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Posted in: How to get an address, bank account and phone number to rent an apartment in Japan See in context

The above information is mostly correct, however many of the banks will not open a bank account for foreigners who haven't been living in Japan for more than 6 months. The alternative to this problem is to obtain a letter of confirmation of employment from your employer (in Japanese), but this is not always acceptable to some banks or branch managers. If you are a student who is not working, then you have no choice but to wait 6 months.

On top of this, several banks insist on a name seal. Check with the bank prior to making one.

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Posted in: World Cup captains want to wear rainbow armbands in Qatar See in context

I'm not against LGBT'S but I am against organisations who feel the need to force players to wear such logos, especially when it's against some players' religious beliefs or their personal beliefs. Everyone has the right to free choice and shouldn't be forced to comply with such requests. Why do organisations have to get involved in such social matters? If they pursue this, then they need to promote other rights. Why not show support for black peoples' rights, women's rights, men's rights, children's rights, parent's rights, wives' rights, husband's rights, pets' rights, and much more ridiculous campaigns. The whole thing is just not necessary as it was proven recently in Australia.

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Posted in: Australia writes to World Rugby over refereeing concerns See in context

It's a laugh that Nigel Owens agrees that it was time-wasting. He was criticized eventually for wasting time himself for so many years. Nigel Owens was infamous for calling scrums with a few minutes to go on the clock, when he would call 4 or 5 resets on purpose until the hooter sounded. The next pack down would result in a penalty to the winning team so they could kick the ball out to end the game. It was a shame that it took coaches 3 to 4 years to realize his tactics so he wouldn't have to spend more energy chasing the play. Now, he has the hide to say that the referee was right. I totally disagree that in such a major event, a referee would even consider such a controversial decision that not only affected the outcome of the Bledisoe Cup, but the leading table on the rugby championships. I hope never to see Raynal referee a top tier international match again until he is fully re-trained. As well, just for the Kiwi idiots who are one-eyed, there have been many times the All Blacks have gotten away with the same tactics. If the shoe was on the other foot, you would be complaining just as much as us Aussies.

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Posted in: Tropicana’s Japanese licensee in hot juice for cartons that boast '100% Melon Taste' See in context

It's amazing how Japan gets away with a lot of dis-information in their marketing ploys. Most of the adverts would be crucified in Australia (I'm sure other countries are just as strict). The 100% juice farce has been going on since I lived in Japan for more than 30 years. But the most disturbing advertising ploys are the restaurants that serve meals that look nothing like the adverts, especially when it comes to proportional sizes.

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Posted in: Capsule hotel inside Narita Airport is like a futuristic spaceship See in context

That's okay for terminal 2, but they have nothing for terminal 1 making it most inconvenient. I spent 9 hours waiting for my player to go through the PCR testing procedure and customs. We missed the last train, bus, and taxi from terminal 1. Along with 500 other passengers, we ended up sleeping on the floor inside the terminal. It was the first day they allowed student visa holders to enter the country but their system broke down and they could only process one passenger at a time. They received no food or drinks and no authorities arranged anything for people stranded in the terminal. The media weren't notified, so the airport got away with an embarrassing incident.

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

According to the law, regardless who makes the mistake, the receiver of the money is not entitled to it. He must pay the money back, even if he spends it or invests it, he must pay the entire funds back. I used to work in a Japanese bank and have seen this incident happen in Japan once.

I just hope they release his name and photo so his whole life can be destroyed. I'm not impressed when someone acts like this guy did.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya refused to let 'foreign' student attend recruitment event See in context

Many of the comments are missing an important part of the problem. That is, it's going to be difficult to prove to the Immigration Department that only a foreign graduate-student can fill any particular position in a chain restaurant business, so arranging a visa for a foreign student will be futile and a waste of the company's time.

The main issue is the information the student provided that made a company assume the person applying is a foreigner. Both parties could be at fault; one for not clearly supplying proper information, the other for not asking the obvious question if there was enough doubt.

The information in this story is not enough for the above comments to be justified, which means most of you have committed the same mistake you claim the company has done and "assumed" the worst.

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Posted in: World must work together to tackle plastic ocean threat: WWF See in context

I can't understand why this group is asking the whole world to deal with a problem that is created by certain countries (definitely not the majority of countries in the world). Why don't they just target those countries responsible and have them stop polluting the oceans full stop. Then we don't need to spend billions of dollars cleaning up the problem when it can be stopped at the source for a lot less. Like many of these so-called environmental groups, it's all about justifying their salaries. Simple solution for a simple problem. I live for the day when we can see people working for environmental groups that actually use their brains to save the earth.

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Posted in: Scotland defeat Wallabies 15-13 See in context

What a way to end a referee career, with possibly the worst performance ever. Romain Poite made so many bad decisions, for both sides, it completely ruined the game. The sin binning was not as bad a decision as the one he gave against the Australians when they were attacking the Scot's goal line in the first half. He called the Australian attacker as continuing moving forward after being tackled but the video showed the tackled player rolling backward once to put the ball down, no movement forward at all. The Australians were in a prime position to score. It was unbelievable and only one of many decisions this referee made that had us all in disbelief. I am not a fan of the French referees, I really hope the World Rugby Org. do something to improve the quality of referees in France, especially if they are going to continue to be used in Test matches. Enough is enough and we have had to endure these well-below-par referees from France for decades. These games are just way too important to leave a "hack" referee in charge, and it is not okay to say that both sides are subject to this level of refereeing. The players, coaching staff, and fans deserve better.

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Posted in: Tokyo counts cost of $15 billion pandemic Olympics See in context

What a pathetic attempt this article is making of criticizing the Japanese government without committing to actually criticizing them in clear words.

The media jumped on the bandwagon when there were a few ratbags protesting the games to be cancelled, but the same media were only too happy to report how great the events were each day. Now, they are going to stir up trouble over the actual losses made by the games for their own gains. The media today have no scruples.

None of the media would report the huge difference of cancelling the games as opposed to going ahead with the games on a restricted basis. For those without a clue, the Japanese government would have faced a much larger bill to cancel the games (sponsorship money, tv right fees, cancellation fees, law suits, etc). A conservative estimate (not including law suits) would be approx. JPY160,000 per tax payer. I was definitely not prepared to pay this out of my own pocket.

Be careful, check the facts before you trust the media. They are only keen to publish the information they want you to know.

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Posted in: Major Japanese newspaper Asahi calls for Olympic cancelation See in context

It's so easy to demand cancellation of the Olympics. But it's not so easy to do. Who's going to pay back the billions of dollars to the sponsors? Who's going to bear the brunt of lawsuits for loss of revenue from canceling the games? What explanation is acceptable for all those athletes that have worked many years to get to this point in their careers?

People are quick to jump on the bandwagon but I bet the very same people will be glued to their TV sets cheering on their compatriots.

Just get the games done and over with, so we can put all this behind us, and get on with our lives.

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Posted in: Is it rude to eat when your food arrives first at a restaurant? See in context

In foreign countries, waiting for everyone's food to be placed in front of them at the table was a religious matter of many years ago. The people would pray together once all the food was delivered. Of course, these days, not many families pray before their meals. However, the restaurants overseas still try to bring the foods to the table at the same time.

In Japan, there is no set rules, but many Japanese people prefer to eat their meals while it is still piping hot, so fellow diners will kindly request each other to start eating instead of waiting for their own food to be delivered. I have seen in some Japanese schools where they all say "itadakimasu" together before they start eating the school lunch.

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Posted in: Minister fends off criticism that decision to suspend travel subsidy campaign came too late See in context

I hope everyone living in Japan voices their anger, not only to the Japanese government, but to the selfish business leaders who pressured the politicians into starting the Go To Travel and Go To Eat campaigns.

My respect for the Japanese government has been lost. I'm very disappointed.

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Posted in: U.S., China to each allow 4 weekly flights for airlines; Delta to fly next week See in context

How unbelievably stupid. Another outbreak in Beijing has recently been detected and the U.S. is stupid to allow such risks of further spreading the virus. This will make U.S.A. just as responsible as China if the virus spreads further as a result.

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Posted in: Kiwis bristle as beloved haka cops Rugby World Cup flak See in context

The haka is an unfair advantage, definitely giving the All Blacks are big chance to psyche themselves up in front of the opposition.

However, I'm guessing that most coaches don't know the actual circumstances in regards to the approval of the on-field haka. Any coach has the right to refuse the haka prior to a test match in accordance with World Rugby regulations. They can ask the referee to start play without the performance of the haka prior to the players entering the field. The referee then informs the teams wishing to perform the haka of the refusal. It's as simple as that.

If I was the coach of an opposing team facing the haka, I would definitely refuse the performance, regardless which country we're in. Any act to take down the mood of the All Blacks would definitely be a bonus to an opposing team.

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Posted in: Ex-captive Japanese journalist denied passport by gov't See in context

It should be a condition that he pays back the costs spent by the Japanese government (and other governments) to get him back to Japan from Syria. As well, "sensei258's" suggestion should be another condition before issuing a passport. Perhaps he'll think again before ignoring the government's warnings.

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Posted in: Vaccine doubts spread like disease, must be taken offline: vaccine chief See in context

Vaccinations are important but there are circumstances of real risks to individuals. The lack of information and warnings to people is the problem here. I agree that vaccinations are necessary, but doctors need to advise each patient (or their guardian) about what to do or what not to do immediately after shots are administered.

My son suffered an attack from a virus that left him partially blind in his left eye. He was 15 yrs old at the time and needed one more vaccination before attending school overseas. No-one at the hospitals could find the virus or the cause of the virus until one particular doctor mentioned that he has seen a case or two of viruses attacking babies shortly after a vaccination. Only then we realised what had happened.

Had we have been told that we should look out for anything strange occurring with my son's body over the one week period after the vaccination, we might have been able to cure him of the damage.

The point is, medical organisations need to research ways to prevent such problems in the near future, and provide enough information of the do's and don'ts for parents who are having their children vaccinated. Perhaps then and only then, will more people feel safer about vaccinations.

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Posted in: Reckless bicycle riding endangers lives See in context

You also forgot to mention that a recent law now requires that all cyclists ride on the same side of the road as cars. That law was brought into effect more than 2 years ago from memory, however we still see cyclists riding on the opposite side of the roads into on-coming traffic.

I have the same amazement as kniknaknokkaer and cringe every time I see a kid race around a corner or come out of a small laneway at speeds that no-one could fathom.

I've been told that the kids are taught at school how to ride bikes in Japan by the police. I don't think the lesson has much affect because many of the kids still ride their bikes dangerously in Japan. I would prefer to use shock tactics when teaching the kids how to ride safely in Japan. A visit from people who are crippled from bike accidents would most likely have a lot of sway.

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Posted in: Olympic squeeze: Fingers continue to creep toward the panic button See in context

I feel that despite the Government's efforts, many businesses are ignoring the chance to take advantage of these short periods of potential business growth. I know of some logistic companies that have no plans to address possible sudden hikes in demand for delivery of foodstuffs. It's not so easy to increase trucks drivers for such a short period of time either. Other suppliers for the restaurant industry are also ignoring the potential increase for demand of their products. In Sydney during the Olympics, many restaurants ran out of food way before closing times, leaving diners stranded in lines outside waiting for nothing. I think the same mistake will happen here in Japan during the World Cup Rugby, but owners of restaurants may learn from this mistake in time for the Olympics in 2020. Will restaurants have enough knives, forks, and spoons to cater for non-chopstick users? Will the convenience stores be able to stock up regularly?

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Posted in: Japanese travelers avoiding Kyoto as number of foreign visitors continues to grow See in context

There is no explanation or reasons given for the drop in numbers. I'd like to see what the major reason for avoiding Kyoto would be. Are the Japanese travellers heading overseas in preference to domestic travel? Are they keen to visit other places in Japan? Are they avoiding the Chinese crowds?

One thing is for sure, there is a travel cycle and I've seen the domestic and international travel industries turn around when there are major news reports of natural disasters, terror attacks, etc. in my long presence here in Japan. The numbers will turn around eventually.

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Posted in: Japan suspends imports of heat-treated pork from China after African Swine Fever outbreak See in context

Most of the food from China that is imported by distributors goes to restaurants. Whilst supermarkets are required by law to state the origin of foods on their labels, restaurants are not required to do so. How many people would eat at a restaurant if they knew the food they were using in their cooking was imported from China? Isn't it time the law was extended to restaurants too?

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Posted in: A foolproof way to grill sausages and onions together See in context

I can't believe this article. How ridiculous!!! Cooking onions and sausages are probably the easiest of foods to cook, whether it is on a grill or in a frypan. Test Kitchen really needs to get a life and stop trying to insult the intelligence of the readers.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

I find it unbelievable that the Government doesn't make the sponsors or the companies who falsely allow foreigners to register as a resident to be liable for the difference in fake claims.

This will certainly stop companies and local residents from assisting such false claims. It's quite simple and I'm sure acceptable to the community.

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