Mike Wyckoff comments

Posted in: Imperial visit See in context

What does that say? A place with no seats for tired tourists, for the old, for families, is an unfriendly place. It is saying "do not linger here, don't get comfortable, stay on your feet, take your pictures and move on, you are not welcome".

It says, "don't loiter here, commoner. Now, move along."

And, what's wrong with that? It's not exactly a public park.

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Posted in: Trump asked Abe to allow one of his top donors to open casino in Japan: report See in context

It's the President's job to promote US business abroad.

Sure, in the plural! But not a single business, and certainly not if said business owner gave him money.

Google: "Conflict of Interest".

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Posted in: Trump asked Abe to allow one of his top donors to open casino in Japan: report See in context

That damn swamp is growing larger by the day!

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Posted in: Tokyo named world's best city for 3rd year in row outside U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler poll See in context

Not quite sure what the title is saying? Is this a survey of Americans of what the best city outside their own border is??

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Posted in: Abe says Japan would welcome Britain into TPP See in context

If Australia can take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, what's the problem?

The only thing more ridiculous then that is South Africa joining the USMCA (NAFTA) trade agreement

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Posted in: Abe says Japan would welcome Britain into TPP See in context

"Trans Pacific trade pact"

What part of the Pacific is Britain located in?? Maybe my geography is a bit off.

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Posted in: Fukuoka senior arrested for stealing a single grape See in context

But honestly, the shop owner sounds like a bunch of sour grapes.

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Posted in: Fukuoka senior arrested for stealing a single grape See in context

If only he had heard of Costco, he might have gotten 2 or 3 grapes!

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Posted in: 6-month-old baby dies after being left unattended at unlicensed daycare center See in context

US military does this so members can live close by and allow pay parity between soldier in Hawaii and soldier in Nebraska).

And the US has the the largest military payroll in the world, spends huge % of GDP and is financially the most debt ridden country in the world. Are you suggesting Japan go that route given their demographics?

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Posted in: Household spending in Japan posts biggest rise in three years See in context

It was the second consecutive month of gains following a 0.1 percent increase in July, prompting the ministry to say household spending is "beginning to pick up,"

No economist in their right mind would say it’s beginning to pick up until at least a quarter of steady 1%+ growth. This LDP propaganda machine is a joke! 0.1% is barely a heart beat.

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Posted in: Opposition parties criticize cabinet reshuffle, Aso's reappointment See in context

However, the JDP should put up or shut up. They have not been able to mount any sort of real challenge or hold the power for many decades.

Ummm, the JDP was just created prior to the last lower house election.

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

Gotta love the paradox of "improving tourism services" and "promoting tourism" by taxing tourists

Life is full of paradoxes, man. You pay income tax don't you? That income taxes props up the gov't and without a gov't chaos reins and you don't have a job anymore...

> This will really help the old stereotype that Kyoto folk do be stingy.

You've confused Kyoto with Osaka again.

> Why tax the tourists bringing good money into the economy, shouldn't it be the other way round?

What do you think the duty free shopping is???

> most likely it will be spent at kyaba and auto salons.

Or, unlike the federal gov't, there is a lot more scrutiny at the city level and without said money, the subway can't run...

> Hopefully some of the funds will be used to have more signs/info in more languages for visitors driving, taking buses or just walking around Kyoto.

That is EXACTLY what the airport departure tax will be used for. This $2 tax will help expand bus routes and the number of buses on the road, driver salaries and possibly subway expansion.

> What are the taxes to be used for?

This $2 tax will help expand bus routes and the number of buses on the road, driver salaries and possibly subway expansion.

> Greedy government biting the hand the feeds it

More accurately, Overworked mother asking her kid to carry their own dishes to the kitchen.

> While I admit that ¥200 is not a lot for accomadation that I usually stay in (under ¥20000) I still would not want to pay it out of principle.

I guess that I won't be staying in Kyoto again. As Mocheake says, it has just become a tourist trap.

Bye Felicia!

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

You watch tourist numbers fall dramatically because of this cash grab.

Yeah that $2 fee is gonna sting! Still cheaper than Osaka and Tokyo’s “cash grab”

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

the tax is meant to "ease congestion," but that is the exact opposite of what the government wants, which is to double the number of tourists to japan. and one way to "improve tourist services" is to make more affordable lodging available. this tax does neither. 

You must be confusing the LDP and the Kyoto city council. Kyoto city has been (for a long time) against an increase in tourism. You can see it even in the way Kyotoites vote in elections.

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

Lol the majority of you must not live in or visit Kyoto very much. The city is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades due to the huge number of tourists that have inundated the city. I live here and before 2012 it would take me 24 minutes (exactly) to get across the city, now it takes over an hour mainly due the huge number of tour and city buses as well as taxis.

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Posted in: Record 385 foreigners in Japan stripped of resident status in 2017 See in context

I’m curious how many (if any) PR were stripped of their status or is that not possible?

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Posted in: Record 385 foreigners in Japan stripped of resident status in 2017 See in context

Tokyo is set to open the door to blue-collar laborers from abroad next April and upgrade the ministry's Immigration Bureau to an agency to respond to the anticipated surge in foreign workers.

ANTICIPATED?!?!

Clearly the message about hours long lines currently at the immigration office in Kyoto has yet to be received. If I want to renew my child’s visa I will have to take a day off work.

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Posted in: Despite typhoons, endurance swimmer is 1,852 km across Pacific See in context

"Man swims across the Pacific Ocean"

gives the impression he is going non-stop. It's a very different story to let's say,

"Man swims in ocean for 8 hours a day, then takes 16 hours break on a boat, gets back in water at roughly the same spot although we can't be 100% precise, and continues to swim, bit by bit."

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Posted in: Man bolts after police visit his home to arrest him on assault charge See in context

Police went to arrest him at 5:40am? Sounds like they really wanted to catch him off guard, and if thats the case, why didnt they surround the house?

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Posted in: Mother, 6-year-old daughter killed in car crash See in context

Unless the 28-year old was speeding then the woman turning left is at fault, since the former was going straight through. It's possible they were both trying to race the light.

Easy now, if the light car was turning right on a right turn signal then the car going straight is in the wrong for failure to stop.

How about we not jump to conclusions and let the police carry out the investigation.

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Posted in: Pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan See in context

Buy JAPANESE!!!

Even Japanese companies are making their electronics overseas now.

But It's the J-govt own fault for heavily subsidizing Japanese electronic companies for years and years and laying fat duties on foreign made electronics until the mid-late 00's.

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Posted in: Trump congratulates Abe on 'HUGE' re-election in Japan See in context

Ganbare Japan!

It will be party time for PM Abe and Trump in New York next week as they celebrate the massive unprecedented win by PM Abe!

On whose tax dollar would you like them to party it up???

"Massive" is most apt a word to describe the level of propoganda you're bot-ing out.

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant caps dinner price, and after that, anything you order is free See in context

a.k.a. tabehoudai - all-you-can-eat

How is this news??

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Posted in: Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll rose 'like magic' See in context

Only 64 people died as a result of the storm. That’s a lot but not catastrophic. 

Except, it was closer to 3,000 as found by an independent investigation. But why the hell should Trump care how many people died, he should be LEADING not armchair quarterbacking recovery. If FEMA failed, he should be front and center saying WTF?

THE HARD TRUTH IS Puerto Ricans can’t vote so the US government really doesn’t give a crap, thus 1-year later and still no power. Meanwhile after 3-4 days without power in Hokkaido, it was national headlines.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl, 2-year-old brother killed in car crash See in context

My heart goes out to those poor children.

How about NOT:

STOPPING in the passing lane

of a HIGHWAY

with a BlIND turn

at NIGHT

in the RAIN!

i don’t care what your love for animals tells you, care for ones passengers should be paramount.

The seatbelt usage is irrelevant in this case as the people in the backseat, adults or children are sitting ducks. Although, it is a MAJOR issue that needs addressing in Japan. I’ve seen it far too often and it’s sickening.

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Posted in: Quake reveals Japan woefully unprepared to help foreigners in disasters See in context

Nope nope nope,

tourists and visitors should be contacting their embassy or consulate in times of emergency. It is not the responsibility of local governments to provide language translation services.

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Posted in: Osaka's tourism industry hit hard by typhoon See in context

Maybe locals in Kansai can start to really appreciate the large number of Asians, especially Chinese, who visit there in large numbers.

This isn't to say all my Japanese acquaintances who live in Kansai think this way, but many have hardly anything positive to say about the large number of tourists that have started visiting there the last 10 years.

As a local here in Kyoto, the lack of tourists is a HUGE breath of fresh air. I was able to drive to work in under 1 hour for the first time in 2 years. On top of that, parking lots aren't full, and you can actually walk down the street without tourists stopping mid-stride to take pictures of themselves.

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Posted in: Osaka's tourism industry hit hard by typhoon See in context

Perhaps, now, the gov't will see the flaw in relying so heavily on tourism to boost the economy. Then again the LDP has little representation from Kansai, perhaps not...

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Posted in: Japan's household spending rebounds as wages rise, trade woes cloud outlook See in context

With a massive downturn in tourism on the way - associated clean-up costs for the two latest disasters

Those two things you mentioned usually cancel each other out as the cleanup "costs" are actually an injection of money into the economy via infrastructure/other repairs as well as insurance company payouts.

The downside is more likely to be a rise in Yen as money is often repatriated after a large natural disaster.

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Posted in: Japan's household spending rebounds as wages rise, trade woes cloud outlook See in context

Wages up, spending up, economy strong. But, still some people complain.

I'm curious to hear whether YOUR wage went up this past quarter.

Do the hustle,

Yes, I believe I read the same report. I'm sure Abe has his own backroom propaganda machine pumping out lies prior to the leadership vote.

marcelito,

Exactly! It seems the LDP will stop at nothing to spin the the news in the way it sees most beneficial.

BOJ: "Spending up due to the imminent tax increase."

LDP: "Let's go with just 'Spending up' please!"

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