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Posted in: Apple’s new iPhones get faster chips, better cameras and new charging ports See in context

Apple keeps bringing out new iphones to entice the masses to part with their cash. I am still using my iphone 6S Plus from 2015 and it still does everything I want from it. Just changed the battery twice, no other maintenance.

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Posted in: If you haven't already retired, at what age do you hope to, or would like to retire? See in context

Well certainly before 60 when we still have our physical and mental health and can enjoy our freedom. All us foreigners in Japan are earning huge salaries in our careers and have built up huge savings. Who wants to keep working when we don't have to?

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Posted in: Japanese economic growth for April-June smashes expectations See in context

12 years ago I worked as an English teacher for 3M per year which now seems an incredibly low wage

Impossible to believe that anyone would work for such an appallingly low wage. I don't believe it.

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Posted in: Immune cells that fight cancer become exhausted within hours of first encountering tumors, new research shows See in context

JT congratulations! Thanks. Really interesting article!

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Posted in: Why no two people or cells age same way, and what this means for anti-aging interventions See in context

JT congratulations! Brilliant, fascinating article! More of these high level type articles please!

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Posted in: Japanese finance minister warns against excessive yen weakening See in context

Tourists coming to Japan say that everything is so cheap here, bargain basement of the world. I wonder what the J people think about this with a true 12 to 14% inflation rate, and real wages dropping like a stone?

All my funds are in Dollars and Swiss Francs. It must be the case that every foreigner in Japan hold funds in anything but the poison yen. The yen is just a total basket case now.

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Posted in: Disney use of AI for Marvel TV series sparks anxiety in Hollywood See in context

AI is going to turn the job market upside down. It will become so difficult to add value, that there will be no other option than to introduce a universal basic income. Well, maybe 2 options, universal basic income, or a huge underclass of unemployable rodent people

Yes totally agree. The future is very bleak. Societies will become very violent and dangerous with vast hoards of jobless people without money, hope and any future. The only thriving industries will be those of people control ie police, prison officers and those working in the court system.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan sticks to ultra-loose monetary policy See in context

150 and beyond, here we come!

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Posted in: Bank of Japan sticks to ultra-loose monetary policy See in context

wow the yen is almost at 142 now! Going down down down.

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Posted in: Asian shares track Wall Street rally, Tokyo's benchmark at 33-year high See in context

Who cares about the damn stock market? It's just a bubble like they all are and will collapse shortly.

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Posted in: Top executive quits Nissan in new leadership turmoil See in context

I bet Ghosn is laughing at this news! Karma for Nissan.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan sticks to ultra-loose monetary policy See in context

I doubt that anybody holds on to the basket case yen, other that what is needed for daily requirements. We all hold our funds in Swiss Francs and US Dollars. Proper currencies.

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Posted in: Memorial service marks 22 years since fatal stabbing rampage at Ikeda school See in context

I remember this shocking incident. Takuma was able to just simply walk into the school and begin executing the kids. No security at all.

RIP to these poor victims.

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Posted in: 62% of Japan firms raise base pay in FY2023 See in context

It's just getting worse and worse every year!!

As far as ALTs are concerned and the never ending dropping of salaries, it is said to be simply a matter of supply and demand. Employers can continue to drop salaries year after year knowing that the army of young fresh out of university young things will keep on coming to Japan. They are so thrilled and excited to be there and just don't care at all about money. Win win for employers!

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Posted in: Who do you think is currently the most powerful world leader? See in context

Certainly not biden. He's just a senile moron. The most powerful person is of course President Xia.

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Posted in: Half of unmarried people under 30 in Japan do not want kids: survey See in context

I hope they don’t want a pension either.

Young people don't pay pension premiums, they just save their own money.

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Posted in: Police urge cyclists to wear helmets ahead of mandate on April 1 See in context

You have to wonder how much the helmet makers are contributing to LDP funds.......

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Posted in: Depression too often gets deemed 'hard to treat' when medication falls short See in context

Yes a really excellent article, a very interesting read. More please!

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Posted in: If you work for a company in Japan, has management either given you a pay raise or indicated that they will do so this year? See in context

Stormcrow, my friend is unlucky enough to be an english teacher in Japan. He was told by his company that of course there will be no pay rise and that he should just consider himself lucky and  privileged to be able to work in Japan.

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Posted in: Man dies after being beaten on sidewalk in Yokohama See in context

These days it's imperative to learn how to fight. MMA or boxing or Judo.

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Posted in: Prices to rise in Japan on over 10,000 food items See in context

When will there be a massive wave of strike action to force inflation matching wage rises out of stubborn employers, as in normal countries? Or will the Japanese workers simply continue to gaman themselves?

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Posted in: Prices to rise in Japan on over 10,000 food items See in context

With the continuing massive price rises and no wage rises, something will have to give. Society will become very unstable, with street robberies and house robberies becoming prevalent everywhere. Inevitable.

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Posted in: Garland appoints special counsel to investigate Biden documents See in context

bye bye biden

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Posted in: Japan has a long tradition of bonding over alcohol. But people are starting to wise up. See in context

I don't drink alcohol, never have. There is life without alcohol.

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in November at sharpest pace in 8 years See in context

So many foreigners like myself are working in financial institutions and earning over 10M a year plus. This is the norm. I heard that english teachers in Japan earn as little as 3.6M a year and it's hard to image such a low salary. But I guess english teachers are all young and don't care about money, they are just thrilled and excited to be in Japan.

As for Japanese workers, they never complain, never strike, they just obey. So wages will never rise in any meaningful way. Nothing will ever change.

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Posted in: Chickenpox and shingles virus lying dormant in your neurons can reactivate and increase your risk of stroke See in context

Excellent informative article. More of this type of article please JT!

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Posted in: Migrants dropped near Vice President Harris' home on Christmas Eve See in context

Harris, in charge of the border but she has never been there. Hopeless but she ticked all the boxes.

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Posted in: Prices set to rise in Japan for over 7,000 food items on cost hike See in context

Doesn't matter how much prices rise, salaries/wages will not rise and the Japanese people will gaman themselves, plus the J government will always come out with their joke inflation figures of 3%.

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Posted in: Japan inflation at 3.7% in November; highest since 1981 See in context

The true inflation rate is around 12% to 14%. No one believes these government make belief figures.

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Posted in: Winter bonuses at Japanese firms see sharpest increase in 40 years See in context


I have a friend who has the misfortune to be working at one of the most well known ALT companies in Japan. He told me his monthly salary is a terrible just over 210, 000 a month. I was just wondering if he received a large bonus to make up for the appalling salary?

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