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Posted in: Alligator in Nagoya zoo pond swallowed hundreds of tossed coins See in context

Piggy bank, out! Alligator bank, in! Will the coins come out of its poop? Pity the beast if it won't!

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Posted in: New service pays 'bounty hunters' to catch shoplifters and train gropers See in context

I once tailed a young man when I saw him putting a box of goodies under his shirt. He was wearing an oversized shirt but if you really look at him there's something bulging under his shirt. I just decided to wait for him near the cashier. He was about to go to the cashier when our eyes met. He turned around and when he came to the cashier's lane again, I noticed there's nothing under his shirt anymore. I kept on looking at his other side thinking he might have put it differently. I was at his back and I saw his wallet is better looking than mine. After he went to the bagging table I whisper to the cashier that that man had something under his shirt a while ago. And the man literally run after hurriedly bagging his groceries. And I thought that it was the end of it. The next time I went shopping there, someone seemed to be following me around. And I noticed that for several times. That's why even if I saw someone doing the deed, I don't inform anybody ever again. What are their cameras for? Just like yesterday, there was a couple, a man and a woman in their probably 40's who kept on coming and going inside the supermarket with practically nothing on their hands. How I do I know? I was waiting for my son to fetch me for a good 30 mins. sitting on a chair near the powder room.

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Posted in: Muted in country of their birth, three women try to find their voice See in context

I just feel there's a certain kind of hypocrisy in advocating that long timers with no Jcitizenship be allowed to vote. Allowing them to vote would be giving them a greater chance to continue their native countries' issues against Japan legally. The young people have great ideas but sometimes the real motive is smoke screened.

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Posted in: Abe becomes 2nd-longest-serving Japanese prime minister See in context

The mere fact that he ended the so called revolving door policy and as @Oldman said, standing up to all the bashings through all these yrs is highly commendable. Wishing the best for him!

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Posted in: FBI takes down Nigerian fraudsters in $46 mil case involving Japanese woman See in context

@Kestrel, with his long legs, he could probably outrun them all!!

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Posted in: Hanged killer still provoking human rights debate 22 years after execution See in context

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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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

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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Posted in: Emperor emeritus suffered bout of cerebral anemia last week See in context

Praying for a speedy recovery. Gambatte Dear Emperor!

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Posted in: Man who dumped wife’s body in sea admits using wedding money to pay off debt See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese students more open to use of marijuana, survey suggests See in context

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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Posted in: They're quick to take offense at small things and their ‘rage’ switch is turned on. Then they vent the anger on workers who can’t talk back. See in context

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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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

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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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest clothes or accessories you have seen staff wear to your workplace? See in context

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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Posted in: Japan to stiffen rules for foreign university student enrollment after 1,600 go AWOL See in context

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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Posted in: Japan toughens checks on disabled workers' employment See in context

@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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Posted in: Abe becomes 3rd equal longest-serving PM with 2,720 days in office See in context

@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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Posted in: Abe becomes 3rd equal longest-serving PM with 2,720 days in office See in context

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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Posted in: Ex-captive journalist denied passport issuance for 5 months See in context

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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Posted in: Ex-captive journalist denied passport issuance for 5 months See in context

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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Posted in: Record amount of stimulants seized in Shizuoka; 7 Chinese men arrested See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't council says pensions inadequate in aging society See in context

@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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Posted in: Gov't council says pensions inadequate in aging society See in context

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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Posted in: Japan beefs up measures against workplace harassment See in context

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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Posted in: More details emerge over Kawasaki stabbing rampage, killer See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese firms resist hiring foreign workers under new immigration law: poll See in context

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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Posted in: Japan to stop labeling people unmarried at 50 as 'lifelong singles' See in context

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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Posted in: Chinese trainee gets suspended term for abandoning baby See in context

@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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Posted in: Work of art See in context

I admire the beauty of those art, the amount of time and money spent and the pain they'd undergone.

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Posted in: Japanese firms getting serious about food waste; households lag behind See in context

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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