Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has started offering opinions and advice on queries from fans in an online agony uncle column, kicking things off by revealing his fears over hate speech and his own failing eyesight.
As we noted previously, for the past year Abenomics has had the "get out of a jail free" card because while the plunging yen was crushing Japanese purchasing power, and sending nominal regular wages ever lower, at least the stock market was higher - so (some of the) locals could delude themselves they are getting richer, if only on paper.
Edward Hugh submits: As Japanese officials continue to toil away in what we all hope will be a successful bid to avert a worst case scenario nuclear meltdown, even while thousands of Japanese still remain missing and unaccounted for, financial market participants across the globe have been struggling with themselves to answer one and the same question: Just how serious are the economic consequences of all this devastation likely to be? Basically, the economic issues raised by Japan's continuing ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s untried execution method, the first of its kind in the U.S., will cause a condemned killer “agony and terror” as he struggles to breathe, attorneys trying to stop the execution argued in federal court.
The two-drug combination won’t sedate death row inmate Dennis McGuire properly, and he will experience a suffocation-like syndrome known as air hunger, the attorneys said in filings Monday and Tuesday.
Global financial markets are feeling quite apprehensive these days. Three of the four risk appetite indicators that Credit Suisse tracks are in panic territory, and the fourth is fairly close to it. But as is so often the case, the stampede is happening a little late – a reaction to a growth scare from five months ago, rather than a reflection of the future that leading indicators foretell.
Black Monday messages on Facebook and Twitter have gone viral in Italy as people have had enough of austerity, job losses, and uncertainty. La Stampa reports on Panic in the Network.
What follows is a Mish-revised translation of select ideas and quotes from the article. My specific comments are in brackets.