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Posted in: Pet fair See in context

Aren't they afraid that their precious pooches may catch the coronavirus?

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Posted in: ANA provides luxury meal experience on parked airplane in Tokyo See in context

Are flight attendants serving the meals? Traveling all the way to Haneda and donning their uniforms (and masks) to serve meals aboard the parked plane?

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Posted in: Chiba gov't workers punished for leaving work two minutes early See in context

@Joe Blow I don't know if that's how clerical work was done in the Edo period. The company I was referring to wasn't formed in the Edo period. It's not one of those companies that's been around for centuries. It seems whether temp or not, the staff are all similar in temperament. I was the oddball. I was grateful that they kept calling me back for several of their projects over the years.

I haven't heard of Twilight Samurai.

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Posted in: Chiba gov't workers punished for leaving work two minutes early See in context

I worked at one company that strictly enforced the work time. Nobody was allowed to start doing any work till it was officially time. Everyone was at their desk and waited till the department manager said, "はい時間ですお仕事始めてください. " I was amazed that the company did this, even when we were on deadline. It was the same for clocking out. He would say, "時間になりました。あがってください." Everyone was supposed to have things done, so they could leave on the dot. I've never found another company like that one company.

Elsewhere (not in Japan), I've adjusted my start time or lunch hour on days I wanted or needed to leave a little early. My co-workers did the same.

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Posted in: Man arrested for robbing convenience store says he did it because he was hungry See in context

@Desert Tortoise

I'm surprised McDonald's didn't hire him. As a teen, I remember working for McDonald's and then years later, working for Burger King, there was always an older man who was on staff. When I was younger, I thought the older man was working just to keep busy. I didn't really interact with him. But years later when I worked at BK, I chatted with the older man. He worked for an insurance company and life was good. Things happened, he lost his job, his savings wasn't enough to see him through, so he was grateful for his job at BK. It wasn't enough but, oh well.

In Japan, well, in the Tokyo area, the cleaning companies (janitorial, building, housekeeping) are willing to hire older men and women. I met and chatted with a few old men and women (well into their 70s and 80s) who aren't doing it to keep busy or for pocket money. They really need that income.


Agree. We have to be active and volunteer or donate what we can, whether it be time and/or money.

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Posted in: Arguments for 'right to disconnect' from work draw more attention amid pandemic See in context

I'm not an employer, so I'm all for work is work and off duty means my time is my time. I can understand that the employer's perspective is: if you are here just for the money, I don't want you. I want people who will put the company first. If that means, I have to contact you outside your work hours then you better answer.

When I was overseas, I enjoyed working, and I was there for voluntary and mandatory overtime. Here in Japan, it's just a job; I'm doing it for the paycheck.

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Posted in: Mariners president Mather apologizes for comments, including criticism of Iwakuma's English See in context

...His English suddenly got better...

I've been in some situations where Japanese women started off by saying something to the effect of "I'm not really sure whether I should take that class; perhaps my English isn't up to it..." blah, blah. Either being shy or just making sure that they weren't going over their comfort zone but ending up being in a class that was too easy for them. So... it could be that Hisashi Iwakuma liked having an interpreter because, well, he didn't have to pay the interpreter so why not? Plus, he wasn't sure of speaking "perfect English".

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Posted in: Changing jobs in a pandemic no easy task See in context

Dirk, if “Ken Kimura” was a retail clerk on commission, he was damn good at sales. Working part-time selling suits in rural Iwate prefecture and taking home 200,000 yen is impressive. Poor guy, I hope he lands another good job.

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Posted in: Changing jobs in a pandemic no easy task See in context

It was part-time and low-paying – 200,000 a month

Ummm... working part-time and taking home 200,000 yen? That's maybe around 20 hours a week in the fashion industry? What did he do? Was he in sales?

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Posted in: Japanese company develops 'floating image' no-touch touch panels to avoid direct button contact See in context

I wonder if the ATM keypad is a scrambling keypad. If not, hopefully that'll be one of the improvements before implementation.

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

the court ruled in her favor and awarded her 1.78 million yen

I wonder if he paid or will pay her. He's probably gone through her 300,000 yen.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

Instead of apologizing, or in addition to bowing and all, "miss" a few paychecks. Man up and give up a few paychecks to feel the pinch. Businesses are suffering, people are struggling to survive. Politicians are enjoying dining out and entertainment. Why not just say, "Hey, I don't have to abide by the rules, but you do... ha, ha."

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Posted in: Japan to start random PCR testing to ascertain extent of infections See in context

How about random testing of commuters on the Yamanote line or Marunouchi line during the rush hour? The usual "申し訳ありません... ご協力お願いします..." while giving the China treatment to commuters. (Grabbing people and forcefully extracting their DNA.)

I'm really curious about whether people already have/had COVID-19 and are all right. All right as in don't/didn't know so no visit to the hospital or pharmacy.

My friend had it and his son had it. He was all right, but his son had trouble breathing. They quarantined for two weeks and are fine now.

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Posted in: If I were president... From climate change to hunger, celebs state their priorities See in context

argh... illegal immigration, combat illegal immigration

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Posted in: If I were president... From climate change to hunger, celebs state their priorities See in context

I think if I had wealth and power instead of being POTUS, one of the ways I would combat illegal immigrants would be funding education (sort of like Oprah did for girls in South Africa) and vocational skills (like Tippi Hedren did for Vietnamese refugees) in their country.

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Posted in: Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets See in context

@cleo 15,000 yen is a reasonable price for flowers, urn and embroidered urn cover. 150,000 would be extravagant but an affordable splurge. 1,500,000 is WTF?!? My friend wouldn't spend 1,500 on death costs; he would put the pet in a burnable trash bag. (That's what he told our mutual friend plus he said, what I think is true, you don't need to have a priest or monk or religious leader say prayers or chant something.) Good thing he doesn't have a pet. Although at one time he did, well, actually it was his daughter's, but she didn't live with him...

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Posted in: Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets See in context

@NipporiNick I think it's around a million yen or more. A friend's wife had a funeral service for her dog. Another friend commented that if his wife did that, he would divorce her. I told him that the guy must be all right with his wife spending that much money on their pet. He said that the dog was the wife's pet and the guy was complaining to him because she didn't consult him at all.

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Posted in: Japan greets new year with crowds despite pleas from leaders to stay home See in context

Look! Everyone has a mask on (well, one girl has her nose out) and with that, all is good. Ha, ha... Those people who went out were probably thinking, "Got my mask on. Everyone else will have their mask on. It's going to be all right. Kami-sama will protect me."

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Posted in: Married couple arrested for assaulting 2 employees at train station See in context

zichi, do you think self-employed here in the article and in Japanese means someone who is a temp or is an Uber driver?

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Posted in: Married couple arrested for assaulting 2 employees at train station See in context

hooktrunk2, Strangerland, zichi,

Thanks :) Self-employed worker sounded odd to me. He's self-employed. Ok. He's a self-employed worker. Huh? I wondered whether self-employed worker (自営業者) in Japanese meant something specific. From selling lemonade in front of your house or passing out Avon brochures to friends and neighbors versus having the skills that enable you to be your own boss and not work for another (artist, plumber, masseuse... professional tennis player) versus not only offering such services but also employing others all fall under self-employed worker (自営業者)? I imagine I'd proudly state that I'm an artist or plumber or that I'm the boss or that I run my own business or just say "self-employed" rather than go for "self-employed worker" when asked what do I do for a living.

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Posted in: Married couple arrested for assaulting 2 employees at train station See in context

What's a self-employed worker? If you're self-employed, doesn't that mean you run your own business?

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Posted in: Single elderly being turned away from apartment rentals See in context

He might've paid his pension. Wasn't there a scandal about employers who deducted pension from their employees' pay but didn't actually send those monies over to the JPS? My neighbor who's been here for a couple of decades mentioned there was a brouhaha but doesn't know how it was resolved.

I agree about funding the pension program through income tax revenue; that should also be the case for the health insurance program. It's crazy that health insurance is based upon last year's taxes. Why not deduct per paycheck based upon that paycheck? That's one way some people go through their savings... being billed for those programs. Yeah, yeah, you can fill out an "unable to pay" form for the pension program but still...

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Posted in: Single elderly being turned away from apartment rentals See in context

"...abandoned by their family"

The Japanese government and the welfare laws make family take care of each other. (You have to formally explain why you can't! I mean there's a form you fill out.) Well, if everyone else in the family was doing well then that's great. If not, then not so great.

Take care of Uncle Taro who never married, worked and saved for years but also gave お年玉 to his nieces and nephews, chipped in for them to study overseas. Taro who is now in his 50's is penniless now due to health issues where he stayed in the hospital for months. He paid his bills then was able to coast on his savings for awhile. Now he feels strong enough to work and has been applying but no one is willing to hire him. Well, not for the long term... not as a 社員. So... his parents are long dead. His brother / sister-in-law isn't well off, ditto his nieces and nephews... Not that they don't want to help. They're in good health and they've got jobs but none of them don't have an extra room for him to stay or can afford to feed an extra mouth. In this kind of situation, you know it'll be stressful for everyone if they have to live together (imagine Charlie's grandparents in Willy Wonka ;p). Some families can do it. (...the Waltons...)

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Posted in: Single elderly being turned away from apartment rentals See in context

I know a couple of guys who had good jobs for decades. They saved plenty and each bought homes. One got sick from working up over in Fukushima and landed in the hospital for months. He underwent lung surgery. When I met him, he had gone through his savings and was working for a temp company that was paying him by the day. His house was on the market and the city office was on him to make payments (health insurance, I think, among other things). He rented an apartment with his brother who also had a good job but was laid off and scrambling to find another job.

I know of another guy who worked in the tech industry and his health insurance payments were 70,000 yen/month. He was laid off and was working as a temp office clerk for 1,000/hr/37.5 hr work week. He had to take a few days off every now and then to visit his doctor. He managed a weak laugh when I told him that his paycheck was going to paying his bills.

Another guy had a problem with his knees and other health issues. He was working from his hospital bed for awhile but I guess the company decided to let him go as he was in the hospital for several months. He had savings and was all right being unemployed for awhile but he's had to apply for welfare since he can't walk for long and has to use two canes. They make him jump through hoops for assistance (housing and living allowance).

These guys are in their 50's.

So, what I'm trying to say is that you can have a good job and save but if you survive an illness or disease, it comes at a cost. The way it's set up is that you must deplete your savings and sell off your vehicle if you have one and blah, blah, blah. I understand that, on one hand, the government doesn't want to fund an extravagant lifestyle but why can't they do their people right instead of helping themselves with big fat paychecks?

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Posted in: Single elderly being turned away from apartment rentals See in context

@englisc aspyrgend I chatted with a German about their healthcare and social welfare so I think Germany takes care of their people. The German guy told me that Sweden is even better! I asked him how so and I've forgotten but I think maybe Sweden pays out more and has more coverage.

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Posted in: Single elderly being turned away from apartment rentals See in context

"...3-1/2 mat tatami room in Yokohama's Kotobuki district, which is furnished with a TV, microwave, portable toilet, and nursing care bed..." Portable toilet?!? Would that be a porta potty in his room or down the hall and shared by everyone? What does he do for baths? Sento?

Wish I had some business sense and knowledge of law here, I mean, there's a demand for a company that provides low-cost accommodation for single older adults and childless elderly couples. Those low-cost facilities are really cutting corners in order to make a profit. Perhaps that's the only way to stay in business... I don't know but I wish there's a way to provide for people like Kimura who want to live in a decent place.

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Posted in: Kyoto cafe with unfortunate name keeps getting mistaken for e-commerce giant See in context

Perhaps he can use an automated phone system. "Hello, you have reached Amazon. Amazon Coffee Shop opened in 1972. Decades later an American decided to call his company Amazon. I don't know the guy so don't ask me what's going on with your dealings with his company. Have a great day! If you still want to talk to me and it's about coming here or our menu then press 123456789."

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Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested for confining children aged 2 and 1 in room See in context

I wonder what Hashimoto's common-law wife saw in him that made her think he would make a good father... She gave birth to his children. She didn't stop at one. She produced another one. So she has three children and an unemployed man who doesn't care about his children. Who the heck goes out and leaves two toddlers alone? Someone without a care in the world...

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Posted in: Have you ever been stopped by Japanese police, and if so, what for? See in context

A few years ago one summer, I was on my bicycle heading to a store a couple of miles away when I noticed the cops in their cruiser stopped a block ahead of me. A young cop stepped out and as I was passing stopped me and asked to check the serial number on my bike and wanted to know my name. He was apologetic and explained there were a lot of theft going on. I'm ornery sometimes. O.K., mostly ornery ;p But, he caught me on a good day so I complied. Later, I chatted with my neighbor about that and told him if I might've pulled an O.J. style of getaway if I was my usual self. Like slooooooowly bicycling past and saying, "What? Huh?" My neighbor laughed and said one morning he was late and bicycling like mad to get to work when the police tried to make him stop. He told them he running late and didn't have time but they could follow him and check it at his job; which they did. He got to work and hurried in to clock in then went back out to deal with them. So, if I pulled an O.J., they would've followed me. I cycle slooooooowwwww so they would've been on my tail plus probably called for backup ;p

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Posted in: Do you think the closure of a bookstore or a newspaper's print version is a sad thing? See in context

Yes, it's sad we are losing newspapers because it's always sad that good writing, good investigative work, is needed. Nowadays, people can't be bothered to research. Googling isn't research. Don't believe everything you read.

I love bookstores, especially the ones where it's like a library. You find a book you like, sit down and read. The bookstores with blaring noisy music where I don't feel like browsing, I won't miss.

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