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Posted in: Kishida orders ¥3.5 trillion to be set aside for child care See in context

The thing which bothers me when I read such news that there is usually no oversight over how the money is being spent.

Let's take the childbirth allowance. Since it's a one-time targeted payout which never meets the payee's hand, it basically becomes a free money scam that all the birth clinics participate in.

Since the lump-sum payment is decided to be ¥500,000 no questions asked, guess what is the base price of all birth clinics? Yes! It's exactly ¥500,000.

Typical LDP scam. I guess this is how the increased child support will play out too.

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Posted in: Tokyo court OKs dismissal of worker at Diamond Princess operator See in context


Never understand the logic or thought process of a person who takes an employer to court

It is called standing up for your rights. Is this a new concept for you? Probably the mindset that you display here is the reason that they had to go to court to begin with. Because in Japan it is assumed they will just comply with any ブルシット what Japan Inc and his cronies in the LDP come up with.

Seems to me the other two plaintiffs in the case understood it better.

We don't know what the other plaintiffs were seeking to achieve and this article does not clarify. For what it's worth it very well could be their reinstatement to the company.

The only fact we know based on the article is that:

two of them reaching a settlement with the company in December last year

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Posted in: New Toyota chief Sato to embark on EV push as automaker plays catch-up See in context


Nice trolling. Though you didn't understand what 15 minute cities mean and what impacts the EVs have.

The whole EV playbook depends on an enormous capacity of the electric power grid spent on charging.

If we focus on Japan we can see that Japanese buy 3.5 million cars each year. And there are probably 10s of millions cars in active use. So tell me how will you charge that many cars with the current capacity?

Also trans continental train lines? Really? Good luck with that when you travel to Australia.

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Posted in: Japan land prices up for 2nd year in post-COVID rebound See in context

That was true until the 1980s but isn't true now. Nobody would demolish a twenty year old house built in 2000.

That's not my experience though. I visited many secondhand properties recently and in my experience a lower middle-class or middle class house in the median price range made about 20 years ago is made of cheap non-insulated windows, zero heat insulation on the outer walls, and cheap treatment against termites and other parasites to protect the foundations. Plus all of them came with the same cheap kitchen cupboard and injection molded boring quickly molding bathroom.

I saw some nice properties too which I wouldn't tear down. But those were the exceptions not the norm. And they were definitely not in the median price range.

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Posted in: Japan land prices up for 2nd year in post-COVID rebound See in context

The japanese land market is just simply stupid. Buying a land for outrages prices just in order to build a shack which the wind blows through and deteriorates in 20 years so bad that you have to tear it down and build another shack, makes zero sense.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over death of 56-year-old mother See in context

Yes. It is more frequent. By large. By magnitudes.

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Posted in: Tokyo taxi fares to rise for 1st time in 15 years See in context

Wholesale fuel prices have been stagnant for a year now all around Japan:



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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

I will approve this if all participants are forced to wear those ridiculously small abemasks.

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Posted in: 'Guerrilla' sales, crowdsourcing: Japan's game console crunch See in context

This article does not make any sense. What shortage, what drought? Playstation 5 could be easily ordered throughout the last 2 years since it's release. Just go to Mercari or Kakaku and you can buy your PS5 in 5 minutes (As you could for the last 2 years).

Stop dreaming about a Playstation for 55,000¥ though. You will need to wait forever to get one for MSRP. But that has nothing to do with the availability of the consoles themselves.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames See in context


You do understand that the couple who challenges the law is Japanese, do you???

Get used to it people..

Getting used to what exactly? Reading articles about how even the Japanese people hate their own legal system? I guess we can all do that.

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Posted in: Operator of missing Hokkaido boat apologizes for causing fatal accident See in context

I would add that since it's such a toxic/law evading workplace the local labor standards office (労働基準局) bears some responsibility too. The company reportedly had two accidents last year, including one that involved the captain of the sunken boat. If years and accidents go by for years and no-one gives a damn about how things are done in an obviously dangerous industry then that's an even bigger problem in my opinion. But that's Japan in essence. Shoganai. Shikataganai. Kore kara ganbarimasho!

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Posted in: Average condo price in Tokyo area sets new high in fiscal 2021 See in context

This trend is completely out of control. And this is not normal in any sense. Just for comparison. the Japanese GDP growth in 1990 was around 13%(!) YOY, and the population was also increasing by about 400.000 each year. Today the Japanese GDP is hovering around 0%(!) on a 3 year average, and the population is shrinking by 600.000 each year! The current situation is fueled by speculation and free money only. It's a bubble nothing else.

Regarding last year's and this year's price growth, I would factor in the global supply problems (wood material shortage, etc) and the current war in Ukraine too. Those might have an impact on short term price changes too. But in general, the trend is out of control.

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Posted in: Japanese firms adopt AI dating app to help staff find love amid pandemic See in context

Seriously. WTF is wrong with Japanese companies? What will be next, handing out discount coupons for love hotels in the entrance?

I guess thinking goes like: hey, we created this absolutely toxic environment where we bully you to death, but instead of letting you go home and have a private life we try to make our company more productive? How does that make any sense? And why are Japanese OK with this?

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

Let me put this here quickly:

Markets could react negatively if they take (the new capitalism policy) as being socialist," Abe said during the TV program. "We shouldn't be viewed as moving our focus from growth.

So now you at least know the reason why Japanese children can't afford food, because that never was the focus.

Also if Japanese people read this: are you satisfied now? Is this the plan? You keep voting for the same @holes until everyone lives in poverty? Or what exactly is so compelling about the LDP?

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Posted in: France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over 'parental kidnapping' See in context

Good news. The more naming and shaming the better. It's been too long already that japan gets away with it's shenanigans.

Also 150.000 per year(!) is an alarmingly huge number. Especially if we calculate it through longer periods.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy will not be prosecuted over 6-year-old sister’s death See in context

Typical JToday comment section. There is a deadbeat mother who were granted child custody so the kids were basically taken away from their father and those dads were most probably forced to pay child support, but still the first one that everyone blames are the fathers. Typical.

So just that you know: Japan has no joint custody. If the mother gets the kids the father has no legal right to see them. And as someone wrote above fathers are often forced to pay child support.

So let's just leave the fathers out from the discussion for now I propose since the legal obligation fell on the mother.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

you). So the corruption continues as usual.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

The problem is not Suga. The problem is the LDP. And the fact that they sleep with the Keidanren. I am certain that Kishida will spend all your and my tax money on stuffing the pockets of Japan inc. While he will happily give you the middle finger with a grin on his face.

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Posted in: Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure See in context

Almighty 'Murica runs again with it's tail between it's legs from the enemy. War on terror, huh? What a joke this farce was.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck outside supermarket See in context


Maybe you are too old and you can't remember anymore. As someone has written before, you always need to hold hands with kids in a parking area.

What I also noticed is that Japanese people act like they are dead from the neck up when it comes to parking areas. They walk around like they were in an amusement park. Kids running around blissfully unaware of traffic around them, and adults stroll like being on a sightseeing tour.

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Posted in: Higher tolls, priority traffic lanes go into effect for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Why stopping at 1000 yen? Why not 10000? Japanese people don't give a damn anyway.

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Posted in: Woman opposed to Tokyo Olympics arrested for spraying liquid on torch bearer See in context

And what are the charges against her? I guess disturbing public peace or something similar. Even though I think this is more entertaining than disturbing.

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Posted in: 1,649 Tokyo Games attendees have already entered Japan under eased quarantine rules See in context

I seriously don't understand why the Japanese haven't grabbed the pitchforks yet. I blame the Japanese government and the sheeple equally for this discrimination against the citizens here. Absolutely zero effort to hold the government responsible for this. SMH

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Posted in: Court rules restrictions on transgender official's use of women's toilet legal See in context

The media is stirring the pot again. And this guy in the courtroom with his agenda. This country was a safe heaven from identity politics so far. I hope it stays that way.

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Posted in: Tokyo doctors association calls for Olympics cancelation See in context

Can someone explain me please why the Japanese are not on the streets en masse supporting these doctors and protesting the government? 80 percent of 120 million people must be enough to organize a protest I suppose. We can't blame the politicians only when the public doesn't give a damn either (and no, participating in a public opinion poll does not count)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 419 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,677 See in context

Out of 5671 tests. They don't like testing it seems. Why don't they just stop it altogether then?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 545 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs 905 See in context

There are people all over this forum insisting on random testing, and that is absurd to do.


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 545 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs 905 See in context

Well done of what? That the daily number of positive cases grew by about a hundred people week on week through the last month???

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Posted in: Nissan's damages case against absent Ghosn opens in Japan See in context

Nissan admitted guilt in the criminal trial but still at the same time they try to charge Ghosn in a civil case. Typical Japanese hatred against foreigners, nothing else.

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Posted in: Hunting for unicorns: Japanese start-ups see hope on horizon See in context

LOL. Hunting for unicorns. Good luck for that. You have to fill out a unicorn search application excel sheet that you stamp with your hanko and send it back by post first. :D

Since generally startups refer to It companies and I worked long enough in all shapes and forms of Japanese IT companies I can tell you, you will not find even a single Japanese in the country who understands what the agile principles, design thinking or the lean startup mean.

Just walk into any startup and ask them. They will immediately reply "show them the work breakdown structure" first. Just like back in the '90s.

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