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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

My boss returned from England (actually fled because he realised that he may not make it back) and came to work after 7 days of quarantine.

The staff complained but all we got was abuse and bullying.

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Posted in: 9 Japanese men detained in Manila over phone scam brought to Japan See in context

Saw this on the news this morning, turns out that it is not very profitable for the guys making the phone calls.

There's 4 levels to the organisation:

The Boss takes 87% of the scam money.

A and B level takes 5% each

C level (most of the actual callers) got only 3 % of the scam money.

A former C level guy told the news that his salary was around 25,000 yen a month

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Posted in: The noise may be within the transport ministry's expectations but it is an unbearable level for us, louder than inside a pachinko parlor. See in context

Sucks to be living in the city ! Oh well, its great to live in the country

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Posted in: Japan wants to arrange a visit by Abe to Russia in September See in context

Just wish Abe and his like would stop going on and on about these northern islands.

Focus on things that really matter to people like the tax rate, higher wages etc

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Posted in: Tokyo's 5 major networks to test simultaneous online streaming See in context

Most of the TV shows here are absolutely terrible. Endless variety shows about nothing and/or scripted drama that makes you feel like you want to rip your eyes out. I often wondered, why the hell did I bother studying hard to watch TV.

First, it was 2 hour specials then 3 hour specials but now, we have 4 hour specials. Also, what is with, seeing the special "guests" watching the pre-recorded scenes ?? Are they making sure that we know they are doing their jobs ??

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Posted in: Amazon 'Prime Day' becomes phenomenon as rivals jump in See in context

I'm actually going to cancel my prime subscription because prime is of no benefit here in Japan. Prime day isn't very good as there are no big ticket items for sale (like in the U.S). Most of the items are things I could do without such as usb sticks etc. Dont get me started on Prime video :(

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Posted in: Woman’s body found in minivan in Kanagawa parking lot See in context

Chip star, You havent been to Manazuru, have you ???? Its a small coastal town west of Odawara and about as worn down as they get.

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Posted in: 69-year-old man arrested for killing 86-year-old wife who had dementia See in context

No reason to her his own wife.

I know it can and is hard but you need to stick together through good and bad times

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic domestic sponsorship tops $3 bil as companies pile in See in context

So no pay raise for the workers ??

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Posted in: Pope to visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki on Nov 24 See in context

Norman Goodman

While it was a terrible act, one which should not be repeated ever, let's look at the facts:

It wasn't a civilian city at all. It was a city at war with:

Arms factories and the command of the Second General Army

After the fall of Okinawa, the command of the Second General Army was relocated to Hiroshima. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, most of the military units, logistical arms, and command staff of the Second General Army were killed. Together with the Fifth Division, Fifty-Ninth Army, and other combat divisions in the city who were also hit, an estimated 20,000 Japanese combatants were killed.

Hence, the atomic bombing ended the Second General Army as an effective military organization for Imperial Japanese Army units in western Japan.

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Posted in: China says it won't allow discussion on Hong Kong at G20 summit in Osaka See in context

The Chinese govt. really act like cry babies at time - We will not talk about this, no no no no WAAAAA

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Posted in: Australian watchdog readies clampdown on Google, Facebook See in context

A witch hunt lead by the puppet master of the liberal govt, Rupert Murdoch !

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Posted in: Hundreds of thousands dressed in black rally to demand Hong Kong leader step down See in context


Ummmm - Wrong = The Soviet Union continuously ran a trade deficit with the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s, but from 1985 through 1987 the Soviet Union cut imports from the United States while maintaining its level of exports to balance tradebetween the two countries. The Soviet Union was one the big importers of grain from the United States.

Keep on beating the CCP drum

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

When I first came to Japan (all those years long ago), I remember going to the toilet in the city office (Hirakata) and there was #$%^ everywhere. That was my first memory of a public toilet in Japan. Since then, I have seen many examples of such a mess.

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Posted in: Police checking dash cam over car accident that left 2 toddlers dead See in context

I have heard about this almost never complete 0% or 100% fault assignment in traffic accidents, I wonder if thats cultural?

I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle. The light turned green and I started to cross the crossing with some other people walking when a car turning left drove right into me. luckily, I was only going slowly and had a helmet on. Still went to hospital and the driver came to say sorry (a young guy).

Even then, I was 10% i the blame while the driver was 90%. After all the hassle with the insurance company, he pretty much got his car fully repaired (I smashed his bonnet and my bike broke the windscreen). I got 50% of my bicycle value back plus x-ray fees etc. That really sucked !

Strange part of the experience was when I went for a x-ray to check my sore leg and back (possibly from the shock). I told him about the pain and received 2 large shopping sized bags of painkillers and those heat pads. Bill just for the medicine was 36,000 yen paid by the driver.

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Posted in: Man claiming to be British assaults, robs woman in Tokyo See in context

Probably took one look at him and said "Hey, you have black hair so you're not british" or something like that

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Posted in: Sharp's new lineup of small humanoid robots to go on sale See in context

As another poster stated: this was one of the reasons that they had to sell themselves to Foxconn.

Alexa Amazon's Personal assistant is 100000000000% better than this junk (A student of mine brought his in the show me about 8 months ago) plus an echo dot costs around 5,000 yen and is in millions of houses.

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Posted in: Ghosn vows to restore his honor in court, lawyer says See in context

SchopenhauerToday  10:00 am JST "Ghosn vows to restore his honor in court." I do not think he will get any support from Japanese people. His income is astronomical for Japanese people.

So ??? Is that one reason to think that he is guilty ???? Geez

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Posted in: NTT Docomo to lower mobile phone fees amid call for charge cuts See in context

seanwd20, I think you mean "when Rakuten rolls out their own network" as they are already in the market now

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

It is so easy to buy an unlocked phone now and it is even easier to check the bands ! Check Amazon (both jp and com), Expansys, (used phones). I have been doing the SIM free route for around 7 years. Have bought from all 3 - some great deals on with low import fees. maps the tower frequency so you can see say NTT docomo uses band 1 near my house but band 3 close to my work. Both bands are the most common in Japan.

There are 1000s of sites eg: - that list the phones and what bands they have.

Some bands are more important eg: in buildings.

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Posted in: Why is anti-Japanese sentiment remaining from the World War II era almost non-existent in countries like Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, unlike in China and South Korea? See in context

Reckless: Not so sure where you learned your history. Oh probably the movies, right ???

The french played the long game and I wouldn't blame them after what the first world war did to not only their army but pretty much everyone's.

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Posted in: The Japanese summer as an ALT without air conditioning at school See in context

Strangerland "As far as I know they still make 300,000/month every month. Where are you getting this info?"

Ummm, Have you heard of Interac or whatever they are called these days ?? I have plenty of friends who work for them and they certainly do not make 300,000 yen. Also they either don't get paid during August or receive a small salary to be on call. They also do not get paid for the winter break.

It's criminal as Interac get around 500,000 from the schools but pay the teacher less than half of it.

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Posted in: Japan's antismoking plan with gaping loophole sparks outcry See in context

My home country of Australia has pretty much made smokers quit and now cancer relating to smoking has dropped. Yah ! Australia..........

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Posted in: Why Japan should consider banning blackface See in context

This has to be the best article that I have ever read on JT.

Thank you

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Posted in: Koike unveils party platform, vowing to freeze sales tax hike, end nuclear power See in context

Why doesn't it mention that she wont be supporting Foreign residents the ability to vote in local elections ???? She is completely against the idea (as stated on the japantimes website).

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Posted in: Google launches new phones, speakers in hardware push See in context

Forgot to add that Amazon has opened up Alexa to Japan so the echo is coming soon. While home is available this week in Japan

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Posted in: Google launches new phones, speakers in hardware push See in context

I already have both a google home and an echo dot. Home is more international while the dot is a tough nut to crack to get to work here eg: linking spotify is a pain in the ass on the dot while home is super easy.

I find home is much better at general information while I like listening to music via the dot

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Posted in: Giant tortoise that fled zoo found 140 meters away See in context

I swear that you could not make some of these news stories up in Japan. Plus its the added bonus on being on TV

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Posted in: Smartphones in Japan: How to buy, unlock and change plans See in context

I bought a Moto Z play from Amazon (Motorola has a Japan store but sells through Amazon like Asus). Signed up for OCN and have never looked back. I would like to see a more indepth article though....As long as you have LTE Band 1/Band 3 on your phone then it will work on docomos network (most MNVOs use docomos network). Akihabara has plenty of phone shops but they are pricey. Completely disagree with Expansys as I have bought several phones through them such as a blackberry Q10, motorola G5, Asus zenfone 3 max - as long as you read the guides that they have (and check the serial number - GSMarena is a great site with info) then you'll avoid mistakes.

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