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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Koike plans to run for third term: source See in context

It’s the same thing that happens over and over again, people get hooked on the power and try to hold on as long as possible.

She’s too old and should definitely retire.

Jonathan PrinMay 25  05:20 pm JST

Promote child-rearing ?

In Tokyo, 2nd child’s nursery for ages 0-2 became no-cost. That’s a big saving for many families. Public and pivate education fees became no-cost (up-to-a-point), and so on.

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Posted in: Pair of premium Yubari melons sell for ¥3 million See in context

Nothing premium about those melons except the price. Typical Japanese way.

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Posted in: 'Flying car' makes Tokyo debut at international tech event See in context

Flying vehicles are expected to become part of the next generation of human transportation and will be effective in dealing with traffic congestion and delivering supplies to disaster areas, the Tokyo metropolitan government and other organizers said.

No, nobody with a mind expects flying vehicles to become anything. People cannot handle a 2D road, flying is out of the question. Even if you put a robot in charge, no, as the dangers will be too high. A collision in mid air? Hitting a building?

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Posted in: Japan gov't again ordered to pay damages over Cameroon detainee death See in context

It should be illegal to appeal such a ruling for the government as for sure it cost more to lodge the appeal, lawyers, etc than the actual sum. Waste of taxpayer money when everybody knows they should pay more for each and every death in detention.

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Posted in: Toshiba to cut 6% of domestic workforce in big revamp after delisting See in context

RakurakuToday  09:23 am JST

almakukacToday  07:50 am JST

They also start to cut wages of employees who are not in senior management position when they reach their late forties to early fifties. The cut is progressive but can reach 30 % to 50% over the years!

You mean illegally, right? Otherwise that's against the law.

Not illegally. At least I know that the 3 largest banks (Mizuho, SMBC and MUFJ do it and they obviously would never break the law. 

I know this seems crazy when you are not from Japan but it is what happens

That is not correct as it would be illegal. You can check the average salary for those companies snd it steadily increases until the mandatory retirement age of 60.

What happens at 60, you can be rehired to your old position with a meager salary to work those inbetween years 60-65 before you can receive pension.

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Posted in: Japan economy suffers worse-than-expected contraction of 0.5% See in context

geronimo2006Today  04:40 pm JST

Very surprised exports are down given the yen. And there should be a boost from 3m tourists. 

Tourism is only a small part of the economy, 3m tourist shows up in the decimals.

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Posted in: Teleworking in Japan falls after COVID; hybrid working on rise See in context

Hervé L'EisaToday  08:34 am JST

One of significant unhealthy aspects of teleworking/remote working is the blurring of the lines between work time and private time. It's psychologically damaging, creating a sense of enslavement. The constantly connected trend increases stress and has detrimental effects on people and their work/private relationships.

This is the main drawback of remote working. Some people like isolation and don’t care about meeting people at the office, but for most people the social part of ”being part of the team” is very important. And no, it’s not efficient to sit around sipping coffee at the office but it is part of the job.

I also enjoyed coffee breaks and lunch with coworkers before, but there’s nobody around anymore. Feels more lonely for sure.

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Posted in: Japan left to rethink COVID grants as telework facilities empty out See in context

Mr KiplingToday  07:35 am JST

People are quite rightly angry at this stupid waste of tax payers money but when faced with waste that makes this less than a drop in the ocean, seem not to care. A few million yen on pointless covid measures...anger, ¥350 BILLION on Tomahawk missiles that will also never be used..... silence.

A few million? You are obviously oblivious to the covid spending that triggered the global runaway inflation. We are not talking about millions or even billions, but much, much more.

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Posted in: Japan child population shrinks for 43rd straight year See in context

sakurasukiToday  07:18 am JST

But in order to stay with current GDP growth and size, Japan need population that can sustain its own domestic demand and labor force, never mind, India will pass Japan by next year.

GDP growth by inflation is what the IMF and people-in-power are driving. It’s not real growth. India’s population will never stop growing and that is the driver of their GDP.

“Advances in productivity” outside of technology is just that unit price is higher so your gdp grows on paper.

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Posted in: Japan launches new alert system as heat stroke deaths rise See in context

virusrexToday  07:56 am JST

A good step that hopefully will prevent a lot of deaths,

No, waste of money and time. More deaths due to the rapidly aging population. Old people die is a fact of life that people seem to have forgotten. A few more months at what cost?

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Posted in: Japan drops new SDF training site plan in Okinawa See in context

WA4TKGToday  02:07 pm JST

So, don’t complain when it sits there for years unused, not bring in any tax revenue 

There is a tax on the land even if there is nothing there, so it will bring revenue regardless. Not much tho.

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Posted in: 3 people whose deaths linked to dietary supplement intake had prior health issues See in context

WoodyLeeToday  09:18 am JST

We all have Health Issues!! , does that mean if we take Bad and deadly supplements then die it's OKAY??

Old people die regardless of what they ingest or do, it’s the most natural thing in the world. Most likely this supplement HELPED them to live this llong by reducing cholesterol.

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Posted in: Swiss women score landmark climate win in court decision that could ripple across Europe See in context

Idiots, those women who sued should shoulder collectively all the cost of this ”reduction” which will do nothing for the environment.

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Posted in: A year on, BOJ chief still faces monumental policy normalization task See in context

BOJ watchers are keeping tabs on the pace at which the central bank decides to further raise interest rates

Who writes these pieces without an ounce of critical thinking? Why assume rates will be raised?

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Posted in: Grassroots revolution: the road to legal cannabis See in context

Tokyo-gaijinToday  05:30 pm JST

its funny that people are still referring to cannabis as being harmful. I have never heard of anyone overdosing or dying from cannabis

That’s a nice conclusion, it’s good because people don’t die directly after consuming it?

Look at the mess in the US, how can anyony say legalizing was a good thing? Anyone who can still think clearly.

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Posted in: Yellow sand observed over Tokyo, Osaka See in context

Yellow sand a lot like inflation/deflation, everyone realizes something's not right, but understanding root causes and solutions, difficult and not easy to achieve.

Only difference being that yellow sand ia perfectly understood, why it comes and from where.

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Posted in: Japan unveils plans for next-generation passenger plane project See in context

That’s 5 trillion yen of tax-payer, our, money down the pit. For no real reason at all, “we can’t just manufacture parts” - is BS.

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Posted in: Yen falls to 34-year low against dollar See in context

HopeSpringsEternalMar. 27  10:47 pm JST

The Biden global inflation, high interest rate, strong dollar and global currency destruction (e.g. Yen) is obvious, As are your attempts at division from the truth.

Calling it Biden inflation is very wrong as this inflation was predicted in 2020 as a direct result of the failed policies around the globe for the corona virus. Unneeded lockdowns, border closures, free money for keeping your store/shop closed, etc. None of it was useful, didn’t help in ending the pandemic (in fact, every lockdown made it longer), and so on.

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Posted in: Japan sees record cannabis cases in 2023; 70% among young people See in context

The devastating effects of legalization in US and elsewhere are already visible and offer us a stark reminder that we are lucky it is not so in Japan. The damage to the brain, especially growing brain is taking a toll already. Just look at the average IQ going downhill in US for the past decade.

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Posted in: Woman, baby daughter die after being hit by train in apparent murder-suicide See in context

The burden from child rearing is real and anyone who has ever raised a child knows that it’s a constant struggle. Trying to work to keep food on the table when at least once or twice a month you are forced to take days of to take care of the little one. Many bosses in Japan never took ANY part in child rearing so they have no clue, “but I have 2 kids!” - is meaningless.

Young people should know that unless you are really willing to give away your own life for someone else, don’t have kids. It’s not all fun and trips to Disneyland.

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Posted in: Sam Altman returns to OpenAI board months after crisis See in context

First, all of these ”boards” should be suspended. Money grabbing posts re-using people from a small circle adds nothing to the company. These leeches sit on multiple boards grabbing hundreds of thousands of dollars in yearly perks for nothing.

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Posted in: Japan gov't to cease COVID-19 treatment subsidies at end of March See in context

LindsayToday  09:45 am JST

Petty Japan at its finest! Treatments for covid should be fully covered by the government. This move will result in people dying because they can’t afford treatmen

Who is dying? The median age is approaching 90, people die of old age all the time even before this corona-induced-madness. Nobody lives forever.

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Posted in: More than one billion worldwide now afflicted by obesity: Lancet See in context

Because of idolization of fat in the west. Cannot call fat fat, cannot call it unhealthy if someone is fat.

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Posted in: Japan to allow longer stays for digital nomads to boost consumption See in context

YubaruToday  06:33 am JST

With that much income why come to Japan? The taxes they would have to pay here, AND their home country, makes this sound like something only a few might use.

That is why the system is only for people in countries that have tax treaty with Japan. These bilateral tax treaties guarrantee that there is no double taxation.

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Posted in: Toyota group company plant raided in test cheating probe See in context

obladiToday  08:31 am JST

By the way, why not just switch to electric?

Because that is not the future. If all cars on the road were electric, the energy grid would have already collapsed. No amount of money you put on the grid can help charge 100 million electric cars on the road.

The battery packs, not working well in cold weather, the list is endless.

Electric cars are just a phase, something better will replace it down the road. Meanwhile it’s more eco-friendly to burn your gasoline clean in the car.

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Posted in: Did central banks break inflation? Some economists have doubts See in context

As said all along for years. And people here were screaming for central bank of Japan to follow.

The inflation was caused by the failed pandemic policies around the world, NOT because of the pandemic. Already evident in 2020 that this will be the case.

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Posted in: Japan's convenience store sales rise 4.1% to record high in 2023 See in context

The article is wrong. The only reason for the record high value is the inflation. In real terms, sales declined.

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Posted in: Landfill work resumes at new U.S. military site on Okinawa despite local opposition See in context

Okinawa is the poorest prefecture in Japan and if the base moves out, it will drag the economy more down. Even if you build new shopping malls and apartments instead of the base, what will be the jobs? Purchasing power of the people doesn’t go up.

That said, there is no reason except climate to have the base in Okinawa. It could be moved to Kyushu without any change in the geopolitical landscape.

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Posted in: Comedian Matsumoto to go on hiatus amid sex scandal report See in context

This “article” is lacking in many aspects. “Focus on the trial”? What trial? He was arrested? Prosecuted?

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Posted in: Prosecutors search offices of two LDP factions mired in funds scandal See in context

They are seeking to build cases against accountants working for the factions, deeming they failed to declare on behalf of the groups hundreds of millions of yen in fundraising party revenue in political funding reports to create secret slush funds.

Wrong on so many levels. Low level accountants do NOTHING that is not instructed from above. They should be building cases against the law makers.

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