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Posted in: U.S. military's Aegis system intercepts test missile in Hawaii See in context

That should be NKs.

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Posted in: U.S. military's Aegis system intercepts test missile in Hawaii See in context

It's getting better. If we can slow the Ks down maybe we will have a defense before they have a reliable 3 stage missile.

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Posted in: Is U.S. military control of airspace to blame for high cost of flying in Japan? See in context

This is a relatively small burden on domestic travel compared to, for example, the extortionate fees charged by Haneda in order to maintain its status as a lucrative retirement home for amakudari Transportation Ministry bureaucrats.

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

Somebody has todo the work and pay the taxes as the Japanese get too old.

Since the Japanese seem to have forgotten how to make babies, this is the only alternative.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

"There is is no way they can enforce their laws in a foreign country. This is just a hollow threat that amounts to nothing more than governmental bullying."

try pointing that out to the IRS next time you earn some income overseas.

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Posted in: How do you think the election of Denny Tamaki, who opposes the American military presence on Okinawa, as the prefecture's new governor, will affect Japan's plans for a new U.S. air base still under construction in coastal Okinawa. See in context

I don't think this is really our problem.

Tell the Japanese, if you want to be defended by the US, fix this - with the new base or the old base, whichever. If you don't want to be defended by the US, cancel the Security Treaty.

Either way, it's up to you.

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Posted in: Battle for lungs and minds as tobacco control treaty meeting opens See in context

Who cares if they quit or not. So long as clean people can live unpolluted lives and go to smoke-free restaurants and bars, that will suffice, If the druggies want to kill themselves, more power to them.

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Posted in: Automaker Tesla to remain a public company, CEO Musk says See in context

Musk has lost it. Unstable and clearly unsuitable as a CEO. Tesla's days are numbered.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

Allow Uber/Lyft/Grab and let customers decide whether it is worth using.

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Posted in: Abe to announce candidacy for LDP leadership race in Aug See in context

"What is the difference between Japan democracy vs China Communism ?"

In Japan you don't get disappeared or arrested for speaking against the government.

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Posted in: Abe to announce candidacy for LDP leadership race in Aug See in context

Let's face it, who else is there.

If the other parties actually had specific policy manifestos they might be a better opposition.

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

Just another example of how Japan is a first world country with a third world government.

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Posted in: Qantas bends to Beijing by describing Taiwan as Chinese See in context

Imagine a serious mature country dealing with these issues. Would the UK insist that any airline flying there recognize the Falklands as British, or Japan insist that the Senkakus are recognized as Japanese, or Spain insist that Gibraltar is recognized as Spanish? Of course not. Not only would it be demeaning for a democratic government to flail around trying to control the speech of private corporations, also they would be laughed out of court on free speech grounds (not a concern, of course, for a third world dictatorship).

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Posted in: Qantas bends to Beijing by describing Taiwan as Chinese See in context

Shameful. But it is good to see that the insecurities persist in Beijing. The dictators are never free from fear, nor from doubt. And they should not be. Freedom will triumph in the end.

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Posted in: Japan moves closer to controversial labor reforms See in context

"Japan’s financial sector pays a fixed salary for these positions, with bonuses distributed evenly. Because of this antiquated system, traders and such who earn a fixed salary, and a relatively small bonus, don’t actually earn a lot of money for themselves or their company. The only way to make extra money is to drag out your projects and get as much overtime as you can."

You don't have to go overseas - just work for the foreign companies here. Lots of Japanese financiers pulling down 50 - 200 million working in the foreign IBs.

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Posted in: Japan moves closer to controversial labor reforms See in context

A good step but likely too little too late.

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Posted in: Influential Japanese businesswoman says she is in same-sex relationship See in context

but being married twice disqualifies one from becoming an advisor  - ebisen

For most of our history people have had multiple marriages. Historically it was due to higher spousal mortality, but that that is not an important difference.

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Posted in: Influential Japanese businesswoman says she is in same-sex relationship See in context

"Polygamy should also be allowed" - Schopenhauer

And polyandry - it's only fair. Frankly consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want. Governments should butt out.

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Posted in: New opposition Democratic Party for the People formed See in context

What Japan really needs is a Libertarian Party.

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Posted in: BOJ drops inflation time frame as it struggles to hit elusive goal See in context

The real estate market in the big cities is responding well. The rest will follow.

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Posted in: Japanese 'marines' launched, but much work needs to be done See in context

Too late, but I hope not too little.

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Posted in: Japan enacts record Y97.71 tril budget for FY2018 See in context

Crazy to be raising income taxes in this situation, when you need entrepreneurs to be creating jobs.

50% tax rates was the main reason I left Japan last year.

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Posted in: White House takes cautious approach on N Korea overture See in context

"I haven't seen any signs that North Korea plans to attack anyone"

Ever hear of a ship called the Cheonan?

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Posted in: Are you in favor of having armed teachers in U.S. schools? See in context

If the teachers want to be. They do in Israel and both the last two school shootings were stopped by armed teachers.

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Posted in: BOJ chief Kuroda likely to face challenging 2nd term See in context

sorry 10 - 20

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Posted in: BOJ chief Kuroda likely to face challenging 2nd term See in context

The danger point will come as a large number of people draw down on their pension savings and realize that, while there is a lot more money around than before, there are not many more things to buy, people to hire, etc. It's at that point that people may start to lose confidence in cash and you see a sudden rush into hard assets or foreign currency. Best case, a collapse in the yen, rapid house price inflation and and a loss in value of cash savings. Worst case, Weimar/Zimbabwe style hyper-inflation.

But I expect this is still 10 - 2- years off.

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Posted in: Newcomer defeats anti-U.S. base incumbent in Nago mayoral race See in context

A sudden outbreak of common sense?

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Posted in: U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange See in context

Not legislation - just a rule - can be changed by a simple majority vote in the Senate, as Harry Reid did when he changed it for judicial nominations.

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Posted in: U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange See in context

Republicans only need 60 votes because of Senate rules. If the Dems decide to shutdown the government, Repubs should change the rules and end the filibuster. Then no need to negotiate with Dems.

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