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Seiyu to pay special bonus to store staff working during pandemic

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bit of a flaw you can see in the photo. They're not removing every other queue like in other countries. So the worker is exposed to the customer.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

One has to laugh at these paltry bonuses. Your life for a 10,000 yen!

12 ( +19 / -7 )

To improve the situation:

1 The use of cash needs to be banned during this crisis. It's ridiculous how they have these screens and you still have places accepting cash. In some cases, it's the only payment option. I told my local bakery that I refuse to go back until they introduce cashless options. Other countries that are serious about this crisis banned cash from the outset. People and retailers coped.

2 For smaller retailers they must have a policy of one in, one out. Supermarkets should have no more than several customers in at one time. People queuing outside should be 2m apart.

3 The elderly should be discouraged from going shopping where possible. If they live alone, a family member/neighbour should shop for them and drop things off at their door.

4 What is with the every three days? Try: once a week. WTH are supermarkets now limiting number of baskets to one per customer to discourage people from buying enough so they can reduce shopping days. No more than one family member should be out shopping. This would also discourage queues.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

They deserve a bigger bonus than that for sure, but better than nothing I guess.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

$150? Wow. So generous!

2 ( +7 / -5 )

They should be given major raises, not miniscule one-off bonuses. The hourly compensation they receive is a joke, especially in major cities like Tokyo with high living costs.

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People will always find a reason to complain I guess. $150 isn't amazing but it's nice.

I'd take an extra $150 and working hours then no money or hours......

"$150 for a life" pretty ignorant comment.

Look at the antibody studies in New York and California. This virus has hit sooo many people and it can be deadly but the actual death toll is still like 0.5. Stop over reacting.

Yes it's super contagious and yes it's nasty. But people are acting as if you are going to die if you get it.

Take precautions and listen to the government.

-6 ( +9 / -15 )

“Seiyu GK, the Japanese unit of Walmart Inc, says it will pay a special bonus of up to 15,000 yen to store workers,”

Up to 15,000. And what’s the smallest they’ll be giving?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Used to be called "Danger Money" back in the day.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Look at the antibody studies in New York and California. This virus has hit sooo many people and it can be deadly but the actual death toll is still like 0.5. Stop over reacting. 

Yes it's super contagious and yes it's nasty. But people are acting as if you are going to die if you get it.

No, people are acting exactly as if its something with a 0.5 percent chance of killing you if you get it. 15,000 Yen is pretty cheap for those odds too.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Corporate generosity knows no bounds..

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Seiyu... say me...

Say it together... let’s quarantine...

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Wow! Lots of hate here! Seiyu would have been better off to offer nothing!

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

With nearly everyone eating at home, grocery stores and supermarkets are probably pulling in record sales figures. This is the least they can do for the workers that are putting their health on this line. Hopefully, these bonuses payments are only the beginning.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

People are not contracting the virus from paper notes and coins.

Banning cash in the pandemic would see the world unable to adapt leading to many societal problems...

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Seiyu... say me...

Say it together... let’s quarantine...

I think this wins the internet today.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

People say the bonus is not enough....Many people have no job and getting 0 and 0 bonus ..My friends are becoming totally broke

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Didn’t know seiyu was Walmart. This article is very informative.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Well 15000 will get you back and forth to work.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Let’s build up the herd immunity and get the economy going again

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15,000 yen is ok! Something is better than nothing. I hear a lot of complains coming from foreigners ( students and short term residents ) mainly about job security and no money! These are part of life especially when you choose to live aboard! Nobody forced anyone to work in Japan so stop complaining about lack of money and job security now! Everyone including Japanese citizens and long term residence are facing challenges now and the same applies to others globally. If you couldn’t / didn’t save money for rainy days while working in Japan then it was no meaning for you to waste your life in Japan. You’d be better off in your own country! The Japanese Government will be responsible for only its own citizens and long term permanent residence who pay taxes, pension and health insurance properly...not free riders! Countries such as Australia, New Zealand, US, South Korea, UK, Germany and Canada did not provide any financial assistance to people on student visa and some even working visa! Be appreciative that the Japanese Government hasn’t cast foreigners aside with the 100,000 yen program!

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What an outrage! This is a dirty trick to avoid compensation when it goes to court for infections or deaths! Once the staff sign in blood it means they give up liability to sue if they get infected or worse still get killed.

These families should be protesting against this trick of transferring liability.

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150$ is small for Americans but a lot for the Japanese. Ever since the Plaza Accord, the Yen is getting stronger as the amount of USD getting less. Of course, people in the world only spend the USD for international transactions, while the Yen has its only strength in Japan. Most employees here would never travel outside Japan in their lives. 15,000 Yen is a lot for them, IN JAPAN.

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@Tora

To improve the situation:

1 The use of cash needs to be banned during this crisis. It's ridiculous how they have these screens and you still have places accepting cash. In some cases, it's the only payment option. I told my local bakery that I refuse to go back until they introduce cashless options. Other countries that are serious about this crisis banned cash from the outset. People and retailers coped.

2 For smaller retailers they must have a policy of one in, one out. Supermarkets should have no more than several customers in at one time. People queuing outside should be 2m apart.

3 The elderly should be discouraged from going shopping where possible. If they live alone, a family member/neighbour should shop for them and drop things off at their door.

4 What is with the every three days? Try: once a week. WTH are supermarkets now limiting number of baskets to one per customer to discourage people from buying enough so they can reduce shopping days. No more than one family member should be out shopping. This would also discourage queues.

I mainly agree with you, good thoughts. But, a couple of things:

1 - Not all people have credit cards or bank cards, or the possibility to get them. For some people the only option is to pay with cash. It would be wrong to prevent them from buying their necessities.

4 - Many Japanese apartments are very small (=one room), and thus, also their fridge is very small. There's no way you could fit a week worth of food in those tiny fridges. For bigger homes/families/fridges going shopping just once a week is of course a wise idea.

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bit of a flaw you can see in the photo. They're not removing every other queue like in other countries. So the worker is exposed to the customer.

The supermarkets near me are doing that. The one in the photo needs to be shamed!

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Surely, the safest solution is organising deliveries. Probably not cheaper though. Cost shamelessly prioritised over safety here.

Prime example of companies exploiting the vulnerable. This is the norm in Asia I’m afraid...

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It is a proven fact that plastic cards have a much higher viral survival rate than paper cash and metal coins.

Your plastic phone as well.

Seiyu/Walmart Japan does not compare to Walmart in America. They don’t even have those electric carts and well dressed customers.

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Actually the payment is 15,000 Japanese Yen. I don’t think they will be paid in dollars. I guess foreign money is difficult for some posters.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Is it per day ?

Better to study harder than to serve as cannon fodder.

If you think far, all goods could be scanned by customers manuzlly by themselves...

Why don't society evolve ?

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Good initiative of Seyu. Hope to be followed by other companies. There in Brazil, a third world country, some workers receive an increase of salary depending on the hazards they have to deal with in their work. For sure there is no way to compensate for all the risks, but, it is a good gesture of recognition, appreciation. Congratulations, it is a welcome attitude towards employees satisfaction that may help a little in these times.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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