Alex Hutchins comments

Posted in: Hope, anxiety in Japan over opening up to more foreign workers See in context

I hope that when discrimination and other labor violations occur, and they are bound to, that these foreign workers know the resources existing for them in japan. They are few but there are some amazing Japanese people who also want to better their conditions and fight for oversight.

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Posted in: Founder of Japanese supermarket chain arrested on charges of receiving prostitution revenue See in context

Well this surprised exactly no-one.

Forced prostitution, where it occurs, should be stopped. But I also hope this chain survives. Tamade has given me so much for so little yen!! Many a poorly-paid eikaiwa teacher has been saved by their low prices (stay away from the sashimi and you’ll be okay)

also, Tamade’s sign is quite nostalgic. As if some was back in 80’s/90’s Japan. And it fits Osaka’s atmosphere well.

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Posted in: Japanese woman gets 6-year jail term in China for espionage See in context

These arrests are really troubling. Given the shady things China seems to be doing, it’s no wonder that foreign internet networks don’t want to use Chinese companies like Huawei, that production is being transfered to Vietnam and India, and that nations are turning toward the country aggressively.

China arrests but gives no detailed explanation. One key sign of a (in this case, thinly-veiled) dictatorship.

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Posted in: Shiseido Japan’s same-sex kiss ad wins gold in Epica advertising awards See in context

I lovely video and a lovely couple. Let's get more advertising on this scale of creativity!

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Posted in: New station on Tokyo's Yamanote line to be named Takanawa Gateway See in context

I can already hear the "gateway" being dropped by most Tokyoites. What a strange addition...

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Posted in: Drunk vice principal loses job after urinating in girls bathing area on field trip See in context

Sometimes this stuff happens. I personally was so drunk once that I woke up in the middle of a night after heavy drinking, just like this guy, and instead of heading to the bathroom accidentally opened the door to the dorm room next to those facilities and peed on the floor. In the morning I did not remember a thing -- and was mortified. Lesson learned. I don't really think one mistake like this is grounds for firing -- especially since it seems everyone chaperoning was drinking! Not that that is the best thing to do on a field trip where 24hr assistance must be provided, but my point remains the same: mistakes happen. I feel for the guy.

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Posted in: Global arms firms show off wares in Japan See in context

These shows are gross. Just displays of collusion between national governments and the military industries their bureaucrats are tied up with. So much money wasted in war and lives lost for a couple egos saved.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing woman off train station platform See in context

The amount of times I hear about a nut job (usually make) doing’s just frightening. Japanese men are coddled and then when life doesn’t turn out as planned, they take it out on women (most of the time young women). I’m so happy the station employee was quick on their feet and her life was saved.

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Posted in: Going solo: 'Ohitorisama' or the Japanese art of doing it alone See in context

Traveling alone, in particular, is an experience that everyone should try at least once! It feeds the soul to do what one wants to go and be directly engaged with one's surroundings.

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Posted in: Going solo: 'Ohitorisama' or the Japanese art of doing it alone See in context

One only has to go to McDonalds, or any other casual restaurant, to see how Japanese society caters to the single market. So many chairs lined in a row, usually facing a wall or low barrier. I understand that many office workers choose to go out to eat alone, but the lack of 4-person or even 2-person seats can be quite depressing...communication with others is paramount to a healthy life. That said, I too enjoy activities alone and I respect the wishes of people to do so.

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Posted in: Chinese trainee wins compensation for withheld pay See in context

Her treatment was abhorrent. And for every trainee that finds a lawyer, there are many more who cannot access one. The lack of regulation and supervision of the trainee program shows that, honestly, the Japanese government couldn't care less if foreign workers are mistreated! As long as business bodies are happy...

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Posted in: Teachers reprimanded for using Japanese imperial flag and apparent war propaganda on school test See in context

I was sad to read the comments from Japanese citizens that saw no wrong in the teacher's actions. I don't think that the Japanese education system does enough to portray Japan as the aggressor in situations where Japan was definitely the aggressor, the colonizer. This said, I am glad the school principal seems to have his head in the right place...they often don't!

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Posted in: Japan OKs extension of tsunami-hit 40-year-old nuclear reactor See in context

I don't want to live anywhere near these plants. I can't imagine that local residents are too happy either.

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Posted in: Gov't to revise health insurance system to prevent misuse by both Japanese, foreign workers See in context

It's so strange that out-of-the-country kin were being covered. I can agree that at least THAT should be changed.

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Posted in: Kyoto aiming to disperse crowds to ease 'overtourism' See in context

I lived in Kyoto last year in the fall. There are quite a few beautiful and/or historic places, that I do not want to put into print, where tourists (Japanese and foreigners alike) are seldom. Many natural areas are mostly Japanese tourists. I want foreign tourists to Kyoto to have more peaceful experiences, such as enjoying a morning walk along the Philosopher's Path, but I also feel pained knowing that the Kyoto Tourism Bureau might direct tourist flow to these "undiscovered" areas. (Btw, Philosopher's Path is far from undiscovered, but it's still relatively quiet).

I never go to Kiyomizudera because the crowds are so daunting. I would hate for the rest of Kyoto to become like that! Please, just direct tourists to other Japanese cities which need tourism! There is plenty more to see in Shikoku, Tohoku, etc.

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Posted in: Japan's nuclear industry growing, but slower than government hoped See in context

Good, as in, I hope growth slows to a halt, preceding the dismantling of all nuclear power entities from Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's nuclear industry growing, but slower than government hoped See in context


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Posted in: Writer Haruki Murakami plans archive at Japanese university See in context

An archive just for his works? C' self-absorbed can he be? Who would go for serious academic study? It will most likely be fans of his....not really something I think a reputable university should attach itself to. But I may just be grumpy.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana? See in context

What cons? Legalize marijuana for less business occuring in the informal, unregulated sector which leads to worker abuses for people like trimmers going unreported (As someone from marijuana-growing region of Humboldt County, CA, I know this problem to be acute). Also, more tax money to fund governmental services, especially in the rural areas where weed is grown. And maybe America's Trump-supporting "patriots" will become a little less crazy after a joint or two.

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

It would seem all of this is simply common sense...until you see that it's not followed by a significant number of people...

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Posted in: Another Japanese firm admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers See in context

Completely unacceptable. These quality control issues have implications which endanger people's lives!

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Posted in: More from Mori See in context

If there is one thing that Tokyo really lacks and which would make it a much more friendly city, it is seating. 

Too true. The seating makes me happy -- I don't care so much about what's inside. Nice trees too! Well done.

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Posted in: Gov't to announce 2019 sales tax hike to address debt mountain: reports See in context

Abe is despicable. Does he know that higher domestic spending is necessary to drive the Japanese economy (and thus drive more tax from sales)? Of course he does; he just doesn't care. Abe would rather decrease taxes on cash-hoarding J-companies and push the burden to small businesses and average citizens than do anything that would hurt himself or his corporate cronies. Increase corporate taxes and cut needless spending on more highways and other concrete throughout the country-- this is how you cut down debt.

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Posted in: Moomin theme park completes construction in Saitama See in context

Hoping this park it less kitschy than other European theme parks built (in the 80s and 90s) in Japan. There are too many to list off and many have gone belly-up since. We will only see!

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Posted in: Japan's universities improve in global rankings after years of decline See in context

Japanese universities will not prosper in the future nor rise in rankings if they don't adapt to globalization at a faster pace and encourage english-based degree programs. It seems such programs are evident at some institutions, but it should be more widespread. That only 11% of Tokyo University students are international students is pretty embarrassing.

I've always thought that if a couple Japanese universities, say Kyoto University, were to begin mandatory first-year intensive English coursework for particular schools within the university, that they could then implement english-based degree programs much easier and create knowledgeable students who move on to study or work outside of Japan. There is definitely an imperative for Japanese universities to change their amount of foreign faculty, etc, but I also believe that some universities should begin more holistic entrance examinations but expect more of their students once they enter.

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Posted in: 4 women found dead in apartment in Kitakyushu apartment See in context

People who commit suicide have a mental illness -- they cannot make fully rational decisions. Please don't criticize them as cowardly or stupid for ending their lives. When you are in your 20s suffering, longevity does not hold the same value.

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Posted in: Japan's average land prices rise for 1st time in 27 years See in context

The figures in the article are referring to the Standard Land Prices and do not reflect actual land price increases in Japan. It is more of a government benchmark that can be used to understand or predict trends.

This article does a better job to explain what these figures mean in relation to actual land/real estate prices.

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Posted in: Former Morning Musume singer arrested over hit-and-run incident See in context

Drinking at 7am? Then go driving during morning rush? That's crazy. Wow

I think she probably was still drunk from a wild time the night before. There are times I have been still drunk (or at least not sober enough to drive) at 10am, despite not having a drink since 2am. It seems morning drunkedness has been the cause for multiple accidents we read about here on JT.

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Posted in: 9 dead, 33 missing after M6.7 quake hits Hokkaido, knocks out power See in context

That's a big number....I'm glad damage and injuries are low, at least from what we hear now.

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Posted in: Shibuya Stream tower hopes to create new flow of visitors See in context

To be fair, at other sections of the stream there are more trees being planted. But if you stray from beneath the canopy of the trees and happen to actually look down at the stream you may find....a cute, miniature version of the LA river.

Also, the big new building that was built right next to this one is pretty ugly. And both are pretty uninspired blocks. I'm kind of surprised that Google Japan and other companies are choosing to re-locate here because these developments don't seem "innovative" in any shape or form.

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