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sfjp330Sep. 17, 2014 - 09:23AM JST
hidingout Sep. 17, 2014 - 08:53AM JST Perhaps you didn't read my comment carefully? I said "if" PRC starts a war the investments will disappear.
And I said investors will stay. Investors are not like a microwave oven. They look at the long term outlook and they expect instability and skimishes (small wars) throught the world, including China and Japan. If you didn't know, It's a reality of the world.
Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll
sfjp330Sep. 17, 2014 - 08:29AM JST
Wolfpack Sep. 17, 2014 - 08:02AM JST So if an American aircraft is down in Iraq or Syria, Obama will not send combat ready personnel to retrieve the pilot and crew? I hope he is lying about this statement. What about if the US is providing air support to the Iraqi's and they are getting slaughtered by ISIS? No combat support?
The problem with Obama’s insistence on a limited definition, or on no definition, is that Obama isn’t the only one who’s making definitions and decisions in this battle. A lack of American definition gives the other side an opportunity to make its own definition the important one. Obama might want it to be a limited battle, but what if ISIS expands it? Obama might want the coalition to bear most of the brunt, but if it can’t or won’t? Obama might want to eradicate ISIS from the air, but what if ISIS persists and makes gains? What if ISIS conquers more areas and rules more territory, would that make it a war? What if ISIS takes over a whole country, would that be reason enough to involve American troops in the fight? What if ISIS strikes in the U.S., would that be a reason to change the strategy?
Posted in: Top general: U.S. ground troops possible in Iraq
sfjp330Sep. 17, 2014 - 08:09AM JST
hidingout Sep. 17, 2014 - 07:56AM JST If they start a war with Japan? You are dreaming. I think you underestimate the simmering hatred of PRC that exists around the world. If PRC starts firing shots they will lose all foreign investment - except of course from their little pet ROK.
You tell that to the investors. The inflows in China have maintained steady growth every year since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Inflows reached a record high of $118 billion in 2013. And 2014 may be no different. China's FDI may hit an all-time high of $120 billion this year.
sfjp330Sep. 17, 2014 - 07:52AM JST
2020hindsightsSep. 17, 2014 - 07:31AM JST Apple makes a great product that people love and many would like bigger screens.
Huh? Not original. Nothing but a copy cat from Note 2 that was available from Samsung in 2012.
Posted in: Apple: Record 4 mil orders of iPhones on 1st day
sfjp330Sep. 17, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
tinawatanabeSep. 16, 2014 - 10:28AM JST Japan depends on China for 21 percent of their GDP
sfjp330 You got it one digit wrong. Japan's export to China is 2.79% of GDP, import 2.44%. J GDP is mostly coming from Domestic.
What I meant to say is that Japan represents 9% of China’s overall trade. By comparison, China accounted for 21% of Japan’s exports and imports.
sfjp330Sep. 16, 2014 - 08:43AM JST
enough_ropeSep. 16, 2014 - 08:37AM JST They don't want to start a war because it will obviously not benefit either countries.
It will definitely be more of Japan's problem with severe recession. Problem is that Japan depends on China for 21 percent of their GDP compare to 9 percent for China. Japan has over 20,000 companies operating inside China, but how many Chinese corporations operating inside Japan? China will get by other EU and U.S. and Korean companies filling in the shoes left by Japan.
sfjp330Sep. 16, 2014 - 08:36AM JST
They are mostly repeat customers. When Verizon offers $200 trade in credit for Apple 6, the price becomes $99 for 4.7 inch 64GB or 5.5" 16GB. Apple is almost dumping their products to fudge the sales numbers. It's just an inflated number in sales. Apple is worried about the Samsung and their Note 4 which is better than Apple by far.
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 09:16AM JST
There’s at least one benefit from Scotland leaving. Which is that sterling still retains some of the attributes of a reserve currency. That means that the exchange rate is higher than it would be without that status. A reasonable estimate is that, on a properly trade weighted basis, the pound is some 20% over valued. Some to most of that is simply a result of that reserve status. The status goes and so would the over valuation.
Posted in: Why the world should care about Scottish independence
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 08:37AM JST
Jay WilsonSep. 13, 2014 - 08:27AM JST Putin and his ilk NEVER had any intention of solving this dispute with Japan.
In 2004, Putin indicated that the offer of a return of the two southernmost islands was still on the table, but showed no signs of relinquishing the two larger islands.
Posted in: Russian forces to conduct drill in east, including disputed islands with Japan
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
In China-Russia alliance, there could be potentially high costs of such an alliance due to common problems such as fears of abandonment and entrapment. China could be dragged into an unnecessary war by Russia. Also, Russia is not that interested in this alliance idea as Russia is unwilling to be China’s junior partner in the relationship. Besides, Russia wants to maintain good relations with all Asian states and thus will not side with China when it comes to territorial disputes between China and Japan. China-Russia alliance is unrealistic and a strategic partnership is more flexible and better for China.
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 07:53AM JST
Who is paying for these old folks who collect pensionsand health care for over 40 years after the retirement? No wonder Japan has a budget problem. Since people are living longer, Japan goverment should raise the full retirement age to 70 to 72 years old if they want to escape the bankruptcy.
Posted in: Japan's centenarian population hits record high
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 07:27AM JST
Harvey Manning Sep. 12, 2014 - 12:15AM JST But if Japan needs labour from overseas then it should learn from the mistakes made in the west and put a time limit on residency.
They already have. Problem is that South Korea offers 9 years and Taiwan offers 12 years in the working visa. Japan offers three years, and many of the qualified candidates from Southeast Asia choose not to go to Japan because of the limitations. Japan cannot compete with these two countries on getting qualified candidates from Southeast Asia to work in Japan. If Japan keeps the same visa rules, they will be left behind.
Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 06:53AM JST
Kobuta ChanSep. 13, 2014 - 06:24AM JST Japan should be revoked invitation to Vladimir Putin.
How are you going to do that? Problem is that most of the nuclear powerplants in Japan is shut down after Fukushima disaster. Japan needs oil and LNG, and they depend on Russia for their needs. The average household utility cost in Japan rose almost 10 percent since last year.
Posted in: Putin may delay Japan visit over Tokyo's Ukraine sanctions
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 06:39AM JST
Russia is taking a long term approach when viewing its interests in Asia. With China's economy growing rapidly and with an equally capable and evolving military, Russia's interests would be best by solving its problems with Japan should relations with China turn negative. Even though relations with China are strong at present, Russia could see itself as minor partner in the future if China's power continues to grow with assertive interests in Siberia.
sfjp330Sep. 13, 2014 - 04:03AM JST
StrangerlandSep. 12, 2014 - 09:21AM JST The sales of the iphone 6 over the next week will tell us whether or not Apple has lost their mojo. All that will matter is that they've increased their sales over previous releases. Or decreased, depending on how it goes.
Why is Apple is offereing $200 trade in for any Iphone 5 or later model? Some carriers are offering 4.7" Iphone 6 with 64GB or 5.5" screen with 16GB for $99 if you trade in. If you have a good product, why is Apple offering this kind of deal? Must be desperate of Samsung.
Posted in: Apple seeks old magic with new products
sfjp330Sep. 12, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
2020hindsights Sep. 11, 2014 - 09:10PM JST Anyway, as far as I can see the 6 and 6 plus blow the competition out of the water. But that's just an opinion. Let's see how the sales figures compare to Galaxy in three months time...!
Sure, Apple makes money. Profits are a trailing indicator and just because you have high profits now does not mean future. Apple is making money because it operates in the high end niche market of smartphones. Will that continue? But I have seen the gap between the top end phones and the lower end shrink over time. This is a natural part of the process as a market matures. The byproduct of market maturation is profit margins tend to go down and money is then driven by volume. And that is the dangerous line Apple is walking. If its volumes get too low, or it loses its shine it can be a very quick crash to the bottom.
sfjp330Sep. 12, 2014 - 01:51AM JST
sighclopsSep. 11, 2014 - 12:56PM JST @sfjp330 You're kidding yourself, mate. You could have a 100 megapixel camera on your phone, but it's pretty much useless if it has poor light sensors and exposure - much like Samsung & LG's offerings. They're built to a budget and it shows. I own both Apple & Androird devices and even I concede that no other phone comes close to the iPhone in build quality and its camera.
Apple Iphone sales for the last few years differs from Android, which Android just keeps growing without fail. It’s effectively become the Windows of mobile and the scapegoat for everyone else’s sales problems. Apple may have a tough time reversing its waning sales growth.
Posted in: Japanese fans already lining up for Sept 19 release of iPhone6
sfjp330Sep. 11, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
U.S. or Japan do not want to be in a position where by following Chinese instructions you are giving tacit acknowledgement of their sovereignty over a disputed area. However, you can’t have Chinese and Japanese armed jets over the Senkaku/Daioyu Islands at the same time. If you do have them out there, what are the rules of engagement? What do you tell them to do? If a Chinese or Japanese jet got shot down, what would China gain from this? It would have a propaganda victory of claiming to be a victim. And there is a fear that is precisely the game that is being played, it seems no accident that the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands are now in the heart of overlapping zones. There might have more risk of encounters with Chinese aircraft in the area, and need to establish a system to avoid unnecessary incidents. U.S. will deploy new long-range surveillance drones to Senkaku/Diaoyu islands which is creating tensions in China goverment.The recent defense alliance between U.S. and Japan to expand military cooperation didn't sit too well for China. The Chinese move is more of a counter move to this military cooperation. Japan is changing and so is China. U.S. will continue to cooperate with Japan's expanded roles and responsibilities.
In a wording and verbal openings on diplomatic meets, Japanese officials delivered apologies. but there were never formal documentation of apology with promises to fix their mistakes by taking such actions and such. Japan's apologies were always vague and lacked details, other than saying sorry and we'll never do it. In meantime in Japan, these 168 Japanese politicans including Abe worship their old war criminals in Yasukuni as gods and glorify the old days by adding easily accepted forms such as textbooks, popular magazine and newspaper articles and suggesting Japanese legitimacy on their position in WWII. Then someday, we'll come across generation of Japanese population that really believes that their course of action in WWII was the right thing and wanting retribution. With Abe's administration Japan things really started to look that way.
sfjp330Sep. 11, 2014 - 09:16AM JST
The destabilization of the region led directly to the ISIS challenge that the U.S. and its allies now confront.
What this very brief recounting of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and reveals is that U.S. seldom understands what it is doing there, and thus tends to make things worse for itself and the locals despite sacrificing thousands of lives and billions of dollars. It often finds itself fighting adversaries who only recently were allies, and reversing course when the full implications of some ill-considered course of action become apparent. ISIS doesn’t appear to be an especially challenging enemy, but neither did Osama bin Laden, and he changed the American history in some very bad ways. Obama seems to be one of the few people in Washington who understands the need to make Middle East policy on the basis of something more substantive than a nut with a knife.
Posted in: Obama says U.S. will attack IS inside Syria for first time
sfjp330Sep. 11, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
Forget the Iphone 6, it's a joke. Better choice is Samsung Note 4. The camera department is another area where the iPhone 6 Plus gets destroyed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 with their respective 16MP and 13MP cameras. Even though it has gained OIS, the 8MP snapper of the iPhone 6 Plus seems to be a bit behind the curve there. The Sony DSC-F828 camera which I purchased ten years ago has 8 MP camera. Iphone 6 camera is almost ten years behind competitors with VHS resolution. I would pass on this junk.
Sep. 17, 2014 - 06:18PM JST
No mentions of cost, range, and power of these EV conversions...
Posted in: Sunny future - Ehime’s efforts to develop green technology
Sep. 17, 2014 - 06:17PM JST
they want to justify islamic conservative apocalypse great cause by kidnapping some foreigner to make…
Posted in: Still no word on fate of Japanese national held captive in Syria
Sep. 17, 2014 - 06:16PM JST
"The Asahi's embarrassment coincides with a muting of liberal views and an absence of strong political…
Posted in: Asahi tries to restore prestige after admitting errors, retracting stories
Sep. 17, 2014 - 06:14PM JST
Don't make assumptions about things you do not or can not know.. I am not…
Posted in: Japan's whaling plans come under scrutiny at IWC meeting
Sep. 17, 2014 - 06:13PM JST
Just wait and see how Afghanistan blows up once Obama and Nato go home.