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Posted in: 1st exam held in Japan for foreigners seeking new work visa See in context

Canada and Australia are among the popular destinations for Filipino nurses as they can earn salaries several times higher than here.

But Japan is a country that highly qualified nurses would have little interest in primarily due to the low pay, according to Tetsuya Ishikawa, a Japanese who works for a job placement agency in Manila.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201904140036.html

Looks like they will have to improve wages and not only visa requirements if they really want to address the workers shortage.

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Posted in: Gov't asks public to check hospital schedules before 10-day holiday See in context

Some, however, have chosen to halt all services except emergency care to allow doctors some time off.

If doctors (and all of the personnel) take holidays through the year by turns then hospitals probably wouldn't need to close...

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Posted in: Major showbiz agencies urged to address long working hours See in context

a labor standards inspection office in Tokyo recognized in January 2014 that the company had its employees, including managers of EXILE, work up to 500 hours per month.

So, they have been urged when, now? back then? Urging those companies 5 years after the problem is found is, well, "a little" late.

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Posted in: Chinese group to get control of Japan Display after $2.1 billion bailout See in context

Alex80Apr. 13  10:09 pm JST

@rkom76: It looks to me they needed to expand their clients, relying mainly on Apple was a mistake. It has nothing to do with technology.

Of course I agree. In my first post I wrote

OLED has been practical since 1987, and in the market since 2009. The new Japan Display's factory was built around 2016. They do need to start looking ahead, otherwise competitors will just leave them behind.

which has to do with this:

Previous rumors have suggested Apple was willing to pay as much as $1.7 billion for the new plant. Foxconn has also invested heavily in Apple displays by recently spending $2.6 billion on an OLED factory for Apple Watch and iPhone displays. Apple has not been officially announced as Japan Display’s partner, but sources say Apple will invest an unspecified amount in the plant to help the Japanese screen maker become it’s number one supplier.

https://www.cultofmac.com/314530/japan-display-building-1-4-billion-plant-just-apple/

And that's from 2015. The interesting part is that, while JD was investing in a LCD plant, Foxconn was investing in an OLED plant. Having your competitor building a new plant that will supply screens for all models of iphones, while you are building a plant that will make screens for only one model means he is looking ahead and you will be left behind.

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Posted in: Chinese group to get control of Japan Display after $2.1 billion bailout See in context

Alex80Today  09:03 pm JST

@rkome76: China wouldn't buy a Company that is "left behind", actually they bought a Company that can give them a competitive advantage thanks to a good know how.

It seems their good know how didn't prevent this

Japan Display expects to post its fifth straight year of net losses in the year ending this month

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Posted in: Chinese group to get control of Japan Display after $2.1 billion bailout See in context

The bailout comes as sales of new iPhone models - many of which use newer organic light-emitting displays (OLED) - have left Japan Display’s new factory that makes liquid crystal display (LCD) panels running at half capacity.

I remember reading somewhere, citing a Japanese guy involved in technology R&D, that Japan can not rely anymore on that approach of copy and improve, that it will be necessary to offer something new instead of improving existing technology. For this company, it went that way.

In 2009, Philips became the first company to manufacture an OLED lighting panel called Lumiblade. Philips describes the potential of their Lumiblade as "...thin (less than 2 mm thick) and flat, and with little heat dissipation, Lumiblade can be embedded into most materials with ease... gives designers almost limitless scope to mold and meld Lumiblade into everyday objects, scenes and surfaces, from chairs and clothing to walls, windows and tabletops."

In 2013, Philips and BASF are combining efforts to invent a lighted transparent car roof. The car roof will be solar powered and will turn transparent when switched off. That's just one of the many developments occurring with this cutting-edge technology.

https://www.thoughtco.com/who-invented-oled-technology-1992208

OLED has been practical since 1987, and in the market since 2009. The new Japan Display's factory was built around 2016. They do need to start looking ahead, otherwise competitors will just leave them behind.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan raises Prime membership fee for first time in 11 years See in context

Just curious, do people still find the reviews reliable anymore? Also, some items you can find cheaper at your local DIY shop. Amazon Japan is convenient, but not always cheaper

I find it reliable but I read first the unfavorable comments. A few times I had the same bad experience as those users.

And yes, sometimes it's not cheaper (even without Prime and with free shipping)

I usually pick up at the nearest Kuroneko office to spare them the cost of comming in vain (since I usually I'm out for work). What I don't understand is why there's a limit in size and weight for that option. Supposedly, the heavier and bulkier, the better for them if I go to pick my items up personally.

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Posted in: Japan slams WTO ruling on South Korean Fukushima food ban See in context

CH3CHOToday  07:10 pm JST

Samit BasuToday  07:48 am JST

Abe san should be ashamed in trying to export Fukushima seafood and produce

The issue is seafood from other parts of Japan than Fukushima.

The article says it's

a ban by South Korea on some seafood from Fukushima imposed after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

and then it continues with

According to Fukushima authorities, four countries and regions -- China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau -- have maintained a ban on importing a broad range of locally-produced foods.

so the problem seems to be only the Fukushima produce/seafood.

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Posted in: Suzuki reappointed Olympics minister after Sakurada resigns See in context

Why was Suzuki replaced as Olympics minister in the first place? If it was performance or more "gaffes" then he wouldn't be repeating the post...

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Posted in: Prosecutors to reopen probe over murky state land sale See in context

The Osaka No. 1 Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution said in its decision dated March 15 that it was "unjust" that prosecutors decided not to indict Nobuhisa Sagawa 

I usually hear that prosecutors only go after cases they think they can win. Maybe they think this case is just unwinnable for reasons they know...

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Posted in: Swastikas and statues: Southeast Asia's fixation with Nazi iconography See in context

Who is the women in the photo with that round thing on her head? And how does that relate to this article?

"Thai teen idol Pitchayapa "Namsai" Natha caused outrage when she was filmed rehearsing wearing a t-shirt with a Nazi swastika" is the photo caption.

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Posted in: Ex-execs convicted of bribery in Japan's 1st case involving plea deal See in context

The Tokyo District Court ordered a sentence of 18 months in prison for Fuyuhiko Nishikida, 63, and 16 months for Yoshiki Tsuji, 57.

I was surprised reading that part. "Finally", I thought. But then

Both of their sentences were suspended for three years.

I guess I got surprised too soon.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven store owners submit request for shorter business hours See in context

Speaking of 7-Eleven and the problems between the franchise and the franchisees:

http://www.generalunion.org/other-commercial-and-industrial/1319-the-reality-of-convenience-stores

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Posted in: As medical costs mount, Japan to weigh cost-effectiveness in setting drug prices See in context

Scratch the surface and you will see why. Japanese doctors are loath to proscribe medications that can "cure" a patient in one visit! Get an ear infection here and see how many times it takes to go to the doctor to get cured! You'd be shocked!

Before I was enrolled to the shakai hoken, my dental visits used to be 1 or 2 times for a treatment. After enrolling, those visits increased 3x. The dentist told me that's the way the insurance works. Looks like it's the same with every other treatment here in Japan.

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Posted in: Under-fire mayor resigns after ordering arson See in context

You go and start a fire today and get arrested! Burn it! No joke! Go and destroy the building now!

More than vigorous and gutsy sounds like a mafia boss. I don't think those are the leaders Japan needs.

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Posted in: Mayor apologizes for verbally abusing senior city official See in context

Please read that again, then take a look at your calendar too. Mine says today's date is January 30th 2019.

Maybe you need to buy a new one?

My bad. For some reason I read 2018...

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Posted in: Mayor apologizes for verbally abusing senior city official See in context

In the heated exchange in June 2017

That was about 6 months ago.

Izumi, 55, said earlier in the day he apologized on Monday to the official

If it's well reported, then he apologized 6-7 months later. And probably because

"All that has been reported by the media is true.

That's not really a sincere apology. Or at least, it's not a sincere apology to the abused official.

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Posted in: YouTube demotes flat-earthers, conspiracy theorists See in context

So, as I understand the article, YT won't censor or eliminate them, just won't make those videos appear in the recommended list. If people look for them, they will still find those videos.

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Posted in: Gov't cuts subsidies to Tokyo Medical University over unfair entrance exams See in context

Feels like the people running the universities are the ones at fault but the ones paying for it will be students and teachers. People directly involved should have been indicted and prosecuted.

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Posted in: Google Japan unit found to have underreported ¥3.5 bil in taxable income See in context

Interestingly this wasn't filed under the Crime section

That's probably because nobody was indicted on tax evasion. I'd say that's the really interesting point.

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Posted in: JOC chief Takeda denies corruption allegations See in context

suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others in the bureaucracy at the Japanese body.

If he suggested that then there is a chance that the bid for Tokyo 2020 was won ilegally. Has this happened before? I mean, discovering that a country got to host the games through bribes before the actual games?

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Posted in: Ghosn indicted on 2 new charges; Nissan cancels lease on his Tokyo apartment See in context

Ghosn was charged with aggravated breach of trust for temporarily transferring personal investment losses to Nissan in 2008, and for understating his compensation for three years, from 2015 to 2017, according to a statement from his lawyer, Motonari Otsuru.

For a moment I thought I was reading something from weeks ago, so I had to check and recheck dates. Haven't these charges been pressed before? Or they are just charging him on these just now, after the prosecutors released the info some time ago?

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Posted in: Record ¥333 million paid for bluefin tuna at new Tokyo market's first auction See in context

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/science/earth/19species.html?src=sch&pagewanted=all

*The rejection of the bluefin proposal was a clear victory for the Japanese government, which had vowed to go all out to stop the measure or else exempt itself from complying with it. Japan, which consumes nearly 80 percent of the bluefin catch, argued that the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, or Iccat, should be responsible for regulating the fishery, not the United Nations. European Union nations, whose fleets are most responsible for the overfishing of bluefin, abstained from voting in the second round after their own watered-down proposal was rejected.*

If we want tuna to recover and stop being an endangered species, many people will have to get in line, not only the Japanese.

And how is it that Kiyoshii Kimura can spend one million US dollars on a fish?

If the news is rigth, then it's US 3 million dollar.

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Posted in: Japan to announce new era name on April 1 See in context

It could be just the picture, but seems like Prince Akishino shaved just half of his moustache...

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Posted in: Japanese photojournalist admits to sexual harassment See in context

Ms Noda, who is Internal Affairs Minister and Minister-in-charge of female empowerment, said on Monday in response to Mr Aso that she intends to push for debate in Parliament for legal penalties to be imposed against sexual harassment.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-finance-minister-taro-aso-apologises-for-saying-sexual-harassment-is-not-a

So, did she actuallty push for that?

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Posted in: Gov't revokes permit of supervising body in foreign trainee program See in context

If so, it seems quite a burden for a smaller company. Not exactly cheap labour

The first company I worked at in Japan, 9 years ago, paid them 350 yen/hour without the legal overtime. Multiply that for 3 years and you have cheap labour indeed.

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Posted in: In a Tokyo neighborhood's last sushi restaurant, a sense of loss See in context

No address, no way to find the place unless one can uncover "Medaka street". Seems the place does not want to be found or have more customers.

I think this story is not about this particular place, but a lot of places in Japan (not only sushi bars, but small restaurants too). Saving this sushi bar is not going to change the fact that the shopping street it's located at is slowly dying.

Around my place there are several of these restaurants, and I like to eat there because you find food you can't find in those big chains, being stir fried vegetables, liver with nira and pork with ginger my favorites.

The problem, for me, is the people smoking inside. I don't go anymore to some of these because it's not nice smelling tobacco smoke while you are eating.

“Mom and Pop” stores like this should lower the prices to compete.

The places I eat at have the menu prices between 650 and 850 yen. There is no way they can lower the prices. And it's clearly not a price problem, since the cost of a single dish in a chain restaurant is usually the same (or higher) these old restaurants charge for a set.

The owner of one restaurant I sometimes eat at is 82, and his wife, 78. They told me they lost most of their clients since the ryō they had in front was replaced by a drug store. But other restaurants have a healthy customer base. I think, in the end, it depends on how the neighbourhood these restaurants are at evolve.

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Posted in: Ghosn's continued detention keeps Japan's justice system under microscope See in context

Fortunately this couldn’t have happened to a richer person, but just imagine if it were happening to people of lesser means...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYJpc2y37oU&t=892s

I had that yesterday in my recommended videos.

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Posted in: Japan to pull out of IWC to resume commercial whaling See in context

A few weeks ago there was an article here in JT that read "Japanese ships leave for 'research whaling' in Antarctic Ocean".

And now, in this article, we can read

According to Kyodo News, the country is unlikely to catch whales in the Antarctic Ocean even if it did withdraw from the IWC, as it is eyeing commercial whaling only in seas near Japan and its exclusive economic zone.

Just out of curiosity, then why did Japan have to go that far before when they could hunt the whales near it's coasts?

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Posted in: Japanese fishing boat owners charged in Hawaii with helping smuggle shark fins See in context

"It's the Chinese' fault for wanting to buy it, not those Japanese fishermen!"

Just like with drugs. It's all the addict's fault, not the drug maker/dealer's fault...

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