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Posted in: Accor to launch 3-day super sale for 1 million hotel rooms See in context

Not according to their website.

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Posted in: Accor to launch 3-day super sale for 1 million hotel rooms See in context

The URL given doesn't work yet, and they have no hotels in Japan. Other than that, nice article.

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Posted in: Panasonic orders 10,000 employees to buy its products by July See in context

How do you know that, wanderlust? I was an engineer, manager, marketing manager and factory manager probably before you were even born. You guys just pull this nonsense out of your butt.

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Posted in: Panasonic orders 10,000 employees to buy its products by July See in context

So Panasonic has 10,000 managerial level employees, eh?> -- Kronos

That's only about 3% of its total employees. Duh...

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Posted in: Panasonic orders 10,000 employees to buy its products by July See in context

They don't get a 50% discount.

You see now, this the problem with the internet. People just make stuff up and millions of others believe it and quote it. Oh, wait. That the problem with politics... and religion... and...

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Posted in: Panasonic orders 10,000 employees to buy its products by July See in context

You must not have ever worked in a consumer goods industry.

It has always been an unwritten part of employment in the consumer electronics industry that people will buy the products of their company in Japan. It happens in other countries too. Do you think a GM assembly plant worker in Detroit is not going to get any grief if he shows up for work driving a new Toyota? This just illustrates how dire the situation the situation is.

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Posted in: Japan’s unpopular men and women boycott love See in context

It it were my website, I'd have a section for member photos. All of the photos would have a black box over the eyes. Then, a list of new members on the front page... but there would never be any new members. Maybe some sports and self-improvement stories, like maybe... "Fishing - looking fish in the eye! Yes we can!"

Wait a minute, I think these people are just failures at being true hikikomori?! Loser Hikikomori? Now that has got to sting.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro See in context

I sit in the silver seats because I have silver hair, or what's left of it anyway. As someone likely older than most of you here, I'd just like to say...

Get off my lawn and stay out of my seat!

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Posted in: In Japan, you are what your blood type is See in context

The blood-type thing is all pretty harmless, though. People aren't dying from blood-type genocides.

We all know that horoscopes are much more accurate, since it's based on real science.

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Posted in: Dating in Tokyo is pretty easy—if you’re not looking for a single guy See in context

I really hate these newbie in Japan articles.

"I’m petite, professional, outgoing and American. It shouldn’t be that hard, right?"

Excuse me, but where is the rule that says being outgoing or American is attractive? That sounds like code for obnoxiously loud and bossy, possibly a drama queen, requiring unreasonable amounts of attention ("Look at me! Me! Me!") and the real possibility that people can smell her perfume from 3 cars away on the yamanote.

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Posted in: Dating in Tokyo is pretty easy—if you’re not looking for a single guy See in context

Anyone else have the old The Guess Who song "American Woman" swirling around in their head after reading this?

American woman, stay away from me

American woman, mama let me be

Don't come hare hanging around my door

I don't want to see your face no more

I got more important things to do

Than spend my time growin' old with you

Now woman, I said stay away

American woman, listen what I say

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Posted in: Aso rejects calls to resign, saying he has to lead Japan out of recession See in context

All taxpayers will get this token amount of their money back, regardless of nationality. It doesn't really matter and this is just foolishness by Aso. Government can do nothing to stimulate demand or fix any economy. Businesses do that over time in spite of governments.

If the governments and politicians did nothing, closed up shop and went on vacation for six months, it would do more for the economic health of Japan or any country.

It's called a "correction" because that is what it is supposed to do. It's a natural phenomenon of business cycles and limiting or trying to direct a correction by government intervention or printing of money only delays the equilibrium that corrections are supposed to bring.

Imagine that a compressed spring is like an economic condition of stress. You can't help a spring release the collected energy. You have just get out of the way and let it release.

If governments and politicians got out of the way, people would do as they always do - find ways to improve productivity, reduce costs, improve service, create new products, markets or financing at the businesses they work at.

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Posted in: Who is really unemployed? See in context

Data is no more or less reliable in Japan than any other country.

Data in all developed nations is the number of new unemployment claims in a month and all people in all developed nations are no longer counted after benefits cease. Shall I type it out again?

No one is a "discouraged worker," and underemployment is unrelated to the story. Everyone thinks they're underemployed . . .

Some people collect benefits through the maximum allowable period before they even look for employment. Contract workers not covered by unemployment insurance are never tracked at all and no estimation of their numbers is included in the unemployment data. They are one of the largest components of under reporting.

Of course real unemployment is different than reported data, but once again, Japan is not alone or unique in this.

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Posted in: Who is really unemployed? See in context

G-7 governments have dropped the unemployed from their statistics after their benefits expire for half a century now. Nothing new. The greater statistical fantasy is inflation measurement. The criteria is always changed to suit the economic forecast flavor of the day that a government wishes to toot its horn about.

For example, when you replace a 5 year-old office computer, car, television, etc. the new model, it's always more expensive, but the government will record no inflation since the new model supposedly has "improved features."

Government statistics are no more trustworthy than politicians are.

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Posted in: Yakuza may also be eligible for jury duty See in context

Yakuza should be allowed as jurors. Before the war, the yakuza were the police. Today, they're smarter than the average policeman, more honest than politicians and have better manners and ethics than most kachos and shachos.

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Posted in: Remember the bubble economy years See in context

I disagree completely with this. This is typical, self-serving nonsense that I am tired of reading. The great failure of the Internet is that we're all being subjected to constant, never-ending advertising and agenda-based crap masquerading as serious commentary or "news."

Japan has little to learn from the US. The population of Japan has increased less than 0.1% per year in a non war-based economy. Japan has no more government intervention in the market, or less private entrepreneurship, than the US. The US is simply a "velvet" fascism, with the population deluding itself that it is free and part of a free market.

Across every industry sector, city, state, county and federal laws, regulations, zoning boards, elected and appointed people twist and manipulate the US market with more disincentives, incentives, monopolies and skulduggery than any other nation on earth. The public relations is just better at masking it.

Japan and the US have absolutely nothing in common -- the geography, resources, culture, system of government, history and sensibilities are different.

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