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Posted in: Man arrested for making bomb threats at Osaka subway station See in context

Police said Yuya Kuwagaki, a graduate student from Osaka, has admitted to making the threat and quoted him as saying he did it “to ease his stress,” Kyodo News reporter

Poor guy! Needs psychological help. Where is his family? They should be taking care of him!

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Posted in: Man arrested after assaulting man who tried to get into taxi ahead of him See in context

Police in Shizuoka City have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he punched a 35-year-old man who tried to get into a taxi ahead of him on Sunday morning.

Looks likely the 35 year old man did try to get into the taxi ahead of him. I abhor blatant selfishness like this. I don't condone violence but I can understand why the 26 year old threw a punch at him. It was straight out inappropriate and uncivilized.

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Posted in: Foreign firefighters stifled by Japanese gov't bureaucratic restrictions See in context

Japan will need to make a lot of changes. They need workers and they're not getting them from their own so need to recruit outsiders. Outsiders shouldn't be treated any different. They are here to perform a job competently.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting female restaurant employee in Nagasaki See in context

Does the restaurant have some footage of the incident? Is there any video surveillance in the restaurant? Plenty of witnesses. The man should be punished accordingly.

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Posted in: Swift wins album of the year at Grammys for 4th time, setting new record See in context

She's very successful albeit there isn't a lot of competition compared to other eras of music. On pure vocal ability she wouldn't make the top 30 greatest female singers of all time. I'm personally not a fan of her but she's done extremely well for herself and good on her. I still don't get why she is so big along with Ed Sheeran.

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Posted in: One in 10 Japanese are older than 80: gov't data See in context

I have worked out that I will get ¥30,000 a month on the standard pension I have paid into here in Japan when I retire.

Looks like you are only contributing about 20 years of payments. To get the full payment you need 40 years of payments. That will give around 67000 yen a month. The other pension scheme doesn't pay that much either. WIth both employer and employee contributions of 40 years you get around 160 000 yen a month. The Japanese pension doesn't pay enough so getting other investments going is necessary if you want to live a comfortable retirement.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stalking female store employee and taking photos of her See in context

Looks like some Japanese men have difficulties communicating with the opposite sex in a normal way. What he did was weird however he probably thought it was normal. He could have tried to strike a conversation first. Then ask her out if it goes well. Much better options to try to get together with her.

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Posted in: Japan passport strength falls to 3rd place; Singapore grabs top spot See in context

Only 24 percent of Japanese have passports and of that 24 percent only 16 percent travel. The remaining 8 percent have it for identification purposes. A lot of Japanese aren't interested in overseas travel I discovered before I found out the statistics.

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Posted in: 3 schoolgirls drown in Fukuoka river on 1st day of summer vacation See in context

Young children and water is a dangerous mix. They should be supervised or their parents should insist sternly they are not allowed near deep water unless supervised. I am not sure if water safety is taught at schools to young children. I'm guessing it is not.

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Posted in: 27% of Japan's nursing homes face bankruptcy due to price hikes: survey See in context

It is currently ¥66,000 per month, per person. Despite decades paying into it. The law changed a decade ago about company pensions for the wife of husband dies. Before she wife got very little.

Self employed were suppose to have saved their own money, paid off the house and sitting on a safe full of cash come retirement, pension was just a top up. Didn’t work that way once the bubble popped in early 1990’s.

I gather there are a fair number of pensioners struggling to live. It's amazing after 40 years of payments you only get 66000 per month. If you were enrolled in an employees pension scheme, the average payout is only 150 000 a month despite payments by the employer and employer over 40 years.

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Posted in: No. of Japan households with kids falls below 10 mil for 1st time See in context

If you can’t afford kids, don’t have them.

Agree with that part. I see too many people throughout the world having kids and they really can't afford them. It's similar to getting a mortgage of 400000 (that is the average home loan in Australia by way) and you really don't have enough income or future income to meet the repayments. On the subject of the Japanese pension I would be very wary of expecting a pension in 30 years time. With a dwindling population the pension system is not sustainable.

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Posted in: Halloween train attacker admits to stabbing passenger in 2021 See in context

I don't have any worth as a person. I have no choice but to kill a lot of people and get the death penalty

I have no choice?? He does have a choice! He can turn his life around for the better. Kyota Hattori is a weak human being!

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Posted in: Kishida unveils new measures to reverse declining birthrate amid election rumors See in context

I guess you never heard of interest rates.

I'm no economist but my understanding of how the pension schemes works is for it to be effective it need a large working population. The opposite is happening right now. The working population is decreasing and elderly population is increasing. Less money is coming in and more money is coming out. Letting immigrants in to work is a solution but that won't happen any time soon.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils new measures to reverse declining birthrate amid election rumors See in context

A declining birthrate is just what we require in an already grossly over -populated country and indeed world.

I hope you have a retirement plan because you can kiss your Japanese pension goodbye!

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Posted in: Teenage boy stabbed while walking along street in Kagoshima See in context

Wow that's really scary! Maybe they should introduce some self defence courses at schools. A lot of weirdos out there.

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Posted in: Man arrested for driving minivan onto train tracks See in context

Looks like it was intentional but the question I have for the man is why? He needs to get a job too. There are no excuses. There is plenty of work out there.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting teenage girl on street in Hokkaido See in context

What a horrible man! Hopefully he will get the adequate punishment!

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Posted in: Man fatally hit by car after getting out of taxi on Tokyo street See in context

Careless by the driver. He had a difficult passenger but she should have been aware of the danger. I think they get training about safety.

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Posted in: Half of unmarried people under 30 in Japan do not want kids: survey See in context

Young people don't pay pension premiums, they just save their own money.

True. A lot are not paying into the system. The amounts are ridiculous relative to what they earning. A lot of freeters out there.

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Posted in: Half of unmarried people under 30 in Japan do not want kids: survey See in context

Some seem to think a country with a low birth rate is a good thing. Very naive!

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Posted in: 2 arrested over video of unhygienic acts at Yoshinoya restaurant See in context

What a pathetic world we live in when we see people doing acts like this.

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Posted in: If you currently live in Japan, do you think you will, or would like to spend the rest of your life here? See in context

No. I think a lot of people like living in Japan long term but to live here forever is a big step. There's a lot more to like about my home country over Japan as far as retirement is concerned. In Japan retiring in the countryside is very affordable. In the cities it's very expensive and the other issue is the rising costs due the growing elderly population. The pension system in place is a big worry too.

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Posted in: Japan births hit all-time low in 2022; below 800,000 for 1st time See in context

The future of a country is its people. What if there are no productive people around? Old people can be still be productive however they've worked long and hard and deserve to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

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Posted in: Japan births hit all-time low in 2022; below 800,000 for 1st time See in context

Japanese are all very rich.

How is that possible? The minimum wage is still 1000 yen an hour. lol

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Posted in: Japan 2022 average condo price hits record high for 6th year in row See in context

This is not a debate about country or city, it's about type of housing to select in a country experiencing the greatest demographic non war based collapse in the history of the world

Exactly!

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Posted in: 69-year-old man arrested for calling police station 3,900 times in Shiga Prefecture See in context

Time waster. Need to be punished and understand why his actions are not normal.

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Posted in: How bad is red meat for you? Health risks get star ratings See in context

Also red meat and white potatoes. Something not good mixing starches with red meat I feel.

Agreed. Red meat in itself is not bad but mixing with starches seems to be problematic. White rice was traditionally eaten with mostly vegetables in Asian countries, but now we are seeing people in Asia having health isssues due to introducting lots of red meat mixed with the white rice.

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Posted in: China reaffirms threat of military force to annex Taiwan See in context

China wouldn't dare try to forcibly annex Taiwan if they had nukes... The US could easily remedy that... just pointing out an obvious solution that would stabilize the whole region and make everyone less afraid of war.

Interesting comment. I'm interested in what a Japanese would think. Many say no to nukes. So Taiwan is vulnerable. China invades Taiwan which is historically Chinese land and annexes it. That leaves Japan vulnerable.

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Posted in: Japan to offer Omicron COVID shot to at least twice-vaccinated people See in context

It seems the best way to minimize Covid right now is social distance.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

I meant: "The major war criminals ARE the people who start a war in the first place.

Agreed. It starts off with an aggressor who decides to unlawfully invade another country. We are seeing this today. Russia (the aggressor) invades the Ukraine.

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