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Posted in: What is the average cost of living in Japan? See in context

Eating out at 9,483 is odd, must be only eating at Matsuya.

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Posted in: Ex-college employee gets 23 years for raping drugged students See in context

It's about time someone got a real sentence for rape.

You said it! Was getting tired of hearing only 3 year sentences for this type of crime. 23 years and he should also get the snip.

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Posted in: Time is valuable to tourists. Lots of them think they can be doing something else rather than having to wait in line at a restaurant, so we're getting a great response. See in context

A fee based reservation system? Are they copying this from Disneyland's fast pass playbook which used to be free?

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Posted in: Japanese firms offer highest pay hike in 32 years in spring wage talks See in context

Neither I nor any of my acquaintances have seen any sort of gifted increase other than that given after our annual evaluation. Not to mention most work for pretty well known companies.

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Posted in: Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan See in context

Just from my experience, these guys and those with disabilities are some of the most charming and uplifting staff at the conbinis I go to. Any time I get a young Japanese person, they tend to be dull and careless. The minimal interaction we get daily whilst living in a metropolitan city shouldn't be a dull and boring experience and so I thank these hard working non-Japanese and those with disabilities for helping me tackle those depressing mornings before work!

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Posted in: On the ball See in context

still see slouching which negates the purpose. Why not let them work while standing up? Get them an adjustable table that allows both sitting and standing. Sitting for prolonged periods isn't good for many reasons and it wouldn't matter if you put a ball under instead of a chair. Also, let people go for a brisk walk every now and then instead of watching over them like vultures.

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Posted in: Japan’s wedding gift etiquette rule too expensive, young people in survey say See in context

My wedding mostly consisted of my wife's friends because all my friends live abroad. I didn't want them to pay anything for our wedding since they are welcomed guests to an even we are hosting. So my guess is that since we didn't have anyone pay for our wedding, those "friends" will not expect that dreaded 30,000 yen goshugi right? Wrong! So because they came to our wedding, my wife had to go to theirs, and still pay the stupid goshugi! Unbelievable! Who came up with this stupid rule? The greedy wedding planning industry?

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

If charging extra, it would be better to add a little extra something or it's not the Japanese way in my opinion. Whatever happened to omotenashi? It is rude to treat guests like that!

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Posted in: 1 in 5 people aged 65 or older in Japan predicted to have dementia by 2060 See in context

In other words, 1 in 5 government official will have dementia as well by 2060.

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Posted in: Golden Week wraps up as travelers return home See in context

I saw the prices of travelling and decided to just wait it out this year and take days off elsewhere. First day back to work and it's raining, a great way to start off this long stretch but don't let it get to you! Hope everyone had a lovely holiday!

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Posted in: Japanese opt for short, cheap overseas trips for Golden Week holidays See in context

I was jokingly talking to my family while watching a tv program on how everyone is doing 節約旅行 or (penny pinching travel) and that I wouldn't go anywhere if I had to do something like bringing my own water to save money and that I would want to enjoy my travel to the fullest. To my surprise, this couple came on who quite literally stuffed their suitcase with water and exceeded the luggage weight limit paying an extra 8,000 yen in fees. They thought that this would be a cheaper method to bring their own water to Hawaii since it would likely cost more to buy locally. Sad to see couples needing to do something like this for their honeymoon.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

It also suggests office air conditioners be set at 28 degrees Celsius.

https://laminaheat.com/en/impact-of-heat-and-cold-on-employee-performance/#:~:text=It%20is%20generally%20recommended%20to,environment%20conducive%20to%20optimal%20productivity.

*Temperature can have a significant impact on productivity. Research suggests that excessively hot or cold temperatures can make it difficult to concentrate and perform tasks effectively. It is generally recommended to maintain office temperatures within a range of 68 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 24 Celsius), as this provides a comfortable environment conducive to optimal productivity.*

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Posted in: G7 nations commit to phasing out coal by 2035 but give Japan some flexibility See in context

I don't understand why we didn't invest more into geo-thermal here in Japan. The onsen ryokan people should have been educated in how little affect a geo-thermal plant would have on the quality of onsen and the plants will be far enough that it won't be an eyesore. Not to mention we already have tons of plants near riverbeds sucking up Mt. Fuji's water and bottling them up yet we don't here village people complaining that their water is tainted.

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Posted in: Kishida may have hard time being reelected PM after by-elections See in context

Takaichi time, let's go!

Takaichi: x

CDP of Japan: o

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Posted in: Meta sued in Japan over investment ads with fake celebrity endorsements See in context

I feel bad for celebrities that get caught in this mess and lose trust from those who didn't know better. I agree with GillislowTier, I have no sympathy if you pour your money into things before doing your due diligence. I mean come on, if an ad featured Maezawa wouldn't you think something is fishy? I'm surprised the scammer didn't use someone less 胡散臭い (shady looking). Now that his face is being used like this, he will look even more 胡散臭い to people, kind of feel bad for the guy.

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Posted in: Wendy’s releases Pretzel Roast Beef Burger aimed at foreign tourists in Japan See in context

Gene, come on back! You're always welcome here!

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Posted in: What smartphone habits by some people bother you the most? See in context

Speed, might I also add checking Insta or other crap while watching a movie together.

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Posted in: 'City Hunter' manga hero drops sexism for new live-action film See in context

@Antiquesaving

I see, thank you!

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Posted in: Japan's declining attractiveness from the perspective of foreign talent is starting to become reality. Companies must improve salaries and other benefits. See in context

Not only the salaries but inefficiencies in the workplace and unwillingness to address them is also a huge problem. Not to mention only able to get 10 days of paid leave each time you change jobs.

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Posted in: Japan launches new alert system as heat stroke deaths rise See in context

I also notice that many here don't drink enough water and drink caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea throughout their days. There needs to be more awareness to drinking water.

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Posted in: 'City Hunter' manga hero drops sexism for new live-action film See in context

Attracting global audiences

Don't you mean "modern audiences"? Who cares about attracting these people. The majority of "global audiences" who follow this manga/ anime are likely not going to care.

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Posted in: Have you noticed any examples of "shrinkflation" in Japan -- when a product or portion size in a restaurant gets smaller but the price stays the same? See in context

The contents of onigiri. I usually like the tuna onigiri they sell at supermarkets or a quick grab at a conbini, but I stopped buying them and make them at home now since it takes 2 bites before I even reach the tuna nowadays. Canned tuna is still relatively cheap and so I can stuff my homemade onigiri with as much as I want.

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Posted in: Toyota launches all-new land cruiser 250 series in Japan See in context

I like how they're bringing lines back into designs giving it a more rugged car like appearance. Since Land Cruisers are a little beyond my budget, I wonder when I am able to get my hands on one of those Hilux Champs they're selling abroad? It'd be fun to work on one of those from scratch.

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Posted in: 63 doctors, dentists sue Google for keeping reviews they say are unfair See in context

I always use the search tab on google reviews to look for key words in other people's reviews and base my judgment on those comments rather than the amount of stars I see initially. Japanese reviews are always confusing to me, they would give 3 stars to an establishment that they would consider has good food, service, atmosphere, and コスパ but would take off two stars for little nitpicks like "there were too many people" or "other customers were rude". It's funny that a country that doesn't have a tipping system, and has affordable dining has so many people nit picking at the little things.

As for medical facilities, it is quite rare to find a 内科 or dentist with a good review in my area. It is one of those things where you just have to go see for yourself. Many of these places tend give you a sheet to fill in, have you wait for hours then get called up, have the doctor talk to you and check your heart, then it's off to go get your medicine in a separate building which takes another hour to receive. It is rare to find places that go above and beyond these standard procedures. If you have been going to the same place for years and the doctor is familiar with you, you may get better services or if you live away from the city where doctors aren't busy screening a million patients per day.

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Posted in: I don't know if the number is high or low, but I think the demand for resignation agents will continue to increase, especially among young people. See in context

Some employers literally threaten employees and even go as far as black mail them if they leave so it is understandable that such a service exists. But before wasting money, it may be wise to use the free (or minimal fee) services offered by the government first which grants you the right to use legal specialists in such cases. I remember hearing these types of companies charge something around 50,000 JPY or more per case which is ridiculous considering what they are doing is "requesting to quite" on behalf of their clients which takes no special skill or qualification to do. Employers hold no legal obligation to listen to these companies and so ultimately the employee still needs to take action.

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/general/seido/chihou/kaiketu/soudan.html

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Posted in: Do you think digital networking will do away with business cards? See in context

Our company, despite promoting themselves to be "global and ahead", still teaches new employees how to bow and exchange cards in 2024. So my answer to this is, not quite yet. These types of digital networks have been around for some time now and they don't seem to be going anywhere.

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Posted in: Kishida cabinet's support rate rises to 23.8%: poll See in context

I often hear a lot of people write here that they are frustrated with the opposition parties not having policies and only criticizing the gov't. They want a clear choice for voters. But after learning of this ticket buying kickback scandal, we can see the deck is stacked against them, it the LDP has tons of extra money on hand to hire staff, buy votes etc. Maybe if there was a fair election the results might be different. Let's hope the next election that will happen. Not holding my breath, but can always hope.

Well said. If people took the time to look into other party's policies, maybe they will find that they actually have something of interest. I will say none of the parties are perfect, and none of them have experience due to the LDP having been in power for such a long time(自民時代) or (LDP Era), but they do have some interesting propositions. Sadly, even if miraculously a different party would come to power, they will only end up losing in a re-election because a mere few years is not enough to implement any good policy. People expect instant gratification, perhaps because things can go south in a short period and people think the opposite is true, but it actually takes decades before certain policies are sorted, implemented, and benefitted.

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Posted in: People used to dress up when they traveled on planes. What do you think about the way passengers dress today? See in context

You're on a plane for hours if flying internationally, the last thing you'd want is a necktie choking you to death. Just wear something that's comfy enough to get you to sleep on an already hard to sleep environment.

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Posted in: Japan to host MLB season opener next year See in context

Should be held at the new Escon Field if the Dodgers are for sure playing. Would be nice to also have another Darvish vs Ohtani moment in Hokkaido where they used to play. Perhaps the MLB wants to mix it up a bit so I understand them wanting the Cubs over Padres this time around, especially since Suzuki is on there.

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Posted in: LDP punishes 39 members over funds scandal, urging 2 to leave party See in context

LDP members who received 10 million yen or more but less than 20 million yen faced a six-month suspension from party positions, while those receiving amounts worth 5 million yen or more but below 10 million yen were given formal warnings.

We had a guy resign because he was saying mean things towards farmers and yet we have ACTUAL criminals here facing miniscule punishment for their actions.

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