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Posted in: Japan warns of swiftly rising COVID cases; Tokyo raises alert to highest level See in context

Why don't they just extend working hours to at least 12 hours a day? That seems to be the only thing deemed perfectly safe in all their 'restrictions'. Cancel all express trains too so everyone has to use the local, since commuting is also 100% safe and necessary during a pandemic. Everyone should either be on a train, in their office or in their apartment with the lights and AC off to save electricity.

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Posted in: Reviewing the economics of air conditioner use See in context

When I visit a hotel I always set he AC to freezing and full blast, hell yeah, I'm not paying the bill. At home I have to be more careful ;_;

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Posted in: Japanese wasabi farmers fear for future amid climate change See in context


Pretty sure a 70 year old farmer is more in touch with what affects his crop than you are.

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Posted in: Wild species relied on by billions at risk, report warns See in context

Bloody hell that's a big fish

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Posted in: Japan delays domestic travel plan after COVID cases surge See in context

Numbers always seem to go up just BEFORE holiday periods. Is someone high up cooking the books in the hopes that people will cancel their holiday plans, leaving tourist places empty for his family and him to enjoy?

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Posted in: Fatty 'katsuo' fish may foreshadow climate change, threat to Japan's sushi See in context

@Kobe White Bar Owner

So rainy season is back on because of one downpour in the morning?

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Posted in: Large number of shotgun-style shells found at Abe shooter's home See in context

Not one article I've read so far has mentioned mental illness at all.

Yamagami's mother became a follower around 1998 and that the family suffered financial ruin sometime around 2002

So he was brooding over this for twenty years?

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Posted in: Japanese company uses video game-style hit point badges to help employees know who needs a hand See in context

4 day work week, 10am-4pm, no overtime, guilt free holidays and sick days, cut out the useless meetings, emails, conference calls etc. No managers or supervisors just team leaders. That's a good start and everyone should be close to full health most of the time. Most companies aren't doing anything important, just generating wealth for CEOs and owners. No need for people working at banks and insurance companies etc to be putting in lifedraining hours.

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Posted in: U.N. projects world population will reach 8 billion on Nov 15 See in context

Just imagine what plagues are cooking up in some of these unsanitary places.

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Posted in: Man turns himself to police, saying he killed woman in love hotel See in context

Japan needs to raise the minimum wage NOW for a million reasons, but one that stands out is so young woman don't have to resort to these situations to make ends meet.

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Posted in: Are 4-day workweeks, flexible hours the future of full-time? See in context

4 day, 25-30 hour work weeks are more than enough time to get everything done. I want to spend more time with my family, friends and in nature. So many utterly pointless hours wasted at an office simply running out the clock. I hate how this article talks about pay cuts, as if companies have assigned every dollar fairly and working less hours would disrupt their perfect balance. I doubt we will see a huge change in our lifetime, there are simply too many vampires at the top. But starting the process now so our children can live more freely is the best we can do.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe in critical condition after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

A coworker already has a newspaper on their desk with this story in it. Can't believe how fast they wrote up, printed and distributed the newspaper!

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Posted in: Whale meat is still not recognized as an ordinary food product. I want to spread the word about delicious ways to eat whale meat, even to people who have never tried it before. See in context

I agree that Japan should focus on wild boar or venison, both are far more delicious than whale. I was also in a situation where I was obliged to eat whale. To me it actually kind of tasted like wild boar, though not as strong. I saw absolutely no reason why someone would want to eat it over pork.

I find it funny that lamb is still unpopular in Japan. People even say it smells bad or tastes funny. I guess it depends what you grew up with, but you can't tell me natto, daikon, and the large variety of guts and excretions they fry up here are fine, but a lamb chop smells gross!

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Posted in: Elon Musk deal to buy Twitter in danger: report See in context

All talk, as usual. How will the Musk Internet Defense Force spin this one?

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Posted in: What word or phrase annoys you when you hear someone use it? See in context

'I mean...' 'It's almost as if...' 'Maybe, just maybe...' anything like that.

Not so common here but absolutely hate seeing these.

Also when someone says, 'That's a big no no.' Nothing makes you sound like a bigger childish wimp.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe in critical condition after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

When I heard shotgun I immediately thought it might have been an old dude who can't live on his pension like the shinkansen fire bomb a few years ago.

Hopefully he will recover but it's not sounding good. Must have been terrifying for all the people there too, terrible.

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Posted in: Many won't rely on virtual options after COVID: AP-NORC poll See in context

Live streaming bands was pretty cool at the start of the pandemic, especially when they were free. I'd love to see that continue, but there should also be shows where the bands know they aren't being filmed so they can get loose and rowdy.

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Posted in: Penguins at Kanagawa aquarium piqued by penny-pinching menu See in context


That's it. Changing the penguins because their salaries couldn't possibly take a hit.

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Posted in: MI5, FBI chiefs warn over China in rare joint address See in context

There's not going to be much to fight over at the rate China is buying up foreign land. A lot of Australia is already owned by China. I'm not sure about the US but I've heard it's similar in Canada.

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Posted in: Tokyo school swaps fresh fruit for jelly as food prices soar See in context

Prices are 'soaring' because CEOs and shareholders cannot possibly make a little less money than usual so everyone else must suffer.

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Posted in: Fresh COVID outbreaks put millions under lockdown in China See in context

The more I hear about China, the more glad I am that I don't live there.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to launch survey on weight, dietary habits of young women See in context


though i do try to eat more healthy than the majority but the portion of my meal is always way larger than the others’ its because of a higher appetite,

This is why you can't lose a gram. You are eating more calories than you are burning. Doesn't matter if it's excess calories from fried chicken or from broccoli, you still won't lose weight.

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Posted in: 27-year-old woman indicted over murder of 3 daughters See in context


What a terrible opinion. The only person that can prevent murder is the murderer themselves. The husband can't be expected to watch his wife like a fourth child. I know there's no chance of him reading your comment, but knowing people think things like that makes me sick.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to launch survey on weight, dietary habits of young women See in context

They aren't dumb, they know the reason why no one is having kids now is because it's almost impossible to do it comfortably in Japan, what's the real purpose here?

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Posted in: CBD takes root in Japan as gov't mulls easing laws for cannabis meds See in context

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Shigeyuki Goto has said the government will "strengthen crackdowns and promote comprehensive measures" against drug abuse.

There are approximately 1000000 other issues that present a greater threat to Japan. Choose a different battle.

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Posted in: Court dismisses sex business firm's damages claim over virus handout snub See in context

The government refuses to help these places even though Japan is FAMOUS for it's government workers visiting these places. Many young girls are funneled into these places because Japan's unemployment scheme, social safety nets and part time (and full time) wages are so pitiful. Fresh batches for DIET members every end of the month when rent is due.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises alert level amid resurgence in COVID-19 cases See in context

They expect everyone to stay home, but also don't use your AC or lights? The Jgov seems to think we are all Mole People.

"An increase in COVID-19 cases during the sixth wave (from January to March) had a great impact on social activities. We need to make sure that it does not get repeated," Omagari said at the metropolitan government's meeting.

Why is he saying that like their stupid restrictions are inevitable? Just don't put them in place again, you don't have to!

Still find it hilarious how before the Olympics Tokyo was down to double digit numbers, yet a year later after all the vaccines and more soft lockdowns we are still at 4000 a day. I don't think this says anything about the efficacy of the vaccines, it just means they've been LYING the entire time. We've got no way of knowing if the vaccines are working because the books are so damn cooked.

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Posted in: Japan's perilously low birthrate a forgotten election issue See in context

That's 40万 a month salary*

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Posted in: Japan's perilously low birthrate a forgotten election issue See in context

40 hours a week should be 40万 minimum, UBI, WFH, no zangyo, no managers just team leaders, cap rent, no key money, slash shaken, bukatsu one day a week, 4 day work week NOW! Disagree? Don't care, all that is completely doable and should be the bare minimum.

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Posted in: S Korean office workers hit convenience stores as 'lunch-flation' bites See in context


Yes it is. There needs to be more stories about prices going up while wages are staying the same or going lower. People need to get angry about it for something to happen.

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