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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

Bad news guys, we're on the brink of losing our social function.

But on the good news side of things, we're doing a damn fine job of holding on to our stubbornness.

Hooray for us.

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Posted in: Video game hub Japan confronts problem of addiction See in context

Devices and consoles can be physically removed. Mobile data plans can be terminated. WiFi access can be restricted at the router level.

If you don't know how to do that, everyone knows at least one technical professional in their social circle who can help with the last one.

And stop this habit of immediately handing over phones/ipads to toddlers when you meet up with all the other mums for coffee and cake. When we go out to a family restaurant, 9 times out of 10 the whole family on the table next to us are all on their phones for the entire meal, pausing only to take a picture of the food when it arrives.

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Posted in: Japan aims to revive inbound tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2025 See in context

On the plus side right now, ticket prices to Japan are kind of cheap.

Can scoop up US$560 non-stop economy seats from Montreal right now.

No you can't. Cheapest you can get right now is around 250,000 JPY.

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Posted in: 'Help wanted': Businesses struggle to fill jobs See in context

Why should these people get paid any less than an office worker sat doing nothing that adds any real value all day?

Because I can easily do what you do, but you can't do what I do.

Those that can't, teach.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

Second time. Disgraceful.

I can think of so many low cost procedures that could be implemented after the first time.

Japan Rail famously implemented the point and check method which improved the reliability of visual checking significantly.

To avoid complacency, and force a detailed check, all you need to is paint a number in every footwell. Before locking up the bus the driver needs to take a picture of every footwell number on a digital camera. That act alone is enough to enforce and remind of a detailed check.

There's maybe 5 or 6 rows in a minibus? It would take under a minute to take 10 to 12 pictures.

Or the driver has a numbered sheet of paper per seat. Before locking the bus each seat needs to have its number put on the seat.

Surely I can't be the only one to think of such low cost, low effort, non time consuming enforcements.

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Posted in: 72% of survey respondents say border controls reason for not visiting Japan See in context

When visiting other countries, the majority of Japanese tourists do so only on guided tours. Especially those middle aged and older.

Considering the age of policy makers... They probably never saw any issue with requiring guided tours. They are probably unaware there is any other way of travelling than with a young woman dressed like an air hostess carrying a flag.

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Posted in: Sri Lankan family seeks Japan panel review over detainee's death See in context

To pre-empt the usual bleating...

Yes, it is a criminal offence to overstay a visa in Japan. Just as it is in many other countries (eg UK).

All posts repeating "she did not commit a crime" are wrong.

Read this while you can, before it is cleaned away for not signalling the desired virtues.

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Posted in: Malaysia Islamic minister says Bon Odori dance not for Muslims See in context

@finally rich

Malaysia is one of the most pleasant countries to live in SE Asia (especially if you're paid a japanese salary) and you can experience 3 distinct cultures (indian-chinese-muslim) all at the same time. But there will always be people like this...

Shah Alam councilor Muhammad Shakir Ameer slammed the party for its "lack of understanding and ignorance on cultural diversity in Malaysia".

You can't read.

That person is the one defending the festival. The "party" is the group trying to stop it.

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Posted in: Gov't asks companies, households across Japan to save power See in context

@Frank Ellis

The Yen is high

Err... No. Try again.

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Posted in: Japan rules out withdrawal from joint Russia gas project See in context

Germany. Nord Stream 2.


The Nord Stream 2 has not been cancelled it's suspended


Germany imports 35% of its gas from Russia and continues to do so. Nothing has changed.

Nord Stream 2 was to increase that to 50%, but was already facing legal hurdles before the Ukraine invasion.

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Posted in: Japan rules out withdrawal from joint Russia gas project See in context

Typical reactions above from the usual bunch of posters.

Before scoffing, please provide an economically viable and logistically possible alternative. Don't forget to consider money already spent.

And also don't forget to send your solution to all the European nations who are also continuing to execute their energy contracts with Russia.

Tell you what, to make it easier... Why not start by telling us all which nations have cancelled their energy contracts?

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Posted in: Ex-board chairman at Nihon University gets 1-year suspended sentence See in context

criminal gets to keep the majority of the cash

What cash? Are you also unable to read?

This was undeclared income. Not stolen cash.

The amount of tax that should have been paid was 52 million.

He got caught. He admitted it, he paid the 52 million.

Then he was sent to court to be prosecuted for the crime of attempting to evade tax.

Court gave him a fine of 13 million and suspended sentence for the attempted tax evasion.

Why do you all seem to struggle with this?

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Posted in: Ex-board chairman at Nihon University gets 1-year suspended sentence See in context

Nice math.

Guy still have own 39 millions-equals to majority 10 years of income.

I’m prepared the take a one year suspended sentence in return for ¥39 million.

Try reading what is written.

He was caught, owned up and paid the 52 million.

This was a fine on top of that for trying to evade it in the first place.

All things considered, for a non violent crime he admitted to straight away and paid what was owed... A fine and a suspended sentence seems appropriate.

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Posted in: ‘Don’t Say Gay' bill signed by Florida Gov DeSantis See in context

By banning speech, books and forcing religious “meditation”. But no indoctrination.

Like many others, you are totally missing the point. It's so easy to confuse this with anti-sexual-minority sentiments... Or assume its based on enforcing a particular set of values.

The restriction is for Grade 3 and below. In other words, 9 years old and younger.

The intention is that sexual education, including discussions on sexual orientation, should begin around 9 to 10 years old in the school environment. If someone wanted to teach their kids at a younger age, fine, but 9 to 10 years old is an appropriate age to start the subject in schools.

The problem is that in these modern times, its becoming increasingly popular to declare one's sexuality openly and proudly. That's fine... But you can't declare you are Gay to a class full of 7 year old without explaining what Gay is. And you can't explain that without touching on the subject of sexual education. And anyone who has ever spoken to room full of kids knows, you're not going to be able to just leave it there.

Nothing changes for the more age appropriate age of Grade 4 onwards.

At what age did you discuss sexual education and orientation in school? I bet it wasn't younger than 9. And that practice clearly didn't condition you to be "anti-gay" or a religious fanatic.

Let kids be be kids for just a little bit. That's all this is.

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Posted in: Teenage girl injured after man hits her in suicide leap from high-rise in Tokyo See in context

'frame of mind

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Posted in: Teenage girl injured after man hits her in suicide leap from high-rise in Tokyo See in context

Well... If he's in such a frame of mind where this is the only way out, I doubt he's in the frame of kind to even consider other people. So selfishness and thoughtlesness don't even come in to it really.

But if he did leave beind an estate (bank account, insurance, anything) then it's only fair she gets some of it for the hassle of having a broken leg and trauma caused by his actions. Don't see why people are objecting to that part so much.

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Posted in: 3/11 quake-related suicides in Japan total 246 in 11 years See in context


The government this... The government that.

Like the majority of your posts, you expect the government to do everything for you but complain when they do something for someone else.

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Posted in: Hostage dead after 11-hour standoff in Saitama house See in context

When there is some nutter attacking people it’s always in Saitama!

Because of nothing more than your confirmation bias.

Also, a demonstration of how easily influenced someone can be.

Check out the last 2 or 3 pages of crime reports on this site. Now count how many of the those reports specify the prefecture in the headline.

(and if the penny has still not dropped after that, do a quick poll of the prefecture where the other crimes took place)

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Posted in: Long wallet or bifold? What your wallet says about you in Japan See in context

The "long wallet" looks like a lady's purse and doesn't belong in the hands of a man.

And neither do the handbags half the men here choose to carry.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for keeping father’s corpse in house See in context

@joe blow

An often-quoted but misrepresented fact.

Yes, the average may be high, but only if you choose to have all of the pomp and grandeur in order to make a statement of status.

Culturally, there's a bit heavier weighting on the ceremonial aspects of a funeral in Japan than some other cultures... But it's not a requirement. There's plenty of lower budget options. And if you're struggling to make ends meet you can use the services offered by local authorities. Granted they are quite basic but it's a funeral nonetheless. We're talking a few hundred dollars worth of expense.

And for unemployed people on benefits, the local ward will help with the few hundred dollars of costs and arrange a very reasonable payment plan.

So this is an irrelevant point.

You might as well quote the average spend on a car in certain districts of Tokyo in N million yen. Doesn't mean its the cost required for a car.

The same high cost is often quoted of weddings here too... Again this is due to wanting to keep up with the Jones', wanting the fairytale photo shoots, etc. A budget gathering and ward office appearance can be done super cheap, just like is very common in every other country. (and just like many people here choose to do).

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Posted in: Firefighter docked pay for making over a million yen from game streaming See in context

Ridiculous rule

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Posted in: End of an era nears for Berlin's coal stoves See in context

Didn't know London was in Greece

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Posted in: End of an era nears for Berlin's coal stoves See in context

Half eh? Exaggerate much?

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Posted in: Kishida sidesteps criticism of cash handout policy change See in context

Surely the childless people should be grateful others spend a significant portion of their lives investing in a future tax payer to pay for their retirement and medical care

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Posted in: New column to track coronavirus calamity's impact on young women's livelihood See in context

That's true. Although rather more general an observation and not really applicable to the subject person of the article.

Feel free to retract the personal insults on reading comprehension and exquisite reasoning... And then we can go after the predators together when a real victim presents themselves.

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Posted in: New column to track coronavirus calamity's impact on young women's livelihood See in context

The government both forces people into the adult business emporium by lack of social support networks and enables the adult businesses but turning a blind eye to their shady business dealings.

Can you explain the part where she was forced in to this?

To quote a few highlights...

while still in high school, "befriended" an older man for monetary considerations, an activity referred to as papa katsu.

Hmmm... I wonder who forced her to do this.

approached on the street by a "scout," which led to her debut as a performer in adult videos

Nasty scout. She had no chance to say no.

wanting to live out her fantasies, she took up employment at a high-class soapland

I wish I was forced to live out my fantasies too. Sign me up.

She subsequently took up employment in a massage parlor that involved erotic manipulation without going all the way

Well OK... Let's give you the benefit of the doubt and say she was forced to do this...

I felt a real sense of gratitude toward my parents, and have given up the shady work to be a more filial daughter.

Ah... And finally had the good sense to go back to her support network that was there all along, ready and waiting.

Can't keep blaming the government for this girl's choices and subsequent regret. Not everyone is a victim.

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Posted in: Monitor or talk? 5 ways parents can help keep their children safe online See in context

How about not giving kids as young as 2 or 3 your phone or ipad every time you can't be bothered to engage with them so they don't develop the habit of screaming for it every time you sit down in a restaurant. And maybe set a better example yourself but not spending the whole time while seated texting, checking feeds and taking pictures of the damn food to put online and advertise how great your pretend life is.

And then when they are a bit older, how about not buying them smartphones or tablets in the first place. Far easier to control physical access to a PC or laptop (which is needed for school).

Seems simple enough. But sadly, requires a bit of parenting effort.

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Posted in: New column to track coronavirus calamity's impact on young women's livelihood See in context

Since when are we supposed to feel sorry for sex workers?

And not someone forced in to it either. She started off on this path at high school. Had all the same options and opportunities as everyone else, but chose to be a little harlot instead for handbag and jewelry money.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context


I suppose a better example would be Japanese agriculture, which most would argue has failed long ago and been propped up by subsidies ever since.

It now can't function at all without those subsidies and is steadily getting worse.

This argues your point quite convincingly! But also, unfortunately, shows how reluctant Japan is to change/modernise.

I guess the only way is, as you say, to force the change, by removing the incentives not to.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context


No subsidies, for any type of industry.

All industries fall on hard times now and then. We can’t have a subsidy program for everyone, we can’t afford it and the harm it does to us all in the long run.

Ah good... Finally a point worth discussing.

I do see the merit of your point.

I still struggle with the short term hardships suffered for the benefit of the long term. I recall your point that it can be turned around quickly... But is Japanese culture as dynamic and fast to act as your previous examples in other countries?

I have no idea really, but the speed of change is the part I doubt.

I hope others can distinguish this debate on the effectiveness of subsidies from a debate on wealth inequality.

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