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Posted in: Abe outlines reform strategy; pledges to raise incomes by 3% See in context

Well if he achieves annual growth of 3% then raising th income should follow by default. (1+0.03)^10=1.34 45,000 * 1.34 = 60,300.

I should be noted that with inflation targeted at 2%, he is only talking about real growth of 1%, (3%-2%).

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Posted in: Sumo wrestlers grapple with tradition See in context

I challenge the assumption given in this article that new high school graduates make double of JPY 150,000 per month.

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Posted in: Tohoku Electric seeks gov't OK to hike power rates See in context

Basroil, I wonder what your position is on liberalization of the energy market. For example separating power generation from power transmission and opening up power generation to more competition. Also how do you explain the "safetry theater" of the Japan nuclear industry that has resulted in an output vs. capacity ratio that is less than half of other countries such as, for example, the USA.

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Posted in: 3rd victim dies after Guam rampage; suspect held on $2 mil bail See in context

Anyone else thinking "bath salts"? I beleive they sell all those "herbs" in Guam.

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Posted in: 16-year-old arrested for injuring 6 students in school classroom in Fukushima See in context

Why is the location of the school off topic? My first reaction was, "what kind of douche would do something to children whose quality of life already extremely negatively affected by the meltdowns of the nearby reactors?"

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Posted in: Reactors must be terror-proof as well as quake-proof: regulator See in context

Don't forget about the right wing nut job who tried to drive his van into Fukushima Daichi during the height of the meltdown crisis and was turned away but somehow got his van inside of Fukushima Daini and drove around playing patriotic music.. They'll probably make a checklist and say it's safe because they checked the box.

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Posted in: Germany concerned about Japan's economic policy See in context

One problem is the velocity of money. Increased liquidity along with stimulus can increase confidence which can lead to a higher money multiplier. The tricky (impossible?) part is to reign in liquidity and stimulus once the party gets started.

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Posted in: Abe wants to replace landmark 1995 war apology See in context

The article failed to mention that, despite his tough talk, he is a spineless quitter who unexpectedly resigned his first premiership because he couldn't handle it. Just another hereditary politician with nothing more than family history and money as credentials. Let's see if he can beat his earlier mark of just under 12 months in office. For the sake of Japan, good luck Mr. Abe.

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Posted in: Kamei to form yet another political party See in context

We know what they are against, but what are they for?

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Posted in: U.S. serviceman says he doesn't remember punching boy See in context

I think he must have learned the "I don't remember" defense from a drunken Japanese salaryman. Not remembering doesn't have anything to do with whether or not you did it.

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Posted in: Kansai gets fewer 3-star restaurants in new Michelin Guide See in context

I guess there's kyoto's kaiseki ryori, but I don't know much about it.

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Posted in: Kansai gets fewer 3-star restaurants in new Michelin Guide See in context

That's because Kasai's specialty is b-kyu ryori (e.g., okonomiyaki, takoyaki, etc., etc.). They are very delicious and don't need no stinking michelin star.

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Posted in: Kitakyushu man robbed of Y20 mil at his home See in context

I have no idea why there was so much money at home in this case but it is true that people who are avoiding taxes often tend to hold lots of cash rather than keep it in the bank.

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Posted in: Gov't selects Tochigi forest as nuclear waste disposal site See in context

From the NHK new report it wasn't clear whether to the Tochigi site will be for the radiactive ash and sludge generated by sewage and incenterator facilities in Tochigi or if it will include ash and sludge from other prefrectures. Does anybody know for sure on this point? This story makes it sound as if it is all coming from Fukushima. I don't think that is 100% correct.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says DPJ has surrendered in war against vested interests See in context

That's rich coming from the guy whose biggest campaign contributions are from his mother.

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Posted in: War memories See in context

More cosplay?

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Posted in: China tells Japan to respect its sovereignty over islands See in context

Probably doing this in hopes that the general public in China will forget about the Bo Xilai scandal.

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Posted in: American praised for getting Japan radiation data See in context

Their site is lame. None of the map links work! Totally wasted my time.

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Posted in: New registration system for foreigners starts in Japan See in context

Lowly, This is the company that makes the skim blocking cards. http://www.skimblock.co.jp/

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Posted in: New registration system for foreigners starts in Japan See in context

If you're really paranoid about the info on the IC chip you can get cards for yor wallet that block the transmission of the IC chip data. Somebody in Japan came up with this as they were afraid the IC credit cards would get scanned by fraudsters walking by you with a scanner. So no worries there even if it is true about the cops scanning you. I was given one of these IC blocking cards by my Sushi-shop owner. I know it really works because sometimes it blocks my SUICA card if I have it in the wrong position in my wallet.

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Posted in: Fukushima was 'man-made' disaster: Diet report See in context

Read the following excerprt form the NYT. How is this Kan's fault?

"According to Japanese officials, the United States government shared the data with Japan’s Foreign Ministry through its embassy in Tokyo on March 18, a day after helicopters frantically dropped water on a blown-out reactor building to keep spent fuel rods there from overheating.

The Foreign Ministry immediately alerted the nuclear safety agency to the radiation readings, according to Masaru Sato, director of the ministry’s international press division.

But it is unclear what happened next. There is no indication that the nuclear safety agency shared that data with Naoto Kan, the prime minister at the time, or other high-ranking officials, or that it used the maps to guide evacuations.

The Foreign Ministry also shared the data on March 20 with Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which is responsible for monitoring radiation levels. But instead of using and publicizing the data, the technology ministry asked the Foreign Ministry to confirm that the United States approved of the data being made public, Mr. Sato said. "

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Posted in: Fukushima was 'man-made' disaster: Diet report See in context

What he said.

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Posted in: U.S. beats Nadeshiko Japan 4-1 See in context

The goal difference could have been worse if it weren't for some good saves by Kaihori.

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Posted in: Boy steals from high school chemistry lab to make explosives See in context

I though you could buy potassium nitrate (AKA "saltpeter") at any decent pharmacy.

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Posted in: TEPCO says 87% of corporate clients yet to renew contracts See in context

If you have your old electricity bills compare the fuel surcharge adjustment from last year and this year. 燃料調整 It used to be about -2 yen now it is 0.4 yen. This is charged regardless of when you draw power. That means Nighttime power rates have risen about 33% for individual households while daytime rates have risen about 10%. These users, while getting shafted, have no choice of another power provider.

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Posted in: TEPCO says Fukushima No. 2 reactor water level only 60 cms from bottom See in context

Although they have yet to admit it, it seems quite obvious the core melted all the way through the bottom and there is a hole letting the water out. They will deny this because the can't "see" the hole, but how else do you explain the water going out after dumping so much in?

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Posted in: Ishihara, son embroiled in public row over new political party See in context

Anyone else see any irony in the fact that this "New Sunrise" party is being formed by a bunch of old gits?

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Posted in: Iwakuma to get U.S. Majors chance at last; Nakajima misses out See in context

*start seeing more of this

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Posted in: Iwakuma to get U.S. Majors chance at last; Nakajima misses out See in context

You should start seeing for of this. get posted, fail to agree, sign a one-year free agent deal in Japan, and then the next year sign a big major league contract if still healthy.

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Posted in: Chinese man held after petrol bomb attack on Japan's Seoul embassy See in context

Given that he could be 1/4 Japanese he should have applied for a passport instead. :)

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