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Posted in: Japan records ¥17.3 bil trade surplus in October See in context

Hope this helps the wider economy.

Probably not though

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Posted in: Japan needs extra budget of over ¥10 tril: LDP No. 2 Nikai See in context

More money down the black hole...

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Posted in: Police question Kobe teachers over bullying of colleague See in context

I reckon this is fairly common amongst school teachers actually. The head of the ALT section at Osaka city was awful, would screw at ALTs over nothing and even tried to pressure me into coming to work on a Saturday at an event even though there was nothing for me to... couldn't refuse so called me into the city hall, sat across the desk, leaned over and said in a menacing voice "We STRONGLY request all ALTs work on Saturday..."

I said "Okay, whatever" and quit lol screw having to put up with people like him. Since then I've joined a union and enjoy screwing eikaiwas back, much more fun

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Posted in: Toyota employee's suicide caused by workplace harassment See in context

The labour office are weird but the unions are pretty good. I recommend Tozen and The General Union but there are other ones just as good in different localities

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Posted in: Abe ties record for Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

^^^Is this person insane? He's one of the most corrupt I've ever seen this country to produce... I actually used to respect Japanese PMs until he overstayed his welcome

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Posted in: Construction of stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics completed at cost of ¥157 bil See in context

I'm sure it's nice inside, hope it withstands the next earthquake though

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Posted in: He, she, they: Americans and the choice of gender pronoun See in context

First World problems

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Posted in: One year after arrest, Ghosn seeks to throw out case against him See in context

To save the face of Japan and its justice system Japan government should step in and examine the case on its business merits

This won't happen because Japanese people would have to be treated just as badly...

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

I'll consider it safe when the politicians drink it

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Posted in: Renault-Nissan alliance in flux a year after Ghosn shock See in context

Nissan is going to go the same way as Sharp if this carries on...

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Posted in: One year after arrest, Ghosn seeks to throw out case against him See in context

The damage has already been done to the reputation of Japan's legal system and its treatment of foreign execs, recruiters have already said so. A Japanese person can encourage something bad then rat a foreigner out and maybe they won't even know what they did was wrong until the police arrive. In fact, it encourages Japanese people to enlist a foreign accomplice somehow as then they can just grass them in if they need to. It is very telling that the US SEC fined Nissan as well as other people as they confirmed that Nissan staff were involved, Ghosn did and couldn't do anything on his own

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Posted in: Japan's health sector continues to lure Filipinos workers 10 years on See in context

This article is a bit pathetic, only 340 applied when the government said they want 340*,*000. They should be asking why more don't come, not showering congratulations for such a minuscule amount

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Posted in: Japan may slide toward recession as Abenomics impact fades See in context

Time to bail on this sinking ship...

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

I hope they go after the dealers

I reckon it was actually the dealer who dobbed her in to be honest. Or some other jealous idiot who wanted to bump her career off

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Posted in: Fire danger causes Nissan to recall over 450,000 vehicles See in context

Japanese corporations need to get their act together or they'll destroy their reputation. German cars don't get recalled this often, or any other product bar those from China (what a category to be in)

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven employees accused of cheating franchise owners in purchasing See in context

Store employees are making unauthorized orders to meet sales quotas? Why would they care about sales quotas? They are just part time hired help

If you read the article they were told to by Seven Eleven staff

"Meeting a target that surpasses a previous year's sales is a must. Our superiors would pursue us if we hesitated and they would urge us, in a roundabout way, to place orders without telling (store owners)," the employee said, insisting the company connived with the practice.

I've had this, pretty typical for a Japanese manager to try and massage figures to make things look better. I remember once I was teaching at a high school on dispatch and a kid just slept through class then failed the exam. A manager from the dispatch company came to go over the scores for the term and said the school was surprised that the student's score was so low as 'he was the head of the 生徒会'. I told him he'd failed because he hadn't done anything in class, ever, so he didn't understand the test, but the guy knowingly grinned and said "Are you sure it's that score?" and I knew what was going on so I said "Look, what do you want? Why don't you just do it yourself?!" Another teacher changed the score.

This is how you end up with messes like Takata's airbags and Kobe Steel, people bending and breaking rules to give the appearance that everything is going well...

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Posted in: Bolstering support for young researchers is the most important thing to keep the world's highest-class research abilities in Japan. See in context

Tell that to my faculty, they refuse to speak to the foreign staff and told me through the Dean to speak to the Dean if I want to ask them anything lol they also said they want to review my research proposals before they go to the 'ethics board' but they'll probably just steal my ideas... so pathetic

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics water survey shows mixed results on E.coli levels See in context

So, where it should be instead? I seriously imagine the government is going to pretend everything is okay as usual then someone will blow the whistle, cue frantic attempt to move it and denials of anything being untoward...

I am genuinely surprised they chose this location in the first place, I would rather not go in the water around Tokyo and would need a thorough shower after

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Posted in: University entrance exam to test reading, listening for English See in context

If they don't incorporate reading and writing into the test in the future applicants will take that one rather than bother doing anything like the IELTS where you have to actually produce something on your own without any hints. I can imagine there are going to be online rankings of how easy each test is and explanations of what's the best way to get a high score with the least effort. The tests supposed to be used as substitutes are wildly different and even though EIKEN has similar tasks to the IELTS the former is so much simpler than the latter

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Posted in: 36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scam See in context

I wonder if Duterte will throw them out of a helicopter?

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Posted in: 36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scam See in context

Japan is so safe... because the criminals telecommute

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

There is no such thing as a labor shortage in Japan.

People keep saying this but where are the stats? I'll happily believe you with some evidence

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals struggled for profitability in FY2018: survey See in context

I don't really think hospitals should be run for profit, it's a public service. Japan should nationalise its health care like the UK (consistently rated no.1 in the world)

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Posted in: Time right for Taiwan, Japan to talk regional trade pact See in context

In Taiwan I noticed a lot of promotion of Japanese culture and food. It's a pity when they come to Japan they're treated like mainland Chinese

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Posted in: Japan's new working visa acquired by only 219 foreigners in first 6 months See in context

an article on this site described the immigrant numbers as a "flood"

It's actually scary as hell how little Japanese people get told about the real world, everything gets filtered through the media matrix and they actually trust it. Even with this 0.5% people will still be catastrophising

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Posted in: Japan is changing and trying to increase communication-based learning, but it will take decades to catch up with China See in context

All the English teachers in schools need to be properly trained, a) it's shocking how poor their knowledge of the language is and b) that they somehow still have a job!?

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Posted in: Japan's new working visa acquired by only 219 foreigners in first 6 months See in context

Japan's immigration policy is turning out like its past birthrate policies: magical thinking.

I think whoever thought up the numbers came to their conclusion on what they want, not what they could get...

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Posted in: Abe's mission unaccomplished: Pushing to revise Japan's pacifist charter See in context

If they put it to the people, the proposed choices should be:

1) Keep Article 9.

2) Change Article 9 to permit the government to start a war, and the politicians are the first to be sent to fight. Only when all the politicians are dead will anyone be asked if they want to volunteer to fight.

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Posted in: Abe cancels gov't-funded cherry blossom event next year amid criticism See in context

The opposition forces have called for the release of past guest lists, but the Cabinet Office has said they have been discarded as it did not deem it necessary to retain them.

Telling...

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