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Posted in: Oita hotel to close for 10 days in a row to give employees time off See in context

When you plan your schedule this tightly, it leaves no room for employees to take time for family emergencies, weddings, and god forbid contagious illness. The cardinal sin of Japanese firms.

They could have easily used the money forgone by this 10 day block to hire and train contingency staff to allow full-time staff year-round flexibility in their holidays.

Going forward, companies like this have a lot to learn about managing personnel if they want to keep young employees, let alone luring foreign employees.

As the labor force grows smaller, employees will realize they hold the bargaining power. Don't believe me? Just watch (the employee retention numbers)!

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Posted in: Tokyo airport to be 'scattered' with robots for 2020 Olympics See in context

Haneda airport is bracing for a sharp increase in visitors from abroad and hopes robots can compensate for a lack of staff.

Yes, but how are visitors supposed to know which are the helper robots, and which are the Decepticons?!

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Posted in: Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat See in context

If I need to have 3 different devices to watch all the streaming content out there, I'm just going to ditch all their devices and subscriptions and go to the library where everything is free.

These corporations can shove it. I still haven't seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, and I'm doing just fine. Unplug your junk, and get a hobby or something...

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Posted in: Bottles and bows See in context

I'm a big fan of hers, especially in the series Jin.

But let's get serious for a second, I think she is a spokesperson for way too many companies. It kind of dilutes her name, and appeal

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Posted in: Foreign job seekers need better preparation for working in Japan: experts See in context

What else do you want the universities and advisors to do more than they already do?

You know what J. Inc. needs to do? Stop lying to foreign college grads about career prospects.

"You will be hired into the up and coming cyber security department" Japanese for...

"You are being assigned to an underfunded, understaffed, experimental department that was started to keep up with our competitors. You'll be asked to look over e-mails and power point presentations to make sure the English version makes sense for our foreign customers"

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Posted in: U.S. Air Force F-35 fighters fly to Okinawa; 1st deployment in Asia See in context

The arrival of the aircraft, in what could be the latest show of force toward North Korea

In the business, it's actually just called "modernization"

The F-35 program has been underway for more than 10 years. So it's not like the U.S. military just decided to throw it up overnight cause Trump and Kim Jong Un are going at it... just saying

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Posted in: Japan eyes tobacco tax hike to cover revenue shortfalls See in context

Absolutely delusional!

Just this week they refused the measure to curb public smoking and protect public health.

Now they want to tax smoking, which causes a myriad of illnesses and obviously raises public health costs...?

The irony, folks

The question is, will the JT lobbyists even LET them raise taxes...?

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Posted in: No. of foreign part-timers at convenience stores rising See in context

For students: part timing at a conbini / restaurant is extremely helpful for language acquisition. It also helps cover expenses. I worked a baito, and I highly recommend it!

For "management interns": I only worry that including this type of job in the intern program may have greater benefits for the conbini chains (i.e. cheap labor). Unless the chains provide a path to long term employment and visa sponsorship...

The Technical Intern Training Program is constantly slammed for low pay, or providing sub par housing as "compensation", and a nearly impossible path to citizenship

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Posted in: Japan's rural elderly behind push to reverse gas station closures See in context

Yasushi Kimura, said one solution is to combine fuelling services with stores selling other household goods.

One of the things that always surprised me about Japanese gas stands... most of them sell only gas, and they usually aren't close to convenience stores.

In rural America (birthplace of 7/11), this same type of remote condition exists, but gas stations are also usually a small grocery store, hardware store, and often have an attached restaurant. Many 7/11's in America also sell gas. It's a no brainer, stop and get some things off your shopping list while you get gas.

A great solution could be to implement SS (self service) stations where an attendant inside operates a Japanese conbini type shop. Well you're at it, attach one of those rice cleaner stations and a laundromat!

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Posted in: Education ministry to share data on teachers who commit obscene acts See in context

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has requested 480 million yen as a fiscal 2018 budget outlay to finance the system change, which is intended to prevent dismissed or suspended teachers from landing jobs at different schools by concealing their past records.

How about a 100 yen black marker and a mandatory phone call to the registrars office?

"Hello, teacher licensing office? Yamada-san is applying to our school, has his license been revoked for lewd behavior or criminal activity? ..... It has? thank you for your time!"

Why do they need 480 MILLION yen of taxpayer money to accomplish this?

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Posted in: Japan's energy drink makers seek to lift sinking sales See in context

Just like American versions, they came out with too many varieties riding on product popularity and this is just the post boom phase where only good competitors will win.

It's what happens after product markets mature. Not to mention these things are awful for your health if consumed too frequently.

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Posted in: Japanese singer Matsuyama provides musical surprise on delayed plane See in context

The best part of this story was the morning news... they had several actors re-enact the scene on the airplane. I love watching the Japanese news re-enactments. Completely unnecessary in this case since it was posted on YouTube, but always funny to watch!

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Posted in: Managers know best: Why you should abandon existing screening standards See in context

...the Japanese Government’s 2020/30 Overall Target of Women Holding 30 Percent of Management and Leadership Positions by 2020.

The goal for 30% of managerial roles held by women by 2020 was, and still is unrealistic, based on the fact that recruiting standards didn't follow suit. I completely agree with the author.

Meanwhile, companies are trying create jobs for working moms, but the only "success" stories I often hear about are placing women in call centers or clerical work. 1,000 yen / hour, and not on a managerial track.

Getting women in the workforce into managerial roles will require shorter hours for both women AND men so someone can be at home to support children, and an effort to open more daycares accessible to employees. Just look at what the rest of the world has been doing to support dual working families.

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Posted in: Tech-savvy farmers a new hope for Japan's shrinking agriculture sector See in context

And still, the consumer pays a high price.

Pukey2, of course the price is higher to the consumer. That's exactly the way the Japanese quota / subsidy system is designed to work.

Rice on the world market is pennies on the dollar compared to Japanese rice.

The business model up until now is: "Elect politicians that support and protect the rice subsidy". We need more people like Yokota-san to get out there and challenge the status quo. Farmers should earn profits on efficiency, not off the taxpayers!!

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Posted in: Man missing after his mother, sister found dead in Nishinomiya home See in context

Just awful. I have never understood how people can take the lives of their family members. We need a better mental health referral system in place.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context

Nuisance taxes might break up congestion by making it less affordable to stay... but Kyoto is a "must see" for any first time traveler to Japan, so I predict nothing will change except the city getting richer!

Another option would be to encourage new businesses to build more lodging capacity... but that would make too much sense

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Posted in: Cafe in Sendai will hook diners up with a virtual girlfriend to keep them company while they eat See in context

The government is looking to find ways to increase the birthrate.

The otaku culture has already foiled their plans.

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Posted in: Gov't considers splitting school holidays to ease travel congestion See in context

What about the teachers? You start moving school days around, and now the 2 week holiday period that teachers usually have to take their time off will virtually disappear.

I miss dearly the 10-12 weeks of summer break in the US where kids and teachers actually have the opportunity to have a break.

Meanwhile, Japanese schools use Golden Week, summer break, etc. to have all day club activities instead of just after school.

Education can happen outside school walls. Just saying.

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Posted in: Toxicity levels 100 times safety limit detected again at new fish market site See in context

Funny, I thought the reason we paid politicians so much money was so that they could foresee this kind of thing.

Exactly. They did foresee it. And then government officials and construction firms took matters in their own hands... probably to increase profit margins.

Come on Bertie, you practically live on Japan Today, don't pretend you didn't know that...

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Posted in: Oita zoo names baby monkey Piko after PPAP singer See in context

This dedication is about 6 months late. The hype over Pikotaro is looooong gone

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Posted in: Abe reaffirms conviction that TPP benefits Asia-Pacific See in context

In a sign of hope for Japan, new U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will attend a meeting of trade ministers from the 21 (APEC) countries

He's not going there to discuss TPP revival plans. That ship has sailed. The US usually attends talks with APEC, so this is not a sign of hope at all

If they didn't get it done during the Obama years, it was never going to happen... so Abe and his people may just want to rename it the West Pacific Partnership going forward...

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Posted in: Desperately short of labor, mid-sized Japanese firms plan to buy robots See in context

Instead of having kids and getting women into the workforce.... ROBOTS!!

Crisis averted.

Great logic, Japan.

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Posted in: Global summit in Tokyo discusses women's empowerment See in context

Until Japan figures out their work/life balance situation, the vast majority of Japanese men will prefer their wives stay at home and be 'shufu' with a part time job at best.

Any woman I know that's made it up in the ranks in Japanese business either leave their kids with grandparents, the one in a thousand stay at home dad, or they don't have kids.

When will J. Inc. let working parents go home to spend time with their children??

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Posted in: Parents of workers who died due to overwork speak to students See in context

It seems to me that speaking to the presidents and human resources departments of these companies would be a better idea. SO MANY LABOR LAWS VIOLATED EVERY DAY IN JAPAN!!

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Posted in: Yamato to hire 9,000 more workers to reduce overtime See in context

I think this is great news. I feel like a lot of companies could follow the lead here

Step 1. Get the right number of employees to eliminate over time

Step 2. Establish a workday and work-style that would attract more mothers into the work place

Step 3. Japan solves MANY problems. More women in full time jobs decreases labor shortage, dual income families raise the family income, family spending increases, and fathers begin to spend more time with their children.


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Posted in: Cash registers to have cash withdrawal capability from April 2018 See in context

Maybe Japanese banks could also stop charging customers to use ATMs on evenings weekends. This is a "service" that has been available around the world for a long time

My bank's ATM charge a convenient "handling fee" of 150 yen per use "after hours"

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Posted in: Japan's population projected to shrink 30% by 2065 See in context

I usually agree with most of you, but can you guys hear what you're saying? A population in decline like this is not good for Japan or anyone.

The pension system is not ready for this proportion of retirees. Japanese citizens hold most of the countries debt, so less people = government budget issues. The average age of farmers is already in the 60s, and farm sizes remain small and heavily subsidized. You can't feed the country affordably this way. The population pyramid won't balance out for YEARS, and the 18-64 year old population will be hugely overburdened. Think about it!

The problem is not crowdedness. The problem is fleeing rural prefectures and unsustainable urbanization with a lack of childcare to support it. The problem is overtime for everyone, and impossible working conditions for working mothers. The problem is LEADERSHIP and putting "company first" and families second.

Stop being short-sighted and calling this good for the country. That is wholly incorrect. This is bad news, and the government and corporate leaders should hurry up and commit to families and work-life balance. Go to the countryside and see for yourself, the decline is already here.

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Posted in: Watchdog to examine cost, security of Trump's Florida trips See in context

Comments are focusing heavily on the costs, but the big issue here is security. You can't easily put a price tag on people overhearing classified information.

"Spillage" (which refers to when a level of sensitive information was exposed outside of secure channels) can cost government and business far more than the travel costs of executives, and no one can honestly say what or how much the President has exposed.

You have a leader who campaigned against Clinton with the whole "Lock her up" and "Crooked Hillary" slogans. She was absolutely wrong to have used private e-mail to send sensitive info. But, you'd think Trump would be a little more careful with his political discussions considering his stance on the whole thing!

Just another way that Trump's campaign platform differs from his actions once in office.

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Posted in: Fukushima Prefecture to host Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball & softball matches See in context


I think that's a fair assessment. People can be so quick to judge something based on name association. Like Trump University.


Absolutely agree, now getting sports fans with absolutely no knowledge of Japan's geography to understand it will be a steep hill to climb. But I hope the rest of the world will appreciate what Fukushima has to offer!

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Posted in: Trump White House sees 'deep state' behind leaks, opposition See in context

"They create a lie, spread a lie, fail to check the lie and then deny that they were behind the lie.”

Wait, Newt Gingrich said this?! What "They" is he talking about?? Doesn't he read Trump's tweets? Trump has been one of the world's masters of creating stories, spreading them on social media, failing to check them, and then denying he was behind them.

Look in the mirror Newt. Maybe both sides lie, but you've got some all stars on your side!! Ha!

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