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    @M3M3M3

    When I make some tiny little request when ordering (like 'hold the mayonaise please') but the waiter always needs to run back to the kitchen to double check with someone whether my request is acceptable. The really annoying part is when they return and say 'yes, it's OK' with a big smile as if they are doing you some huge favor. I've only ever experienced this in Japan.

    M3M3M3 nailed it. Unfortunately, this stems from an engrained cultural mindset. Decision-making powers are not given to those who are under the manager. This is a particularly painful realisation upon embarking on any form of banking here. I couldn't even get my dry cleaning a day earlier than usual (a whole week)!

    Posted in: What behavior by waiters in restaurants annoys you the most?

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    sighclops

    Following the meeting, a JR Central executive told reporters, “We will consider what has been said very carefully, and certainly wish to change any policies and implement security measures that are deemed necessary as quickly as possible.”

    Seriously, the utter vagueness of Japanese PR-speak is ridiculous - how to say something without actually saying anything at all.

    Posted in: Transport ministry, train operators discuss security measures

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    @Christopher Scott Magor

    The stated goal of Abenomics is to kickstart the economy by boosting inflation - but once prices go up, spending goes down. Granted, a big part of the plan was pushing companies to boost employee wages, but I have yet to meet a non-government worker who benefited from a post-Abenomics wage increase. So what happens? Companies strengthen their bottom lines, the people that work for them get a hearty, "otsukare samadeshita!" for their troubles and everything gets a lot more expensive.

    THIS. Those on here painting a "not so bad" picture of Japan compared to Greece don't know the half of it. As heartbreaking as it is, we all know that Japan does things Japan's way and will never change. Never in a million years. It could be on the brink of total collapse, with lifeline offers from left and right, and will still maintain its stubborn ways. It goes beyond economic policy. This is the harsh reality - and let's not forget that Japan is an island nation. Japan has been stuck in "post-war industrialisation" mode since... post-war times. It's writing corrupted, crony-bound cheques that it's population can't cash.

    Posted in: For Japan, lesson from Greek crisis is to keep on spending

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    There it is folks - the trickle down economy at work

    Posted in: Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data

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    No doubt Japan is heading down a similar, albeit delayed path. When that time comes, Greece will be Disneyland in comparison.

    Posted in: Long lines in Greece as banks reopen

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    crustpunker is legit a treasure of JT. Bravo my man!

    Posted in: Olympic stadium to cost Y252 bil, sports minister says

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    Labels often get thrown around here, shall we say, 'liberally' - 'comedian', 'singer', 'actress'. You get the idea.

    Posted in: Comedian suggests using Japanese with American accent to stealthily broach uncomfortable topics

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    Well, journalism has largely become "journalism".

    Posted in: How has journalism changed in the Internet era?

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    "fiscal discipline" is just Newspeak for "out-of-control government spending"

    Posted in: Japan's back-sliding on fiscal reform puts BOJ in bind

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    That's the least of his problems. The country will go bankrupt before a serious security threat is even on the table.

    Posted in: Abe's ratings slip amid doubts over his security policy

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    @LostInNagoya

    From what I have been reading, Spotify users are going to move to Apple Music massively

    Hard to say at this stage. Spotify's paid users have doubled in just 12 months and the CEO himself said that he doesn't see Apple as a threat. It will just make things better IMO.

    I'm a Spotify user (signed up when I was last back home and use it here in Japan - seriously you don't know what you're missing out on!) and it's just too good to even consider Apple Music. With the ridiculously archaic music industry here, it's simply criminal that the likes of Spotify aren't available here.

    Posted in: Apple bets on radio splash in streaming bid

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    The chronic lower back & shoulder pain was too much for me to endure, so I shelled out the big $$$ (or yen, if you will) for a proper bed. Haven't looked back! If you don't move around much in your sleep, then a futon is fine I guess. Let's be honest though, they're mainly for those living in somewhat 'confined' (ie. shoebox size) dwellings who need the extra space at a moment's notice.

    Posted in: Are futons awesome or simply awful?

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    More like: "Fax machines holding on - only in Japan".

    sangetsu03 nailed it. Getting anything administrative done here is slow & convoluted.

    Posted in: Fax machines holding on, especially in Japan

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    "Takano Foods is also raising the price of natto by more than 20% starting from July." "Food manufacturers say the weaker yen has raised the cost of importing raw materials such as wheat flour. Packaging materials have also become more expensive. "

    Failing to see the correlation here. Yet again, the apathetic Japanese consumer is expected to dig deeper into their pockets. Where are the wage hikes? This place is going down the tubes.

    Posted in: Prices of chocolate, sauces, bread, other items to rise

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    I've increasingly come to realise that, as a taxpayer in Japan, you're constantly expected... forced to sacrifice more of your own income "for the better of the country". Pays are going down, taxes are going up. It's a trickle-down economy in the worse sense, with the all-mighty oyaji Goliath at the top. Pork barelling the norm, kickbacks a plenty. No union movements, no justice. No accountability from employers, nor lawmakers. Just shouganaina, apathy and around we go. I've been here almost a decade and I've never seen it this bad - won't last much longer here.

    Posted in: Japan consumer prices up 0.1% in May; jobless rate 3.3%

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    HA! The truth is out. The rampant cronyism & corruption here is brimging the country to its knees.

    @paulinusa

    This shouldn't be happening in an advanced industrialized country. And what's really shocking to me is it's becoming an annual problem.

    Not sure how long you've been here, but one soon realises that Japan is anything but modern or advanced. Far from it.

    Posted in: Bureaucratic bungling behind butter shortage

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    For the uninformed - these kids are no little angels. One was fighting with his father and was even pictured holding up the severed heads of his victims. THE CHILD. The mother made the conscious decision to flee a modern democracy with the husband & kids, so the onus is on her.

    Posted in: Australian leader makes no promises on IS man's children

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    @gogogo

    Why didn't the government get a fixed price quote from the construction companies make the companies stand by the quote and make them eat the costs rather than the tax payers?

    Because of pork barrelling & contracts to the Yaks.

    Posted in: Japan to keep Olympic stadium design as cost soars to Y250 bil

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    For a film franchise that grosses $1bn+ per installment, this is really low-rent.

    Posted in: Superheroes

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    Experts claim that with China's unrelenting takeover of the Spratly Islands region, a large-scale war in the next decade is all but inevitable. And I mean LARGE.

    Posted in: Japan's navy drill in South China Sea may lead to larger role

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