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Posted in: Abe says no need to raise sales tax beyond 10% for decade See in context

Sao Paulo state in Brazil has 18% of Sales Tax (VAT) for most goods. Brazil has nearly 60 types of different taxes that are created and applied in cities, states, nationwide, also depending on the type and size of business, industry. It is a mess, and due to the high amount of tax there is a big tax evasion as many decide to work informally, without any legal coverage as obtaining all necessary official licenses is also a great obstacle, bottleneck. Raising taxes is a bad idea. Government must be efficient, effective, must be able to provide the best services without burdening the society with heavy taxes.

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Posted in: Robots to take 20 mil jobs, worsening inequality: study See in context

The next challenge is to transform robots into consumers as human beings will be unemployed.

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Posted in: Gov't to urge firms to hire employees until age 70 amid labor crunch See in context

Aged 56 I came to work in Japan in a factory and see that it is very hard to endure 12 hours a day work shift. There is a strong pressure for high productivity along all day, every minute.

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

Stealth jet was put down before, by old weapon, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_F-117A_shootdown

Was it an accident? Was this plane captured by foreign countries?

Big mistery.

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Posted in: Lego's new programmable robotics kit aims for classrooms See in context

Here in Brazil Lego and other brands robots have been used successfully to introduce robotics to young students. Good to hear that Japan is doing so.

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Posted in: Japan slowly buying into cashless future despite widespread misgivings See in context

Cash is king. There is no way to properly describe the sensation, the feeling of counting bills of money, one by one in your fingers. Cash in hands, cash in the pocket or safe means security. Of course there are risks. Here in Brazil there is a big movement towards electronic payments, cashless society. Not only by large retailers, but also, by single professionals. Several fintechs are coming to Brazil. Street market sellers are adopting debit and credit cards machines to accept payments, a survival issue in a very competitive market. Large banks are struggling with the newly arrived financial startups. May be this occurs in Japan.

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Posted in: 'Made by war criminals' label proposed for some Japanese-made items in S Korean schools See in context

This idea author deserves to be nominated to the Nobel Prize of Hate. Kindness generate kindness, this is the type of attitude that will lead to increase the level of hostility. Whoever defends this crazy idea is in need of urgent psiquiatric treatment.

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Posted in: Japan Times president apologizes for turmoil; warns of legal action against leakers See in context

Congratulations to Japan Times for the courage to publish articles about sensitive facts of Second World War. History is generally written by the winning part, but, it is very important to discuss past errors to avoid present and future repetition of so regretful events. Japan has overcomed the hardness of war and after more than 74 years of the end of WWII there are survivors and there are deep wounds in all involved, their pain must be respected and all efforts must be made to ensure a proper cure, restoration. Thank God Japan is now a country that is an example of peace and admired worldwide. This issue of comfort women must be discussed and a way to make all people, all human beings in peace with this must be pursued. Japan Times has been positively contributing to this.

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Posted in: Japan scholar and translator Donald Keene dies at 96 See in context

Great man that helped to build bridges between cultures, a true peace maker.

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Posted in: Age limits - whatever you’re doing, you can’t do it forever See in context

Excellent article of a sensitive issue, age limits. The true is that there is a strong prejudice against people over 40. Here in Brazil, we have officially over 12 million people unemployed, so, if you lose your job at 40,it will be difficult to find another with the same salary, if you have more than 50 it will be like a miracle to get a job again. Over 60 getting a job will be classified as crazy. The fact is that most of Human Resources staff that makes the initial selection of candidates are younger than over 40 years old candidates, so, the first filter is the HR staff. There is a prejudice against mature professionals that are not considered by the excuse that they are over qualified, etc. Interviewers and selecting professionals should remember that they will get older too and they may be subject to the same criteria that they use.

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Posted in: Omron releases smartwatch capable of measuring blood pressure in U.S. See in context

Congrats to Omron, this seems to be a truly useful smart watch for daily use by people concerned on blood pressure. A version for people with diabetes would also be very welcome. Most of smartwatches are for athletes and adventure and this Omron timepiece seems to be a great device.

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Posted in: Japan's labor shortage hits 45-year high See in context

This is good news for Brazilians, many Japanese descendants are living in Japan and more are going as unemployment is high in Brazil, over 12 million jobless here. Brazil mininum wage is R$ 998 that makes less than 30,000 yen a month !

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Posted in: No. of foreign workers in Japan triples in decade to record 1.46 million See in context

Here in Brazil we have officially over 12 million people unemployed and there are over 160,000 Brazilians working in Japan earning at least 1,000 yens an hour. Brazil's minimum wage is equal to 164 yens per hour, not enough to pay for housing, food, basic needs.

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Posted in: HARMAN Professional Solutions: How AV equipment impacts everyday life See in context

Great challenge! A prestigious US company with premier brands acquired by Samsung to conquer the exigent Japanese market.

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Posted in: Can Trump use an emergency declaration to build his wall? See in context

I am glad that most of the Congress representatives have their brains in order to not agree with such horrible idea of building walls. Recently Berlin wall was dropped by freedom fighters, there are no records of successful walls, Maginot line, Jericho, Adrian walls, China walls, etc, all had been overcome. A better world demands the construction of bridges, not walls.

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Posted in: 65% against Diet passage of foreign worker bill: poll See in context

The survey contacted 746 randomly selected households with eligible voters and 1,133 mobile phone number

This seems to be not a good size research number of respondents. Should be ideally over 2,000 with a good range of several criteria as geographic distribution, gender, age, etc

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Posted in: As Japan OKs law to let more foreigners in, tiny rural town wants to go further See in context

I am a nissei, my father came to Brazil in 1958, and my mother´s family came to Brazil in 1917, about 101 years ago. One century ago Japan had to send people abroad due to the difficulties in their economy. Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside Japan. Now Japan is prosperous, rich, is sad to read that Japan population is shrinking, that every year the Japanese population decrease, gets older, so, the need for foreigners to fulfill the workforce. The USA became the stronger country in the world because opened their territory to immigrants, to people willing to work. It is good to know that there open minded Japanese that want Japan to be a destiny for people that wants to work, live in peace, study and make Japan a multicultural nation, a world leader.

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for stealing a roll of toilet paper from hospital toilet See in context

For sure, all crimes must be punished, zero tolerance for wrong doings. But, punishment must be proportional, judgment must be fair. If the penalty is too heavy justice is not made, it becames an injustice, revenge, will create anger, resentment against the system.

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Posted in: Some Japanese firms encouraging employees to take worktime naps See in context

I want to apply for a job in companies that have this practice, how can I do this? Great policy, very humane.

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

US$ 87,700 seems to be a symbolic value, small amount that would mean a great gesture towards peace, harmony, humble recognition for the wrong doings in the past.

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Posted in: Japanese fleet catches 177 whales in latest hunt See in context

Japan is admired worldwide by several reasons. This coward whale hunt under this ridiculous excuse that is made for scientific purposes is not accepted even by ordinary people without academic titles. There is no need to kill, to assassinate whales. Shameful.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

There is still time to make a clear statement about the repentance of the past errors. Just to clearly express in words what Japan has been doing after the war, working for peace, never using the threat of use of weapons to solve disputes. Japan has changed its behavior by embracing peace, so, it is just one more step, to say the magic words : WE ARE SORRY, WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE PAST ERRORS. Only the braves, the courageous can do that, humbly.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

For sure, the worst day of makind, where man behaved like the devil. They could drop the bomb in an area that they would not kill so many civilians, but, its powerful effects could be seem by hundreds of thousands. But, they wanted to hurt, to kill, and had killed hundreds of thousands of innocents, they were not happy with one, so, they launched two bombs, on the population of two cities. There was no mercy, no humanity at all. Events not to be forgotten. One of the ugliest chapters of human history.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

Congratulations to Mr Son on his courage. Uber has been a great success here in Brazil, a true option that generates work and income to hundreds of thousands of people. Uber has also obliged the taxi companies to improve their quality and also offer better prices. Rental companies are offering special rates for Uber drivers. Shared cars, shared bikes are improving the economy and market. Mr Son is right. Hope that Japan gets the big picture of a global tendency.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

Japan is a rich country with high standards of living. It is a privilege to be able to provide excellent quality and exceptional health services and care for foreigners. Long term vision is essential to see the benefits of gratitude in the present and future. The world will only become a better place to live with kindness and compassion towards all.

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Posted in: Business titles so complicated nobody knows who's boss and who's not See in context

Here in Brazil I received business cards from top executives, very high rank ones, that had only their names in their business cards, no titles - so, the most powerful do not need a position printed under their names in their cards, their names alone are enough to inform what they represent.

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Posted in: Urban farmer Jon Walsh finds fertile ground in Tokyo See in context

Here in Brazil I have been growing inside my kitchen cupboard my own salad, moyashi by simply watering the green mung beans. In only four days I am able to harvest my production, I use only water, tap water, no chemicals, no fertilizers, it is hidroponic, pesticide free. So, no land is necessary, no sun light is needed to start a home production of healthy vegetables.

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Posted in: N Korea casts doubt on Trump summit if U.S. insists on unilateral denuclearisation See in context

No surprise as it is not difficult to predict the results of a meeting between a buffoon and a boaster... Unfortunately...

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Posted in: Aso ridicules N Korean leader's plane See in context

Japanese has the reputation of being polite, but...

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Posted in: Sit and think See in context

Great news title. An invitation to humbly think. Anyway a brave gesture of someone who wants to communicate with some other human being. Hope that he found a merciful soul to share this lonely moment of his life.

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