Come to think of it, I think it was resins as Nadrew mentioned above
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With dental not covered with national health insurance in Canada, one of the first things I did when I came to Japan 20 years ago, was to have all my metal replaced with ceramics and composites.
All my metal is gone now. It cost me roughly ¥1000 per tooth give or take.
Obviously, metal is an option here in Japan but it certainly isn’t the only one. there are plenty of options here.
Some people have some funny ideas about what they “think” Japan is like…
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Regards, he will eventually stand before his maker and will be judged appropriately
we all will
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I was thinking of typing something similarly along those lines but you bet me to it
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Wait a minute, if I’m vaccinated, I get to see pandas????
maybe I had the wrong stance all along…
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The only way I’m going to be concerned or convinced that this is anywhere is close to being out of control is by seeing skyrocketing severe symptoms and deaths and their demographics and stats showing me that healthy young people are dying and being hospitalized. Seeing stats of people being infected is meaningless if there’s no danger.
Alas, this means I’m never going to be convinced because that information will never be shown.
I suspect if we were shown the stats of the current LOW number of severe cases and deaths it will be mixed with people who died “with” and not “from” along with incredibly unhealthy people who were very susceptible to infection.
can you imagine the lawsuits that would follow if what I’m saying is true??? that fact alone would guarantee that the truth would never come to light.
of course that is just pure speculation
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truth be told, out of pure courtesy I put my sheer meaningless mask on if I go inside a convenience store or the train etc. It’s not for my own sake.
but when walking outside… come on, that’s pure lunacy. I will only extend that courtesy to a point.
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what’s weird is that I’m the only one in my family who hasn’t gotten covid (all have recovered within a few days) and I’m not even vaxxed. Nor do I wear a mask when walking outside…
however I can’t even remember having the flu in the last 15 years (which I also have never gotten a shot for)
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So if yesterday’s numbers were artificially low does that mean your 90% increase today is artificially high?
I gave you a thumbs up for the comedy of it btw
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That is exactly why and a perfect example I don’t miss Canada even a little bit
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my adult children never had any major issues growing up in Japan. No bullying, no forced hair dying etc. However, they did have the chance to live overseas in Canada for a couple of years so that have a basis of compassion.
if you ask me about specific things like being forced to dye hair, I would say that’s quite silly and unacceptable. A practice that must be stopped. it is honestly the first time I’ve ever heard of that. That doesn’t mean I agree with it… it simply means I never heard of that before.
however, other things such as having to wear uniform, white shoelaces, landoseru etc, i’m all for that and don’t see any problems with it. I think little things like that (and 1000 more little things) that add up to make Japan what it is and why I like living here.
Do I think Japan is the perfect utopian society? nope… I could criticize Japan until the cows came home if I wanted. But I do think it’s a way better place to live than where I came from.
I guess I’m just one of those “The glass is half full” kind of guys. And I’m think I’m better off for having that kind of attitude mentally.
I feel sorry for the people who go around hating where or how they live. What a depressing life they must have having something like that in the back of their mind eating away at them.
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no, been here 22 years now. As I have said, I’ve never encountered this while I lived here.
twice a year eh? Sounds very serious… I must be living under a rock ;)
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this article makes it sound like this is a nationwide problem. I never even heard of kids having to dye their hair if it was naturally brown before. Both of my brown haired children went through the entire school system and are in University now and it was never an issue. I suspect the dying of hair to be a rare rule and not the norm. If there’s one thing I learned about the media is that they take something, blow it out of proportion and make it sound like a bigger issue than it actually is.
Japan is the sum of all of its parts (the good and the bad) and that sum is the reason why I chose to live here for more than 20 years now.
Life isn’t perfect here but it’s a hell of a lot better than many other countries. That includes my home country of Canada. I am truly glad that my children were raised here rather than there.
I think going around and selfishly stamping our feet, demanding change without any thought would have a lot of undesirable and unforeseen consequences.
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They should never instigate Taiwan to go independent and purposely provoke China to start a war. Never ever..
Taiwan is already an independent country the last time I checked…
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Meetings with tenants usually go through the real estate agent. When a potential tenant has been chosen by them, they are usually brought here to meet us by the real estate agent who also attends the meeting. There is typical speech is usually given regarding responsibilities etc.
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It has zero to do with what country they come from or what race they are. It has a lot to do with the culture and the tenants lack of knowledge about the country they are moving to.
in fact, there’s a certain age demographic within the group I’m talking about that I would happily rent to.
with multiple tenants applying, there’s more than enough “safer” potential tenants to choose from. In the beginning, I went out of my way to give foreigners a break. I got burned by a particular group 3 times in a row. That particular demographic has now been moved to the bottom of the list.
it’s a myth that landlords get multiple months of deposit. We get one month. The real estate agent takes one month I believe
perhaps it varies from real estate agent to real estate agent
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our decision was based on behavior and total lack of respect of the property, three times in a row. Totally changeable characteristics.
it’s not black and white.
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as I had mentioned, we gave it multiple chances. In fact, I went out of my way to when doing so.
thousands of dollars isn’t chump change unfortunately. especially when we are already struggling financially and have two boys in University
we most certainly wouldn’t discriminate against sexuality etc.
my point is the issue itself isn’t as black-and-white as everyone thinks
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As a building owner who rents out, I can say oyattosa is absolutely correct ultimately.
that being said, there is a particular foreigner demographic (not specifically mentioned in this article) that we’ve been burned by time and time again, costing us thousands of dollars each time. We chose not to be burned again.
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I wonder if there’s any correlation between the lack of general critical thinking skills in the last decade and and the lack of originality/creativity in the movie industry in the same period of time.
And both seem to be deteriorating even more quickly in the last couple of years
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If wild game meat were marketed to the general public properly, I would probably buy up and consume the entire stock myself!
it is something that is on my radar
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I have nothing more to add. As a Canadian myself, you state perfectly exactly how I feel!
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A sense of false security, unfortunately. Like many others I am dreaming of the day we were can walk out our doors without wearing a mask and fretting about standing on a train and worrying about if I am going to return home sick.
You don’t have to dream about that day as that is entirely up to you.
If don’t want to fret or worry, then don’t.
Like the other “many others”
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And light years behind in fatalities too
I will argue that they are not. I suspect that the fatalities in other countries you are referring to has been heavily inflated.
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I don’t know how true this is but I’m beginning to hear a buzz about the Japanese government actually downgrading the seriousness of omicron itself to the flu and canceling any existing state of emergency.
i’m not sure how serious to take this buzz or not but it is coming from a Japanese national I know, high up the corporate ladder (third from the top) of a decent sized company.
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although this might be true for some very small ma and pop businesses which barely (or not even) have seating for that many people, the majority of places have many more potential customers than that.
the smallish Irish pub I go to (owner and wife run it with no additional staff) has counter seating for 12 (which are continuously filled) and well as ample table seating (at least 30 to 40 people). And is isn’t until after 9 when he would see the bulk of his customers.
he would make more than ¥30000 in 30 min.
this isn’t something I’m speculating. This is from the horses mouth and why he’s told me he’s deciding to stay open.
he’s got bills to pay and a child in University he is supporting as well.
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my local establishment’s pints cost at least ¥1000.
If we use myself as an example (I consume about 4 pints per visit, give it take…), he would only require 7.5 customers like me.
I wouldn’t call that a cash grab for most places. At least not for the couple places I frequent.
but the couple of places I frequent have done the math and will not be closing at all. they simply can’t afford to.
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I guess in their minds it’s better to shoot a woman then it is to have one of them entice an angel…
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