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Posted in: Suntory’s prized Hakushu whisky is going into a can for Premium Highball Hakushu See in context

I enjoy Hakushu from time to time at izakayas, but I'm not tempted to buy a bottle of my own since I can get even better whiskey for the same price. Wish they stopped over pricing these things, 600 yen for a can of Highball? The can is mostly soda! I'll take it on the rocks or straight for that price!

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexual assault after spiking woman’s drink with sleeping pills See in context

Following his arrest on Monday, Kawai has told police he won’t say anything until he confers with his lawyer.

This guy watches too many US tv shows if he thinks he's getting a lawyer. He has hard evidence on his phone and thinks he's getting away?

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Posted in: Google to release ChatGPT-like bot named Bard See in context

The Singularity is near. AI hype aside governments and the current socioeconomic system are not ready for masses of white collar jobs being made irrelevant.

Theoretically white collar jobs can become irrelevant with the current rate of advancement, but I doubt that will happen for at least a decade or possible longer. We will likely use this program as a tool rather than have it do all our work automatically in the near future. It'll definitely help shorten working hours as productivity will likely sky rocket because you will no longer need to spend hours on a single task. But who knows, companies may just come up with bs work and still force you to stay for the 8 hours. I know Japanese companies will be hesitant to let their employees leave before 8pm.

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Posted in: What do you think it will take to persuade the majority of Japanese people to go maskless after the government downgrades the coronavirus status to the level of influenza? See in context

It'll happen on its own.

Agreed. Already noticing a difference in those who were mask less at ski resorts this month compared to December. People are now going down those slopes mask less and dining mask less as well. Nothing to force on everyone, it will gradually die down. Those who want to continue to wear them, so be it.

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Posted in: Number of serious sex offenses in Japan rises sharply in 2022 See in context

As one example, a woman I know asked to stay the night at her male friend's house so she could get up early to go to the airport. He agreed, but then in the middle of the night came to her. She thought that she had "led him on" by sleeping in his home, and didn't feel she could say no. Yes, of course that's rape - she did not say yes.

If you watch your friend slip a drug into your drink and you let them, and you then proceed to drink the spiked drink knowingly, were you drugged? This type of case you mentioned is a bit difficult to say the victim was raped because she neither consented nor declined the offer but proceeded with the course anyways. Now I do not want to victim blame and I despise rape, but calling any form of intercourse "rape" is a little over exaggerated in my opinion.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic bribery scandal rolls on; company apologizes See in context

They need to bow deeper so that the money slides out of their pockets.

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Posted in: Sushi chain reports diner who licked utensils in viral clip to police See in context

@Gazman

Agreed. This needs to be taken seriously as it is an extreme health hazard to others dining at the establishment. Publicizing this sort of content on a platform where millions have access to can inspire others to copy which is the last thing we want. Giving these punks a severe punishment in court by having them pay for damages and lost profits will show the world why you shouldn't do stuff like this.

The sushi chain won't be able to pin point to exactly which utensils have been affected, so now they need to sanitize and replace every equipment at the end of the day to counteract against this obstruction. If someone gets sick from their food, it will be the food establishment's fault even if these punks are the real reason for the cause.

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Posted in: Japan's 'King Kazu' joins Portuguese side at 55 See in context

Wow, hope I'm that athletic at his age!

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Posted in: We will give full support to people who are willing to get retraining during child care leave and other circumstances. See in context

While I believe a version of reskilling through the midst of our careers will become necessary as our lives have been extending steadily with less people having fatigue as they age, this is definitely not the way to approach it. During the period of childcare leave, you simply do not have the time, money, nor stress to cope with studying. To acquire an actual skill takes time, not just by taking a boot camp course and saying you are now qualified. Money is an issue with a newborn to now care for, they are expensive and you just reduced some of your pay to take care of the baby. Kishida needs to first think about how to create an environment where it will be easier to raise a child before he thinks about making it harder than it already is.

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Posted in: Groper arrested in Nikko insists he did not grab both breasts, but just one See in context

a 60-year-old Tochigi resident who was also at the hotel decided to enjoy himself by squeezing the woman’s chest without her consent.

Real life Master Roshi

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Posted in: Kishida grilled in Diet over son's excursion during overseas trip See in context

Did they make sure that Kishida or Kishi Jr. paid for the unnecessary expenses afterwards? Usually if someone gets caught spending a few yen on the company dime without notice, they either get the boot or they have the payment deducted from their salary.

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Posted in: Police, tech firms hold response drills to counter attacks ahead of G7 summit See in context

Security team: Sir, we're under attack

Company being attacked: What!? How? We just held our most intuitive drill on this topic the other day!

Fax machine: Beeps

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Posted in: 72% of foreigners in survey say they’ve been disappointed by bad breath in Japan See in context

My guess was always the lack of hydration and not drinking enough water was the cause. I see many people drink black coffee and not enough water during the day at work.

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

Pretty sure we have the technology to create synthetic meat that can possibly mimic the taste of whale meat. If the elder citizens want to eat whale so bad, they can wait until this type of tech rolls out:

https://www.springwise.com/a-gene-editing-tool-to-make-real-meat-cheaply-and-without-a-farm/

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Posted in: 34% of Japan's small, mid-sized firms intend to hike pay: survey See in context

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has called for pay hikes that outpace the rate of inflation.

I would like a pay increase that outpaces Kishida's tax hikes.

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

@Abe234

I used to think that way, but the latest data shows the turmoil countries are facing when allowing immigration to run rampant. Nothing wrong with immigration, it just needs to be regulated with an easy to follow rulebook and there currently isn't a good answer to how one country can do this without negatively affecting their current system.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2022-12-30/sweden-once-welcoming-to-immigrants-shifts-course

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/germany-needs-to-reform-its-immigration-laws-expert/2775908

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

Trying to wrap my head around this. They want to increase our salary by 3% so that they can tax our income higher to fund their defense budget and they also want to increase the consumption tax to fund their child policies which we have yet to hear what they plan to actually do. At this point, it probably wouldn't matter if we all get raises because we'll probably end up where we were. This all sounds like an excuse to try to fund for the debt on all the other failed policies: Abenomask, Olympic debt, Dentsu donations, etc.

The elections can not come any sooner...

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

No club activities until 7:00PM unless it's sports and there's an away game, no stepping foot inside of a school on the weekend, no commitments whatsoever during school vacation periods. If the child's family wants to take a two-week summer vacation to Europe and it conflicts with the table tennis schedule, then tough crap for the table tennis coach.

Yeah I notice that a lot too. Many elementary school kids getting dropped off at Kumon after 6:00pm and then getting ready to go home at 9:00pm, junior high and high school kids coming home from club activities at 9:00pm, when do these kids eat dinner with their family?

And yes, I would imagine how hard it is to schedule a family trip since it was already difficult enough to try to schedule a trip to my home town overseas with my wife.

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Posted in: Japan’s whisky region: Experience Chichibu’s food and malt See in context

I like Japanese whiskey, but it is just way too overpriced when you can get better tasting scotch for a lot cheaper.

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Posted in: Japan’s ramen is too cheap; restaurants should raise their prices, famous soccer player says See in context

Try eating ramen for lunch on your 3 man en okozukai and then tell me they need to raise their prices.

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Posted in: BOJ undeterred by threat to consumers from above-target inflation See in context

and more waves of price hikes await households in the coming months.

sigh

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

While people on this site rely on wages as most are expats, how many Japanese are reliant on wages? I bet no more than 20%, as most have large family assets to draw upon. I fail to observe people having financial issues almost everywhere i go and it is commonplace for people to drop 10K+ yen per person on a night out.

If there were many people in Japan who had the ability to drop 10k+ yen every night out because they had large family assets to draw upon on, I don't think we'd be having this conversation of companies being hesitant to raise prices. Companies would take advantage of this and continue to raise their prices until they have nothing left to milk. Also, don't forget that Japan is likely one of the last countries you want to be in when inheriting money because of the pain in the ars paper work and high taxes.

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Posted in: Japan to allow unlicensed electric scooter riding from July See in context

going to be much harder trying to turn left when there is ongoing pedestrians walking/ cycling past a don't walk signal, an angry guy behind you tailgating telling you to hurry up, mopeds always trying to squeeze their way to the front, and now these scooters that have people who haven't got a clue what traffic violations are since they didn't need to study for it.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for taking friend’s key, giving it to accomplice to rob apartment during dinner See in context

A high rise with a concierge and likely security cameras everywhere. And they thought they could get away.

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Posted in: Japan's opposition parties unite to take on Kishida over tax hike plan See in context

The only rational reason why we would need to increase our defense spending is in areas where we need to protect our maritime routes, going to and from dangerous zones. Since we rely heavily on energy imports going through these dangerous routes, if a war were to break out, we would need to defend these routes at all costs. There likely isn't a plot to destroy Japan (maybe verbal threats), nor would any country even consider it a priority when there is far more vulnerable and valuable land elsewhere. The amount of effort trying to conquer Japan (who has the US as an ally) simply will not be a great enough value for return. In my opinion, we should utilize our tax money to address other areas instead like the young poverty situation, low birthrate, education, and you know the rest.

Hope these opposition parties can come up and silence the LDP.

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Posted in: 'Yamagami Girls' – women whose hearts go out to Abe's accused killer See in context

I do not condone murder, but I can understand the justifications in this article. Simply put, no matter how hard Yamagami tried to get everyone publicly aware of the UC's influence in the Japanese government, he would have ended up with lackluster PR at best. With the amount of information we have today, any news could have been drowned out within days and everyone would forget. Attempting to drive around Tokyo with a megaphone would make you look like a lunatic and no one would listen. He probably didn't take Abe's life in front of the public on purpose to get everyone aware of what was going on, but it definitely had a far greater impact which still has the public's attention to this day.

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Posted in: More youth tournaments banning angry coaches See in context

@finally rich

Exactly! A simple yell to get ones motivation up after a loss in the locker room or telling players to run laps as punishment for doing something bad is entirely different from the moral/ abusive/ toxic harassments these POS coaches do to their players.

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Posted in: Japan reports 198,873 new coronavirus cases See in context

An interesting topic appeared on a variety show yesterday talking about how prolonged use of masks during the pandemic have been encouraging more people to breathe from their mouth rather than their nostrils due to constrictions making it harder to breathe. A dentist who studies the effects of mouth breathing has stated that kids under the age of 12 who are still in development are having issues breathing from their nostrils with masks on, forcing them to breathe from their mouths as a habit. Not only does this lead to bacteria growth and germs, mouth breathing also uses different muscle patterns from nasal breathing creating separation between the lips, causing underdeveloped kids to grow elongated faces. Studies also show that chronic mouth breathing can lead to impaired brain functioning as well as impaired mental development in children, resulting in a lower IQ compared to a controlled group. This is partly because of the amount of oxygen and co2 that enters and leaves the body is at a higher volume than what is typically optimal.

Now I am not telling everyone to take off their masks as much as I cannot wait for the day, but if any of you have children, please do be careful and check to see if they are properly breathing from their nostrils.

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Posted in: Uniqlo operator to raise annual salaries in Japan by up to 40% See in context

Starting monthly salaries for university graduates will be increased to 300,000 yen from the current 255,000 yen, an annual pay hike of about 18 percent, the company said.

Imagine graduating from a uni and only earning 255,000 yen before tax. Those who were new hires a few years prior are probably punching air right now seeing their kohais earning as much as their raise over the years.

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Posted in: Top Japan business lobby to request pay increases that outpace inflation See in context

The minimum wage here should be ¥1,500 to ¥2,000 an hr. I believe most jobs pay ¥900 to ¥1,200 an hr currently.

I see many full time haken job listings that list their hourly wages at 1,400 yen to 1,900 yen. How much are the haken agencies making?

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