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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

A wage issue it is.

The problem is that the wage rise would be paid by the shop owner, not by the 7/11 group and holdings. And I can imagine how low are the profit margins for a franchisee to make that happen.

Seven-Eleven headquarters appears willing to allow store owners to run convenience stores as they see fit, as long as it does not impact the bottom line.

Suure..

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Posted in: Amazon Japan raises Prime membership fee for first time in 11 years See in context

Prime video is useless, but the regular free shipping is quite good.

rising labor and shipping costs,

It looks like Japanese companies are going to stick to this one as the perfect excuse for rising the prices, but I cannot see where the "labor costs" rise. At least the salaries are not rising anywhere.

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Posted in: Japan to redesign banknotes in 2024 See in context

I remember the last time they changed the notes. Within 24 hours there was not a single old note to be seen anywhere, it was pretty impressive.

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Posted in: Insurance industry to set guideline on 'genetic discrimination' See in context

The industry group will state in its guideline that its member firms will continue their practice of providing insurance policies without collecting or relying on genetic information,

Sure. We are going to believe that a big Japanese industry is being honest, transparent, and tells the truth..

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Posted in: Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for Japanese workers See in context

Look how when they talk in the news about "Japanese workers" they seem to include everyone, when they are just referring to the top half of the workforce, your regular salaryman with a permanent contract. The bottom half will work -a lot- these holidays.

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit over same-surname rule after marriage See in context

However, Japanese family law does not contemplate / incorporate foreigners into the system.

This alone is one of the most discriminatory things Japanese do.

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Posted in: 33 women sue Tokyo Medical Univ over rigged entrance exams See in context

It's great news, but just 33? All entrance exam takers should do it, even the ones actually admitted.

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Posted in: Closing time? Japan's convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid labor crunch See in context

All these big companies want to maximise profits every year, but want workers to accept minimum wages and long hours of hard work. Rise the wages, give better working conditions to workers (insurance, health care, permanent contracts.. to name a few) and they will come. And the franchisees usually struggle to reach profit because of the contract conditions.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers unveil torch for 2020 games See in context

Indeed, Alfie.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

NHK does provide a very valuable service during major disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.

Shouldn't that be free?

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Posted in: 2 men arrested over record gold smuggling haul in Japan See in context

The amount of gold confiscated in Japan due to smuggling hit a record 6.2 tons in 2017, 

6,2 tons of gold.. amazing.

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Posted in: Russians protest any Kuril islands handover to Japan See in context

The press should be more careful when reporting this kind of news. "hundreds" of radicals do not represent the feeling of all Russians, at all. But they become the front page picture on Japan Today, but a "Russians protest" title. This brings more polemic and, would say hate, to the table than a more objective reporting would bring.

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Posted in: Spa! magazine apologizes for women's university 'sex listing' See in context

gyaranomi or drinking parties that male participants pay women to attend. 

This is much worse than that Spa! article, but nobody seems to be complaining about it.

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Posted in: Billionaire Maezawa says 'free cash' tweet most shared of all time See in context

He could be spending his money to help the poor and/or to contribute to the society, this give away is just another look-at-me excersise of selfishness.

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Posted in: More than 186,000 apply to be Tokyo 2020 volunteers; 37% non-Japanese See in context

It's not that many people! And only some 100,000 Japanese on the list? I'd have expected ten times that, for how heavily promoted the Olympics are.

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Posted in: Local governments struggling to secure childcare workers See in context

The government is going to spend $4 billion in combat planes, yet there seems to be no yen at all to help with the childcare problem.

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Posted in: Global arms firms show off wares in Japan See in context

There's no money for kids, but they have $4 billion to buy war planes. Sigh...

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Posted in: Gov't considering Y10 trillion stimulus to offset sales tax hike: sources See in context

I also heard on the TV that they want to give 2% "tax discounts" if you pay with credit card in the supermarket, which makes no sense. I just looks like someone in the government owes something to big banks..

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Posted in: Gov't considering Y10 trillion stimulus to offset sales tax hike: sources See in context

Tax breaks for car purchases

This is usual Japan, money for the big companies.

and shopping vouchers to help low-income households,

But this is an insult to low-income families! Don't do anything to help with their situation, give them some vouchers to shop because they are so poor they can't buy anything new.

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Posted in: U.S. carrier leads warships in biggest ever Japan defense war game See in context

World leaders are just chimps with big hats.

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Posted in: Japan won't introduce daylight saving time during 2020 Olympics See in context

Daylight savings are great, and would be great for Japan. I makes no sense to have a silly 4am sunrise, and a really early 7pm sunset during the summer.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

Most outsiders wouldn’t understand.

LOL

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Posted in: Temples aim to attract youngsters with disco balls, planetarium shows See in context

Transforming temples in "social hubs", when social hubs are also going to disappear.

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Posted in: Okinawa sees chances for economic independence without U.S. bases See in context

Yubaru is right on the second comment. Living in an island of nature, were the weather is good all year long, and the guy needs a mall to spend time with the family? Come on, the mall may be convenient and fun for a day or two, but you should not need it.

But Yubaru, tourism is the key for the future of Okinawa, as long as you make it right and go for sustainable tourism in the hands of its habitants. Please don't pledge to the usual big companies will.

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Posted in: Naomi Kawase named to direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic documentary See in context

The Japanese government hopes the Olympics will show the region is recovering and that products made there are safe.

How is that related to the Olympics?

"This will be an opportunity for me to show the world where Japan stands and what kind of changes Japan will be undergoing," Kawase said

Again, this film should be about Olympics in Japan. Not about Japanism.

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Posted in: Naomi Kawase named to direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic documentary See in context

Kon Ichikawa's one is a masterpiece, a beautiful documentary. This new one will be just as flat and lifeless as current Japanese films are.

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Posted in: More than 30,000 applications for Tokyo 2020 Games Volunteer Program completed See in context

Only 30,000? I'd have expected 50 times that number, considering the Olympics mindset campaign we have had on the TV for the last couple of years.

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Posted in: Japan to continue to push resumption of commercial whaling See in context

And exactly why? I don't see Japanese eating whale fish anyway, apart from the occasional izakaya dish. Who behind pushing this whaling agenda so much?

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Posted in: Preschools using tablets to prep children for digital age See in context

Kids need to play with crayons, toys and wood pieces! There's much more to these for learning than to use just a finger on a screen all day long.

Anyone with kids knows that they will learn to use any digital device in less than one minute anyway, no need to hook them to these since kindergarden!

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