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sfjp330Dec. 17, 2014 - 09:15AM JST
The internal combustion engine will not go away. The average size of the engine in the U.S. is currently around 3.0 litre. If the goverment passes law and enforce strict limits on the size of the engine to about 2.0 litre, the actual pollution that is released will be reduced substantially over the lifetime of the engine. Goverment should ban all future V8 and V6 engine. Let manufacturer design more fuel efficient cars and trucks for the future.
Posted in: U.S. study: All-electric car may not be so green
sfjp330Dec. 17, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
The biggest benefit for full time workers is a legal protection and retirement benefit. But the number of lifetime jobs has been declining for decades. Problem is that most part time job earn about 40 percent less per hour than full-time positions. Abe should try protect the part time workers. Many of these part-timers often work 40 hours a week. They account for all of Japan's job growth in the past decade. The rise of this part-time economy explains why Japan is the only developed country where the average pay has consistently fallen in the last 15 years. In the Japan’s rigid labor market, temp work is rarely a steppingstone to something better. It’s a permanent, low-wage existence and it's a big problem.
Posted in: Abe urges business leaders to increase wages
sfjp330Dec. 16, 2014 - 08:17AM JST
Article states: "The conservative leader has also said he wants reforms to education that would instill patriotism in schoolchildren and urges a more sympathetic retelling of Japan’s wartime misdeeds."
This article writer is confused a bit. They are correct about nationalism, it is a belief that ones nation and way of life is superior or exceptional in the world. Nationalism is one of the pillars of fascism by the way. Along with conservative-traditional social values, superiority of ones culture and or race, and a corporate alliance or dominance of government.
Patriotism, however, is the love of one’s culture, history and customs, as well as a love of the principle of sovereignty, the right of a people to make their own decisions for themselves.
Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools
sfjp330Dec. 16, 2014 - 07:30AM JST
The revelations by South Korea’s shady dealings are forcing the country to understand the deep-seated corruption. The ferry sinking exposed a darker side of South Korea goverment that plays by bribes. The problem is embedded in the South Korea’s bureaucracy and it emphasizes family connections, regional ties and friendships forged in school. Corruption in Korea is a kind of time-honored tradition without which social success would be almost impossible.
The vaguely worded clauses in the law are being used to target arbitrarily individuals and groups perceived to be critical of the government. No one is denying the right of South Korea to ensure the security of its citizens, but that is not what is being witnessed. The controversial clause is Article 7 that provides for imprisonment for up to seven years for anyone who ‘praises, incites or propagates the activities of an anti-government organization. ' This defined clauses in the NSL have left it open for substantial increase in abuse by the police and security services in the last five years.
South Korea may have laws protecting freedom of speech and publication. However, problem with any laws on defamation is that they do not tell you what you may do and they lay down in broad terms what you may not do. You can defame a person by repeating words spoken by someone else. There is no defense to claim that you were only quoting someone else. One thing you should always remember, if there is any fear in your mind that you might be committing defamation, ask for professional legal advice before publishing.
Posted in: S Korean activist slams Japanese journalist in court
sfjp330Dec. 16, 2014 - 06:42AM JST
Wolfpack Dec. 16, 2014 - 12:45AM JST Science is not definitive in a discipline with so many uncertainties as still exist with respect to the factors affecting global climate.
Millions of years ago, there was a time when global temperatures were substantially warmer than today, and there was very little ice around anywhere on the planet. And the sea level was considerably higher than it is today. Sea levels are increasing today in response to the warming climate, as ice sheets melt and seas expand due to rising temperatures. Scientists are projecting up to 3 feet or more of global sea level rise by 2100, which would put some coastal cities in peril. What's troubling is that while there have been past periods in earth's history when temperatures were warmer than they are now, the rate of change that is currently taking place is faster than most of the climate shifts that have occurred in the past, and therefore it will likely be more difficult to adapt to. Regardless of which estimate is correct, it is clear that CO2 levels are now higher than they have ever been in mankind’s history. It is extremely unlikely that the steadily rising CO2 level is going to change anytime soon.
Posted in: As Japan burns more coal, climate policies under pressure
sfjp330Dec. 16, 2014 - 06:08AM JST
Christopher GlenDec. 15, 2014 - 05:26PM JST Ever heard of democracy or will of the people, Abe? Clearly public sentiment is against you, and is unlikely to change. Your rhetoric is that of a dictator
Abe is not changing anything. Historically after the WWII, the right to free speech is indeed protected by the constitution. The “right to solidarity” might sound strange to those who grew up in other countries, since it seems to imply a right to a feeling. In Japan, however, right to solidarity is inviolable and trumps even free speech.
Example: In the U.S., the right to free speech, protected by the First Amendment of Constitution, trumps both union and business rights. U.S. businesses openly hire anti-union consultants to bad-mouth unions to their hearts’ content, as long as they don’t engage in threats or promises tied to union membership.
In Japan, the situation is the reverse. The union and business rights both trump freedom of speech. This means that certain things management might say about a union at the workplace are illegal because they might discourage workers from joining or encourage them to leave the union, discourage them from striking or encourage them to scab, etc. The laws in each country reflect their different histories, structure, ideology and social norms.
Posted in: Abe faces battle on reforms despite big election win
sfjp330Dec. 13, 2014 - 08:33AM JST
jerseyboyDec. 13, 2014 - 08:28AM JST Because that is the subject at hand. Or cannot you grasp that? Why are you trying so hard to push the discussion in an un-related direction?
If you didn't know, the three principal partners in the Axis alliance were Germany, Italy, and Japan. If you didn't know, the mass murders committed by these axis powers were related.
Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan
sfjp330Dec. 13, 2014 - 08:22AM JST
jerseyboyDec. 13, 2014 - 08:15AM JST Japan's skirts are hardly clean when it comes to mass war crimes -- the hundreds of thousands killed at Nanjing, the "comfort women", Unit 731, etc. Why don't you debate the topic at hand -- the treatment of POW's? Or are you afraid to, just like the right-wingers who want to ban the movie?
Did Japanese do worse than the Nazi's? Then why do you defend German treatment of POW's? Germany's skirts are hardly clean when it comes to mass war crimes-- the hundreds of thousands killed at Auschwitz concentration camp and network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps operated by the Third Reich. If you look at Nazi invasion of Russia, Poland, France, and their neighboring countries, there is no defense for their actions.
sfjp330Dec. 13, 2014 - 07:53AM JST
jerseyboyDec. 13, 2014 - 07:12AM JST True. But the other side of the coin is that Japanese folks don't spend, and very rarely use credit, so getting the domestic economy ramped-up is difficult.
Compared to decade ago, Japan has 40 percent of the people working part time. It's not that they don't spend, they just don't have disposable income. Even if you have full time position, the increase in wages are not happening for most people. In a few more years, half the working people in Japan will be part time. Future does not look bright.
Posted in: Fitch expects to downgrade Japan after next fiscal year's budget
sfjp330Dec. 13, 2014 - 07:48AM JST
jerseyboy Dec. 13, 2014 - 07:08AM JST For the record, NBC reported that 40% of American POW's in Japanese camps died, versus only 1% of German-held ones.
So you don't consider 6 million Jews to be a POW?
sfjp330Dec. 13, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
YuriOtani Dec. 13, 2014 - 06:19AM JST her actions did not affect flight safety thus there should be no government action needed. She has been removed from her posts and in my mind punished enough.
Why wasnt' she arrested? The law aims to protect passengers and crew, making it illegal to interfere with the crew (flight attendants and pilots). Intimidating them can result in a felony conviction if she interfered with the performance of the crewmember’s duties. Let her spend time in jail like everybody else.
Posted in: Korean Air CEO apologizes for daughter's nuts tantrum
sfjp330Dec. 13, 2014 - 07:26AM JST
The key factor could be the Japanese corporate tax code, which rewards companies for making investments abroad and leads to them shifting offices, factories, and jobs abroad even if similar investments in Japan would be more profitable absent tax considerations. Many private firms have increased the pressure to cut costs by any means necessary, leading to more overseas outsourcing, especially in China and Southeast Asia. There is a fear in Japan that if they did not run their businesses with the aim of maximizing short and long term profits, their companies would become takeover targets and many would be out of a job. The strategy of the companies are that they don't hesitate to make difficult decisions such as shedding divisions, closing plants or outsourcing work overseas. Labor costs are the main driver of corporations sending jobs overseas. However, the cost gap between Japan and China has shrunk substantially over the past decade, and the gap will be less in few years.
Posted in: Abe pivots away from painful reforms
sfjp330Dec. 12, 2014 - 08:31AM JST
YuriOtaniDec. 12, 2014 - 08:05AM JST I grew up in occupied Okinawa and it is still occupied today. We want our land, seas and air back.
Your in a minority. A recent poll found that less than five percent of Okinawans were pro-independence. Majority do not want independence, but a greater voice for future of Okinawa. For the U.S. base in Japan, how much of it is honestly still necessary, what is just plain obsolete, and what can be done away with, without really missing it? The military is the military, one thing they could do, is make these U.S. military facilities in japan into closed posts, no fraternization, no association, fly in, fly out, and that's it. For that matter, you could replace some of the facilities with an aircraft carrier or find some place where no one lives to begin with.
Posted in: U.S. military in Okinawa eases restrictions on off-base drinking
sfjp330Dec. 11, 2014 - 04:29AM JST
ArtistAtLarg eDec. 11, 2014 - 03:15AM JST They aren't. In fact, most aren't, but if there is a long term trend of trouble from a particular area by soldiers, I would be looking at the officers and questioning their methods and leadership philosophy.
There is a perception of high number of crimes committed by U.S. military, dependent and civilian personnel. However, the per capita crime rate for U.S. personnel in Okinawa is lower than that of the local populace.
sfjp330Dec. 09, 2014 - 09:39AM JST
praack Dec. 09, 2014 - 09:36AM JST actually Germany does go to war cemeteries as part of Remembrance days activities,
Other than Kohl in the 80's, how many other Chancellor of Germany gone to the war cemetaries? None that I know of. Do you know? Why don't Merkel visit there? Compare that to frequent visit by the Japanese PM's to Yasukuni.
Posted in: Chinese NGO wants Japan apology for 1937 massacre
sfjp330Dec. 09, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
But why would any investors buy a Japanese bond, when the J-government plans to double the money supply in less then few years? You’re bond is most likely going to be worth half as much by the time it matures. Maybe its Japanese loyalty, but more likely there printing money and buying the bonds themselves. The Japanese debt is to high and can’t be paid off without serious pain, so the J-government wants to inflate its way out by printing money “double the money supply”, but they can’t just pump it into the Japanese society without massive inflation and sky rocketing yields so they use it to buy the bonds themselves and suppress the yields, but that only creates more debt? which already can’t be paid off.
Posted in: BOJ increasingly likely to cut price forecasts
sfjp330Dec. 09, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
Scrote Dec. 09, 2014 - 09:19AM JST Abe will have introduced conscription before he leaves office and Japan will be on the way to war. Still, if that's what the people want, vote for Abe.
If there is a war over disputed island, there will definitely be a severe recession in Japan. Problem is that Japan depends on China for over 20 percent of if the total trade compare to less than 9 percent for China. Japan has over 20,000 companies operating inside China, but how many Chinese corporations operating inside Japan? Hardly any. China will get by other EU, U.S. and Korean companies filling in the shoes left by Japan.
Posted in: Abe's LDP on track for landslide victory: media
sfjp330Dec. 09, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
If PM Abe wants to show real statesmanship, he needs to look at a rational view of the situation, who says,"This is bad for Japan, and I won't go." I don't know if that's Abe. Yasukuni is a losing diplomatic issue for Japan, but there's always been support at home, especially among older Japanese. In a political situation for Abe, what succeeds in domestic politics is wrecking the country's reputation abroad. And that leaves Japan goverment in something of a bind. If Abe or many of his goverment officials continues to visits Yasukuni, they could destroy Japan's best chance in years to repair relations with China and South Korea. If they decides not to go, they could be seen as kneeling and bowing his forehead to the ground to Chinese wishes. This is the politics at is worst in Japan.
sfjp330Dec. 09, 2014 - 07:40AM JST
Sebin IglesiasDec. 09, 2014 - 07:34AM JSTI wonder how would Europe look today if nations would be asking Germany for apologies in order to maintain relationships. For shure the European Union would not exists today, it's the 21st Century people!!!
How can you compare? Do you see Chancellor Merkel or 168 German Goverment reps going to war cemetaries of German soldiers? No. Maybe millions of Japanse citizens still believe in what Abe and 168 of these Japan lawmakers support for the past action by their military. In 1937 Japanese soldiers systematically raped, tortured and murdered estimated more than quarter million civilians. This was more than killed in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined, and more than the combined civilian losses of Britain, France and Belgium in the whole of WWII. . If these lawmakers are doing the right thing, why has your emperor refused to go to pray for these 14 class A?
Chinese men were used for bayonet practice and in decapitation contests and many thousands women were raped. Many Japanese soldiers went beyond rape to disembowel women, slice off their breasts, nail them alive to walls. Fathers were forced to rape their daughters, and sons their mothers, as other family members watched. Not only did live burials, castration, the carving of organs, and the roasting of people become routine, but more diabolical tortures were practiced. So sickening was the spectacle that even the Nazis in the city were horrified. No wonder these lawmakers still go to Yasukuni.
The real message of the war criminals being enshrined at Yakasuni is that no matter what you do, no matter how much suffering you inflict, if you have Japanese blood in your veins you are ok. On the other hand if you are foreigner, no matter how much they have suffered it is not important, you are not Japanese. Considering the suffering inflicted on neighboring Asian countries by Japan is it so hard to call them the 'invasions' that they are rather than 'advances'? If Hiroshima and Nagasaki are crimes then surely Japan's wartime actions are also crimes, why is it so easy for Japanese people to acknowledge A-bomb victims and so hard to acknowledge Asian victims of Japan's wartime aggression? Simple, The A-bomb victims were Japanese and therefore important and the others were foreign and therefore less than human and unimportant. That is the underlying fact that is hard to move beyond that for Japan.
sfjp330Dec. 09, 2014 - 07:34AM JST
Even if Abe wins, he will brings us straight back to the original problem, domestic demand in Japan just isn’t strong enough to generate inflation, and expectation in inflation for a couple of years won’t change anything substantial. There is simply no way incomes can rise across the entire economy because the baby boomers are now retiring to be replaced by fewer young workers with post labor reform entry level wages. Japan’s overall consumer spending power is falling, rather than rise.
Dec. 21, 2014 - 06:46PM JST
His over the top liberal politics are going to get more people on both sides to…
Posted in: Two New York policemen shot dead
Dec. 21, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
Posted in: N Korea proposes joint probe with U.S. over Sony hacking
Dec. 21, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
Castro is right. The US deals with and has diplomatic ties with countries all…
Posted in: Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
Dec. 21, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
control the money, control the military, control the country, appoint yourself as Emperor while overthrowing another,…
Posted in: Abe expected to tip BOJ board closer to his views in 2015
Dec. 21, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
The Kurds will liberate their territory, and more power to them.
However, ISIS is firmly ensconced…
Posted in: Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq