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Posted in: 72-year-old man arrested after remains of mother found buried in vacant lot See in context

For people interested about the cost of funeral, I read some interesting article which explain that even using cheaper option, thanks to waiting time, it will cost a lot just in body storage :

in the article : 13000 a day

basic full pension : around 65000


So government should as pointed by GuruMick start offering free funeral.

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Posted in: Japanese consumers eating more local fish from waters off Fukushima See in context


You can tell it's an AFP article by reading the title. Reads like propaganda.

There is just a little flaw in your reasoning : it is not an AFP article but an AP one. You are aware there are different agency from different country, right ?

I guess it explain why as people have pointed before, we do not see price decrease. Good for the fishermen. Thought :

Fukushima’s local catch today is still about one-fifth of its pre-disaster levels due to a decline in the fishing population and smaller catch sizes.

make you think, it could be better if we switched, at least for a bit, to sustainable ethical fish farming instead of fish fishing in order to help the population grow back and face environmental change which are affecting the whole world.

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Posted in: Tokyo scraps gender quota for public high school admissions from 2024 See in context


the article's original error.

Is it ? I mean binary is used to talk about gender as in mean both in a system which has 2. Then we talk about non-binary people meaning they do not identify into either of the 2 part of the system. But someone which identify as the 2 part of the system should be called binary, is not it ? So it should be in gender system :

identify into male - 1 side of binary system

identify into female - 1 side of binary system

identify into neither male nor female - non binary

identify into both male and female - binary

So perhaps the article author purposely used "binary" to talk about the people which actually wanted to select both thus could feel distressed to not be allowed to.

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Posted in: Fukushima treated water release spawns misinformation See in context


Well, it is kind of what it is. It is not fact check articles - which are linked at the bottom- but a summary of the said articles whom you will be able to read fully by clicking on provided link. Considering each article can be quite long, I guess it was a way to get the information accross to busy/lazy/... people.

Perhaps a line more clearly stating it would have been better.

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Posted in: U.S. challenges world to tell Russia to stop using Ukrainian grain as `blackmail' See in context

Shut up America most people know that you are the major cause of conflict on this planet!

So Russia is fighting for the top spot ? In how many countries/territories coup, war, ... did them or their proxy were at play ?

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Posted in: Why is NATO expanding its reach to Asia-Pacific region? See in context

@Hervé L'Eisa

Like from the beginning ?

Do you really think if Hawaii was attacked it will be not be covered because in the Pacific ? From the start NATO was in the Pacific and from early on countries with no border with north Atlantic were part of it.

It is just a name, the original one was "Treaty of Alliance and Mutual Assistance between the United Kingdom and France" then it became "The Western Union" when Benelux joined then it became "NATO" when the US joined.

From the beginning these alliance are bound to evolve be it extending or rescinding and be it one way or another. It is just a name. If you want to complain, it should be about the fact they should have renamed it long ago as some people seems to easily misunderstand.

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Posted in: 27% of Japan's nursing homes face bankruptcy due to price hikes: survey See in context

@2 Year Old

Do you use any overpaying plan ? It give you tax break.

If not you should. Obviously there is Ideco (not for US citizen)

The less strendeous on budget with good return regarding contribution but still low amount should be : fuka nenkin : you pay 400yens more a month then you will get 200yens more by year for every month you have paid it. It is not much money but from 24month of paiement, you start breaking even. Be careful, if you have Idecoo, you need to cut that paiement out of the maximum for tax break (normal max is 68000, with fuka nenkin, it become 67000). If you choose bulk payment of pension, you get a reduction, which an be enough to cover cost of fuka.

If can not have Ideco, there is nenkin kikin. As fuka, it share the same tax break that Ideco.

I would greatly suggest you to start looking for improving your pension payment if you plan to go for retirejapan or so.

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Posted in: Yokosuka adopts ChatGPT after favorable trial results See in context

@ tokyo_m

Ten minutes less overtime?!

There is a misunderstanding. One official day of work is 480minutes. So they are going to get rid of 1 out of 48 employee or something like that.

It will help reduce labor costs.

They said it themselves, they plan to reduce labor cost. So no less overtime, same amount perhaps more considering some tasks will not be easily doable by machine.

Concerns exist about confidential information being leaked by ChatGPT usage. The Yokosuka government said it does not allow its officials to input personal information when using it.

Only that ?

Oh dear, what could go wrong ?

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon to approach Okinawa later this week See in context


For people which want to educate themselves about naming of typhoon, cyclone, hurricane.

Mawar means Rose. It was probably listed by Indonesia, I would guess.

The whole world does not revolve about the US. Other countries also give name to their children. People from other countries also have idea. Countries can come to agreement regarding international system.

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Posted in: How Japan's big plans for a 'hydrogen society' fell flat See in context

@Spooky Tea

So what is AFP talking about?


The article itself include reference to other with the key difference is that they are developing green hydrogen while Japan is going for grey and blue hydrogen.

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Posted in: More clashes as French protesters rally against Macron's pension bill See in context


Actually, it is a bit more difficult than that. Did you bother doing some researches or to just ask a French ?

The minimum retirement age is in between 62 and 63 depending of the year of birth.

But, in order to get full pension, one have pay in the pension fund for in between 168 and 172 trimesters depending of date of birth or work until 67 years old.

Seems there are also some specific like people starting working as teenager which could stop working earlier if they have at least paid in the system for 44 years.

I could not sequestrate French friend any longer to get more info about these specifics, so feel free to do your own research if you are interested in the subject.

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Posted in: To postpone the aging process, keep on driving, article urges seniors See in context

They conveniently forgot nondriver in the article. These people are right in between but they just go the stopping driving bad.

Also, the study was based on people situation as of 2012, at that time there was not so much pressure (exterior and self) to stop driving moreover for people in range so than between 65 and 77. At that time there was not so much pressure (still discussing stage) and it was more toward people aged 75 or more. So has pointed by other : for what reason did they stop driving.

So quite possibly the people which stopped driving thought they were better off not driving for whatever reason which should be taken in consideration. So a higher incidence of trouble than for people which could have assessed themselves as safe driver. While for non driver, they could be more 50/50.

For me it is more like they try to push old people driving down other people throat including elderly.


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Posted in: Draft bill proposal seeks to curtail unconventional 'kirakira' kanji name readings See in context

If not allowing offensive and character names is understandable, I am quite worried about the unusual reading one. As Japan becomes more international, names will too. Thought, I have no idea why 太郎 could be chosen for Maikeru, it could be understandable than parents wanting to name their kid Mickael would want to choose kanji matching the meaning of the name not the pronunciation ; same for foreigner taking Japanese nationality. So, I guess, if they go that way, they have to start listing several kanji option for name which could be also exist outside Japan.

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Posted in: Beaujolais time See in context

@Brian William Meissner

You should take a second look at the picture. People not drinking are wearing mask and party are wide apart. Most likely the two ladies were asked to take of their mask for the photo and/or were drinking.

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Posted in: Woman fatally stabbed in Gunma apartment See in context

My deepest condoleances.

Hope they found the perpretrator quickly.

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context

@ Yubaru

The only wages the government can actually increase on it's own is the salaries of the [government employees]

Is it actually true ?

Considering money is taken out of salary before being given to employee, the government could actually decide to change the way part of this money is collected while coupling with better laws to protect wages no matter the name they are called so that companies can not retaliate in cutting whatever allowance/bonus/seniority wages increase/unpaid overtime ...

Company are part of society and benefit from it not just as it provide worker but also customers, infrastructures, services, ... so it would not be senseless to consider health insurance and pension to be also be taken out of companies benefices.

For years government have been pretty asking companies to increase wages. They do not, even the ones whose profit increase. So they have lost that leverage.

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Posted in: Japan's plastic waste problem spurring grocery shopping novelty See in context


Do you have some links ? I can not find it. All article and data I found are based on previous year :



Some other data about plastic pollution for people interested :


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Posted in: We've got to limit the number of people who can get a COVID-19 test and diagnosis, though we know it's our duty to respond to as many patients as possible. See in context

Here the article the quote come from.


Thanks for illustrating what I was talking about when I wrote about in bad faith.

So, if someone working on the ground say there is a problem : they are not correct or it is only their hospital.

If someone else say there is a problem, it must be their language skills. Even Japanese ?

And on top of it : these people should not live in Tokyo.

I guess you aquaintance know you, so I would suspect most of them will not even bother trying to correct you since in the end, they know they will be dismissed as you know better, right ?

You (purposely) missed the point : you are comparing 2 different group : being tested when not being a suspected case, which nobody, recently, said was difficult, morevover if willing to pay, as people need and/or prefer to be tested before traveling &co. You are part of that category.

As pointed is the article they are a different best that the first one :

People needing to be tested because they are suspected case. For them it not so easy. Several reasons are pointed, including :

having access to right facility : these people have to go to the test site by private transportation, meaning for lot : foot or bicycle because they usually do not want to take the risk of contaminate taxi driver, people in the bus/train, ...

knowing the testing places : the issue in that case should be with the agency in charge, as if suspected case, you are supposed to contact them and they give you a list of which place to contact. So quite possibly people just bypass the agency (potentially because they never manage to reach it : busy line) and try to get a test directly. So, as pointed in the article, not obvious place are not contacted so often, most likely only people not bypassing the agency and living in the vicinity actually contact them.

facilities being picky about who they accept : only regular. Meaning if you usually go to a faclity by yourself or throught you work, they will accept you. If not, look elsewhere. Back to issue 1 and 2.

these issues could be fixed by having a centralized reservation sytem, they can even do it by Internet like the vaccine one. The problem is that japanese medical system is for a big part a private, money oriented ones so unfortunately, several place are just on the taking side and never in the giving one.

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Posted in: We've got to limit the number of people who can get a COVID-19 test and diagnosis, though we know it's our duty to respond to as many patients as possible. See in context


I got already 5x tested within the last few weeks.

It was very easy!

You are pulling this one for like 1 month at least (was 4 one month ago). You last few weeks are more like last few months and you are comparing getting a test for a not symptomatic person not classified as close contact by government but just needing some paper for their company, which is actually paying for it. You should be able to understand the difference with other people which get a free test and/or one because they have reason to suspect having covid (symptom and/or close contact), right ?

The quote is from someone managing this situation on the ground. Do you not think they know better than you if they are refusing people ?

Frankly, you look like you are talking in real bad faith. Why ?

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Posted in: Japanese soccer team fined ¥20 million because fans’ cheering violated COVID-19 guidelines See in context


Actually, no one should bother looking. Because they will find it in a heartbeat.

Fixed it for you. You are welcome.


@The Nomad

I think you missed the point : a private entity is fining one of their member for not following the rules in place. Happy or not about the decision, it is like that. The team is free to leave the J-League if they do not agree with the fine.

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Posted in: Economics of war: Pain for Europe now, later for Russia See in context

@ Antiquesaving

Do you really believe the problem started with Russia invasion of Crimea. Georgia ? Moldovia ? CFE treaty ? WTO dispute regarding inconsistent tariff ? Ring a bell ?

None of what you say make sense. How is the fact that other countries do not care should change the fact that Europa and other feeling the same have the right to care and act ? If countries are not applying sanction, nothing stopping them to do business with Russia, were you not just pointing out that Saudia Arabia was ? Why claiming it is because of sanction they are not involved in ?

You can go around all you want. The situation is what it is because Russia attacked (again) another country.

So what if bunch of people do not care about the blood spread for cheap gazoline and bread ? Usually, it is north-American and European which are said to do that, seeing some/several/all/whatever African, South American and Asian being said they are the same at least made everyone equal. Nice to know all of us care about what we care when we care and do not care about what we do not care when we do not care. Oh wait ! We were perfectly aware of that, thought most of people have the decence to not purposely throw it at the people they do not care about and/or try to justify they find their suffering perfectly acceptable if not well deserved because they are not the right color, the right nationality, refused submission, elected a jew president, ..., or whatever. 'People just kept their mouth shut and finger still. What about you try ? Instead of sending post after post about why it is perfectly acceptable that Ukraine people, life, city, ... are turned to morsel.

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Posted in: Economics of war: Pain for Europe now, later for Russia See in context


See Reuters article that


Today 02:36 pm JST

Just posted interesting how it all goes around the oil.

Which in no way respond your message because ...

Were you really expecting, nobody was taking advantage of the situation ?

That do not change the situation, the current Russia is not a reliable partner for Europe, they better back out and start being self sufficient.

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Posted in: Economics of war: Pain for Europe now, later for Russia See in context


Something smell.

Well I think you know what only one think it stinks.

Josep Borrell Fontelles is High Representative/Vice-President of Foreign Policy Commission.

I can not find the link to the direct quote, unfortunately, but it seems like you are not the one having difficulty understanding english. The sentence give no clue about the purpose of the sanction. It acknowledges it will not manage to stop war (as previously believed) and state that it still will have effect. It say nowhere that it was the expected effect nor that it is/was/will be end goal. As you failed to provide any link to the original source there is no way to know it was said by who they claim it was said : some Josep Borrell or who it seems to be implied it was said Josep Borrell Fontelles.

why isn't Ukraine worried that will get shut off


Because Russia can not stop it without cutting supply to countries and stolen territory they perhaps do not want to cut supply to ? Like Crimea

Russia hasn't cut the power to Ukraine from the capture power plants, Russia hasn't cut the gas supply to the point Ukraine can offer to sell it to Germany!

See above : if they cut power or gaz, they will also affect themselves and/or people they do not want to affect.

Time you start broadening your sources, me guess.

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Posted in: Putin, in Tehran, gets strong support from Iran over Ukraine See in context

Fascinating. Did they thought about what they say ?

So we have a country which is knowlingly is presented as a treat in part because of their nuclear push - be it right or wrong - actually saying it is fine to attack and bomb into oblivion a country seen as a treat.

We have a country actively changing maping : stealing territory, unilateraly recognizing secession, ... reject all attempt to create all new reality.

We have a country planning to attack another one to create a new territory with moved in population and fight terro saying terrorist fighting is not an acceptable pretext to create new territory reality.

And so on.

Hypocrites, I guess.

Should most likely find them somewhere explaining other are hypocrite but not them.

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Posted in: Opinions are divided over the government's decision to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What's your stance? See in context



It was in my understanding that the State Funeral as it is created in Japan was not really appropriate for Abe, thought national homage was understandable. I did not know they already had these alternative option. I do not get why they did not just go for one of these, with perhaps some adjustment, for example. if they want it more international.

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Posted in: If toys become gender neutral, it will contribute to an expanding market and children will be able to learn about gender equality through toys. See in context

And now guess why women don’t have children later and nursing or care facilities don’t have or find enough personnel in the workforce and why men nowadays don’t innovate technologies at sufficient levels anymore and companies don’t even find skilled MINT staff, for example. Exactly, they are not prepared and given some focus for those important roles in society by those especially designed childhood toys and cannot fill their natural biological roles when having grown up and becoming adults.

What a bunch of non sense.

Gender neutral toys are not even 10 years old so no way it could have any impact on adult life.

If nursing or care facilities have difficulties finding staff is related to working condition : crazy hard, 0 respect, peanuts pay, ... one of the reason of that being some time ago, the idea was (and is still for some it seems) natural for women so no need to give them much money for something easy and enjoyable for them). Interesting in the other that job natural for men were mostly evaluated over other criteria, not necessarily good either.

Society do not lack of people innovating being men or women.

There is no so called natural biological roles to fill when adult.

To have children you need both men and women. Why does some people throw it at women face only ? People do not have children for a lot of reasons including money and that go every potential parent.

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Posted in: Court dismisses sex business firm's damages claim over virus handout snub See in context

Individual staff members, however, are considered sole proprietors who have a contract with operators and are eligible for the program.

So, if I get it right the actual workers got the help but the pimp got nothing.

"the sex industry is inherently unhealthy,"

And I guess, they mean unhealthy as part of society as they do not provide to shakai hoken, unemployment, ... by using contractors ; without even talking about yak involvement which mostly make it legal to discriminate toward them.

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Posted in: I was hounded by time pressures and huge numbers of packages, so I didn’t have any freedom or ability to exercise my own judgement. See in context


I hope that show a sign Labor Standards Inspection Office are going to crack down on fake independent contract.And retroactively made them employment ones and have the company pay back all that they should have paid.

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Posted in: Musk threatens to walk away from Twitter deal See in context

Think along the line of Manny Perry, Peter Neil &co. That stinks. From even before the deal, he was expecting a bigger amount of bot thus he would have made an offer taking that in account and/or including the possibility to check the amount at some point and have the deal canceled if not in the expectation zone. If he did not, he sucks even more than me at business. If he did, we should not be hearing of it as it would be part of the contract and done or Twitter is trying to shoot themselves in the foot by not honoring a contract. No matter what is going on, that sound way too fishy.

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Posted in: Inflation is rising faster than wages in many countries due to increases in the cost of raw materials and energy supplies. How can governments correct this imbalance? See in context

Change the way minimum salary is set. It should not only be set by hour but also by day, by week, by month and by year and the time expected on site not just working as it should reflect the ability of the worker to actually get another job. It should also take in account experience and diploma.

On top of that set an optimum salary which take in account cost of life (aka not needed any governement help and being an economically active part of the community) and can be more easily moved.

In normal time, the 2 should be the same. In bad time, the optimum should be raised. In good time the optimum one should be lowered. Then have some work tax linked on the optimum one. If employee pay under optimum salary, the difference end up in government pocket to pay welfare (including for the underpaid employee). If over : tax break potentially with money back depending of the situation.

That should encourage companies to always pay at least slightly higher salary to kept the tax break and have better planing on cost.

Also, fix the fake independent worker issue, when at it.

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