Yubaru comments

Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

The spouse allowance - a sarariman with a non/low-earning spouse gets a tax exemption, ie pays less tax than a person with the same income but an earning spouse (said spouse meanwhile also pays tax at the single-person rate and is liable to pay their own health insurance, pension premiums, etc.)

The same single-income married couple also get cheaper health insurance and a free pension for the non-earning spouse.

Fair enough, you are right, my "spouse" works, so I honestly did not consider this. Thank you!

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

I reckon one of the big sticking points is the state support given to married couples. 

Care to be more specific? There are no "tax-breaks" for married couples, no joint bank accounts, nothing special really, other than some "rights" with regards to medical issues.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

For while surveys show overwhelming support for gay rights, most LGBT+ Japanese say they keep their sexuality a secret in a nod to the reverence for harmony that pervades high-tech Japan.

What in the hell does "high-tech" whether it be true or otherwise, have to do with the topic of same-sex marriage?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

So, there's plenty of money to go around, it's just not trickling down to the stores. Raise prices and pay substantially higher wages and they'd have no problem attracting staff, even Japanese workers. Every time I hear whining co. execs go on about a labor shortage I wonder how many of those vacancies would disappear overnight if they were offering 2000 yen/hour. Business is booming in Japan--at 100 yen shops, conbini and places like Ko-nan. It's the Walmart-ization of Japan and there's no end in sight.

Quite so, yet if convenience stores start paying their daytime workers 2,000 per hour, other businesses are going to seriously complain because then they will be forced into raising their wages as well. (Be about damn time if you ask me!!)

I get it, and I would think that Abe's "dream urges" of businesses paying higher wages, real wages, could start with the lower end service related industries, like convenience stores. If they start paying higher, stable, full time wages, people will be attracted to the jobs, putting more pressure on larger corporations to increase their wages and benefits as well.

Hell I had a PT job in a call center once, long ago, I made more money than I am getting today, by far, but it wasnt stable work, contracted, so I ended up taking a position that pays less money, but is stable.

Offer better positions and people will come, only problem is the franchises themselves cost a load of money to run and owners would not be able to stay in business if their overhead increased.

In the end a losing situation for them, and everyone else.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

I say close some of them! Waste of energy (operating 24/7) to have a 7-11, Family Mart, My Basket and a Lawsons within 5-10 minute walk from my house,

You just gave the very reason why they are grouped together like this, they are three totally different corporations.

So which one get's closed? It's a free market economy so which company loses here?

Who decides?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

Her Taiwanese co-worker, Kai Jhen, 54, also said she enjoys working at 7-Eleven despite the complexities, including operating the cash registers, handling utility bills and other public services, processing deliveries, cleaning toilets, restocking items, inspecting goods and taking out the trash.

Please....dont make the job seem like something it isnt. It's a service related job, a great place for her and other foreign workers to get practical language practice, but it's not brain surgery.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

And yet 7/11 is scheduled to open over 200 stores in Okinawa starting from this year. The first one's I believe around 20, on July 11th, in the Naha area.

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Posted in: Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity See in context

The solution is to break the chains of central command, and let the private market take over education. You will then see an explosion in all kinds of schools with creative curriculum.

Only long after everyone here is dead and forgotten. Only someone who is unfamiliar with the Japanese system would think that this would work.

Free-school's, private schools, etc, here are either for those who cant study in a regular school, mainly because of mental health issues, or study related problems, or the elite.

The "system" is changing, and over the course of the next few years people will see a difference.

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Posted in: Angels' Ohtani first Japanese player to hit for cycle See in context

Hitting the cycle is rarer than pitching a no-hitter.

They are just about as equally difficult, but "no-hitters" get more press than a guy getting 4 hits in a game, which happens just about nightly. Hence the "cycle" getting less press.

And by the way;

In MLB history, there have been 299 no hitters tossed. You know how many cycles have been hit? 321.

https://wixx.com/blogs/sports/94/what-is-more-rare-the-no-hitter-or-the-cycle-1/

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Posted in: Record 3,129 stranded on Japanese mountains in 2018 See in context

I would love to know just how much the people were charged for any rescues!

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Posted in: Penalty increased for pilots who fly after drinking alcohol See in context

Under the legislation, which will take effect in stages within one year of its official announcement, the penalty for drink-flying has been raised from a maximum one-year jail term and 300,000 yen fine to a sentence of up to three years and a 500,000 yen fine.

Legislators should have jacked it up to, at the minimum, the same as drunk driving in a vehicle, fine wise!

1,000,000 yen, plus 3 years! And not a minimum, but MANDATORY!

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Well, once again, Abe gets left with nothing. Abe is not a diplomat, and unless he can control the situation, he is clueless on how to deal with issues on the international stage!

Watch the media here twist this into a victory for Abe!

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

Good on her! There is no reason for the police to keep DNA records of people who were never convicted of any crimes!

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Posted in: Car hits preschool children, injuring two in Nishinomiya See in context

'm curious like the above poster asked. Are accidents being reported more frequently these days? Because it seems that you can't read/see the news without an accident between vehicles and pedestrians being reported on without a day going by.

Yes! They are being reported more than in the past. Accidents have been increasing as well, and the media is playing their part in the story.

Many long time residents can probably back this up here, but when there are incidents that affect society, in general, and not specifically, the media will tend to ramp up the number of stories that are related to the issue and next you will start reading about either the police or politicians, making new laws and regulations regarding said issue.

Couple of examples, drunk driving accidents, been happening since forever, but there were a few rather tragic ones that caught the attention of the media, and long story short, fines and jail sentences increased by a lot, in fact doubled. Go back further, Yakuza were running rampant, and their activities spilled over to the "regular" folks, including a drive by shooting, where the wrong person, a teenager in this case, who had nothing to do with the Yakuza, got shot and killed.

The cops, after years of playing look the other way games, came down hard, and have not lifted their foot off the peddle

There are others as well, and those two examples are just really, really, short stories of much longer books!

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

This is always very funny. I mean what is always funny is this JT comments which always attracts nearly 100 comments once it heats up to Japanese vs foreigners. For those living here for long enough, say longer than 20years, a 1/4 of your life spent here and you don't have to be always on the other side of the fence by "B, bbbbbut, Japanese are also blah blah blah....".

The topic is about the issues municipalities in areas with popular tourist destinations are facing.

It's about the place you live.

Look, besides your math being way off, I aint 80 years old here, and there is a lot for us who are foreigners who live here in Japan, and have for a long time, me, well over 30 years, more than half my life, that we really understand.

Japan isnt anything special, Japan is just like any other country, it's just annoying as hell to read people write stuff that comes across making it seem like Japanese are "special" and foreigners are the root of all evil!

Neither is true and neither is 100% false either. A small percentage of BOTH are 100% wrong and 100% arseholes, the rest, the other 99% on BOTH sides, are average, decent people.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

The fact is that the proportion of tourists with bad manners is much higher than an average Japanese. 

This is actually quite wrong.

Just by the sheer number of people who live here that are Japanese the proportion of Japanese who have bad manners far outweighs the few tourists who show them when they come here.

Very few tourists are the problem, it just their poor manners are over blown because they are foreigners. Japanese tend to over look the poor manners of other Japanese, but believe me they far outweigh the foreigners!

How about the crappy Japanese drivers? The noisy-arsed bosojoku? The nose-picking, arse and boob pinching drunken oyajis? Need I go on?

Oh but they dont count do they? They are Japanese, and EVERYONE knows Japanese have picture perfect manners....NOT!

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Posted in: U.S. catches heat for Women's World Cup goal celebrations See in context

Wonder if the same type of criticism would be made if it was a different team?

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Posted in: Trump says he would take info on 2020 presidential opponent from foreign countries See in context

"If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the FBI -- if I thought there was something wrong."

Key word "I". What Trump THINKS is wrong and what in reality are wrong, are two different things. And that is the biggest problem with Trump.

If the US re-elects Trump, they, the American people, deserve any and all crap that the world delivers their way!

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Posted in: Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan plan to form labor union See in context

You can't take a low end job such as this and then complain about it. Educate yourself before taking the role.

It's not about the "low end" job, it's about insurance really. Even the "unten daiko" driving services have insurance on their drivers and they get, down here at least, as low as 4,000 yen per night of work!

Under the car insurance here, if you use your private vehicle for a business enterprise the number plate and insurance are supposed to be different than that of a truly POV. There are many legal issues here that uber seems to want to side step, so THEY can make money, off the backs of their drivers.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

As for 'bad manners' in regards to using toilets? I'm not even sure what they are talking about there. Need more information.

https://cdn.japantimes.2xx.jp/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/n-toilet-a-20150827.jpg

Lol! I guess people really dont want to know why! Those posters and ones like it, have been placed all over the place in public bathrooms in Japan

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

There are no bins in Japan due to terrorism concerns. Since the Sarin gas attack.

In actuality there are no bins, as other posters have noted, because JAPANESE customers threw their trash from their homes away and cities were having to pay a lot of money to dispose of it. Even many convenience stores took away their trash bins from in front of their stores for the same reasons.

The sarin attack was limited to a very small area, and it was for a short time only that they were removed, they soon were replaced but taken away afterwards to get people to take care of their own garbage!

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

I get the point that Japan has its own indigenous rude people, but they don't have to import more. As a nearly 6 foot tall ginger, I stand out enough when I visit. I don't need to add acting like a stereotypical American on top of that. I don't understand how its so hard to try to have some manners when visiting a foreign country.

I WISH I was "nearly" 6 ft tall sometimes! At close to 2M I stick out down here like a redwood in a forest full of asparagus sprouts! I can not go anywhere outside my house without getting double takes.

Not to mention that when people greet me for the first time, I dont get a "Good morning" (ohaiyou) or anything like that, it's ALWAYS, "Dekai ne! (Damn Big huh!)

Manners are taught at home, and it's rather obvious to me that there are far too many tourists, domestic and foreign, that never learned any!

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

As for 'bad manners' in regards to using toilets? I'm not even sure what they are talking about there. Need more information.

https://cdn.japantimes.2xx.jp/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/n-toilet-a-20150827.jpg

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't website ridiculed for child abuse snafu See in context

The mistake was pointed out by a resident and fixed Tuesday, two months after the errant text was first placed on the site following its April 10 relaunch. An external contractor was outsourced for the project, according to the officials.

Proof once again that far too many people dont pay attention to what they read on the internet!

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Posted in: University student arrested over murder of eye doctor See in context

Condolences to the family and friends of the doctor here.

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Posted in: Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S. See in context

Abe meets Iranian president; warns of armed conflict amid soaring tension with U.S.

And the media is playing IT'S part in ensuring that the flames get fuel as well! The wording in far too many articles like these today assist in making things worse!

Show some responsibility!

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Posted in: Proxy company advises Nissan shareholders to vote against Saikawa See in context

So now who is going to back the back-stabber? Looks to me like Nissan now has it's fall guy for the charges the company itself is facing along with Ghosn and Kelly!

How ironic it would be, the proverbial "poetic-justice" if Saikawa was charged and detained!

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

The agency said, however, "overtourism" is not a severe problem compared with other international tourist destinations.

Here we go with the "other" ....Yeah and Japan is about the 1/10 of the size of the "other" places too"! So do me a favor and pull your heads out of your nether regions!

We folks out here have to deal with it on a daily basis, and you folks who sit in glass towers that make asinine comments like this, have assistants who wipe your butts!

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

Some 25.4 percent cited tourists' manners as a problem in relation to the use of restrooms, while 20.3 percent listed littering in public places and residential areas.

Okinawa is the recipient of 10,000,000 tourists a year! Nearly 1/3, over 3,000,000 that are from foreign countries. The main island of Okinawa has a population of roughly 1.1 million, and the prefecture itself 1.4 million. Point of all that, we know about "tourists"

Yeah there are problems, tourists from some Asian countries do not flush paper down the toilet, they drop it on the floor, and many squat over the "western" style toilets and leave a mess.

Educating tourists on the planes, passing out pamphlets, information, etc etc etc, does not always work, and there are always those that dont follow the rules.

NOTHING can be done, unless you want to stop all tourists from coming here, sadly the only "acceptable" manner level for some folks here is ZERO and that is not being realistic.

Considering many Japanese from mainland who come down here are ever BIGGER pains in the butt than foreign one's! THEY need a big slap upside the head too sometimes!

On this, it isnt just foreigners who are a problem, but Japanese too!

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Posted in: Japan to stiffen rules for foreign university student enrollment after 1,600 go AWOL See in context

But everywhere I go I get turned down with "that is not possible with a temporary visa, you have to get the real one first" - even if there is no law that would prevent any landlord from renting to a company - wether the director has a long term visa or not (I even suggested paying 6 months in advance so they wouldn't have to fear I am suddenly leaving)

You arent looking in the right places. Try daily, weekly, or monthly mansions, like LeoPalace or some other place like that.

So my technical question was really just that: I wondered how you can get by here as an illegal immigrant when you are beeing checked at every opportunity.

Not everyone gets "checked at every opportunity", before I became a naturalized citizen here, I could go literally years without having to pull out the "gaijin toroku shomei sho", the predecessor to the current residence card. I only used it when I got hired for a position, and once when I was renewing my drivers license, and one time, travelling back into Japan.

It is not hard to keep one's head down here, and if you live in an area with a large foreign presence, it gets even easier.

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