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Posted in: Retiring in Japan: What’s the best strategy? See in context

Saving up ¥20 million is a formidable task.

I don't think that's a formidable task at all..I mean you have many years to do that before you hit retirement age.

Just wonder what others think

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 545 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs 905 See in context

The only reason cases are increasing is because more people getting tested. 

Uh, no. Cases increase or decrease independently of how many tests are conducted. Unreported cases (ie not tested) are still cases.

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Posted in: Australia says politicians no longer exempt from sexual harassment rules See in context

Even the kings and aristocracy of other countries (Eg France in the revolution) figured out that they were not above the law.

Why did it take Australia to 2021 to figure this out?

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Posted in: Man bitten by pet dog in serious condition See in context

People should not be allowed to keep pets,

Really now. So all the benefits pet dogs and cats give us should just be discarded because you don't like them?

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan brings back its duo of Samurai Mac burgers as regular menu items See in context

 with a crisp ginger flavor..... No actual ginger used.

Says it all, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Railway company employee arrested for voyeurism at train station See in context

I see this happen every day here in Japan and I always call the police too.

You call the police every day? About this? Man, I must live a sheltered life as I don't see behaviour like that every day of the week.

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Posted in: China approves radical overhaul of Hong Kong's political system See in context

My days of visiting Hong Kong are over. I won't even transit in that airport

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Posted in: More people abandoning aging parents due to financial and emotional strain See in context

That was three years ago. Yoshiyuki married. His mother remarried. Yoshiyuki is 34, his father 64

So the father was in his early 60s begging his son for money. Disgraceful.

I am in that age group(the father's) and there is not a snowballs chance that I would ever mooch off my children.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan? See in context

Kajo Park in Yamagata-usually not very crowded

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Posted in: Woman says she left husband’s body at home because she thought it wouldn’t fit into coffin See in context

Sounds like the old lady suffers from dementia

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

Philly-Tsunami had wide English acceptance by the mid 60's.

In University in the 70's, it was always tsunami, never tidal wave (and yes, I took some geology/earth sciences/climate courses)

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

 And what's a temblor for the non-American-centric amongst us?

You know you can always google a word you do not understand.

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Posted in: Monkey man See in context

There is nothing more irritating that a fool dressed up as a monkey standing at a zebra crossing.

Oh, there are a lot more things irritating than that.

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Posted in: A sobering strategy for pandemic times - brewers bank on alcohol-free beer boom See in context

Last time I tried a non-alc beer was at some matsuri where some company reps were handing out free samples. Terrible..would never buy it.

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Posted in: Foggy-eyed glasses-wearers have suffered through the pandemic; now there is relief See in context

 I used to use glasses that cost 100 yen, but they got cloudy and scratched easily.

No kidding. Why would anyone expect quality in a 100 yen pair of glasses?

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Posted in: The increase of 10,000-yen notes in circulation is a reflection of the growing sense of anxiety. See in context

I own a house which I bought four years back and paid way less than I would have for something similar when I first arrived in Japan.

But is not the general case in Japan. A house depreciates over the years...they don't increase in value unlike most other countries.

Not sure your home country, but when I look at grocery prices in mine and I compare it to Japan, Japan is never cheaper (with one exception, liquor)

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Posted in: Mystery man donates bags of cash to local schools in Nara See in context

It is really not that much money, but I hope the office staff are honest.

Not that much money? Did you contribute more than that?

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Posted in: The increase of 10,000-yen notes in circulation is a reflection of the growing sense of anxiety. See in context

Actually in Japan they do buy as much as they used to, inflation is basically non existent here. The consumer price index today is about the same as it was in the 1980s.

Today there is a consumption tax of 10%. Did not exist prior to 1989, and when it was introduced it was 3%.

And as for price inlation--they can say what they want in the stats, but a 10,000 yen to me does not buy as much as it used to...that includes travel, food, hotels.

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Posted in: The increase of 10,000-yen notes in circulation is a reflection of the growing sense of anxiety. See in context

So the volume of these notes are increasing? That's because as time goes by, the don't buy as much as they used has nothing to do with anxiety.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context


All the students have to do is submit a personal affirmation that they did not dye their hair.

To what end or purpose? All in all they're just another brick in the wall.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

Curry and Chips from the UK with Spike Milligan in blackface.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

In USA you can easily find All in the Family and Sanford and Son on the over the air budget type channels.

One British show that was brutally unfunny and offensive was Mind Your Language . Anyone remember that? Cringeworthy.

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Posted in: Japanese company develops 'floating image' no-touch touch panels to avoid direct button contact See in context

Sounds like a good idea

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Posted in: Putin indicates Russia will not negotiate territorial dispute with Japan See in context

Is there a single reader of this article who is surprised by this? Anyone with their thinking cap on surely has realized Russian never intended to turn those islands back to Japan. Why would they? What possible advantage would that have given them?

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

In western countries someone prepared to lie could just as easily swear a false affidavit of service while never serving anything.

I recall a case where someone filled in an affidavit saying he has served Mr X at a certain address. In fact he had not served anyone at all (the nickname for it was Sewer you throw the documents in the garbage or down a sewer).

Judge found out..and he was sentenced to a year in jail . Courts come down very hard on people swearing false advidavits.

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Posted in: Fake Japanese-style artworks found in circulation after investigation See in context

I remember a documentary suggesting that about 90% of European art was fake one way or another. But no one wants to hear that...not the owner of the art, not the bank that took it as collateral on various loans, not the museum that proudly displays it. Everyone just ignores it and life goes on.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over deaths of two young sons See in context

They should give her the death of penalty as a warning to others that this isn't acceptable to behave like this. 

Every sane person knows it is not acceptable to behave like that.

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Posted in: Firefighter arrested for shoplifting in convenience store See in context

It is incredible to me how many crimes in Japan are followed by a full confession from the suspect and no attempt to avoid punishment.

The police arrest you and detain you until you make a confession. That's the game plan.

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Posted in: UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages See in context

Cost of the vaccine for UK residents $0

Cost of Covid treatment for UK residents $0

Imagine never having to worry about paying for medical treatment or medicines?


Canada has same costs....none. There are many other countries the same way.

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Posted in: Japan likely to hit COVID-19 herd immunity in Oct: researcher See in context

I think herd immunity by October is just wishful thinking.

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