marcelito comments

Posted in: Japanese firms brace for economic contraction after Olympics See in context

The reason for the two decades of zero economic growth is that government after government they have stuck to tight fiscal policy and reduced public works spendings to the lowest level.

No, Japan is mired in ongoing economic coma / ever increasing debt precisely because the idiotic administration after administration keep wasting public funds on unnecessary expenditures and white elephants for their cronies in J Inc year after year instead of adressing the issue which is over regulation of every aspect of Japanese economy ( and society for that matter ) that strangles business inovation . Of course , Shin chan promised to adress that with his MIA third arrow that is still nowhere to be seen, as are most of his other pledges. Sassuga....

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Posted in: Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban' See in context

Go girl....more young ( and older too :) Japanese should stand up to the nonsensical BS " rules & guidelines " ( created decades ago by out of touch oyajis ) that permeate this island rather than blindly submitting to them.

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Posted in: High school student 'forced' to quit school sues Kumamoto Prefecture for a single yen See in context

No doubt about it, Japanese youth these days are like youth everywhere else around the world. Soft and flakes of snow. 

Actually standing up to the system that forces you to do stuff you don,t wanna do takes more balls than going along with it like the rest of the sheep. Did you? ...or is it just easier to spout old man,s blanket critisism?

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Posted in: Japan's households tighten purse strings as sales tax, typhoon hit See in context

All expected, and Abe still does not understand the spending habits of the people here. THAT is the problem!

I think Abe and LDP understand it quite well..its just they don,t give a toss about average Taro& Keiko and their daily struggles. As long as they, their families, cronies and the special interest groups that get them elected ( ie J-Inc and farmers) are given taxpayer handout bribes ( oh sorry I mean growth stimulus measures) to ensure LDP re election , nothing else matters.

Unemployment is 2.4%

That is failure?????

With J population decreasing at an ever accelerating pace and proliferation of pathetically paid part time jobs on minimum wages clearing 10 man or less per month , Mickey Mouse in charge could achieve same unemployment numbers. No, actually Mickey would probably do way better.

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Posted in: Dentsu again found violating rules on overtime hours See in context

Dentsu had been repeatedly recommended by labor authorities since 2010 to correct its overtime working practices.A local labor standard office in Tokyo recommended it correct the situation in September.

Another warning....ah because the last one or the ones before that obviously proved sooo effective. Dentsu must be shaking in its boots.

In October 2017, a court ordered the ad agency to pay 500,000 yen in fines after labor authorities concluded the previous year that Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old new female employee of company, committed suicide in 2015 due to excessive overtime work.

5000 bucks over the poor girl,s death ...beyond words.

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

Might have been better to cut the Tax rate from 8% to 3% for daily necessities, such as food, and leaving the rest at 8%'

Yeah, it might have.... .but nah, can,t do that... .because that might, you know actually benefit the lower class more than the LDP cronies and their companies. We all know full well that LDP is there to look after their own, not the average Taro. Another stimulus paid for by the taxpayer, Ginza club drinks all around for Abe, Aso and co. TIJ.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

As my brother, who happens to be so, prefers the term, "handicapable" to either of them

@Yubaru....Love that one, my best to him mate.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

There were news reports on both NHK and ANN detailing the schedule and the worker was behind schedule.

Yeah right,  no dobt  the "schedule " was conveniently provided by an "honest " bureaucrat aparatchik that was put in charge of trying to cover govt,s ass on this one....this whole BS sure brings back memories of  the  Kake / Kagoike / Ministry of Finance whitewash saga.

Btw, still waiting for your usual " but in country X " much worse happens diversionary comparison...lol.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

Yes it is, because the issue is why the operator was behind schedule. A fully abled person would have been able to work faster and thus keep to the schedule.

If a person with special needs is employed their ability is factored in when it comes to their work schedule ( which would then possibly be ' different' ) from the very beginning of their employment . So there are no " unexpected" delays, unless this worker was suddenly " transferred " to the shredder duty in time for the " coincidental " destruction of those documents. Which of course is entirely possible in the parallel world of ridiculously lame excuses Abe govt is comically expecting the public to believe.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

And the BS continues...Mainichi news headline today

TOKYO -- The Cabinet Office was apparently in possession of backup data for guest lists to a controversial cherry blossom-viewing party hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this spring despite it claiming in the Diet that it had "already discarded" the documents, it has emerged.

The lies never end...How could this be in " honesty" Japan?

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

Yes it is, because the issue is why the operator was behind schedule. A fully abled person would have been able to work faster and thus keep to the schedule.

If a person with special needs is employed their ability is factored in when it comes to their work schedule ( which would then possibly be ' different' ) from the very beginning of their employment . So there are no " unexpected" delays, unless this worker was suddenly " transferred " to the shredder duty in time for the " coincidental " destruction of those documents. Which of course is entirely possible in the parallel world of ridiculously lame excuses Abe govt is comically expecting the public to believe.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

Thats a bloody new low even for Abe and his mouthpiece Suga ( epitome of how to lie with a straight face ) ....trying to use a disabled person as a cover for this. He is so concerned about ' privacy' of the cronies and yakuza connected ' businessmen ' that attended his overblown taxpayer funded parties but has no issue with revealing this irrelevant info. Guess by implication , since the worker supposedly was a special needs person, the shredding cover up should not be questioned anymore ne....Shinchan,s PR time crisis managment 101. Learn something new everyday. Anyway since this issue is hurting Abe,s ratings I,m making a bold prediction.....if it doesnt go away, media will be plastered with headlines about NK in time for Christmas / NY....rockets, abductees...the lot. Tried and proven Kim boogeyman diversion never fails.

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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

It will be interesting how Shin chan walks this political tightrope ...my guess is he will just stall for time to wait until Trump leaves the office.

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Posted in: Man gets life in prison for killing 7-year-old girl in Niigata last year See in context

If proven, anyone who planed to rape and kill a child deserves to be put down like a wild dog ( after getting some of the same treatment in jail preferably ) ...no sympathy here. In this kind of a case spare me the human rights spin and save taxpayer the expense.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Lucky "developer". Windfall without having to take any risk. wonder who the owners/shareholders are.......

Yah...3 guesses what kind of ' anti social ' elements are behind the shell company that owns it....and which political party the 'pipeline' is connected to.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy contractor may have dumped wastewater in Japanese ports: report See in context

Three former employees of Kanto Kosan said the company failed to treat wastewater as contracted and falsified records and test samples, the report said.

Impossible...Japanese are all honest and pure..like cherry blossoms . must be a gaijin running the company... awaiting comment from Gambare and a. alwaysspeakingwisdom

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Posted in: Zero-hour on climate, but U.N. talks in another time zone See in context

However, the desire to have the latest, newest consumer goods will eventually lead to a planet mired in waste and pollution- this civilization is going to fail...

Unfortunately seems that way...human greed is a curse to us all.

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Posted in: U.N. declined Abe's request to speak at Sept climate summit: sources See in context

Was gonna say it won,t be long before LDP Internet soldiers are on here crying victim and poor Japan...and voila , there is Ganbare ...like clockwork :)

the new Environmental Minister, who by the way should be the expert to talk on such issues; but I forgot he has no background in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering.

Thats a bit harsh on Koizumi Jr, if you look at the Japanese ministers, portfolio by portfolio pretty much none of them have experience in the area they supposedly oversee ( my personal favorite remains the hopeless oyaji who was in charge of cybersecurity and never owned a smartphone or used a computer lol )

GREAT NEWS. Hope it sends a message that only effective action is welcome - not platitudes, falese promises, and crass actions - 

Damn...and I was so ready to hear another Shinzo pledge & urge...:) Never mind, with the sakura party scandal beginning to bite, surely a new catchy ' pledge ' to divert attention is being prepared as we speak.:)

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

The Daimaru Umeda department store in Osaka said on Thursday that it had hoped to encourage bonding by having menstruating staff wear a badge featuring an existing manga character named "Seiri Chan" - loosely translated as "Miss Period".

You can,t make this stuff up, seriously.....whether it was originally suggested by male or a female employee..this is one of those ' only in Japan ' moments.

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

As night follows day expect the next piece of govt stats to show some positive indicator , whatever it maybe to try make it look like LDP has at least a little grip...of course we can also all get ready for another record supplementary budget pork barell with more of the same gifts to J Inc under the guise of tax breaks for housing , cars and of course the indespensible construction splurge excused as ' reconstruction or disaster prevention or whatever else...with a few billion thrown to the farmers of course.....Hail to the next LDP election victory.

With Tokyo 2020 just around the corner, plus salary bonus, and New Year gift buying, expect an uptick in spending real soon. Promising times ahead.

Always entertaining ...thanks gambare...now just waiting for alwaysspeaking....to pop in with a useful overseas comparison .

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

Star-viking

marcelito, this is conspiracy-theory level stuff. The paper has a proper disclaimer, and we will have to wait to see how the final peer-reviewed paper is.

You can call it conspiracy if you like but the financial support by pro Jgovt , pro J- Inc foundations ( = pro N- power ) is a fact acknowledged by the authors.

And as for your animus towards the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, do a Google Scholar search for it, with the words "Grant-in-aid" added: around 129,000 results.

Not questioning the fact JSPS disburses a lot of funds at all but my point is it is a quasi govt amakudari agency with ex govt bureaucrats with ties to the Ministry of Science and Technology....so it is hardly impartial when it comes to the N-power debate.

You know its kind of like the conspiracies when tobacco companies used to finance health expert studies that provided no conclusive proof tobacco is linked to cancer...:)

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

No no.....I refuse to believe this..just a few days ago NHK reported that the downturn after this latest hike is less severe than previous times...and now this?....NHK never lies and Jgovt never fudges stats...impossible.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

@Don Palmer

Bet it was some research tank / university expert with a grant that can be traced to N power interests as usual.

"And you would be wrong, as usual."

Except that Im not since your linked paper acknowledges "financial support " from Japan Society for Promotion of Science and Murata Science Foundation - aka Japanese Government and J -Inc....we all know what their position on N power is, don't we?

Nuclear waste. I don’t know anything about it except it seems to be common knowledge that it’s a mess to dispose of.

And common knowledge, as is often the case, is wrong."

Really?....If its not difficult to dispose of why is Japan having such a hard time figuring out a solution?...Be it the contaminated water in Daiichi tanks or waste from the other reactors?  Perhaps you could offer your serices in enlightening the J govt and industry and providing an easy solution?

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

@Star viking - What are you taking about? The article says that Tohoku Electric expects to pay 340 billion yen on the countermeasures.

What Im talking about is that TE expects to pay 340 billion , and it pays 35 billion per year in additional fuel replacement cost as the article states ( vis below )....so thats roughly 10 years of the extra fuel costs saved just to recover the countermeasures spending as it is today , that what Im talking about...

Tohoku Electric applied for a safety screening for the No. 2 reactor in December 2013, and its restart would save the utility 35 billion yen annually in fuel costs.

@Don Palmer The underlying paper is from The IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn Germany funded by the Deutsche Post Foundation."

Well....on the first page of the paper you quote it has a disclaimer that states -* Any opinions in this paper are those of the authors and not IZA and IZA takes no institutional policy positions....so the paper is not IZA official opinion paper but merely as it says "preliminary work circulated to encourage discussion " by the authors ....also containing another nice disclaimer "citation of such paper should account for its provisional character*** " which of course you conveniently don,t mention.

Tellingly, , the author researchers "*acknowledge support from Ministry of Health ,Labour and Welfare of Japan ***"** in providing figures for the research and also " *acknowledge financial support from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science,** ( a quasi government agency aka amakudari hotbed that used to be under auspices of Ministry of Education,Culture,, Sports , Science and Technology till 2003 and*

*Murata Science Foundation**, ( run by Murata Electronics, a major J-Inc player company ).*

So much for impartiality.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

Also, a recent research paper found that over 20,000 additional deaths have resulted from the increased use of fossil fuels in Japan since the reactors were all shut down, mostly due to increased air pollution.

I call BS on that ..20,000 additional deaths in Japan since 2011 due to Japan,s use of extra imported LNG / fossil fuels... who funded the researchers " for this paper?

Bet it was some research tank / university expert with a grant that can be traced to N power interests as usual.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

marcelito, the costs of the extra LNG that Japan has had to buy to cover the shuttered nuclear reactors runs to between 10 and 15 trillion yen per year, 30 to 45 times the total Tohoku Electric will spend

But then you are comparing LNG imports for the whole country , not just Tohoku Electric which as the article says spends 35 billion per year...so thats 10 years operation for them. If we were to compare apples with apples we would need the cost of restarts for all the idled plants vs the total cost of Japans imports.....then again as zichi rightly points out, that doesnt even begin to describe the picture of the total clean up fo Daiichi mess, future decomissioning and storage etc....as we all know, the taxpayer will be hit for those.... profits to the power companies and future expenses to the taxpayer...what a sweet deal for the N village.

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Posted in: Gov't considers expanding part-timers' pension coverage See in context

The move comes as the government aims to increase pensions people receive...

BS..this is about to get more people paying into the ponzi scheme and kicking the can down the road as the below says.

If realized, the two-step expansion will bring 650,000 workers into the employee pension system.

The current employee pension program targets part-timers at firms with at least 501 employees who work 20 hours or more a week and are paid monthly salaries of 88,000 yen or more.

So they wanna take money off people on 900bucks a month but rich housewives whose husbands are in say top 10 to 20% of earners get a free ride with pension, healthcare etc whilst their lives are filled up with daily  ladies lunches, yoga and English lessons.....unfreakingbelievable the system here.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

Its operator, Tohoku Electric, expects to spend 340 billion yen on the measures, ....

Over 3 billion dollars...how long do they want to keep this aging plant going to just recoup all the costs ....what happened to the 30 year limit and restarts only in " exceptional circumstances"....oh thats right , the LDP mafia thats in bed with the N industry got back into power. Just imagine all those cushy " advisor" amakudari jobs for retired LDP and bureaucratic fatcats. Can,t loose that, can we.....and if s&%t hits the fan?...Oh well just utter something about " nobody could have foreseen this" , investigate yoursleves , find nobody is responsible for making any decision whatsoever and in the worst case scenario take a golden parachute and enjoy luxury retirement. Lets restart more of these rusting reactors.... Japan couldnt possibly survive without them...Oh wait..just ignore that it largely did since 2011.

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Posted in: 15 tons of sweet potatoes stolen in Ibaraki See in context

On Sept 30, a farmer in Ibaraki City reported that 2.7 tons of harvested sweet potatoes had been stolen from his facility, and investigators are now looking into the possibility that the two crimes were carried out by the same thieves.

Damn, Ibaraki sweet potato mafia strikes again....surely the black market for sweet potatoes cant be that big.

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