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sfjp330Jun. 25, 2016 - 07:29AM JST
The UK will try to reduce immigration from the EU, probably with a points-based system like Australia's. It means giving priority to high-skilled workers and blocking entry to low-skilled ones. Many jobseekers from the EU may be told to leave. The rules for family reunions may get tougher. What the UK can start doing immediately is tighten the rules for migrant benefits. Brexit will undoubtedly boost the anti-EU, anti-immigration parties in some other EU countries and it may also inspire some countries to hold their own referendums on EU membership.
Posted in: Brexit shock more bad news for Abe
sfjp330Jun. 17, 2016 - 03:38PM JST
But it also comes from safe-haven flows into the yen as investors feel increasingly wary that PM Abe’s program and the central bank’s negative rates and bond buying are running out of juice.
Posted in: Aso says he is deeply concerned about yen's rise
sfjp330Jun. 17, 2016 - 03:23PM JST
Strong yen could even begin to hurt tourism numbers. The recovery in Japanese economic conditions will be extremely weak if inbound tourism falls off.
sfjp330Jun. 10, 2016 - 03:31PM JST
She can play with words and find a good lawyer but on the principles of the situation, she's wrong.
She has no excuse that can defend what she's done. At least the good news to come out of all of this is that the anti-doping program is working and that even if you're among the best players you're going to get caught and it's going to get out.
Posted in: More sponsors keep backing Sharapova despite 2-year ban
sfjp330Jun. 08, 2016 - 02:41PM JST
Serrano JUN. 08, 2016 - 02:38PM JST The Democrats have made a huge mistake in nominating Hillary Clinton.
Your wrong. The Republicans have made a huge mistake of nominating Donald "Duck" Trump.
Posted in: While Sanders vows to keep fighting, Clinton wraps up nomination
sfjp330Jun. 08, 2016 - 02:38PM JST
Trump is wrong. Trump ripped into federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel who is a Mexican-American, presiding over class action lawsuits pending against Trump University and Trump, personally, for allegedly defrauding thousands of people out of money in connection with the now defunct school.
Posted in: GOP to Trump: Move on from Judge Curiel's Mexican heritage
sfjp330Jun. 08, 2016 - 02:35PM JST
Automakers did not enforce more changes in Takata’s way of doing product development.
sfjp330Jun. 08, 2016 - 02:18PM JST
fxgaiJUN. 08, 2016 - 01:24PM JSTThey will only be encouraged to raise wages when the labour market is more liquid and competitive. If you labour supplier's primary aim is to be employed forever and accepts low wages as a trade-off, why would employers pay more? Employers need to be able to fire more readily if they are to take on the extra risk of paying higher wages, but such reforms won't be coming because of all the vested interests and anti-risk taking culture in Japan.
In Japan, approximately 40 percent work part-time. Japan can be a very stressful society to live in as the employment system is very rigid and it is not easy for those who have been laid off to find another job. They work in poorly paid jobs for hourly rates and many do not pay taxes or pay into pension system. Benefits are all but non-existent. Moreover, people working part-time are less likely to marry and have children. If Japan is to solve its demographic problem, it will have to tackle the labour issue. Japan needs to narrow the gap between over-protected permanent workers and under-protected non-permanent ones. That coddling one section of the workforce does not serve Japan’s interests well. Simply making life less cushy for permanent workers is not likely to do any good on its own. The big push should be on improving the wages and conditions of temporary workers. It should be made far easier for them to migrate to permanent jobs and for workers of all descriptions to move more freely between companies.
Posted in: Abe pushes equal pay for temp workers to lift economy
sfjp330Jun. 08, 2016 - 02:12PM JST
sangetsu03JUN. 08, 2016 - 01:18PM JST Not mentioned is that government spending made up 42.5% of GDP, and much of that "growth" was created via deficit spending in an environment of declining population and declining revenue. This would be like my going to the bank, borrowing a sum of money, and adding this money to my income. It may look like my income has significantly increased, but we all know that is not how it works, at least those of us who are not politicians.
What did't you know? Abe government will add large spending package as well, it will reduce the pressure for monetary stimulus.
Posted in: Japan revises first-quarter GDP growth up to 0.5%
sfjp330Jun. 08, 2016 - 02:06PM JST
JaneM JUN. 08, 2016 - 12:53PM JSTWhat are the figures for Fukushima before/after the disaster? What are the figures for the rest of the country?
A thyroid screening would be expected to save lives by detecting cancers early, whether or not the cancers were caused by radioactivity. Virtually all those diagnosed underwent total or partial thyroid removal. Most required lifelong thyroid-hormone replacement therapy.
Posted in: Woman breaks silence among Fukushima thyroid cancer patients
sfjp330Jun. 07, 2016 - 03:56PM JST
Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe flying first-class and staying at up to $1,800-a-night suites in Europe and U.S. during official overseas trips. Spent in $1,800 Suites per night suite at the Conrad London St. James? That's nearly five times the maximum allowed for the prime minister and Tokyo governor for travel expenses under the law for civil servants. He was not aware of this? Mistaken? Masuzoe spent $24,400 flying first class?
Compare former London Mayor Boris Johnson and his staff spent $55,100 on a four-day visit to Japan in October, about one-tenth of Masozue's five-day mission to London and Paris last year. Johnson flew business class at one-fifth of Masuzoe's cost. His accommodation, $999 for four nights, less than the one-night room charge for Masuzoe. Why defend Masuzoe? He should resign. He don't care about the people in Tokyo.
sfjp330Jun. 07, 2016 - 03:02PM JST
Offering a higher minimum wage and improved standard of living to those who most need it isn’t just about reducing poverty, it would have a quantifiable impact on the country’s overall crime rate.
Posted in: U.S. cities see unexplained rise in violent crimes this year
sfjp330Jun. 07, 2016 - 06:49AM JST
Part of the problem is there has never been a national discussion in Japan on what Okinawa’s role in national security should be. Many Okinawans do not believe mainland Japanese residents understand their military-related problems. The majority of people in the mainland acknowledge the importance of U.S. Japan security alliance, yet they allow the unfair concentration of military bases on Okinawa.
Posted in: U.S. Navy slaps drinking ban on 18,600 sailors in Japan, ends liberty
sfjp330Jun. 02, 2016 - 04:18PM JST
LagunaJUN. 02, 2016 - 03:48PM JSTVery likely, he does not think this is fine, and even more obviously, the judge is not Mexican. Mexicans cannot become judges in the United States. They must be American citizens.
Trump ripped into federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel who is a Mexican-American, presiding over class action lawsuits pending against Trump University and Trump, personally, for allegedly defrauding thousands of people out of money in connection with the now defunct school.
Posted in: Clinton calls Donald Trump a 'fraud'
sfjp330Jun. 02, 2016 - 04:08PM JST
Article: "Beijing, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang said his country had every right to protect its sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea."
Where was China claim in the early 20th century? Where is the evidence if China claims 90 percent of South China Sea. However, Vietnam, Philippines, and Malaysia disputes China's historical account, saying China had never claimed sovereignty over the islands before the 1940's. Vietnam & Philippines ruled over both the Paracels and the Spratlys since the 17th Century and has the documents to prove it.
Posted in: China tells U.S. not to let allies set its South China Sea policy
sfjp330Jun. 02, 2016 - 03:50PM JST
Simon Foston JUN. 02, 2016 - 03:46PM JST Interesting that he did not specify what those positive results were.
In a short time, Abe government will add large spending package as well, it will reduce the pressure for monetary stimulus.
Posted in: Abe postpones sales tax hike until October 2019
sfjp330Jun. 02, 2016 - 03:44PM JST
Thunderbird2 JUN. 02, 2016 - 03:40PM JST Oh, like those ads for miracle cures and miracle diet aids... yes, we all believe the 'quoted' testimonies don't we. "I went to Trump University and I now earn $12bn a year running my own cheese string business".
It's marketing. Can you win $100 million in lottery? They sell dreams and many buy it. People with common sense ignores it. There's always a fish. What's wrong with that? It's supply and demand.
sfjp330Jun. 02, 2016 - 03:40PM JST
CH3CHO JUN. 02, 2016 - 03:17PM JST Who stigmatized the child? The parents or the record?
Once your divorced, it's final. No waiting period should be required. Do any of the J-government reps who voted for this amendment know anything about relationships? You have majority of the reps that wants to implement law when they have minimal or no experience.
sfjp330Jun. 02, 2016 - 03:19PM JST
Yubaru JUN. 02, 2016 - 01:46PM JST this is nothing uncommon here in politics or business.
In a democratic system of government, this is uncommon? Shame on Japan.
Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe flying first-class and staying at up to $1,800-a-night suites in Europe and U.S. during official overseas trips. $1,800 Suites per night suite at the Conrad London St. James? That's nearly five times the maximum allowed for the prime minister and Tokyo governor for travel expenses under the law for civil servants. He was not aware of this? Mistaken? Masuzoe spent $24,400 flying first class?
Posted in: Tokyo governor apologises again for spending on luxury hotels, pajamas
sfjp330Jun. 01, 2016 - 01:47PM JST
For many, isolation is one of the main problem for depression and suicide. It's more and more common about old people dying alone in their apartments. They are being neglected. Kids used to take care of their parents in old age in Japan, that was long time ago. Many deaths of elderly people in Japan may be suicides. Elderly people who are in financial trouble may see suicide as a way out of their problems.The insurance system in Japan is lax when it comes to paying out for suicide. Many elderly have financial pressure. Because of this, Japan's suicide rate might be actually much higher than reported. A lot of lone deaths of elderly people are never fully investigated by the police. Japan's practice of cremating bodies also means that any evidence is quickly destroyed.
Many Japanese men feel isolated from others. The single biggest killer of men in Japan is age around 20 to early 40's. These young people are killing themselves because they have lost hope and incapable of seeking help. Problem with Japan is that nearly 40% of young people in Japan are unable to find stable jobs. Young people also have enormous financial pressure.
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Jun. 30, 2016 - 06:40AM JST
Motorcycle is life.
I encourage every single foreigner I meet to have a motorcycle in Japan.…
Posted in: Middle-aged 'easy riders' reviving 2-wheeler market with 'slow bikes'
Jun. 30, 2016 - 06:38AM JST
Point to Brexit and scare the hell out of them. Save your future!
Posted in: The minimum age to vote in Japan has been lowered from 20 to 18 in time for the July 10 Upper House election. What do you think is the best way to encourage 18 to 20-year-olds to vote?
Jun. 30, 2016 - 06:15AM JST
It's always funny to see supposed progressives suddenly become champions of the views of the IMF,…
Posted in: Post-Brexit, Britain still torn between nationalism and global leadership
Jun. 30, 2016 - 06:13AM JST
If all the illegals were deported then there wouldn't be a clean plate at my local…
Posted in: Japan ask 5 embassies to urge voluntary return of illegal residents
Jun. 30, 2016 - 06:09AM JST
Is there an end to negative interest rates?
Will I get a voucher to buy a…
Posted in: Abe instructs Finance Ministry to keep close eye on currency markets
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