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Posted in: Japanese KitKats are shrinking; Nestlé says previous size may have been too large for customers See in context

It happens on every product, they put less quantity instead of rising the price. Have you seen the 900ml milk, huge potato chips bags with 40 grams, 7 slices cheese packages, 20% empty yogur, half empty konbini sandwiches...

And consumers, for some reason, never complain.

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan offering strange discount just for people who don’t really need Uber Eats See in context

what’s not to like?

I was told Uber Eats pays workers some 200yen per ride. Enough said.

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Posted in: Japanese sex business operator sues state over virus cash handout snub See in context

She's right. It would be a good time for Japan to clarify its position about the sex industry.

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Posted in: Complaints overwhelm red-tape hotline hours after launch See in context

Kono, an enthusiastic Twitter user 

That's how far their understanding of new technology goes.

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Posted in: Suga aims to get new digital agency running by autumn 2021 See in context

They will buy fax machines with WIFI.

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Posted in: Oil industry placing risky bet on plastics: report See in context

Oil megacorps investing in the future degradation of Earth by investing in the growth of the plastic market, just out of greed. Pure heartless capitalism at its best.

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Posted in: Book Off running low on books; begs customers to sell them books See in context

The average youngster in Japan spends an average 3-8 hours of their daily life connected to their smartphones. They don't have time to do anything else, let alone to focus on reading an actual book (not manga), so they don't buy books at all.

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Posted in: Abenomics failed to deliver as Japan braces for post-Abe era See in context

Can anyone say ONE good thing of his 8 years tenure?

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Posted in: Democrats nominate Biden to take on Trump; John McCain's widow praises him See in context

I’m not American, nor into America’s politics either, but Biden looks quite old to actually offer anything new. Isn’t he going to be in his 80s during his mandate if he wins?

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Posted in: Japan to pitch Osaka, Fukuoka as int'l financial hubs after pandemic See in context

Just another empty gesture from Aso, who knows well the overprotectionist culture of Japan.

Overseas companies are not welcome, not even remotely so. There are multiple barriers to international business that want to set up an office in Japan, becoming more difficult when we are talking of big corporations that may compete with Japan Inc. How many banks have stopped attempting to come to Japan, the third economy of the world, because they just cannot operate here?

Why would any company want to come here anyway? What are the incentives apart from afterwork leisure?

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Posted in: Plastic bag usage at Japanese stores down by 50%, but plastic bags sales through the roof See in context

Same dilemma, I used supermarket plastic bags for garbage disposal, but I have to buy these bags now.

The use of plastic bags is still is still mandatory for garbage. Heck, my city changed the rule for recycled paper a few years ago, and it has to be disposed of in a big plastic bag.

Meanwhile, companies have not changed their convoluted plastic wrap scheme, because environmental rules never apply to them.

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Posted in: Gov't under fire over huge COVID-19 aid contract for ad giant Dentsu See in context

Talking about Dear Leader, has anyone seen him lately? Seems to be hiding.

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Posted in: Husbands happy, wives stressed over parenting during stay-home spell See in context

Before: Daily shopping/yoga/coffeeshop morning amenities. No husband around.

Lockdown: Daily mom duties with kids and a husband they barely care about.

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Posted in: Go To fiasco may see gov't paying Tokyoites' cancellation fees See in context

Abe team should be requested to pay these refunds with their own money.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects appeal by 'vagina kayak' artist over obscenity See in context

But male genitalia seems to be fine at the かなまら祭り.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

Is it hospitals what we are talking about? Or also the small medial clinics that are everywhere?

Anyway, they both always loooked like a profitable business to me, charging exhorbitant prices for everything.

What are the operating costs of these places that they cannot stay in business after a couple of months of crisis?

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales fall 12.3% in May from a year earlier See in context

the increased health insurance, residence tax, and other payment forms

They did rise all the taxes I’m paying this year, quite a bit. I was not sure if it was only me or a general thing.

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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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