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stephen424Dec. 20, 2013 - 03:38AM JST
20 years from now Air Self Defense Zone will stretch to Antarctica in the South, Siberia in the North, Hawaii in the East, and Israel in the west. Following with land disputes with all the nations got in between those zones. It's no surprise that it would happens considering the way China has acted in the last few years.
America has been useless in int'l affairs since Obama took office. Perhaps we should count on Putin to give this self conceited B a good wake up spanking instead.
Posted in: China to build two new Antarctic bases
stephen424Dec. 09, 2013 - 02:13AM JST
"The domestic market's new foreign cars sales share is 15% and rapidly rising, compared to Japan's only 5%. "
The market for left hand traffic is way smaller than right hand traffic. It just make sense for companies to avoid full investment to left hand cars, thus the selection are less than those of regular drive side. In that case, customers in Japan would actually have less motivation to get a foreign brands.
Korean buy foreign cars are because it's either your car sucks or you people are some stupid show off fools.
Posted in: Hyundai Motor feels heat from Japanese rivals in China
stephen424Dec. 07, 2013 - 03:20PM JST
i see, so 200 billions/year export to China. Doesn't that mean if China stop buying your goods, you'll go shit!! considering your export is roughly 600 billions, that's 1/3 of your total export already.
and that 200 billions/year is way higher than what US export to China, does that mean your K goods are better than our USA made goods?
stephen424Dec. 06, 2013 - 03:14PM JST
it's foods, folks. Why all those hate speeches!!!
I believe most if not all people in this forum are living in countries that neither have food shortages nor in a war zone. So can you all stop your EGO.......and just enjoy eating!!??
It's time to read Toriko with some sushi and Kimchi side dishes.
Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list
stephen424Oct. 16, 2013 - 02:16PM JST
"Abe's neo-nationalism agenda is tied to a neo-liberal economic model that seeks all opportunities for huge corporation to profit, including through arms sales."
America has done similar stufffor the last xxx years, not NEO anymore pal.
Posted in: Gov't to allow Kawasaki Heavy to supply parts for use by British navy
stephen424Sep. 22, 2013 - 05:45PM JST
"Having administrative rights does not mean Japan owns the islands. Period! "
yeah, right. same thing could be said about Tibet, right? Also tell that to the phillipine and vietnam about the spratly island issue.
"Take this issue to the international court and let them resolve it. China is willing but Japan is not."
also, yeah, right? Then why didn't China bring it to the ICJ themselves?
and why china against the idea of the phillipine bring their issue with china to the ICJ?
seriously, what does china think of itself? just because of economic developments that they think they are so great that are on pair with the US and Russia perhaps. Sorry but chinese fanboys, you still have a long ways to go to reach to those 2 nations. In this world, only US and Russia is able to bent things as they wish, got it!!!
Posted in: China says it is ready to talk if Japan admits isles are disputed
stephen424Aug. 18, 2013 - 03:05PM JST
"Another attempt to save face over not accepting the iPhone."
without competitions, you probably still using iPhone 2g iOS now mr iFan.
I own both an iPhone and an Android device, and i like them both. The next one should be a Window Phone perhaps.
Posted in: Fujitsu introduces Raku-Raku Smartphone 2
stephen424Jul. 26, 2013 - 01:22PM JST
"Prices rose by 0.4%, yet fuel prices rose by 5.2%. You do the math, prices are actually still falling in real terms. Excluding energy as well, prices dropped 0.2 percent, continuing more than four years of declines."
every single business people out there know that fuel cost is only a part of a final good, not a good itself (unless your product is petroleum).
If base on logic, a 5.2% in fuel costs=5.2% increase in good price...........then cost of everything now should be 3-4 times of what it was 10 years ago...why.......petroleum went from $30/gallon-$100 gallon.
also, dude, are you living in Japan for real? everything else are dang pricier than a few years ago in term of YEN. Hey, we got paid by YEN, and no wage increase, living in Japan is hardship itself. unless you got paid by USD, then congrat you are making 25% more than last year.
Posted in: Japan logs first consumer price rise in over a year
stephen424Jul. 24, 2013 - 05:36PM JST
raising taxes won't solve the problems Mr Aso. Why don't you take a good look at Detroit.
Posted in: Aso says Japan needs to raise sales tax next year
stephen424Jul. 24, 2013 - 05:30PM JST
"This is a badly written article. The 7.4% growth, although it doesn't say, is in comparison to June 2012.
Basically what it is saying, what others are also saying, is that exports have shrunk in volume, but because of the depreciation of the yen from a year ago, the value of those shrunken exports have increased in their monetary value."
You are right in term of basic calculation. After all, if:
I exported an item for 120 yen in last year, it was equivalent to $1.5 ($1 to 78 yen). This year in order to sell for $1.5, my price in yen should be 150 yen ($1 to 99.6 as of today). compared to last year, my gdp should be up 25% in yen term, not a mere 7.4%, right? That mean the export is actually shrunk compared to last year, right?
However, let's talk business.
If i'm a producer in Japan, the first thing i'd think of right now is how to gain market shares for future profitability. While raw material and utilities costs sure have gone up; however, other costs such as human resources and fixed costs remain the same due to no inflation.
Assumes that i produce an item with raw material at 25%, utilities at 25%, human resources at 25%, and other costs at 25%.
If last year it cost me 100 yen to produce a product, it was $1.25 in term of USD. ($1 to 78 yen)
This year, raw material and utilities shoot up to 25% due to cheaper yen; however those 2 only account for 50% of production costs, so a 25% increase only cost me 12.5% more in real term. That's 12.5 yen extra for production costs.
This year, HR and other costs such as advertisements, rental costs, etc remain the same since there is no inflation.
Thus, my product costs for this year is only 112.5 yen, which is around $1.125.
Last year i sold that item for $1.5 (120yen). The mark up margin in my field is low due to intense competitions from oversea producers. I got a 25 cents (20 yen) of gross profit of each item sold. This year with cheaper costs, if selling at $1.5, i should be able to get 37.5 cents of profit, and that's a whopping 37.5 yen with current yen value.
However, as i've said, my field's margin is low due to heavy competitions. I've been losing grounds to other makers because of their lower cost productions. Now with this extra profit, i rather spend it to get back the market share that i've lost in all those years. After all, if i'm able to sell more products compared to last year, my profits will also increase. Last year i made 20 yen profit per item, this year too i'll keep that 20 yen and the rest will be spend on getting back that market share. So instead of selling at $1.5 (150 yen), i'm selling it at $1.325 (132 yen) (150-17.5=132.5 yen or 132 or 133 yen rounding up, all up to you guys).
Compared to last year, my export went from 120 yen to 132 yen, a 9% increase in term of yen (10% if calculate at 133 yen). However, in term of USD, my export fell from $1.5 to $1.32.
My products will be cheaper compared to last year in overseas, thus i will be able to increase market shares in this year. Also, I'd still be able to pay this year bonus to my employees the same as last year. However, in term of USD, if i want to make more profits, i simply have to sell more.
While in real life, companies have different cost structures, a 50% in raw materials and utilities are rather high. Also, the reason i decided to go with a low profit margin example is to match with the current Japan business conditions. After all, the current Japan isn't what it was 30 years go when it was the top of the world in many industries in which it was free to fixed prices.
This pattern only apply to countries with super low inflation or in a delation such as Japan. If apply in countries such as emerging economies, where high inflation is a norm, inflation pressure will eliminate all those price cut options.
Posted in: Japan logs Y180.8 billion trade deficit, but exports jump
stephen424Jul. 10, 2013 - 04:20AM JST
"Housing is not an investment in Japan, it's an expense. Houses are constructed to last only 10 years, so they depreciate. "
any reliable quotes/link for this?
"One out of every four houses, apartments, shops, businesses and factories will disappear in the next generation. "
"Most of the housing loans in the article are probably Daitokentaku loans to support their Ponzi-scheme. "
"Most are rented out after or even before construction is finished, but most people move out after the first two-year lease and they remain unrented. "
and this as well?
"But, I'm sure Abenomics and inflation will make everything better, huh?"
As for this one, do you think deflation make thing better? So, will you wait a slowly death that apparently will happens anyway OR give it a try for something new? if no one is willing to step forward, this world is full of boring craps.
Posted in: Bank lending hits four-year high
stephen424Jul. 10, 2013 - 04:02AM JST
"Incase you didn't know, J2 is the second tier of the J League, where 2 two teams, go up to the creme of J soccer , J 1. A few more geriatric goals like this and Kazu could be kicking it off with the best domestic Japan has to offer"
The best scorer in League one is only an average in Premier League.
Posted in: Miura betters J-League oldest goal record
stephen424Jul. 09, 2013 - 02:19PM JST
"Please explain why stuff being more expensive six months from now is a good thing."
Please explain why not only cost of living, but also SALARY IS LOWER than 10 years ago is a good thing?
with delfations=less profit for companies==less bonuses, less pay raise=less hirings=less this, less that...
and why is it a good thing?
please ENLIGHTEN me, please.........
stephen424May. 14, 2013 - 03:30PM JST
"The US auto industry can't compete with Japan.
Yes, it can. In fact it beats Japan in the world's biggest market, which is China. GM is No. 1 there."
why don't you just compare US and Japan car sale statistics in Iran instead.
ya know people in Iran won't got beaten up for driving a Japanese brands car.
Posted in: Big three U.S. automakers to skip Tokyo Motor Show
stephen424May. 09, 2013 - 03:01AM JST
"Okinawa was a tribute state of China for centuries and sent many generations of royal children to China to be educated.
"a tribute state" was an independent state. If base on your logic, then not only Okinawa but korea, vietnam, Mongolia, Laos, etc..are all belong to China since they were tributary state toward China. BTW, back in the Tang Dynasty, tributary states also included those from nowaday India, does that make India belongs to China too?
Oh, and China under the Song was a tributary state toward the Jin and later Mongols before Mongols annexed the whole china, should China go back to Mongols embracement now? or at least give back the stolen inner Mongolia.
Posted in: China should reconsider who owns Okinawa: People's Daily
stephen424May. 09, 2013 - 01:06AM JST
"Let's say your granddaday owed me money, he died, so your daddy would owe, but he died too and without paying interest. Now, child, you owe.
We are all of our fathers' sins. And your analogy would fail because your emperor, your former head of gov't and your military committed all those horrific crimes. They advocated it, enabled it, and were found guilt of it."
If my grandpa owed you money, you go after him. If you go after me and my dad, i'll sue your A** in courts. Whoever borrowed, that person responsibility. You are acting like a loan shark, in that case, i can sue your A** in courts as well.
stephen424Feb. 26, 2013 - 03:23PM JST
"There you have it. I'm just cheering for those environmentalists who are trying to protect the most precious thing on Earth, life."
Then you shouldn't consume anything. Everything that exist in this world has life in it, be it a tree to a small bug. viruses and bacterias are also life forms, ya know?
killing whale is not right, but your excuse for not killing is even more lame.
Posted in: Sea Shepherd, whalers clash in Antarctic waters
stephen424Feb. 26, 2013 - 03:09PM JST
"I would never buy the cheap inferior Japanese goods. "
In the mobile sector, yes, despite the higher prices, Samsung is outselling J competitors in every aspects.
That's the only exception while on every other sectors, K products are known for cheap prices, not quality.
Then, do you know that Camry is the best car in Korea in 2012?
Canon and Nikon lead the world in the Camera sector.
Just because you don't like Japan and don't want to use its products, doesn't mean they are inferior. What you are doing basically similar to those Detroit workers in the 80's. Also, you have the same mindset and mentality as some Japanese that you always criticized for looking down on Korea.
Posted in: S Korean small businesses urged to boycott Japanese goods
stephen424Feb. 24, 2013 - 02:45PM JST
"Japan is the only country in the world that has territorial disputes with ALL of its neighbors: China, Korea, Russia, and Taiwan.
I think Japan forgot that it lost WWII and wants to start WWIII.
Keep up the good work, Japan!"
a perfect example of a brain washed being, or rather, i'd say, a pure AHO.
I can easily list at least 10 countries that have territory disputes with all of its neighbors.
Rather than the Japanese have forgotten WWII, it's more like AHO like you that keep ringing up WWII in every conversations.
"keep up the good work" AHO.
Posted in: Abe says he wants 'good relationship' with S Korea
stephen424Feb. 23, 2013 - 04:35PM JST
"Even with favorable exchange rates, Samsung is still more expensive than Sony. Just go into any electronic store in America. All the latest high end stuff are Samsung, all the cheap and outdated stuff are the Sony, competing with the Chinese brands. Dream on. Lol."
"favorable exchange rate"? you must be kidding or pure ignorant about the fact that Korean Kwon have dropped from 800-1170 vs the dollar while the yen at its worst rise from 128-75 during 2008-2012. Are you even in any business? do you know how anything about business buying processes vs regular consumers?
"Even with favorable exchange rates, Samsung is still more expensive than Sony. "
Last time i went to shop in the US, prices are basically:
TV section: Sony is always at least $100 more than Samsung or $150 more than LG in this section, considering roughly similar specs. Toshiba is about the same price as these 2 k makers, and Panasonic is a little higher. Anyway, this market is a dying business for all. Profit margin is way too low, but overhead costs are high. Only a fool would focus too much on this sector nowaday (Sony is a fool for not knowing this)
Camera: Samsung is thumb down on this, they simply suck.
Game console: no Korean makers.
Home appliance: Various makers here, and prices are pretty much similar. Well, S and L aren't popular with this category anyway.
Computers: Toshiba is pretty good in this sector.
The only big difference is the cell phone market, which is also a money maker for Samsung. However, sooner or later they will also follow other companies leads. Just take a look at Nokia, BB, Motorola, etc....No one stay at the top forever.
Posted in: Sony on track for comeback
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what is that member from team zissou doing so far away from the ocean?
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