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    timtak

    Abenomics is pretty much the same as the "qualitative easing" that takes place almost everywhere else in the first (and not only the first) world, where it also gives a "boost," results market in addiction to the boost, but little real economic recovery, despite Keynesian claims that the "boost" will start a positive feedback cycle of growth. QE has not really ended. http://www.forbes.com/sites/investor/2015/04/29/the-end-of-qe-isnt-really-the-end-of-qe/3/#3b565cf1675a It seems unlikely alas that Abenomics will end either.

    Ozawa seems to be the only party leader to be predicting Abenomics doom. The Kaikaku party leader, a sort of Japanese Bernie Saunders, suggests that money should be printed for households, "kateinomics".

    Posted in: Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house election campaign begins

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    The Fear approach worked for the Scotland vote

    To those who wish to protect the Pound, and prevent Brexit, today would be a good day to facilitate some violent event, to increase voter fear. I pray today ends safely.

    Posted in: British PM says Brexit poses huge risk to economy

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    The Japanese used to eat dog too, 70 years ago, according to my mother in law.

    There is a difference between predator animals, even domesticated ones and livestock, and it's generally to do with intelligence and natural social behaviours.

    There are many differences. Predator animals such as dogs, given the choice, would hunt and and eat other species, whereas cows, pigs and sheep do not. So what? The important thing is to reduce not increase suffering. The type of animal has very little to do with it. Where can I get some dog meat in Japan? I'd like to try some. Perhaps if I ate only dog, I would consume only a minimal quantity of meat, as opposed to more than 100 Kg of meat per annum. Who is "barbaric"?! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_meat_consumption

    Posted in: China city holds dog-meat eating festival despite protests

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    Apparently she wanted to remain thought of as a bloke at work. Since she was talking hormone pills (and growing breasts presumably), she asked to be allowed to use a separate, private changing room and not the women's locker room, as stated in the article. The company agreed to let her private use of the executive changing room and visitors toilets on the condition that she announce her change of gender identity to her colleagues at morning assembly.

    Posted in: Transgender employee to sue after being forced to divulge condition

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    timtak

    There are a lot of folks that feel more at home as the opposite sex, and would like to "pass" as such, while others as somewhere in between, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62dItYqH1Wk

    Posted in: Transgender employee to sue after being forced to divulge condition

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    No! Please! Not more printing. Printing wealth is 666, and just has to have a downside.

    Posted in: IMF urges 'reloaded' Abenomics for Japan growth targets

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    timtak

    @ Sensei258 yes.... http://gizmodo.com/anton-yelchin-death-jeep-cherokees-were-recalled-for-c-1782255236 They weigh about 1700 kg (Toyota Land Cruisers typically 2400kg, our Noah about 1500kg. Beware!).

    Posted in: 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies in car accident

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    timtak

    Here is a Japanese source with a video of the accused http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_society/articles/000077325.html He looks confused, a bit like Andy Kaufman's foreign man.

    Posted in: Man held for confining sleeping woman on train in his apartment

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    timtak

    How so Samit? Did the "Imperial Japanese government" bomb itself?

    YeahRight

    The Japanese government certainly has not.

    Yeah, right https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofwarapologystatementsissuedby_Japan

    Did they mention "apology" or merely note that Obama made the bombs sound like really bad acid rain. They were dropped and a more or less conscious decision was made to drop them. I like to think that they were not, and are not justifiable. Otherwise similar situations will pertain again, and they will be dropped again. This is not what we want.

    Posted in: Japan atomic bomb survivors criticise Obama's Hiroshima speech

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    timtak

    Rainy season is over in Okinawa, good times ahead !

    Perhaps not for the injured, and certainly not for the dead.

    Ms. Shimabukuro, RIP.

    Posted in: U.S. Navy lifts temporary drinking ban on its sailors

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    timtak

    The most moving moment in my sports viewing life to date was watching Ichiro bat on the top of tenth, standing 3 - 3 in the final of the 2009 WBC against Korea. With two out and two runners on base, and after two strikes, Ichiro hit four fouls (giving himself a stomach ulcer in the process) waiting for a ball that he could hit for an "timely two base" (RBI double?) which he did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Ep82TVBJ8.

    Posted in: Ichiro gets 4,257th career hit, surpassing Pete Rose's total

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    timtak

    Are these cards popular anywhere else? In fiction: Satoshi collects dragon balls, Luffy collects pieces, various Kamen (masked) riders collect cards, medals, icons (eyecons) In religion: Shintoists go to places go collect cards stamped with the names of gods (particularly e.g. Ise's shrine amulets) and Japanese "Buddhists" go on pilgrimage collecting stamps upon pads hung around their necks or upon their person In popular culture people like the victim and the accused collected cards, children and even adults go on "stamp rallies," and in general go to named places (meisho) to collected named things (meibutsu). Elsewhere: North American, Australian and Africans collected "totem badges" of their totem, ancestor, god, which vectored its life force. It seems to me that one aspect of the "cards" may that they are "symbols that can read themselves" which is why so many of them make noises (e.g. Gaiai memories and totem tribes "bull roarers") or can be voiced by swiping them on a reader device.

    Posted in: 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stealing 300 anime trading cards from even older fan

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    timtak

    So, does no one want a maid? I 'd like a maid but 900 is still a bit expensive. Students get 750, so about 650 seems fair.

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    timtak

    When they are not conformists, the Japanese lack common sense, apparently.

    Posted in: Bamboo pickers defy bear attack warnings despite 4 deaths

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    timtak

    Upon reflection, my use of "exemplary" on the same page beggars belief. Gross. I am sorry.

    Posted in: U.S. military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan

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    timtak

    On a page with

    "Okinawa police said the suspect hit the woman on the head with a club, dragged her into the weeds and raped her, while strangling her and stabbing her with a knife."

    The attempt to blame the Japanese media, or a Japanese company evokes in me the kind of sentiment aroused by the crime itself. Unbelievable.

    Posted in: U.S. military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan

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    timtak

    I am sorry I think I was wrong above, and I think those that voted me down were right.

    I had assumed that TheTiger and Suzuyo Takazato "are very right" to see a link between military presence and crimes against women for the reasons given in this thread.

    The Japanese blog referenced in the Wikipedia article on the US military presence in Japan however, provides statistical evidence to the effect that the detected crime rate is 0.3% of the population for both Japan as a whole and Okinawa in particular but only .14% for US military. The blog concludes that US personnel's behaviour is "subarashii" -- exemplary. http://d.hatena.ne.jp/reservoir/20080214/1202958732

    I see a slightly issue in that, I don't think that it is exactly the case that 0.3% of Japanese/Okinawans commit crimes, but rather criminality is concentrated -- there is repeat offence among an element of the Japanese population -- with the remainder being spread among the rest of the population. American military personnel do not get the opportunity to re-offend once they have been caught so the offence rate should be lower simply on this basis.

    According to http://www.moj.go.jp/content/000010209.pdf 38.8% of the 140,000 offenders in Japan 2006 were repeat offenders, especially adolescent crime were more than 50% of offenders are repeat offenders, among adults 27% of offenders were repeat offenders (especially extortion, theft, and fraud where repeat offenders make up more than 40% of offenders).

    Removing the crimes committed by the 27% of adult repeaters who would not be allowed to repeat and should not be in the military (ideally at least) , the crime rate among Japanese could be argued to be .3 x 100-27% = 0.219% which is 56% more (1.56 times) than that of the US military in Japan. If Japanese crime rather is reduced by the overall rather of repeaters, 0.3% x 100%-38.8% the offence rater is still 0.184% which is still 30% more than .14% for US millitary. I.e. Even excluding the criminal element of Japanese society, your averate Okinawan appears to be 30% more dangerous than your average US marine.

    I will have a look at what Suzuyo Takazato (googable) has to say. I wonder what happens if one focuses upon crime against women. Re offence rates in Japan are low, and strangely low in the case of rape where it is include in "other crimes."

    I still wish that the American military would go home, mind. The US are not here to protect the Japanese.

    Posted in: U.S. military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan

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    timtak

    TheTiger and Suzuyo Takazato are very right.

    Aspects of military life such as hell week and basics, the lost of I/Me distinction, dictatorship, loss of civil rights, willingness to kill, the harsh "last straw" aspects, should make us, or at least the military aware of the connection between armies and violence.If Japan had won WW2 and occupied parts of US there would be Japanese grunts doing bad things in that alternative reality. I think that "troops abroad leads to violence" is a given.

    Opinions may diverge more upon whether there is any need for US troops in Japan.

    Posted in: U.S. military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan

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    timtak

    Walk around a Japanese city and witness the complete lack of unity in the housing, the variety of clothes and fashions (American students are happy to wear their own uni logo insignia Ts, one pattern wear), the variety in the cars, and their customization, and then read the comments on this forum, and decide, who are the clones? And blind? Don't rock the boat?

    Posted in: New hires shock Internet with their sameness

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