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Posted in: Japan agency calls for highest pay rise for civil servants in 26 years See in context

> Jonathan PrinAug. 11  01:49 am JST

Is 6,731,000 yen with bonus or without ?

That includes the bonus. And before, insurances, taxes, all sorts of deductions.

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Posted in: Philippines deports 2 robbery suspects to Japan; arrests made in-flight See in context

I was actually at the Manila airport that day when I saw a big group of Japanese men, all in their formal black suits and escorted by a great number of Philippine Special Forces. I was clueless of what's going on and even got pissed that they were blocking the main gates hallway for their meeting. For a moment I thought they looked like Yakuza, as their body language suggests high profile ranks were giving orders in the middle. The suspects are better to serve their crime in Japan. The Philippine prisons are highly susceptible to corruption and the suspects would have an easy life in detention.

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Posted in: Philippines asks Japanese consumers to accept higher prices for bananas See in context

On one thesis i did in college - "PH mango in JP market" . I have noted one gatekeeper for produce imports in JPN are the supermarkets and their demand for extremely high quality (spotless, perfect shape, bright color, high margin, etc.) standards. Breaking into the JP market is akin to going through an eye of a needle. The request of the PH envoy seems reasonable and can easily be observed; the prices of imported fruits like Kiwi from New Zealand, Red Globe grapes from Chile, avocados from Mexico, orange, lemons. grapefruit from the US - are significantly higher at the same weight and volume. Transit costs based on distance of the sources does not equate to these price differences. This is beyond the law of supply and demand, because there is an authority in JPN that can control the prices of the goods.

On another note; "Pinoy" or "Pinay" are not derogatory terms for a Filipino - its the context of its use that change its meaning.

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Posted in: Indonesian police arrest Japanese man wanted for COVID subsidy fraud See in context

Taniguchi and a group of acquaintances allegedly submitted some 1,700 false applications...  they received subsidies in more than 960 of those applications for an estimated 960 million yen 

That is a whopping 56.4% margin of error on the approver's part.. and that was just based on the case at point.

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Posted in: Mister Donut’s new Angel Fruit series elevates angel cream doughnuts See in context

I've got a sweet tooth, Mister Donut is right there where sugary-sweet is not to be expected, . Lemon was just too sour for me on this batch offering, and we all know what happens when you mix acid with milk!

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Posted in: Japan's civil courts to digitalize many procedures by FY2025 See in context

Other countries were already doing this since the Covid-19 restrictions started.

Japan and its "if its not written in the book, it cant be done" culture.

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Posted in: Why are so many vaccinated people getting COVID-19 lately? See in context

Elemental science. Vaccines do not block viruses, it introduces a weaker version of that virus (MRNA/RNA) so that your body recognizes the virus and reacts to it effectively and efficiently before it gets a chance to get deeper into one's cells, regenerate and retransmit. There are stages in the entire process. If you believe that vaccines block like a sunblock would deflect UV rays, then you have to brush up on the scientific definition of a vaccine.

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Posted in: Paralympic disability categories under fire over fairness See in context

I have congenital limb deficiency, enough to be classified in the Japanese Handicap classification as Level 1 handicap.

From what I gather, some see an event where people with disabilities show what they can do despite of the challenges, or as SteveinJapan puts it, an "outlet for the disabled" and everyone should just be given medals - sure, like children with candies? Some are struggling with acceptance and reality of what they see on this event, because it can hit one in their core values and understanding of human empathy and equity.

I watch the events and it is honestly as painful to watch even for a person like me with a disability. Coming out open for the entire world to see your bare body deformity, mental struggles and flaws can break a normal soul...and these athletes are there all out with what they got. It will hurt your pride, twist your innards watching people with mental, physical disabilities in weird positions, excruciating forms and ways just to get to their goal of winning an event. Go ahead, watch more until it no longer pains you.

What the Paralympics bring on the world stage is not just a showcase of the human competitive spirit despite a handicap, but most importantly (for me as a handicap) - Chance and Acceptance. A second chance for accident-impaired athletes, a kind world that opens dreams for congenital handicap persons to join the world of Sports that seem to have been exclusive to the able-bodied. If you can accept to the point that you no longer see the disability in a person, instead see a person just like you, trying their best to participate in society, carry on life with the body or mental state they never had a choice to have - then the Paralympics made this world kinder and accepting of differences - a better place. The Paralympics may have issues with classification and all that, but so does the Olympics. Same species, same issues, same joy, same triumph and defeat. It's a celebration of life for all.

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Posted in: Nissan to sell entire Daimler stake for $1.4 billion See in context

My shaken is due, and im in the market for a new car...but what Nissan did, still affects my choice to get it from the Nissan lineup, it really tarnished their reputation. They have to do some correction or crisis control or they will be history.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor vows full measures to combat virus during Olympic torch relay See in context

Stages of acceptance:  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Fear, Depression - Acceptance.  

Japan is still on the Denial stage regarding Olympics 2020.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of drunk woman See in context

Pure malicious intent.

 The consent card should not have power when the victim is in a compromised state.

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Posted in: Court scraps acquittal of man; sentences him to 10 years for raping daughter See in context

That's good news.  I Just saw this case now... and I am in complete disbelief that a parent raping his own offspring can actually be acquitted (before the overturn) .  There might not be a change in the JP law, but at least this case can now be used as precedent.

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Posted in: Mask resellers could face 1 year in prison, ¥1 mil fine under new ban See in context

The JP government need to enact laws faster than their current phase. The price-gouging practice on masks started early in February - they should've acted right away when NHK reported about it at that time. 1 month later, geez.

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Posted in: Kelly: Ghosn's second-in-charge, now first in firing line See in context

Nissan, still orchestrating their own downfall. They should just stop this charade and focus on crisis management while there are still stockholders hanging around.

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Posted in: Rakuten to charge less than half the mobile phone fees of its rivals See in context

I'd be a bit wary of promises and contracts. Lately, subscription services often use low-price introduction offers, then incrementally increases fees after a while. Netflix and Amazon prime started low... and as I am hooked on their upgrades, product/services I just cant help but agree to price increases.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill with tough road rage penalties; elderly driver testing See in context

It is understandable that rural areas where there are less public transport should have been considered  - But that law is also fair that if one cannot drive safely due to slowing reflexes as brought about by age, then they shouldn't be driving at all. It was for the safety of both the driver and public.

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Posted in: Lifely Walking Pants help elderly to walk with confidence again See in context

Tested on 18 people, they performed better with these diapers - Hawthorne effect?

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Posted in: JAL and ANA offer free tickets and special deals as part of 2020 campaign See in context

With the COVID-19 threat, most airlines have already slashed off air fares in Japan and most of Asia. Cheap tickets abound! - the caveat of course are travel bans and one will never know where the next flight ban or quarantine can be.

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Posted in: Japanese company turning the tables on plastic waste See in context

Eat your straws maybe...but plates uhrrm, that would make an interesting dinner party.

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Posted in: Saving the deer See in context

The buzz is that these habituated deers have been used to being fed by tourists with pellets/feed from vending machines all their lives - and now that there aren't much tourists, they are getting less food and some are getting aggressive. The JT article did not state if the garbage-feeding behavior is comparatively higher now or something recent as a result of the absence of tourists.

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Posted in: Makers distance themselves from Abe's 600-million mask pledge See in context

With the virus being communicable without symptoms - wearing a mask doesn't just mean one believes it stops the virus, it can be that we don't know if we already have it and doing our part to prevent its spread.

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Posted in: Compulsory fee planned for Mount Fuji climbers See in context

AMS Today 07:59 am JST

Seeking money on every thing seems to greedy.

Not greedy - They stated: "renovation of restrooms in mountain huts, the operation of aid stations along the trails, and the cleanup of trash left by visitors" - 1000 yen is nothing compared to hotels, plane tickets, food, etc.

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Posted in: Japan defends cautious approach on coronavirus testing as 7th death reported See in context

TOKYO - Japan's health ministry on Wednesday defended its cautious approach to coronavirus testing as domestic cases increased

For heaven's sake try to defend us, our health and lives - not yourself.

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Posted in: Japan to step up checks on those who left ship after testing negative See in context

"I have to take it seriously," said Kato, in commenting on her infection, at a press conference.

"The National Institute of Infectious Diseases suggested that...those negative can use public transport

A lay person would've taken this matter seriously on day one. Common sense would dictate testing be done before leaving a quarantine area. Anyone following the COVID-19 facts would know by now that the virus can be present and spread even when a person is asymptomatic.  Replace Kato already.

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Posted in: Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy See in context

 Sure, it was unpleasant for those stuck on the ship, but I think they can understand the severe risks involved.

I think I was hoping the quarantine was for the people in the ship, that they may stop spreading the virus among themselves - whilst others believe the quarantine was for the rest of Japan - outside the ship.  Why are there two sets of people here?  Suffer the few for the sake of many?

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Posted in: Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy See in context

The JP agencies can spin this outbreak all manner they want,  numbers don't lie : 542 infected out of 3711 is 15% infection rate - That is the highest rate of infection ever recorded, more than double from what Time reported of (6%)  6 days ago. : https://time.com/5783451/covid-19-princess-diamond-cruise-ship/ . They failed to contain the virus in and out of that ship, how is that a success?

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Posted in: Former 7-Eleven store owner sues firm over contract termination See in context

...7/11 argument for terminating contract - there had been numerous customer complaints about his store.

Store owner may have a good chance to win the case since there is already a precedent of other stores doing the same shortened hours. To add, he has strong evidence - there is an actual labor shortage in JP. The facts are on his side vs. 7/11 weak argument.

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Posted in: Japan reports first coronavirus death; 3 others, including doctor test positive See in context

Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the cabinet would decide on Friday on spending 15.3 billion yen from the budget reserve to respond to the coronavirus

Under-estimating an epidemic - set your priorities straight Abe, this decision should've been done on the first on-set of the virus in Japan.

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Posted in: Nissan net profit plunges 87% for 9 months to December See in context

You brought this upon yourself Nissan. What could've been an internal issue with Ghosn, should've been resolved within. As a customer, how can I trust that you can take care of me, when you cant take care of yourself?

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

This incident exposed quite a lot of things that worried me while living in Japan :

That Japan health system is not well prepared to handle contagion outbreaks -from what it implies , the entire nation has only but a few thousand test kits and we don't have exact numbers of health centers and health care workers to respond.

At this point, I would have believed they have already mapped a contingency plan to treat all those on board the ship. Built or modified a space outside to test and treat all of them. The wait-and-see attitude in this dire situation is alarming. 

China , Hongkong are at the front of battle field - why not copy what they are doing right??

Japan can ask for help - I hope pride don't get in the way of solving this crisis.

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