Yubaru comments

Posted in: Japan rolls out 'humble and lovable' delivery robots See in context

While masses of capable people are shut out of entry level jobs or anything that can provide a living wage in this time of radical change.

What "masses of capable people" are you referring to HERE in Japan? If you haven't noticed there is a literal glut of "entry" level positions available now, throughout this country. Only problem is they dont provide a "living wage".

I also dont see how replacing a robot with a human, in this line of work, provides "entry" to something better and higher paying.

Unless of course you meant "entry" for foreign workers.

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Posted in: Japan rolls out 'humble and lovable' delivery robots See in context

Anything to avoid non Japanese from performing these jobs. They and their families would contribute more to struggling small towns than these silly toys will

Right, consider what you said here a moment. It is more economical to have these robots doing this work than to pay a "human", foreigner or otherwise. Even with maintenance costs included, there is no need to pay for health insurance, no worries about "overtime", no pension, no vacation time, no sick days, never missing a day, and no need to worry about having to worry about any cultural misunderstandings or worse.

Seems you would rather have someone, particularly a foreigner, doing literal minimum wage work, than this robot.

Work smarter, not harder! Leave these mundane tasks to technology, and put "human" workers in positions that they are needed more!

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Posted in: Japan rolls out 'humble and lovable' delivery robots See in context

"Excuse me, coming through,

Wow, they programed it to recognize English speaking people that are in it's path and how to use idiomatic English as well.

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Posted in: Japan plans more aid as Turkey-Syria quake death toll nears 12,000 See in context

Pictures like this one here always leave me feeling amazed at how some buildings are seemingly unscathed, while the one next door is demolished.

Earthquakes are the one "natural" disaster that scare the crap out of me, just about every other one, I feel like I can prepare for and "live" through or avoid. Not an earthquake.

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Posted in: Philippines deports remaining 2 robbery suspects to Japan See in context

Give them their day in court, and let the prosecutors do their jobs. Be rather interesting to see what sentences they received, if or when, they are found guilty.

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Posted in: 4 more arrested over Tokyo Olympics bid rigging See in context

When these court cases are finalized, and if and when they are found guilty, which should include the charges of "breaking the public trust", these executives and more importantly the companies they represented and worked for, should be given at a minimum, a 10 year ban, on bidding or being associated with any international events, including sports events, as punishment.

There is no way others within their companies were unaware of what was going on and anyone who thinks they acted on their own, are naïve children.

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Posted in: Japan's current account surplus halves to 8-year low in 2022 See in context

Let's see if the yen will reach the 115 benchmark in March like some analyst predicted.

And if the analysts are correct, maybe it will hit a benchmark of 200, as some predicted too.

I predict the sun will rise tomorrow, and I could be wrong, but I will trust that prediction more than any of these so called experts who have to say something, to justify their existence.

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups demand Japan adopt equal rights law by G7 summit See in context

They are asking for equality in marriage. That isn’t special treatment. Do you think it is?

Problem is that asking for equality for something that "they" dont see as being the norm, is in fact requesting special treatment.

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups demand Japan adopt equal rights law by G7 summit See in context

Watch the LDP conservatives squirm.

Don't hold your breath waiting, they dont care and it's a non-issue to them.

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Posted in: Draft bill proposal seeks to curtail unconventional 'kirakira' kanji name readings See in context

I feel sorry for the people who have to deal with their names when they become adults. Like the boy who was literally named "王子" OOjisan, (Prince) he, at 16, officially had his named changed with the family courts because he was constantly embarrassed.

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Posted in: Draft bill proposal seeks to curtail unconventional 'kirakira' kanji name readings See in context

Thanks LDP for tackling the important issues. Now I don't have to worry about feeling uneasy calling someone Pikachu-san.

I suppose you think the rest of the government just sits around doing nothing all day? This isnt an LDP issue and while you want to blame the LDP for it, you are far off the mark.

If you feel "uneasy" about calling someone "Pikachu-san" just imagine how they feel!

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Posted in: Allure of Japan's powder snow a growing danger as more tourists ski backcountry See in context

"Every day people are ignoring the 'keep out' signs or ducking under the barrier ropes - and almost all of them are non-Asian foreigners," he said. "We tell them 'no skiing' and they say 'we're pros, it's okay'."

Fine, then have them sign waivers, and ensure they have insurance that covers any costs associated with any incidents that they may get involved with. Including any recovery efforts that stem from them not following posted rules or warnings.

Another option, change the laws, make it illegal, and arrest them on the spot.

Oh and make damn sure that it goes for Japanese skiers and snow-boarders too!

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Posted in: Allure of Japan's powder snow a growing danger as more tourists ski backcountry See in context

and the unwillingness of some visitors to follow safety advice.

Geez seems that this comment should be pointed towards the Japanese skiers who were involved in accident themselves too!

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups demand Japan adopt equal rights law by G7 summit See in context

This group can "demand" all they want, but they had better wake up if they think that Kishida and his cabinet is going to make this a priority prior to the G-7 summit.

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups demand Japan adopt equal rights law by G7 summit See in context

LGBTIQ+ agendas are bad for children, especially for transgendering children at a young age through surgery and chemical castration.

Huh? How can a transgendered child be hurt by an agenda that seeks to bring more openness and understanding of their needs?

And, pray tell, when have you ever heard of any child HERE IN JAPAN being castrated or have surgery?

We are talking about Japan here!

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups demand Japan adopt equal rights law by G7 summit See in context

Responding to an opposition lawmaker’s question in parliament, Kishida said whether to allow same-sex marriage is “an issue that must be examined extremely carefully.” A decision requires a thorough examination of all of society “because the issue may change the concept of family and values as well as society," he said.

This is the classic response, from any PM here, when it's an issue they dont want to deal with themselves. Kishida is in effect stating, "I am going to leave this problem for my successor to deal with"

Examining all of society is another way too of stating that they need to set up a "select" committee, more than likely in every prefecture, to have endless meetings to come to an ambiguous solution that just pushes the topic farther down the road!

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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter See in context

 Age of consent is 13. Period. 

You are stating a law from 1907 when life expectancy for women was 45 years old. Go read the laws of the prefectures, which over rule the national law. Sure the law for the national government is 13, but, please feel free and go have your fantasy fulfilled if you think you wont get nailed for statutory rape of a minor, for breaking the law of the age of consent, in any of the 47 prefectures of Japan.

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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter See in context

You're both wrong. Age of consent in Japan is 13. However, under the Child Welfare Law, Youth Protection Law, and Child Prostitution Prohibition Law, one can be charged with various other crimes when engaging in lewd acts with a minor. And THAT age is set at 18.

Reread what I wrote. I am not "wrong" as you blanketly state here. I wrote the following, to refresh your memory.

15 is not an adult in Japan, and the age of consent in the prefecture is 16 I do believe, which takes precedence over national law.

She is a minor, by law.

She is not considered an adult, as to what I was replying to, and I wrote the "age of consent", not anything about what you are stating here. She is a minor, by law!

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Posted in: Philippines deports 2 robbery suspects to Japan; arrests made in-flight See in context

Innocent until proven guilty

Not here in Japan. It's guilty until you can prove your innocence.

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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter See in context

Consenting adults, not children or minors.

15 is not an adult in Japan, and the age of consent in the prefecture is 16 I do believe, which takes precedence over national law.

She is a minor, by law.

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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter See in context

Unless he was an idiot and made all the chars public

My vote is for the idiot charge here.

Any guy 62 years old, living in Japan, is sure to know pretty much where they can get soaped down, or have some fashionable health treatments, without having to get the cops involved.

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Posted in: 62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter See in context

This number will increase too in 2023.

Nah, the number crunchers wont count it for a variety of reasons. It should be statutory rape, but it wont get charged like that.

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Posted in: Quake kills at least 3,000, injures thousands in Turkey and Syria; bad weather worsens plight See in context

Thoughts and prayers for the people there. I hope that the factions that are constantly at each others throats can put aside their weapons and hatred of each other and work together to help the survivors.

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Posted in: Philippines deports 2 robbery suspects to Japan; arrests made in-flight See in context

Japan has sought the transfer of all four Japanese suspects after police obtained arrest warrants on suspicion of theft in connection with a scam targeting elderly people in the country.

Japan is pressuring the Philippines to deport these men, as a group, suspected of crimes in the Philippines, for what reason? Would the Japanese government do the same if the shoe was on the other foot? I highly doubt it.

In effect, they are getting away with their alleged crimes there, by having the charges dismissed, for the potential of them being found guilty here.

Seems to me as if they have been tried and found guilty without even stepping into a court. Let them face the courts in the Philippines, if guilty, serve their sentence there, THEN ship them to Japan to face charges here.

THAT would be justice, as odds are pretty high, even with the seriousness's of their alleged crimes here, they are going to get a slap on the wrist compared to prison in the Philippines!

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Posted in: Number of serious sex offenses in Japan rises sharply in 2022 See in context

 We cannot even begin to tackle the problem if it is not even recognized as the serous problem it actually is.

Which goes for many things here, and like it or not, women themselves are just as much a part of problem and solution as well!

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Posted in: Number of serious sex offenses in Japan rises sharply in 2022 See in context

This article is nonsense! The statistics are all over the board here. Yet the one glaring number that sticks out, is in reality much here I would guess, is this one here.

The centers said the number of consultations in fiscal 2021 ended last March climbed 14.9 percent from the previous year to 58,771.

Nearly 60,000 consultations and "forced intercourse" at 1,656 and "sexual assault" at 4,708....also what idiot doesnt realize that forced intercourse IS sexual assault! Oh and what results came from the consultations?

Oh and I hardly believe this either:

A police official attributed the rise to growing awareness about what constitutes a sex crime and the development of a dedicated system to accept reports and consultations.

One official? His "growing awareness" was probably a 1 hour course given by a guy, on what to tell women when they file a complaint, "How to deflect guilt on the victim"

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Posted in: 120 child mistreatment cases reported at nurseries in 10 years in Japan: survey See in context

120 cases in 10 years, meaning an average of 1 a month, throughout the entire country.

I have a REALLY hard time accepting this as anywhere being even close to accurate. I guess they don't count the case of the child who died, left in the vehicle by the director or one such facility, nor other cases that actually made the news.

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Posted in: Japan needs stable, sustained inflation, gov't official says See in context

"The priority now is to raise wages. Achieving wage hikes is the best growth strategy for us,"

Right, but when you have corporations unwilling to raise wages to a point where it actually matters, at or above the inflation rate, you just end up like a dog chasing it's tail!

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Posted in: Public expresses anger, concern at Kishida aide's anti-LGBT remarks See in context

Maybe Japan should look to Taiwan as a model.

Anyone who has lived here long enough intimately knows that Japanese bureaucrats/governments, loathe using or "following" something that is successful somewhere else.

Better to not use the name "Taiwan" and make it sound like an original idea, better chance of it happening, after years of teeth-sucking meetings.

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Posted in: Excess savings not helping consumers in Japan as inflation rises See in context

You may not think China is communist. But the people who run it certainly believe it is.

As well as you it seems. Yet if China was "communist", pray tell why there are people there living in poverty while others have more money it seems, than some 3rd world countries?

China may think it's one thing, but the reality is different, same as Japan.

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