Japan Times headline

I can’t be bothered giving them a click-through to see the real story, but as you can see we go from a “drop”, via a “paring” to reach a “boost”. :facepalm:

‘Tankan’ signals drop in spending

Large Japanese businesses pared their projections for capital spending this fiscal year, signaling headwinds for Abenomics as a sales-tax rise looms in April. Big firms plan to boost spending 4.6 …

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17 Comments.

  1. Three months ago the projected increase in spending was 5.1%, so it has fallen half a percentage point to 4.6%. Or something. Abenomics is doomed.

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  2. @Anonymous Truther: Heh, ironies upon ironies; an anonymous commenter (who seems unaware of copyright issues, but that’s another issue) favouring banning anonymity, yet we can all guess who the anonymous person is. :facepalm:

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  3. Thanks for the enlightenment. Perhaps wrongly assumed that Japan Times is somehow above normal rules and laws, and all our content is for pubic consumption and public good.

    My intentions are sincere. Won’t this new practice, forcing commenters to use REAL names, destroy the growth potential of your business and others of similar ilk? Look at Japan Probe, for example, and Fucked Gaijin. Isn’t it sad to see them go to the dogs and be herded into a sort of quarantined corner at the Funny Farm where they can’t infect others with diseases? Isn’t this going to destroy your freedom of hate speech, as well as your freedom to question and scrutinize and generally play tag with American-born Japanese-nationality academics in the future Imperial Crown Colony of Hawai’i? Please don’t censor this. I write this with sincere intentions to try to understand your positions and thought processes.

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  4. More specifically, how would this impact the grandiose works of one “VK” (aka “Vkay”). Would his millions of words suddenly disappear from the comment pages of websites that he has chosen to enlighten over the years? Will he be forced to take up another hobby, such as gate-ball? These are very important questions which I sincerely hope will draw comments on this site.

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  5. @Anonymous Truther:

    My intentions are sincere.

    You mean when you threatened to sexually assault that man’s children in that answerphone message, you were sincere about it? No wonder no one wants to employ you anymore. You should be on a register.

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  6. What a shame. Being an internet nobody(wink,iago)is half the fun.

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  7. In other news, I think someone might be preparing to get an American passport.

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  8. Thanks VK (aka Vkay). I’m beginning to understand your (hardline) position and your (obsessive) thought-processes. And thanks K-Y for posting this.

    Will trolls who’ve enjoyed Anonymity until now become turned off totally completely to buying and reading newspapers and sites that require usage of real names? Could this ultimately lead to the collapse of the Japan Times, to join the likes of Asahi Evening SNews, Tokyo Yurinal, Daily Gomiuri, others that didn’t have a broadcast law backing them up and guaranteeing funding? This is sort of an informal survey of esteemed Japologists. Sort of like What Japan Thinks (when and if it thinks).

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  9. Furthemore, has anybody noticed the very unusually small number of comments on recent Japan Times “articles” (aka opinion pieces by unqualified pretenders)? Are Japologists boycotting the Japan Times already, or is it a case where you are indeed trying to voice your opinions but are being moderated out of existence? Please do tell. My intentions are indeed sincere, just like our Dear Leader on his recent pajama promenade

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  10. Forgot to mention. I am also a card-carrying “Japologist” dedicated to defending the honor of Japan from the barbarians at our shores. So I should use the royal we in this case, when referring to fellow Japologists spouting our Japologism

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  11. It was good to see Jake Adelstein writing much better material about this beauty queen than some of his recent efforts. He knows his way round this kind of story; he can do the fine detail well.

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  12. @Anonymous Truther: All your comments will require pre-approval from now.

    In fact, just go away. :evil: Open your own blog up for comments if you want to try to find someone to talk to. :idea:

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  13. On the plus side, we now have a statement that people who object to sexual threats against children are “hardline”. I also see someone’s been blocked by yet another young female journalist after he harassed her.

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  14. No fun, my babe no fun
    No fun, my babe no fun
    No fun to hang around
    Feeling that same old way
    No fun to hang around
    Freaked out for another day

    No fun, my babe no fun
    No fun, my babe no fun
    No fun to be alone
    Walking by my self
    No fun to be alone
    In love with nobody else

    Well, maybe go out, maybe stay home
    Maybe call mom on the telephone
    Well, come on, well, come on
    Well, come on, well, come on
    Well, come on, well, come on
    Well, come on, well, come on
    No fun to be alone
    No fun to be alone
    Hang on, don’t let me go
    No fun to be alone

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  15. For anyone with minimal social skills, meeting the people behind Japan forum pseudonyms or twitter handles is fairly straightforward.

    However, someone with a history of erratic behaviour, and a record for threatening violence, might struggle.

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  16. wow

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