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Posted in: Man suspected of fatally stabbing woman in car found dead in hotel room See in context

Poor victim and her family...

Poor wife and kids...

As for the man himself, what a pathetic loser. You won't be missed.

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Posted in: October to bring various price changes for Japan residents See in context

It doesn't mean what you think it means. It simply says that if you leave your job for "personal reasons" then you can claim unemployment benefit after two months instead of three.

Ok, I stand corrected. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted in: October to bring various price changes for Japan residents See in context

Most of you are talking about the minimum wage increase, but I was wondering about this.

On the other hand, unemployment allowances granted to people who leave jobs for personal reasons will be disbursed after two months rather than three, which the government says will help create a job market that makes it easier for people to switch careers

What the heck does that even mean? Just how does decreasing unemployment benefits by a month improve career changes, especially in this pandemic??

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Posted in: Census distribution starts with wariness about virus infection See in context

FYI, straight from their website



So there is a penalty, but they can't force us and therefore ask for our cooperation. Mkay...

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Posted in: Census distribution starts with wariness about virus infection See in context

I got mine in the mail over the weekend. Maybe I wasn't home when they rang. It says we are supposed to fill it in by law, but what happens in case of non-compliance I wonder? Jail time and a fine, or absolutely nothing just like a lot of their other toothless laws?

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Posted in: Mother and son in Japan arrested for running counterfeit Pokemon operation See in context

 I think that so long as they make it clear they sell knock offs they should be left alone. 

I'm pretty sure that would have gotten them caught even faster as I think it's illegal to sell unofficially licensed goods.

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Posted in: Nissan received record ¥130 bil state loan guarantee See in context

*The guarantee covers part of the 180 billion yen loan that the state-affiliated financial institution extended to help the struggling Japanese automaker weather the pandemic's blow to sales already hurt by restructuring *following the aggressive expansion sought by former boss Carlos Ghosn

Unbelievable. He SAVED that bedridden company from bankruptcy and this is how they repay him. Let me correct this paragraph as follows:

*The guarantee covers part of the 180 billion yen loan that the state-affiliated financial institution extended to help the struggling Japanese automaker weather the pandemic's blow to sales already hurt by restructuring *following a series of back stabbing attempts by nissan upper management such as hari nada and hiroto saikawa on Carlos Ghosn in an alleged attempt to desperately prevent him from proceeding with a merge between nissan and Renault.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 116 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 449 See in context

Just for everyone's info, this week I received a letter in the mail from my local ward saying they can offer 見舞金 aka sympathy money of 100.000 yen to those who were recently diagnosed with corona (I was one of them but I recovered). I didn't read or hear about this in the media, so I was pretty surprised when I got that letter.

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Posted in: Judge OKs extradition to Japan of 2 men accused of aiding Ghosn escape See in context

Everyone saying the Japanese justice system is corrupt. I say follow the law and you will not have to deal with it.

Fact: Ghosn was arrested on accusations of charges that had not yet been proven true or false in a court of law.

Fact: Saikawa himself admitted to getting overpaid but wasn't prosecuted at all, unlike Ghosn.

So explain to me how it can be that someone who presumably followed the law, ends up getting arrested and is presumed guilty without evidence, while someone else who ADMITS wrongdoing, isn't arrested and doesn't spend a single day in detention?

I hope the get extradited to japan and suffer in a Hokkaido prison in winter

Let's see you say that again when you're the one getting arrested, presumed guilty from the start, getting interrogated for hours on end, getting told by prosecutors that you'd better plead guilty or else, having your court date constantly postponed, all the while someone else with similar accusations doesn't get a finger lifted at him.

Good luck suffering in your hokkaido prison.

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Posted in: Rules urged for personal-bag use in shops due to shoplifting fear See in context

Will I be looked at suspiciously if I take my backpack to the super? 

I have been using my backpack for years when going grocery shopping in Japan. I walk into the store with it on my back, but I only put my groceries in it after I've paid. Until then I of course use the shopping basket. Never been an issue for me.

If Japan really wants to do something about potential shoplifters, they could do what Silvafan suggests, or what Carrefour in Europe did: install lockers by the entrance of the store and only allow customers in after they temporarily store their personal belonings there, including their own bags etc. And can pick it up again when they leave.

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Posted in: Abenomics failed to deliver as Japan braces for post-Abe era See in context


"I think he worked hard. As head of the ruling party, he worked hard on Abenomics for eight years. There were various problems, but if someone else had been leader, it's questionable whether they could have maintained a stable government for as long as he did.

"He had various diplomatic negotiations overseas and there were pros and cons, but I think there were many merits.


"I think he's been working the whole time, and we've also had the coronavirus pandemic. He's faced various criticism, I think, but he's worked hard for the country so I feel kind of sad that he's resigning."

This is how some people see him? Amazing. Working hard...? Gimme a break. Some Japanese don't hold him under any scrutiny whatsoever. Who cares about working hard when you've barely delivered and have even deceived the public many times. Did they conveniently forget this?

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Posted in: Abe set to resign, citing worsening health See in context

Imagine working for 2799 consecutive days under exponential pressure and criticisms.. no man can stand that.

Not true. He took a day off to play with his dog, drink tea and then upload it to social media so everyone could see he was self-isolating

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Posted in: Nissan slapped with more back taxes from Ghosn period See in context

In a report submitted to the Tokyo Stock Exchange in January, Nissan said that Ghosn inappropriately received about 140 million yen ($1.3 million) as stock-linked compensation. He also used a company business jet for private trips, costing a total of $4.4 million.

What about that dirty rat saikawa and others who admitted to receiving compensation? Why aren't they also in the report and in jail?

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Posted in: Beat the heat See in context

I beat the heat by staying indoors with the AC on full blast.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 161 new coronavirus cases See in context

If that what Lorem Ipsum said is correct, proofs a lot of posters comments here wrong.

Many posters here said it is almost impossible to get a test. Nobody at a health center pick up the phone, people get refused for testing, if accepted they have to wait for weeks and have to pay a lot of money for the test.

But if I read Lorem Ipsum post, it sounds easy to get a test. And also for free of charge.

I should mention that I too was rather surprised with how easily I was able to get tested as I've been reading the comments here a lot and was worried. But FWIW, I live in central Tokyo in a relatively big ward, and when I called the local health center to describe my symptoms, they just gave me a couple of numbers of clinics to call. There was no guarantee that I'd be able to get tested since that was entirely at the discretion of the clinics. Some of the ones I called couldn't take me because they were supposedly "fully booked for the whole week" and didn't have PCR tests, others were taking half a day to get back to me, so I ended up going with a clinic that let me come in that same day. When I told them how surprised I was that they let me come in right away, the nurse said it was because I described my symptoms on the phone, so they already had a grasp of my situation. Come to think of it, the place I went to was also not a big clinic but a very small one run by what looked like a couple. Anyway, the first test was free, but the health center said if I wanted to get tested again I'd have to pay for it myself.

Also, I know for a fact that you can get tested even without symptoms. Some of my friends got tested too, but they dropped some serious cash at private clinics so it was more anonymous. There are several private clinics that provide this as long as you're willing to pay 3 or 4 man yen for it on the spot.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 161 new coronavirus cases See in context


Glad to hear you are fully recovered and not having any difficulties.

So, did you undergo a PCR test and tested positive ?

Thanks man. To answer your and n1k1's question, yeah I had a PCR test where they tested my saliva. The time from phone call to test results was 1.5 days, i.e. I called several clinics one morning based on the recommendation of the health center, one of them let me come in for a PCR test in the afternoon, and 24 hrs later I called in again for the result. The test was also free of charge.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 161 new coronavirus cases See in context

@Lorem ipsum just curious whats your age group?

No worries. I'm in my early 30s

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 161 new coronavirus cases See in context

For the record, I tested positive for corona last week but have now pretty much recovered. I had a slight fever, and I lost my sense of smell and taste. But this has now subsided, and as per the advice of the health center, 10 days have gone past since my first symptoms, so I no longer need to self-quarantine.

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Posted in: Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of U.S. Open See in context

I am so sick of seeing his Uber Eats ads (and Yonekura Ryoko's screeching 'Takasugiru!!!!' ad) everytime damn time I watch a video on Youtube.

I am sick of Youtube ads period

Why aren't you guys already using adblocker? I've been using it as a free add on for chrome for years and don't need to sit through a single ad on youtube.

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Posted in: Plastic bag usage at Japanese stores down by 50%, but plastic bags sales through the roof See in context

Of course this was going to happen. I saw it coming from a mile away, and I too have been stocking up on garbage bags as we need them for garbage disposal. Did these idiots in the govt not think this through? Of course they didn't.

One alternative I can think of is to sell specially designated garbage bags issued by the city or ward like they have in Kyoto. There, i don't have a 15 million yen a year salary like these useless politicians but I'll bet this idea is better than anything they can come up with.

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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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