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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

Japan was responsible for the largest amount per capita after the United States, according to data from UNEP, producing some 9 million tons of plastic waste annually.

This is pretty shocking to be honest.

I generally agree with this charge. I usually keep a plastic bag with me so do try to reuse them. But, as others have mentioned, I reuse the bags for garbage and never just throw them away if they are intact.

I feel they could have done much more and targetted the businesses who use excessive packaging for their products for aesthetic reasons. Example, the Japanese brand tea I sometimes buy usually has each tea bag wrapped in paper but then wrapped again in plastic for a set of 5. Why?

On a similar note, I was also planning to buy a Nespresso capsule coffee machine. Then I read about the tons of waste they create, no recycling in Japan, and even those countries that have recycling of the capsule very little is reused.

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

Just to add, whatever the reason for the low death count, I'm grateful to be in Japan right now. I hope things get better for everyone everywhere soon.

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Posted in: Has Japan dodged the coronavirus bullet? See in context

There's a lot more we need to find out about this virus, that's for sure.

Agree that testing has been minimal here so luck has played a part. But, as others have mentioned, deaths cannot be hidden so easily. Other countries such as Singapore also have high infection rates but very few deaths.

Definitely some other factors at play; climate, population health, culture etc. Or maybe more dangerous strains of the virus developed in the West. If that's the case then there's going to be trouble if international travel opens up again.

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Posted in: Cash handout program won't start soon in many cities See in context



checkout the link for the COVID-19: Cash Handout for Residents in Japan and How to Fill Out the Form

Shows you how to fill out.

Thank you.

I'm in no rush to apply, I still have my job and am being paid my full salary (for now) so I will not submit. I'm just interested to see what the Mynaportal is about and if it provides any useful information/features in general.

My girlfriend though has reduced wages of 80%. Her wage was already pretty low and on a contract basis every 6 months and she's worried they will not renew it. So I will help her apply for it,

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Posted in: Cash handout program won't start soon in many cities See in context

Sorry, need to learn how to use the quote function correctly.

Is it common in Japan to have a smartcard reader? Regarding the smartphone app, if you have an iPhone then you're good to go otherwise it's only available for a small subset of compatible local Android phones.

I have the My Number/Individual Number card but my Android phone is not in the list so I cannot install the app. Annoying. It's not rooted or anything so I don't see why they need to have a list like this. My Phone works fine for mobile payments, banking apps etc.

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Posted in: Cash handout program won't start soon in many cities See in context



English available

Unless I'm missing something, English is available only on the top page. Click any link and it's Japanese. Better than nothing I guess.

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Posted in: With new 'English Online Banking' service, Sony Bank rises to say that Japan finally has a bank for foreign residents in Japan See in context

I've been with Shinsei for over a couple of years now and am happy with them.

When I first came to Tokyo for a new job, most banks told me to sod off basically as my Japanese was non-existent at the time. I went to Shinsei's main branch in Shibuya and opened an account within 1 hour. They had an iPad application with everything in English. Only needed my residence card and a phone number.

Their online banking site was very basic at first but has since had a revamp and is quite nice now.

ATM withdrawals are free if you have a Shinsei Gold rank which you get for the first 3 months. After that you only need to maintain at least 1 million balance to keep the Gold rank.

The best thing is their ATM network which is basically every convenience store (7/11, FamilyMart, Lawson) and more. So free convenient 24/7 withdrawals!

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