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Posted in: Most firms affected by disasters want gov't to spend more on infrastructure See in context

And of course it doesn't help but look at most other countries in the world, even here in Germany the infrastructure isn't half as good as in Japan !

This would be just as bad elsewhere, but this happens every year in Japan. The government should be more prepared.

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Posted in: Japanese retailers to be required to charge for plastic bags from summer 2020 See in context

Brings back memories of one of my favorite experiences in Japan. Ojiisan didnt get a bag for his cigarettes, so he got angry at the conbini staff. Finally gets a bag. Leaves the shop. Puts the bag ln the trash outside. Principals

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

Just speak to some of the local ojiisan. I'm sure they could give you a few hints about taking photos without permission...

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Posted in: Japan's beer shipments to S Korea dive 99.9% in Sept See in context

Korean beer is terrible. I feel bad they have to suffer in such a cruel way.

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Posted in: Japan considers bringing part-timers into employee pension system See in context

What are they talking about? part timers are required to pay their own pension just like everyone else (full timers get it removed from their salary by the company)

Are required to, but dont. There was an article not that long ago about how vast numbers of long-term part-timers are screwed because they have never made (never been able to afford to make) pension payments.

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Posted in: Japan considers bringing part-timers into employee pension system See in context

Great. Now people earning minimum wage can be forced to pay into an unsustainable pension scam too.

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Posted in: S African power ends Japan's run at Rugby World Cup See in context

Leitch-san and Joseph-san are Legends now in Japan

What about the rest of the team...?

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Posted in: Deluged bullet trains show power of nature over modernization See in context

Why didnt they just move the trains to an area where there was no risk of flooding? Couldnt they have shifted them to a part of the track that was more elevated? Japan still pulling the 'soutegai' card, even after Fukushima. Such a joke.

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes draft to cut plastic waste by 25% by 2030 See in context

No more stupid omiyage. Fruit wrapped in plastic should be punishable by death. Job done. 90% reduction of plastic waste

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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

"Fishing for dolphins is their livelihood"

Boo hoo. Tough tomatoes. They will have to change to live in the modern world. We don't have slave owners anymore, and we don't sacrifice our livestock to the sky god. We don't need dolphin fishermen either. The 'culture' argument is ridiculous. Should we be allowed to have sex with children too, because that was the common thing a few hundred years ago... ? NO. Get with the times. If you can't adapt to another job, that's just too bad.

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Posted in: 2 Lawson franchise stores found to have falsified food expiration times See in context

The real crime is that all convenience stores arent doing this. The amount of perfectly good food wasted at conbinis is disgusting. I went into my local conbini at around 11pm before closing (believe it or not), as they were scanning hundreds of items to throw away I asked them whether they could give me some of the food to distribute to the local homeless community, or better not why not do it themselves a a charitable act to the local community. I got a very cool reception. waste of food, waste of plastic. eurgh. Not a problem limited to Japan, but definitely a very bad example here

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Posted in: Dementia puts financial assets of elderly at risk in Japan See in context

High sugar intake is one of the leading causes of dementia. 3 mammoth bowls of sticky white rice a day might be a staple of the Japanese diet, but it ain't doing those brains any favours. Cut the carbs people

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Posted in: Ghosn arrest lays bare frustration at Nissan See in context

Nissan would have to convince Renault and Paris to boost the Japanese firm's stake in the alliance, he noted.

I have a funny feeling this might have been the original goal of the whole fiasco

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Posted in: Japan to ensure students accessing research reactors are screened See in context

It would be a good idea to do a background check on Japan's nuclear regulators first. Not the best track record

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Posted in: Ex-JETs are a major source of Japanese soft power: U.K. study See in context

The next PM of Japan should probably be a JET

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