Fall afoul of these people at your peril.
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They threw the funding impropriety book at that Tohoku interloper Ozawa Ichiro, who had the temerity to canvas ideas beyond the pale of what they were prepared to accept. Yet they have zero hesitation in employing the same 金権政治 strategies when they deem it expedient, read stonewalling anything that poses a threat to their oligarchic stranglehold over the nation.
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Just a fraction of that huge discretionary slush fund would signal, better late than never, that when it comes to priorities, Japan’s heart is in the right place. Sadly, instead of considering the bigger picture, unlike Germany with its open ended reparations and principled rejection of statute of limitations evasiveness, Japan continues to invite opprobrium upon itself.
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Some of these dumps, they couldn’t even give away, that’s how bad they are. There needs to be a Government department tasked with restoring the natural environment of these places. With so many eyesores to choose from, Japan could be a world leader in reversing the ugliness that blights its scenic places.
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Incidentally, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who married a Chinese man…..
Were it even remotely true, his wife of 40 years would definitely have something to say about that.
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So that means 38% of workers still just don't take paid leave.
No, that’s not what it says at all! It’s saying that, on average, across all companies which responded to the survey, the amount of paid leave actually taken was 62% of the annual entitlement. Even that miserable 62% is a distortion of the true picture. No prizes for guessing that an appallingly low leave entitlement take up was one of the reasons many firms failed to even respond to the survey. Also, as the article says, the 62% average figure disguises a much lower take up of annual holiday entitlement in specific industries such as food and accommodation.
Other countries need to get wise to Japan’s disguised method of maintaining a competitive advantage by stiffing its workers in the way this survey makes clear.
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South Korea, in denial of it's role during WWII, from serving in the IJA.
Since there was at the time no South Korea, nor any independent Korean entity, thanks to Japan’s erasure of such, the point is moot. Suffice to say Korean soldiers served in the IJA, and not the IKA.
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Some can’t get their head around the fact that in South Korea, unlike in a certain other country, there’s such a thing as judicial independence. If only the blighters could do do as they do here; vest their faith in the 1965 Treaty which absolved them of all responsibility for the excesses of their zealous predecessors who, after all, were only bringing sweetness and light unto the world.
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They dare not insist on a head count. To do so would risk having to then admit that there are significantly fewer bona fide pensioners than there are pensions being paid out. Which of course would disturb the Wa no end. Better to keep up the pretense that there’s no fudging and that happiness and contentment are the lot of those in their twilight years.
-5 ( +0 / -5 )
Regrets, Japan’s had a few, but then again too few to mention.
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This is an incident that makes you feel the difference in social standards.
Perhaps if you were comparing Osaka with Tokyo; but these things are a dime a dozen in Kansai.
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In the shade of this parade, many civil servants were mobilized for free virtually forcibly by self-righteous Osaka governor of far-right party "Ishin.
The day of the parade was a public holiday. Any public officials watching would’ve been there entirely of their own volition. And while Ishin might have a city, they still have a ways to go before they have the whole country a la Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and the other dominoes that are yet to fall.
-1 ( +1 / -2 )
Profoundly depressed youth who saw no future and have chosen the fast pass way out. Not for them, gritting the teeth and knuckling down as an ever shrinking youth cohort exerts ever greater demands on the rest to keep the vessel afloat. This and the quadruple briquette gassing the other day are signaling loud and clear that the Einstein’s Definition of Insanity approach to dealing with social problems here, attempting to shirankao them out of existence, is no longer an option and that a total overhaul is imperative.
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At first, they came one at a time, then in the tens, hundreds, later thousands. While I rejoiced in my infinite compassion, my enemies took full advantage of my boundless capacity for self deception and before long were facilitating the transfer of numbers once inconceivable and my world was coming to resemble those from whence all my new neighbors were so desperate to escape. Finns are not the only ones being compelled by necessity to make hard choices.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
Police said the man works in the child welfare division of the municipal government.
A target rich environment that gives him full rein to extend his hand of friendship to those deemed in need. Right now he’s probably wondering what all the fuss is about, waiting for it to blow over so he can get back to what he does best.
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厭世 strikes again. An incident that elsewhere would not only be extremely rare, but elicit an outpouring of shock and mystified incomprehension on a societal level, will here register barely a blip on the national consciousness.
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And how many of these ‘authentic’ establishments are owned and operated by the real deal, not culture appropriating imitators?
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Here’s another link.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
Reefer Madness; coming to a Japan near you.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
What's the point of arresting them and spending tax payers money on this crime?
To make it clear to the plebs that short of the grave, there’s no escape. It’s non-negotiable; the treadmill for the fifteen million credits and, for many like her, lottery odds of ever truly escaping the grind. Or, the alternative of checking out any time you like.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
Ruth Benedict’ s ‘shame culture’ claims yet another victim. With 外圧 just about the only way to engineer change here, the U.N needs to step up pronto and dispatch one of its special rapporteurs. Task him, better still ‘her’, with inquiring into whether Japan’s welfare system is fit for purpose. Examples like this one should feature prominently in the final report, along with comparisons with other nations.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
One here, another there, and everywhere, day in day out, rinse repeat, only the names change, the basic story doesn’t.
-1 ( +13 / -14 )
For too many, Abe’s ‘beautiful country’ sure ain’t pretty. But so long as weakness Is despised, compassion eschewed, and people continue insisting Cassandra-like that we’re living in the best of all possible worlds, so too will stories like this keep repeating.
-3 ( +5 / -8 )
If it is found that Iizuka is in any way connected with this threat, then he must be made to pay.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
Oh for that masochistic thrill of being constantly buffeted by boisterous, inconsiderate juveniles and wannabes, the exquisite ecstasy of being herded by over-officious, hectoring, acoustical whip bearing police, there to keep the proles in line.
-2 ( +4 / -6 )
In a 2002 interview with the New York Times, he confessed: “I wanted to be famous so badly. You want the attention, you want the bucks, and you want the best seat in the restaurant. I didn’t think what the repercussions would be. “You have to get famous to know that it’s not the answer. And nobody who is not famous will ever truly believe that”.
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Great grand-daddy walked along the street with a ball and chain around his feet and that's the way they'd like to see me walk just to give the toffs a chance to talk.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
a government-affiliated think tank said Saturday.
And this masthead sees no need to question their self serving agenda? For shame!
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Time to get tough on Gaza, for Israel to show some strength for once - and start liquidating en masse.
Morgenthau Plan Redux!
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those incredibly loud election vehicles…….They're the only thing I really dislike about Japan.
C’mon, put your mind to it and try a little harder!
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