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TravelingSalesDec. 04, 2016 - 08:23AM JST
Yes, it is her view, but until and unless she changes the constitution (whereupon China says it will invade), it's not the country's view.
Posted in: Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call
TravelingSalesDec. 04, 2016 - 06:25AM JST
All parties involved agree that there is only one China. The argument is over whether the legitimate government is a constitutional democracy - the Republic of China, as founded by the national hero, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, which is currently based in Taipei, or a totalitarian dictatorship (nominally communist, but actually kleptocrat) - the People's Republic of China, founded by a mass-murdering pedophile (Mao ZeDong) and based in Beijing. Obviously the former would be better for everyone but the thieves, but how to get there from the current situation is hard.
TravelingSalesDec. 01, 2016 - 03:16AM JST
If the opposition had a better idea it would be worth discussing. But they just oppose for the sake of opposing, even though everyone can see the problem coming.
Posted in: Lower house passes pension reform bill amid opposition protests
TravelingSalesNov. 22, 2016 - 01:26AM JST
99% are boring bland junk. But recently the 1% has gotten pretty good - craft breweries like Bairds & Shiga Kogen are great.
Posted in: What do you think about Japanese beer and beer-like drinks? Tasted anything you like?
TravelingSalesNov. 21, 2016 - 02:43AM JST
Why would you volunteer for a 55% tax rate?
TravelingSalesNov. 09, 2016 - 09:52PM JST
"Trump was my preferred choice of the two, but if there was a third choice, I would have chosen Crusty the clown over both of them"
There were third, fourth & fifth choices. More than 5 million people voted for Johnson, Stein or McMullin.
Posted in: Trump wins White House; Clinton concedes defeat
TravelingSalesNov. 09, 2016 - 07:24PM JST
24 hours ago I wouldn't have believed it. Obamacare is dead, the Supreme Court is safe, the IRS will stop targeting people for their political views, Washington will have less control of our lives.
It's morning in America again!
TravelingSalesNov. 09, 2016 - 04:52PM JST
Clinton just conceded!
Posted in: Trump edges closer to White House win
TravelingSalesNov. 08, 2016 - 06:02PM JST
Reduce the power of the Federal government and give more power back to the states and to the people so that Washington politicians will matter less.
Posted in: On Nov 9, tens of millions of Americans will awaken to the realization that someone they loathe will be the 45th president of the United States due to the bitter political divide in the country. How can the U.S. unify after such a vitriolic campaign?
TravelingSalesNov. 03, 2016 - 10:16AM JST
It will be a violation of TPP to favor Japan listed companies over others.
TravelingSalesOct. 25, 2016 - 09:26AM JST
Obviously the foreign executives will want to come here to pay a 55% marginal tax rate rather than paying 16% in HK, 18% in Korea or 20% in SIngapore. Who wouldn't?
Posted in: Tokyo makes new bid to be Asian business capital
TravelingSalesOct. 24, 2016 - 05:58AM JST
Why can't the smokers just inject the nicotine, like all the other druggies?
Posted in: Secondhand smoke linked to higher risk of stroke
TravelingSalesOct. 20, 2016 - 12:10AM JST
This was California where only criminals & cops are armed. If they tried it in Texas, it would likely be a different story.
Posted in: 4 shot outside San Francisco schools; suspects at large
TravelingSalesOct. 17, 2016 - 12:16AM JST
This is good news for commodity markets. Usually Japanese banks, especially government banks (which are marginally more bureaucratic than the others), come in at the top of te market and stay out when it's close to the bottom, so this is a bullish indicator.
Basic rule of investing - watch the dumb money and do the opposite.
Posted in: JBIC says it will be cautious on lending to resource sector
TravelingSalesOct. 10, 2016 - 12:07AM JST
If the Japanese courts were more efficient at enforcing contracts, these face-to-face confrontations could be avoided.
Posted in: Woman arrested for killing landlord
TravelingSalesSep. 22, 2016 - 04:29PM JST
If rates are zero, it makes sense for regular people to hold cash. If you're a bank or a fund trying to hold 100,000,000,000 in cash, it's not practical until rates get below about -.1% and stay there for a year or so.
Posted in: BOJ adds long-term interest rate target to massive asset-buying program
TravelingSalesSep. 22, 2016 - 07:48AM JST
10 yr rates at zero - great for mortgage rates and for the real estate market!
TravelingSalesSep. 14, 2016 - 01:16PM JST
They need to have separate elevators for smokers. There's nothing worse than coming up in the same box as some noxious creep who's just had a smoke break.
Posted in: Japanese firms wage war on 'smell harassment'
TravelingSalesSep. 03, 2016 - 11:27AM JST
In central Tokyo, for a family of 4, about 6-700,000 per month, not including tax & housing
Posted in: A reader moving to Japan asks how much a month it would cost to live here comfortably. How much does it cost you?
TravelingSalesAug. 31, 2016 - 01:43PM JST
Better to get rid of the income tax completely and go with a wholly consumption based system like the Fair Tax.
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Dec. 05, 2016 - 01:23PM JST
I see nothing wrong with marrying a friend and/or an acquaintance, but would caution to consider…
Posted in: More Japanese marrying friends and acquaintances because they don’t want to bother with dating
Do you like Japanese nihonium? actually I like elements that can have a practical use for…
Posted in: Scientist hopes new element nihonium sparks interest in science
Dec. 05, 2016 - 01:21PM JST
I think it's a good idea. And they should take the opportunity to break up the…
Posted in: The government hopes to get a casino bill passed in the Diet this month. Do you think casinos should be legalized in Japan?
Dec. 05, 2016 - 01:20PM JST
Another crack in the foundations of the Evil European Empire. Let's hope the Italians can win…
Posted in: Italian PM Renzi announces resignation after referendum defeat
Dec. 05, 2016 - 01:19PM JST
Did it ever occur to you that just maybe he knows what he is doing?
Posted in: Trump threats may not stop U.S. companies moving jobs offshore
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