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    @cleo

    Yes, the the hotels are in for profit. But if you compare with most of the western countries, there is a difference between fairness and greed. Japanese owners are greedy.

    Posted in: Why do so many Japanese hotels and ryokan charge by the person instead of the room?

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    Japanese people seem to obey this silent rule of the road as if by default. I would say that freer a thinker you are, the more stressful life gets in Japan. The more independent and individualistic you are, the more stressful life gets. If you are good at making inroads with most people, you will find it that much easier.

    Posted in: Four areas in which Japan needs to improve if it wants to attract more overseas travelers

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    itsonlyrocknroll JUL. 01, 2015 - 01:39PM JST which lead me to the conclusion there were other factors at play, a political agenda.

    Greece’s ranking on the public corruption was still the worst in the EU. Five years on, Greeks are still cheating, bribing and evading their taxes – spurred on by the lack of punishment meted out to offenders.

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    Zenpun JUL. 01, 2015 - 01:04PM JST Alan Greenspan has admitted he has made many errors during his term. Low interest rates encouraged unsustainable borrowing and risky assets investments.

    Low interest if fine. It was more about banks not doing a better job screening out people that were not qualified for these type of loans.

    Posted in: For Japan, lesson from Greek crisis is to keep on spending

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    it's more about maximizing profit. Nothing more.

    Posted in: Why do so many Japanese hotels and ryokan charge by the person instead of the room?

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    All Indian and gambling casinos allow smoking. Even though many of these casinos are located in the reservations with rights, the people that get lung cancer has to be paid by the U.S. taxpayers. Maybe it's time to ban smoking at all casinos, Including Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

    Posted in: Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease

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    ZenpunJUL. 01, 2015 - 01:04PM JST Any proof that I copied/pasted info? US economy is not export driven economy because lacking competitiveness. If you have been Ghost town of Detroit, manufacturing is history in US of the A. Apple products are best sellers however all of the hardware parts are sourced and assembled in Asia.

    Your wrong. U.S. companies does not lack competitiveness. It's more of cost factor. Simply put U.S. do not produce anything anymore. Why? Because top executives gets rewarded for profit that company can attain maximium profit at the bottom line on a annual basis. If you didn't know, the executives look at the bottom line for the cost and efficency. It's possible in China for now or other third world countries, but It's practically impossible manufacture in U.S.with all the rules.

    U.S. buy tons of foreign goods and then wonder why we are lacking jobs. U.S. import most of goods from China which has resulted in a huge trade deficit and industrial job losses. The decline is due to increased employment overseas. U.S. manufacturing job losses is attributed with a growing trade deficit. That most jobs resulting from new technologies are being created overseas. This will not change in a short term.

    Posted in: For Japan, lesson from Greek crisis is to keep on spending

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    GuyJeanDailleul JUL. 01, 2015 - 12:57PM JST "Since Japan does not have he cash"... LOL, another wizard who does not know where money comes from claiming there isn't any.

    Japan doesn't have the cash? The how do you explain this? Japan just passed China as the biggest US creditor for the first time since 2008.

    Associated Press Apr. 16, 2015

    http://www.businessinsider.com/japan-just-passed-china-as-the-biggest-us-creditor-since-2008-2015-4#ixzz3eboUNjQO

    Posted in: For Japan, lesson from Greek crisis is to keep on spending

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    Japanese has no desire to interact with a foreigner. Also, the less white you are the less you are actually tolerated or interacted with in a friendly positive manner. If you think I'm wrong or exaggerating then speak with neighboring Asian person and ask about their experiences, especially long term residents. The Japanese government and domestic travel industry talk a big game about wanting foreign visitors to boost tourism and the economy, but the truth is they wish that they could thrive on a Japanese-only model where language and cultural difficulties are kept at a minimum, especially the old guard at the top making the decisions. It is all smoke and mirrors. For the most part the tourism industry providers love your money and would want you to have a pleasant stay, however, from their perspective wouldn't it be great if you could just speak and think like a Japanese then they wouldn't have to deal with all of your cultural differences. They want the foreign visitor to do all of the conforming to a pre-conceived Japanese version of good service, fun things to do, etc. If you are coming from a first world nation, especially western European, then Japan is probably not such a bad deal. If you are visiting from a third world country then Japan is probably outrageously expensive in comparison.

    Posted in: Four areas in which Japan needs to improve if it wants to attract more overseas travelers

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    Japan has approximately 40 percent temp worker (75 percent for women) with no rights and no change in sight. However, In China labor law, it ensure that workers hired through contracting agents are offered the same conditions as full employees, a move meant to tighten a loophole used by many employers to maintain flexible staffing. Employers must pay workers' health insurance and social security benefits and makes firing very difficult. Japan is many years behind in temp workers rights. Japan government doesn't care about temp workers. Let them rot.

    Posted in: If you were given a choice to live and work in Japan or China, which would you choose?

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    Zenpun JUL. 01, 2015 - 12:24PM JST US foreign debt is more than 18 trillions and keep rising because populist government has not refrained from keep spending. As a superpower, US has never refrained from spending. Every year US congress has to raise debt ceiling limit for paying the interest of bonds.

    What is your point from your copy/paste info? There is not a thing China or any other country can to do mess up U.S. economy by ‘manipulating the dollar’ or ‘dumping tens of billions of T-Bills’ into the market. The Fed has the power to offset any inflationary or deflationary disturbance that originates outside the dollar realm.

    Posted in: For Japan, lesson from Greek crisis is to keep on spending

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    Greek government is all screwed up. They had over a decade to clear this mess up, but they refused. The debt is unsustainable and the debt will push the Greek economy back into recession. Greece should exit from the European Union.

    Posted in: Long lines in Greece as banks reopen

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    when you have a corrupt government that had a second chance, but wants two more years, there is no lesson. Let Greece go bankrupt.

    Posted in: For Japan, lesson from Greek crisis is to keep on spending

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    You can still drink alcohol or cola, but you need to balance with drinking alot of water. Also, walk everyday for 15 minutes or more.

    Posted in: Sugary drinks may cause 184,000 global deaths a year: study

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    The Japanese companies made record profits in the most recent year partly due to a weaker yen that fattened earnings of big exporters. Many of the companies will get a bigger profit growth in the year ahead.

    Posted in: Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data

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    But why this was not a issue for South Korea for almost three decades from 1966 to early 1990's when most of these survivors were still alive? If the issue of comfort women was so important to them, don't you think the South Korean government would've acted much sooner and brought attention to Japan? Point is, South Korean government couldn't care less about these women for a long time, as long as Japanese government paid their millions. The fault also lies on the South Korean government, and Park should acknowledge this.

    Posted in: S Korean 'comfort women' to file $20 mil lawsuit in California

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    SuperLib JUN. 30, 2015 - 12:27AM JST Poor states rights. They had a nice little run there where they could discriminate against gays, and that nasty Supreme Court said that wasn't legal anymore.

    But it might take years for that to happen because so many states will drag their feet. Many states are on unclear legal ground. Even when rights are confirmed by the Constitution, states don’t necessarily have to provide avenues to exercise those rights. States may be able to avoid same sex marriages by avoiding marriage altogether. And same sex couples might not be able to get married everywhere, churches, temples and other religious institutions could seek religious exemptions from the Supreme Court ruling.

    But a new case could ask the courts to clarify the extent to which states must facilitate same sex marriages. Did the Supreme Court leave any room for states to regulate marriage in any way? The first amendment guarantees people the right to free expression, which could include expressing objections to same sex marriage by not providing marriage services. Most states it is illegal to deny services to someone based on sexual orientation. The future lawsuits could influence these business owners and couples seeking clothing, food and decor for their wedding ceremonies.

    Posted in: Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant

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    zichi JUN. 28, 2015 - 10:40AM JST On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war all the regional countries need to make efforts to enter a new era of peace and cooperation.

    However, in this case, it doesn't quite work, because while Japan, Australia, and the Philippines are to a large degree beholden to the U.S., India cannot join the containment web because it has a policy of hedging various great powers, because India is a member of BRICS, and because of its dependency on Russian military equipment. And India is the big player involved; the only state among the "middle powers" that has a long-term hope of containing and defeating China due to its own population potential.

    And China knows what's going on. It is spending every effort possible to buy off or limit India as a potential containment partner against China, and with the reset in Modi's relations with China it looks as though for Modi, China will be the primary relationship and countries like Japan will just be forms of leverage to obtain an advantageous relationship with China.

    Posted in: China says many in Japan not ready to accept its rise

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    Even those who understand this dramatic history of de jure segregation may think that because these policies are those of the past there is no longer a public policy bar that prevents African Americans from moving to white neighborhoods. Thus, they say, although these policies were unfortunate, we no longer have de jure segregation. Rather, they believe, the reason we don’t have integration today is not because of government policy but because most African Americans cannot afford to live in middle class neighborhoods.

    This unaffordability was also created by federal, state, and local policy that prevented African Americans in the mid-twentieth century from accumulating the capital needed to invest in home ownership in middle-class neighborhoods, and then from benefiting from the equity appreciation that followed in the ensuing decades.

    Federal labor market and income policies were racially discriminatory until only a few decades ago. In consequence, most black families, who in the mid-twentieth century could have joined their white peers in the suburbs, can no longer afford to do so.

    Posted in: Obama urges reckoning with racism's 'uncomfortable truths'

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    The U.S. Supreme Court did not decide, and under the Constitution cannot decide, what religious beliefs individuals should hold or practice in their personal lives, what religious or moral values they should hold in conducting their own private lives apart from any governmental or commercial functions, what the clergy of any religious must do in the course of performing religious functions, or what religious houses of worship must do in terms of hosting religious ceremonies.

    Under the First Amendment, Congress can make no law concerning an establishment of religion. That would appear to mean that neither Congress nor the U.S. Supreme Court have any constitutional or legal authority to require any member of the clergy to conduct any religious ceremony, to govern the substance or contents of any religious ceremony, or to require that any house of worship, of any religion, host any religious ceremony inconsistent with its religious beliefs. The same Constitution that requires equal treatment of all before the law also safeguards religious beliefs and religious worship as matters of personal conscience, not subject to governmental control.

    The wisdom of those who drafted the Bill of Rights, religion does not control the government, and the government does not control or suppress religion. We do not live in a theocracy, but we have freedom of religion. This court decision does not change that.

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