@Kestrel, with his long legs, he could probably outrun them all!!
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If he's really sincere in helping better the lives of deprived children, he could have chosen a JOrganization dedicated to uplift the lives of Jchildren. He shld have considered the children in his own backyard. Or better, donate it to his victims' families or to any institution the families may choose. Good to hear on the positive result though.
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I just think to gain a better bargaining power, Korea just like China love to pull on the shameful string of the past. That's basically the difference between Asians and Westerners. Westerners though they never forget the LESSONS of the past, do easily move on. That's why no matter how many GI's died during several conflicts, they still have the heart and courage to help rebuild the countries in which much of their men lost their lives. It's as if to appease them is to give in to their unjust demands. Today's world shld be a win win era not because you hurt me before I'll hurt you now even more kind of thinking.
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Praying for a speedy recovery. Gambatte Dear Emperor!
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To the girls out there who are dating, it's nice to be treated to fancy restos and high end bars, to receive and whine for expensive and branded goods. But think if the money involved are from credit cards and loan sharks. And for the men, no need to be spending more than what you can afford. If a woman likes you, she'll be with you even with less. The man in this article wasn't honest on his financial status to the girl. But no matter what, rest in peace, Lady!!!
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The article says that the Jyouths are influenced by watching videos on drugs and developments abroad. It didn't mention the influenced of some foreign local friends who are habitual users.
@Strangerland drug abuse is a mental health issue? Most times maybe yes because there are many options to offload stress and excess money and time. Take for instance a past co worker who admitted to using marijuana everyday just to be genki in her job and our job then wasn't related to entertainment but a factory. It's a difference in perspective. To be genki is to feed one's body with the right amt of food and enough time for sleep. Buying marijuana or other energy boosters would take away that money for food. And doing a lot of leisure time with friends would lessen the amt of time needed for rest and ultimately money for food.
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Posted in: Bureaucrats are required to have a high sense of ethics and responsibility, yet they do not receive the respect from society that they used to. There has been a decline in morals. See in context
And now again bashing of the Jbureaucrats! This is not peculiar to Japan. It is all over the world. And maybe more so in the home countries of these bashers.
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Oh, I remember the time I was working in a ryokan serving dinner. Went to another task after serving a bowl of rice to a group of old men. Not even a minute after one of them called my attention to complain that it was my hair which was on his bowl of rice. My hair was a bit long and just had it permed while the hair on his bowl was straight and not even an inch long. Just took the bowl and replace it with a new one and heard his group laughed as soon as I turned my back. What else can I do? It was a service job and It was part of the job to be polite no matter what.
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There was a news before that are hordes of NEET's and stay at home mom shies that would be enough to fill up vacancies. And I remember my son calling a certain number for an arubaito in one of the convenience store conglomerates and he was told that there are a lot of foreigners waiting to be hired. Hence, I say that the lack of workers is artificial just so companies can earn more both sideways by hiring from abroad.
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Having a well manicured fingernails that is almost half an inch long and with Swarovski crystals. Knowing that she's at the end of the manufacturing line doing inspection. Wonder how she could do the job well with those extra dainty hands! And also with false eyelashes to match. She's a beauty to watch, though.
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I've worked with someone who said she studied Japanese for 1 year. The she paid a handsome amt to change her student visa to working visa. Her compatriot who is a long time Jresident facilitated the docs. I can't help shaking my head seeing her do whatever she "can" just to assimilate. Any workplace with them around is a rat race. Pity me who can't do what she "can".
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@Thon, definitely! That's the reason why those companies padded the number of disable persons they hire. To get "freebies" from the govt.
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@Simon, I'm sure the bashers if ever were in the highest position of the land could not implement all the changes they're proposing. It's easier to bash but once in there you'll realize you can only do so much. Still my admiration to PM Abe for holding on.
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I agree with some of the posters, staying for so long despite of all the bashings and scandals by some govt officials, his presence as a buffer in international relations and putting to end to what some called revolving door policy are I think worth commending. It's just hard and maybe lonely at the top. All of my congratulations to him!
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Even if the got gave out ransom, they won't publicly admit that. Otherwise the life of everyone outside Japan would be in danger. Even in my home country when ransom was paid, it is euphemistically branded as rent/accomodation as if the victims were billed at 5 star hotel resort!
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He could have had that passion for his job at the expense of national interest. He probably had the worst nightmare of his life all through those yrs in Syria and could have that invincible feeling that he could possibly pass through another worst nightmare. For safety purposes, he shld just write into a book all his experiences as a journalist. Or he could just choose a South East Asian country like mine and go touring and island hopping to paradise like places and he'll probably get what some had underwent. Foreigners in those places are like walking yen/dollars!
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I wish this kind of drug confiscation and arrest is happens to my home country too. Ditto for the Jpolicemen and whoever were instrumental in this bust.
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@Us, those people who are retirees with no pension most probably are getting welfare from the govt maybe even before their 60's. Maybe you mean the homeless. Not all homeless are without pension. They are receiving but perhaps not enough to rent an apt or there are personal and varied reasons why they are so. The most unfair thing is, there are people esp those who are born normal (Imean those who have the normal faculties and can possibly work for their living) yet along the way couldn't provide for themselves and receive welfare from the govt way higher than what a normal retiree is receiving. Imagine receiving something like 10 to 15 man a month. While those who toiled all their lives are receiving around 8 man only or even less! Where is justice really!!!
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The pension system is especially unfair to widows like me. The survivor's pension is bigger than my own pension. Hence, in accordance to the law, I'm receiving only the survivor's pension and my own is forfeited. It's bigger per se but how can you survive decently with less than 10 man a month? And even if they've added my own, it won't even add up to 10 man. Where is justice? So you still see some old people still toiling past 65!
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How can those measures change my situation now as I'm out of work because of combined power and sexual harassment of a so-called "Jleader"? In fairness I won't consider that company as black since I had the chance to work on 2 of their branches and I never saw such! I just consider that as a bad egg in a basket of good ones. But the effect was so great that I'm out of work now.
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He have chosen a better way of dying alone and an inconspicuous timing. What with a foreign dignitary capping his visit with this news on peaceful Japan! And yes to the poster, we shld know our neighbors!! May the departed find peace and a better afterlife. And may the children who witnessed that carnage undergo therapy and still be positive in life!
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If only the govt would allow a valid PR holder(because there are those who have PR but are product of fake marriages or are originally holder of fake marriage and is presently legally married or Jdescendants wanna be) to bring in a relative and that relative be allowed to legally work. That could solve the accommodation and language barrier. Why for all countries many are choosing Japan? Aside from its beauty, peace and proximity to one's native country, it is the work opportunities that entice us to be here. Despite of all the bashings, Japan is still one if not the best choice.
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I can label my older sister as lifelong single. She'll be 64 and really never been married. She's beautiful but bounded by family obligation of caring for old and sick parents. There are stories why people are unmarried. Lifelong single is much a better description than spinster I think.
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@Mizuame, surely some trainees do enter relationship and marry a Jcoworker. In reverence to their contract and trainee sponsor, they finished their contracts and marry the Jcoworker in their native country. Some are marriage for convenience and most are fake marriages. I've seen some myself.
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I used to work in an obentoya in Ichinomiya. The Hancho in my section(I was assigned in the karaage section) always question me if the amount in kilos(We were asked to weigh the furiyou fried chicken pcs twice during our shift) I produced in my place is less than 15 kgs. per weigh in. Her pt was why would I don't consider as waste some pcs which she considered small? She's been there for a number of yrs and most probably been wasting at least 30 kgs of fried pcs of chicken per line. If the finish product is smaller as what she claimed, she could have requested the cut section to make the cuts bigger since raw meat when cooked gets smaller. I just think the obentoyas wastes so much food more than what the article says.
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When your female co worker/s date your immediate male superior and he expect that I do the same. Otherwise, I'll get his ire and get to be assigned the hard tasks or won't give out overtimes. Or worst, my name would be included in the laid off list!
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@Danny, they could be as long as they file necessary docs to their respective embassies. Many do even without wedding ceremonies!
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@Schopenhauer, maybe that's the reason why when China lends money to poor countries, the interest rates are higher. They are giving loans with higher interest rates from the loan they are receiving which has lower interest rates. Business acumen at its best!!
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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context
Since I've read his book Tokyo Vice, I have great admiration on his honesty in writing things as they are. But with this quote, I'm at a loss. Whatever happened to him? Whatever, I still believe Japan is still best. I just think me and the rest of the foreign community who are still here for many decades believe so. Otherwise why still live here? He who believes otherwise might as well go back to his ole hometown!
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