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Posted in: Japan seeks wage hikes, over 1% GDP growth as population shrinks See in context

People becoming poorer isn’t a bug - it’s a feature of neoliberal economics.

The rich are rich because the poor are poor and all of the prevaricating mumbo jumbo in the article is code for “now we’re going to squeeze them even more.”

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Posted in: Driver arrested after fatally hitting woman on crosswalk in Hiroshima See in context

i couldn’t believe how careless and aggressive the drivers were in Hiroshima last time I was there.

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Posted in: Corrosion found in treated radioactive water tanks at Fukushima plant See in context

Nuclear power is the grift that never stops giving.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after traffic dispute in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

Cars are dumb.

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Posted in: Japan's February jobless rate rises to 2.6% See in context

Inflation forcing people to take non-living wage jobs to survive? A New capitalist victory over deflation!

Feature not a bug.

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Posted in: Hydrogen vehicle filling station opens at former Tokyo Olympics site See in context

Nothing as smooth and powerful as a real electric car

….and nothing as efficient as a bicycle.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to boost defense capabilities to preserve peace See in context

Orwell rolls in his grave.

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Posted in: Bank of Japan ends negative interest rate policy, opting for its first hike in 17 years See in context

“Concerning risks to the outlook, there are extremely high uncertainties surrounding Japan's economic activity and prices,” the Bank of Japan said.

You can say that again.

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Posted in: Major Japanese companies offer large pay hikes, fueling hope of beating deflation See in context

Good for the workers at these large companies but for the rest of us lowly contract workers it probably means nothing but perhaps prices and the cost of living going up even more - ex. many Gaba eikawa instructors have been striking since June of last year(they were striking outside Gaba’s Ginza branch today) for a small cost of living wage increase of only ¥200 yen. Since then, the company has announced policies(requirement to register as Quilified Invoice issuers) that will result in instructors making even less

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Posted in: Conditions inside Fukushima's melted nuclear reactors still unclear 13 years after disaster struck See in context

There’s no bigger grift than nuclear power. They fleece the public purse coming and going. First with irresponsible promises to secure funding and then about safety and then for the cost of cleanup or dismantling.

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Posted in: Antitrust watchdog to warn Nissan for underpaying subcontractors See in context

The subcontract law prohibits companies from unilaterally deducting payments to subcontractors once they have been agreed upon ...

That was dumb. There are other ways to rip-off your contractors without directly reducing payments.

Eikawa companies like Gaba will just coerce their instructors(who are all independent contractors) into agreeing to income reductions and penalties by threatening non-renewal if the contract/agreement isn't signed. I'm sure Nissan will adopt the same strategy.

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Posted in: Japan's exports surge nearly 12% in January in 2nd straight month of gains See in context

Awesome news. Now give teachers and nurses a raise and stop invoice seido.

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Posted in: Wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant leaked radioactive water, TEPCO says See in context

There is no bigger grift than nuclear power.

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Posted in: Scandal-hit Bigmotor worker arrested over roadside tree destruction See in context

Who puts a guy from a company called Bigmotor(isn't that a Simpson's company?) in charge of environmental maintenance work?

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Posted in: Kishida says gov't will do 'everything possible' to boost household income See in context

Just a nasty race to the bottom right now for freelancers and independent contractors in this country as companies (like Gaba where I have worked for 16 years) are putting pressure on instructors to take a pay cut by becoming Qualified Invoice Issuers(to shift tax burden onto them) although the law states that there is no need to do so for contractors earning less than 10m a year.

Companies(like Gaba) are not renewing contracts for those who refuse. Essentially firing them.

Unfortunately the Japan “Fair” Trade Commission seems to think it’s a grey area(feature not a bug) and the companies are not technically breaking the law, stating it’s ok as long as the company is not changing conditions mid-contract - irregardless of how long you’ve been working for the company. A very unjust and unfair state of affairs

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Posted in: TEPCO further delays removal of melted fuel debris from Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

At the real rate of clean-up, there might be nobody around left to do it. In any case, this is yet another capitalist screw-up that future generations will pay for. Tough luck those around at the end of this massive Ponzi scheme.

Nuclear power is the perfect crime.

Those responsible profit coming and going. - even from the mess they’ve caused.

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Posted in: Japan automakers tap foreign models to drive sales of recreational cars See in context

A pedestrian struck by an SUV or pickup truck is 41% more likely to die than a pedestrian struck by a sedan at the same speed.

source - https://transalt.org/reports-list/the-deadly-and-costly-impact-of-supersized-vehicles-on-new-york

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Posted in: Japanese lawmaker Kakizawa indicted over violation of election law See in context

But he later decided not to contest the allegations, saying it was unavoidable that the payment was interpreted as intended to influence the election given the situation at the time, the sources said.

The old evasive and dissembling non-apology admission.

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Posted in: Safety reforms and new tax system threaten to drag down Japan trucking industry See in context

To limit work to the requisite 3,300 hours per year, a driver can work no more than 12 hours per day.


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Posted in: 81-year-old driver arrested after killing two pedestrians on highway in Okinawa See in context

The headline makes it sound like the people killed were walking on a highway instead of on the sidewalk.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Worst: personal income at the eikawa I have been working at for 15 years(Gaba) fell by about 25% due to a loss of clientele due to some very poor management decisions ever since the company was taken over by Nova Holdings - to make matters even worse they’re shifting their tax burden onto their already underpaid instructors by requiring them to sign up for the new Qualified Invoice System.

Best: took on some additional work that I like. Also, visited Hiroshima and rode the Shimanami Kaido this year.

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Posted in: Man arrested after fatally hitting mother, child with car in Tokyo See in context

Other media is reporting the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake. The car went clear across the street and hit the mother and daughter on the opposite sidewalk. Cars are deadly.

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Posted in: Kishida asks firms to achieve larger pay hikes in 2024 than this year See in context

Gaba teachers have been striking since June(and again today) for just a ¥200 wage increase an end to the requirement to sign up into the Qualified Invoice System(Gaba is coercing instructors to pay the company’s consumption tax - do it or no new contract. Signing up means a loss of income for already underpaid instructors who have had no wage increase since 2008).

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Posted in: Court orders Okinawa to approve modified plan to build runways for U.S. Marine Corps See in context

Japan is truly a vassal state of the US.

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Posted in: It's not a happy holiday at Starbucks, facing boycotts over Middle East war and unionization See in context

I heard some Starbucks workers in Japan are starting to organize as well. Good on them.

I'll stay away until the company drops the lawsuit, recognizes the union and they agree to a contract. Not a big sacrifice.

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Posted in: BOJ keeps negative interest rate unchanged; says it's watching wage trends See in context

BOJ keeps negative interest rate unchanged; says it's watching wage trends Now that is hilarious wages have not increased much and if that is the case interest rates will stay the same or go in the negative direction

They’ll just lie about the wage numbers - they’ve done it before and they’ll do it again.


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Posted in: Navy officer jailed in Japan over deadly car crash transferred to U.S. custody See in context

In Japan they don't care whether you are CEO like Carlos Ghosn, annoying Youtuber like Ismael Ramsey Khalid or military officer under SOFA, when you get into system you'll get your share solitary confinement and time without lawyer even without any trial.

Unless you are connected to a corrupt to the core LDP member.

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