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Posted in: Japan's retailers forecast gloomy end to year See in context

When I went to Australia, most shops close at 6pm except for conbinis and supermarkets. It makes sense because people don't buy clothes every day and they save on overtime pay and electricity. I think in Sydney, every Thursday they operate until 8pm. Maybe Japan should follow and operate longer hours only few times a week.

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Posted in: Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell;' warns of breakup See in context

Paul Barbara,

Many politicians all over the world are connected to illegal drugs. I support his war on drugs but not extrajudicial killings. I support his policy against corruption and red tape. What I don't support is his policy shift to China ( I don't hate Chinese people) because of the sensitive issues on South China/West PH sea.

The funny part is most drugs in PH are from China and he prefers them over the US. How hypocritical is that?

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Posted in: Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell;' warns of breakup See in context

Yes, if you ask his supporters he could have gotten 200 million votes even though there are only 100 million Filipinos. They really like these fake sources and satire (by the way, most of his supporters can't understand the difference between actual news and satire). There are cheating at the local levels. everybody knows that. I assume it was worse in Mindanao where there are many corrupt politicians and their supporters.

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Posted in: Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell;' warns of breakup See in context


No, he won't. Many Filipinos are allergic to the words "Martial law" and if he declares that, he's going down like the last dictator. Some people still support him because they are still giving him a chance,, he's been in office only for five months. After a year or so, patience will run out.


There were around 50 million voters, there were 4 candidates. The looney guy got 16M, the other three got the rest. Technically not a majority in my book.

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Posted in: Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell;' warns of breakup See in context

I apologize to the American people, Duterte doesn't represent Filipinos, he represents himself. Many Filipinos hate him. He's been unstable like that since he was a mayor. The guy obviously has mental issues. He is quickly losing popularity by the day. Just ignore him and his dumb supporters. Let's just say some voters emotionally made a mistake of voting him. The guy is an idiot.

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Posted in: Water levels in Tokyo-area dams lowest ever See in context

There are also many schools filling up their swimming pools

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Posted in: Man creates garden of scented flowers to make his blind wife smile again See in context

Very nice story. I was wondering why many Japanese that I know don't want to enjoy life or even travel while they are young. Many of them say they will enjoy life when they retire, Did they get this from a book or something? I told one of my Japanese friends that when you turn 60, there will be many things you can't do and there will be things you don't want to do anymore.

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Posted in: 47-yr-old woman arrested over murder, assisted suicide of parents See in context

This is very sad. I don't understand why children should take care of ailing parents ALONE. We all love our parents it's our duty to take care of them when they grow old as they took care of us when we were young. BUT not all parents and children are equipped to deal with so much stress when taking care of someone. Are there services from the city hall that will help elderly parents / special children when their love ones can't do all the work? There should be some form of assitance from the city because one person taking care of ailing parents coupled with financial problems can really result to desperate situations.

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon dumps rain on Japan See in context

Thanks for the info. I'm gonna ask them again about this tomorrow. I don't really understand the logic of using paid leave on a typhoon day with no trains.

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon dumps rain on Japan See in context


I know, I sounds crazy when they told me this. What should be the common practice in Japan in case of these strong typhoons? I thought it should be a holiday and not a day off because there are no trains (at least in my area)

What are the policies in your companies here?

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon dumps rain on Japan See in context

The company called and they asked us if we're going to work tomorrow or take a paid leave. The school will be closed so I thought it would be considered a holiday because of the strong typhoon. What's the policy of your companies regarding this?

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Posted in: Live-action 'Attack on Titan' gets release date, new director See in context

Shingeki no kyoujin

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Posted in: Visually-impaired man falls off platform onto tracks at Nakano Station See in context

Harry Gatto

I think it's common sense that I meant before he fell off the platform. Why would anyone try to save someone on an incoming train? Some people just look at the blind and don't even inform them if they are already near the edge of the platform, it's just my observation.

"The man fell off the platform and then crawled under it as a train pulled in; what exactly were people meant to do? Jump down and join him?"

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Posted in: Visually-impaired man falls off platform onto tracks at Nakano Station See in context

Nobody helped him?? So the stoic people during rush hour just watched him fall off the platform?? This is unbelievable.

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Posted in: Fukushima aid official under fire for Twitter tirade See in context

This will continue to happen if many officials are NOT USED TO complaints. That's the problem when generally people don't complain about bad things happening, so when you complain, they thlnk you are whining and you're the one who is bad. People should start complaining so things will change for the better.

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Posted in: Mother, child apparently starve to death in Osaka apartment See in context

To the welfare services (seikatsu hogo:

I think, in order for these things not to happen is to get informations from the Utilitiy companies. If house's electric or gas has been totally cut off, this information should be sent to the welfare services so the people there can visit the family.

Another thing, they should promote community bonding here. They can hold like an area or apartment complex "party" or gathering few times a year. The people can play sports, do BBQ or something.

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Posted in: Father dies sheltering 9-year-old daughter from blizzard See in context

They should blame the school. He didn't have to die if the girl didn't go to school in the first place because of bad weather. Who in the right mind would ask kids to go to school if there's a blizzard warning? They should have at least made the kids leave early. Just like stated by some people. This could have been prevented. The girl didn't have to go through it and live without parents.

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Posted in: Japan riled by WHO's Fukushima cancer warning See in context

"“Experts are still divided over ways to calculate the impact of limited levels of radioactive exposure over a long period,” the official said. “It is incorrect to think that residents will develop cancer in these ratios.”

See more at: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-riled-by-whos-fukushima-cancer-warning#sthash.E8Y0tAGt.dpuf"

Ridiculous! Common Sense will tell you that if you are not sure if there's impact or not, shouldn't stay there at all! Human being have the tendency to choose the status quo because that's how our brains work. If they think there are possible dangers there, they should keep people away especially kids there! It's all about money and not wanting to spend money because doing the right thing is more expensive, that's the reason they don't want the findings by the UN.

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Posted in: Coast guard arrests Chinese fishing boat captain See in context

These dumb Chinese fishermen are to blame for the disputes between China and other countries. Their stupidity has caused so much damage to relations of countries and to the world economy.

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Posted in: 238 killed in Philippines typhoon See in context

According to the news, the govt had prepared them for the typhoon a week before. Unfortunately, those who were affected were in the areas based from the geohazard map are prone to landslides, with or with illegal logging or mining. Another thing is that the flashfloods were caused by overflowing rivers in the mountains and the some twisters that the residents saw.

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Posted in: New workers confront 'use-and-discard' employers See in context

What happened to the education-supporting businesses? Does include dispatch companies for ALTs? How come nothing was mentioned here?

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Posted in: 'Rent-a-Girlfriend' service offers simulated romance See in context

Wow, just wow.

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Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools See in context

To be honest, I think the best way for the students to achieve better education is to improve the quality of materials in Japan. No doubt many people here have been to Japanese schools and many teachers are "minimalist," they try to teach with less materials as much as possible. They should use more tools than chalk. I rarely see teachers use the flat screen TVs in school.

About the additional day, they can just add an extra hour a day so they don't have to be in school on Saturdays, don't you think that's easier?

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Posted in: Why Japan doesn’t give a Gangnam about PSY See in context

I think it's more of a cultural difference. Maybe the tune of Gangnam style doesn't jive with the Japanese tune of music. Other groups like Kara and Girls Generations, sound Japanese to me.and I think that's the reason why. Also many young Japanese are not so into dancing. They prefer the idol style dancing for some reason I don't know why.

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Posted in: Survey reveals over 60% of elementary students hate Japanese-style toilets See in context


I think your info above are all true. The best way to clean the intestines is to step on the washlet and squat on it, that solves all the issues here. No more sitting on dirty washlets and you'll be healthy the same time,,haha.

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Posted in: 3 men held for murder, confess to making curry from victim’s remains See in context

Zombies don't make me throw up but it seems this one should be one of the worst things humans have ever done.

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Posted in: Japan’s first 'cuddle cafe' lets you sleep with a stranger for Y6,000 an hour See in context

3500 an hour? Wow, I'll quit my job for that! Haha. I hope they accept men too. I can sleep 12 hours a day, I can make a fortune there! - Just kidding though. Japan has become a sad place, no physical contact whatsoever, making people look for this kind of service.

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Posted in: Japanese firms look at other countries as alternatives to China See in context


Where Did you get the data? 3rd Fastest Economy in Asia and shrinking middle class? As the country grows, GDP decreases? Haha.How's that possible? Look it up on Wikipedia,only 20-30% in the Philipines are considered poor by UN. That means 70-80 belong to middle class and the rich.

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Posted in: Japanese firms look at other countries as alternatives to China See in context


I read the business news everyday, so trust me, I know what I'm saying. Your 15M middle class is so 1960s. I advise you to read business news everyday. There are 10 million Filipinos abroad sending 20.1 Billion dollars a year (yes, look closer, the figure is right, goggle it if you want) And there are 86 million cell phone subscribers in the Philippines (they can'tbuy a phone(s) if they can't buy food right?) Billion dollars worth of agricultural product exports and minerals especially copper. 13 billion dolalrs in the BPO industry (number 1 in the world,India is 2nd) . I can go on but I think you get the picture. Visit the Philippines, and you'll know. omicronOct. 01, 2012 - 10:34AM JST

Obviously the best candidates here are the Philippines

15,000,000 Phillippines are classified as being middle class. China has a middle class of more than 150,000,000. Like I said, unless the Phillippines wins the Euro lottery as a collective, the Japanese can manufacture all the high end goods it wants to in the Phillippines, but they're not going to be able to sell them.

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Posted in: Japanese firms look at other countries as alternatives to China See in context

This guy has a lot of hate and most likely never been to countries he mentioned here. You watch too much TV pal, you don't know the reality.

Obviously the best candidates here are the Philippines ( 3rd fastest growing economy now in Asia, loves Japan, speaks English, friendly and definitely not racist unlike CallmeB ), Myanmar ( low cost) and Indonesia. (2nd fastest growing in Asia)

-16 callmeBOCT. 01, 2012 - 07:50AM JST The Malaysian and Singaporean hate your guts. The Filipinos are a lazy bunch and there's not much they can do there, not including the Muslim terrorism that goes on in the outskirts. The Thai, well you saw the flooding and riots. Vietnam is another communist state that hates you. Myanmar is a military state and the staunchest ally of China. IF China says, no import from Myanmar to China, your companies and investments die immediately in the former Burma.

Honestly speaking, if you want to tap the Chinese market, you have no where to go but India. But Indians like the Koreans a lot more than you people, so you are at a huge disadvantage there. And right now, the Chinese don't want you in their country. Its not about your assessment of risks of doing business in China. Its about China and the Chinese kicking you out. Two completely different circumstances. Get that through your self-obsessive skull of yours. Your Business and investments are unwanted in China. Leave now and American businesses and European businesses will replace you immediately. Like I said, everything you make are completely replaceable. At the end of the day, you lose a 1.4 billion consumer market. Your loss. Our gain.

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