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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

Lol. This will be messed up for 1000 years. Backwards or forwards. Forwards or backwards. The very Japanese company I work for writes my name, in Japanese with family name last and even has my meishi printed up that way. There will never be uniformity over this. For one we have decades and decacdes of books and movies and news, whatever, documents, with Japanese names written Western style. So even if we spend the next 5 decades trying to fix it. No one alive today will see uniformity. And someone will just want to change it back.

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Posted in: Over 20% of Burger Kings in Japan suddenly vanishing this month See in context

Are you kidding?! Burgers are my passion. As far as fast food burgers good in the USA Burger King is top 5 easily. Much better than McDonalds. (Five guys is not only number 1, but one of the best burgers, period). Japan MOS Burger isnt even on my radar. Boring, nothing special about them at all. BK's. Who am I kidding, if taste and value where an issue 2/3 of Japan's restaurants would be gone. So many medicore tasting places are huge here, marketing and mass appeal is king. Breakfast is the only thing I will go to McD for. Mos, not even if it was free. Lotteria, good, but grease is main ingredient. Freshness? They are rarer than a albino dodo bird. But good if you have one near you. Wendy's, havent tried in Japan.

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Posted in: Employment rate of Japan's university graduates at 97.6%, near record high See in context

THIS is why far too many students are far too many schools have no real investment in their lives and education. They know if they just "clock in" at school they will be handed some job somewhere.

This is damaging on so many levels. Like employment is the first and last concern. Not that so few are actually efficient at their job. Or that so few have true motivation to learn. Where are the Japanese students that want to stick out and be azong and come up with new ideas. Few and far between because their lives are on a conveyer belt that was set in motion by their parents and/teacher from Jr high.

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Posted in: Cheering stifled at 'Cheering Format' screenings of 'Avengers: End Game' in Japan See in context

"the only noise you are likely to hear in a Japanese movie theater is the rustle of a paper bag, popcorn munching and the occasional cough or a sneeze"

Yeah right. What about the a-hole snoring like a chainsaw?! It has happened to me half a dozen times including last emotional 20 minutes of avengers end game. After 10 minutes I asked whenever was close to wake him up becuase the entire theatre could hear him and he was ruining the ending. Of course I was shushed. But none of the cowards would wake up then idiot who ruined 20 minutes of our movie.

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

Insert meme: NHK holding a banana. "Is this a TV?'

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Posted in: Group referred to prosecutors for bed prank at Shibuya crossing See in context

Are you kidding Japan? You are going to waste time on THIS?!

THIS is dangerous? What about not using your blinker? What about smoking on the sidewalk in crowded no smoking zones. What about the lack of people wearing seat belts or child seats. TVs on the driver's side dashboard. Running red lights. Using a cellphone while walking or.... driving. You know, actually dangerous things that most of see every single day of our lives in Japan. I am sure you all can add much more to this list of common dangerous daily Japanese occurrences that society seemingly ignores.

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

300,000?! That is the population of Japanese of about Japan's top 30 to 60th largest cites.

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Posted in: Gwyneth Paltrow visits Japan as Goop beauty brand debuts in Tokyo See in context

She went on SNL to make fun of herself and her company. So I am not really sure what to think of this. I think she may be perfectly aware that she is selling nonsense to people with too much money.

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

I love my job here but getting REALLY tired of the work culture. Have an extra meeting until 730pm? "Okay can I come in two hours late that day then"... sucking teeth. "But we all get here at 830. You can too." Suffer together for no reason. The only other foreigner I work with has already had the Kool-aid too and buys into the suffer together nonsense. He has permanent employment and I want it, so I just have to keep my mouth shut, suffer from stress and mild depression and hope this pays off for permanent employment in another 2-3 years.

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Posted in: Japan's CD album output falls below 100 mil for 1st time in 2018 See in context

"Japan's CD album output falls below 100 mil for 1st time in 2018"

That's not so bad. That is about 10 times the rest of the world combined.... you know because CD's died about 10 years ago.

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Posted in: Starbucks in Westeros? Coffee cup cameos in 'Game of Thrones' set blunder See in context

Its already fixed from any currently and future streaming of the ep.

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

Because as a grown adult close to 40, I still need someone to tell me how to dress depending on the temperature.

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Posted in: Kristen Stewart celebrates young stars redefining sexuality See in context

Like, how like do like casting agents like choose like someone who like speaks like this?

She is 29 and used "like" 5 times in 3 sentences. Lol.

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Posted in: Gov't considers amnesty in honor of emperor's enthronement See in context

Hold on a sec. It says not all whille be pardoned. And only petty criminals. And that could 2.5 million. You are telling me over 2% of Japan are convicted petty criminals?!

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Posted in: Rear seats of cars need better safety equipment, study says See in context

Whats the point? You still have parents that let their kids stand up in the car and mothers that think holding their baby is safe. You need to get the basics down first. Its just airbags will do more harm than good if your feet are on the dash or you are not wearing your seat belt. You still hear, and I bet you cold hard cash they still teach in Japan: hands at 10 and 2. That is no longer the recommended way. They say more like 9 and 3 is far more safer now that airbags are in every car on the road now.

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Posted in: Ken Watanabe to star in Japanese remake of ‘The Fugitive’ See in context

40,000 police join the hunt! I can see it now. And it only takes 6 months to find him. A hunt so intensive and expensive they had to raise consumption tax another 1% just to pay for all the overtime.

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Posted in: Reporter sues government after his passport invalidated See in context

" restricted press freedom." Its Japan what do you expect? They are ranked about 50th in the world in freedom of press (and almost the same for freedom of speech).

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

"Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura told AFP they have "stopped hiring any teaching staff who smoke",

"That's discrimination based on personal life it's no different from universities that try to limit number of applicant based on gender!

On the other hand that university can apply strong regulation not smoking in campus area, outside that area is not their business."

I am not agreeing or disagreeing, just pointing out that this is has been done at many places in the USA for decades! I know University of Alabama in Birmingham will not hire anyone who smokes. That has been their policy for at least a decade IIRC. There are other places that whose business is health and/or insurance with similar policies.

(but my two cents is you should be allowed to do what ever you want in your free time at home)

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

" Make customers pay ¥100 to use the in store eating facilities as a kind of table charge."

That would be like a 60% tax increase.

A beer or juice and corn dog is 300 yen. Im not paying 100 yen to sit down to eat that.

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

lol, look how well volunteering to pay NHK TV tax is working out.

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Posted in: Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June See in context

"NTT Docomo will introduce two basic service charge plans with a monthly fee of 5,980 yen for an unlimited data service and 1,980 yen for those who need less volume of data."

LOL, wut?! I pay 1,500!!!

Check out all the low cost carriers. UQ Mobile, Y-mobile. Rakuten mobile. Their prices start at 1500 a month and that more than enough for me.

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Posted in: Digital dilemma: Japan flirts with overly aggressive online copyright law See in context

Vpn. Done.

I mean the real crime is uploading copyrighted stuff and the guys doing that are hiding their ip and identity. Anyone with two brains cells downloading the stuff will use a VPN or just a proxy server for torrents.

We can't figure out sales aren't what we magicly want them to be, let's blame people stealing stuff, let create draconian laws.

We saw simalar idiotic struggles with PC games and music in West. They all just sovles thw problem using a number of different solutions. They tried punishing the consumer with stupid DRM and hoops and tricks. Instead they just made buying eaiser and better than stealing. Japan has yet to just look across the ocean at these solutions. You are looking at a nation that is still holding onto CD and DVD. The world is giving up on blu-ray and Japan's DVD market is still going strong. Lol.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

"Contrary to “Popular Belief”, there is NOTHING “Wrong” with this."

There IS something wrong if the cause it some major breakdown in society like people marrying their pillow and perfectly happy with with the porn collection. If it is their choice for religious or moral reasons, then sure, I don't think there is anything wrong with being a virgin. But when fundamental norms in society are breaking down due to hikikomori and porn and living in a city of 25 million but have ZERO connection with anyone, then something is wrong. Boys and girls are separated through k-12, then many of them have no idea how to talk to a girl in college, then they go work for a company from 7 to 7 then go home to their anime pillow porn. Its a problem.

(And personlay I am against hikikomori. Somedays I wish I could be one, but society is not a one way street. If you want to be hikikormori in the woods and be self sufficient, then fine. But society provides and protects and takes care of you, power, water, ambulance, police, the people who made your apt, etc. You need to be a part of that society)

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Posted in: Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for Japanese workers See in context

My uni is actually giving us the days off. but making us teach on other holidays. technically we are supposed to get make up holidays (furikyu I think its called). When I asked about they said no one uses and they don't even know the procedure or paper work. Since I am on contract and want to get renewed or considered for tenure, I can't bring it up. Don't even get me started with the new rules passed down about the labor law changes. Was told not to ask about that either. (I like my job and uni, not complaining about that, just that this is norm most places I fear)

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

When I take nice 10 day vacations I really wonder what my Japanese co-workers think. Are they angry I actually use my nenkyu? Are they jealous? Are the envious I have the "courage" to do so. I honestly think if I asked many of the staff who work 6 day weeks and 7 to 7 that they don't even know how to answer it. I bet you a 2000 yen bill they would say I am lucky even though they have the same nenkyu and the same rights as me at the same place of work.

(The JET Programme pays about ¥280,000 per month which is exactly the same as it was 30 years ago.) Not entirely true. Over a 5 year period it pays the same amount. But they have change the way it it paid. Year 1 through 5 used to be the same no matter what. Now year 1 is FAR lower and year 5 is FAR higher. It is to incentive people to stay because it costs a lot to bring over new JETs (airfare + the Tokyo hotel and orientation and transportation to their new prefecture is a TON of money). So year 1 JETs salary, the majority, is actually much lower than its ever been in its 30 year history.

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Posted in: Some see Japanese era system as unnecessary, unsuited for modern age See in context

Some? I would say most. If we stuck to one it would be fine. I sat through a 2 hour out meeting yesterday with 20 different documents in front of me, they are switching switching between julian and gengo constantly. This was probably our last chance this generation to swap over to julian for good.

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Posted in: KDDI's internal probe finds unpaid overtime worth ¥670 mil See in context

My uni makes me team teach an extra class. Above max koma. No extra pay. No gyoseki credit. Kyomuka didn't even know. It is a dept thing no outside the dept k ow about. So I get zero recognition for. Since it's basically a "secret" I doubt it will come up when my contact renewal does either. We will see. I suppose maybe its a barging chip since they are breaking the official labor rules of the school. For now I don't say anything because I like they job and I want my contract renewed.

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Posted in: Japan's Netflix contender bets on youth-driven viral hits See in context

Neither of these staments are true: "Netflix is continually taking on huge amounts of debt and hasn’t been profitable in years. The user base has also stagnated. " Netlix spends billions which is insane... but they make billions. 100,000,000 subscribers x 12 months x less an avearage of 6dollars a month = 7.2 billion USD.

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Posted in: Renal patient dies after doctor proposed ending hemodialysis See in context

Was this assisted suicide of sorts or doc negligence. Agreed this is poorly written article that brings forth more questions than it answers.

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Posted in: Court approves Ghosn's release on ¥1 bil bail See in context

"Ghosn is accused of having hidden $80 million in earnings, so in that context $8.9 million does not sound too excessive." You are not getting it are you? In Japan there have been cases where BILLIONS have been hidden (Panasonic) and even lives lost (Fukushima and Takata airbags). They are Japaense execs. They bow... they get off with out a single day in jail.

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