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Posted in: SDF recruiters struggle as applicant pool dries up See in context

If Hiroki Hashimoto's opinion is taken to heart by the bigwigs, recruiting aggressively in the districts where unemployment is high might result in more applicants. Emphasize that when one enlists, one will learn a trade while getting paid and serving/protecting Japan. Skills that will pay off even when leaving the military for civilian life. The saying is tech skills may get you an interview but soft skills will land you the job.

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Posted in: Veteran Japanese TV, film actress Kirin Kiki dies at 75 See in context

I have an acquaintance diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in 2016. She has been active, running in marathons and working as a consultant. I used to think that being told one's cancer is at the most advanced stage of breast cancer meant that death was imminent. It is, but modern treatments continue to improve survival for most women diagnosed today.

Kiki Kirin knew how she was feeling and also had PET scan showing where the cancer spread in her body. It's really good that her daughter uprooted herself (plus husband and child/children) to comfort and care for her mother. Death is near but who knows whether it'll come in a few hours, days, weeks or months?

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Posted in: Veteran Japanese TV, film actress Kirin Kiki dies at 75 See in context

Her daughter lives abroad (according to the article I read a sometime ago), so I'm glad someone found her. I enjoyed her various characters when I had a TV. Like BertieWooster, I admired her attitude towards life and death. She was strong and serene.

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Posted in: Operation Tsukiji: Tokyo battles rats as iconic market prepares to shut See in context

I was in a grocery store right at Kachidoki (right across the bridge from Tsukiji market) one morning and I screamed when I saw a big fat rat scurrying around. This is a nice clean store with freshly baked items not in plastic bags. It was darting around the freezer section which is around the corner and right nearby the bakery section. Guess what I'm trying to say is, those Tsukiji rats will cross the bridge and find a good place to hang out in Kachidoki. =p

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Posted in: Osaka's U.S. Open win re-opens cultural discussion in Japan See in context

"It depends on various factors that there may be bullying..."

Yup, certainly not saying there is no bullying going on international schools. I've stated on another topic (think it was on children committing suicide) that I know a Japanese girl who was picked on by some classmates early on and everyone else, including the teachers, joined in on making elementary school and middle school a miserable time for her.

When classmates and teachers go out of their way to put you down because one of your parents is from a country or race that they deem as unworthy (based on their insults about your skin color, hair texture and bone structure or name), going to school is not fun. I forgot the name of the model, actress, singer or タレント whose parent is an African, but I remember she and her friend (a guy who also is ハーフ) lamenting their lot in life. This is way before she became model or whatever. They were just kids who were attending a Japanese school and not bi-cultural. The foreign parent's culture and language was not celebrated. The guy couldn't cope with all the stress and committed suicide.

Being Japanese might mean being docile... part of the herd. Remember the world being amazed at how the Japanese didn't riot or break into stores after the earthquake tsunami of 3/11? Photos of people lining up for water and all... Gaijins are associated with being loud and aggressive. When there's a disaster, rioting and looting is the norm.

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Posted in: Osaka's U.S. Open win re-opens cultural discussion in Japan See in context

@Vince Black I think the "hafu" who are envied are mostly the Caucasian mix. The Japanese girls, who put in colored contact lens and dye their hair, do their make-up to look Caucasian or half-Caucasian. They enjoy the compliments, "Oh! I thought you were gaijin! You look like you can speak English or some other foreign language!"

My friend's daughter (she's in her late 30's) went through Japanese school from kindergarten through high school. I was surprised to find out she went through a rough time; being bullied. I thought she would be envied as she has brown hair and big eyes (think Peko chan... kawaii or Becky).

Another friend's daughter (now a 15 year old) also suffered from bullying in elementary school. She cried every day. Her father told me, he would have sent her to an international school if he could have afforded it. Like Naomi Osaka, her mother is Japanese and her father is African.

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

@Peeping_Tom, yup, you're correct. Just because you're born in Japan, doesn't mean you are Japanese. Both parents or one parent must be Japanese for the child to be Japanese.

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Posted in: Gov't starts crafting contingency plans in event of Mt Fuji eruption See in context

If this panel is anything like the committee that pondered how to disperse donations after the 3/11 earthquake tsunami, solutions and actions will be a long time coming.

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Posted in: Hong Kong dim sum favorite faces uncertain future See in context

@Jalapeno Do you think dim sum in San Fran or L.A. is better because of the taste? Or the variety?

I thought I'd like the "real" version of mapo tofu but, a couple of years ago, I had the authentic Chinese version of it in a Chinese restaurant in Kawasaki. I didn't like it. The first two of three spoonfuls were good but beyond that, it was much too spicy. I like the Japanese version...

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Posted in: Conan O’Brien arrives in Japan See in context

Hey, he wasted no time! That sure was fast. From fooling around with Mayor Matsumoto on Twitter to booking a flight and landing here.

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Posted in: Honey the lonely dolphin, abandoned in aquarium, sparks public outcry See in context

Honey is going nuts. If no one responsible is taking any calls then who will stop someone from rescuing Honey and the penguins?

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Posted in: Yamato admits intentionally overcharging for moving services See in context

Some employees did not feel the need to correct charges after realizing actual costs were lower than initial estimates.

I think I understand why those employees didn't feel the need to correct the charges. After all, the corporate clients could have taken their business elsewhere if they thought they were being charged an exorbitant amount. (I know, in some instances, I willingly paid a bit more for Yamato's delivery rather than go with the lower charges offered by the competition.)

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

@Mike Wyckoff "By Japanese law, the cops can't actively engage with bikes..."

Interesting... So, the law lets motorcyclists/scooter drivers go on their merry way while bicycle riders get scrutinized ("Excuse me, may I have your name and registration number?"). It seems to me the local police tool around the neighborhoods stopping cyclists and checking their registration number as an excuse to leave the koban and do some light policing. But, if their hands are tied per the law then they can't do diddly squat about motorcyclists/scooter drivers.

Really awful that eight teens decided it would be fun to pile up on motorcycles and go out on a spin. No-license-,-no-problem-,-I-can-drive mentality the very young and oblivious have.

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Posted in: Court upholds male-only right to deny legal fatherhood See in context

"As of Aug 10, 715 people were not listed on family registries..." How do they know that?

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Posted in: Creator of 'Chibi Maruko-chan' manga dies of breast cancer See in context

I recall a CNN anchor (can't recall her name) reporting on the Chibi Maruko popularity. She said, "Chibi....", I laughed. Agree with Diego3, Maruko-chan and her grandpa were best buds. They enjoyed life.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after partially skeletonized body found in apartment See in context

So... upon finding her husband dead on the throne, she moved out? If she stayed put, where did she go to use the toilet? Where was she when the police entered her apartment? Out shopping? At work? Am I nosy or what? =p

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Posted in: Japanese supermarket’s recruitment ad is so stringent, it’s probably looking for a robot See in context

I'm guessing those who are desperate for a paycheck will apply. "Elder" (Japlish for 50's!) and "Senior" (Japlish for 60's!) Japanese who apply for various positions and receive a polite "Good luck on your job search." Ditto for foreigners (no matter the age) whose Japanese language ability is limited. My neighbors, some of whom just arrived from Ghana and haven't studied Japanese at all, depend on their fellow Ghanaian who can speak Japanese to act as interpreter on the job. A couple of them told me if they are shown what to do then no need for an interpreter. They will do the job and stay with the employer for a long time. It's finding that employer. Someone who is willing to take a chance on a gaijin. I think the supermarket with that awful ad isn't paying much and expecting a whole lot. Abuse, abuse, abuse...

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Posted in: Japanese supermarket’s recruitment ad is so stringent, it’s probably looking for a robot See in context

Ha, ha, ha... want to push it even further? How about "Tell us why we should hire you!"

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Posted in: AI robots to help teach English in 500 classrooms next year See in context

I wonder whether the robots will be participating in other activities (cleaning the classroom, participating in extracurricular activities...) plus giving the parents a report on how their child is progressing.

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Posted in: Japanese firms reluctant to hire unskilled foreign laborers: poll See in context

Companies that are willing to hire foreigners who graduated from an university in Japan are getting people who they assume are willing to work the Japanese way (work to death, don't take holidays, make your way to work during typhoon, etc.) and have or willing to learn Japanese business manners. (...found out by accident that there are rules in place for walking into an elevator with co-workers/management and the pecking order for getting into a cab among other things)

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Posted in: It’s already snowing in Hokkaido See in context

Last summer, I spent three months in Hokkaido. I was surprised how much I loved it, weather-wise. I was very comfortable without a/c. The only downside was no internet unless I went to the city (one hour by car or ride the bus that comes only once a day).

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Posted in: Woman gives ¥1 mil in cash to man she’s never met, then disappears See in context

Oh, why can't that happen to me? I would say, "Domo arigatou gozaimasu" and invite her to a home-made meal.

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Posted in: More Japanese women falling for 'international romance frauds' See in context

I used to share a house with a guy who worked for the USPS. He was taken in by the Nigerian general/surgeon e-mail. Good for him being tight-fisted. When he told me about being contacted by this guy claiming to be a general and a surgeon in the Nigerian army about a long lost relative leaving him millions, it was already a few weeks into their e-mails. I told him it was a scam. He was pretty annoyed with me and asked how could it be a scam? I told him he would have to put up some money. The general/surgeon hadn't done that yet. Apparently, the g/s was stringing him along with some song and dance about being very busy. Anyhoo. The time did come about transaction fees. My roomie kept up the correspondence in hopes of getting the money without paying a dime. At one point, they discussed meeting in Amsterdam.

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Posted in: More Japanese women falling for 'international romance frauds' See in context

Poor "Haruka". Guess it didn't occur to her to tell "Cathy" to deduct the service charge from "Aran's" account. Her hard-earned money gone. Or, a loan? I hope she didn't take a loan out to help her newfound friend.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of killing flatmate See in context

Unemployed... I'm guessing his roomie wanted Terachi to pay rent or move out.

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Posted in: JWF apologizes to Olympic wrestling champ Icho over power harassment See in context

I don't get why Sakae was offended by Icho wrestling in front of him. What's that about? A gold medalist shouldn't be training where he can see her?

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Posted in: 1/3 of households in Japan on edge of bankruptcy: BOJ study See in context

@1glenn There's the 国民年金 (kokumin nenkin which is national pension). If one is employed then it's deducted from one's wages. Unemployed? No excuse. Still forced to cough it up.

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Posted in: 46-year-old man arrested after attempting to burn older sister to death See in context

@Disillusioned I'm guessing they live together because it's the family home. Nothing in the article about her working, just that he's a "company man". Perhaps they can't come to terms about selling the house and both want the other to move out.

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Posted in: Japanese Princess Kako-brand diapers to go on sale in China, without permission of course See in context

Hmmm... I wonder about the average Chinese consumer. They see a Japanese name on a product and no questions or research (in this case, simply take a look at where it's manufactured) and purchase it. Are they that easily fooled? If it's true that all one needs is a Japanese name on a product for it to be flying off the shelves, I think I better think of some things to create and market especially for the Chinese market.

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Posted in: Kumamoto prefectural labor department issues list of inappropriate job interview questions See in context

During an interview at a temp agency, I overheard a girl being asked if she's living alone. I get that question during interviews in Japan all the time. I never got that in the states.

Years ago, one Japanese girl told me, the interviewer commented on her family. (She's from a big family down south.) He said, "O-------- have nothing better to do." I felt very angry for her.

I get:

What do your parents do?

(Even when I reply that they are dead, the interviewer wants know what they did and who they worked for.)

Are you an only child?

(When I say I am, they want to know whether my parents have siblings. I told this to a few of my Japanese co-workers and they told me that the company probably wants to know for their in case of emergency contacts record. Er... why ask in the interview? Plus, I never got hired! Nosy interviewer, methinks. Nothing to do with the job or just making small talk while thinking, "Not a viable candidate for this position but let me stretch out the interview.")

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