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Posted in: Japan to require firms to expand support for employees with kids See in context

How about giving more to family by large reduced taxes and even more for 3 or above children ?

Otherwise money earned is given back anyway.

Anyway if parents don't want to take care of their children, it is because there is not given respect to that role. It should be lauded rather than the opposite where working hard (hahaha) until late is seen as standard practice.

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Posted in: Nagano police mark one year since two colleagues and two women were murdered See in context

When there is no doubt, while keep an absolute murderer living so long.

Judge and all the judicial system for that case are paid at the expense of the taxpayer for no reason.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Koike plans to run for third term: source See in context

Being 71, she is not old enough to stay politicians (irony).

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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Koike plans to run for third term: source See in context

Promote child-rearing ?

She has no child and did nothing for that purpose (giving 5000¥ so a pitiful 35$ per month per child). She has no clue.

What a clown !

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Posted in: Transport ministry reviews safety at JAL after spate of incidents See in context

CEO of JAL has no business (nor technical) knowledge since she was a flight attendant (air hostess) when starting working for JAL.

She explained herself that matter:


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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after her neck gets stuck in car window See in context

Parental negligence because not checking a 2 year old for 20 minutes would only be in your dreams, as a father of 3.

In my country (could not find elsewhere sorry), it is a legal obligation to have a safety anti-trapping function for automatic windows in cars and any accidental move on the control device will make window roll down, and that since at least 2010...

Also, why Japan gives so little importance about life saving reminders especially for little ones when the country sees disappearance of children (only 11,4% of population is between 0-15 years) is a mystery to me.

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Posted in: Record 19.1 million int'l passengers used Haneda airport in FY2023 See in context

Well done.

Wished the taxes wernlower and Haneda would expand.

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Posted in: Death penalty sought again in retrial of 88-year-old man acquitted of 1966 murders See in context

Blood stains ? What about DNA result ? The article does not say.

The answer is right under our feet

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Posted in: Japan ranks 3rd among top world travel destinations after U.S., Spain: report See in context

Japan relatively low in tourist service ?

I have been to dozens and dozens of countries and service is best in the world in Japan (outside slavery).

Has it changed since last November or is it just because I also know the customs and read/speak a bit Japanese ? If so, then let it be this way. I don't want Japan to become a Disney world, which I like but represents the USA and very money oriented.

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Posted in: Japanese firms offer highest pay hike in 32 years in spring wage talks See in context

Fax and additional working hours is not the solution for sure.

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Posted in: Experts say coral reef bleaching near record level globally because of 'crazy' ocean heat See in context

Hence it should not be political by forcing taxes (CO2) and wild ideas (survival of the species or else) into our throats.

The real actions is not done : punishing the polluters (fine or cleaning for littering hardly ever applied like in the past, with all the waste flowing to see), taking care of plants (giving building permits where it is already full of concrete again common sense), forgetting old techniques to have an adapted environment in cities (enough shade, light colours, enough plants, limitation to human density...), and list could go on, those being just the basics.

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Posted in: Japanese firms offer highest pay hike in 32 years in spring wage talks See in context

Not only the increase of just over 5% is minimal, but it is only the initial tally.

Wait until the inflation gets under control again.

Today, yen against dollar and euro is dropping as usual : (156.5/$ and 169.8/€).

Note that records will be broken easily and so there is still for some way to yen decrease. Not looking good objectively for the next monthsat least.

Moreover the Japanese workforce is diminishing with all possible women and old people working now. There is simply no possible additional fuel to the Japanese economy, relying on international business to bring back currencies which isn't enough to support the burden of interest rate of the debt...

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Posted in: Experts say coral reef bleaching near record level globally because of 'crazy' ocean heat See in context


I acknowledge climate change.

I am a scientist.

I don't like nature suffering but science has showed that life evolved sometimes fast sometimes slowly.

Please tell me how coral reef bleaching is going to hurt mankind and kill people at the end of the day.

I see humans as animals and part of nature.

You can't control nature fully especially on large scale.

What could reasonably be done outside technical progress by education OR euthanizing large part of human population ? I chose the first one and so it takes time to correct the path and such nature change is bound to happen more or less with our species taking over the Earth.

On the opposite, nature is never saying it's last word and nature has wonderful tricks like discovery of new species.

Also what can reasonably be done for corals protection ? Nothing.

For coral new development (new species, new locations...) ? Plenty

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Posted in: SDF officer denies shoplifting at drugstore, saying ‘I just forgot to pay’ See in context

If he was seen by cashier, why did he not go and yell at him as his job would require (except if running away) ?

A few years ago, I bought at Uniqlo a few items by putting the items inside the dedicated automated space which counts the price.

The machine did not count one item, without me and my mother in law knowing.

The security devices must have been triggered because we were leaving and a clerk lady ran after us (first time ever I saw that). But she did not call us thieves to start with. And all things explained, it was just a plain mistake surely from the machine.

I even got some % off the price since I was a tourist !

And yes it is easy to forget something for a moment if you are stressed.

It is so a pity that Japantoday could report the verbal statement but not the video one showing what happened...

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Posted in: World javelin champion Kitaguchi lays down marker in Tokyo See in context

I like Javelin, but especially in Japan, where do you practise it ??? You need a secured 100 meter open field all for yourself !

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Posted in: SoftBank Corp to help call center workers by 'softening' angry customer calls with AI See in context

Suppressing the way how a human expresses himself ?

Soon every human will have his AI butler that will call AI customer service.

I can tell you it won't be paradise and won't solve anything.

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Posted in: Locals in central Japan near Mount Fuji count on UFO craze for tourism See in context

Are the two ladies on the photo supposed to be aliens too ? Or are they supposed to have been impregnated by their alien friend ?

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

You are a real woman if you have kids, same with a man.

This is obvious because if you don't have any, there is no future. It is that simple.

It does not mean one cannot bring all other values we know into it but this is secondary to the perpetuation of our species (DNA).

Is it gross to say Japanese will die, as a civilisation, if they don't reproduce ?

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Posted in: French forces smash roadblocks in bid to clear key New Caledonia road See in context

French government has been so lax those last years. Any civil war could happen even in France, like in Lebanon because non cultural "French of paper" only are taking over, with in addition millions of illegal immigrants (yes millions).

Kanaks are violent, clanic and uncivilized by definition

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Posted in: Attacking birth control pills, U.S. influencers push misinformation See in context

I don't know but my wife took monthly birth control pills for a few months and realized it was doing no good to hear (and less harmful ones were much pricier).

Then we did it the natural way and condoms with hardly no issue : 3 wished kids exactly when we wanted and no abortion. We are not like rabbits but still good sex over some 15 years.

So my suggestion is to avoid the pill and be respectful of women.

Medication has always side effects, and shall not be considered outside to cure you, not just bring comfort.

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Posted in: Japan’s wedding gift etiquette rule too expensive, young people in survey say See in context

I assume Self Defense Force.

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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

Guess what, when you have so few children, one or none, and social distance is high because you cared about work only, nothing surprising.

My grandparents died not "alone".

And my parents will not die alone.

It is all about love and friendship you gave before.

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in March for record 24th month See in context

Funny the downviting does not like hearing the truth. I was not judging anyone but stating the obvious.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after bodies of 2 infants found in cardboard box in Nagoya apartment See in context

Sad reality.


Give babies and life in general its blessed meaning again, for Japan's sake.

Such stories is one of too many although of course reasons about their fate is unknown to this date.

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Posted in: Japan's military needs more women, but it's still failing on harassment See in context

More women so they don't stay at home ?

Why the more women ? Men like women decide to join or not.

There is no point in charming women to enroll in the military.

Moreover, more women in the military, less children for sure. It is a demanding job.

A drop in demography is the reason why they are looking by all means to get more military personnel.

It won't make any difference and rather the opposite effect in the long term.

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Posted in: More Japanese workers turning to job resignation services See in context

How weak can you be to use such resignation services ?

... or who had their resignation refused when going through other firms.

I always compare some Japanese work environments/companies as slavery.

Problem is many Japanese have not passed the stage of their life to be 'adults", ie fully in charge of their life.

I remember my Japanese boss once told that he felt every worker under his command is incompetent and if could fire everyone he would. I was laughing heavily within my mind, viewing that situation. I did not care to reply to him because I was already leaving the company under good expatriate conditions.

Japanese companies run the old way will disintegrate, not enough cannon fodder coming like in the old days before the bubble.

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Posted in: 77% of Japan's COVID-19 oral drugs set to be destroyed: estimate See in context

That money was not a loss for some.

We are talking of the equivalent of billions of dollars !

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Posted in: Japan city councilor quits over harassment of Australian mayor's daughter See in context

What a storm !

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers urge proper BOJ response to weak yen See in context

Japanese is doomed because national consumption is dropping and cannot be countered by tourists consumption.

Why ? Population rate decrease.

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in March for record 24th month See in context

Yen still sinking so expect no better before long

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