Yubaru comments

Posted in: Reporter sues government after his passport invalidated See in context

He should have become a dual-citizen and gotten another passport. Perhaps he is out of touch with Japanese culture?

Could you please explain what you mean when you say "out of touch with Japanese culture?"

I do not understand what Japanese culture has to do with becoming a dual citizen? Particularly seeing as how Japan does not officially recognize dual-citizenship's.

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Posted in: House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive, unprecedented' obstruction See in context

"If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court," the Republican president, who is seeking re-election next year, said on Twitter without offering details about what legal action he envisioned.

I do not understand why people even care all that much about what he says anymore anyways! He is a blow-hard child in a grandfather's aging mind!

Let him talk, he will eventually ties his own noose!

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Posted in: Carole Ghosn criss-crossing world in emotional media, political campaign for husband See in context

Nevertheless, she has been unable to shake off the Japanese investigators who reportedly suspect her of contacting some of the protagonists in the case to get their stories straight.

Her husband is the one going to trial here and in detention. They can suspect anything they want, as a free person she can do and go where ever she chooses, and if they want to question her again, do it in court, where the world can hear what she has to say!

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

The accident has again stirred debate on how to prevent accidents involving elderly drivers in an aging country.

Just like with so many other issues here, the "debate" only gets stirred up when some tragedy occurs, and then over the course of a few weeks, it dies down, until the next time!

No conclusions will ever come of this as long as this continues to be a major issue;

The number of people who voluntarily return their licenses has been on the rise, but a police official said it is difficult to strongly urge the elderly to do so especially in areas where cars play an important role in daily life.

Meaning, the areas these elderly live in have poor, or no options when it comes to transportation. There are no buses, nor taxis, and to even get to the nearest store they have to travel many kilometers.

This problem is not going to be fixed by the NPA just arbitrarily making a new law forcing elderly to return their licenses. There needs to be a joint effort by all communities to improve their own infrastructures to assist the elderly.

But how can they? It's basically become the elderly taking care of the elderly in many areas and that is not a solution either.

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Posted in: Japan eyes preventing convenience store chains from forcing 24-hour operations See in context

I see no reason for some convenience stores to stay open for 24/7 anyway.

I would personally love to see convenience stores here join together with gas station operators and make things a hell of a lot more "convenient" too!

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Posted in: Reporter sues government after his passport invalidated See in context

leaving Japan out of touch with the rest of the world.

Japan has been out of touch with the rest of the world on so many levels for a very long time. I doubt that his going to Yemen is going to even scratch the surface of changing it!

If he wants to go, let him, just ensure that he sign a waver, and if possible, all his family and friends too, releasing the government from any responsibility in gaining his release when he is again taken hostage!

Oh and make sure that signing and the document itself is highly publicized both here and abroad, as well!

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Posted in: House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive, unprecedented' obstruction See in context

Sad time in America!

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

I wonder, are they going to stop admitting students who smoke too? Are they going to kick out any students who refuse to quit?

Highly doubt it, they want their tuition money!

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

dont like it? exactly... if its legal, and you do it outside of your employment area, it aint your employers concern whatsoever.

Far too many posters have a difficult time accepting this when it comes to smoking. Other "unhealthy" habits or lifestyles get a free pass.

It also seems to me that far too many here are unaware as well, that just about every public school in Japan, least wise as far as I know, already bans smoking on school grounds. From some of the comments I have read here, people seem to think the teachers are smoking away in class, in front of students, and that is not the case.

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

You keep making these claims that the employer has no grounds for butting into ones life outside of work, but aren't providing any supporting evidence.

Oh so then you are saying that it's ok for an employer to determine your lifestyle habits!

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

Apply the same ban to teachers in high school, JHS, or elementary school. Talk about poor role models.

Rather have a teacher that smokes than one that molests kids, or is unable to recognize or acknowledge when someone in their care is being bullied!

Being a smoker does not take away from one's ability to do their job. On school grounds fine. But the minute anyone is off the grounds, on their own time, the employer has no businesses butting in!

It's basically the same as saying "you can't have a tattoo" to work in my company! Even though it's covered up and you will never in your life see it! (Talk to people in Osaka about that one!)

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Posted in: Diet enacts law to compensate forced sterilization victims See in context

"As the government that carried out this law, after deep reflection, I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart."

And if you believe he was being sincere I have some prime real estate for sale if anyone is interested!

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Posted in: Japan to halt nuclear plants if anti-terror steps not taken by set deadlines See in context

There is no way Abe is going to let a little thing like a potential terrorist threat to stop his plans of restarting all the nuclear reactors in Japan.

This "new plan" is once again a lip service response to a potentially serious threat.

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

That's not how the right to privacy works. You are confusing the right to privacy with equality under the law.

No I am not, the right to privacy also includes the right to not have you or anyone into my house or where ever I may choose to light up OUTSIDE the campus property, in dictating to me what I can or can not do in my own private space!

Employers aren't under an obligation to hire smokers because being a smoker is not a protected class, so anti-discrimination laws, which come from equality under the law, are inapplicable.

"Protected class?", remember where this discussion is being had, they can very well be sued, and probably will win because they are in fact discriminating against potentially qualified applicants

There is no such thing as a "protected class" here. Use Japanese law.

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

Things are ticking along well. Compare Japans unemployment rate compared to any nation. About 3 %. 1.6 jobs per graduate, which indicated business is really ticking along nicely. Olympics will boost this even more.

Just because there are jobs, does not mean one will be "gainfully" employed! Also it does not mean full time employment either, nor a guarantee of getting a living wage!

Exactly. Foreign workers are lining up overseas for the lucky chance to get the 5 year Japan Visa.

Please show some facts to back up this fallacy?

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

Which right?

The right to privacy! What a person does on their own time, if it does not break any laws, is not the businesses of their employer!

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

Despite that, tobacco use in Japan has been falling in line with a broader global trend.

Why in the hell is this line even included in the article? If Japan was truly falling in line, tobacco prices would have gone up by at least 100% per pack, and even then they would be far cheaper than found in many countries "globally".

The average pack of Mevius brand (Formerly Mild 7) tobacco is ¥480 per pack. Double that price tomorrow and you would see a flood of guys stop smoking....their wives wouldn't give them an allowance for THAT much for cigarettes!

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

Local media said it was the first state-run university to introduce such a condition of employment and the move comes after Tokyo's city government passed strict new anti-smoking rules last year ahead of the 2020 Summer Games.

Please STOP, with connecting every decision made by anyone or anywhere here to the Tokyo Olympics! You are making an assumption, based upon no evidence written here, that this decision is anyway at all connected to the decision made in Tokyo!

Nagasaki has little if nothing to do with the Olympics, and for all you know this decision may have been made PRIOR to Tokyo's and is just being implemented now.

If that's the case you should be writing that Tokyo changed IT's laws following Nagasaki University, but you wouldn't would you? Because it's Nagasaki and not Tokyo!

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy

Read that title and thought: "Wishful thinking"

Japan's unprecedented 10-day holiday to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement is expected to give the sluggish economy at least a short-term boost.

Then reality sinks in! This is possible, yet I for one am getting tired of continually reading articles that talk about the "sluggish economy", It's not "sluggish", this economy is the reality!

Abe's free money policies have not worked, it's an old idea that has been proven, now twice here at least, will not support and grow the economy because the average people are not seeing any benefits to themselves, particularly when during the same time period taxes have increased, and income, real income, has been frozen for at least a decade!

There might be a bump in the service related industries, just like there will be a bump in durable goods as well, before the tax hike. The numbers will be blared out as signs of "recovery" and "growth" but soon after the economy will again sink further into the quagmire of debt!

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Posted in: China plastic waste ban throws global recycling into chaos See in context

If you make the waste, deal with it on your own ground! There should be an international moratorium against exporting garbage! Including plastic!

If individual countries were forced to deal with it themselves, this problem would disappear right quickly!

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Posted in: Japan drops 'maximum pressure' on N Korea from diplomatic book See in context

Japan on Tuesday dropped the push to apply "maximum pressure" on North Korea from its official foreign policy, an apparent softening of Tokyo's position as major powers engage with Pyongyang.

Meaning, from behind the scenes the US told Abe to cool things down with the rhetoric. Abe's got no seat at the table, and he has to wait for any scraps from Trump before he can do anything.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son loses $130 mil on bitcoin: report See in context

Well, guess everything Son touches doesnt actually turn to gold every time. Although I rather doubt he is going to really feel any pain from the loss.

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Posted in: Trump gets Buckingham Palace dinner date See in context

Many American presidents have visited the monarch, but just two — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — were honored with a state visit and its accompanying pomp and pageantry, including a horse-drawn carriage ride and a royal banquet at Buckingham Palace.

This is the only reason Trump has pushed for this invitation. His ego cant allow himself to accept that Obama has been given things he cant have!

Trump does not deserve this honor!

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Posted in: Emperor visits father's tomb to report upcoming abdication See in context

The article says Musashino Imperial Graveyard, it is the Musashi Imperial Graveyard. (Musashi 武蔵 not musashino 武蔵野)

The translators are mixing Japanese and English here, Mushashi-no Imperial Graveyard. It is located in the "old" Musashi Provincial area.

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Posted in: Emperor visits father's tomb to report upcoming abdication See in context

I talk to dead people as well. It's quite common when someone close to you has died. You know them so well, you can pretty much imagine what they would say back. It's comforting.

My mother, in the states, was cremated after her death, my family sent me a bit of her ashes, that I keep on the family altar here in our house. I often light a candle, and incense here, and talk with her too!

My mom is never far from my heart!

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Posted in: Emperor visits father's tomb to report upcoming abdication See in context

Honoring the dead here in Japan is a serious tradition! It's not just the Emperor, many of us "regular" folks here typically pay our respects to our dead ancestors at least once a year. Depending upon where you live, even more. Not to mention the beliefs that surround Obon,

The ceremonies down here associated with funerals, and the anniversaries, and yearly obon observances, help to keep the spirit of the departed family members close.

A hell of a lot better than in many western cultures, when after the body is buried, it's back to business as usual, and far too many people have to suffer alone!

I have been heavily involved in both, my father and mother's passing in the states, and my in-laws passing here, and I will tell you, here, one is rarely alone for at least the first 49 days! (At least here in Okinawa!)

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

You better lay off the bong if you think the extra money is going to the needy. It will maybe go to paying off the enormous debt, followed by political pork barrel projects, and finally if we are lucky it may buy an extra destroyer or two to defend us after Aso puts his foot in his mouth again and offends China and South Korea and North Korea all at once.

You may want to read up a little more about where the increase is going to be used here. It is well known that it has nothing to do with the things you stated here.

The money has been earmarked for social-welfare programs aimed at assisting parents with childcare, education, and social-welfare issues targeting them.

If you would read previous posts you would have managed to save yourself the trouble of writing what you did here!

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Posted in: Emperor visits father's tomb to report upcoming abdication See in context

As preparations for the imperial succession move forward, the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided the same day to appoint the crown prince's top aide, Nobutake Odano, 71, as the new grand chamberlain as of May 1.

71 year old aide? More like keeper!

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

Coming from Oregon, where there is no sales/consumption tax (except for vice tax), I knew I was going to have to get used to paying such a tax in Japan, but I was absolutely floored when I found out food was taxed here in Japan.

Until this tax increase and the screwed up manner with which it will be implemented there was no tax on food per say.

The tax you were paying was on the purchased items, no matter what they were. The consumption tax and the tax system here did not differentiate between what you were purchasing, it was across the board.

So technically it wasn't the food being taxed, it was the purchase.

Now because the money from the increase is being directed towards a specific area of need, the convoluted system was set up totally to appease those that do not have children, or no longer have to support them. There was a big stir in that elderly voting block against having their "hard earned income" going to support children who pay no taxes. Idiotic, but the reality.

If the original plan went through without all these changes, there would have been a great chance that the LDP would have suffered at the polls across the board.

Hence too, Abe delaying the increase twice, he went through a lot of guano for delaying it the second time, and is already laying the groundwork to do it again, just in case, and even though his partner

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

I'm assuming the extra 2% added charge at restaurants is for the added service coming from the wait staff (bringing refills on coffee, delivering food from the kitchen to the table, etc). If I eat in at a convenience store, I'm not going to get that added service, so why should anyone be charged that extra 2%?

No that is not the reason for the 2%, it's a convoluted system set up to appease a large part of the voting population that does not have underage children.

The 2% increase is supposedly going to be entirely used for social welfare programs for children.

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