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Posted in: Anime critic thinks Miyazaki may be unable to fill Ghibli talent void quickly enough for new film See in context

I saw one of the job ads for background artists and animators and I can see why: monthly salary is 200,000 including overtime. This is probably before employment insurance, health insurance, etc. I'd love to work at Ghibli, but for this salary and in Tokyo? Not possible.

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Posted in: 2 Chinese women sought over vandalism at Meiji Shrine See in context

They could have been IDed by video footage easily if there was a tour group which stopped by the shrine. Either way, this is a shrine which many people come to enjoy and it is something to make a fuss about. Let's hope something will be done about it to show an example!

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Posted in: Sick pay in Japan: What you need to know See in context

Yubaru, I work in a Japanese company. Regular sick pay does not exist if you need to take time off for a few days for fever/food poisoning/etc - Unless you use your annual leave. Byoukyuu of course exists if you have a serious injury/illness like stated above, but it's still just a portion of your regular salary.

So no, not 100% wrong.

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Posted in: Sick pay in Japan: What you need to know See in context

Sick pay in Japan: What you need to know - It doesn't exist. There, article finished.

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Posted in: Accused groper on train escapes by jumping onto tracks at Tokyo's Akabane Station See in context

Could it be the same dude?

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Posted in: TV 'talent' Yuko Ogura announces divorce and expresses gratitude to ex-husband See in context

Why are so many of you talking about her appearance? Not relevant.

I feel sorry for her. She has to make a statement, then is forced to say she's 'grateful' for the man who ran off with another woman while pregnant with his child. If anything, he should make a statement about how he should be grateful.

Plus, there's the notorious three b's that women in Japan say that you should never date > バーテンダー、バンドマン、美容師. Bar staff, Bandmen and Hair stylists.

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Posted in: Abe meditates as Japan punches time clock early for 'Premium Friday' See in context

work at Japanese company. no premium friday. not even mentioned within the office.

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Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?” See in context

@tessa I'm not sure where you live, but West Wood Bakers and The Pie Shop in Osaka (Horie and Shinsaibashi) are non smoking and have amazing coffee.

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Posted in: X-Japan musician Yoshiki promises his support for Cool Japan See in context

Yoshiki doesn't sing in X-Japan.

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Posted in: Apple adds keyboard touch functions to Mac See in context

I found the touch bar to possibly be really useful for someone who uses the adobe suite along with a graphics tablet. The graphics tablet, in my case wacom, can only give so many shortcuts. With the touch pad it could really help! I won't have to sit tablet so awkwardly anymore,

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Posted in: Rakuten Card brings Apple Pay to customers in Japan See in context

It depends how long you've been at your job (min 1 year), what kind of job you have/what kind of company it is, how much you earn annually, how long you've been living at your current residence (not always) and your visa. I just got my work visa in May after a working holiday, applied for a Rakuten Card in August, then got it in September.

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Posted in: Pro illustrators earn shockingly little in Japan, according to Kyoto manga design professor See in context

I feel like this article should be renamed "Pro illustrators earn shockingly little globally"

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Posted in: Transforming carrots from boring to zesty See in context

can you even get ras el hanout in Japan..?

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Posted in: Japan to begin nationwide sales of a tear-free onion this fall See in context

I can see how this good for people with eye sensitivities but then again, chilling the onion could instantly solve that problem...

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Posted in: Property owners: Get off my lawn, Pokemon! See in context


I live in Osaka, downloaded the app from the Australian app store and when the servers were open for 30 mins I could play?? I caught a ratata and got an egg. I guess it was a dream.

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Posted in: 5 men dead, one in coma after car plunges into dam See in context

On the news in Osaka they stressed that drink driving is a crime every time they reported this story, so I think it may have been a case of drink driving.

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Posted in: Osaka court rules tattoo check on city employees illegal See in context

"You gotta believe that there will be a great deal of regret 20 years down the line when the fuller more elaborate tatts look like nothing so much as a large bruise."

Yes, a large bruise on people who are 60~80 years old at the moment who received tattoos whilst in a regiment/the first wave of tattoo machines built. Technology and ink creation has come a long way, so I'm sure that the large proportion of the western population that has tattoos now won't suffer so much from the bruised look of outdated tattoos. And even if it were, who are you to say that they will regret them?

Also, with that mentality, I'm sure a person like you will have a very hard time hiring someone. Content of character and intelligence does not end at the skin. What an ignorant and closed minded view you have. I pity you. Good thing you're not an employer.

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Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe See in context

@Elbuda Mexicano

Australians (white, christian)?? Do you not see the photo with the asian woman? Australia is a multicultural country, we are not all white and christian.

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Posted in: 40 injured as strong typhoon batters Okinawa See in context

Serrano, you cannot stop mother nature.

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Posted in: Man chokes woman, steals her bag See in context

Keep your wits about you ladies! You don't have to worry if you are guy though cos these are cowardly thugs that will only attack the defenceless.

A male can be just as defenceless as a female. Don't be daft.

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Posted in: A brief history of Japanese girls’ rock See in context

I was thinking the same thing Tamarama! Where is Shonen knife in this article? They came Australia not that long ago so Girl's Rock is definitely not dead.

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Posted in: Investors show rising interest in Tokyo property See in context

Australia is a good example of this Selchuk, price for studio apartments in the suburbs 40-1hr away from the CBD can start at 300,000 because all of these foreign investors. Rent for your own room, not apartment, starts at $180~200 a week.

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Posted in: Babysitter held over death of 2-yr-old boy had photos of naked children in computer See in context

Why did the police arrive the next day rather than when the mother alerted them the night before?

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Posted in: Apple offering free recycling of all used products See in context

Apple always recycled your products and with iPods they give you 10% off your next ipod if you choose to update. No matter how old and if it's broken. They just put a little notification on their website reminding customers that it's available on Earth Day.

Hawkeye, almost everyone knows to destroy the hdd of a product before throwing it away. You can give them the computer without the hdd if you're so paranoid and they will still dispose of it for you free if charge. Don't be so quick to talk ill.

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Posted in: 6-year-old boy dead, 3-year-old girl in coma after being swept away in river See in context

That girl who jumped in without hesitation deserves a reward. That's amazing bravery.

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Posted in: New 'Sailor Moon Crystal' anime will take a stylistic cue from the original manga See in context

I really hope it doesn't get delayed again! But this is great after two years of waiting since the announcement.

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Posted in: Search for Malaysia Airlines plane widens as frustrations grow See in context

looking for the 2 blackboxes, but the "ping" only travels tens of miles underwater, assuming it's not totally obstructed by debris or soil

Oh really? Dang! This is getting really mysterious...

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Posted in: Search for Malaysia Airlines plane widens as frustrations grow See in context

I wonder why they aren't going to the black box for information which can practically withstand any impact and transmits location information for 30 days even when submerged in the ocean. You'd think they'd go to that but...

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Posted in: High school girl stabbed to death; 35-year-old man turns himself in See in context

@Gaijin playa: even if they were married he, and anybody else for that matter, will never ever 'possess' their partner. Ever.

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Posted in: Australian PM blasts national broadcaster as unpatriotic See in context

Go Tanya! I'm so sick of this guy.

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