He is clearly a serial killer in the making. He can try to justify it as assisted suicide but it's plain murder. Furthermore, strangling is a horrible way to go. This guy is sick for preying on these people to live out his fantasies.
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more than 70 percent are away for less than a fortnight
Couldn't just say 2 weeks?
There are many things that need to change. Valuing long hours over actual production. While companies are bad for their practices the government should equally share the blame. There are many benefits that people don't know about in Japan. It is extremely difficult to access that information even in Japanese and neither the government nor companies make people aware of their rights.
Finally, when people actually exercise those rights, they are punished. Even when the punishment is illegal, the government doesn't make things easy by creating a system that makes fighting these injustices so difficult. It took over 2 years for his case to be heard. This entire time he's racked up legal fees that would eat away at most of any compensation he receives.
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Trump is an idiot and is only making the case against him easier. These consistent derailments are actually impeachable offenses and he is only assisting them in removing him from office.
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They are in effect private contractors, and as such, should be like anyone else here who owns their own business, be responsible for their own insurance and pension payments.
Most people are not "freelancers" by choice. It is what the system allows them. An example is my wife's sister. She has worked at Lexus for over 2 years. Full time. But she is considered a freelancer and has been on 3 month contracts. Her title changes continuously but her job functions remain the same. Because of her contract, she isn't entitled to benefits. Also, because her title keeps changing, she isn't entitled to be a full time employee after 3 years of working at the same company because of position changes.
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While it's nice to see that they are trying to perfect their 5G network before releasing it to the public, unlike the US and South Korea (South Korea's 5G is by far the best in the world), I'm seriously worried about how much they will charge us for using 5G. Verizon is currently charging $10 and South Korean companies were forced by the Government to top the price at $7 per month. Japan usually doesn't limit their companies so I'm worried how much they will charge us.
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This is what happens when Apple stops producing their own screens and decides to outsource their entire phone, computer, and other screen production to Samsung.
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In 2017 Japan cut corporate tax rates and reduces their total tax burden by as high as 25% in order for them to raise income levels and help spur the economy. The result: lower income, higher taxes that greatly affect those with the least amount of income, and record savings numbers for Japanese companies.
Great job Abe.
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The economist speaking common sense again. Campaign season and the trade war with China will automatically equal slow down.
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In other words. Trump pulled out of the TPP because Obama's name was on it and essentially placed us in a much worst deal. Even for the areas that now see the levels equalized with that of the TPP ultimately lost out because they potentially would have made more during the 3 years Trump has been in office. This entire charade has been a huge waste of time and only succeeded in burning a hole in people's pocket.
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The tax hike just went into effect. People will take some time to adjust but spending will definitely continue to decrease.
Look at the monthly train pass increases. Its ridiculous. I was forced to buy a 6 month in September because of the price difference in October. Over ¥10,000 difference.
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They wouldn't risk diverting medicines away from Japan. While Japan is a small market, it is still one if the largest consumers of medication. So they are trying to optimize their bottom line. They wouldn't abandon that much money.
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The major reason is that all these low cost carriers tried to take action away from the high priced carriers. The problem with that is that the high cost carriers responded by lowering prices and still offering better services at a slightly higher price.
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How they educate children in Japan are a bit different. Where in my home country (America), we are taught not to trust strangers, not to speak to them, and don't go anywhere with them. However, in Japan, according to my wife, many are taught that someone might need help and Japanese are inherently good people. So when a stranger calls out to you, you think that person might need help or it's a trusting person because Japanese people don't lie.
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why they call it gift?
Bribes have such a bad meaning and would anger too many people over the fact that the company won't be prosecuted. If you call it gifts, then it doesn't sound as serious and the government can wash their hands clean of the situation.
Aalso, I'm pretty sure that this "gift" bribes are a fundamental part of the company culture and every branch takes part in it.
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By restricting and limiting the rights of any one group of people automatically empowers the government to do the same to all people.
Ffurthermore, who does the legalization of same sex marriage actually harm? It's not like these couples don't exist in society. Allowing them to get married would only help the economy. When you restrict their rights, they will leave to find a place where they are accepted.
USA saw this back when Canada first legalized same sex marriage. This is ultimately what led to some states passing laws on same sex marriages.
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Your are 100% correct. The Olympics during prime festival season sounds like a disaster. I'm sure Japan is thinking that it is the perfect time to showcase Japanese culture. But the already horrible movement situation with now an extra 2 million people sound like a disaster.
The best two I can think of is moving the event date or switching everything to indoor arenas.
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Teachers are over-worked, under-paid and always facing a lot of public scrutiny from parents who expect too much in some areas, and far too little in others. From above they also get additional duties but the old duties remain the same. They can't really drink anymore because of zero tolerance drinking and driving. And they cannot really smoke anymore because they are not allowed to smoke during school hours and everyone knows you don't just wait 9 hours for your next cigarette. Casual dating causes scandals because the whole town knows who they are wherever they go. And a million other things off the table. Snapping has never been easier.
I can agree with you on some fronts. Teachers here are drastically overworked. It's probably the hardest working profession in Japan. However, that isn't an excuse for dehumanizing, humiliating, and belittling your coworkers. Also, I don't know where you live (I would love to live there), but in the Kansai area regularly see teachers smoking just outside the school gates. When I worked part time as an ALT 2 days per week, the teachers popped open beers in the teachers room as soon as it turned 17:00. Because I know a lot of teachers in the organization I am a member of, their biggest gripe seems to be they are not allowed to have a dating life because they have to worry about if students and parents see them with a partner. That is ridiculous.
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WeWork was successful because the economy was still working towards normalizing and people couldn't really find stable work. So many individuals were taking odd jobs and a lot of startups were coming into place. The WeWork model was successful for that moment. It was never sustainable in the long run. It was mixing long term costs (buildings) with short spurt gains (office space when people needed it). So no one sees it as a viable long term thing.
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@Yubaru said it best. This isn't bullying. This is clearly assault. Bullying is a top down thing. We can't fix the child bullying issue as well as suicide unless we start addressing it from the top as well.
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Took revenge a bit too far. Now it just becomes wasted time.
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Agreed. Nothing like a good 10lbs to clog a toilet properly.
Now I’m going to be extra concerned when I encounter a clogged public toilet.
Really? Every clogged toilet will now worry you?
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In Japan, more than three million people are estimated to be working as freelancers
They use that term too freely in Japan. Freelancers are traditionally individuals with marketable skills that decide offer their services to a company on their own terms. Just because you take a job as a delivery driver and listed as an independent contractor for the company doesn't make you a freelancer. The company simply is skating over having to provide proper benefits to employees.
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Pardons are something that happens in many countries. Almost every country does this. Times change and people pay costs. Some crimes are seen more lenient today than they were back then.
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Good luck with that. Japanese labor unions hardly have power. Foreign labor unions will have even less power.
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This is what I understand from my weekly visits to Korea. Many Koreans I know seem to believe Japan isn't safe for them and most of the Japanese I know seem to believe Korea isn't safe for them. The small extremist on both sides seem to be receiving the largest amount of attention.
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This is the most common sense article ever. "My biggest trade partner is starting to ask for too much so I may have to make a better trade relationship with my second biggest trade partner."
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Want to know what else will make the economy look worst? A tax hike that makes most unaffordable things even more unaffordable as well as general inflation and raising prices all while income is either dropping or remaining stagnant.
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Locking a device for the first 100 days won't change anything. There are alternatives ways to unlock devices. In the US all phones come carrier locked; however, if an unlock is requested, then the companies must comply within 5 business days. South Korea doesn't allow carrier locks on devices.
The mobile services here are outdated. They still charge for minutes and texting. This makes no sense as most people utilize 3rd party apps that bypass things like that.
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Don't judge them. They are doing their part to repopulate Japan.
The tax increase is ridiculous and unjustified. Most things in Japan are unaffordable by basic people and this tax increase furthers that when you factor in that corporations had their taxes reduced as well as those among the top 1%.
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