I manufacture my products in Japan with materials bought from outside Japan so my costs have risen three-fold: 1. higher price of the materials/supplies themselves, 2. higher shipping cost 3. weak Yen
I'm in Japan so I sell in Yen, wherever the buyer is and whatever they use as their payment currency. "Repatriating foreign profits" means absolutely nothing to me and I'm sure that's the same for most small businesses based in Japan.
Now, in theory, my products might be a little cheaper at the moment for foreign buyers but as Japan Post is making sending things (i.e. orders) abroad nearly impossible that small window of opportunity is ramining firmy shut.
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Posted in: Many countries require passengers from overseas to take PCR tests for the coronavirus upon arrival at airports, even though they have taken one three days before their departure? Do you think PCR tests upon arrival should be abolished? See in context
While I basically think re-testing is not a bad idea it is a bad indea in the case of Japan as it's contributing to keeping its borders closed. There just doesn't seem to be the testing capacity to cope with arrivals if borders were opened. And as my main complaint is that Japan doesn't open the borders (to foreigners) I'd accept scrapping the test upon landing.
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BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has said a weak yen is positive for the economy.
Great, but not for me. I buy most of my supples from outside of Japan (not by choice but by necessity - they're just not made in Japan) and paid for in Pound, Dollar or Euro but my products are sold in Yen.
It does make my products cheaper for overseas cunstomers but with ca. 95% of the world cut off from postal air mail delivery by Japan Post that's not helping at all.
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Great, even more plastic waste!
Just a piece of information: drink cartons like those for milk aren't just paper - the drink wouldn't stay fresh very long and the carton would start leaking as well.
They are a hybrid material of paper, plastic and in some cases aluminium which all need to be separated in order to recycle them and as such they can't be just processed along the plain paper. You should check with your local recycling collection if they accept those together with regular cardboard/paper recycling...
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The U.N. is a corrupt joke much like The WHO & UNICEF all full of corrupt people filling their pockets running scams & molesting children.
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It's now the end of August and there is still no air mail to the US, Australia and many other countries.
By now it's unacceptable that no other solution has been found to ensure air transport. Covid19 will not disappear anytime soon - how are companies who rely on air mail supposed to operate? Big companies who aren't affected as they mostly use private courier and cargo companies and have good deals with them. It's the small manufacturers and vendors who get hit disproportionately not only compared to the big companies, but also compared to their international competitors. Other countries' postal services can send to the USA, why not Japan? Also, the USPS can send to Japan as well!
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"We are purely paying respects to our war dead, like every other country around the world."
No, most definitely not. Imagine the outrage if something like that happened in Germany for instance.
Remembering the war and the war dead? Absolutely. But including war criminals and warmongers, but no thought about all the other non-Japanese victims of the war? No thank you.
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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government should impose another state of emergency for all of Japan to try and contain the coronavirus, and if so, how should it be different from the last one that ended on May 25? See in context
It doesn't really matter how you call it. We won't have the kind of "lockdown" as other countries had because of the legal situation. And I don't think a full "lockdown" would be helpful either. It might again flatten the curve somewhat but current hospitalisation and mortality numbers indicate that is not really needed (for now) and could cause much more harm in other ways.
What is needed are:
mandatory mask wearing
much stricter policing of distance rules
control of late night establishmentsmore advice and practical guidance to businesses on how they can improve and update their work practices
Most importantly: do all this with conviction, decisiveness and, if necessary, force of the law to drive it home.
Will that happen? I doubt it :)
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Everyone has the right to protest, but it's sad that, perhaps in this country in particular, the meaning of the Olympic Spirit seems to have been lost on people.
I'm not a sporting fan, I don't support any kind of sports, just not interested.
But the Olympics always draw me in hugely, I love the spirit of it, the coming together, even just of minds around the world. The original idea of actual peace around the world during the time of the Olympics may no longer actually hold, but I think the spirit still means something. People from around the world watching the same thing. world leaders coming together, not for a political summit but to watch a sporting event together has some power. it can bring healing and a bit of mutual understanding.
Especially in times like this ripe with nationalism, populism, fear etc. a coming together in peace is more needed than ever. Of course, if the virus is not under control by then it has to be canned, there's no other way. But as long as there's a chance to hold the Olympics in some form or another it should go ahead. it's worth the expense beyond the pure economic value.
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Music, as well as other arts and culture are essential, they belong to life. We are human beings, not robots. Music soothes the soul, eases tensions, in particular in tough times as these.
Music has already been facing tough times - digital media has brought down the record industry and property development has been threatening small, grass-roots musiv venues. With both lines of traditional income revenue now severed the existence of the art from joined with an industry full of very highly talented and skilled people is under thread.
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"juvenile reformatory", "juvenile reformatory"
That sounds more like North Korea to me....Scary! Almost worse than the stabbing itself...
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TP repeatedly said that the "Southern Accents" phase with its confederate symbols was a mistake and he regretted it.
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I've heard it being reported before that the lack of school meals has reduced demand for produce. This baffles me though - does this mean that those children aren't getting any meals at home instead?? At the same rate that school meal producers lost business sales quantities in grocery stores and supermarkets as well as their suppliers should have gone up.
If that really wasn't the case then this should be taken as a serious warning sign about poverty...
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People seem to be forgetting that it's not all about tourism. International travel also means business travel (there are things you can't do with Zoom and WhatsApp) and, most importantly for me, international mail.
I really hope that at least for international mail there will be some sort of solution. I can't operate my business without it and there are thousands and thousands of similar small businesses who suffer in the same way.
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About time, been wondering about that exact idea for weeks. I hope this will finally help clear the mail backlog and enable us sending mail again. Japan Post has currently a list of nearly 200 countries it doesn't accept mail for.
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