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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for stalking 9-year-old girl See in context

Firstly I should make it clear this guy was wrong.

But comparing him to western men of a similar age, does not justify locking him up and throwing the key away.

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Posted in: Gov't to have national IDs double as health cards by 2023 See in context

The government are trying to push the plastic card but they cannot force you to apply for the card, just reject it.

My wife works for a Japanese company and has NEVER been asked for her "My Number", however if she was asked for it she would just explain that she has not accepted it.

The end of year tax forms do contain a box for the "My Number", she just leaves it blank and no one says anything.

I work for myself and only deal with Japanese companies, banks etc and have never been asked for "My Number", but then I do not know what it is as we refused them as a family.

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Posted in: Gov't to have national IDs double as health cards by 2023 See in context

Our family rejected the "My Number" system when the cards first went out, we have not experienced any issues without the card and no employer has asked for the number.

Based on the article its very clear that the Japanese do not like it and do not want it, and as they follow their feelings over the law, I feel it will continue to be rejected.

One way to prevent the card from being used in the future to replace the Health Insurance card is to refuse it.

When you need to seek health care, pay in full and then produce the receipt to the city office and or the company you work for and they will refund the 70% the health insurance system covers.

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Posted in: Osaka Prefecture to allow children to bring smartphones to school See in context

I just had a conversation with my children about this subject with the youngest who is in JHS, saying that while the school bans the use of phones/smartphones there are students who use smartphones in the toilets to play games, students will ask the teacher if they can go to the toilet and they spend up to 20 minutes being absent from the lesson.

My eldest who attends highschool is permited to take a smartphone to school, but it must be turned off and not used in the school grounds, but explained that one teacher who worked at a different highschool had real problems with students using phones during lessons and this use resulted in them becoming disruptive as more students took up the use of phones during school time.

While there are positives in students having access to smartphones, the negatives also need to be considered.

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Posted in: Former part-time teacher arrested for paying high school girl for sex See in context

When you understand the culture, its obvious that this guy booked a girl online who was working in the red light district and she lied about her age, so who is wrong here?

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Posted in: Mending Mac: McDonald's Japan CEO on how she turned around a brand See in context

May be she should look into the franchisees, as some are not paying or giving staff any annual leave in line with the labor law, some staff have worked 5,10 and 15 years and have lost their entitlement to that annual leave.

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Posted in: Stakes high as Abe eyes labor reform to boost economy See in context

@Yubaru

But your talking about what would be regarded as weekends off, not annual paid holiday.

In our area most Japanese are scheduled random days off during the month and many have no choice when these days are scheduled, but as for annual paid holiday under the labor law, I have seen staff ostracized for just mentioning anything about annual holiday pay.

Even pregnant mothers have been denied maternity pay and or holiday pay for days off.

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Posted in: Stakes high as Abe eyes labor reform to boost economy See in context

Most companies employ on a monthly bases and work on allowing a certain number of days off each month and it has nothing to do with if those days fall on weekends or not.

Labor laws have been in place for years, but nothing changes. Annual holiday pay is a good example, companies refuse to honor labor laws for holiday entitlement, the result is that many Japanese work for years and never have any paid holiday.

Changing and or introducing new laws will change nothing, as Japanese people follow their feelings and not the law, the result is that many will never leave work early and or take a holiday.

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Posted in: We are considering suspending delivery service for two hours from noon and reducing work hours by shortening evening delivery service, which now ends at 9 p.m., to limit the volume of packages accepte See in context

@Nippori Nick

I agree!! Increase their wages.

Also companies should consider actually granting and paying holiday pay that employees are entitled too, as many companies in Japan refuse to pay employees holiday pay that they are legally entitled too under the labor law.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

unfortunately in a Japanese society that means many of them will remain single.

That is true until they have to accept an arranged marriage due to peer pressure due to age and that in most cases means marriage to a man a women does not want to be with and I know women who are in these types of marriages.

The dating site just replaces the need for the go between used in past arranged marriages, but they still use the same values and ideals when deciding on a marriage partner.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

The Japanese women I know who are married did so for love, not a comfy house, pots of cash and because they had to out of some sort of twisted fatalistic attitude.

Ever heard of Tatemae?

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

while others will use the site as a launching pad to meet people for whom they can pre-confirm their ability to support a family, and then meet further to determine if love can also develop.

Most Japanese will say they love a partner, but it does not have the same value as it does in western relationships, as a Japanese woman will drop a man if she feels that marriage is not on the cards, the status of marriage is more important than the man.

Love nearly destroyed my marriage, as my wife feels that a man who needs love is weak.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

I still think it's sad that money and education are what some young women want from a partner, not what they are like as a person. I've known some very well educated people who are as thick as two short planks. And being rich doesn't automatically make you a very nice person. Each to their own, I suppose.

Money and education are what a woman wants here, this is a Buddhist/Shinto culture and love is not part of a marriage.

In marriage they will both have their own roles to full fill and that means a relationship with each other is not important, so it does not matter what type of person they are, the same applies to Japanese women I know who had arranged marriages.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

Sad, very sad. You don't go into a relationship with a clipboard and a checklist... it's daft.

But that is what the Japanese do, and this dating site is supporting that.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

not necessarily. if shes up for it as much as he is there wont be a problem. women love sex just as much as men do.

Are you talking about Japanese women in marriage with children?

Japanese men have it just as bad. I work with many who play on the side or have a mistress because the well dried up after the 2nd kid,,,

Very common excuses to avoid sex in marriage here, even my wife tried it, because she thought it was normal to live in a sexless marriage, most do and they will use any excuse to ensure that is the case, then they tell their boyfriend that they live in a sexless marriage.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

so it is the mans right to somehow force the women into accommodating them. be it through financial means or some type of sexual agenda

Most Japanese men will tell their wife once married how they expect things to be in the marriage, but western men are more focused on equality and then wonder why they are in a sexless marriage with a Japanese partner.

And this dating site does not appear to support that marriage is based on love, so the end result will be that the marriage will be sexless.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

@gaijin playa

the bottom line is, women are free to do what they want, but need to accommodate the man, too.

The bottom line is that many of these women do not feel they have to accommodate the man.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

The reason these women have high expectations is because marriage to then is a job and the job is to have her husbands children and in exchange he should be able to provide enough income for her to do the things she wants to do while looking after his children and his job status should be sufficient for her to have bragging rights regarding his position in his company etc. it has nothing to do with love and or sharing a real relationship.

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Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams See in context

@sensei258

Don't fall for it guys. Once you're married and she has children, she will no longer be interested in a physical relationship with you. Last week, a good friend (who has two angelic daughters) told me his wife said exactly that to him, and suggested he get a girlfriend.

Most foreign men in this situation do not want to understand why this happens, try to explain why and they think they know better even when they are living in a sexless marriage.

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Posted in: Rakuten Card brings Apple Pay to customers in Japan See in context

@dokidoki2050

I've tried unsuccessfully to get this my first credit card and others in Japan Just for convenience, daily life and any emergency situations , only to be declined within an hour.

Do you have Permanent Residence?

I applied for the Rakuten Card and was approved and received my card in just under five days.

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Posted in: Almost half of Japanese people hide when doorbell rings: survey See in context

My wife and I always do our bit to support the love hotels during the week, but we are not sure what the government plans to do about cosplay during the 2020 Olympics, as that is a part of love love fun.

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Posted in: Here’s what Japanese men and women think about cheating See in context

@Wc626

But it is wrong when 45 yr old salary men are paying for dates (with or without sex) with 16 yr old gals.

Please explain why?

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Posted in: If you could make some suggestions to Canadian Sarah Casanova, who is taking over as McDonald's Japan's new CEO and president, what would they be? See in context

I would suggest she looks into the practice of the company not full filling its legal obligations under the labor law to pay all staff annual leave.

The company including franchised units will make up any excuse they can think of to avoid paying annual leave to employees, this includes staff who have worked for years without any paid leave.

Some will even ask employees to sign a new contract every six months, because this is the point at which they would be entitled under the labor law to 10 days paid leave.

More recently with the earthquakes in Kumamoto staff had to take days off without pay, but when some approached the company regarding using paid leave to cover these days, the answer was they could not and would not pay them, as it would mean they would need to pay everyone and this would result in the franchisee going bankrupt.

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Posted in: BABYMETAL debuts music video for 'Karate,' the lead single off new album See in context

@Clamenza

If I were their father, I wouldn't let them within 50 feet of the perverts who follow them

Where do you get the idea that those who follow them are perverts?

If you check the civil code of Japan a 16 year old woman can marry with the consent of one parent, so are they minors?

But a man has to wait until they are 18 years old to marry.

@Tahoochi

You just can't satisfy some people no matter what, can you. I think they're great... the music's amazing and the girls are cute, nothing sexual, they're just cute and fun to watch. Take it for face value, and nothing more.

Very true!!

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Posted in: BABYMETAL debuts music video for 'Karate,' the lead single off new album See in context

@Clamenza

One of the girls is 18 and the other two will be 17 in June/July.

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

@wipeout

Not here to dispute anyone, but you did write:-

I no longer have the right to move across international borders

My right to travel is curtailed by my lack of a valid passport. So would yours be.

To travel is a privilege not a right as you mentioned.

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

@ wipeout

The point you are missing is that if a US citizen is resident in Japan and pays taxes, why should there also be a need to file a tax return for a country they are not residing in?

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

@wipeout

Comparing your need for a passport and a us citizen having to file a tax return are different, in the sense that traveling is not a legal right, its a privilege, the same as driving on the roads in Japan is a privilege.

While the article is about penalizing US citizens for not paying taxes due by revoking their passports. The gripe US citizens have is that if they have made a home in Japan and pay Japanese taxes, why should they be required (Forced) to file a tax return for a country they are not resident off?

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Posted in: 3 ways the Japanese entertainment industry keeps idol singers from dating See in context

Lets not forget that compulsory education here finishes at 15 years of age, this means that High school is voluntary and the system and teachers control what students wear and do in school as well as after school, this means that many are not permitted to take part-time jobs or have a social life.

These are rules and they do not need a contract to follow the rules, they do it because that is what they want to do, the same as the girls in these idol groups.

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Posted in: 3 ways the Japanese entertainment industry keeps idol singers from dating See in context

@harvey pekar

Fair labor practices or treating employees as human beings isn't a Western world, it's a civilized one.

Is that right?

I know many Japanese who have contracts as part time employees and they are not informed of their legal holiday entitlement under the labour law and or even take any holiday entitlement, as many employees are ignorant of the law and when they are aware they feel they are breaking the harmony if they point out their legal right to their employers.

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