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Posted in: Biden opposes plan to sell U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel, citing need for 'American steel workers' See in context

The Japanese company has tried to assuage critics by promising no job losses due to the merger. It also committed to keeping the U.S. Steel name and Pittsburgh headquarters, while noting it already has a presence in the American market and would bring in new resources to foster job growth.

This reminds me of the movie "Gung Ho" (1986) when a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

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Posted in: Teacher fined over 2019 deaths of Japanese teens in Australia See in context

Given Mr. Minatoya's guilty plea, it suggests an acknowledgment of some level of responsibility for the incident. The court considered various factors, including Mr. Minatoya's prior record, remorse, and efforts to rectify the situation, in determining an appropriate punishment, which ranged from fines to other penalties as per the relevant work health and safety laws in Queensland. To that end, $36,000 (an $18,000 a share) to the grieving parents for their lost is insanely unreasonable and downright unforgiven. Parents seeing their spring rise to 16 years of age and suddenly stripped from life is never restoring - regardless.

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Posted in: Origami support See in context

This promotes an end to the conflict, how?

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Posted in: Japan slips into recession, becoming 4th-largest economy, behind U.S., China and Germany See in context

Tax hike and price inflation on the horizon...brace yourselves!

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Posted in: Crooked restaurants caught overcharging customers, serving mislabelled meat See in context

Cases of Japanese restaurants engaging in dishonest practices such as overcharging customers and mislabeling meat are concerning for several reasons. First and foremost, it violates the trust between the establishment and its patrons, undermining the integrity of the entire food service industry. Additionally, such actions can have serious consequences for consumers, both in terms of financial loss and potential health risks associated with consuming mislabeled or improperly handled food.

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Posted in: More Japanese women buying Valentine's Day chocolates for themselves See in context

Call me romantically "old-fashioned" if you will, but I still buy her favorite chocolate, along with roses and a candlelit dinner on V-Day. That White-Day might work for others - doesn't for me!

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for radioactive water leak at Fukushima plant See in context

Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It.

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Posted in: Aso's comments about Kamikawa expose Japan's ongoing sexism impasse See in context

Incompetence at its best.

Time to take your meds and sit in your favorite chair Aso. (chuckles)

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Posted in: Toyota chief apologizes for cheating on testing at group company – again See in context

Japan firmly stands on the doctrine of apology. Here's the thing "Toyota", sadly your days are counted. Global business and consumers will take their business elsewhere the moment BRICS+S storms the marketplace. Unless Toyota complies with regulatory mandates of product assurance, and refrain from apologetic bows will foster a general public acceptance, it will be Toyota's doomsday.

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Posted in: 3 foreign-born residents sue over racial profiling by Japanese police See in context

Addressing the issue of racial profiling within the NPA requires a comprehensive approach. It involves not only acknowledging the problem but also implementing concrete measures to prevent its reoccurrence. While the acknowledgment of inappropriate cases is a positive step, it is crucial for the NPA to take decisive actions to address the root causes and prevent the reoccurrence of racial profiling. Continuous efforts toward training, oversight, and community engagement are essential for fostering a police environment that upholds principles of equality and justice.

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Posted in: Japan preparing to add transport roles to skilled visa amid shortages See in context

The way I see it, incorporating transport roles into Japan's skilled visa program appears to be a strategic move to address labor shortages in a critical sector. The benefits, such as economic growth and global competitiveness, need to be weighed against potential drawbacks, including integration challenges and social impacts. Effective implementation and regulation will be crucial for ensuring the success of this initiative while safeguarding the well-being of international workers.

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Posted in: Japan to launch electronic immigration entry stands at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

Airlines are a fundamental element in the documentation process, and they play a crucial role in assisting passengers with various procedures. Given their involvement in handling documentation like custom clearance forms, declaration forms, passports, and boarding passes, airlines can certainly be instrumental in assisting passengers with new innovative procedures such as this electronic immigration entry system. The Japanese government simply has to ensure airliner's registry to obtain key access account to obtain the code and upon aircraft descending, activate the code for airport readiness.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing 69-year-old acquaintance at apartment in Gunma Prefecture See in context

Arrested. Charged? Well, prosecutor's office and police struggling on how to proceed based on the assailant statement: I didn't intend to kill him... I suppose a "I didn't mean it" will entitle you to a pass jail card.

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Posted in: Heavy snow strands scores of vehicles on a main expressway in central Japan See in context

In a baffling scenario, heavy snowfall wreaks havoc on central Japan's main expressway as scores of vehicles find themselves stranded amidst a glaring delay in plowing and salting operations beforehand. Despite Japan's reputation for efficiency, the nation faces criticism over its sluggish response to winter weather, leaving commuters trapped in a wintry nightmare. The question looms large: Why is a country known for its precision and preparedness falling short when it comes to battling the elements on its expressways? It will be interesting to explore the causes behind Japan's surprising slowdown in addressing snow-related challenges, as frustrated travelers seek answers in the icy aftermath of a transportation debacle.

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Posted in: Seoul court approves seizure of Japanese firm's funds over wartime labor See in context

Opening a can of worms...

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Posted in: Prosecutors unlikely to build case against bigwigs of scandal-hit LDP faction See in context

This may raise questions about the effectiveness or thoroughness of the legal system. It might imply that individuals implicated in the scandal may not face legal consequences even if they were involved. If the public perceives that bigwigs involved in a scandal are not held accountable, it can erode trust in the legal system and contribute to public skepticism about fairness and justice. And, if there is wrongdoing, and a case is not pursued, it raises concerns about accountability and the potential for unaddressed misconduct.

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Posted in: Japan bad train manners survey reminds us of three things to watch out for while riding the rails See in context

Living witness: I go through this every single weekday...I hold a bad knee (surgically speaking) and carry a medical symbol decal attached to my bag and yet the Japanese working class (mid-30s) and young generation (high schoolers and young adults) sit in priority zone areas without any consideration leaving us stranded to stand up and endure long rides, more so on express service trains. Every now and then, either an elderly person or female passenger stand to offer their seat, quite annoying, while observing men are genuinely remain uncaring. 

Japan is better than this. 

Hope for the best , prepare for the worst...just putting this out there.

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Posted in: N Korean leader Kim calls for accelerated war preparations See in context

It's important to note that the consequences such as: humanitarian crisis, escalation of conflict, global economic fallout, environmental threat, global relation strain, proliferation concerns are based on a hypothetical scenario, and the actual impact would depend on numerous factors, including the scale of the conflict from the North, the international response mainly the South, and efforts to de-escalate the situation. Diplomacy and conflict resolution would be crucial in mitigating the potential damage and preventing further destabilization.

My two cents...it's time to put this rocket-boy maniac out of his misery.

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Posted in: Japanese airline to allow pets on all domestic flights from January See in context

The inclusion of pets in aircraft cabins with passengers presents both benefits and drawbacks. While it enhances emotional support, reduces stress, and contributes to the well-being of pet owners, concerns such as allergies, noise, space constraints, and safety issues must be carefully considered. Striking a balance between accommodating pet owners' needs and ensuring the comfort and safety of all passengers requires clear regulations, thoughtful policies, and the cooperation of both airlines and pet owners.

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Posted in: Politicians' inflated overseas study claims rampant, even among LDP bigwigs See in context

Politicians equal legal liars.

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Posted in: Kishida again denies knowing of Unification Church members at meeting See in context

Dodging possible indictment, aren't you Mr. Kishida? It'll catch up with you...is just a matter of timely paperwork.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce electronic arrest warrants, interrogation records See in context

The adoption of such systems on a global scale would require widespread changes in legal and law enforcement practices, as well as investments in technology infrastructure. The probability of global implementation would depend on: legal and regulatory frameworks, political will, international collaboration, and cultural and social considerations.

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Posted in: How to deal with your Japanese neighbors See in context

From dawn to dusk, my cool neighbors just meet and greet - the end. Works for me!

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Posted in: Henry Kissinger, American diplomat and Nobel winner, dead at 100 See in context

Bon voyage to where ever you came from.

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Posted in: Detained phone scam suspect extradited to Japan from Thailand See in context

The crime was committed in Thai therefore he is to be incarcerated in Thai.

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Posted in: China resolutely opposed to ex-Japan PM Aso's Taiwan remarks See in context

Aso, it's time to stay home and do some gardening.

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Posted in: Is a Japanese language school better than self-study? See in context

The choice between self-study and attending a language school depends on your personal preferences, goals, and learning style. Some people thrive with self-study and enjoy the freedom it offers, while others benefit from the structure and accountability of a formal language school. You can also consider a hybrid approach, combining self-study with occasional classes or tutoring to get the best of both worlds.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya sees subdued Halloween as tight security dampens mood See in context

A probable revenue of at least 100 million yen gross - gone!

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Posted in: Scallops for sale on U.S. base See in context

A woman walking out (maybe from the lavatory...) holding a pet bottle drink with no one in sight. Big seafood spender!

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya sees subdued Halloween as tight security dampens mood See in context

Ken Hasebe's plan was far from the truth. He placed emphasis in avoiding lost of life based on last year's tragedy in South Korea and provide peace and tranquility for local residents - but instead they cordoned off most floor pathways literally forcing pedestrians to extreme narrow walk ways risking the welfare and safety of people; plus law enforcement agencies blasting whistles and loud speakers horns without end causing disturbance to public peace. Surreal!

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