tkoind2's past comments

  • 7

    tkoind2

    Absurd laws. Why do we empower idiots to rule over us. All over the world governments are passing laws that are out of touch with the times. They started this whole globalization thing, now that we ordinary people have embraced it, they want to punish us for it.

    The UK and other countries need to change this thinking and make it possible for people to freely migrate with their spouses. If governments do not, then we have to fight back! This is not only a UK problem. It is increasingly a global one.

    Posted in: New immigration laws hinder some married expats returning to UK

  • 0

    tkoind2

    Yes!

    to A Realist. Strong and intelligent do not need to be mutually exclusive qualities. Although the LDP seems to excel in producing strong but unintelligent leaders. Abe is riding a trend by appealing to the nationalist and by leveraging economic fixes that are unsustainable. Like a typical Japanese pop act that sells a million copies and then disappears into obscurity.

    What Japan needs is an inspired, intelligent leadership. One that recognizes that strength does not equate to nationalism, but to smart and creative governance.

    Japan needs leadership with the courage to really change the root problems and not use social sedatives and treatments of symptoms to pacify and wow the natives.

    Japan needs leadership with the courage to embrace immigration. To make Tohoku a tax free commercial zone for companies investing in Japan. To pursue a global role as a passive peace making state and not drift back to the dead end past of nationalism.

    Japan needs leadership that will put people to work in Jobs that will last. To follow what 70% of the nation want and move towards green energy.

    Above all to disempower the Oyaji corruption and enable the people of this country to finally come first.

    Abe is none of this. His party is none of this. And his nationalistic ideas are a threat to the very lives of the young people in this country.

    So take it from a REAL realist. Japan is a house in need of new foundations, not a new flag on the porch. We need leaders who are prepared to build that foundation if we want the house to be strong. The flag helps nothing.

    Posted in: Do you think it will be bad for Japan if the ruling Liberal Democratic Party gains control of the upper house after Sunday's election?

  • 0

    tkoind2

    Repeat after me. There is no such thing as global warming. It is not as hot as it feels. That 39 is really 29. Sunny summers in Seattle are normal. That's not a desert it is a just a very big beach. Money good, life on earth bad.

    And just keep listening to the nay sayers who do not want to do all we can to reduce our impact on this. Regardless of whether or not we are the only cause of global warming, if we are a contributor we should help reduce our impact ANYWAY.

    My mother taught me, and her mother taught her. Bet on the side of caution and avoid avoidable problems if you can. This is damned good advice and we should do all we can to reduce our impact. And if warming is natural, well, at least we did our part not to make things worst. But if we are indeed the cause, then we may well fix things.

    Money madness and sheer stupidity is putting the whole planet at risk if we fail to act.

    Posted in: High temperature readouts may be a foretaste of 'epochal heat'

  • 9

    tkoind2

    Yesterday I heard some bone head in Shibuya talking about confrontation and war with China. I looked around and saw all the young men and women in the crossing. The same young people who would carry the bloody burden of a war while that 50 something political prat would be at home couch driving the war and well away from harm.

    Nationalism in an age of so called Globalism is pure idiocy for Japan. Japan a country that needs immediate immigration of talent and people to support herself in the coming decades. Japan who could be a leading nation for peace and common sense if her leaders had the right stuff to maker her the pacifist state for peace and rightfully take center stage in global affairs as such.

    Nationalists forget history, or at least distort it. Abe and other nationalists do no remember the last war. They are too young to fully appreciate what really happens in such a nationalistic time. They forget that Japan is an island and China nearly a continent by comparison. They forget China's vast population, natural resources, huge population of young people to turn into soldiers and capacity to move their production out of harms way if a war comes. While this island would suffer the same fate it did in WWII in any war scenario.

    Nationalists are history's murderers. Along side rabid adherents to any "isms" who use their belief systems to send people to die for "the cause."

    The young people of Japan need to rise up, not in nationalism, but in common sense and in inspired political movements to realize the potential of Japan. But sadly I hear far too few voices doing so. It may be soon time to leave Japan to her nationalist future and find another home. Sadly my own country is suffering from the same foolishness.

    Posted in: Abe may push nationalism after election

  • -1

    tkoind2

    I am surprised by the "yes" votes here. I would remind you of the US reaction to 911 in which sweeping powers were granted to the government out of fear of terror. Years later we now find that these powers extensively violate our privacy and our liberties.

    You cannot let people who spew hatred over rule the common good of free speech. Even if you do pass laws against it you do not solve the root problem, which is the hatred itself. You simply cannot legislate people into being rational or giving up prejudice.

    But you can easily react out of good intentions and do your own liberty considerable harm by encouraging the passage of laws that may one day harm democracy and liberty.

    What you define as free speech may one day be interpreted by the state as hate. Criticism of the government could easily become "hate speak" as could any unpopular point of view.

    We cannot continue to give away rights that previous generations had the wisdom to secure for us. Or we will be in a state where everything is legislated and no one has freedom. For me I would rather tolerate the negative language of a few to protect the freedom of the whole rather than silence a few at the expense of our liberty.

    Posted in: Alarmed by anti-Korean demonstrations in Tokyo, anti-discrimination groups in Japan are calling for a law to make hate speech illegal. Would you support such a law?

  • 12

    tkoind2

    Andreas, yes! Just about everything is hard for foreigners here. While things have certainly improved since I moved to Japan 13 years ago, it remains painful.

    Still many landlords don't want foreigners. Some banks still discriminate with their services. Jobs are limited to what you can create on your own or a fairly narrow focus. I can count the foreigners who work for ordinary Japanese companies on one hand from all the people I know here. Regardless of language.

    So many people in Tokyo complain of feeling isolated despite making strong efforts to build social fabric around them.

    By contrast. Several Japanese I know moved to the US around the same time I moved here. They had no real barriers in work, banking, housing or anything else for that matter. They have build the same kind of social fabric around them that any outgoing American could. No one calls them "Foreigner". Two have become American and are as American as I am in every practical way.

    Japan needs to allow foragers to fully integrate here. Until that happens, the best and brightest will go to countries where that is not an issue. And Japan will continue to lose out on talent.

    Posted in: No. of highly skilled foreign professionals in Japan remains low

  • 1

    tkoind2

    As much as I despise hateful speech, it is a slippery slope when you start limiting free speech and it is far more likely to do society dire harm than good.

    You cannot help if there are people out there who are flat headed enough to hate others simply for their race or nationality. Nor can you keep those same flat earthers from speaking their minds. It is a price we pay for liberty of speech.

    But you can fight back by other means. You can hold counter rallies. You can point out the absurdity of such thinking. You can help raise awareness of the damage that such hate does to society.

    But you cannot take away the right speak, even when we do not like what is being said. That leads to tyranny.

    Posted in: Alarmed by anti-Korean demonstrations in Tokyo, anti-discrimination groups in Japan are calling for a law to make hate speech illegal. Would you support such a law?

  • 0

    tkoind2

    Great so the few rich are now confident enough that they are bleeding the working class enough to afford Ferraris. Hardly an indicator of Japan's property. All you need to do is ask any working person how close they are to buying high ticket items to clear any doubt up.

    Posted in: We’ve seen confidence start to explode over the last months. We’re seeing some of the highest growth in the world here.

  • 9

    tkoind2

    rickyvee. The key with that issue is that it makes sense to take precautions in either case. If we are causing this, then a change in behavior will help. If we are not causing it, a change in behavior still helps on so many other levels. It really should be a no brainer decision to err on the side of caution here. But clearly to many people are refusing to see the wisdom in doing so.

    Posted in: Summers in Japan becoming intolerable

  • 4

    tkoind2

    If having the NSA and government know about your movements an habits worries you, add this next one to your list of things to keep you up at night.

    A cashless society means that corporations will know every little thing about you. What you buy, where you buy it, how often, what time, what else you bought.

    DId you see that Miniority Report scene where Tom Cruise is being marketed to as he walks through a train station area? That is the future if we go down this road. Your credit cards chip set sending information about you to anything capable of listening.

    And this is before we worry about other problems. Remember Mizuho after 3/11? What if the systems are down? What if your data is lost? What if it is hacked or attacked?

    I am fully ok with credit cards and bank cards. But a cashless society puts us at risk. Risk of repression, of control, of even greater corporate manipulation. We should resist this change. Or next it will be a little implant so you cannot lose it. How convenient.

    Posted in: Credit card companies say that in the not-too-distant future, developed countries will be mainly cashless societies, with people storing their payment credentials on "digital wallets" and shopping via mobile devices or tapping them at the registers. Can you imagine a totally cashless society? Is it desirable? Would you miss cash in your pocket?

  • 1

    tkoind2

    For how long have many of us been talking about China's boomtown economy? The Yuppies running investment companies wanted us to buy into a fully prosperous China notion. But one look at the society and you can see that the vast majority of Chinese were left out in the rain and not benefiting from this.

    There are countless documentaries on the state of life for working people in China, but everyone chooses to focus on the few rich kids. Meanwhile college grads live 6 to a small flat with conditions that are more like Chechnya than Tokyo. And the are lucky. Many less educated workers live dozens to a room in the city, sometimes squatting in failed construction areas. They struggle to eat one meal a day.

    Again they are lucky, in the countryside there is no work, no income and peasants live in conditions that are like the Maoist era.

    Factory workers work in pretty hard and dire conditions too.

    We see only the small middle class and rich Chinese here in Japan. The vast majority could not dream of travel.

    China is a boomtown. And a risk to the global recovery. It is time we fairly accessed their economic change.

    Posted in: Europe and Japan show signs of stabilizing, but China slides

  • 5

    tkoind2

    China's boom town economy looks like it may bleed out anyway. Less money, less opportunity to pay for weapons to bully neighbors.

    In any case it is about time the US took some action. China is a threat to the region that needs to be contained. Fortunately between the US Navy, the very strong Japanese marine SDF and the other regional naval forces, there is a good chance that China can be contained.

    Their navy is second rate at best and a few used Russian design carriers and ripped off jet designs are not likely to help that be more convincing.

    Posted in: U.S. nudges China on sea disputes

  • 0

    tkoind2

    What a complete idiot.

    Posted in: Employee flushes 40 liters of soap; bubbly carnage ensues

  • 5

    tkoind2

    Repeat after me: (insert hypnotic voice tone) There is no such thing as global warming. It is not as hot as you think it is. Summer is short and beautiful, you will miss it when fall comes. Rabid liberals are lying to you about warming, rising temperatures are your imagination. Turn off the aircon it is nice and cool at 40C.

    With the entire world reporting rising temperatures and heat issues, the fact that some zombies still believe that warming is imaginary should come and spend an air-condition-less summer in lovely sunny Tokyo. And work in normal business clothes to boot.

    It took ages to convince the masses that the world was not flat. Seems it may take a similarly long time for the neo-flat earthers to realize that we are in trouble on climate change.

    Posted in: Summers in Japan becoming intolerable

  • 4

    tkoind2

    One thought about activism against this. The problem with every political issue in Japan is that the locals keep voting in these people who they know will not support what they want. 70% of people here were against nuclear power the last election period. And yet they voted in a party with a clear pro-nuclear agenda. The same goes for all the voters in Tokyo who do not want to spend tax money on the Olympics and yet voted those guys in too.

    Voters here vote for the "popular" guy. Just like high school. They seem to give very little attention to what the "popular" guy will do to screw them over once in office.

    I do think that this will be tossed out in higher court. And like someone posted above, there is still no ruling showing penalties for not paying. Until there is a clearly defined penalty for not paying, it is probably best to avoid a contract.

    We foreigners have the benefit of being able to leverage foreign made TVs without capacity to receive NHK or any other Japanese channel. Until NHK gets the right to come into your home and check it directly, then it is really your word and their decision to believe it or not. They cannot sue everyone. So not much really changes here.

    Posted in: Court ruling orders anyone with a TV-equipped device to pay NHK’s public broadcasting license fee

  • 4

    tkoind2

    My screen is a monitor not a TV. That is my story and I am sticking by it. NHK will get money from me when they show up with the police and not a second before.

    Posted in: Court ruling orders anyone with a TV-equipped device to pay NHK’s public broadcasting license fee

  • 1

    tkoind2

    The Chinese have been ramping up their repression of the Uyghurs for some time now. They have moved more ethnic Han into the region and taken many of the jobs and business opportunities. They have disempowered local leaders and ignored (if not encouraged) ethnic tensions as Han increasingly abuse locals. When locals fight back they call it terror.

    This is ethnic cleansing by marginalization.

    I really despise the behavior of the Chinese government towards minorities, towards regional neighbors and their repression of their own people. The corporates want us to believe that China is the next frontier of humanity, when in fact it is just another example of a tiny rich and powerful minority repressing and exploiting everyone else.

    Posted in: China stages military exercise in ethnically-divided Xinjiang

  • 1

    tkoind2

    Monsato and Walmart are two for me. Tied for third are Johnnys and Avex who have been torturing me ever since I got to Japan with an endless stream of absolutely abominable and vacuous music acts that are omnipresent on TV, in shops, everywhere. :)

    Posted in: Who gets your vote for the three most hated companies in the world?

  • 4

    tkoind2

    Granted the Soviet and other systems were far more like Big Brother than the NSA. But then again that is like saying a one form of cancer is any more desirable than another.

    When governments start down this path, there is a risk to liberty. And that risk must be addressed and resisted. It does not matter that the level of risk is not yet at Stasi level. What matters is that this is yet another step towards that sort of behavior and should be resisted vigilantly by champions of liberty and privacy.

    If we are complacent today, then we could one day wake up in a world where the NSA is the new Stasi and people like Cheney do end up with cities named after them. The difference between that happening and not, is the protection of our liberty in these early days of having it violated.

    Ignoring or diminishing the violation plays into the hands of repression. Take that from a former activist who has seen and been on the pointed end of the stick when supporting causes that were not popular during the closing days of the cold war.

    Posted in: NSA as Big Brother? Not even close

  • 5

    tkoind2

    Anyone who knows about Putin also knows that this guy does what he wants regardless of international opinion. It is one of the perks of being a successful pseudo dictator.

    But this time I am in agreement with Putin. Russia has no agreement. So they are not bound in any way to comply with anything the US asks on this point. The US knows this and in truth does not expect his help. They know better. But have to put on a surprised and unhappy fact in public.

    Posted in: Putin says Snowden at Moscow airport; rejects extradition request from U.S.

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