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    sighclops

    @presto345

    I can't shed any tears for the Australians. They may have bad politicians but the tax on gasoline is very low compared to the rate in the EU where people pay more than twice what the Aussies do.

    Fair point, but no one else pays as much for groceries (10%+ inflation every decade), rent (numbers would make your head spin), property in general (again, ridiculous), power or water (think 10x the rates in Tokyo) like us Aussies do. Sydney takes the cake!

    Posted in: Australia raising gasoline tax in political gamble

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    sighclops

    Right, now let's start on the municipalities of Tokyo. I'd like to know exactly where these exorbitant taxes are going...

    Posted in: 2 more ministers acknowledge political fund improprieties

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    sighclops

    I've watched enough crime dramas to know that said cash may have been left there for a reason.

    Posted in: If you found a large sum of money in a secluded spot, would you keep it or hand it in to the police?

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    sighclops

    He's making this statement without addressing the elephant in the room - the Yaks. The working conditions are so bad up there that they can't even get the homeless to work for them. The Yakuza will not invest any money that they don't have to - even at the expense of worker safety. Typical buck passing here - TEPCO just hands everything over to the 'middle men' who take every short cut they can to maximise the kickbacks. They even dump the toxic waste into the river system. Again, getting them to change their ways 'for the people' will not work.

    Posted in: TEPCO and the government should improve the work environment while taking into account the long-term decommissioning processes, and also make efforts to educate workers to improve their techniques.

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    sighclops

    I'd be more concerned about the abuse of the ambulances here. I've spoken to people who've called an ambulance over a bad cold or stomachache... Seriously! One paramedic told me that they get 20,000 calls a year... and that's just one municipality!

    Posted in: There's no doubt hospital stays are too long in Japan. Shortening them would allow more patients to be moved through the system.

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    sighclops

    Yup. My g/f works at a very traditional Japanese company where only the men are given promotions. I kid you not - a junior male joined the company and was promoted within 12 months. Meanwhile, a number of female staff who've been there several years get nothing. Anecdotal - sure - but I bet this happens everywhere...

    Posted in: Most of the ministry’s posts in charge of personnel evaluation are held by men, which means promotions are decided from the viewpoints of men. That puts women at a disadvantage.

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    @slumdog

    We can dance if we want to We can leave your friends behind Cause your friends don't dance And if they don't dance Well they're no friends of mine

    You, sir, win the Internets! Going to have that song in my head all day now lol...

    Posted in: Cabinet OKs changes to law that bans late-night dancing

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    sighclops

    No coincidence that the construction companies, with their close ties to the Yaks, also operate here. So, we've got government, construction & a possible casino - all connected to the Yaks. GGGRRREEEAAATTT...

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

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    sighclops

    Some of you on here laugh at the seemingly-trivial nature of this, but let me tell you that a lot of these purchases are orchestrated by the triadd. We've had a severe shortage of baby formula in Australia, since the melamine milk scandal in China, because the triads pay international students to send back as much as they can possibly find...

    Posted in: 3 Chinese men arrested for buying too many diapers

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    sighclops

    No doubt we'll see a "our actions were deeply regrettable" style statement post-verdict - the verdict being nothing more than a slap on the wrist of course. Now, if only the judges could finally make an example of these ciminals...

    Posted in: Prosecutors set to rule on Fukushima indictments against TEPCO execs

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    sighclops

    I haven't seen any tangible effort by Japanese companies to make inroads abroad. There seems to be a lot of energy & money going into creating growth here, but it's done in vain. Greying population, declining birh rate, stagnant wages & higher living costs - ALL CONNECTED.

    Posted in: Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit

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    sighclops

    Everything that's wrong with the Japanese "entertainment" industry in a single headline! Well done.

    Posted in: AKB48, Satomi Ishihara, Amari among winners of Best Dressed Eyes Awards

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    sighclops

    I don't think they'll ever recover from the China food scandal, to be honest.

    Posted in: McDonald's profit slumps, sales fall worldwide

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    sighclops

    It's a tricky one. Being part of the Coalition, Japan is somewhat obligated to 'assist' the US in their various overseas endeavours. Case in point, Australia was requested to send aid to Iraq for the Yazidi refugees back in August. Purely a humanitarian effort. Come September, fighter jets & cargo planes were requested - along with 400 personnel. October, 'boots on the ground' in Iraq.

    Posted in: This is not a return to any militarisation, this is an exaggeration and misinterpretation, we will stick to the path of peace.

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    sighclops

    I don't know about everyone else on here, but I've definitely cut back a fair bit on spending - especially on daily items. Here in Chiba, the supermarkets do these 'discount days' and let me tell you - shoppers clear the place out. They're only saving the equivalent of 5 - 10 yen on most products! I've lived all over Japan and I've never seen anything like this. Prices going up, salaries either staying the same or going down.

    Times are tough, people.

    Posted in: The impact from the yen's decline has been more severe than the increased consumption tax. Combine the two and that will make for a considerable burden on consumers.

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    sighclops

    it’s best to assume that Japan and the West are about 95% the same.

    How does that help them, exactly? You mentioned various aspects of business etiquette, but you've barely even scratched the surface. Getting the etiquette side of things right is a trivial matter in comparison to understanding the more complex inner-workings of Japanese business culture.

    • Small gift from their home country (if its the first time they meet)?
    • Meeting etiquette?
    • Building the relationship through respect, trust & mutual understanding?
    • Doing 9/10 business over drinks / dinner?

    This is the real way business is done in Japan. As a Strangerland mentioned above, it's about respecting the way business is done here and not coming in 'all guns blazing' with an agenda. If you're going to spruik your own business on a news site, at least give us armchair critics something to work with ;)

    Posted in: Japan from the outside - Not easy, but not that different

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    sighclops

    If you take a look on Wikipedia, you'll see that most hosting cities have lost money on the Games. Even those that have turned a profit have done so by the tiniest of margins. It comes down to which city is willing to fork out the most in junkets, bribes & other 'deal sweeteners'.

    Posted in: Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

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    @DaDude

    This movie was so huge in Japan that I am surprised they are not building a whole separate area at TDL for it.

    I'm told that things like this are planned years in advance, so it'll be a while before we see any major changes to the parks. Needless to say, Disney will milk it for all it's worth till then!

    Posted in: 'Frozen' fans who can’t ‘let it go’ have something to look forward to in January

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    @FishForest

    Just wait for Apple to do a giant iPad table and claim "First!"

    Where all others failed was... drum roll... SOFTWARE. iOS is based on the rock-solid OS X framework, not sh*tty Windows. The Courier was a great idea, but DOA.

    @lostrune2

    Ya have to look at Europe: http://www.wpcentral.com/kantar-windows-phone-slow-steady-sales-europe-10-percent

    To give ya an idea how 10% feels like, that's about Mac's share in computers.

    Ah yes, that old chestnut. The difference being, of course, WP's global market share is around the 2.5% mark. Apple has never been worried about marketshare in any of its markets. There are only two factors they care about:

    1. How much their products get used (iOS is something like 80% of all mobile traffic)
    2. Profit margin (consistently 40%+ across the board. The same couldn't be said for the likes of HP & Dell (both at sub-9%).

    Posted in: Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

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    sighclops

    No one wants to pay for "packages" - just give consumers what they want. They touch on this above, but these dinosaurs have been slower to react than the music industry was in the early 00s. No ads, no packages, no outdated set-top boxes. Just give us the damn content!

    Posted in: With new entrants, streaming TV sees watershed moment

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