smartacus's past comments

  • 2

    Brainiac

    I don't mind paying the sales tax. At least it is a fair tax in that everyone pays it - even crooks and politicians. Nobody can evade it. I just wish the government would lower the ward tax. That's the killer for me. It seems to go up 15% every year, leaving me very little disposable income.

    Posted in: Sales tax, election in focus as Abe prepares for G-7 summit

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I don't oppose legalizing magic mushrooms but I would never support legalizing all drugs, as some readers above me are calling for. Drugs like heroin and cocaine should never be legalized and I doubt any responsible medical professional would argue in favor of that.

    Posted in: Magic mushroom ingredient may ease severe depression, study suggests

  • 5

    Brainiac

    Get Smart, The Three Stooges, Perry Mason, Adventures of Superman, Batman, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek (original series), Twilight Zone, The Saint, The Professionals, Frasier ...and that's just for starters.

    Posted in: What are your most fondly remembered TV shows?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I think they are great, though they were better before they got overrun by tourists. It's true they seem overstaffed but that's better than in my home country (Australia), where they have cut back on floor staff. Sometimes, it's hard to find anyone to serve you.

    My mother always loved visiting Japanese department stores. She loved the exquisite way they wrapped items.

    Nowadays, I go to the food basements to take home dinner at least once a week. Mitsukoshi in Ginza is my favorite, followed by Isetan.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japanese department stores?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Looks worth trying. Not the sort of food I usually associate with a Spanish restaurant.

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  • 0

    Brainiac

    I'd like to hear from recovering drug addicts on this question. What do they think?

    Posted in: What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana?

  • 3

    Brainiac

    Can someone who understands economics please explain to me why falling prices is a bad thing for consumers?

    Posted in: Consumer prices, household spending fall in March

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Looks good. I need to start eating healthy.

    Posted in: Healthy is the new delicious at IKU Aoyama

  • 2

    Brainiac

    No, I used to have a kit but not anymore. I don't count on surviving a major earthquake anyway.

    Posted in: Do you have an emergency survival kit for use in the event of an earthquake or some other natural disaster? If so, what is in it?

  • 2

    Brainiac

    Jimizo

    My brother and his wife had exactly the opposite feeling when they went around Japan. They did not expect anyone to speak English, nor did they find it inconvenient. They got lost a few times, tried some sign language and generally had a good time. That's all part of the fun of traveling in a foreign culture. But you have to come with the right attitude.

    But getting back to the topic, I wonder how successful the English-only policy has been at companies like Nissan, Rakuten and Uniqlo and whether their employees really are making an effort to use English in-house because the English those employees learned in high school is probably long forgotten.

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  • 6

    Brainiac

    I would rather see the ward tax cut. Mine seems to go up about 15% every year.

    Posted in: Abe's advisers to propose income tax cuts to spur consumption

  • 0

    Brainiac

    It sounds very complicated to me. I don't even know how to go about changing my electricity supplier, so I guess I'll stick with what I get now from TEPCO.

    Posted in: Deregulation of Japan's electricity market goes into effect

  • 6

    Brainiac

    Interesting how Japan Today posts a positive story like this and Japan-bashers still complain.

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  • 1

    Brainiac

    Japan Yesterday

    Abe can't wait until the last minute to make a decision on the tax hike because retailers need several months to invest in new cash registers and pricing software. He'll make the decision in May. But if there is another massive earthquake or Lehman Shock this year, then he will probably postpone it which will create chaos for the retail industry.

    Posted in: Diet passes record budget; Abe says no plans to postpone consumption tax hike

  • -1

    Brainiac

    I would say that anyone who doesn't have compassion for a mentally unbalanced woman who commits such an act lacks humanity and basic decency. I feel both compassion and sadness that she felt she had no recourse but to commit such a horrific act.

    Posted in: Mother dies after jumping from 8th floor with 3-year-old son

  • -8

    Brainiac

    I think I understand it fairly well, and I support it. But I would say most protesters do not understand it. For one thing, it is not illegal legislation, as some seem to think. It was enacted in the Diet. But most importantly, it is not leading Japan to war. It facilitates Japan's participation in international operations when needed. For example, during the 1990 Gulf War, Japan had to pass a law just to enable SDF ships to help with refueling operations in the Gulf. It was time-consuming. The world has changed and Japan can't live in a cocoon. But I repeat this does not mean Japan will be going to war or bombing Islamic State targets in Syria.

    Posted in: How good is your understanding of the new security legislation that took effect in Japan on Tuesday?

  • 5

    Brainiac

    sangetsu03

    How do you know so much about this case? Do you work for IBM management? If you don't, then I don't see how you can say these five employees did nothing at work.

    Posted in: Tokyo court rules IBM’s dismissal of 5 employees was unjustified

  • 0

    Brainiac

    There will always be unanswered questions in cases like this. It isn't like TV where the police solve the crime and wrap up all the loose ends at the end of the hour. The media will also move on and cover other crimes from tomorrow. We probably won't hear much more about this particular case until the trial, whenever that is.

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  • 1

    Brainiac

    Probably because it is more religious than Christmas, for example, and because it is celebrated on a different date each year. But I'm sure chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies would be popular. In fact, in recent years, I've seen a few stores selling them. When I first came to Japan in the 1980s, I couldn't find an Easter egg.

    Posted in: How come Easter hasn't become big in Japan?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I love grilled lamb chops and am glad to see more restaurants in Tokyo putting it on their menus.

    Posted in: Terra Australis: Australian wine and food and chill vibes in Sendagaya

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