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Posted in: Japan keen to attract U.S. tourists ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

This will workout great once Japan understand the meaning of "Diversity". After 38 years still treated like a "Gaijin". It's getting old.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context

I guess marijuana affects Japanese differently from the rest of the world.

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Posted in: Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics See in context

In theory, overnight sleeping at train stations is trespassing

Sounds like justification for 6 weeks in a detention center. Free food and housing.

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Posted in: Fukushima says radiation poses no threat to Olympic torch relay See in context

By comparison, an air traveller is exposed to 0.1 to 0.2 millisieverts of radiation during a round trip between Tokyo and New York.

so your point is; Don’t fly from Tokyo to New York everyday? Okay, I’ll stick to my once every 4 years or for others never.

A four-hour stay there would bring radiation exposure to 3.08 microsieverts, or 0.003 millisieverts, 

if that is 4 hours, what is 24? What is the exposure for people living in the area? Will the readings change with wind directions? ( windy.com )

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Posted in: Court sentences 2 Filipino women via remote interpreting See in context

They had their visas extended after falsely telling immigration authorities that they planned on continuing work as chefs.

This has an 18 months in prison term?????? I thought I was going to read that they over stayed their visa.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

He was released on bail last Friday after pleading guilty to the charges,

So he was arrested for wanting to see HIS children, then incarcerated for over a month and let go only after admitting guilt. So the innocent stay incarcerated and the guilty go free? I see this often in Japan. What am I missing?

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Posted in: Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault See in context

They keep calling it "Carlos Ghosn scandal". Isn't it in fact a scandal including other Nissan Executives. I'm sure I read that Saikawa and other execs took money as well. Or didn't everyone already forget.

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Posted in: Tom and Jerry New Year cosmetics collection celebrates Year of the Rat See in context

Jerry is a mouse not a rat.

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Posted in: Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners See in context

Open door to identity thief if the app gets in the wrong hands??

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Posted in: Tokyo stocks plunge, yen surges amid rising Middle East tensions See in context

As usual, blame USA when it goes down and praise Abe when it goes up.

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Posted in: Japan calls Ghosn's escape 'unjustifiable' in first official comments See in context

They keep talking about him illegally departing Japan with the help of another country. I would like to hear from them about the hours it took for him to get from his home to the time he actually got on an airplane which is over 500km away from his home.

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Posted in: Not a Ghosn fan See in context

The sign is dated October 2019

It says "Welcome to Lebanon Mr. Ghosn". (Uses "Mr.")

How can this clearly mean that this guy is protesting Mr. Ghosn? Kinda confusing.

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Posted in: Thunberg keen to visit Japan in 2020 See in context

Burning Bush; I think she should swim as building sailboats also has a negative impact in the environment as well as everything she owns.

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Posted in: The hell of adult bullying See in context

To those being bullied. Stand up for yourself and fight these weak, insure, and useless bullies. If not for yourself, do it for the next person in line to be bullied. Don't just quit your job and let the bully move to their next victim. Stand up now, Stand up for the next victim.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

fupipoppy: It's very interested in what Ghosn will say about Japanese prosecutor in the days ahead.

you may need to search the news in another country. I don’t think it’ll be a hot topic in Japan news.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

So much for closely monitoring Carlos, one of the biggest legal cases today. Perhaps Japan knew he left and was their way to avoid an embarrassing long drawn out court case that they know is weak.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

Samit Basu; https://franchise.7-eleven.com/franchise/faq Take note of the last four words.

Because our customers have come to rely on our stores to meet their needs and their schedules, all 7‑Eleven stores operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where allowed by law.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to end contract with franchisee who cut opening hours See in context

JustMyThoughts; The man broke his franchise contract and then wants to find ''common ground''. What? Common ground was established in the contract he signed and violated. Some people...

I see you point but times change. We see that it is getting more and more difficult to find part time staff. I am sure this was not the case when he signed the contract. I know first hand what it takes to run one as I have a friend who runs a 7-11. Recently, he works day and night and recently, cannot keep staff/find staff to operate after midnight, hasn't had a vacation since he opened it and is missing watching his kids grow up. Times change! Not every 7-11 needs to operate after midnight. The one that my friend operates has less than 10 customers from 12 to 2 and about 2 from 2 to 4 am. People just need to make a minor adjustment to their life and stop thinking they are the god o mighty customer. Shop before midnight! I'm sure the execs of 7 & i holds are enjoying their life and the expense of their slave labor policies.

As for USA: Some are 24/7 and some aren't.

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Posted in: Train stations, airports crowded as New Year holiday exodus begins See in context

Yeah. I'll enjoy the nice peace and quiet of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Heads of Japan Post group resign over improper insurance sales See in context

Japan’s financial regulator earlier in the day ordered Japan Post Insurance and Japan Post to halt sales of insurance products for three months from Jan 1 through end-March, after they were found to have improperly sold thousands of policies.

So those who need insurance will need to go without or seek another company to have needed insurance? Who's being penalized here? I don't really think a 3 month suspension will do any much.

In addition, only resignation? So he/they retire with a nice pension? Bulk savings from the crime? Would love to know if they have lost their pensions, have to pay back the money, etc.

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Posted in: Probe into casino bribery case widens; pachinko operator raided See in context

....widening a scandal that could undermine government efforts to develop casinos.

or eliminate the competition.

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Posted in: Over 30% of Japanese managers feel intense stress from working with foreigners: survey See in context

In a nutshell, Japanese managers are stressed because foreigners wish to follow the laws set by the government and believe in a good work/life balance. My former boss (from many years ago) could never understand why I wanted to have dinner with my wife and kids (at a normal dinner time), couldn't accept me having pics of my kids on my desk, why I refused going out for drinks with him so that I could have an anniversary dinner with my wife, just to name a few. Japanese managers are stress because foreigners will not stand for power harassment and too many micro managers out there.

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Posted in: 5 festive facts about Japanese Christmas cakes See in context

Overpriced and way overrated!

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Posted in: Emperor Naruhito's enthronement tops domestic news stories of 2019 See in context

Wonder why the worst, life changing nuclear disaster, in human history, that has been for the past 9 years polluting the Pacific ocean and NOW J-Gov planning to up the dumping, has not made top 10. I guess Japanese are either blind to the problem or just don't care.

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Posted in: High school student dies after jumping into Tama River after losing rap contest See in context

@Ellebelle; First of all those were not his “ friends” they were douches he was associating with or was dragged there by force. How many Juveniles was he ....

Please refrain from commenting on something you know nothing about. As tragic as this is, facts are as written in the article. The kids even gave videos of the rap off and (I think) the jump recorded on their cellphones to the police. No bullying, No "Dragging". Just stupid kids doing stupid things, unfortunately ending in the death of a friend. It has happened to so many of us when we were kids. I myself have lost close friends in my teens doing stupid stuff.

@Isthiezak; Which bridge? Some are really high up.

It was Tamagawa Ohashi (boarding Ota-ku and Kawasaki). High up? Yes especially considering the river is a bit shallow in that spot allot due to Typhooon 19 that brought so much mud and debris down stream.

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Posted in: Thin line between neglect and independence for Japanese kids See in context

vallum; Read again. She had no idea who the kid was, that's why she consulted a teacher. She could have asked the boy, but it's doubtful he would have given his parents phone numbers to her, right?

Then I would have called the police.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

Instead of reading "Japanese Government Offices said" I would love to hear from the International Nuclear Agencies.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

"Gov't says it is safe ..." - Enough said here.

Wondering when extreme weather (Global Warming) will be linked to the 8 years of contaminating the Pacific Ocean.

Why is it I never see Ganbare Japan's input in this issue?

When will Japanese people hit the streets to protest this?

Are there in fact any other options? Would love to here from experts in other countries.

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Posted in: Japan may slide toward recession as Abenomics impact fades See in context

My prediction; Won't go for another term and blame the downturn on the next PM.

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Posted in: Anime studio arson-murder suspect transferred to Kyoto hospital See in context

Really sad that my the money I pay into health care goes to someone like this. It's just wrong.

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