Consumer spending hasn’t recorded since it dropped dramatically after the 2014 consumption tax hike . Raising the rate to 10 percent in this economic condition is sheer madness. I hope the government comes to senses and scrap the planned tax hike altogether.
4 ( +4 / -0 )
Ghosn will get a fair trial. No doubt about that. Unlike in France where the rich and powerful often get away with wrongdoings, the law applies to everyone in Japan. I just wondered. Did Ghosn get his bail money back?
-24 ( +7 / -31 )
Mont Saint Michel is a nice alternative, though a bit too far from Paris.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
France is a nuclear power with highly developed industries and deep culture. Surely it has enough resources and money to rebuild Notre Dame without outside support?
0 ( +9 / -9 )
I’m all in favor of Japan’s cooperation with China. But first, China should stop its constant violations of Japanese waters and air space, as well as aggressive military expansion in the South China Sea.
14 ( +17 / -3 )
At 62, Mr.Furuse is not getting a full pension. He will be entitled to the basic old age pension when he turns 65 in addition to the Kosei-nenkin he is receiving now.
4 ( +4 / -0 )
Shrinking population would have been a problem in the pre-industrial revolution world but not in the 21st century. We can more than make up for a decrease in population by increasing productivity. What’s all the fuss about?
1 ( +3 / -2 )
Eating well for years can cause a variety of ailments. Humble meals served in the detention center should help lower Ghosn’s cholesterol level.
-13 ( +27 / -40 )
I just hope the new Boeing won’t crash.
0 ( +7 / -7 )
Mr Gao Feng doesn’t have to worry about “mutual trust in both countries.” China destroyed it completely a long time ago.
4 ( +11 / -7 )
Will the plaintiffs be able prove that their scores were good enough to have passed the entrance exams? Good luck, ladies!
-8 ( +0 / -8 )
Looks like another case of forced confession and false conviction that ruined an innocent person’s life.
10 ( +10 / -0 )
I admire Mr Muto’s courage and resourcefulness. But if I get like him, shoot me.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
A former pop singer had an affair with her ex-boyfriend, then confessed on her blog and her husband forgave her. Do I need to know that?
11 ( +12 / -1 )
Abe pledged to pay 300 billion yen of taxpayers’s money to develop the Northern Territories and now this. Japan has nothing to lose if it takes years to solve the territorial dispute with Russia. Take your time, Putin. You won’t be around forever.
-3 ( +1 / -4 )
Looks like Ghosn has taken to wearing a baseball cap. It kind of suits him.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
The prosecution has a 99.9 percent conviction rate simply because prosecutors only indict cases where they are 100 percent sure they can get a conviction.
7 ( +9 / -2 )
It’s Ghosn ‘s family, not his lawyers. who submitted a document to the UN working group. I hope this tactic will not backfire.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
Abe has met Putin twelve times and nothing was achieved. But it may be a good thing for Japan that Russia has stiffened it standce on the territorial negotiations, since Abe , in exchange for an immediate return of the two bigger islands, was on the verge of selling off the rest of the Northern Territories to Russia.
3 ( +7 / -4 )
Acquiring the Aegis Ashore is money down the drain. The exorbitantly pricy defense system will not be an effective deterrent against North Korean nuclear threat. Why doesn’t anyone say the obvious solution—-a nuclear armed Japan.
4 ( +5 / -1 )
I’ve never seen anyone eating with chopsticks in one hand and a cigarette in the other. You’d have to be a really dexterous person to be able to do that.
2 ( +8 / -6 )
It’s beginning to look like Trump is going to recognize a nuclear-armed North Korea in exchange for Kim’s promise not to develop ICBM’s capable of reaching the mainland US.. The biggest loser will be Japan.
4 ( +4 / -0 )
How can they predict another powerful earthquake when they couldn’t predict the quake that hit Hokkaido last year ? Earthquake prediction is a quasi science and the government should stop wasting money on it.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
Being held in a Russian POW camp is about the worst thing that could happen to you. Of more than 100,000 Germans who surrendered after the battle of Stalingrad, only six thousand returned to Germany alive after WW2.
5 ( +6 / -1 )
The elderly couple must be devastated over the death of their grand daughter. I suppose the dog had to be destroyed.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
From now on, I’m not going to eat oden at convenience stores. You never know what’s in it.
-4 ( +2 / -6 )
How could Abe refuse Trump’s request? After all, Japan is a country that depends totally on US for its defense.
-2 ( +3 / -5 )
The LDP has been taken over by globalists like Mr. Suga. Recognizing an ethnic minority as an indigenous people could undermine the Japanese national identity and divide the nation.
-15 ( +1 / -16 )
It’s obvious that the only viable option is restarting the existing nuclear power plants. We shouldn’t waste time on such hoaxes as solar and wind powers. They won’t get anyone anywhere.
-5 ( +3 / -8 )