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Posted in: Pikachu protest See in context

Wonder if these "environmentalists" even stopped for a second to consider the carbon footprint made by producing these costumes.... plus, it's probably made in China so more money for the enemy (or rather Duterte's bff).

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Posted in: New law states gov't responsible for teaching Japanese to foreigners See in context

I was surprised seeing Stragerlans comment getting a lot of dislikes. 

Choosing to live in Japan is your own choice, although it may not have been the best or easiest one to make. Language plays an important part, in any culture and country, in "belonging". I don't expect everybody to be fluent, but it is also unrelaistic to expect Japan to switch to English in a snap of a finger. Sadly, despite the avialability of free langauge classes offered by NPOs and municipalities, there are still some who choose not to study the usual  reason being too busy with work. However, an hour each week for language class is not too much if you are really determined.

Whether you are here for decades or for a year, learning the basics won't hurt. Also, volunteer teachers don't just teach the langauge they also teach you the customs, etc.

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Posted in: Man admits not reporting father’s death for months in order to keep collecting pension See in context

Sadly, we will be hearing similar news.

A 53 year old who chose money over giving a decent burial to his own father and now he will be eating off our taxes.

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Posted in: Toyota snub dents Saudi Arabia's manufacturing drive See in context

SAudis are lazy... if Toyota builds a car plant in Saudi, most likely the country will hire low-paying foreign workers. If this is the case, then might as well build a plant somewhere with locally available workers.

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Posted in: Japanese businesses see economy peaking out, want more stimulus See in context

Increase the wage so that people have enough to spend. The stimulus given to these companies were more than enough, but I guess the owners have bottomless pockets to fill.

I also agree with Reckless, the labor laws should be updated. Reward productivity instead of promoting people on basis of seniority. Again, Japan must learn the concept of substance over form.

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Posted in: Japan rejects S Korean fund plan to compensate forced wartime laborers See in context

SK government is starting to sound like a gold digging h*g that keeps on blackmailing this guy everytime funds are short.

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Posted in: Franchise fatigue continues with 'Men in Black' and 'Shaft' See in context

The first Men in Black was shown when I was in junior high, it is still one of my favorite movies. Watched this new release without reading any reviews...and I found myself yawning before the movie reached halfway.

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Posted in: Fugitive's car found in Kanagawa after he gets away from prosecutors See in context

How many reports like this one is needed before a retraining is conducted? This guy is a threat to public safety  and they waited 3 hours....why? Requesting a convicted criminal to surrender is just stup**.

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Posted in: Recent murder cases in Japan draw attention to recluses living with aging parents See in context

Mental health, enabling parents, and Japan's tight-a** society are the few reasons I can think of. A co-worker involved with this issue used to ask me accompany her visit a socila recluse who got addicted to games because I too love games, hoping that maybe we can connect. I refused, told her to tell the parents to stop buying games and feeding their son, get professional help.

If something bad happens involving mentally/emotionally unstable people, the agencies in-charge will always use  "privacy" as an excuse. When does the safety of the society go before the privacy of an individual? When is it right for the government to step-in?

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of molesting 11-year-old girl in park toilet See in context

Kids here should be educated about these crimes and taught to protect themselves by thinking critically. And again, a sex offender registry is really needed. I'm afraid this molester will just move to another city, work with children, and repeat this if not commit something worse.

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Posted in: Former Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new bitcoin tech business See in context


I'm wondering if it's still his love for animation and games that prompted him to put up another business here despite all these legal problems, or probably hoping that there are still plenty of gullible people to entice.

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Posted in: Miniature retro Showa Era fans become nostalgic delight in Japan See in context

nostalgic but unnecessary with the amount of rubbish we have now

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Posted in: Interview with Yuki Hashimoto, former underground idol and Shibuya Ward councillor See in context

What a waste of an interview. She isn't an idol anymore, she is a politician, why not ask her some pointed questions about actual policies?

Probably the same "style" with those interviewing Naomi Osaka. Always focus on the appearance cause substance doesn't matter in this country. People are not interested in those boring intellectual stuff, they say.

I honestly hope that she performs well as a politician, we need young blood in this Jurassic society.

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

The father chose to hide this problem instead of seeking help because he was ashamed, but was not ashamed enough to become a murderer?! Where have all your morals and emotions gone old man?

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Posted in: Amazon Japan, Life tie up to sell fresh foods online See in context

we purchase our rice from a farmer in Niigata through Amazon. I'm hoping this service extends to other parts of Japan soon.

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Posted in: MUFG offers redundancy to 500 senior staff in London See in context

Maybe all similar Japanese companies should follow this. I noticed a lot of dinos sleeping or just staring until it's 11PM or earlier if they want to go to bars and cuddle with their rented gfs.

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Posted in: Duterte wary over U.S.-China trade war See in context

He chose not to implement the Hague ruling, shooed away allies with his filthy mouth, surrounded himself with China-loving frineds, and then this?

"quality infrastructure" projects in politically unstable Mindanao in the south

yes, because the big projects in politically stable areas are given to China so that the Chinese can have more funds to invade his own country.

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Posted in: Study urges mandatory measles jabs as cases surge See in context

Check out the ingredients of the vaccine you are about to get jabbed with (read the box the vial came in) see all the toxic ingredients and known side effects written there for yourself. Be informed.

Do read on the pros and cons of vaccination too. Be critical and  well-informed.

Heard immunization...sounds like heard mentality to me

anti-vaccination....sounds like selfishness to me.

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Posted in: Petition launched to stop forcible hair dyeing from natural color to black in schools See in context

As usual, this problem is rooted to the dino's and the ever coward society's mentality of putting appearance over content. Schools better put more effort in teaching kids than clamoring about haircolor, that way students don't have to go to this expensive schools to pass univ exams. Hair color doesn't have anything to do with the quality of knowledge or the person's values. I went through high school, univ, and grad school dyeing my hair to whatever color I want. Just because they have black hair and well-irones suits doesn't mean they are decent people, take our politicians for example.

 I salute P&G and the person who launched this campaign.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating wife to death because she wouldn't cook dinner for him See in context

Not all, but majority of the husbands here feel and believe that it is ONLY the wife's duty to cook, clean, and do the laundry while they "work" until the last train. Then they'll spend whatever free time they have drinking, gambling, anything but with family. They will then complain that their wives don't talk to them, their children treat them like strangers, they don't feel welcome at home, etc. However, this is not a problem of just the husband or the wife..... this a problem caused by the society that rewards long but unproductive working hours. So long that people no longer have time to spend with family, friends, or pursue a hobby...eventually, destroying whatever personal connection they have.

Sadly, this type of misfortunes will just increase as the baby boomers retire and spend more time with their now estranged wives.

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Posted in: Iraqi sues Japan for refusing refugee status See in context

This person's level of entitlement is baffling. His political affiliation is also a threat to Japan's security. If he truly fears for his life, the smart move would be to file an appeal or look for another country that will accept you.. filing a suit wouldn't be part of the option anyhow.

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Posted in: Japan sees record number of medical accidents in 2018 See in context

I shop around for doctors. I'm lucky enough I was able to find good and thorough doctors after just 2-3 times. I always ask my doctor to explain his diagnosis and treatment plan. If the doctor looks pissed off or irritated, I look for another one. Same goes with my dentist, if they try to clean my teeth every month or clean the top and bottom parts on separate appointments...then, goodbye.

I've never been to a hospital just for check up, always prefer the private clinics for this. I always call in advance to set an appoitnment to avoid the wait. If the clinic's reservation system sucks, I never come back.

As for the cost, I'm happy with the present system although it would be better if orthodontic treatments are also covered.

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Posted in: Japan's labor shortage eats away at back-breaking work culture See in context

Back breaking...come on! I've witnessed co-workers wasting hte day away pretending to work and actually starts working after the official working hours. Companies and government offices should start evaluating people by their outputs and not by the number of hours they park their butts in the office. One government employees even told me that they tend to refrain from suggesting new ideas because it means more work. No need to perform when you can just wait for your promotion after reaching the predetermined age for promotion.

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Posted in: Police checking dash cam over car accident that left 2 toddlers dead See in context

Felt really terrible after reading about this on the morning paper.  Drivers tend to forget that a split second miss can result in a gigantic damage.  I have also noticed an increase in people using their phones while drivingI used to notice 2-3 drivers during my 10 minute walk home along a national road, now it's 2-3 drivers not using their phone. If the police wants to catch these offenders, I suggest they walk during rush hours.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign under way across Japan See in context

If only they know waht business casual and common sense mean

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Posted in: Role of women in spotlight as imperial family members dwindle See in context

Just abolish the imperial system.

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

This is one of the many reasons I am not so keen on  Japan's school clubs. They overdo every here, demands too much time and effort from kids, a big chance of being bullied if you don't think and act like the rest of the members, and takes away too much time from family and studies. I think MEXT should review the purpose and guidelines for school clubs.

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Posted in: No technical problems found in car involved in fatal crash in Tokyo See in context

After killing 2 people, injuring 8 other people, his wife ,and himself this old man still have the guts to lie. The way this case is handled and the way this guy plans to lie his way out of this case are  insulting and infuriating.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs limiting health insurance coverage to Japan residents See in context

How will that work, I wonder? Every adult can have a My Number card, but not every adult pays the medical insurance premiums.

Maybe, it's their solution to stop people from letting other use their  health insurance.

However, I am also skeptic on how the government handles the info provider by the My Number system.

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Posted in: Interpreter under fire after calling African runners 'chimpanzees' See in context

An interpreter who finds it difficult to communicate with the people she was supposed to be working with, who then thinks they are primitive, and compared them to chimpanzees is beyond regretable, it is disgusting! 

If I say that Japan is a country of indifferent robots who blindly obey their primitive leaders then, say: "Sorry, it was not my intention to cause anyone trouble blah blah blah" when called out.... can I assume all's forgotten and ok? Afterall, this  method seems to work for everytime, right?

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