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Posted in: What are ALTs’ rights during the coronavirus school closures in Japan? See in context

You have to be crazy to be an alt in japan. These are just piss poorly paid "jobs" for children just out of school. Nothing more.

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Posted in: Cathay Pacific may fly only freight to Japan, and no passengers See in context

Cathay Pacific is the worlds's best airline IMHO. I love their Business Class, it is really very good. I hope that they can come through the present crisis in reasonable good shape. I know they are a major freight airline and so good luck to them.

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Posted in: For some Fukushima evacuees, Olympics no reason for cheer See in context

Yes the games are finished for this year, there cannot be any Olympics games. Next year? Who knows what the world situation will be with this virus?? Do we have a workable vaccine or not by then?

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Posted in: Asian stocks plunge; Nikkei falls below 20,000, yen surges See in context

The Yen has traditionally been seen as a safe haven currency in times of turmoil and crises. The Yen has shot up this morning to the 102 yen/dollar range. But Japan does not seem to be doing much in the way of testing for the virus compared to some other countries. If/when the true state of play in this country is revealed, I think the Yen will be massively sold. Myself, my funds are mostly in Swiss francs, with a portion in US Dollars. I do not want to hold the Yen.

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Posted in: How will Japan’s new 'equal pay' law affect ALTs? See in context

Why do any of these children become ALTS?? What a waste of time, they should be starting careers at home. The pay in japan is absolutely atrocious. I heard that interac only pay a disgusting 215,000 yen a month !! Who would flock to japan for that absolute pittance?? Unbelievable.

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

After a lifetime of Judo and Taekwondo practice, I just wouldn't be able to take anyone doing to me what this old git did to to this young guy. I would just gently put the old git on the floor and tell him not to do it again. Wouldn't you? I mean I am a really calm person but there are limits.

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Posted in: Nissan ordered to pay ¥2.4 bil fine over Ghosn pay scandal See in context

ha ha karma! Nissan's disgusting actions coming back to bite it in you know what!

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government's call to cancel or curtail big events is an overreaction to the coronavirus outbreak? See in context

Yes it’s an overreaction. This will just send Japan’s economy into a major economic depression. As for ALTS as someone above mentioned, a manager at Japan’s biggest dispatch agency I know, told me ALTS will not be paid during the school closure period as they are not working. Very harsh isn’t it? I guess there’s an endless supply of ALT kids so they don’t care at all if people quit.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking police motorcycle in Kawasaki See in context

Ha ha, I don't drink, what excuse could I give?

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Posted in: Makers distance themselves from Abe's 600-million mask pledge See in context

Absolutely pointless wearing a mask of any type since your eyes and ears are unprotected and ready to recive the virus. Personally I wear a Hazmat suit when I go out....

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

This is a massive decision made by abe and co. The economy will suffer severe effects as workers stay at home. There was already a worker shortage dur to the low wages on offer.

And I guess the vast army of ALTs will be let go or receive no pay for a month with all schools shut. Time to flee the country no doubt. Harsh times are here all right.

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

Goodbye japanese economy, such as it was. Many workers will now have to stay at home to look after their children for over a month. Nonsensical! Japan is going to suffer a deep Economic Depression.

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Posted in: Hokkaido eyes temporary closure of all schools to fight virus See in context

Won't please the alt kids, they are likely to lose a week's pay I heard.

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Posted in: Hokkaido eyes temporary closure of all schools to fight virus See in context

Schools in Sapporo are now officially closed from Feb 28th to March 6th. A symbolic gesture to make it seem as though they are doing something.

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Posted in: No checkout needed: Amazon opens cashier-less grocery store in Seattle See in context

I want to deal with a real live human. I do not trust these machines, makes me nervous!

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Posted in: University student arrested for molesting woman See in context

What is the thrill of groping a woman? Like most men, I like a woman in my bedroom for an enjoyable time. I just don't get these dudes who get their kicks from molesting or touching.

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Posted in: Hokkaido eyes temporary closure of all schools to fight virus See in context

The overreacting to the virus is just breathtaking and unbelievable! Let's all stay in bed for the next few months and then we'll be safe!

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Posted in: India pours on pageantry with colorful welcome for Trump See in context

I'm sure we are all very happy to see that our great President is doing wonderful things in India. President Trump is just a shoo-in for his second term and these sort of highly successful overseas trips just reinforce his certain electorial success!

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Posted in: Japan's yen may lose status as safe-haven asset amid virus spread See in context

Who would be stupid enough to hold their funds in yen? For several years I have held my funds in Swiss Francs mainly and a part in Dollars. The yen is due for a mighty downward correction. Everybody should divest themselves of the poisoned yen while they still have the chance.

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Posted in: Man on train pushes emergency button after passenger without mask coughs See in context

Ridiculous overreacting. The sheeple just don't think for themselves here in japan.

I will never wear a stupid useless ineffective mask. Besides which the eyes are open to the virus anyway. It's just mental. The virus is mild, even if you do catch it, for most people. I have no worries. More concerned about ordinary flu.

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Posted in: Safe-haven yen takes a hit as hopes for China stimulus grow See in context

It's not a weak Yen it's a strong dollar. The Dollar is up against all currencies these last 2 days.

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Posted in: Japan records ¥1.3 tril trade deficit in January See in context

Oh my god Japan's economy is just going from bad to worse and very rapidly. I am surprised any foreigners, bar those from Asia and english teachers, come to Japan anymore. For sure, I am out of here should the Finance sector tank, for richer pastures

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Posted in: If you have not yet retired, at what age would you like to retire (if at all)? Do you think you would get bored with retirement? See in context

What age= as soon as possible/practical, but as with everything in life, it's a matter of finances.

Would I get bored= no, so many things to do, things to learn and study.

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Posted in: Ghosn used Nissan-Mitsubishi venture to inflate pay: lawyers See in context

Nissan is just so pathetic. Can't wait for the book and film for a good laugh!

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Posted in: Trump's trial is over but the final verdict is not yet in See in context

President Trump is the greatest President we have ever had. We are all so proud of him and his achievements. The dems are going to be totally crushed in November. Plus the GOP will take over both houses and kick out the useless dems.

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Posted in: Senate acquits Trump in historic vote as re-election battle looms See in context

At last this dem farce is over. Our great President Trump can continue with the business of renewing our country. 4 more years from November is just a dead cert as this dem farce has boosted our great president's popularity even more.

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Posted in: Face masks scarce in Japan; resale prices soar See in context

Masks are useless, besides which the virus will get into you via your eyes and ears. People don't cover them do they?

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Posted in: Japan may expand ban on foreigners from China amid virus outbreak See in context

I heard one of my co-workers say this morning "it's about time Japan blocked entry to the country to all non-Japanese to keep us safe"! Ignorance of the highest level but I couldn't be bothered to get into an argument.

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Posted in: ANA to slash flights to Beijing from Tokyo as coronavirus spreads See in context

Demand must be so low now. Nobody wants to fly to China anymore.

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Posted in: Japan to amend laws to help elderly work until 70 See in context

Urging businesses, what a joke. Companies don't want workers past 45.

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