timtak's past comments

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    timtak

    This I think preference for CDs over software downloads relates to many other phenomena where the Japanese show a preference for the viso-corporeal, "res-extensa" over "res-cogitans" 1) Japanese are more likely to prefer cash over soft forms of money such as credit cards 2) Japanese are more likely to hope that "idols" ("Musicians") have good looks then self-written good lyrics 2) Japanese, and Chinese, Koreans and Taiwanese, make things (monozukuri) almost every thing, such as electronic appliances and cars, as opposed to software (where is the Japanese/Chinese windows/Word?), financial products, academic theories at least in the humanities, and other abstracts things such as drugs (which are essentially theoretical) 3) Japanese make goods software only if it is visible (game software) 4) Japanese rate very low on linguistic scales of self-esteem, and rather being arrogant, they can be really humble linguistically, because language is not something that they really identify with) 5) Conversely Japanese tend to be very vain or "haughty" and enhancing of their bodily appearance, clothes and demeanor, auto photography (via poses and eye enlarging photo-me purikara-boothes) because it is with the visual that they identify. 6) This preference for the corporeal over the linguistic (and vice versa) is found in also in the respective religious of the West and Japan which are logocentric and specular respectively. While many may think that the abstract (software) is the future and that the visual corporeal is the past, I think that this is a Western bias. Lets buy a CD!

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    I am reminded of the Recall Formula https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMVkUgQR9NQ

    Posted in: Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups in U.S. over fire risk

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    There was a certain amount of warning - there had been a lot of tremors but these had subsided so the meteorological agency did not increase the danger level to "do no approach". But it did announce the seismic activity. http://www.jma.go.jp/jp/volcano/info0320140912160017.html One can see up to date warnings in English here http://www.jma.go.jp/en/volcano/ I think that the detailed seismic activity (below warning level, as in the case of Ontake) are only available in Japanese http://www.jma.go.jp/jp/volcano/info.html Before I go climbing up to any volcano craters (which are quite scary enough at the most peaceful of times) I will check that there has not been any seismic activity.

    Posted in: Sudden eruption of volcano very rare

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    Back in the 1940s, why did Japan opt for disastrous policies that led it to launch an attack against the United States at Pearl Harbor?

    As far as I know, the immediate reason for the attack against the US was that US blockaded oil supplies to Japan. The Japanese had three options, (1) Return to a pre-industrial age (2) bow to US pressure and get out of China (3) Attack the US and UK/Dutch held South East Asia to get oil. (1) Was not really an option.

    I guess that his professor is suggesting that Japan should have chosen (2) and retreated from China.

    Bearing in mind that at the time Western (British, Dutch, US) empire was still covering the globe and that the US occupied or had bases throughout the Pacific, and it was the extent of these conquests that made the UK/US blockade so effective, I guess that rather than seeing US demands as benevolent attempts to protect the poor Chinese, Japanese acquiescence would merely result in the expansion of the Europeans "children of the evil spirit" (Tenskawatawa - he got wiped out).

    Were the Japanese wrong? What lessons can be learnt?

    One is that reliance on overseas oil puts one in a weak position. This would tend to point to wards the use of nuclear power, and any other energy source that reduces Japanese reliance on other people's oil.

    The good professor also argues that Japan is now becoming more violent / less peaceful.

    Petrodollar conspiracy theorists would argue that continued US/UK control of the oil producing regions of the world puts the US and its allies in a position where they can tax the rest of the world by printing their oil backed currencies, and funding their armaments for war, and a free lunch, without end. As a US ally or puppet, Japan has joined in the money printing, making BRICs nations work for them for free. Is this peaceful?

    (I may agree with condemnation of the TPP. )

    Posted in: Former diplomat fears for future of Japan's democracy

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    This morning's Asahi Newspaper showed the depth contours of the ash to follow a long, fairly thin path down the mountain. So if faced with an eruption it may be a good idea to make ones escape sideways rather than down?

    Posted in: Recovery of bodies suspended at volcano due to toxic gases and ash

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    The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan has released photos of mountain taken yesterday after the eruption. It looks as though it is covered in snow. http://gsi-cyberjapan.github.io/ontake/#11/35.8943/137.4767 And I am not sure why the Koreans have the news first but 35 minutes ago a Korean news portal reported that 43 people are said to be missing. http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=ko&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.donga.com%2FMain%2F3%2Fall%2F20140929%2F66799958%2F3

    Posted in: 4 deaths confirmed; 27 other climbers feared dead on erupting volcano

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    Softbank can also suggest and introduce lots of great manga and anime that Dreamworks might remake.

    Posted in: SoftBank reported in talks to buy DreamWorks

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    At least the number of dead and people in cardiac arrest, four and 27 respectively, does not seem to have increased this morning according to news reports from 9 am - and I guess they were up there since first light. Looking at the videos I was scared that the numbers might double or triple. Fingers crossed.

    Posted in: 31 climbers found in 'cardiac arrest' on erupting volcano

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    Horrifying video of the eruption by a climber (referenced in the article) who survived https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ea3uED1Zgc

    Posted in: 31 climbers found in 'cardiac arrest' on erupting volcano

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    Sounds to me he is not too sharp. According to most reports Kimino has a "mental deficiency," (chitekishougai) and was living on disabled social security. His only comments on his Facebook page since June last year, were (in Japanese) "I want some friends," "I want a siesta," and "meow." Horrible tragedy. As a parent, out of this world. But, I agree with Lucabrasi. This man is not only unspeakably bad, but also very unwell.

    Can one deter future Kimino's by the death penalty? I fear not. The placing of his ID card may suggest the contrary, that he is, and future Kimono's will be, attempting to commit state assisted suicide, as seems to have been the case in other recent atrocities of this type. And the important thing to me - more than 'justice' and revenge - is that this does not happen again.

    Posted in: Murder suspect seen walking behind girl in camera footage

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    "Purr" is inappropriate but cute. I think her majesty will forgive Cameron, whose family has strong connections with Scotland so I bet they were purring together.

    Posted in: British PM to apologise to queen over purring gaffe

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    I am rather concerned that the petrodollar conspiracy theory may be true. It goes like this....

    As long as the oil producing nations are embroiled in permanent war, and the US has military influence upon them, then oil will be traded in dollars alone since the US can bomb anyone that does not use dollars to sell their oil. Saddam started selling Iraqi oil for the first time in Euros in 1990, he was ousted and replaced with a dollar user. According to some, the same happened in Libya. http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/289-134/5625-libya-all-about-oil-or-all-about-banking

    As long as the dollar is the only currency with which one can purchase oil, then the USA can print dollars taxing every other nation on earth, till they are blue (or very obese) in the face, because their currency, while nominally a fiat currency, is backed by the worlds most precious commodity, the black gold.

    At the moment it is Iran that is selling oil in currencies other than dollars. The US could not justify attacking Iran just because it was getting nuclear. But with the televised beheadings and general irrational fear of a new Caliphate and Global Jihad, if Iran can be seen to be cooperating with ISIS then the bombs can drop on the offending Iranian oil Bourse, and the dollar-printing can continue indefinitely. http://usa.mediamonitors.net/Headlines/Petrodollar-Warfare-Dollars-Euros-and-the-Upcoming-Iranian-Oil-Bourse If that should happen, I will be persuaded by the petrodollar theory.

    Posted in: Avoid a classic blunder: Stay out of religious wars in the Middle East

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    Its no good increase tax rates if that decreases tax revenue as it seems to do so every time. There might be a case for decreasing it to increase tax revenue.

    But really the problem is spending. For every yen that makes it into the hands of builders, fishermen, farmers - people at the productive end of the pork pie, there are 2 or 3 yen taken by the bureaucracy which is fat with paper pushers whose stated lifestyle choice is to become a public servant (not called that in Japanese) in order to avoid having to work hard in the private sector.

    We need Hashimoto in now to cut back on bureaucracy, as he did in Osaka, before Japan has to default.

    But why are all the Japanese longing to become bureaucrats? It is not as if it is necessary going to be safe or pleasant sector of the economy when Japan goes Greek. My theory is that it relates to the overbearing power of the matriarchs, such that all children, of both sexes what to be a rent taking "manneja-"/mother/bureaucrat. Further, this is also the reason why sales tax results in a decrease in tax revenue. Since mothers, who are often low or non wage earners make the financial decisions, then taxing spending is a direct tax on the activity of these decision makers. If instead Japan taxes income and companies, then the financial decision making mothers, who don't sully themselves with income concerns, may keep spending at least until their bank balance goes down, which it won't if the economy grows and pay is increased. That is not going to work. First rule of fiscal policy - don't tax the people that control the economy. In other countries that has resulted in lower tax on the rich.

    It is quite a revolution that would be needed to save Japan from sinking further into this matriarchy plus feminist quagmire.

    Posted in: OECD says Japan should raise sales tax again next year

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    Voting starts in one hour's time. It feels a bit like a football match. I support England against Scotland but I'd sure miss them if they leave. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyns0nxsRcU

    Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote

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    The comment and tone of the last poster Elizabeth Heath shows her absolute contempt to voters in Scotland and the democratic process.

    One thing that I have noticed is that there is quite a lot of ill feeling expressed towards no voters and supporters who if Scottish are often branded as traitors, and contemptuous irrespective of nationality. This makes me think that contra Maciandubh prediction that

    the poll's are wrong and the number of Yes supporters is far higher than stated

    it seems likely to me that people who have not felt happy with with the negativity of the yes supporters, nor wish to be the brunt of that aggressive negativity, may well vote no in the privacy of the poll booth. It is a private matter, and Scots are not pushed around. In any event I think that being nice to other side is a good idea, both politically and for the future of Scotland, whichever side one supports.

    Posted in: Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

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    Tragic in the extreme and certainly no "propaganda coup." Only a GWB crony could suggest so. Anyone with a heart, Muslims included, cannot but be disgusted. This man was a father and an AID WORKER! By this barbarism they have give Obama and Cameron carte blanche to bomb them into oblivion. Which the UK Royal Air Force will now do in regtribution for the killing of an x-RAF Scot, just ahead of the Scottish Independence referendum. How evil is this? Are we talking barbaric or right off the scale? And who are SITE?

    Posted in: Video shows beheading of British aid worker

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    I bet Liz will be pissed to lose Hollyrood and nearly 10% of her subjets. Will she be rattling her jewels at the ballot counters?

    Posted in: Why the world should care about Scottish independence

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    I hope he doesn't get whacked / die of suicide under mysterious circumstances.

    Posted in: ASKA gets suspended sentence for drug use

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    @Novenachama Yes! While in linguistic tests they come way down the list, because they are realistic I think their longevity demonstrates happiness.

    Posted in: Japan's centenarian population hits record high

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    There is a load of land in beautiful locations in the Japanese countryside and I have been purchasing some of it, but I wonder if it was a good investment since the urbanisation of Japanese in Japan continues unabated. About 20 years ago cottages and land in the French, Breton countryside could be purchased very cheaply, but then British and Germans bought it and the price went up. Some non-French live there farming or doing creative things. Others purchased cottages as holiday homes -- which tends to help destroy the community, at least so say the Welsh. Will there be an influx of holiday homers to the Japanese countryside? Will foreign writers, artists, and translators come and live there? https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=iwaya&sort=relevance&user_id=64015205%40N00

    Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas

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