Makoto Shimizu comments

Posted in: Japan's middle class slowly sinking into poverty See in context

Poverty concept in Japan has to be clearly defined. To be poor in underdeveloped countries means that someone has not income enough to eat three meals a day, no money to own a car or own a house or pay a rent of a decent house, no resources to purchase clothes, no medical insurance, no way to go to dentist. Over 90% of houses in Japan have air conditioning, this is considered luxury in real poor countries.

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Posted in: More middle-aged men made homeless by coronavirus See in context

Frankly cannot understand why these men do not work as there are many job offers at bentoyas from 950 yen an hour, 5 days a week, 40 hours a week, plus 45 extra hours (zangyo) Bentoyas accept people over 50 years old. Hard work, honest work.

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Posted in: Fuji TV launches Japanese-language course on YouTube for global viewers See in context

Great good news! Will check this!

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Posted in: Rwandan single mothers turn to online babysitting of Japanese kids See in context

Glad to hear about this nice initiative of international relationship between Rwandan women and Japanese children. For sure a good example of open minded, open hearted people. Children educated as world citizens. Congratulations

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. defense chiefs agree to keep China in check See in context

Weapons lobby are workaholics crazily working for creating conflicts, fear, panic, this is very sad, the insane competition for making money at any cost. Hope that the peacemakers win this dispute, the world must be united to erradicate coronavirus and build bridges, not walls.

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Posted in: Man fired for lying on resume by saying he had less education than he really does See in context

Ridiculous, bizarre, unbelievable, injustice.

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Posted in: War's end meant years of pain for Japanese girl in China See in context

Great true story of human kindness, Chinese solidarity towards Japanese that must be told to encourage people to build a peaceful society.

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Posted in: Children of Jewish refugee who fled Nazis thank Japan over visa issuance See in context

One more Japanese hero of Mankind to be remembered. Another Japanese diplomat acted as Schindler, Mr Chiune Sugihara. Great Men, great souls. The true Japanese spirit.

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Posted in: Ramen restaurant in Chiba offers lifetime free ramen plan for ¥100,000 See in context

That's a great offer, please bring it to Asaka, Saitama. There in Yokohama there is a delicious ramen at Sugitaya, close to Sugita train station.

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Posted in: Rural migration driven by coronavirus See in context

It is a worldwide illusion, people in the countryside idealize the city and urban people dream of the countryside.

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Posted in: Gov't to set guidelines on economic restart on Monday See in context

Here in Asaka, Saitama, it is possible to see great adherence to preventive measures as my most people wearing masks, closure of several amusement places, reduction of opening business time, and tightening of preventive procedures in companies as taking body temperature of employees, alcohol bottles for hands disinfection, individualized compartments in the food court,etc.

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Posted in: Journalist ponders meaning of Japan's (currently) low coronavirus infection numbers See in context

Lower numbers of diseases in Japan can be attributed to 3 good habits as: 1.Taking off shoes before entering home, 2.Wearing masks and 3. No physical contact for greetings and above all, the concern for the collective

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Posted in: Seiyu to pay special bonus to store staff working during pandemic See in context

Good initiative of Seyu. Hope to be followed by other companies. There in Brazil, a third world country, some workers receive an increase of salary depending on the hazards they have to deal with in their work. For sure there is no way to compensate for all the risks, but, it is a good gesture of recognition, appreciation. Congratulations, it is a welcome attitude towards employees satisfaction that may help a little in these times.

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Posted in: 2 mil face masks donated by Taiwan arrive in Japan See in context

Great gesture of good will. Thank you Taiwan, an admirable country and people.

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Posted in: Virus brings two foes together, Japan and China See in context

It is a great opportunity for Japan to cooperate with China, a win win situation.

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Posted in: Brazil's president accuses actor DiCaprio of financing Amazon fires but offers no evidence See in context

Heavy accusations without any proof. This is a shame to Brazil.

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Posted in: Winter arrivals See in context

Wow!!! Very cute and beautiful birds, live masterpieces of arts.

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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

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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