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Posted in: ANA Travel Wellness Initiative to help passengers recharge while in-flight See in context

Long haul flights in cattle class are always going to be hell. Unavoidable. I always fly in business class whenever possible, I still feel vaguely human when I arrive at my destination. Can be pricey thought when it's not a business trip. But worth it I think.

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Posted in: Trump says Britain must get Brexit 'carve out' for U.S. trade deal See in context

Trump has got an incredibly high level support here in the US. CNN is just a joke "news" station now. Just a comedy show.

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Posted in: There has been a lot of discussion in the media that the Tokyo Olympic women's marathon (Aug 2, 2020) and the men’s marathon on Aug 9, will be particularly grueling for runners and spectators because of how hot it usually is in Tokyo that time of year. Do you think some people are overreacting or is it a valid concern? See in context

Jeez there will be some deaths amongst the marathon runners I predict. The Olympics should be held in the cooler October as in 1964. Why not this time too? Has the the demands of American TV won the day for them?

I regularly run marathons, I just can't imagine running in 40C + and high humidity. It's criminal to have a marathon in such conditions.

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Posted in: What behavior or habits by passengers on planes bother you the most? See in context

Travel by business class, much more relaxing. I always use business class for my fairly frequent business trips and nearly always for private trips too. Don't ever have any problems with anyone else.

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Posted in: Why being an ALT is awesome See in context

It's unbelievable that in 2018 the Japanese government still wastes billions of yen on this stupid "scheme" that gives long holidays to these kids. The government has no money, get rid of this "scheme" which is way past its sell by date.

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Posted in: Romanians apologize to Japan's prime minister over visit See in context

yeah it's a case of " we are very sorry, now give us our 3 billion dollars that you give out wherever you go"

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Posted in: No. of suicides in Japan in 2017 drops for 8th consecutive year See in context

I know of 2 suicides in 2017. One was a second grade High School Boy who hanged himself in his bedroom but the death was recorded as complications due to pneumonia to save the family from the shame of admitting the suicide to outsiders. The other one was a 19 year old University student who hanged himself but the death was recorded as due to heart failure.

I have no idea how common this might be but it does indicate that the suicide figures may not be totally accurate.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate lowest since 1993 See in context

Great comments by all and sundry on here, pleasure reading them.

Yes absolutely ridiculous to claim that there is an economic recovery in Japan. Things are just as bad or worse as ever for all but a select few. We have the situation here where over 40% of workers are forced to be on crap part time/contract positions with criminally low rates of pay. And the bosses claim that there's a worker shortage in the country! For instance my local Tsuruha has been advertising forever for new full time workers for the store. The rate of pay? A magnificent 756 yen an hour! Who's going to be motivated enough by this to get out of bed in the morning?

The whole thing would be a comedy show if it weren't so serious.

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Posted in: Abe gov't marks 5th anniversary, vowing to keep priority on economy See in context

Kobe White Bar Owner

Laughed out loud at your comment and everybody in the office stared at me!

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Posted in: Calls for same-sex marriage legalization growing in Japan See in context

Well let's face it, our lives here are very short , after 70 to 80 years or so, your're dead. So you should be able to do what you want and what makes you happy. Personally I want a woman in my bed but if the same sex partner is your thing, then legally or otherwise, there should be no impediments. But, this being Japan, legal same sex marriage legislation will take years and years.

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows at annualized rate of 1.4% in July-Sept See in context

The economy is awful here for many people. But we are always showered with these optimistic figures. Just a game.

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Posted in: High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: U.S. guidelines See in context

yes nothing but a ploy so that Big Pharma can sell more drugs.

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Posted in: Japan doesn’t seem to want long-term residents anymore. Why would you do that at a time when you’re doing Tokyo as an international financial center? See in context

No foreigner in Japan would tell the tax authorities about assets or inheritances they have in other countries. Screw that. Why should they get their hands on funds which have nothing to do with Japan?? As said above, they just give away all taxpayers money anyway.

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Posted in: Japan pension fund logs Y4.4 tril profit in July-Sept See in context

Like all foreigners in Japan, I have made huge gains investing in the stock market but of course, you have know when to realize our gains.

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Posted in: Japanese stocks, long shunned, attracting billions of foreign dollars See in context

Yes this year has been great and we foreigners have all made a great deal of money investing in Japanese stocks. Happy days for us all!

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Posted in: Security and trade challenge Trump on Asia trip See in context

Let’s welcome President Trump with open arms. At last we have a president who says what he thinks. So refreshing compared to the limp twisted presidents we’ve had for the past couple of decades.

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Posted in: Trump, in new dig, mocks N Korean leader as 'Rocket Man' See in context

Who cares?? We can try to insult Kim all we want, he doesn't give a damn. He does precisely what he wants. Calling him Rocket Man is mild. We are just so impotent in the face of North Korea and all the leaders know it. 10 years from now, the US president will be different but Kim will still be there doing his thing as ever.

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Posted in: Antimissile battery deployed in Hakodate after N Korean missile tests See in context

Yes it's all a show. Japan and all other countries can do precisely nothing about Kim and his games. Not if they don't want millions dead and most of Asia a smoldering ruin. So each time Kim sends a missile over Japan or anywhere we get the same speeches and indignation from our so called leaders. Really why don't they just make a CD and play it everytime? This PAC system is just more of the farce.

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Posted in: Survey reveals Japanese women’s ideal husband is surprisingly ordinary See in context

So many gold-diggers around in Japan. Some of my friends who also earn high salaries in the Finance sector, just fob them off by telling them they earn 850 yen an hour in a conbini. You can't see them then for the dust as they run off!

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Posted in: Abe sticks to plan to hike consumption tax in October 2019 See in context

Yes let's put Abe on a 1 year contract at 800 yen an hour so that he can experience the real world. These old gits are so out of touch with the reality of the daily lives of ordinary people. Let him then "enjoy" a 10% consumption tax.

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Posted in: Struggling Singapore Airlines offers crew unpaid leave See in context

SA and Cathay Pacific are the world's best IMHO, but both are struggling these days......

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Posted in: I started thinking about it after I started high school. I was in a school that focused on going to university, so we were taught to study, go to university and get a job. I'll stay here until I retire. See in context

Well it's not surprising is it really? Japan has decided to have over 40% of its working population on crappy part-time/ contract positions. Youngsters don't want to be in this group of losers if they can possibly help it. So thy look for stability, even if it means being worked to death, the norm in Japanese workplaces.

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Posted in: Gov't starts airing announcement on protection from N Korean missile attack See in context

Oh yes, this will really work when NK sends their nuclear missile into Tokyo!

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Posted in: Japan Inc says shrinking domestic market, worker shortage are biggest headaches See in context

Worker shortage? Pay more, you morons! = No worker shortage.

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Posted in: Do you think a man holding a door open for a woman, holding her chair for her when she sits down, or giving up his seat for her are outmoded gestures of politeness or do they still have their place in society? See in context

Can be confusing though. I mean I generally give up a seat on the subway if an old person or pregnant person needs it. But last Tuesday evening I was coming home from work and I tried to give up my seat to this old grey haired lady but she snapped at me saying " What do you think, I'm old and weak and just have to sit down?" She refused the offer of the seat. I felt somewhat humiliated.

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Posted in: Work well, live better: How fitness helps your physical and mental health See in context

Good post Maria!

I love running and Taekwondo but sometimes the hardest thing is to motivate yourself to start. But yes afterwards I have a shower and feel great!

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Posted in: Truck driver gets 3 years in prison for killing 9-year-old boy while playing Pokemon Go See in context

3 years? Should be 23 years

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Posted in: Inflation gives BOJ buyer's remorse See in context

Ludicrous isn't it? They expect inflation will cause people to spend more! If prices rise, people will spend less, obvious to everyone except for our illustrious powers-that-be. Anyway ,judging from my weekly trip to the supermarket, I would say prices are rising steadily or product quality/size/numbers falling.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off now than you were this time last year? See in context

This has been a great year for me. Big pay rise and bonus as our company is doing so well. And the collapse in the yen has been the icing on the financial cake. I guess most people here are doing well, so good luck to all next year, let's hope the good times continue!

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Posted in: My girlfriend told me, if this is all I make, we can’t get married, we can’t have children. Honestly, it was pretty shocking to think about. See in context

Since japan approves of the situation whereby over 40% of the working population can only find crap part time and contract jobs, of course great swathes of people have no hope for the future. This why the economy will never recover and simply continue to its straight dive into the abyss.

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