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Posted in: What would you like to see the yen-dollar exchange rate stabilize at? See in context

My vote is for 80. Japanese workers would be able to afford cheap goods and travel, and enjoy cheap energy. As things are now it's like the LDP and BOJ are intentionally pushing Japanese people into semi-poverty.

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Posted in: Japanese language school decertified over abuse of Vietnamese student See in context


I agree. My experience working as one of very few non-Japanese at a Japanese company is that, with westerners, there is a pretense of respect which disappears very quickly when it comes to the crunch. I was passive aggressively punched out of that company for not knowing my place

I have had the same experiences and wish this kind of thing were talked about more. It can be terrifying and humiliating when someone's facade of respect and civility instantly vanishes and you see the contempt that must have been hiding all along.

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Posted in: Have you found that your smartphone has gotten you into the habit of spending more time checking work messages or reading work-related materials or emails in your “off” time at home? See in context

I have a laptop that I have to take home with me every day, but I don't often open it after hours, and I don't use my phone for work at all.

Everybody complains about how much time people spend looking at phone screens but part of the problem is that society is forcing people to use them for so many things. The train lines want you to pay your train fare with a phone; companies have replaced time cards with a phone app; restaurants want you to look at the menu by scanning a QR code with your phone. I remember getting a smartphone for the first time around 2010 and being excited at how functional it was. Unfortunately more than a decade later, it is becoming more of a burden than a convenience.

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Posted in: Train driver’s locked tablet with forgotten password leads to big delay on Fukushima line See in context

There should not even be a password to begin with. The paper schedules that were used from the 1800s until just a few months ago certainly didn't need them.

The average person is drowning in usernames and passwords in today's world and it only gets worse when some devices and services have unnecessary rules about what characters have to appear in them. Quite a few of these devices do not need this level of security and a train schedule is certainly one of them.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching woman on train because ‘she wasn’t wearing mask’ See in context

yelled and hit her on the back of the head

The back? So this coward is sneak-attacking an 82-year-old woman from behind!?

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Posted in: Japanese government worried young adults aren’t drinking enough alcohol See in context

I see some Yamazaki whisky in the main photograph.

Something the young lady holding the drink is very unlikely to be able to afford these days.

With prices for everything skyrocketing, how do they expect this generation to spend money on luxuries?

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Posted in: MLB moving ahead with uniform ads for 2023 See in context

Is there anything Commissioner Manfred won't do to make the game worse?

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Posted in: Japan extends detention for Abe's accused assassin See in context

This endless detention thing is ridiculous. Charge the man and try him.

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

I've always been confused by this report when it comes out each year.

From page 53:

Gender equality vs. women’s empowerment: [The index] ranks countries according to their proximity to gender equality rather than to women’s empowerment. ... Hence, the index rewards countries that reach the point where outcomes for women equal those for men, but it neither rewards nor penalizes cases in which women are outperforming men in particular indicators in some countries. Thus, a country that has higher enrolment for girls rather than boys in secondary school will score equal to a country where boys’ and girls’ enrolment is the same. 

Am I missing something, or does the last sentence not demonstrate that the index does the exact opposite of what it claims to do? It's a clear measure of women's achievements compared to men's, with a penalty if men have more but no penalty if women have more.

A country that banned boys from receiving an education would get a perfect score, whereas a country that banned girls from education (something we still see in this world) would rightfully get a terrible score, and a utopian country where 100% of boys and 99.9% of girls were educated would still score lower than the country that banned boys altogether.

You can't measure gaps only in one direction and then penalize countries for having gaps there but not gaps in the other direction. Then you're not measuring gaps; you're measuring the empowerment of one side. Which is still worth measuring -- just call the index what it is.

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Posted in: Why Abe is much more highly praised abroad than in Japan See in context

Abe left Japan largely where he found it: as in effect a cheap labor economy with 40 percent of the workforce on short-term and nonregular contracts, declining marriage and birth rates, and chronically depressed household demand.

Where he found it? More like much worse than he found it, at least from the perspective of the working class, who are to this day being ruined by a devalued yen and higher consumer prices. But all he and his LDP cronies cared about was filling their pockets.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize Turkish Kurd as refugee after appeals court ruling See in context

he will be better off living in his homeland Kurdistan

It sure would be nice if such a nation existed.

Yan Kurdıstan yan neman!

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe in critical condition after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

I sincerely hope he survives. Now is not the time for my usual opinion about what he did to the working class. May the hospital give him the best possible treatment, and may he recover to full health.

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Posted in: Penguins at Kanagawa aquarium piqued by penny-pinching menu See in context

Usually I'm criticizing Japan Today articles as LDP propaganda, but today I salute the alliterative abilities of the writer of this one!

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Posted in: MLB suspends 12 for roles in Angels brawl with Mariners See in context

It's Enrico Pallazzo!

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Posted in: Things people started during pandemic but soon wound up quitting See in context

Things I stuck with: bicycling during my lunch break on WFH days and after work; studying programming during my spare time (WFH showed me what a great job programming could be if I got good); not drinking alcohol

Things I quit too soon: lifting weights while in my apartment (the Mrs. doesn't like it).

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Posted in: Name for Osaka's new venture has lewd meaning in Swahili See in context

She should keep it; it's an innocent-enough name in her language and with there being over 6000 languages in the world, some are bound to have unfortunate coincidences like this one.

Also, editors, typo:

Swahili -- a bantu language -- is widely used in sub-Saharan Africa

"Bantu" is a proper name and should be capitalized.

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Posted in: Generation gap at work in the office between Showa and Heisei employees See in context

a generation ago the juniors didn’t need to be asked twice. They had views and were eager to share them. Now, says President, the response is more likely to be an averting of eyes, a shuffling of feet, and a mumbled, “Whatever the company decides is okay with me.”

This part is not because the Heisei workers have no opinions; it's because Heisei workers have learned that expressing an undesirable opinion or saying anything 'wrong' can ruin you. Their logic is that if they can't read the boss's 'air' and say what is expected, then it's better to keep your opinions to yourself and let the powerful people do what they were always going to do anyway.

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Posted in: LDP No. 2 to push for Japan Constitution reforms after election See in context

This is the same self-important imbecile who humiliated a foreign reporter when she asked about Japan's handling of residents trapped outside the country during corona.

I don't want him anywhere near the levers of power. We've seen what he thinks of the 'little people'.

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Posted in: People in some parts of Japan now legally allowed to smile for their driver’s license photos See in context

I'd be smiling too, if I were born in Showa 38 but still looked that young!

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Posted in: Kishida's cautious course sets up potential long-term rule See in context

What a total propaganda piece the author should be ashamed.

This site has continuously run LDP propaganda pieces for years, particularly when trying to gaslight the public into thinking that inflation and a weak currency will somehow benefit them.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils plan to set up pandemic crisis control unit similar to CDC See in context

$10 bucks says they call it the CDC, too, or something that sounds similar (CBC, CGC).

I'd also bet that the name has the letter "J" in it somewhere, because Japan.

Yet another vehicle to siphon money from hardworking Japanese people and into the pockets of LDP politicians and bureaucrats.

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Posted in: Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan See in context

What kind of company wants unhappy workers from the start?

Companies here do everything in their power to make their workers unhappy after they start, so to them early worker misery is no loss.

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Posted in: Gov't asks companies, households across Japan to save power See in context

@Derek - agreed; somehow nobody seems to be talking about how they've increased the standard indoor temperature to 26-27 not just in the summer when saving power, but all year round. It would be more tolerable to endure high indoor summer temperatures in an effort to conserve energy if we had corresponding cooler indoor temperatures in the winter... but we don't; the cold-blooded lizards rule society all year long while everyone else is covered in sweat even in winter.

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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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