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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

Man, I would have buried it in my garden for a year, then used it to pay off some debts.

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Posted in: Top 10 YouTube channels popular among high school students in Japan See in context

Never ceases to amaze me how juvenile Japanese high school students are compared to their age group back home.

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Posted in: TSMC plans chip plant in Japan; says supply shortages easing See in context

One sad thing about this is all the woods and farmland they are currently flattening in preparation of the new fab. It used to be a lovely part of my drive each day.

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Posted in: Samsung starts mass production of most advanced 14nm DRAM See in context

Japan simply cannot compete with the likes of Samsung or Hynix, or TSMC. All semiconductor engineers I speak to know this....except the Japanese ones.

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Posted in: The final boss is ghost pepper in Domino’s Japan’s 4-level spicy Halloween pizza challenge See in context

The prices are absolutely ridiculous.

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Posted in: Average gasoline price in Japan rises to 7-year high See in context

Currently 140 yen per liter where I fill up my car.

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Posted in: Shinsei Bank to oppose SBI takeover bid See in context

independent external directors

LOL! These do not exist in Japan.

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Posted in: Most NZ health care workers, teachers to be legally required to get vaccinated See in context

99% of people who "don't want the vaccine" are thick and/or conspiracy theorists. I don't want such people teaching or caring for my loved ones anyways. Enjoy unemployment!

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Posted in: In your experience, how easy or difficult is it for a foreign resident to obtain a credit card in Japan? See in context

I must have about eight Japanese credit cards. I apply for them to get the points at all the different places I regularly shop. I have never encountered any problems in getting a card, even when I didn't have PR.

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Posted in: Japan eyes funding for Taiwan's TSMC to build chip plant See in context

They are already clearing the land for the new fab. I work next door and drive by every day.

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Posted in: Elon Musk says Tesla will move HQ from California to Texas See in context

I would much rather live and work in Texas as opposed to California. Way nicer people for one.

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Posted in: 20 emus escape from farm in southwestern Japan See in context

At least the black bears end up on the table (delicious, had it a few times now in Hokkaido)!

Black bears don't live in Hokkaido.

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Posted in: 20 emus escape from farm in southwestern Japan See in context

It's sad. The police will contact local "hunters", who will then shoot them due to "public safety". They do it all the time with black bears here.

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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context

You did not because they would never get planning for it. What you might've seen them build is a metal frame steel reinforced breeze block building but no way a brick house, that'd be suicide. If it looks like a brick house it will be brick effect siding panels.

Here, you don't need to apologize:

http://www.kenbrick.co.jp/column/%E3%83%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%82%AC%E3%81%AE%E5%AE%B6%E3%82%92%E5%BB%BA%E3%81%A6%E3%81%9F%E3%81%84%EF%BC%81

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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context

There are no brick houses in Japan.

Oh, really? So I didn't just see my neighbors building a brick house next to mine then? Zichi, do you even live in Japan?! Clueless.

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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context

After all the Kumamoto earthquakes, I got so sick of the alarms that I edited the app settings so that I would only be disturbed in the case of a "weak-6" or more on the Japanese scale. Anything less is more an annoyance than a danger, especially inside a modern Japanese structure. Yesterday's quake was M5.9 at 80km depth?! Pfft! Try M7.2 at 10km depth!

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Posted in: Japan's largest labor organization Rengo gets 1st female chief See in context

Unions in Japan are meaningless though. Still, hope she enjoys her new job.

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Posted in: More than 1,000 Japanese firms, people named in 'Pandora Papers' See in context

Anyone familiar with the whole Olympus scandal knows that Japanese companies operate with some of the shadiest accounting and financing schemes in the developed world.

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Posted in: Daniel Craig on bidding Bond goodbye in 'No Time to Die' See in context

I enjoyed it mostly, but you can tell the wokes and luvvies had a heavy hand in the script and direction. James Bond shaking hands with the sexiest actress in the movie? Huh? Craig is an awesome Bond, but bring back Bond as written my Fleming, for goodness sake!

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Posted in: Boosting middle class incomes a key policy for Kishida See in context

The company I work at just hired a new guy in his thirties for an engineering role. His salary is ¥165,000 per month. Even doubling that is still crap wages. Nothing will ever change in this country in any meaningful way.

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Posted in: The customers can’t have fun if we don’t serve alcohol. I’m happy that sales will go up, but we will be in a harsh situation if infections surge. See in context

Imagine not being able to have fun unless you can drink alcohol. Pretty sad state of affairs.

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Posted in: 'Pandora Papers' expose leaders' offshore millions See in context

How is this even news? “Rich, powerful people in dodgy property deals! Read all about it!”.

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Posted in: Do you agree with the Japanese government's decision to lift the state of emergency on Oct 1? See in context

@commanteer : I should have written “meaningful” state of emergency. Life in Fukuoka has been the same the past two years; people going to work, public transport still being used, all shops open etc..

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Posted in: Do you agree with the Japanese government's decision to lift the state of emergency on Oct 1? See in context

Here in Fukuoka, we never had a state of emergency, so nothing has really changed in the last two years.

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news? See in context

In the UK, we have a satirical magazine called Private Eye, the likes of which would never ever be allowed to be published in Japan.

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Posted in: Kishida's longevity as PM hinges on November general election See in context

His longevity has nothing to do with the upcoming election; that's already in the bag anyways. The election just serves as a pretense to the Japanese people that they live in a functioning democracy. Rather, his longevity rests on how long the people who put him in power decide to keep him in power.

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Posted in: Kishida to become next PM after winning LDP leadership vote See in context

With the election of this unique, inspiring, not-at-all-like-every-other-male-politician candidate, Japan can look forward to all its problems being solved! :/

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Posted in: Survivors sue landowners over deadly July mudslide in central Japan See in context

They won’t win.

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Posted in: Japan to fully lift state of emergency measures this week See in context

Here in Fukuoka we never had anything remotely approaching a "lock down", so life will continue as normal. What about other parts of Japan?

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Posted in: LDP leader likely to be decided in runoff vote between Kono, Kishida See in context

Well, Kishida and Edano are still in the run, are they?

Err, they are not even in the same party! lol

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