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    Meanwhile, the not-yet-released "third arrow" lies hidden in a closet somewhere, where it is slowly rusting away...

    Posted in: Abe heads to Trinidad and Tobago

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    As mentioned previously, if the new battery technology developed by Tokyo University and published just last week is proven, it will render fuel cells more or less obsolete. For fuel cell cars to be viable, large scale hydrogen production will have to be implemented, and hydrogen fueling stations will have to be built around the country, not to mention setting up a delivery system.

    The electricty grid already extends to every part of the country, so the basis for an electric car infrasrtucture already exists. Fuel cells may be Toyota's "Betamax", and is the typical Japanese response to avert competing against a type of technology by developing an alternative, even if it is silly.

    As for healthcare or solar, subsidies may appear to make these less expensive, but the opposite is the case. Subsidies distort the market for such things, which would have been less expensive otherwise. Before the days of subsidized healthcare, the cost of treatment increased at roughly the same rate as inflation. Once subsidies began, prices skyrocketed, and continue to do so. Regarding solar, my home is entirely solar powered, I built the system myself, and sourced the parts myself. My system cost less than the subsidized price, without asking for subsidies. Subsidies are a form of graft, a favor granted to a provider which will be repaid by another favor in the future. Many end up paying for something which benefits few.

    Posted in: Japan readies fuel cell subsidies for Toyota's next project

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    I'm still waiting to hear how other countries' health care systems are clearly inferior to America's. I might accept that argument if the average lifespan in the USA was 110, but it's not.

    Here in Japan Today there are several stories each year of ambulances running from hospital to hospital with an emergency patient, because these hospitals have reached their quota of patients, and cannot accept another. Many Japanese people die each year because they cannot get timely treatment. A few years ago a pregnant Japanese woman died after being refused admittance by seven hospitals. The year before another pregnant woman died after being refused by twenty hospitals. A 75 year old Japanese man died after 25 hospitals refused him 36 times.

    In America, a hospital may not refuse emergency victims, period.

    One of the reasons Japanese people live in the cities is because hospitals and healthcare in rural areas are poor.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    The main reason behind the subsidy is to price Toyota's car lower than the Tesla S, which is currently being released in Japan. Toyota cannot make a car which will compete with Tesla, but as usual for a Japanese company, they can rely on the Japanese government to tilt the playing field in their favor.

    Posted in: Japan readies fuel cell subsidies for Toyota's next project

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    Many of those have a higher standard of living than both the US and China.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    I'm still waiting to hear how other countries' health care systems are clearly inferior to America's. I might accept that argument if the average lifespan in the USA was 110, but it's not.

    My mother was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in America a few years ago, a co-worker of mine in Japan was diagnosed withnstage three breast cancer two years ago.

    My mother's hospital scheduled surgery to be performed the same day she was diagnosed. My Japanese co-worker needed to wait nearly two months for surgery. My mother's cancer was successfully treated, and went into remission. My Japanes co-worker is still fighting with the disease.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    Corporate welfare, anyone? If subsidies are needed to make a company's product affordable to consumers, then that product should not be produced. Why take part of the taxes I pay to subsidize a car for someone else?

    If the recent breakthrough in battery technology at Tokyo University is true, and they have in fact developed a battery which is 7 times better than current lithium-ion batteries, then Toyota's fuel cell vehicles will be at a serious disadvantage over all-electric models. No doubt the government will also subsidize hyrodgen plants and stations as well. What a farce.

    No doubt a lot of Japanese bureaucrats will enjoy senior positions at Toyota after they retire from government.

    Posted in: Japan readies fuel cell subsidies for Toyota's next project

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    Socialism is a balance between individual rights, and group responsibility. It allows for the rights of the individual, while also providing for the greater good.

    Socialism works only in the world of insects among bees, ants, termites. It doesn't work among human beings, and never has. There is no way to determine exactly what "the greater good" actually is. Socialism goes completely against the right of the indiividual, it it no way whatsoever allows for the rights of the individual. "The common good" must always trump the right of the individual, or socialism won't work, period.

    People are individuals, of different races, languages, strengths, and abilities. Their needs, wants, amd desires are as different as their appearances. There is no shoe which fits all, and for that one reason alone, socialism is doomed to fail. Man mistakenly thinks that nature, and human nature, can be overruled by something as shallow and empty as religion or political ideology. The competitive nature of man's animal part drives him to acquire territory, property, sex, etc, and this occurs regardless of any political or religious system. The top 1% exist in every and all societies and systems. The problem with socialism is that it requires an iron hand to overcome human desire and individuality to make everyone work for "the common good." This iron hand does not affect the top 1%, but it utterly enslaves the remaining 99%. For it's numerous faults, capitalism at least allows anyone with the drive or ability to rise to the top. Capitalism gets it's strength from the competitive nature of people, and as such, and while not perfect (nothing is perfect) it is the most natural system we have found.

    Socialism purports to provide for the common good, but that is nonsense. Socialism has failed every test which time and experience has ever applied to it, be it Maoism in China, Communism the Soviet Union, or National Socialism in Hitler's Germany. No ideology every dreamed up by man has caused more death and despair than socialism, yet, like with other nutty religions, it still has fervent believers. As Santa Ana said, "those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

    Milder forms of the socialism like that practiced in Attlee's England failed, and the systems used in Scandinavia have become more limited in recent years as their full consequences have begun to be felt. We have seen the errosion of socialism in places like Vietnam, where capitalism is becoming the dominant system, and even Cuba is beginning to see things change. The only example of a thoroughly socialistic country is North Korea, and not even the most ardent believers in socialism will mention North Korea when talking about it's pros and cons.

    Politicians love socialism because it gives them control of all land, all services, and all businesses, and by extension, this gives them control of all people. In no system is the potential for totalitarianism greater than in socialism. This is why it must not be tolerated.

    It is not the government's job to take care of us, that is our own responsibility. The shifting of personal responsibility must always include the shifting of personal rights.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    Do you see ObamaCare as a bridge to single payer acceptable? I do.

    A governmnent-administered, single-payer system will not be acceptable if it is run as poorly as other government programs, all of which are rife with waste, inefficiency, graft, and corruption. In America monopolies have long been illegal, and a goverment monopoly on healthcare is no less bad than any private monopoly.

    Here in Japan I subscribe to the national healthcare system, which is rather inadequate in terms of treatment, facilities, and the like. Ryu Sakamoto preferred to avoid being treated for cancer in Japan, and is now undergoing treatment in America. Other wealthy people from Europe, Canada, and Asia do the same. This says volumes about the quality of national health care systems available in their home countries, and they can afford to pay for the best care available at home.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    Uday Hussein preferred using a wood chipper. Being put in head-first of feet-first depended on the seriousness of the supposed offense. It's certainly not humane, but neither is murder.

    Posted in: If a country has to have the death penalty, what is the most humane way of carrying it out?

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    Lets see, despite the backward and illogical rants by the rush limbaugh crowd Obamacare has signed up millions of Americans faster than any predicted and lowered the cost of medical care at the same time

    Published figures must be taken with a fair helping of salt. Official unemployment figures go down while the number of people without jobs increase? Such is the fantasyworld of government statistics. Too bad I can't use the same formulas to describe my business to my creditors, but if I did, I would be tossed in jail.

    I am neither a democrat or a republican, I am a liberal of the old type, who wishes to be free of fetters, and to be in cotrol of my own life and future, for better or worse. The two-party system is a tool used to divide and distract the stupid.

    I would be fine with a national healthcare system, welfare system, or pension system if these could be run efficiently. But nothing our governments do is efficient. Whenever these policies have been enacted, they have become a bait-and-switch. Obamacare's costs will be far higher than what was promised when it was passed. The costs are already much more than originally estimated, and the act has only been partially implemented. Healthcare cost have not been reduced, projected increases have been reduced, which is a dofferent matter altogether.

    This year America will spend $1.3 trillion on healthcare, which is more than $8000 for every person in America. This is far higer than any other country on earth, and 40% more than Norway (which is second largest per-capita healthcare spender). Most of this $1.3 trillion will be absorbed by government bureaucracy and administration. Much is diverted to politically-friendly contractors, like the many millions paid to the company which developed the comically faulty "healthcare.gov" website. Little money is left over to actually pay for the care of those who need it. It is utterly abaurd.

    This ineffiency and waste is unacceptable, and any program like Obamacare which promotes and perpetuates such ineffeciency and waste is also unacceptable.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    All words. Let's see you back that up with evidence.

    Table 2.02: Total Spending Breakdown FY 2014

    Pensions. $1.2 trillion Healthcare $1.3 trillion Education $1 trillion Defence $.8 trillion Welfare $.5 trillion Other spending $1.5 trillion

    Total: $6.3 trillion

    Deficit $.6 trillion

    This is public information, google it yourself if you don't believe me

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    Japan Today confuses the term "heat stroke" with "heat exhaustion". "Heat exhaustion" is the condition when someone faints from the heat. Victims are pale and sweaty, but can be roused soon enough by moving them somewhere cool. Heat exhaustion is common in playgrounds, athletic fields, and hot workplaces. As a former Army medic, I have treated countless cases.

    "Heat stroke" is the condition where the victim's body shuts down from the heat. Their skin is dry, hot, and pink. Victims can die or suffer brain damage if they aren't treated immediately. Heat stroke is a rare condition, and only a handful of people die from it each summer.

    But I suppose "Heat Stroke" sounds more sexy than "Heat Exhaustion", even if the term is inaccurate.

    Posted in: The major cause of heatstroke is abnormal weather, but children’s lifestyle of playing games in air-conditioned indoor settings has likely contributed to the increase.

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    Really? Because I'd bet a dollar to a donut that military spending takes up a larger portion than 'entitlement' spending. Unless you are including military spending in that comment, since it entitles the military industrial complex to get richer and richer.

    It does not, and has not. HHS (health and social services) spending in America has exceeded defense spending since the early 70's. This year HHS spending will be about four times defense spending costs. Defense spending this year will be only 13% of the annual budget.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    You mean the billions spent by Olympic sponsors and advertisers (which are of course added to the cost of the goods we buy from them) aren't enough?

    Thanks, but no thanks. The Olympics is now less about sport than it is an excuse for massive corruption and fraud. Thankfully, there are other things to see and do.

    Posted in: As subscription fees for online viewing have already been introduced in many European countries, we have to keep up with them for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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    Entitlement spending now makes up the bulk of government expenditures, and this spending now exceeds revenue collected to pay for it, hence heavy national debts among developed countries which are all nearing or surpassing GDP, or in Japan's case, are two-and-a-half times GDP. Entitlement spending continues to increase dramatically, and government spending in developed countries is slowly nearing the point where it will surpass private sector spending. This amount of government spending is already beyond the means available to repay it.

    Economic growth among developed countries is stagnant. People are seeing their pay not increasing, or in some cases decreasing. Meaningful work is hard to find, many companies have outsourced jobs to other countries as the cost of doing business domestically has become too high. Companies are not moving because labor costs are too high, they are moving because taxes are too high. Most companies spend more on tax than they do on payroll. The more tax they pay, the less pay they can offer.

    With the governments taking and spending so much of our money, we have less of it ourselves to invest with. Unlike governmnt spending, private-sector spending usually generates a return. Government programs spend more on administration and overhead than they do on actual benefits or projects, and generally provide a negative return on investment. You, I, and the companies we work for must by law live within our means. We cannot borrow without limit or end, we must be financially responsible. But our governments at all levels do not apply the same standards to themselves. The government itself is the deadweight that is holding back growth. While doing everything in it's power to provide for it's own growth, it is taking away from the private sector's ability to do the same.

    Obamacare, medicare, and other subsidies do not and will not make healthcare more easily affordable or available. It is past government subsidizing of health care which have driven prices so high, and more subsidies will only do the same. Already the costs of the "affordable health care" act have greatly exceeded estimates, and the act has not yet been fully implemented.

    I would love to see the mathematical formula used for determining the decrease in the number of uninsured, if it is anything like the formulas used to determine unemployment, or economic growth figures....

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    It's a nasty business, and these guys being executed are mostly victims.

    They are mostly stupid. When one gambles away all of one's money, and then borrows more money from gangsters, and loses it as well, then one must expect the consequences to be harsh.

    Posted in: China executes Japanese man for drug offenses

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    WHY - with so many other places to set up factories - do corporations outsource the work to CHINA???.................

    Because in this case most of the food produced at this plant was sold in China and other parts of Asia.

    Chinese state media have taken aim at foreign companies, sparking calls for stronger regulation in a country which has seen repeated problems with food and product safety

    Is China also looking at how it was the Shanghai Hsui got advance warning of inspections by government inpectors? It sounds like government corruption in China also played a part in this story.

    Posted in: U.S. food firm apologizes for China 'bad meat' scandal

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    Executives at the multinational companies that sourced food from Shanghai Hsui Food should also be held criminally accountable for putting their customers at risk

    So if you owned a company, and one of your contractors was damaging goods or food products, you should go to prison too? It's highly unlikely that McDonald's, et al knew what was happening at Shanghai Hsui. How about arresting the government employee who was giving Shanghai Hsui warnings before inspections.

    Food was sourced from Shanghai Hsui not primarily because of the cost, but because it makes sense to use an asian company to supply the asian market. This was not a typical case of outsourcing.

    Posted in: More Japanese firms withdraw Husi-supplied products; 5 detained in China

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    Safety food standards are not enforced and the government and businesses are concerned only with economic growth and financial gain.

    These regulations are enforced in domestic facilities, USDA inspectors are almost "live-in" fixtures at US plants. If you have ever bought meat at a US market, you will often see a bit of ink from an inspector's stamp on the edge of a streak or cut of beef. And, unlike China, US inspectors don't give plants any notice before performing an audit or inpsection. I am sure that China doesn't either, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Chinese inspector didn't have a cozy relationship with Shanghai Hsui. Japan's inspection system is modeled on America's, and is also quite strict.

    As for economic growth or financial gain, it is practice of achieving these which has made it possible for you to buy a good meal at any time or place for a very low cost. No system is perfect, but the one we have is the best which people have come up with so far. If you don't like the system, you can always move to North Korea, or to a developing country where people have to spend more than half their income to feed themselves. But you would probably fimd that the quality of Shanghai Hsui's products is far higher than what most people in the world by necessity must consume.

    Posted in: More Japanese firms withdraw Husi-supplied products; 5 detained in China

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