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Posted in: Japan inflation slows to 2.2% in April See in context

Electricity rates going up 46% yes , 46% in June for Kansai and Kyushu.

tell me more about the 2.2% nonsense

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Posted in: New bill will block convicted sex offenders from jobs involving children See in context

Another law 30 years late with no teeth

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Posted in: Japan to introduce online booking for Mount Fuji trail See in context

Why anyone would want to stand in line on a mountain, or for a bowl of noodles for that matter, is beyond me.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers urge proper BOJ response to weak yen See in context

The recent yen intervention cost 70,000 yen per resident of Japan.

this is the second or third time the BOJ has intervened.

just give the residents the cash. The Yen is tanking again.

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Posted in: China 'strongly dissatisfied' with Japan, U.S. interference in Taiwan See in context

US ambassador Chuck Fina was quoted as saying, “ tough toenails”

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 153 range against dollar for 1st time in 34 years See in context

60% loss of purchasing power in 5 years.

Tell me again inflation is 2%

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Posted in: Kiss sells catalog, brand name and IP to Swedish company See in context

Just go away hacks

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Posted in: Takarazuka theater admits to all harassment claims in death of actress See in context

And the jail sentences? Probably none.

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Posted in: Complaints against foreign go-kart drivers increase in Tokyo See in context

Chubby Weebs in cringy suits

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Posted in: BOJ rate hike may help exit of unprofitable 'zombie' firms in Japan See in context

JPY 50% loss of purchasing power in 5 years.

Fire these clowns already

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Posted in: Bank of Japan ends negative interest rate policy, opting for its first hike in 17 years See in context

Gold in yen is off to the races for 5 years now

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Posted in: Eyes on Bank of Japan as unions announce big wage hikes See in context

Unions make up less than 10% of the working population, great

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Posted in: School bullying cases leading to police investigations hit 10-year high See in context

Sounds like teachers not doing their jobs

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Posted in: Wife of slain foster home head still fighting for truth 5 years on See in context

The legal system here is so closed to the public. If you don’t have the shiny pin on your lapel you ain’t in the club. But to reform the legal system means expanding it. Expanding it to more meet the needs of the public requires money and thinking outside the box, two things Japan is extremely stingy with. Also the reform system would need expanding as the police would be required to actually go after criminals who flout the law, yes even the small aggravations like traffic violations, open prostitution, and especially public nuisance.

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Posted in: Tourists banned from private alleys in Kyoto's geisha district See in context

Typical money first, plan second approach to everything nowadays

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Posted in: Japanese Olympic Committee slapped with ¥2 bil in back taxes See in context

The older I get the more I see what a scam the Olympics are.

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Posted in: Execs at 4 major Japanese insurers to take pay cut over price fixing See in context

No laws on the books against this?

oh that would require a larger more functional justice system and active police investigators, which require money….like rubbish bins on the streets or benches

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Posted in: Japan inflation falls to BOJ target of 2% See in context

Purchasing power has decreased 50% in 10 years!

50% not 2%!

wages have only increased for a select group, maybe 10% of the population

meanwhile fuel, food, energy have shot up 20-30%

stop the 2% BS talk please

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Posted in: Japan, now world's No. 4 economy, on steep road to reverse low growth See in context

What we need is a super-duper Olympics!

that will cure everything

and make sure the parliamentarians run the construction effort

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Posted in: Bank of Japan maintains ultra-loose monetary policy See in context

Let’s call it what it is:

Ultra loose Money Printing Policy or MPP

so if they can print it to cover their continuously flawed policy mistakes

why not print it and give it to us as Universal Basic Income ?

Why does UBI always get rejected , yet MPP always get approved?

is it because MPP only works for the 1%?

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Posted in: Japan automakers tap foreign models to drive sales of recreational cars See in context

Macho macho man, I want to be a macho man

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Posted in: Kishida put into corner as secret slush funds scandal falls on him See in context

When you work 70 hours a week it’s hard to find the time to demonstrate against the scoundrels. What a coincidence!

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker Kakizawa indicted over violation of election law See in context

Do you think he could open his own car door?

Pick up his suit from the cleaners?

It’ll drag through the courts, in 3 years he will only pay the fine. Then get hired by an LDP friendly company board do do yet again nothing.

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Posted in: Japan sees record 2.73 mil visitors in December; 25.06 mil for 2023 See in context

Sure signs of a struggling economy, open the floodgates to hordes of tourists and weaken your currency.

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Posted in: Asian shares sink as jitters over Chinese markets prompt heavy selling See in context

Just google gold-yen 5 year chart to see the yen turn to TP

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Posted in: Ruling-party candidate strongly opposed by China wins Taiwan's presidential election See in context

US ambassador Chuck Fina called to congratulate him just after winning.

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Posted in: J-rock legend Yoshiki composing global theme song for Hello Kitty See in context


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Posted in: Japan to partially lift ban on ride-hailing services from April See in context

It’s like pulling teeth

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Posted in: Police panel proposes up to ¥12,000 fine for cycling violations See in context

I propose an expert panel to be convened, comprised of my closest retired police officer friends. This panel of 350 experts will study the problem carefully for 3 years.

compensation for the experts will be lavishly provided , of course. In the end, yellow tickets will be issued, which should be paid promptly. However the key word here is should. Because enforcing the laws requires an active judicial system, which we don’t have.

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