sangetsu03's past comments

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    sangetsu03

    Human rights don't even make your top 200 "real problems"? ... well, enough said really.

    Tell me exactly how Obama has furthered LGBT rights? And after you come up with a few scant examples, tell me about what Obama has done to improve other human rights? How about the right to use the phone, or internet without being listened-in on by the federal government? How about the right to make simple life decisions (like not buying insurance) without having to pay a fine to the government? How about exercising the right to support a poltical party without being audited by the IRS? One of thr few things Obama has done during his presidency is to create more rules, regulations, and red tape than any previous president, no other has added as many pages to the federal register. Exactly how are 81000 pages of rules and regulations furthering human rights? Each regulation is yet another command, telling us what we may and may not do. Is it possible to have human rights when there is no longer any freedom?

    Posted in: 2016 presidential race off to an early start

  • -3

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    There is a large commercial infrastructure in Japan for the fishing, distribution, and sale of whale meat. Many Japanese are looking at having their livelyhoods taken away, as their shops and restaurants will be forced to either adapt to different dishes, or close up shop. Many of these shops and distributors are located in rural areas, and as rural votes carry more weight than urban votes, like farmers, these folks have a disproportionate amount of power in Japan's political system.

    Also this entire situation is another example of how Japan tries to worm it's way out of legal agreements and treaties. Japan said they would stop commercial whaling, and then found a legal loophole which allowed them to continue whailing unabated. Japan has done the same thing to get around past trade agreements with America and other countries.

    Most likely, Japan will find another way to get around the recent ban by changing their modus operandi slightly to get around the letters of the ruling, and things will continue as they have before. Should Japan sign it's name to other agreements like TPP, it would probably do the same thing to get around allowing duty-free goods to get into Japan

    Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program

  • -2

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    Under his watch there have been substantial improvements in the LGBT situation, he's pushed through Obamacare, he's given increased protection to whistleblowers, and overall he's kept just under half the promises he's made.

    Among the myriad real problems facing the world, LGBT issues are not in the top 200. Obama has not increased protection of whistleblowers, he has increased the punishments for "leakers", limited press access to the white house, tried to change the definition of what the word "reporter" means, and created the most opaque administration we have yet known. Nixon's administration was as transparent as glass in comparison to Obama's administration. Obama has used the IRS to punish those whose viewpoints differ from his own, and he has done as much as he can to increase the power of the executive branch, and diminish the power of the other two branches.

    Obamacare has not yet fully become the debacle it is destined to be, it usually takes about 6 years for the full effect of a major policy change to be felt. When looking at the current numbers, there is not yet any net change in the numbers of uninsured. After promising not to raise taxes on the middle class, Obamacare was ruled by the supreme court as a tax, and as such, it will become the biggest middle class tax increase in history. The "pushing through" of Obamacare is probably the thing most likley to put republicans into the senate and white house, and when they get there, do you doubt for a moment that they won't put to full use the increased power of the executive branch, decreased transparency, and domestic spying infrastructure which Obama has initiated?

    Fully 1/3 of Americans are on food stamps, the highest in the history of the country, yet we are somehow led to believe that unemployment is decreasing, and the economy is growing? I export goods to America, and my sales to America have been weak, and getting weaker, which is hardly a sign to me of decreasing unemployment and economic growth.

    Obama has been the greatest disappointment ever to find its way into Washington.

    Posted in: 2016 presidential race off to an early start

  • 1

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    Now if they could only do the same thing about price-fixing here in Japan. The practice is just as illegal in Japan as it is in America, but it is never punished here. You see examples every day, such as when you go to a movie theater, but even these "naked in broad daylight" examples are ignored by regulators and law enforcement.

    Posted in: U.S. indicts 3 in Bridgestone price-fixing case

  • 2

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    America for one took any one being Japanese, imprisoned them and their families, stole their businesses, money, property and after the war those Japanese got nothing returned to them, NOTHING.

    And the Japanese took all western foreigners living in the areas they conquered and did the same thing. Except for one thing. Every Japanese internee in America was housed, fed, and given medical treatment when needed, and most returned to their homes and businesses. Western internees held by the Japanese were starved, denied medical treatment and medicines, and were used as slave labor or "comfort women", not many survived to see the end of the war.

    Did your grandfather fight in China?

    No, he didn't. The Chinese which were killed were those who were living in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Then, just as now, many Chinese live in these places.

    Posted in: 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness

  • 12

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    My grandfather fought in the Pacific war, and was among those who liberated many POW's from the Japanese. That the film stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman is disappointing, in stories like this, A-list stars tend to diminish rather than enhance things.

    Here are some memories which were passed to my from my grandfather, and what he saw. Shallow graves with human limbs sticking out of them, because the Japanese would not allow graves to be dug more than 6" deep. Living adult men who weighed an average of 80 pounds, and who were covered with sores because they were not fed well, and lack of vitamins caused the skin problems. A dozen survivors of the war dying every night because their bodies were too torn by disease and malnourishment to recover.

    The daily beatings while they were prisoners, which got worse later in the war when the B29's began to appear overhead almost every day. The various forms of torture carried out on POW's, which included things like being forced at gunpoint to drink as much water as could be forced into you, and once full, to have Japanese solidiers jump onto your belly to burst your guts. Being hung upside down so Japanese guards could urinate into your nostrils. And as bad as these things were, Chinese prisoners received even worse tortures. The entrances to Japanese occupied towns could be discerned by the Chinese heads rotting on poles nearby.

    Some of those very few who survived the railway work said than 100,000 POW and native laborers died in the railroad's contruction.

    If you ever meet an old WW2 Australian or British veteran or former POW, ask him what the words "half his luck" mean, and what memories those words bring back.

    Posted in: 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness

  • 0

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    If Hilary wins, then it's going to get worse for America I'm afraid. Hilary is a Pentagon alumni with a hawkish attitude. Don't be fooled, the woman is a die hard hawk. She will complete the agenda of the Pentagon, which is to increase tensions with Russia and China.

    It seems tensions are being increased with these countries anyway, so maintaining the status quo is obviously not an option.

    Personally, I think Hillary is a hateful bitch, but she is twice the man Barack Obama is. She is the kind of boss everyone hates, but who runs her business well enough to move it to the top. I was in the Army during the Clinton presidency, and in a position to see some of the workings in the White House. It was obvious enough to anyone who knew the Clinton's which one of them had balls, and it wasn't William Jefferson.

    I don't like Hillary Clinton, and I agree she is hawkish, and not on just military matters. I am leery of her as president, but once again, we aren't being given many options to choose from. I am tired of seeing compulsive liars with good hair speaking at us (they don't have enou substance to talk to us) on television, talking about policies they themselves haven't written, and don't understand, and taking every bad situatio which comes their way and make it worse.

    Frungy, being an American, and having met a few presidents (including Mr Obama), and having known others who were friends of my father and grandfather, I honestly have to say that Obama is probably the worst president we have ever had the misfortune to elect. He has kept none (not even one) of his campaign promises, and he will very likely leave office with America in a worse situation than when he took office. Fools will say Obama saved America from the greatest financial crisis since the great depression, but did he? What are the real unemployment numbers in America? and how much real growth (not paper growth from pumping computer-generated numbers into the banks) has there been? And for the miniscule growth he was able to create, how much did it cost? That the cost for 1% annual growth and miserable unemployment numbers is more money than all previous presidents have spent over two centuries, I fail to see how anyone in their right mind could say that Mr Obama has been a good president. We have wasted 8 years that we will never be able to get back.

    Posted in: 2016 presidential race off to an early start

  • 3

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    Don't bother, Amari-san save the taxpayers the cost of your ticket and hotel. The other parties can erect a brick wall in the conference room and negotiate with it in your stead, the results will be the same.

    Posted in: Japan arranging for Amari to visit U.S. for more TPP talks

  • 0

    sangetsu03

    many easy schemes and systems for a responsible government to choose from.

    Take a look around the world and name me a "responsible government."

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  • 2

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    A company is an organization of people, more or less a living thing, and when it outlives it's productiveness, it should be allowed to perish so another company can take it's place.

    America had no business bailing out GM, or any of the large banks. There should be no company which can be called "too big to fail." No company should be allowed to grow so large that it's failure would cause great economic hardship.

    Posted in: When big companies look like they are going under, should governments use tax money to bail them out?

  • 1

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    f anything, this deal, that saw the Japanese hardly budge at all, gives even more support to the skeptics in Washington who want to play hardball...or no ball at all....with Tokyo

    For once, I agree with you. The deal between Australia and Japan was not a "free trade" deal. Since when does one side lowering tariffs from a bruisingly high 38% down to a ridiculously high 23% over 15 years, while the other side lowers tariffs to 0% count as "free trade"? I'm sure Tony Abbot still can't sit after the hammering he and Australia took in this so-called deal. Australian farmers gained absolutely nothing in this deal, there will be no decrease in price of their beef in the retail Japanese market, so there will be no increase in sales for the farmers. The big Japanese retailers and distributors will keep extra cash for themselves, just like they always do.

    The other countries involved in TPP will only see the Australian trade deal as a further reason to throw Japan out. Japan has never entered a trade deal without getting their way, by hook or crook, and everyone knows this, the agreement with Australia is just the latest example.

    Posted in: Australia trade deal gives Japan leverage in TPP talks

  • 1

    sangetsu03

    I don't foresee any raises in pay coming, as in Japan the consumption tax isn't limited to end consumers. Companies too will see part of their profits be siphoned away because of th additional tax, and this will do little to motivate them to pay their staff any higher.

    There is more than a fair chance that the increase in tax will lead to further deflation, as the larger domestic companies are finding the cost of doing business at home too high, and the declining population eliminating their key source of growth. Companies that can will take whatever money they can and put it where it can grow, which is certainly not going to be Japan.

    The key issue that is causing the decline of the population and the economy is the simple fact that living costs are too high in Japan. Consumers cannot consume things which they cannot afford to buy. Price-fixing, overregulation, heavy taxes, and inability to see which way the wind is blowing are all things which can be and should be addressed, but in no country on earth are the top 1% more firmly in control than in Japan, so in no country are such fundamental changes more difficult to make.

    Posted in: We're about to see the kind of wage increases never seen lately. I told the G20 I welcome such moves because they help ease the impact from the sales tax hike.

  • -3

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    an someone please point somewhere in which voter ID fraud has occurred and impacted an election. Something in the last 30-40 years please. Seriously, a couple of years back I spent some time googling and could not find anything credible. I say credible as I do not consider someone's blog as credible. All the analysis I read showed no evidence at all.

    The practice is far more rampant in caucuses running up to elections, read a little bit about the caucusing problems which occurred between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2007.

    Posted in: Obama says right to vote under threat in U.S.

  • 3

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    You don't need I.D. to join the military and possibly die. So why do you need one to exercise your right to vote.

    I needed a birth certificate, drivers license, high schiool diploma, college degree, and a dozen other things which I joined the military, not to mention signing a mountain of papers, and swear a rather serious oath.

    Posted in: Obama says right to vote under threat in U.S.

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    Of course Obama believes the right to vote is under threat, but his only concern is the new voter ID requirements. Voting fraud had been a huge problem in America for two centuries, and requiring voters prove that they are residents of tne cities and states thry are voting, or that they are US citizens at all would make a huge difference in how cleanly elections are run.

    It has been an old practice for party activists to bus in friends, family member students, city employees, and union members to vote in elections in other cities and other states. It has been an old practice for a single individual to register to vote under numerous names and so be able to vote numerous times. This needs to stop, it should have been stopped more than a century ago.

    But politicians value votes, not voters, and they have had no desire to fix a problem which favors them.

    Posted in: Obama says right to vote under threat in U.S.

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    sangetsu03

    The US was not negotiating. The US was DEMANDING. They demanded that all terriffs be removed from beef and demanded that polution standards (which Japanese manufacturers have to follow too) be reduced so poisonous US cars can be sold here. US just DEMANDS. US does not understand NEGOTIATE. DOWN WITH TPP!!!

    Sorry champ, cars made in the American market, and Japanese cars sold in America have far higher emissions ans safety standards than domestic Japanese cars. The average Japanese car sold in America is many kilograms heavier than a do estic Japanese car due to the weight of the extra emissions equipment, and safety reinforcements. That is why any currently produced in America can be sold in Japan with no modification, but Japanese domestic market cars may not be sold in America.

    The US is demanding tariffs and non-tariff barriers because Japan has a long record of making their own demands, and giving absolutely nothing in return. Obama wants Japan in TPP, America does not. Most of the other member nations are agreed on zero tariffs on all goods. Japan knew this when they joined the talks, if Japan cannot agree on zero tariffs, it needs to leave right now and stop wasting everyone else's time.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. trade talks fail to close gap over TPP

  • 0

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    I guess Japan just wasn't gonna sign up and bend over.

    Who is really getting bent over? Hasn't the Japanese consumer been bent over hard for the past five decades? Actual tariffs of 30% to 800% are paid for by the average Japanese, non-tariff barriers affect prices a like amount, and must also be paid by the Japanese consumers. Having to pay sky-high costs for everything from food to clothing has left the average Japanese with little other money to get by.

    Japan rates near the bottom of developed countries in disposable income, which is money left over after paying for normal housing and living expenses.

    Japan was not invited to TPP, Japan invited itself, if being part of the treaty requires bending over, Japan should drop it's pants right now. If not, they can get out, they won't be missed.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. trade talks fail to close gap over TPP

  • -1

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    Japan doesn't need TPP. It can do better with individual free trade agreements with its neighbors and Europe.

    If Japan could make individual free trade agreements with it's neigjbors and Europe, it would have done so already. Neither Japan's neigjbors nor Europe trust Japan enough to make any new agreements, as Japan has gotten around old agreements by erecting non-tariff barriers to raise the prices of goods.

    Take a close look at the "free trade" deal which Japan just made with Australia. Japan gets zero tariffs on Japanese cars immediately, Austrailan exports get tariffs reduced to only 20% to 23% over a 15 year period. I doubt Japan's neighbors or Europe will see this as a very good deal, and after the Japanese beef importers jack up the price to offset the reduction in tariffs, the Japanese consumers will not see it as a good deal either. And since the retail price will likely remain unchanged, Australia will probably not see any increase in it's beef exports to Japan. Japan gets everything in the deal, Australia gets nothing.

    Japan's neighbors who are involved in TPP didn't want Japan involved in the treaty, and for good reason.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. trade talks fail to close gap over TPP

  • 0

    sangetsu03

    TPP will not happen with Japan. It looks like they focus more now on reaching free trade agreements with AUS (already done), the EU and maybe Korea and China. After I read more about the TPP I believe this would be a much better deal for Japan and its people.

    I agree that TPP will not happen with Japan. The deal with Australia was good because Japan got zero tariffs on Japanese cars, and Australia will be charged "only" a 29% tax on it's beef. So, like in every previous agreement, Japan walked away with what it wanted, the Australians got shafted, and the Japanese consumers get a fourth arrow up the backside, as no reduction in tariffs is ever passed on to Japanese consumers. For Japan, "free trade" means zero tariffs on Japanese goods, and allows the Japanese to charge high tariffs, or emplace non-tariff barriers on foreign goods

    TPP will not happen because non-tariff barriers in Japan would have to be dismantled, and price-fixing is the main non-tariff barrier which drives up the price of imports (and even domestic goods) in Japan. Price-fixing is an old cultural practice in Japan which is technically illegal, but is never prosecuted or punished. Price-fixing is one of the main culprits behind the decline of the domestic economy, it has driven up the cost of all goods in Japan, making it more difficult for people to make ends meet, or to afford to have children, it has allowed Japanese companies to continue operating inefficiently, and it has doscouraged growth by making it harder for people to start new companies. Price-fixing is unpunished because of the close ties industry has with the permanent bureaucracy, and these are too powerful to be controlled by Japan's elected politicians, or the Japanese themselves.

    TPP will not happen because it would wrest power away from the 1% of Japanese who are farmers, and the powerful JA bureuacracy which can make or break politicians because the voting formula in Japan gives more power to rural voters, while taking power away from urban voters.

    No country in the TPP talks needs TPP as much as Japan. TPP is probably the only hope Japan has of getting out of it's old and corrupt system, and this is the main reason why Japan will not become a part of the treaty.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. trade talks fail to close gap over TPP

  • 10

    sangetsu03

    Trying to "cure" a mental problem with an injection is rather like trying to fix a software problem on a computer with a monkey wrench.

    The injection is not a cure, as there simply are no cures for mental illness. But if you have ever met someone with mental problems who uses these medicines, and compared their condition from when they were taking their meds to when they weren't, the differences can be amazing.

    Posted in: 17 deaths reported after schizophrenia drug injections

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