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BrainiacJun. 13, 2016 - 05:24PM JST
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.
BrainiacJun. 12, 2016 - 07:17AM JST
Wonderful achievement for them.
BrainiacJun. 09, 2016 - 07:03PM JST
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
BrainiacJun. 05, 2016 - 03:33PM JST
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.
BrainiacJun. 02, 2016 - 11:13AM JST
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?
BrainiacMay. 29, 2016 - 07:50PM JST
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
BrainiacMay. 25, 2016 - 03:39PM JST
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
BrainiacMay. 18, 2016 - 04:07PM JST
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
BrainiacMay. 06, 2016 - 09:19AM JST
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?
BrainiacMay. 02, 2016 - 12:48PM JST
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?
BrainiacApr. 30, 2016 - 12:32PM JST
Looks worth trying. Not the sort of food I usually associate with a Spanish restaurant.
BrainiacApr. 28, 2016 - 06:48PM JST
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?
BrainiacApr. 28, 2016 - 11:13AM JST
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
BrainiacApr. 25, 2016 - 07:13AM JST
Looks good. I need to start eating healthy.
Posted in: Healthy is the new delicious at IKU Aoyama
BrainiacApr. 18, 2016 - 10:09AM JST
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?
BrainiacApr. 05, 2016 - 01:52PM JST
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.
BrainiacApr. 04, 2016 - 09:29AM JST
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
BrainiacApr. 01, 2016 - 07:47AM JST
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
BrainiacMar. 31, 2016 - 09:53AM JST
Interesting how Japan Today posts a positive story like this and Japan-bashers still complain.
BrainiacMar. 30, 2016 - 02:26PM JST
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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Jun. 25, 2016 - 02:06PM JST
I prefer my women to not wear high heels. It's unhealthy and results in misshapen toes…
Posted in: Fashion police want women to wear high heels
Jun. 25, 2016 - 02:04PM JST
Look - a Muslim to bash! How opportune
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Posted in: Cheers, jeers and fears after Britain votes to exit EU
Jun. 25, 2016 - 02:03PM JST
As being a model citizen is an inherent requirement of the police job I reckon penalties…
Posted in: Police officer arrested for filming up 17-year-old girl's skirt
Jun. 25, 2016 - 02:02PM JST
Conservatives here are really starting to push to the fringe.
Posted in: Sanders says he'll vote for Clinton, but no endorsement yet
Jun. 25, 2016 - 01:58PM JST
As a pornography enthusiast, I want to see women enjoying themselves. Also, please ban Japanese-style sloppy…
Posted in: Japan's porn industry apologises over coercion claims
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