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Posted in: GM to slash jobs and production in Canada, U.S., drawing Trump's ire See in context

Ok, whose fault will it be this time ? Japan ? Europe ? Democrats ? NFL players ? CNN ?

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Posted in: 6 found dead in house in Miyazaki Pref; 7th body found under bridge See in context

Absolutely terrible.

With so few information, we can only speculate. I hope the police finds out what happened.

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Posted in: French-American man abandons attempt to swim Pacific See in context

That's too bad. I was really rooting for him.

I hope he tries again someday, and that the data collected will bear some fruits.

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Posted in: Gov't outlines fiscal stimulus to ease tax hike impact See in context

Low-income households or those with children aged 2 and under will be eligible to use shopping vouchers with enhanced purchasing power.

Introducing food stamps, like in the US...

All it means to me is poverty is on the rise.

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Posted in: U.S. troops limited to using only batons on Mexico border See in context

But, but, but, what if they have rocks ! Poor soldiers will be unable to defend themselves and won't stand a chance against those tired and hungry refugees !

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Posted in: Nissan paid chairman Carlos Ghosn ¥1.098 billion for the financial year ended March 2017, his highest salary during his 19 years with the company. In general, do you think remuneration for top company execs is too high, even if the company is doing well? See in context

1.098 billion yen, that's 9,7 million dollars, or 8.5 million euros.

Plus whatever bonuses he may receive on top of that. I guess he also pays no work expenses.

I think this is too much considering that the workers at the bottom are getting scraps.

Let's say an average worker gets a "generous" 2500 dollars a month, or 30,000 a year. Then Mr. Ghosn received 323 times that. But I seriously doubt his work is worth that much.

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Posted in: Even if a hospital thinks it may be another person, if the patient insists, ‘It’s me,’ it’s difficult to dispute that. See in context

The government is planning to require foreign residents to show residence cards or other photo ID when receiving medical care in Japan. The move is prompted by concerns about people using health insurance cards that are not their own to fraudulently receive medical care.

Did they do a probe recently that showed almost no cases of fraud by foreigners ?

Apparently the government didn't read the memo.

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Posted in: Trump clashes with conservative U.S. chief justice over judiciary See in context

Trump hates democracy. Nothing new here.

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Posted in: Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths See in context

Come on ! Who should you listen to ?

Doctors with their medicine degree, internship, and field experience...

Or people on TV telling you that praying is the answer ?

Since when do Americans listen to intelligent and experienced people ?

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Posted in: Congress to probe Ivanka Trump's private email use in White House See in context

Trump is already pissed off, so if they go after he's girlfriend... He will turn... red-ish ?

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Posted in: Interior Department head blames environmentalists for California wildfires See in context

Zinke did not name specific groups, saying he did not want to finger point.

Better to keep it vague, it makes it easier to hate...

He said other factors, such as hotter temperatures, historic drought conditions, and plenty of dead and dying trees also were also to blame.

Sane people understand that these are far bigger reasons for wildfires than a couple of lawsuits.

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Posted in: 3 Keio University students arrested for sexual assaulting, robbing unconscious woman See in context

Is this a university for rich kids ?

Seems like an "I can do whatever I want" kind of mentality.

I hope they all get locked up.

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Posted in: Naked man found in coin locker at Sendai Station See in context

This man's a drug dealer.

(It's obvious if you've seen Breaking Bad)

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Posted in: 1st snow of season in Sapporo latest ever recorded See in context

Climate is broken everywhere.

I got two text messages from my mother who lives in my hometown in a mountainous, ski resort region :

On november 12, to tell me it was 22°C outside.

On november 19, to tell me it snowed.

Climate is broken.

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Posted in: 4 killed, including gunman and police officer, in shooting at Chicago hospital See in context

It would be a tragedy in any most countries, but in the US it is just the deadliest of 27 shooting incidents that happened that day...

November 19th, 323rd day of the year, 316 mass shootings.

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Posted in: An increasing number of companies in Japan have banned employees from smoking during their work hours, aiming to resolve low productivity caused by their smoking breaks. Do you agree with this policy? See in context

I'm surprised to see so many comments about health when the question is about productivity.

Also surprised to see people think that a 5 minutes break lowers productivity that much.

Want to talk about health ? How about going home early and have a good night sleep ?

Want higher productivity ? What about doing 8 hours of work in 8 hours instead of 15 ?

Low productivity in Japan is simple mathematics : employees spend long hours at work doing nothing productive. If you take 2 hours to do 1 hour of work, your productivity is cut in half. That's not rocket science. A short break for a cigarette, coffee, toilet or anything else changes almost nothing.

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Posted in: Fishing nations fail in bid to cut quotas for depleted bigeye tuna See in context

And the bad news on the environment keep on coming. Do these people don't understand or do they just don't care ?

It's the end of the line, but money still comes first... Fear for the future, folks. It's not gonna be pretty.

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Posted in: Japanese cheese factory aims to cut it in face of foreign competition See in context

I just had a look at this company's website, and their cheese actually looks good. I hope, and think, they can find a way to be competitive.

On the other hand I don't give much chance to the others making their cheap supermarket camembert and other atrocities...

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Posted in: Politicians around the world are ratcheting up the anti-migrant rhetoric during campaigning. What do you think about this? See in context

Two reasons.

Reason number 1 : because it's easy. Human beings have been blaming outsiders for their problems since forever.

Reason number 2 : it diverts attention. While people are hating on migrants, they don't look at what's being done behind their back.

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Posted in: An increasing number of companies in Japan have banned employees from smoking during their work hours, aiming to resolve low productivity caused by their smoking breaks. Do you agree with this policy? See in context

No, it's ridiculous.

If you wan't to get higher productivity, get your employees to do their daily work in 8 hours and go home in time.

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Posted in: Cybersecurity minister contradicts comment he 'has never used a computer' See in context

Word of the day : iiwake = make excuses

One of the worst things you can do in a japanese company, but I guess this guy will stay at his post even if incompetent.

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

FYI, I found a report of the Ministry of Justice on the subject of between 2005 and 2014 :

Here are the statistics for verified rape and indecent assault :

Numbers of indecent assault for 2014 only :

Women : 7,186 cases, 11 in 100,000 women

Men : 214 cases, 0.3 in 100,000 men

Just in case someone else wonder where are the male only trains...

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Posted in: North Korea says it has tested 'ultramodern tactical weapon' See in context

If it's as modern as their clothes, it should be ok.

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

Women only carriage may not be a solution, but it is still a necessity.

Chikan has been a problem in Japan for a very long time, and it still is. There are lots of things that should be done against it, but as long as the culture of men touching women, trying to take pictures up their skirts, or stalking them exist, that may be the only way for women to get some protection.

You can do anything, arrest people, give higher sentences, campaign for equality, encourage women to stand for themselves etc etc... It's not going to get away instantly anyway. Meanwhile, these cars help.

Also, chikan does not happen only inside trains. So any way for women to catch a break, I'm all for it.

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Posted in: Trump seethes against Russia probe 'disgrace' See in context

The guy is in total panic. No innocent person would panic that much.

The next few weeks should be very interesting !

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Posted in: Japan's cyber security minister admits never having used computer See in context

Another confirmation that Japan is governed by dinosaurs.

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Posted in: SDF mortar round lands outside training area, nearly hitting civilian car See in context

The 81-millimeter mortar round, about 40 centimeters in length and 4 kilograms in weight, landed about [...] around a kilometer off target.

I see they're ready in case of an invasion ! I feel safer already...

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

Ridiculous. The hotel is in Japan, it must follow japanese law. Period.

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Posted in: Have you experienced any exceptional acts of kindness or generosity from people or businesses in Japan? If so, please tell us about them. See in context

Got lots of help throughout the years from my martial arts instructors.

I slept at the dojo many times, and still do it when I'm in town.

They took me on numerous trips in the region.

There's always a meal ready when I go.

They used to give me lots of stuff when I was a student : I once went back home with 5 kilos of frozen meat in my backpack; another time two pack of beers.

Also got a huge help from my university's director, who after meeting with me decided to give my 2 remaining years of study for free. I certainly wouldn't be where I am today without that.

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