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Posted in: Japan gov't again ordered to pay damages over Cameroon detainee death See in context

 recognized that the immigration bureau failed to carry out its duty.

authorities left him lying on the floor.

No accountability for this, right? No one's fault, nobody charged for careless behavior or inhumanity.

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

Who are these "advisors" anyway? Are they not interested to be named?

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

Private sector advisors speak with forked tongue:

"We are making groundbreaking profits due to the weak yen and sitting on hoarded capital gains and passing on little to labor. But the lack of wage growth and consumer consumption is troubling. Please LDP do something!".

Exactly!

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Posted in: Nissan net profit nearly doubles despite China challenges See in context

___ have a long tradition of working their workforce to the bone, while raking in the profits. 

Please fill the blank with any Japanese auto brand.

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Posted in: Sony backtracks after anger from 'Helldivers 2' players See in context

" anger from 'Helldivers 2' players"

"posting 200,000 bad reviews of the game"

"Arrowhead chief executive Johan Pilestedt said on X he was "impressed by the willpower" of Helldivers players."

If only they used that willpower to do something useful for society.

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Posted in: Princess Kako to visit Greece to mark 125 years of ties See in context

Princess Kako,  a niece of Emperor Naruhito

and soon to be expelled from the Imperial Family due to marriage and outdated patriarchal rules, visits ...

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Posted in: Japan Akita dog society issues digital pedigrees to combat forgery See in context

 issues digital pedigrees to..

ensure that they lock and control their monopoly so they can profit from owning the breed. Business as usual in Japan.

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Posted in: More than 600 students in Miyagi get sick after drinking school lunch milk See in context

I see my kids menus (two different schools) and lunches don't seem to be of great quality, for the "rich" country Japan is. It's more like a lot of rice with a little piece of something in the side.

I'm sure somebody is making money out of saving from food budgets.

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Posted in: Imperial garden party See in context

A wealthy group of country leaders with no obligations on a Tuesday morning, displaying their disregard for working Taro.

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Posted in: Trump meets former Japanese PM Aso; criticizes strong dollar against yen See in context

We have the wrong people on the world stage doing what they do best. Lie, manipulate, greed their dirty little ways. Why don't we have better choices of leaders around the world?

Indeed! It helps if you keep people illiterate (USA) and submissive (Japan), but it's amazing how far the bad guys get without any accountability.

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Posted in: Osaka expo uniforms See in context

Now that you are reading the comments, can you remember the uniforms you just looked at in the picture?

Exactly.

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Posted in: Japan's anti-monopoly body orders Google to fix ad search limits affecting Yahoo See in context

I wonder why did Japanese tech companies stopped their feet, they were the lead in the 80s- but they became old dinosaurs instead. Where's the Japanese rival for Google, Amazon, Apple, ...? How easy would have been for Sony to create their own "sPhone" back in 2005-ish and eat the Japanese market.

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Posted in: Court orders ex-head of illegal manga site to pay ¥1.7 bil See in context

unconvinced and no regrets for piracy and destroying countless creators and authors to earn a honest living. Now there is a man who is unrepentant and still doesn’t understand what he done isn’t right.

And these publishers will use that money to pay a decent wage to their manga artists, right?

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Posted in: Japan court denies salmon fishing rights to Ainu people See in context

The Hokkaido prohibition on the fishing of salmon in rivers is driven by the Fisheries Unions who don't want their bread and butter touched. They are behind the poliiticians who influence the Courts.

There you go, the real reason. To protect yet another Showa rooted monopoly.

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Posted in: Welcome kiss See in context

They could do the G7 meetings online, don't they? Of course it's better to spend a week in Italy with all expenses paid, by us.

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Posted in: Japanese youth spend around 5 hours a day online: gov't survey See in context

The latest generations are severely addicted and need help.

Oh, I agree. Younger generations attention span has been crushed. They cannot focus on reading a book or watching a full film anymore.

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Posted in: Japanese youth spend around 5 hours a day online: gov't survey See in context

How many hours do their parents spend staring at their devices? And how many hours do their grandparents spend in front of a TV? Probably the same or more.

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Posted in: Clouds gather over Osaka World Expo See in context

The 70 Expo made sense because of Japan's momentum at the time, and the resulting park still is a very enjoyable place in Osaka.

I attended Mie's expo in 2004. It was a big meh, nothing remarkable was exhibited. Japan's pavilion talking robots were a huge bluff.

There's no way they can cover the cost of 2025 expo, even counting the money tourists will leave in the city. As mentioned before it's just part of the plan for the incoming casino business, in which many politicians have a stake in.

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Posted in: Japan's elderly population living alone to jump 47% by 2050 See in context

The other day the PM was talking about the budget for youngsters and families, referring to it as a cost. As something expensive they had to budget for, not as an investment on Japan's future.

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Posted in: 89-year-old Japanese man rides bike 600 kilometers to visit his 61-year-old son See in context

Awesome story, average writing.

You could almost see this being made into a movie or something!

The Straight Story

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Posted in: Kishida cracks jokes and invokes 'Star Trek' as he and Biden toast U.S.-Japan alliance at state dinner See in context

 and Japanese pop duo Yoasobi.

I wonder what the connections are, for a random J-pop group to get invited to a state dinner.

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Posted in: Kishida arrives in U.S. for summit, state dinner See in context

Who are the kids in the picture? Do they travel from Japan? Are we paying for their trip?

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Posted in: Japan launches ride-hailing services in Tokyo; other areas to follow See in context

allowing drivers with a standard license to offer taxi services on specified days and hours using their own private vehicle, provided they are under the management of a local taxi company.

lol, that's pretty much the same taxi companies in disguise, making it impossible for someone else to step into their business hub. They will also manage their timetables, which means they will "allow" the shifts nobody wants, like 3am on Tuesdays.

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Posted in: Foreign residents prohibited from participating in Yu-Gi-Oh Japan Championship See in context

It is a world championship, so Japanese nationality can participate. How can someone who is not Japanese nationality be representing Japan?

What would be the problem with a non-japanese representing Japan in that championship? Why doesn't a long-term resident count as a member of Japanese society?

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Posted in: Driver overtime cap introduced as worker shortage worsens See in context

Overtime in Japan is pretty brutal and unfair for workers. +20 hours of overtime a week basically kills that person's life.

If only younger generations had a voice, or an opinion about anything, and protested.

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Posted in: Rally number 1,641 in Seoul See in context

demanding an official apology and criticizing the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women's human rights report for omitting the Anti-Discrimination Law proposed by the Human Rights Network Baram

Whaaaat?

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Posted in: Hydrogen vehicle filling station opens at former Tokyo Olympics site See in context

That's 12 people in the picture, that's a lot of affiliates receiving a cut in the deal.

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Posted in: Royal shrine visit See in context

Princess Aiko, daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako,

who will be expelled from the Royal Family once she marries..

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Posted in: Japan's overworked, underpaid truckers left behind in wage bonanza See in context

Oh, and truck drivers should strike. In a week or so there would not be food in Tokyo supermarkets and the (amazing) delivery network in Japan would collapse.

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Posted in: Japan's overworked, underpaid truckers left behind in wage bonanza See in context

Let's recapitulate.

It starts with a "wage bonanza" and "their heftiest pay hikes in decades"

Then you read that:

Workers at major firms have asked for annual increases of 5.85%

Which is not whooping, considering prices have raised a +30%

And then:

smaller and medium-sized firms, which account for a whopping 99.7% of all enterprises 

So this "whooping" bonanza will only correspond to the 0.3% of corporate workers, for about a 5% or rise.

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