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Posted in: Sunak gives British economy a boost to see out COVID crisis, but tax rises ahead See in context

"... borrowing will be much bigger next financial year than thought..."

So they will spend the money from now and then borrow that same money later on. Does that make any sense? Answer: nope. 

Raising individual taxes amid depressed private demand and low inflation makes absolutely no sense at all, unless you actually want to tank the economy.

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Posted in: 13 killed after semitruck hits SUV carrying 25 people in California See in context


That is not true. Canada has the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Temporary Foreign Workers Program....

No, what I said is true. LEGAL workers enter through those programs, not ILLEGAL ones, as in the US. Their conditions are regulated and better supervised, so for example, 24 dont get crammed in a single vehicle, unbeknownst to the authorities until many die horribly.

Japan has a large pool of illegal labor such as Vietnamese, Indonesians and South Americans, particularly from Brazil.

There are some, but not "large" as in 10 to 20 million as in the US. Japan sent most of the Brazilians home when they weren't needed and will be sending home many of the Vietnamese with expired visas when Covid ends. Suggesting the situation here is comparable to in the US is absurd.

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Posted in: 13 killed after semitruck hits SUV carrying 25 people in California See in context

The American economy would collapse without them.

It's a myth that a wealthy country needs a huge army of exploited foreign and illegal workers in order to survive. Canada, Japan, and a host of other don't, and their economies are in many ways stronger, including the farming sector.

Amerca's current situation ensures its super wealthy will get even wealthier, while working-class living standards remain close to developing world levels.

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Posted in: Ticket to ride: Vaccine passports divide world See in context

Germany is also against giving a vaccinated minority privileges denied everyone else...

So what? In rural parts of the US and many other countries, only a minority of population has conventional passports. During AIDs, many countries required an AIDS test certificate to get a visa. This is ridiculous logic.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs record ¥106.61 tril budget for FY2021 See in context

We adults can by and large take care of ourselves.

The private sector can't take care of itself during a pandemic like we have now. Govt spending and support are needed in such times to avoid massive bankruptcies and eventually a meltdown of the economy.

Just like 2008, the Great Depression, the 90s bubble and so on.

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Posted in: Local governments and medical associations should create a role-sharing system between hospitals in the region, with private hospitals supporting public hospitals that take care of coronavirus patients on the front line. See in context

The "structural issue" is private ownership. Just nationalize more hospitals, maybe around half, and problem solved.

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Posted in: 2 men found guilty over maglev train project bid-rigging See in context

isn't RIGGING the norm in these industries??

yeah, and that basically is what the defense lawyers argued.

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Posted in: Japan job availability up, unemployment down in January See in context


"reality is harsh and faraway from painted picture folks..."

Japan is actually faring relatively well economically during the pandemic, according to quite a few analysts around the world. Global investors love Japan these days.

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Posted in: Asian shares rise on hopes for U.S. stimulus package See in context

 then why is Japan waiting for the US to print more. 

Huh? Japan has had the OECD's most aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus programs for the past 20 years.

 Japan step up and flood the world with yen...

The world wouldn't have much use for yen. It would need to be converted into local currency to buy or invest in anything, and that conversion process would bring all the yen back to home to Japan.

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Posted in: Side with citizens, not military, Myanmar expat urges Japan, ASEAN See in context

Why is it Japan’s responsibility to wade into a local conflict that is half a continent away?

Japan's economic stake in Myanmar through its investment is larger than all other countries combined. That's why.

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Posted in: Myanmar police crack down on protests; at least 5 dead See in context

How long will the west stand by and watch this happen?

The west? The US announced sanctions a week ago, targeting junta members's financial interests. Japan, by contrast, has announced nothing apart from recommending "discussions" between the 2 sides.

The Japanese are the biggest investors in Myanmar by far, bigger than all others combined, and will not do anything that risks their huge financial stake in the sanctions.

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Posted in: As an increasing number of people use motorcycles to avoid the three Cs -- closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings -- amid the coronavirus pandemic, the initiative is also aimed at creating an inviting environment for motorcyclists. See in context

Private cars are also good when carrying family members. How about an incentive for them as well to ease the crowding on trains and buses, which has nearly returned to its crushing level of the pre-Covid era.

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Posted in: Are bidet-type toilets a health hazard? See in context

Using warm water to clean one's body is unnatural?

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Posted in: Nikkei plunges over 1,200 points to below 29,000; biggest drop in 4 years See in context

Long term interest rates go higher because investors think there will be more inflation ahead due to an economic boom in the US triggered by massive stimulus plus a solid recovery from covid. That reduces the risk premium of stocks, so the investors get out of stocks. It seems like a short term trend, as the economic recovery will eventually lead to higher earnings for companies, and then watch stocks rise again. The lesson: buy now, when prices are at bargain level.

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Posted in: Japan set to halt new development aid to Myanmar: report See in context

Japan only cares about its corporations' massive investment in the country, which is more than any other country's combined.

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Posted in: Athletes will be in the athletes' village, and their quarantine can be managed, but it will be difficult to manage and isolate foreign tourists in the same way. See in context

Foreign tourists? It is heartening to know that international travel will be back on track in Japan by this summer. I'm dying to get away to a tropical beach in Thailand.

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Posted in: Nissan ex-CEO tells Japanese court Ghosn's pay was too low See in context

An American, he has been charged with financial misconduct in failing to fully disclose Ghosn's future compensation.

I'm no tax accounting expert, but such future compensation was non-existent at that point in time. So it's illegal to conceal something that doesn't exist? That's a very onerous obligation, it seems to me.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chief says gender equality efforts as important as virus containment See in context

defeat covid first, and then worry about "gender equality."

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

I checked Toyota's PR and it stated, “using traditional Japanese wood joinery." So some of this project reflects a certain amount of nationalistic pride, rather than being just about science, technology and efficiency. There's a reason modern joinery superseded the old types - because it's better. It's called evolution.

And nary a mention made of the buildings' thermal performance, which should be a priority, given the tendency of homes here to leak energy like sieves, becoming freezing inside in winter, boiling hot in summer and gobbling up unnecessary amounts of energy.

Other Japanese "smart cities" have been criticized for little more than commercial showcases for selling electricity-consuming Japanese gadgets. This appears little different.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

Why isn't the company named or at least the companies that put in bids. Some info on the tender would be good too, as this story almost indicates an opaque selection process.

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context


They didn't come to Japan illegally (information garnered from the article) 

Not come, but staying illegality -- "she came to Japan in March last year on a temporary visitor's visa."

= tourist.


Vietnam is one of the poorest nations on earth and is the cheapest.

No it isn't.

Worldbank: "Vietnam’s development over the past 30 years has been remarkable. Economic and political reforms under Đổi Mới, launched in 1986, have spurred rapid economic growth, transforming what was then one of the world’s poorest nations into a lower middle-income country."

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

Poor people, they were just trying to get by.

They come from the world's fastest growing economy, (which has also done the world's best job at fighting the coronavirus), with a jobless rate of around 2%. They came to Japan illegally because they wanted to make more money than they could at home.

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

What a Kafkaesque hell.

Which can happen when you illegally enter a country (as a tourist but for the sole purpose of working). People who do that need to realize that what they are doing is not only illegal but highly risky.

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Posted in: Japan considers creating waiting lists for COVID-19 vaccine: Kono See in context

Kono also cast doubt on the idea of using COVID-19 vaccine certification for official purposes, including using it as a kind of vaccine passport to permit international travel, saying to do so would discriminate against those who cannot be inoculated... because of allergy.

Oh, for crying out loud. What an insane idea. Let's have a medical expert, and not a politician, in charge of this program.

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Posted in: New documentary paints disturbing picture of Woody Allen See in context

The courts can be manipulated.

That's not an issue. The Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale–New Haven Hospital determined that Allen did NOT molest Dylan, after a month-long investigation.

If Allen can "manipulate" that kind of process, - not once but twice - then he has more power than anyone on Earth.

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Posted in: Japanese citizen injured in Paris acid attack See in context

There is currently no information on the assailants....

Why not? There were at least three witnesses, according to the story.

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Posted in: New documentary paints disturbing picture of Woody Allen See in context

The film strongly implies that he might have successfully derailed the two official investigations....

If you make that kind of allegation, you need proof and evidence. "Implying" and "might" aint gonna cut it. Or it shouldn't cut it. Sadly, today we live in a time when people's feelings supersede evidence and proof, as seen with Trump's "stop and steal campaign," the Yewtree probe's attempt to destroy the reputations of innocent men and other purges.

Prove it with evidence or shut up.

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Posted in: There will be demand for travel during the spring school holidays in March, so we should think of doing a Go To campaign to properly support the tourism industry then. See in context

Household income is really strong, with the median figure seeing a big increase, so an incentive travel scheme isn't really needed.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

I dont get it. The official PM's residence is a huge modern glass clad structure built in 2002, not a 1929 structure.

I see it often on NHK news.

Sell both properties if they aren't being used. Use the proceeds to fund more recreational and greenery projects in the capital. And let the PMs live in their own little apartments.

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Posted in: Japanese airman, U.S. instructor killed in training jet crash in U.S. See in context

killing two people aboard including a member of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force...

How about writing instead, "killing a member of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force and his American instructor.

Nah, why bother.

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