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Posted in: With only 123 PhD graduates per million people, Japan is the only major economy experiencing a continuous decline in the number, according to the education ministry. Why do you think this is? See in context

In my own experience, having bachelor's degree or master's degree is enough to secure decent paycheck at most 'white' corporations here , PHD or professor is another 5-6 years after bachelor's degree(there's a lot of process to go through getting those scholarships, competing with others), you'll have to really love school, committed or wanting to be the expert of the field you're interested in doing research in.

Needing to make money and not a die hard fan of research, I just want to quickly pay off my mortgage, retire early to enjoy doing what I want, see the kids grow up and have kids of their own. People have more choices and options of their own of what path they want to take in life.

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Posted in: What are some countries or places in the world that are on your travel bucket list? See in context

Yangshuo or Zhangjiajie in China, Waikiki or Diamond head in Hawaii, Bali, Mount Everest...

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite winter getaway destinations in Japan? See in context

Hokkaido or any Onsen villages. Winter is great for the seafood and onsen time.

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Posted in: What do you think were the biggest international and domestic (Japan, if you live here) news stories of the year? See in context

International : Gaza War between Israel and Hamas

Domestic : Fukushima water disposal

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Posted in: What will Christmas be like for you this year? See in context

Christmas will just be the same for us like every other year, we'll have some nice dinner on Christmas Eve, got some presents for my kids...It's time to appreciate family and having them, and with money we earned the whole year trying to get some new clothes and gifts for the children and enjoy some nice food together with the family and maybe doing karaoke or watch some movies together...

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Posted in: What's the best way to salvage your day after a bad night’s sleep? See in context

for me mostly it's overthinking and the brain processing what happened earlier or flashback of the past...if at work I would sneak out early for lunch and just sleep (inemuri) the whole lunch break, inside the car sometimes..after work try hiting the gym or go to onsen or sento to get the body relaxed and easily sleep the night after and just fully recover from it...would be back to normal after 8 hours sleep next day

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the major differences between J-pop and K-pop music? See in context

Some of K-Pop band members like Blackpink speaks really good English, while J-Pop counterparts I rarely seen any of them seem speak good English.

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

bowing at people, bowing when talking on the phone, looking for the bidet button thinking it's going to be washlet, separating the plastic label, plastic cap and pet bottles from bottles, and separating all garbage based on their categories

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks or sweets? See in context

Senbei, Maccha flavored ice cream, Manju, konbini Nikuman, Famichiki (konbini fried chickens), Potato fries with nori, fruits Kanten, konbini oden, fruits flavored yoghurts etc...

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Posted in: According to Japan's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, 106,000 people left their jobs to care for their families last year. Noticeable were those in their 40s and 50s. What can be done to address this issue? See in context

They can try to imitate Taiwan, Hongkong, Korea, US, Canada etc in bringing in live-in home helper for elderly from Phillipines, Indonesia, etc. These ladies cook, clean and can do all household chores. It's just Japanese people in general are still not open about letting people in their houses just like how they're not that very welcome to foreigners/outsiders in their country.

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Posted in: When you travel overseas, what travel or health insurance do you use? See in context

Y'all buy travel and health insurance?

Can't even afford the pricey airplane ticket let alone any travel and health insurance.

Trying to save up for my travels with my salary in Japan which is pittance. (not much left after the basic needs so it's gonna take forever to save up)

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Posted in: What's your view on workplace romances? See in context

Nothing wrong if mutually single and looking for partners.

But for affairs and love hotel meetups between those already with husband/wife and kids, I kinda might question their vow when they first got married.

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Posted in: India lands spacecraft near moon's south pole See in context

Bravo India. Great achievement.

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Posted in: What are some scenic sites or nature spots in Japan that you had long heard about, but disappointed you when you saw them for the first time? See in context

None so far.

For me was the opposite, all the travel places live up to the hype. Maybe just when it's too crowded and the long wait in line, it was quite tiresome and stressful (places like Universal Studios, Disneyland, etc could be so packed and the line for attractions are long on popular rides).

Some places could be very underrated too. Some beaches in Okinawa was mind blowing beautiful for me but wasn't that really heard of.

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Posted in: Do you ever worry that robots or AI will become so powerful one day that they will destroy humans? Or does that only happen in movies? See in context

I'm not worrying about anything as I won't be alive that time. Just enjoying the present. Life is too short to worry about things.

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Posted in: Making health care affordable to all is a big political issue in many countries. What do you think is the best way to achieve this? See in context

Free or cheaper health care for lower income households. Subsidy from the higher income or tax the corporates to give back to the poorer. Health as in life should always be the priority in humanity.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite foods or drinks for coping with Japan's summer heat? See in context

drinks : cold oolongcha, aquarius, pocari sweat, iced coffee or matcha latte from konbini, home made fruit smoothies, canned chu hai, umeshu, etc

foods: sushi, gari gari kun, watermelon, kakigori with lots of mixed fruits, etc

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Posted in: What do you like to shop for online and what do you still go to stores to buy? See in context

Still go to stores to buy : fresh foods, daily groceries, drinks, snacks, alcohol medicine, toiletries, etc anything I can get in supermarkets, drugstores, konbinis...clothes, shoes available at nearby shopping malls....

Shop online : certain brand of wears, shoes, clothes, video games softwares, etc things not available at nearby malls, supermarkets, drugstores, konbinis...

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Posted in: With mask wearing having become the norm, people have had fewer opportunities to smile, and more and more people have developed a complex about it. See in context

Instead of paying for smiling lessons, they should just travel to poorer nations like SE Asians countries or India and see that people there no matter what conditions they're living in can purely and beautifully smiles from their heart even the children. Not some fake *ss forced first world smiles from training and lessons. It's actually quite yabai if even smiles required learning. Learn from those who do it from their heart and sincerity.

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Posted in: 75-year-old Japanese man opens free cafe in Ukraine's Kharkiv See in context

Faith in humanity restored.

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Posted in: Connecticut woman missing since April 10 after going on hiking pilgrimage in Japan See in context

"Kohechi connects Kumano with Koyasan. This mountaintop route is long and challenging, and consequently should not be undertaken without careful preparation. Inns are rarely found without zigzagging up and down the mountainsides into valley towns, greatly increasing the distance traveled. Kohechi was used mainly by Buddhist monks from the temple complex of Mount Koya." ...quoted from japan-guide.com

She's prolly staying in Koya san (Wakayama) heading to Kumano Hongu Taisha...Kumano Kodo is between Wakayama, Nara and Mie...

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Posted in: What do you think of "kei" cars which are popular in Japan? See in context

Kei has its pluses and minuses, personal opinion:

Plus : Cheaper tax, fuel efficient, cheaper etc toll price, good manuverablity in smaller streets...special parking space for kei cars only in some parking areas...Good for short distance trips, dropping the kids to school or classes, nearby groceries shopping...

Minus: 660 cc is not enough power when running in highways especially when bringing the whole family, small trunk space couldn't fit much stuffs...would prefer suv or wagon mpv for longer travel and rides....

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Posted in: What do you think of all the coffee drinks sold in cafes, convenience stores and vending machines in Japan? See in context

relatively good...personal opinion and taste:

convenience store: 7 eleven, lawson and family mart 's latte or kilimanjoro is quite good...

cafe: tully's and costa is nice...komeda, starbucks is okay...

vending machines : the canned or bottled one tastes weird, but freshly brewed is decent...

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Posted in: What do you think of parcel delivery services from companies like Amazon, Sagawa and Yamato? Any bad experiences? See in context

Top notch service. Fast, relaible, 100% delivered and received with no problems at all.

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Posted in: What are some of the things you like most about living in Japan? See in context

Too many to mention..

Kaitenzushi, yakiniku and family diner like Joyful, etc cant remember how much family time we spent with the kids here.

The cars, big fan of their kei cars and family wagonsha.

The electronics, very durable and good quality, love kotatsu in the winter

Karaoke, video games (big switch fan, fun times with the kids)

many drop in sport circles for just a few hunded yen

anime, manga

Uniqlo and Shimamura

100 yen shops like Daiso, Seria

safe , clean, good service


Okinawa, stunning beaches, great culture and nature

paypay and the likes

-merkari, bought tons of used stuff still in good quality for fraction of new price

-don xiqote


-vending machines

good quality fresh fruits, somehow the fruits just taste better than back home

-SA/PA, service area parking area...gotta love the rest areas where I can shop, eat...

-the list goes on and on....

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Posted in: Nissan says it trimmed losses in Q2; upgrades full-year forecast See in context

Goes from pro-Ghosn to anti-Ghosn within an hour.

that i was referring the money Nissan made in China counts as profit and revenue, as stated otherwise by other post.

was anti ghosn all the way, he was to blame from stealing too much from Nissan buying luxury houses, party, investment loss, lavish lifestyle etc, thats so corrupt and just blatant abuse of power, now Japan Inc had to make up for the mess he made. If there is to blame, its Ghosn for not using fair share of his earning but instead spend for his greed by taking what was not his right at the first place.

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Posted in: Nissan says it trimmed losses in Q2; upgrades full-year forecast See in context

Nissan which was Japan's second biggest carmaker is an "underdog"?.. Oh, pleeeease.

some guy that stole from nissan and bought luxury houses, party and paid for his investment loss predicted they will be bankrupt by 2020, clearly not many is favoring them making comeback at the moment.

Woo, that's nice. You ought to thank us tax payers for propping up your shares via a ¥130 bil state loan guarantee.

thats my money too, stimulus package work if only they have the will to work and make a comeback.

let byghosn be byghosns guys, dude stole too much from Nissan for his lavish lifestyle and Japan inc had to inject stimulus to make up for that damage.

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Posted in: Nissan says it trimmed losses in Q2; upgrades full-year forecast See in context

This is outrageous, we are trashing tax payers money in a private company that is heading to certain death.

Suga is native Yokohama hence the support to save the local brand with their technology that once produced some legends in automotive industry, ie. Skyline, GTR, etc

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Posted in: Nissan says it trimmed losses in Q2; upgrades full-year forecast See in context

Every foreign company in China yields no profit back to their home country because all of the revenues and profits are immediately re-invested into China. The CCP has strict capital control, so Nissan won't ever get its profits out of China.

its a global market now, they have had big presence in China, US, India market since Ghosn era that counted as profit, global market is now what nissan is aiming and the french renault own like 40 percent of nissan anyways.

its too early to call their death if they still have plenty weapons under their belt.

and this turnaround made while only releasing Kicks this year.

for buy low sell high stock investor like me nissan is a better pick for further future gain with their current discounted stock price.

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