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Posted in: Chemicals found in Tokyo residents' blood may be due to contaminated water from U.S. base See in context

Meanwhile the locals continue to burn their plastic trash and and farmers their plastic grow-tunnels, all at low temperatures, thus releasing lots of dioxins and other contaminants into the air and soil.

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

Bid rigging is normal in Japan. Happens between my company and our “competitors” all the time.

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Posted in: Woman who served in SDF sues gov't, assailants over sexual harassment See in context

She has zero chance of winning much, but hey, got to make the effort, I suppose.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Posted in: 72% of foreigners in survey say they’ve been disappointed by bad breath in Japan See in context

I work with a guy whose mouth smells like someone took a dump in it decades ago and he just never bothered to wash it out.

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Posted in: Japanese police file charges against illegal anime girl huggy pillow cover seller See in context

Grown "men" buy these.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Posted in: Police, tech firms hold response drills to counter attacks ahead of G7 summit See in context

The FBI guy on YouTube talking about how Abe's security team failed so badly is worth a watch.

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Posted in: UK health service sets out two-year recovery plan for emergency care See in context

The NHS was not designed for how the UK has changed since its inception.

I think inevitably it will cease to be a 100% tax funded service in the near future.

Something more like the Japanese model would be better, where the patient pays both from their taxes and also a % at the point of sale, depending on age and/or means.

I fear a more American system might be brought in through the back door, however. The Tories want to be able to offer juicy contracts to their mates in healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Posted in: Japan remains global laggard in fight against live animal testing See in context

Ever been to a Japanese zoo? Tells you a lot about how much priority is given to animals here.

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Posted in: Kyoto town changes names for burnable, landfill trash so people will think about what they’re doing See in context

Imagine being an adult who cannot work out what is burnable trash and what isn't burnable trash. They even send you pictures each year with the free calendar! Unbelievable.

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Posted in: Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met See in context

Surely they’ve suffered enough over there?!

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

They can always print more yen, so you will get your pension -- the problem is the currency won't be worth anything by the time we get to retire.

So glad I can pay into the UK pension from Japan. I can live on a combination of the Japanese and UK pensions.

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

Honda's employees work at Honda and make all engineering work for Honda, yet they are not Honda's employees.

Yep. The last thing a company like Honda wants to do is actually pay their staff directly, since then they will be on the hook for health insurance and pension payments. I work for a company where most of the workers are on crappy haken contracts with zero stability.

Also, all the people saying "reduce overtime"....do you not understand how Japan works?! The only way to make any money in Japan is to work overtime!

-9 ( +11 / -20 )

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

Maybe if more Japanese companies paid a living wage as opposed to a survival wage, people would feel like having kids.

Great time to be a Vietnamese “skilled trainee” (vegetable picker, factory skivvy) though!

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Posted in: Why are people moving in droves to Fukuoka Prefecture? We asked someone who did for some insight See in context

Fukuoka is definitely one of the more aesthetically pleasing Japanese cities. I know that isn't saying much, but still....

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

This photo just sums up so much about Japan. A man working well past retirement age, in a crappy factory, for probably 250,000 yen per month before taxes and other deductions.

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Posted in: Japan Inc finally giving raises, just not to everyone See in context

No salary raise at my company since 2017.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal stabbing of ex-girlfriend in Fukuoka See in context

Police issued a warning against him the same month and banned him from approaching her

They sure told him, didn't they?! Hmm, I wonder why this didn't work?

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Posted in: Japan’s cherry blossom forecast for 2023 is here! Tokyo among cities to see sakura first See in context

Good luck trying to get a nice photo without power lines and some ugly tin-clad building in the way.

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Posted in: Train conductor admits smoking multiple times on duty See in context

Snitching is very widespread in Japan. It is a common way of getting ahead at a Japanese company, my own included.

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Posted in: Top Japan business lobby to request pay increases that outpace inflation See in context

They should just be abolished and workers employed directly, and given that 30%.

Far too simple. Also, the companies would then have to pay 50% of their employees' shakaihoken contributions, and they certainly don't want to being doing that!

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Posted in: Top Japan business lobby to request pay increases that outpace inflation See in context

If you need any more proof of Japan's race to the bottom, just check out the job adverts proudly boasting how they offer 950 yen per hour!

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Posted in: Settlement reached in Osaka suit over malpractice involving birth ball See in context

So the lesson I learn from this story is that medical malpractice basically goes unpunished in Japan.

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Posted in: Families in Tokyo to get ¥5,000 per child to address falling birthrate See in context

¥5000 per month?! That'll solve all the problems!

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Posted in: McCarthy fails for 3rd long day in GOP House speaker fight See in context

Imagine being THIS desperate to want the job. Does the man have no shame?

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Posted in: Tuna fetches ¥36.04 mil at New Year auction in Tokyo See in context

"jointly won the bid"

Good ol' price fixing the norm in Japan.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Posted in: New unlimited cat subscription service in Japan blasted online See in context

Good grief. Talk about end-stage capitalism.

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Posted in: Mother, holding 2 children, jumps off platform into path of train; all 3 dead See in context

With mental health treatment in Japan still in the Dark Ages, we can expect more of this sort of thing for years to come.

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Posted in: Public faces ¥1 bil annual maintenance bill for privatized National Stadium See in context

Trebles all round!

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Posted in: Plant on fire See in context

One thing I hate about Japanese towns and cities is the lack of proper zoning. They all look so grotty and messy. Throw in all the above ground wires and cables and it's such a mess.

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Posted in: Men urged to train themselves to notice household chores: study See in context

Man, what I would give to be a stay-at-home dad. Beats sitting in a Japanese office all day long pretending to work.

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