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Posted in: Japan posts 8th straight surplus in February See in context

Real exports have risen by about 10% since Abe took office. More Japanese domestic products ARE being exported abroad. It's a simple fact.

Measured in what currency? The yen? If so, then Japanese exports have actually fallen if measured in dollars/euros.

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Posted in: Machinery orders heighten doubts over pace of economic recovery See in context

What recovery?

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Posted in: Japan's population falls for 8th straight year in 2014 See in context

Immigration is unfortunately not the silver bullet. You only need to look at Europe to see that.

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Posted in: Abe pivots away from painful reforms See in context

Anyone opposing Abenomics has a responsibility to suggest a reasonable alternative. I haven't seen one yet.

I don't understand this logic. All of us don't have to master all the skills - we need to specialize on something. I have my own area of expertise (programming) and I do that well. Its frustrating when your software doesn't work, right? Do you think you are not allowed to complain unless you know how to fix the code mess? My point is that it is indeed possible to detect when something is not working or somebody is incompetent, even if you don't know better because the problem is outside of your area of expertise.

I don't know how to fix Japan's economy. But I am sure that there are many people in Japan who know much better than me or Abe how to do it. They aren't given a chance.

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Posted in: Japan coal power plant export push hits U.S. resistance See in context

Japanese should at least be selling the tech with carbon capture included.

Probably it is not that Japan does not want to sell cleaner technology, but that these development countries want dirtier and cheaper technology.

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Posted in: ASKA pleads guilty to using, possessing drugs See in context

I wonder how many pills did he get with those 500 000 yen....

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Posted in: In some countries, including Japan, suicide is seen as a means to atone for a scandal or wrongdoing. What are your views on this? See in context

Suicide is not selfish. It is selfish to think that somebody has to keep living in unbearable pain just because you would be sad if he/she died.

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Posted in: What changes are needed in Japanese society to stem the falling birthrate? See in context

I don't think any country should have more people than it can self-sufficiently feed. Is population of over 100 millions really a good thing for Japan?

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Posted in: U.S. defense chief heads to China, Japan See in context

He's the defender of American weapon industry profits. With a plan to put Japan deeper into debt by forcing them to buy more American weapons.

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Posted in: Japan posts record Y2.79 tril January trade deficit See in context

Note that the 1.6% GDP growth is in yen terms and we all know what has happened to the value of yen. Therefore, in dollar terms, Japan's GDP has actually collapsed.

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