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Posted in: Fewer people on streets of Japan's major cities amid stay-at-home requests See in context

Not where I live. Traffic volume same as normal. Pachinko parlors just as busy.

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Posted in: Brokerage worker loses paternity leave appeal in Japan See in context

He never stood a chance. What a waste of time and money even trying to fight it.

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Posted in: Concern raised over exclusion of bar hostesses, sex workers from virus compensation See in context

They should be excluded. A girl doing delivery health here can earn over ¥30,000 per day! Soapland girls even more!

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Posted in: Japan to keep hospital beds for severely ill; use hotels for mild coronavirus cases See in context

Imagine staying in a hotel which you know has been used to house those with the virus? No thanks!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

I imagine the level of income required to receive this ¥300,000 is very low, such that only single mothers and really, really poor people will actually receive it. No way are people earning over ¥250,000 per month getting a sniff of it.

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Posted in: Health ministry taps Tokyo Girls Collection for coronavirus awareness campaign See in context

Everything in Japan has to be reduced to the level of a five year-old child.

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Posted in: Experts warn of health care collapse in Japan if virus keeps spreading See in context

Until companies promise to pay employees all or a significant proportion of their normal salaries during an enforced lock down, nobody will stop working. I can't afford to suddenly not receive a pay check. I'd be sick AND homeless.

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Well, I got promoted to assistant professor.

This is meaningless in Japan though. It just means you've been teaching English longer than somebody else.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

Die to zero savings and crap wages, I won't be able to retire if I can't receive my pension straight away. I am happy this law may help me.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

"let employees work"

How so very kind of the government!

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Posted in: Abe, Aso to avoid same meetings as precaution against virus infection See in context

Why do multimillionaires who are nearing 80 continue to work?

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Posted in: Japan's Feb jobless rate flat at 2.4%; virus impact yet to appear in data See in context

And THAT'S how you create more jobs for Japanese.

Or rather, that's how you create more hakken and ukeoi jobs. Poorly paid and with zero job security.

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Posted in: Japan's Feb jobless rate flat at 2.4%; virus impact yet to appear in data See in context

The unemployment figures in Japan are always fudged. An old dude holding a go-stick for two hours a day counts as "employed".

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Posted in: Nagoya Stadium disinfected See in context

That's a wonderful waste of time.

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Posted in: Japan sees record number of 105 suspected animal abuse cases in 2019 See in context

Keeping a dog in a cage in an apartment is abuse in and of itself.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for virus See in context

So glad we have Boris in charge as opposed to that snivelling snake Corbyn. Get well soon Boris! You're doing a great job!

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Posted in: Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing See in context

Case in point, have you ever been on a relatively empty train with plenty of empty seats, and yet have someone sit right next to you.

Or at the gym, when there are 200 empty lockers, some cretin will come and start using the locker right next to yours.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

Not bad at all.

Indeed, people live a long time in Japan despite the doctors! It's quite amazing.

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Posted in: Stocks tumble on Wall Street; investors dash for cash amid recession fears See in context

With UK student loans still to pay off, I'm loving the GBP/JPY exchange rate. The one good thing about this whole Covid-19 debacle....

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

(points to head) “Can’t have Coronavirus if you can’t get tested for it”.

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Posted in: Soba-cooking robot See in context

There is no problem of labor shortage in Japan; rather, a lack of jobs which pay a decent wage. Don't believe this nonsense about a lack of workers for a second.

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Posted in: What are ALTs’ rights during the coronavirus school closures in Japan? See in context

holding an MA in TEFL

So you get, what, an extra 20,000 yen per month? You can still be fired or not have your contract renewed arbitrarily.

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Posted in: What are ALTs’ rights during the coronavirus school closures in Japan? See in context

Anyone over the age of 30 working as an ALT in Japan seriously needs to consider their life choices; more so if they have to support a family.

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Posted in: Average paternity leave taken less than 1 month at many firms: poll See in context

In theory, many companies "allow paternity leave". Just you try to take it though in practice! No bonus for you, or worse.

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Posted in: Japan finds 15 clusters of coronavirus-infected people See in context

These numbers are laughably low.

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Posted in: Rooney criticizes England soccer authorities over coronavirus response See in context

Surprised he can write a sentence, let alone a whole article.

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Posted in: Abe tells Trump Japan preparing for Tokyo Olympics as planned See in context

Would be stupid to go ahead with almost zero spectators.

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Posted in: A brief introduction to camping in Japan: Save yen and see Japan from a different perspective See in context

I only ever camp deep in the mountains on old logging roads. Too many stupid rules at Japanese camp sites, like "no fires".

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Posted in: Worst day on Wall Street since 1987 as virus fears spread See in context

I'd love to buy some shares....I just need some spare money.

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