smartacus's past comments

  • 7

    Brainiac

    I don't see anything wrong with Abe offering condolences and moral support to the U.S. It's what leaders do in times of tragedies like this. I see nothing sinister about his remarks as some of you seem to.

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  • 3

    Brainiac

    Wonderful achievement for them.

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  • 4

    Brainiac

    kurisupisu

    Well, until or unless the police catch the guy, we won't know the reason, will we?

    Posted in: Man attacked on street while on his way to work in Yokohama

  • 18

    Brainiac

    Right about now, the commander of U.S. forces in Japan and Ambassador Kennedy must be hitting their heads against a wall. I bet there'll be a few phone calls from the Pentagon and White House, too, to the military brass in Okinawa.

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  • 1

    Brainiac

    I'm not sure. I think the extra revenue is needed for fiscal reforms and so the sales tax has to go up sooner or later. On NHK last night, they interviewed a number of people who actually wanted the tax to go up. One woman was worried the lack of tax revenue would mean people of her generation would have a hard time getting their full pensions; other in the nursing and daycare center industries worried about a lack of funds to improve conditions.

    Personally, I would be OK with the increase. As I've said before, the sales tax is the only fair tax - everybody pays it, even crooks. And you can control what you pay by controlling what you spend.

    Posted in: Do you agree with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to delay the next sales tax increase until October 2019?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I saw this on the NHK news tonight and the car was turning right into a narrow road when the bike slammed into its left side. I'd say the bike must have been really speeding. Locals said bikers regularly speed along National Route 50 at that point.

    Still, I don't understand why the driver of the car didn't see the bike coming toward her before she turned right. It must have come out of nowhere; hence that's why I think it was speeding.

    Posted in: 4 killed in car-motorbike collision in Gunma

  • 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

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