wtfjapan? comments

Posted in: China's exports top forecasts; imports growth best in 10 years See in context

exports best in 1o years

thanks to the chinese made covid-19 :o

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Posted in: One-year-old child found dead in car; mother unconscious in suspected murder-suicide bid See in context

@Toshihiro...i believe in Japan it is shameful for someone to ask for help. It is also Shameful for someone to burden others. Thats is why in Japan we read about such horrors. The culture needs to change. This mother will never burden a relative or a stranger with the responsibility of raising her child. Children in Japan need to start learning how to ask for help and assistance from a young age, so when they grow up, it becomes part of a normal healthy life. Shame on Japan for ignoring these social issues and just sweeping them under the carpet.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders suggest ways for gov't to speed up vaccination rate See in context

Which will fall on deaf ears, as usual.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

What gets me is how the government knows what is going to happen, but keeps repeating the same failed game plan. Shouganai na (sarcasm!)

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Posted in: Japan to tackle red tape to boost renewable energy See in context

In Tokushima, solar panels can only be installed on residential land. So some rice fields have already been converted into residential land for that purpose. I guess aging farmers who arent able to find someone to take over, have no other choice but to do that (if they can afford it).

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Posted in: Asthma drug budesonide speeds recovery for at-home COVID-19 patients See in context

I have slight asthma. At the beginning of this pandemic, I went to my doctor to restock on old inhalers, just in case I need to self-medicate, in the case of a slow response to treatment by the health center. I guess I had the right idea! A private 1 on 1 student of mine at a juku tested positive on Thursday. I had taught her on Tuesday and received the phone call on Friday from my manager. The health center did not contact me directly and left this responsibility on my manager. He tells me that the hokken-jo (health center?) will contact me if needed. Forgot that! I have my wife call. They tell us that my student's family needs to get tested first, but that won't be till Saturday. If they test positive, then they will call me on Monday so I can set up an appointment for a test. In the meantime, I have to self-quarantine and hope for the best. BUT if I choose to pay, I can go to a nearby clinic. I wonder what most would do? Well, I started taking my asthma medication and tried booking an appointment for the first available slot. Called the nearest few clinics that offer to test, but testing isn't available on weekends!! My wife called around and found a prefectural testing center in the city, that is open on weekends, but the first available slot isn't till today, a Sunday. I'm now waiting anxiously for my time to arrive. Had a fever of 37.5 yesterday but it kept fluctuating up and down. Had a headache all day too.

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Posted in: Unmarked police cars in Japan use Transformer-style trick when they pull someone over See in context

Where I live in Shikoku, the police only come out to set up traps around railway crossings to catch people that dont make a full stop. The rest of the time you see kids standing in the passenger seats/on daddys lap while driving/grandma holding child etc etc on the daily, especially when i drop off my child at his kindergaten. People using smartphones while driving, all day ever day. Burnt-out headlights/break lights. running red lights. and the list goes on and on. But, lets set up a trap to catch those that dont make a full stop at the railway crossing, at the same place, once a month. GREAT JOB COPPERS!

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Posted in: Biden's chip dreams face reality check of supply chain complexity See in context

The Vechain blockchain can solve these problems. Blockchain technology (similar to Bitcoin) is on fire now. Walmart is already using this tech. Netflix, Amazon are also using blockchain tech, and the list is growing. However, i have never read about this technology in the "regular folks" news, like Japantoday. Nandedarooooo?

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Posted in: Virus surges fuel fears 100 days before Tokyo Olympics See in context

They should add the word "cursed" or "doomed" before Olympics in the headline

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Posted in: Osaka reports record infections, as gov't eyes tougher measures for Aichi See in context

The only way out of this is by the government ordering the army to help with vaccinations. People are fed up. They dont care if they get it or pass it. Humans, especially around here, are suicidal in nature. We are doomed.

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Posted in: Education ministry hosts Twitter campaign to recruit teachers, but it backfires right away See in context

Underpaid is total BS. Someone who Midway through their career earns between 350k and 400k a month not including a bonus twice their salary twice a year. This was 10 years ago at an ES in Aichi. Don't see it changing much. The principal at our school that does absolutely nothing was earning 800k a month plus said bonuses. Just outrageous. Source: One of my adult students working at the city office.

I personally witnessed teachers just lounging around killing time afterschool at ES rather than go home. They were working but at a snail's pace. Chatting for an hour. Marking homework. Then talking again. Doing more school work. You know, the norm here. The majority didn't want to go back home. The minority that do, are stuck!

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Posted in: Intruder steals ¥7 mil from 78-year-old woman at her home See in context

My grandma who was 97 when I called her last before she passed, would recognize my voice after a few pleasantries had been exchanged. We always lived in different countries and the last time we met in person was 30 years prior to her death. We would talk on the phone once every year or two. Yet, she always recognized my voice. Was she special? or is this normal? (She had about 20 grandchildren including myself) I just dont get how parents in Japan cannot recognize their own children's voice. This happens way too often in Japan to be an exception.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan warn China on 'coercion, destabilizing behavior' See in context

Why is the world so greedy and still doing business with China? They should cripple their economy as they are doing to Iran. The ONLY thing Trump did somewhat right was his stance on China. He should have been even bolder. Why is the Chinese government so obsessed with aggression? It goes against every Chinese persons character that i have had the pleasure of meeting.

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Posted in: Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme, his lawyer says See in context

In Japan, it is common practice to admit guilt and apologize in front of cameras for white collar crimes. Foreigners dont get the memo or they do but their pride doesn't allow them to follow Japanese "custom". White collar crime is not punishable by law if you just apologize and admit whatever they want you to admit.

This is Asia after all, and Japan is as corrupt as any other Asian country im afraid. Glad the whole world gets to see this. But i wonder if they give a crap

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

We are looking into buying a property to raise a family, and we need to search for a plot of land that is on a noisy main road just so we can have peace of mind and not feel pressured to hush our children every time they have a laugh or cry.

I think the reason why Japanese people are so shy/speak in very low voices is directly related to them being hushed at home by their parents.

My wife is extremely stressed about this especially after our neighbor across the street complained about the noise that comes out during "bath time" Its only for a half an hour a day for the love of Buddah.

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Posted in: 3 children found dead in Kyushu; father attempts suicide See in context

I asked my wife why dont these so called parents just off themselves and leave the kids alone. Her reply had to do with these mentally sick parents "feeling sorry" for leaving "their kids" all alone to suffer because the government doesnt have the slightest clue as to how to deal with such children. Fostering in Japan doesnt exist, so those children will have to go to institutions for such children. These institutions are like prisons for the troubled children forced to grow up there away from normal lives. There was a documentary on Youtube called "Japan's throwaway children." https://youtu.be/I50yAoCnA64

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@Ricky Sanchez

I wish it's not only the gaijin that stands up to these ridiculous rules and laws. But thanks anyway for your service :)

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Posted in: Mother whose daughters died after being left in overheated car gets 6 years in prison See in context

So you're telling me not a single person noticed there were kids in the car in this heat? I doubt it. They just didnt feel like it was their place to interfere. They are as guilty as that monster of a woman!

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Posted in: Bitcoin soars to new high above $52,000; sustainability concerns rise See in context

It's not just Bitcoin. Its all of the crypto assets. Most assets have almost doubled. The problem is taking out your crypto (selling it into fiat) taxes and charges and all that bull. I have no choice but to hold on to it in the digital space for now

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Posted in: Vaccines not prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics: Kato See in context

Who are they trying to fool? There will be no Olympics. This is a repeat of last year. Foreign athletes will refuse to risk their lives. Period!!

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Posted in: Obstetrician at 'baby hatch' hospital struggles for women's right to confidential births See in context

@burning bush

by mother, do you mean birth mother?

if so, shame on you.

If not, then thank goodness there are so many loving families waiting to adopt and give those babies a loving home to grow up in, instead of the likely outcome of a baby being born to a person unwilling to love that baby.

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Posted in: Gov't to expand state of emergency to cover Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo See in context

Does an SOE mean that businesses that show lower than usual sales can now get paid by the government for lost income? Is that why prefectures want an official SEO instead of the usual?

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Posted in: High school students create petition to change the name of FamilyMart’s 'Mom’s Diner' line See in context

We need more youngsters like them!

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

@Martin Blank

But what kind of car? A mini-van? a sedan? a sports car? ... just curious because I am due to buy a car and wondering what kind of car the old man was driving to survive a head on collision with non-life threatening injuries. It will definitely NOT be a K, at least, not for a family car that is.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

Does light car = K-car with the yellow plates? I wonder what the old man was driving. And why only report on one of the cars? hmmm

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Posted in: Nissan to reduce presence in Europe as part of turnaround plan: report See in context

3.25 billion Loss!! How in the world can such companies survive? How deep are their pockets? Will our tax money be used to keep such companies alive? Let those dumbasses get what they deserve.

Karma is a bitch indeed!!

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Posted in: Business leaders vow to revive pandemic-hit economy with innovation See in context

We need these ojiiisans business leaders to vow to retire by 65 in order to eliminate their old way of thinking and hopefully have courageous new leaders with new ideas and changes to take charge of the country.

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Posted in: Driver arrested for attempted murder after man clings to hood of his car See in context

Shouldn't the charge be against the man who deliberately jumped in front of traffic trying to get himself run over?? So if someone tied to kill themselves by jumping in front of my car, then I would get charged for attempted murder?? Most ridiculous thing I've heard. Dumb cops/laws and lawyers for not defending and setting precedence.. or does precedence not even exist in J law?!

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Posted in: Japan set to ban sales of new gasoline cars in mid-2030s: reports See in context

What about those damn diesel trucks!! diesel trains?? Heavy vehicles? Maybe in 2100...

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Posted in: Man arrested for robbing pizza store See in context

Why wouldnt he wear a mask?????

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