sighclops's past comments

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    sighclops

    Honestly - the Left love harping on about Abbott but the delightful Rudd-Gillard duo did so much damage to the Australian economy that'll it'll be sinking in debt for the next 20-30 years. Absolute trainwreck. Labour - much like the Greens - haven't seen good fiscal policy in quite sometime. Wouldn't know it if it hit them.

    Rudd is bad news.

    Posted in: Australian prime minister explains why he vetoed Rudd's bid for top U.N. job

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    sighclops

    @kawabegawa198

    Anybody besides me not interested in the Olympics one bit?

    You're definitely not alone. With everyone on the gear, what's there to be interested in?

    Posted in: Shining for Rio

  • 1

    sighclops

    Meanwhile, the rest of the world zooms ahead with ride-sharing services.

    @shiboritate

    Why not 400 yen? So if I have a 500en-dama I have to receive 5 or 9 coins in return for the shortest fare? Same as the scheme to increase one-coin fares to 510 on certain reserved-seat train fares to cover Abe's disastrous consumption tax hike.

    Because your propsal is far too straightforward & logical for an Old Boys' industry like the taxi business.

    Posted in: Tokyo begins taxi service trial with starting fares of 410 yen

  • -1

    sighclops

    A Japanese-American special envoy, played impudently by Satomi Ishihara

    Japan's jimusho system in full swing. How many other movies / dramas / commercials has she been in this year? It's such a joke. Up next - debut album!

    Posted in: Godzilla comes back to Japan, in ways fresh and familiar

  • 2

    sighclops

    Gang is definitely the right word here.

    Posted in: The gang's all here

  • 0

    sighclops

    Two reasons: Media has to milk it for all its worth & its the taxpayer funding that gets the athletes to the Olympics - not to mention all the other associated costs (training, facilities etc.). Australia alone has put $350m into its Rio programme alone!

    Posted in: Why do media put so much pressure on athletes to win gold at Olympics, for example, Japan with its judoka, South Korea (speedskating), Australia (swimming), Brazil (soccer), and so on, and then treat it like a national tragedy when they lose?

  • 2

    sighclops

    You know what they say - you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Japan is one giant Old Boys' Club!

    Posted in: The government has failed to learn lessons from the past by repeating policies with no freshness while accumulating debts.

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    sighclops

    @smartacus

    I think it is excellent and very affordable. But I still don't understand why some clinics (who seem to cater to rich expats) don't accept Japanese national health insurance.

    That one's easy. No paper trail. Most of those clinics are purely cash businesses. In essence, they charge what they like. They even have seminars here in Tokyo on how to manage all that cash!

    Posted in: What do you think of Japan's health insurance system?

  • -1

    sighclops

    More taxpayer money down the drain. Forget the notion of pork barrel - Abe & Co have the entire pig farm.

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    sighclops

    'veteran' - interesting choice of words. He's 77 years old. Welcome to modern Japanese politics!

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    Good, but overpriced. Insanely so. ~10% of one's salary (at least here in Tokyo)? It's ridiculous having to pay private healthcare-level fees for essentially the bare minimum to survive here. Then you've got the self-entitled generation of seniors using ambulances like a taxi - 20,000 callouts in my area alone last year (which cost the taxpayer ¥50,000 a callout - you do the math), doctor visits like a weekly social & hospital stays like a home away from home. Japan has both the highest frequency of clinical visits (14+ times per year) AND longest average stays per capita (2 weeks+) in the world. It is simply unsustainable in its current form, as many healthcare professionals have told me on the quiet. I worry about the future for the younger generations.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japan's health insurance system?

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    sighclops

    Uh-oh, not even a full day in office & the LDP's favourite word "vow" has reared its ugly head. Fistful of salt in hand!

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    sighclops

    The fact that this is the sole brainchild of the MoE is cause for concern. Cosmetic changes are welcomed, but what the education system really needs is a complete overhaul of the way it not only approaches English, but also crucial skills like logic, critical thinking & even debating. It's too top-down - even at university!

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    sighclops

    @TheRat

    Don't get this AT ALL? WHY can't the two be merged--you get a little more money due to your experience and a bit more based on performace! Why can't Japanese business get their head out of their arses instead of doing this ridiculous eother...or system which has failed...and only...in some cases, if not most, produces just zombies?

    A good point & one I've pondered for quite some time. I basically arrived at the conclusion that the managers-to-be have endured many years of pain & incompetence at the hands of their superiors that once they find themselves in the same position, they're unlikely to rock the boat. It's a case of 'I went through hell, so now its time to reap the rewards & stuff everyone else'.

    I've been in Japan a long time & I don't see this mantra changing at any point in the next few decades. The corporate culture, derived from the very archaic 'top-down' nature of the education system in Japan, is too engrained. Without an overhaul of the keystones of Japanese society (education, employment & welfare for starters), it's a sinking ship I'm afraid.

    Posted in: Traditionally, Japanese employees have been expected to remain at one company and have their salaries go up based on seniority instead of performance. Foreigners don’t fit into that system.

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    @shallots

    Then there are the old ladies in big groups

    Absolutely nothing worse. Worst manners out of any group here in Japan - especially in Tokyo. They truly don't give a stuff about anyone else but themselves. They'll elbow you out of the way for a seat, destroy all the vegies on the shelf to get to the perfectly shiny one & talk at full volume - regardless of location (yes, that includes trains).

    Major self-entitlement issues...

    Posted in: Do you think children of past generations had better manners than kids today when it comes to gestures like saying "please," "thank you" and showing respect for their elders?

  • -1

    sighclops

    More Arashi ads! They will really help! /sarcasm

    Posted in: JAL's three-month profit more than halves

  • 2

    sighclops

    Dark Side Of The Moon is probably the greatest album of all time. It's such a masterpiece that it should be part of musical curricula across the globe. This box set will be expensive! Pink Floyd certainly had a very different sound in their earlier years! I personally preferred Gilmour's style of Waters'. The Wall is a good album in its own right, but doesn't hold a candle to Dark Side. Not even close.

    Posted in: Pink Floyd to put out unreleased tracks in box set

  • -3

    sighclops

    Starting to get a bit long in the tooth this...

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  • 0

    sighclops

    Stimulus packages don't work. We had similar about 10 years ago in Australia where in the wake of the GFC the government went on a massive spending spree - part of that was giving each taxpayer the equivalent of 80,000 yen. You know what happened? No one spent a dime.

    Australians have the highest personal debt in the world, yet people still banked the stimulus cash. Japanese are notoriously careful with their money, so anyone in government thinking people are going to spend their cash at the nearest department store has rocks in their head.

    Posted in: Tepid economic data report raises BOJ stimulus pressure

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    sighclops

    Should be made illegal. The noise pollution is unbearable. There's a time & place for campaigning - you know, amphitheatres & halls et al...

    Posted in: Hot campaign

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