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

Kono is being ridiculous. In the English language, given names come first. In the Japanese language, family names are said first. Just because China and Korea have somehow convinced English-language media to violate the principles of their own language doesn't mean that it should be done for Japan too.

And does he plan to make all the other non-English European language media do the same thing?

There is (at least) one European language where surnames are said first -- Hungarian -- and you don't ever see English-language newspapers or TV stations preserving Hungarian order and saying things like "Orban Viktor", do you?

Japanese bureaucracy has very little respect for Westerners' names these days: the new zairyu cards no longer have any Japanese orthography on them; they force people to use extraneous and needless middle names; there is even the infamous and embarrassing case of the MoJ humiliating married German women whose maiden names were on their German passports by treating the helpful field header geborene __ as if it were part of their actual names.

No, Kono's beef is because he has seen the other two big Asian powers get the Western media to kowtow to them and twist the English language, and thinks Japan should get the same privilege. It's a privilege that none of them should have.

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

It is ll the effect of deflation, people don't have money yet this fast foot are creating their own downfall by raising prices

That's in-flation, not de-flation. If we had deflation, and BK burgers cost less, I'd probably go out of my way to buy them from time to time. Thanks, inflation-obsessed Bank of Japan!

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Posted in: Why do Japanese pro baseball team uniforms have the players' names in Romaji instead of kanji? See in context

Smartacus, I don't think I've ever seen any player names on the backs of uniforms at the high school level, in either kanji or Roman. Sometimes you'll see players hand-writing their names in kanji, instead of numbers, on their all-white practice uniforms, but not on game uniforms.

Even at the professional level, I'm a fan of uniforms with only numbers on the backs and not names. From the cheap seats -- and there are fewer and fewer of those these days -- names are impossible to read in any alphabet. Give us a nice big clean number that anybody can read; the scoreboards have the players' names and on TV we have graphics for that.

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Posted in: What do you think the yen-dollar exchange rate should be in order to benefit the Japanese economy? See in context

80-90. This would lower energy prices and make all kinds of infrastructure investments more reasonable as well as lowering everyone's household expenditures. It would also make Japanese employers more attractive to foreign talent.

But this will never happen, because the LDP sees the Japanese people as cows to be milked and slaughtered for the benefit of Japan, Inc., who wants a cheap currency so they can rake in foreign profits and keep them for themselves.

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Posted in: What are some of strangest company rules you've experienced at your workplace Japan? See in context

Not sure it is legal but if you were 1-30 minutes late you had to put in 30 minutes overtime to make it up.

Over here you have to consume half a day of PTO if you are any number of minutes late. I suspect this could be challenged in court, but nobody has tried.

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

We need better incentives not to drive. As things are now, there's basically no reason not to hang on to your driver's license, even if you don't use it that often.

Start by eliminating the driver's license as the primary form of personal identification: there is nothing special about being able to drive a car when it comes to being a legal taxpaying resident.

Also, either give a big tax break to non-drivers, who have to pay out a lot of tax money for automobile infrastructure that they can only use if someone else is driving them, or make it very expensive to renew a driver's license every few years. What we have now is absurd: gigantic up-front costs just to get a license for the first time, but then negligible costs to keep having one. Those numbers should be reversed.

Every day, when they step out onto the street, innocent non-drivers have to take on the risk that they will be maimed or killed by someone in an automobile. Drivers face no such fear with regard to pedestrians. It's one of the greatest unaddressed inequalities in society.

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Posted in: Sleep myths may hinder good sleep and health See in context

As an often-sleep-deprived salaryman, I am ecstatic to see the article published, as seemingly all of Japanese society mistakenly believes in just about every myth presented here.

Regarding this one:

“being able to fall sleep ‘anytime, anywhere’ is a sign of a healthy sleep system.”

...I was even told that this is an ability that every person should have acquired by adulthood, and not having it is a sign of immaturity and that I should find a way to develop it!

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Posted in: Do you believe Carlos Ghosn will receive a fair trial in Japan? See in context

@Deadforgood - if he were Japanese (and thus didn't have the international media keeping this case in the spotlight), I suspect his odds of getting a fair trial would be even worse.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

No Foreign executive will want to work in japan that's for sure.

That's not a bug; that's a feature.

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

Showering was allowed every 5 days

I have never heard a single justification for forcing detainees (or even prisoners) to be filthy like this. Can anyone offer one? If anything, you would expect an obsessive cleanliness as part of the rehabilitation process.

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Posted in: HBO brings down curtain on TV phenom 'Game of Thrones' See in context

George R.R. Martin's expansive "A Song of Fire and Ice" book series

Is it not "A Song of Ice and Fire"?

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Posted in: Japan repatriated more than 400 prisoners over 16-year period See in context

Now this is a suspiciously-timed article.

And no author byline.

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

Maybe there's something I'm missing, but what is so great about having lots of days off in a row, like the new labor laws seem to be pushing? It feels like all they want is for people to go on trips and spend lots of money.

The same thing happened with the push to make holidays be on Mondays so that people can have three days off in a row.

As a company employee, I feel pretty refreshed after any single day off, but I don't feel twice as refreshed after two of them, or ten times as refreshed after ten of them.

I'd much rather have ten random days throughout the year. And I'd rather have single holidays on Wednesdays, breaking up the long and arduous week, than on Mondays. Imagine getting to work a nice short four-day week ten times a year! Wouldn't that be great for health and productivity?

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

Aside from Taiwan where this is the 107th year of the Republic of China, as Ex_Res describes, North Korea also has its own calendar that begins with the birth of Kim Il-Sung in (coincidentally) 1912. This year is Juche 107 over there.

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

They did not grow up in the bubble and manufacturing boom of giving your life to your company. This longevity is destined to change within the next decade 

Even the people who devoted their lives to the company in the high-growth postwar era were at least rewarded for their efforts. People who began their working careers after the bubble have only seen move overwork, more uncompensated overtime, decreasing salaries, and decreasing opportunities. They're not going to have long lives.

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Posted in: Have you found Google Maps in Japan to be reliable? See in context

It's pretty good in terms of train station directions and that kind of thing, but Yahoo Maps has a few Japan-specific features that I really like:

Google Maps writes everything horizontally, probably because it was translated from English without much thought given to other orientations, but Yahoo has a mixture of vertical and horizontal. Names of north-south streets are a lot easier to read vertically.

Yahoo displays the numbers of a lot more buildings than Google does, and lets you see a list of all the building numbers in a given neighborhood. On Google, while you can often see the building number if you sub-click and select "What's here?", that only works if the building doesn't have a business name attached to it, which takes precedence. Most of the time people are looking for specific businesses, not house numbers, but there are times when you just want the number, and Google makes it harder. They also don't allot enough space for a lot of things, so you're stuck with a meaningless "東京都新宿区…" with the most important part cut off at the end.

They each have their good points. I use both all the time.

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

NCIS Reruns, this sound did exist in Yamato kotoba; it just didn't occur at the beginning of a word.

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

Heck if they paid him for his overtime we could have another child. 

Japan's low-birthrate problem summed up in one sentence.

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Posted in: Filipino woman killed, another injured after being hit by car See in context

The perpetrator's name is given in standard English order whereas the victims' names are in reverse order, with their surnames first despite being Filipino (a society where given names come first). Why is this?

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Posted in: Japan slowly buying into cashless future despite widespread misgivings See in context

During the period, cashless payment service operators will be required to cap their fees for such stores at 3.25 percent, lower than ordinary fees, in order to receive subsidies for the rewards program.

The elephant in the room. These operators want to take more than 3.25 percent every time money changes hands? Are they all run by ex-LDP bureaucrats?

It's bad enough that the government does whatever it can to devalue cash; now they want to make us all pay fees to middleman card operators too. I'll stick with my untrackable, no-fee cash, thank you very much.

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Posted in: When you were a child, how did your parents discipline you? See in context

My parents were old-school disciplinarians and my ex-military father's voice terrifies me to this day. He didn't shy away from corporal punishment, either.

I often wish I could have experienced the coddling that some members of my generation supposedly got.

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Posted in: Japan's slowing inflation leaves BOJ fighting tough price battle See in context

iloveCoffee, it's even worse than you might think. The BOJ (and their sycophants who write these articles) are even bemoaning low energy (gasoline) prices, the opposite of which is a pure loss for everyone. They really want to create inflation even if it impoverishes the people whom they supposedly serve.

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Posted in: Nissan unpicks Ghosn legacy of 'high-handedness' and 'wrongdoings' See in context

Somebody's behaving in a "high-handed" manner in 2019, and it isn't Mr. Ghosn.

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

Bullfighter, while the "shrinkflation" strategy is hardly unique to Japan, what seems particularly egregious about how it is implemented in Japan is that the government and its lapdog media present it as somehow desirable for the people, and the people barely protest. In the UK, inflation, devaluation of the currency, and the slow impoverishment of the working classes is met with the disgust, scorn and mockery it deserves.

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

Almost as dismaying as having to pay more for less at the supermarket is reading articles like this one which cheer for Japan, Inc. and against the working-class consumer in every paragraph.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

And Blind has to pay as they can hear NHK?

You're joking, but NHK actually has a lower rate for blind people who have televisions but can only hear the content. I imagine they'll pull this trick for people who have cell phones but don't have good enough eyesight to read those tiny screens.

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Posted in: The presence of a surveillance camera at his place of residence will not prevent him from meeting people with ties to the case while he is away from home. He can also borrow a mobile phone from someone else, so the requirements set for his release on bail do not seem to be effective. See in context

 prevent him from meeting people with ties to the case 

Translation: "We prosecutors want to have total freedom to prepare a prosecution while totally preventing the people we prosecute from being able to mount any kind of defense."

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Posted in: BOJ board member calls for more stimulus if economy sinks See in context

Harada, a vocal advocate of aggressive monetary easing, said Japan's economy was facing growing risks, including ... weak private consumption.

And his solution to this is to... raise consumer prices even more?

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Posted in: Ghosn to be released after court rejects prosecutors' appeal; bail conditions revealed See in context

The Japanese legal system is "skewed in favor of the accuser". Think about that.... Basically your takeaway from that should be. If involved in an altercation where it might come down to your word versus another persons, you should immediately go to the Police and accuse the other person first. Too many foreigners do not only to find themselves in Jail wondering what happened.

@Saiko - I would argue that the system is skewed in favor of whomever is socially higher-ranking. A low-status person is not going to run to the police to accuse someone of a crime because it might be turned around on them. Case in point: foreigners who go to the police to complain about disturbances or to report incidents, only to find the police paying no attention to said incident and instead showing more interest in the foreigner's immigration status!

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Posted in: The problem is they want the workers but not the people. See in context

I'll go one step further: they want the workers' tax money. And not much else.

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