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ADK99Feb. 03, 2016 - 11:08AM JST
Given that Diet members manage their own schedules and (committees aside) have no specific responsibility to be in any particular place at any particular time, it's quite likely that this is a symbolic gesture with the full cooperation of Abe and the LDP. Credit where credit is due, they have at least been giving lip service to the idea of supporting working families, and this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully this will encourage companies to follow suit.
The professor is a fool - the work of the Diet won't stop through the absence of one member, just as it doesn't stop when someone is sick, asleep, or too senile to make a meaningful contribution.
Posted in: I think there are more important things for him to do as a Diet member than taking child-care leave.
ADK99Jan. 15, 2016 - 09:46AM JST
Surely it would make sense to make the shows available everywhere first, and then stop people using proxies.
Posted in: Netflix to block proxy access to content not available locally
ADK99Nov. 18, 2015 - 12:04PM JST
"Except for trade" is a pretty massive caveat for a country that relies on exports for 60-70% of food, has an enourmously successful manufacturing export sector, and whose major corporations have recently been on overseas M&A sprees.
It's certainly true that you CAN get by in Japan without English fluency, but why anyone would want their kids to is beyond me. The simple fact is that failure to develop English competence will limit their career options, sometimes in unpredictable ways. Even if you work for a formerly very domestic company you may find yourself suddenly catapulted into international business (e.g. Beam Suntory merger). Why wouldn't you want to be ready for that?
Posted in: Japan, with a GDP more than 20% larger than Germany’s and with twice as many citizens as Italy has, can still thrive within its own ecosystem. Except for trade, it requires little overseas intercourse. Ill-informed (and often monolingual) foreigners ask 'Why do so few Japanese know English?' The answer is simple: They don’t need it...Mastering a complex foreign language wouldn’t be more useful to them than Japanese is to a Kansas farmer.
ADK99Nov. 06, 2015 - 02:29PM JST
There are any number of legitimate reasons for people to out at 1:40. My brother is a policeman - shifts. My sister is an emergency room nurse - shifts. Tokyo izakaya are typically open until 5am - shifts. Even places that close at midnight - staff go home after midnight. Twice last week I worked until last train so was home around 1am. Judging by the number of people on the train, this was far from unusual. Missed the last train once last week (izakaya, not work) so was out and about much later. Had a business trip last month, jetlag kept me awake so went out for a snack in the middle of the night. Karaoke is open all night, so are internet cafes, some spas and saunas. JR staff often work after last train/station closing. In some areas the window between last train and first train is just a couple of hours.
Up to you which of these activities you think are "legitimate" but anyone can see that there are LOT of reasons why one might be out late at night.
Posted in: Man robs Tokyo convenience store
ADK99Nov. 06, 2015 - 02:14PM JST
It certainly is a problem, although part of the issue is that in some countries (the US for example) this kind of crime would barely warrant a mention in the news due to the sheer number of far more serious crimes reported. (And no, I am not suggesting for a second that this is not a serious crime).
Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking upskirt photos of schoolgirl
ADK99Nov. 06, 2015 - 09:52AM JST
@Famador, pant suits are a good idea, although it does somewhat smack of allowing perpetrators of illegal acts to restrict the behaviour of victims.
I have to say though, even at knee length, I don't think it would be especially hard to take a snap on an escalator.
ADK99Oct. 13, 2015 - 05:51PM JST
@Meguroman - Sure, I understand that and as I mentioned, I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with blocking certain sites. I think email is a little different though, and I think most people use their work email address for non-work purposes to some extent. Given the volume of email sent and received by most people these days, I think it's fair to say that routinely monitoring emails is not a practical/cost-effective method of stopping the kinds of misuse you're talking about. It is, however, giving license to someone at a company to be able to read emails that, whilst sent on a company email address, are intended to be private.
And yes, I know, if you don't want your mail to be read then don't use a company email address... just seems like a poor way to deal with your employees.
For what it's worth, I employee 4 people and theoretically have access to their work email accounts. I have informed our staff that I wouldn't dream of reading their emails without a very specific reason, and that they will be informed in person of the reason, and invited to discuss the topic beforehand. Naive, perhaps, but on the plus side we don't waste resources on ploughing through junkmails, Linkedin notifications, invitations to networking events or conversations with spouses over who's going to pick up the kids.
Posted in: To what extent do you think employers should block employee access to online sites, social networking accounts or monitor email?
ADK99Oct. 13, 2015 - 02:11PM JST
It's not just about having a policy - "we may spy in your emails, but we warned you in advance" is a policy that one can't really complain about, but it's not exactly a good way to foster a trusting working environment.
ADK99Oct. 13, 2015 - 10:46AM JST
I'm not keen on monitoring except where there's a specific reason to do so. Treat your employees as adults.
However, I think a strong case can be made for blocking certain sites. My Facebook feed is pretty quiet at the weekend, but far, far busier during working hours which suggests that a lot of people are using it to dodge work.
ADK99Oct. 08, 2015 - 10:58AM JST
I thought rice was going to remain a protected product anyway?
Posted in: What happened to the Diet resolution which said, 'We will not touch agricultural products, particularly rice?'
ADK99Oct. 05, 2015 - 06:32PM JST
Oh I couldn't agree more, and wouldn't dream of owning one. Luckily for me I live in a country where I don't really have to worry about it.
Posted in: If not now, when? America's endless gun control debate
ADK99Oct. 05, 2015 - 05:54PM JST
@Strangerland - I'll give you my fun when you pry it from my cold dead hands!
ADK99Sep. 24, 2015 - 07:39PM JST
One can make a reasonable case in favour of the legislation (although on balance I'm personally against it). As Moonraker points out though, the passage of this law against the will of the people is utterly indefensible and the LDP should be thoroughly ashamed. This is a big deal, and as such requires the consent of the people. With any luck the courts will soon strike it down as unconstitutional and this ultra-arrogant cabinet will be kicked out at the next election. If you want to make a fundamental change to the country, make your case and get the consent of the country.
Posted in: Do you support Japan's new security legislation?
ADK99Sep. 15, 2015 - 10:20AM JST
gabrial888Sep. 15, 2015 - 09:18AM JST
gabrial888Sep. 15, 2015 - 09:18AM JST
Juxtaposing the pet ash diamond business with other basically criminal acts here seems odd to me. There's a glint of flair in the idea of eternalizing one's love for pets.
There is. However there is more than a glint of fraud in selling and not performing that service, which is apparently what's happening in this case.
Posted in: To rip off people, all you need is a good idea
ADK99Sep. 10, 2015 - 06:18PM JST
She could have been on her way to a combini ATM to deposit the money.
In any case, this is a rather weird argument. It is perfectly possible for someone to be foolish/careless and also a victim.
Posted in: Woman robbed of Y700,000 while cycling home
ADK99Sep. 08, 2015 - 05:42PM JST
It also depends very much on the size of the salon. There's one round the corner from my office that has a dozen seats - and staff - , which seem to be permanently filled. 700,00 wouldn't be at all far fetched for that place. There's also every chance that "day's takings" actually means several days takings.
ADK99Sep. 01, 2015 - 04:53PM JST
Reduced subway tolls?
Posted in: Amazon to launch video streaming service in Japan: Nikkei
ADK99Aug. 28, 2015 - 11:22AM JST
Amazon US has a pretty good catalogue, and some of their original stuff is great. I'd be interested to know if they will offer all of that in Japan (and if so, how long it will take). Amazon Prime US is $100 a year so perhaps not.
ADK99Aug. 25, 2015 - 06:43PM JST
@kanide, I don't think Tokyo has a problem with men occasionally boarding the women only carriage. I've certainly done it a couple of times, but in each case it's been where I have arrived on platform at the very end of the train and have run to get on as the doors were closing. As with @Strangerland, I rectified my mistake at the next station. This carriage is not where the groping (or false accusations) is happening.
Posted in: To root out the problems of groping and false charges, fundamental efforts, such as reducing congestion on trains and courts carefully examining all the facts, are needed.
ADK99Aug. 24, 2015 - 10:38PM JST
Interestingly, the women only carriages that we already have tend to be significantly less crowded than the mixed carriages (as anyone who, like me, has accidentally boarded several times will attest!). This begs an interesting question - why don't more women pile onto the women only carriages?
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Feb. 09, 2016 - 01:38AM JST
It was officially confirmed that NK did launch a satellite into orbit
Posted in: Korean schools in Japan brace for harassment after rocket launch
Feb. 09, 2016 - 01:36AM JST
While mom's is in the "Slammer" the son will have lots of places to hoard his…
Posted in: 71-year-old woman torches her son's room for not cleaning up mess
Feb. 09, 2016 - 01:13AM JST
She got fired up!!!
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Feb. 09, 2016 - 01:12AM JST
LMFAO more sanctions!!!! How many more can you place on this rogue country, they still continue…
Posted in: Japan may tighten sanctions in wake of N Korean rocket launch
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