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vollandMar. 05, 2013 - 07:07AM JST
"If Japan actually wanted to do a mutually beneficial free trade agreement, they should join TPP and give their own people lower food prices (for meats, cheese, and western produce like tomatoes) as well as letting their corporations sell products for more profit (assuming no price change is made)."
Of course you are right, but governmental attitudes like that have a problem even in a democracy with at least what is nowadays called peole's representation. In Japan that is correctly called a foreign thought.
You probably saw that my comment had actually been censored as soon as someone had read it, so this will be my last one. Take care in this wilderness, for me this is a waste of time....
Posted in: Japan, EU to launch free trade talks
vollandMar. 04, 2013 - 09:40AM JST
In times like these it is all about protectionism.
Only fools can expect major decisions.
There will be a few tiny deals, which at least can be sold to the ignorant public.... All Japan has for sale are better cars, and the germans certainly will not want any more competition for their own industry. They have an election coming up and half the government is busy fiddling with the unemployment numbers. So damaging the only product that they have to sell would be really stupid.
vollandMar. 04, 2013 - 09:35AM JST
@Konsta "...overcome many things as all the leaders always do." That is agood one, thanks.
Those talks will take place between two sides that are on their way down in the world. There will a quid pro quo in protectionism, that is all. No side can be interested in, or actually accept free trade, beause those very few profitable industries that they all the industrial nations on their decline have left would be ruined, if they have to open up for actual competition in a free market.
So, not unlike Mafia Dons who devide a city's heroin market, they will divide the world into areas, where who gets to sell what. In imports they cannot have any interest, unless it is something marginal, which only the other has.
Posted in: I think it is sort of a test case whether Abe can push through reforms against certain interests in favor of others.
vollandMar. 04, 2013 - 09:28AM JST
This is Japan, where the people voted for Abe. So they will pay.... for present and future "protection".
Because, just not having enough money at the moment, will not prevent the war with China from happening. Of course first there isthe one with Iran....
Posted in: Budget cuts could affect U.S. military in Asia
vollandMar. 04, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
"The supercitizens are very effectively pursuing their own self-interest. "
That is the plain truth, but it is not the problem. The problem is, that because of "normal" americans, they have no problem getting away with it. A democracy needs educated, thinking people, or it will end up like the US, where people out of sheer resentment vote for the Bushs and the tea party. They vote against what they hate because they feel inferior, instead of voting in their interest.
The people of America fully deserve what they get, no one else is responsible for it. The days, when a Brandeis was someone people listended to, have vanished long ago....
Posted in: The political clout of the super-rich
vollandMar. 04, 2013 - 09:13AM JST
No, this is not a good time to buy. Everything is still overpriced, and not just a little.
Prices will fall a lot lower..... and certainly not, because some fools believe they know anything about earthquakes. Why is this simple fact so hard to understand: THERE ARE NO EARTHQUAKE PREDICTIONS!
Posted in: Now is a good time to buy property in Tokyo
vollandMar. 03, 2013 - 09:48AM JST
What a day....
More good news from the US.
Posted in: Big U.S. budget cuts begin as both sides trade blame
vollandMar. 03, 2013 - 09:46AM JST
Its hard to believe one's eyes.
But it is true, finally some good news from the US
vollandMar. 03, 2013 - 09:44AM JST
Congrats, T-Mack... Irony, and no one notices.
But seriously. It is a bit sad that the japanese take such a long time to learn, no matter what subject. But in this case, better late than never.
Posted in: More senior partners uncoupling
vollandMar. 01, 2013 - 08:20AM JST
Where else is it as easy to use slave labour?
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vollandFeb. 26, 2013 - 07:11AM JST
Only blind people use Costco.
All you need to do is really start checking the prices and comparing them. Basically EVERY single item can be gotten cheaper in other places. But, suit yourself. One visit was enough for me....
Posted in: Hiroshima to finally get a Costco - too bad you have to pay Y3,000 for parking
vollandFeb. 25, 2013 - 07:47AM JST
Great insight, really!
The damage done by earthquake and tsunami can repaired easily, if that is wanted. The radioactive soil is on the surface, and lets say, it could be removed, if the government had enough interest in that.
The leaks however will cause damage that will never be repaired... but you are right, I cannot not really see a problem, its inside the US
Posted in: At least six tanks leaking at U.S. nuclear waste site
vollandFeb. 24, 2013 - 07:49AM JST
I just love this sentence: “At this point we don’t believe that there’s any imminent threat to public health."
Could have come straight from the mouth of a Tepco man.....
There is "no imminent threat", which means that no one will dro dead right now, but, only "at this point".
vollandFeb. 24, 2013 - 07:45AM JST
Very strange.... just think what the real situation must be like. No matter who I talk to, I have never met anyone who said he uses Google to find it.....
Posted in: Google effort fails to curb music piracy: industry
vollandFeb. 23, 2013 - 06:50AM JST
That is an easy one:
You may, and even have to take, as much freedom with the truth as is neccesary so that the interests of people, or states, that you want to propagate with your movie, are impressivly enough represented and if necessary twisted to tell the desired version of the truth....
That goes for Ms Bigelow as well as for Mr Affleck. One must rememebr that they simply do their job, it takes a public that wants to believe their versions of reality.
Posted in: In making fact-based films, how much liberty is it OK to take in the name of entertainment?
vollandFeb. 23, 2013 - 06:45AM JST
Why are there so many occasions when one sees utter absurdities like this one, printed in a japanese newspapaer?
First of all, the rest of the world right now is grappling with an economic enormous crisis, because starting with ignorant politicians like Reagan and Thatcher, this so-calles "supplyside economics" and its consultant has ruined half the planet.
And second of cousre,. this so-called expert is a so-called consultant whose wisdom in advising companies on how to raise their profits has never gone beyond: Increase money income, lower costs. In other words Fire employees, and raise prices! Any 14 year old can tell you that.
You want consumer to buy more, you have to them pay higher income, its that simple
Posted in: For wages to rise, demand needs to rise, it's that simple. The problem is that while there are certain areas of growth in Japan, like e-commerce, the overall pie is not growing.
vollandFeb. 21, 2013 - 08:17AM JST
The point that everyone, including the JT, seems to be missing, this is a report of ONE incident...
Until a short time ago such incidents were not publicised at all in India, and if a woman wants to report a rape to the police outside the big cities, she would simply get more of that...
Reports like this are to be welcomed as they finally scratch the silly tourist surface of India's image and give people a closer look at the reality of that country
Posted in: Three young Indian sisters raped and murdered
vollandFeb. 21, 2013 - 07:53AM JST
I hope you do not suspect me of having sympathies for the US still occupying Okinawa...
But, that man maybe 82 now, but the american planes used to to take from there since when he was a lot younger, right?
Stupid things like that give the "other side" argument in a world like ours....
Posted in: The Ospreys barely miss my house's rooftop and shake the house with the loud noise.
vollandFeb. 21, 2013 - 07:46AM JST
If a woman is stupid enough to marry a man who finds it essential for his ego to pee standing up, deserves no better..... its as simple as that.
Posted in: Standing up to pee 'a matter of honor' for one man
vollandFeb. 20, 2013 - 08:28AM JST
Let us do a little reality check here.
Japanese soccer is at best second rate, but the work at the grassroot level in schools is really admirable.
I occasionally help out teaching european style soccer to the kids at the neighborhood school and I see good talent. Like the big boys, the kids too suffer from the japanese disease not to really look, before deciding. They simply start running, and ALWAYS forward. The blindly forward spirit of gambere ist still too prevalent, no one seems to really understand how important it is to hold the ball in ones own possession.
Hasebe is the only really great footballer the country has, the others are overrated. Defeating Iraq and Turkmensitan is not really a sign of quality....
But...talking about grassroots.....
For almost five years I have been looking for a single place where people can play soccer south of Yokohama! I have lived on every continent in my life and whatever country I am in, I have never lived anywhere, where it was not possible to get to a soocer pitch in walking distance or at least on a bicycle. Even in the USA in 1983....
And just to see something that actually deserves the name soccer pitch in Japan, is also already a fulltime job.
Posted in: Soccer in Japan benefits from grass-roots level
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