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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

designated seller in 2011 to a Tokyo-based firm under a major trading house from a foundation operated by former correctional officers

Another amakudari scheme?

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

The wife of Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan and Renault, said Wednesday she is worried whether her husband, detained in Japan on financial misconduct allegations, will receive a fair trial, and expressed outrage over a justice system that dragged him back into custody.

Even his arrest has showed that system is unfair in the first place in Japan.

Executives from Toshiba, Olympus, Takata,, KYB, IHI, Kobe Steel and many others already admit their scandal and evidence is out there. How many of them get arrested?

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Couldn’t have said it any better. In a nation that is only 2% foreign what do you expect?

That 2% from over 100 million, will makes over 2 millions and under new visa scheme they expect to bring 300 thousands more.

So expect equal treatment for sure, if you let discrimination happen you'll end up becoming second class citizen or even worse.

They have population decline, need more labor so their can run their economy , need students so universities can meet with their enrollment number, need people to pay tax so government can run and need people to pay pension so they have money to take care their elderly people.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Do you really the "Anti Racism Information Center" could conduct an unbiased survey on racism? 

If it's conducted by Govt usually the number will be lower compared by the third party.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

The most recent opening a MUFJ bank account when I was first told they didn't accept foreigners. After a strong protest I was allowed to open up but the experience left me shocked and upset. 

Never had this kind experience with banking in Japan so far. Yes, sometimes they like to made up things. What was your protest that they finally accept your application?

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Posted in: English level at Japan's secondary schools falls short of gov't target See in context

English level at Japan's secondary schools falls short of gov't target

Please tell us, what abenomics target that not falls short of target. Before they use Olympic 2020 as target for everything. Now it's time for new reality.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Some working as retail shop cashiers said customers asked for Japanese cashiers, according to the face-to-face questionnaire survey conducted in February and March in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward.

There should be giant poster inside the store, near cashier and big one "No discrimination" it will be for both customer and worker. No discrimination against customers and no discrimination against workesr.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Among them, a Nepalese man who works at a drugstore said one customer told him that he or she does not like to see a foreigner working as a cashier and asked for someone else.

I've seen this several times, where old guy just get angry over nothing because seeing foreigner working as cashier, sometimes store manager need to intervene just to stop this.

A Chinese respondent who works at a convenience store said that a colleague told the respondent not to speak Chinese when the respondent was asked for directions by a Chinese-speaking customer.

Sometimes foreigners can end up with really strange colleague, in this case of course Chinese speaking customer would prefer to talk in Chinese. That much more faster and can save time rather to speak with another language. That customer might be a tourist, what language that colleague want they to speak ? Japanese?

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Posted in: OECD says Japan's consumption tax rate should be more than doubled See in context

OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria told a news conference in Tokyo the planned hike is "essential" 

What if her plan just doesn't work? Does she know what she's talking from seeing Japan closely?

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

Over the next five years, the government expects up to 345,150 foreigners to acquire a newly created resident status called Specified Skilled Worker No. 1 to work in 14 labor-hungry sectors such as accommodation, nursing care, construction and farming.

About 390 people took Sunday's exam held at the seven test sites including in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka

They expect 345 thousands to fill their labor shortage, so far only 390 people took the test. The number that will pass the test will be lower than that for sure.

Few years back they launch HSFP visa, they missed the target too.

"...As of now, the number of professionals who have immigrated to Japan with the points-based system is 434, which is far below the initial target number of 2,000...."

https://japantoday.com/category/business/no-of-highly-skilled-foreign-professionals-in-japan-remains-low

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

Japanese top business people criticizing how easy and irrelevant the Manila test were.

Those test taker will at some point they'll work as nurse in Japan and will take care those Japanese top business people once they becoming old.

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Posted in: Digital dilemma: Japan flirts with overly aggressive online copyright law See in context

are primarily intended to combat the online piracy of works such as manga, given that both manga artists and publishers suffer when these works are pirated.

Japanese content industry is decades behind in their way on reaching their potential market both domestic and abroad. Real issue is with publishers, different publisher will chose different way to deliver their products. This can lead long delay to get their product in certain marketing channel.

Usually people will have list of content, not only one single content so in order to get it, they need to subscribe to different subscription platform. There's no plan so far to make it easier for customer to get it.

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

students who have the experience of working at hotels as part-time workers in Japan. Elma Sulistia Ningrum, a 24-year-old Indonesian living in Saitama Prefecture, said she can speak Japanese and English but the knowledge test was difficult 

In Japan the test format can be really different from the actual thing, most of Japanese they past English test from their Junior high school, senior high school even university. If so why they still having difficulty in practicing English?

Another thing is when they issued foreign nursing trainees program, those people who arrive in Japan they already pass exam and becoming actual nurse in their home country. Even when they arrive in Japan they work as actual nurse in Japanese hospital but they still need to pass National nursing care exam in Japanese, of course only few can pass in the beginning of that program. They have experience, they have background but to pass the test can be really different thing.

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Posted in: Retiring late: More Japanese opt to prolong employment See in context

The average employee pension in Japan is about 150,000 yen ($1,350.01) a month, lower than government's target of 60 percent of the pre-retirement income for salaried workers, which would be 220,000 yen on average.

Outside Japan you have non-mandatory pension scheme that you could choose from. In Japan you only one scheme, if you want more you need to manage your left over money after you pay that mandatory pension.

Simple calculation you should get more than the money that you put in the first place for your pension, unfortunately that's not the case, you only less money than you put.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife back in Japan for questioning See in context

That’s quite a bald move. I hope she’s ready to face Japan hostage justice, where they can detain for 22 days and using multiple charge to detain people more longer. Not including waiting time to be ready for court in detention for months.

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Posted in: Ghosn not getting much help from France, analysts say See in context

Not a single official involved in this fraud has spent a day in custody. Away from the realm or politics, the same is true of the Takata airbag scandal that has results in dozens of people dying. Then their is TEPCO and the Fukushima disaster. And the Olympus fraud. And so it goes on.

Recently they have IHI flawed jet engine safety inspection scandal but for Japanese law and media find Ghosn is much more interesting.

https://japantoday.com/category/business/malpractice-scandal-deepens-at-ihi%27s-jet-engine-business

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Posted in: Ghosn not getting much help from France, analysts say See in context

They took her passport but didn't put her name on a no fly list?

Unless she is threat for flying safety, there's no reason to put her on a no fly list.

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Posted in: Ghosn not getting much help from France, analysts say See in context

Do you honestly think the Japanese government didn't know about her US passport? Seriously?

Do you think they know what are nationalities for foreigner that arrive in Japan? Unless that foreigner high profile criminal, they will just assume one nationality for each of one.

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Posted in: Ghosn not getting much help from France, analysts say See in context

“Mrs. Ghosn was correct to leave Japan on her American passport. The Japanese knew about it, but didn't take it.”

Really? What would be the purpose of taking the Lebanese one if they knew about but purposely didn’t take also the US one? That makes no sense to me.

No, it still can make sense, just don't think that all of her passports is lying around in her room wait to be confiscated. First they need to find out what are nationalities she has and they need to find all of her passports if she carried at that time.

Despite her Lebanese passport being confiscated by Japanese authorities, Carole said she was able to use her US passport to board a flight and was accompanied by the ambassador to the airport.

Or she could simply ask her embassy to issue new emergency passport.

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Posted in: Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board See in context

Google disbands artificial intelligence ethics board

That's it, it's time to make whatever AI like they want now.

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Posted in: Security cameras installed on street lights along Tokyo’s Omotesando-dori due to spike in pick-pocketing See in context

 due to an increase in pick-pocketing and camera voyeurism

Seeing people in Japan putting their long wallet in back of their pants, it will attract pickpocket.

In addition, on Jan 1 this year, the nearby Harajuku fashion district was the site of a crime scene when a 21-year-old man plowed his minivan into a crowd along Takeshita Street

For this you need more than cameras.

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

Japan Tourism Agency conducted a survey between February and March, looking through a total of 85 websites by train and bus operators as well as transportation signs in towns.

This is just tip of iceberg, Japan Tourism Agency only conduct for transportation related information during that survey. This weird translation can be found pretty easily in any website, document or sign that belong to any big Japanese corporation or Japanese government agency.

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Posted in: Ladies & The Law: Battling the invisible enemy behind every maternity harassment case See in context

Mother A, a clerical worker near the end of her second one-year employment contract, was threatening to miscarry in her 11th week of pregnancy. She reluctantly returned to work and suffered a miscarriage. 

In Japan there are cases where employer involved in their female employee miscarriage, in some cases even suggest to do abortion either directly or indirectly.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/refiling-gov%27t-warns-organizations-against-firing-pregnant-foreign-trainees

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Posted in: KDDI's internal probe finds unpaid overtime worth ¥670 mil See in context

has found that some 670 million yen worth of overtime work was unpaid.

The company said it did not make the employee's suicide public earlier because it has been in talks with the employee's family on terms of settlement

Like Dentsu incident, most big companies in Japan have so many plenty benefit. So when they required their employee to have long working hours, some of them even didn't get their pay like KDDI case

Those employee, they just still stick to their company, sometimes without raising any complain, due benefits and job security.

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Posted in: Buddhist nun prays for Vietnamese workers who died in Japan See in context

smaller tablets for unborn infants, many aborted.

How can they be infants if they are not born? It is like calling rice sake.

I think they are fetuses from abortion since those trainee receive pressure from their employer to abandon their pregnancy.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/refiling-gov%27t-warns-organizations-against-firing-pregnant-foreign-trainees

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Posted in: 759 foreign trainees in Japan disappeared after unjust treatment: survey See in context

759 foreign trainees in Japan disappeared after unjust treatment: survey

The training program introduced in 1993 is aimed at transferring skills to developing countries, but the scheme has been criticized at home and abroad as a cover for importing low-cost labor. 

They already started that program from 1993, it has been for 26 years. They should have more specific data than that. Not until recently when labor shortage becoming an issue so media start to cover news about those trainee.

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Posted in: 613,000 Japanese aged 40-64 considered recluses: survey See in context

613,000 Japanese aged 40-64 considered recluses: survey

"Adult hikikomori is a new social issue," said welfare minister Takumi Nemoto. "It should be addressed appropriately by conducting studies and analyses."

No it's not new, things like this just dont happen overnight. It's a problem that has been going on for decades. Proof of which is when the city offices were paying out pension benefits to literally thousands of dead people

First it's happen to younger age 15-39 as the time goes by they becoming older, few decades later they become 40-64 age years old. So yes it's not new, they just ignoring how to solve it.

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Posted in: Ex-Sumitomo Corp employee arrested for sexually assaulting job-seeking student See in context

I once complained at a meeting regarding an incident that nothing had yet been proved, but the President said "It is enough that X's actions have already created negative publicity."

What was alleged crime at that time? Strong enough to make someone lost job.

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Posted in: Man acquitted over cryptomining program that used site visitors' PCs See in context

The Yokohama District Court ruled that it would be "excessive" to punish the 31-year-old website designer, who was indicted for operating the Coinhive program without the knowledge or permission of people visiting his site, saying that the program could not be considered a computer virus.

I would prefer free Ads website too but people who create content want to have something in return. This kind of mining is just another way.

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Posted in: Ex-Sumitomo Corp employee arrested for sexually assaulting job-seeking student See in context

I agree this guy serve need to get proper punishment after proven by the court, not before that.

Sumitomo Corp said Miyoshi was fired on March 6 after it was notified by police that the woman had filed a criminal complaint.

Notification alone, not necessarily being proven can turn you into jobless.

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