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Posted in: Yahoo Japan, messaging app Line to merge to form online giant See in context

Asian countries' consumers tend to put more emphasis on showing all the relevant information at once, where as in the west, customers see a lack of information/overload to be pleasing.

Yeah, my eyes usually start bleeding after perusing Japanese sites such as Rakuten or Yahoo! Auctions.

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Posted in: Weightlifting is Japanese salarymen’s newest hobby, report says See in context

Running 10km daily has caused my HDL to shoot up, something I never had with just lifting weights. I'll stick to the running. Costs nothing too.

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

that’s more than Toyota pay for overtime. 

Says a lot about Toyota, doesn't it?!

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

People keep saying this but where are the stats? I'll happily believe you with some evidence

I'll do a bet with you. Make the wages ¥3000 per hour, and I bet all the positions are filled within a day.

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

There is no such thing as a labor shortage in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows less than expected in third quarter See in context

Well, hold the phone!! I am absolutely STUNNED!

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Posted in: Japan's new working visa acquired by only 219 foreigners in first 6 months See in context

(3) If wages are low, working conditions are terrible, and taxes horrendous, why is it the Japan seems to have no trouble attracting an endless supply of English conversation teachers?

Because such people cannot make it in their home countries, so they come to Japan because they think life will be better.

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Posted in: Japan's new working visa acquired by only 219 foreigners in first 6 months See in context

I work for a company in Japan making robots to replace humans. This is the future, like it or not. Japan is not willing to pay decent wages plus offer good working conditions. Hell, not even most Japanese have these things! No way are the Japanese going to offer better conditions to foreigners ahead of native Japanese.

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Posted in: 'Friends' reunion special could be headed for HBO Max See in context

I don't think a comeback would be a good idea. Friends was great...back in the 90's. I don't think that concept will work anymore in 2020.

Yes, can you imagine all the howls and tears from everyone and anyone who cannot take a joke concerning gays/lesbians (i.e. Ross's relationships).

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Posted in: What changes would you like to see in Japan's English education system? See in context

I'd like to see English education like they have in Scandinavia, for example, but only for those who want to study English. It shouldn't be a compulsory subject. 90% of Japanese people will never need English in their lives.

They should only hire English teachers who have a proper teaching qualification from their home countries (e.g. a PGCE from the UK). No more jokers on holiday funding their drinking habits. They should pay them a proper wage, with all the benefits that Japanese teachers get.

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Posted in: Nissan slashes full-year forecast as first-half profit falls See in context

Good.

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Posted in: Public hearings in Trump impeachment probe set to begin See in context

All of this is great. Just makes a Trump victory in 2020 more likely! Awesome!

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Posted in: Hong Kong police shoot protester as activists block streets See in context

Just think how much better Hong Kong could be if the British hadn't given it back to China. Same with South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Posted in: What do you think is the best way to successfully ask your boss for a pay raise? See in context

Get him good and drunk and then pay for his soapland?

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Posted in: September real wages rise for first time in nine months See in context

LOL.

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Posted in: Record 400 kg of cocaine seized at Kobe port See in context

Local customs authorities and police believe someone tried to smuggle the cocaine from overseas by ship.

Must have had their best and brightest on this most puzzling of cases...!

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Posted in: Johnson compares Corbyn to Stalin as UK election campaign begins See in context

What Brexit Party policies do you like?

All of them. Check out their manifesto.

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Posted in: Have you had enough of "Star Wars," Marvel and other superhero movies? See in context

Yes, I'm no longer eight years-old.

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Posted in: Johnson compares Corbyn to Stalin as UK election campaign begins See in context

It's not very likely; more's the pity.

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Posted in: Johnson compares Corbyn to Stalin as UK election campaign begins See in context

I hope the Brexit party takes everyone else to the cleaners.

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Posted in: Labor-short construction industry investing in AI and robots See in context

More time for hobbies, family, and drinking!

Wow! So naive!

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Posted in: Labor-short construction industry investing in AI and robots See in context

No such thing as a labor shortage in Japan. Rather, there's a shortage of jobs paying a living wage. Advertise all these jobs for 5000yen per hour. Miraculously, they'll all be filled within a day!

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

I hardly ever use cash in Japan. I use credit cards and pay them off in full each month. I can earn lots of various points this way, and save money (e.g. using Eneos card for gas, Aeon/Walmart card for groceries etc.). I tend to avoid places that only accept cash.

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Posted in: Asahi CEO bets on better tasting alcohol-free beers See in context

Of the non-alcohol beers in Japan, Asahi Dry Zero is the best, hands down. The others taste too watery.

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Posted in: Famous hot springs of Beppu now offering portable inflatable onsen with authentic Beppu water See in context

Err, no showers to get clean first? Yuck!

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Posted in: Japan to tighten tax rules on wealthy people See in context

No way the authorities here would find out if you keep your mouth shut.

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Posted in: Olympic golf must be moved because of heat, politician tells IOC See in context

How on earth is golf even an Olympic sport?!

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Posted in: Luxury travel See in context

Meanwhile, here in The States, a huge lobbying campaign has been in place forever to convince people that bullet trains are a bad idea. Guess which political party agrees with the lobbyists?

Sounds like the Democrats.

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Posted in: 68-year-old professor arrested for stalking sex worker after using detective to find her home See in context

Her choice is a massage for which she pockets 2000 yen, or sex in which she gets upwards of 8000yen. 

I know a delivery health girl who earns ¥30,000 per day, so your numbers are way off. Soapland girls can easily make ¥50,000 per day. There's a reason it's such a popular choice for good-looking girls with no other skills.

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