Aly Rustom comments

Posted in: LDP calls for law to tighten regulation on IT giants See in context

If that is the case how do you explain the fact Zuckerberg has come out in favour of regulation in the US and the LDP proposals are not so different from the EU (European Union) is looking to do.

This has nothing to do with what we are discussing here

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Posted in: Consumption tax hike may be delayed depending on June data: PM aide See in context

This is a no brainer. If you're going to raise taxes on people, you should also significantly raise the minimum wage. Simple.

I wonder when the Japanese population will react on Abenomics?!

> It’s not working till day one.

> Mostly everything he is doing isn’t helping Japan at all.

exactly.

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Posted in: LDP calls for law to tighten regulation on IT giants See in context

Yeah, but if these have been Japanese companies, no such request would have been made. When did the LDP EVER make a similar proposal about Toyota?

I have to agree with all of the above. This is more of the LDP protecting Japan inc. Typical Japanese protectionism as usual.

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Posted in: Lazing about See in context

That's me on my day off

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Posted in: Ito: Tattoo-friendly onsen, panoramic ocean views and capybaras See in context

been to akazawa many times. It is truly an amazing onsen. the whole izu area is amazing too

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Posted in: Trump: World's greatest expert on... almost everything See in context

But again, what the hell do I know?"

exactly. Nothing

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Posted in: Japanese museum show tries to clean up poop's image See in context

Ok. That does it. Japanese people are officially CRAZY

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Posted in: It is very hard for security. Some people may throw seat cushions. See in context

Abe is so far in Trump's arse, I wonder how he will ever come out.

He won't. I have no doubt that Abe's kissed it so much that its been molded in his image

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Posted in: How do you feel about convenience stores curtailing their hours of business amid the current labor shortage? See in context

I feel that its a sign of things to come. the labor shortage will accelerate and eventually destroy the economy of this country

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair

she's right

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Posted in: Columbine survivors raise children in world shaped by attack See in context

Im definitely proud to be an American and proud of our second amendment and even though I split my times between Japan and the States, nothing beats home,

Fair enough. To each his own. For me nothing beats canada

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

I know racism exists everywhere but the issue is whether those affected by it have protection under the law. In the case of Japan, I doubt it.

This is the key and most important point of all! Well done sir!

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Posted in: Columbine survivors raise children in world shaped by attack See in context

Personally, I'm just so glad that I'm not American and that my kids are not being raised in the US.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Every foreigner who has lived in Japan for an extended period of time has faced many different kinds of discrimination. How many times have you sat down on the train and the Japanese person next to you has stood up and walked away mumbling some crap about gaijins? How many times have you been seated on a busy train and the seats next to you remain vacant? Going into a shop and having the staff pretend they don’t understand your Japanese. Having Japanese people stare at you as if you were some kind of criminal. Going to a city hall and finding no support in any other language. The list goes on and on. TIJ!

excellent excellent point!

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Only half?

In a country where apartment owners openly accept pets but not foreigners?

That's exactly what I was thinking. My guess would be the number is a lot higher

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom See in context

She could of had it in a sewage drain. Luckily the convince store staff found it and saved its life.

An excellent point. BTW, the article says it was a baby girl. Maybe we should use the pronoun her instead of it..

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Posted in: Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June See in context

@Aly Rustom. Vodafone was here sometime ago but could not compete. Infact, they failed to understand the market and so they eventually sold it to Softbank.

Thanks for the answer- I know that, I just didn't know why they couldn't compete. Then again, it was before the smartphone revolution..

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Posted in: Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June See in context

They're all sharks...

Yup. By the way, does anyone know why no foreign competitor has entered the japanese market? It seems that with the big 3 ripping everyone off, foreign competitors should find quite a lucrative market...

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Posted in: Apple supplier’s rescue leaves Japan red-faced See in context

This is going to become commonplace as the economy continues downhill. The system of propping up zombie companies has reached its end date.

exactly

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Posted in: Disney throws down gauntlet in war on Netflix See in context

Martin said that in polling, US customers say they plan to use only two or three streaming services

I'll always use netflix- however, being a brand loyalist, I'd be very curious about Apple's streaming service.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom See in context

I have a 3 year old boy and a 9 month old girl. They have become the motivation behind everything I do. It is extremely disturbing to me how someone can just literally throw their newborn down the toilet like a turd. It boggles the mind. As gogogo said, the one good thing about all this is that the baby is ok.

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Posted in: How to create connections at work in the age of isolation See in context

For example, in Finland and in the United Kingdom, they are looking at a four-day work week.

Now THAT is a brilliant idea!

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

OECD, please shut your cake hole.

Beat me to it.

Not a word from the OECD on reducing waste and vote buying thru support of agriculture, fisheries, and construction.

exactly! And finally the one who nailed it..

IF and a big IF, Japan had a system in place, similar to many Scandinavian countries, where taxes are truly high, but the people in return get services that, it seems like anyway, everyone seems to be ok with, no one would complain.

> Problem here is that the over-spending to prop up the economy, give more money to large corporations, keep the "elderly" happy with subsidizes has thrown things out of wack and the government is unwilling to make the necessary cuts to bring it back to fiscal health.

> This report needs to get ample coverage by the Japanese media, with the explanations of why it has come to this, and point the fingers directly at Abe and the LDP. Never going to happen, but one can dream!

Exactly! This is it!

Look, raise the consumption tax to even 30% percent if you want. BUT, you have to provide social safety nets and public services that are on par with those that the scandanavian and CANZUK countries provide. AND you have to raise the minimum wage to AT LEAST 1500 yen an hour. AND you have to put forth mechanisms in place that allow people to be more productive at work while slashing work hours. AND you have to address the pork barrel spending and advocate for more fiscal responsibilty.

To just shoot from the hip and tell Japan that it needs to raise its consumption tax without addressing the above issues is just plain STUPID. And it would be economic suicide for Japan.

It seems that any jackass can get a high paying job at the OECD.

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Posted in: Real ascetic experiences are rare and are especially attractive to those from the United States and Europe. See in context

both Europe and North America as well as Oceana have plenty of Real ascetic experiences too.

Haguro though, is definitely somewhere I'd like to go

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Posted in: 1st exam held in Japan for foreigners seeking new work visa See in context

wtfjapan

yes Japan has its good points but being awesome country is debatable.

Japan really only attract people of poorer asian countries because it helps lift them out of poverty. Other 1st world countries not so much becuase the salaries and lifestyle tend to be better than what Japan has to offer.

Ive stated many times Japan is a great place to live if you can get out the suffocating stressful large cities, fine if your single, not good if youve got kids

Nailed it perfectly!

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Posted in: 10-day 'May sickness,' Reiwa era and what to expect See in context

The character rei means order; wa means harmony.

I like the second character but not the first, because considering the Abe administration's autocratic approach to everything, the increasing militarism and right wing swing of Japan, and the erosion of civil liberties, ordered harmony has a very orwellian ring to it

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Posted in: 1st exam held in Japan for foreigners seeking new work visa See in context

About 390 people took Sunday's exam held at the seven test sites including in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

That's quite a small number. And considering there will be some who don't pass, the number will be even smaller.

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Posted in: Ex-Japanese envoy to Iran faces complaint over sexual offense See in context

What Yubaru said

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Posted in: Lawyers and citizens will keep speaking out against (hostage justice) to change the practice through legislation. See in context

 Appeal to international human rights organizations 

They will do nothing.

I agree. But its not about doing something. Its about naming and shaming so that there is at least dialogue on the subject. Its a starting point.

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