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Posted in: Japanese firms see 'Abenomics' sputtering, tax hike hurting economy: poll See in context

Just 1% see the economy growing after the tax increase.

Really? In what way?

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Posted in: Top court upholds damages over students' tsunami deaths See in context

In all, 74 children from Okawa Elementary School in the city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, drowned after being told to wait on school grounds with teachers, 10 of whom also died, instead of seeking higher ground.

"This is historic," the plaintiffs' lawyer Kazuhiro Yoshioka told AFP. "This means that the Supreme Court agrees with the high court that schools across the country... have to do their best in ensuring children's safety."

Not only for Tsunami also for other disaster, they should just cance even and have good plans to execute, unfortunately not all have that. This court decision is really good so other school have to ensure safety of their students.

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Posted in: Japanese firms see 'Abenomics' sputtering, tax hike hurting economy: poll See in context

He knows nothing about real world economics and wouldn't survive one week in the real world.

Even in international relation are he tried to facilitate deal between countries, even among statesman not all statesman have that ability.

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Posted in: Seven & I shares surge on plan to cut 3,000 jobs, shut stores See in context

The company has faced complaints by franchise owners, some of whom were forced to keep working amid massive snowstorms or in the wake of a family death, attracting nationwide attention and scrutiny from regulators.

Franchise owners they are business owners, even they are under pressure to keep working despite that face unfortunate things like snowstorms etc. I only can imagine what happen to those ordinary employee.

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Posted in: World Rugby slams Scotland legal threat over typhoon-hit game See in context

It is unacceptable for IRB And Loc2019 not to reschedule all games. Unworthy for any worldcup organiser specially one proudly boasting for years about contingency plans for all eventualities.

Of course people’s safety comes first but using it as an excuse is poor skills.

Yes, Scotland didn't insist to force game to be played in Tokyo despite Typhon. They just disappointed that their match being dropped because poor planing.

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Posted in: Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan See in context

When a typhoon hit the metropolitan area in September last year, JR East announced a potential suspension of its schedule only eight hours beforehand, resulting in many people going to stations without knowing about possible cancellations.

Eight hours that's not enough to inform employer how bad typhoon effect to transportation system that their worker use to commute. Fortunately this week typhoon will happen during weekend so no employer will try to push their worker to work like when September's typhoon happened.

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Posted in: No. of Japanese language institutions soars in Asia: survey See in context

No. of Japanese language institutions soars in Asia: survey

the number of people studying Japanese dropped in South Korea and Taiwan.

Really, whole asia?

The number of Japanese language institutions jumped 3.7-fold to 818 in Vietnam from the previous survey in fiscal 2015 and nearly tripled to 400 in Myanmar, said the survey by the Japan Foundation, a government-backed organization conducting international cultural exchange programs.

But they just don't mention what are driven factors for this, it's not because people just becoming attracted to Japan without any reason. By seeing countries where sudden increase happen, it's more because new labor working visa category that introduced last year.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric chairman resigns over gift scandal; president to follow after 3rd party report See in context

At least this one is resigning but he is still free, what about tampering with evidence while he's free. Excuses that being used in Japan to hold people in detention for several months by using multiple charges.

There should be a police car at the entrance to take them into detention for betrayal of the public trust!

This case becoming public in last month but where's all those cars with people taking boxes of evidences?

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Posted in: Taiwan's lifting food import ban key to economic deals: Japan business group See in context

Japan will not begin talks with Taiwan on joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership until the food ban issue is addressed,

Because they couldn't win in WTO, South Korea proves that.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-southkorea-wto/south-korea-wto-appeal-succeeds-in-japanese-fukushima-food-dispute-idUSKCN1RN24X

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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

And yet, countries are cool with purchasing food from this region? Well, to each his own.

Not only that Japan will bring countries that refuse food from Fukushima to WTO.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-southkorea-wto/south-korea-wto-appeal-succeeds-in-japanese-fukushima-food-dispute-idUSKCN1RN24X

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Posted in: Over 70% worried about economic outlook after consumption tax hike: survey See in context

Look at the monthly train pass increases. Its ridiculous. I was forced to buy a 6 month in September because of the price difference in October. Over ¥10,000 difference.

¥10,000 that's good amount of saving you made.

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Posted in: Supermarket throws away bench because of sales tax hike See in context

If you use electronic payment you do not pay the extra tax. I pretty much live off my SUICA card these days.

Enjoy while you can, it's only until next year. After that you need to pay full with tax.

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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

*Tritium can be removed from water. However, it is quite expensive and because these wombats have been sitting on their hands for 8 years the cost of removing the tritium from a million tons of water is extensive*

They already avoiding to build measures to deal with potential Tsunami just to cut the cost in the past. Are they willing to spend more money for this water cleaning technology? Really?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/oct/15/fukushima-disaster-avoided-nuclear-plant

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Posted in: Over 70% worried about economic outlook after consumption tax hike: survey See in context

The tax rise comes at a time when Japan's economy faces growing threats from escalating U.S.-China trade spat, the uncertain impact of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union and tensions in the Middle East.

That's from global perspective, how about locally do they have any good news? Unfortunately no.

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Posted in: Taiwan's lifting food import ban key to economic deals: Japan business group See in context

 Fukushima-related restrictions, though six countries or regions -- including South Korea, China and Taiwan -- continue a blanket ban on food products from Fukushima and certain adjacent prefectures.

They are still allowing food import from the rest of Japan beside Fukushima and there are others prefecture beside Fukushima right. Why keep pushing other countries to take food from troubling region?

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Posted in: Over 70% worried about economic outlook after consumption tax hike: survey See in context

In the survey, 37.5 percent said they will increase cashless payments but 61.2 percent said they will not,

That cashless benefit it's no more than one year, after that back to actual price with tax. Doesn't matter whether paying with cashless or not.

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Posted in: Over 70% worried about economic outlook after consumption tax hike: survey See in context

The survey found 74.9 percent have not reduced their spending since the tax increase, compared to 24.6 percent who have.

Do they increase their spending? No they don't. They just buy things with same amount of expense as before with less quantity.

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Posted in: Supermarket throws away bench because of sales tax hike See in context

“Either the government is really stupid or really doesn’t care.”

“What a terrible world. These things are important for the sick and elderly.”

Those comments are real, saw some elders need to have some rest before they can go home after doing their shopping.

The sign in the store explains that because of the sales tax increase, the bench that once sat in that location could be regarded as an “eat-in” space. This means that any customer who eats on the bench would be technically duty-bound to pay the full 10-percent tax.

Seat or no seat, 2% decision.

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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

No decisions are likely in the near-term, with the country sensitive to the international spotlight that will fall on Japan as it hosts the Olympic Games next year.

At least there is a guarantee up until Olympic, no guarantee after that.

The government is sensitive to fears that people inside Japan and further afield will view any discharge as sending radioactive waste into the sea.

Fears? How about the effect? With this fact they still push people to buy and eat Fukushima food both inside and outside Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years See in context

 ministry is requesting a 5.1 billion yen ($48 million) budget for fiscal 2020 to support commercial whaling.

For some of you that curious why recently Japanese increase their tax from 8% to 10%, that's one of the reason. So if you purchase an item and being taxed, that's where it goes.

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Posted in: Int'l labor union wants Tokyo Olympic venue inspection, worker interviews See in context

300 per year (less than 1 per day) sounds like a pretty reasonable number when you've got 1,000,000's of workers working daily on 10,000's of projects around the city and country. How many of this is actual "karoshi", as opposed to accidents caused by humans working in a generally dangerous environment with heavy moving things?

Those number should be lower.

Contractors are under pressure to finish those construction before Olympic coming, there have been reports actual karoshi for that, usually when they being reported because their family try to sue them. So number can be more than being reported. 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/11/tokyo-olympics-2020-stadium-worker-death-190-hours-overtime-one-month

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/16/national/culture-fear-report-alleges-low-pay-overwork-laborers-tokyo-olympics-sites/

In additon to that, those site construction use foreign workers where usually will lead higher death. Theyget less rest, some of them even have to work during weekend and holiday. 

If you check the numbers for foreign trainees death, is 3.7 deaths per 100,000 foreign workers/trainee. While for Japanese workers only 1.7 deaths per 100,000 workers. 

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/15/national/social-issues/foreign-trainee-fatality-data-highlight-safety-exploitation-issues-japan/

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Posted in: Int'l labor union wants Tokyo Olympic venue inspection, worker interviews See in context

has interviewed 50 workers in Tokyo to gain a picture of labor practices at Olympic venues. He said the union was not granted access to the workers, and many who spoke fear they may lose their jobs if their names are revealed.

300 workers — Japanese and non-Japanese — die annually on construction work in Japan.

Japan's labor ministry, in a report issued 10 months ago, said two workers have died on projects for the Tokyo Olympics.

He said the majority are Japanese with a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and Filipinos.

Union won't grant them access? They are supposed to protect workers right? If they won't do that who else? Govt? 

Years ago in Fukushima they use foreign trainees to do the cleaning power plant. After govt found about this, those companies were being banned to accept foreign trainees for next five years but govt won't disclose those companies name. Not until some of those foreign workers try to sue then those companies name went public. 

Seing those workers for Olympic and Fukushima so far  worker union and govt just won't step up for this workers welfare and right.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/13/national/least-four-firms-used-foreign-trainees-clean-radioactive-contamination-fukushima-nuclear-plant-ministry/

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

Over the past 50 years, all the power companies have given enormous donations to the LDP in return for the building of their nuclear power plants. The power companies are one of the most powerful group in the nation

So they do have real power in both sense.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

 always chuckle when I hear people gloat with pride about "samurai culture" and morality and see this kind of thing above all the time.

Seeing things both in private sectors and public sectors in Japan that culture is gone from time to time. In the past minister or company execs will step down when they have only minor things. Now they don't even consider that move, the only move they consider only give a public bow that's it. Scandal like Olympus, Moritomo Gakuen and this one just prove that.

Of course foreign execs just can not do this without escaping the consequences.

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Posted in: Woman, arrested for knife possession, says she was planning to kill boyfriend See in context

Hasegawa’s boyfriend contacted them on Sunday and said he was "having trouble" with her.

a nursery school teacher in Yamato City, has admitted to carrying the knife

Since in Japan people are being thought to have several faces, sometimes girl friend, boy friend or even spouse need extra times to learn about their partner. Even Japanese having difficulty to understand their partner, for foreigner it will need even more time to learn truth about their partner.

she was planning to murder her boyfriend on Monday night.

It's Wednesday and he still live and well. Thanks for follow up they can stop her before it was too late like Mayu Tomita in Koganei back in 2017

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

The president of Kansai Electric Power Co said he has no intention to resign 

Seeing execs from company that responsible for Fukushima crisis can walk away from their consequences, of course that will make other Japan Inc companies think, that they shouldn't give up over something this small.

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

Japan have to define low , middle and high income. then 

After seeing what happened when they reject FSA recommendation and how they treat erroneous labour data, if in the future they publish low,middle and high income definition, they might want do that because make them looks good not because they want to know the truth.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-economy-wages-error/japan-wage-data-credibility-in-doubt-over-erroneous-sampling-idUSKCN1P30M7

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

@Cheeba

My local supermarket does accept SUICA.

Not necessarily only SUICA any cashless and stores that listed from link that was given by @ksteer can give rebates from 2 to 5%.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

Shigeki Iwane told a news conference that he wanted to stay in his position and regain the public's trust.

How many of those employee going to be arrested so far? For Japan Inc all they need is bow. Everything is being forgiven.

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

I don't think food should be taxed at all. 

Even starting from Oct 1st food are being exempted from tax, the cost of food production and transportation are not free from tax. So just expect food price will go higher.

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