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Posted in: High-profile opposition figure Renho to run for Tokyo governor See in context

She is a liar and a coward who denied her Taiwanese roots for years and lied about it in parlement.

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Posted in: Russia waging a shadow war on the West that needs a collective response, Estonian leader says See in context

Easy for her to say, don’t see her going to the frontline.

And Zelinsky wants to draw Nato into WW3 over his failure to deal with Putin and avoid the war.

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Posted in: Japan still wrestling with legacy of graft-stained Olympics See in context

I had a successful sports marketing company. For the 2nd time. But I got tired of having to fight incompetent but corrupt Dentsu and Hakuhodo who got all the government national and regional funds. It was just to frustrating. And it was not only for the Olympics but for every sport or entertainment event. It is now the same for the expo2025, South East Asian games 2026 and the reason the Sapporo bid was redrawn had nothing to do with the “ feelings” of the Japanese people.( since when does government card about that. The Sapporo bid was redrawn because Dentsu again was hired and again corruption was so bad even IoC thought it to dangerous and obvious. That my company was indeed successful is proven by the fact I have now 4 companies in 3 continents.

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Posted in: Japan to provide Philippines ¥64 bil for 5 more patrol ships See in context

Not wasted. Will be build in Japan by Japanese companies. Just hidden subsidies for Japanese companies

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Posted in: How often do you use self check-outs at supermarkets and convenience stores? Do you prefer them over human checkout counters? See in context

Never. They are self defeating. Taking jobs away or at least intended to do that.

Thankfully, they don’t. Just like at self check in counters at airline companies there is always staff to help in case people have problems. Well, actually to check if everything is scanned and paid. Saves no time either as the client is slower than the experienced cashier. And no price reward for the customer doing the work himself. So. Never.

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Posted in: 3 killed in accident involving 7 vehicles on expressway in Saitama See in context

I always thought Japan is relatively safe for driving. Truck drivers are for the vast majority good and responsible drivers.

Accidents happen and the driver is not necessary guilty because he is arrested.

I prefer to see a human with all his mistakes and shortcomings behind a steering wheel over computer controlled cars. You can’t arrest those.

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Posted in: Young Japanese workers don’t even consider rural areas. Talented foreigners are our lifeline. See in context

Fighto, this is the 2nd time today I agree with you. Unusual but a pleasant surprise.

furthermore I do not see why a construction company would need that many workers with university degrees unless they have an engineering and a design division.

Hard, well trained workers. Yes.

More likely these people have degrees in completely different area’s. It means they have to take jobs below their study level for the money.

more and more because of the bad pay in Japan compared to other nations in Asia, immigrant workers will also think twice before coming to Japan where they are only tolerated because needed and not welcomed or respected

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Posted in: Shionogi says COVID treatment did not meet endpoint in late-stage trial See in context

Nothing ever changes in Japan. Just the methods and the subjects but corruption drives the nation

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

I agree with DeanzaZZR

maybe with the correction of the winter games being shared by Norway, Sweden and Finland.

but how are the poor members of the IOC executive committee going to fill their pockets then ?

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Posted in: Japanese leaders are gutless. They've always been gutless. They haven't fought for real sovereignty for that matter. See in context

Oliver Stone is correct about Japanese politicians being gutless, he only chose the wrong example, there are hundreds of better occasions to prove that point

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Posted in: Japan's service industry reeling from part-time worker crunch See in context

Let me help you explain, in part, Gene.

a lot of these people not working these “ jobs” have descended into criminality, prostitution, are homeless or otherwise lost to a positive role in society. Others go back to living with their parents.

The hardest and most unthankful jobs are most often paying the least. So, people working them constantly shift from one to another sometimes literally just for a dollar more. It’s a never ending carousel from 7-11 to mc Donald’s, Starbucks, back off the kitchen…

these “jobs” will constantly be open because they are not real jobs. They use and abuse people at the lower end of society.

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Posted in: Private-sector advisers urge proper BOJ response to weak yen See in context

the Japanese economie is sinking and we can expect an even bigger real estate disaster than in China. Prices are still artificially kept up by the mega construction companies by swallowing the vacant units rather than let the market adjust properly. Even they can not keep doing that but they hope against hope that sales and rents will improve before this particular bubble collapses. In vain

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Posted in: Understaffed businesses are turning to such innovations as touch-panel order devices, food-serving robots and self-service checkouts, instead of taking on new workers. See in context

Mr Neil,

Not everyone has the intellectual or physical or financial means to study to a university degree. Manual jobs will always be there. And I for one feel manual labour should be much much better rewarded.

indeed touch panels don’t call in sick they just go out of order or are temporarily unavailable. They suffer software glitches or network problems.

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Posted in: Kenyan Olympic marathon medalist referred to prosecutors over assault See in context

I know Mr Wainaina from his athlete days. He has been living in Japan most of his life.

I would describe him as a nice, polite man. He made a mistake. He owes up to it.

Mr Wainaina will apologize and more so, he will mean it.

Sending him away from Japan for this clear mistake will make Japan a poorer nation.

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Posted in: Maglev project in focus as Shizuoka election campaign starts See in context

Completely useless project. Except for politicians and businesses filling their pockets.

the cost and nuisance far out way the benefits. if any.

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Posted in: Understaffed businesses are turning to such innovations as touch-panel order devices, food-serving robots and self-service checkouts, instead of taking on new workers. See in context

Of course everyone makes his choice. We go to a restaurant for the service and atmosphere, of course for the quality of food.

qr codes only and we walk. Robot or self cash out and we walk.

I do ‘t use the machines in supermarkets nor for airline check in. What many call convenient I call cheap and lack of service.

I have not seen prices come down by doing half of the work myself.

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Posted in: Japan's service industry reeling from part-time worker crunch See in context

Pay people salaries instead of beggar money and you will have enough workers.

Japan keeps exploiting in particular foreign “ students” rather than paying just compensations for hard work.

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Posted in: There are now fewer locations, primarily in non-urban areas, that have profit potential. Franchisees are hesitant about opening new outlets under such an environment, with society aging and labor shortages worsening. See in context

Smaller, compact and automated so less services and choice. How is that convenient ?

On the other hand opening between 06am and midnight is long enough to remain convenient and profitable. Between 12 and 06 the customer flow is too low. Of course for restocking convenient.

mand there are simply to many stores in the city centers also to remain profitable with the sharply declining population.

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Posted in: Asia-Pacific economies are key to raising global economic growth and the region is facing a variety of challenges such as poverty and disasters caused by climate change. See in context

Asia pacific economies WERE key to raising global growth. They are now the cause of sliding growth. India Ab mind South east Asia, with the US are the growth engines now. Taiwan and to lesser extend , South Korea stil contributing. Japan, China, Hongkong, are all diminishing economies

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Posted in: Starbucks founder Schultz says company needs to refocus on coffee as sales struggle See in context

Starbucks is a great concept with an excellent franchise system but it does not have good coffee and is expensive. That is why sales are now down when people struggle to make ends meet

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Posted in: Nippon Steel delays closing of acquisition of U.S. Steel until late this year See in context

US steel will be heavily subsidized in case trump wins. In the run up to the elections trump will use this and Biden will have to make the promise to keep US steel independent that he can’t go back should he win.

Anyway Nippon steel brings nothing to the table but the purchase money and soon US steel will be reduced or closed. Japan wants to control a competitor and try to eep prices up. Very funny to see “ Fighto “ complain about protectionism. Very.

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Posted in: Daniel Radcliffe says he is 'really sad' over Rowling's transgender stance See in context

I fully agree with Ms Rowlings

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Posted in: White House downplays Biden calling Japan xenophobic country See in context

A politician who speaks the truth by calling Japan xenophobic. What is the world coming too

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Posted in: Yen falls to lower 155 zone against dollar after suspected intervention See in context

What is wrong to work till you are seventy or more when you like your job ? And if you don’t you are throwing away 1/3 rd of your lifedoing things you hate. Never understood why people think happiness starts with retirement. Rather the onset of a slow death.

And why does the BOJ not announce market interventions ? It would deplete the reason if they did it before and cause a knee jerk reaction to the yen if yhey did it after. In any case, it’s useless and will see an averse effect as the market perceives it as weakness

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

Absolutely pathetic that there needs to be a government campaign replacing common sense.

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Posted in: Netanyahu vows to invade Rafah 'with or without a deal' as cease-fire talks with Hamas continue See in context

To me Israël is right until I hear one, just one Palestinian apologies for Oct 7th. All I saw were, and not only Hamas, Palestinians celebrating on Oct 7Th and after and not one has so far apologized.

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Posted in: G7 nations commit to phasing out coal by 2035 but give Japan some flexibility See in context

Japan Will pretend to abide and blatantly ignore the agreement.

only because of a sinking economy and depopulation will pollution diminish in Japan

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Posted in: China coast guard confronts Japanese politicians in disputed East China Sea area See in context

Under Xi, China is completely untrustworthy, and should not be allowed to continue its aggression in the Pacific. It must be stopped. If Japan says these islands are theirs it must stop weening like a baby and pull Papa USA sleeves for help.

But grow a pair and stand up for itself. Like Taiwan does and China will redraw. A coordinated Assertive action with the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan and China will run. As they always do.

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Posted in: No 'East Side Story' musicals for Gen Z foreign delinquents See in context

Another blatantly racist, nationalist and misogynist statement and article.

garbage on the streets was also always blamed on the foreigners till that was completely rubbished during covid when there were no foreigners ( except the residents) and the streets more dirty then ever.

crime by Japanese teens does not always get reported or gets shelved or dealt with without involving police or city authorities. A foreign teen even looking at a bike can get thrown in jail with the keys lost

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