Labor minister Katsunobu Kato said it is difficult to judge only from the probe results whether the numbers were overstated intentionally
It is not difficult to make such a judgement at all. The numbers were overstated intentionally due to systematic fraud by the ministries. For proof, compare the actual number of disabled employed with the falsified figures provided by the ministries.
The actual number of disabled employees with jobs at the various ministries in question ranges from 0.5% to 1.5% of all employees. The figures provided by the ministries lie in a much narrower range from 2.3% to 2.7% of the total number of employees, i.e. clustered closely around the target rate of 2.5%. The fact that there is no correlation between the actual percentage and claimed percentage of disabled employees shows that the figures were systematically manipulated in order to reach the target.
Of course, nobody will be punished for lying and fiddling the figures and nothing will change. I think one of the problems is these corrupt ministries only recruit graduates from Tokyo, Waseda and Keio. Until they expand their recruitment to include graduates from other universities they will never be able to find enough disabled employees.
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The Chinese game is easy to understand:
(1) lend money to poor countries to employ Chinese workers, who build shoddy facilities at high cost.
(2) when the countries cannot pay the interest on the loan China takes control of various assets in that country in lieu of payment.
(3) eventually, China has control of all your assets, whilst whatever they built for you has fallen down.
The Malaysians have seen through this scam, but many other countries still fall for it. Rather, their dictators agree to it in return for a substantial bribe. Loans that were made as a result of bribery should automatically be voided.
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What is the difference between a bureau and an agency?
A bureau is a writing desk with drawers, whereas an agency is an action or intervention producing a particular effect.
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This problem can be solved by issuing large fines, e.g. Y200,000, to those caught riding a bike with headphones or earphones. If you are cycling on the road you need to be able to hear the cars coming up behind you, or approaching a junction.
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The Vietnamese family mentioned in the article are in a difficult position, but one that they should have anticipated. The husband knew his wife was in the country illegally when he married her, he knew that she could be deported at any time, yet they still had a child together. They had 11 years to find a solution, but did nothing.
On humanitarian grounds, the government should issue a special residence permit to illegal residents who have long been living with family in Japan
The problem with that is that if you do it once you will find hundreds of thousands, or millions, of illegals coming in, hoping for the same treatment.
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Of course, the managers will never submit to this treatment. The labour union is completely useless at protecting its members too.
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Articles like this on proposed constitutional revisions focus almost exclusively on changes to Article 9. The real aim of the LDP is to add a clause allowing them to suspend the constitution under a "state of emergency". Once they have that power it will be the end of democracy in Japan as you can be certain that once the "state of emergency" is declared, for whatever spurious reason, the current constitution will never be restored.
I believe the "state of emergency" clause is not necessary and will effectively give the government unlimited powers and control over the people. This amendment should be opposed at every opportunity and it's a pity that the Japanese media is almost completely ignoring it, no doubt under the orders of the LDP.
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"I don't know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job,"
The Adulterer in Chief just doesn't get it. No how "great" you are (or think you are): if you have committed a crime you have to be punished. Still, I don't expect him to be impeached any time soon.
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All Britons will face higher costs to make card payments in the EU when travelling abroad
This would only be the case if the UK government did not keep the cap on fees that is currently in place. That is entirely a choice for the UK government to make and has nothing to do with the EU.
Over a million Britons living abroad may not be able to access their UK bank accounts to receive pensions and salaries
I can access all my UK bank and credit card accounts from Japan, move money around, make payments etc. No problem. Why should it be any different for someone living in the EU?
The document said that without EU action, businesses across the bloc could no longer use investment banks in Britain
That's tough luck for Britain, and the City in particular, but won't affect me in the slightest. Good luck trying to make up all the lost tax revenue.
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the two MCs of last year’s show were paid 5 million yen each
Nippon TV is reportedly already paying 20 million yen to just three celebrities
As the saying goes, "charity begins at home". NTV should ask these "celebrities" to work for nothing and see what kind of a show they can put together. 24 hours of an empty studio would be a big improvement on the usual drivel on TV here.
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It all looks very nice, until they arrest you for espionage.
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Ok, but where’s the crime?
Cohen's voice cracked several times as he pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges in federal court in Manhattan, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations
There you go. Or could these perhaps be "fake crimes"?
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I'm surprised Spain hasn't raised the Gibraltar issue recently. Keeping their powder dry until the last minute perhaps.
Spain will veto any future UK re-entry to the EU unless the UK gives up sovereignty over Gibraltar. I guarantee it.
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Wouldn't a 40% cut in mobile phone fees go against the government's aim of 2% inflation? I suppose it's too much to expect any coherency from the LDP clowns.
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If you put a bag under the seat in front you will be unable to move for the entire journey. There is zero chance of me doing that.
company employees who accompany their superiors on business trips are eager to avoid waiting for check-in baggage to be transferred to carousels in the arrival area
Quite right: those minutes spent waiting for bags are minutes that cannot be spent sitting in a pointless meeting.
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The socialist paradise gets better and better.
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Yet again Trump fails to cite any examples of "fake news". Perhaps his supporters here can supply some links to "fake news" articles published by reputable news sources? And by "fake news" I don't mean links to articles which quote Trump telling blatant lies.
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"For nearly 40 years the regime in Tehran has been responsible for a torrent of violence and destabilizing behavior against the United States, our allies, our partners and indeed the Iranian people themselves," said Pompeo."
You could make the exact same statement about Saudi Arabia, yet US politicians love the Saudis and despise the Iranians, even though it was Saudi Arabians who destroyed the world trade centre.
I'm quite fed up with the US's irrational obsession with Iran. If the US doesn't want to trade with Iran that's up to them. If they try to force their daft laws on others, e.g. by sanctioning EU companies that trade with Iran, then I think sanctions should be applied to US companies and banks that operate in the EU. It's time to stop the US telling other countries what they can and cannot do.
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The Japanese government has known about the exploitation and abuse of clean-up workers for seven years and has done nothing whatsoever to stop it. I think it's safe to say that they don't care about the workers at all. The only thing they might care about is having the working conditions publicised to the rest of the world.
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He said Turkey's response was not going to be based on "reciprocity", adding: "Those who commit a crime will pay a price."
Unless, of course, the person committing the crime is Erdogan or a family member. In that case the evidence is destroyed and charges are dropped.
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Raising the pay isn't being considered then? Higher salaries = more applicants, guaranteed.
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You can be sure that the crooked Erdogan family will certainly not be converting their stolen funds into Lira: that's something only fools would do.
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It will be interesting to see what pay rise we get this year, as it is supposed to be based on the average increase received by other workers. I expect they will change the formula if they have to pay out more than the 0.2% we have been getting in recent years. This year my take home pay is lower than last year due to an increase in the local income tax. Previously it went down because of increases in the pension. I think the old age care insurance is also going up this year, along with a new levy to employ ex-bureaucrats in the name of conserving forests. These factors explain why consumer spending is down even though wages might have gone up.
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What about the person who pulled the handle: will he get any protection? The LDP couldn't care less about him.
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Most of the cycle lanes in Sendai are downright dangerous, with sudden, blind bends, obstacles, people walking in them, cars and bikes parked in them etc. It's often easier, and safer, to cycle on the road than on the cycle path. The city is absolutely clueless when it comes to designing cycle paths that are fit for purpose.
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I borrowed my granddaughter's bank account for a few months, because I don't have an account I could use. None of the money came to me.
A likely story. How does he receive his salary and pension without a bank account? This guy is a classic crook, fixing matches in league with gangsters in order to profit from illegal betting.
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Looks like the "witch hunt" is having a number of successes and people are confessing to their crimes.
I wonder if sweaty Donald has anything he would like to confess to?
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This wouldn't be so bad if it applied to all applicants and was publicised in advance. At my university students taking resits have to score more than 70% to pass, compared with 60% the first time around. The medical school could take a similar approach, increasing the pass mark by 10% for every resit. Sneaky, underhand manipulation of the marks is out of order though.
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I know: members of the IOC and JOC can get out of their air conditioned limousines, line up along the marathon route, and fan spectators and athletes.
I would also note that original design for the new olympic stadium had a roof that could be closed, allowing the interior to be cooled. The JOC scrapped that design in favour of an open bowl, exposing athletes to the baking sun.
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