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sf2kSep. 30, 2014 - 11:24AM JST
Good articles are always appreciated. I wonder though if a lot of this historical angst regardless of source is really economic myopia amid oil based systems. Taking that lesson to heart, getting free of nuclear and oil, and Japan will be set free. While hateful people are in any culture, without a target they become powerless. Rob them of their angst and I am hopeful for a future Japan
Posted in: Former diplomat fears for future of Japan's democracy
sf2kSep. 30, 2014 - 11:10AM JST
Rather than speculate, I'll take the opportunity instead to ask readers to make sure they have their emergency survival kit updated and even consider adding to it.
You can't speculate when a disaster hits but you have the choice to help yourselves and your neighbours.
Posted in: Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?
sf2kSep. 29, 2014 - 12:28AM JST
So basically all the concerns of other countries are now fully realized and USA has egg on its face for shoehorning Japan into the talks.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. blame each other for snag in TPP talks
sf2kSep. 28, 2014 - 02:09PM JST
Many friends ended up emigrating to Canada. Europe is also more appreciative. We have in Canada 52 weeks maternity leave, for any spouse. You can split it up. 55% of it is paid. Sweden, Denmark, Croatia 100% paid also a year long. This creates contract jobs. Common search term here "temporary position covering a maternity leave" etc. Companies know they don't care, so if you get a temp replacement then no one is in the lurch and you have a nice break. The terms of the contract are that you get your job back after. Societies decide what is of value and what is not. Not enough value families.
Employers and employees pay into a general insurance fund, which usually deals with a sudden job loss, but is also used to fund maternity leave
Posted in: Japanese women fight 'maternity harassment'
sf2kSep. 23, 2014 - 10:52AM JST
so when does his trial begin for committing such egregious fraud?
Posted in: Crying lawmaker sparks pay cuts for assembly members
sf2kSep. 22, 2014 - 01:11PM JST
I guess the gift shop in Fukushima isn't working. And all the children there who now have thyroid cancer. Might as well celebrate cancer.
Japan is so much better than this, can and has been off nuclear for years by using fossil fuels, but can get off or reduce the fossil fuels too. There is plenty to do, when you start doing it. I remain hopeful for a nuclear free Japan. For a country full of engineers I know it's possible
Posted in: Industry minister tries to convince public on need for nuclear energy
sf2kSep. 22, 2014 - 01:06PM JST
Start outlawing the size of corporations, make them regional not national and no more multinational. Institute carbon taxes as rebates to citizens. This would increase income to the poor, and attenuate the rich from creating too much pollution. Add environmental law into the legal system like corporate law. This attenuates the edges of income inequity and pollution towards the safer middle, otherwise everything will keep flying apart.
Posted in: G20 finance chiefs aim to change destiny of global economy
sf2kSep. 21, 2014 - 06:43AM JST
oh man don't get me started on NAFTA. I'm Canadian and I voted for NAFTA but I have not seen the benefits of it as it continue to undermine our economy. I would not vote for it today. Every industry discussed in the 80's that it was supposed to be protected are now gone or sold or dying out. Americans are just as protectionist as ever. And it continues to erode Canadian national identity. Even more silly is our energy agreement under NAFTA, where we agreed to not have a limit on energy exports. Even Mexico was smart enough to say no to that.
Yet the media and public perception is that NAFTA was a good thing. This is the PR game that occurs with any trade agreement. As long as the 1% benefit, countries don't matter and the sheeple fall in line.
Envious of Brazil but it looks like more that they couldn't come to an agreement and as such it was ironic that it worked out for them. I'm glad it has
If companies complain that they can't be competitive and need your money then they are no longer worthy of a country, where ever that is. Let them go, and someone else will fill the void. That's what used to be called the market. Not the tax siphoning subsidy shell game that it is today
Posted in: Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits in U.S., Japan, Europe
sf2kSep. 21, 2014 - 06:27AM JST
Trade as we know it only benefits corporations. People, wages, and benefits are not even a factor. In fact less so as corporations shop for the lowest bidders. Hence the continued global sellout of ethics all to make a buck in dealing with China. No one is allowed to question trade. There needs to be a new term where trade means respect and not selling out
sf2kSep. 15, 2014 - 06:16AM JST
Now's the time to get out of China, not become more dependent on it. Invest in democracies to become more democratic, not communism to become more corrupt
Posted in: Two years after protests, 'China risk' still haunts Japanese firms
sf2kSep. 14, 2014 - 01:29PM JST
reminds me of a pager. If I wanted a pager... maybe I have one in the basement.. no, I'm good.
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
sf2kSep. 12, 2014 - 10:58AM JST
best movie is climber's high, about the newspaper business. Although dated technically I think it still holds up socially. Anyway, all I can think about is the line, check and double check...
Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports
sf2kSep. 10, 2014 - 09:01PM JST
downside of an aging population that now fears children
Posted in: Growing restrictions make for frustrated park users
sf2kSep. 10, 2014 - 02:46PM JST
I was thinking that demographic problems like this make TPP and other trade agreements counter productive. Countries with younger populations will outperform and undermine local capacity even further. Job losses in small towns with limited economic output are more severe than in cities with the ability to evolve. When enough energy problems begin to show themselves I think the world will go post-trade agreement so this may not end up being a fatal problem. The towns will be there when Japan needs them, but more should be done to keep them active.
Oil is not infinite, so eventually more people will have to farm than currently. At least the land will be there.
Another idea is that Tokyo is full and any further development must occur outside of it. It would drive development scales increasingly outwards. Also considering the energy inputs needed to ship all the food to 30 million people a day it would be more energy efficient to start reducing the Tokyo population and spread it around. All eggs in one basket does not resilience make. The resilience factor of smaller towns will eventually save them, but only as energy of scale diminishes. We'll see if it's in time.
Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas
sf2kSep. 06, 2014 - 03:40PM JST
oh for Pete's sake...
Posted in: New internal affairs minister says she will visit Yasukuni Shrine
sf2kSep. 05, 2014 - 09:52PM JST
I'd have to agree that if the doctor's weren't looking to test for dengue fever vs flu then we don't really know if it's been 70 years of no cases or just a lack of reporting. This is the medical version of the police reports
They'll have to escalate the eradication methods for standing water too not just spraying. It's possible
Posted in: Yoyogi Park closed after dengue mosquitoes found
sf2kSep. 05, 2014 - 09:41PM JST
if not knee defenders, how about body defenders? Had a huge dude beside me once and I had to ask him to move. Thankfully there was an empty chair. I'm not paying for blubber boy to ooze all over me.
Both situations mean that the design of plane chairs are increasingly unrealistic. Yes I take the train if at all possible (lots and lots of room!) but if I have to fly I don't go economy. But even business class you get the blubber situation, especially flying out of USA. The cattle-call for the flight. Baggage hell. The overall experience is only going down
I'll not fly AA / United ever again. Virgin/Cathay have been ok. What do you like?
Air Canada depends on the plane. You can get some real crappy ones from Chicago to Toronto.
Posted in: 'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped
sf2kSep. 05, 2014 - 07:23AM JST
I avoid flying if at all possible. Found trains to be more enjoyable
sf2kSep. 04, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
only working on excuses, not change
Posted in: Japan to resume Antarctic minke whale hunt despite ban
sf2kSep. 04, 2014 - 04:32AM JST
Frankly given the higher level of education of Japanese women ( that I've come across at any rate ) I would expect this to increase normally, and not merely be a token action. It's a start!
Posted in: Abe names 5 women to new cabinet
Oct. 01, 2014 - 02:14AM JST
Looks like you're wrong, again.
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Oct. 01, 2014 - 02:06AM JST
Music files are more pirate-able...
Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music
Oct. 01, 2014 - 01:53AM JST
Why are the police out and about watching out for the very people they live with?>…
Posted in: 37-year-old man arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old boy in Chiba
Oct. 01, 2014 - 01:48AM JST
There is a distinct difference in buying talent at it's height and the Japanese approach.
Posted in: Out-of-Africa gold rush prompts disquiet at Asian Games