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Posted in: High-profile opposition figure Renho to run for Tokyo governor See in context

Awesome. The old boys network won't like this though!

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Posted in: S Korean president announces record $19 bil plan to boost chip industry See in context

Why are semiconductor companies building new factories one after another in Japan?

To take advantage of the joke wages engineers in Japan earn.

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Posted in: Pair of premium Yubari melons sell for ¥3 million See in context

“Dystopian end-stage capitalism repackaged as feel-good stories”.

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Posted in: Swarmed with tourists, town blocks off popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

The poor security guard in the purple cap looks exhausted!

Yep, probably on 900 yen an hour, 12 hours per day.

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Posted in: Woman arrested on suspicion of abandoning baby at home after giving birth in toilet See in context

A weekly occurrence in Japan.

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Posted in: Rapidus last opportunity to put Japan back on global chip map, chairman says See in context

Tetsuro Higashi told AFP in an interview that he was under illusions about the challenges ahead.

If even he is under illusions, what hope is there?!

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Posted in: Rapidus last opportunity to put Japan back on global chip map, chairman says See in context

Never gonna happen. They're aiming for 2nm node right off the bat?! Laughable.

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Posted in: Toshiba to cut 6% of domestic workforce in big revamp after delisting See in context

Man, just imagine how happy the Toshiba bigwigs must be now that they don't have to worry about those pesky shareholders (especially foreign shareholdes) or stricter compliance rules associated with being a listed company.

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Posted in: Over 80,000 foreigners working at convenience stores in Japan See in context

Another article about the myth of a “labor shortage” in Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for smearing bodily fluid on acquaintance's car in Iwate See in context

What a catch! If this doesn't win her over, nothing will!

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Posted in: Japan Post, Seino to team up on deliveries to counter driver shortage See in context

There is no shortage of drivers in Japan, just like there is no shortage of any other type of worker.

Pay a living wage and watch these “shortages” simply disappear.

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Posted in: 12% of Japan convenience stores don't open 24 hours due to labor shortage See in context

Recently went into my local convenience store late and night to find there were no staff inside the store and signs saying just use the self check-out. One other "customer" was there reading a manga.

Imagine that in Baltimore or Detroit!

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Posted in: Golden Week wraps up as travelers return home See in context

Now we have the worst stretch of the Japanese working year: end of Golden Week through to Marine Day weekend.

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Posted in: 12% of Japan convenience stores don't open 24 hours due to labor shortage See in context

There is no labor shortage in Japan.

Pay living wages, watch the “shortage” miraculously disappear.

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Posted in: Deer causing road chaos in Hokkaido as crashes hit record high See in context

A large doe

Who writes these articles?! Please do some research first on what female sika deer are called.

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Posted in: Japanese opt for short, cheap overseas trips for Golden Week holidays See in context

To my surprise, this couple came on who quite literally stuffed their suitcase with water and exceeded the luggage weight limit paying an extra 8,000 yen in fees. They thought that this would be a cheaper method to bring their own water to Hawaii since it would likely cost more to buy locally. Sad to see couples needing to do something like this for their honeymoon.

To be honest, it sounds like they might have "learning difficulties" or something.

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Posted in: Should Japan try to prop up the yen? See in context

No. I want to maximize my UK state pension when I convert it to yen! 250 yen to the pound, please!

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Posted in: Japanese opt for short, cheap overseas trips for Golden Week holidays See in context

GW is rubbish this year. Three days off, then work three, then off for four. And because the yen is now a trash currency, it's not even worth going abroad.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

News at 11! "Adults need to be told what to wear by their government!".

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 34-year low past 160 per dollar See in context

Do you eat? Japan imports over 60 percent of its food. The lower value of the yen means imported food will cost more.

I don't eat imported food. Easy.

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Posted in: What do you think are the good and bad points of the health insurance system in Japan? See in context

The system is good enough. The doctors on the other hand....

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Posted in: Yen sinks to 34-year low past 160 per dollar See in context

I'm glad this doesn't affect me. I live and work in Japan, and earn yen. I have no plans for foreign travel.

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Posted in: Japanese 'sugar baby' gets 9 years for scamming men out of ¥155 mil See in context

9 years for $100,000USD equivalent is too harsh - people committing murders in Japan get the same years

155,000,000 yen is more like $1,000,000 equivalent.

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Posted in: Japan launches new alert system as heat stroke deaths rise See in context

We had to import the insulation etc because effective options were still not available here.

This is the way to do it. I have never met a Japanese builder who properly understands insulation and how it works. Even if they were to, you cannot get the good stuff in Japan.

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Posted in: Number of young women to halve in 40% of Japan localities by 2050 See in context

Who on earth can afford to have kids these days? The only people I see having kids are irresponsible people who cannot afford them, and end up feeding them frozen food and other rubbish.

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Posted in: He hippo in Japan zoo turns out to be a she See in context

Poor thing. Japanese zoos are diabolically inhumane.

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Posted in: Japan's anti-monopoly body orders Google to fix ad search limits affecting Yahoo See in context

My coworkers all use Yahoo! and Bing. It drives me insane.

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Posted in: Japanese 'sugar baby' gets 9 years for scamming men out of ¥155 mil See in context

She isn’t even that hot.

-4 ( +13 / -17 )

Posted in: The Dutch are aiming to quarantine populism. Should the rest of the world follow suit? See in context

What happened in the Netherlands is disgusting and an afront to democracy.

Wilders should be PM by all rights.

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Posted in: Delta to scrap connecting flight baggage checks in U.S. from Haneda See in context

Delta is by far the best of the US airlines. That’s not saying much though, compared to most East Asian airlines.

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