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Posted in: Brexit accelerating Japanese exodus from UK: analysts See in context

Oh how the mighty have fallen. This seems to be the beginning of the end for the once mightiest empires the world had ever seen. Here's to hoping they can figure something out and get back on track after Brexit, for the sake of all the citizens affected by their politician's hubris.

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

Is it too much to ask some of these companies to be flexible with its workers? Even if the company 'must' operate through the holiday period, break down the staff to a minimum shifts and give customers notice. Same for hospitals. Limited operating hours or have people work remotely.

I can understand those shops/departments that directly benefit when the masses are off, but why does an accountant need to come into the office?

I love how people are blaming the government and not giving one look at their companies who force them to work through holidays. A lot of those workers will be playing minesweeper or watching the paint peel off the walls.

As municipal governments are responsible for overseeing authorized childcare centers, the official said, local governments should devise their own solutions.

But an official in the municipal government of Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, said, "Nothing really has been decided by us. It would help if the government laid out a course of action."

Translation: Neither side wants to take responsibility.

This is truly why any effort to get Japanese people to have more children will have a tough time gaining any traction. The source of the problem is this awkward employee-to-company loyalty people have here.

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Posted in: Japanese couples increasingly begin to arrange prenuptial agreements See in context

Prenups and Post-nups make sense in the case of either side having a business, valued assets, etc.

The contract lists 34 conditions, including Silva's requirement that her husband has no more than two outside drinking sessions per week.

Other terms stipulate that the couple must always spend their anniversary together, and that in the event of a divorce, Silva be compensated 1 million yen.

Silva has used it as a way to legally bind behaviors and personal attributes to her husband, and he to her. I won't be surprised if in a few years, she's 1 million yen richer.

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Posted in: U.S. auto dealers worry Trump will impose tariffs on imported cars See in context

Japan knows they need the US market. With less and less friends in Asia, things are quickly coming to a head, good or bad, and we have Trump to thank for that. This is why Abe was scrambling in the early days of the Trump administration to get on the golf course with Trump.

*Spare a thought for the US auto industry in the 70s when the Japanese put a 40% tariff on US cars while it stole way market share in their home market, resulting in mass layoffs in Detroit.*

So many people don't seem to get this. Japan enjoyed either low/no tariffs all the while and churned out major profits. They were able to build and adapt cars to the American lifestyle while their US counterparts were not.

This is why Japanese people don't 'want' U.S. cars, because they've never had a fair shot at them. Just like with the rice here (California rice is just as good!).

Japan had access to the world's single strongest economy for virtually no cost, and now the gravy train is coming to an end -- unless, god forbid, they agree to trade that benefits both parties Gasp!.

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Posted in: Actor Liam Neeson fights to recover after sharing racist episode See in context

Most people have similar thoughts, but it's 2019 and you're not allowed to feel this way/have had felt this way.

I've had stuff happen to me in JP and felt a certain way about Japanese people until I figured out that I shouldn't/couldn't generalize about millions of people from the action of a few knuckleheads.

People act like racism/bigotry hasn't ever existed. Just over 70 years ago, barely two generations, his thoughts would've been normal, and, in some places, someone would've asked him why he hadn't carried out the deed.

I don't blame Liam, I blame the society he came from/ and our society of today pretending like racism and bigotry is as ancient as the pyramids. Look at despicable Hollywood -- quick to wag the finger! They're one of the most racist/bigoted institutions/groups in the world...

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Posted in: The art and science of Japan's cherry blossom forecasting See in context

THIS is what it's really all about:

*And in that period and the preceding weeks, shops will pack their shelves with sakura themed merchandise. Pink and white blossoms seem to decorate everything from beer cans to sakura-flavored chips and flower-themed candy.** The season is traditionally celebrated with hanami, or viewing parties, in cherry blossom hotspots, with picnics organized beneath the trees.*

Cherry blossoms are beautiful, but over-hyped/marketed heavily; they probably sell well, because the tree thrives all over Japan. I do enjoy the temperate weather, and beer, though.

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