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Posted in: 78% of business professionals are ready for the metaverse See in context

Globally, 87% of respondents confirmed they would feel comfortable conducting HR meetings in a virtual space. At a country level, this was as high as 97% in India and 94% in the Philippines...

oh, wait a minute, there are no fax machines in the metaverse...

and as low as 57% in Japan.

Yep, forward thinking as usual

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Posted in: Japan set to honor assassinated Abe at controversial funeral See in context

What’s really disgusting is there was only one bidder for organizing the event so the contract automatically went to them. It just happens to be the same company Abe used for his infamous cherry blossom party.

More on this subject from other reputable sources:

Yeah, but some sources are more reputable than others.

Here's an article from the supposedly reputable BBC called "Shinzo Abe: Why a state funeral for slain ex-PM is controversial"

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62976786

In it, there is zero mention of the Unification Church or any suggestion of the assassination motive, nor any mention of his from his bribe-filled hanami parties or the illegal school scandal with his wife.

No, the article just paints a rosy picture of Abe and the "stability" he single-handedly created.

Actually, to answer the "why is it controversial" the writer (who is otherwise respectable in his other stuff on Japan) says that the reason for protest is because such a funeral for a former PM is not "normal" and that some people are opposed to his stance on changing the pacifist constitution (but the writer also says that China is dangerous, so Abe was wise to do so despite the opposition of the apparently naive public).

Abe propaganda has no border.

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Posted in: Japan set to honor assassinated Abe at controversial funeral See in context

Controversial? Majority of people oppose that just like Tokyo Olympics that just being ignored.

And just like the previous couple elections which were after the strongly opposed Olympics, in the next election a year or two from now you can expect another LDP landslide victory.

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Posted in: Hundreds demand cancellation of Abe's state funeral See in context

Wonder how many protestors voted LDP in the most recent election, or anytime during Abe's reign.

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Posted in: Japan to launch domestic travel subsidy program on Oct 11 See in context

The move came as Kishida also said the government plans to abolish its cap on daily arrivals on Oct 11, currently set at 50,000, as well as resume individual visa-free arrivals to the country.

I thought the entire purpose of the Go To discounts was to increase domestic tourism due to the absence of foreign tourists.

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Posted in: Is it OK to order pizza delivery during a typhoon? We ask Japan’s big three pizza chains See in context

"Our first priority is telling anyone who asks that our first priority is worker safety."

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Posted in: How the strong U.S. dollar can affect everyone See in context

WHY IS THE DOLLAR STRENGTHENING?

Because the U.S. economy is doing better than others.

Either this writer has absolutely no idea what they are talking about, or they are trying to make people believe something that is not true in order to help prop up the current administration.

The Yen-carry trade has been going on for decades whenever interest rates move, and now its extended to most other currencies.

Foreign entities want dollars since the US is crazily jacking up interest rates in an effort to pop its massively over-inflated bubble economy. The US economy is far from stable right now and all the signs of its getting really bad really soon are plain as day.

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Posted in: 'Japan’s Got Talent' coming to screens in 2023 with Japanese comedian as judge See in context

Japan already has talent. Kasou Taishou has been around for 40 years.

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Posted in: Japan warns of intervention; BOJ conducts 'rate check' over yen's fall See in context

Japan's problem is that it can't raise interest rates because Japan can't afford to service its own debt.

Japan's debt to GDP is by far the highest in the world, and grows higher every day with its new cash handouts to the poor, Covid relief, universal Covid treatment and vaccination coverage, the new "limit-less" defense budget, and idiotic non-producing costs like state funerals... and this is all on top of decades of budgets that were far from ever being balanced.

Increasing the interest rate means increasing its own debt payments, which at 0% are already too much to afford.

And despite the high hopes of tourists flooding Japan with money, the amount this represents just is a tiny fraction of the GDP. (in 2019, tourist added 4.8 trillion yen to the economy, the highest ever. This is less than 1% of Japan's 540 trillion yen GDP... and in 2019 a third of tourists were from China, who loved to spend). And don't forget, tourists are exempt from consumption tax of all the stuff the bring back home.

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Posted in: People who have focused on one thing in their lives tend to tackle their jobs faithfully. See in context

In ancient Greece, a person who knew how to do only one thing was what they called a slave.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils inflation-relief package See in context

For a decade the Japanese LDP-led government has been openly stating their desire for sustained inflation.

The entire time, nobody in the public questioned the logic of this..

Be careful what you wish for.

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Posted in: The Japanese government needs to have people feel the merits of the My Number social security and taxation identification card. See in context

@JeffLee and @Cricky

You can't "refuse" or not simply give them your name. ALL people working/living in Japan currently have a" My Number" number. This system was fully implemented a few years ago, and every foreign resident has this number.

The issue at hand (maybe you even got something in the mail about it) is creating a My Number CARD with a photo and IC chip. You already have the number, and it was originally printed on a crummy paper card. The government wants people to have a special IC card so that they can... well, do both good and potentially dystopian things.

But the incentive points system to get the card is utterly convoluted and ridiculous (I won't go into it, anyone applying knows...)

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Posted in: Japan to increase entry cap on arrivals to 50,000 from Sept 7 See in context

But they really should drop the rules regarding guided tours, it's beyond redundant. I'd like to know the real reason that they are holding on to this.

Requiring a travel agency serves few functions:

if a tourist gets Covid, the agency is then responsible for assisting and arranging hospital and/or quarantine. They would do this probably via phone or email, and need to do any translation too.

booking via an agent would prevent foreigner tourists from getting the Go To Travel discounts when they finally start the campaign again.

booking via an agent means only "approved" hotels can be booked, so not ones that don't have "proper" Covid guidelines.

and with bookings via an agency, if a hotel prefers to not have foreigners staying there, they can discreetly opt out of allowing such bookings without the Twitter Army calling them out for racism.

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Posted in: Japan to increase entry cap on arrivals to 50,000 from Sept 7 See in context

With the country lagging behind other major economies in opening its doors to inbound tourism, foreign tourists will no longer need to travel on tours with a guide, Kishida said.

Before people get too excited, to clarify, tourists will still need to come via a pre-booked tour, just not with a guide the whole time (so not independent tourists).

And the tour company still needs to provide ERFS papers so that tourists can get a tourist visa before coming at a J-embassy.

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Posted in: South Korea to end pre-departure COVID test requirement for inbound travelers See in context

So I guess that places Japan ahead of another country for a change!

Except, of course, that Korea actually allows regular tourists who aren't part of a tour... well, at least, South Korea does.

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Posted in: WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse indefinitely put on leave See in context

Sad it was uncovered by AP, and not the J-media.

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Posted in: Japan cannot make itself more secure just by increasing its defense spending. Enhancing Japan’s defense capabilities could appear threatening to others in the region, leading them to respond in kind and leaving no one better off than before. See in context

...and leaving no one better off than before.

Wrong.

Many, many people will benefit substantially, the most notably being the military hardware industry which includes the thousands of civilian workers who build these guns, bombs, tanks, trucks, jets, uniforms, night-vision goggles, MREs, and the other million products in use, as well as the companies who transport this stuff, build the factories to make it all, produce the raw materials for everything, and do all the deskwork to make it happen from design and planning, to accounting, insurance, and legal management.

Sadly, such deals with the devil actually have a lot of hard working, regular people involved.

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Posted in: 'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may help heavy drinkers quit See in context

Was nice back in the day when shrooms were still legal in Japan... but you gotta be old like me to remember.

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Posted in: The scope of the official language project, such as whether divisions engaged in overseas businesses should exclusively be covered, and whether Japanese employees will be obligated to communicate with each other in English, is still being considered. See in context

Translation: "We boldly announced we were going to do something without considering that it would actually be logistically difficult, potentially inefficient, and beyond the abilities of our staff to manage... so now we are back-tracking on our planned initiative."

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Posted in: 72% of survey respondents say border controls reason for not visiting Japan See in context

The reason on the headline is too obvious, 

Even more obvious is the reason FOR the headline.

With most Kyodo articles (usually translated from their Japanese version) it is put out almost like a government mouthpiece.

This article is clearly setting the stage for influencing public perception about the further re-opening announcement and entry restriction downgrade, which is supposedly happening this week (maybe later today). Lots of other "leaks" were flying around for the past day or two in the media. This is how the gov lays the groundwork for any policy change.

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Posted in: Pot-smoking tourists not welcome in Thailand, says health minister See in context

For those desperate to get their fix in Japan, smoke a bowl of the ubiquitous spice "shichimi", which is found on the table at 90% of restaurants.

One of its 7 ingredients, one is pot seeds.

And for a bonus, its got poppy seeds too.

(though the chili and sansho are sure to make your lungs burn...)

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Posted in: Review: 'Bullet Train' goes off the rails, but Pitt doesn't See in context

Bullet Train sequel: "Green Car".

I'd much prefer a sequel called: "Wan-man"

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Posted in: The bottom line is the risk of developing heatstroke won’t change even if you aren’t wearing a mask. See in context

A good ol' double-negative make for nicely confusing Sunday morning.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan sticks to easing, raises inflation forecast See in context

It’s the right choice. Europe just upped their interest rate,

Yeah, they upped it from negative 0.5% to 0%.

So instead of paying someone to borrow, now its just free to borrow.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan sticks to easing, raises inflation forecast See in context

While Japan seeks an inflation rate of 2% many will say its hasn't just been achieved, but when looking at their grocery bill or other expenses, they think say its well beyond it.

But inflation is has many factors in the measure, and by far one of the largest is real estate prices (land, housing, commercial property). For regular people, this is usually their largest asset class and/or their largest single expenditure (about 30% of income).

Housing and land, as a whole, is losing value constantly in Japan and has been doing so for 25 years. Sure, new apartments in downtown Tokyo have gotten a bit more pricy in the past decade (though nothing like NY or other major world cities), but the rest of the market is sinking and there is no bottom (not only are homes in the countryside being given away for free, some people will actually pay a "buyer" to take it from them so the owner is no longer liable for the property tax).

This absolutely huge pull down on the economy needs to then be offset in an equally big way to create an inflation uptick in overall inflation. (so a 10 or 15% hike in food and other consumer goods results in only a 1 or 2% overall inflation rate).

Too bad articles like this never mention the housing drain and its affect on inflation.

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Posted in: Japan reports 186,229 coronavirus cases; Tokyo has record high 31,878 See in context

That's because positive results at private test centres are included in the positive case count but the number of tests they run is not included in the testing figures.

So if the official government data they provide for testing is not correct, then how accurate is the case totals numbers? Or how about any of the other data they provide on there about severity, hospital bed usage, outpatient services, etc? Why would one part be more officially accurate and-or reliable than another?

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Posted in: Japan reports 186,229 coronavirus cases; Tokyo has record high 31,878 See in context

What I don't understand is why the city is suddenly testing enough people for the numbers to be high. 

Within the article, in the second sentence, is a link.

Click it, and you can see the data for today for Tokyo.

Somehow Tokyo tested fewer people than were listed as positive.

Go see for yourself, this ain't BS.

Yesterday (on which today's results are based, and the most recent testing data shown) it says there were 31,017 tests done, but somehow 31,878 positives.

That's a positive rate of (an impossible) 105% !!

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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

Funny to see how NHK reports this:

Foreign visitors to Japan top 100,000 for 3rd straight month

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220720_25/

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Posted in: The age has ended when simply producing quality items without making other efforts leads to good sales. See in context

That age ended on the rest of the planet decades ago.

Too bad Mr. Waseda Business Professor and his whole department didn't see the writing on the wall way back then and begin teaching this to his students, who are now probably the decision-making managers in these stagnant companies.

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