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Posted in: Japan Post to end Saturday standard mail delivery next year See in context

I remember thinking how unusual Saturday mail delivery was when I first came here. Amazing overservicing of the people. Economic and demographic reality have caught up....

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Posted in: Heat headache as Tokyo swelters a year before Olympics See in context

The two weeks will come and go and nothing in Japan will really change. Foreigners may come and praise Abe for all the shiny new buildings and well prepared infrastructure, and marvel at Japan’s orderly and polite society but is that brief praise really worth the billions spent? The 1964 games had a much larger real social and economic impact on the country than these games ever will.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker Koizumi, TV personality Takigawa to tie knot See in context

Good luck to the happy couple. Nice to see a half Japanese marrying a future prime minister and nobody seems to care. Japan is ever so slowly diversifying....

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Posted in: Japan's 2 imperial heirs to fly on separate planes to Bhutan See in context

Actually It would be news if they DIDN’T separate them on the flights! But it does highlight the precarious position that the male only succession rules can place these royal families in.

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Posted in: 33 dead after man sets fire to Kyoto anime studio See in context

Tragic. That number of fatalities would suggest the place was highly flammable, overcrowded and that fire drills, escape doors and preparation etc. was lacking. Those poor people. We need to always be aware that personal disasters are just around the corner every day and that we never know when they will strike.

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Posted in: Aussie Tupou 'ready' for Springboks despite Johannesburg phone robbery See in context

Yes the audacity of this is extraordinary. A group of rugby front rowers can be mugged by one guy after a phone?

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Posted in: All Japanese customers banned from restaurant…in Japan?!? See in context

Ultimately it’s a business decision. If foreign tourists happily order one bowl each without complaint and Japanese constantly try to be cheap and share bowls and complain if they can’t, then it’s logical as a businessman that he would favour the foreign tourists as customers which result in more revenue. However no need to discriminate by nationality. The sign should simply say if you enter and want to share a bowl then your request will he declined with no exceptions. Ask to share at own risk.

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Posted in: Japanese firms to offer telework to ease traffic jams during 2020 Games See in context

The lengths they are going to for this two week sporting event are quite extraordinary to witness.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea feud deepens with disputed accounts of trade meeting See in context

They should have just cancelled this meeting. Embarrassing for both sides - like 4 elementary school kids being forced to sit down and fix their quarrelling.

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Posted in: Moon to Tokyo See in context

There are plenty of houses in the inaka that still look exactly like this. Right down to the doll in the glass case.

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Posted in: Japan population declines at fastest pace to 124.8 million: gov't See in context

This is good news. Japan would be a comfortable place at around 60 million. Imagine the uncrowded trains without all those stressed 60 year olds beating up station employees, and the spacious houses with gardens and apartments. Would be quite pleasant.

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Posted in: James O'Connor to join Wallabies in 'train-only' role See in context

Play him, and Quade Cooper too. Aussies desperately need some spark for their World Cup campaign.....

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Posted in: We will offer telecommuting or paid leave to about 1,200 employees commuting to our headquarters in Tokyo. First, we will test the arrangement for two weeks from July 22 this year. See in context

Work from home here is not an appealing option like it can be in the West, where "home" often means a comfortable house or large condo. More like "work from small cramped apartment with family resenting your presence". Japanese generally prefer to escape to the office.

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Posted in: North Korea says released Australian student was spying See in context

Very fortunate man. I hope he realises how lucky he was to have been released so quickly and will never go back there again. Spying seems to be a much more serious charge than stealing a propaganda poster, and we know how that latter allegation ended....

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic stadium 90% complete; opening set for December See in context

70% of taxpayers paid for it but 80% of taxpayers (the general public) couldn’t get tickets in the lottery to see it.

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Posted in: Abe says no need to raise sales tax beyond 10% for decade See in context

He has absolutely no way to know whether this is true or not unless his name is Nostradamus Shinzo. Who knows what will happen over the next 10 years. Are people falling for this? How does he get away with it? Answer: a compliant Japanese media.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic stadium 90% complete; opening set for December See in context

This is an incredible stadium and a great legacy for Tokyo. They’ve done well. Will be well used post Olympics due to the great central position and easy access, unlike the Sydney one.

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Posted in: Heavy rain forces evacuation order for 1.1 mil in southwestern Japan See in context

Where do 1 million people evacuate to exactly?

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Posted in: Warship shows Japan's determination to expand military role See in context

If the US can’t be relied on to defend Japan in future, the only real option is not building these big metal warships, rather it’s going nuclear as a deterrent. Japan has few friends in Asia, surrounded by rivals that have caught up and have long memories of being occupied by Imperial Japan. A tenuous position for Japan with an ageing population living on their inadequate pensions, and with fewer young ones to crew these ships and go fight for them.

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

Japan should just drop the obsession with English. 99% of the population don't need it in daily life, and being forced to struggle studying it just closes up their minds more to the outside world.

Better idea is to add a subject for the full 6 years of elementary school called foreign languages. The kids can have exposure to a number of languages in a fun way when they are most receptive to it, and then make various languages (not just English) elective options at junior and senior high. The ones that want to study will do so. Japan still seems paranoid that unless the whole country studies English at school, the nation will fall behind. But why? Almost all private junior and senior schools still obsessively promote how much English they teach in their curriculums, but no mention of teaching other important world languages like mandarin for example. Why?

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Posted in: Japan hopes Trump-Kim meeting spurs nuclear, abduction talks See in context

Trump is charming NK for future property development post Presidency, once he can open them up sufficiently to develop and modernise. Japan’s domestic concerns are nothing to him. Abe, if you want to negotiate abductees and security issues do it yourself.

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Posted in: G20 partners See in context

For all that’s been said and done in many of these G20 countries in the name of gender equality, this photo sums it up completely. No genuine progress at all, at least in political leadership.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for allegedly abducting, confining female student in his car See in context

Does Japan have a specialised “fixated persons division” in the police force? They’d be working some serious overtime in this country!!

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Posted in: Osaka rolls out red carpet, not red-light district for G20 See in context

This is like the ground zero issue for Japanese, so not surprising the extreme reaction to having all those G20 people on their doorstep. “What do foreigners think about us and Japan? Lets make sure they see what we want them to. Please praise us!”.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed See in context

80 to 90 percent of ordinary people didn't get a ticket? And sponsors (Japan inc) and IOC get them handed to them for free, like confetti? What a joke!

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Posted in: Abe criticized in Diet after pension report highlights income-savings gap See in context

The state pension in any country should be seen as an insurance policy against homelessness and starvation in old age, because that is essentially what it always has been intended as and no more. To live well in retirement you are going to need your own savings. If Japan’s politicians have neglected to explain this to their people up to this point (one minute to midnight), then they have only themselves to blame for the political consequences.

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Posted in: What’s your impression of parental supervision of children when families are out and about in Japan? See in context

Mothers drive cars here with babies strapped on their front in baby slings. I am not joking.....well at least baby is restrained, unlike the toddlers jumping around on the front passenger seat.....

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup 2019 unveils match ticket designs See in context

Gee, the fans that opted for etickets by email delivery will be disappointed. No mention of the commemorative designs and wallet during the ticket lottery when you had to decide on eticket or paper...

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Posted in: Man stabs police officer, steals his gun in Osaka Pref; 33-year-old suspect sought See in context

There are more of these crimes occurring in Japan and it seems Kobans are seen as soft targets. Understandable, given that the Koban cops seem to spend most of their time giving local directions and policing bicycle thefts. Japanese society is less safe than it used to be and these cops are needing to deal with more serious and violent criminals and urgently need improved training accordingly.

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Posted in: Does Kawasaki stabbing rampage signify start of lost generation's revenge against society? See in context

This being Japan, recluses are given a group label and a box to reside in called hikikomori. But similar things happen in many other advanced economies where certain narrow pathways are considered the successful ones and others are not. Many people in other countries also don’t feel properly valued or accepted in their society and can’t deal with all the pressure to conform. They too settle down in their own quiet corners where they feel comfortable to live out their lives. It’s just more extreme in Japan.

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