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Posted in: ¥20 tril of Japan FY2020 virus stimulus packages yet to be used See in context

Feel sorry for those of us who have already started a business here and cannot get out of it. These people do not deserve your money nor your skills, they don't welcome foreign investment here, be it human resources or plain funds. I strongly recommend all expats in Japan to seriously reconsider their position and where no kids involved just flee the place, it's a scam and Western governments aren't prepared to hold Suga accountable for the numerous instances of double standard policy. My advice to all is not to contribute your experience, skills and capital to this racist place. No fairness, no party !

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

Good! Name and shame the racists, whenever you encounter! No excuses, blatant racism!

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

Let's not forget for one minute that this specific action, of fleeing with the children, is regularly taken by Japanese women, women who grew up and were socialised here. These people, men and women, do not look at marriage the way we guys do. I can see how contorted and cold my wife's values are on the subject of marriage. Someone once told me that marring a Japanese woman is like marring a piece of furniture.It made me laugh then, but I couldn't agree more now. I know there are lots of exception to what I consider to be the rule. But I can see that here a marriage does not always mean love, sleeping together, walking hand in hand, etc. Then, once you break up, these people, who grew up observing their parents' meaningless relationship, do not think about how the children will feel when papa is not around anymore.They just take the kids away from you. On my personal experience a Japanese wife, unlike in the West, never puts her family interests first, she always looks at what people might think, even what officials might think, other family members,the neighbours, colleagues, etc. We are different. I back this French guy, taking this drastic actions is the only way to create awareness. Our mission, as expats or former expats in Japan, is to make sure that the world knows what the Japanese people really are like. How they look at other people, how they treat people of different races or nationality, people with disabilities, people of various sexual orientation. It's not possible in the age of the internet to let these guys away with murder. There are billions of individuals who know nothing about the double standards of Japan, so let's make sure that number goes down as much as possible whenever we have the opportunity do so. Good on you Vincent, I admire your strength and will keep following your story. I will not hesitate to help you, if I can. Stay strong !

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Posted in: COVID means business is far from usual in Olympic athletes village See in context

Cameras have been set up overlooking public spaces such as the dining hall, casual dining area, fitness center and recreation space.....

If I were a young girl, following recent events at Japanese schools and train stations, also considering the notorious obsessions of Japanese men with young, very young women, I wouldn't feel particularly comfortable at the presence of cameras everywhere.

To the moderator: for as much as this might sound harsh, please do not delete it. It is not out of topic. I am positively commenting on one of the aspects discussed in the article, the presence of cameras just about everywhere.

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Posted in: Man arrested after assaulting visitor to nextdoor apartment for being noisy See in context

I experienced something very similar because of my little children, same kind of person,oldish, heavy smoker, drinker, always at home,once came banging onto our doors after several times on the interphone over a period of time. Finally we went to the police,all of us, they paid him a visit, never seen or heard of him again :) If you are experiencing rude, threatening old Japanese men, please do report them immediately to your local police station. I think the law states that neighbours cannot come to your door, let alone touching you or any of your kids. Do it before it gets out of hand, we also thought our rude neighbour must have been drinking often.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations See in context

Can not imagine these nations signing up without the same in return.

No country will accept this unbelievable stupid j “government” idea

ARE THEY SERIOUS????? Where is the RECIPROCITY of actions???

I once thought the same, but after living here for ten years, I now understand the logic behind it:

Japanese official: Can you pls allow us to do such and such in your countries?

EU/USA official: Sure, can you reciprocate please?

JP official: Ehmmm , not really ,moshihage gozaimasen (and bows).

EU official to US official wispering: 'Let them have it mate, we need these guys land in case of conflict, we already own the place anyway, moreover these lot are so easily conned, they'll pay any price for our goods, eh eh eh.

That's how it will go this time too. No reciprocity needed, just military bases (paid for by the Japanese) and their Yen. Deal !

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Posted in: Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations See in context

Another clear example of how selfishly, a very narrow minded Japanese small elite, can candidly ask for clearly discriminatory measures to be implemented. The only good thing about it, is that it seems to apply to all returnees, but don't hold your breath, maybe someone didn't translate the text well enough and missed the point where it says: gaijin wa dame, nihonjin wa ok desu, Nihon no supirito dakara ! :)))) You've got to laugh at these people

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Posted in: Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 18 years See in context

Sadly, this little girl is not the only one currently missing in Japan. These stories are carefully kept, by the media, from public eyes. Japan, with its millions of men fond on young, too young girls, badly need to implement a good grid of CCTV cameras covering every school and surroundings at the very least. In the UK cameras are everywhere and as well as being a good deterrent, they are of great help when looking to solve a serious crime. Japan does not do enough to protect its little girls !

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Posted in: Suga visits Haneda airport for briefing on anti-virus border measures See in context

Don't bother reading the daily number of cases or deaths in Japan, they will never ever tell you the truth!

Without mass testing those numbers are irrelevant.

By the way, Suga san in case you did not realise yet, the Delta strain is already present in Japan, science tells us soon it will be predominant and therefore this mentioning of the Delta strain is just propaganda.

Get on with the vaccination, that would be a better way to spend your morning, rather than a trip to Haneda. A total waste of tax payers money. Come on Japanese people, vote these inefficient, old elite out of office!

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Posted in: 2 children killed, 3 injured after being hit by truck driven by drunk man See in context

Eliminate this man immediately ! He is too dangerous and must pay the ultimate price for his reckless action.

Japanese police must conduct random tests for professional drivers, I suspect, given the number of accidents reported, too many of these old guys are drinking and driving.

Moreover, something must be done to enforce zebra crossing regulations. These drivers need to be educated the hard way. Whats I see on the streets of Chiba is unacceptable and extremely dangerous. No one bothers stopping.

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Posted in: Truck driver admits drinking alcohol before accident that killed 2 children See in context

Eliminate this man immediately ! He is too dangerous and must pay the ultimate price for his reckless action.

Japanese police must conduct random tests for professional drivers, I suspect, given the number of accidents reported, too many of these old guys are drinking and driving.

Moreover, something must be done to enforce zebra crossing regulations. These drivers need to be educated the hard way. Whats I see on the streets of Chiba is unacceptable and extremely dangerous. No one bothers stopping.

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Posted in: Welcome to Italy See in context

Motegi, did you tell your Italian friend that you discriminate against non Japanese nationals back home when it comes to re-entry, quarantine,etc. ?

What is that fake smile of yours? You might cheat them, but not the expats of Japan, we know you well: you discriminate on the basis of nationality, that is racism !

In case you forgot, I'm here to remind you:

2020 up to when you could not push it any further:Japanese can go and come back as they please.Foreigners can't !

2021 and you didn't learn the lesson yet: Japanese who contravene quarantine regulation will get their names made public. Foreigners who commit the same offence will lose their visa status and consequently their lives in Japan, no matter what.

Motegi, do you talk about this with your Italian mate? Please do, see what Europeans will tell you.

I suspect they know that too well, but they're all after your money for their exports, goods to come to Japan at inflated prices. Do you ever wonder why that is?

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Posted in: Message sent: Berry turns away from flag during anthem See in context

Well done to Berry and let's see now how the IOC will react to similar expressions of 'freedom of thought'. If they send someone home for it, all athletes should then go home, I personally would

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Posted in: Japanese Olympic Committee names first transgender member See in context

"Japanese law requires that transgender people who wish to change their official documents must meet strict criteria, including being designated as without reproductive capacity, effectively requiring most people to be sterilized to meet the standard.

They must also be single and have no children under the age of 20"

"Japan is the only G7 nation that does not legally recognize same-sex marriage".

The things I hear everyday about this country and its laws just make me sick !!!

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Posted in: Is Japan's quickening vaccine drive in time for Olympics? See in context

How can they say they are doing 1M a day if they stopped taking any bookings? :)

They are not doing 1M a day, they weren't before and they cannot be doing it now that they have stopped the flow. I personally do not believe it for a minute. I don't believe most of the things Japanese officials say.

Can someone also explain to us the need for the paper voucher? It's such a waste of time and money

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Posted in: Webinar: How to Rent an Apartment in Japan as a Foreigner See in context

Renting a place, a regular place advertised to everyone, not a place for foreigners only with unfairly inflated high rent, is not an option in Japan, unless you are Japanese or have a Japanese guarantor, period!

I also had the unpleasant experience of looking for a place, a small one for myself, where I even offered to pay a year rent in advance. Well, you can guess the outcome. The most laughable and frankly very sad, revealing experience was an agent asking over the phone to the landlord: 'Do you take foreigners?' :) True, not lying

Now that is plain and blatant racism, no other words for it. Should we really have this conversation? By the way if you didn't realise yet, the same rule applies to monthly payments, eg: a car loan or a small loan like the one to buy a TV, I was turned down for a ¥150,000 TV set once :) Here you can only transact in cash, funny how they never ask you as many questions and allow you to buy anything with cash, even properties. Shame on Japan for not accepting developed countries standards, while always looking to do business and send its citizens to live and work in those countries. Japan, if you want to keep things that way, then also keep all your citizens here, do not send them around unfairly getting first class human rights when you deny those very rights to all of us. Grow up Japan, it's not that difficult, just try :)

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Posted in: Publisher slams gov't handling of virus in 3 newspaper ads See in context

That is a very encouraging step in the right direction. We need everyone to 'protect' this private company now. Make no mistake, some octogenarian, angry Japanese official, somewhere in Tokyo, is thinking how to make them pay for this act. They are doing the unthinkable: openly criticising the government. B***s of steel !

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Posted in: Japan to bar entry of foreigners from India, Nepal, Pakistan See in context

Permanent residents and their families, as well as the spouses or children of Japanese nationals who leave Japan by Thursday with re-entry permission will be exempted from the measure

See? You need to educate these people and they will get it, but I must admit, I fear it is only motivated by foreign media coverage and people like us, who will never ever accept those unfair double standards without denouncing them. Keep complaining, they might eventually wake up to reality.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

A clear, unbiased take on the current situation in Japan:

It's on the SCMP

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Posted in: Japan prepares to inoculate adolescents aged 12-15 against COVID See in context

I have children and they will not be part of this 'smoke and screens' project ! No other country started talking about inoculating youngsters when its overall count on elderlies stand at 240,000. Some politically naive Japanese citizens might find that a good move, I just find it a reminder of how ineffective Suga's governing skills are. I'm sure a team of ten of us here, from Europe, North America, etc. could do a far better job of this, Japanese are masters at dithering, they couldn't take a decision if their lives depended on it: this vaccination program shows that just too well. I recommend all my fellow expats here, not to get frustrated about it, we have a choice when it comes to decide where to keep our investments, where to plan our future, etc. Do not make your hard earned money part of this shameful scam, which is 'elitist Japan'. Give your children as much scope as possible to decide where to settle when adults. Whatever you do, do not commit to Japan, you cannot trust people who think of you as a citizen not worthy of an equal treatment when it comes to even the most basic of rights, eg: renting a room, applying for a job, etc. and before someone comes up with a rebuke about this last line, I mean some jobs are the exclusive domain of Japanese national, no matter your ability. Think about one of us becoming a security staff at the airport or a bank employee, as an example. No ! This jobs are not open to 'gaijin'. Think twice before committing your life to this country, you will always come second.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

"Local government employees are really working hard, as are the call center staff so I ask that people refrain from issuing complaints as much as possible," Kono told reporters on Friday.

... gives you an idea of how these people think and how distant their interpretation on the res publica is from our west democracies. Just imagine for a moment if President Biden or PM Johnson said something like that. They are totally unprepared, from an early age, but they can easily do their job in a society, where just about everyone thinks alike and does not find anything wrong in the sentence above. It's very frustrating to us, but we have a choice, I have totally withdrawn from active engagement in Japanese society, I find the place to be good only for holidays, nothing more. If you have enough money to live a 'detached' life, it's the best place in the world, but if you're working or running a business, anywhere else in developed economies and non, is better than here.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

We all know well now that words from Japanese officials almost always mean nothing. What I find difficult to understand is the total lack of challenge to this hollow pledges. How about the people getting angry? How about the ineffective press asking questions? That is where they need to start from. This is not a democracy as we grew up to understand the meaning of that system. This is a mild dictatorship, with lots and lots of small dictators, from the PM down to the cleaners' manager. Everyone must conform, without challenging his/her 'superior', without challenging the status-quo. In turns, Japanese are both dictators and time for more, sorry.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister to visit Britain, 3 Eastern European countries See in context

Mr Motegi should stay home, contemplating how to improve his office immigration policies. Considering how long term residents feel about Japanese attitude towards them. There is no place on the world stage for people like Mr Motegi, who rebuked the UN findings on Mr Ghosn's judicial saga and refused to accept and build on the damming outcome of the enquest.

Motegi san,listem! they might invite you, but make no mistake, they are only interested on your money. No G7 country has anything, and I mean nothing, to learn or take from you and your anachronistically out of touch cabinet's colleagues. Go back to study, European and American history and philosophy above all. You have a great deal to learn my friend, you really do! Traveling to the uk :)... of all places. Stay home !

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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on COVID-19 test certificates for travelers See in context

Japan wake up ! Start policing your own people and stop always pointing fingers at foreigners or foreign elements ! I'm 100% sure those allowed in without tests were all Japanese citizens. We, long term residents, would not even dream of coming back without a test in place. Have a walk around Tokyo between 17:00 and 21:00, look into bars and restaurants and see how locals totally and happily ignore social distancing, mask wearing, etc. Imagine the comments if a 'gaijin' was to do that. Sorry Japan, you are far, far behind. Neon lights and fast trains do not make up for a basic lack of political ability to manage a people and relationships with others. It's embarrassing to some locals who know better, but the vast majority of citizens here do not even know what we're talking about. Detach from Japanese society, you must not contribute anything until they are prepared to look at you as an equal. Until then, no contribution!

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

Interesting, when will Japan open up to tourists? 2022 or 2023?

Are you joking, are you? I can see Japanese wearing masks to the end of days and tourists being banned 'for years to come'. Imagine how difficult will be for these people to take their masks off, worrying of what their neighbour must think about that. No one will want to move first for fear of being singled out.It's the Japanese psyche, what your neighbour thinks about you is by far more important of your own ability to take informed decisions. Despair not: we do not need a vaccine to travel, or stay here forever, it's enough you accept to quarantine for some days, 5 to 10, usually. Not ideal for a short holiday, but if you have time on hand and are the nomadic type of tourist, then I wouldn't worry so much about a vaccine. The UK will next week announce the list of countries for their 'traffic light' system, Japan should be amber (tests pre and post flights, plus quarantine required), with only Israel, the USA, Taiwan and not many more in the green category. Gone are the days when this government got away with presenting a fake facade and Japanese travellers were welcomed the world over. We all know now they can't control the virus any better than us, it's what they wanted you to believe, Mr Aso and friends, in fact they are doing a far worse job. But you can't hide failure in the age of the internet. To top it all up, they are now organising the most laughable games, Japanese not Olympics, in which they are also banning themselves from attending them, honestly it's happening, just as in the UK and USA are starting to readmit crowds to sporting events. Next thing we can expect, all athletes will be banned, only Mr Suga and his cabinet will participate, I mean... "they have a plan for it on which they are working", it will happen, in September perhaps, in time for the Pfizers vaccines to arrive :)

You cannot deny it's incredibly entertaining

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Posted in: Japan, Singapore, Germany and South Korea retain top spots in Henley Passport Index See in context

Very interesting. I doubt Japanese will be able to enter many countries from now on and until vaccinations will be done. With total inoculated standing around the 1% level, IATA's ranking means absolutely nothing. These are the same leaders who kept long term residents from going abroad, while allowing their own to freely go and come back, on the basis of a self assumed 'superiority',perhaps. Laughable ! There's a very interesting article out from a scholar (London Business School or LSE I don't remember), a Japanese national, who deemed his country's effort to tackle the Covid crisis as a failure: low testing, near zero vaccinations, etc. Mr Suga, Mr Aso and co might find it interesting reading, after an all too necessary translation ! Humility is what they need, not vaccines, humility and an open mind, two things no octogenarian Japanese leaders possess.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono warns against wasting COVID-19 doses See in context

1139 in a day, compare that with the numbers in the UK or the USA, you can do the maths.

"No problem, there are no restrictions (on such usage)," Kono said at a press conference.

Kono is right, that is common sense, problem is no Japanese adult is allowed to use it, most do not have it, they are trained to go by the plan and cannot take a decision based on common sense.

The rule is king here, the plan is king ! Five people who have booked didn't turn up, it never occurs to them that those doses could be put to good use rather than thrown away. My 10 year old boy would have done better !

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

Considering the aversion Japanese have toward speaking out against authority figures, company executives, etc. I would put the real figures at 95% dissatisfied, maybe higher than that. I would be very interested in knowing the reasons behind the choice of those in the 44% group. I guess it's a government direction: delay the roll out and see how the vaccine can affect individuals in other countries, in doing so avoiding a backlash from the public were to be some serious cases, even few, of side effects. Most Japanese are terrified of a drug that has been developed, manufactured and tested outside their land, it's that innate distrust of 'the foreign element', even when the indigenous alternative is non existent. Japanese pharmaceutical companies have been unable to put a vaccine on the market yet.

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

The USA and other 'friends' aren't keeping quite, as reported today on Bloomberg:

"U.S. Friends Join China in Ripping Japan Plan on Fukushima Water"

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Posted in: Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling See in context

One can't help but admit, observing this society, that those nationalistic winds, strong in the first half of the twentieth century, are still present, albeit not as strong. We have, through court trials and constitution rewriting, been able to remove the element that allowed Japan to mount the initial threat it did during the last war. The greatest of all decisions the allies took at the end of the conflict was to install bases onto German and Japanese soil. Germans, save few, have learnt the lesson well. Here, unfortunately, not so. I recently read a line on a 'tourist' trip to Okinawa: "We ain't tourists, we are here to stay". We shall all be grateful to those military personnel and their families for sacrificing their lives and stay on bases. I salute them all. That is the only way to keep a close, very close eye, onto these easily excitable right wing fellas. Do not trust them a bit, they can't help but feel they are conscripted into a society that dictates every single move, one that does not consider diversity as an asset, as we all recently learnt very well. Comfort women, Nanjing, Pearl Harbour or, as historians more comprehensively refer to, Japanese aggression "is here to stay, it ain't a joke", it's history and I'm afraid we came too far in our civilisation to allow a few revisionist to rewrite the books. That ink is well dried and read. If only some of the members of this Japanese government would bother to learn English and study history, I'm sure they would look at things very differently.

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