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Posted in: Allowing foreign trainees to switch jobs stirs debate in rural Japan See in context

Trapping people in a job they don’t want to be in spells disaster.

Workers moving to Tokyo isn’t unique to foreign workers and it doesn’t mean everyone will up and leave for Tokyo given the chance.

I know technical trainees who have come back to their town in Miyagi Pref, because they loved their life there so much. Sometimes it isn’t about the pay, but the connection and life you make during the stay.

Also, if housing is subsidized, you might end up saving more in the country as opposed to Tokyo.

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

I would understand if it took effort to deliver a different service for foreign tourists, but it’s all you can eat.

They are serving food at a price suited to the Japanese market. They are doing business in Japan. I’d be happy with the fact that my shop was full of people. I’m sure there are plenty of rich Japanese people too. Do you charge more for them?

They want to keep a local clientele, maybe in this case, this is a good way to deter tourists from coming. Or they could just charge full price to everyone and see how it goes!

Maybe enact a rewards-based system to those who frequent the shop. Eat here 6 times and get your 7th meal free.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter to plead guilty over $17 mil fraud See in context

There is no question that Otani is a victim albeit a rather foolish one. He’s never had to manage financial affairs like a normal person and thus he was borderline vapid in money matters.

I don't think Ohtani was foolish to assume his financial team had all his bank accounts managed. That's what he's paying them to do.

I think his financial team was foolish not to directly confirm with Ohtani that he wanted that account private. They said they had no reason to doubt Ippei...but they should definitely in future, make sure there is an interpreter on both sides, especially when talking big money.

Everyone put way too much faith into Ippei.

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Posted in: Number of young women to halve in 40% of Japan localities by 2050 See in context

I live in the inaka and have a child with my Japanese husband. We both have many opportunities to not be here, to move to a city, to move to a country, but even if it’s a struggle, we are doing out best to stay, because we love the many perks of the inaka-life. We are lucky though because we can make it work.

I wish I could say, you could have happy, more simple life in the inaka, but it’s not true. So many small-medium enterprises are still so behind in the times and are often black kigyo. In this economy, they won’t survive long either.

Lack of jobs/job security, low pay, bad work environment is probably the main reason why no one will stay, even if they wanted to.

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Posted in: 6-year-old girl stabbed; mother also has knife wounds in possible murder-suicide attempt See in context

I couldn't even start to imagine how scared the girl was. The person who is supposed to love you and provide safety, trying to kill you. That's a wound that will never heal. I hope systems don’t fail her, and that she is well cared for.

I also hope the mother gets the help she needs. It's something that will weigh on her for the rest of her life too.

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Posted in: Ohtani says he never bet on sports; claims interpreter Mizuhara stole money, told lies See in context

I believe him.

‘nor had I asked or authorized him to transfer money to a bookmaker.’ This makes me believe that Ippei had made payments in the past with Ohtani’s permission, but in this case, Ohtani didn’t ask him to do that or have any idea it was happening. Lots of people asking how he had Shohei’s account, but it’s not unheard of. My BOE supervisor here had all JET ALT bank details and hanko to make payments, tie up loose ends when we leave, because of the language barrier etc. It’s risky, for sure, but thankfully our supervisor didn't do anything like this . I am sure Shohei trusted Ippei in this sense. This is just what I speculate, Ippei may have done something sneakier to get the details. I doubt Ohtani is very savvy when it comes to banking (many Japanese don't even netbank here) and his mother used to do his banking for him. He probably doesn't have much time to look over his bank details with his schedule.

In any case, the authorities will figure it out, Ippei is already saying he was the one who did it. He breeched and took advantage of their close relationship and Ohtani’s language barrier. Ippei has as history of gambling and completely lying about his credentials.    

For now, I don’t believe in a huge coverup/conspiracy over the ‘golden boy of baseball. As it stands, Ohtani is a victim of theft. I really do hope that justice is served in a sense that if he is found guilty, he faces consequences, but if he’s he’s innocent, I hope that people will not heckle and ridicule him about the situation.

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Posted in: One-third of Japan's unmarried adults under 50 have never dated See in context

Romance is hidden in Japan, and without societal exposure, you don’t really feel like you are missing out on much. When I reflect on when I wanted to be in a relationship the most, it was when all the people around me were openly flaunting their relationships and showing public displays of affection – making me feel awkward and alone. I think that it is great in a sense that doing things alone and being single is not seen as a flaw in Japan, but I think it also contributes to complacency or lack of interest.

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Posted in: Japan survey shows 60% wrongly believe antibiotics can treat a cold See in context

The amount of times I have been prescribed a round of antibiotics without needing them has been too high.

Once, I said my abdominal region hurts, and then the doctor prescribed me antibiotics saying I 'probably' have an STD (which was outright impossible and wrong), and she took a sample to test but told me to take them in the meantime. I took them and had a terrible reaction.

Went back to the doctor only for her to tell me that the tests came back clear. I have been cautious of what doctors say here ever since.

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Posted in: Locals, activists protest Japan gov't move to discharge Fukushima water See in context

Fukushima, Japan, will have to continue to face the consequences of the nuclear disaster again. No matter how much proof that the water being released is safe, most people won’t change their minds or look further into the matter. ‘We distrust the evidence; we distrust the source’. 

It’s inevitable that the fisheries are going to be hit hard.

I hope they get some sort of compensation if their annual sales drop.

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Posted in: China's sushi fans flounder over Fukushima water release See in context

I’d be more concerned of all the other contaminants in the fish, like heavy metals...dioxins, medications in farmed fish…tritium is pretty low on my list of concerns.

‘143 trillion becquerels of tritium was released from Qinshan III Nuclear Power Plant in Zhejiang Province in 2020. In 2021, water containing about 112 trillion becquerels was released from the Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station in Guangdong Province, 102 trillion becquerels from the Ningde Nuclear Power Plant in Fujian Province and 90 trillion becquerels from the Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant in Liaoning Province.*

TEPCO plans to cap the annual level of tritium released from the Fukushima plant at 22 trillion becquerels. Tritium levels in the sea after the release will be far lower than standards set by the World Health Organization and other organizations, according to TEPCO.’

And so many eyes are on the Fukushima release. It has been deemed it safe to do so by not just the Japanese government.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes over ¥30 tril economic stimulus; restarting Go To Travel program See in context

Why Go To again? I've been trying to book a holiday and everything is booked out or extremely expensive. It seems like tourism will get back on its feet without adding extra incentives. Shouldn't we focus on other industries restarting and not just tourism?

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Posted in: Record low number of pregnancies reported in Japan in 2020 See in context

I want my vaccine before I try to have children.

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