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Posted in: Starbucks Japan apologizes for overcharging Frappuccino customers, offers refunds See in context

The tax inclusive price is deceiving. Don’t trust it!

If you buy one (10% tax) item with a tax included price of 217.8 yen (198 without tax), you will pay 217 yen- they always round down the price.

If you buy two items of 198 yen, they will charge you 235 yen (217.8x2=235.6- rounded down) so you lose 1 yen.

“Sorry, how can the price be an odd number (235 yen) for buying two same priced items?”

If you buy 100, it will cost 21,780 yen which is 80 yen more than buying them individually.

If you multiply that by number of people and shopping trips per day, the government may be making 100s of millions of yen per day by this deceit.

Always buy things individually at checkout. Save yourself a fortune.

You’re welcome.

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Posted in: Families in Tokyo to get ¥5,000 per child to address falling birthrate See in context

Kids finish school at 11:30 today (and many other days during the term). "Rooms" are full so how are working parents suppose to manage this? Just an idea but maybe this needs sorting out first?

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Posted in: Return to maskless world still only in realm of fantasy in Japan See in context


And none of them had a beer in Qatar but when they got back to Japan they had a beer. They were following the local rules. And so should you.

I know they didn’t wear masks but how do you know that they didn’t have a beer? It was freely available in many places.

I just feel sorry for the tens of thousands of trees felled to make the billion-odd masks that people in Japan consume each week.

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Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for causing plane to divert after refusing to wear mask See in context

Crikey. He wasn’t wearing a mask outside the courthouse? Well at least he’s following govt. recommendations now.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't wants to give people an extra ¥80,000 to have babies See in context


Why is the baby on the cover picture blond, does not look like a Japanese child.

What does a Japanese child look like?

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Posted in: Japan reports 95,916 new coronavirus cases; 9,880 in Tokyo See in context

Looks like people are not reporting any more. And why should they- who wants to quarantine for 10 days plus 7 day for close contacts?

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Posted in: Japan to scrap pre-entry COVID test for triple-vaccinated travelers; cap on entrants remains See in context

The test is just a nonsense really- not required by the airline and who is to say that people won’t catch the virus in the 72 hours following the test? In any case the 72 hours is extended to 96 hours if the flights are rearranged!

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

I don’t see many women in Japan protesting about wanting change.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises alert level amid resurgence in COVID-19 cases See in context

Covid is not going anywhere anytime soon. If zero cases is what people want then that isn’t gonna happen. It’s probably a good idea to let the vaccine do it’s job before it wears off. People don’t keep their kids locked up and masked after they had their polio, measles etc vaccines.

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Posted in: Japan's outdoor mask relaxation yet to filter through See in context

People are more afraid of the 10-day quarantine than the virus.

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Posted in: Paralympic exodus begins in Tokyo See in context

At Narita airport, many athletes from overseas formed queues at check-in counters. Some could be heard saying "arigato," which is thank you in Japanese

Mission accomplished

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