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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

The health ministry said it does not have the authority to require testing centers to share data, but would consider ways to compile private results.

This is so damn annoying to read. I've heard this from other government agencies before and wonder what the freaking purpose is of their existence. If they have no legal authority to do jack squat then give them legal authority at once, or remove them from existence. And PUNISH those idiots in charge who came up with the idea of not giving govt bodies that legal authority.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec says automaker sought to hide Ghosn's pay See in context

Mark my words: This story will soon be buried. This story will soon be a thing of the past. Everyone will only remember how the Gaijin was guilty. The fresh news will be hidden very soon. You will not be able to follow this story in Japan because Japan, Inc. understands that this makes things look very bad for them now. But, who will remember?

Well then the foreign media will have to do EVERYTHING in its power to make sure that Japan is and continues to be ridiculed on a global stage for all these committed atrocities.

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Posted in: Domestic violence cases in Japan hit record high in FY2020 See in context

The problem is that, e.g. in case of my Japanese Co- Workers, they don't want to spend time at home.

Many of my male co-workers complain about their wives.

But the Women too. Many are not happy in their marriage and private lives.

All of them want to work as long as possible to avoid going home early.

My company doesn't support home office, and 90% of my coworkers are happy about that.

You know that Japanese people are hard drinkers. That is how they stress out.

Going to Izakaya or Bar after work, drink with Co- workers and complain about the boss and the company.

But not only the men, also the women. Some of my female Co-workers are crazy drinkers.

But now many of the Izakaya and Bars closes earlier or doing some virus preventions. The situation in most Izakayas and Bars are not the same like before.

So the people feel not comfortable and have no valve to release stress.

So they bring this stress home and they get irritated by each single small thing...

Very good point. And this does make me wonder why people start dating, living together or get married in the first place if you feel that your partner isn't suitable.

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Posted in: Gang robs pachinko parlor in Oita Prefecture See in context

All pachinkos are subsidiaries of yaks and thangs. aka "yak gang"

Not true. I have a zanichi Korean friend in Japan whose family runs a chain of pachinko parlors around the country amongst other normal business ventures. They are well off, but have zero affiliation with gangs.

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Posted in: Business leaders vow to revive pandemic-hit economy with innovation See in context

I agree with all the criticism here above and I would like to ad some. I wanted a business loan from my bank for My profitable company in Japan so I could hire 4 exes people. SMBC did not even look at the businessplan. Foreigners can never be trusted while banks throw billions at unsustainable companies at the same time.

Hi Robert, fellow Belgian here. Does this mean that you are still treated this way despite having PR in Japan? I thought PR changes everything when it comes to loans.

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Posted in: Gov't gave more than 100 contracts over 10 years to Dentsu-linked non-profit groups See in context

The board’s investigations often take more than a year, ending in recommendations for government entities on how to improve their practices.

Ah, so no legal sanctions here then, right? Just a recommendation, an urge, a polite plea for cooperation. In other words, zero consequences, a waste of time, and no change whatsoever. Yeah, that sounds about right in Japan.

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Posted in: Police shoot knife-wielding man before arresting him See in context

Not to generalize, but we often see such stories about involving construction workers, fire fighters or other blue collar workers. I guess these folk are cut from a different cloth.

Threatening police with a knife is only considered to be, 'interfering with police in the performance of their duty'? That sounds like a nice, Japanese way of saying, 'attempted murder'!!

Isn't this what Americans call obstruction of justice? What kinda shocks me is that a police officer could take any disagreement you have with him and turn it into obstruction of justice/interference with performance of duties.

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Posted in: Virus outbreaks, scandals sap public support for Suga See in context

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga adjusts his face mask after a press conference on the COVID-19 situation on Dec 25.

Why is he touching his mask from the front and not by the strings like he's supposed to? He's even dumber than I thought. But then again, that perfectly illustrates his failed policies thus far. A pathetic afterthought of a PM he is.

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Posted in: French investigators to question Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon See in context

Mr. Ghosn wants the evidence partly because he wants a trial in Lebanon. Japanese want him to face trial in Japan. This is why they are not handing over the evidence (and as mentioned earlier are no laws requiring them to turn it over to him).

If what you say is true, then Japan really had no business sending its deputy justice minister all the way to Lebanon to desperately try and convince them to hand over ghosn back to Japan, as Lebanon has no legal obligation to do so.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker drank with 30 people despite virus warnings See in context

While I don't approve of what he did, I do wonder if there was social distancing and mask wearing enforced on premise, as that would have made a difference. The article doesn't mention that. If there wasn't, then it's not just him or his strawberry picking circus clown of a prime minister who is at fault, but also the establishment for allowing this to happen, and all those constituents for participating in this.

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Posted in: Part-time Saga City employee arrested for assaulting, threatening to kill former subordinate See in context

Psycho much?

The brutha isn't your wife or girlfriend, who cares if he blocks your calls. Get over it.

One guy is the other's subordinate, so it does matter. If you had a subordinate at work who blocked your calls, would you be ok with it? The guy's violent behavior towards his subordinate is of course unacceptable, but blocking your boss' calls is too.

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Posted in: Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000 See in context

I don't trust anything this fool says.

He denied the need to curb on the go to travel campaign, but then went back on hjs word, right? Pathetic.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting girlfriend’s elementary school age son See in context

Make it illegal for anyone to hit or physical punish children.

It already is illegal! I believe they made it illegal last year after that big case with the young 4 year old girl who died from her abusive father. But here is the catch: that law provides no punishment even if people break it. Japan in a nutshell.

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Posted in: Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic See in context

I echo what everyone else is saying here. And boy would I love to see the faces of the Japanese govt AND the entire IOC including that buffoon thomas bach if all athletes refused to come to Japan next year again just like earlier this year because the pandemic wasn't under control. That sure would make them all look like careless, selfish and clueless elitists of the highest order.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

what a burn. Japan wants UNESCO every day but anything else no, especially international human rights conventions

Good point. It reminds me of that story of when ghosn was arrested, the lebanese govt kept trying to contact the jgovt for information but their attempts remained unanswered. Then, once ghosn had fled the country for lebanon, they came crawling over to them, insisting they cooperate and hand him over. Keep ridiculing them and their practices that are unworthy of a first world nation.

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Posted in: Man filmed stealing sleeping passenger’s wallet on train See in context

Those days of Japan being considered so safe that wallets and purses accidentally left on trains would be safely returned to their owners, are long gone.

Things have gotten worse overall.

You keep repeating yourself almost every time an article like this comes out. Why?? Please stop. Like Garypen said, good things still happen and I too have gotten my lost stuff back on many occasions. This made the news because it's rather exceptional.

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Posted in: Man suspected of fatally stabbing woman in car found dead in hotel room See in context

Poor victim and her family...

Poor wife and kids...

As for the man himself, what a pathetic loser. You won't be missed.

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Posted in: October to bring various price changes for Japan residents See in context

It doesn't mean what you think it means. It simply says that if you leave your job for "personal reasons" then you can claim unemployment benefit after two months instead of three.

Ok, I stand corrected. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted in: October to bring various price changes for Japan residents See in context

Most of you are talking about the minimum wage increase, but I was wondering about this.

On the other hand, unemployment allowances granted to people who leave jobs for personal reasons will be disbursed after two months rather than three, which the government says will help create a job market that makes it easier for people to switch careers

What the heck does that even mean? Just how does decreasing unemployment benefits by a month improve career changes, especially in this pandemic??

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Posted in: Census distribution starts with wariness about virus infection See in context

FYI, straight from their website



So there is a penalty, but they can't force us and therefore ask for our cooperation. Mkay...

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Posted in: Census distribution starts with wariness about virus infection See in context

I got mine in the mail over the weekend. Maybe I wasn't home when they rang. It says we are supposed to fill it in by law, but what happens in case of non-compliance I wonder? Jail time and a fine, or absolutely nothing just like a lot of their other toothless laws?

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Posted in: Mother and son in Japan arrested for running counterfeit Pokemon operation See in context

 I think that so long as they make it clear they sell knock offs they should be left alone. 

I'm pretty sure that would have gotten them caught even faster as I think it's illegal to sell unofficially licensed goods.

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Posted in: Nissan received record ¥130 bil state loan guarantee See in context

*The guarantee covers part of the 180 billion yen loan that the state-affiliated financial institution extended to help the struggling Japanese automaker weather the pandemic's blow to sales already hurt by restructuring *following the aggressive expansion sought by former boss Carlos Ghosn

Unbelievable. He SAVED that bedridden company from bankruptcy and this is how they repay him. Let me correct this paragraph as follows:

*The guarantee covers part of the 180 billion yen loan that the state-affiliated financial institution extended to help the struggling Japanese automaker weather the pandemic's blow to sales already hurt by restructuring *following a series of back stabbing attempts by nissan upper management such as hari nada and hiroto saikawa on Carlos Ghosn in an alleged attempt to desperately prevent him from proceeding with a merge between nissan and Renault.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 116 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 449 See in context

Just for everyone's info, this week I received a letter in the mail from my local ward saying they can offer 見舞金 aka sympathy money of 100.000 yen to those who were recently diagnosed with corona (I was one of them but I recovered). I didn't read or hear about this in the media, so I was pretty surprised when I got that letter.

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Posted in: Judge OKs extradition to Japan of 2 men accused of aiding Ghosn escape See in context

Everyone saying the Japanese justice system is corrupt. I say follow the law and you will not have to deal with it.

Fact: Ghosn was arrested on accusations of charges that had not yet been proven true or false in a court of law.

Fact: Saikawa himself admitted to getting overpaid but wasn't prosecuted at all, unlike Ghosn.

So explain to me how it can be that someone who presumably followed the law, ends up getting arrested and is presumed guilty without evidence, while someone else who ADMITS wrongdoing, isn't arrested and doesn't spend a single day in detention?

I hope the get extradited to japan and suffer in a Hokkaido prison in winter

Let's see you say that again when you're the one getting arrested, presumed guilty from the start, getting interrogated for hours on end, getting told by prosecutors that you'd better plead guilty or else, having your court date constantly postponed, all the while someone else with similar accusations doesn't get a finger lifted at him.

Good luck suffering in your hokkaido prison.

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Posted in: Rules urged for personal-bag use in shops due to shoplifting fear See in context

Will I be looked at suspiciously if I take my backpack to the super? 

I have been using my backpack for years when going grocery shopping in Japan. I walk into the store with it on my back, but I only put my groceries in it after I've paid. Until then I of course use the shopping basket. Never been an issue for me.

If Japan really wants to do something about potential shoplifters, they could do what Silvafan suggests, or what Carrefour in Europe did: install lockers by the entrance of the store and only allow customers in after they temporarily store their personal belonings there, including their own bags etc. And can pick it up again when they leave.

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Posted in: Abenomics failed to deliver as Japan braces for post-Abe era See in context


"I think he worked hard. As head of the ruling party, he worked hard on Abenomics for eight years. There were various problems, but if someone else had been leader, it's questionable whether they could have maintained a stable government for as long as he did.

"He had various diplomatic negotiations overseas and there were pros and cons, but I think there were many merits.


"I think he's been working the whole time, and we've also had the coronavirus pandemic. He's faced various criticism, I think, but he's worked hard for the country so I feel kind of sad that he's resigning."

This is how some people see him? Amazing. Working hard...? Gimme a break. Some Japanese don't hold him under any scrutiny whatsoever. Who cares about working hard when you've barely delivered and have even deceived the public many times. Did they conveniently forget this?

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Posted in: Abe set to resign, citing worsening health See in context

Imagine working for 2799 consecutive days under exponential pressure and criticisms.. no man can stand that.

Not true. He took a day off to play with his dog, drink tea and then upload it to social media so everyone could see he was self-isolating

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Posted in: Nissan slapped with more back taxes from Ghosn period See in context

In a report submitted to the Tokyo Stock Exchange in January, Nissan said that Ghosn inappropriately received about 140 million yen ($1.3 million) as stock-linked compensation. He also used a company business jet for private trips, costing a total of $4.4 million.

What about that dirty rat saikawa and others who admitted to receiving compensation? Why aren't they also in the report and in jail?

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Posted in: Beat the heat See in context

I beat the heat by staying indoors with the AC on full blast.

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