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Posted in: Coronavirus crisis sparks calls for revamping Japan's school year See in context

It's a crazy.

A European kid born in 2014 will start school this September. If this change succeeds, a Japanese kid born in 2014 would start school next year, effectively 7 years old already. That's loosing a whole year for Japan.

No politician seems to comment on that detail.

Anyway, In a country that cannot adopt the daylight saving time because it's "difficult and confusing" I cannot imagine it changing the whole education system.

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Posted in: Cars with out-of-prefecture license plates targeted amid pandemic See in context

These are the same locals that will beg for tourists from Osaka or Tokyo to come visit..

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 39th straight year to record low See in context

There are economic reasons, for sure. But there are also socio-cultural reasons. Most couples don't want to have more than two kids, it's considered kind of the "good" number.

Mosts salarymen families, with a stable economic situation, won't like to have 3-4 kids. If you ask students at the uni, they all have this idea in their mind already: smaller family = less compromises and an easier to manage life.

Not to count the many people that don't want to have kids, or the odd ones that cannot find a couple to live with. Not the best country in the world for interpersonal relationships.

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for review of uniform base pay rise system See in context

That would be an open door to unfair discrimitation, and an overall 0 yen rise for 90% of the workers. It would also give such a dangerous power to all these incompetent middle managers.

-"You asked for a week off this year, no rise for you"

-"I don't like your attitude, no rise for you"

You get the idea.

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Posted in: Japanese TV networks to rotate Olympics broadcasting on daily basis See in context

Agree with all of the above, be ready for the Japanese Olympics.

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

Two male middle-aged executives in triumphant pose, and a bunch of young girls used as sexy decoration. Nothing changes here.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

I see you point but times change. We see that it is getting more and more difficult to find part time staff. I am sure this was not the case when he signed the contract. I know first hand what it takes to run one as I have a friend who runs a 7-11. Recently, he works day and night and recently, cannot keep staff/find staff to operate after midnight, hasn't had a vacation since he opened it and is missing watching his kids grow up. Times change! Not every 7-11 needs to operate after midnight. The one that my friend operates has less than 10 customers from 12 to 2 and about 2 from 2 to 4 am. People just need to make a minor adjustment to their life and stop thinking they are the god o mighty customer. Shop before midnight! I'm sure the execs of 7 & i holds are enjoying their life and the expense of their slave labor policies.

As for USA: Some are 24/7 and some aren't.

I agree that people deserves rest and I also think that half of the konbini stores are unnecesary, but he got involved with a company that sells that 24/7 service.

I'm pretty sure the margins are quite tight for store owners, and they cannot afford to pay extra for night time shifts. But would you work all night for 1000 yen an hour when there are plenty of jobs everywhere?

Finally, I do not like the attitude and business model of these big companies, they do force people to accept unfair contractual conditions. If only the government was there to rule these.. (I know, I know).

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Posted in: Gov't urges male civil servants to take at least 1-month paternity leave See in context

How much, exactly, is this "partly"? Unless it's close to 100%, most families will not be able to afford the father taking paternity leave.

That's one piece of infomation this "newspaper" failed to report. I don't remember the exact number but I asked when my first kid was born and the percentage of salary left was laughable, like impossible to take a month off without losing most of it.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

Won’t women feel like they are the product they sell in that place? Because they are, basically.

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Posted in: Sapporo budgets ¥700 mil in road repairs for Olympic events See in context

As usual, construction companies taking their cut of the cake.

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Posted in: Industry donations to LDP hit ¥2.46 bil; up for 7th straight year See in context

I'm going to print this out for my students..

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Posted in: Kyoto yakitori restaurant earns Michelin rating with one of the best value-for-money deals in Japan See in context

at 5,649 yen per person for a 14-piece meal

That’s quite step for a bunch of yakitoris, add a couple of beers or three and you have a 15.000 bill for two persons.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

just trying to protect her from abusing herself further.

Oh please.

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Posted in: Japan's health sector continues to lure Filipinos workers 10 years on See in context

Good for them.

There should be no lessening of standards for learning the Japanese language for these nurses. We're not talking staffing Lawson's markets, we're talking about critical care and life and death.

Sure, and then the good nurses that got to learn the language and the skills cannot keep the job because, you know, they are not Japanese so they must return to their countries after 5 years here.

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Posted in: Tokyo eyes starting Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. to counter IOC plan to move race to Hokkaido See in context

Make it all the nighttime olympics..

After all, it's not as though Japan will actually watch the events - it will simply repeat Japanese athletes winning meddles.

Oh man, very much this!

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Yes, but that does not mean they they are required to "throw away" the other they may hold!

This, thanks God that Japan cannot rule other countries policies. But I'm pretty sure the xenophobic Immigration Bureau is going to pressure her to revoke her other passports.

Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, told NHK she has completed an administrative step to obtain Japanese citizenship ahead of her birthday next week.

I don't get it. She's had Japanese nationality since birth. What administrative step is this? I don't see or read anything about renouncing American citizenship anywhere.

Media is not going to explain what the problem was, as usual. Maybe it was just to request the passport, but they want to make it look condescending?

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Posted in: Japan lawmakers' average income in 2018 hits 16-year high See in context

Peeping_TomToday  04:57 am JST

"Someone who pays taxes but can't vote?"

I'm British; can I vote for the President of America? Can I be elected into becoming one?

Which bits did you not understand?

And why exactly we cannot vote? I'm a permanent resident and member of this community, and I pay the same or more taxes than any of my neighbours.

You can't vote because you're not Japanese!

That's just xenophobic.

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Posted in: Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil See in context

How many tickets the organisers, sponsors and government officials kept for themselves? They will not say it.

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Posted in: Campaigning for July 21 upper house election kicks off in Japan See in context

How many elections are there in Japan in a single year? It feels like it’s every 3 months or so.

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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.


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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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