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Posted in: Anti-nuclear candidate loses Yamaguchi governor election See in context

@horse

nuclear power in the hands of 12 year-old children can't be done.

What 12 year-old children are you referring to? Please explain.

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Posted in: Australian man injured after putting firework between buttocks See in context

Darwinian

I am pretty sure the proper name is Darwin Award.

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Posted in: No. of reported child abuse cases hits record high 59,862 in fiscal 2011 See in context

@Ehime S:Good insight.

Is there an increase in child abuse or just an increase in reporting?

I think it is both.

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Posted in: Bodies of mother, daughter found in Tokyo apartment See in context

Sad. Two generations gone in a sad way.

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Posted in: 32 dead in India train fire See in context

A terrible way to perish. Sad. I've not been to India, and my only impression of trains comes from pictures, documentaries and such.... trains seemed antiquated, dangerous, and overly crowded.

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Posted in: Teacher held over alleged assault of 14-year-old girl See in context

What knife?? Didn't the story have 2-opposing statements? The second one, form the police, is:

Asanuma had no knife on him and has denied threatening the girl, police said.

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Posted in: Investors in Tokyo looking to ECB, Fed for stimulus See in context

@JeffLee:

Sorry for lack or elaboration, but I cited the inward FDI flow as ratio to GDP. This figure can indicate how open/accessible/friendly an economy is to foreigners.

True, but only when it comes to number of mergers and acquisitions with investments that often occur when a foreign company acquires or merges with an existing domestic company. Inward investments tend to help companies grow and open borders for international integration but are not a basis of openness/accessibility/friendliness.

The link you provided does not exists.

As for finnicky Japanese consumers, I think most of the Japanophile analysts gave up on that one after the stunning proliferation of 100 yen stores nationwide.

You are speaking about consumer purchases from retail stores. I specifically mentioned B2B and B2C.

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Posted in: Maruti Suzuki shuts riot-hit car plant See in context

...Ford, General Motors and Hyundai, among others, have also struggled with labor unrest in India.

Not just Japan.

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Posted in: Backlash over empty seats at Olympics See in context

One tweet said: “I feel so empty.”

Tragic. Maybe the athletes also feel some sort of emptiness. Real shame.

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Posted in: Demand for luxury goods in China bucks economic slowdown See in context

Indeed, I would question the use of luxury goods as an economic indicator

A very good point!!

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Posted in: Investors in Tokyo looking to ECB, Fed for stimulus See in context

"@JeffLee: Good point, currently the U.S. ranks 9th in the world as to "freedom" of trade, whereby Japan is 22nd (ahead of Germany, South Korea, UAE, Spain, Malaysia, Mexico, France, etc). I know what a Free Trade Zone is, but what is your point, or what are you trying to say with your statement below?:

Korea and ASEAN are also pushing ahead with tariff-free and NTB-free arrangements, and yes, rice and farming are ON the table.

As for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI):

China's economy, meanwhile, has been fueled by FDI, while Japan has the world's lowest FDI ratio in the world.

You are incorrect. Please go to the CIA World Factbook and look for the FDI rankings. Japan is not far from the U.S. and China. But again, not sure what you are trying to say.

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Posted in: Record high 5,467 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 16-22 See in context

@wipeout:

would it make much of a difference?

Yes. One day you are well hydrated. The other you are not.

Either way, in the hot sun, you need to keep your liquid intake up. Too little liquid and you dehydrate.

Completely agree with you.

Tea is perfectly acceptable choice of liquid.

As a medical professional I completely disagree with this.

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Posted in: Demand for luxury goods in China bucks economic slowdown See in context

A very interesting phenomenon, definitely informative.

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Posted in: Gun culture thrives in U.S. despite cinema massacre See in context

you ever heard of ballistics gel? It's pretty accurate on being able to determine the lethal measure. You don't have to be a victim of a firearm assault to know it.

This is absurd. Ballistic gel has not internal organs, no bones, no nervous system, no muscles. You are comparing some jelly mixture with the human body to determine level of lethality? Surely.

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Posted in: Man held over death of woman whose body found in Odawara parking lot See in context

Glad someone was arrested.

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Posted in: Nuclear expansion on track despite Fukushima: OECD report See in context

Too bad. I just hope that no further incidents occur.

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Posted in: Investors in Tokyo looking to ECB, Fed for stimulus See in context

@gaijininfo:

The story is talking about stimulus. Stimulus is an increase in money supply.

Wrong. Money supply means that the government expands the money supply through open market operations., specifically purchasing government securities (generally short-term T-Bills) from banks, thus putting more reserves in the hands of the banks. The government could pay in cash for these securities but rarely does. For bookkeeping entries, it is called printing money, but money is not literally printed. This is a common misconception. A stimulus program is something entirely different.

The story also talks about worries of a strong Yen. A strong yen is based on currency exchange rates.

Wrong. The strength of the yen is not based on currency exchange. A currency appreciation is a result of reduced net exports and decreased aggregate demand.

So, yea, the story is talking about money supply and currency exchange.

So, you are incorrect in both counts.

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Posted in: Farcical scenes in Japan-Korea judo quarterfinal See in context

For the first time at the Olympics, video replay technology is being used to review contentious scoring but the over-rule of a judges decision following a draw has never been done before.

Looks like technology is being used well. Humans can make mistakes or miss things that a camera does not.

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Posted in: Pollution protestors clash with police over Oji paper mill project in China See in context

Wow, those pictures are something else!

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Posted in: Investors in Tokyo looking to ECB, Fed for stimulus See in context

@Dog:

Exports only make up 11% of the japanese economy, the rest is pretty much domestic consumption and domestically created. If the Japanese didn't have so many non-tariff barriers to imports, this would be a golden period for the Japanese consumer.

I partially agree. Japan's domestic consumption is definitely high. But, believe it or not all countries have barriers, and it is not just Japan's barriers that cause low exports.... it is the finicky consumer (B2B and B2C) demanding a certain level of quality.

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Posted in: Probe launched as empty seats leave fans fuming See in context

A real shame during a historic event. Hope it is clear up soon.

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Posted in: Investors in Tokyo looking to ECB, Fed for stimulus See in context

@gaijininfo: The story is not talking about money supply nor currency exchange. I think you may be confused. And your currency formula is a bit odd. The correct formula you may want to use is: M x V = P x Y. Which is [Growth rate of the money supply + Growth rate of velocity = Growth rate of the price level (or inflation rate) + Growth rate of real output]

“Even if the market tilts toward a risk-on condition, we cannot deny the possibility that a high yen would cap the top side of the market,”

I think the story is trying to the avoid the yen from both growing faster or slower than the GDP with a stimulus solution. Besides, the standard deviation of investments across the globe for developed nations like Japan are best done in dollar due to their stability.

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Posted in: 5 dead, over 1,500 hospitalized due to heatstroke See in context

I guess you are in the sticks.

What does this mean? If it helps, I live in Tokyo.

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Posted in: British police probe black market sale of Olympic tickets See in context

Oops, self-correction. I did not intend to mean that Viagogo is behind this latest probe. Just meant that the uncovered scam did not seem to thwart further attempts during increased investigations.

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Posted in: British police probe black market sale of Olympic tickets See in context

UK's BBC Channel 4 Dispatches program uncovered the scam behind Viagogo's ticket sales last year. I am not surprised that it would continue with Olympic tickets.

I wonder what cameras were used to:

“...secretly film(ed) selling thousands of top tickets for up to 10 times face value.

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Posted in: 5 dead, over 1,500 hospitalized due to heatstroke See in context

I have one large shopping mall 1km walk from my apartment, 4 schools within 3km walk each (in different directions), and the city hall/gym less than 5km -the community center is co-located there too. I think it's just a matter of where you live. Same Japan though. So not a bad idea for elderly to have such places to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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Posted in: Can't bear it See in context

Poor bear.

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Posted in: Under restrictions, U.S. F-22 fighters arrive in Japan See in context

And it's still light years ahead of whatever the Chinese have come up with by stealing technology. What exactly have the Chinese come up with, which lags so far behind?

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Posted in: Under restrictions, U.S. F-22 fighters arrive in Japan See in context

Leave military intelligence to the 441st Military Intelligence Battalion at Camp Zama .

Can you tell us more about this unit?

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Posted in: Morimoto says Japan may send SDF to disputed islands See in context

@smithinjapan:

Whether China actually said so or not doesn't dismiss the fact that IF China said so they would not.

I understand what you are trying to say. I am just curious about the information that was posted, since it seemed like it was true in the mind of [just-a-bigguy]. If it is, I think its interesting. If not, OK.

China owning so much of the US already there's nothing the US would risk doing for a few rocks.

By the way, how much?

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