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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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Posted in: Japan needs the overwhelming capacity to retaliate against a possible North Korean attack as a way to deter the isolated nation from using nuclear weapons. See in context

Second strike capability is not the same as military parity. Britain & France have such capability through their SLBMs. That doesn’t make them military peers of Russia.

japan could do this relatively cheaply - buying subs and missiles from the US, France & Britain with domestic development only of the warhead.

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Posted in: Japan hangs 2 inmates; first executions since July See in context

They really need to speed this up. 25 months would be too long. 25 years is crazy.

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Posted in: Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan See in context

Japanese taxis are way over priced, and many of them smell bad because of drivers who smoke. Hoping uber will break in soon.

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Posted in: A-bomb survivor, speaking at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, urges world to ban nuclear weapons See in context

Foolish, but understandable.

Basically means that leaders who win will be either the ones who cheat, or the ones who build the largest conventional military.

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Posted in: Defense ministry seeks Y730 mil for land-based Aegis missile system See in context

Sounds way too cheap.

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Posted in: Defense ministry to request special budget to buy long-range cruise missiles See in context

This is just common sense. If someone starts shooting missiles at you then obviously you want to be able to take out as much of their inventory as possible pre-launch.

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Posted in: Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital See in context

I wonder what would happen if 20,000 Palestinians tried to demonstrate in Nablus against PA corruption.

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Posted in: Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital See in context

The President has said “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

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Posted in: Skylark bans employees from smoking while on their way to work at head office See in context

It stops them from showing up stinking. That seems perfectly reasonable.

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Posted in: 9th Australian lawmaker quits as citizenship crisis widens See in context

What happens if Kim Jong UN calls Turnbull and says "lift sanctions or I will confer North Korean citizenship on all your MPs"?

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Posted in: Abe aide says it would inappropriate to reappoint BOJ Gov Kuroda See in context

They had to monetize the debt - it was the only way out of the hole they were in. There will be negative consequences, but default would have been worse.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc wins 2/3 majority in lower house; Abe says he won't become complacent See in context

This should be great for the real estate market!

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