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Posted in: Woman using smartphone falls to her death from bridge in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

 70-cm-high railing

Gee, can't be much of railing if it's only 70 cm high! RIP to the young women.

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Posted in: School's out forever in parts of aging Japan See in context

Wny is Japan's population declining at such an alarming rate?

It's unaffordable for many to get married and raise a family. Current wages just doesn't cut it.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver and fleeing scene without paying fare See in context

Lol that sad the man could not afford 3000 yen what a loser

That's what I was thinking. I'm not wealthy but 3000 yen is peanuts in this day and age. Hope he gets a suitable punishment for his crime.

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Posted in: Over 40% of workers in Japan sleep less than 6 hours per night: survey See in context

I really don't need any more than 7 and I think that is the normal amount in adults.

Just measure your blood pressure. Sleep 8 hours one night. Measure it the next day. Sleep 7 hours one night. Measure it the next day. If your blood pressure has gone up for the 7 hour rest then maybe you need 8 hours. There's a sweet spot I think for sleep time. People who sleep too much or too less die earlier.

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Posted in: Over 40% of workers in Japan sleep less than 6 hours per night: survey See in context

Generally 8 hours of sleep is perfect for humans. There are a few exceptions though. Some people only need to 4 to 6 hours while others find it is not enough. Lumping everyone together saying you don't need 8 hours of rest is ludicrous because everyone's bodies are different. It could even be genetically determined for some that only need 4 hours of sleep. A lot of people sleep in on the weekend which means you are catching up. You didn't get enough sleep during the week. A good way to find out if you haven't had enough sleep is measuring your blood pressure. Your blood pressure is higher when you haven't had enough sleep.

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Posted in: 68-year-old man arrested after stabbing couple at Nagoya community center See in context

He was quoted as saying he got irritated because the music and singing coming from the community center has been too loud recently and it irritated him.

I don't condone what he did but sort of feel for him. Some things in Japan are far too noisy! It can be irritating. However he should have sought another solution. Maybe ask them to turn it down a bit. The local government should be involved and maintaining noise control.

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Posted in: Charges dropped again over death of detained Sri Lankan woman See in context

Shoichi Ibusuki, a lawyer representing the family, said in a statement that the prosecutors "covered up and disregarded a crime committed by those in power."

"We will continue to fight to hold them accountable," he said.

Keep fighting! Justice must be served!

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Posted in: 90-year-old Japanese woman is McDonald’s Japan’s oldest female employee See in context

As most 90 year old will just stay at home having nothing to do.

Your're stereotyping here. There are a number of active, living live to the fullest 90 year olds. My late grandfather was very active til his late age. Music, oil painting, involved with various social clubs.

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Posted in: 90-year-old Japanese woman is McDonald’s Japan’s oldest female employee See in context

I guess for the western people she looks as a poor old women that needs to keep on working forever for her living.

We have no information on her financial situation. I see a lot of Japanese pensioners smiling, happy seemingly but they are struggling to make ends meet. Nothing wrong with working to a late age if you enjoy it, but if it is to help live that is no good. People should be living comfortably if they've worked long years. They've paid their taxes.

 Anyway I was surprised to see so many negative posts here and thought the idea of working of Japanese maybe very unique from the rest of the world.

Not unique. There are people in western countries who like working and want to keep working to a late age.

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Posted in: 90-year-old Japanese woman is McDonald’s Japan’s oldest female employee See in context

Nothing wrong working to an old age if you enjoy it, but working to a late age to make ends a meet is no good. A lot of pensioners in Japan do extra work so to help make ends meet I noticed. By the looks of things a lot of people throughout the workd will have to keep working to a late age with the ever increasing cost of living. My advice is to get some investments going. Fortunately for me I invested in real estate in the 90s.

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Posted in: Japan's core consumer prices in August up 3.1% on year See in context

The cost of living is not too bad in Japan. Then again I'm from one of the most expensive places on the planet! Australia! Visited in August and I couldn't believe the prices! Love all the reasonable prices at Japanese supermarkets.

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Posted in: 80-year-old driver arrested after hitting 2 girls on street crossing See in context

Police are tough on the small things and weak on the tough things.

That's what I noticed. I see speeding drivers all the time. Some running through traffic lights when they have turned red. Meanwhile they are out checking bicycles, checking they are locked,, issuing warnings to cyclists for not riding in a line etcetera. Their priorities are certainly not on the dangerous things which are always going on.

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Posted in: Skilled workers, low-wage earners work second jobs more than others in Japan See in context

I feel sorry for those fresh foreigners coming to Japan and making 200 000 yen or less per month.

Not much for Tokyo. You can be ok with 250 000 to 300 000. Overall though it is low because you are just living but not much money left to save. So you can't really build a future on it. Putting money away for retirement, investing money saved etc. You've got to do that. The pension payments are not enough.

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


Japan is way overpopulated. The populations needs to be halved. Naturally, of course. And it's doing that itself.

Then how will the pension system work?

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Posted in: Bangladesh man drowns in Yamanashi river See in context

RIP to the man. I've swam in rivers in Australia only a few times but the more I read about accidents in rivers the more I realise how perilous swimming in one can be. Maybe more education is needed about the dangers of rivers is needed.

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Posted in: Djokovic into 12th Wimbledon semifinal; Ukraine's Svitolina advances See in context

Novak Djokovic is a great player! Some will say the greatest player of all time!

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Posted in: Man arrested for pushing father off bridge into river in Osaka See in context

Why did he want to kill his father? His father had nothing to do with his problems. What a horrible person!

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Posted in: Woman, boyfriend arrested after leaving her 1-year-old son in car while they played pachinko See in context

Wow! I noticed Japanese like leaving the car running, especially at supermarkets. Probably do that more often than other countries. I guess they wanted to keep the aircon on for the child. Still not good leaving the child all alone in the car.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy dies after being swept away by river current in Wakayama Prefecture See in context

RIP to the young boy!

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Posted in: 'Job-leaving agents' in Japan help people escape awkwardness of quitting See in context

I've never understood this mindset in Japan. Where I'm from sometimes quitting means looking for a better opportunity. I remember one girl I worked with saying when she was quitting " I'm going over to greener pastures!". Some people are really good at their jobs, deserve a promotion, yet their employer doesn't recogize their talent. Sensible thing to do is quit and find a better opportunity, an employer who will recognize their ability and pay them more! Makes sense to me!

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Posted in: Man gets 18 years for killing 16-year-old boy in Kobe in 2010 See in context

I was working in that area in 2010. Gee 18 years?? That's unbelievable. The punishment doesn't fit the crime! Japanese law needs to be changed!

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥8.42 mil from girlfriend’s bank account See in context

Why does it appear to be so many unemployed men in their 30s yet there is a shortage of workers? That man should get a job and earn. Internet banking is fine. The problem is if you're carefree with security which appears to be the case for the victim.

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Posted in: My Number ID system faces further setback with erroneous deliveries See in context

They stopped issuing the Notification Cards in May 2020.

That is what I have. It has a number and my address. When I received it back in 2017 I think it was there was a choice of just having that or applying for the card which has your photo in it. So far I've never been forced to apply for it. I've used the notification card with bank accounts and a recently opened account with a financial service company with no problem. They are just interested in the number on my card.

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Posted in: 5 dead after bus collides with truck in Hokkaido See in context

RIP to the deceased. There are a lot of narrow roads in Japan and large vehicles drive on them. Drivers have to be very alert. Just a small lapse in concentration can be disastrous.

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

They really need to improve the pay rates to address this problem. Minimum wage is about a 1000 yen an hour and there are the very expensive health and pension schemes you're obligated to enrol in to boot. It doesn't leave you much left over let alone having the money to raise a family. Some of the low income earners can't afford to pay into them.

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Posted in: Gov't approves hike in household electricity rates See in context

Ok so electric prices up,

Food prices up, terrible exchange rate.

But we should all to our best and take a foreign holiday ( as reported by Japan today)

But no rise in wages


Something doesn't add up.

The minimum wage is still around 1000 yen. It's been like that for a number of years. Then you have to pay into expensive health and pension schemes. You're right. Something doesn't add up.

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Posted in: G7 leaders likely to focus on war in Ukraine, tensions in Asia at summit in Hiroshima See in context

Sung-Yoon Lee, an East Asia expert at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, said that meeting sends a message to China, Russia and North Korea of “solidarity among the democracies in the region and their resolve to stand up to the increasingly threatening autocracies.

Absolutely. I think those protesters are very naive. They seem to not know history. There was a person called Hitler who caused havoc due to a policy of appeasement.

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Posted in: Sauerkraut or sardines? Hiroshima's 'okonomiyaki' goes global for G7 summit See in context

Why do they have to change it? Keep it as it is. When you visit a foreign country you should be trying the food as it is served to the locals. You may not like it but that is party of experiencing a different cuisine different from yours. This is like Chinese diplomats visiting a Western country and you add soy sauce to Western foods to cater for their taste.

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Posted in: Japanese people urged to travel abroad to help airlines, tourism industry See in context

Plane ticket prices have doubled from last year, doubled!

I discovered that when I bought a plane ticket recently. It's incredible!

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Posted in: Japanese people urged to travel abroad to help airlines, tourism industry See in context

I read somewhere only 24 percent of Japanese have passports and out of that 24 percent only 16 percent travel abroad. There are various reasons why many Japanese don't travel abroad and one of them is it is very expensive!

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