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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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Posted in: What habits by your co-workers annoy you the most at your workplace? See in context

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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Posted in: Taiwan seeks double-murder suspect who fled to Japan See in context

@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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Posted in: Japan calls on ADB to reduce loans to China See in context

@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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Posted in: Taiwan seeks double-murder suspect who fled to Japan See in context

Granting he didn't do any surgical change, he won't go for too long with his looks. This is the ugly side of divorce made by people who can't take rejection. I'm just happy that when I had mine, no such thing happened.

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Posted in: Anti-imperial system See in context

I just think the imperial system is a part of Japanese culture. So I agree with@Ganbare that to be anti imperial is anti Japan. I've worked with some whose nationality now is Japanese with them having Japanese names and all. But when you talk to them for a long time, they'd glorify the food and culture to which they originally belong and bash most about Japan. Some protesters could be some of them perhaps. The peace and harmony and stability just by seeing them even in pictures is enough assurance that everything is going to be alright.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you during the Heisei Era? See in context

Got married to a Jman, gave birth to a son who's now 28, got divorced, got widowed, got a job and jobless right now. Sooo much learning and I must thank all those yrs. Some political awakening both here and in my home country. And right now just before my birthday and just before Heisei ends, wishing to have a new gainful employment with no discrimination at all.

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Posted in: Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for businesses See in context

Unlucky or not, doomed or not, I'd loved to see myself in a wedding dress being married to a Jman who was able to afford a hanko stamping ceremony!! It's 2019, is that still believable?

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Posted in: When you eat sashimi, do you mix your wasabi and soy sauce? Some people say you shouldn’t. See in context

I once served meals to 2 western looking guys. One just ogled at the fest on the table and asked me which to eat first. And I answered whichever pleases you. Nobody wold cut your head off for making an etiquette blunder.

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Posted in: What’s behind all this is that Japan is still very much a male-dominated society and has not gotten used to women who are trying to take leadership roles and are speaking their minds. See in context

I have accepted long long time ago that this country is a male dominated country. I have no problem about it, if only they won't presume that all women can be bought.

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