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Posted in: Biden's Indo-Pacific shift under scrutiny with AUKUS alliance See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  02:28 am JST

Garbage!

Thanks for alerting us.

But when the bullets and missiles fly they expect full support from Japan. Priceless!

IF the bullets ever did start to fly, which I hope they don't, JAPAN will need all the support it can get, at quite a price.

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

trinklets2Sep. 26  03:55 pm JST

@0rei0, some of your statement are questionable. For one you stated that since the 90's Jpensioners relocate overseas and that the Jgovt froze their payouts.

Did I say payouts were frozen in the nineties? That's right, I didn't. The law changes regarding pension payments overseas and inheritance tax were in the 2010's, under Aso's reign as finance minister- No real surprises there.

My husband was a pensioner and we lived for almost 9 yrs in the Philippines 2001-2009 and his pension was never frozen. 

Do you know what frozen means, in the context of pensions? Not to be confused with stopped.

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

trinklets2Today  08:26 am JST

@0rei0, I believe it's a factor but saying their effect is negligible is shortsightedness. You haven't been on the tight end of the rope for yrs in Japan.

Been here for over twenty years, living and working; Thanks for prejudging me anyway.

And I don't consider it "miniscule".

I actually said;

 minuscule amount of foreign workers

About 2.5% of Japan's working population- Pretty small, wouldn't you say? Even if said 2.5% were not to pay there pension, I can hardly see it impacting on the current highly predictable shortfall in funds that is leading the govt to request people keep on working rather than retire.

https://www.statista.com/topics/7451/employment-in-japan/#dossierSummary__chapter6

Insinuating working in China and dodging taxes while working 2 jobs...

Good lord. Have you never heard of being sardonic? It was a scenario which may become all too real in the future.

Since the nineties many Japanese pensioners took the decision to relocate overseas, where the cost of living was more amenable, to improve their circumstances re the national pension. The govt reacted by freezing overseas payouts and nearly doubling inheritance tax liabilities to Japan, regardless of location. Would that be the fault of foreign workers too?

No wonder the "Japanese mind" is incomprehensible to you. And not a word on the pension system: Can't see our posts lasting long...

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

@trinklets2

Where to start...

 "darn pesky foreigners working their way" are one of the reasons why the pension fund is deficient.

I'd hazard a guess that their effect on the current dire situation of the pension fund is largely negligible- You need to look a little higher up towards the inept management of the whole system, ignoring decades of warning signs and the actualities that trouble was coming.

Imagine me and the rest whose contracts weren't extended

Worth hiring, not worth firing. Automatic contract extensions are a thing of the past, in particular Japan's past, though some would like to cling on to this unsustainable, heavily biased safety net. Do these foreign workers get automatic contract extensions? I think not. They have to make themselves worth hiring.

 But they're actually destroying the Jeconomy

Blaming the minuscule amount of foreign workers for Japan's economic woes, many of whom do pay their taxes, is just smoke and mirrors. Why should foreign workers be expected to commit to a country and pay into a financial black hole, that barely opens the door a crack to them? Nenkin is a tired old joke, I don't think anyone under sixty, hand on heart, could honestly disagree.

'Japanese mind', to misallocate a quote from Japan's finance minister, is possibly the chief factor, ushering in financial misfortune on Japan. Sense of entitlement is a dangerous thing in this day and age: If or when the pension systems around the world start to fail, watch the dominoes fall. We'll all be working to the end, if 'Tech' has left us any jobs, that is.

Maybe we'll all have to be 'Foreign workers' in China, dodging taxes, working two jobs...

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

trinklets2Today  07:25 am JST

Seems like they have that inert despise of the elderly. They want us to keep working till we bend just so we can contribute to the pension fund but they spare the young foreign Jlanguage students who work 2 jobs with a total of more than 8hrs a day and at times 5 to 6 days a week without pitching to the system! Where is justice?

Those darn pesky foreigners, working hard to pay their own way instead of heavily (over)relying on the system like the locals, and which largely excludes them anyway: Heaven knows why they wouldn't want to throw their earnings into that money pit of a system, with a non-existent pension beckoning.

The future is, and always has been since around the seventies, look after yourself because the pension carpet is going to get pulled from under your feet.

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Posted in: Done with delays, Academy movie museum rolls out red carpet See in context

Looks like a factory; Rather fitting, as that's what it feels like the world of film has become of late.

Keep churning it out, y'all: That's why you're losing the battle against the streaming services. Still, at least they're preserving film history for posterity, rather than attempt to be more creative...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 302 coronavirus cases; lowest number since July 5 See in context

ShinkansenCabooseToday  05:10 pm JST

Keep the restaurants and bars closed

ShinkansenCabooseToday  05:20 pm JST

Close down all restaurants that serve alcohol permanently.

They figured out the cure.. long live Japan

Big change in reliable rhetoric there, in just ten minutes.

You see, the problem I have with that logic is that every night, when I walk my dog, I don't see any closed bars or restaurants, just jam-packed ones, full of unmasked customers making merry.

Karaoke bars are also thriving by the sounds of it, if the bellowing voices I hear when I pass by their doors are anything to judge by- Make of THAT what you will.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 302 coronavirus cases; lowest number since July 5 See in context

prionkingToday  05:15 pm JST

No need for further restrictions, vaccine mandates or lockdowns. Just about everyone who wanted a jab has got one or more

You ARE joking, right?

Come to Osaka and try your luck here, with their impenetrable application website never up and running (just checked: It's still down) and phone-lines that imperceptibly put you on hold for aeons, and eventually and unceremoniously cut you off.

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Posted in: Paralympic exodus begins in Tokyo See in context

snowymountainhellToday  05:09 pm JST

From NOW, there’s ‘real work’ to be done to restore Japan and public accessibility to a comfortable life for ALL people here.

From now? From NOW? From at least a year and a half ago, more like , but the J Govt. wasted all that time until we could see ever so friendly Japanese volunteers holding up 'Thank you' (read: 'Don't let the door hit you on the way out') signs. I wouldn't hold your breathe on things being much better now the games are over.

Scant coverage of the Paralympics in the media, in comparison to the Olympics. Hard to sell its justification to the populace: Time for the political games to begin.

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Posted in: Senior police officer arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

purple_depressed_baconSep. 5  02:07 pm JST

Anybody remember the old Loretta Lynn song "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"? It's his wife's new ringtone

Actually it was Tammy Wynette who recorded it but yes, great song.

I hope this "cop" gets the boot and tossed in gen pop.

Tammy Wynette may have recorded the most famous version, but Hourglass (with the Allman brothers) recorded a version a year earlier than her, in 1967, for their debut LP.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges huge COVID relief package if he wins LDP leadership vote See in context

divindaToday  06:58 am JST

So digital vaccine passports to do daily tasks.

This'll be interesting to watch how it implodes.  07:41 am JST

MeiyouwentiToday  07:41 am JST

Here’s another fascist trying to introduce vaccine passports.

Almost as if they're trying to sneak that hugely unpopular national ID card back in, under the guise of a vaccine passport.

Always the opportunists, but using a pandemic; that's a new low.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 92-year-old woman, stealing ¥2,082 yen from her See in context

purple_depressed_baconToday  10:27 am JST

He... He committed murder for TWENTY BUCKS?!! Seriously??

Do the hustleToday  08:25 am JST

He killed her for 20 bucks! That’s just so wrong!

No, He killed her, sadly, and more than probably all he got AFTERWARDS was ¥2082.

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Posted in: Yamaguchi-gumi senior figure arrested over fatal assault at home See in context

YubaruToday  04:45 pm JST

With Catana most probably...

What the heck is a Catana?

Apparently it's either a brand of catamaran, or a comic book/ artist.

The mind boggles on what kind of ending either of those two would bring.

Sleeping with the fishes?

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Posted in: Yamaguchi-gumi senior figure arrested over fatal assault at home See in context

OxycodinToday  04:21 pm JST

American gangster uses guns, Japanese gangster use karate and knives

What does this even mean? Pray where does it say what weapon he used? What do French gangsters use? Baguettes? Oh, I'm sorry- Am I stereotyping?

I'm sure a lot of Japanese gangsters have a good old drink and think "I know, I'll do me a bit of karate"...

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Posted in: FIFA asks British PM to exempt players from quarantine for World Cup qualifiers See in context

I do hope FIFA may see the FINGA: Corruption seems to be endemic in this pandemic.

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Posted in: Rolling Stones honor album 'Tattoo You' with 9 new tunes See in context

So sad to hear Charlie has passed away; RIP Charlie.

You were a true great and a true gent too. The Stones will surely miss you and your truly special style .

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Posted in: Osaka starts administering AstraZeneca vaccine See in context

0rei0Today  08:36 am JST

GBR48Today  07:30 am JST

I've had 2 AZ. After a few hours you may get any of a selection of minor side effects - shivers, headache, temperature. These may last a couple of hours. Second jab side effects are usually weaker. Some people get no side effects at all.

Eric Clapton would beg to differ, suffering severe reactions lasting ten days for the first shot, and worse reactions for two weeks on the second shot.

It might be hyperbole, but he claimed he feared never playing again.

Hence becoming one of a growing number of vocal critics

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Posted in: Osaka starts administering AstraZeneca vaccine See in context

GBR48Today  07:30 am JST

I've had 2 AZ. After a few hours you may get any of a selection of minor side effects - shivers, headache, temperature. These may last a couple of hours. Second jab side effects are usually weaker. Some people get no side effects at all. Generally there are fewer side effects from Pfizer but the jab is more painful and leaves you with a sore arm for a day or two. The AZ jab you hardly feel. If you really don't like needles, get the AZ.

You can vaccinate a person with AZ in under a minute. 540 per day is do-able for three staff members in one room. That's a nurse to jab you in the arm and hand you a leaflet, someone to deal with the paperwork and another person getting people to stand in line and get their upper arm ready.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,989 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 18,822 See in context

Space CochonneToday  05:47 pm JST

Japon better get prepared and have the logistics ready otherwise we will still have unvaccinated younger group while elder will need to have their booster.

Seriously? Are we thinking of the same Japan, because the one I live in has doggedly done its level best NOT to prepare, instead favouring burying its head in the sand.

And to top it off, sequestering hospitals to all but the (Govt.) select few.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,989 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 18,822 See in context

BordeauxToday  05:12 pm JST

At least, it was not 5,000!

 What a stroke of "Luck"; Almost as if it were planned that way.

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Posted in: Norway beats Russia for men's beach volleyball gold See in context

MordacToday  04:18 pm JST

Norway vs Russia for the beach volleyball gold.... Seems like a joke. I think Russia has some beaches on the Black Sea, Crimea and Kaliningrad. No such luck for Norway.

Surely you jest? With a combined coastline of 25,000 km, you don't think there could be a few beaches along there somewhere?

https://blog.norwegianreward.com/en/travel/15-best-beaches-in-norway/

Congrats to Norway.

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Posted in: Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour See in context

KentarogaijinToday  07:20 am JST

He suffered a serious side effect but it's being covered up.

Thanks House..

Thank God house was always wrong the first time.

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Posted in: Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour See in context

Burning BushToday  07:17 am JST

He suffered a serious side effect but it's being covered up.

zichiToday  05:59 pm JST

Maybe his throat cancer has returned?

I know, why don't we stop all the doom and gloom negative speculation, and see how Charlie progresses?

I'm sure he's getting better medical care than any of us are in Japan right now.

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Posted in: Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour See in context

Commodore PerryToday  02:39 pm JST

Even the Beatles knew they needed Ringo far more than he needed them.

Not so sure about this.

The Beatles were still able to record without Ringo, replacing him with studio musicians, or even The Beatles' best drummer, Paul McCartney.

I was thinking more about his peacekeeping duties, rather than his drumming. When he quit during the 'White album' sessions, I think the others shelved their differences and begged him to come back. I don't think their would have been the 'White album' without him.

Pretty much the same as Charlie, being the most placid member of the Stones, rather than a John Bonham or Keith Moon, probably makes him the most important. I seem to remember Jimmy Miller had to play some drums on 'Tumblin' dice' when Charlie struggled, but Charlie's touch was always more jazz-like than rock which, for me, helped make the Stones' 60's output that little bit special and different from the rest; kind of like Ringo on 'A day in the life'.

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Posted in: Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour See in context

tokyo_joeToday  09:17 am JST

Love the Stones but time to call it a day. No Charlie, no Stones.

Wholeheartedly agree.

Learn from AC/DC's mistake; Angus nearly destroyed the band he loved when he lost Brian (who has more than proved his worth), Phil and Cliff. And thinking Axl Rose would be a good replacement? Serious head in hands moment. But back in the fold- Back up and running. its not as if the likes of The Stones (or Acca Dacca) need the money.

Got to stick with the original lineup (apologies Bon), or its just falls into parody.

Even the Beatles knew they needed Ringo far more than he needed them.

Get well soon, Charlie, you legend.

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Posted in: Organizers apologize for introducing Ukrainian athletes as Russians See in context

Pukey2Today  02:25 pm JST

oreio:

England in Japanese is Ingurando.

As a transliteration, yes. But historically foreign countries, even outside of Asia(亜細亜 ) originally had names written in kanji; you can still see 米国 ,濠(太剌利)on meat in the supermarket. All European countries had names in kanji, even the UK; 蘇格蘭- Scotland 北愛蘭- Northern Ireland. Wales was always classed as England and Wales together, so no Kanji.

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Posted in: Organizers apologize for introducing Ukrainian athletes as Russians See in context

Sadly this doesn't surprise me in the least. I'm more surprised they felt the need to brush it off with a pseudo-apology, and not just blame and sack one secretary for it; that's de rigueur, isn't it?

I noticed yesterday that during the skateboarding medal ceremony, when they announced Sky Brown's bronze medal the announcer said 'Great Britain' in English, but 「英国」'England' in Japanese. Surely it should have been 「イギリス」?

Bit of a faux pas for the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish, No?

Even the article, which I'm pretty sure was written by an American, referred to the US skateboarder and 'The rest of the world'. Do we get our own flag and national anthem as 'The rest of the world'?

Brings back memories of Mariah Carey in the nineties, when she didn't realise 'Africa' wasn't a country.

I'd have thought the Japanese would have more of an eye for detail, but I guess if its good enough for NBC and the home audience, accuracy doesn't matter tuppence.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Peeping_TomToday  10:55 pm JST

"Funny that. I did watch it live on the BBC, and after it had finished they showed all the medallists top runs again and discussed them; ALL the medallists."

Did I say BBC, as in TV?

BBC i-player is also online, on bbc.co.uk; the clue's in the name really 'UK'- news for British people. Naturally they focus on Sky's bronze medal. But they still had the courtesy to report on Japan's Gold and silver skateboarding medals, as they did with Japan's previous two skateboarding gold medals even without any Brits winning medals.

BBC Sports is online; check it.

Like this?

"Tokyo Olympics: Yosozumi and 12-year-old Hiraki win gold and silver"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/58082653

The live reporting gave a plethora of information in their running commentary on the skateboarders competing in the final.

I never see hide nor hair of the UK's gold medal winners on NHK.

I certainly don't need to pretend to be Japanese, (unlike some here).

There's something called NHK World.

All in engrish. As if you were watching TV in Tokyo.

I must admit, you caught me off guard there. I never really believed anybody could seriously watch NHK world for news. Thanks for the chuckles.

Ever heard of it?

Oh I think we all know only too well about NHK world. Still they gave skateboarding just over a minute, and made sure they used young Sky to help vindicate the games.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Kind of apathy...

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Peeping_TomToday  08:09 pm JST

Just check the BBC Sports.

It is as if Sky was the only competitor.

Everyone scratches his or her own back first, not just Japan.

Funny that. I did watch it live on the BBC, and after it had finished they showed all the medallists top runs again and discussed them; ALL the medallists.

I think we all know, reading your posts, you love Japan. But you don't live here, as many more informed posters do.

NHK practically blanked Sky, as if she were a blot on Japan's copybook, I presume by representing another country.

Didn't see that king of antipathy on the BBC.

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