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Posted in: Excess savings not helping consumers in Japan as inflation rises See in context

Most wealth in Japan is owned by old people, and as their time comes, there will be a hitherto unseen level of wealth transfer in Japanese society.

Boomers below the 70yo mark have another 20 odd years left. Thats a long time with a fixed income and rising inflation.

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Posted in: Japan needs stable, sustained inflation, gov't official says See in context

Inflation hits everyone, pay rises dont

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Posted in: Excess savings not helping consumers in Japan as inflation rises See in context

The time where people will be forced to go and spend even their last saving is coming! Is just a matter of time..

One of the only solutions I can come up with is that companies start massively reducing their work hours so that their employees can take on additional work (sounds horrible). If the average worker has no spare labour hours to sell, how can they earn enough to get by? We all know how unproductive a lot of work hours can be here, so its about time businesses admit this, and start to change the way they do work.

Unless inflation can come down at a seriously fast pace, outlook is pretty grim. I certainly dont like the thought of both myself and my wife, both full-time salaried employees, being unable to save for our retirement and our childrens future. Extra work might be the only option though.

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Posted in: Excess savings not helping consumers in Japan as inflation rises See in context

When business to decide to pass on the higher costs there will be families who can no longer afford to eat

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Posted in: Kishida fires aide over LGBT couple outburst See in context

Where would they flee to? Saudi Arabia? Iran? Good luck with that

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Posted in: ANA, JAL see profits soar on travel recovery See in context

Whilst the in-flight service on JAL is really good, it doesnt warrant the ridiculous prices. Asiana ftw.

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Posted in: Japan, China agree to hold talks 'at all levels' to improve ties See in context

Great. Building diplomatic relations is much more important than starting an arms race.

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Posted in: Japanese TV network makes multiple apologies for reporter chewing gum on air See in context

Imagine being so miserable that you actually complain about something like this. That is sad.

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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

tsumari "buy our guns"

NATO causing enough grief elsewhere in the world. This sort of talk is only going to stoke existing tensions in the region. I cant wait for the US-led world order to end.

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Posted in: Contracts in Tokyo Olympics bid rigging case totaled ¥40 bil, sources say See in context

0 surprise

0 consequences

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Posted in: Net population influx into Tokyo accelerates for 1st time in 3 years See in context

Makes sense that covid reduced the number of people moving into the big city.

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Posted in: Toyota world's top-selling automaker for third year running See in context

Thank goodness. Propping up the Japanese economy for decades.

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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

dont these relic costs the taxpayer millions every year to upkeep?

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Posted in: Junior high school principal arrested for soliciting underage girl for sex See in context

And if you have worked in Japanese schools as I have, you will know in many of them, there is an accepted culture of abuse and taking advantage of young girls. I was expected to date the girls I was teaching, and they were surprised I wasn't.

Just speaking to Japanese girl friends I learned a lot. From what I gather at least two of my friends had younger (Japanese) teachers at JHS who had sexual relations with students in 2nd grade (14yo). This was never brought to light at the time, but they said in retrospect it was pretty messed up. It should come as no surprise though. When I got my first college gig here years back, one of the first things I was told/warned about was that it was ok to have relations with my students so long as no-one finds out...

Just because it is so widely accepted, doesn't make it ok.

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Posted in: Japanese power firms seek price hikes, adding to household burden See in context

Seems like the power companies that are getting the nuclear plants up and running again aren't having to pass the costs on to their customers.

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Posted in: Junior high school principal arrested for soliciting underage girl for sex See in context

This kid of thing happens in every country, but that doesn't make it any more acceptable. JAPAN NEEDS A SEX OFFENDERS REGISTER. You cant have these people, who kids are supposed to be able to trust, taking advantage of them like this. Probably get downvoted by the JT nonce brigade but ho-hum.

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Posted in: Trial of Abe shooter to face issue of sympathy for church 'victim' See in context

10 years should be enough. This guy has already suffered enough.

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Posted in: London takes aim at public peeing with splash-back paint See in context

Or build more public toilets...

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Posted in: Kishida's intention to raise consumption tax in focus at Diet See in context

The general public are more likely to starve to death in their cold houses than speak out against their overlords. There is no political opposition to vote for. Another three decades of stagnation please sir.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

I would be very worried about the Japanese pension schemes in the future.

Just see it as a tax, and start investing for yourself

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

Knock down all akiya and sell the land cheap to young families to build bigger houses.

Change building regulations so that all houses must be made from better, longer-lasting materials, have insulation, triple glazing, and maybe even solar panels.

Force businesses to pay for their employees commuting time, or let them work from home 3 days a week.

Limit overtime to 1 hour a day, and force those unproductive office ojisan to either pick up the slack or change the laws to make it easier to fire them.

Exponentially raise taxes on assets for the mega-rich, and use them to further subsidise salaries for daycare and elderly care facilities.

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Posted in: Anti-monarchists plan protests at coronation of Britain's King Charles See in context

Should have ended the whole thing on a high with Liz. I think its going to be pretty hard to top that.

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Posted in: AI tools can create new images, but who is the real artist? See in context

I have been really impressed by some of the work I have seen, but it still takes a bit of working to get really good results. It all depends on the person though, right. Im sure many artists still have a future, but how do concept artists compete with this AI?

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Posted in: 'Avatar' marks 6 straight weeks at No. 1; crosses $2 billion See in context

half a billion dollars to make it. Youd hope it would be number 1 for the rest of the year

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Posted in: Repairing shoddy nuclear waste storage site to cost Japan ¥36 bil See in context

What has it to do with TEPCO?

Japan Atomic Power Company is majority owned by TEPCO.

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Posted in: Repairing shoddy nuclear waste storage site to cost Japan ¥36 bil See in context

Force TEPCO to sell their assets to foot the bill. It's their fault.

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Posted in: U.S. actor Kevin Spacey denies committing 7 sex offenses See in context

Great actor. I hope he can clear his name

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Posted in: Tokyo to make child care free for all 2nd children from October See in context

Now all those empty childcare facilities will finally get used . . .

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