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Posted in: Tokyo’s Shibuya district bans public drinking on New Year’s Eve, cancels countdown celebration See in context

I am too old to go and never been interested in those kind of mass gathering, although I went once 23 years ago to Shibuya. No issues at that time.

The decision is a shame and we can only expect more crowd in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro like for Halloween

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Posted in: Kishida grilled in Diet over widening fundraising scandal, link to Unification Church See in context

It will affect the party and the population is concerned by that. Japanese do care about this.

All the politicians who got non declared kickbacks, specially the top influent guys of the Abe faction, will resign from their actual position, Matsuno will be the first. Nobody deemed necessary to give any explanation and believe, opposition parties and journalists will not let it go.

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Posted in: Top gov't spokesman allegedly received ¥10 mil in kickbacks: source See in context

Matsuno days are counted.

Discussions are already on to replace him, then the others who got kickbacks

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Posted in: Kishida steps down as ruling party faction head amid funds scandal See in context


Results of surveys will tell you why people do support the LDP. Because they consider it is the only party viable to lead the country, whatever the scandals.

Otherwise, I am not sure it is worth to discuss Japanese politics with locals. Because they certainly consider foreigners are not knowledgeable on the internal matters of Japan, and a second reason is that they avoid any potential conflictual talks. Whatever the question you ask, I am not sure you will get a fair and true answer of their real thinking

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines See in context

Previously, Japan did not penalize cannabis use,

Oh, I did not know it was legal to smoke

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Posted in: Dreadlocked Japanese crowd favorite Horie to retire from rugby See in context

Well done Shota !

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Posted in: Japanese students climb to 3rd in OECD ranking of reading ability See in context

I am now preparing an aptitude test for a job promotion. In the same time, studying for an SPI test. I have done one before here but never back home. Not sure it is closed from the PISA test.

A high score does reflect a high skilled person, but it is also really a matter of speed. Many questions are ambiguous, need time, and have nothing to do with a real job efficiency.

Young Asians do train for those kind of tests and have more automatisms do proceed quickly.

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Posted in: Japan gets 'fossil' award again as climate action slammed See in context

LindsayDec. 4  06:09 pm JST

The problem for Japan is not how they generate the power. It is how much power they generate. There is nothing conservative about Japan's power usage which forces them to generate huge amounts of power per capita.

That’s the point.!

Power conservation. There is no incentive for that. Power saving and conservation is not promoted. New technologies to reduce emissions are promoted but it simply starts with reduction of consommation.

My grand-parents generation, before the baby-boom change, used to save power as they knew it was not something coming without effort. Now, everything is granted for the new generation and many young use energy as a natural thing. Many in the office do never turn off computers or lights

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Posted in: Russia withdraws from 2025 World Expo in Japan See in context

Belorussia will too

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Posted in: Line operator says 440,000 personal data items leaked See in context

The leaked data did not contain information regarding bank accounts, credit cards or chat messages in the Line app, a popular social communications tool in Japan.

I have heard the same message from other companies before. Personal data are hacked/leaked, but never the credit card or bank information !!!

Anyway, I do not do Line so this is not an issue this time, but I am quite sure my personal data have already been hacked or leaked.

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Posted in: Japanese workers took 62% of paid leave allocation in 2022: gov't survey See in context

The school I work at is fairly lenient about giving paid leave. We are obligated to take 5 days off throughout the year, and every year there is an announcement that "Some of you still need to take time off."

It is not leniency. It is just the law that now stipulates workers must take at least five paid days a year.

It is not yet fully enforced.

My company also makes sure everyone takes a minimum of five days a year.

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Posted in: N Korean leader Kim inspects new spy satellite photos of 'target regions' See in context

I have seen, ( forget one word above )

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Posted in: N Korean leader Kim inspects new spy satellite photos of 'target regions' See in context

Yesterday, I have the satellite would be working from December 1st. Who knows

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Posted in: Japan detects season's first bird flu case; to cull 40,000 birds: NHK See in context

Why do they every time have to kill so many for just one case ?

17 millions killed last year. Any respect for animals ?

Why Covid was detected, we did not destroy ourselves in such a way.

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Posted in: Japan confirms object launched into space by N Korea orbiting Earth See in context

Yes, except they didn't stick to their announcement

2 hours ahead, for weather reasons according to some experts

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Posted in: Japan confirms object launched into space by N Korea orbiting Earth See in context

So, all the fuss and alert the other day was for an announced satellite launch.

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Posted in: Suntory announces massive price spike for its whisky, some types more than double in price See in context

Price of Whisky has been too low here and favorises alcoholism. A good way for many to reflect on their consumption.

Personally, I only drink whisky once in a while, when flying

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Posted in: Undeclared income of Japan's wealthy hits record high See in context

No overseas brokerages would ever care about your Japanese my number.

My foreign bank asked for the MyNumber.

Some revenus are reported to the TaxOffice and can be exchanged with the Japanese authorities. For the last 5-6 years, I have been asked to confirm my fiscal situation, which was not the case before.

Those revenues are already taxed overseas. As far as I know, no double taxes from Japan, but in my cases, the amount is too low for any move by the TaxOffice.

However, if my money was in the Caiman or Virgin Islands, I do not know if Japan would get any information by the direct channels

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Posted in: Load of rubbish: Litter-hunters vie for unusual world title in Tokyo See in context

I know many countryside roads full of rubbish. It looks like the same persons keep throwing garbages from their cars or trucks.

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Posted in: North Korea says it put military spy satellite into orbit on third try See in context

The Japanese government briefly issued a J-Alert missile warning for Okinawa, urging residents to take shelter.

It did last 45 mn with all main tv channels stopping their programs.

But what is the point of this alert. No way to shelter anyway. N-Korea does not target Japan and the rocket/missile does fly thousands of km over. No debris have fallen over Japan and its waters up to date. Once the alert is launched, the missile is already flying over the country.

These alerts are politically motivated, keeping the population at fear and justifying the military budget.

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Posted in: Japan’s oldest monorail permanently closing next month See in context

Monorails, though they might be efficient, do destroy the urban landscape. Better without.

I think the one in Chiba is a huge financial loss.

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Posted in: Generational tensions flare as Japan faces economic reality of aging baby boomers See in context

The single thing that keeps Japan going

Is actually the government increasing the debt, allowing constant higher budget to keep the economy moving

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Posted in: Japan cracking down on illegal taxis as tourism boom drives demand See in context

Japan has always tried to crack down the illegal taxis, as they are illegals, meaning no tax revenue declaration.

Otherwise, the government wants to open the market to private drivers.

I am waiting for that moment as in my city:

The majority of taxi drivers do not put the luggage/ suitcase in the trunk , scared by the possible weight

In the early morning, especially on Sunday taxis are not available

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Posted in: Japan sees 2.52 million visitors in Oct, exceeding pre-COVID levels See in context

I do not go where tourists are, but on my way to work, I see many foreign tourists going to Disneyland. And since last April, it has been crazy.

But they do not bring Covid, do spend their dollars and are respectful except those few YouTubers who become an artificial celebrity for a few weeks before going back to their dungeons.

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Posted in: Japan sees 2.52 million visitors in Oct, exceeding pre-COVID levels See in context

was talking to one of my students who recently bemoaned the fact that the tables have been turned and now Japan is the cheap place that foreigners travel to to shop, eat and stay at luxury hotels cheaply

Nostalgic from the old days when the opposite was true

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Posted in: Cannabis-derived gummies probed after 9 fall ill in Tokyo See in context

So, HHCH and related products can be used freely as a medicinal or recreational drug for the time being. That’s remind me when magic mushrooms were freely sold in the streets of Shibuya.

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Posted in: Car overturns in collision, killing 2-year-old boy in Chiba Prefecture See in context

According to the J news, the minicar came from the side and hit the van.

The boy went underneath the car. Not sure if the window broke or was open.

The minicar driver was arrested later on. Did he respect or not the stop line will be the key of investigation

Sad news anyway

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Posted in: Woman facing arrest for theft jumps to her death from apartment while police wait See in context


Thanks for this report.

As you know, Hello Work only help if we are looking for a job, and financially when we are entitled to get their benefits, but still if we can prove we are looking for a job (No free money).

Unfortunately, it considers any start up company, freelance job as employment, whatever the income, and therefore no unemployment benefit. And it cuts any benefit when we find a job, whatever the start date, even if it's months later, unless we are still proving we search for a (another) job. Strange.

I think there are financial help (not sure if it has to be reimbursed) for start up companies, not much anyway, but it depends on a other agency.

As for your taxes, if your wage went down to zero, I guess the amount went down the following year.

As I do not know what was the situation of this unemployed women, I won't comment

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Posted in: Environmental change threatens what's left of Japan's cormorant fishing legacy See in context

And construction of flood barriers has led to smaller rocks and sand filling the river bottom, obstructing the larger rocks that form the ayu's habitat.

Flood barriers and cementing the riverbanks has for me always been a concern or a nonsense. I understand the necessity to protect us from flooding but there are many areas where it is not necessary and can be done naturally. This destroys a lot of life’s, as many species live in soils along rivers and do feed animals and fishes.

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Posted in: Japan shogi prodigy Fujii, all 8 titles holder, receives PM's Award See in context

Playing a short game with Kishida would have been fun and a good PR.

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