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Posted in: Japan weighs incentivizing childbirth by fully covering expenses See in context

As said above: work-life balance needs to be fixed and maternity/paternity more widely accepted as the norm (maybe make it law).

If you have private insurance with regular health insurance, costs are minimal, if not zero. Yes, all this is for those who can afford it, so making it free across the board is a decent step forward after the above is accomplished with it.

Sadly, this won't save the decline but may help some.

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Posted in: Japan passes revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for first time See in context

How about divorces where one of the parents is not a Japanese national? Does this apply?

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Posted in: Tom Brady's Netflix roast features lots of humor, reunion between Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick See in context

Great roast for the most part. Nice to see uncensored and unfiltered humour is back. All you sensitive people out there need to watch and see that all types of people can take a joke about anything. Nothing is taboo to joke about.

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Posted in: 'Mount Fuji convenience store' issues apology for bad tourist manners, adds multilingual signs See in context

Tourism is off the charts and not everyone is reaping the benefits of it. It takes measures like these from companies to try to quiet the locals who don't really want any tourists there. I get it. They are sick of all tourists, not only those from abroad (not the G-word some of you use here). The Japanese tourists are just as bad at all the major spots around Japan - especially all the suburbanites and big-city dwellers. They litter and have awful manners in public and on the road. Lots of xenophobia is being created as usual.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter negotiating guilty plea: New York Times See in context

No bookie would take that much of a IOU. Ohtani is guilty and I am sure the MLB don't want their golden boy going away. Baseball is a dying sport in the US. Mizuhara will tell the feds the real truth.

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Posted in: Ohtani says he never bet on sports; claims interpreter Mizuhara stole money, told lies See in context

It's all an image game now. Team Ippei all the way. Shohei knows exactly what happened and they must've bet on things together, or even solo. Bookies keep their records and there is no account of app use out of state. All seems sushi (fishy).

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Posted in: Ohtani's interpreter fired by Dodgers after allegations of illegal gambling, theft from star See in context

Going to a bookie is not easy, and then calling to place bets is so time-consuming. This whole thing is fishy. Are there transactions out of state on some of the betting apps? Did Ippei do it? The big thing here is it could be Shohei doing all the betting. I can't wait for the investigation.

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Posted in: More foreign students set to be eligible for Japan gov't scholarships See in context

It's hard for any foreign worker to move up in any government field or company, let alone make a decent wage unless you go the independent way. I'd say if you stay, make your own business after some experience in any field - otherwise, you are just wasting a lot of time and effort.

Also, getting a solid construction skill for home repair, maintenance, or building is a great way to secure a career. As this population gets less and less skilled workers, there are far more opportunities for employment that lasts.

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Posted in: Uber Japan partners with Kaga City in Ishikawa Prefecture to launch ridesharing services See in context

Uber will be priced as high as taxis, so as not to take business away from the dinosaurs.

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Posted in: 45-year-old man arrested for arson after argument with mother over breakfast See in context

Poor guy probably can't cook, he's down on his luck and stressed out. At least the mom could make him a nice breakfast! Maybe with a happy full belly, he'd be in a better mood to find a job.

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Posted in: Niseko in Hokkaido to introduce lodging tax of up to ¥2,000 a night See in context

I can see the local governments needing tax revenue with the population declining and fewer locals to pay for infrastructure. It seems like this is going to be the way for other areas of government spending, too. Bleed tourists (not only foreign) for a little money and cover your budget.

I feel bad about all these service taxes. As if the airport taxes weren't bad enough for those of us who need to travel out of here occasionally. Now, we get nailed when we want to go skiing, too. Ugh

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Posted in: Sailor Moon manhole covers to be installed in Tokyo at sites linked to anime/manga series See in context

Hey if the nerds bring in money to an area, then go for it. Looks better than a normal manhole cover, too.

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Posted in: What to stream this week: Usher, classic commercials and lots of puppies See in context

Why is this article here? It's about streaming in the States. Wouldn't it be helpful if you posted an article with where and how to stream in Japan?

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Posted in: Only 20% of public high schools in Japan have foreign student quotas See in context

As mentioned above, JSL classes are the best way to go. Growing up in Canada, we had ESL immersion programs at every level - and that was the 70s!

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Posted in: Japanese scientists create world's 1st mental images with AI tech See in context

We are doomed.

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Posted in: Man claiming to be 'a woman inside' arrested for entering female bath at resort See in context

Uh-oh. Slippery slope.

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Posted in: Japan to OK train fare hikes for holidays, weekends due to 'overtourism' concerns See in context

It's really sad. I've noticed that most locals in Inaka are pretty sick of foreign tourists. I hear it all the time. Taking up spaces in hotels, giant suitcases on trains, wandering around the streets, and not being able to speak English to them. It sounds nuts, but I hear the complaints. Just wait for ski season is what I told them. All I got as a reply was "ya-da-ne". The shine has worn off and Xenophobia has reared its ugly head yet again.

They really don't want the business and these garbage measures to raise train fares will do nothing. As many of you have already pointed out - you've just screwed the local population. Thanks gov!

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Posted in: Transport ministry inspects Bigmotor dealerships over alleged fraud See in context

There are lots of dodgy dealers and Big Motor is one of them. They took me for a lot with an A/C gas leak, and broken rear camera. I've never trusted a dealer since. I take my cars to a local guy that appreciates the work and cares about his customers. I recommend finding a local guy over the corporate douches.

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Posted in: What to stream this week: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,' Quavo, 'Reservation Dogs' and 'Mixtape' See in context

I wish there were a site to let us know which platform a lot of new shows would be in here, in Japan. HBO and Paramount + shows are loned out to a few different services here. And, we all know Netflix and Hulu aren't always the same as North America.

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Posted in: Convenience store clerk arrested for punching customer over receipt in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

Everyone has a bad day. Being a clerk in a convenience store is not easy with all the riffraff and annoyances coming in. I side with the clerk.

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Posted in: Aging Takahama nuclear reactor restarted after 12-year halt See in context

Finally some good news.

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Posted in: Americans finish with flourish as Canadian McIntosh wins second swimming gold See in context

"Americans finish with flourish as Canadian McIntosh wins second swimming gold",

This title makes it sound as though Canadians are Americans ... shouldn't it read North Americans?

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Posted in: 10 rescued after pleasure boat catches fire in Tokyo Bay See in context

Pleasure boat? Is that legal? ;^)

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Posted in: Japan 'left behind' as Women's World Cup glory becomes distant memory See in context

Not enough funding or interest in women's soccer here. There are leagues, but nothing with enough star power or talent to really garner up support. No support = no high wages. Japan will have to hope for a miracle to make best 8, and then pray that people will care about them at the grass-roots level long after this WC has passed. My guess is niether will happen.

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Posted in: Struggling Japanese dairy producers betting farm on new markets See in context

Good time to promote dairy in 40C weather. Yum!

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Posted in: Woman arrested after beating husband with wooden coat hanger See in context

The abuse on husbands is rampant in this country - not only physical. I always wondered why so many want to stay at the office or go drinking after work, perhaps have a mistress. There ain't no love at home.

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Posted in: Belarus deal to take in leader of Russian rebellion puts him in an even more repressive nation See in context

Why do I get the feeling this is all a ruse to distract the west and NATO? I get the feeling Prigozhin will end up doing something radical, and take the blame for Russia. Just sayin'

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Posted in: Mother, boyfriend who filmed themselves abusing her 3-year-old son before his death go on trial See in context

There is no place in this life for people like this. Remove them from this existence.

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Posted in: Record 18,709 people with dementia reported missing in Japan in 2022 See in context

Don't need a chip, just an Air Tag. Shocking stats about these poor people though. It's just plain negligence.

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Posted in: JBC says cannabis found in boxer Ioka's December doping test sample See in context

Couldn't agree more ... such a non-story! Grow up Japan.

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