the stock market, but have not improved anyone else's lot. How much more are you spending now than you were last year? How much has your income increased? If your answer (like most other people's) was "none and none", then exactly how is it that companies are now really "flush with cash?"

    Posted in: Japanese manufacturers, flush with cash, start spending on technology

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    sangetsu03

    Inhaling smoke directly into your lungs is stupidly harmful, regardless of the substance. 40,000 Americans die in traffic accidents in America each year, more than 10% of drivers involved in these accidents test positive for marijuana. More than 60,000 Mexicans have died fighting for control of drug imports to America, marijuana being by far the drug most commonly imported.

    Then there are the issues with mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, which has been linked to marijuana use.

    It is certainly not harmless.

    Posted in: Is smoking pot harmless?

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    As Chicago is not a walled city with airport-style security at all its entry points, this argument against gun control was stillborn when it was first screamed by the morally bankrupt gun lobby.

    As a former law enforcement officer with more than a decade of experience working in one of America's largest cities, I have a little firsthand experience with crime and violence. The city where I worked had a very large inner-city area, actually larger in size than Chicago's, as well as an old (and famous) drug and gang culture. Yet, the city where I worked had a significantly lower rate of violent crime than Chicago. But the city and state where I worked had, and still has, little in the way of gun control laws. In fact, my state was one of the earliest to allow citizens to obtain concealed-carry permits with a minimum of red tape. At the time this law was passed, law enforcement was concerned that the increased number of guns would increase violence, but in fact the opposite occurred. Though there had been a slow, general decline in violent crime prior to the concealed-carry law being passed, the decline became much steeper after the law was passed.

    A few years ago I visited the city of El Paso in Texas to take a training class. At the time, El Paso enjoyed the lowest violent crime rate of any large American city, despite being located just across the river from Juarez, which is said to be the most violent city in North America. I was picked up at the airport by a sheriff's deputy, and jokingly I asked him why his city's crime rate was so low. His exact reply was "because everybody has a gun." I laughed at his answer, but he said he was serious. In fact, not "everyone" had a gun in El Paso, but most people did.

    If you look at a list of the American cities with the highest rates of violent crime and murder, without exception, these cities have the strongest gun control laws. Every single state which has allowed freer carrying of weopons has seen a decrease in crime, without exception.

    Posted in: Chicago stunned by outbreak of weekend shootings

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    sangetsu03

    Rather ironic that the city with the highest number of murders is also the city with America't strictest gun control laws.

    Posted in: Chicago stunned by outbreak of weekend shootings

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    Any place near any kind of base is going to get attacked in any conflict.

    Really? American bases in Japan were used during the Vietnam war, weren't they? Were they attacked? Bases in Japan have been untilized in the Afghanistan war, and have not been attacked. Bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were utilized inthe Iraq war, not to mention those in Italy, Germany, and the UK, yet none have been attacked.

    The best way to prevent a war from occurring is to be fully prepared to fight. As was once said "the Romans maintained the peace by constantly preparing for war."

    American forces will never leave Japan while the likes of North Korea is launching missiles and detonating nuclear bombs, nor while China continues trying to expand it's military throughout the region. For those who think Asia would be safer without American forces in the area, don't imagine that China would not try to fill their places.

    Posted in: There is a good possibility that Iwakuni, serving as a point of logistic support for U.S. forces under the right of collective self-defense, will be attacked.

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    Soldiers do get shot at. They do put their lives on the line.

    As a former soldier, as well as being a police officer for more than a decade, I can tell you from personal experience that there is no such thing as a "safe" occupation or place. More Americans will die in car accidents over this summer than all the soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 13 years.

    Posted in: There is a possibility you could get shot at. Your life will be put on the line.

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