Analysis: Japan's mission impossible: to spend $100 billion in 15 months

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GRRR wrote:

Good point. Better to open up the economy to outsiders, than to try to spend $100B in 15 months.

Feb 21, 2013 4:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tony51 wrote:

Spend $100 billion in 15 months? Obama can tell them how to do it.

Feb 21, 2013 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ucjb wrote:

“Japan’s mission impossible: to spend $100 billion in 15 months” Tell them to call Obama. He knows how to spend lots of money.

Feb 21, 2013 4:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaybird321 wrote:

They should spend it on the USA’s infrastructure and then charge us rent.

Feb 21, 2013 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
aztec69 wrote:

Instead of bridges, highways, tunnels, etc. the Japanese need to do the same thing the USA needs to do — begin to construct a infrastrcture designed to care for their aging population, especially those seniors who have been abandoned by their kids.

Feb 21, 2013 5:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse

“Spend $100 billion in 15 months? Obama can tell them how to do it.”
oh brave patriot obama basher, i can tell you that we have the decaying infrastructure such as bridges and a need to upgrade the electrical grid that could use abot $200 billion to create the jobs romney wailed about in his campaign. mitt, we’re with you on the jobs, except you probably meant ending minimum wage and ending child labor protection. no, it’s not the time to lower taxes during a war or cut spending during a recession.
in re: GRRR wrote:

Feb 21, 2013 6:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zhanyeye wrote:

He will buy the latest weapon from US because he wants to send Japanese soldiers back to China.

Feb 21, 2013 10:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JapanViewer wrote:

Why isn’t anyone suggesting the obvious to Japan’s problem of its shrinking population and work force: Open up to immigration and multiculturalism, like the US. But no, Japan would never consider that. That would mean diluting their prized culture and possibly becoming “inferior”. Japan is one of the most difficult places in the world to become a citizen of. If you’re not racially Japanese, even if you are born in Japan, you still won’t get Japanese citizenship.
In conclusion, Japan is a victim of their own racism that they’ve stoked for decades. It’s time to reconsider this superiority complex of theirs. Adapt or die.

Feb 21, 2013 11:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rgarrig wrote:

Hurrah for them! What they’re doing is, I think, the obvious prime necessity when there is economic need to infuse the economic system with money — spend it on something that is good for ALL of the constituency, not just good for the political contributors. Just think how much could have been done for American taxpayers if we bettered the bridges and transportation rather than paying selfish pigs in corporate offices rewards for nearly sinking us.

Feb 24, 2013 6:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Vuenbelvue wrote:

US provides free defense and just built brand new air bases and naval bases. Probably have also built US Army bases to. That spending has probably been $100 billion in the last five years (USD)so he is starting out with a big credit.
Rapid Bus transportation supporters in Nashville want to convert 5 miles of a old inner city street from 5 lanes to two lanes of car traffic and two opposite going bus lanes at $35 million a mile. $175 million total to move and change everything. I wonder how much the Japanese engineers could do that for? And it is not high speed.

Feb 24, 2013 8:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
shafecoffee wrote:

Although a lot of mainstream responses would be that this is a terrible idea, it still has some basis of manufacturing. The plan seems well-known to Abe, but the actual process may be a bit challenging. I hope all goes well.

Feb 25, 2013 2:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
Jameika wrote:

JapanViewer has already observed this, but the answer really is a comprehensive and responsible immigration programme. We could open up Japan to young, skilled workers (even if it is in medical fields, construction, agriculture, and forestry to start) and repopulate the rural lands and have a base to start with.

JapanViewer is right about this country’s we-are-better-than-you attitude to the rest of the world, but that attitude is doing no one any favours at this point. JapanViewer is wrong about one thing, though: it’s not so difficult to get citizenship: just pay your taxes and be good. Over 95% of the people who apply (to be fair, people are screened initially before they are given the application forms) receive citizenship.

Feb 25, 2013 9:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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