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Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results See in context

“changing the way people work,”

Well, this has to begin by changing the way management manages... As Dango bong said, simply be able to take and enjoy paid leave - as it was intended - would be a step in the right direction to meet all 3 stated goals.

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Posted in: Abe meditates as Japan punches time clock early for 'Premium Friday' See in context

Many Japanese employees don’t even take all of their regular annual leave...

... umm, most Japanese employees can't get approval to take all of their annual leave.

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Posted in: Admit women or lose Olympic golf, IOC tells club See in context

@ browny, spot on. As reported previously on JT, Kasumigaseki's original submission in English omitted their policies on women and now it is, in their own words, a 'nuisance'. So is traveling 44 km from the athletes' village when their courses as close as 6 km away offering full membership to men and, surprisingly, women.

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Posted in: Memorial ceremony marks fall of Singapore to Japanese troops See in context

“Heartbreaking and so sad,” Menz said. “What was it all for? It should have never happened.”

Simply and well said... Lest we Forget

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Posted in: Confusion over 2020 Olympic golf venue dates back to bid See in context

This confusion has resulted because Kasumigaseki knowingly left out the details at issue - they are unfamiliar with the term 'full disclosure'. This 'nuisance' is their own doing and they just want the prestige without the 21st century responsibilities.

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Posted in: Japanese killjoys wage war on Valentine's 'conspiracy' See in context

I'm with @bones, we need to eradicate these weapons of mass dejection.

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Posted in: Japanese killjoys wage war on Valentine's 'conspiracy' See in context

Meanwhile, security has been doubled at various aggressive installations, aka the axis of evil: Lotte, Meiji and Morinaga.

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Posted in: Eastern Australia warns of 'catastrophic' conditions amid heatwave See in context

Spot on Ron... No jobs on a dead planet and here's an analysis on how Australia got to now:


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Posted in: With golf and gifts, Abe cuts own path with Trump See in context

"... with someone like Mr Trump, who seems to be impulsive or simple-minded.”

Thanks, that was great for a laugh and I would love to caddy this game.

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Posted in: How the decision was made (to sign the purchase contract) should be clarified. Mr Ishihara has given the public the impression that he is trying to evade providing an explanation. See in context

If he was in charge at the time, then he is ultimately responsible. At any rate, the honorable thing for him to do would be to answer questions - his actions to date suggest that he somehow thinks doing so is beneath him.

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Posted in: Opposition calls on Abe to oppose Trump's refugee ban See in context

Renho - focused on US refugee policies... Abe and Toyoda - focused on US jobs. Is it just JT posters who feel that these people should focus on helping those whom they represent and live with ?

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Posted in: Abe to propose major job-creating plan to Trump, reports say See in context

Abe can't protect the rights of workers in Japan and he won't even mandate wage increases - despite doing all he can to inflate prices... Beware of this man's broken arrows.

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Posted in: Smokers face tighter rules as Tokyo eyes smoke-free Olympics See in context

An estimated 140,000 Japanese die every year from smoking-related diseases, including 15,000 who die from the effects of secondhand smoke, according to the health ministry.

In terms of passive smoking, here are at least 15,000 reasons to make it happen.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven penalizes 16-year-old part-timer for taking 2 days off due to illness See in context

According to the Labor Standards Act regarding pay cuts, “The deduction must not exceed 10% of the total wages in a single payment period.” The reduction of 9,350 yen from the student’s 23,375 yen wage exceeded the 10% mandate.

Under the mandate does this mean that a deduction under 10% for what happened is, in fact, legal ?

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Posted in: Smokers face tighter rules as Tokyo eyes smoke-free Olympics See in context

the health impact is our main priority

Then don't wait for 2020, do it now - nationwide.

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Posted in: Lion mauls two handlers in Chiba See in context

It was not clear what provoked the animal...

As noted, being 'chained' and 'groomed' may have had something to do with it.

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Posted in: Coin collection See in context

Nice pic, at first glance of it as a small image, I thought it might have been a snowy village up in Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Voting begins for 'moe' global warming prevention campaign characters See in context

An 'expert' on TV's Cool Japan once said that the Japanese use mascots to take the edge of issues that are difficult, uncomfortable, strict by nature, or, in this case, an inconvenient truth.

Let's take Moonraker's point by striving to reduce, reuse or recycle current mascots.

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Posted in: Gov't reconsiders plan to change Japan's iconic hot spring symbol after backlash See in context

70 percent of surveyed foreigners said they found it easy to grasp the meaning of the new symbol...

As a starting point... What is the percentage of foreigners that found it easy to grasp the meaning of the OLD symbol ? Revealing this would probably highlight what a waste of time and money this has all been.

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Posted in: IOC will not sign off on Tokyo's Y2 tril budget for 2020 Games See in context

No one should be surprised, this is what you get when an 'outsider' looks in on how Japan Inc. usually does business. Tantamount to fraud given Tokyo's initial bid cost estimates.

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Posted in: Panel head says Tokyo 2020 organizers not cooperating to reduce costs See in context

... the projected cost for the original Sea Forest venue on Tokyo Bay soared to nearly 50 billion yen ($480 million), seven times the initial estimate...

Say whatever you want during the bidding to get the games, then reveal the actual costs without any recourse. No accountability whatsoever and all this 'construction' - in the case of rowing and canoeing - just to see who can go from point A to B across water the fastest...

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Posted in: Politician pushing to double price of cigarettes in Japan by start of 2020 Olympics See in context

"... some worried about how certain social norms of the geographically, and at times socially, insular nation will be perceived by the international community... "

I'm all for indoor ban and price increase, but health should be the prime mover in these changes rather than concerns about how Japan may be perceived. With so many goals and targets, 2020 is shaping as a massive year.

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Posted in: Man whose wife was killed by stalker sues Zushi City See in context

This case is so sad and wrong in so many ways that it's hard to know where to start... Can't begin to imagine the pain of the husband, family and friends.

"The private detective involved, Hirotoshi Kohama, 61, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for five years, in January 2015." ...

But this detective knowingly perpetrates fraud, for a price, which in turn results in murder. He is complicit in her murder, aided and abetted, yet is currently free to walk the streets.

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Posted in: Funny finance See in context

How appropriate, Aso's policies are also stuck in the 70's

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Posted in: Tokyo governor submits resignation effective June 21 See in context

More money wasted on an election... can't his deputy just assume the role of international jet-setting art researcher until the current term expires ?

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Posted in: Law says Masuzoe can't decline Y3.8 mil summer bonus See in context

Despite his earnings, he still took these liberties with excessive expenses...

How about the bonus being kept as a down payment on what he will pay back ? He wants a lawyer to point out where he 'may' have done wrong - his moral compass is non-existent.

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Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima See in context

Where would this end ? An apology in Nagasaki also ? For those in Tokyo, too, for the fire-bombings ?

He's going as a symbolic gesture in line with his hope for a nuclear weapons-free world, this is enough.

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Posted in: Japan hopes to steer frank G-7 debate on economy, tax evasion: Aso See in context

Let's all hope that the recent quakes in Kumamoto will be deemed 'massive' enough for a delay.

Using Aso's 'logic', if the tax is raised and then a massive quake hits, will it be reversed ? If such an event is good enough reason for a delay, then it should also qualify as a reason for a reversal.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid leader questioned in Diet See in context

international lobbying advice...

Such as... who to bribe and with how much - an 'understanding' gained

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Posted in: Japan faces struggle to overcome G-7 rift on yen, fiscal policy See in context

“It’s just a way to say you did something when you did very little,”

Unique hospitality and a perfect mantra for the hosts themselves on so many fronts

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