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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

My mother is terminally ill in England, and Abe decides if I go to visit her during her last summer, I can't come back, so I lose my job and my family lose our home.

No, in that case, you CAN come back, as ailing parents are one of the exceptions that allow foreigners back in provided that you have documentation proving this.

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Posted in: Japan raises economic view for second straight month See in context

Do do I have a sneaking suspicion that they are only saying this so that they can justify going ahead with the Olympics?

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Posted in: Japan to grant re-entry 'gradually' to foreign residents stuck abroad See in context

I hardly ever get to return to my country of origin, so not being able to go there doesn't bother me too much... but what is a huge strain is the knowledge that if I had to go back for some reason (my parents are very elderly and I worry a lot), I wouldn't be able to come back home.

If your reason for returning home falls under their current exceptions, i.e. ailing family members, funerals or humanitarian reasons, then you are allowed back in. There was a post on reddit I read the other day about an American who provided sufficient documentation and was let in again.

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Posted in: Road rage driver threatens commuter with a sickle as incidents increase across Japan See in context

Police can't say Shogani when there is video evidence,

It's spelled shoganai. Please make an effort to use the right terminology when making your point.

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl arrested for not paying ¥160,000 Tokyo-Shiga taxi fare See in context

It is a criminal case. There have been similar stories on here a few times about passengers skipping the fare then getting arrested.

Cheers for the reply. How is it a criminal case though? Buying a service from a private entity, in this case, a taxi company, should have some logic to it. Otherwise our case which is very similar to this one could have been a criminal case to which it wasn't.

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl arrested for not paying ¥160,000 Tokyo-Shiga taxi fare See in context

How was she able to be arrested for fraud? I ask this because we were involved in something similar (unfortunately) where a customer didn't pay, and it was never classified as a criminal case but instead just a civil suit. Police were never involved.

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Posted in: Gov't to promote staggered holidays to curb congestion, virus spread See in context

The report also proposes accommodation operators introduce their facilities to visitors with written materials instead of explaining them in person during the check-in process. 

.....? What genius came up with this luminous idea? Why create more bureaucracy? Unbelievable.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 47 new daily coronavirus infections on Sunday See in context

Of these 47 cases, said Jiji news agency, 18 were working at a club which provides male drinking companions for women.

Just call it what it is: a host club.

Wasn't there an establishment recently that started doing business via zoom for their customers?

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Posted in: Kansai Electric to sue former execs for damages over bribery scandal See in context

The company punished 93 former and current executives and employees for accepting cash and gifts.

How exactly were they punished? Slap on the wrist? 10% pay cut for 3 months? Maybe some amakudari?

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

The law, to come into force on June 30, will prohibit provocative actions such as persistently ringing bells and blocking the path of other vehicles.

Those who bashed the bell ringing, seems like you missed critical part in the paragraph....

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Posted in: Nissan to close Spain, Indonesia plants after losses See in context

We will admit our errors of the past" was that an admission over the hounding of Ghosn, or Hiroto Saikawa's role in the fiasco, he resigned, seems he got lucky

I bet it wasn't an admission about ghosn. They're far too arrogant to do so. They've also repeatedly blamed HIM for their current self-inflicted situation.

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Posted in: String of missteps slash Abe's support rates See in context

"If there were an obvious successor, Abe might have to quit, but there doesn't seem to be anyone," said Nihon University political science professor Tomoaki Iwai. "It's the worst possible situation."

How many politicians does Japan have? Still baffling that there isn't a single one who can step up to the plate and make themselves a little less useless.

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Posted in: Rare online outrage in Japan forces Abe to delay controversial bill See in context

In a rare about-face, Abe delayed deliberations on the bill on Monday citing the "lack of public understanding",

No no abe. The public understands your intentions just fine. It's not that there's a lack of understanding, it's that there's a lack of interest and support. The fact that you blame this on a lack of understanding truly shows how much of an out-of-touch arrogant elitist you are.

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

I am a bit confused here. Anyone with a residence card in Japan is eligible to apply to get 100k yen if I recall. So if you're in Japan for more than 90 days, you're eligible. So should the students then. Or were these 200k yen in addition to the 100k?

The other thing I don't understand is what if Japanese students have wealthy parents, have below 80% attendence, have a lower than 2.3 GPA, earn enough money through part time jobs, or will move abroad after their studies? Those are the criteria the govt are subjecting foreign students to but not their own citizens.

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Posted in: Abe wants to build ventilators that hospitals probably don't need See in context

Havent even got the application forms for the apparent 10 man yen the masks were another scandal like to know where all that money has gone...when is enough enough...he should hang his head in disgrace and resign..Get with the program Mario its May not January you a few months behind...

Check the website of the ward you live in as it's they who decide the timing. It's already been mentioned in the media several times by now. Or if you have your my number card, you can apply right away. Someone i know already received his money that way.

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Posted in: U.S. arrests ex-Green Beret, son on charges of smuggling Ghosn out of Japan See in context

So basically, if the jgovt can't get ghosn, they will go after the others. Tss. That still won't bring him back to japan.

I wonder who really initiated these recent arrests though. Was it turkey and the US out of their own volition, or did they really only do it because of pressure from japan...

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Posted in: As Japanese gov't slow-walks stimulus, small businesses fear collapse See in context

Unlike some other countries, such as France, Japan has yet to offer to help small businesses pay rent. Abe has said he would consider such a step.

FFS don't consider it, TAKE ACTION already you utterly PATHETIC prime minister! It really grinds my gears to see how useless, uninspiring all these politicians are.

And as for rent, why can't those collecting the rent give some relief to tentants by delaying at least part of the rent until later? Where is the flexibility?

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Posted in: Foreigners with stays until July again given extra 3 months to renew visas See in context

I did an extension at Shinagawa recently. Didn't really have to (not expiring until May) but wanted to change phone contract.

Unless you get there at 6-7am to queue up the lines get quite ridiculous. As in 3 rows of queue barriers leading up to the doors, along the sidewalk to the corner, across the street and halfway down the next block.

Corona must have had a huge influence, because when I went to Shinagawa in January this year, it wasn't like that at all, and I got there around 8:45 AM. It was still crowded for sure, and I think I had to wait around 45 minutes in the first que, and after that maybe 90 more in the big waiting area. But there certainly weren't people waiting in queues outside or even past the escalators.

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Posted in: Aso says no tax cuts for time being to counter pandemic See in context

"Japan's fiscal condition is in a severe state and will likely turn more dire due to the pandemic," Aso told parliament.

Well then, aso, how about you and your elitist nakamatachi take a pay cut like a lot of people in this country have? Don't worry, we the people are "allowing" you to do so, so you're in good hands. Just think about it: allowing yourselves to take a pay cut will reduce the burden on the government, so that you could effectively reduce taxes OR increase your government subsidies. Has an idea this radical ever crossed your elitist mind?

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Posted in: ANA eases dress code for female workers, allowing shoes without heels See in context

I for one didn't know this was an issue until it got media attention with kutoo. If it makes women uncomfortable, then sure, let them wear something more comfortable.

But this got me thinking. If women can get this change, then men could also raise their voices more for having to wear suits (especially in summer) while women don't have to. I saw that at my previous company where women could come in with their shifuku while men always needed to be suited up. One could argue that isn't fair either.

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Posted in: Japan, faced with criticism, scrambles to do more coronavirus testing See in context

P.S. I'm Scandi living in Japan myself, so I know what I'm talking about.

Hey, you left out Denmark!

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Posted in: Man arrested over hit-and run-death of 12-year-old boy on bicycle See in context

In news they confirmed now !! It was red light and he ignored it ..

If that's the case then the driver is a dirty, selfish and negligent scumbag of the highest order. But how can you expect someone like him to respect others when he can't get even his own priorities straight: going fishing when you should be staying home, and going fishing when you're unemployed and should be finding a job! Yeah, let him perish in jail.

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Posted in: Masks proving widely available despite coronavirus shortage concerns See in context

Has anyone got the two mask they sent out?

I gave mine away last week, and I know a guy who uses his masks as a guitar string cleaner.

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Posted in: Gov't suggests schools reopen for some grades See in context

Correction: foreign students, not nationals.

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Posted in: Gov't suggests schools reopen for some grades See in context

As for Japan attracting foreign students,the entire thinking has to be changed.When foreign students graduate from Japanese universities,,Technical colleges,etc..they are left on their own and are left to ponder on their own future without support for getting employed here.That is what happened to me.I was the only foreign student at my institution.All the Japanese students already had a job decided by the final year,infact others were even choosing from one company to the other if it didn't suit them even before beginning.Meanwhile,I was left on my own,my visa was about to expire and no job.Japanese mainstream companies do not want to hire gaijin graduates.The lucky ones get jobs in gaishikei.(Foreign owned companies)That is what happened to me and is the case with many foreign graduates to date.The others have no option but to pack up and leave.The only ones who Japan keeps are the"Kenshusei"who are brought here under the guise of trainees ,who slave in the farms and construction industry,and these ones are completely different from foreign students.

Most of my friends left Japan after graduation and have much better jobs in other countries and are promoted to higher levels.In Japan I have yet to see a "gaijin kacho"at a Japanese company.

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation, but this is in very stark contrast with my experience studying and working in Japan. I did a full four year undergraduate degree in Japan like a Japanese student. Our school also had a job hunting office specifically dedicated to assisting and announcing news etc. around job hunting. They were very helpful to me, so no complaints there.

As for Japanese companies not wanting to hire foreign staff, I can also verify this isn't the case. Since about 2012 or so, job hunting seminars specifically targeted for foreigns have become increasingly popular. I personally met many typically Japanese companies like manufacturers, retailers or trading houses etc that were ready to hire or had already hired foreign staff. The biggest requirement is that you must speak at least business level Japanese and should understand Japanese customs, which would already be the case for most foreign nationals here.

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Posted in: Japan to review seal-stamping custom to better contain coronavirus See in context

It's it's kind of shocking that we need a pandemic for this to even be considered changing. If it does change, then I hope they won't revert back to their old ways once the pandemic is over.

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Posted in: Mayor linked to bribery scandal over nuclear plant re-elected See in context

Unbelievable. But also:

The top three executives of Kansai Electric have stepped down to take responsibility for the scandal.

And stepping down is taking responsibility how? Third world country this is. Arrest these freaking crooks already. Someone who shall not be named here got treated MUCH worse for MUCH less. You all know who i'm talking about.

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Posted in: Over 210,000 hotel rooms secured to treat coronavirus patients See in context

Wow, ~3000 cases among 14,000,000+ people in Tokyo Met. So that's 0.0212%

Considering that the government has until now deliberately kept the numbers low, partly due to the olympics, but also because it is grossly incompetent, it's likely there are far more infections that aren't reported yet.

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Posted in: Coronavirus putting Abe's Teflon image to the test See in context

But the more he does, the more he seems to fail, with his recent efforts to reach out to a wary public backfiring badly.

Pretty much sums up his legacy in a nutshell

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of teenage girl See in context

I have two points:

Don't open the door to anyone unless you're expecting them. I've been doing this for years now and it's served me pretty well. I'll answer the door if i'm expecting mail, but otherwise I don't give a rats ass who it is. No NHK, no tobikomi eigyou trying to sell me sht I don't need, no mormons, nothing.

Perhaps this fool of a man could learn how to strike up a conversation with women and eventually even get intercourse with consent rather than wasting time doing these idiotic tbings.

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