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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

The main noise problem where I live is caused by the city making unnecessary announcements and so on, telling kids at 5 pm it is time to go home and that sort of thing. Kids themselves are no problem.

Where I live there are many hills. That makes the city office noise even more annoying. There are so many echoes from so many speakers that no one can understand them.

Once I called the police to complain about noise, but they refused to do anything. At regular intervals even after midnight the city was broadcasting election results over the city speakers and waking me and presumable many other people up.

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Posted in: Pandemic puts pressure on gov't to open up rice stockpile to charities See in context

Are schoolchildren really educated about rice? They should be taught about it.

They should be taught that Japanese rice is overpriced.

They should be taught that Japanese rice is overpriced to support farmers.

They should be taught that Japanese rice is overpriced to support farmers because farmers vote for the LDP.

They should be taught that the stockpile exists to support the high price of Japanese rice, which supports farmers, who support the LDP.

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Posted in: No-go zone See in context

I think that photo needs editing with Photoshop. I think it needs a diagonal line inserted in each of the five Olympic rings.

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Posted in: Over half of Japanese firms want Olympics cancelled or postponed: survey See in context

Wasn't there a survey, was it by NHK, a few weeks that got diametrically opposite results?

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Posted in: Nikkei ends above 30,000 mark for 1st time in over 30 years See in context

No doubt is an Olympic boom, no doubt it will continue, let's all rejoice.

Sorry, I am not going to join you and buy at the top of the market. Buying at the bottom is the way to make money.

Why invest in developed economies? Invest in developing economies. They are called developing for a reason. Developed just sounds better than stagnating. I have done quite well, thank you, doing so.

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

When I lived In Britain, it was very easy to sue companies for small amounts. Every company on its letterhead had to state the registered address of its head office. You went to the local county court filled out forms and served them by registered mail at the registered address. They had 14 days or maybe it was a week to respond. If they were didn't respond, the lost the case and you could send in the bailiffs. I did it to very late payers many times. None ever responded. The problem was some seemed to have no assets at all.

I wonder how this applies in Japan to, for example, the case of tree falling down and causing damage. Would a claim be sent to the registered address of the owner be accepted by the courts even if the owner had moved and no one knew where he had moved to?

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't to give smartphones to senior citizens, pay for their calling and data plans See in context

Shibuya has announced a plan to provide 3,000 smartphones to senior citizens living within the ward by this September.

Why aren't we told how many senior citizens actually live in Shibuya?

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

An American lawyer appears as a cat by mistake. Everyone laughs.

A Japanese Minister intentionally hands out advice as a dog. Should we laugh? Maybe we should just put our heads in our hands in despair.

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Posted in: Japan’s households, firms continue to hoard cash as pandemic persists See in context

Saving money is not like hoarding toilet paper.

I consider myself lucky because I have bought and paid for my house. I have somewhere to live. I am so glad I don't have to pay rent or a mortgage every month.

I can imagine how hard life must seem for many people in the Tokyo area. Many don't even know if how long they can keep their job or the company they work for can stay in business. All those blue sheets on the riverside and in parks reinforce the belief that people should save for a rainy day.

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Posted in: Japan to start COVID vaccinations next week despite syringe shortage See in context

Klausdorf, yes, they did use their brains. It would have been better if they had used scientists and doctors brains instead.

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Posted in: No hugs or high-fives, but 150,000 condoms will be given out at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Are these supposed to be worn the normal way or pulled over the head for protection against coronavirus?

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Posted in: As pandemic worsens, more medical workers bail out See in context

Aly Rustom, it could be a political truth, meaning that the beds really are available but forgetting to mention that even though the beds are there, there are no use because there is no one to take care of anyone who is put in them. At best, I suppose, this is a half truth.

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

I can quite understand why Mori said women waste time in meetings because they talk too much. Probably meant to say they talk too much in English so that many foreigners on the IOC can understand.

It is just unfortunate that the head of the JOC does not speak or understand English, so to him speaking English is equivalent to wasting time.

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Posted in: Old but gold: Tokyo's retro car owners revel in modern classics See in context

One temple in Kyoto used to have a '59 Cadillac on display behind glass. I wonder if it is still there.

Some of the '50 American chromeboats have highly modified suspension so that they can actually jump up and down.

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Posted in: Foreign trainees hit hard by coronavirus See in context

Mr Kipling, I suspected your working conditions were pretty good, which is probably an understatement. These people are doing jobs Japanese do not want to do. Many are in the countryside. If they are treated properly, I doubt many would get angry, resort to crime and resent life in Japan. After all they came to Japan, to learn, to make a living, to improve their family's life.

Most can speak Japanese, many are trilingual speaking English, too.

It may be true that they will never be fully accepted in Japan, but how many foreigners are fully accepted?

You have sympathy for Japanese whose salaries are weighed down by imported cheap workers. Do you have sympathy for Japanese who might believe their salaries and terms of employment are inferior to those of gaijin sharing their workplace who cannot even speak Japanese but have benefits such as paid for luxury central Tokyo housing and paid for education at international schools for their kids?

The trainee system is misused in many, but not all cases. There are a lot of trainees near where I live yet I have never heard of crime committed by them. I suspect many are treated well and fairly, but others are basically trafficked, and that is where the problem lies.

The criminals are the traffickers, not the trafficked.

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Posted in: Foreign trainees hit hard by coronavirus See in context

Mr Kipling, I have no idea what you do or what your working conditions are, but do you have any idea what an interns working conditions can be like?

Did you borrow money to come and work here? Did you even need to borrow money to get here? I suspect that the people who lent him the money are even less scrupulous than US student loan companies. I suspect it is more along the lines of sarakin loans.

I am assuming you are working in Japan? Are you paid as promised? Are you bullied?

Please let us know what you would do if your company did not pay you your agreed salary? Would you move to another company, return to your country whatever it may be, or just grin and bear it, which is the only choice the interns have. Their visa does not allow them to change job and they don't have the money to return to their country. Even if they do return their country, they will have a debt they cannot repay as they probably can't even pay the interest.

Sometimes it is good to have some sympathy for those less privileged than yourself.

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Posted in: As Google eyes Australia exit, Microsoft talks Bing with PM See in context

More laughs if they use Bing instead of Google for translation. Will Bing ever learn ichiman is 10,000 not a million?

I also agree with Alex on Duckduckgo as second choice.

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Posted in: Insurers face 'mind-blowingly' large loss if Olympics canceled See in context

I believe the way the Lloyds grouping works is to share risk among members so that no single member takes an excessive risk. In extreme cases guarantors, who make some easy money most years, can be called on to help. I do not think the guarantors have ever been called on to pay up. No doubt someone will correct me if I am wrong.

Is it reasonable to assume that Japanese insurance companies could also suffer a loss, in which case it would be reasonable to assume that they support holding the Olympics. I would also assume insurance companies would be part an essential part of a poll of companies to see how many companies support the Olympics.

I wonder if the Japanese insurance companies have been generously donating to the LDP recently.

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Posted in: The circumstances for a revolution have arrived. I want to call out to the working class. See in context

I haven't heard of Chukaku-ha for many years. If I remember correctly, they were responsible for sabotaging railway tracks between Tokyo and Narita and other acts of protest against the construction of Narita Airport. Were they also responsible for firing at the imperial palace one time?

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Posted in: Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout See in context

Demonstrating Tokyo's commitment to safety?

I think Tokyo's commitment to safety has been demonstrated by GoTo Travel, political bonenkai, visits to hostess bars. A lack of testing and contact tracing demonstrates Tokyo is more committed to the Olympics than testing.

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Posted in: It is understandable for young people with a lower risk of developing serious symptoms not to exercise voluntary restrictions. Criticizing them will only trigger opposition. See in context

And it is most certainly not understandable when politicians, those who are supposed to be leaders, do not exercise volutary restrictions.

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Posted in: Tokyo apartment prices rise to near bubble-era high in 2020 See in context

Ulysses, when you are in your 70s, living in the countryside in a single storey house makes much more sense. You probably have a pension and don't have to commute to go to work. You are unlikely to get a mortgage for tens of milions of yen anyway and you can buy a nice house for less than 10 million. Local health and support services are also excellent in the countryside.

In the bubble people bought and paid ridiculous prices for property because property prices always go up. When the bubble burst, they learnt property prices can also go down.

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Posted in: Japan to start random PCR testing to ascertain extent of infections See in context

The costs of the tests, which will be carried out by contracted private companies, will be fully covered by the central government.

Is Dentsu going to set up a covid testing subsidiary?

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Posted in: Japan's Filipino community puts down roots, moves past hostess origins See in context

When they were in the Philippines, they could speak English extremely well. When they came to Japan, they gained fluency in Japanese. In Japan there is a growing demand for bilingual staff in many areas, which the Japanese education system seems unable to fullfil. Many Filipinos seem to work on helplines where English is necessary.

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Posted in: Beijing launches mass virus tests See in context

China seems to be making much more effort than many countries to solve the problem, much more than Japan does. Where I live, which is not so far from Tokyo, supermarkets and other shops do not even check the temperature of customers.

Don't knock China when it does the right thing.

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Posted in: Politician wants workers across country to have option for 3-day weekends every week See in context

I agree, many will happily work 10 hours a day if it means 3 days off a week, especially those who currently work 10 hours a day 5 days a week.

In cases where employees work 8 hours a day 5 days a week, I imagine companies will be quite happy with the arrangement if they can get their employees to work 10 hours a day for 3 or 4 days a week for 60 or 80% of their current salary.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s latest plan to boost birth rate: Pay people 100,000 yen per baby they give birth to See in context

I live in the countryside. Here housing is much cheaper cheaper than in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Here it does not cost much more for an apartment with one more room. Here young married couples have kids, and often three or four.

To have more kids you need more room and more rooms. The way to increase the birthrate is to increase the number of young couples living in the countryside, and the way to do that is to improve job opportunities in the countryside. In fact, in the countryside it is easier to buy a house with a garden, live somewhere suitable for bringing up a child.

This idea is even more pathetic than the 100,000 coronavirus handout. It will have absolutely no effect. No one is going to be persuaded to take on the cost of feeding, housing, educating a child for 20 years or more by such a paltry sum.

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Posted in: Sapporo decides to sell new beer with English mistake on label See in context

An English spelling mistake is not news. This is news because they noticed the mistake and are going to correct it.

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

Japan will suspend the entry of all nonresident foreign nationals into the country as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

What about Olympic athletes?

The government last month halted new entries worldwide, except business travelers and students from Taiwan and 10 Asian countries -- Brunei, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam -- had been exempt.

Wasn't it last month that many Olympic athletes including those from non-Asian countries entered Japan?

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

When I was a child, we wondered what would happen in the future, what would happen when there were robots to do the work for us, what benefits computerisation would bring.

Now we can consider what has happened. Do people have any easier life, do they work less, or do they have a harder life and work longer hours?

It seems it is becoming harder to survive for many. Does your country have more homeless now than it did when you were a child? Were there homeless children, as there are now in so many so-called advanced countries, when you were a child? Do you have more free time than your parents did when you were a child? Have the benefits of computerisation and automation trickled down.

For a vision of the future, let's consider Amazon. Bezos is incredibly rich. His employees are work very hard to make him richer, to make him earn more every day than he can possibly spend in a lifetime. Even so, what is the future for such employees? Will they be replaced by robots? Will the delivery drivers be replaced by drones? How many people will be left to buy what he is selling? Where will the future lead?

Look at the US. Is it a capitalist heaven or hell? Your answer may depend on whether you work for Wall Street or Walmart. Wall Street has received huge amounts of welfare in times of trouble. Many Walmart employees have to live on food stamps. Compare the US with the Scandinavian countries and their socialism, their much more egalitarian societies. Consider how the Scandinavian countries redistribute wealth.

UBI seems to me to be an excellent idea. It seems an efficient way of sharing, redistributing wealth. It seems to be something that a wealthy country could afford. It seems to be an excellent way for a government to spend money.

It is good that Japan is thinking about it. Coronavirus seems to provide an excellent opportunity to test it. How much has the government handed out in benefits to business, the travel industry with GoTo Travel, the restaurant industry with GoTo Eat? Let's not forget each household got a mere ¥100,000.

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