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Posted in: 4 years after daughter’s suicide, mother again blasts Dentsu in letter See in context

She should also reflect on why her daughter chose death over a change of job.

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Posted in: What are your fondest childhood memories of Christmas? See in context

Getting a 240V electric shock while fiddling with the Christmas lights at the age of three.

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Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what best job for a husband is, with architect topping list See in context

It's clear that many of the women polled don't know what an architect does.

Accounting will be one of the first casualties of the AI revolution.

Unless you work for one of the big four firms, being a lawyer doesn't pay what it used to.

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Posted in: Things look bleak for Japan: Rising layoffs, AI taking jobs, crumbling infrastructure See in context

Here's the, much longer, Japanese article this was based on, for those who wish to read it.

Quite a depressing read.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

Christmas = KFC is ludicrous, but no less silly than us guzzling turkey in the West.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten screws on tech giants to ensure transparency See in context

Get ready for a new "term" in Japanese, GAFA. That is what NHK was calling these companies when they were talking about this legislation.

The term GAFA is neither that new nor Japanese.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan should make AI mandatory subject for college students See in context

Son should use AI to make better investment decisions.

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Posted in: 18-year Immigration Bureau veteran challenges the system See in context

Here's the website of the Immigration Problem Rescue Center.

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Posted in: At climate talks, Koizumi confronts critics over coal See in context

Perhaps we misheard what Mr. Koizumi said the other day.

Perhaps what he actually said was:

 It's got to be fun, it's got to be coal. It's got to be sexy too....

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Posted in: Most people in Japan know acronym LGBT but understanding limited: survey See in context

I stop reading as soon as I see "cis-".

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Posted in: ‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ actor René Auberjonois dies at 79 See in context

Liked him in Benson.

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Posted in: Japanese company officially bans employees from licking fingers when handling papers or money See in context

Even KFC employees?

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

Out of interest, what do SDF members earn medals for?

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Posted in: Actor Hirofumi Arai sentenced to 5 years in jail for sexual assault See in context

I wonder if they will deport him after he has served his sentence.

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Posted in: Anime studio arson-murder suspect undergoes unprecedented skin grafts See in context

No need for the death penalty – just life imprisonment in a mirrored cell.

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Posted in: Humiliated at polls, Hong Kong's Lam acknowledges discontent with government See in context

It took the poll result for her to figure that out?

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Posted in: Japan Tobacco halves price of reduced-risk cigarette starter kit See in context

The government needs to ditch ALL of its stake in JT.

It is a massive conflict of interest.

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Posted in: People magazine names John Legend as 2019 Sexiest Man Alive See in context

What is People magazine's readership like these days?

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Posted in: What do you think of the meticulous way that gifts are wrapped in department stores and other high-end retail outlets in Japan? See in context

Like so much of Japanese-style customer service, it is surplus to requirements.

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Posted in: Trio arrested over arson and theft of 175 packets of ramen See in context

That's what you get for not using your noodle.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat to be referred to prosecutors over fatal car crash See in context

Dissolve all of his, no doubt, sizeable assets, and distribute them among the bereaved families and other victims.

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Posted in: 'Wearable kotatsu' lets you walk around in Japan’s favorite heating furniture See in context

Reminds me of winter 1998, when I was staying in a "gaijin house".

There was a girl from New Zealand who had a hooded sleeping bag.

One night, she wanted to go down to the convenience store to do some late night shopping, but she didn't fancy getting fully dressed just to go to Lawson for a few minutes.

So she just went in her sleeping bag, like an arm-less Gumby.

She was back 10 minutes later, shopping in hand.

Apparently, she got a surprised look from the poor fellow behind the counter.

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

I sometimes walk through Kobe Port on my lunch break. Think I'll steer clear for a week or two.

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Posted in: American ALT teacher fired from high school after exposing genitals See in context

Deport this clown.

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Posted in: 'Just too darn old:' Sanders, Biden confront age concerns See in context

Stop the gerontocracy now!

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Posted in: Japan grants ¥500 mil to Maldives for counterterrorism See in context

I wouldn't give a penny to a country that systematically kills atheists.

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Posted in: What do you think of the names that Japanese automakers give to their cars? See in context

Always laugh when I see the Toyota ISIS!

And why is that?

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Posted in: Foreign dignitaries treated to Japanese traditional arts at banquet See in context

... traditions like this connect a people to their past and lets them see that their culture, their spirit, will stretch into the future no matter how bleak the present. It gives hope to an entire people that no matter how terrible life is for them, their people will survive, their people will go forward into the future.

Do people really think like that?

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Posted in: Number of foreign students with jobs after graduation hits record high See in context

In May, the agency revised a Justice Ministry notification to allow foreigners who have graduated from universities or completed postgraduate studies in Japan to work at restaurants and retail shops under the "Designated Activities" status of residence.

Previously, graduates of Japanese universities from overseas were not allowed to work in the services sector on the grounds that jobs in the industry were irrelevant to their expertise.

And this is cause for celebration?

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