Bernard Marx comments

Posted in: Harvard professor ignites uproar over Korean sex slave claims See in context

It is in 1957, prostitution was banned in Japan by law. 

Must be why there are no soaplands or delivery health business in Japan these days.

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Posted in: Tsunami scars linger a decade later in Tohoku region See in context

In the bottom right photo you can see two new cookie-cutter houses. I bet that land was cheap!

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

The one thing this Nissan farce showed the world was that foreigners should think deeply before taking up any executive roles to be based in Japanese companies especially in Japan. 

Th Olympus scandal with Michael Woodford did more in that regard.

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Posted in: Arguments for 'right to disconnect' from work draw more attention amid pandemic See in context

The only person from work whose calls I answer on the weekend are those of my company’s CEO, and that’s only because 99.9% of the time he is inviting me out for expensive dinner and drinks.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

There is no such thing.

Absolutely there is. Carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or nitrogen will all put any mammal to sleep, and you'll never wake up.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Cats can live up to 20 years, they aren't necessarily breeding.

LOL. No, I'm sure they're being very good and resisting their natural urges, and/or using contraception when they do!

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Posted in: Liverpool in crisis after 1-0 loss to Chelsea See in context

Just goes to show how truly "great" this bunch of overpaid "professionals" really are.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Imagine the stench.

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Posted in: Aging low-ranking employees fear they can't survive restructuring See in context

I would never dream of getting married and having kids in Japan unless I earned a steady 10 million yen per year, in a job not likely to ever disappear, like a doctor. Which is why I will never marry or have kids!

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences drop in population for 7th consecutive month See in context

This can only be a good thing. There are way too many humans there.

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Posted in: Fly me to the moon: Billionaire Maezawa seeks 8 passengers for lunar trip See in context

Damn. Already used all my paid holiday up.

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Posted in: 58% in Japan interested in Olympics but don't want them to happen: poll See in context

After all the new women were appointed, I think we can assume they are being set up to fail....i.e. the decision not to hold the Olympics has already been taken by the powers that be.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

"How did Ghosn - arguably the most watched and well known face in Japan at the time - travel from his Tokyo apartment to Osaka airport on public transport including the shinkansen, without being noticed at all?"

With a mask and a hat, maybe glasses too. It's very easy to go unnoticed in Japan. Plus most Japanese people are not very observant of their surroundings at the best of times.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing protected Nara deer See in context

‘buck’ rams the car but kills a ‘doe’.

They are not bucks and does. They are stags and hinds. We're not talking whitetail deer here or red deer!

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

First off, shame on the US for agreeing to this. If the shoe were on the other foot, Japan would never play ball.

What awaits them? Hours of questioning each day without a lawyer present. Even with a lawyer present, not much changes, seeing as how lawyers here are in the pocket of the police and prosecutor anyways.

Japan doesn't have a modern, functioning legal justice system.

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Posted in: Trump hints he may run again in 2024, proposes new voting limits See in context

Oh boy, it would be awesome if he were to run and win again, if only to see Rachel Maddow crying again!

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Posted in: Gov't to lift state of emergency for 6 prefectures on Sunday See in context

You mean lift the laughable, sorry-excuse-for-a-state-of-emergency?!

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Posted in: Mos Burger adds sliced bread to their menus See in context

nice little earner

What sorta bunse we looking at?

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Posted in: Mos Burger adds sliced bread to their menus See in context

Is it super-refined, overly sweet, devoid-of-any-nutrients white bread? The Japanese will love it!

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Posted in: JAL to slash hiring of new graduates by 90% in 2022 See in context

while it will maintain employment of candidates for pilots and people with disabilities.

This is purely PR and cost-cutting by shady means; PR, because people will say how nice it is that a big company like JAL is hiring people with disabilities. Shady cost-cutting, because no company in Japan pays people with a disability good wages, plus they get subsidies from the government depending on the number of people with disabilities they employ.

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Posted in: Suzuki Motor chairman to retire in June after over 40 years See in context

My Suzuki car has over 200,000km on it and is still going strong! Japanese budget cars are awesome.

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Posted in: New Zealand's virus success unleashes runaway housing prices See in context

Imagine living in a country where your house appreciates in value the longer you own it! Amazing concept!

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Posted in: What do you think of cryptocurrency? See in context

The problem is there is no underlying asset....it's literally 100% speculation. Okay to gamble with if you have money to lose, but not a safe investment by any means.

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Posted in: Hashimoto asks staff to work as 'one team' to win public trust for Olympics See in context

Considering the Olympics aren't now going to happen in 2021, she really has inherited a non-job.

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Posted in: Japanese companies shun blanket wage hikes amid coronavirus pain See in context

I’m just grateful I still have a job, and an employer that lets me come to work everyday despite the so-called “State of Emergency”. I don’t have the cheek to expect a pay rise for many years.

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Posted in: Girl wins suit against Osaka Prefecture over school telling her to dye hair black See in context

Growing up in Japan sounds like a real hoot!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee to pick Mori replacement; is a woman likely? See in context

figure skating, Arakawa

She'd still be better than Mori.

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Posted in: Hyogo gov't worker leaves water running for a month; forced to pay half ¥6 mil bill See in context

I left all my taps trickling for about a week during a recent cold snap. I usually spend 900 yen a month on water. This month's bill was 4000 yen. Still much cheaper than the repairs for a burst pipe!

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

The constant infantilization in Japan is amazing. Cartoons everywhere aimed at adults, often about serious topics.

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