Franz Pichler comments

Posted in: Preschools using tablets to prep children for digital age See in context

agree with koiwaicoffee, most research also points in this direction. This is just a cheap way to keep children engaged. Actually pretty sad if you think you pay for preschool and you kid sits in front of an iPad... I’m lucky that my daughter went to a proper kindergarten and now aged 10 knows perfectly how to use her iPad for play and school research. Kids need to go outside play, get dirty and have fun!

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Posted in: Japan's population declines at fastest pace yet to 125.2 mil See in context

giod news! If only the rest of the globe would follow this trend. More space for nature, more resources per head, win win

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Posted in: Fatally abused 5-year-old girl wrote notes pleading with her mother, stepfather to stop beating her See in context

Speechless! What horrific story... poor child!

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Posted in: Social security costs to rise more than 50% by FY2040 See in context

24% of GDP is t even that high when compared to many other OECD countries, you’ve got to bite the bullet, しょうがない

http://www.oecd.org/els/soc/OECD2016-Social-Expenditure-Update.pdf

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Posted in: Japan's new 'Airbnb law' a double-edged sword See in context

Before everyone gets all worked up to help a massive multinational corporation you should go and read what’s happening in Europe and why...

Airbnb surely is t the nice platform that’s out there to help single mums and grandpa to make a dime....

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/eu-blocking-cities-efforts-to-curb-airbnb-say-campaigners

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Posted in: IOC tells Tokyo 2020 organizers they must prepare for questions, criticism See in context

The IOC has been in the headlines for corruption so I guess they're the right body to name and shame Tokyo 2020 lol

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Posted in: Survey ranks Japanese children's problem-solving skills near world-best See in context

lol now that was so as expected: Japanese kids are world class and the Japan-bashers find only negative things to say, you're so pathetic, they're number one because they work very very hard, that's a fact!

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Posted in: Japan executes two death row inmates See in context

Agree fully with the death penalty for these bastards!

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Posted in: Japan accepts 27 refugees last year; rejects 99% of applications See in context

I always wonder what this headline should be about?! I mean, what if it would have been the other way round? Anyway, who are other pie plea to tell the Japanese what they have to do?! They have a lot of old people to take care for so its better if they focus on that. 27 refugees does actually translate in over 100 because of family reunion. Look at Germany, they didn't "grant" refugee to a million they just got them! No say in it whatsoever! Is that better??? Look at the problems they have! I think japan is doing the right thing. Japanese first, that the governments duty!

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Posted in: Bangladesh asylum seeker deported after working for years in Japan See in context

9 years means his application was properly considered so what's the problem? Deportation was the right outcome.

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Posted in: Japan's tiny refugee community urges Tokyo to open doors wider See in context

Keep the door firmly shut and if in doubt look at Europe.....

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Posted in: Fast Retailing, UNHCR announce new agreement to support refugees See in context

Wanted to add: and help them in their countries and if that not possible help them in neighboring countries but let's not import their conflicts because we see how it will end when we look at Europe...

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Posted in: Japan should accept more refugees, fix asylum system: UNHCR See in context

The UN again, omg! I hope japan learns from Europe! Look at Sweden! Don't take any!!! It will mean the end of japan...

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Posted in: Women execs ruin companies, magazine claims See in context

From 2003 to today Norway's companies stock fell 40%.. it can't get any more idiotic as an argument... hello!!! we had 2008, do you remember?!! The big crash................. and this guy is a rofessor... get him fored and hire a female economist !!

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Posted in: Women execs ruin companies, magazine claims See in context

Total BS, non achievers always complain... who cares. Japan as actually every nation should have a 50% mandatory rate or females in all positions to reflect society!

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Posted in: Hong Kong tattoo convention aims to make its mark See in context

I can't stand tattoos, it's pretty idiotic if you think you'll have it for the rest of your life...

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Posted in: Abe says Japan has no choice but to hike sales tax See in context

@ tamarama "You can't just borrow and spend endlessly, it doesn't work that way. At some point, you have to pay for it." that's why you can be sure that we'll soon see a rise up to 20%, there's just no way around it, debt is 240% of GDP, so you'll have to increase taxes heavily, the VAT is still very low (even at 10%) compared to European countries, so that's the only tax that can be driven up strongly, other taxes can rise but will never make up for it. The pressure to increase VAT further is immense, it's just the clowns in Kasumigaseki keeping it quiet, everybody with a bit of brains knows that either we increase massively taxes, or we'll go default, that's the way it goes. It might not be a real "default" because most of the debt is held domestically, mainly by bullying Japanese financial instutions into buying it, but it will go the other way round, the yen will explode and the financing of the Japanese Banks will get so expensive that they default themselves and the catch 22 is full circle. So, taxes will increase, 8% than 10% and you can be sure, after that, maybe a couple of years (surely shortly before or after the Olympics, we'll see another rise...

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Posted in: Abe says Japan has no choice but to hike sales tax See in context

timing for an increase are always horrible, one day the chicken come back to roost, 50 years of spending like no tomorrow will be followed by many years of hardship... one will have to pay, I'm not happy, I live here and taxes are already hurting but in order to keep this country going we'll have to increase taxes, no other option....of course they should also stop on the spending side but they'll have to take not to crush the economy totally..

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Posted in: Abe says Japan has no choice but to hike sales tax See in context

The VAT will go up to 20%, like in most developed countries, that's the only way, and you can be sure that it will reach 20% pretty soon.

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Posted in: IMF calls for Japan reforms, plan to clear debt See in context

so the great IMF is again on it, lucky we have them, after they messed up half the world and send their economic hit men all over the planet we now have them knocking on our doors here in Japan. Hope they get stuffed soon! As for "relaxing immigration restrictions " I wonder how that helps to bring down the debt/gdp ratio.... the only thing I can think of is that by relaxing immigration restrictions we get more workers willing to work for a BS houry wage (as if the 735 yen right now would not be enough...) anbd increase profits for multinational companies. Look at Europe, relaxing immigration restrictions is not helping to solve any issues, actually its exasperating most of them..... The only way out of it is to swallow the bullett for us now, higher taxes, less welfare ecc and we'll get out of it, more immigration?! what a stupif suggestions, as if those people wouldnt get old one day.... IMF = International Moron Fund ;-)

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Posted in: Seibu shareholders reject Cerberus proposal for 9 seats on board See in context

most remarks here are amusing to say the least. Cerberus's stake is high but 9 out of 15 BM was from the beginning a failure because the others also want their saying in the management. Seibu is in retail, retail in Japan is synonym for ferocious competition. Since Cerberus went in Seibu's sales have not stabilized, their store are mostly in horrible locations, bad design, bad things on offer ecc so they'll probably never recover (if you want to get things right in retail in Japan you should look at Aeon Corp...) - The most pathetic remarks are the one banging about how Japan is not open for foreign capital and blablabla, of course it is open, you can buy what you want, what stake you want (if legal) and do with the earnings whatever you want...so please stop this "they want your capital but they don't want you in management" .... it's pathetic. Cerberus went in on its own risk and has to live with it... don't play the crying game.... Cerberus doesn't care about any of you, nor any other person, their only goal in life is PROFIT!!! so be it, wrong invetsment, get stuffed!

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Posted in: Reconstruction agency official suspended over Twitter tirade about Fukushima See in context

Sadly it's not only him, I guess most of the LDP leaning bureaucrats see it that way, that why things keep on going as usual even after the disaster is unfoalding daily.... And imagine that we have over 50 reactors in this country... And all or most a incompetent... Shiny future for my kids here!!!!

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