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Posted in: Japan's population falls by record 726,342 to 125.93 mil in 2021 See in context

Forgive me in advance if I'm misunderstanding something here, but if the people who are passing away are the elderly for the most part, doesn't that mean there are fewer people on the pension system as well?

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Posted in: Japan’s new micro-houses want to be your home away from home on weekends, but we’d stay all week See in context

I like the concept. I'd love to rent one of those out for a little weekend trip, but I would not want to own one. Too much money given the limited usage.

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Posted in: Japan begins 3-month energy-saving period to conserve electricity See in context

Why the hell is this even a thing. My AC stays on when it's hot and humid, period. The government can go to hell.

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Posted in: Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan See in context

This isn't a new problem though. There's always been high competition for new grads in Japan.

I remember back in 2015 when I joined my first company as a shinsotsu, one of my douki at the time told me a similar story about how one company he declined a job offer from after accepting it, were guilt tripping him. Luckily, he was a kikokushijo, so he didn't give into the pressure.

Japan Inc.- Let's don't consider offering higher wages. Let's try fraud and dishonesty!

It's not necessarily about raising wages in the case of new recruit hiring. At the time of application, all the salaries are usually publicized to the students, so they know exactly how much they will be making at each company. It's more a matter of joining a company in an industry they really like.

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Posted in: Toshiba studying going private as an option See in context

 The productive employees and influential shareholders can make the company profitable by permanently erasing Japan's feudal systems of lifetime seniority employment and akumadari.

It's amakudari

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Posted in: World's biggest YouTuber PewDiePie moves to Japan See in context

BOOM, let me do the honors and get this to 101 comments!

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Posted in: Pedestrian hit, killed by car driven by U.S. Marine in Okinawa See in context

What relevance is there to the accident in mentioning the fellows nationality and occupation? There's another article on here pointing out the 3 year anniversary of an accident in Shiga which doesn't mention the driver's nationality. More grubby double standards perhaps?

This question has been dealt with in the past i'm surprised you're still asking. His nationality came up because he's not Japanese. If it were a Japanese, they wouldn't need to mention it since this is Japan. Can you imagine mentioning a Japanese person's nationality every single time they commit a crime in their own country?

As for occupation, this is mentioned in virtually every single article, including Japanese nationals.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of intoxicated woman at hotel See in context

@girl in tokyo

There are many men here voicing doubt that this woman was raped, despite the fact that false accusations are excedingly rare, and the police already had enough evidence to arrest him

I thought you weren't making generalizations, but here you are talking about how false accusations are very rare.

Please point out what exactly this "evidence" is you speak of. Getting arrested is in no way an admission of guilt. Anyone can get arrested and held in custody for up to 3 weeks in Japan despite being innocent.

You say  you are accusing me of judging all men by the standards of some criminals, when all I have actually said is that the facts of THIS case, the one we are discussing, point to THIS man being guilty of rape

Not true. You just made a sweeping generalization above. You also wrote:

If you actually knew the stats about false accusations and used them to point out the flaws in the arguments that men here continually make about women lying about rape.

You bring up general statistics into this again which has nothing to do with THIS particular case which you claim you were arguing about.

But then you also say:

 I am not sure where the confidence of old men comes from, but far too many of you seem to think young women would chose you over some young guy with a six-pack.

Just what does "old men" have to do with this particular case? If you're going to talk about this particular case then stop making generalizations about men, their appearance or their age. For the record, I know several men who are in their 40s or 50s and are successful with women younger than them. Nothing at all to do with age or looks, but everything to do with charisma, life experience, and the ability to relate to women on a deeper level. I also know young women who prefer older men for just that reason, but also for their money. To each their own.

The point is, unless a proper investigation takes place in this case, we don't know much about what happened beyond this article. Maybe the woman liked the guy and they had consensual sex but her friends didn't know about it, or maybe not. Maybe he did assault her. We simply don't know and can't judge at this point.

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Posted in: Some companies try 4-day workweek to offer flexibility to employees See in context

Talking about salaries there is of course one consideration: are they receiving their bonuses or other benefits? When i started my first job in Japan as a shinsotsu at a Japanese company, my yearly salary was about 2.4M yen. But with the fixed bonuses and housing allowance, I was making more around 4M. Housing allowance was a pretty sweet deal too, only requiring me to pay 10.000 per month while the rest was covered by the company. It only required me to live in the company designated 独身寮. In the end, I did manage to save quite some money every month. That being said, I still prefer gaishi companies as they offer more competitive salaries even though there usually isn't any housing allowance AFAIK.

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Posted in: Some companies try 4-day workweek to offer flexibility to employees See in context

How about giving people choices: work four days a week, 8 hrs a day but with reduced pay, or four days a week for the same pay provided they keep their fourty hrs per week.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman dies after being found collapsed on street in Tokyo See in context

You can't possibly be serious. The whole purpose of an ambulance and paramedics is to get the patient to the nearest medical facilities ASAP lest they you know, DIE. The paramedics can only do so much triage in the bus. And what is this "calling around to which hospital would accept the patient"? Are you implying that ERs in Japan can REFUSE patients being brought in?!?!

I think the user lamilly is partly correct only. I say partly because covid patients in ambulances have been refused by private clinics during the pandemic. It made the news last year several times if I'm not wrong.

As for paperwork, that's only done once you're actually AT the hospital and being treated. I've been hospitalized in an ambulance twice in Japan and there certainly wasn't any paperwork involved during the ride there. Police also came to the hospital afterwards, not beforehand.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: ‘How do you find a good man?’ See in context

And women don't need men to buy us flowers, pay for our dinner, or give us jewelry. Surprise, we can buy those things for ourselves because we have money.

Then please explain to me why women who have jobs, still expect the guy to pay for a date? Some of the reasons I heard from women is "if he invites me, he should pay", or "I spend time and money looking good, so the guy should pay". Please do share your thoughts on this.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers another ATM system failure See in context

"We apologize to our customers for causing inconvenience,"

It should read "We apologize to our customers for our gross incompetence"

These clowns just never seize to amaze. Like others have said, I cannot fathom how ANYONE still has any money there.

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Posted in: Japan to cut quarantine days for COVID close contacts to 7 from 10 See in context

If you had close contact with someone with COVID how does it help decrease public transmission by returning you to the public even sooner?

If you actually read the article you will know. Short answer: science.

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Posted in: Police ask public not to use 110 number for non-urgent calls See in context

I lived in Japan for nearly twenty years and never knew there was an alternate number

Maybe you've been living under a rock. It's been well documented in the media before.

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Posted in: 12,000 sign petition to ease Japan's tight entry rules over Omicron See in context

Japan has banned new entries by foreigners worldwide since Nov 30, following increasing reports on the highly contagious variant. Even entry of spouses and children of Japanese nationals or permanent residents is denied unless they are in "special exceptional circumstances."

Really? I have colleagues on spouse visas, long term residents and permanent residents who recently went home to visit family over the holidays and they seemed fine coming back into the country, as long as they quarantined at home?

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Posted in: Mizuho hit by system failure again despite pledge to improve operations See in context

HAHAHAHA what a bloody circus! Yes, this is japan! Pledges upon pledges and then some more pledges. Any improvements? NONE! Did those senior idiotic execs not previously agree to return part of their salaries to show remorse for all their damn incompetence? Maybe they should return a whole year's worth of salary and only be paid minimum wage. This is an amazing sh#t show that never ends, and it so perfectly depicts everything wrong with this third world country. Of course the customers won't complain beyond maybe a little tweet of dissatisfaction, so yhey

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Posted in: Tokyo police admit to losing 38 citizens’ personal data…that was stored on floppy disks See in context

Also, I would sue these idiotic clowns for damages if I had my data lost by them. It really pisses me off how in this country organizations think it's OK to give a freaking apology without any monetary compensation in return. Unless these morons feel it in their pockets, nothing will ever change. I've seen it happen in the private sector too. You ask for a financial compensation like a simple refund and they're totally surprised that you dare ask such a thing after they've so painstakingly given you their ever so profound but utterly useless apology.

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Posted in: Tokyo police admit to losing 38 citizens’ personal data…that was stored on floppy disks See in context

Maybe that's why the prosecution recently chose not to prosecute shinzo abe...because their evidence was also stored on floppy disks which they lost. The possibility is actually there.

“We will provide thorough guidance to our personnel to ensure that this sort of incident does not occur again.”

Usual empty statement meaning absolutely nothing. Useless bunch of circus clowns.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off now than you were this time last year? See in context

Better off. I changed jobs in 2021 and negotiated a 80% salary increase, putting me on about 8 million yen. Can't complain.

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Posted in: Prosecutors decide not to indict Abe over dinner spending scandal See in context

Prosecutors said Tuesday they decided not to indict former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over allegations his camp illegally paid for dinner receptions held for supporters, officially bringing to an end a high-profile political scandal that came to light two years ago.

Not even an explanation as to why they didn't prosecute. But they'll readily prosecute Ghosn on money he never received. Bloody third world banana republic is what this country is. The only reason I still live here is to enhance my own personal and professional situation. Other than that I don't give a s#it about this place and the people that run it.

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Posted in: Japan’s job-quitting service not what it seems; is also sneakily hard to quit See in context

For better or worse, I have some personal experience dealing with Japanese courts regarding this topic. Not because I owed anyone anything, but bevau they owed us. And I can tell you this: this country is a bloody JOKE when it comes to financial restitution. In a nutshell, if you don't feel like paying a fee that you're owed, simply don't. If a company wants money from you, they first need to take you to court, which will cost way more than 39,000 yen. Even if you win in court, you won't receive any money unless the defendant actually feels like paying you. Guess what? You need launch a separate court case in order to have the defendants assets seized. That's just even more cost. And to top it all off, if the defendant decides to maliciously hide their assets, there's not a damn thing the courts can do about it, because they just assume that everyone is honest about their possessions.

In the case of this article, if you decide to fudge off and not tell these idiots where you went next, or where you have a bank account, they can't do anything about it. If they want to, they'll need to sue, which again is going to cost way more money and time. That's Japan for you. Toothless third world country.

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Posted in: Buyers of condos to be converted from Olympic village sue developers See in context

Except when it does, right? With all due respect, have you bought and sold real estate in Tokyo? I bought a 10- year old condo and sold it 3 years later for a 5 million yen profit. Depends on where you buy. Best resale value now is in the Bakurocho area.

Good point. I've spoken to other building owners before and they have confirmed this too. But if you held it for less than five years, wasn't there a capital gains tax to be paid? At least that's what i heard.

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Posted in: Osaka arson suspect identified; all similar buildings to be inspected See in context

There are multiple facets to this problem. One of them being mental health, another one being terrible building codes that don't allow for more safety, but also the government not thinking ahead and only reacting once something bad happens.

Last but not least, this entire fire seems to have been started by those damn kerosene heaters. One kick to these machines is really all it takes? I don't get why Japan can't get with central heating...

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Posted in: Train attacker says he targeted Tokyo in hopes of increasing kill count See in context

The ministry ordered the companies to promptly open train doors at a platform in the event of an emergency even if train cars do not stop at the right place.

It held a similar meeting after a man stabbed or slashed 10 passengers in August on an Odakyu Electric Railway commuter train in the capital's Setagaya Ward.

So they had a similar meeting two months prior, yet nobody learned anything about opening the doors in case of an emergency is how this reads. If that is the case, the ministry and the railway companies are a bunch of morons. Something similar is likely to happen again with the doors staying closed yet again, and those imbeciles will be having yet another meeting talking about the same nonsense with no changes. Yes, sounds like Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 17-month-old son See in context

Another cockroach who can't control his trivial little feelings, and by the sounds of it, it wasn't even the first time. People like him deserve to be punished with the judas craddle. That would literally serve his a#& right, pun intended. If you don't know what the judas craddle is, feel free to look it up.

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Posted in: Ota gov't employees in frantic pencil-shaving spree to meet election day See in context

City employees have been tasked with the monumental duty of sharpening each of the rush-ordered 10,000 pencils on their breaks in between work. As of Oct 19, they only had 300 pencils left to sharpen, and will also need to sharpen the bigger customer order of 103,000 pencils as it arrives so that voters can use them through the voting period.

Only in a country like Japan would employees be asked to do something so ridiculous, and on their damn breaks no less. And only in Japan would these spineless employees agree to this. Anywhere else in the civilized world and people would revolt or demand overtime pay. Pay your freaking staff when you demand things of them or don't ask at all. At the very least I hope they get to adjust their working time for the extra time spent doing this ridiculous task.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 2-year jail term for Kelly See in context

One question: why isn't Saikawa being prosecuted as well? Saikawa was just as much in a position to know.

Because he was given immunity in exchange for cooperating with the prosecution, that's why. As were some of those other scum bags like hari nada I believe.

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Posted in: Woman arrested on 2nd charge of abandoning infant’s body at home 3 years ago See in context

Ever heard of a condom, you useless human parasite? Give her lobotomy so she doesn't have the mental capacity to ever reproduce again.

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Posted in: Apple pie ice cream bars arrive in Japan and they’re superb See in context

I'm eating one right now as we speak. It is indeed quite soft and tasty. I'm quite impressed.

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