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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan halts hiring of foreign students for food delivery See in context

Ok so if you don't have the resources to properly check, it's better to just assume all foreign students are just criminals trying to take advantage of your poor multi-national company?

So you're either incompetent, lazy, or racist?

Or all three, actually.

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Posted in: Record-low number of children on day care waiting lists See in context

@Aly Rustom

Maybe THAT'S the way to solve the waiting list problem. If more parents can WFH they won't need to send their children to daycare. It might also help mitigate the declining population as women will not have to choose between careers and motherhood if they can WFH


If your child is young enough to be in day care, it's nearly impossible to work from home and watch them at the same time. Unless your job requires next to zero attention from you.

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Posted in: Despite its reputation as a superfood, natto has failed to gain popularity outside of Japan. It has, however, attracted enough attention to end up in the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden. Have you tried natto? Do you like it? See in context

Even though the smell is pretty offensive, it's the texture that I don't like more than anything. Slimy foods throw me off immensely.

Oh the flipside, a lot of people won't keep Nukadzuke in the house because of the Nuka smell but I think it smells great and Nukadzuke is the best tasting fermented food in Japan. Everybody has something they don't like, it's not that serious.

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Posted in: If you have or had a Japanese spouse, how would you describe your relationship with your Japanese in-laws? How has it changed over the years since you got married? See in context

FIL is great, MIL is a controlling sociopath who thinks she owns my daughter.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccine discounts for customers catch on at eateries, hotels See in context

Shouldn't this be the response once you actually offer vaccines to everyone? Discounts only for those lucky enough to have gotten a life-saving vaccine? Seems a bit rude not gonna lie.

But yeah if you have the chance to get it and you don't (barring a medical reason) then yeah, no discount for you.

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Posted in: Man arrested in train stabbings says he suffered rejection in relationships See in context

Yeah if only I tried to kill a dozen people every time something unfair happened to me... boo hoo, must be womens' fault, they're too obsessed with clean, kind and employed men to give Joe Schmo Psychopath his monthly supply of sex! Poor men!

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Posted in: Man arrested in train stabbings says he suffered rejection in relationships See in context


You should have stopped at "Incels are losers" dude. The world doesn't owe anyone a sex life. If you're unwilling to better yourself in search of a partner then just hire a prostitute.

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Posted in: How do you think the prolonged pandemic and the restrictions it is causing in countries around the world will affect children's education and mental health? If you have children, have you noticed anything different about them? See in context

It's hit my daughter pretty hard, ngl.

She's nearly 8 and we've now been effectively on a soft-lockdown for 2 years.

I am immuno-comprimised and we live with my husbands two aging parents who don't really care about getting covid and dying if I'm honest... my husband is also very busy with work so all of her free time is with me. Until I'm vaccinated (hopefully next month or maybe the following) I cannot really take her into crowded play spaces.

Like one of the posters above I also feel she's been stunted in her social growth. Of course she's in school but the kids sit at their desks and aren't allowed to chit chat when they eat... I never would have thought it would last this long. Her last 2 months of preschool, schools were closed. They had a socially distance pre-school graduation. At the time I thought okay this sucks but at least it's only now. But now she's half over with second grade and the covid cases in Tokyo are at an all time high. Her school issued her a laptop for distance learning possibly next semester. Basically all of her early memories will be with a cloud of the pandemic over her head.

A few months ago she wanted to go in our front yard and look at the tomatoes we planted... I didn't ask her to wear a mask (it's just outside our front door) but she realized she wasn't wearing one at the door, took off her shoes and ran back into the house to get a mask. She doesn't really understand why she's doing it but it's just second nature to her now. Outside is scary. The air is scary. Don't touch anything when we go outside.

I'm on board and we'll get through it, what other choice do we have? But I doubt anyone with children in a socially sensitive age bracket aren't thinking about the impact this will have on their kids.

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Posted in: Olympic Games organizers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food See in context

When nearly half of your volunteers don't even have time for a quick bento, you are wildly understaffed. And slightly cruel... the people are working for nothing. Uhg.

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Posted in: Man given religiously forbidden food at Nagoya immigration center See in context

Oooo boy Japan is bad at PR.

Doesn't seem that the man has lodged a formal complaint nor was anyone physically hurt so you'd wonder why they would make this a headline out of their own volition... Unless of course you've worked a single day in public relations lol wrong direction though

False displays of contrition only work if there's an actual offense. This story would never have come out if it wasn't the olympics and the same detention center wasn't in trouble for actual horrible treatment of its detainees in other instances. All this does is, actually, draw attention the story right at the bottom and makes them look worse. Good job, entry level PR graduate.

Yeah the guy shouldn't have been given the food in error and the error was corrected. No harm no foul at the end of the day.

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Posted in: What's your favorite coffee shop chain in Japan? See in context

Starbucks for the no smoking and general convenience. Also the consistency can't really be beat.

The Milano sandwich at Doutor is pretty good though.

There's a little coffee shop in my hometown in Hachioji just across the main road of the south exit of the station... bit pricy but their Koyasu-blend coffee is the best I've had in Japan. It's called Lamp Coffee if you're, for whatever reason, around there lol Never too busy and has a good atmosphere and friendly staff.

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

I wish her good health but sorry, the people working lower down the structure work infinitely harder and deserve "rest" as well. But no, they must sacrifice their health and wellbeing to try and put on the games within the ridiculous parameters the government has set for them. The Japanese government is the worst of the Black Companies in this country.

And yes, my husband has considered quitting. However, he took an enormous reduction in salary for this job on the guarantee that once the Olympics were held and over he (and the other grossly underpaid workers) would receive a severance pay. A severance pay that many people would love to deny them (call it a bonus if you want, but even combined with his monthly salary it doesn't even approach what he was making before). If the games are cancelled, these workers won't get their severance pay. They will be jobless, in a pandemic, having spent years being paid less than your average high school teacher.

My family will be okay. My husband speaks English and is very well educated, he has options. But think of the thousands of workers that were pressured by their former employers (in the sports business) to take the prestigious job of working for the historic 2020 Olympics... for less money, more work and as it is universal contempt from the public possibly having their well-earned severance pay taken away from them?

No doubt the higher ups will get their bonuses. Koike won't go hungry. She won't have any trouble paying her bills. But Taro and Nanami who were promised their financial and social sacrifice would be well rewarded might not be able to. So you may hate the Olympics and think it's a farce (and you're probably right) but put your blame where it belongs, with the Japanese government.

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Posted in: Young people eager to have sex, but will post-pandemic hookups bring happiness or despair? See in context

Plenty of women enjoy casual sex just as plenty of men enjoy having an emotional bond with their lovers.

Silly comment.

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

Oh? My husband works for the olympics and only gets a few hours of sleep a day due to the grueling demands put on their workers. He's lost so much weight and regularly falls asleep on his (only) day off during dinner, playing with our daughter. They constantly move their offices which just so happens to be further and further away from where we live. Now giving him a 2 hour (one way!) commute to work every day. He is home around 3am daily and has to leave by 7:30am. He eats both lunch and dinner at his desk every day, half of the time skipping a meal entirely just to keep up with the constant demand from his superiors and the thousands of emails he receives every day. They denied him a secretary, claiming a tight "budget" but they are perfectly happy to spend exuberant amounts of public funds on government nomikai and "gifts" for the higher ups.

He told me yesterday that this is the only time in his entire life he has ever been depressed. A man that has never complained to me about his job in the 15 years we've been together has told me he has lost hope in life because of this job.

He took this job for his love of sport and international business only to come to the realization that, not only is the Japanese government woefully unprepared and unwilling to change policy even in the most extreme circumstances, but that (despite the JOC having almost zero say in these choices - the Japanese government is in charge) he and his impossibly hard working, disturbingly unpaired coworkers are now hated by the general public.

Not only that, if he were to quit, he would be blackballed out of the profession for the rest of his life due to the Japanese system of loyalty.

I cannot wait until his contract is up and we can leave this country. I just hope my husbands mental and physical health can hold on for just a few more months. God willing.

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Posted in: What are some suggestions for avoiding bitter arguments with your conspiracy-loving friends or colleagues? See in context

The fun thing about being an adult is that you don't have to interact with people you don't want to. You are not required to entertain anyone else's delusions. We all have enough stress in our lives without having to pretend to be interested in the fantasy world that some others choose to live in.

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Posted in: Gov't to begin issuing vaccine passports in July See in context

Great idea if you're actually offering the vaccine to everyone.

Wonder how long I'll have to wait...

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Posted in: What event did you hate most in elementary school? Survey asks Japanese adults See in context

My daughter hates sports day. She's not very athletic (I guess because she's the shortest and very thin so she doesn't have much physical power) so she always gets really embarrassed that she's always last in the relay or not strong enough to the carrying tasks and stuff. Sometimes her classmates get frustrated that she can't keep up and she cries every year about it... I feel really bad for her but what can I do other than comfort her?

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Posted in: Mori Building to vaccinate 100,000 employees, tenants at Toranomon Hills, Roppongi Hills and ARK Hills See in context

Guess that means my husband will be getting vaccinated. Nice. Better than none of us.

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Posted in: Spain to let travelers from UK, Japan in without a PCR test from May 24 See in context

Why does Japan always get a pass?

No one here is vaccinated. They're not even testing people unless it's dire.

Why on earth would you let people living in Japan to travel without a PCR test?? Ridiculous.

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Posted in: Japan may let pharmacists administer COVID-19 vaccines See in context

News: Dentists, now pharmacists, and... who next, 7-eleven staff (?) to administer COVID-19

I'd take an IM vaccine from 7-11 staff. I'm sure I could teach my 7 year old daughter to do it if I wanted to.

Just give me the bloody vials and I'll jab my whole family.

People grow sick and die while millions of vaccines sit in a freezer somewhere. Why aren't people more upset about this? Japan has secured more than enough vaccines to inoculate the entire population of this island and the government sits on its bloody hands quaking in fear of doing anything spontaneous or out of regulation. Meanwhile back in America of all places, my family and friends go back to their lives basically mask-less while I watch my daughter play the piano through a plastic sheet.

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Posted in: Japan may let pharmacists administer COVID-19 vaccines See in context

You can teach a person to administer an intramuscular injection in 20 minutes max... this is ridiculous

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to ease prohibition of cannabis-derived medicines See in context

It would be nice to not have to need heavy sleep medication every night that absolutely destroys my body

It would be nice wouldn't it

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Posted in: 82-year-old woman arrested for hitting crying 3-year-old girl at shopping center See in context

Sure it's subjective but plenty of old people in Japan have put their hands on my daughter, especially when she was a baby.

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Posted in: What are the blood clots associated with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine? See in context

16 people out of 8 million.

So, 1 in 500,000 people get a blood clot from J&J vaccine, national panic.

1 in 3000 women get a blood clot from hormonal birth control, radio silence.

And for some perspective, 1 in 5 hospitalized Covid patients suffer from blood clots.

Maybe some people should calm the f*** down.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

How can you implement such a thing if you're unwilling to vaccinate your population?

Go ahead, require a vaccine passport. Please do.

But make sure everyone as access to the vaccine.

I'd wait in line for hours... hell I'd camp out for a vaccine. I want one desperately but I don't have that choice because I happen to live in Japan.

Give me a vaccine and then require whatever you want.

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Posted in: Olympic athletes may be allowed to bring medical stimulants into Japan See in context

Lots of ignorance here, fun.

ADHD's most affective treatment are stimulants such as Adderall, Vyvanse, etc. God forbid a handful of people ask that they be allowed to take their prescribed medication, legal in most countries, to an international event.

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Posted in: Japan has entered 4th wave of COVID-19 infections, says gov't panel chief See in context



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Posted in: Suga to designate Tokyo for stronger anti-virus steps as infections spike See in context

how about some vaccines


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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

And what about the rest of us? I have two autoimmune disorders as well as asthma. I would like to go out without being on the edge of a panic attack every day.

Most of my friends back in the States have already gotten the vaccine.

I would really like to go back to my home country and see my elderly grandfather. He doesn't have much time left (cancer). Are we even going to get the vaccine for regular (non-elderly) citizens this year? What about us permanent residence? I wonder if foreigners will ever even be in consideration to get the vaccine.

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