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Posted in: Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages See in context

The number of births has been falling since 1973.

And what has the LDP (oops, I mean, government) been doing for 50 years? Sitting on their bribes (oops, I mean, donations).

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Posted in: Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages See in context

Fighto, that’s the positive side of population decline.

The negative side is fewer universities as they cannot survive on zero students so competition stays the same or increases; fewer jobs as more companies go under because they don’t have customers, so competition increases; fewer trains because they’re not needed, so the struggle for a seat continues.

When the 60 million is achieved, competition will be the same as now. Possibly with bigger houses and land. Definitely with more places for children to play outside, if they want to.

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Posted in: The work involved in carrying dishes to tables is of no value to customers, so robots can do the work instead. See in context

Of the hundreds of restaurants I’ve gone to in the Japanese archipelago, very very few waiters were anything but menu/food deliverers; and difficult to get them to break from the scripts. Even, dare I say it, robotic.

Plus, rather than buy an expensive robot, why don’t they install a conveyor built system or train?

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Posted in: An estimated 33% of married couples get a divorce each year, according to the Japanese government. Why do you think the figure is so high and do you think this is a worldwide trend? See in context

The number is low.

I know several couples who are planning to divorce when the kids graduate from high school/college; others who aren’t divorced but live separately.

Why not divorced? The stigma of being the child of a divorced couple is still high; the father actually wants to see the child grow up.

Why are people divorcing? Other than the above reasons, I think the couple grows up.

Currently society deems it ‘proper’ that 25-28 year-olds should get married. After a few years they realize they don’t want to marry him or her or be married at all.

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Posted in: Japan faces long, difficult road to promote inclusive education See in context

my K through 12 has many disabled students and I think it made us more sympathetic.

I’ve taught disabled students in regular classes in Japan and I couldn’t believe the hostility some ‘normal’ students showed them.

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Posted in: 66-year-old man arrested over murder of wife See in context

I don’t understand murderers saying they “deny intent to kill” after stabbing someone unless it’s a legal formality to lessen jail time.

Anyone know?

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Posted in: Ramen-based fuel now powers Japanese sightseeing railway See in context

I like seeing innovations like this. There are cars running on used cooking oil all over the place but to add ramen broth is cool.

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Posted in: The fact that many people have raised questions about the issue is proof that human rights awareness is growing, and schools' uniform checks of sensitive information about children's bodies is out of step with the times. Students' physical attributes and information about their illnesses could also lead to bullying. See in context


it is as you explained: partition, nurse present. Boys and girls separate.

It’s not like the entire school strips to shorts all together in the gym.

As to whether it’s medically necessary? Need to ask a doctor, or better yet, a nurse.

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Posted in: Third Japanese cabinet minister in a month resigns in blow to Kishida See in context

whose support ratings have remained below 30% in several recent opinion polls, a level that may make it difficult for him to carry out his political agenda

Since when did the Japanese gov’t (aka the LDP) care what ‘the people’ think?

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Posted in: Tokyo trains ask people to refrain from wearing Halloween costumes that may scare other passengers See in context

I scared the bejesus out of a local resident on a bus a while back; I was dressed in business casual but am not Japanese. So the local was 'scared' enough to change seats after throwing a concerned look on his face while staring at me (I was across the aisle from him). He moved further to the back of the bus.

So, is business casual while not being Japanese allowed on Keio's subways?

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Posted in: Buying a home in Japan: What you should consider See in context

In a country with literally millions of empty properties, you should be choosy as a buyer.

In a country with incredibly obtuse inheritance laws, some of those empty properties are empty because it literally requires everyone related to the inheritance to sign off on a sale, or to rent it, or even do maintenance.

A friend 'inherited' his grandfather's house and decided to sell it; on the title are 22 people, some deceased, and he needed all 22 to sign off with the sale. Of the living, they live everywhere from Hokkaido to Okinawa to the US and Europe. And he hadn't met some of them, ever. So, his house sits empty and abandoned.

He doesn't even both to pay property taxes on it.

So, yes, with eight million abandoned homes, you should be choosy as a buyer. But those homes aren't on the market.

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Posted in: Tokyo tightens security for Abe's funeral See in context

The Police are there to protect foreign VIP but a foreigner didn't kill a foreign VIP resulting in this Abe-mask-esque charade. A Japanese person killed a Japanese politician.

They did the same with Aum Shinrikyo. Japanese-based terrorists lead to the police checking foreigners' IDs.

They are hurrying up and stopping what has already happened.

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Posted in: 72-year-old man arrested for threatening to kill ‘noisy’ tenant living above him See in context

On my daily strolls around the neighborhood I have discovered two houses where the TV is so loud I can hear it from across the street. Both houses have elderly homeowners (about 70 or 80 plus). Owning a home, even detached (aren't they all?), in Japan doesn't protect you from noise, unfortunately.

Maybe Mr 72 was fed up with listening to Mr 70s' TV? Or talking on his landline to his mahjong friends?

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Posted in: The church itself does not have the power to pass bills. The church hasn’t given me specific suggestions, but I thought I should do what I could under the LDP umbrella. See in context

Even the Japanese constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Many prime ministers were Christians, most politicians probably worship at their banks. I realize money influences a lot of politicians, how many are influenced by their religion?

While Mima is correct that the Moonies can't pass bills, that's not the point. They can influence people like Mima to pass bills that benefit them. Mima probably votes the way the LDP leadership wants him to vote; eliminates all that time thinking.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer Tanaka goes on trial for drug possession See in context

Seems to be a binary situation among some posters: hard labor, throw away the key vs complete legalization.

There is a third option: Portugal and Oregon state in the US.

Those places ‘arrest’ drug addicts, put them in rehab, counseling, even find them jobs. I.e. treat them like sick people.

This lowers the number of druggies while saving the governments millions of dollars that they’d usually spend on prisons.

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Posted in: Man arrested for possessing gunpowder near U.S. Embassy in Tokyo See in context


He didn't voluntarily walk up to a cop and say he had gunpowder. He acted suspiciously (according to the article) and the cops stopped him. When asked, he said he was going to throw an "explosive" at the embassy.

Unfortunately for him, (or fortunately, depending on his defense lawyer), gunpowder isn't an 'explosive' unless it's packed densely.

My friend in high school made and lit off gunpowder on his desk; nothing but a sparkling fizzle. Not even a mark on the desk. But, when we packed a lot it in a coke can, kaboom! Not on his desk, of course. We weren't that stupid. He's a pediatrician now.

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Posted in: Medical costs in Japan in fiscal 2021 rose 4.6% from the previous year to a record high of ¥44.2 trillion, due to swelled coronavirus-related expenses on top of population aging and the use of expensive cutting-edge technologies. See in context

My American friend's doctor recommended an MRI. My friend was told the next available slot was in a week and the results would be two weeks after that.

My doctor here in Japan recommended an MRI, called the MRI office, and I walked in, got the MRI, walked back to my doctor, and had the results about 30 minutes later.

That's one thing the health ministry spokesman was talking about; every major hospital in Japan as an MRI machine; in some countries, there are one or two. Of course, having an MRI machine in lots of hospitals (and rich clinics) means it's going to cost money. Using one also costs money.

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Posted in: Over 75s top 15% of Japan's population for 1st time See in context

For the first time, Japan's over 75s account for over 15%…

That’s a pretty good golf score… Oh, you’re talking about people! Never mind.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for putting bleach in school lunch See in context

Elementary school teachers and the students usually stay together from first grade to sixth grade

No, they don’t. In fact most teachers don’t spend six years in one elementary school. Also, for example, the third grade teacher often teaches second grade the next year. In some schools, the third grade teacher teaches third grade forever.

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Posted in: Man who robbed convenience store says he needed money for living expenses See in context

Probably not important considering the site but

told them he didn’t enough money to 

Is missing a word, possibly a verb?

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Posted in: Japanese monkey-hunting team shoots woman with tranquilizer dart See in context

Harry Gatto, sorry. I read your original post incorrectly. You are correct, it doesn't say if it was the hunter or the city worker.

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Posted in: Japanese monkey-hunting team shoots woman with tranquilizer dart See in context

Harry Gatto

 inadvertently pulled on the trigger 

I'm assuming you're be facetious assuming that it was deliberate a 'hunting specialist' shot a person instead of a monkey.

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Posted in: We're hiring: Babies wanted for Kitakyushu nursing home See in context

Maybe they should start building nursing homes next to kindergartens? But with an upper limit of four-years-old, maybe not. But, a reasonable idea.

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Posted in: Japanese monkey-hunting team shoots woman with tranquilizer dart See in context

When I was a mere lad learning to handle weaponry, my drill instructor told us Only aim at what we intend to shoot (he actually said, kill). The ‘specialist’ contract hunter obviously didn’t learn that or his dart gun wouldn’t be pointed at anything but the ground; definitely not another human.

She’s lucky the incompetent ‘specialist’ wasn’t aiming at her eye, as Awa no Gaijin mentions.

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Posted in: The scope of the official language project, such as whether divisions engaged in overseas businesses should exclusively be covered, and whether Japanese employees will be obligated to communicate with each other in English, is still being considered. See in context

A company I’m familiar with has, in the last decade, only hired bilingual employees; Japanese and any other language. (The President is fluent in German)

They also hire non-Japanese citizens who are mostly fluent in Japanese.

As of yet there is no requirement to speak only English in the Japanese office.

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Posted in: Woman fatally stabbed by boyfriend on street in Osaka Prefecture See in context

Yamamoto had a short fuse but, if convicted, perhaps a long sentence.

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Posted in: Ministry adds female lecturers to online course after backlash See in context

Why not focus on having the best lecturers, instead of the woke approach to mix and match?

They didn't focus on the best lecturers the first time around (all men, all friends of the ministry), why should they focus on the best lecturers after 'scheduling conflicts' could be solved?

If you notice, they didn't choose some random female to lecture. They chose a professor in urban social and cultural studies (the so-called focus of the lectures) and the successful head of marketing for Nagareyama city, among others.

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Posted in: There’s a right way to walk and many wrong ways, for good health See in context

If you need diet advice, use the internet. It's basically take in fewer calories than you produce

Actually, it's take in fewer calories than you use. (Humans don't actually produce calories.).

In other words, if you use 2,000 calories a day, eat 1500 calories a day. 2000 - 1500 = -500. That leads to weight loss. However, if you use 1500 and eat 2000 that leads to a weight gain. 1500 - 2000 = +500.

Six decades ago Jack LaLanne was a fitness guru who used walking, a chair, and diet to keep fit. Died at 96, no word on how fast he walked. The chair was for building up strength (push ups, sit ups).

From his wikipedia page:

1979 (age 65) – Towed 65 boats in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan. He was handcuffed and shackled, and the boats were filled with 6,500 lb (2,950 kg; 460 st) of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp.

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Posted in: Kishida revamps cabinet to boost public support See in context

Some posters are assuming this is the Cabinet because they are assuming JapanToday put a photo of the Cabinet above an article titled: nananan Cabinet nanana.

JapanToday has fooled them by using a different photo - a photo of the real powers - The LDP - not the fake leaders aka Cabinet.

Good on JapanToday for revealing where the power lies.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls by record 726,342 to 125.93 mil in 2021 See in context

My wife always says, ain't a damn thing gonna improve in Japan until an entire generation of oyaji leadership dies off.

I’ve been here long enough to see the Oyaji leadership die off. Abe’s father was in power, for example; Nakasone was prime minister of the day.

Things don’t change. Not even the age of the oyaji.

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