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    sighclops

    @Himajin

    I looked in my rearview mirror yesterday afternoon to see everyone in the car behind me looking at their phones, including the front seat passenger, and DRIVER!

    Oh, that's nothing. Just last month I was overtaken on the Chuo Expressway buy a shain doing roughly 140km/h WHILE texting on his phone! Literally left hand on the wheel, right hand holding the phone & looking down.

    I've basically concluded that the public are treated like children here. Cartoonish mascots on everything aside, spend a day on the trains around Tokyo & it's clear as day - from repeated recordings on escalators (Escalator is in motionI - OH REALLY?!) to thousands of 'gokyoryoku onegaishimasu' messages in that obnoxious 'genki' female voice. P*sses me off more than anything else. Just ridiculous.

    Posted in: 17-year-old girl hit by train while using smartphone on platform

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    @CrazyJoe

    Many people apparently meant their vote as a protest to express frustration with the EU or hostility towards immigrants. But, they assumed it would never actually pass, so they didn't really think through the consequences of leaving the EU.

    I just wish people would come to terms with the fact that those you mention were in fact responsible adults voting in a democratic referendum. It was a close race, but a fair vote. The outcome is what it is! How long will the whinging continue? The voters got what they wanted! Now deal with it, people!

    If this is anything to go by, I can only imagine the sh*tstorm that will entail if Trump becomes President.

    Posted in: Turmoil deepens as Scotland threatens to block Brexit; 11 Labour Party members quit

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    sighclops

    This needed to happen. The EU is in geopolitical & economical dire straits. Others may soon follow!

    Posted in: Asian central banks, policymakers wade in to calm markets after Brexit vote

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    @bullfighter

    Without turning this into a tennis match, I'll attempt to highlight your false arguments one more time.

    I'm not aware that laws, mandates, rules in Japan are rarely enforced.

    Just off the top of my head - Working hours (incl. overtime), price fixing,

    Give me a few minutes with Google and I can find examples in the US or UK of almost anyting that is claimed to be Japan specific.

    This is irrelevant. Again, Japan has its own unique set of problems - as with every country. It's the trifecta of declining birth rate, ageing population & a prolonged recession. Japan is torn between letting go of tradition & embracing change. That's why nothing every changes here.

    You and others probably find my response unusual because you have little experience with Japanese with native level English.

    I speak fluent Japanese, having learnt the language for over 20 years. Over the years I have built more connections here than you have hot dinners, my friend. No idea why you would even make that assumption. Screams naivety.

    Bekkyo 別居 (legal separation without divorce) is hardly a Japanese peculiarity. I'd like to see it demonstrated that women in Japan lack economic freedom.

    Right, let me break it down for you. Japan is by and large a society where a majority of households are single income - for better or for worse. Gender roles are clearly defined, with men typically being the breadwinners & women being the homemakers. This is no generalisation. Japanese society was built on this premise.

    Of course, there has been slight changes here with the advent of dual-income households & even stay-at-home fathers, but on the whole very little has changed in 50 years. Unfortunately, this mentality often carries into the workplace, with women often being subject to age, gender & sexual harassment. I've spoken to victims.

    So, to give you a 'demonstration', a salaryman may meet a client & go out 'for a night on the town'. End up in a hostess bar & god knows what else. Comes home to his wife & child. Rinse, wash, repeat. A practice which is largely 'accepted' in Japanese culture - knowingly or unknowingly of the wife. This culture does not exist outside Japan.

    So, the wife grows increasingly jaded by the day, but her girlfriends can only but sympathise (or empathise!) with her situation. She would desperately like to divorce, but this would mean sacrificing her living arrangements & financial support from her husband. It would also be looked down upon by both sides of the family, as it could damage their family names. Family honour is extremely important in Japan, as you know.

    So, tormented, she decides to stay in the household & take up a hobby or two to alleviate her misery. They largely lead separate lives, but stay together for the kids. Often, even 'amicable' marriages see couples sleeping in separate rooms. Again, a Japanese idiosyncrasy. Please do not mistake this for an 'attack' on Japanese culture, I'm just giving you a realistic 'demonstration'. I've been here a long time.

    For what it's worth, my family has been through divorce twice, so I know what it's like.

    Japanese women have had the vote since 1947. If they feel hard done by the system, they are in a position to change it, and they are fully capable of deciding what they want without the advice of foreign nationals.

    There you go again with your 'anti-gaijin' mantra. Where does this stem from, I might ask? Naturally, I'm in no position to give Japanese women advice on anything, regardless of my background OR gender. You're right, it's up to them. This I agree with - but we both know that little has changed since 1947 on both sides of the fence (ie. both genders).

    Posted in: Fewer Japanese seek marriage amid worries over income: poll

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    sighclops

    They recognize that fiscal consolidation is an issue

    Whatever that means. Let's face it, it's just an excuse for employers to forgo pay rises as the current situations is one of 'prolonged uncertainty'. Then, when the inevitable consumption tax rise rears its ugly head, employers will again forgo raises wages as the situation will become 'increasingly uncertain'. Japan Inc. - inaction is what we do best!

    Posted in: Japanese firms must be relieved at least for the present that the tax hike was delayed. But that doesn't mean they expect it to boost the economy and consumption. They recognize that fiscal consolidation is an issue that can't be sidestepped if Japan wants to eliminate the root of future anxiety.

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    sighclops

    Everyone is on the gear. Track & field, cycling, swimming - even the tennis. Experts claim that the dopers will always be at the very least 5 years ahead of even the most cutting-edge testing technology. Look how long it took to catch Marion Jones - 10+ years! It's just the sad reality of competitive sport these days.

    Posted in: How widespread do you think doping is in pro sports? Are there any sports that you think are clean?

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    Japan is not a modern society.

    Posted in: Fashion police want women to wear high heels

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    @bullfighter

    Don't know where you are getting your misinformation. Japan has nationally mandated paid maternity leave.

    As I'm sure you're aware, laws / mandates / rules in Japan are rarely enforced. Even if the company has provisions for maternity leave, the woman has the risk of returning to a lower position or even losing her job entirely. Japan does not have a modern, functioning legal system. Don't even get me started on the harassment that will inevitably take place (be it in any shape or form).

    I feel that your commentary is largely academic based, but not 'real world'. I've spoken to these people - politicians, civil servants, salarymen, housewives, working women - you name it. Hundreds if not thousands of them. It's rather pro-Japan biased in most cases to boot. There are specific issues pertaining to Japan that do not exist anywhere else. You must acknowledge this.

    Take for example, the divorce rate. Now, this would be possibly the highest in the world if 1) Couples didn't admirably stay together for the sake of their children (resulting in bekkyo, among other things) and 2) More women had financial freedom.

    Posted in: Fewer Japanese seek marriage amid worries over income: poll

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    sighclops

    Living in Japan will definitely teach you one thing above everything else - resourcefulness. More often than not, there just isn't the space to store half your stuff, so you're left with no other option. Now, if throwing stuff away here wasn't such a hassle AND scam! ¥40,000 total to get rid of stuff I couldn't even throw away! Ah, Japan...

    Posted in: Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows

  • 4

    sighclops

    He told shareholders Wednesday he would introduce cost-cutting measures and streamline staffing.

    Deadwood - OUT!

    Posted in: Hon Hai plans cuts to streamline Sharp after takeover

  • 0

    sighclops

    Call it like it is, people (thank you BuBuBu) - a Yakuza job.

    Posted in: 66-year-old homeless man indicted for arson in Tokyo's Golden-gai district

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    sighclops

    I called this years ago. This isn't even the worst part. When TEPCO was calculating compensation for residents in the surrounding areas, it took radiation readings from the rooftops - some three metres above ground level (so as to get lower readings and thus lower compensation payouts). Ah, but all in a days work for Japan Inc.! But, every other country is this corrupt, right bullfighter?

    Posted in: TEPCO admits delay in declaring 'meltdown' was cover-up

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    sighclops

    Everything that drives me nuts about this place - captured in a single photo!

    Posted in: Vote, vote, vote

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    sighclops

    Another day, another pledge. Starting to become a tad cliche, no?

    Posted in: Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house election campaign begins

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    @hampton

    Totally agree. Japan basically needs a giant 'reset' button that would be akin to the Meiji Restoration. A resetting of the education system, workplace dynamic, household dynamic - the list goes on. Even when I first came to Japan 20 years ago, I thought that the single-income household was incredibly outdated. Guess what - nothing's changed! How do you change things? Acknowledge there's a problem. Sadly, this will never happen. The Old Boys' Club would rather run the place into the ground than force change.

    Posted in: Fewer Japanese seek marriage amid worries over income: poll

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    sighclops

    poor international outlook for the country’s position.

    Now, isn't that telling. 60% of grad students have no interest in studying (ie. furthering their research) OR working abroad. They want the zaibatsu desk job that ensures lifetime employment, as this is closely tied in with Japan's economic uncertainty. Look at the Japanese media - it doesn't get any more insular, yet the public just lap it up. It's a really sad insight into the shape of things to come.

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    sighclops

    So, we can all agree that Abenomics has been an irreparable failure then?

    Posted in: IMF urges 'reloaded' Abenomics for Japan growth targets

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    sighclops

    School days will never be made shorter because the Japanese education system was built on the premise that more = better. More lessons, more homework, more club commitments & of course - more juku classes. This unfortunately conditions kids to be total fine with the hell that faces them when they enter the corporate world. The whole system is a dysfunctional mess.

    Posted in: Hyogo school introduces trial afternoon nap time for students

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    He, like most of Japan's political fraternity, is not in a position to comment on how people spend their money. This is coming from a guy who spent 7m yen of the public purse one ONE hostess club alone.

    Posted in: I really want people to think about what they use their money for. Money is worthless unless you use it, and I don't understand why people just keep saving it.

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    @Disillusioned

    Here's a good chane for all the local councils to get their fingers into the public funds pot without getting penalized for it

    Yep - Old Boys' Club on their 'research' trips. Thank you public purse!

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