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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

PROBLEM: “the students' ability to convey their thoughts”

As they struggle to do this in L1 why the big surprise that they can’t do this in L2?

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Posted in: Student in Tokyo arrested for giving illegal haircuts to thousands See in context

I wonder how many Japanese people are giving haircuts without being qualified and or having the correct license.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils plan to tackle birthrate crisis See in context

Education costs (especially higher education) is the main reason why people are not wanting to have kids. Stop the entrance exam madness with cram schools and universities milking as much as they can from the population.

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Posted in: How the practice of Nichiren Buddhism sustained Tina Turner for 50 years See in context

I’m guessing that Ralph H Craig III is a Soka Gakkai member.

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Posted in: Japan to lift most COVID-19 border controls from Saturday See in context

Live in Kansai; work in Kyoto. Don’t worry there are lots of foreign tourists already here.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing books says he just wanted to read but had no money See in context

I feel for the guy.

Library books are pretty grotty sometimes. You never know who’s had their hands on them before you. And there’s hardly any choice. I must’ve read Anne of Green Gables 30+ times since I’ve been in Japan.

Let’s hope that this incident prompts a more up to date library inventory up and down the country real soon!

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Posted in: Kishida outlines plans to tackle falling birthrate See in context

Scrap university entrance examinations and the parasitic juku industry and suddenly having kids is affordable.

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Posted in: Kishida's weeklong trip focuses on China-Taiwan tensions ahead of G7 summit See in context

Biden looks like he kinda knows what he’s doing when photographed with Kishida. Tweedle dee and Tweedle dum. What a pair!

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Posted in: Standing 3 steps apart on escalator lowers COVID risk: research See in context

This data was collected from Kyoto escalators where they stand on the left. Of course, if you stand on the right in cities such as London or Osaka infection rates are zero.

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Posted in: Winter bonuses at Japanese firms see sharpest increase in 40 years See in context

FYI University English teacher, non-tenure, yearly renewable contract (max 4 times); bonus ¥500,000 x2 yearly

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Posted in: Uber Eats delivery worker arrested for smearing curry on apartment door of customer who gave him low rating See in context

How not to curry favour with the customers!

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Posted in: Nearly 60% in Japan unaware of relaxed COVID-19 mask guidelines: survey See in context

If you need to wear a mask because you are immune compromised or elderly, or for whatever medical reason then go ahead. But unless I visit you in hospital, you won’t see me wearing a mask. In public, your life is YOUR responsibility not mine. Don’t force your health/life conditions on others. Your so nervous about venturing outside? Stay inside!

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Posted in: Nearly 60% in Japan unaware of relaxed COVID-19 mask guidelines: survey See in context

I only wear a mask in my workplace due the mask mandate there. But when I’m out of view from senior or administrative staff I immediately remove it. I also don’t wear a mask on the crowded commuter trains in the mornings and evenings.

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