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Posted in: 3.7 tons of newly harvested rice stolen from storehouse in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

This rice is already on a ship to a "nearby" overseas location to be sold on the blackmarket by organized crime to wealthy elites.

Sad for farmer. Not sure a lock would have slowed down these people. Just glad he was not there when the criminal gang rolled up in the truck(s). He could have been killed.

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Posted in: Rakuten CEO urges review of Japan's COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners See in context

I think the pain here is the group realization among perm resident population that non-Japanese citizen are really are not going to be supported by the Japanese government.

This is despite paying huge taxes and owning property. Those are western concepts of citizenship that are echoes of the now unpopular globalization fad.

Being "Japanese" is legal based. Carry a Japanese passport and the govt. will treat you just fine. Just look at those Japanese persons who lost their passport privileges, they have to get in line for a visa. This is because you have another country that is your legal home It is very black and white - seems people here forgot that.

What we need really is a path to Japanese citizenship that allows dual-citizenship. A concept still not understood in Japan to the bane of a few million people.

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

I normally don't mind those questions as Japanese do this to each other all the time - so I just play along.

I just answer their questions and then ask question for question personal info? Are you married? Where are your kids now? How much money do you make? Where do you live? What is your historical level within Japanese society? What did you pay for your house/apartment? How did you afford that? etc. It is same thing just in reverse - great conversation starter!

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Posted in: Japan revises law to make more part-timers join pension program See in context

I just wish they would put a real agreement in place between US social security - Japanese pension systems The one they have now is limited to short term expats which is only a small minority.

Also old age pensions are pretty important - it is forced savings for those who cannot get that organized due to low pay/high costs. But instead of adopt the US model, I wish Japan would look to Singapore's.

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Posted in: Yo, Adrian! 'Rocky' still packs a punch as Philly favorite See in context

@shinhiyata - yes - they moved the statue from the top of the stair to the right hand side at ground level a number of years ago. I guess the Art Museum wanted to assert itself. It is easy to find, however, and looks nice where they put it.

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Posted in: Fears grow over heat exhaustion caused by wearing masks in summer See in context

Sorry to see people suffer, but the solution here is very simple - turn up the aircon to 19 degrees and stay inside on hot afternoon days. Insulate your homes and use double-pane glass before you complain on the costs.

That is what the rest of the world does and is fine.

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Posted in: In Asia, bucking the global lockdown trend See in context

This article just adds more detail to the narrative that WHO is a puppet organization for a certain asia communist party led country. WHO failed all of the people who died with their policies and should be just be shut-down and replaced by a global health group which cares for all people.

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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

Feels like shades of 3/11 extremely poor govt disaster mgmt all over again. I hope they get their act together soon - for Japan's sake.

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Posted in: Shibuya's train-car tourist info center to be relocated to Akita See in context

I hope the statue does not get the boot to enaka next.

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Posted in: Snow shortage putting heat on 2020 Summer Games See in context

Trendy and creative for sure, but not reliable from year to year with the increasingly severe weather swings.

Best to start building for the heat like most hot cities around the world do - mega-strong air conditioning everywhere inside, tunnels, tinted glass, real insulation in the buildings, no outside activities during the day, etc.

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Posted in: China's outbound group travel ban a blow to Japan's retail, tourism sectors See in context

One day in the near future, the Chinese tourists will quit coming to Japan and it will settle down to normal flows. Japanese businesses dependent on Chinese tourists better realize this is just a temporary bubble and best plan accordingly. I would not want anyone getting too hurt when the music stops.

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Posted in: Japan to allow some visa renewal, application procedures online from July See in context

This system is not aimed the folks who read this site. It is aimed at all of the companies who want to manage visas for all of the new temp manual workers. Otherwise they have to send a local down to immigration every time one of their factory workers needs visa paperwork.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes bill to expand foreign labor through lower house See in context

All for immigration, but this is just modern slavery aimed to benefit a few rich companies and not the japanese people.

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Posted in: Koike seeks to reduce crowding on trains during rush hour See in context

I don't think the trains are the issue, While pricey, most cities and populations would love to have Tokyo's train & bus system.

The issue is the company's inane "face-time" requirements for everyone strictly all being at the office at the same start time and then staying at the office/nearby pub as late as possible. The result is everyone takes the latest train they can the next day to hit 8:59AM and not a minute earlier. So of course you get the 200% numbers from 7-8:30.

The solution is a combination of Flex time, work from home (full or part), job-sharing, hotel desks at remote centers outside of downtown location co-located near residential centers like Musashi Kosugi or out in Chiba, etc., peak usage charges (not paid for by the firm) anytime over 100%, etc.

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Posted in: Japanese firms wage war on 'smell harassment' See in context

morning showers!

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Posted in: Japan Inc sounds alarm on consumer spending See in context

I am waiting for yen to hit 350 then I will consider this economic mess to be behind them.

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Posted in: The art of giving and receiving change in Japan See in context

Who uses change or paper money anymore anyhow? I haven't in 2-3 years.

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Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had See in context

1) Education system that handles bi-lingual kids and is not based on crazy J-school mind-washing curriculum. International schools can be ok for some, but not a price point most can handle.

2) Proper health care system - anything serious you have to leave the country or expect to take your chances with pain/death/suffering. Completely built for the doctors - not the patients.

3) More than 1 bathroom in anything 1LDK or bigger

4) Central Heating/Aircon/No insulation - baking/freezing bathrooms and hallways are out of control. If the houses were properly built in Tokyo, heating/cooling centrally is cheaper to run.

5) TV - mixed bag, but anything good here gets warped by the talent reaction requirements. Quit telling people how to react and think about everything little thing! I keep hoping for streaming to solve this, but legal restrictions seem insolvable.

6) Housing falling apart after 10 years and worth 0 in 30 years - what's the point here?

7) Ticket all store employees who mindlessly walk about screaming -> and the tour guides as well.

8) and finally..... KATAKANA! one of the big reasons Japanese cannot learn English, just get rid of it. It is pointless and harmful.

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Posted in: Osaka railway creates superhero to attract foreign tourists See in context

ha ha ha

that is all i can say - but good effort with the English!

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Posted in: Cross-dressing Matsuko Deluxe: AKB opening Tokyo Olympics 'would embarrass Japan' See in context

stupid idea

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Posted in: Reconstruction minister promotes Fukushima food to 4 ambassadors See in context

i doubt any of these guys ate anything from fukushima at tbe event. Some mixup in the kitchen will be quietly documented later. The 1 % know better and stick with nice organic certified food ( which can be had in japan - for a high price) - the fukushima stuff is what gets shoved into supermarket bentos for the working poor/cluess locals.

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Posted in: Abe's approval rating sags amid talk of snap election See in context

I would think the real value of the yen is more like 350 jpy/usd given the real value of the goods produced by Japan's ecomony (and sorry Honda factories in Thailand do not count). Once all of the financial house of card moves finish its run and Japan can really start to rebuild its economy on firm foundations - not try to rebuild one from the 1950's heyday as it seems so addicted to doing - then we hit 350 as a reset to properly price the output and then take it from there.

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Posted in: Kyushu Electric shuts off renewable suppliers from grid See in context

powerfull nuclear plants that can light industries especially that need a high amount of electricity

or quit trying to sustain these industries in a resource poor location like Japan and do something sustainable besides mega-scale heavy industry. That strategy is very last century and does nothing to help Japan more forward to build on its craftsman and tourism strengths.

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