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Posted in: Moving to Japan to work as a taxi, bus or truck driver may be getting easier soon See in context

It took me about 2 weeks to pass the map test. You also have to go to driving school and get your "nishu" license as well as pass the written test. I passed all tests in one go. The total training period was less than 2 months.

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Posted in: Moving to Japan to work as a taxi, bus or truck driver may be getting easier soon See in context

I'd like to clear up many of the misunderstandings here as I currently work for a taxi company. It depends on the company, but we work 11 days a month. Each day is a double shift, meaning you work 15 to 16 hours a day. However, you can come back early if you are tired, a family member is sick, etc. There is no base salary. You make 60% of the money earned from rides. Top drivers in the company make over 600,000 yen. Average salary is around 350,000 to 400,000.

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Posted in: Disclosure of employees' birthrate sparks blowback at Japanese firm See in context

Masami Saito, a part-time lecturer at the University of Toyama

Why should I be listening to this lady?

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Posted in: Inoue stops Donaire in 2nd round; unifies 3 bantamweight titles See in context

Lepyon, "street cred?" He is top 3 pound for pound in the world. As for better fighters? At his weight class, there are none. He will beat Butler, unify 4 belts, and probably move up.

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Posted in: Buyers of condos to be converted from Olympic village sue developers See in context

Waste of money. Property in Japan doesn't hold its value.

Except when it does, right? With all due respect, have you bought and sold real estate in Tokyo? I bought a 10- year old condo and sold it 3 years later for a 5 million yen profit. Depends on where you buy. Best resale value now is in the Bakurocho area.

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Posted in: Only 1 in 5 Japanese happy with ¥100,000 handout plan: poll See in context

I have 3 kids and live in Tokyo. A 6,000,000 yen salary is just getting by. I was making 7,000,000 before the pandemic, which was fine. Now my wife works part-time and we make around 7,000,000 combined. The 300,000 yen will be very beneficial for my family.

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Posted in: What a shiny, well-polished faucet… Or is it? Talented Japanese pencil artist fools us again See in context

It’s a faucet

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Posted in: Taliban supreme leader makes first public appearance See in context

I wish him misfortune

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

"A US study of essential workers found that a single dose of Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines were 80% effective against all coronavirus infections from 14 days."

Got my moderna 2 weeks ago. Let's all get vaccinated. The sooner the better.

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Posted in: Gov't panel seeks record 28 yen rise in minimum wage to 930 yen See in context

Go work at Sukiya in Shibuya. That’s ¥1400 per hour

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Posted in: Historic Asakusa shopping street in danger as Taito Ward calls for shop evictions See in context

antiquesaving, none taken. Yes, I've been living in Japan for a long time. I have bought and sold real estate and own a standalone house in Taito ward, so I know a thing or two about building regulations here. The point is, you can't build a house / building on a street. The area in question is a street, not land you can build on. That is all.

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Posted in: Historic Asakusa shopping street in danger as Taito Ward calls for shop evictions See in context

You can't build a tower condo or shopping center on a strip of road. The area in question is a thin strip, maybe 2 meters wide. Each store is less than 10 square meters and there is a line of them.

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Posted in: 60% feel it is hard to raise children in Japan: gov't survey See in context

I have 3 kids here. I would say it is not financially difficult. Nursery, kindergarten, and public education are subsidized and basically free. For elementary it is around 6000 yen a month (including lunch). The government gives us 420,000 yen a year in "child allowance." Giving birth is also basically free as the government pays around 400,000 yen. You also stay in the hospital for a week and don't get kicked out the day after having the baby.

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Posted in: Ohtani making history with 2-way success for Angels See in context

Sal AffistMay 11  08:26 pm JST

0-for-5 on Monday night and struck out three times. Average down to .266. He'll eventually wind up like Hideki Matsui with a decent number of homeruns each year and a .240 average.

When was the last time a pitcher was leading the league in home runs? Also, a .266 average is still higher than the team batting average of every single MLB team this season. One more thing, Matsui hit over .280 for his career.

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Posted in: South Korean court orders Japan to compensate 12 former sex slaves See in context

I hope these young koreans have not been brainwashed into hating all things Japanese. Otherwise, this will issue will never be resolved.

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Posted in: Nissan to reduce presence in Europe as part of turnaround plan: report See in context

I hope Nissan goes bankrupt. Would serve them right after backstabbing the person that saved their asses

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Posted in: What are 'kira kira' names and why Japanese parents choose them for their kids See in context

Oh wow, you gave a whopping 4 examples. Let me add some more information to the phenomenon. These kira kira names are usually given by so-called "DQN" parents, or the type of people who used to belong to moped gangs. They tend to get married and start families in their early 20s and many are high school dropouts. Some recent examples of kira kira names : 希星 Kirara, 奇跡 Daiya, 夢露 Melo, 今鹿 Naushika (this one's particularly cringe-worthy), 七音 Doremi, 本気 Maji.

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Posted in: Suga elected prime minister by Diet; new cabinet contains just 2 women See in context

Nothing changes in Japan

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 new coronavirus cases; number below 100 for 5th day in row See in context

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200508-00000064-asahi-soci

average infection rate for first week of May was 7.5% in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 new coronavirus cases; number below 100 for 5th day in row See in context

医療機関が保険適用で行った検査については、4月29日分までを計上

the numbers from May 1st onwards are not the total amount as tests conducted at medical facilities have not been added

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Posted in: 11-month-old boy dies after being bitten by two dogs See in context

This is why you don’t trust animals around your child

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

Holed up in the house with 3 kids for one month? My wife is going to go crazy.

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Posted in: Bong Joon-ho: South Korea's boundary-pushing satirist See in context

Good movie. Can’t get over how big this guy’s head is

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Posted in: Yankees' Tanaka feels cheated out of 2017 World Series See in context

The score would have been 0-1 if they Ass-cheats wouldn’t have stolen signs.

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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

Don’t let them off

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Posted in: Billionaire Maezawa cancels search for lunar love despite 27,722 applicants See in context

This guy is such a tool. Can’t get over his short-legged complex.

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Posted in: The big squeeze See in context

This is why I start work at 7am every day. No crowds, no delays, no stress

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Posted in: Fewer than 900,000 new Japanese babies this year for first time on record See in context

" to this day NOTHING is being done"

That's what I used to say, but the government has been making a few changes. My third child was born this year and will receive 15,000 yen a month for "child allowance" until graduation of junior high. He will also get 30,000 in gift certificates 3 times, at birth, entrance of elementary school, and junior high school from the local government. From October, kindergarten is basically free and so is public education for elementary, junior high, and high school. We will receive a total of 2,880,000 yen from the government for my third child, which we will save for university.

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Posted in: New Rays slugger Tsutsugo ready for big league challenge See in context

I think he will fail spectacularly. He will hit .220, less than 10 home runs and get injured halfway through the season. Don’t even get me started on the pitcher Yamaguchi

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Posted in: S Korea to use radiation detectors, food from home at Tokyo Olympics See in context

I thought korea was going to boycott the olympics?

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