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Posted in: Japan sea sludge tells story of human impact on Earth See in context

Similar story on the front page of the BBC today, talking about Canada, with some quite striking video showing identification of periods by sediment.

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Posted in: Saturday will be 12 years since the March 11, 2011 disaster. If you were in Japan, what are your memories of that day? See in context

I remember how kind everyone in Tokyo was that day. I lost count of the number of times a stranger asked me if my family/friends were OK.

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Posted in: Man arrested for setting fire to bar after being told other customers don’t like talking to him See in context

@Abe234: given the way he reacted it is very likely that he was being extremely obnoxious, possibly scarily so.

There were no other customers there so seems much more likely that he was harassing the staff. Completely ridiculous to blame them, given that they were clearly dealing with an extremely irrational individual.

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Posted in: Japan reports 97,788 coronavirus cases See in context

@Commodoreflag the answer to your question "how'd I do?" is "quite badly" as y our comment contains a blatant falsehood.

There were not "384,203 hospitalizations today alone", in fact there are a total of 384,203 active cases. The overwhelming majority of those active cases did not arise today, and an even more overwhelming majority have not and will not be hospitalized.

There was in increase in people in hospital of TEN so you're out by approximately 384,000.

Aside from that, you're spot on.

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Posted in: Operator of major restaurant review site Tabelog ordered to pay damages See in context

A 0.2 drop is huge because although the scale officially runs from 1.0-5.0, in reality almost everywhere seems to fall in between about 3.1 and 3.9. It is ridiculous to make that change just because they are a chain - as @Asiaman7 says, if people like the chain then surely their rating should reflect that.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Mori displeased at backlash over sexist remarks See in context

In what way has he been canceled out??? He said what he believed, other people said "you're wrong and you're a silly old fool" and now he has reiterated his opinion - and his remarks have been reported in the national press. Nobody has been canceled, you snowflake!

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Posted in: Saiki City mistakenly let resident claim ¥1.3 million in gift certificates See in context

The real problem this highlights is that government money, once allocated, never seems to be unallocated even when the need doesn't exist. That's one of the biggest reasons public spending never goes down.

In a sane world this town would have said "Hmm, it seems there was only demand for 24,000 books. Let's just scrap the rest of the program WHICH PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO WANT, then we don't have to pay out the additional 3,000 per book on 36,000 books. We can use the 108,000,000 yen to fund something else that people actually do want. Or, you know, reduce our spending by 108,000,000 this year".

This isn't the only reason why people don't like paying taxes, but it is one of them.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Mori displeased at backlash over sexist remarks See in context

Women may or may not talk more than men on average but they are certainly not the drivers of long meetings in Japan. Anyone who has worked here for any length of time will tell you that the amount of endless, pointless, directionless meetings is off the charts. This is undoubtedly driven by men, and the closer they are to Mori's age the more they "contribute" to this.

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Posted in: Accused groper dies after jumping out of train station office window See in context


If you had ever been on a rush hour train in Japan, you would realize that cameras would not be able to see anything in the mass of people.

Perhaps if we put the cameras on the floor looking up….. no wait…..

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

@commanteer, if by "agenda" you mean "having a diverse cast doing stuff" instead of "straight white men doing stuff" then I'm not sure what the problem is. It turns out that in real life women, gay people, and people of different enthnicities also do stuff. Why this is a bad thing in a program aimed at kids, I cannot imagine.

I do, however, agree with you on some of the criticisms of the writing.

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

Can't quite work out whether those offended are upset because he's black or gay. Seems to me that of all the characters in fiction where ethnicity/sexuality really don't matter, it's this one.

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Posted in: Ex-nursery school head indicted over 5-year-old boy's death in bus See in context

No they should not get life in prison. This was an accident; there is a case to answer for negligence, and punishment may be appropriate but this remains an unintentional act. Life might have been appropriate if they had locked the poor child in the bus as some kind of punishment, but let's not forget that these are human beings likely traumatized by their mistake.

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Posted in: Japan land prices rebound after marking 1st fall in 6 years See in context

@Zoroto it certainly exists in Britain.

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Posted in: We ask for passengers’ understanding, realizing that the policy may cause some inconvenience. But it is necessary for sustainable operations of rail lines. See in context

Makes sense. They'll be keeping the platform displays. It makes no sense to be spending a large amount of money providing a service that 99.9% of people have on their wrist or in their pocket.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 15 other prefectures facing power shortage See in context

Whilst it may be true that TEPCO is a shitty company which badly let us all down with regards to nuclear safety, I think we should all use a bit of common sense here. They're asking us to try and cut consumption so that we don't have power cuts. I would personally prefer not to have a power cut, so I will be taking some small steps to reduce my consumption. Perhaps if we all do that, as requested, nobody will have a power cut and TEPCO's revenues will be ever-so-slightly reduced.

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Posted in: 2 dead, over 160 injured after M7.4 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

@diagonalslipToday 06:53 am JST

"one dead".... sad enough, so why do 'they' feel they have to make the headline "at least...."

Well because - obviously - it takes time to establish a precise casualty count just a few hours after an event affecting millions of people.

You will note that since your post, the count has been updated to 2. Turns out the headline writer was absolutely correct to use "at least".

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Posted in: It is time to abandon this ambiguity strategy. The people of Taiwan share our universal values, so I think the U.S. should firmly abandon its ambiguity. See in context

He had almost a decade when his opinion actually mattered - perhaps he should have said this then.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 18,287 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 97,833 See in context

Almost a third of the cases are among kids (0-19), who represent only about 16% of the population. On top of that, it's clear that a significant proportion of the adults got it from their kids. That being the case, it probably is time to stop leaning on the hospitality industry and let the restaurants and bars go about their business.

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Posted in: Man arrested for locking 2-month-old son in freezer See in context

"A freezer" in a hotel room refrigerator very likely means the little freezer box inside a small refrigerator. I wonder if he broke the poor kid's bones stuffing him in there. Disgusting.

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Posted in: Japan extends entry ban on non-resident foreigners until end of February: Kishida See in context

@ OldNormal

I and my 3 children have been forced in a tiny hotel room because of 3 positive pcr test with no symptoms. We were told we must stay here for 10 days or until we can all have 2 negative test in two consecutive days starting after the 6th day.

I can't be the only person here who both sympathizes with your situation, and also thinks, well, people testing positive should stay in quarantine.

I understand that you want your children to "get out and move around" but that is exactly what people with Covid should not be doing.

Hope you all test negative and can get out asap.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted robbery of internet cafe See in context


How much money does he think the average Internet cafe (in 2022) has in the till?

It's an interesting question and I don't know the answer, but my local internet cafe has 5 floors including internet booths, pool/darts, karaoke, serves food and drinks etc. When I was last there I'm guessing there were 100 or so customers so the till probably held a chunky amount, depending on how frequently they empty it.

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Posted in: 23-year-old mother arrested after throwing infant from 2nd floor of building See in context

Headline really should include the word "killing", not just "throwing".

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Posted in: Kishida reads letter from family of detained Sri Lankan woman who died See in context

Regardless of the rights and wrongs of her detention, a criminal act was committed here. If the poor woman had been Japanese and died in Sri Lankan immigration detention then the Japanese government would be kicking up all kinds of a fuss if no action was taken.

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

@Numan - what situation are you imagining where someone is buying a product in Japan, shipping it overseas, and then selling it as Price X plus 10% Japanese consumption tax?

I don't doubt that some good bought in Japan get shipped overseas and sold. That is NOT what this article is about. It's about people buying stuff WITHOUT paying consumption tax, then selling it to other people and CHARGING THEM CONSUMPTION TAX. That is what is written in the article - everything else is simply speculation on the part of other posters. Some of their speculation MIGHT be happening, but once again, that misses the whole point of consumption tax - it's levied in goods that are bought and consumed in the country.

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context


The anecodotes of people on this thread are NOT what is written in the story. There is no mention of the sales being overseas.

It literally says in the article "It believes they may be buying large quantities of duty-free goods to resell at higher prices, including a 10 percent consumption tax, to make a profit."

It's right there: they are charging 10% consumption tax to people because they are selling the goods in Japan. Why would they be adding 10% consumption tax to sell them in China, when Chinese consumption tax isn't 10%?

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

@Mark, all sorts of shops participate in the duty-free scheme. 711, Uniqlo and so on.

I can't be the only person who has a little shopping spree when a foreign visitor is in town.

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

@Numan & @Silvafan you have literally invented the part about the sales being overseas. There is nothing in the story to support the "overseas" part - the whole point of not charging the CONSUMPTION TAX on good that will be CONSUMED OVERSEAS is that the government is OK with that.

They are not OK with good being CONSUMED IN JAPAN without JAPANESE CONSUMPTION TAX being levied.

If a foreign tourist loads up on a mountain of stuff - and we've all seen them do it - and leaves with the stuff, that's fine. Economy stimulated and no harm done to Japanese businesses.

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

This is all a bit silly, and lots of people here don't seem to understand how tax works.

Here's a simple example: Tanaka-san (or indeed Smith-san who is a resident here) wants to buy a computer. It costs 100,000 plus 10,000 consumption tax.

Student-san buys a computer. He pays 100,000. No tax. He can sell the computer to Tanaka-san for 105,000.

Another example: Akachan-honpo sells diapers, charging 10% tax. Student-san buys the same diapers in bulk. They're a non-perishable product, somewhat commodified, that Student-san can buy cheaper than anyone who is resident here, and sell locally.

Tourists don't do this because they aren't here for long enough (though they do take things home with them, hence the long lined at places like Akachan-honpo's duty free desk pre-covid). Students sometimes do, because they have a 6-month window to buy, and the whole of their visa to sell.

Can't blame them it is enterprising, but it is not in the spirit of the duty-free rules which are "no tax because we expect you will consume this overseas".

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

@Open-minded, the article does NOT say that they are selling at home at all, it just says "resell at higher prices".

The activity that they are trying to curtail is exactly as wtfjapan says: people buying here, tax-free, on the pretence that they will not be consuming the goods in Japan, then selling them to people in Japan.

I don't see what most posters are complaining about. There is no particular reason why someone is living here - and I think if you're a student here for 6 months plus then you ARE living here - should be exempt from the taxes the rest of us are paying.

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Posted in: Japan cautiously enters year-end party season amid Omicron concerns See in context


Interesting poll, good thinking. In my company's case we usually have a fairly large one which includes customers and other key contacts (50 or so people). This year we're just having an unofficial (and 100% voluntary) one for the 7 staff. 5 are keen, 2 prefer not to. We're not asking the decliners why they don't want to join but my feeling is that 1 is covid-related and 1 just doesn't like that kind of event, which is completely fine.

My personal opinion is that in general bounenkai are very valuable IF there isn't a year-round expectation that people will drink with their colleagues. It's not unreasonable to HOPE that people will join a social activity once a year, especially if the company is paying and there is no pressure for people to get legless. The problem is that at some companies the bounenkai is the 100th (or more) occasion of the year when people are unofficially expected to drink with their colleagues. I can see why people might find that a grind.

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