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Posted in: Japan slams WTO ruling on South Korean Fukushima food ban See in context

Who chose the emotionally charged word 'slam' for this headline. I've never seen Japanese slam anything in public. What happens inside some homes might be different.

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Posted in: S Korean media criticize use of industrialist's image on new Japanese banknote See in context

Most young Japanese have such a vague clue about the sins of their fathers' during Japanese Colonial times. What gets me is the number of down votes I'll get for stating a fact. This above statement is true! It is not an opinion. These down votes tell me Japan still hasn't found a way to process and deal with the past. What I read and hear is we paid them money, now let's forget about it. It would be nice if young people actually knew what they should be forgetting about.

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Posted in: Looking back: A bygone boom era when Akihito became emperor See in context

Back in the day when holding two fingers in the air sure got the taxi drivers attention.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

Young people just won't listen:

Mother: Why aren't you meeting girls and getting married son?

Thirty something: 'Talk to the hand mom.'

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Posted in: Fukuoka police tackle shortage of female recruits via fashion show See in context

Don't expect to be taken seriously.

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Posted in: Fukuoka police tackle shortage of female recruits via fashion show See in context

If that is what draws you in, maybe you can make some tea for us too?

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Posted in: Stricter measures needed to deal with expectant foreign entrants, journalist writes See in context

Don't worry Japan, you'll get your money back. Think about all the young healthy foreigners you'll be bringing in and then kicking out after 5 years. I'm sure you'll have them paying into the system. We all know that statisically speaking, young people use the medical system much less than old. They won't really receive a return on their investment. When you weigh that with the few staying short term and not paying, you will be in the black.

We can also talk about the pension system. Last I heard foreigners could get most of their money back if they leave sometime around the third year, but you have a program where foreigners stay 5 years. How much of that pension will go to them? At the moment I'm sure it is none unless they are from a country which already has a treaty with Japan, but the countries you are plucking most of the workers from don't fall under this.

NHK also looks to gain a lot of money from people who won't get much out of their programming.

Not to say you should't do something about those skipping out on their hospital bills, but your reporting is not balanced at all.

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Posted in: This is an absolutely must-have drug. Our hospital has been plunged into chaos because we must think about alternative drugs according to the type of surgery and the kind of disease. See in context

The last prescription of antibiotics I received here were so weak I thought they were tic tacs. It goes without mentioning that that was also my last visit to that particular doctor.

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Posted in: Author reveals the story of Japan's first foreign-born samurai See in context

You mean it's not Tom Cruise?

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Posted in: New imperial couple to face heavy burden of tradition See in context

If the road ahead is that tough, just leave the family. What are they going to do tackle and chain you up. You've been writing this oh poor girl story for years!

There are Japanese out there falling into the cracks. The country is in a position where they can't act. You really don't want to be acted upon and that is what is already happening.

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Posted in: Convenience store operators urged to tackle labor shortages See in context

Hey 7/11, Lawson's, Family Mart, and whomever else, just tell Uncle Abe all your employees will be given the title of manager, so they won't get any overtime. We'll call the new program 'volunteer time within our company-family'.

If that doesn't work, tell Uncle Abe you'll be using his new program, 720 hours OT per year per employee. If this doesn't work well either we'll just pay the extra 300k, it's peanuts.

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Posted in: Sakura dessert made from Mount Fuji ice See in context

A repeating theme: Form over Function

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Posted in: If teachers start to feel they can’t handle the job, children will come to dislike English. The content of the textbooks is simple and will make classes easy to conduct, so I hope teachers will use it to actively and repeatedly engage with students. See in context

Her statement is without support and difficult to make comment here. Has the material been thoroughly tested using multiple anxious teachers and multiple live appropriate aged students for a fairly extended period of time? This old school way is the only one I buy into. The others are hit and miss.

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Posted in: 84-year-old man arrested for abandoning body of 96-year-old neighbor See in context

So is he saying he was a nice guy and was trying to make her more comfortable as she was ill. I am afraid to ask what the sheet was made of.

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Posted in: Japan's emperors: From divine commander to 'comforter-in-chief' See in context

The Gelded Senpai of Senpais

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Posted in: Fast Retailing to raise salary for new recruits by 20% in 2020 See in context

If Japan doesn't move quickly, they will not only see brain drain from the countryside, but also the Metropolises. Those with the talent and enough proficiency in English will look for greener pastures. These upper talents are much harder to replace with someone who doesn't have the knack for the nuances of Japanese and mastery of Kanji. Beware Japan. You need to get serious about turning that corner.

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Posted in: New era name echoes Abe's national pride agenda See in context

quercetumToday  03:22 pm JST

Did the new emperor have any say in this since it’s his era?

The Emperor's life is shrouded in opaqueness. We don't even know if he has a say in his bedtime.

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

This article is a great way to motivate my son to study English. I don't need to put the fear of God in him, just the fear of Abe. 'You'll be rolling that stone uphill just like orce.'Sisyphus, if you don't crack that English textbook and get the hell out of this Abe's work force'.

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

What's going to happen when someone dies from overwork under these conditions? The company will be able to say, 'It wasn't us; we were following the law'. The government will be able to say, 'It wasn't from overwork, because the worker's time didn't exceed the guidelines. It sure was a shame though'.

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Posted in: Kono suggests need to end reversal of Japanese names in English See in context

At the end of the day the change you want to make may make society feel happier, but it is only an ephemeral emotional one. What would really make us happy is for you to get us out of the post 1992 bubble collapse and all the ills that have come with it, because that is where we still are and the rest is pretty meaningless.

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Posted in: Japan deploys missile units on southwest islands amid China's rise See in context

Anyone have an opinion on this. Why isn't the US military ever play a more active role (more than just behind the scenes) in this types of situation? What does the Status of Forces agreement state in regards to these ongoing skirmishes and the role the US might play. Land grabs have been the new norm these last 5 years or so --Russia: Ukraine and Crimea with former USSR satellite states shuddering. China making a huge economic exclusion zone in the China sea.

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Posted in: It may be hard to solve all of the problems through this year’s G-20 meeting. But the fact that Japan is chairing the group means that it can at least exercise leadership to bring the issue closer to resolution. See in context

The real news is how it came to be that Japan is chairing the group. This above quote is just a distraction.

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Posted in: Trump downplays white nationalism threat after NZ mosque massacre See in context

Japan Today once again displaying hit pieces on Trump. All quotes in the article are from left wing Trump haters.

I don't usually take issue whether the news is coming from the left or right. I take issue with its content and sometimes make an argument from that point.

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Posted in: Trump downplays white nationalism threat after NZ mosque massacre See in context

pointofviewToday  03:41 pm JST

Japan Today once again displaying hit pieces on Trump. All quotes in the article are from left wing Trump haters.

Where are good sources of news from the right? Where do you get your news?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils robots to help wheelchair users, workers See in context

Which came first the robot or the idea of designing a robot for a handicapped individual in mind?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven store to continue operating under shorter business hours See in context

Not sure I'd want to operate a franchise. I'd take on the load of the risk at the mercy of the rules I need to fall in line under, all the while the franchisee is guaranteed a steady income. No thank you.

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Posted in: Son arrested for abandoning body of father under house floorboards See in context

Interestingly the father's age is not given. Wonder why police never released this information?

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Posted in: Another flight delayed after pilot exceeds alcohol limit See in context

Does anyone else have the suspicion that this has been going on for years, but the 2 companies out there that recently keep popping up in the news are just now getting around to do something about it.

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Posted in: Abe suggests he won't seek 4th term as LDP president See in context

batter up for our next authoritarian

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Posted in: Japan issues rules for companies hiring foreigners via new system See in context

I know I won't be popular posting this, but someone has to say it.

What about the economic wellbeing of the countries where the workers come from?

Don't they also need young cheap labour, trained skilled workers and a source of tax revenue of their own countries?

Examples: India desperately need doctors, nurses, IT workers etc., but many of these workers are working overseas (I am guessing some in Japan).

Labor behaves like a market too. In the future, for example, if Japanese companies haven't been paying consultants a global competitive wage, and so some of those workers have left the country. It can cut both ways.

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