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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  06:03 pm JST

All this happened so long ago. It's time to move on. Are European nations like France and UK still protesting about what Germany did in WW2? Of course not! Why South Korea keeps protesting? Is it because their government needs a smokescreen for the upcoming coup against the deeply unpopular regime?

It is not a matter of time but of sincere recognition of what happened.

France and Germany went hand in hand less than 10 years after the WWII ending. German schoolbooks contain everything about Nazi atrocities since that time.

Without real acknowledgement of mistakes (meaning in schoolbooks) and forgiveness, nothing can move forward.

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Posted in: Hitachi, 10 group firms caught using foreign trainees illegally See in context

Most of the Japanese companies do not have any job description (at least mine and a big one). Salarymen can be moved within a few weeks to any different jobs or/and locations without consulting.

Then of course "trainees" hiring companies abuse of this system for cheap labor while believing they are great employeurs developing third class people.

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Posted in: Ghosn posts ¥1 billion bail; released after 108 days in detention See in context

Nintendo ad: The future Super Carlos driving a Leaf in the Video Game!

(We need a laugh sometimes in this ridiculous story)

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Posted in: Court approves Ghosn's release on ¥1 bil bail See in context


Ghosn made the line workers keep their job as Nissan was going bankrupt.

Ghosn has a huge ego, much bigger than the Saikawa's one, he will not try to escape. His life objective now is to kill this odious judiciary system and the cockroaches in Nissan in a legal manner.

Or all the charges are discarded and he keeps is promised money for a deserved retirement. But I doubt this will happen.

I bet!

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Posted in: IHI admits to aircraft engine inspections by unqualified workers See in context


Nobody asks for a degree but to be qualified, i.e. a certification you can undertake a high responsibility job and sign off quality release.

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Posted in: Court approves Ghosn's release on ¥1 bil bail See in context


(just wasting my time, just for once).

You may not like the universal declaration of human rights, but this is an important piece of the live together in the world. Japan seems to stay apart from it. Fine but expect to be seen medieval if you do not join it. It is quite a significant matter in worlwide politics.

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Posted in: Court approves Ghosn's release on ¥1 bil bail See in context


I wonder if the acceptance of his bail request has anything to do with the complaint made to the UN about human rights breeches.

Probably part of the tactic of the new lawyers team. At least the timing would speak for it.

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Posted in: Nagano tries to preserve traditional insect dishes See in context

Tradition or survival food in tough time?

BTW, I think there is nothing wrong in eating insects as an efficient protein supply.

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Posted in: A dispute between convenience store chain 7-Eleven Japan and one of its franchise stores in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, which closes between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. after ending its 24-hour service on Feb 1 due to a staff shortage, has brought the industry's 24-hour service into the spotlight. Do you think convenience stores need to be open 24 hours a day? See in context

In my way from the subway station to my home there is 5 convenience stores for 600 m in a residential area.

If 1-2 of them would stay open 24/7 that would be more than enough as long as properly communicated to local customers.

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Posted in: Japan proposes U.N. working group to tackle ocean microplastics pollution See in context


I have seen beaches much worse than that in SEA.

The worst one was in Phu Quoc in Vietnam.

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Posted in: 50 years on: Concorde: technical feat, financial fiasco See in context

Concorde has been a commercial fiasco, but there must have been scientific learnings that have benefited further airplane development.

This was in the civil aviation this is why we know it has been a fiasco. I am sure much bigger fiasco have/are happening in the confidential army aircrafts development.

Bottom line it was a beautiful airplane for rich people when CO2 emissions were not a problem.

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice's human rights bureau offers free consultations to foreign residents See in context

@ IloveCoffee

I do not know the Japanese law on that matter.

But it is quite common worldwide that operating a public business (restaurant, coffee shop, pool, hairdresser, ...) need a license stipulating that it cannot restrict to any customers (assuming they behave properly, which is another topic).

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice's human rights bureau offers free consultations to foreign residents See in context

※¹ & ² these measures will only be taken with the understanding and agreement of the relevant parties, and cannot be forced if either party is unwilling.

This summarised it all. Nothing to add.

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

I have nothing again this tradition, why not?

And I have no issue with the principle of life employment.

The problem is that traditional J. Inc do not hire outside experimented people to be incorporated in the management to bring new perspectives.

Breeding origami professionals seems the J. Inc destiny unfortunately.

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Posted in: Smoking, vaping to be banned at Tokyo Olympic venues See in context

I love these people saying that smokers cost to their health care insurances.

Can anyone shows me the profit from the tobacco taxes vs. the cost of the smokers?

Not mentioning the saving on the retirement pension because of early death of smokers?

Show the real numbers, facts and no aggressive emotion please!

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Posted in: Trump says talks with Kim failed over N Korean sanctions demands See in context

Two zero-negociators with the biggest egos in a room.

What Can you expect honestly?

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Posted in: Starbucks to open 4-story high-end roastery cafe in Tokyo See in context

Regular coffee - with most of the time gimmick add-on - sold at prestige price. A complete reap off.

You get 100 times better coffee anywhere in Europe, with table service in a proper cup for half this price.

Or maybe show off or smoke free is more important than good coffee.

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Posted in: Disaster-hit Fukushima still short of 2020 Games volunteers See in context

All Fukushima's stuff is covered up. How can you expect volunteers going there without knowing the truth?

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Posted in: Emperor thanks people for support during 30-year reign; urges Japan to open up to world See in context

The less we can say is that Akihito does not look that excited about Abe's banzai.

Quite another embarrassing situation.

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes draft to cut plastic waste by 25% by 2030 See in context

With common sense you can reduce plastic useless wrapping by 25% worldwide overnight.

That is the job of the consumers to get rid of this plastic wrapping habit.

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

BlacklabelFeb. 21  11:06 pm JST

One can easily live their life however they want privately. without having to call attention to themselves or trying to change the rules for everyone to suit their individual situation.

The person in this article is not seeking attention. She is trying to cope with a cornelian situation without creating any social unrest.

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

I am puzzled why so many people mind others' business and cannot accept there could be different ways of life.

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Posted in: Court orders ex-classmates to pay ¥38.5 mil for bullying-induced suicide in Shiga See in context

Almost JPY 40 millions damage charged to two 13 years old kids at the time of the offense?

Whatever the offense is, something is really wrong in Japan society.

What is next step? Death penalty?

And I am scared with most of the above comments this judgment is fair or even not enough.

The adults failed (school, policy, parents, teachers, police, and so on...). The society should admit it, apologise and come with action to stop this.

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context


Thanks for the maths :-)

But for me 10 days holidays means 2 full weeks vacations, not 1 week in-between 2 weekends.

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

Why saying 10 days holidays?

There are 4 days of weekend and already 3 days from standard Golden Week.

It is a mere 3 additional days, or have I missed something?

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Posted in: U.S. military planes land near Venezuela border with aid See in context

Trump does not care about Venezuela people. He only needs the Venezuela heavy oil to balance its domestic crappy quality oil.

This "aid" is just a cheap psychological warfare.

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Posted in: Memories of Fukushima crisis rapidly fading, warn civic groups See in context


Important to have a free press

Unfortunately many people prefer to read/hear what they believe than actual facts to avoid the uncomfortable zone.

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Posted in: Ghosn hires new defense team in change of strategy See in context

Has anyone an idea when the trial may start?

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Posted in: Father held over fatal abuse of daughter rearrested for earlier assault See in context

In the rearresting Olympics, Japan will get all the medals!

Why cannot they get it done properly at first!

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Posted in: Face tattoos: A trend that is here to stay? See in context

If the tattoo is for the sake of provocation, just admit others can be offended (which is the objective) and accept there could be some social consequences.

Otherwise, who care?

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