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Posted in: Energy costs, weak yen push Tokyo inflation at fastest pace in 30 years See in context

Some food is going up way more than a 2.8%. Vegetables, bread products are a 20-30% up at my local supermarket.

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Posted in: Digital minister aims to drag Japan out of analog doldrums See in context

*In a YouTube video in September, he urged people to get a My Number Card, a digital identity card for Japanese citizens and residents that they can use for online government applications and link to a driver’s license, library card or online banking.**

To link my ID, personal info and online banking info all together in one My Number card? Sure, LOL

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Posted in: U.S. Vice President Harris seeking computer chip partners in Tokyo See in context

Send the fax in, we will take care of it..

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

allowing hotels to refuse 

They make the xenophobic rule and then wash their hands. Let me ask, what about the non-tourist gaijin? Do we must wear the mask at hotels? Or everywhere else? How would we be differentiated from tourists? A headband or something?

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Posted in: Gov't to request energy-saving measures in winter over power crunch concerns See in context

I'd want to see these "industry ministry officials" households during the winter and how they accomplish the energy saving measures they request.


So right. And don't forget that most people tend to use aircon for heating.

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Posted in: Netflix to rely on Microsoft for its ad-backed video service See in context

I'd think it's a natural adjustment after so many people joined Netflix during the lockdowns.

I think this is the problem of modern capitalism, being profitable is not enough. Companies must grow a 20% every year, or else.

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Posted in: SDF official arrested for trespassing in women’s changing room See in context

I thought they taught discipline in the military or defense forces or police forces or wherever they have uniforms as such.

Quite the opposite, members of police, defense forces and other uniformed workers with strict discipline are often caught doing this kind of stuff. Maybe as a valve of escape?

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Posted in: LDP scores big victory in upper house election See in context

Having Aso still in that picture says everything we need to know.

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Posted in: Before fatal shooting, Abe was up close with the crowd See in context

Yesterday was a very sad day for all of us because the crazy won.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Terrible, shocking news. RIP.

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Posted in: Relaxed mask usage guidelines barely spread among Japanese public See in context

It's also quite inconvenient -thinking here in Japanese mode- to have to remember the rules about when and how you can take your mask off. It adds another burden to daily commuting, for example, which everyone does in brainless manner.

And most of the time people is inside buildings and/or surrounded by other people. When was the last time a Tokyo salaryman had 2 meters of free space around him?

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Posted in: LDP rally See in context

Guts poses, fist pumping, hereditary lineages, giving money to corporations and white gloves while saying they are "protecting the lives of the people of Japan".

Exactly, still the same outdated regime. If only the youth would care to have an opinion and leave Insta for a minute to vote.

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Posted in: Japan's top court orders Twitter to delete posts on man's past arrest See in context

Does Japan top court really know what Twitter is?

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Posted in: New law enacted to help people pressured into porn See in context

It would also be good if they focussed on the content to slowly eradicate all the abuse, fake raping, humiliation or underage sexualization prevalent in j-porn. Please someone hint it to lawmakers since they never ever watch that genre of videos.

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Posted in: Tunisia beats Japan 3-0 to win Kirin Cup See in context

I think Tunisia goalkeeper didn't touch the ball for the whole game.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan delivery drivers form union, claiming overwork See in context

Kuroneko Yamato started to use outsourced drivers and delivery staff as well, to avoid having to pay benefits and better salaries.

I feel bad for Amazon drivers, they do look overworked when I see them running around 9pm to finish their delivery shift.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames See in context

Except all wards, all cities, all levels of government and business in Japan suddenly have amnesia about the law when a Foreigner and a Japanese get Married and decide to keep their separate names.

Pretty much this. Can you imagine if they allowed Japanese people to have foreign family names?

@ebisen. That's the problem, the xenophobic exception.

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Posted in: Japan eyes reform of outdated labor systems based on gender roles See in context

more women choose to get divorced and live longer than before.

Choose to ge divorced? Who writes this stuff?

assist women in acquiring necessary digital skills and finding a job

What they need is medical schools to treat them fairly at admission time, or (male) bosses that hire them because of their skills. Most of my female uni students are fare more capable in every field than their goofy male counterparts.

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

My children were born in Japan and acquired dual citizenship at birth. While technically, they were obliged under Japanese law to choose one or the other at the age of 20, they've both followed the "don't ask, don't tell" principle and thus, now in their late twenties, retain both. Technically speaking, though, their nationalities are not of their own choice as their parents made that choice for them at the time of their birth.

I'd like to see that loophole challenged in court someday (but not by my kids - I'd rather they continue to keep their heads low).

This. Don’t need the extra attention of a lawsuit.

Just remember your kids that the Japanese government, as much as they wanted to, do not have the power to revoke other nation’s passport.

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Posted in: Japan signs ¥13 bil loan deal to help Ukraine economy See in context


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Posted in: Toyota posts record full-year ¥2.82 tril net profit See in context


Where are these profits going to? Are regular workers going to have better salaries or working conditions? Bet you not.

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Posted in: Japan's virtual YouTubers make millions from fans See in context


No way, talent agencies in Japan are well known for abusing their clients rights, when not physically, keeping most of the generated income.

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Posted in: 51% of children in Japan get 1st smartphone at elementary school age: poll See in context

Remember, you said it. 

How it actually pans out for you in the future, I suspect will be another matter.


My 11yo has one, offline, just for music and a couple of games. Half of her friends have had smartphones with full, unmonitored access to everything for a few years now. She will feel left out soon, without Line, tiktok and all the other cr*p other kids do.

Apart from the dangers or inappropriate content, a smartphone feels like a huge waste of time because they will spend hours with it instead of doing real life things like reading books or playing outside.

There's little we can do about it. My uni students confess an average of 4-6 hours a day with their devices.

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Posted in: Tokyu Railways trains now powered only by renewable energy See in context

No it doesn't, your claim is ridiculous. They are very obviously pointing, a Nazi salute is very different, palm down for one thing.

He didn't mention it but you quickly guessed what salute he was referring to, as everyone else did.

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Posted in: Tokyu Railways trains now powered only by renewable energy See in context

Two people in the poster hailing to the past it seems.

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Posted in: Wimbledon's Russia ban faces battle of wills See in context

Here's an idea, ask Russian players to stand against the war in the opening ceremony if they want to participate in the tournament. Would they do it?

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Posted in: 55% of Okinawans unhappy with 50 years since reversion to Japan: poll See in context

They were always a sovereign kingdom until the invasion and annexation by Imperial Japan in 1879

Okinawa was annexed by Japan after the Invasion of Ryukyu in the 1609.

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Posted in: Group of over 100 lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine See in context

How many lawmakers does Japan has/need??

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Posted in: Netflix shares drop 23% after it loses 200,000 subscribers See in context

That's the tirany of the stock market, it really doesn't care about anything but profit.

Also, as noted on other media:

 Suspending service in Russia after the Ukraine invasion resulted in the loss of 700,000 members.

We all applauded when these companies stopped their services in Russia, but the "market" doesn't care.

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Posted in: Survey reveals that many young people in Japan are experiencing loneliness and isolation See in context

The results are somewhat surprising 

No they are not.

People in Japan is raised to be isolated. Since they are small kids the contact with other people is reduced to the minimum; school, juku, and pretty much that. There are barely any populous family gatherings and many kids don't meet other kids to play with, since many parents hide at home and barely go to the park and avoid to interact with other parents/kids. So, at the time when they are 20 and go to the university a percentage of them has no friends nor the ability to interact with people.

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