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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will eventually put millions of people out of work around the world? See in context

People will be put out of jobs, but they're still a net benefit to society. Think of all the visually impaired people who will no longer be effectively banned from the millions of jobs that require cars just to get to them. Partially blind people, epileptics, even elderly who just don't have the reflexes... these people will finally have freedom of movement.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID border controls 'in stages' from June: Kishida See in context

"I will promote bold monetary policy, flexible fiscal policy and growth strategies that would trigger private-sector investment," he said.

"Bold" is a word I never want to hear from these people. It always means "aggressively devalue the people's savings".

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Posted in: Tokyo to hold cycling event on iconic Rainbow Bridge for 1st time See in context

Very happy to see this. It is ridiculous that important pieces of infrastructure like this bridge and the bigger one connecting Kanagawa and Chiba are closed to you unless you have an automobile.

At the very least, there should be a pedestrian lane on either side of the road. You never know what kind of emergency could take out train services and force Chibans working in Kanagawa (or the other way around) to suddenly have to walk home, as we saw in March 2011. But even without thinking about emergencies, this infrastructure should be open to everyone.

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Posted in: As credit cards, electronic money and payment apps become more commonplace, do you still use cash much? If so, what for? See in context

I use cash all the time, and use credit cards only when buying online.

Particularly for local merchants, why not let them keep the full price you're paying and not try to make them pay a merchant fee to a rapacious credit card company?

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Posted in: Shiga inn stated on website it would reject Russians, Belarusians See in context

It isn't clear if the inn wants to refuse people visiting Japan from Russia or Belarus (in which case they would be writing down their nationality and passport number), or if they lived in Japan and happened to have Russian or Belarusian nationality (in which case the hotel would have no way of knowing their nationality, unless they asked). Guests who live in Japan aren't obligated to tell the hotel what their nationality is, only what their address is. I hope the hotel wasn't planning to ask anyone with a name ending in -ov or -ova where they were born and then booting them out.

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Posted in: Father, son arrested in Japan get U.S. prison time for Ponzi scheme See in context

@theFu - the punishment should be much harsher. The average working stiff earns something like $30k per year; give one year in jail for each $30k they stole.

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Posted in: 'What are you doing to my woman?' attacker asks man feeding stray cat in Tokyo park See in context

Headline aside, this is really not a funny story at all. A pair of violent criminals is using language calculated to prevent any possible Samaritans from assisting their victim.

And what's worse, their sense of entitlement is so strong that when they could only steal something of low value, instead of giving up and "taking the L", one of them chased after the man they had just violently attacked and robbed.

I hope this victim at least got his shuincho back intact and that the thugs didn't deface it.

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Posted in: Estelle Harris, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Toy Story’ actor, dies at 93 See in context

As the grandson of old-school working-class New Yorkers, I loved watching her and Jerry Stiller play their parts on Seinfeld. They were a true joy to watch.

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Posted in: Video game maker Capcom promises to increase worker salaries by 30% See in context

standard starting contract to new employees starting work straight out of college, and their salaries will be increased by 47,500 yen a month compared to starting contracts from a year ago, bringing them up to 235,000 yen

Wow, those salaries were low before this year. So they went from poverty wages to normal wages. And we all know what overtime is like in the game industry.

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Posted in: High raw material costs plus weak yen threaten Japan's recovery from COVID See in context

They're not hiding anything anymore:

One of the key pillars would be to incentivize companies withholding price increases for fear of losing sales to pass on costs to consumers and extend financing support for struggling small and midsized firms.

They're straight-out saying that they want to make the working people suffer by enduring higher prices while their taxes go to support businesses.

For years these snakes have been trying to hoodwink the public into thinking that inflation and the devaluation of their spending power would somehow help them. Now the inflation they've been beating the drum for has arrived and the working people are not being fooled anymore. Japan had a great thing going during the 2000s and up to 2012: steady consumer prices, strong currency; a generation of workers who didn't have the employment opportunities that their elders enjoyed could at least save money, buy their first homes, and raise children. Now the government wants to make them suffer and make their futures insecure. And the government will get away with it, because the people here just don't protest when they get stomped on again and again.

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Posted in: Sri Lanka trainee takes maternity leave, gives birth in Japan See in context

Japanese Government: "Our society needs more babies!"

Sri Lankan couple: "Happy to do our part!"

Japanese Government: "...wait, not that kind of baby..."

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Posted in: Spotlight of shame on companies sticking with Russia See in context

 the tougher daily life is for Russian citizens, the more motivated they will be to turn against President Vladimir Putin

I've never understood this kind of thinking. As if the average working stiff (in a country like Russia!) deserves to suffer because their government is doing something bad. Stop picking on the little guy, Jeffrey, and stand up to the movers and shakers who are actually committing these atrocities.

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Posted in: Kishida tells ministers to compile new economic package as prices skyrocket See in context

Let me guess; the "package" will involve taxpayers (or future taxpayers) giving money to businesses.

Since 2012 the government has been open about wanting rising prices and actively attempting to hoodwink the public into thinking inflation is somehow good. Finally the public has caught on and is denouncing these swindlers.

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Posted in: Japan's hardcore train fans accused of going off the rails See in context

Props to this JR official for seeing value in these hobbyists:

"Toritetsu can actually be counted on to take beautiful pictures of our trains and promote them on the internet," said Yusuke Yamamoto, an official with subsidiary JR East Start UP Co.

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Posted in: Period poverty lowers quality of life; women in 20s hit harder: study See in context

It is shameful that the government charges consumption tax on such essentials. At the very least, make these things tax-free!

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Posted in: Japan's prices are rising, but will it last? See in context

Just when I think I've seen the most biased, pro-government, pro-BoJ, anti-worker piece of gaslighting possible, something like this comes along.

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Posted in: Nissan seeks ¥1.4 bil damages from ex-exec Kelly over Ghosn pay See in context

Let me get this straight: Nissan is slapped with a fine that it does not wish to pay. So instead of appealing the fine and possibly having it reduced or overturned, they accept the decision and then sue their employee to make the individual effectively pay it for them?

Disgusting.

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Posted in: Prosecutors appeal verdict in ex-Nissan executive Kelly's trial See in context

@Garthgoyle - the conviction rate didn't go down; they did find Kelly guilty on one of the counts. Now they're just being spiteful in trying to find him guilty on more of them.

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Posted in: Man arrested for exposing himself to woman says he has done it on at least 30 occasions See in context

As for why people admit to all their past crimes to the cops, my guess is that police interrogators are very, very "persuasive" and their suspects eventually break down and say whatever they think their questioners want to hear.

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Posted in: Students in Fukushima get free point on entrance exam because of typo See in context

I noticed that the number 2 was written with a double-byte character before I saw the "atemaharu" typo!

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Posted in: Okinawa's 50th reversion anniversary events to be held May 15 See in context

@Peter - There is a stone monument at the main traffic circle in front of the harbor on Ishigaki island commemorating the 7/30 switch date. I hadn't known about that until I visited that island for the first time.

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Posted in: Japanese fans react to new trailer of 'Bullet Train' starring Brad Pitt See in context

Is the sign really wrong? If it's one of those translucent fabric flag-like signs that you often see outside of shops, we could just be seeing it from the back.

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Posted in: Russian and Belarusian athletes banned from Paralympics in stunning about-face See in context

What a joke. As if these athletes have anything to do with the political situation or any influence over what Russia is doing. Looks like the IPC can be just as shameful as the IOC.

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Posted in: Washington NFL team to reveal new name on February 2 See in context

I kind of like the idea of going old-school and playing without an official nickname, like sports teams used to do over a century ago. Or something super-generic, soccer-style, like "Washington FC".

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Posted in: If you were to bury a time capsule to be opened 100 years from now, what items would you put in it that would give whoever found it in 2122 some idea of what life was like in 2022? See in context

A smartphone spewing out notifications every few seconds. As convenient as today's phone technology is, I suspect (and hope) that in future decades we will see what a toxic effect they are having on people's mental health.

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Posted in: Musashino city in Tokyo rejects proposal for foreigners to vote in referendums See in context

I'm not happy with the wording of this headline. A better word would be "legal immigrants" and not "foreigners". Regardless of the Japanese word gaikokujin, in English, "foreigners" implies and can include people who don't reside in a country and have never even visited. This referendum was not about such people; it was about legal tax-paying immigrants, and the headline should have indicated such.

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Posted in: 48% of firms to raise wages even without more tax incentives: survey See in context

if salary payments for newly hired workers are raised by more than 2 percent ... large companies get corporate tax deductions equivalent to 15 percent of the payments.

Small and medium-sized companies also get a 15 percent tax deduction when salary payments for all employees are increased by over 1.5 percent.

It looks to me like new hires are getting a better deal than existing employees, which means we're going to see more of what has been plaguing the West for decades now: long-term employees becoming more and more underpaid while new grads and job hoppers get market rates.

Is this really what we want to see in a society where attempting to change jobs is harder and scarier than it is in other countries?

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Posted in: 33% of major firms listed in Japan have no female executives See in context

@Ricky - Agreed. Twenty-plus years putting in life- and soul-destroying overtime just to have a chance at becoming an executive (with a much higher chance of stalling in lower/middle management); most women are too smart for this and know it was a mug's game from the beginning.

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Posted in: Dollar climbs to 115 yen; highest since March 2017 See in context

A weaker yen enables exporters to earn more if they repatriate overseas profits and helps to sharpen the competitiveness of Japan-made products abroad, but it will likely lead to higher energy and food prices in the country, squeezing households.

I'm very happy to see this latter half of the sentence; usually these reporters are fully on the side of big business and government and cheerlead for them at the expense of the working class. Finally a mention of the households who are being taken advantage of!

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Posted in: Are you aware that Osaka will host the 2025 World Exposition? See in context

I'm sure the National Police Agency is just salivating at the thought of the roadblocks and streetside interrogation stations they'll be setting up in places as far away as Tokyo. And all the budget money they'll be getting.

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