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Posted in: I think most people don’t know about this, but Ambassador Kennedy was an exceptionally tough negotiator. When I could persuade her, I could persuade Washington, D.C., as well. On the contrary, when sh See in context

He said she was a tough negotiator then he gave an example that has nothing to do with how tough of a negotiator she was, only they each persuaded each other from time to time.

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Posted in: Japanese body language: 7 key gestures to learn See in context

For those who don't want to "click here" to read more:

1) The "come here" method (palms down. vs. palms up)

2) Finger counting style

3) The teeth sucking avoidance of saying "no"

4) Pointing with hands instead of fingers

5) The "me" nose touch

6) The peace sign picture pose

7) The "hello-goodbye" bow instead of hand shake

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Posted in: This won’t change things drastically. It is a very Japanese way of doing things. We couldn’t have them flooding in like they do in Hong Kong. See in context

Never work. If the economic problems were rooted in a lack of workers, it would be reflected in an increase in wages. If housewives were desperately needed in the current economy, they would be plenty of unfilled jobs. There aren't.

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Posted in: Police investigating dolphin escape in Taiji See in context

since I know the dolphins are happy and free,

Umm....

before three of them returned to the enclosure of their own volition. A fourth dolphin was swimming nearby.

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Posted in: Bitcoin nears record high as it becomes 'safe haven' asset See in context

Bitcoin neared record highs Thursday with the surging digital currency tipped to become a new safe haven asset as the world grapples with growing economic uncertainty.

False. Bitcoin is surging because China decreased the amount of money Chinese nationals can transfer offshore.

There is a pretty strong link between the price of Bitcoin and the Chinese government making it difficult for Chinese to get their money out of the country before their economy collapses.

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Posted in: More than 1,000 Japanese companies will mark the 100th anniversary of their founding this year. Do you think many newly established companies will still be around in 100 years from now? See in context

Doubt it. Most of Japan won't be around in 100 years. 100 years ago was the beginning of a huge and never before seen global expansion of business and trade. (Based largely on super cheap oil). That is starting to contract now, as indicated by plenty of leading and lagging indicators.

They may exist in name, passed down to families, but they'll be shops with signs and no products, and no customers, like most of the small time shops in my neighborhood.

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Posted in: Humanoid robot Pepper is amusing, but is it practical? See in context

My vote is for NOT being practical.

Amazon and others have already taken the lead in this.

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Posted in: We are working on a plan to provide foreign visitors with disaster information in multiple languages via smartphones. The move is designed to help foreigners who cannot understand Japanese safely evac See in context

Sounds like an excuse to collection information on every single dastardly foreigner that dares come to the land of the rising sun.

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Posted in: Study: Ad-tech use shines light on fringe, fake news sites See in context

Welcome to the world of competition.

Oldest trick in the book, paint your competitors with negative labels.

But I guess the normal dude on the street is to dumb to know what's "important' and what's "not important" so the self-appointed guardians of "truth" need to to do it for us.

HINT: using the word "fringe" doesn't count if these "fringe" sites are earning more AD REVENUE than you are.

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Posted in: What would you like to hear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say in his remarks when he visits the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday? See in context

"I will take this opportunity to recognize that Japan has limits. Therefore we will open our markets to all U.S. products, without tariffs."

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Posted in: Don't write democracy off just yet See in context

How can you champion democracy and decry populism at the same time?

I guess it's like jury trials. When you're convicted you say, "the system is broken." When you're found not guilty you say, "the system works."

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Posted in: Yes, 2016 was bad. Next year could be worse See in context

Money will be useless after WW3

I believe we're in the middle of WW3, but it's a wholly financial war.

Money WILL be useless after WW3, but the question is WHOSE money will be useless after WW3?

The dollar system?

The China-Russia-Iran gold system?

The IMF SDR system?

All are currently battling behind the scenes for world supremacy. Whoever holds the losing currency (or whoever is liviing the country curring using whatever currency(ies) LOSES) will suffer considerably.

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Posted in: 5 festive facts about Japanese Christmas cakes See in context

For those of you too lazy to click on the "read more" link:

1) It's everywhere

2) it's got an emoji

3) It's got deep connotations (women after 25 y/o are "discounted" Christmas cakes after the 25th are discounted)

4) It's red and white like the Japanese flag

5) it's a status thing (only rich people can afford sugar)

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Posted in: Olympic cost meeting See in context

Topic Of The Meeting:

Hey everybody, look how cost-conscious we are!

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Posted in: Soaring prices of everyday vegetables tends to lead to a deterioration of consumer sentiment. If they remain high, they could have a lasting negative impact on consumption. See in context

Super Genius Economist says people don't like rising prices.

Super Genius Government says we need inflation.

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Posted in: If pensions are going to be lowered, there needs to be a policy for relieving some of the burden shouldered by seniors, in which public livelihood assistance funds cover whatever a pensioner is in nee See in context

You can run but you can't hide. Pensions across the world are underfunded to an insidious degree. Right or wrong makes no difference when there's not enough money to pay what you promised.

Cut pensions? People get less than they need to live.

Print money and honor pension? People get less than they need (purchasing power) to get what they need to live.

Governments of the world have been lying to their citizens for decades, "we the people" were stupid enough to believe them, and now the chickens have come home to roost.

Lots of starvation, riots, civil unrest in the next couple decades as people realize what Ponzi scheme pensions really were.

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Posted in: We have a sense of crisis that we will not be able to survive if we keep the current system. See in context

Why would they pay convenient store staff more than the minimum amount? It's a business, not a charity. As far as robots, Japan is unfortunately behind the curve. An actual robot calculating things and bagging things is a novelty. Amazon is WAY ahead with their staffless stores.

Once upon a time A&P were the biggest chain in the states. Then cars were invented, and they vanished nearly overnight.

Same with convenient stores. Automation, internet delivery, no law says businesses have to last forever. Paying people more money, while nice for the clerks,will only accelerate the problem.

Japan and it's imaginary robot superiority is going the way of the dodo.

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Posted in: Abe going to Pearl Harbor for remembrance, not for apology: gov't See in context

A non-apology and a meeting with a lame duck. Hardly significant.

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Posted in: Freedom and globalization simultaneously possible See in context

Ridiculous premise. Both "Freedom" and "Globalism" are incredibly squishy terms that those in power can define however they see fit.

Orwellianism at it's best.

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Posted in: Trump Tower becomes 'Dump Tower' on Google Maps See in context

Whatever.

Same thing happened to Google maps with the white house and the N word.

Adolescents learn how to game google for giggles.

How shocking.

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Posted in: My girlfriend told me, if this is all I make, we can’t get married, we can’t have children. Honestly, it was pretty shocking to think about. See in context

Kids I understand. Why do you need money to get married? Simple ceremony, no kids, live and save money. Not a bad life.

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Posted in: Putin will pay a high price for Trump's friendship See in context

Now that their beloved Hillary has lost, the media is doing everything they can to paint Russia (who they think influenced fake media and got Trump elected) as the enemy.

Russia is literally (yes, LITERALLY) surrounded by NATO bases. Russia has been lied to in the past by American leaders.

I'm pretty sure that Russia and Putin would LOVE IT if the U.S. stopped being their "arch enemy."

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Posted in: Back to 1930s nationalism? Historians battle over comparison See in context

Yes, history repeats.And every time it does, some journalist writes about it as if they are the first to notice it. All people die, and when they do, the patterns are pretty similar. All societies collapse, and when they, they follow certain patterns.

We are in the midst of a "Fourth Turning."

They happen about eighty years, and they always include huge wars and kill tons of people. Last one was WW II. One before that was the Civil War. One before that was the Revolution. All the way back to the War of the Roses.

History repeats, it flows in circles. Welcome to the collapse. Next 10-15 years are going to be chaotic. Too much debt, too many weapons, too much hate, too much blame.

Not going to end well.

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Posted in: Abe to visit Argentina to boost trade See in context

Japanese exports to Argentina were worth about $1.2 billion in 2015, according to the Argentine state statistics institute.

That was twice the amount that Argentina exported to Japan.

Why doesn't Japan do more buying?

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Posted in: Zuckerberg again rejects claims of Facebook impact on U.S. election See in context

It's true. He tried to influence the election in Clinton's favor and it didn't work.

Therefore, Facebook didn't influence the election.

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Posted in: If you could ask U.S. President-elect Donald Trump three questions, what would they be? See in context

1) Can I have some money?

2) Can I have some money?

3) Can I have some money?

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Posted in: 'Arrival' serves up alien invasion with brains See in context

I saw the trailer and I wondered why the aliens would bother sending such large ship BEFORE figuring out the whole communication thing...

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Posted in: Woman arrested for beating boyfriend to death because he locked her out See in context

Kills boyfriend. Goes to sleep. Wakes up. He's still dead. Calls mom...

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Posted in: Which professions, other than politics, do you think have the biggest liars? See in context

Journalists. Their entire job rests on the ability to create stories out of thin air. In fact, that's why they call them news "stories" they are made up.

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