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Posted in: How Japan can turn the tables on its economic decline See in context

I may have misread this article but to my understanding they are pushing the print yen into oblivion scenario. First off while the US is printing money while being the reserve currency, Japan will not get the traction it needs to weaken itself. I takes a flight to safety into the dollar and gold in order to cause the yen to get the move they desire and this is caused from fears like a european defaults. Next as we are learning here your dollars are worth less yet everyday commodities like wheat, GRAINS etc will cost more and the cost of living spikes so even if you do create jobs and more people work (which is not the case after an economic bubble as the US is learning with 2 stimulus plans) the cost of living will still be alot higher than what business would want to pay their workers. I know I am just pointing out problems with no solutions but the best thing I can think of to help Japan is that the government has to use the stronger yen to start acquiring businesses overseas. Then they can since some of their workers to work at these companies and in doing so since these Japanese workers have relatives in Japan they will send money back fueling the economy. The Japanese workers will also have to pay taxes on their earns as well. They will also have to start buying commodities on pull backs and create a reserve that they can use to sell off at higher prices and also lessen their dependence on other nations. There are a few other things they can do but it is a talk for a different time.

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Posted in: Homeless getting younger and younger See in context

Also where are these petty prostitutes? I did not see a single one over there. If anything I am surprised that these petty prostitutes did not become hostesses since when I went to Osaka last year there were so many businessmen making out with hostesses that I figured they needed more girls to go around.

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Posted in: Is Kabukicho dangerous? Mizoguchi's new book tells all See in context

I as an American (Watashi wa Amerikajin desu) One time got missed the last train and was stuck in Kubukicho for the night. That was the most entertaining night I had in my life and I will never forget it. Although I saw some Yakuza in that area, when looking back on it, it did not really seem harmless. I do not know if it is because I look like a young guy or if I was a non Japanese that non of the people bothered me but at the end I had nice conversations with people and had several girls (not prostitutes) want to dance with me as well. To end the day a 7.0 earthquake took place to permanently burn this memory in my mind.

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Posted in: Homeless getting younger and younger See in context

I visited Japan last year and I did not see alot of homeless people. The few I actually came across would stay in the Mcdonald's overnight a few blocks from me and at first I did not realize they were homeless due to the fact that the businessmen stayed in their business suites and the few girls I saw just spent time using the wifi there. It was not until I realized that the Mcdonald's was technically supposed to be closed and one of the businessmen was passed out that I realized the gravity of the situation. I do have to give the Japanese credit, they tend to maintain their dignity while suffering through tough times. In order to improve the situation Japan has to lax it's policies on foreign business domiciling over there (I heard that it is still alittle tough to get a business going over there) and hope that these companies can increase the hiring needed.

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Posted in: Real estate in Japan: A good time to buy or not? See in context

I do not see how a stronger yen is beneficial for a foreigner who is planing to buy real estate in Japan. The stronger yen makes the purchase more expensive, in addition with the current weakened economy in Japan, if you were to buy and apartment and rent it out, how many offers would you get to rent your apartment? I think mopre people are opting to remain at home, especially "herbivore" Japanese men than moving out and looking to rent a place. So if it going to remain unoccupied and you cannot get any income from the apartment, what is the point of investing in it now? Chances are that you might get an opportunity to buy it even cheaper further down the line.

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Posted in: Does J-pop really suck? See in context

I love J-pop, I know alot of Westerners that enjoy the music as well. From Hikaru Utada to even Yui or SID, JPOP has been a very entertaining and alternative type of music to invest your time in.

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Posted in: 'Shallow-brained bureaucrats' crackdown on love hotels unlikely to thwart teen prostitution See in context

Also, Japanese hotels seem to be cleaned more thoroughly than American hotels are. I would trust a Japanese hotel much faster than any other country hotel any day of the week.

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Posted in: 'Shallow-brained bureaucrats' crackdown on love hotels unlikely to thwart teen prostitution See in context

I always wanted to visit a love hotel and even thought of trying to find a way of actually buying one outright since the love hotel industry along with the porn industry is up there with some of the biggest sovereign economies in the world. Now I cannot believe that the Japanese elite would ruin such a staple of Japan. I also can't believe that they are going to make it harder for me to visit one as well. What a sad day for all. Zannen desu ne

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Posted in: Why are Japanese women so eager to bare themselves? See in context

1 in every 500 women is not as bad as it seems. Every woman wants to know that she is wanted at one point or another, maybe the significant other is not making them feel pretty. "Wife- does this make me look fat?" "Husband-.......... sukoshi?" Woman walks away in a huff ha

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Posted in: Utada: 'I don't want to be a helpless adult' See in context

I have so much respect for this woman. Especially after I saw her live in concert and was able to here how she was able to converse and interact with her audience. Nothing seemed rehearsed and it seemed like she was actually speaking from the heart as well.

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Posted in: Japan eyes doubling ground troops on islands close to China, Taiwan See in context

Interesting points, Japan knows that they have to increase foreign citizenship and foreign workers due to their aging society, so if they can lax the immigration and citizenship laws and in return make it that they have to do for a certain amount of time okinawian board control then I think everything will be fine. Japan has to stop being such a homogenous society and realize the old mantra applies "everybody needs somebody sometimes"

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Posted in: Japan entering the age of living alone See in context

I have mixed feelings on this, on one hand you have the concept of "Economies of Scale" where living together allows you to pool your assets together and work as one supposedly working together for a common goal. This in itself is beautiful if you have chosen the spouse or significant other that complements you. I have seen that with my two Japanese friends and I envy them for that, however finding that significant other is like finding a needle in a haystack leading most people to get sick on the amount of hay they have to eat before the finally get down to that needle so living alone in that scenario is awesome. The moral of the story is not to live together just because someone says you should, do it when it feels right.

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Posted in: Leah Dizon to split from husband of two years See in context

Is she even important? I never heard of her and I live in America. I guess 2 years is a long time to be married on the list of celebrity marriages, heck Nick Cage and Lisa Marie Presley were only married for a little more than 3 months and he was infatuated with her father, the KING. So this is a major nonevent. This space could have been used to discuss some other dribble.

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Posted in: What do you think of the banking system in Japan? What are the pros and cons? See in context

When it comes to loans and ccs given to gaijin/"katakana names", the main thing the banks take into consideration is if you lose your job in Japan or decide that you are no longer content living in Japan, that you decide to leave Japan and leave the bank with the bill to remember you by.

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Posted in: In Japan, the customer is not king See in context

I completely understand. On my last visit to Japan, I had the same situation at Mcdonald's as the writer except the cashier said ok he will do it and gave me Ketchup instead. He did not want to say he cannot do it or sorry he just skipped over it. Despite this, I felt that at other stores that the generosity in customer service was indeed sincere. While at a sneaker store in Ikeburkuro, one of the workers there actually told us that they were out of the sneaker that we wanted, however the other store a few blocks away had it. He allowed us to time him while he ran to the other store picked up the sneakers and ran back with them. You would never have anyone do that over here in New York. It left my friend and I with a highlight that shocks everyone that we retell that story to.

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Posted in: What makes Japanese women say, 'I never want to see that jerk again!' See in context

What people forget is that it takes two to date/ be in a relationship. Although we are evaluating what guys are doing to turn girls off, girls need to think about what are they bringing to the table in terms of dating. It cannot just be her good looks, she has to have something interesting to discuss as well as a pleasant personality. At least that is what I look for in a woman/ future partner.

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Posted in: Rock 'n' Roll Circus Tour See in context

Ayumi Hamasaki is amazing. She was one of the few singers that introduced me to Japanese music. Although I have progressed into listening to other Japanese singers, she always will have a soft spot in my heart As an American when I hear singers such as Lady Gaga I weep for the music industry here in America. Music here in the US hit it's peak at the end of the 90's leaving us copying and sampling previous acts.

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