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Posted in: Japan rolls out 'humble and lovable' delivery robots See in context

part of an experiment businesses hope will tackle labour shortages and rural isolation.

How about trying the experiment of offering jobs with decent pay and working conditions?

The only reason there are labour shortages is that many companies only offer the bare minimum yet expect the world from their employees.

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Posted in: Reverse trend in teleworking starting to appear in Japan See in context

The oyajis sitting at the head of each department table risk losing all meaning to their existence if telework is allowed to continue. Therefore the general trend will be a return to the office.

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Posted in: 43-year-old man arrested for assaulting son at hotel See in context

The boy needs to man up. A cup? My dad used to use a leather belt, stick or any heavy object.

Sounds like you should've 'manned up' a bit more. What exactly is manly about taking abuse anyway?

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Posted in: Do you think participation in extracurricular school activities in Japan is beneficial for students? See in context

Go and have a walk around a park on a Friday night in any Western culture to see what the alternative looks like. Cheap booze, cheap drugs, cheap hookups and anti-social behavior like only teenagers can! Then ask yourself again if you think bukatsu is a bad idea, never mind the levels of obesity and game playing either!

How does having or not having bukatsu affect the cost of alcohol, drugs or hookups?

I'd argue that mandating extracurricular activities in many western cultures would likely drive many teenagers to start using alcohol and drugs.

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Posted in: Do you think participation in extracurricular school activities in Japan is beneficial for students? See in context

Optional: Yes.

Mandatory: No.

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Posted in: More than one in three Japanese working women in survey would rather be housewives See in context

You’ll notice that the number of “yes” responses gets progressively higher as the respondents’ ages go up.

Erm...No it doesn't.

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Posted in: Kishida, Sunak agree to enhance Japan-Britain ties See in context

No talk about the import of decent quality cheese?

Now that is a disgrace.

Bring back Liz Truss!

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Posted in: Japan to allow wage payments to digital wallets from April See in context

I hope my company doesn’t go this route. They still use fax machines so hopefully that’s a good indication.

Maybe, unless they decide to start faxing your salary to you.

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Posted in: Economic revitalization minister resigns after Unification Church scrutiny See in context

So this has been going on for months now and all that time this guy has just been sitting there in silence presumably hoping people just won’t notice his ties, and attendance at meetings. Bizarre.

"I deeply regret that my attendance at several meetings of the organization has resulted in giving credit to the said organization," he said.

What does he think happens when a serving lawmaker attends several meetings with an organisation? The ignorance, or sheer contempt this guy has for the Japanese public, is staggering.

I notice he doesn’t regret attending the meetings, just that it gave credit to the cult of corruption masquerading as a church.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympic executive to be investigated over fresh bribery case See in context

Ex-Tokyo Olympic executive to be investigated over fresh bribery case

And the rest...

Does anyone seriously think that this guy just suddenly became corrupt in his mid 70s when given the role of Olympic executive?!

These people know exactly what to do, and how to do it, because they've been at it for decades.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seems to be falling prey to one of the worst zombie ideas: that offering government support to heavily indebted firms is the way to resurrect Asia’s second-biggest economy. It didn’t work the first time Tokyo tried. Or the second, third, fourth or 20th time the ruling Liberal Democratic Party tried this. What, oh what, makes Kishida think this ploy will suddenly succeed? See in context

What, oh what, makes Kishida think this ploy will suddenly succeed?

It isn't intended to 'succeed' in the way a qualified economist would judge success.

It's intended to keep a certain group of individuals wealthy and in power.

When you understand that, it's easy to see it has succeeded every time.

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Posted in: Director at National Cancer Center Chuo Hospital arrested over bribes See in context

Working in the same industry, I’m not at all surprised! ‘Gifts’ are par for the course to reinforce that ongoing relationship.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympic exec, business ally allegedly shared bribe See in context

The Unification Church, Dentsu, and the LDP are all peas from the same pod. Japan inc. is rotten to the core.

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Posted in: 'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie' See in context

“Once you start down the dark path of stealing raincoats, forever it will dominate your destiny” - was apparently his statement to the arresting officer.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor See in context

Aoki, which makes cheap suits, was a surprise pick to create the team outfits. 

It certainly was. Nobody knew that a brown envelope could contain so much paper.

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Posted in: Gov't to request energy-saving measures in winter over power crunch concerns See in context

Step 1: Turn off all vending machines.

Step 2: Turn off all neon signage.

Let's see what the reserve supply capacity is now.

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Posted in: Gov't to pursue U.S. base relocation in Okinawa despite Tamaki's win See in context

It really is time for the LDP to change the name of the party to something more befitting if its actual beliefs and actions. There’s not a lot of liberal or democratic about it.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori questioned over Tokyo Olympics corruption See in context

I’m sure he doesn’t remember what he ate for lunch never mind what bribes he received or what other corruption he partook in.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers had ties with Unification Church See in context

Half of Japan's ruling LDP lawmakers had ties with Unification Church

And the rest.

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

This comment is totally unfair towards the Japanese people.

The actions of any government or official organization or military shouldn't be used as a degrading representation of the the entire population.

Remind me again, who elects the politicians?!

Government is a reflection of the people - especially when the same party with the same general principles have held power for generations.

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

alleging that Kasai had created a “toxic atmosphere” in WHO’s offices across the Western Pacific.

Kasai doing his best to spread Japanese working culture around the world I see.

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Posted in: Couples who divorced after decades of married life are at their highest rate since 1947, when statistics were first available, according to Japan health ministry data released on Aug 24. Why do you think this is? See in context

Wasn’t the law changed fairly recently meaning the wife (or the non working spouse) is entitled to more upon divorce? The non working spouse is no longer trapped financially in a relationship they might want to leave. It takes a while for people to realise this, especially older generations.

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Posted in: Monkeypox challenge for Japan is not just disease but stigma, too See in context

Monkeypox challenge for Japan is not just disease but stigma, too

In a country where stigma can come from the audacity of requesting to take one’s paid holidays, or one’s mandated maternity or paternity leave, or even simply not wearing a mask when walking alone from the parking lot to the office, I’m not really surprised that contracting Monkeypox would put a black mark next to one’s reputation.

Japan loves to assign stigmata.

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Posted in: China, Japan officials meet amid Taiwan tensions See in context

Boy, THERE is a happy couple....

Utterly depressing, isn't it?

I bet they converse using slightly stern voices too.

A smile and a bit of charisma can go a long way.

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Posted in: LDP policy chief visited Unification Church-linked facility See in context

Of course he did! They are all tainted with links to the UC in one form or another.

Even if there is a single LDP member out there who has had zero interactions with anything to do with the UC, and received no financial donations or assistance etc. they are still tainted by their ongoing association to the LDP.

The LDP is showing on a daily basis that it’s rotten to the core and anyone who continues to be associated with it should be considered part of the rot.

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Posted in: Over 100,000 foreign visitors came to Japan in July for 4th month in row See in context

Meanwhile, the number of Japanese who went overseas in July numbered 277,900

They do realise that most of these Japanese people are coming back and re-entering Japan, right?

This ongoing limit on inbound tourism, and the hoops needed to go through, is inane.

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Posted in: Japanese firms' earnings momentum unlikely to bring hoped-for wage hikes See in context

No wage hikes in the ‘good times’ because companies need to be cautious for possible future ‘bad times’.

No wage hikes in the ‘bad times’ because of the ‘bad times’.

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Posted in: Public elementary school in Aichi offers rare English-immersion program See in context

Who knew that more natural immersion in a language would see positive results?!

This is absolute common sense that I, along with others in my area, have been pushing the BoE for for more than 10 years - to no avail I might add.

This shows it can be done if people are willing to make the ‘difficult decision’ to try.

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Posted in: Kishida shaken as list of lawmakers linked to Unification Church grows to 20 See in context

Taro Kono, a minister in charge of consumer affairs, said Friday that his agency plans to set up a committee to look into complaints from people falling victim to spiritual sales.

Kono’s grandfather was elected at the same time as Abe’s grandfather (Kishi). Hatoyama’s grandfather too. As the UC was getting its claws into the LDP, these people were ‘at the scene of the crime’.

There is no way people like Taro Kono should be involved in any committee looking into issues linked in any way to UC. Anyone that might have historical familial ties to the main root of the problem should be kept well away.

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Posted in: With reshuffled cabinet, Kishida gets to work in choosing next BOJ head See in context

Let me guess…it’ll end up being someone with a tie to the UC.

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