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Posted in: Japan to sell extra bonds to fund ¥108.2 tril coronavirus stimulus See in context

Nothing to worry about issuing government bonds to finance the fight against the corona virus. It’s amazing that too many people don’t know the simple fact that someone’s debt is another person’s asset. Increased government debts means increased assets in the private sector.

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Posted in: Suspected ringleader of huge coordinated ATM scam entered N Korea See in context

North Korea is so short of cash that they’ve had to commit crimes throughout the world to raise money, like printing counterfeit US $100 bills and NK embassy staff selling drugs in Sweden.

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Posted in: Teacher suspended for slapping student on head and kicking him for 35 minutes See in context

To protect children from further violence, the crazed teacher’s employment should be terminated immediately without a severance pay.

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Posted in: Koike pressures Abe to declare state of emergency See in context

More than 100,000 people die of pneumonia every year in Japan and yet no lockdowns have ever been declared. It seems to me that Koike is trying to score points for the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial election in which she seeks a second term.

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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

What the government should do right now is not handling out two washable face masks per household but giving enough money to face mask manufacturers with a pledge that the government will buy all masks they produce.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says people can enjoy cherry blossoms next year See in context

Koike was overreacting to ban cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo when people just wanted to stroll around in parks while keeping enough social distance from other strollers. She’s coming up for re-election in June. Maybe she wanted to sell the image that she’s the governor who can do the job.

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Posted in: Tokyo's delayed Olympics: Who pays bills for another year? See in context

Will it really be able to postpone the Games a year in order to have them in a “complete way?” My bet is that the IOC will announce cancellation of Tokyo 2020 Olympics before the year is out.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

Listening to advice of these infectious disease experts, the government fumbled its initial response to the viral outbreak.

My sympathy is with the K-1 kick boxing organizers and boxers. They would have lost a lot of money and income if the event had been called off and the government had no plan to compensate for the loss they would have suffered if they complied to the government’s request.

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Posted in: Gov't calls for utility payment deferment due to coronavirus See in context

Offering low-interest loans to small businesses? What a heartless, cruel government. Why don’t they just give them money to compensate for lost revenues.

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Posted in: Gov't considers cash handouts to households to ease virus impact See in context

If the government is serious about buoying persons spending, they should abolish the consumption tax instead of handing out chicken feed.

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Posted in: Plane leaves Japan for Greece to collect Olympic flame See in context

The flight to and from Greece will not be wasted. They will bring back the Olympic flame, keep it alight for a year and fourth months for Tokyo 2021 Games.

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Posted in: Sales tax cut emerging as option as gov't battles coronavirus fallout See in context

“Sales tax revenue was important to fund social welfare costs “

Wrong. The government raised the consumption tax just to reduce corporate tax rates and bolster stock prices.

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Posted in: Doubts growing in Japan over Tokyo Olympics See in context

It’s beginning to look like we’re going to have a nice quiet summer this year.

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Posted in: What would an Olympics cancelation cost Japan? See in context

At least construction companies won’t suffer much from a possible cancellation or postponement now that most of the construction work for the Olympics has already been done and bills have been collected.

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Posted in: Abe tells Trump Japan preparing for Tokyo Olympics as planned See in context

Canceling the Olympics is not acceptable for both athletes and millions of people around the world looking forward to the Games. Postponing the whole event by a year sounds like a sensible solution. The only loser would be Abe, who won’t be prime minister by then.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son criticized for offering free coronavirus tests See in context

The trouble with Son’s testing method is that it’s not accurate enough: it can produce a large number of false positive and false negative results, giving people a false sense of anxiety or reassurance. You haven’t heard of the Bayes’ theorem, have you?

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Posted in: Japan begins coronavirus travel restrictions for China, S Korea See in context

A voluntary quarantine. What’s that supposed to mean?

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Posted in: Coronavirus uncertainties deal heavy blow to Japan's auto industry See in context

Going global is fine until something beyond human control happens. The car makers are suffering from the consequences of shifting parts production to another country.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

It’s obvious that Abe decided to take the new quarantine measures simply because the planned state visit by Chinese Premier has been postponed. Apparently Abe was more concerned about the state visit than protecting lives of people living in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't urges people to refrain from cherry blossom parties in parks See in context

Sitting under the cherry trees in groups, drinking and eating and talking in loud voices is not a pretty sight. It’s time for us to quietly appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms.

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Posted in: Woman, 41-year-old son dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

Two decades of tight fiscal policy and spending cuts are partly to blame for this kind of murder suicides.

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Posted in: Transportation, tourism sectors hit hard by virus outbreak See in context

I hope people have realized the danger of depending too much on inbound tourism, something that is beyond our control. Japan should abandon the balanced budget policy that have hindered growth for the past two decades and start investing in domestic markets and infrastructure.

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Posted in: Man arrested over theft of 5,800 bicycle seats See in context

What this guy needs is not counseling for mental illness but a prison term during which to reflect upon his folly.

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Posted in: Abe urges 2-week curb on big events to stem coronavirus spread See in context

Prime minister Abe’s salary should also be curtailed or scrapped until the viral outbreak is under control. His government failed to take necessary measures to contain the spread of the virus in the first place.

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Posted in: Q&A: Things to know about Tokyo Olympics and spreading virus See in context

If the Olympics were to be canceled, it would be a terrible blow to the Japanese government, companies that paid millions for sponsorship as well as hotels and other accommodations counting on foreign visitors. But since billions of dollars worth of broadcasting rights are at stake, cancellation or postponement is unlikely. They’ll most likely settle on a change of venue.

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Posted in: Japanese restaurant in Paris vandalized with 'coronavirus' graffiti See in context

Did they also vandalize Chinese restaurants in Paris?

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

The Health minister acknowledges that the viral outbreak has entered a new phase and yet neither his ministry nor the government has taken proper measures to contain the spread of the epidemic, including a total ban on Chinese visitors.

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Posted in: Tax-free retailer Laox to solicit early retirements due to new virus See in context

Smart move. It’s time to shift away from a tourism-dependent economy that the Abe government has been touting for the last 7 years, and concentrate on domestic markets.

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Posted in: Coronavirus infection cases spread further in Japan See in context

The Health minister believes the coronavirus “has yet to reach a state of an epidemic “

It’s obvious that the Abe government is not serious about protecting Japanese lives from the virus, which seems far more infectious than previously thought. An immediate ban on all inbound travelers from China is the least Abe can do to contain the epidemic.

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Posted in: Police crackdown nets over 15,000 tailgating violations in 2019 See in context


Cops would be more helpful and sympathetic now than when you encountered the road rager.

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