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Posted in: Idol singer from Keyakizaka46 says she’s now working as a Tokyo bar hostess See in context

She will thrive and become a mama-san in a few years and reach her Nirvana.

Meanwhile the rest of us in JT just keep plugging away.

Good on her!

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Posted in: Japan to invest ¥1 tril in human resources development over 5 years See in context

what a way to say you're going to invest a lot of money into nothing to do nothing about nothing.

Yep. And 1 trillion yen will be needed to do this. More ineptitude and incompetence from the government.

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Posted in: 'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie' See in context

As a man who rides a shopping bike and often leaves his kappa raincoat in the basket, I wish he'd stolen mine

And what if it rained ? He'd be one up on ya.

then who'd have the last laugh.

See comment above.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan to raise prices on 60% of menu items See in context

Oh, the absolute horror! What will people do ??

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Posted in: New hires at Lawson convenience stores to work remotely via avatars See in context

Beaming your avatar into a store virtually doesn't meet Lawson's group philosophy of, "We make people happy in the communities where we live together."

They need to revise that. I suggest:

"We beam into a store via avatar. You shall have no real service and be happy."

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Posted in: Japanese convenience store will now ask customers who ask for a fork to use chopsticks instead See in context

Why not make wooden forks?

Because they will come mostly from/Vietnam/Russia as well, just like the chopsticks do. Up to 70 years to grow a tree for your wooden fork! Why don't FM etc just up forks/chopsticks at all, and show they really care about the environment!??

Or as a customer, never accept a plastic bag, fork, chopsticks NOT MATTER WHAT THEY ARE MADE FROM. And try taking your own bowl/utensils when getting Oden (which is delicious, by the way) but watch the staff freak out and not know what to do.

This is just more environmental posturing on both sides.

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Posted in: Japanese convenience store will now ask customers who ask for a fork to use chopsticks instead See in context

Cost cutting to the max. Didn't bother reading the article when I saw the pic of the connection to the planet and environment in the graphic. As if they care. If they did, they'd get rid of the huge amount of plastic in the packaging and not even offer plastic bags at all. FamilyMart: More customers would happily flock to your stores because they would feel secure in knowing you actually care. But you don't do you?

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Posted in: Japan to run new domestic travel subsidy program until late December See in context

None of this is based on any sciencs whatsoever. Infuriating.

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Posted in: Tokyo tightens security for Abe's funeral See in context

Was going to go into central Tokyo tomorrow to do some work in a nice cafe somewhere over a beer or two. This has put piad to that idea!

As a foreigner want to be harrassed by the police? Be in Tokyo tomorrow.

And what a huge waste of public time, money and resources.

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Posted in: The controversy over Abe's state funeral See in context

If Kishida goes through with this, I hope that this proves the tipping point opens a new age of protest againt this sort of corruption, lies and ineptitude.

Costing more than the Queen's funeral is beyond disgusting.

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Posted in: SoftBank launches used car subscriptions as telecom growth slows See in context

Most owners keep their cars for 10 years and then scrap them.

William Wallace,speak for yourself !

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will ease COVID border controls from Oct 11 See in context

But there's a new omicron variant and there are so many unknowns. And won't be long before it is the dominant strain.

New vaccines might not even be effective against it (or BA.1 either, for that matter).

And they saying winter is probably gonna produce an entirely new variant.

Oh, Japan what are you gonna do now?

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Posted in: Japan holds 1st tourism expo in 2 years to aid virus-hit industry See in context

...four French Tourists....With a Japanese chaperon. The phrases "so cheap" is said a lot.

Are you sure they're French? Not English?

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign guests to wear face masks at Abe state funeral See in context

Just provide them Abenomasks, a big inventory

Comment of the month! Almost spewed my beer everywhere.

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign guests to wear face masks at Abe state funeral See in context

When in Rome, etc. Hopefully they all just decide to not come.

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Posted in: Japan intervenes in currency market buying yen for dollars for first time since 1998 See in context

Keep it at zero. House loan on floating 35 yr fixed. Actually this is a huge reason me thinks. Any rise at all is gonna mean most home owners are gonna go under.

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Posted in: Japan reports 77,383 new coronavirus cases See in context

Case numbers are no longer representative, we can see this in the lower testing rate and high positivity. Most importantly serious cases are in decline.

This. Many I know had some kind of symptom and got tested and we're positive but many didn't bother. Heck, the majority of people don't even have symptoms.

This daily public announcement of numbers has got to stop Japan. Utter meaningless.

And while you're at it get rid of those damned amident room temperature measuring devices that use to take your body temperature(LOL) that are literally everywhere. And alcohol sanitizer! Complete madness.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

Been seeing more and more people without masks outdoors in the past week or so around Kanto. A lot of people seem to be doing what I do and put a mask on just as they get in the train and remove it when alighting. Have a feeling there must have been some variety show with talents on TV who started a trend. It's the only reason I can think of.

The next stage is to get the talento doing skits on how to remove masks when indoors (and no, Izakaya don't count LOL).

Baby steps Japan.

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Posted in: Apple to raise app prices in Japan, eurozone, other markets See in context

Get the Honor 40 pro for 600US or so. 300mhz refresh rate... And always on screen? This has been around for years now! Apple is just a marketing king. But with these ridiculous price hikes Andriod makers are going to murder Apple in Japan now.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

Yep and so the regulations come. Expect them thick and fast, and expect authorities to introduce compulsory tracking apps when flying next and other permanent measures to control "possible" spread of future outbreaks of whatever else they deem to be threatening. All to protect YOU.

This is has been planned all along.

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Posted in: How the new bivalent COVID vaccines work See in context

Nevee had flu until I got the shot 20 years ago. So never again, and never had it before or since. Concerning Covid so pissed off I got the two shots (second almost killed me, and only reason I got it was due to severe peer pressure). Never had Covid before that, and not since, that I know of. Know heaps of people who have had Covid, and 2,3 and planning for fourth shot.

And what is this new shot? Effective against severe symtpms against Omicron (which is no worse than a light cold) which they estimate has got to 90% of people anyway,, vaxed or not.

No more for me. But if you want to get vaxed, be my guest!

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Posted in: Restaurant robots can soon replace key jobs See in context

I don't get the point of this article. Seems like click bait. According the Oxford Language Dictionary, a robot is:

(especially in science fiction) a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically.

"the robot closed the door behind us"

This article is discussing automation.

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Posted in: Miyazaki’s 'Spirited Away' continues to delight fans, inspire animators 20 years after U.S. premiere See in context

How does a modern household in Japan even watch these movies nowadays?

Ve 'ave our vays.

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Posted in: Japan saw fewer than 400,000 births in Jan-June period See in context

You actually don't need much money to raise children. People are just rejecting the very notion of having a family.

Sure throughout history most of us were dirt poor. Humans have always chosen kids. They are no longer, it seems. This runs deeper.

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Posted in: Japan saw fewer than 400,000 births in Jan-June period See in context

Who in the right state of mind would want to give up the good food, good night outs, good drinks, good fun friends, and good vibes for having a child???

Actually this is one of the causes. Younger generations only think about the now, and are interested in themselves. It's a kind of narcissism that's being accelerated by social media too. And it's only going to get worse as everybody gets onto the Metaverse.

You actually don't need much money to raise children. People are just rejecting the very notion of having a family.

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

My 80+ years old parents just decided to take a trip from Canada to Europe last week.

Booked the flights, Airbnb, airport pickup ( their old no longer drive) etc. . all in a few days online.

Yeah but for us working folk or students (basically non-retired people), we plan well in advance. So Japan just not on the list this year when other places are fully open for business.

If they think that flinging the doors open (still with some restrictions or some strong "urging") is going to suddenly bring hoards of tourists, they're mistaken. Japan is just too much trouble.

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Posted in: Japan saw fewer than 400,000 births in Jan-June period See in context

Its accelerating and can't be stopped now.

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

Dear Japanese policy makers

It takes MONTHs if not YEARS to prepare a travel plan. With your dilly-dallying around, people are not going to come back any time soon in the numbers you expect.

And by the way, how many vaccines will one need? At least three, right? And then the new one. And will one need masks and a tracking app?

Then forgeddabodit!

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Posted in: 2 dead, over 70 injured after typhoon slams southwestern Japan See in context

Back to the grind.

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