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Posted in: Understanding the Japan pension system Part 1: What is it and how does it work? See in context

The title should say: how the hell does it work

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Posted in: Nursing home employee arrested over death of 88-year-old resident See in context

There is going to be incredible pressure on the situation with elder care, especially with dementia patients in the coming years. There are simply too few caregivers, and the demand will skyrocket.

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

@Laguna, there are many people in the countryside with no trains or taxi service and almost no buses. Ride-sharing would be a lifeline for them.

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Posted in: Heat is on Tokyo 2020 organizers to combat high temperatures See in context

Cutting down trees in Ochanomizu is NOT the was to reduce heat. Start planting full-size trees everywhere there is even a tiny space.

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Posted in: Top court rules for father seeking return of child to U.S. See in context

So, still not resolved right?

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Posted in: 77-year-old man arrested after road dispute with another driver See in context

For reasons unknown of the posted speed limits are too low. And probably 95% of drivers in Japan do not go the speed limit. It’s dangerous to drive the speed limit here.

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Posted in: Tokyo to encourage foreign tourists to splurge on nightlife See in context

Recruit the experts in Roppongi & Kabukicho to help

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Posted in: Japanese police officer pursues, pulls over Lamborghini supercar…while on a bicycle See in context

That’s why it’s ludicrous to buy any kind of fast Car in Japan – – bicycles are often faster. It’s saved me a lot of money.

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Posted in: Time off for good behavior: Japanese firm rewards non-smokers See in context

This is meaningless, when most workers can’t even take the holidays they are allotted now

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Posted in: Passenger’s notebook overheats, burns table aboard Tokaido shinkansen See in context

We want to know what kind, model notebook

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Posted in: 13% of fatal traffic accidents between 2012 and 2016 occurred during twilight hours: survey See in context

13% seems low for rush hour. Silly stats

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Posted in: Hotel in Osaka has discounts for female bar customers who wear high heels See in context


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Posted in: Japan's low jobless rate masks grim reality See in context

@jcapan June 1  04:36 pm JST

"Absolutely nothing surprising to any of us who live here.

"Visitors are often shocked by the sheer number of workers in Japan's service sector, many with seemingly little to do."

Think what would happen tomorrow if every one of these redundant workers were let go. Imagine if the army of old guys explaining the complexities of walking along a sidewalk in front of construction sites were suddenly cut loose. A reckoning is coming. This is simply not sustainable."

What would happen? The few remaining overworked staff would turn as cold as service workers in countless other countries; the sacked workers are not on the dole, draining the economy further. The pittance these workers get allow them a modicum of dignity, and 100% of their "salary" goes right back into the economy, as they can't save even a yen. The little money companies would save by cutting them out of the economy would likely be socked away in some manager's gold bag. I love the humanity of the service industry here, and would loathe to see a "bottom line" mentality take over.

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Posted in: 80-year-old man arrested for killing ailing wife See in context

Will the social services Japan so desperately needs ever arrive!

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Posted in: Man robbed of Y40 mil in cash in Ginza See in context

"Cash country..."

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

nice, but too close to JT

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Posted in: 73-year-old man arrested over murder of ailing wife See in context

Pitiful social security net in Japan

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Posted in: Kisenosato wins spring sumo title See in context

I loved it. My wife (Japanese) immediately piped up, "Of course it was fixed."

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Posted in: 50 crows found dead in Tokyo park See in context

Very sad. Here's another perspective on how to take care of our neighbours:

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Posted in: 7 students, 1 teacher dead after avalanche in Tochigi; 40 injured See in context

A terrible waste of young lives...So sorry for the families

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Posted in: Welcome hug See in context

Are they sharing one nose?

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Posted in: New Year holiday exodus begins across Japan See in context

Too warm--doesn't feel like New Year

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Posted in: Visitors from abroad have often complained about a lack of places in Japan where adults can have fun at night. See in context

Lots of Love Hotels that are pretty entertaining

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Posted in: Man fatally stabs 68-year-old mother, then jumps to death off building in Saitama See in context

He'd better hope the Christians and Buddhist are wrong about the afterlife!

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Posted in: Japanese lap up new vintage of Beaujolais wine See in context

Beaujolais Nouveau--The yearly scam foisted on naive j-folk

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Posted in: How to make sure you get a seat on the train See in context

"... things giving off an unpleasant smell are prohibited." Hmm. I think about this when carrying my aged Camembert home on the train

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Posted in: Japan to conduct first major survey on racism: report See in context

Nicknamed the "Can of Worms" study.

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Posted in: Tokyo moves into top 3 in GPCI 2016 city rankings See in context

...and number47 in an unbiased study

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Posted in: Music icon Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize See in context

..a simple twist of fate

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