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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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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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