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    kickboard

    What did you expect? Roy Jones Jr. - '88 Seoul Olympics

    Posted in: Scuffles, protest over Asian Games boxing decisions

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    sensei258

    I never witnessed a "groping", but there was one perverted incident I saw on the Sagami Line. I was sitting in the end seat, and a High School girl was sitting next to me (no Gaijin perimeter this time). There were no other people sitting near us, but there was an overweight otaku standing a few seats away. I fell asleep, and when I woke up, the guy was standing in front of the HS girl who was next to me (he had moved deliberately for no other reason). She had fallen asleep leaning forward, and her head was conveniently being supported by the man's crotch. He tried to act all innocent and would not look as I stared (for a second). So I bumped the girl with my elbow, and she woke up and moved.

    Posted in: Bank employee, Tokyo district court clerk held for groping same woman in train

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    turbotsat

    Why don't people like Win 8?

    There are only a very few programs I use, and I'm used to the old desktop with Start buttons and Start menus. Now every time I have to immediately hit Win-D to get out of the Metro(?) desktop at boot and go to the familiar desktop, if I don't want be presented with all the icons for all the programs I don't use, plus scroll bar needed to get to some I do use. And every time I need to remember to Alt-F4 to get to the Shutdown menu, or else Win-I to get to the config icon map or whatever they're calling it and then look for the Power icon.

    I didn't like the gratuitous changes introducing Document Libraries (Win 7?) or Office Ribbons (Vista?) either.

    All these changes in eye candy are unnecessary to me and as I see it only necessary for Microsoft to churn the O/S environment to keep the money flowing to them ("churn" as stockbrokers use it, for churning accounts). Zero benefit to me as a user.

    I can still get the old-style Win desktop with various flavors of Linux.

    Have got Linux installed on all the old Windows desktops in my house, since one by one they have crashed to non-bootable state over the years. Did same for my parents on their old Win machine and they've been using Linux now for over 7 years and they are not at all computer-literate. All they want is browser, email client, some games.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    sfjp330

    taiga_123Oct. 01, 2014 - 06:26AM JST the senkaku is japan's and they can meet without having to discuss the islets.

    If Japan has definite ownership of Senkaku/Daioyu islands without doubt, why would Japan offer to explore resources jointly with China If Japan owns it, they didn't need to ask China. It shows Japan has a weak claim and they know it. This already happened few years ago. The solution to the competing claims emerged in 2008, when Japan and China reached a principled consensus on joint development of an area that includes the potentially gas-rich Chunxiao/Shirakaba field. However, the 2010 ramming of Japanese Coast Guard cutters by a Chinese fishing boat and the subsequent arrest of the Chinese captain by the Japanese, have halted all movement toward formalizing the 2008 consensus.

    In 1978, there was signing of a treaty between China and Japan for Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute. At the time, PM Fukuda and China's Deng Xiaoping accepted that "the dispute shall be posponed" "and for future generation to solve". If you own it like you said, why did J-goverment agreed to postpone the dispute? We know today, Japan goverment states "there is no dispute". In 1972, the Okinawa Revision Agreement grants Japan the rights of adminstration and not sovereignty. Why did U.S. only granted Japan administrative rights of Senkaku/Diaoyu and not the sovereignty?

    Posted in: Abe presses campaign for meeting with China's Xi

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    sensei258

    I'm glad he got to come home. But, we all know if it was a regular Joe like me who did that, I'd be in jail a long time. Felony Grand Theft, pay a $1,000 fine and get off Scott free, pretty good deal I'd say. Let's see what happens after he returns.

    Posted in: Asian Games swimmer Tomita pays fine for camera theft

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    iWorld

    mgglifeSep. 30, 2014 - 09:50PM :China's demand is very simple, no need for other people to think hard to guess:

    1.never go to the Yasukuni Shrine 2.admit the dispute islets are dispute. (This sentence is so weird) nothing else.

    1.Japanese government members can go visit the Yasukuni Shrine as often as they like or even move their government HQ there if they like, as long as those convicted war criminals are not there.

    2.Japan needs to revert their unilateral actions on the status of those disputed islands which began by Shintaro Ishihara that caused all the current troubles.

    Until Japan government/Abe shows some sincerity then what is the sense of talking.

    Posted in: Abe presses campaign for meeting with China's Xi

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    taiga_123

    the senkaku is japan's and they can meet without having to discuss the islets. Abe should speak up for china's mistakes, they are strong enough to express the trueth like hk incident. And japan might need a great leader to change the platform of japanese political focus

    Posted in: Abe presses campaign for meeting with China's Xi

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    JeffLee

    Why don't people like Win 8? I've been using it on both my machines for the last few months with no problems or issues.

    What specifically are the problems with it? Just curious.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    CraigHicks

    @WillB ... "Turkey could put an end to this very quickly, but Erdogan actually has not problem with ISIS wiping out the Kurds. It is national interestes as usual."

    ISIL on the border would work to re-radicalize PKK just when Erdogan was making progress on reconciliation with and disarmament of PKK within Turkey (http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2014/09/25/govt-kurdish-politicians-show-commitment-to-reconciliation-process-in-meeting). Perhaps this is why Erdogan is just now pushing legislation to allow Turkish forces to respond to ISIL over the border (http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2014/09/30/turkey-to-take-military-action-in-iraq-and-syria).

    You may be right that Turkey will eventually do nothing, but I think it is not a certainty.

    Posted in: Islamic State closes in on Kurdish area of Syria

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    sfjp330

    Were there any alcohol involved? Remember that alcohol causes dehydration, so if they were drinking earlier, they should've drank plenty of water prior to entering the spa chamber. Smart thing is to avoid the consumption of alcohol on the day of a treatment.

    Posted in: Man, woman die after collapsing in spa decompression chamber

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    deadbeatles

    Here is what will happen to anyone token fired... you might want to bookmark this... it will be with pension, full recommendations that will put that individual of the payroll of Blackwater, a book deal, become a security analyst for CNN or MSNBC... advisor to the staff of World Bank. Like all other breachers of trust in Western government, there will be no accountability... only reward. @toshiko... he stepped over the string attached to a coffee can of marbles.

    Posted in: Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House

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    MarkG

    What about the gender of the door guard? We already know the undocumented visitor is male.

    Posted in: Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House

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    tinawatanabe

    It wasn't so long ago that Japan and Germany were still in the doghouse at the UN as "enemy nations".

    Japan is still listed as an enemy nation in the three "enemy nations" Clauses of UN Charter.

    Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Would you support such a move?

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    Fadamor

    If the chamber worked as designed, then the simulated altitude wouldn't even be as high as the summit of Mt. Fuji. I would think anybody healthy enough to go up there should be healthy enough to used the chamber without medical monitoring. As was noted in the article, however, the chamber didn't work correctly. Perhaps it took them higher than 12,000 feet - which is considered the average point where hypoxia starts to become noticeably debilitating.

    Posted in: Man, woman die after collapsing in spa decompression chamber

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    BNlightened

    Meanwhile, Abe still talks about his "Three Arrows," as if he's ever had more than "two" in his quiver! That "third arrow" was a complete crock from the get-go.

    And don't hold your breath on the elitist Abe letting up on the subsequent rise in consumption tax yet again to 10%. It's ON!!! (To pay for all his militarist fantasies, that is....)

    As for the average Japanese voter: sheep is what sheep does..While Rome burns, they merely bleat out, "Bah! Bah! Sho ga nai!!!"

    Posted in: More gloomy data casts doubt on Japan's economic recovery

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    sfjp330

    The increase in price has more to do with the yen exchange rate. Almost all of the wheat flour imported into Japan comes from the U.S. and now it cost more for Nissan. When the yen was strong, of course, like all other manufacturers, they kept the profit and did not lower the price to consumers.

    Posted in: Nissin Foods to hike prices of 250 products from January

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    Fadamor

    well at least they don't drink and drive for the most part.

    At a "Japanese Drinking Customs & Etiquette" panel this year, we were treated to a slide show. It included pictures of people passed out on subway floors and sidewalks and park benches. Along with these photos was the comment that this was socially acceptable because they were not endangering people by driving while drunk. Then came a slide of a drunk passed out on a subway floor who had removed all his clothing except for his briefs. The comment with this photo was that this was NOT socially acceptable, and the person looking through the subway car window and taking a photo with his cell phone of the drunk was ALSO committing a taboo. Then the presenter commented on how the person who took the photos for the presentation was therefore committing a taboo as well..

    I don't know. I don't really think drunks should be getting credit for not driving when most of them don't have a car in the first place.

    Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting 2 train station attendants in Saitama

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    BNlightened

    "The subject is not so simple that this can be answered with a simple yes or no. It is a complex subject."

    Nonsense. I shall make it easy for you. Since the People's Republic of China is currently the only Asian country to have permanent UN Sec status, and since all countries to have such rights also maintain the VETO POWER over anything proposed in the Security Council (where all members should need to agree in order to proceed), Japan will therefore NEVER be a permanent member.

    Game over, Japan. Too bad you were on the losing side of World War II, huh??

    Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Would you support such a move?

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    Ah_so

    Repackage Windows 7 and call it Windows 9. Everyone will be happy.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    Noliving

    "CD" is not a loss less format! 8 tracks were lossless... but bulky.

    No one said CD were loss-less format, CD's are encoded using a LCPM which is an uncompressed format. I take it you are incorrectly claiming that because CD's uses a 16 bit, not 24 bit, and are sampled at 44khz that it is not "loss-less", correct?

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    BNlightened

    Once again, another news source leads the way, and "Japan Today" follows with a parroting write-up portrayed as "news."

    Hint: This is old news, already written up by the New York Times more than two weeks ago.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/17/business/media/cd-loving-japan-resists-move-to-digital-music-.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C{%222%22%3A%22RI%3A16%22}&_r=0

    As usual, the cut and paste journalists here arrive late with their "new"s, copying and pasting what other trailblazers have already done for them.

    Seriously, this "news source" is getting sad.....

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    Ah_so

    I buy CDs - the first thing I do with it is upload to the computer and then onto itunes. The CD itself is largely redundent, but that is no problem. I can sell it. In fact, I have bought quite a lot of CDs on ebay and can sell them back on ebay for what I paid for them - postage the only difference.

    I know that if Apple goes bankrupt and a virus hits my computer, I will still have a CD collection to fall back on.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    turbotsat

    turtle: That in itself doesn't prove anything, they could be working together to receive compensation.

    Would be really stupid in that case to let it get to the police station.

    Posted in: Bank employee, Tokyo district court clerk held for groping same woman in train

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    sfjp330

    Swami VasSep. 30, 2014 - 08:19PM JST The efforts of the Japanese Prime Minister are in the right direction as a summit between Japanese PM and Chinese President can go a long way in resolving the current differences of opinion between the two countries on several issues, notably on the disputed islands! All success to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe!

    PM Abe, knowing well beforehand that his visit to Yasukuni shrine will trigger rage from Korea, China and other countries suffered horrors in Imperial Japan’s hands, yet he defiantly and openly worshiped 14 Class A war criminals and numerous other bloody war criminals there. Then, immediately turned around, Abe declared that he intended to have a good relationship with Japan’s neighbors. No wonder China is slamming the doors on Japan.

    Posted in: Abe presses campaign for meeting with China's Xi

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    HonestDictator

    This is what happens when lazy people are put in positions of important duties. Someone was slacking on the job as usual.

    Posted in: Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House

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    HonestDictator

    Way too much circumstantial evidence, and plus with DNA forensic testing this man can be found to be guilty in a matter of days. Guess they still need to find the torso and the object used to dismember the poor victim before they can call it 110% guilty.

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

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    Fadamor

    Fadamor - do they suggest any kind of alternative?

    Not in a cute catch-phrase. The commercially produced safety program our schools use is called "The Safe Side" and instead of the nebulous word "stranger" they use three different more concrete descriptors for adults that are easier to compartmentalize by kids: "Don't knows", "Kinda knows", and "Safe Side Adults". Safe Side Adults are the ones specifically designated by the kid's parents as those who should always be trusted in case of trouble (police, parents of the kid's friends if known by the kid's parents, etc).

    http://www.thesafeside.com/

    Posted in: 37-year-old man arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old boy in Chiba

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    John Carl Smith

    "CD" is not a loss less format! 8 tracks were lossless... but bulky.

    MP3's are not lossless. Flac files from Pono music service is lossless. PONO records with flac! So... if you rip a flac from an audio CD, then you've already messed things up! PonoPlayer can store up to 500 loss less albums. Again, ripping a CD to flac is not lossless since the CD is already flawed to begin with.

    ANyone can still pirate a flac... but they destroy the quality when doing so.

    The new method is straight from recording tapes to flac pono format!

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    Cliffy

    Windows? LOL. Some business just started to move from XP to W7. Still do not like to reboot a zillion times for updating something that is totally non-essential applications such as IE, outlook......that has nothing to do with OS/kernel.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    sf2k

    I'll probably make my next computer run Linux as the main operating system, as mostly everything is online now so you don't really need Windows anyway. It helps that I like the occasional command line. (I'm not affected by the bash bug). I'll then run Windows in a virtual machine, whatever version.

    For all the free office programs out there, MSOffice is still needed for 100% compatibility with sharing files but that and OneNote which is my fav are the only reasons to stay with Windows for me. This is a big downturn and if there is ever a worthy OneNote challenger made for Linux (Evernote isn't it) then I'll use Windows much much less.

    It's harder to justify upgrading now that the 2013 versions are terrible compared to 2010 (they messed up OneNote ugh) and that Microsoft is going to the Internet anyway as seen with Office365. They are still a force and can sometimes make really good products, but it seems they've jumped the sharknado and it's only a matter of time before I leave them completely.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    CraigHicks

    "but believes hundreds more people may have been abducted and that many of them may still be alive"

    Did this group form a bulge in the number of missing persons over a certain time period, the number being significantly smaller before and afterwards? How about the distribution of geographic locations from which they disappeared?

    Among the known abducted, it seems many of them were aware of each others existence in North Korea; how much of this kind of evidence is available for these hundreds of others?

    Anything is possible but just saying it doesn't automatically make it plausible - the statement really deserves some further clarification.

    Posted in: Japan, N Korea discuss abductions

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    Noliving

    I prefer cds for two main reasons, the first reason is that I like to listen to my digital music files in loss-less formats. The other reason is because I can usually find an entire albums on CD that are gently used for one dollar, much better deal than just purchasing one single.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    bass4funk

    Looks like you're wrong, again.

    The New Black Panther Party incident that occurred during the 2008 election. The New Black Panther Party and two of its members, Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, were charged with voter intimidation for their conduct outside a polling station in Philadelphia.

    The Department of Justice later narrowed the charges against Minister King Shabazz and dismissed the charges against the New Black Panther Party and Jerry Jackson. The decision to dismiss the charges has led to accusations that the Department of Justice under the Obama administration is biased against white victims and unwilling to prosecute minorities for civil rights violations. These charges have been most notably made by J. Christian Adams, who in May 2010 resigned his post in the Department of Justice in protest over the Obama Administration's perceived mishandling of the case, and by his former supervisor Christopher Coates.

    The Department of Justice became aware of the incident on Election Day and started an inquiry. Under the Bush administration, a criminal investigation into the incident was started, but later dropped.

    Instead, in January 2009, less than two weeks before the Bush administration left office, the civil rights division of the Department of Justice filed a civil suit under the voting rights act against four defendants, namely, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Jerry Jackson, NBPP chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz, and the NBPP itself. The lawsuit accused them of using uniforms, racial insults and a weapon to intimidate voters and those who were there to assist them. The case remained open when the Obama administration took office a few weeks later.

    In April 2009 Bartie Bull, a former civil rights lawyer who was serving as a poll watcher at the polling station where the incident occurred, submitted an affidavit at Justice's request supporting the lawsuit, stating that he considered it to have been the most severe instance of voter intimidation he had ever encountered. When none of the defendants who were charged appeared in court to answer the charges, the career attorneys pursuing the lawsuit assumed that they would win it by default. However the career attorneys' move to pursue a default judgment against the defendants was overruled by two of their line superiors, Loretta King, who was acting Assistant Attorney General and Steve Rosenbaum, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

    And then Holder dropped it. Had it been the reverse, Holder would have used every fiber in his being to bring the perpetrators to justice, but the New Black Panther Thug Party, just let them off.

    This whole thing is a political charade by Holder's detractors, and white supremacists looking for an ax to grind.

    So it's never about Holder or Obama it's only because they're Black? Once again, liberal logic shows that the only thing they have for arguments is using the race card or the so called war on women. I'll say this again, with joy and glee, this is a great day, this fraud is finally gone. Good riddance.

    Posted in: White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

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    Shanique Smith

    Considering the present state of the English teaching industry, not even my worst enemy would I encourage to go to Japan and teach English. The whole industry is going downhill. It is just an all round money making venture for the companies. They will wrangle every penny they can from what the boards of education pay to have you. Due to its profitability there is a plethora of companies now taking on dispatch roles.

    Unless you go through the JET program, there is a 90% chance you will be underpaid and can only barely survive, living from paycheck to paycheck. Cost of living keeps going up and wages/salaries are decreasing. The dispatch companies and eikaiwas will try to reassure you by telling you the most positive things, but as soon as you fall in their trap you'll see their true colors come shining through.

    Some companies are very crafty and give a very low and a not so low salary range. Rest assured that when you are in their traps you will be given ridiculous reasons you get the very low end. Some only pay for actual teaching hours even though you are present at the school and performing other duties.

    The boards of education and ministry ignore the deplorable conditions under which ALTs/NETs work even though they might be aware of them. They just behave like the three wise monkeys. See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil(Western interpretation...turn a blind eye). As long as there are some English speaking individuals in the classroom they can claim English is being taught and all is well.

    I could go on and on, but I'm going to reserve some for another time.

    In conclusion, presently, teaching English as a Second Language is just a backpacker's job with a backpackers pay, as Mr. Noidall stated, or if it's not about the money you could go and pretend to be volunteering.

    Posted in: The 5 most fun countries to teach English in

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    diuneahma

    Music files are more pirate-able...

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    BurakuminDes

    There is a distinct difference in buying talent at it's height and the Japanese approach.

    Valid points there with the names you've mentioned, SamuraiBlue. However I would be interested to know your take on the Japanese national rugby team - almost half of whom were foreign-born at the past world-cup. Many of these guys came over to Japan in their mid to late 20s. Japanese polished and nurtured?

    show me a nation that doesn't buy talent for some sports and rush nationality on them. Japan certainly does this in some sports.

    Smith is bang on here. A great many Asian nations are nations made up of immigrants. Questioning the right to compete for their countries of those foreign-born athletes - as the Chinese and Mr. Takase have done - just smacks of sour grapes. Do these guys actually want an ethnic-based international games? Sounds like apartheid...

    Posted in: Out-of-Africa gold rush prompts disquiet at Asian Games

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    Christopher Blackwell

    It was mentioned that the government was considering restarting two nuclear plants near active volcanos and stated that eruption would not endanger them. So go back though the last couple of days headlines and I think that you will locate the article.

    Posted in: No recovery of volcano victims due to eruption fears

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    gaihonjin

    It's funny to read some people's comments about how they can understand wanting the inserts on CD's as opposed to viewing them online.

    When CD's came out, one of the most-often voiced criticisms was that LP jacket art would be missed. Indeed, if you've ever seen a beautiful fold-out LP jacket or perused the inserts say, of a Led Zepplin IV LP, you know how insubstantial the tiny illustrations on a CD jacket seem in comparison.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    cleo

    I think it's better for the government to go with targeted assistance where it's needed, rather than allow everyone (including the rich) a tax break

    Who said anything about giving everyone a tax break? Just make the tax fairer by making it direct and progressive instead of indirect and regressive. Or at the very least don't tax essentials like food, basic utilities, education, children's clothing etc.

    Well buying stuff isn't income tax, that's consumption tax. It's the income tax that is progressive.

    I'm talking about consumption tax. 8% on everything they buy is a lot more to someone just scraping by than it is to someone who earns a lot more than they spend.

    Posted in: Abe vows to keep careful watch on tax hike's impact

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    mukashiyokatta

    I like Windows XP, I ain't changing.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    mukashiyokatta

    Question: Could Fuji be next? Answer: No.

    Posted in: Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?

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    SamuraiBlue

    smithinjapan

    Sorry simithy but you got that wrong because most of the natualized atheletes like Santos Alessandro, Tanaka Tulio, Asashoryu, Kotooshu, etc. were brought here when they were in low mid teens attended highschool going through the same curriculum. Japan saw raw potential and the scouts took the time and effort to train and educate to the heights they achieved. They were raw gem that Japanese education polished and nurtured. There is a distinct difference in buying talent at it's height and the Japanese approach.

    If you have any doubts look up which high school they all attended.

    Posted in: Out-of-Africa gold rush prompts disquiet at Asian Games

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    SamuraiBlue

    Basically it is a calculated risk that Japan as well as the Japanese automobile and energy industry took which future will be the witness of the outcome. It's because this nation has a robust risk taking people that can make this possible and before you nay sayers make a peep tell me if any other nation that holds a major auto industry is going to take this leap of faith FIRST.

    The US? Germany? France? Italy? South Korea?

    Nope it was Toyota that took the last leap betting on Hybrid engine which became the last sensation.

    That is the difference between leaders and followers.

    Nobody is assuring this next endevor will reap the same result as the last but as I said it is a calculated risk and Japan is taking that risk.

    Posted in: Honda sets up compact hydrogen station in Japan

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    lucabrasi

    " ... the best time to find a job is around August or February when the schools begin."

    What a silly statement. The best time is in May or November, before the schools begin. You know, when they're recruiting.

    Posted in: The 5 most fun countries to teach English in

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    Carolingium

    Did they lower their prices when the yen was at 70 per dollar?

    Posted in: Nissin Foods to hike prices of 250 products from January

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    sangetsu03

    sangetsu, So you do admit they're ripping off Japanese companies. And you also admit it is a good thing that Japan's court do the same not only to US's but other countries' firms including Japan's.

    How much did you pay for a movie ticket the last time you went to a cinema? Was it 1800 yen? If you went to a cinema on the other side of the city and bought a ticket, how much would it cost? Would it still be 1800 yen? Yes it would. Why do all cinemas charge the same price?

    If I go to a cinema in America, a ticket will cost anywhere from $2 to $12. All cinemas charge different prices in order to compete with each other. If two or more cinemas in America meet in secret and set their ticket price to be the same, it is a crime, and the theater owners will pay a large fine, and/or go to jail.

    How do you feel when you have to pay 1800 yen for a movie ticket when an American or European pays half that much? Do you feel ripped off?

    Price-fixing is corruption, and it is an unacceptible practice in developed countries where customers are supposed to determine the market value for goods and services. Companies which don't have to compete against each other are less likely to innovate or improve, or offer good products and valuemto their customers. This puts the entire economy at risk, especially in a world where there are more competitive emerging markets. This practice orf price-fixing is one the reasons Japan's economy is declining.

    As far as I know, no foreign company has ever been charged with price-fixing in Japan. But few foreign companies have much access to the Japanese market, do they?

    Posted in: Japanese shipping firm fined $67.7 mil for price-fixing

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    horizon360

    Cameron was fawning over Bloomberg in the most pathetic way when he let slip the purring comment. You can tell by the body language in the video that ingratiating himself somehow was an irrepressible urge. Like a cad name dropping to impress a date. Thoroughly undignified behavior for a sitting Prime Minister. Why with Bloomberg was what stunned me. After all Bloomberg is not simply a multi billionaire former mayor of NYC and proprietor of the dominant financial data service in the world, he is also a major mass media tycoon and an avid news (gossip) hound. Absolutely the wrong person with whom to be indiscrete. (Clearly the act of a moron as Elizabeth Heath notes). Perhaps Bloomberg is a shadow Tory campaign financier. That seems more than likely.

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

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    nigelboy

    How I read the treaty, it is pretty clear that it states all tariffs abolished by 2015, there were no exceptions mentioned. Most of the signatories are already standing by this particular position.

    Except for U.S. as well.

    And Sangetsu again with his/her false information on NTB which was countered in a different article already.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. blame each other for snag in TPP talks

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    gkamburoff

    If we do not all behave sustainably, none of us will make it.

    Posted in: Sustainable waters - Iceland leads way

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    shiboritate

    Nice head fake - we are discussing consumption tax, right? GDP is not an indicator of consumer spending, household spending is, and I am betting you that that number will be negative in the third quarter. Also, note that I am discussing year on year comparisons.

    GDP, by contrast, is quarter on quarter - after falling an annualized -7.1% in the second quarter I would not be surprised if it was positive in the third quarter, but my guess is that it will be down year on year - and it has other components including govt spending (perversely, the govt suggested stimulus to support the declining economy following the tax hike) and net exports/imports (which is related to the FX rate which Japan periodically intervenes in).

    Posted in: Abe vows to keep careful watch on tax hike's impact