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Posted in: ¥100 mil in old banknotes donated to Ehime prefectural gov't See in context

If they are truly "old" rather than just "worn", it might be an even better idea to sell them to collectors at a premium. If someone might pay Y11,000 for a Y10,000 bill from 50 years ago, that's even more money that can be put toward the people's welfare.

God bless this anonymous donor!

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Posted in: In Japan, Valentine's Day gives women chance to treat themselves See in context

If women are buying chocolates for themselves, shouldn't they at least wait until after Valentine's Day when the price goes down?

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Posted in: Dysfunctional economic planning dooms Okinawa to vicious circle of poverty See in context

allowing it to eliminate all duties on foreign imports and the 8% (soon to be 10%) consumption tax

This is a great idea and should be tried right now -- there is no reason that Okinawa should be forced to take Tokyo's consumption tax rate from its less-well-off citizens.

In my home state in the USA, in addition to having its own sales tax rate, there is a lower rate (half the normal rate!) for economically depressed areas that the state wants to encourage business to move to so that they can develop. I'm sure "Buy Okinawan!" would be more attractive if there were only 4% added to the price instead of 8%.

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Posted in: Age limits - whatever you’re doing, you can’t do it forever See in context

An informal poll of women "in their 20s" isn't very informative -- it is natural that a 21-year-old is not going to be interested in a 45-year-old man (and vice versa), but for a 29-year-old things are different. Spa is also notorious for these kinds of alarmist articles. I'd be interested to hear how many women in their 30s would be interested in a man of 45. I suspect that the percentage is higher on both sides.

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Posted in: What are your suggestions for the new era name to be announced by the Japanese government on April 1? Sensible answers only, please. See in context

安界 (peaceful/stable world) or 安代 (age of peace).

Cleo, those are nice words, but I don't want anything with the 安 (as in 安倍) character. And you know that narcissistic charlatan would try to put it in there behind the scenes.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating girl after she helps woman who vomited on bus See in context

WTF? Was he jealous?

The story sort of buries it, but the sick girl vomited on him. So you can almost understand him getting upset as he stands there, covered in another person's vomit and possibly exposed to who-knows-what, while bystanders rush to assist the person who did the vomiting while ignoring him.

He was, of course, wrong to violently attack the bystander, but he had just sustained another kind of "attack" which no one seemed to care about. It should be a mitigating factor when his punishment is decided on.

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Posted in: Abe defends BOJ's policy See in context

"What's most important is what is happening to the economy as a result of the BOJ's target, which is that more jobs were created,"

Wow! Normally I am Abe's biggest critic, but on this specific point he is at least partially correct: it is indeed a good thing that jobs were created. I don't think this job creation is specifically a result of the BOJ's inflation target; I think it happened in spite of that, but it is heartening to see an LDP politician move away from the nonsensical, working-class-destroying "inflation-is-good" propaganda that they and the BOJ have been foisting on us for the last six years.

I still can't believe that the BOJ is claiming that falling oil prices can be anything other than a good thing. Cheap energy is the most important driver of economic growth. Yet Kuroda would prefer to see oil prices skyrocket 2008-style so that consumer prices can also shoot upward and devalue the currency that his country has run up huge debts denominated in. This would be a total disaster for the millions of Japanese people who own bonds and are owed these debts.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

An entire generation is having fewer children than they would like because they are being squeezed economically by Abe and Taro's generation.

Secure, full-time jobs? A stable currency that doesn't lose value? Low taxes?

The LDP is depriving us of all of those.

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Posted in: Japan's labor shortage hits 45-year high See in context

Along with a labor shortage, Japan has also been engaged in a lengthy battle against deflation. Last month, the Bank of Japan lowered its inflation forecasts for the fiscal year ending March next year to 0.9 percent from 1.4 percent.

An increase in the price level is not deflation, AFP. Are Abe/Kuroda hacks editing these articles before they go out?

At least we workers won't see our wages and savings devalue by as much as the government wanted to devalue them this year.

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Posted in: Fans call out Ariana Grande for misspelled Japanese tattoo See in context

七輪 really does mean 7 rings, just not specifically the rings that you put on your fingers (which are yubiwa). Everybody calls the 5-ringed Olympic Games 五輪, and the Book of Five Rings is 五輪の書. As kanji tattoos go hers isn't that bad at all.

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Posted in: Subaru probe finds 3,400 staff were not paid for overtime work See in context

Brian, you'd think that would help the workers, but it would only go in the workers' favor if an independent watchdog could subpoena the entry and exit records.

At my company we have time cards that we have to swipe, but also have entry cards for the building as a whole, and those are checked to make sure we're not leaving the building during the work day too often; they even check the building exit times to make sure they align with the time card swipe times. Nobody proposes doing away with the time cards and just letting entry and exit from the building prove that we were at work!

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Posted in: French Olympic probe raises questions about Dentsu See in context

 Shusakan Kannan, a spokesman for Dentsu

Is this a real person? It does not sound like a Japanese name, and it returns no hits on Google aside from this story.

I do hope Dentsu isn't assigning pseudonyms to people making official announcements in the company's name.

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Posted in: BOJ lowers inflation forecasts again See in context

Those figures do not factor in the effects of a consumption tax hike expected to go into effect in around October.

So we should all get ready to pay 2.8% more for everything by this time next year. And this is somehow good for us?

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Posted in: Ichiro Suzuki agrees to minor league deal with Mariners See in context

I wonder if Ichiro would be willing to come off the bench instead of starting; if there's anyone who could be one of the best pinch hitters in the game, it's him. His preparation; his discipline -- I'd love to see him as a super-sub for the Mariners or any other team.

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Posted in: Many Japanese firms have no plans to strengthen governance after Ghosn arrest: survey See in context

"Nissan acknowledges that the misconduct by its former chairman Carlos Ghosn and former representative director Greg Kelly...

Unreal that an official Nissan spokesman is talking as if Ghosn and Kelly are already guilty without a trial taking place.

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Posted in: Tokyo court denies Ghosn's latest bail request See in context

I don't think Ghosn realizes that he isn't going to get special treatment here, and why should he? All the other people in detention centers

The comparison isn't just with other people in detention centers; it's whether Ghosn should have been sent to a detention center at all. How many days did the members of the Olympus board spend in these places? How about TEPCO? Kobe Steel?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend insists his family has no financial difficulties See in context

I wish the media and Imperial Household Agency would leave these two alone and let them be happy together.

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Posted in: Ghosn again asks for bail; promises not to flee, pay for security guards See in context

Neither has his innocence

This isn't how the principle of "innocent until proven guilty" -- a principle that Japan claims to adhere to -- works. Ghosn is, legally, an innocent man as of now. He should not have any disadvantages in defending that innocence while the prosecutors are free to assemble evidence of guilt, as they now do.

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Posted in: Ghosn again asks for bail; promises not to flee, pay for security guards See in context

You commit the crime

@Geeliez, this part hasn't exactly been confirmed yet, now has it?

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Posted in: Ghosn again asks for bail; promises not to flee, pay for security guards See in context

What kind of justice system do we live under where a detainee who has not yet gone to trial has to offer to pay his own money for guards just to be let out of jail to prepare his own defense?

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Posted in: Ghosn's Renault lieutenant drew extra salary via holding, documents show See in context

At least this article is in "Business" rather than "Crime"!

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Posted in: Are you better off financially than you were this time last year? See in context

Salary down; hours up. Investments back home plummeted.

So, much worse off than last year.

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Posted in: Restaurant manager stabs estranged husband in head See in context

The 3 AM time makes it look like she attacked him in his sleep, as many cowardly murderers do. So far we only have her word that they were in a "heated argument".

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Posted in: U.S. automakers call for currency provision in trade deal with Japan See in context

Citing the fact that Japanese monetary authorities have not intervened in foreign exchange markets over the last seven years, the officials dismissed the view that Japan has guided the value of the yen lower against the dollar.

The BoJ has been devaluing the yen not by specifically intervening in foreign exchange markets, but by creating money like mad. Did these unnamed officials think readers would be deceived by this misleading statement?

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Posted in: Ghosn admits he signed papers on post-retirement pay; Saikawa also questioned See in context

@Aly, is that the same Ichikawa who claimed that they were taught in official training that yakuza and foreigners had no human rights?

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

At present, homeowners can trim up to 500,000 yen per year off of their income and residential tax payments for a duration of 10 years.

I thought this was only for deducting interest paid on mortgages, not something you would get if you purchased a small, cheap starter home and paid it off right away. So this "tax cut" is only for people who line the banks' pockets. Buy a dirt-cheap house in the inaka to raise your kids in, for cash, and you don't get anything.

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Posted in: Ghosn's legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan See in context

@Schopenhauer

I do not understand why poor people like you support Ghosn so strongly.

My sense of justice and my concern for human rights are far stronger than my envy of the super-rich.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers settle on 6 a.m. marathon starts See in context

This is the least they can do for the athletes: the marathon in particular is downright dangerous in even early-morning Tokyo summer temperatures. Shameful to see them not given an environment in which they can put forth world-class performances.

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Posted in: Japan's last pager service ends after 50 years See in context

Trivia: pagers have the elisive and rare 020 area code. Once they're goine, I suppose they will be able to give these numbers to regular mobile phones, or perhaps whatever exotic connected devides we are using in a few decades.

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

No major US politician cares about the working class and the poor (these are increasingly synonymous) like Bernie does. Even when I find his ideas unrealistic (such as a too-high minimum wage that might make young people unemployable), his passion for regular people always shines through. I hope he stays in politics as long as he can. Run in 2020!

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