Kishida's days are numbered. I think we'll have a new PM pretty soon.
It'll be interesting to see which 'faction' the next PM comes from.
Unfortunately my money is on Sanae Takaichi. The first woman PM could be a big enough story to try and take the attention away from the Abe connections and the Unification church / funding scandals.
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Returning a portion of his salary means that he will still continue to accrue extra benefits at the level of the salary increase (pension etc.).
If he wants to return the salary increase, then he should also forego all the extra benefits that come with the increase before he 'returns' it.
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Japan has seen record-high tax revenue for the past three years through fiscal 2022. Of the total, income tax revenue grew by around 3 trillion yen from fiscal 2020.
So why do we still have to pay the 2.1% 'Special reconstruction tax' for the 2011 earthquake until 2037?
This is supposed to be a special 'temporary' tax - so why not just reduce / do away with this?
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Evidence that he is planning to call an election in 5...4...3...
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Why? It is totally unnecessary.
It's like releasing a new computer with a paper notebook embedded into the monitor.
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I wonder how Fujii would get on if he tried his hand at chess—and likewise, if Magnus Carlson gave shogi a try.
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Kids are a lot more curious and willing to learn than people think, diluting it down to "kids lazy, only want phone and game" is such a one dimensional take lol. Maybe if schools promoted healthy and engaging hands-on learning that's actually motivating to them instead of just shoving useless information into their heads they'd be more willing to attend and participate.
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Goodness me, it took the government long enough to get their ducks in a row!
'Are we all out then? No traces? Is all the tatami back in place?
OK. Ahem. We plan to seek a court order to disband the Unification Church.'
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they could let the guy run against his main political opponent and let the people decide
The people DID decide, and your man tried to stage a coup.
That is literally why he is getting his mug shot done today.
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I'm saying that no one would die if a doctor and (husband/wife) had to take care of a dozen seniors. No bankruptcy. Just like how (untrained) children take care of their elderly parents with an occasional visit to the hospital or clinic.
If your logic is that anyone can basically take care of the elderly because untrained people regularly look after their own parents, then why not just put a few oldies in every office building around the country? I mean, the big companies could take dozens at a time, and the hundreds of employees could all be on a rota of care duties. I'm sure office Taro or Hana would love to get out of the office for a few hours to make a trip over to a clinic with their assigned oldies.
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Japan's prisons are very much like black holes -- little information about what happens inside ever leaks out. One of the few sources of prison stories is from those who have been released.
It's good to report on the general conditions inside prisons and the treatment of inmates etc., but it's not necessary to write specifically about this murdering scumbag.
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Under the pilot scheme, officers at some police headquarters will gather information on individuals deemed particularly dangerous during questioning or other investigative activities and pass the data on to public security officials, who will then assess their threat level.
Kinda sounds like policing 101 to me.
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Five years have passed since the introduction of the Japanese version of plea bargaining, but the procedure has been applied in only three cases.
It might have only been applied in three cases 'officially', but I've witnessed the public deep executive bow on dozens of occasions, which, let's face it, is the 'unofficial' plea bargain and has been thriving for decades.
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Somewhat 'modern system', please meet 'out-of-date infrastructure', 'even more out-of-date working environment', and 'under-skilled, underpaid, overworked workplace minions'.
What could possibly go wrong?
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The only good thing that can be done now for the abhorrence that is 'Johnnys' is for it to be forced to no longer exist.
Payouts to victims should bankrupt the company so it can no longer function. Anyone proven to have known about what was going on should be prosecuted.
It should not be allowed to just make a public apology and settle behind the scenes with shady non-disclosure agreements.
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Then for the love of God, stop voting for the LDP where nothing significant ever changes.
The LDP has been in power for almost ever, yet hasn't done anything noteworthy to address or support an aging society - an issue that I remember reading about at least 25 years ago.
It shouldn't be on the elderly to look after the elderly. Yet that is what we have - people working well beyond retirement age because either they can't live on their accrued pensions, or the industry they work in is severely understaffed and underskilled.
Whichever way you look at it, it's the failure of many iterations of this abhorrent LDP government.
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Because of course, it's all about you.
The sooner Japan removes the oyaji class from positions of power, the better for everyone.
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Let's do the time warp again.
It's kind of fitting, given the LDP's insistence on ultra-conservatism and policies stuck in the past.
Let's time-travel to any year in the last 40 years, and everything will look the same.
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Nationality Law, Article 11. A Japanese national shall lose Japanese nationality when he or she acquires a foreign nationality by his or her own choice.
Surely this is a positive for allowing dual nationality to remain with someone throughout their life.
One does not choose to be the child of parents from two different countries.
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Ironic, given that women are likely managing the majority of household budgets.
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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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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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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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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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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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No talk about the import of decent quality cheese?
Now that is a disgrace.
Bring back Liz Truss!
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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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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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