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Posted in: Allowing foreign trainees to switch jobs stirs debate in rural Japan See in context

I don't want to be mean to Kyin Thein, but what kind of training does that marine product processing even require? I worked in different food processing plants when I was younger and I believe such work can be taught by 2 weeks training. Or a month max.

And remember, we are talking about a technical intern TRAINING program.

So what will the rest of the 23 months of training consist of?

Any company who tries to keep these workers for more than a year should be required to prove that the workers are still trained after one year passed.

But it would be even better to abolish the whole one year requirement altogether.

Also, we all read those ridiculuous news where some government or company raises the wages by 2 yen and such nonsense. So pay rises in this context is just a loophole for these companies.

Not to mention this language:

such as through pay rises

So what else then? Such as what else? This is too vague. And it's potentially vague for a reason, so that the japanese abuse can continue forever.

Typical japanese attitude.

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Posted in: Japan's birthrate falls to record low as number of marriages also drops See in context

I worked in 4 different countries across 3 different continents and I can tell you, Japanese work culture is abhorrent and disgusting. It's just simply toxic and abusive, it makes one want to throw up. And as the recent UN rights group concluded, the Japanese workplace is dismissive of human rights as well.

So maybe Japan could start right there, by starting to acknowledge human dignity. And then, after cleaning the workplace up, then they can expect people to start families in my opinion.

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Posted in: Japan's birthrate falls to record low as number of marriages also drops See in context

I'm coming up for 22 years of marriage and I can't remember doing anything with my wife as dictated by the LDP.

I don't undertsand this comment. So you didn't pay the taxes? You didn't pay the road toll? You didn't pay the nursery school and other school tuition? You didn't pay for the clinic (when you and your kids were sick and when your children were born)? Or did you go and protest against the government? Or you simply refused the ridiculuous overtime rules dictated by the law?

If you didn't do any of those things, then yes, basicaly your life was dictated by the LDP. You don't need to thank me for enlightening you.

The sad part is that there are so many people like this commenter who TRULY believes that his life is not dictated by the LDP. SMH. Seriously, how can people be so gullible?

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Posted in: American arrested for stalking estranged wife in Gifu Prefecture See in context

Stalking is illegal regardless of nationality or whether or not any children are involved. The latter not being mentioned at all in this article and therefore just wild speculation.

You really don't give up Ossan, do you?

We don't know if there was any stalking whatsoever.

What the police has is suspicion, and allegations. Which is the same as SPECULATION.

So regardless of what is illegal or not, as long as he is only allegedly suspected he did something, he is not guilty of anything yet, except disregarding police warnings.

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Posted in: 3 children, mother found dead in Tokyo home after fire See in context

I hope the victims will rest in peace. And condolences to the victims' families.

I also hope that this guy will rot in prison.

So many question for him, is about joint custody?

I doubt that. If it was about custody at all, than it must have been the opposite, sole custody I assume. We can only speculate about the reasons.

But that's why joint custody is so important I believe. If kids can have access to both parents after divorce, then there is one less reason to argue about during divorce. And then there is no need to kill each other.

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Posted in: Japan passes revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for first time See in context

However hopeful I was to see this new law being passed, it's a complete let-down to be honest. It's absolutely disappointing and I agree with Asiaman7 that this won't even change a tad bit in the current situation.

I am in the middle of a divorce, and guess what my wife did!? Exactly what Asiaman7 described.

My wife was frequently beating me, kicking me, smacking me in the face, even knocked me to the ground once and kneeled on my back and twisted my arm so that she could howl at me: "謝りなさい!!!", in front of our kids. All the kids were sobbing while watched their daddy being humiliated. I am still distressed from the memories as my wife howls at me and the kids are standing there crying.

And then, when I called the police during her last attack to help me, my wife just simply fled to a shelter. And just because she fled there, that shelter started handing out to her "certificates" like: "This person has fled from domestic violence" and such.. What the hell is with that? Why aren't these shelters criminally liable making false accusations and handing out these certificates without any evidence?

To make it worse, my wife started sending these certificates to all kind of places: child guidance center, health insurance, etc. And people just look at those "certificates" and started blaming me WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER. And now the kids are with my wife and no-one asks her not even a single question, because she fled to a shelter and she must be a victim, right? Oh, the poor woman...

How will this new law change that??? These f$%ing shelters and their abuse? Outrageous!

Also, it's so disappointing to see that the law allows joint custody, but not really forcing it! That should be the default! Joint custody for all couples. And if they wish, they can opt out. That would put the burden of proving on the accuser, not the victims.

Now to the news article:

In cases in which domestic violence or abuse by either parent is suspected, the other person will have sole custody, according to the revision.

I see this all over the place mistranslated. But that's not at all what the law says.

It says instead:


So if there is a threat of domestic violence (DV) or abuse by one parent and it is deemed difficult for the parents to jointly exercise custody, the family court will always award sole custody to one of the parents. Even in cases where the parents do not agree, joint custody may be granted if the family court determines that it is in the best interest of the child.

Besides those things the law also says, that in light of the fact that friction can arise in the parent-child relationship if interactions between separated parents and children are disrupted due to divorce or separation, family courts may encourage trial parent-child interactions during mediation and adjudication procedures. The new law also establishes regulations that allow this.

The law also stipulates that parents have an obligation to respect each other's personalities and cooperate for the benefit of their children, regardless of whether they are married or not.

We will see how much of these are enforceable. I am not that hopeful that this law will change much.

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Posted in: Toshiba to cut 6% of domestic workforce in big revamp after delisting See in context

They also start to cut wages of employees who are not in senior management position when they reach their late forties to early fifties. The cut is progressive but can reach 30 % to 50% over the years!

You mean illegally, right? Otherwise that's against the law.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers urge proper BOJ response to weak yen See in context

Ohh. This is comedy gold, as the spineless corporate sellout mouthpiece Kyodo News trying to sell this load of c×@p as some kind of path towards a better future.

This is the best part of all:

key challenges for Japan is to maintain the current momentum for wage growth...

...wage growth has been consistently negative...

...down for the 24th straight month

So which one is it? Momentum? Or downward spiral?

What is outrageous though, is that the whole media industry was clapping it's hands for 24 months straight!

I still remember how Kyodo News put out corporate propaganda just about 2 months ago celebrating the absolutely irrelevant shunto wage negotiations.

But hey, this is Japan. Burying the heads in the sand is the best this government can come up with after all. This is a tradition in this country.

Also. Is any non-profit civil group represented in that council? Why are these corporate overlords telling the PM what to do???

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Posted in: Japan child population shrinks for 43rd straight year See in context


The developed world will likely follow Japan's lead - for the sake of the environment which is on life support, let's hope that is very soon.

I am sorry to break it for you. Japan is leading noone and nothing at all.

Just for expanding your knowledge: Germany is 357,000 km2 in land area. And their population is roughly 84 million people. This has been this way for DECADES!

Japan is about 380,000 km2 in land area. And their population is around 120 million people.

Japan is showing something unique to the world : that a declining population as well as economic growth can be maintained.

LOL. I am sorry, but that's not at all unique. There are many countries with large landmass and small population. Japanese is decades late to this game.

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Posted in: Japan eyes cashless tax refunds to stem illicit resale by tourists See in context

I don't understand how this would work: what if the traveler paid by cash? In that case travelers cannot be later refunded through a credit card or other cashless format, isn't it?

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Posted in: BOJ to cut monetary stimulus if inflation trend nears 2%: Ueda See in context

Ueda told a parliamentary session that the BOJ will examine upcoming data to confirm the strength of wage growth

Outrageous! What wage growth???? The inflation adjusted wages have been falling for 23 consecutive months as of now!

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Posted in: Japanese police report record high 123,000 child abuse cases in 2023 See in context

70.5 percent of victims being women and 29.5 percent men

So the third of the victims are men. And still, all DV pamphlets show shouting angry men, most of the protective shelters to flee an abuser only take women, and still the court will almost automatically grant custody to women in a divorce even though it's clear women are abusers themselves (in large numbers!!!)

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Posted in: Easy does it: The Bank of Japan's experiment See in context

From the sister article published today:

Japan's real wages, adjusted for inflation, in January were down 0.6 percent from a year earlier, marking the 22nd straight month of decline, as salary gains continued to fall short of price rises, official data showed.

Just keep rising those interest rates and see what the average Taro thinks about that

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Posted in: Kishida describes BOJ's policy shift as appropriate See in context

The central bank's policy shift "has stepped into a new phase to generate positive economic outcomes"

Japan's real wages, adjusted for inflation, in January were down 0.6 percent from a year earlier, marking the 22nd straight month of decline

People get poorer for 2 years straight every month, and then this joker declares victory.

That's what you get with LDP and trickle down economics.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to submit bill to introduce joint custody after divorce See in context

I second the commenter who pointed out that the proposal does not say anything about visitation rights, which are just as important as having a say in education and medical treatment, which is odd since that was the source of necessitating the whole change in the first place I believe.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to submit bill to introduce joint custody after divorce See in context

while opponents say it may not necessarily benefit a child in cases where abuse or domestic violence is involved.

Well that's a good reminder how much those opponents are out of touch with reality: at least in 50-60% of the cases the sad reality is that in Japan both parents are abusing the child and both parents are committing domestic violence. The latest incidence was reported on this site yesterday!

So in all those cases giving sole custody to one parent is the most irresponsible thing to do. (Which Japanese lawmakers and courts give zero damn about at the moment and they do it anyway exposing those children to endless misery by their sole custodian)

If there is suspicion of child abuse by one parent or domestic violence, a family court will choose one of the parents to have sole custody, said the report.

Yeah, but what if both parents are abusers and violent??? Will they do something about that?


Also as it was commented above, false claims in Japan require no evidence, so this wishy-washy way of writing the law makes things even more confusing than before.

Also: this does not really make it clear what happens when one parent does not adhere to the agreement? Will that parent be punished? Will his/her custody right be revoked? ????

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Posted in: Quake death toll 78; 51 missing as rescuers race against time See in context

I hope they find survivors under the rubble. This is a terrible disaster.

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Posted in: Kishida asks firms to achieve larger pay hikes in 2024 than this year See in context

I am sick of hearing about the shunto negotiations. Shunto only has 6.8 million members so it's absolutely irrelevant how and what they negotiate for, wrt most of the japanese workers. In fact their negotiations won't even move the needle when it comes to average or median YoY real wage growth statistics.

All the suck-up Kyodo news pieces are using shunto as an example because that's the only example that makes looking the LDP in favorable light to some extent.

While all the news articles are comfortably excluding how the macro numbers are looking:

the country’s nominal wage growth lagged behind the 2.9% core consumer inflation rate in October, leading to the nineteenth straight month of decline in inflation-adjusted real wages which was reported at -2.3%.

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Posted in: Building management firm ordered to pay damages over death of student killed in landslide See in context

I don't understand this judgment. So the company was guilty? And that is all the punishment? Or the managers are serving jail time as well? Is this how in Japan? I can just randomly kill people by negligence if I have a firm and I just have to hand out a few millions here and there? That sounds pretty comfortable to dodge responsibility.

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Posted in: Man arrested after leaving ailing 86-year-old mother to die in park See in context

I see such news reported in Japan each day! Wifes killing their husbands, husbands killing their sons, and kids killing their mothers. Japanese society is absolutely disgusting in this regard for this reason.

For comparison I don't see such news so frequently reported from European countries (although they have their own mafia, migrant, etc crime related killings and that's similarly bad)

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Posted in: Two teenagers die after apparently jumping from apartment building roof See in context

parents are too scared to step up to them, either

This made me curious, why? Why would parents be scared? Not that I don't believe that's the case, but it made me curious about the reasons.

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Posted in: Woman facing arrest for theft jumps to her death from apartment while police wait See in context

Honest question: does Japan have food banks or similar? What might be the reason that she had to resort to stealing food? I find it sad that she ended her life for such a smallish thing (I don't condone what she did, I just think stealing food does not deserve to die for).

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Posted in: 80-year-old man arrested over death of 85-year-old wife See in context

Another example of the problems associated with a system that never prepared itself to handle an aging population.

Yes. In a country where the LDP was almost continuously in power fore more than 60 years! So this systematic failure is no-one else's but their fault. They had the chance, they had the money, they had the power and they did nothing. Even though this problem was clear for decades now.

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Posted in: Kishida revamps cabinet; record-tying 5 women appointed ministers See in context

Given the desire for policy continuity, Kishida retained Digital Minister Taro Kono

Yeah. Because policy continuity such an undesirable thing in other areas. LOL A grade schooler kid could come up with better policies.

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Posted in: Sompo Japan president to resign over Bigmotor insurance fraud scandal See in context

The scandal, which has been widely reported over the past few months, has sent a shockwave across the country

Sent a shockwave where? In the backyatd of the local nursery's summer pool?

No charges either. It's a joke.

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Posted in: Decapitated head found at Sapporo home of arrested doctor, daughter See in context

Congratulations Roy! You found the dumbest proof ever. A non peer-reviewed non-replicated report authored by three Japanese nationals in the journal of The Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology which claims that Japanese have a superior gene and they are somehow superior than the whole world.

Hmm. Sounds plausible. LOL

Not to mention that almost the whole paper is based on self-reported surveys.

Even the authors hint at that this is bullcrap. But yeah. There always were, always will be deniers of reality.

The later Japan realizes that millions of hikikomoris are not normal, the worse the mental state of the general population gets.

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Posted in: Couple in their 80s, son in his 50s found dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

Please get decent social services and help for those that need help.

Are you talking to Kishida? Because the whole damn nation needs help by now.

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Posted in: 'Job-leaving agents' in Japan help people escape awkwardness of quitting See in context

This article mentions at least 3-4 abusive behaviors which are clearly against the law and punishable for that reason. I just don't understand why don't Japanese sue their employer's ass in that case?

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Posted in: Japan's fertility rate drops for 7th straight year in 2022 See in context

and when the man usually takes off he leaves all the financial burden on the wife and her family and or these days the single mother just struggles alone and where the father gets off with no penalty

I know many Japanese women who divorced for completely childish reasons. Like the father's salary being too small, or the father is not doing enough housework or some such ブルシット. Now these women got what they deserved and because their life is even more miserable then before, they feel entitled to support from the government, from their family and everyone because of their childish stupid decision.

It's a typicial female mindset shouting "penalty for the men!" when women can't take responsibility for their own decision.

Not to mention the practice of the court here that in 90% of the cases the judge gives the single custody to the mother who cuts ties against the father's expressed desire to stay close to the kids.

So no need for misandry. Women should take the heat too for their role in ruining families.

(Obviously there are couples who can divorce in agreement, or the reason is justified because of domestic violence, but I am talking about the large group of selfish women outside of those)

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Posted in: Kishida unveils plan to tackle birthrate crisis See in context

Let's take care of the children who are being raised by single mothers who get very little or nothing from fathers and these children are many times being raised in poverty.

Or stop the single custody madness and introduce joint custody so that fathers can also participate in raising their children instead of treating them as walking ATMs

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