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Posted in: Time to start tipping taxi drivers in Japan? Cab company now gives passengers option in Tokyo See in context

I always give a tip to the Uber eats delivery people. Maybe it’s culturally seen a bit rude, but I am quite sure it is also very much welcomed within those precarious employed and exploited guys, often from countries where tipping is usually done. They are even bullied by other road drivers or in the news, although they really struggle for themselves to survive and the people who are supplied with a lunch they only can order this way. Sometimes they even take some small things out and eat it, what shows how dramatic their exploitation is. Those are not tipped of course, but tipping in general might reduce their need to steal or do their delivery job hastily without care.

UberEats delivery people are not struggling to survive, as far as I can tell. Whenever it’s raining, there are zero UberEats delivery people available in my area, zero. If they can’t handle a bit of rain, then they are definitely not depending on UberEats money to survive. It’s more of a side hustle for them and they do it whenever they feel like it. So no, no tipping.

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Posted in: Japan to impose 10-day quarantine on travelers from India, 5 other countries See in context

As Japan has already banned the entry of foreign nationals, including those with resident status, who have been to those countries within the past two weeks, except under special circumstances, the measure primarily effects Japanese citizens.

Huh? When did that happen? Are we back to the racist immigration policies? Why are Japanese citizens treated differently than foreign residents? I thought we were done with this BS after the international outcry the first time around. Now they’re trying this again?

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Posted in: Japanese, Vietnamese leaders oppose China's maritime actions in phone talks See in context

Yeah, all talk and no action is not going to deter China from anything. They just keep walking over you.

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Posted in: Japanese transport group aims to set up public ropeway transit system by 2025 See in context

Every twelve seconds, on the same line? Not enough time to let ppl on/off. And if it costs 5x less than a monorail but can only transport a fraction of the capacity a monorail can, the monorail would be much more economical.

There are other cities around the world that use cable cars to fill in transport deserts and hard to reach places. It certainly has its uses but it sounds like a relatively expensive implementation for a big city.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

Why don’t they ferry it to the middle of the ocean and dump it there, far from any coastline?

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Posted in: Tokyo, as you've never seen it before See in context

The lack of green space in Tokyo is horrific.

Tokyo has more parks than most other big cities I’ve been to. I enjoy going to a new one every time.

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Posted in: Assemblyman in Mie reveals same-sex couple's address online See in context

I think some misunderstand

Not really. The couple’s name is irrelevant for the story. The only name relevant is the politician’s. He’s a public figure and needs to be held accountable accordingly.

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Posted in: Yubari may offer Japan a taste of things to come See in context

Not true. France's total fertility rate of 2.06 live births per female is right at replacement and that of Okinawa at 1.94 is almost there. Find out what the secret sauce is in these places and apply it liberally in the Japanese mainland.

Right, France, where about 30% of the population are immigrants and you can’t figure out why they’re able to maintain their fertility rate?

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Posted in: Tokyo likely to reduce age limit on kids in opposite-sex public baths, report says See in context

Here’s a novel idea; why not just make all baths mixed-sex and everyone wears a bathing suit, like in the rest of the civilized world.

Having to look at shrivel-d all night is not exactly my idea of a relaxing time. It’s also not that great if you go out with your partner for a relaxing evening that you then have to spend apart.

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