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Posted in: Judge reprimanded for ‘inappropriate’ tweet concerning abandoned dog case See in context

Dog gonnit!

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Posted in: Keidanren's plan to rethink hiring rules causing waves in Japan See in context

The hiring process is simply in the intersection of so many other failures of big businesses and the university system.

A. Most Japanese university students finish the required 120 credit hours in 3 years. Despite this, they still pay tuition for a 4th year, while doing minimal coursework while job-hunting and taking graduation trips.

SOLUTION: Spread out your coursework over 4 years, have a part-time job and a hobby, gain soft skills, that way your last year in college isn't a whirlwind.

B. Then, the average student applies to 50 or more companies, handwriting each resume (a time-consuming process). That means company HR offices have to go through thousands of CVs from their feeder schools.

SOLUTION: Students research companies, don't apply to every company you've ever heard of. Companies should absolutely allow a typed resume in 2018, and hire science grads for lab-work, business grads for accounting.

C. As 1/3 of new hires quit in one year, my well-informed hypothesis is that this stems from the amount of companies pressuring new employees to do unpaid overtime, and often mandating new-hires relocate sometimes within the first year.

SOLUTION: Companies pay your employees for their time worked. Stop cooking the books. If you hire an applicant for the Osaka office, don't relocate them in Fukuoka in 6 months.

D...E...F...G... Failure to adapt to 21st century global information grid and so on...

If the Keidanren doesn't revamp this system, sure some people might be uncomfortable for a few years, but failing to do so will put Japan even further behind the global curve than it already has become.

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Posted in: 6 killed, 2 injured in motorcycle crash in Nara See in context

Just checked a few other news sites. There were 8 people riding on only 3 bikes... definitely some foolishness going on. I hope the 2 that survive can shed some light on this.


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Posted in: Gov't panel begins discussions to slash plastic waste See in context

More public water fountains = less plastic bottle usage

More incentives for bringing reusable bags = less plastic bags

Less products individually wrapped inside a wrapper inside another wrapper

Less staff at conbini's and grocery stores putting single items in plastic bags

... the legislation lacks penalties for those not complying.

And how about laws that have teeth, instead of polite suggestions.

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Posted in: Foreign interns being used in quake-hit Kumamoto reconstruction work See in context

"It is difficult to know the actual working conditions of the trainees and trainees cannot easily raise their voices," said Shinichiro Nakashima

No it's not. You need to have your labor and or immigration regulators get off their butts and visit the work sites.

A man who runs a construction company in the hardest-hit town of Mashiki said he was surprised to find local subcontractors using so many foreign workers

Oh, and shifting the blame to a subcontractor? Classic move there

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Posted in: Pharmaceutical giant Takeda opens new global headquarters in Tokyo See in context

Gimme a break. That arrangement clearly runs counter to "work-life balance." It's really so workers can spend endless hours at the office instead of going to home and spending time with their families. If workers want to do yoga, relax or "refesh," the best place for most people is in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. No way, I'd do any of that at my office. Ugh.

In defense of Takeda, they are headed by a European CEO and have several other foreign executives. They operate more like a European company than a Japanese company. This new office design follows suit with what has been going on overseas for a while.

Also, if you are visiting Tokyo from their overseas branches, you may not be able to get a membership at a gym for a week, so having these amenities in the office is a nice perk. Also, not everyone working their has a family and kids, so for college grads this could be a great place to start!

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Posted in: One in four young people in Japan’s biggest cities thinking of moving to countryside See in context

5,000-person study in which they asked participants if they want the government to put greater effort into programs helping urban residents of Japan relocate to rural areas

I have a completely different idea, and it involves entrepreneurs and businesses making telecommuting a possibility in this country. Around the globe there are free-lance programmers, graphics designers, writers, and a myriad of other jobs that could be down just about anywhere.

If the private sector takes advantage of modern telecommunications breakthroughs of the last 20 years, Japan may finally join the rest of the world on tele-work and reserve the extreme urbanization trends.

Heck, maybe then there will be more children born each year!! Wishful thinking!

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Posted in: Japanese consulting police more than ever on non-urgent matters See in context

Just a thought: they could cut into a lot of the noise complaints if police could actually stop all those bozo kids and their engine revving.

They hit my neighborhood several times a night which I'm sure generates dozens of calls each time.

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Posted in: Aso ridicules N Korean leader's plane See in context

I was about 99% this headline was a typo, and that it was supposed to read "Aso ridicules NK leader's plan"

But no, Aso is just that petty

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Posted in: Japan's 3 megabanks consider operating ATMs jointly See in context

I don't see this as good for consumers, just the banks themselves. Bank hours 9 - 15, ATM hours 7 - 22. Banks here serve you when it's convenient for them!

The banks can imagine that Japan will become a cashless society. But the ojisan selling takoyaki out of a van outside of a busy station stations isn't ready for it!

Might be a better idea to promote the use of mobile payment for small vendors before reducing ATMs, especially in time for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Protesters in 3 cities criticize Aso over sexual harassment comments See in context

It was just last week when Aso said the problem with the harassment complaint is that it was filed on a single sheet of paper and the font is too small!

Good work Aso, you've outdone yourself again!

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Posted in: Tokio pop group member's contract terminated over indecent act See in context

Good riddance. Someone needed to be the fall boy in this industry in Japan.

If you have a shred of remorse for the man, just remember, a man just got out of the hospital for alcohol abuse, immediately started drinking, and called a 16 year old girl over to his house hoping to get some. Premeditated or not, that's disgusting.

Don't be naïve, this is probably not even the first time it happened at Yamaguchi's house. Hopefully this incident makes women feel a little bit empowered to stand up and say it's not okay to prey on high school girls just because you have money and fame. Or even if you have neither!

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Posted in: Sit and think See in context

Nervous breakdown? I see this from time to time...

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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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