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Posted in: Japanese firms hang loose on cash for investors, tight on wages See in context

Even Greenspan admitted afterward that he had been wrong to assume that banks acting in their own "self-interest" was >good for the economy.

You are barking up the wrong tree. I never said all entities acting in their own interest is good for the economy. I said it is best for AN entity if it acts in its own best interest, WHILE other entities do something else to lift the economy for everyone. Two different concepts here. Let others do the dirty work while I reap the full benefits.

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Posted in: Patrolman commits suicide in toilet at Yokohama police station See in context

This is the third case I've read here in the last few weeks. Tragic.

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Posted in: Japanese firms hang loose on cash for investors, tight on wages See in context

"This may be a rational behavior for individual companies..."

Actually, it's not. Workers are consumers. Duh. If you don't pay them, they won't buy your products and services. >Remember, kids, insufficient private demand is at the core of Japan's low growth.

Actually, it is. In a capitalist system, each entity acts in its own best, self interest. When you say "If you don't pay them, they won't buy your products and services.", you are considering more than one entity(company).

I distinctly remember after the financial crisis in 2008, Obama was encouraging Americans to go out and spend money. If most or all Americans heed his advice, it would be good for the US economy. But as an individual, it was in my personal best interest to hold on to as much of my cash as possible, while hoping that everyone else heed Obama's advice and go out and stimulate the economy.

Same deal here, individual Japanese companies are acting in their own best interest, while hoping others will do what it takes to lift the economy.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan cannot do without nuclear power See in context

“Our resource-poor country cannot do without nuclear >power to secure the stability of energy supply while >considering what makes economic sense and the issue of >climate change,” Abe told a press conference.

Makes total sense, Abe-san.

If one doesn't live anywhere near a nuclear power plant, that is.

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Posted in: Mother, 2 children dead after car goes into sea at Oita port See in context

most human in a similar case will act similar just something build into us and it don:t come from creed, culture, upbringing, what ever

Not when it comes to ending one's life. For people with Abrahamic faiths or atheists, they believe there is only one life to live, whereas people of faiths that believe in incarnation think they will be reborn and get a fresh start in life again. This difference can have a profound impact on whether someone chooses suicide as a way of dealing with issues in life.

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Posted in: Mother, 2 children dead after car goes into sea at Oita port See in context

Is this acceptable to the Japanese public?

Probably not. But then indifference seems to be the prevailing attitude of Japanese society. Sure, there is a vocal, minority protesting many issues plaguing the country, but the vast majority seems content to just mind their own business.

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Posted in: Major powers team up to tell China of concerns over new laws See in context

Where's the joint letter by Canada, Germany, Japan and EU when the U.S. enacted the Patriot Act?

Oh that's right, lapdogs don't bark at their master.

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Posted in: Mining to dining: Australia becomes China's land of milk and honey See in context

What other country is fearful of the safety of milk and other consumable products made in their own country?

Taiwan, for one. Read up on food safety issues in Taiwan before you shoot your mouth off again, Texas Daddy.

Frankly, it's embarrassing how ignorant some of your comments are these days.

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Posted in: Sharp shares plunge after takeover thrown into question See in context

No great loss if Hon Hai pass up on this deal. Probably another financial scandal brewing like Olympus, and who knows which other J Corp.

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Posted in: Japan's inflation falls back to zero in January See in context

Plunged, dropped, returned to, what difference does it > really make?

He's criticizing the grammar, not the choice of word.

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Posted in: Sharp accepts bailout from Foxconn parent See in context

Shame and very regrettable as Japanese bankers are not >willing take risk to keep Sharp in the camp...

Why? It should be a business decision based on numbers, not nationalistic emotions.

Besides, Japanese companies own plenty of foreign firms too, and that is somehow okay?

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Posted in: Sharp accepts bailout from Foxconn parent See in context

steep losses in their television units owing to stiff >competition from lower-cost rivals

Samsung and LG televisions have highly innovative features, sleek looks, and aren't any cheaper than Japanese sets.

I used to buy Sonys and Panasonics but when my last TV broke, I got a Samsung. Not for lower prices, but its features and its slick, one inch thick panel.

Stores these days are mostly stocked with cool looking Samsungs and LGs front and center, with a few sorry looking Sonys and Sharps and lower rung brands tucked to the corners. A big contrast to the old days when Sonys, Sharps and Hitachis were the premium brands.

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Posted in: Engine trouble forces ANA Dreamliner back to Kuala Lumpur See in context

I will never fly in a Screamliner! Just made that name >up...

If it ain't Boeing, I'm not going. Especially that POS Airbus.

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Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest at U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Well, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, ect are major commerce >and logistical hubs and would be bombing targets as well >if a real war were to happen.

So that's why Hiroshima was nuked and not Tokyo, Osaka or Fukuoka. Right.

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Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest at U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Why wouldn't a government put a large base/bases (if it >had to put up a base/bases) in an area that they deem >strategically important and has less than 1% of its >population?

Military bases are prime targets in bombing campaigns in an all out war. Better those not-really-Japanese Okinawans than me and my buddies in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of woman found in Hyogo river in December See in context

Be cynical all you want. it could have been inheritance from grandparents, savings from summer jobs over a few years in high school, graduation gift from her parents, etc.

The young woman is dead. I prefer to be respectful.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of woman found in Hyogo river in December See in context

@AN

Still think you can save $10,000 in the two years since graduating high school?

You are making assumptions here. Where in the article does it that the money was accumulated over two years?

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker under fire for Obama remarks; refuses to resign See in context

@Strangerland

How come 'Amerika' became 'Beikoku'? I know they mean the same thing, but now I wonder what he actually said.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker under fire for Obama remarks; refuses to resign See in context

He should resign. But not for commenting on Obama's ancestry, rather for entertaining the idea of Japan becoming a U.S. state.

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Posted in: Woman, boyfriend force her daughter to eat 30 pet goldfish See in context

The further incidents on which the subsequent four arrests have been based all occurred before the first >arrest. The couple have remained in custody from the >time of the first arrest.

Well then, shouldn't it be 1 ARREST and 5 CHARGES? The use of the word 'arrest' implies they were detained and released multiple times.

Poor choice of word on the part of the writer of this article.

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Posted in: Nikkei soars more than 7% on weaker yen See in context

this is only technical movement, but not recovery or rebounding.

It's called a technical rebound.

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Posted in: Bodies of woman, 8-month-old son found in car in Gifu See in context

Lots of argument here about how much help is available and how accessible that help is, etc. Also some, like Smith questioning the mother taking her child with her to death, with others saying she doesn't have the mental capacity to decide otherwise.

I just want to add to a comment about Japan being a rather uncompassinate society. Help may be scant, and even if offered and taken up, it is seen as a shame and the recipient labeled as 'weak'. This is not unique to Japan. Many Asian countries are similar in this regard. It is cultural more than anything else.

In my younger days, I tried to start a business and failed. Instead of encouragement and consolation, friends and family scorned, shamed and insulted me to various degrees, some done in passive-aggressive or backhanded compliment fashion. it scarred me for years to come and I feel like I never recovered from it.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for strangling 7-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son See in context

Lots of cynical speculations on the husband's whereabout, but he could very well be on a business trip.

Being a sandwich generation is tough. Raising kids, taking care of elderly, the financial burden that comes with those, plus potential emerging health issues and mid life crisis, all hitting you at the same time. No wonder some people can't take it, and want out.

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Posted in: Man robs date after choking her See in context

I was genuinely curious why anyone needs to carry 200,000 en with them, working girl or not. I have no control over what subsequent posters had in mind.

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Posted in: Man robs date after choking her See in context

Why did she have so much 円 on her person?

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Posted in: Japanese musician found strangled in Trinidad See in context

Rest in peace, Nagakiya chan.

I admire Japanese who take unconventional paths in life. She certainly doesn't deserve to be treated like this. Nobody does.

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Posted in: Manager attempts to rob his own restaurant in Saga See in context

This just might make my local TV station's 'truth is stranger than fiction' segment.

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Posted in: Actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer See in context

Is pickling that bad? Maybe it's the coloring. I see all the bright yellows and I think to myself: this can't be good.

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Posted in: Actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer See in context

His daughter, Anne, was great in the J drama Hanasaki Mai. Speedy recovery, Ken-san.

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Posted in: Two trains collide in Germany; 10 dead, 80 injured See in context

I'm surprised that there's not some kind of automated switching mechanism to ensure that a collision is impossible. Especially for a technically advanced country like Germany.

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