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Posted in: Murray falls to Pouille in Cincinnati first round; Nishikori advances See in context

Nishikori has Wawrinka next. Expecting lots of comments, should Stan emerge the winner!

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Posted in: Murray falls to Pouille in Cincinnati first round; Nishikori advances See in context

Nice work Kei! Apart from not putting it away much faster.

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Posted in: Wawrinka beat Kyrgios; Nishikori ousted in Toronto See in context

Nice work Kei!

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Posted in: Japan, it’s time to end your love affair with cash See in context

carrying loose change can also be burdensome

I manage with the loose change. It's not such a burden. But thanks for caring.

digital transactions ... can also increase consumption. 

Moving to all-digital transactions would also put one's savings at the whims of central bankers, and they have expressed an interest in imposing negative interest rates on savers, to "stimulate spending" by taking money away from the savers if they opt not to spend their own money at a certain time.

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Posted in: China loses spot as world's No. 2 stock market to Japan See in context

Well done, BOJ! Another proof that monetary easing is fantastic!

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Posted in: Gov't urges quick probe into female medical university discrimination See in context

Did Dear Leader say anything about this disgrace?

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Posted in: If you work in an office, do you prefer an open office or would you rather have a cubicle? See in context

Suprising responses. The trend is in favour of open seating.

It may have a lot to do with organization culture. Those old style silo orgs may prefer cubicles; modern team oriented work places would presumably prefer the open plan where folks can easily communicate with each other.

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Posted in: Australia to 'vehemently' oppose Japan push to ease whaling ban See in context

After carefully considering all the arguments presented here, I have concluded that those in favour of the people wanting to catch whales in sustainable numbers, are in the right.

Class dismissed.

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Posted in: Australia to 'vehemently' oppose Japan push to ease whaling ban See in context

That looks like a female whale in the photo there. How dare they.

I get Bishop's point of view, but what does she think the W in IWC stands for?

I think if people get back to the origins of what the IWC is supposed to be, then if people are honest, the IWC would just admit a sustainable level of whaling. No big deal. It's 2018 already. This moratorium thingy was cool back in the day, but it's just old now. More noise than value.

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Posted in: What do you think about police using computer programs to predict where crimes may occur, and who might commit them? See in context

I predict more geriatric robberies of convenience stores and the like, and more public money scandals committed by people with connections.

I didn’t spend tax payer money writing a computer program to bring this to you.

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Posted in: Prosecutors indict Kobe Steel for faking product quality data See in context

How do we know, asks JeffLee.

There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the fake data. 

Which would seem strange yet interesting.

Of course the unquestioning lemmings may think otherwise, but it is interesting to me.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

"Ride-sharing is prohibited by law in Japan. I can't believe there is still such a stupid country,"

It’s not like this is a normal democracy.

Hey did you see the anti-smoking law too!

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Posted in: Prosecutors indict Kobe Steel for faking product quality data See in context

It’s interesting that despite breaking the rules, there haven’t been any lives lost etc as a result.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs 1st anti-smoking law, but seen as lax and partial See in context

The law is a good example of the perils of comprises in policy making, especially rife in Japanese culture.

The end result is that the objectives sought to be achieved are not at all (and all those involved look like a bunch of dummies).

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Posted in: Legoland Japan to lower admission fee for children See in context

the cost of entry could discourage people from visiting

The cost of a taxi ride discourages me from using taxis.

Amusing to me that this is even a story, but frightening too, as one who thinks free market prices are the best mechanism we have for ensuring an ample supply of goods and services for consumers, with the welcome side effect of making for ample employment opportunities too.

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Posted in: Djokovic beats Anderson to win 4th Wimbledon title See in context

Deserved champion and great to see him back at peak powers.

Another pity for a Wimbledon final though, what with the Cilic blisters last year.

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Posted in: Federer ousted; Djokovic beats Nishikori to set up semifinal clash with Nadal at Wimbledon See in context

Career best result for Nishikori at Wimbledon, alas his forehand was all over the place yesterday. Was lucky to be able to take the second set, after Djokovic lost his nut over the code violation.

Hopefully the right elbow isn’t serious and we Nishikori fans can soon enjoy further good performances during the hard court season!

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Posted in: Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semis See in context

Just 3 wins away now from glory!

I saw via some bookmaker the other day that he's about 6th favourite to win the title this was before his 4th round match, but I doubt it has changed much.

The odds of him potentially having to beat all of the Big Three to win it all, are not very high. 

But then we see if Kei is still standing tomorrow (or holding his racket with that strapped elbow), as well as who else is left and still fit. Not looking promising at this point in time, but he's done well to make the QFs here for the first time in his career.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves guidelines for ¥100 tril budget for fiscal 2019 See in context

allowing for additional spending on social security and economic growth to set the stage for a record-high initial budget.

Abe's best idea to get nominal GDP up to his 600 trillion yen target is to borrow more money and spend it.

I'd rather we have a sustainable increase in real GDP, than a flash in the pan increase in nominal GDP. And that won't come about by these types of borrow-and-spend policies.

The guidelines allot more than 4 trillion yen to programs aimed at fostering economic growth, such as those that may help increase productivity and human resource development, one of Abe's centerpiece policies.

The best way to boost productivity and human resource development is to massively overhaul Japan's regulatory framework. Make things simple, remove the complexity that hinders everything.

Just get out of the way and the people can do better by virtue of not having to deal with so much bureacractic government nonsense.

Finance Minister Taro Aso said his ministry will compile a budget that serves to "level out" the surge in demand ahead of the tax hike and the subsequent drop-off.

In other words, they will spend a boatload of money they don't have after the tax hike to pretend that GDP is higher, but never offset that boatload of spending with commensurate cuts, ever.

The guidelines call for discretionary spending to be reduced by 10 percent from the fiscal 2018 budget, while also seeking to cut down on mandatory spending such as personnel costs.

The concept of discretionary versus mandatory spending is nonsense. The government can decide how much to spend on what, period. 

With tax revenues expected to come in at a near-record of around 60 trillion yen, it's as clear as day that talk of an annual budget of 100 trillion is insane at worst, and unsustainable at best. 

Spending should be cut by a certain amount every year, until the budget is brought into balance. Even then Japan will still need to service the massive quadrillion of debts already racked up, so ideally should spend less than tax revenues - especially so considering the sad inevitability of natural disasters in this country.

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Posted in: Abe, LDP under fire for holding party amid heavy rain warning See in context

"It shows (the LDP members) do not attend to their duties from the viewpoint of protecting citizens' lives and livelihoods."

Well actually it's not their duty to protect lives and livelihoods.

That's the responsibility of we adults.

The responsibility of the politicians is to represent the wishes of citizens, as they go about law making and deciding how to spend money that they tax away from us or otherwise borrow on our behalf.

But yes, having parties while a natural disaster is occurring is a bad look. Whether they realized how bad it was at the time though, I can't be sure.

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Posted in: Wimbledon won't budge on World Cup final clash See in context

What were the soccer organizers thinking scheduling the final at the same time as the biggest tennis match of the year.

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Posted in: Body of executed Aum cult founder Asahara cremated in Tokyo See in context

Hopefully the fourth daughter flushes them down the toilet where they belong.

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Posted in: Federer, Serena aim to advance on Wimbledon's 'Manic Monday' See in context

Alas Nishikori is in the same half of the draw as Djokovic (potential QF) and Nadal (SF), so we would only get to see a Federer v Nishikei matchup, should Kei defeat Djokovic and Nadal first.

I’m doubtful that will happen, but I hope it does, being a positive thinker!

First step is for Kei to make the Wimbledon QFs, for the first time in his career...

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Posted in: Federer, Serena aim to advance on Wimbledon's 'Manic Monday' See in context

let’s hope Nishikei can make it through the fourth round too.

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Posted in: Halep, Zverev crash out; Nadal, Djokovic, Nishikori move on at Wimbledon See in context

Good luck in the next round to Kei, from the JT Nishikei fan club!

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Posted in: Japan household spending drops sharply See in context

The fiscal 2017 national tax revenue totaled ¥58,787.4 billion, the highest since fiscal 1991 just after the collapse of a bubble economy,

true, but unfortunately the government spends 97-98 trillion per year. A 30 trillion yen annual deficit that has Japanese people living in a fantasy world, so long as that lasts.

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Posted in: Halep, Zverev crash out; Nadal, Djokovic, Nishikori move on at Wimbledon See in context

Funny enough I was in Slovenia the year that Djokovic beat Nadal in the final here, and the locals in Slovenia were all firmly in Serbian Djokovic's camp, rather than the Spaniard’s.

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Posted in: Halep, Zverev crash out; Nadal, Djokovic, Nishikori move on at Wimbledon See in context

Didn't expect Kei would waltz past Kyrgios like that but in the bigger scheme of things, just the type of result he needs.

A pity Osaka could not progress further this time.

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Posted in: Japan household spending drops sharply See in context

If the Japanese salary system was changed to a production based system 

I think I’d go for a market based salary system.

It’s funny that anyone such as the power freaks in control would think Japanese wages should rise, without any fundamental force that would make that occur; thinking that someone should just stump up with the money out of the goodness of their hearts. Japan is a cohesive society, but it’s not that selfless.

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Posted in: Defending champ Muguruza out of Wimbledon; Nadal, Djokovic, Nishikori, Osaka advance See in context

Kyrgios on Kei:

"Incredibly tough," Kyrgios said. "Kei is a guy I've never had a win against before. Grass is probably his least favourite surface. But he's capable on all surfaces. He's a nightmare. He's a great returner. Takes time away."

hope for a good battle!

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