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  • -4


    The city’s mayor conceded on Friday he might be forced to withdraw the bid, leaving only Paris and Los Angeles in a race which at one stage involved six cities.

    These two cities love to spend other people's money, and the more of it they can spend, the happier they'll be.

    Bravo to Budapest for a rare exhibition of financial sanity.

    Posted in: Admit women or lose Olympic golf, IOC tells club

  • 0


    At least these positions won't go to "bundlers" (party members who collect huge campaign donations, but who otherwise have no experience). Bundlers were nearly absent from his campaign.

    Who he appoints will depend on how far he wants to go in regards to equalizing trade, the ambassador will be speaking with his voice. If he plans to go easy, he can send someone else like Kennedy, if he wants to be tough, he can send someone like Bolton.

    Posted in: U.S. President Donald Trump is yet to name an ambassador to Japan. Which is more important for incoming ambassadors: To be well connected to their head of state or to have a good knowledge of the country where they are being posted?

  • 2


    They probably haven't learned anything from them single-handedly delaying the passage of the TPP and are seeking all sorts of exceptions.

    No doubt. As far as Japan goes, the "free" part of any free trade agreement applies only to Japanese goods, European goods will certainly not have free access to the Japanese market.

    As an exporter who sells a lot of goods to Europe, any tariff reduction would be welcome to me. But as a consumer of European goods, I would love to see tariffs reduced so I could afford to buy more of these goods.

    Posted in: Japan, EU aim to clinch free trade deal soon

  • 1


    Funny stuff. How can hydrogen be a viable fuel for an auto industry which is not viable in Japan? When was the last time Toyota earned a profit on their Japanese sales? Gasoline stations are becoming less viable, as thousands have closed, and more are closing. More expensive cars (hydrogen powered cars are more expensive than gasoline cars) are not going to sell better than cheaper cars, and left unsaid is that 97% of the supply of hydrogen requires the burning of fossil fuels, negating any "green" advantage cars have.

    Posted in: It’s about increasing the number of players and putting in place hydrogen infrastructure in the most appropriate locations so that hydrogen business becomes viable in 10 to 15 years.

  • 2


    Wrong. Competition between Sony and Matsushita, Toyota and Nissan, and so on was and is notoriously fierce.

    No, it is not, particularly in the domestic market. Retail prices for new goods are not set by retailers, or by consumers, but by manufacturers. Retailers invariably charge MSRP prices for new goods, in the past, retailers who have cut prices to undersell competitors have been cut off by manufacturers. The MSRP is created in collusion with other manufacturers.

    Some years ago Japan's major breweries announced price increases. Prices for beer from the four major breweries were increased on the same day and for the same amount. The breweries denied that they had colluded together when the prices were increased. But what are the odds that four seperate companies would raise prices the same amount on the same day? The JFTO investigated, but did nothing. They also did nothing when they found that beer was sold at the exact same price in 99% of shops and stores. They have still done nothing while 100% of movie theatres in Japan charge the same ticket price.

    Several times over the past few years, Japanese busniess executives in America have been arrested for "non-competitive business practices", otherwise known as price fixing, many of these were parts suppliers for Toyota, Nissan, Honda, etc. working together to set minimum prices for parts. Most of these men are sittmg in federal prisons as I write.

    Japanese companies abhor competition, they always have.

    A MITI study found that 2/3 of Japanese-made goods sold in Japan were priced an average of 40% more than in the America and Japanese markets. American and European prices are lower mainly because Japanese products have to compete against American and European goods. A cheap yen is Japan's main advantage in America and Europe, it always has been.

    As I said in my post which JT deleted, there never was a Japanese "economic miracle." Japan succeeded up until 80's by manipulating the yen, which priced their goods below American and European competitors. This also kept American and European goods out of the Japanese market, allowing Japan Inc to monopolize what was the world's second largest economy. In those days the rest of Asia was just beginning to industrialize. The Japanese succeeded mainly through lack of competition, an ideal they still try to practice today. And which is why Japanese stock prices fall whenever the yen becomes strong.

    Posted in: Tokyo stocks end lower as strong yen dents exporters

  • 0


    Actually it was the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations which gave Trump a "nuclear crisis from hell" when thay sat on their hands and did nothing as North Korea developed nuclear weapons. A disease or cancer is most easily cured when treated early, as are politcal and military threats. Left alone and untreated they become lethat threats, as we learned (or apparently, didn't learn) in the 1930's.

    Posted in: N Korea gives Donald Trump a nuclear crisis from hell

  • 3


    Despite not having to pay for a military for generations, and being given free access into the biggest market in the world (and being allowed to block anything coming the other way), they still can't get it right.

    Until the 80's, Japan succeeded because they had no competition. Japan had lower labor costs, a weak yen, and the rest of Asia was still in the earliest stages of economic development. There was never any such thing as a "Japanese Economic Miracle".

    A lack of both internal and external competition, and a government which was willing to debauch the yen to undersell America and Europe, while keeping American and European goods priced out of the Japanese market was the secret to Japanese growth. On the downside, competition is a vital part of keeping business practices efficient, and making goods and services competitive. Because Japan has gone to great lengths to avoid competition, business practices are woefully inefficient, while products and services from China, Korea, and elsewhere are now a better value than what the Japanese can produce.

    Posted in: Tokyo stocks end lower as strong yen dents exporters

  • 2


    So forced to work under “very harsh conditions” does not mean 'forced labor'.

    Welcome to Japan, one of the inventors of "Newspeak". Commercial whaling for the harvesting of meat becomes "scientific research" with whales killed for the harvesting of meat.

    Rephrasing an uncomfortable truth to make it more comfortable makes it the equivalent of a lie. Personally, I would more respect the truth being told, because lying about what happened is another evil added to the original evil. America and Germany are not uncomfortable admitting to using slave labor, but telling the truth requires courage, something which often appears lacking in Japanese politicians. In the attempt to hide their shame, they are in fact shaming themselves even further.

    Posted in: Japan's 'Battleship island' haunted by ghosts of its past

  • 0


    I am not afraid of an FTA.

    There is nothing in the world Abe and Japan Inc are more afraid of than a free trade agreement with America.

    Such an agreement would end the monopolies the LDP and Japan Inc have had on the government and the national economy.

    It will be good if it contributes to national interests.

    If "national interest" means the Japanese people, free trade with America would contribute greatly. Competition from American imports would force Japanese companies to innovate and improve, prices would come down. The zombie companies and banks which suck up all of the stimulus money spent by the government would finally have stakes driven into their hearts, and be buried, making room for newer and better run businesses to take their places.

    But in Japan, the national interest will always take a backseat to the wishes of the white-haired old men who run the LDP and Japan Inc.

    There will be no true FTA, at least until the Japanese economy collapses, and has to be rebuilt with a new set of plans.

    Posted in: Abe not ruling out bilateral free trade pact with U.S.

  • 5


    They leave children some allowance each week, month.

    But 1.5 million yen? Your average salaryman receives a daily allowance of usually 1000 yen or less per day, and kids get about half that amount. In my junior high school and high school years combined, I got less than a small fraction of that much money from family, even adjusted for inflation.

    How did the parents not miss this much money being spent? It is during these teen years that you have to be very careful in teaching your kids how to handle money, and how to account for it.

    And name them.

    This part I agree with, and if they are charged with being bullies, this should be put on their school transcripts, so university admissions staff can see it.

    As for being called a "germ", sticks-and-stones, and all that. I was called worse when I was a kid. The best way to avoid being bullied is not to be afraid to fight. Bullies never, ever, pick on people who fight back.

    Posted in: Yokohama admits Fukushima boy paid classmates as a result of bullying

  • 2


    You have to realize how modern democracy works. In order to be elected, politicians have to get votes. They get these votes by promising the voters something in return for them, in effect, buying them.

    The programs which provide the benefits are expensive, which politicians don't mind, because when they spend the taxpayer's money, the politicians get something in return for it. Think of Ishihara and others, and the bags of cash they had to make excuses for accepting. The longer politicians stay in office, the more votes they have to buy, and the more money they have to spend, and the more in kickbacks and graft they receive.

    As they provide more and more services to the people which the people formerly provided for themselves, the market becomes distorted, rising the prices of these services to the point that they are unaffordable without state subsidies. In order to run these programs at the unnaturally high costs the state itself created, it must spend even more money, more than it can collect in revenue.

    Vast amounts of money are borrowed, and in order to finance the borrowing, taxes are raised, and interest rates are lowered. This further distorts the market, raises the cost of living, increases the costs of the services government provides, which means the government has to borrow and spend even more.

    The ignorant among us call capitalism a race to the bottom, which is nonsense, because capitalism is based on creating value, which creates growth. Government spending is the true race to the bottom, because it does not create value, it decreases it.

    The underlying problem is that anti-capitalists, who see the greed as the main vice of capitalism, fail to see that greed is more mainly the vice of politicians, who are less accountable to the people than business people are. How else do you explain that the LDP has remained in power for nearly the entire period of Japan's decline, yet remains popular? How else do you explain Abe's high ratings, despite failing to achieve any of his goals or promises? In the business world, failure and failures are punished promptly and severely, in the government, especially in Japan, is overlooked.

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  • 1


    The US has also been Number 1 in invading more countries and been responsible killing more people since the end of WWII.

    The US has invaded many countries since world war two. But also since world war 2, the Soviet Union and China killed tens of millions of people. which was many, many times more than how many America killed. Stalin and Mao were bent on spreading their communist doctrines throughout the world (the Soviet Union had planned to achieve world socialism by 1985). Had the Soviet Union and China been successful, how many more millions would have been killed? Perhaps many, perhaps few, perhaps none at all. But America was not going to take that chance. When the few choices one has to make are all bad, one must try to choose the lesser evil, lest a greater evil arise.

    Stalin wanted to subjugate Japan, to punish Japan for humiliating the Russian Navy before the rise of the Bolsheviks. Had America not defeated Japan as quickly as it had, Stalin might very well have succeeded, Russian forces were already massing for an invasion of northern Japan. As much as people despise the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, had they not been dropped, and the war had dragged on, there would have been little left of Japan for America and Russia to divide between them. Japan would not exist as we know it today. There would have been no Japanese "economic miracle", and no bubble economy to collapse.

    But none of this has anything to do with the article, does it?

    Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly plans to propose a major economic cooperation package meant to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. when he meets with President Donald Trump on Friday and Saturday. Do you think this would be in Japan’s best interests?

  • 4


    What about Japan's immigration policies? Funny that Europe can criticize Trump, who, despite his ban, will still allow thousands of refugees to come to America, and tens of thousands of legal immigrants, where as Japan allows 28 refugees, and extremely few legal immigrants. Where is Europe's criticism of Japan?

    If you are in Japan illegally, and are caught, you are deported almost instantly. If you are a legal immigrant, and commit a crime, you are deported instantly. In America if you are caught in the country illegally, you are cited and released, and told to appear in court on a set day. Very few of these people bother to appear in court. And even if you are in the country illegally, and commit a crime, as soon as you are ROR'd or serve your sentence for that crime, you will not likely be deported. In many cases, illegal aliens ("undocumented immigrant" is not a legal term) commit felonies and/or violent crimes, and are still not deported, like the illegal alien (and convicted felon, previously deported 5 times) who shot and killed Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco with a stolen gun.

    Posted in: The prime minister's attempts to build a good relationship with President Trump are embarrassing compared to European leaders who have voiced stern criticism of Trump's immigration policies.

  • -9


    There was no way the 9th circuit in San Francisco would rule in favor of the ban; it is the most politicized of the circuit courts. And it is also the court which has the worst record of having it's rulings overturned by the Supreme Court.

    The case will go to the Supreme Court, and the ban will very likely be upheld. In matters of immigration, the executive branch has great powers. There have been similar bans on a smaller scale enacted in the past, some against the very same countries named in Trump's ban.

    Trump went about this rather in the wrong way. Back in 1992, one of the first things Bill Clinton did was fire every single federal judge, and appoint new ones in their place. Trump could have done the same, and then signed is executive orders after he had replaced the judges. But of course, if Trump had done the same thing Bill Clinton had done, there would have been mayhem.

    Posted in: Trump tweets 'SEE YOU IN COURT' after appeals court refuses to reinstate travel ban

  • 6


    Chemical castration....

    Which stops working as soon as one stops taking the medicine. Better to do it the old-fashioned way, with a knife.

    These people can very seldom be rehabilitated, and once they are released from prison they tend to take up where they left off. Their sexual urge tends to overpower their judgment, and even if they are medicated, there is no sure way to guarantee they take their medicine.

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  • 1


    The franchise holders barely make a living in Japan, so they're pretty frugal. This story is not all that unusual.

    A lot of thumbs down, but this is the actual truth. The profit margin for chain convenience stores is often only 2% to 3%, and it takes an incredible amount of organization and efficiency just to hit this small amount. Franchise owners often work in the stores along with the staff because they cannot afford to hire more.

    The article fails to mention that besides there being a labor shortage, there is also a steady downward slide in business as the population decreases. Not only are there fewer workers for convenience stores, but ever fewer customers buying things from them, and this is why wages remain low, and margins remain thin. These are more likely to decrease than increase in there current economic environment.

    It is not the fault of the convenience stores or the workers, but Japan's demographics. And Japan's demographic problem is a political issue, not a business issue.

    It appears that they not only didn't pay her for the hours she didn't work (which seems justifiable enough), but they also fined her the number of hours she didn't work:

    This is stupid, and Japan needs to clamp down on such practices. If someone calls in sick, someone else either has to work overtime (at time-and-a-half), or another worker has to be called in (usually at the same time-and-half rate), which is why fines are legal to 50%. This is still stupidly bizarre, and is not practiced in other developed countries.

    Posted in: Worsening labor shortage taking toll on sick workers

  • 3


    “some of the highest wages and strongest benefits in Mississippi.”

    Mississippi is the poorest state in America, and among southerners, being a Mississippian is not something one brags about. Nissan is telling the truth when they say their workers are among the highest paid in the state.

    Unions are a double-edged sword when it comes to what they do for workers. They do negotiate higher wages and benefits for their workers, but at the same time, these higher wages and benefits reduce a company's ability to compete. This was a driving factor behind the downfall of the American auto industry, and the rise of Japan's auto industry.

    The earlier generations of union workers lived quite well, but at the expense of their children and grandchildren, who, faced with the decline in American manufacturing due to ever higher operating costs, could not find factory jobs.

    Everything has a natural value, the prices of goods and the price of labor. When that natural value is upset by charging too much for either, it causes an eventual decline in consumption, and those gains made by higher prices for goods and labor are negated by later losses. Detroit was once one of the richest cities in the world, and now it is one of the poorest large cities in America.

    The workers in Canton may not be earning as much as workers at America's "big three", but the are better off than their fellow Mississippians, and much better off than those who live in Detroit nowadays. If they want higher wages and more benefits, then they should deal with Nissan directly. The unions care much less about workers than collecting unions dues, and exercising corruption.

    Posted in: Bernie Sanders coming to Mississippi for march against Nissan

  • 3


    nobody wants it now...

    Which is why the games will probably be awarded to more developing countries, where blatant corruption is the norm, and no one ever does anything about it. They have more money nowadays than they used to, enough to fund the mediterranean villas and private jets belonging to powers-that-be in the Olympic organization.

    One thing that I like about America is that corruption is less tolerated on such a large scale. Corruption does occur, as it is the raison de'tre to become a politician in any and every country in the world, but it is more actively punished in America than elsewhere, as recent stories involving FIFA and the World Cup revealed.

    Base the Olympics organization permanently in New York City (like the UN headquarters), which will give the FBI the power to go after corrupt Olympics officials, regardless of which country they live in. Takeda could spend the rest of his life in a Federal prison instead of never being indicted at all, or given a suspended sentence in the extremely unlikely case he is ever tried and convicted.

    Posted in: JOC chief, others questioned over Tokyo 2020 payments at France's request

  • 7


    Abe, who departs Thursday, has moved quickly since the U.S. election to try to win Trump over. He was the only world leader to meet him before the inauguration

    Abe had no choice. Before the election Abe came to America and met with Hillary, while snubbing Trump. Being the first world leader to visit Trump after the election was a face-saving effort on Abe's part. Trump is not one who forgets being slighted, and Abe knows it.

    “Japanese prime ministers and ministers often went to the United States ... bearing a package of such offerings,” she wrote in a commentary posted online Wednesday. “Gift diplomacy could also be twinned with the tactic of substitution compensation, where Japan would not agree with a particular U.S. demand but would offer some other kind of concession instead.”

    Meaning that Abe cannot allow American goods equal access to the Japanese market, so he must instead offer something else instead. The only problem was even in the 80's and 90's, these agreements were always one-sided, and benefited Japan. American politicians and their friends were the beneficiaries of these "concessions" while American workers saw their employers shutting their doors.

    “It may not be necessarily a good idea to get too close or friendly with someone like Mr Trump, who seems to be impulsive or simple-minded.”

    On the other hand, Trump is easily offended, and with a stroke of his pen, he can push Japan's economy over the edge (where it has been teetering for some years). As for simple-minded, Japanese lawmakers' belief that Abenomics could actually create economic growth comes to mind.

    Posted in: With golf and gifts, Abe cuts own path with Trump

  • 4


    Welcome to show business, and the "casting couch," which has been a fixture in the industry since the 1920's. You wanna be a star, or even to have a chance at being one, better take'm off, and have a seat. And it isn't just girls and women who have to endure it, Corey Feldman has some interesting stories of how it works, Joan Rivers worked her experiences with the casting couch into some of her comedy routines.

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