Slickdrifter comments

Posted in: Pandemic sets Japan on course for deep recession as spending, services plunge See in context

Do the hustle beat me to it. I was thinking news flash as well, and there it was. Strange feeling. Yeah higher taxes, higher living cost taxes. No salary increases the same ole, same ole and to operate your life or to be able to squeeze away some yen in your postal saving getting harder and harder man. Japan really better get with the program and quickly. The constant tax hikes are a major bummer.

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Posted in: Abe asks citizens to be more diligent on social distancing See in context

I would say DenTok2009 has the best comment and an accurate finger on the pulse. Very well said and well written comment. Knowledge is power. Put shock media right up on TV in the prime time slots. It could not hurt. The networks did during the Tsunami in Tohoku Sendai region. Did the country not rally as one? Come together? I was moved and proud the way this country came together. That's the beautiful thing about Japan and her citizens. We see her citizens come together as one during great times of need and strife and disaster.

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Posted in: Abe asks citizens to be more diligent on social distancing See in context

DaDude,

There is no penalty for being out in Japan during the State of Emergency.

The P.M. is just asking Japan and her citizens to practice social distancing and stay local and at home.

However, It would no surprise me if this is being discussed in government right now if the spread wont curb soon. It will start with curfews. I suspect. Once again these just purely assumptions.

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Posted in: Abe asks citizens to be more diligent on social distancing See in context

@Tom,

I surf as well. The surf condtions in the photo are flat. Top left you can see a group of Surfer's congregating and most likely complaining about how flat it is.(assumption) What I would be doing if I were in that group. Each person in that group is no way six feet apart. Every study shows this virus is spread by droplets from sneezing, talking coughing. Whats the one thing on the water we feel? Wind. The droplets vehicle to move and spread. Maybe the virus dies off in sea spray. Maybe the virus dies under the water. Maybe its safe. Maybe its not. Not a risk I am willing to take. I get it. I really do. Nothing more than what I would like to do is grab my boards leash up and go. If I am alone. If I can distance. Ill try. But Surfing for some in Japan is more social than anything else. Please take no offense. Maybe my logic is flawed. Its possible. Is it not?

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Posted in: Abe asks citizens to be more diligent on social distancing See in context

Its really amazing the level of sheer ignorance and defiance with amount of movement in the country,

I can only speak on my area. which is what I am going to do.

I look out the big old glass windows at the main road here in Tosu. I see no difference in Traffic patterns.

Matter of fact. I see even more traffic than usual. Now, we have 18 Covis-19 infected here in Saga and in neighboring Fukuoka we have 523 cases.

At my work place:

Big ole sign on the front door here. No mask. No entry. Folks just coming on in as business as usual here with no mask on. Its infuriating, frustrating, and down right careless and irresponsible. Instead on just focusing on targeting one specific race. And without mentioning the race of people. I'll just say, People of Japan, listen to the Prime Minister. Lives are at stake. I too feel out of place and slightly dis jolted and a bit off. I walk outside in sunny Tosu Saga Kyushu Japan. Warm air hitting my face. Blue skies and puffy clouds dancing across the sky. The sweet fresh smell of blooming trees and flowers everywhere. Yes sir, its Spring here. Look up in the sky and think to myself. Not a thing wrong in the world. Everything is beautiful. Everything is as it should be. But that is a fantasy and a momentary lapse of sanity and reality. The fact is. Were going to be in serious trouble in the next six weeks in this country if we do not buckle down and get dead serious about social distancing.

Curbing this deadly disease for some. Each and everyone one of us has a contribution to make. Use a mask. Wash hands. Stay at home if you can. I know. Its Japan. Its all about 働き,はたらき! I am sorry to preach. But the Prime Minster is right. This has nothing to do with politics either. If you are isolating in your house. and you are feeling blue and slightly down. I found this article that some readers may find helpful.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/anxiety-files/202003/staying-home-during-the-pandemic

Some food for thought. The Romans beat a horrendous plague. Killed millions.

Antonine Plague of 165 CE, a global pandemic with a mortality rate of between 2-3%, which began with flu-like symptoms until it escalated and became gruesome and painfully fatal. Millions were infected. Between 10 and 18 million people eventually died. It shouldn’t surprise us that an ancient pestilence—one that spanned the entire reign of Marcus Aurelius—feels so, well, modern. As Marcus would write in his diary at some point during this horrible plague, history has a way of repeating itself. “To bear in mind constantly that all of this has happened before,” he said in Meditations. “And will happen again—the same plot from beginning to end, the identical staging. Produce them in your mind, as you know them from experience or from history: the court of Hadrian, of Antoninus. The courts of Philip, Alexander, Croesus. All just the same. Only the people different.”

The Romans survived. They did by listening to their leaders.

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Posted in: 60% still go to office despite state of emergency over virus: survey See in context

I think workers/companies just need time to plan and accept whats happening with their business. Need time to make preparations. I know I need to at least till the 27th to clear out all existing tasks and clear out the current work load before I can storm shutter the building secure my stocks (Porsche McClaren and many others) We can not just stop suddenly leaving our clients high dry on their JCI or maintenance or deliveries and handovers coming up on vehicles sold. But painfully by 27th I am ordering all who can to work from home to do so. Clients will be one by one basis and will not be allowed in the building. Only in the serive bays with the big 26 foot doors wide open and all fans on. This is the best I can do to keep revenue coming in to pay my people. The Virus sucks so bad. :-(.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals find way to beat sanitizer shortage See in context

As a recovering alcoholic this is not an option for me. Nearly three years sober.

Other than soap and water. Any other alternatives?

Thoughts anyone?

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Posted in: Japan to request U.S. improve management of military sales program See in context

Just don't buy arms from the US. Or anywhere else. Spend the money on making friends instead!

The world is a dangerous place. Since the dawn of man there has always been war. In recorded history, the first war was Sumer vs. Elam in the general area around modern Basra Iraq in 2700 BC.

They are still fighting in Iraq today. There will always be weapon dealers and countries looking to cash in on human kinds biggest weakness. Declaring war. Wolf and Sheep. We can not all be sheep.

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

@dougthehead13

Your situation in Spain is one possible out come here in Japan. It very well may come what your going through very soon in Spain.

What is Abe wating for? There are now 30 cases in Saga in my ken. Confirmed. A Big jump from 5 just a few days ago. Saga attributes the jump in cases due Japanese people traveling from Tokyo to Saga.

Thank you for sharing your situation with us dh13. Take care of yourself.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

Action of some type. Finally 300.000 or what ever it is. Single Mom's and elderly first.

What about the homeless in Japan?

What of them? Government survey identifies 7,821 homeless people in Japan in 2019.

Without really an effective census in Japan. Who knows the real number.

Meanwhile in Fukuoka. Its spreading. Cluster suspected in Hakata.

https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/news/22-more-covid-19-cases-in-fukuoka-suspected-cluster-in-hakata/?fbclid=IwAR2ZTkRLIc7FWjyUyus2OY1wHKQ2-d3E16OFunN_MJu5w9QDuVib9Jffnr0

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/fukuoka-news/20200402/5010007395.html

My location there are 3 cases. Saga. But I suspect there is more. Needless to say I have my N99 mask on and Oakley goggles on at work and do not care one bit how ridiculous I look. My boss has asked me to remove the mask and the goggles but I refused. I have asthma and other health issues. I am not taking any chances and there is no guarantee these protective measures are even going work from contacting this virus according to experts. Good to see the the government here doing something for the people. Cause its been nothing increases taxes and money collection since he took office and pocket lining.

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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

The leadership in this country has not a clue whats coming.

https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/news/27-more-covid-19-cases-in-fukuoka-governor-calls-for-restraint-on-weekends/?fbclid=IwAR1Pqhr7jNhD9HmZq6iHasvwwQ60j6pFu5gVCjoSdqIcyfrqRL7HDZRF8so

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/fukuoka-news/20200401/5010007373.html

In the meantime in my area. (above links)

Business as usual. As I watch people come and going in out of the my shop with no masks on.

Someone show Aso how to use the mask. The mask Abe has on is for kids right?

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Posted in: Trump says 'life and death' at stake in following guidelines See in context

Shame on people politicizing this death on an industrial scale.

Who cares at this point about politics. I could barley read the article and broke down in tears after getting only this far. refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead on the previous article.

I am from the greater Boston Area. Boston and New York have been rivals for since the birth of America.

I say not today. Today we are all just Americans and America will rise and over come this. Its the American people that make America great. Not it's leader's in the grand scale of things. The average everyday American.

Some reader's do not like religion in the feed.

But, God help us all please. My heart breaks for my country. This beyond comprehensible for me.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.     

-Abraham Lincoln

America. American's rise and over come! We can beat this. Never give up!

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

@Tora,

All valid points you make. Deep study is needed. To emotionally compromised to come up with something witty or valid to come back at you with other than. I guess I am just looking to blame something.

I suspect you saw this as I did? It talks allot about your points you are making.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7nZ4mw4mXw

All I can offer up really. Be safe Tora.

P.S. Hope I got the link right.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

@smartacus

This reader brings up a valid point. I say turn every pachinko in to a hospital. Remove every machine and replace with a testing booth. A bed if it get bad enough. Can not watch little steel balls ping around when your sick now can you? Can you? Great question. Where will the testing be done?

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

@Tamanegi.

One course mate. *strength. If you have a higher power. Pray!

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

My country being torn apart by this virus, I was to be with my Mom in her final days with Stage 4 Blastoma and was to fly out of Tacoloban with my new wife to be with her for the last time this May. (All off) As this virus ravishes through America. 56 Massachusetts residents have died and 5,752 have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday. Many of these infected right around my area. Poor souls. I fear I will not be able to be with my Mother in her final days and at least look her in the eyes and tell her she was the best Mother a son could have. This situation is so depressing me. My anger towards China and government grow wildly out of control. If I were younger I would go back in to service and do all I can. Can not even fly home now. Can not get married in the Philippians this May. Please Japan DO THE RIGHT THING!

China has to be held accountable for this pandemic it has brought on the world.

My heart breaks for not just my situation but for those suffering.

We will hit the one million mark soon. And how many countless dead? Who knows the real figure. We will never know. God what have we done to offend thee so much?

Sorry to vent readers. The struggle is real.

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Posted in: Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic postponement sparks questions See in context

I wrote a comment some days ago that Tokyo may want to follow suite and use the South Korean tactics as an example to follow for containment measures. To my surprise I was given many negative marks on this. But the rest of the world is talking how about how successful South Korea has had success keeping the virus at bay.

However, The South Koren's are skeptical as well that the country may have resurgence in cases. Tokyo will go into full lock down possibly? How is that even possible? Maybe is should. Maybe it It has too. Tokyo leadership must do the right thing for the good of country and other cities and areas too. It just makes sense. Japan is just to well traveled with trains, buses, Air travel. The country is just plain small with so many inhabitants. Its giant petry dish for the virus to grow and spread.

Or am I am I over paranoid here? Could be. I am seeing Japanese not wearing masks. I went in to an AEON last night to get the usual half price off bento as I am single. (Kurume) Men were not washing hands after using rest rooms. Coughing sneezing everywhere. I am scared. I have kids in Japan with there Mother. I work for a type of company with very kibishi old fashioned Japanese CEO that would not close his company if the world was ending! Seems all business as usual. I really think the the Japanese are going through this with blinders on. Whats going to happnen when the country has tsunami spike levels? I fear that coming. Don't you?

Anyways,

Interesting read on South Koreans tactics here.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/world/asia/coronavirus-south-korea-flatten-curve.html

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Posted in: Drop in China's new coronavirus cases; none in Hubei for sixth day See in context

Sorry. I do not buy anything China is selling out of it propaganda spin rooms.

China needs to be held accountable for this virus.

Though monetary compensation can not bring loved one's back and does little to fill the hole left in our heart's for loved ones lost directly from this virus. China needs to pay and compensate those who have lost someone to this virus it unleashed on the world. Unleashed you ask? Yes. Thats what I wrote! Because China had an opportunity to contain this and they let it go and dropped the ball. Now it has snowballed and continues to snowball and go out of control.

The Nikkei article below I feel is spot on.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Caixin/In-Depth-How-early-coronavirus-signs-were-spotted-and-throttled

Boris Johnson has tested positive now for the virus. A major world leader.

Lets hope get well and can overcome and heal himself. He is great man.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

A True Japanese comedic Icon.

Thank you for laughs and the charitable work and contributions made in Japan.

Japan will not be the same without you.

A fan. R.I.P.

Some of his best work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmVk3etg-3I

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases; 27 at Taito Ward hospital See in context

@Yubaru,

We may have sparred on issues in the past. But I feel your words to be very genuine and kind.

Thank you.

Much apprciated sir. You as well take very good care.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

Allot of you all called this right. All I am going to say. One comment I read called it right three weeks ago that we would have these number we have today or as of today.

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Posted in: Are gun shops in U.S. 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? See in context

Well I would have to say the gun auction site I visit daily has had some great deals since the virus did hit. I ended up getting a Marlin 1895 in 45-70 .45-70 Government issued last night for USD $550.00. I've had my eye on for while now. I do allot horseback riding on my Mothers Farm back in Massachusetts and my last long gun side horse mount took a dive and cracked the butt. So, its a replacement. When I go home try to help Mom a bit with some feral hunting on horseback as well trying to control the local ground hogs that run a muck through her gardens and crops. Raccoon's too. The water moccasins are an issue seeing the Squannacook River river hosts allot of water moccasins. The river is running through our land smack dead center through the farm. Our dogs have been bitten multiple times.

Right On to the article.

In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers allowing bans on gun sales.

This is good move! There is going to be undesirable element trying exploit the situation with virus raging in some areas.

In recent weeks, firearm sales have skyrocketed. Background checks — the key barometer of gun sales — already were at record numbers in January and February, likely fueled by a presidential election year. Since the coronavirus outbreak, gun shops have reported long lines and runs on firearms and ammunition.

All well and fine. But I am sure some of these sales and guns are in the wrong hands of some very bad people with bad intentions. Not fear monger but it is what it is.

“If you keep it open, there’s the risk of first-time buyers who are largely buying out of fear and panic and untrained,” said Chipman, now senior policy adviser for Giffords, a gun control advocacy group.

There it is right there. My biggest fear. seem some real idiots trying operate a fire arm with no training and a mismatched firearm for the level of skill.

“I always knew people were going to want to protect themselves. What I was concerned about was the look in their faces, they are covered in fear,” Prince said. “If I give them the ability to have a firearm, it gives them a fighting chance to defend their family.”- The end of the world is not coming. To have an ablity to protect you family with the use of fire arm is your right as an American. However take training go toy your local range and safety classes. Use trigger locks and hide-way gun safes if you have kids. separate cartilages and clips from guns. Be smart.

The range that is part of his store is considered nonessential and has been forced to close, meaning new gun buyers can't use it to train on how to handle their firearm.- Critical mistake!

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

The governor of Kanagawa later asked residents to stay at home this weekend.

There is a lot of information here in above sentence, about how the Japanese really feel about this virus.

Stay inside this (weekend.) Whats a joke. (weekend.

But do not worry. Monday business must go on. 黒岩 祐治, honto baka guy!

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Posted in: Beware of false groping charges, rip-off clubs, shakedowns over sex See in context

@girl_in_tokyo

Seriously? Get a psychological evaluation and a mental health assessment.

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Posted in: Japan deploys new Aegis destroyer See in context

@WilliB

Really!

Armament

The new Aegis Baseline J7 combat system is the main armament of the Maya-class guided-missile destroyers, while its secondary weapons include a 5in/62-calibre gun, a vertical launching system (VLS), a SSM anti-ship missile launcher, two high-performance 20mm cannons and two torpedo launch tubes.

Equipped with advanced command and control, as well as weapon control capabilities, the Aegis combat system can simultaneously engage air, land and surface targets.

The Maya-class is also armed with SM-3 Block IIA and SM-6 interceptors to destroy ballistic missile targets. Its anti-ship missile capability is further enhanced by the RIM-66 SM-2 surface-to-air missiles and the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM).

Sensors aboard Maya-class destroyer.

The Maya-class is equipped with co-operative engagement capability (CEC), which allows the ship to receive targeting information from other military assets to improve missile defense capability. The CEC system also enhances situational awareness of the vessel.

A multi-static sonar system is installed on the ship to detect underwater objects. The onboard fire-control system offers effective control of remote and automatic targeting of guns used against air and surface targets.

The ship also incorporates a passive electronically scanned array radar and a Northrop Grumman AN/SPQ-9B multi-mode X-band pulse doppler radar to locate objects on the surface of the sea.

The problem here is when we think about putting the hammer down on the DPRK. Most would assume a full land based attack. Though the ship is defensive in nature. It can launch missiles and 20mm rounds of various assortment from its guns. Like knocking out mobile missile launchers on long the beach line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1XAv5xnmUQ

Equipped with torpedo tubes for sinking the DPRK submarines, comprised of approximately 20 Romeo class submarines , 40 Sang-O class submarines and 10 midget submarines including the Yono class submarines.

Land surface air. Offensive and defensive capabilities. Ships like the Maya are not made for defensive posture only.

This why the vessel is equipped with VLS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Bup9e1en6I

And this would be the system in above video.

The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) is a long range, subsonic cruise missile used for deep land attack warfare, launched from U. S. Navy surface ships and U.S. Navy and United Kingdom Royal Navy submarines.

The Tomahawk Block III Conventional variant (TLAM-C) contains a 1,000-lb class blast/fragmentary unitary warhead while the Submunition variant (TLAM-D) includes a submunitions dispenser with combined effect bomblets. The Tomahawk Block IV (Tactical Tomahawk, TLAM-E), conventional variant, which entered the Fleet in 2004, adds the capability to reprogram the missile while in-flight via two-way satellite communications to strike any of 15 pre-programmed alternate targets or redirect the missile to any Global Positioning System (GPS) target coordinates.

Catch it?

Deep land attack warfare,

So yes, The Maya can wreak havock in an attack posture on any country.

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Posted in: More Americans think U.S.-Japan relations improved under Trump: poll See in context

Some serious warped opinions and so called facts about Trump here. Whats even more disturbing is that its said in comments that most military personal despise Trump. That is absolutely and unequivocally incorrect.

As far as Japanese hating Trump. I am going to have to challenge that as well. I would say a fair amount of Japanese dislike him yes. But a fair amount also disliked Obama. Japanese have tunnel vision and vast majority of Japanese could care less. As I am sure the vast majority of Americans back home do not even have an opinion on Mr. Abe. generally speaking here. Its just more of the same here onJ .t. Trash taking Trump.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles See in context

Oh look, the solider in back has a black mask on. Just noticed that. So clearly they are dealing with virus too.

But once again pure speculation.

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Posted in: N Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles See in context

Where is his mask? A black mask would have really set this outfit off. I actually like this jacket. Open it up with nice white dress shirt a nice new pair of jeans a pair black shoes to match. I think I could pull it off.

Anyways, What a jerk to set off two rockets during these times. Just another nail in the coffin as the world is watching. I bet China is not happy about this either. Maybe for the first time. Pure speculation though. Who really knows.

@wanderlust- I am dying here.

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Posted in: Japan deploys new Aegis destroyer See in context

She is glorious. And those Raytheon made SM-3 Block IIA missiles with the Northrop Grumman AN/SPQ-9B radar system. This battle ship was custom made to put the hammer down on the DPRK. No doubt about it.

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Posted in: What are ALTs’ rights during the coronavirus school closures in Japan? See in context

Yes, I am in agreement with the no bashing, ELT-ALT-ESL teachers dispatched or not. Teachers are contributors to society. I taught English after being medically separated from the USMC. I worked at GEO's for children in the Kyushu region for 8 years worked my way up to Regional director of Kyushu. Taught at Interac after the NOVA/GEOS Bust out. In that spam of eight years with Geos I was able promote English as second language to Japanese kids. Was a golden time. Found memories. I am still in touch with many of these students and their families today. Some who have gone on to travel the world with great confidence and enter universities like, Harvard & Holy Cross , Old Dominion University to name a few. For them it all started with learning how to dance and sing and play games in English and just have fun. Serious and formal English study came later.

Its not a perfect system in Japan and lots of room for improvement. Especially here in the Kyushu region. Tokyo I guess has the best schools. But I have allot of respect for teachers who work at improving the craft and continue educating themselves to be a more effective teacher. People here like Elvis is here & Jennifer. Not easy to teach in schools here and then work part time running your own classes or in cafe setting. Or one coin. Or Eikaiwa schools. It can be a monotonous grind.

The vast majority of my friends are teachers. And they have schools or are an ALT. The fact is if you do not speak Japanese at the native level and have some qualifications outside of teaching here in Kyushu. You are going to be teaching or working in a bar, bento factory could be road construction or all of the above. The choices here in Kyushu are pretty dismal. Case in point.

https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/classified/archive/

Teaching jobs 32. Others 5.

So, let us not bash these educators or English promoters. Thank you for what you do.

Hope everyone get's a paycheck and can pay the bills and keep healthy.

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